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  1. To add to that list..

    For a lovely morning/early afternoon (awesome) coffee and snack, Uva. Open 7 - 2. Then they open back up at 5:30 as a wine bar.

    Campagnolo for inexpensive delicious casual Italian. On Wednesdays, they do market specials as there's a farmer's market close by that day. The restaurant has a dining room up front and a wine bar in the back.

  2. Just noticed that Wicked Cafe has opened a new branch at 861 Hornby between Robson and Smithe. The coffee at the original W 7th location is awesome, and the place is usually packed, so I'm sure they'll do well with their new branch.

    My top 5 places for great coffee downtown:

    1) Mario's

    2) JJ Bean

    3) Melriches

    4) Take 5

    5) Wicked Cafe (provisionally - haven't tried them yet!)

    Have you checked out Uva? They're operating as an espresso bar on Mondays to Fridays, from 7 - 2. The barista pulls an excellent espresso, and it's a lovely room to boot!

  3. Exactly!!! But with the huge influence of Spanish cookery in Vancouver (similar food source, availability etc etc) I used a thin tomato (Italian) sauce spiked with Banyuls vinegar. The extra acid set the eggs nicely. Great, clean look and the fats where cut nicely by the vinegar. Tomorrow I will add HEAT – some different chilli peppers....

    I will keep you posted – but will probably have to change threads.

    Speaking of Spanish, can I put a request in for kick ass Churros? Light, crispy on the outside, a bit of chew in the middle, dipped in the richest dark hot chocolate....

  4. Not to SHILL...

    ...I have been working on a new brunch menu. Going to keep everything local, with international recipes. Here is where I am at so far - help and suggestions would be appreciated.

    Looks pretty good to me, Chef. The French bennie is right up my alley. ;)

    Perhaps another sweet dish?

    When will this start?

    I need a week or two to test and try the details - tonight I was working on the Italian Benny - I am poaching the eggs in tomato sauce - really cool effect and flavour --- it is great to be back experimenting and pushing the boundries of flavour.


    So good. I tried that this summer, with great result. Got the idea from here...


    Great to see you back in the saddle! We shall be coming in soon!

  5. Not to SHILL...

    ...I have been working on a new brunch menu. Going to keep everything local, with international recipes. Here is where I am at so far - help and suggestions would be appreciated.

    Looks pretty good to me, Chef. The French bennie is right up my alley. ;)

    Perhaps another sweet dish?

    When will this start?

  6. I avoid all chain restaurants/franchises  and anywhere that has a line up (the ultimate in uncool)

    Last 3 places

    Golden Phoenix

    Co Do


    I walked by La Brasserie , it looked good , but it was packed , I'll try again midweek   :smile:

    Try La Brasserie after 8:30. It seems to empty around then.

    La Brasserie (7pm standing room only, 7:30 seated, 9:30 last table in the place)


    La Terrazza

    We got to the Brasserie tonight around 8:30 and only waited about 20 mins...and with a glass of wine in hand.

  7. Is La Brasserie on your list? I haven't made it yet but I'd like to - no reservations though.  Lots of pork, including suckling pig, and beer and champagne with low markups (for Vancouver anyway).

    We just came back from the Brasserie. Wow. We had the Alsatian Onion Tart and the Rocket Salad to start. He had the Rotisserie Chicken and I had the Thursday special Schnitzel. Then ended with a Lemon Sabayon Tart. A few glasses of bubbly, reisling and malbec and topped off with an eau de vie. What a lovely evening. The food was fantastic and the bill came to $112. So so reasonable. Will definitely be back. I want a taste of EVERYTHING on the menu!

    Oh, and they serve the baguette with a ramekin of butter and a ramekin of chicken rillette. My God.

  8. Here's my vote for the top 3 ramen joints in the city:

    1) Motomachi Shokudo - 740 Denman

    2) Menya - 401 W Broadway

    3) Kintaro - 788 Denman

    I haven't tried Benkei Ramen on Robson St yet - how does it compare?

    Haven't tried Menya but we always seem to go back to Motomachi. Was there last night again, and the New Generation Miso is so damn good. Beautiful space, as well.

    Personally, I find Benkei to be a bit on the greasy side....and Kintaro needs a good scrub down. :wink:

  9. Wow Vancouver - this is an amazing map! Tons of my favourites as well as quite a few I'm looking forward to trying. I had no idea there was a Japanese-run gelato place on Granville Island...

    Will you take suggestions for additional restaurants? Congee Noodle House at Main @ Bway would be one of mine...

    I recently went by Congee Noodle house, and they were closed with newspapers on the windows. Perhaps a renovation?

    I was there the night before they closed. They've closed down till early December for renos....or at least that's what the sign said on the door.

  10. A few changes on Denman:

    - Bob and Stella’s Chicken and Ribs is opening in the Olympia Restaurant block

    - KoKo Chocolate Creations opening in the former Capstone Tea location

    - Indica was dark

    - Milestone’s is renovating

    - Cookies by George is still not open but there are signs of activity

    - I didn’t make it as far as Schnitzelz but it wasn’t open last time I walked by

    - Cookies by George has just opened.

    - Indica is papered up and will become something called "ReaL", serving "Urban Chinese Specialty", no idea what that means.

    What was supposed to be Bob and Stella's Chicken and Ribs is now Fun-o-rama.

  11. Latest effort was three of these:


    That's caramel apple pie.  All that oozy goo is from a streusel topping that you put on before the top crust:

    And where's the recipe for that pie?????? :hmmm:

    That's a fine looking pie, and I really need some!! :wub:

    Ditto. Recipe please!

    I just stocked up on apples at the local apple festival and need to make a pie. :wink:

    Thank you!

  12. Thanks Vancouver. That makes the decision much easier.

    Canucklehead, thank you. I'm familiar with Jim's Noodle House. Unfortunately, I walked by a couple of weeks ago and it was dark and there was a note about another noodle joint coming in. Too bad, I liked their wontons and it was close to work. I'll have to go to the Richmond one next time I'm in the hood.

  13. West end report.

    What was Fresgo's is now going to be called The Majestic.  Still under construction and have no idea what it's going to really be all about.

    I reported on the Majestic a while ago. It seems to be moving along rather slowly.

    The Majestic is opening in the old Fresgo Inn spot on Davie.  Here's the scoop according to CityFood:
    Another neighbourhood restaurant in the final stages, although of a different mood entirely, is the Majestic in Davie Village. It’s a brand new “progressive”, “entertainment-driven”, resto-lounge on Davie Street that will cater to a particular mix from the area's gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community (the GLBT). However, in billing themselves as “straight friendly” they want it also noted that they will warmly welcome guests of that other persuasion.

    Did a drive by tonight and the Majestic looked like it was open and full.

  14. This is not going to be a huge help, but I seem to vaguely recall a Mexican grocery store/restaurant in Richmond somewhere. Maybe Steveston? I read an article about it in a local paper sometime last year. Perhaps there??

    Another thought... There's a grocery store on Commercial, by 1st, next to Frederico's Supper Club that has a fair bit of Latino groceries too.

  15. I got curious too and did a search.  I think this is the culprit.


    You're a far better google-er than I! This will be my Sunday project! Or maybe late next week project, depending on how long my perogies take (I'm Canadian, I can call them perogies).

    Heh, and you're far more industrious than I! I'm Canadian too, and I prefer to buy my perogies from the local Eastern European deli. Fantastic little mini ones!

  16. My votes are either the Pear Tree, Rare, or Parkside.

    I was surprised on my birthday with the Pear Tree, and we weren't disappointed in the least.

    Parkside is an all time favourite and the room has such a cozy vibe and the food is always flawless.

    Rare was an exceptional experience at DOV, so I can only imagine that a regular night would be phenomenal.

    IMHO, I think that all three of the above are all great values as well!

    Happy anniversary!

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