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  1. Hi everyone, I thought you might be interested in the diners choice portion of this. Come January they hope to have a definative list of where to get the best dishes in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) as well as these diners choice categories. From October 21st to November 30, the dining public will be invited to vote on line at To vote for diners choicefor their favourite restaurants under the following categories: 1. Best Dim Sum Restaurant 2. Best Cantonese Restaurant 3. Best Northern Chinese Restaurant 4. Best Hot Pot Restaurant 5. Best Taiwanese Restaurant / Bubble Tea Café 6. Bes
  2. When asked what I could bring for Christmas, my Dad wanted me to track down a Scottish smoked Haddock called the 'Arbroath smokie' Any of you ex-pats out there seen it anywhere? C. Anywhere on the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island I should say.... BBC Food
  3. I know this is rather late in the day, but I haven’t been on the site for quite a long time but... People! It is not Canadian Thanksgiving! It's Thanksgiving. Unless of course you are living in a foreign country like, say America where they celebrate American Thanksgiving....
  4. A friend brought me back a simply terrific little salt grinder from Sweden 2 years ago. It is very simple - glass, plastic with stainless steel grinder parts. It has been an amazing little gadget as I can put "wet" salt into it like Fleur de sel and it doesn't clog up or get rusty. It is also totally dishwasher safe and as I was able to run it through the dishwasher I also started using it to grind spices and dried herbs as well. Works like a charm! Anyway, I see they are now available in Ikea, very inexpensive $5-6.00 each, a great little tool. They have a clear glass body with a dark blue pl
  5. My concern is that Scobey’s does not have the reputation as Thrifty’s (who do practice this) of "buying heavily from local farmers and producers such as seafood producer Finest At Sea of James Bay", as the Vancouver Sun points out. I love that when I am in the Sannich store I am buying dairy products from a local dairy, veg and pork from another and I really like that they have an amazing selection of food suitable to their market - In Sidney, the home of every retired ex-pat it would seem, including my folks, they stock all sorts of wonderful Scottish and English foods that you can't find i
  6. Really sorry to hear that the BC family owned Thrifty Foods has sold their 30-40 stores on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to Sobey's Sobey's Store I believe Sobey's is connected to IGA ? I think Thrifty Foods is the best grocery chain out there and am always sorry they don’t have stores in Vancouver. When on Vancouver Island and on Salt Spring I always shop there and love that they have so many products from local farms and regional suppliers in their stores. In fact, they often have one farm supplying them in one area, like Mitchell Farms in Sanich, and up Island will use another far
  7. The Custom Butcher Shop and Deli should be open any day! Although they have been saying that for weeks it has been the permits that have held them up. The permits and licences for the butcher shop and deli are totally different from the restaurant and they have had all sorts of odd things holding them up like having to seismically upgrade the tree in the middle of the room! you will see what I mean when you go there. They were sooooo hoping to have the deli open this weekend for Jazz Fest but it looks like it will be Tuesday now. Chef Sean Cousins has been working on the meats, most of it
  8. His name is Rick Forbes and he is a fabulous, larger than life chef about town here in Vancouver. He does work at Meinhardt’s but also does a lot of behind the scenes cooking and catering. I saw the show as well the other night, it replayed at 11:00 pm, and thought it was really quite good. It was also great to see 3 chefs from Vancouver competing, and rather amusing to see our local demographics well represented with a Gay man, Black women and an East Indian. I don't know the East Indian fellow but Lisa Brown is an amazing gal who is an activist who works with youth out in Surrey on cooking
  9. Metro did not want to do any pre-opening PR and marketing for various reasons including wanting to feel un-pressured about the opening date and having an opportunity to work through their menu nice and slowly. It opened very quietly yesterday just in time for a close friends wedding they are hosting there this Saturday night, however, they are not at full steam yet with a few missing pieces of furniture and decor, a lot of the lounge and patio furniture still not in, and a bit of finishing carpentry work to be done. But having said that, because the kitchen’s ready they have decided to open t
  10. I know there was buzz, just not too over the top. They sound like nice people with great food. Looking forward to trying it. Now I just need to get to: Jules Fuel Bistro Bistro Gastropod Century The Red Door Fetch Connor Butler Aurora Bistro Fiction Fat Burger Chill Winston and now Chow! Ahhhhh... So many restaurants to try, so little time
  11. I agree! Gourmet Warehouse has great prices and a great selection of Le Creuset . I collect the mustard yellow Le Creuset and when visiting my parents on the Island often find it at a great sale price at Muffet and Louise in Victoria and Sidney.
  12. Ummmm ... yeah it is CLICK. Although technically it is Haute Normandy now, the region wasn't split until the 50's. I do agree with you on the "pretentious" comment though.. A. ← Well yes, Dieppe is definitely in Normandy, although Wikpedia would not be my equitable source. I have not yet been to Chow but thought their menu looked fabulous! Their web page, which is what I imagine you are considering to be pretentious, I found not to be at all. It looks to me that Chow has decided to do it alone, no PR, no blogs and pre buzz, just a nice menu with a simple description of their philosophy.
  13. If you want privacy you will want to either book out an entire restaurant or choose one with a private room that will take as many as 50. I am assuming you want the space for the entire evening, and not just for the early part of the evening. Private rooms for 50+ (sit down) Club Room at Gotham Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar La Terrazza * Gorgeous Monk McQueen’s Seasons in the Park The Teahouse False Creek Yacht Club Separate private areas (without walls) Back of Beyond Upstairs at Coast Side room at Watermark Upstairs at Gotham (they have 3 private rooms) Small restaurants that might book out
  14. For those of us who have discussed our preference for Lombardo’s Pizza versus Marcello's pizza and have criticised the service at Marcello’s, here’s another great reason to choose Lombardo’s over Marcello's. I aways had a feeling that this guy was a jerk! National Post story on Marcello's owner
  15. The highest place was Robert Sulatycky who placed 4th in 1999 I only know the following other results: France 1st Denmark 2nd Switzerland 3rd Canada 7th England 10th Australia 12th USA 14th The Bocuse d'Or is one of the premier international cooking competitions in the world. It is organized under the stewardship of famed French chef Paul Bocuse and is held every two years in Lyon, France where two days of intense cooking culminate in the presentation of the Gold Bocuse Trophy to an overall international grand winner. The 2007 Bocuse d’Or takes place January 23 and 24, 2007. The Bocuse d
  16. Interesting article today in the NY Daily News on DineOut New York - The Grandfather of all DineOuts! NYDaily News http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/490032p-412544c.html
  17. Chico officially retired and sold the restaurant almost 2 years ago, but still owned the lease up until about a year ago so we would see him in the neighbourhood quite often. I only knew him to say hello from his Il Giardino days and thought he was very nice. When the Bailiffs came to close and strip El Patio on Cambie down a few months ago I asked them what was going on and they mumbled something about unpaid liquor taxes. That was after a lock had already gone on the door from the landlord with a letter about unpaid rent. I also heard them chatting about the new location of El Patio on Den
  18. Don't leave us hanging. After all, there's a 'sad dearth of said cuisine.' And I mean that. ← I don't have any hard dates for you, but I know Nuevo Latino has been around long before Raza. Patria in New York, for instance, must have been around much longer than Raza. ← Perhaps they were referring to Canadian Nuevo Latino cooking? Certainly Nuevo Latino dining had been around in the States since the early eighties. It started in Miami, as you would imagine, but really gained attention, and the moniker Nuevo Latino, with Chef Douglas Rodriquez who is referred to as the father of Nuevo L
  19. My WebpageCan't remember if I am allowed to do links, but here it is. Cate http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/feature...1839ae6c&k=4632
  20. It is great to see a magazine with the budget to travel across the country and dine incognito. I know that Rare had no idea they had been in, or even when they were in, which makes the award that much more satisfying. I also think that it is good to have that one writer as the common denominator trying all the restaurants, it seems somehow less likely that he/she would be influenced by personal preferences or regions. It also speaks for what the publication is, a magazine for travelers who want to know where they should dine and what they should try. I travel quite a lot and rely on publicati
  21. Sad to see that the Beachside in West Vancouver is closed. There’s a note on the door thanking her patrons. Janet McGuire was a great restaurateur and I really liked her place. I think that a couple of her old chefs really damaged the reputation and alienated some of her regulars who never returned. I am hoping that her demo clause (the whole block is being developed) kicked in, but whatever the reason she closed it will be missed. Not sure what Dennis, her current chef is doing, but he is very talented if anyone is looking. I wonder if she will open another one?
  22. Here's the story, more or less, on El Patio. It was opened 20 some-odd years ago by two wonderful gentlemen, Chico and Leo. I knew Chico from his days at Il Giardino in the early eighties. The restaurant was a wonderful, bustling, although somewhat kitschy at times, authentic Spanish restaurant. Beautiful patio, great staff, good food. A few years ago sadly Leo died leaving Chico to run the place, which he did admirably. Eventfully though, with no partner to take some of the work load and retirement looming, he sold it retaining the last year or two of the lease. The people who took over it j
  23. I am going to add a note about El Patio in the opening/closing forum. Cate
  24. We have always preferred Lombardo's food, it is far better and the service is always great! The setting is not very good as mentioned, yes it's in a strip mall at 1st and Commercial, but it's fine. I have been dragged to Marcello's a few times and have vowed never to go back, even if George Clooney himself invited me! Awful service, long waits for food, a nasty little man in a tight white t-shirt and skin tight white pants glaring across the room and mediocre food. Why? Go to Lombardo's - Try the Pizza Capricciosa or the Pasta Puttanesca or Putinesca depending on which way they spell it...Ex
  25. Does anyone know the name of the new restaurant by the folks at Le Regalade? Thanks!
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