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  1. Oooh! Bread stuffing sandwich with a drizzle of gravy! Yum, carbs between two slabs of carbs! When I was little, I used to eat Ovaltine sandwiches -- white bread, butter, a couple tablespoons of Ovaltine mix sprinkled in between.
  2. I've heard that the Vietnamese fare is pretty good, pho & banh mi....
  3. Oh wow, these ARE good! I'm having a plate of toaster-warmed chips right now, Kettle Brand Honey Dijon flavour -- oh-so-delicious! I usually warm up plain corn chips for a few mins but never thought to do it for potato chips.
  4. I'm so envious of all the liquor selections you have down there in the US! I'm looking through our provincial liquor distribution product list and couldn't find most of the brandies various posters mentioned. Boooo! The stuff we have up in British Columbia costs an arm and a leg -- Courvoisier/Hennessy/Remy Martin VS's are $50-55 CAD per 750 mL ($42-48 USD), retail price. Eeep! Anyways, I've just recently gotten interested in spirits & cocktails. But what are all your thoughts on grappa & metaxa, and using one or the other in brandy-based cocktails, like in a Sidecar? The only experience I've had with grappa was a someone's homemade stuff that practically took off the top of my head! Thanks!
  5. Ah HAHAHAHA! This thread is just too funny! Well, I will never again stand too close to someone pouring liquid fondue fuel directly into a still-lit burner: "Mom, I don't think it's a good idea to add fuel when the burner still has a flame!" "Oh, it's ok, it's just a little bit of fuel." Needless to say, Mom managed to douse my sleeve with liquid fuel and set my arm on fire....
  6. Dad used to buy for my bday when younger this German chocolate cake from a bakery called "A Piece of Cake" near UBC. But they've since closed down (about 12 yrs ago). Then I found that Miriam's on Denman carried the same cake -- mmmmm! But Miriam's is now gone and Starbucks is in its place. Anyone know of a place that carries notable German choc cake? The ones from A Piece of Cake and Miriam's were to die for -- not too sweet, rich dense cake (but not the fluffy sponge kind), layered with walnuts.
  7. Oooh! I went a little overboard at T&T yesterday, only meant to pick up a couple lunch/dinner items, but ended up with (among others): -bag of sweet glutinous rice -can coconut cream -cake cane sugar (those ones that come in the bars) -instant noodles, Nissin brand -packet of sa ji ma -smoked pork hocks (mmmm...fatty pork!) -egg bread -1/2 doz buns & things from the bakery (15% off!) -Japanese seaweed salad -marinated eggs -cheun fun (rice roll) -lap cheun (chinese sausage) And one packet of these dried smelt fish marinated with chiles that I found in the snacks aisle. There's about 2 doz in a packet, and they come with the heads & tails intact. I used to eat a lot of "fish candies" when I was a kid so a bit of nostalgia for me there!
  8. Chen's Shanghai Restaurant 8095 Park Road (604) 304-8288 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Heads up that they're closed on Wednesdays. Happy dining! ← Sweet! I thought they were still on Leslie Road, so yesterday we were driving up and down (and up and down) looking for them to get our fix of xiao long bao. We even drove up and down (and up and down) Alexandra thinking we got the address wrong. Going later this week yippee!
  9. Beebs

    Wooden Spoons

    Had a much-beloved wooden spoon once.... My Sig. Other stirred cookie batter too hard and snapped it. Was very sad. So Sig Other bought me a Joyce Chen bamboo spoon to replace it, and I love it!
  10. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Ah Leung! I'm still fairly new to eGullet, but wow -- I am totally hooked on to your blog and am going to browse your other contributions now! Your beautiful pictures certainly bring back lots of memories of when our family use to do the full-on New Year celebration (we've since scaled back as my family is scattered all over the place now). My mom's side of the family is Northern Chinese, so we did the dumpling thing for CNY. Grandma, aunties, and mom would make loads of jiao zi, and would put a spoonful of sugar in just one of the dumplings. Whoever got the sweet jiao zi would be extra lucky that year. Hope you get a chance to come up to Vancouver sometime and sample some our our Chinese eats here -- the Chinese food here is some of the best in N America! (no bias here! ) Beebs
  11. Thanks for the update, Sylphid! Methinks it's time for another trip there!
  12. Whoops! Just saw the link above for the other vegetarian thread which mentions Naam & Foundation!
  13. The Naam on West 4th & Macdonald is a pretty popular vegetarian restaurant. They use cheese & the like, but have vegan options as well. The last time I was there was maybe 3 yrs ago, but I remember the veggie burger & sesame fries were pretty good. Service is next to non-existent. The Foundation on Main & E. Broadway is another hotspot for vegetarian/vegans. I think the restaurant is vegan. Have only been there once, and was thoroughly not impressed despite the popularity. Everything tasted the same -- tahini-peanutty flavoured gloopy mush. I had some kind of overcooked stirfried tahini-peanutty flavoured veg. Haven't been back since, but it's been 5 yrs, maybe things are better now? Lots of veg places on Commercial Drive I've heard, haven't bothered to try most of them as I like my meat. Did buy a couple vegan baked goods from Sweet Cherubim recently. They tasted -- as you would expect baked goods that don't have real cream, butter, or eggs to taste. Habibi's on W Broadway & Oak is a Lebanese vegetarian restaurant. Yummy! It's meze style, so great for sharing. I haven't been there for a year or two, and I've heard they also changed ownership since then -- perhaps someone else might have more details on this?
  14. Beebs

    Toast toppings

    Tapenade! A soft, runny egg - boiled or fried. Butter & honey. Mmmmmmmm....!
  15. Flats! I also like to nibble the crispy chicken skin around the wing tips when I can get them.
  16. My Chinese parents don't like the taste of cumin, which would explain why they don't like Tex-Mex (they like cheese though). But give them a bowl of Malaysian or Singapore-style curry which has plenty of cumin, and they're all over it. On the other hand, they can't stand Thai curry because they think it's too sweet. And they love Italian food & have travelled extensively in Italy. And they love French food too. When they entertain, they almost never serve Chinese food. I, on the other hand, like Mexican, Malaysian, Thai, Italian, and French. Hmmm....
  17. Neat! I didn't know Fish House in Stanley Park was still doing afternoon tea - must give it a try soon. Prasantrin, your menu sounds lovely! You might also consider serving a green tea (jasmine, gunpowder) and/or an herbal tea as well (chamomile, fruit teas, lemon herb -- peppermint might be too overpowering). Or consider pairing certain types of tea with particular items served. eg, Earl Grey and Darjeeling are great with chocolate, but many green teas not as good; scented teas good with sweet things but some types taste funny with savoury meaty things. English Breakfast, Orange Pekoe, Darjeeling are great all-rounders and appeal to most tastes, so those are always safe bets.
  18. I eat canned sardines as comfort food - favourite brand is Phoenicia (Portuguese brand), packed in oil and chilis, with the innards still in the fish. Served with finely minced white or red onion, dash of soy sauce (or Maggi Sauce!), and freshly cracked pepper. Next to a big bowl of Chinese rice porridge. Heaven!
  19. Beebs

    La Buca

    Yum yum yummmm! Called for a last minute reservation last night for Significant Other's birthday dinner, wasn't expecting to get a seat as I've been told the place is always packed, even on weeknights. Managed to get a late seating (yippee!). I had the duck breast prosciutto for starters, which came with a potato-green bean-arugula salad. Flavourful, salty goodness! Significant Other had tortellini in brodo and the tortellinis were stuffed full of shredded veal. Mains were the Osso Buco (for S.O.) -- meltingly tender with a wonderful lemony-orangey sauce. Love the little marrow bone spoon for scooping out the marrow -- beefy fatty goodness. I had the pumpkin ravioli with sage & toasted hazelnuts. Ohmygosh, those raviolis were some of the most delicious things I've ever put into my mouth! And do I detect a drizzle of truffle oil? When our server set the ravioli in front of me, I inhaled that amazing aroma and practically drooled all over myself (salivating a little as I type...). Finished with panna cotta with rum raisins and tiramisu, which we could barely pack into our already-stuffed gullets. The pasta special yesterday was spaghetti with seafood. Saw a few of these go out -- the plate literally piled high with mussels, shrimp, clams, fish. Looked amazing, and guests were munching it with much enjoyment -- must have it next time it's available. Simple, wonderfully done dishes, great service, terrific value -- planning my next meal at La Buca already!
  20. Cheez Whiz and salsa, melted together and eaten with corn chips -- mmmmm.............!
  21. Having done my fair share of running around NYC for work visits, all those wonderful little deli-cafes (sandwich shops? Lunch shops??) that are on every street corner were my life's blood. If you've only got 30 minutes between appointments and need a quick meal, you can get fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, hot entrees, etc -- a pretty decent fast meal for under $10. I live in a pretty big city with lots of great places to eat, but we certainly don't have these delis conveniently everywhere.
  22. Beebs

    Dinner! 2007

    Sea beans if I'm not mistaken right? Although I think there are other names for them. ← Sea beans is right. Also known as sea asparagus, salicorne, slender glasswort, and (I think) samphire. Crunchy salty goodness. Philadelphians: nice potluck there! I work with people from your area but all I can imagine them preparing is grilled chicken Caesar salad. ← How do you prepare sea asparagus? These grow widely where my parents live, I've been interested in eating them (pulled up a sprig & munched it -- bleah too salty-sandy). Do you cook it? Or eat it raw? Can you eat it like a side dish or is it more commonly used for garnish only? Thanks!
  23. That'd be Casa Verde, a casual family-run restaurant located at 3532 Commercial Street (604-876-7647). Note that it's cash only. Among their notable dishes are lulas grelhadas (squid pan fried in olive oil, garlic and lemon juice), frango no churrasco (barbecued piri-piri chicken, available on weekends only) and batatas a rodelas ("dollar-cut" chips, some of the best damn fries in Vancouver). ← All washed down with a couple bottles of vinho verde!
  24. I just came back from a business trip to NYC last week, although most of my dinners were around the Upper East Side. I did go to a place called Les Sans Culotte on 1085 2nd Ave (at 57th) in Midtown. The prix-fixe is around $25, but they have a la carte as well. At the beginning of the meal they will bring out a huge basket of fresh veggies & fruit, a rack of sausages & salami, bread, country pate, and aioli which you can munch away at until you're ready for them to serve the entree (included in price). Fun & social! I had sauteed veal liver, and my companion had pork tenderloin. (no website but check out menupages.com) If you happen to wander up to the UES, check out Sotto Cinque on E 86th (btw 1st & 2nd Ave). What a gem of a find! Italian restaurant featuring really inexpensive pastas and entrees (around $10 for most pastas, $15 for other entrees). Wasn't expecting much given the menu prices, but boy did it exceed my expectations! I had pasta (spaghetti carbonara) and it was done perfectly al dente, good sauce. Also had a warm radicchio & artichoke salad. Great value, kept the business expenses down too! (website is www.sottocinque.com).
  25. Try Kirin on Cambie & 12th for dimsum (or dinner). A bit more higher priced but excellent food & attentive service. Shijo for Japanese on W 4th, near Burrard (it's one or 2 streets west I think). Sit at the sushi bar! Crave on Main St & 26th for Sunday brunch. It's a pretty small space, especially when their patio isn't open for the colder months, and they don't take reservations. Chef is ex Four Seasons. Ohmygosh the crab cake bennies are to die for! Crab cake appetizer at dinner. Yummmmm! For gelato, definately La Casa Gelato on 1033 Venables Street. They make everything in-house, and over 100 flavors to choose from at any one time. Even crazy flavors like curry, garlic, wasabi, pine mushroom..... Enjoy your trip!
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