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  1. Also, within one block, a Tim Hortons, a Blenz, and a Starbucks. Coffee culture alive and well on the West side.
  2. I organized my work Chirstmas Party this past Tuesday at Cru, Mark did mentioned he opended his doors at Dolcetto that day. I plan on checking out the panini's sometime next week, and will post some pictures at that time. ← Yes, we're open. 2967 West Broadway 7:30am to 7:30 pm daily Serving 49th Parallel coffee, Panini and baked goods from Rise Artisan Bakery and Cru. Dolcetto
  3. Thanks Tsquare, but I left Friday morning and missed your post, as I didn't have internet while I was there...... so, not much luck. We had a fair.. meal at Barolo (solved a craving for Burata, no-one else seemed to carry it) And a highly disappointing experience at Dahlia Lounge, I was hoping for a years-of-polished-service and food evening, instead I felt like I'd taken the wrong turn into a worn-out tourist trap.
  4. Hi Folks, I'm heading to Seattle this weekend and looking forward to dining in your great city again. My dining companion doesn't eat meat, or shellfish, but fish is Ok. Last trip we enjoyed Lark, Zoe, and of course Le Pichet, plus drinks at Vessel and a bottle of wine at Black Bottle. I'm making a list of choices for this trip, having read this thread. Any suggestions for this weekend would be helpful, thanks in advance!! Is there some sort of "Dine-out / Dine-around" event going on? I'm sure it's for a good cause, but it sometimes blocks up resos at the good places.
  5. This is some sort of joke, right? Cockroach in the food and you took it home? To eat? WTF?
  6. Didn't call in time to get in to your favourite restaurant? As we are confirming reservations for the following day, there have been some cancellations (most of them were booked on Jan 2!) So, .... I recommend calling the evening before you want to come. Some space may have opened up at prime seating times
  7. These types of people are never "polite enough to at least call to cancel". They don't consider for a moment that this will not only screw the restaurant, but the other diners, cherished regulars, concierge and vips that couldn't get in. We phone all our bookings the day before to confirm. We had a very low no-show rate, but... This is my first year on the Opentable system and I'm a little nervous. (we're pretty much sold-out) You could always tell on the phone, because the people who want 6:30pm but take a 10pm booking will cancel or no-show, so we could flag those ones, or just talk them out of it.
  8. Where can I get a real day-after-christmas turkey sandwich, y'know, with stuffing and cranberry sauce, maybe some gravy? I had a wonderful dinner with a special someone who doesn't eat meat, so it was salmon, plus the usual christmas-type side dishes, but now I'm craving that turkey feeling. I'm guessing it's boxing day or nothing. Any suggestions?
  9. Breville die-cast Espresso maker: on Breville USA website: $399 Usd on Sears Canada website $399 Cdn at Williams-Sonoma Granville $499
  10. Williams-Sonoma also owns Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, so it looks like they have those few blocks of high rent Granville St. pretty much covered. You can just comparison shop there! Word on the street is that they are going to open a "Pottery Barn Kids" or some such store in the old temporary Pottery Barn location (now vacant) two doors South of Williams-Sonoma, so that will make 4 locations between Broadway and 14th!
  11. I guess they're lease was up? I don't think an owner can raise rent after the lease was signed over a certain percentage as per the same type of rules as the rental tenancy act (perhaps a percentage allowed is higher). Commercial Tenancy Act I guess that is the nature of renting space for your business right? The owner does reserve the right to kick you out when the lease is up. I am pretty sad SOMA had to move though as I really liked their space and location. ← No such luck. The residential rules do not apply to commercial leases in our free-market world. The commercial lease is a legal agreement between you and the landlord, and if lease extensions are laid out without restrictions or provision for arbitration, you're S.O.L. Once the lease is up, if you have not negotiated a new one, the landlord is free to charge whatever they want for rent, or refuse to rent it to you for no particular reason. Hint: When you see a commercial lease, get a really good lawyer and go over it very carefully.
  12. Of course, if you flavour, spice or sauce your fish in any way that will change your pairing options. Many good BC "aromatic" varieties with some body will work well with Sablefish. I really like CedarCreek's Dry Riesling or Sumac Ridge's Gewurztraminer (which is a little sweeter, better for the smoked fish) A good Pinot Gris would also work. We do that grape so well here in BC. Try Mission Hill's Reserve. All these wines should be easy to find.
  13. I was there last week and had: A very good lunch at Bistro 7 1/4. would love to go back for dinner. What a great and very-open kitchen! My food (Salade Nicoise, Lemon Tart) was fresh, well-prepared and tasty, and the service was professional and friendly. Great Cappuccino too. Late night traditional visit to Sals. Prices are up, but the satisfaction is good, and appropriate for the mood, time and crowd. Long live the Cheese Nip. I was on my way to heavenly cottage country and picked up some fresh fruit and vegetables at Soby's. All the produce was from the U.S. or Mexico. With the abundance of fruit and veg in season right now in BC (and I'm presuming other Canadian areas) is it more difficult to cross provincial borders than international? What gives Winnipeg? Believe me, I love my home town, but how very prairie for the local Joeys to list seafood as "Ocean Meat"!
  14. Not when it is illegal to BYOB to a restaurant and your budget is $150! Sorry to burst your bubble but your budget is way out of wack for a wine event now days. I've read your posts in the past and I know you like great chocolate, NY, and Kitchen Aid set the bar higher and have a great wine event. Cheers, Stephen ← I have to agree with Stephen..... maybe I read it wrong, but $15 a head for food and bring your own? That's a Capers grocery receipt for food for 10. A lot of restaurants would be happy to have a group for early Sunday, (mine included) even without wine revenue. But if you want a private room, glassware, etc. and that's your entire budget, you'll be better off doing it in someone's home.
  15. I'll be in Winnipeg May 9-12 to visit family and attend the Winnipeg Wine Festival. I'll have a couple of nights and most days free, so where should I go? Oh, Please don't make me go back to La Vielle Gare. I would rather not return to Tavern in the Park or StepN out either. Is Glutton's the place in the Old Pappas furs building on Corydon? Had a nice lunch there. I've tried 529. Also, Fusion Grill is a favourite, but I'm trying to find new. Also, where does one go to wind down after the wine festival Fri and Sat nights?
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