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Chocdoc Gambles on Vegas


Kerry Beal
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Dinner tonight at Pho Kinh Do - a place we have enjoyed greatly in past visits. Tonight was perhaps a bit disappointing - and I seem to have forgotten to take pics when the food came out.

 

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Bahn xeo with fixings.

 

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Shaking beef and behind that crispy pork belly

 

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Egg rolls 

 

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A vegetarian spring roll for Bhavani - apparently tofu and rice wrapper can be made too tough to eat easily.

 

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Pho ga for Jimmy - his first pho and perhaps a convert may have been made.

 

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Pho with all the beefs for Phil - Jimmy's friend and driver.

 

 

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After dinner we went wandering though the Wynn 

 

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I found the whole experience quite depressing overall. There was a young woman, with a man who appeared old enough to be her grandfather, shopping for a bag in Chanel. Her body language spoke volumes as she hugged her own purse close as she looked at the bags under the scrutiny of all the clerks and security people in the store. 

 

We had been talking about watches when we were eating dinner and Bhavani had mentioned a friend saying that Patek Phillipe was the 'only' watch to have. So when we noticed they were being sold in the posh watch shop we went in to have a look. The very smooth watch salesman put the watch on Bhavani's wrist and mentioned that if his credit card limit wouldn't cover the $35,000 that they could facilitate the increase to cover it!

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Dinner tonight at Jose Andres's restaurant Jaleo joined by Renee from Chocolat-chocolat and her husband Maurice.

 

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Will talk more about the food in the am when I'm awaker.

 

 

 

 

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Lunch picked up by Bhavani - In and Out Burgers.

 

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Seen at the show - a standup chamber vac, weight 17.5 kg - show special price 40% off - making it around $389 if bought at the show. It uses proprietary bags - but looks like you could just pop some holes in the right sized bags and hang them. This same company also had a small blast freezer which would be around $600 if bought at the show. Company is called Vesta Precision.

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While waiting to be seated we ran into Dufflet Rosenberg owner of Dufflet Pastries. I've done some consulting for her before and at one time did a chocolate class for her husband and his architectural firm staff. 

 

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Negroni for me - girly drinks for the boys.

 

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Crispy rice, a vegetarian mushroom dip, Garlic Prawns and egg rolls as apps.

 

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Veggie massaman.

 

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Larb (pork) 

 

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Crispy duck

 

 

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After dinner we returned to the strip - and attended a show in New York, New York. I think I might have enjoyed the roller coaster more!

 

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3 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

Seen at the show - a standup chamber vac, weight 17.5 kg - show special price 40% off - making it around $389 if bought at the show. It uses proprietary bags - but looks like you could just pop some holes in the right sized bags and hang them.


I'm trying to figure out why a new, and I would assume slightly more complicated in design, chamber sealer can be so much less expensive than the standard variety that's been around forever. Even without the discount, it's cheaper than  the cheapest, smallest regular type. Pretty cool though.

It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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Dufflet's used to be decent - long before she went mass production/commercialized processing and cut back on quality in order to increase quantity and the bottom line.

 

Now her pastries and desserts are cloyingly sweet and very one dimensional.

 

I will stick to Rahier or Duo ;)

 

 

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4 hours ago, Tri2Cook said:


I'm trying to figure out why a new, and I would assume slightly more complicated in design, chamber sealer can be so much less expensive than the standard variety that's been around forever. Even without the discount, it's cheaper than  the cheapest, smallest regular type. Pretty cool though.

 

Perhaps chamber vacs have reached the point that immersion circulators did a few years ago where demand is great enough to allow lower price. 

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3 hours ago, TicTac said:

Dufflet's used to be decent - long before she went mass production/commercialized processing and cut back on quality in order to increase quantity and the bottom line.

 

Now her pastries and desserts are cloyingly sweet and very one dimensional.

 

I will stick to Rahier or Duo ;)

 

 

Went to Belgium with Rahier a few years back on the swan that Belcolade sponsored. He's an interesting fellow. Got that French haughtyness down pat!

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4 minutes ago, Kerry Beal said:

Went to Belgium with Rahier a few years back on the swan that Belcolade sponsored. He's an interesting fellow. Got that French haughtyness down pat!

 I have only met him a few times, but I can certainly see that....lol.

 

One of his grasshoppers opened up Duo (up in Markham) and it is just as good as Rahier without having to deal with the nonsense that is Bayview and Eglinton.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

 

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Seen at the show - a standup chamber vac, weight 17.5 kg - show special price 40% off - making it around $389 if bought at the show. It uses proprietary bags - but looks like you could just pop some holes in the right sized bags and hang them. This same company also had a small blast freezer which would be around $600 if bought at the show. Company is called Vesta Precision.

 

Kerry, could you find out anything more on the blast freezer, such as the weight and dimensions?  The website does not say much more other than it's not available.

Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

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2 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Kerry, could you find out anything more on the blast freezer, such as the weight and dimensions?  The website does not say much more other than it's not available.

Will do 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Kerry, could you find out anything more on the blast freezer, such as the weight and dimensions?  The website does not say much more other than it's not available.

So it’s around 32 lbs - I’m adding the spec sheet here. If you call Leo phone number 425-393-9397, or cell 425-941-4052 and order within the next 30 days they will honor the 30% off as a pre-order.

 

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