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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

More Trafiq Moments

Trafiq; you inspire me, you relax me, you make me love food more and more.

My favourite Trafiq moments remain with your eclairs and hot chocolate; specially that I can match them - chocolate eclair with hot dark chocolate...

... or vanilla eclair with the amazing hot German white chocolate.

And the surprises never end at Trafiq; now you are baking cinnamon buns.

Read Also A Trafiq Moment and Trafiq Moments.

Trafiq Café & Bakery
4216 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Gain Wah, a Favourite

Gain Wah has been a favourite for years.

Excellent quick service, tasty food, dinner for two for less than 2 sandwiches from a fast food place.

That's if you have the heart to venture to Chinatown at night!

The plain congee is the best in the city.

Their BBQ pork is the only BBQ I eat in the city.

The chicken curry may not taste authentic, but it is always delicious.

And a crunchy chow mein is definitely their specialty.

Gain Wah 
218 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC
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Monday, 22 September 2014

Cooking With Jamie At Last

It took me decades to buy a Jamie Oliver cookbook.

I was not happy with my choice of Jamie's America but don't know his other books to make a comparison.

Two years after buying the book, I found a recipe to try.

And it was a huge success.

The recipe I tried is Comforting Turkey Stew, but I used chicken instead.

The story behind it is that a woman in the town of Gray made it for Jamie and admitted she used a can of mushroom soup and dumpling mix.

The recipe, of course, did not call for using a can of mushroom soup.

But (hope Jamie does not read this, he will be mortified) I added a can of mushroom soup to the sauce.

However, when it came to the dumplings, I followed his recipe ingredient by ingredient and step by step.

Those were the best dumplings I have ever tasted.

The stew turned out amazing. The dilemma now is should I find another good recipe from the book (any recommendations Jamie?) or make this amazing dish again and again?


Sunday, 21 September 2014

10 Reasons to Dim Sum at Sun Sui Wah 新瑞華海鮮酒家

1. They have so many people working there that no matter how busy it is, you will get a seat in less than 15 minutes.

2. The food always looks fresh and is delivered within minutes of ordering.

3. Sticky Rice comes in 3 small rolls as opposed to one huge roll, making sharing much less messy.

4. This eggplant dish is to die for.

5. Hot mustard and sauce appear on the table without needing to ask for them.

6. No one complains when you start creating your own dim sum combinations.

7. The best Shumai in the city for sure.

8. The food is conducive to bring out the inner artist in you.

9. All at a reasonable price with excellent value for the money, even if you don't eat everything.

10. It remains, after decades, the 'place' to be at for dim sum in Vancouver.

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
3888 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

It's A Salad Kind of Night

The potatoes and eggs got boiling, but what to do with them.

In Lebanon, you would smash boiled eggs and boiled potatoes together, sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil and eat with pita bread and olives - delicious. 

In Canada, they were turned into a potato salad. But what else to eat with it?

Gold Seal tuna salad of course - with lots of orange peppers, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard (In Lebanon, you would have sprinkled lemon juice on the tuna and ate it with pita bread).

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Shoppe

As I am walking back from a business meeting in Chinatown, I see this sign popping out among the produce stores - The Pie Shoppe.

Well, I am intrigued by many things. the spelling of Shoppe, the location and the fact that it is a place to buy pies and only pies (well, they sell coffee, but let's focus on the pies).

Walking in, I was welcomed by a beautiful scene that reflects exactly how The Pie Shoppe is described on its website

"We are a two lady show, with a very small kitchen, with one oven and we make everything by hand - including the crust."

Yes, you see the two women right there, not even in the back but right there when you walk in.

They obviously love what they do and the crust is simply amazing.

I walked out with the Okanagan Plum & Blueberry with Orange Bitters pie. I loved its tartness and natural fresh flavours.

Next time it's the chocolate chess pie (or should I try the lemon buttermilk chess, or the chocolate pecan - so torn).

The Pie Shoppe
721 Gore Street
Vancouver, BC

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wacky Toast

I just love sweetened condensed milk. It is so white, creamy and I can eat it by the tablespoon if I didn't have to watch my weight.

I discovered this brand of condensed milk, Longevity Brand, at a convenience store in the neighbourhood. 

Highly recommended by the store owner, I have to admit it is a good one.

Even better the owner's recommendation of breakfast - a toast with nothing but a layer of condensed milk.