Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 3

Welcome to part 3,  we’re going to cook chicken.  I cook with chicken more than any other protein, because is flexible and affordable. The cheapest option is to buy a whole chicken, and break it down and/or debone it yourself.  I like to do this and save the carcass/bones in a freezer bag.  Over weeks/months,…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 2

I hope some of you found part 1 for novice home cooks useful. Continuing on the theme of 2-for-1 cooking, we’re going to look at another pair of budget friendly dishes derived from similar ingredients. We’re going to make meatloaf.  The concept of minced meat, seasoned, and cooked in a loaf, roll or large patty…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 1

Most of this blog has been about restaurants and dining out, with only the odd post about cooking. But in light of the covid19 pandemic, most restaurants are either closed or limited to takeout service only. Which leaves many people eating at home far more than they had previously. I did a quick survey of…

Restaurant review: Saku

On a cool January weekend, we stopped for lunch at Saku on west Broadway (between Cambie and Ash St).   There was a long line, so we left our names and took a short stroll, before returning 20 minutes later. Saku is a chain of tonkatsu restaurants that originates from Japan. Their menu is fairly concise,…

Restaurant review: The Shoestring Cafe

During Dine Out 2020, I made a stop at The Shoestring Cafe in east Richmond for Saturday 5:30 seating. The restaurant (actually more like a French bistro) is located in a light industrial area along Number 6 road and Maycrest way. We arrived just before our reservation time, and it was a near full house. …

Restaurant review: Little Bird Dim Sum & Craft Beer

A new chinese restaurant opened in Kitsilano in December 2019, one of very few such establishments on the west side of the city. Little Bird occupies the space previously home to Yak & Yeti, and they offer a select menu of popular dim sum dishes plus a short menu of a dozen beers and wines,…

Restaurant review: Two Rivers Specialty Meats and Eatery

While in North Vancouver, we decided to stop for lunch at Two Rivers Meats. Two Rivers is a specialty butcher shop that supplies many of the restaurants around Vancouver.  Their retail store has a full kitchen, and some long table and counter seating. The menu is fairly straight forward: burgers, roast chicken, grilled sausages, hot…

Cooking: Light Fluffy Cheesecake

I’ve been tinkering with my favorite cheesecake recipe for, well let’s just say for a very long time.  The goal has always been to produce a light airy fluffy cheesecake similar to Cheesecake Etc. Most cheesecake recipes are either no-bake gelatin-based cheesecakes  (which can be light but have a distinct gelatin texture) or they are…

Restaurant review: La Pentola

On a Sunday evening, we had dinner at La Pentola in the Opus Hotel to celebrate a birthday. La Pentola is a northern Italian restaurant located one the ground floor, in the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. We arrived a few minutes early for our 6:45 reservations, and were seated immediately. The reservations appeared to be…

Restaurant review: Happy Noodle House

While downtown, we decided to stop for lunch at one of the newer Chinese restaurants in Yaletown. The original plan was to go to Grand Chinese on Hamilton street, but at the last minute we switched and went to the Happy Noodle House on Davie. The small (seemingly family operated) restaurant is between Granville and…

Restaurant review: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

On a cool October Sunday, we went downtown for lunch/brunch at the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish market on Cambie street, just south-west of the CBC studios. It’s the same company that farms oysters in Baynes Sound on Vancouver Island, and a seafood market near the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal.  This location is both…

Restaurant review: Pagliacci’s

During a weekend excursion to Victoria to visit the Royal BC Museum and the ancient Mayan exhibit, we stopped for dinner at a downtown italian-american restaurant called Pagliacci’s. While the menu is covers steak, seafood, pasta and salads, Pagliacci’s is best known for their pasta dishes. We started with an appetizer of Minnesota Fats (arancini)…