Dine Out Vancouver

February 3, 2008

“Dine Out” is this fantastic idea that happens every year in Vancouver. It’s where a whole pile of restaurants join in on creating a “prix fixe” menu with the choice of wine pairing. It’s ridiculously popular, so it’s virtually impossible to get into one of the nicer restaurants on weekends, but my good friend Magdalena somehow managed to get us into this place called “The Salt Tasting Place” Saturday evening for a little “girl’s night out”! But I think I figured why we were able to get in at prime time. Salt is located in Gastown (which for those of you who don’t know, is a more trendy/funky part of town with lots of cool restaurants, pubs, bars etc). The problem is, Gastown also borders on the well known Hastings Street (again, for those who don’t know Vancouver, Hastings is our drug central, which has also been voted the highest drug count in Canada) So, needless to say, not really the area a girl wants to be wandering around alone. Which is exactly what I was doing. But as if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant was not just in Gastown, bordering on Hastings, it was up an alley called Blood Alley! How appealing. I’ve learned, upon research, that it was names Blood Alley because it used to house butcher shops so they’d rinse out the alley at the end of the day, resulting in blood in the streets. Not to mention it was also where they held public executions! So…that gives you an idea of our venue’s location!! However!! That certainly didn’t take anything away from the super fun atmosphere of Salt. We had a 3 course dinner of a soup or salad appetizer, a cheese and charcuterie tasting platter entree, and dessert. It was awesome! As always, I’ve attached my pix!

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Tastes Like Chicken

August 24, 2007

Why is it everything tastes like chicken?? You never taste anything and say, “Wow, this tastes just like steak!” Unless of course..it IS steak. And so on…  Everything has some unique quality, like, it’s a little chewier, or it’s a little stronger, but ultimately, the final decision is it compares mostly to chicken. And yet…what does chicken taste like?? Have you ever noticed that chicken ends up tasting like whatever else it’s put with? You can litterally put chicken in any dish, any sauce…and it’ll just end up taking on that flavor which was completely different than how it started off. (however, i suppose i wouldn’t recommend putting it in your cereal in the morning…as a wise man once said, there’s an exception to everything)  But really, chicken is just a big cop out. It is the Mr. Nobody or Mr Men, it’s the *gasp* tofu of protein!! Seriously folks…in a world where we strive so much for independence and individuality, why is it we consume such large quantities of such an indescript food?

And now pardon me while I go eat my aligator sandwich…or is it just a chewy chicken sandwich….how would i ever know???

Seafood Boil

May 5, 2007

I was (actually, currently still am)in Kelowna this weekend for a few days.  It’s been a weekend of joy and sorrow as the main purpose of my trip was for my grandmother’s funeral, but I’ve been lucky to be able to fit in some great face time with my old friends from my hometown.  The highlight of my weekend was the pre-birthday dinner that I was spoiled with Friday night.  My best friend Mel and I share a birthday so we’ve tried to make it tradition to spend it together. We’re a few weeks early, but at least we were together! So this year, I got to have a seafood boil for my (our) birthday. For those of you who don’t know, that’s where you literally boil seafood (d-uh).  Actually, there’s so much more to it than that.  Jason was the chef for the evening of festivities, and he created his own spice concoction, which he put into boiling water.  After allowing it to simmer for a while, he started adding the “goods”. This included pieces of corn on the cob, sausage, baby new potatoes….and then the GOOD STUFF: lobster, crab and the most ginormous prawns I’ve ever seen.  Mel and I had the wonderful disturbing privilege of buying the lobster and crab, which as some of you will know, you have to buy live.  I seriously question how humane this is, and we both agreed it was a “blue” job, not a “pink” job, but in the end, it was sooooo tasty, I forgot how bad I felt for the poor little fellas.  When it’s all cooked, that’s when the real fun starts.  You cover the table in plastic, wear old shirts you don’t ever need to wear again and go at it.  Feel free to use scissors, mallets, teeth…whatever your weapon of choice may be, and prepare to get down right messy.  It was AMAZING!!!  I’ll attach a link to a few photos I took of the feast.  The quality is not great because I only have the ones from my phone for now, the others will be coming soon I hope, but these will at least give you an idea of how fun it was!!  Everyone needs to experience this at least once.  I believe this was my 3rd Seafood Boil, but certainly NOT my last!! Click the picture to check out a few pix from the fun eve!!

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