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Gung Hei Fat Cho!! Without the Chinese Food

by Canucklehead 01.26.2014

Chinese New Year will be on January 31st this year, and Chinese families will gather en masse to feast on groaning tables of food and loudly wish each other good wishes for the coming year. This is the busiest time of the year for Chinese Restaurants and places like Kirin, will have special menus with [...]

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The Weekend Cook – The Multicultural Roast Pig

by Canucklehead 01.02.2014

I think it’s a pretty obvious statement to make that Vancouver is Multicultural – but I can tell you from first-hand experience our local multiculturalism runs deeply in way that only perhaps Los Angeles can match. It’s not just the “usual” mixing of people in neighbourhoods, but how people connect and build lives with loved [...]

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Weekend Cook – Aged Eggnog

by Canucklehead 12.20.2013

A few months ago – I was reading through my issue of the Art of Eating (which is singularly excellent – you should seriously subscribe to it) when I read an article on aged eggnog. And I mean AGED – for up to a year. WTF!? You mix up eggs, dairy, sugar, and booze and [...]

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Bistro Wagon Rouge – So True

by Canucklehead 11.26.2013

Among certain diners, there is this back and forth around idea of authenticity. On the one hand, there are those who adhere very closely to the original, and see beauty and continuity in respecting tradition. On the other side, there are those who question the value in holding onto the past. After all, we live [...]

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Farmers Apprentice – I’ve Got a Peaceful Easy Feeling

by Canucklehead 08.02.2013

Vancouver always gets put down for being too pretty, for resting on our laurels, and not having any ambition. I think the rest of Canada sees this city as the Millenial of the family, young and full of promise – but more concerned about bike lanes and trees than getting a desk job. But this [...]

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Top Chef Edward Lee – Smoke and Pickles (Not Mirrors) *Prize at the bottom of the box

by Canucklehead 07.25.2013

Okay – let’s admit it – we all watch Top Chef. Even if we can’t make our way through every episode, we keep up with who got cut and who made it through. It’s always intriguing to me – why would anyone put themselves through the craziness of the challenges? I suppose some do it [...]

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Maenam – James Beard Dinner Redux

by Canucklehead 07.11.2013

I needed a breather. Even though I exist on the outer periphery of the whole food media thing – it amazes me how short the news cycles have become. Instant Yelp reviews, gossip at the speed of light, everyone aiming for insider information. And with Eater now hiring for Vancouver correspondents, things are only going [...]

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Bestie – People Let Me Tell ‘Bout My Best Friend

by Canucklehead 06.17.2013

When I was a kid, I LOVED the show, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. Not only was I intrigued with the idea that your father could be your friend, but that there was such a thing as a ‘Best’ friend. Asian families tend to be quite clannish and closed to the outside world, so my [...]

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The Weekend Cook – The Way of Sui Yuk

by Canucklehead 06.10.2013

Chinese people love pork. I mean, REALLY love it. Pork shows up in so many dishes, I genuinely cannot imagine what Kosher Chinese food would be like. Perhaps only the Italians come close to exalting the pig as much. In fact, my grandmother would substitute Italian proscuitto for more difficult to find Yunan ham in [...]

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You like me! You really like me!!

by Canucklehead 04.23.2013

Okay – full disclosure here, I am a Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award Judge. There I’ve said it – and I feel unburdened and relieved. I hope that you will still like me and we can continue to be friends. For many years, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards were managed by the genuinely legendary Jamie Maw [...]

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King Crab – They’re Here!!

by Canucklehead 03.03.2013

People have been emailing me for a few weeks now. “When are Chinese restaurants starting their King Crab specials?” “Isn’t it time for King Crabs?” “I want my King Crab – where are they?” It used to be like clockwork, one go around with King Crabs in the late fall, then another just after Chinese [...]

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Pidgin – Minding the Gap

by Canucklehead 02.13.2013

Lots of restaurants get pre-opening buzz. I remember when Chambar was still putting the final touches on its interiors, eGullet BC was a riot of anticipation and excitement. When Hawksworth finally opened, the city breathed a collective sigh of relief that one of the big guns of local dining was finally returning to the kitchen [...]

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