Buying bulk food Weigh to Go on Dunbar Street

Spices I buy at Weigh to Go include ground cilantro, nutmeg, mustard seeds, caraway, cumin and chili powder. The bag of instant tapioca in the middle cost $4.90.

Spices I buy at Weigh to Go include ground cilantro, nutmeg, mustard seeds, caraway, cumin and chili powder. The bag of instant tapioca in the middle costs $4.90.

Do you also hate it when you want to try out a new recipe and it starts with “add one clove” or “take half a teaspoon of mustard seeds and mix it with ¼ teaspoon of garam masala?” Continue reading

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Canadian cuisine for beginners: Kerrisdale’s Mac Shack

MacShack_Logo*** update – The Mac Shack has disappeared from Kerrisdale – In the same location, there is now a high-end pizzeria that doesn’t do take outs.***

We Belgians are well known for our exquisite national cuisine. That also makes us a bit snobbish.

When I moved to Canada four years ago, I did not know what to expect with regards to food. I knew Vancouver is rich in Asian restaurants and has some of the best sushi in the world. But is that “Canadian” food? Continue reading

A new taste: Goat curry Marpole style

When you follow advice from the Twitter crowd, you don’t always know what you’re getting into. You might end up eating something you had never contemplated before. Like fresh goat meat in a bowl of spicy curry sauce.

When I decided to attend an afternoon presentation at the Marpole Historical Society last Saturday, I asked my Twitter followers for restaurant suggestions in the area. The Marpole Business Improvement Association recommended an Indian restaurant called Mirchi on Granville and 64th Ave. I love Indian food, so I decided to give it a try.

Mirchi Indian restaurant on Granville and 64th Ave. in Marpole

Mirchi Indian restaurant on Granville and 64th Ave. in Marpole

I arrived at 4 p.m. and found the restaurant entirely to myself. I was seated in a sunny place at the window.

Although I am an omnivore, my diet is 80 per cent vegetarian. I am a reasonable cook, but I perform poorly at most meat dishes, which is why I always want to learn from my rare restaurant outings. Continue reading

Bloggers showcase Kerrisdale’s unique shops in stop-motion video

When Andrea Mueller from North Vancouver visited her friend Judi Patson, who lives near MacKenzie Heights, a few weeks ago, it was a gorgeous Sunday. A perfect day, the friends decided, to go about and shoot another stop-motion video for their blog Curious in Vancouver.

If you use the hashtag #Kerrisdale on Hootsuite, as I do, you mostly find tweets about stores, the community centre and real estate listings. But once in a while, you find a little jewel posted by a private person like the Kerrisdale video which appeared last Tuesday, March 5.

The 2 ½-minute video, consisting of hundreds of photos edited in stop-motion, shows Continue reading

A new taste to my blog – testing foodie places from Dunbar to Main streets

Stephen Hui, the Georgia Straight web editor is coming to our journalism class at Langara College tomorrow. I discovered he is not only a reporter about a wide range of things such as technology and aboriginal issues. Hui also has a separate blog about eating vegan in Vancouver.

Enjoying a Chinese-Canadian meal with the family in Simon's kitchen on Dunbar & 28th Ave.

Enjoying a Chinese-Canadian meal with the family in Simon’s Kitchen on Dunbar & 28th Ave.

Some of my journalism colleagues are equally intrigued about food, agriculture, coffee places. Judy Chern just launched a new blog about locally grown exotic food and Tanya Hill’s blog New Agrarian City informs about sustainable urban farming, technology and food ideas.

That inspired me to reflect how often I read about local restaurants and deli stores, of which residential southwest Vancouver has plenty. Continue reading