Party season

KevinCharcuterie, Odds and EndsLeave a Comment

Time for our 3rd annual winter party. I was hoping to make it an annual event back when I did my first one, and I’m really pleased to be at the third already! I’m going to try a couple recipes from my charcuterie idol, Michael Ruhlman. Oh. I diverge. I emailed the guy, I think I mentioned this. Well he … Read More

Chinese Food?

KevinMulti-culturalLeave a Comment

We had the worst chinese food of our lives last night in chinatown. It was a horrible restaurant experience of epic proportions. We have a ‘usual’ place we enjoy for good chinese, to which I can compare the place we visited last night. The difference? Prawns the size of your thumb vs the size of a peanut. Fresh baby bok … Read More

Indian food

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It is rare that a restaurant really impresses me, especially when I have pretty high expectations. Our first visit was prior to my wife’s pregnancy-related aversion to indian food. So I waited for months to go back. Months of anticipation, expecting great food. And it did not disappoint. If you’re into Indian, this place is wicked and is a buffet … Read More

Don’t Make This Mistake

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I made an error today in the kitchen. A very simple but serious error. I removed an elk eye of round from the fridge, rolled it in crushed aniseed and szechuan peppercorn, then rubbed on Pam’s grandma’s mustard prior to browning it in a hot pan. My previous mustard crust was one of my best culinary accomplishments of the recent … Read More

Pho: Part II

KevinMulti-cultural, SoupLeave a Comment

I ate my vietnamese soup for breakfast, lunch, and supper today. No pictures, sorry. Good thing I made it, as I woke up with a sore throat and headache. Hence my lack of awesome story about my soup eating binge. Dang.

Pho: Part I

KevinMulti-cultural, SoupLeave a Comment

I have great respect for Vietnamese cuisine. For some reason, among the asian cuisines I’ve been exposed to, I’m drawn to it the most. Maybe I’m more ethnocentric than I think and it’s only because they were once colonized by the French, my European cuisine favorite. Or not. I’m a big fan of the clean, fresh, savoury, transparent, and crisp … Read More

Hit it with a car = regional.

KevinFrom The Wild, Pet Peeves, PhilosoFood1 Comment

Today I read an add in the paper from Normand’s – a respectable local restaurant – advertising: “Fine Regional Cuisine, Featuring Wild Regional Game: ELK, CARIBOU, and MUSKOX…”. Now for those of you who do not spend much time outdoors, you will not find, no matter how hard you search, a wild caribou or muscox within many, many, many hours … Read More

Crips, Bloods, and Guilt

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I’m reading yet another book by Anthony Bourdain [my 5th]. In it, he discusses a Canadian author who categorizes chefs into two camps: Crips and Bloods. Crips being the fusion-loving multicultural innovators, and Bloods being the terroir driven, regional-and-in-season-only kind of folks. I like to at least think of my self as a ‘Blood’. I spend a lot of time … Read More