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"Come on guys, it's Friday. Let's go to Upstairs" - T. Koop

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Secret Sandwich - Vancouver

Finally I found Vancouver's answer to the Kensington S.S. Not surprisingly, it's on Commercial Drive. La Grotta del Formaggio.

It's an Italian deli and cheese shop that has a surprisingly small selection of cheese. But the sandwiches are great! For $6.50 you get a large bun with your choice of meat, cheese, and any number of toppings. If you consider how much you can load on that baby the price turns out to be pretty good. Here's half a salami:

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Coffee Maker Noodles

I generally disdain "starving student" type foods, because generally I think if you're smart, creative and not lazy you can eat well without spending a lot of money.

But I saw this on Salon's Ask the Pilot : coffee maker ramen.

The cellophane brick variety is preferable to the kind in Styrofoam cups because it's easier to pack and impervious to damage.

1) Rinse out the filter basket assembly of your hotel room coffee maker;
2) crush noodle brick into the carafe;
3) partially fill coffee maker with water, and switch on;
4) once carafe is full, wait three minutes;
5) drain carefully, add flavor packet, turn on Comedy Central and enjoy.

I decided to give this a shot. I dunno what I expected. It tasted the same as ramen noodles do. The main point is to let the noodles soak in the warm water until they swell up.

This ain't rocket science - but the idea to cook food in a coffee maker is a good one.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Apples and Brie

Since I was a kid I liked apples and cheese as a snack. Nowdays I like apples with hard cheese like Romano or Parmesan, but that piece of brie was $2 at Kensington ($1.99/lb). Hard to resist.


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Italian Food in Freiburg

Unfortunately I don't have a camera here, but I can tell you about one of my favourite restaurants.

You can get some pretty decent Italian eats here in Freiburg, and some pretty good sized pizzas for only 4 Euros or so.
The pastas are pretty good too and also very reasonably priced.

It can be found at Friedrichring 5, which is less than 10 min. from my place, just north of the Altstadt, and also less than 10 min. from the Institutsviertel.

You can find their menu/webpage here:
Restaurant Webpage

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Joyce's West Indian Grocery

Joyce's, a tiny ass West Indian grocery at Bathurst and London St. (across from Bathurst subway stn.) recently underwent a reno and started serving up cooked meals.

Last week I checked out some peppersteak on rice. Nice spicy sauce and a big helping. Thought they have a big menu posted, it's more of a rotation - not everything is a go everyday. Today I picked up a goat curry on rice and peas and a "goat soup". $9 for both.

The goat soup was more like a stew, not something I'm usually big on, but this was pretty spicy and tasty, with noodles, some potato, dumplings and a decent amount of meat.

It came with a token salad and a couple pieces of plantain (bonus!).

It's nice to a have good west indian take out so close by, it's at least as good as Albert's, the servings are bigger but it's not open as late.

At the moment there is a counter but no seating inside, and the service is still in an awkward stage - typical for a new place.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Breakfast Burritos

These are some superfast breakfast (or anytime!) burritos. Fifteen minutes from inspiration to ingestion !

You Need:
-sausage (chunkified)
-BBQ Sauce
-Hot Sauce (optional)
-spices (salt, pepper, dill, whatev.) for eggs

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

What 200 Calories looks like

This web page What Does 200 Calories Look Like ? shows what 200 calorie portions of various common foods looks like.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Years Dinner

I wasn't into going out for New Year's so I got patties and doubles from Albert's Real Jamaican (St. Clair & Vaughan). $6.76 incl. Ginger Beer and tax.

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