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Vancouver Magazine's 101 Local Things to Eat Before You Die

  • fmed Sep 16, 2008 08:34 PM
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Interesting list:
http://www.vanmag.com/foodanddrink/08...

Many of these items have been discussed right here on this board. eg Lin's XLB (though they used the wrong photo), JN&Z's Smoked Beef, Fried Chicken at Fuel, Pupusa from Rinconcito Salvadoreno, Osake Sake, Liege Waffles from Lebeau, Spot Prawns, Georgian baguettes, Japadog, Honey Donuts, Shredded Chicken Salad at Koon Bo, Tacones at Go Fish.....etc.

This list actually inspired me to try a few things (eg Frogs Legs at Phnom Penh, Rabbit Sausage from Cioffi's salumi, Arepas at Baru Latino (I have never been), the Polenta Fries at Cascade....

I'm not sure who compiled the list, but I think they did a pretty good job.

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  1. What a fun list! I immediately had to count up how many I've tried (27) and of course copy them all to a file for future reference. I too will have to try the arepas at Baru Latino too, as I would love to have one that didn't have the texture of a bullet before I die (bad memories of arepas in Venezuela many moons ago). It will be worth it to have their version of mojitos and a hangar steak again...

    1. THANK YOU for sharing the link!

      WOW! Awesome list!

      1. My 10 year-old son and I were just reading that article tonight. He wants to try everything on the list! We've tried a few things...like the chocolate cake at Topanga, Naam's Miso Gravy, Siegel's Chocolate-Walnut Rugelach (although I prefer the strawberry), and the perogies from Holy Trinity Church (we are members of the church). He was all excited about the polenta fries in the photo, and now wants to go to Cascade for his birthday. We just received two bottles of the Granville Island Raspberry Wheat Ale as a gift.....plan to try it soon.

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        1. re: Chomp

          I think it is great that you are raising your son to be a Chowhound! 10 years old and he is excited by polenta fries ... that's priceless! I have a 4 year old niece and I have also been trying to train her. At this age though, it is kind of hit and miss. - I think ALL kids go through that "picky" stage.

          Let us know how the Raspberry Ale is ... I am still trying to find something similar to what I got in Belgium.

          1. re: boisenewbie

            The raspberry wheat ale is delicious, a perfect summer beer to enjoy with bbqs; like a shandy without the sweetness :-). We picked up 6 bottles right after Feast of Fields UBC, where GIsle Brewery was featuring. At the time, there were only 600 bottles left so grab some while it's still around!

            1. re: boisenewbie

              No word of a lie - my son never went through the picky stage! I think he was born a foodie! I remember convincing him to try marinated artichokes when he was very young, and he's never looked back. He is very interested in food, would eat sushi every day if he could, absolutely loathes McDonald's (especially after watching 'Supersize Me'), and has decided he wants to learn to make spaetzle.

              I hope to try the raspberry ale this weekend. MIL is coming for a visit. lol.

          2. Cool list. The chocolate cake looks devine!

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            1. re: gourmet wife

              I was surprised to see that cake on the list -- I've waxed rhapsodic about it in the past, and it's a must-have when we go to Topanga. Word to the wise though, order it at the same time as you get your main. It's popular and they tend to run out!

              1. re: grayelf

                does anyone have a copy of the list on pdf or another link??
                I just clicked the link and it seems like it no longer exists!

                Thanks!

                1. re: bobthebuilder

                  Here you go: http://www.vanmag.com/Restaurants/101...

            2. Glad I saw this before my December trip. I see that pho made the list, is the pho at Thai Son Vietnamese the best in the City? It wasn't on Knight's list that grayelf posted on my thread.

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              1. re: DezzerSF

                It's good...my personal faves are Le Do (Hastings St), Song Huong (Nanaimo St), Co Do (Kingsway - which I guess is like your Larkin St in the sheer number of pho and banh mi joints).

                1. re: fmed

                  Have a look here too: http://eatvancouver.net/2007/04/phodo...

                  1. re: fmed

                    Although we had some excellent pho on Larkin Street this Sunday in San Francisco (Bodega Bistro), I rather think that Dezzer will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of pho and Vietnamese places on Kingsway. Little Saigon is quite small by comparison...

                    I am going to start a new thread to find out about a dish we had in SF that I haven't heard of here or at least not the English translation.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Hey grayelf, looking fwd to your report on the Mission and Fruitvale excursions in SF. Also curious as to how many of those 49 pages you got through. ; >P

                      Cheers,

                      Dave

                      1. re: PolarBear

                        Thanks, I'm working on them. And the answer is, not many :-)

                        ETA: okay, here's the link to the Fruitvale report http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571843 -- Mission still to come.

                      2. re: grayelf

                        I'm eager to see what Kingsway has to offer, it does sound like we might be overwhelmed with our short 2 day trip. Looking forward to hear about the new dish you had in SF and the pho you had on Larkin St.