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Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

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swedane Jul 14, 2012 06:19 PM

Was original looking for copper frying pans. When I learned about de Buyer Mineral "B" frying pans. I know Amazon.com sells them. Before buying any, I prefer seeing them, in person. Does anyone here know where, in the Vancouver area, they are sold?

  1. queueueuq Jul 14, 2012 08:32 PM

    Williams Sonoma might have them (Granville @ 13th); I'd call to check.

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    1. re: queueueuq
      mopiepls Jul 14, 2012 09:04 PM

      WS definitely carries them, just a matter of if they're in stock.

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      swedane Jul 14, 2012 09:49 PM

      Thank you, both, for your quick answers. Looked up the adress and glad to see they're open Sundays. I'll be sure to give them a ring! Can't wait to get my hands on some decent cookware.
      :)

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      1. re: swedane
        fmed Jul 15, 2012 01:17 AM

        I set up a group buy last year from Coquitlam Food Equipment which is a restaurant supply store. Undoubtedly priced less than at WS. Great pans.

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          swedane Jul 15, 2012 03:49 AM

          I don't really qualify as a group, but lucky for the group you took! I've already checked WS prices against Amazon's. WS charges up to 33% more. For now, I just want to view the various models and sizes, before deciding on which ones to buy.

          1. re: swedane
            fmed Jul 15, 2012 06:56 AM

            To clarify: an individual buyer can purchase pans at CFE. You don't need to be a group. Call Monique at (604) 521-1566 to see if they still carry it.

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              swedane Jul 15, 2012 09:46 AM

              Thank you so much for the contact name and phone number, I will be sure to call Monique first thing tomorrow. :) I will let you know how it turns out.

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              coreyinoz Sep 18, 2012 08:36 AM

              Unfortunately - regardless of price, WS on Granville does not (and hasn't previously) carried de Buyer in store.

              I've got the same question as the original poster.

              Haven't tried CFE yet - but unfortunately they're only open M-F, which makes a bomb out there pretty much impossible for someone in Vancouver who's working banker's hours.

              Anywhere else?

              1. re: coreyinoz
                mopiepls Sep 18, 2012 09:26 PM

                WS does indeed carry de Buyer, i work there!

                if you did want to peek at them in person, the next time you're in the store, you'll find them in the bay between the knife case and the mauviel copper, above the paella pans and below the woks. there's one shelf of them but WS Granville definitely carries 3-4 different models.

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                  coreyinoz Sep 18, 2012 09:29 PM

                  Hahaha - it must have been my mangled pronunciation when I called to check on availability.

                  The girl on the phone confidently told me that indeed they were not carried, so I never thought to drive out there to prove her wrong.

                  Hopefully they have the 10" or 12" mineral b frying pan in stock.

                  Thanks for the info.

                  1. re: coreyinoz
                    fmed Sep 20, 2012 02:11 PM

                    Did you pronounce it like this?
                    http://www.forvo.com/word/de_buyer/

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                  lominator Sep 20, 2012 01:09 PM

                  I was just there last week and yes, WS does carry de Buyer.

          2. LotusRapper Sep 18, 2012 04:28 PM

            I have a BRAND NEW NEVER USED 12-1/2" (32cm) de Buyer Poele Paysanne "Country" Pan, made of 2mm-thick blue steel, if anyone is interested in buying:

            http://www.amazon.com/Buyer-Country-F...

            Please contact me at <saabken AT yahoo DOT ca). Please put "de Buyer" in the subject line so I won't accidentally chuck your email into the spam folder. Cheers :-)

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              mrbitterpants Sep 18, 2012 08:16 PM

              I just purchased one online last week. I haven't gotten around to seasoning it yet so I can take close up pictures of anything you want to see if you need.

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                coreyinoz Sep 18, 2012 09:28 PM

                Cool - thanks for the offer - which website did you buy from?

                The cheapest I've seen that delivers to Canada is this;

                http://www.chrisica.ca/

                CB

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                  mrbitterpants Sep 18, 2012 09:56 PM

                  I shipped to Blaine so may not work for you but I got it here:
                  http://www.kitchen-universe.com/de-Bu...
                  with a 5% coupon code KIT5
                  Not the most confidence inspiring site but it shipped out the next day and was packaged well.

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                Georgia Strait Sep 19, 2012 02:21 PM

                i realize there is an entirely dedicated cookware board here on ch - but can one of the regulars on this BC board pls tell me more about this - i have an assortment of cookware from original (before china asia) paderno to inherited old cast iron.

                what do you like about this particular brand?

                i am a fan of Wm Sonoma - nice displays, inspiring (i bought something at WS Seattle i was sure i would use over this recent bbq season but it's still in my pots and pans cupboard w/ wrapper on it!)

                i am interested to learn more about this cookware

                does it work on gas only?
                would it work on electric coil?
                glass cooktop electric?

                etc.

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                  mrbitterpants Sep 19, 2012 02:48 PM

                  old school French brand. solidly built carbon steel pans. when seasoned they are non-stick like cast-iron without being quite so heavy (although still hefty). they should work on any range that a stainless steel pan would. for me, they're a replacement for sketchy teflon and "green" non-stick coatings.

                  big thread here (among others):
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/741895

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                    fmed Sep 19, 2012 03:03 PM

                    They are great pans that benefit from very frequent use. They just get better and more non-stick with age. Best searing pan I own. Nothing comes close (in my collection) to its conductivity.

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                      Georgia Strait Sep 19, 2012 03:25 PM

                      so they haven't cheapened the manufacturing while still keeping the name? I ask because it seems so many things have kept the name but things are just cheaply made with a planned life expiry date --- like my expensive Kitchenaid fridge - remember when our moms and aunts all bought that brand 25 or better years ago cuz it meant something? no not a rant, just an example of what i am trying to explain. thank you for your info - very interesting. I am a big fan of having one or two decent things (knives, pots/pans, serveware, dinnerware, etc instead of 20 things cluttering my kitchen.

                      ps is there mis-guiding auto correct on CH or is it me?

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                        mrbitterpants Sep 19, 2012 05:05 PM

                        afaik, they're still made in France. pick one up and you'll see its well made. new ones seem very similar to the old one's i used in France.

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                          fmed Sep 19, 2012 10:24 PM

                          Yep. France. And they are pretty hardcore and will take a beating. Big rivets, heavy. I have some old ones (maybe 20 years old now) and they are my favourite pans. Bought some new ones in a group buy from CFE last year.

                          1. re: fmed
                            LotusRapper Sep 19, 2012 11:00 PM

                            From that CFE group buy last year, I have a brand new, never used 12-1/2" (32cm) de Buyer Poele Paysanne "Country" Pan (2mm-thick blue steel) if anyone is interested.

                            http://www.amazon.com/Buyer-Country-F...

                2. mopiepls Oct 7, 2012 11:46 PM

                  WS Granville carries 4 Mineral B pans - the same 4 that can be found online.

                  here's the breakdown in prices on October 7, 2012. skus provided for identification purposes.

                  FRY PANS - 2" deep
                  10" C$79.95 US$59.95 #8740599
                  12.5"* C$109.95 US$79.95 #8740904 *12" online

                  COUNTRY PANS - 3" & 3.5" deep
                  9.5"* C$94.95 US$69.95 #8654717 *10" online
                  12.5"* C$179.95 US$89.95 #8740649 *12" online

                  hope this helps any decision making processes.

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