Quinoa in Vancouver
I just had my first taste of quinoa and I'm curious to try more.
I enjoyed it in a light, green salad from a Granville district restaurant called Piknik. http://www.yelp.com/biz/piknik-vancouver
I was wondering, are there any other restaurants in Vancouver/Surrey that serve quinoa? The salad was great, and I'd love to try it cooked, or in a different combination.
My first introduction to quinoa was years ago at The Foundation. I would not necessarily recommend seeking a meal there, but if you're seeking restaurants that serve quinoa, they most certainly do.
Note: you can easily find quinoa bulk in Vancouver grocery stores (Donald's Market, Urban Fare, etc.)
I haven't had it there but Yew has it on their menu and it seems to be a warm dish (I assume that's what you mean by "cooked"): http://www.yewrestaurant.com/menus/vegan_lunch/
You get two varieties in that one, which is a bonus.
I also remember seeing it on The Acorn's menu but I haven't been to the restaurant:
For something quicker, Whole Foods has a few quinoa salads in their take-out section. However, anytime I've had something there, I've found it quite bland, so it's not necessarily something I'd recommend. YMMV.
Unless you're really not into cooking, I do think the best way to experiement is in your own kitchen. It's an absolute cinch to prepare and absorbs flavours very easily -- great as a rice substitute (not in all situations, obviously, but certainly as a side, prepared like pilaf or just mixed with some pesto or something... speaking mainly of the typical white variety). Another thing I like to do is make quinoa patties and eat them with aioli or any number of other sauces (this is one dish where pan frying really matters; I tried baking them to be healthy and it just wasn't the same). Just remember to rinse well before cooking to remove any bitterness! // edit: I'm sure you got my meaning but sorry about the poor sentence structure. Of course, that's "before cooking, rinse it well," not "rinse well ahead of time before you cook it" :)
I, too, like quinoa (which is a seed) better than couscous (which is flour-based). In fact, I love the former and abhor the latter.
yes, we like quinoa too - better than couscous in our estimation (i'm sure a chow person expert can tell us the difference) ....
i'm not really a cook but was surprised --- it's easy to make & "accesorize" quinoa at home, assuming you are at home and not in a hotel etc. when you posted this question
i like the Presidents Choice organic pkg'd one - it's at Super Valu, or Superstore, or if you live normally back east, i think it's Loblaws that is the PC store back there..