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Aug 1, 2012 01:56 PM

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.

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.

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  1. 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..

    1. 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"):
      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.

      1. 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.)

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        1. re: Florentine

          Thanks for all the advice - I think I'll make a bit at home and see how it goes.

          It is an interesting food, especially for someone who loves white rice.

          1. re: mborghese

            Good luck with the quinoa quest! If you do decide to DIY, I've noticed quinoa can go off rather quickly so just buy as much as you need.

            1. re: mborghese

              I know this isn't the Home Cooking board, but if you're making quinoa at home, try toasting it first. Just rinse the uncooked quinoa under running water, drain, add to a dry skillet and toast until golden brown. Then cook it per package instructions. It's really yummy!