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What to buy for a potluck?

bonbons Sep 11, 2012 08:21 AM

We are coming over to Vancouver this weekend to attend a housewarming/potluck party. We don't have time to cook so we're trying to figure out where we can pick up something delicious to bring. Any suggestions? We're staying in Kits and the party is in Coquitlam.

Thanks in advance!

  1. grayelf Sep 11, 2012 08:27 AM

    How about spanakopita? Serrano Bakery in Kits does a nice one, and you can get decent tzatziki from Parthenon nearby, then cut it in pieces to serve. Only drawback would be having to buy it the day of the event.

    1. LotusRapper Sep 11, 2012 10:40 AM

      That's a question for your party hosts, no ?

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      1. re: LotusRapper
        bonbons Sep 11, 2012 01:42 PM

        We've had some suggestions, but I've also learned from experience that the recommendations from here are fantastic.

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        StarryFork Sep 11, 2012 01:28 PM

        You could get one of the "brown bags" from Les Amis du Fromage - they usually put them out on Saturday mornings, at the Kits location (though they may be doing them at the Hastings St. location now too, not sure). Buy a package of crackers and you're set. You can even spring for a condiment if you're feeling expansive. Also, this will travel well.

        The brown bags contain a sampler of cheeses, everyone usually enjoys getting to try a number of different fancy cheeses.


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        1. re: StarryFork
          kinnickinnik Sep 11, 2012 01:53 PM

          Great idea!

          1. re: StarryFork
            twinkienic Sep 12, 2012 12:51 AM

            Thanks for the tip! I'll have to go check that out!

          2. fmed Sep 11, 2012 03:08 PM

            Some Chinese BBQ from Chinatown perhaps.

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            1. re: fmed
              LotusRapper Sep 11, 2012 04:13 PM

              Yeah. Bring in a whole roasted pig (or lechon), you'll be the star of the party :-D

            2. Quattrociocchi Sep 11, 2012 06:50 PM


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              1. re: Quattrociocchi
                quddous Sep 12, 2012 04:51 PM

                I don't like sushi for potlucks. The sushi is all pre-made and refrigerated so the rice gets tough.

                1. re: quddous
                  grayelf Sep 12, 2012 11:28 PM

                  I guess it would have to be premade unless the OP made rice and brought the fixings for everyone to make their own temaki (which is, BTW, a great thing to do for potlucks, used to do it all the time in uni when I lived in the snowbelt of Ontario, aka the land of no sushi) but not refrigerated. The OP could just order and pick it up on the way to the event, no?

              2. LotusRapper Sep 11, 2012 10:23 PM

                I used to buy a dozen or two cha gio (fried rolls) from Bau Chau on E. Hastings when they were around $1 each.

                Now I often buy something from the dessert bar at Whole Foods or ......... T & T Supermarket.

                1. fmed Sep 11, 2012 10:48 PM

                  Gelato from Bella or Asian ice cream from T&T.

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                    elkahani Sep 11, 2012 10:54 PM

                    plug your crockpot into the inverter and make a roast. or crockpot casserole. while your drive there. then give them the crockpot

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