May 20th 2015 Radio Show

IMG_8884   Hi everyone, I will be on Ms. Deborah Moore’s radio show on Wednesday May 20th, 2015; below is the outline and the content is subject to change according to Ms. Moore and flow of program; I look forward to chatting with her about food and everything else (OO) From Eat Vancouver: Everyday Superfoods It’s not bacon; bacon flavoured coconut topper – Canadian Maple flavour.  A fun substitute! You can find this product at Choices Food Market (Thanks Jo Jo for the recommendation!) http://www.everydaysuperfoods.ca

Juicing anyone? I do make my own juice at home; it’s good to know there are great options in Vancouver.  I love this tonic at Juicery…www.thejuiceryco.ca IMG_5803 And how about Heartbeet from the Juice Box ??  www.thejuicebox.ca

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Orange Ginger and Heart beet from Juice Box
Is juicing for you? Do more research and obtain more Information on cold pressed juices: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13668/what-you-need-to-know-about-cold-pressed-juice-and-why-you-should-go-green.html

Starstruck at Eat Vancouver: pastry tasting panel (Thomas Haas, Chez Christophe, Beta Five (Adam Chandler) and Beaucoup (Jackie Ellis) IMG_6046 http://www.thomashaas.com http://www.christophe-chocolat.com http://www.beta5.myshopify.com

Eat Vancouver Special Event: Special Dinner series at Dirty Apron Cooking School (Chef David Robertson) with Anna Olson and Jackie Ellis I finally made it to Dirty Apron Cooking School (on Beatty Street)!  It was a night to remember; meeting Anna Olson and Jackie Ellis, they are just lovely.  Friendly Chef owner David Robertson and crew cooked the students (30 of us) a beautiful tasting family style dinner!

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Chef Robertson’s seared duck breast with orange gastrique
Split into different groups, we had a pastry lesson (Choux paste) from Anna and Jackie, assisted by the great staff at Dirty Apron and Beaucoup (Thanks Mina for your helpful hints in frying!), we made crullers and assembled the profiteroles into croquembouche (the grand tower of cream puffs) ! IMG_6136 I’ve talked about their cookbook a few months ago; Check out the Dirty Apron cooking school website for the course schedule; I definitely will be back.. http://www.dirtyapron.com

Hello Beaucoup it has been a while…. http://www.beaucoupbakery.com

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Croissant, Pain au chocolat, chocolate almond croissant 
Fort Langley: It’s another world out there…Brunch at Beatniks Bistro (www.beatniksbistro.com)

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Brunch at Beatniks Bistro – My husband had the Ancho Chorizo wrap and it was delicious

April 22nd, 2015 Radio Show

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Hi everyone!

Enjoying the spring weather?  I’ve been busy attending classes and redesigning my blog!  For the time being, you can find my updates only on Twitter (@GoldenApron) or Instagram (Mygoldenapron).   Stay tuned for changes coming soon!

I will be on Ms. Deborah Moore’s radio show on AM 1470 Fairchild Radio on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:30am sharp!

Below is the outline and the content is subject to change according to Ms. Moore and flow of program; I look forward to chatting with her about food and everything else (OO)

Fun on Fraser:

Between East 23rd Avenue and East King Edward Avenue:  Vancouver’s beloved Earnest Ice cream is already on this block; check out the Chinese vegetarian restaurant and french bakery!

Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant: 3932 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC (Closed on Tuesdays).

We don’t eat Chinese vegetarian food very often; certainly enjoyed their crispy fried taro roll, spring rolls and milk custard (picture not shown; nice hint of coconut); their sautéed pea sprouts were simple yet cooked to perfection; the magic lies within the vegetarian broth which they prepared, the dishes we’ve tried are flavourful and not overly seasoned.  Friendly atmosphere and great price range.

Delicious Deep fried Yuba wrapped Taro rolls and Spring Rolls - Chinese Vegetarian
Delicious Deep fried tofuwrapped Taro rolls and Spring Rolls – Chinese Vegetarian
Batard Boulangerie Cafe Moderne: 3958 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC 

French country-style bakery which has a little of everything: fabulous seasonal baked goods (their Raisin Walnut bread was to die for),  you can stop by to have a light lunch or coffee and dessert: we thoroughly enjoyed their black forest cake in a jar with a nice cup of tea!  They also sell their baked goods at the Vancouver Farmers Market, check out their website for menu and information:

http://www.batardbakery.com/

Black Forest Cake in Mason Jar at Batard
Black Forest Cake in Mason Jar at Batard
Thai on Commercial Drive: 

Kin Kao – 903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC (closed on Mondays), Eat in and Take out Available

I discovered this fine little gem on Instagram and went for a light brunch; we enjoyed the vegetarian congee (authentic Thai/Chinese flavour) and Pad Thai (remember to ask for spicy).  No reservations so get there early; and we will try their dinner menu next time!

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Tofu and Vegetable Congee at Kin Kao’s Sunday brunch
Back to the West side: Au Comptoir,  2278 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

They have been following me on Twitter and I finally made it to the restaurant; an almost-perfect dinner from start to finish; check out their new spring menu, and remember no reservations (this seems to be the norm here in Vancouver for many small establishments).

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New in social media application: Zomato, recently launched in North America (bought out Urbanspoon): 

Now testing their new app!  It’s a restaurant app with instagram capabilities. My handle and profile from Urbanspoon has been transferred over, so follow me!

http://http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/14/Vancouver-restaurants.html.urbanspoon.com/c/14/Vancouver-restaurants.html

https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/restaurants

Upcoming events:

http://eat-vancouver.com/

I’ve already purchased tickets to two special events; can’t wait to update everyone next month!

TKC Japanese Gourmet kitchen by Guu: April 26th Dashi broth making class taught in English, you can find them on Facebook.

FYI: November 19th, 2014 Radio Show

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I will be on Ms. Deborah Moore’s radio show on AM 1470 Fairchild Radio this Wednesday morning November 19th, 2014 at 10:30am sharp!

Below is the outline for tomorrow’s segment; content is subject to change according to Ms. Moore and flow of program.  I look forward to chatting with Ms. Moore about food and everything else (OO)

If you have any questions or suggestions, or even great food finds, I would love to hear from you! Please contact me anytime at goldenapron@gmail.com!

 

Four new recipes published: Korean Vegetarian Japchae, Japanese Pumpkin Soup, Triple Cs Chowder (Chicken, Corn, Cauliflower), Japanese Whole Tomato Rice

I have old recipes which are great for winter: Butternut squash salad, Vietnamese Beef Stew, Wafu French Onion soup, Roasted Cauliflower with cremini mushrooms- just to name a few, please look under the archives, click on the months and you will find the postings!

My love affair with brunches continue:

http://burdockandco.com/

(tasty korean fried chicken, kale gnudi, carrot salad, cabbage salad with pumpkin seed dressing; and they do take reservations)

http://www.lastcrumb.ca/

(gluten free options, vegetarian options, sconewiches, brunch available on weekends, casual)

It’s all about line ups and waffles; they have almond milk option available for hot chocolate

http://www.medinacafe.com

Japanese Youtube website for tomato rice, different version

http://www.youtube.com/user/ochikeron

Hong Kong Food Blogger: her version of tomato rice in Chinese

http://foods-sensei.

One of my favourite herbal teas (available at fine food markets:

http://www.mightyleaf.ca/en/tea

More bakeries in Vancouver: Purebread from Whistler is now in Gastown!

http://www.purebread.ca/

Two cookbooks I found quite interesting especially the Clean Eats recipe book which I got from my sister, I am not a dietitian so I am doing more research on this subject, and try to practice mindfulness with food choices and eating whole foods.

My Dirty Apron Cookbook (dirty apron cooking school in gas town on Beatty street)

Clean Eats by Dr Alejandro Junger:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/clean-eats-alejandro-junger/1118198925?ean=9780062327819

October 22nd, 2014 Radio Show RECAP

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Thank you Ms. Deborah Moore for having me on your show this morning! Until next time…Happy and Healthy Eating! (OO)

Here are the links and information for today’s radio show:

4 new recipes a little French, a little Japanese and Korean: Salmon Potato Crusted Pie, Faux Japanese “Omurice”, Tomato Caramelized Onion Jam “Jam-up”, Kimchi Jjigae

Interesting article on New York Times: Quote from There are only Two Rules for a Good Diet –

“1. Stop eating junk and hyper processed food.  This eliminates probably 80 percent of the stuff that is being sold as “food”.

2. Eat more plants than you did yesterday, or last year.

If you add “Cook your own food” to this list, it’s even more powerful, but these two steps alone allow you to reduce the amount of antibiotics you are consuming; pretty much eliminate GMOs from your diet, lighten your carbon footprint; reduce your chances of becoming ill as a result of your diet; save money; cut way back on sugar, other junk and unnecessary and potentially harmful non food additives; and so on.

All without relying on corporate benevolence or the government getting things right. The power lies with you.”

– Rice flour and Quinoa Flour pasta: gluten free option and my favorite is spaghetti!

http://www.gogoquinoa.com/products/pasta/

Lovely mango/sago/pomelo dessert, love their matcha and mango icecream; durian is very popular.

Doolami on Granville and West 64th Avenue: open evenings from 7pm till late night, delivery available

http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/14/restaurants/1858629/menu_photos/458221

http://www.weibo.com/doolami

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September 24th Radio Show Recap

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Thank you Ms. Deborah Moore for having me on your show this morning! Until next time (OO)!

Here are the links and information for today’s radio show:

Casual Italian:

http://www.askforluigi.com/

Cream Puffs: Another new competitor in town!

http://chewyjunior.ca/

Happy Hour: Another new way to try out a restaurant?

http://theflyingpigvan.com/

Good read: Clean Eats and clean living

http://www.cleanprogram.com/clean-eats

 

 

July 23rd Radio Show Recap

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Thank you Ms. Deborah Moore for having me on your show this morning! Until September…Enjoy (OO)

Here are the links and information for today’s radio show:

Beta Five Chocolates – 412 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver, BC (www.beta5myshopify.com)

(Delectable cream puffs and chocolates)

The Fish Counter – 3825 Main Street at East 22nd Avenue (www.thefishcounter.com)

(Fish and chips, dairy free clam chowder)

Fish Cafe – 2053 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC

(Blackened/grilled/fried fish options, blackened halibut with saffron rice, fries,can substitute with salad (additional cost)

Hubub Sandwich and Salad Bliss (www.hubbubsandwiches.com)

Two locations – 420 Robson Street or 859 Hornby Street

(Gluten free options, fresh ingredients)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 18th Radio Show RECAP

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Hi everyone, thank you very much for tuning in this morning! Here are the links and information which I mentioned on Ms. Deborah Moore’s “Modern Deborah” on AM 1470;

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at goldenapron@gmail.com.  ENJOY (OO)

Saturday brunch at Farmer’s Apprentice:

http://www.farmersapprentice.ca/

Pasta at MoMa Modern Bistro, delicious Beet salad

http://www.momabistro.com/

Balilicious – Tapas/Sampling Menu available now

http://www.baliliciousrestaurant.com/

Swallow Tail Winery and mushroom forage tours

http://www.swallowtail.ca/

As for my creations, I have also already posted the Napa Cabbage soup and Kale Caesar recipe.  More new postings will be coming soon!

 

 

 

 

FYI: Good Reads

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These two books were wonderful gifts from a very dear old friend; they are good references and I wish to share with everyone; Happy Reading!

Kitchen Cures – Revolutionize Your Health with Foods That Heal by Peggy Kotsopoulos

Yoshoku Japanese food western style – by Jane Lawson (Australian food writer, http://www.eatlove.com.au/chefs/jane-lawson/28/

PS. A big thank you to the listener (Janice K.) who sent me an email asking for the titles, I didn’t realize I completely forgot to include the information in yesterday’s recap; it was a wonderful reminder, thank you again (OO).

March 19th Radio Show RECAP

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Hi everyone, thank you very much for tuning in this morning! Here are the links and information which I mentioned on Ms. Deborah Moore’s “Modern Deborah” on AM 1470; I have already posted the Corn Soup recipe;  the Egg Salad recipe will be posted shortly.

Back in January I’ve promised to post the California Roll Recipe, it’s now available  under “RECIPE – NOT REAL SUSHI: California Roll”.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at goldenapron@gmail.com.  ENJOY (OO)

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Mayonnaise used for Egg Salad: The Ojai Cook Lemonaise (Vancouver readers: available at Choices Market, Pete’s Meats (on Arbutus), Nesters Food Market.

Kurobuta (Black pig) sausages for Japanese style hot dogs: Nikuya Meat Store – 11220 Voyageur Way in Richmond, BC (It’s a side street off Bridgeport), http://www.nikuya.ca/.

St. Dalfour Raspberry and Pomegranate Fruit Spread:  Available at Choices Market, Whole Foods, London Drugs. Other favourite fruit spreads: Strawberry, Blueberry.

London Fog Layer Cake: http://www.cadeauxbakery.com/index2.php#/home/

Motomachi Shokudo: 740 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC for Ramen (vegetable ramen, great gyozas, review will be posted shortly).

FYI: Shio-Koji

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Shio-Koji is a Japanese condiment made from salt, and rice inoculated by koji, the mold used to make sake and miso.  It is a “live” food which is rich in enzymes which brings out the flavour in foods ; it works particularly well with fish and meats (chicken/pork).  The saltiness is actually mild and sweet, it can be used in place of salt in any dish or sauces. Saveur magazine recently included shio-koji in their 2014 Top 100 list (http://www.saveur.com/article/kitchen/shio-koji).

As recommended, the golden ratio is 1:10 (shio-koji weight : weight of ingredient).

A couple of months ago I went on a grocery shopping trip with my Twin and picked up my shio-koji from Izumi-ya, a Japanese food store in Richmond, BC. Last weekend her husband Shin showed me how to use it as a marinade for the grilled mackerel, I will be posting the simple delicious recipe shortly.

To my “Twin” and Shin, thank you very much for sharing and expanding my culinary knowledge (OO).