Friday, February 21, 2014

Blue Acre - Seattle Revisit

The last meal that we had at Blue Acre was phenomenal so we agreed that whenever we went through Seattle, we would stop by again. D and I rarely ever order the same main but this time, we both ordered the ciopinno as poor D, hardly got any the last time.  I was looking forward to the best cioppino I had eaten but alas it was not to be.  I think I should stop building up my expectations and just enjoy the meals as they come.  Nonetheless it was a fun, fast and fussfree meal :)
Deep Fried Calamari
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brunch @ Tour de Feast

7 hour braised beef

Brunch is our favourite weekend treat. Not traveling too far, not having to wait too long for a seat or the food, good parking are a bonus.  We decided to try out Tour de Feast in North Vancouver.  It had recently opened and had good reviews.  Tour de Feast is operated by a husband and wife team, service was great as there weren't too many tables.  The chef is classical french trained and previously from Four Seasons - ok so far so good. When the food came, we were in for a treat :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Reef

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Usually when we head to Main St to get our supply of rib eye roast for our roast beef meal from Windsor Quality Meats, we stop by Hawker's Delight to get my fill of local Malaysian food.  However, after watching You've Gotta Eat Here where they featured The Reef, we decided to eat there instead.

The Reef serves Carribean food. It's the first time we're eating Carribean food so we decided on the sharing platter where we got a sampling of a lot of their appetizers and a jerk poutine while D had his usual brunch. We're no experts, the food was tasty but we found it way too salty for our liking.  Between my local noodles and Carribean food -  I'd pick Hawker's Delight anyday but that's just me.
Tasting Platter: Chana salad, plantain chips, jerk wings and coco prawns
Jerk Chicken Poutine
The Reef
4172 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5V3P6
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Super Easy Roast Beef

After messing with a couple of recipes,   we finally decided this was the keeper.  It's a combination of Thomas Keller's Blow Torch Roast Beef recipe from his cookbook and the recipe from cookingforengineers.

D initially scoffed at using a blowtorch, but now he is won over by this recipe - Ha!  I used a small blow torch, the type you use for creme brulee but having won D over, he promptly headed to Home Depot and got me a serious blow torch that burns hot hot hot!

Super Easy Roast Beef 
  1. Pick a nice cut of beef - we found rib eye roast, organic, hormone or antibiotic free meat the best tasting
  2. Salt 3 days ahead and allow the beef to age in the refrigerator.  You can skip this step and salt it a day ahead instead. 
  3. Add pepper and garlic infused olive oil before searing the outside with a torch.
  4. Set oven to 200F.
  5. Stick meat thermometer into the center of the roast.
  6. Place in the middle of the oven till the thermometer reads 122F for an all round medium rare.  (It takes about 3-3 1/3 hours for a 2.7-3kg roast)
  7. Pull out roast and let rest for 15-20min tented.  The temperature should rise another 2-3F.
  8. Serve with horseradish cream, potatoes and a nice red wine. 

The best part of roast beef is the leftovers for a roast beef sandwich!!


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