Food Media Omnibus #564: On Awesome Pupusas And Alexandra Gill Eats Afghanistan

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The NYTimes makes some damn good Roman Egg soup.

If your planning on driving south for more sunshine, the LATimes article on 50 places to eat for under $5 is for you.

One of my fave foods of all times, falafel, gets an approachable makeover in Design*Sponge

North Shore News talks Alsatian wines.

Edible Vancouver gives pie lessons to the uninitiated.

I have never had caramels half as good as the ones that Denise Acabo sells in her Montmartre shop in Paris. David Leibovitz goes for a tour.

Food52 goes Vegan for a night.

At last, something to do with all the dandelions that you’ve weeded! If you’re so lucky to have a garden, you should definitely make this dandelion wine. (The Guardian)

Alexandra Gill goes to South Surrey and eats proper Afghan food.

I know eggs are super trendy right now and for the most part I’m totally into it. Poached egg on pizza? Yes. Spaghetti Carbonara? It’s always been a favourite. But I’ve never really gotten behind the whole eggs in cocktails thing (see: nog, egg). Food and Wine puts in a good argument.

I live on Commercial Drive for 2 reasons: cheap rent and Rinconcito’s pupusas. The latter gets a rave-ish review in The Westender.

The Kitchn throws a party on a budget.

Yaletown jumps on the sandwich trend in the Georgia Straight.

No one has ever looked more stylish than Tyler Gray of Mikuni Wild Harvest while foraging mushrooms in Montecristo Magazine.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #563: On Eating Instead Of Tweeting And NYC’s Battle Of The Slice

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

For everyone who has ever thought, “eat it don’t tweet it“.

The Guardian also talks about taking pictures at the table.

VanMag ranks the best Chinese restaurants in town.

March Madness has come and gone. Food Republics ranked the final teams in relation to waffle houses.

The pizza wars of NY are intense! Enter the 25 cent pizza (NYTimes).

The Georgia Straight discusses the best new cookbooks.

Southeast Asian sweets get their moment in the sun in the LATimes.

“Larry” the man on the Quaker Oats package, loses a few pounds and gets a haircut.

EnRoute looks at the most beautiful snack shops in the world. Unsurprisingly, #1 is a patisserie in Paris and #2 has Spanish waitstaff in Armani.

Andrew Morrison talks about new restaurants and old ghosts in the Westender.

Carrie Mae Smith paints red meat.

If only the lives of the animals were as beautiful as her paintings. The Atlantic looks into the apalling number of antibiotics used on farms.

Food52 gets ready for passover.

So does Design*Sponge. Chocolate, Kumquat Mazta anyone?

Easter is around the corner, that means white shoes and white wine, The Globe talks trends in vino blanc.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Cruising BC Ferries To Enjoy A Five Course Meal For Just $21 (Some Assembly Required)

by Deanna Ladret | Imagine ocean-front dining with an ever-changing view. Five courses, $21, no tip required. Where can one find such a bargain? Look no further than the BC Ferries Pacific Buffet.

Most people agree that things taste better when they look great, so why not give your buffet meal a little extra love and really dine in style? If you’re sceptical of the aforementioned principle, then consider this activity a creative way to spend the 90 minute, cross-Strait trip while ensuring you remain full for hours. You will probably get a few inquisitive looks from fellow patrons, but don’t let them embarrass you or pressure you to hurry up as you painstakingly dot your plate with strawberry syrup. You’re taking your onboard dining experience to the next level, and if anyone asks, just tell them you’re a food writer. Instructions after the jump… Read more

Food Media Omnibus #559: On Food Safaris, Diva Reviews & Making Awesome Marmalade

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

Melissa Clarke thinks rainy days call for mushrooms and barley in The New York Times

Disney shuts its controversial fat-fighting heros at Disneyland.

Diva at the Met gets a rave review in The Globe and Mail.

The Smithsonian gives the history of the American Food Truck.

Vancouver Magazine goes to Richmond and eats well.

Thomas Keller gives us a lesson on cooking eggs in the LATimes

The Guardian smokes their own vodka.

Do you read a lot of food blogs? Vote for your favourite in The Homie Awards.

Andrew Morrison gets ready for food safaris in the WE.

Mia Stainsby gets excited about donuts in theVancouver Sun.

One Pot Wonders get facelifts at Saveur.

Bon Appetit talks to the people who are revolutionizing food this year.

En Route talks hot dogs.

Design*sponge makes carrot cake, Brazilian style.

And lastly, at Beta5 we make really good marmalade and so we made a pretty cool video showing how we do it (above).

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #557: On Being A Back Of House Woman And Eating Up Bhuddism

February 16, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

I have, on many occasions, been the only girl in the kitchen, so this article in The Guardian on the highs and lows of being a back of house woman intrigued.

The North Shore News talks you out of buying the same old bottle of wine.

The New York Times reports on bringing Buddhism to the table.

Though I have doubts about Rene Redzepi ever cooking at home (the winter issue of Lucky Peach had him going out for dinner with David Chang the night his son was born), Bon Appetit swears that he does.

Gothamist remembers how New York City ate in 1938.

Alexandra Gill checks out the Unsung Heroes Festival at Yaletown’s Bue Water Cafe and falls for anchovies.

Saveur eats a lot of cabbage. Kimchi pancakes anyone?

Andrew Morrison takes us behind the scenes of this past weekend’s Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna.

I can not tell you how much I wish I’d been at the bourbon-southern-food-fiesta at Hawksworth on Monday. Fortunately, I can read about it in the Georgia Straight.

TheKichn breaks down kitchen basics to 15 steps.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #557: On The Music At Black & Blue And Winging It With Alex Gill

February 7, 2012 


by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The New York Times looks into the history of the Boulevardier – the marriage of a Negroni and a Manhattan (I was sold as soon as they said “1920′s Paris”).

The LATimes finds tasty hot house tomatoes, which is all kinds of shocking.

Out of the 500 odd recipes published last year, Saveur rounds up it’s favorites.

I deeply and passionately love fried chicken, and so does Bon Appetit.

Ned Bell gives out his chowder recipe in Van Mag.

Mia Stainsby learns about coffee, which is fantastic except for the slurping (I hate slurping).

Yet another reason to buy locally: 34 states have listeria contaminated eggs. I have trouble imaging that any of those states don’t have chicken farms. The Huffington Post looks into it.

Andrew Morrison falls head over heels with the food, service and look at Black & Blue, but loathes the soundtrack.

The North Shore News waxes poetic about honey.

Korean wings beat the more BBQ varieties in Alexandra Gill’s tastes. She finds them perfect at the Happy Day Metro House.

In Food52′s cookbook-off, the amazing Montreal restaurant, Joe Beef, wins.

Lastly, TheKitchn talks about what Fair Trade means, and asks if it exists any more.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #555: On Chinese New Year Foods And Resolving To Drink Whisky

January 25, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

The lovely Design Sponge makes dark, fudgy brownies.

Alexandra Gill gives us the lowdown on Chinese New Year foods in The Globe and Mail.

Ferran Adria gets a home cooked meal in The Financial Times.

Frank Bruni writes a compelling piece on health, Paula Deen, and yoghurt for breakfast.

The gold winner of The Korean BBQ Festival talks about beer braised pork and Joy Division in The LA Times.

Il Buco gives you a day in the life of a charcuterier with full pictures to match in Bon Appetit.

Saveur gets excited about squash in it’s many forms.

Andrew Morrison resolves to indulge more in the Westender.

The kick-off party for the International Playhouse Wine Fest gets a rave review in the North Shore News.

I made mediocre fried rice for dinner tonight. The Guardian corrects that problem, albeit an hour too late for me.

The Vancouver Sun reports on Starbucks starting to sell beer and wine in the States. How much do you want to bet that our liquor licensing policies would never allow that?

How does McDonalds not know better by now? The mega chain lost control of its twitter hashtag this week (#McDStories), and now include stories about stoner dinners and puking on tables. The Huffington Post looks into it so we don’t have to.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #553: On Resolutions & Seeing Japadog Make It In The Big Apple

January 9, 2012 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

As we reported back in September, Japadog has expanded to NYC. The Georgia Straight checks in with the local food cart sensation’s progress.

TheKitchn talks about boxed wine. I could get into that.

Check out the top food trends according to Alexandra Gill in the Globe & Mail.

Mia Stainsby talks about her favourite cookbooks of 2011 in the Vancouver Sun.

Andrew Morrison vows to eat more innards and drink more whiskey in the Westender. Now those are resolutions I could get behind!

The North Shore News goes to Kamloops and gets tipsy at the Icewine Festival.

The New York Times rounds up the best cheap eats in the Big Apple. Can someone make that list in Vancouver please? Also, Eric Asimov writes a great article about what it was like being the paper’s restaurant critic.

Did you hear that the FDA is trying to limit the use of salt in restaurants? Ridiculous, I know. The Atlantic takes a strong stand against.

Design Sponge gets excited about schnitzel, because…well, who wouldn’t?

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at Beta 5 Chocolates and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #548: On Xmas Drinks In The Globe & Rice Lessons In Bon Appetit

December 5, 2011 


by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

It’s time for eggnog! Design Sponge shows you how.

If eggnog is not your thing, Alexandra Gill shows you a few holiday drink fixes from Vancouver’s top barkeeps.

The New York Times talks about one of my favourite chefs of all time, Yotam Ottolenghi, and he turns out to be just as cool as I hoped he would be.

Andrew Morrison feeds a cold in The Westender.

Not surprisingly, thekitchn makes fudge look cute.

The North Shore News gets excited about the Chilean Wine Fest.

The Province gets philosophical about the meaning of culture and food.

Get ready for latke season with this simple gravlax recipe in the Vancouver Sun.

The rise of citrus fruits is examined in The LA Times.

Bon Appetit tells you what you’re doing wrong when you cook rice.

If your trying to stick to a budget this Christmas, check out Saveur’s edible DIY gifts. Tequila hot sauce, anyone?

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at the soon-to-open Cadeaux Bakery in Railtown and runs the baking blog  Just Something Pretty.

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Food Media Omnibus #547: On Merguez At 3am And Being Too Full To Keep Drinking…

November 28, 2011 

by Claire Lassam | Presenting Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…

If anyone could make China open up about arts and culture, it would be the amazing Alice Waters.

If you, like me, don’t have a yard, The New York Times checks in on growing mushrooms indoors and Britta Riley does a TEDTalk on turning a hydroponic harvest with a window. Fascinating and inspiring.

The LATimes waxes poetic about the Warren pear.

Nigel Slater gets excited about Polish food in The Guardian

Alexandra Gill gets out of the rain and into Cafe Regalade.

Andrew Morrison talks about off cuts, bacon bitters, and the thing that ties them to Vancouver, which is of course the upcoming Wildebeest.

The Province gets in on a food trend. Macarons are the new cupcakes.

Too full to keep drinking? Bon Appetit has you covered.

If only for this line -“You’re not a real Parisian until you’ve had a merguez sandwich stuffed with frites inside, at 3am” - you should read this article by David Leibovitz.

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Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at the soon-to-open Cadeaux Bakery in Railtown and runs the baking blog  Just Something Pretty.

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“Vancouver’s New Food Writing” At The Museum Of Vancouver…

December 7, 2010 

food_beers_emailnewfoodwriting-copysmallerI’m excited to be participating in a panel talk at the Museum of Vancouver tomorrow night on local food writing.

The talk will be led by The Tyee editor and all around cool cat David Beers, and with me on the panel are Colleen Kimmitt, who writes about local sustainable issues for The Tyee; my friend Barbara-Jo McKintosh of Books To Cooks; and Timothy Taylor, best-selling author of Stanley Park.

“As the night unfolds, other special guests — including Karri Schuerman of Chambar and blogger Melody Fury — will read morsels of their favourite food writing, and audience members will be invited to join in on the conversation. Where is food writing headed? Help us draw up that menu of possibilities.”

The Food and Beers series is part of the The Museum of Vancouver fall exhibit, Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food, co-presented by FarmFolk/CityFolk. The Museum of Vancouver’s Food and Beers events are sponsored by the Tides Canada Foundation.

Tickets are $15, which includes nibbles and entry into the museum’s cool Homegrown exhibit as well. For tickets, click here

Food Media Omnibus #521: Homer & Gordon Vs Whistler Edition…

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Alexandra Gill visits the Stanley Park reincarnation of the Teahouse in the Globe & Mail.

The story of Rick Momsen and Capone’s thwarting of the LCLB has made it into The Toronto Star.

In the Westender, I review the newly reimagined Yaletown Brewing Company.

Pemberton’s “The Pony” gets some Mia Stainsby love in the Vancouver Sun. Also, check out her new food blog, Word of Mouth, which currently appears to be some sort of repository for a healthy obsession with bo-hunk Aussie chef Curtis Stone. Four posts in a row on Mr. Gday Studmuffin? You go girl.

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