Favourite foods and the best places to eat them

  • In Vancouver/Greater Vancouver
  • Spicy Tuna hand roll - Richmond Sushi
  • too many times to count
  • Sushi in general - Tojo's (where the chef is the guy who invented the california roll).
  • Okay, I've never been there, but I intend to within a few days of my return home from Manchester.
  • Seafood motoyaki - Granville Sushi
  • too many times to count
  • Sambal green beans - Banana Leaf on Broadway
  • once in 2002, once in 2003
  • Gnocchi al gorgonzola - La Piazza Dario
  • lots of times
  • Pho beef noodle soup - Any Vietnamese restaurant, really. I've never tried one I didn't like.
  • too many times to count
  • Bbq pork wonton noodle soup - On Lok
  • countless times since I was a very small child
  • Dim Sum - The Pink Pearl
  • once in 2003
  • Elsewhere
  • Daal with chapattis - Yadgar curry cafe in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
  • every time I go into town, throughout 2004-2005
  • Lamb Handi - The Great Kathmandu, West Didsbury, Manchester
  • a few times since Feb. 2004
  • Kobedeh Kebab (with either naan or rice) - Sadaf, Rusholme, Manchester
  • many times since Feb. 2004, so any time my boyfriend craves a kebab
  • Ice Cream - Anywhere in Italy, where gelato is truly a gift from God. Nocciola (hazelnut) is a scoop of heaven.
  • While backpacking, summer 2002
  • Pizza - Naples. No kidding, this stuff is transcendant. I had a marinara at Da Michele, which consists of pizza dough, fresh tomatoes (smashed), olive oil, oregano, and garlic. It looks like a pizza with no toppings. And it is one of the best bits of food I've ever ingested. If ever there was anything that is so much more than the sum of its parts, this is it. Please, come to Naples, try the pizza. Panago can go suck eggs.
  • September 2005
  • Bolognese - Bologna, obviously. Actually, I'm not a big fan of bolognese, but the stuff I had in Bologna was decent.
  • Summer 2002
  • Spaghetti Carbonara (with no cream) - Rome
  • Summer 2002
  • Mozzarella - any good cheese shop in Italy or France (oddly, the best I had was in Nice)
  • Summer 2002
  • Schupfnudeln (sauerkraut with rustic noodly things, bacon and spices) - outside the Hofbrau tent at Oktoberfest in Munich
  • September 2002
  • Bratwurst - Munich. Best with a bit of mustard.
  • September 2002
  • Paella - Barcelona
  • Summer 2002
  • Frites with mayonnaise - anywhere in Holland
  • Summer 2002
  • Esterhazy Torta (a many-layered cake) - Gerbaud House, Budapest
  • March 2005
  • Soupe a l'oignion - a brasserie in Paris (which makes sense, as this is where it originates)
  • August 2005
  • Choucroute (many kinds of sausages and cured meats simmered with wine and sauerkraut) - Paris
  • August 2005
  • Anywhere
  • Tacos with homemade soft corn tortilla shells - my Mom's kitchen (though I make them now, I still prefer my Mom's)
  • Nasi goreng - my Step-dad's kitchen (he's Dutch)
  • Babi ketchup - my Step-dad's kitchen
  • Extra spicy cauliflower and potato curry - my boyfriend's kitchen (he's English)
  • Homemade chapattis - my own kitchen
  • Fluffy pancakes made with kernel corn in the batter - my own kitchen
  • Lancashire hotpot - my boyfriend's kitchen
  • White wine and wild mushroom risotto - my own kitchen
Author Comments: 

Much as I love travel, I probably wouldn't be so bothered about it if I wasn't such a foody. I picked a good time to do this - I just finished lunch, so thankfully I'm not torturing myself by thinking of all my favourite foods.

Great to know that you like Indian food so much (*a proud Indian speaking*).... I suggest you try out sarson da saag, and also daal with rice... I think you'll like it :)

Indian food is absolute heaven. There's tons to be had at my hometown of Vancouver, but I never really knew how to order or where to go for the good stuff. It's only since I came to England and was guided a bit by my English boyfriend that I really began to appreciate it. Plus, we're learning much about different syles of Asian cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Bible. Oh those spices! We'll never buy a pre-made garam masala when it's so easy and delicious to blend your own! I've had daal with rice (I've tried a few different daals), and I think I prefer it with homemade chapattis. However, I'm off to research this sarson da saag right now. I'm intrigued.

Chappatis are best tasted when they are fresh off the oven... and with lot of ghee (thats what its called in India, I dunno abt. abroad)...and you get the BEST spices handpicked only :)... the premade stuff is absolute rubbish...
Since you are so keen on checking out Indian stuff, you might wanna try the punjabi lassi too... buttermilk with a LOT of cream...pure heaven :)

I agree about the chapattis. I generally make my own - they're fairly simple, if a little too easy to make a mess of. This might sound nerdy, but my boyfriend and I are so into proper cooking and eating, we went out and bought a traditional pan for making flatbreads (in the Indian area in Manchester). I'm familiar with ghee, as it's available in most reasonably-sized cities I've been to. I try to lay off it a bit, though, since I'm trying to watch the calorie/fat intake.

They have lassi at my favourite curry cafe in Manchester. I've not tried it yet, but maybe I'll give it a go the next time I'm there. I've done a bit of research about the sarson da saag, by the way. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for mustard greens, since I don't think I've seen this on any menus at restaurants.

Sarson da saag is BEST eaten with Makke di Roti ( translated : Corn Chappattis) and lassi (try to drink it straight out of the glass and smack your lips once you're done... you'll love the feeling :)... typical Punjabi food, come to think of it :)

As for rotis, you can also try eating roti-ghee-jaggery combo, when the roti is hot (thats probably gonna shoot out your workout regime back a few weeks though :) )
I'll keep posted about great indian food .. never knew it was so popular :)

Mmmmm... haven't tried corn chappattis yet but I will. I had a gorgeous potato and cauliflower curry this weekend (made by my boyfriend). And yesterday I had some lamb kebabs that were absolute heaven (again, made by my boyfriend). No homemade chappattis, though, since I didn't have time to make them. :(

lol great you've got a great taste if I may say so :)... have you ever tried south indian stuff like dosas, idlis and stuff?

I've tried a dosa before, which was lovely. Never heard of idlis. Manchester has pan-asian cuisine, so we get Nepalese, South Indian, Persian, etc. We also get some pan-asian restaurants that have everything from South Indian curry to Vietnamese Hot King Prawn soup to a Javanese fish curry.

Where are you living, anyway? Do you get your Indian in restaurants or home-cookin' or both?

Well, I am Indian, living in India :). And hence, I get homecooked Indian stuff (gujarati stuff, which btw is amazing , you get a lot of it abroad... dry out the dhokla... it's actually what gujarat is famous for:)).
The punjabi and rest stuff, I have tried out at various restraunts of course :)... and also tried (note the word tried :)) to make a bit of it myself too... unfortunately my mom got the wind of my intentions and she shooed me off the kitchen :)

Hah! As any good woman protective of her kitchen should have done.

Gujarat. Dhokla. Duly noted, thanks!

Buddy, if you find yourself in Paris, you have to go to Au Petit Fer à Cheval and try the salad with chevre. I've tried to recreate it at home, but I've never found country ham quite as good as theirs. It's transcendent. Cute waiters in that place, too. And they have the weirdest bathroom you've ever seen in your life.

D'oh! Where were you 6 days ago? I'm back from Paris now, after spending a blissful 3 days there.

6 days ago, I was at a Denny's in Tulsa, Oklahoma eating chicken strips and listening to a waiter named James tell me about receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Boy, all in all I'd rather you were online, giving me the suggestion about the restaurant. James likely would have been telling another customer the same story.