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Because I take the Canada Line to work everyday, as I exit the Waterfront station I would see the banner sign of the Cannibal Cafe. It’s been a couple of months now and I’ve been expecting a somewhat more permanent fixture by this point. Nonetheless, when they’re selling a Groupon, I bought one to give it a try.

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As we sat down, the menu cover said it’s soft opening, and the menu seemed to mirror what’s at the Commercial Drive location. I guess it’s not a temporary pop-up?

It was a Thursday evening and wings were on special for $5, so we ordered a pound of Cannibal Wings. They offer a few choices of flavour, and we went for the less typical Black Dragon wings. The Black Dragon is their version of a sweet & spicy sauce. I was expecting something like Thai chili sauce, but it had more heat to it. The wings were of decent size, crispy on the outside and moist inside. They weren’t heavily sauced but just enough to coat every bit of the wings. Flavours were really good. For $5 (originally $10.95), this was a very good deal.

Cannibal Wings

For our mains, of course we went for the burgers. I was bad; I was Bacon Bad. I mean, how can you not go for this burger?! Bacon & cheddar stuffed patty, applewood smoked bacon, Canadian cheddar, maple bacon bourbon jam, roasted garlic mayo, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle — it has my name written all over it! The Bacon Bad burger was just as good as the description sounded.
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To celebrate the launch of its new Casse-Croûte (aka snack) menu, Tableau Bistro organized an oyster shucking competition and we were invited to the event. The celebrity oyster shucking competition featured The Province’s Fred Lee, Urban Rush’s Fiona Forbes, Rock 101’s Bro Jake, and fellow food blogger Victoria Chemko.

Oyster Shucking Battle Trophy

Oyster Shucking Battle Trophy

It was fun watching the celebrities shuck away these fresh oysters. I was very impressed by how quickly they finished shucking 6 oysters each. They also had to decorate their plate before judging began.

And the shucking begins!

And the shucking begins!

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Please say hello to our guest writer Peter, a friend of mine from Toronto. He has been promising me a post about the Turducken he made over Christmas. Finally here it is – perfect for Easter! It’s a simpler version than the traditional form, so give it a shot if you want to wow your guests at your next party.

Recipe: The Turducken Simplified

Traditionally a turducken consists of a fully deboned turkey, stuffed with a deboned duck that is stuffed with a deboned chicken. The entire thing is roasted and a rather over-the-top meal of bird-within-a-bird-within-a-bird is the delicious result. Of course, finding and assembling such an item for your dinner can be costly and/or a helluva lot of work. But equally tasty results can be had with a bit of simplification.

This idea began to take shape on or around December 23rd, when the phrase “let’s have turducken for Christmas” suddenly became popular in my family. Not wanting to spend an entire day of my holidays deboning and not able to find a suitable ready-to-cook turducken at the eleventh hour in local grocery stores, we decided on the following simplification:

  • 2 turkey breasts
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • Plus pork sausage meat for stuffing and bacon to wrap

The end result was amazing and provided more than enough turducken for a family dinner for five people. And it was much easier to make!

Turducken - Sliced

Turducken - Sliced

Step 1 – Prepare poultry pieces

Ideally, you should be able to find boneless turkey and duck breasts and chicken thighs ready to go in the grocery store. If not, it is still considerably less work to debone a few breasts and thighs then three entire birds. At this point you will also need to butterfly the pieces. You’ll end up with thinner, wider pieces of meat that will roll up more easily as well as result in a better shaped turducken. (more…)

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Bacon: a gift from the gods to the common man. They are great on burgers, the perfect companion to eggs; they can be had on their own, or used to spice up an otherwise boring dish.

They usually come in 1lb packages, wrapped in paper and plastic, and sitting in their own juices. They are easy enough to cook, but I’ve wondered if there was a more “portable” package of bacon.

What went in

The universe presents to you, Bacon Spread.

The Bacon Spread is made by Skillet, a street food company located in Seattle, which apparently also makes processed products on the side. It’s made with real bacon, rendered down, cooked with seasoning for a few hours, and pureed.

Skillet Street Food Bacon Spread

Skillet Street Food Bacon Spread

It comes in two flavours, Original, and Fennel and Black Pepper. (more…)

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