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The fourth annual dish'ED event occurs on Saturday, November 9, 2013, to benefit the good folks o'er at imagine1day, which has helped to support education initiatives in Ethiopia through the years. 
 
The dinner sees a crew of professional chefs (this year: Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co, Merri Schwartz from East Van Roasters, Brooke Pillay from Cocolico, and more) pairing up with aspiring amateur cooks to prepare a fabulous meal, with wines from local producers to pair (Nichol, Clean Slate, Blue Mountain and Cellars).  It's a fabulous (and inspiring) effort, and we wanted to help spread the word.
 
The event will be held at Lost & Found Cafe (33 West Hastings Street), and tickets are
$95 per person.  More info about the first two dish'ED dinners can be found here, and tickets can be purchased here.

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Listen, Tobias. You really rocked me. I cannot get that kind of scald at home.


This glorious golden goodness is the fried chicken main at Mamie Taylor's, a Chinatown newcomer and purveyor of self-described "Modern American" food. My friend Jody and I went and shared a little bit of everything.

Styled like a gentleman's club of yore, that particular 1860s shade of dark green on the walls, exposed brick and a handful of vintage taxidermied animals ranging from ducks to bobcats, I love the look but feared an unfriendly hipster lair. However it is charmingly run by friendly dudes who couldn't wait to seat us and prop my friend's broken and casted leg on a chair, and then sign it. You gotta love a place that will sign your cast.

My grandparents were from the prairies, and anyone from there knows about that crystal dish with three compartments that's set out every single solitary time you have guests with pearl onions, gherkins and olives. I'm pleased to report that Mamie's offers a high-end version of this on just-low-end enough plates to take me back home. We started with blue-cheese stuffed and fried olives and deviled eggs, a more complexly flavoured and textured version of the kind grandma took to church. Who says you can't go home again.


A rich, smoky terrine of fois gras was our second dish. A little goes a long way for this one, take your time and eat slowly while sipping your cocktail. And speaking of cocktails, they are like the food, a bit of a modern edge but still using the tried and true.


The crown jewel was the aforementioned fried chicken, which is prepared sous vide, breaded twice and served with chunky watermelon fries and honeyed corn bread. I can't pick up the mixture of the breading, but there is strong notes of oregano and crunch enough to make you hope it will never end. Which it did. After I ate my share and Jody's too. I would get some before I eat it all, if I were you.

Mamie Taylor's
251 E. Georgia Street


Jessica

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Spaghetei Japanese Style Spaghetti

Japanese pasta rules!!!!  I got flack from my travelling companions for wanting pasta in Japan but at the end of the night I was the hero.  Many who visit the izakayas have seen or tried mentaiko (cod roe) udon, but think about these Japanese pasta dishes,  Sea Urchin carbonara or Japanese Mushroom pasta or Salmon Cream Pasta or Ketchup spaghetti.   Ok, the Ketchup joint doesn't sound that mind blowing but if you ever can get your hands on sea urchin pasta sauce you will lose your mind.  

Spagheti is a Japanese -Italian restaurant located in the West end where Benkei Ramen used to be and I am in love with it.   Ok, the meal maybe kinda niche cause not everyone craves a fishy tasting pasta but the dish is awesome.    For those who frequent the HK restaurants it is not that unusual, as they all have some weird remix of italian food on their menu.   

I have been twice in about a weeks time, and I stoked about this spot.  My favourite is the mentaiko in white sauce.   The dish is $13 dollars but you can get the large size for a dollar more, for those that are on a portion control diet you can down size and save a dollar.    The sauce makes me want to fist pump in the air like a kid at a rave, cause it has just that odd flavour of cream and fish eggs that makes me smile and add in a handful of mushrooms, perfectly cooked spaghettini and three shrimp and it will make my day.  I will gladly put this head to head with any Italian restaurant in the same price range.   



The meat sauce, which is a Japanese bolognese has chopped up boiled egg on top and impressed even my true Italian friend.   Soccer and Italian food are two European things that the Japanese can do well so go check this spot out for something different and if you aren't super lactose intolerant you can order a bowl of shaved milk for dessert.





Spagheti
1741 Robson Street
Vancouver BC

Matt

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