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#841 Matt R.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:02 AM

I need to get a job in and fish and chip joint. Will report back.

ETA: none of the three usual seafood suppliers stock it or have access to it.

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Edited by Matt R., 14 July 2020 - 12:08 PM.

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#842 Rob Randall

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:25 AM

If the fish is mushy, just go with that. Turn the problem into a feature. Breakfast has better food costs than dinner, introduce hake oatmeal.


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#843 Matt R.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:11 PM

Might benefit from salting and then rehydrating, like brandade or bacalao. Hake is a type of cod I think, maybe that’s why there is such an overseas demand.

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#844 amor de cosmos

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 01:17 PM

I’m not very familiar with hake, but it’s got a very poor shelf life, which wouldn’t work for food service very well.

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^But it would work in a high-volume operation like fish and chips shops where your par levels are pretty consistent and there's little or nothing left over at the end of the night.


i've heard of chip shops that don't have freezers and they close down for the day when they run out of fresh fish. i would say it can be done. if hake is mushy, it might be worth a try to mix it up with mashed potatoes, make little footballs & fry them like the portuguese do with pasteis de bacalhau. no more $20 halibut & chips!


Edited by amor de cosmos, 14 July 2020 - 01:24 PM.


#845 mbjj

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:11 PM

I wish we had plaice here. Very common in the UK for fish and chips, which I find so expensive here now we rarely have it. Here it seems to be all batter and no fish. Used to be the poor man's treat in the UK.


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#846 spanky123

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 12:34 PM

Had the chance to take a quick trip up island these past few days. I have never it so active with tourists. Hotels and resorts are full, restaurants are packed and stores are busy.  Meanwhile in Victoria, hotels are struggling with sub 20% occupancy and retailers downtown are folding.

 

You wonder how much having businesses shuttered, homeless littering the streets and our major park being so unsafe that City staff refuse to go there may be impacting perceptions of our fine city. 



#847 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 12:58 PM

up island hotels are full?

no.

#848 spanky123

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:50 PM

up island hotels are full?

no.


No vacancy signs everywhere.

#849 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:51 PM

they are likely just closed. or limited rooms. no housekeeping staff.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 July 2020 - 01:51 PM.


#850 spanky123

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:30 AM

It is quite possible that room inventory is being reduced but the places are definitely not closed as there are lots of Alberta and mainland cars in the parking lots.

 

I stopped in at Rutherford Mall last week and only saw 1 store closed. Compare that to what is going on locally. 



 



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