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#1021 Matt R.

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 03:25 PM

What’s the story on the bird? What made it better than normal?

OBMG always gave all the crew (that’s a lot of crew, back in the day) a voucher for a turkey, ham or tofurkey from Thrifty’s. No dollar amount, so of course people took advantage and looked for the biggest, most super organic bird money could buy.

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Posted 02 January 2021 - 08:27 AM

We usually buy a fresh turkey but wanted to avoid stores the last week so bought a frozen one. It was excellent, but my husband is a very good cook (learned some skills in Switzerland years ago). I'm not sure we'll bother with an expensive fresh turkey again. The frozen was every bit as good and far cheaper. 



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Posted 02 January 2021 - 09:14 AM

What’s the story on the bird? What made it better than normal?

OBMG always gave all the crew (that’s a lot of crew, back in the day) a voucher for a turkey, ham or tofurkey from Thrifty’s. No dollar amount, so of course people took advantage and looked for the biggest, most super organic bird money could buy.

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We liked the Costco turkeys because they were chilled as opposed to frozen but they never really browned or crisped up in the oven. The RB birds which were organic turkeys from the Cowichan area, cooked up amazingly, were drop dead easy to carve - the meat literally fell off the breastbone - and above all it was the most flavorful, tender and juicy bird we can ever recall. And of course unlike Costco it didn't involve driving out to the west shore and enduring the crazy lineups and crowds. My wife showed up at RB two minutes after opening, at 6:02am, no crowd, no fuss, no muss. Ultimately the proof was in the eating, even little miss ASE, who is not a meat person, had seconds. Would definitely order from them again.


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 10:08 AM

Anyone who wants their turkey to crisp up needs one of these: Trudeau in Barbados  

 

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#1025 mbjj

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Posted 03 January 2021 - 08:10 AM

As I am of British heritage, it has always been the custom to put lashes of bacon over the top of the turkey. It helps keep it moist and browns it up nicely. And the bacon is excellent at the end of it all! I can't imagine a turkey without bacon on top. My husband also injects melted butter under the skin. 



#1026 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 11:42 AM

Since there's nothing to do outside the home besides go food shopping I sent this photo to my UK friends showing them the "Ethnic Aisle" of our local supermarket, a concept they found rather amusing:

 

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Note: there appears to be no "Canadian" foods in the Ethnic Aisle of English markets.


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#1027 johnk2

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 01:13 PM

Someone noted long ago that there is no "British Books" section in a Brit bookstore but lots of Canadian bookstores have "Canadian" sections. 



#1028 FortStFriend

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 01:36 PM

Walked up to the Urban Grocer this evening. Definitely more of a mini regular grocery store. Felt like a cross between the Fairway in Oak Bay village and the Market on Yates. They do have the full grocery store selection. Shelves are packed high to get it all in there.

 

Would agree the prices were on the high side.

 

Did get a nice chunk of rare roast beef so that will probably having me going back. Thrifty's has been cooking theirs to dust for quite a few years now.

 

Have been doing a decent amount of shopping at Urban Grocer since they opened - we are a family of two adults with no kids, so we can be pretty selective about what and how often we buy, and meal plan around flyers/sales, which, combined with their 10% discount on Sundays (don't know if that is a permanent thing) keeps Urban Grocer in the sweet spot for us financially. Experientially, a lot calmer than Market on Yates, but if you don't get a parking stall in the small Shopper's lot I'm not sure where you'd park - we walk from Fairfield when we can and the weather permits. Urban Grocer carries some very specific candies and treats, like Cuban Lunch, which I don't see elsewhere. Deli/bakery counter staff are great and everyone seems very helpful. Will be interesting to see that corner really pop if Vessel also takes over the Chinese food restaurant. 



#1029 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 01:48 PM

Someone noted long ago that there is no "British Books" section in a Brit bookstore but lots of Canadian bookstores have "Canadian" sections. 

 

you can't find many travel bookstores in london (notting hill) anymore either.

 

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#1030 cfbnp200e

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:19 AM

, but if you don't get a parking stall in the small Shopper's lot I'm not sure where you'd park - we walk from Fairfield when we can and the weather permits. 

We shop there a lot too - have almost always found parking in the area btw Urban Grocer & Vessel (technically the side & back of the store). The 10% off is running until end of Jan, I believe. Nice additional perk. Plus their flyer items are a great deal. It's not even in my 'hood, and it's become a weekly shop for us, because of the size, selection & sale prices. Plus they're carrying a lot of good local items (kombucha, tortillas, baked goods).



#1031 TwilightZoneVictoria

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:49 AM

Since there's nothing to do outside the home besides go food shopping I sent this photo to my UK friends showing them the "Ethnic Aisle" of our local supermarket, a concept they found rather amusing:

 

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Note: there appears to be no "Canadian" foods in the Ethnic Aisle of English markets.

Too bad. Ketchup chips and our chocolate bars are coveted items. At least for expats in the US they are.



#1032 sukika

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:46 PM

Too bad. Ketchup chips and our chocolate bars are coveted items. At least for expats in the US they are.

 

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#1033 Mike K.

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:47 PM

Yes. They are a problem.
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