Bannock n’ Salmon

Ok, we’re back to regular programming (hopefully).  Happy to report things on the work front have improved and I’ll be able to dine out more often, which means more frequent Dairy-Egg-Nut posts.  The hiatus was longer than expected, but I hope that the few brief check-ins kept you all entertained.  Did you like the Peanut joke?  Yes, I know that it’s a bit elementary, but I thought it was cute. And I wasn’t completely slacking, I did launch my online shop.  I hope you had a chance to check it out (shameless self-promotion).  Everything is handmade in Vancouver.

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Tropika

Well, it has been a while since I actually wrote a post about dining out.  My work situation is taking a positive turn, and I’m still working on my jewellery, so hopefully this post will start a new trend of blogging more often.  Promise.

I went for a dinner at Tropika Malaysian Cuisine out in Richmond the other night.  I usually never go out for Vietnamese, Malaysian or Thai food, due to the real danger of peanut contact.   I know that most of you with similar allergies would understand. However, I had just come back from a family event and I was invited out to dine by my cousins and I was hungry.  I thought that this would be a good opportunity to give it a try and test out Tropika’s allergy awareness.

The menu is really large, with an amazing assortment of Malaysian dishes.  Malyaysian cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine so the choices are all amazing.

It was a family meal so we ordered many dishes, eleven to be exact.  All of them looked delicious. Of the eleven dishes that we ordered, I was only able to eat one dish that we ordered specifically for me.

I chose the Hainanese Chicken and plain steamed white rice.  We also spoke to the server to make sure that the chicken was safe from dairy, egg or nuts.  The Server insured us that the chicken was served by itself and was not in contact with peanuts/nuts. And he did check with the kitchen to make sure that this would not be a problem.

It was a nice meal, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I am sure that there are more items on the Tropika menu that I could have eaten, but as a test meal, I it was a good idea to remain cautious and only try one dish.  It’s always a bit of a risk going to a place that you know is potentially going to kill you if things go wrong. In this case the peanut content on the menu is quite high.  However, I am glad I tried it and I would probably go back again, but I would not feel 100% relaxed as I would at other places that I’ve tried.

The Big Reveal

Gillian Neal - Vancouver

We’re so excited to have just launched our new website! We’re featuring our latest jewellery designs and a cute little extra just in time for winter Gold!

Here it is!  I’m happy to finally reveal, the project I’ve been working on.  I have been designing and making jewellery for over 10 years now.  Getting it all properly online has been a long time in the making.

I hope you’ll pop by to see more of my designs and read about us: www.gillianneal.com

…And now back to dining out  - with allergies! I think it might be the perfect opportunity to dine out to celebrate!

New Year, New Exciting Project!

Hope 2014 has been good to all of you so far!

Also, wanted to let you know why I’ve not written any dine out posts lately.  Well, I am SO excited about what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been working on a little project that has been in the works for a very long time.  My recent job situation (in August) forced me to re-evaluate my career and prompted me to go for it.  Its something I have always enjoyed.  This project has been off and on for over 10 years. I just never got around to making it happen.

I’m just putting the finishing touches on the website and will let you know once it launches.  Only a few more days till the big reveal!

I will not be giving up writing for Dairy-Egg-Nut, once I get organized,  I’ll get back to dining out and writing about it!

Cheers!

Jingle Bell Brunch

Fairmont Hotel (Hotel Vancouver)

Fairmont Hotel (Hotel Vancouver)

Every December, one of my favorite things to do is attend the Jingle Bell Brunch at Herons West Coast Kitchen (at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel).  I look forward to this every year because I have the pleasure of getting together with friends for brunch.  We eat and chat away the morning.

The Jingle Bell Brunch buffet was delicious.  Such a variety of food to enjoy.  Of course, the food is breakfast/brunch related, so there is a substantial amount of dairy and egg related dishes.  Even so, I have always been able to find a nice choice of things to eat.  For my allergy trifecta, the buffet offers bacon, roasted potatoes, three kinds of smoked salmon, beef and pork tenderloin, roast beef. They also offered a nice selection of salads, and fruit.    Let me go back to the bacon.   The bacon at the Jingle Bell Brunch is always the BEST bacon.  Super crispy, and just perfectly cooked.  I’m not sure how they are able to get the bacon just right.  It’s so good that I can eat a plate of bacon all on its own. Not exactly the healthiest thing to do, but with this bacon, it is so tempting.

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