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Rhea, Wonka, others - Tuesday at Ouisi

shywoodlandcreature's picture

I need a head count so that I can confirm reservations for Tuesday night's dinner with David Fritz at Ouisi's. Who's joining us?





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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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RheaS's picture

(post #56907, reply #3 of 13)

Sorry.. I didn't check CT on the weekend. I'm in for sure!

shoechick's picture

(post #56907, reply #4 of 13)

Oops...looks like I missed this one!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56907, reply #5 of 13)

Your loss. It was a delightful evening -- Ouisi is a good find, thanks Dave, for introducing us to it.





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shoechick's picture

(post #56907, reply #6 of 13)

where is it?

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

RheaS's picture

(post #56907, reply #7 of 13)

It's beside Meinhardt. Was great to see Peter and Sandra as usual and I will happily dog sit if you two ever want a weekend away or something. Also very nice to meet DaveFritz.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56907, reply #8 of 13)

Hi again. Sorry, didn't mean to be so perfunctory earlier - I was just rushing off for a meeting, and didn't take time to respond properly.

So - Ouisi is a little treasure hidden off of Granville and 14th. It's a New Orleans-style bistro - think "Cajun" and very good jazz. We really do owe Dave Fritz a vote of thanks for bringing it to our attention (isn't that always the way - it's the tourists who find the hot spots!) Anyhow, we all met at about 6:30, in the outdoor patio, which is refreshingly quiet after the Granville St. traffic, and lovely and cool, with lots of shade. Peter and I got there early, so started things off with Caesars, perked up with a dash of diablo sauce. Very, very good. Then, when Dave and Rhea showed up, the server brought over plates of crab cakes and jerk chicken just to introduce us to the concept - yummy! We all ate far too well - more crab cakes, black bean soup, pecan-crusted chicken, trout, ribs (TDF!) and jambalaya.

Dave is charming as all get-out, and brought along a few dozen photos of his most recent adventures, whale watching in Johnston Strait, and attending a carv ing/sculpture workshop taught by some of the top First Nations artists in the province at Alert Bay. Great stuff! He also shared some hot Cuban music (my iPod thanks you, Dave!) and some more pics of his Cuban adventures.

It was indeed a terrific way to while away a misty, grey Vancouver summer evening. Thanks, Dave - but next time, bring your wife!





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wonka's picture

(post #56907, reply #9 of 13)

Sorry I missed it. I had a trip planned prior to the dinner but was suppose to be back on the 11th. I ended up with the stomach flu before going, so we had to leave two days later than expected and we were able to stay a bit longer (we were in Garden Bay in Pender Harbour) so I missed the gathering.


It sounds like you a wonder time and great food. I'll have to check out the restaurant some time. It's so close to me and I've never been.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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You and Tracey were missed! Ah well... there will be a next time. Peter has some photos I'm hoping he'll post tonight.





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shoechick's picture

(post #56907, reply #11 of 13)

Definitely next time!  haven't seen you guys in a while.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

wonka's picture

(post #56907, reply #12 of 13)

I look forward to seeing them.

DaveFritz's picture

(post #56907, reply #13 of 13)

Hi, Everyone,
I'm back home in Kingston, now. More importantly, I've sorted out my forum account, which was suspended. Last time I try to log in while on vacation!!!

Ouisi was great fun. It was so nice to see Sandra (thanks for all the kind words, Sandra) and Peter again, and to meet Rhea. Too bad Darcy wasn't there, but it was very nice of him to send the appetizers. They were delicious, as were the meals.

I had lunch at Rangoli the next day, also very good, and picked up some Panch Porran and Fenugreek Leaves, both of which you just can't get here.

For you wine enthusiasts, both my friends in Victoria and my hosts at the B&B in Vancouver (Graystone B&B, if you ever need a place for someone) got introduced to what I call the wine world's best-kept secret. It's the Baco Noir grape. Baco is only grown in Ontario, except for Summerhill Winery in the Okanagan. Baco produces a lovely wine for both tasting alone and with food. It's somewhere between an Oregon Pinot Noir and an Aussie Shiraz, bigger and fruitier than the Pinot, but not as in-your-face as the Shiraz.

The BC Liquor board carries both the Summerhill and a Cave Spring (Ontario) one, although they may be going fast (TFPIC). If you try it and really like it, you might think about ordering over the net from Sandbanks Winery, a small outfit in Ontario (Prince Edward County) about a half-hour's drive from where I live.

Cheers,


Dave Fritz

Cheers, Dave Fritz

Glenys's picture

(post #56907, reply #2 of 13)

Tuesday I'll be visiting with gmunger in wild Montana. I'm sitting in Calgary right now and boy, it's cold.