Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner at Left Bank Restaurant!

Joseph DrouhinHave you heard of Beaujolais Nouveau? It is the young, fermented Gamay Noir grape from the Beaujolais region of France.  The French use a method called “Carbonic Maceration“, or whole grape fermentation, in a carbon dioxide rich environment, that causes the wine to be very fruity and low in tannins.  The wine is ready to drink young, and not meant to be kept in the cellar for long-term aging.  Left Bank Restaurant in the West End downtown is celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau with a special dinner, serving Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau.  Details below.

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Left Bank RestaurantLeft Bank Restaurant invites you to their annual Beaujolais Nouveau event on Thursday, November 20.  Expect a deliciously paired three-course menu for only $65 per person including the Beaujolais. Make reservations today as this event will sell out 604-687-1418.

Appetizers

Chicken liver and foie gras parfait

Petit greens, roasted chipolini onions, caramelized strawberries, brioche

Mains

Free range chicken duo

Braised coq au vin

Stuffed chicken breast, potato confit, mushrooms duxelle, red wine jus

Desserts

Beaujolais poached pear

Espresso ice cream

Beaujolais Served

Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau

Vancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

A new challenge from Vancouver Foodster.  I put this one in the “Comfort Food” category, and will probably very welcome for us cold, wet Vancouverites.  Vancouver Foodster’s announcement below.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, BC –This is our first Big Melt Challenge featuring 6 restaurants and delis in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver, that runs from November 4-30, 2014.

Participating restaurants and delis are showcasing Big Melt creations that were created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these establishments during the challenge period .

For our Challenges, we have 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public who are invited to visit any of the participating restaurants and order the Curry creations and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge by casting their votes.

Our Judges

For this challenge we have 3 media judges and they are:

Alyssa Dawson

Lifestyle host and producer. Host at Novus TV, blogger.

Twitter: @AlyssaCDawson

Aaron Alexander

Writer and Creator of BC BuzZ….Plus a film fanatic, music lover & lover of the arts!

Twitter: @aaronmalexander

Jay Minter

Writer of food and the arts for On The List, Vancouver Presents and other publications.

Twitter: @jminter

The Restaurants

These are just some of the unique Big Melt creations in this challenge

Jacksons Meats & Deli

The Top Dawg

The Top Dawg

The Top Dawg

Price: $9.25

Created by: Chris and Shayna Jackson

Description: Toasted Ciabatta Bun with Aged White Cheddar, Nathan’s NY Hot Dog, Jackson’s House Made Chorizo Chili and Jackson’s House Made Aged Provolone Cheese Sauce

Offered: All day, everyday

Jacksons Meats & Deli

2214 West 4th Avenue

Tel: 604-738-6328

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery

 

Monsieur Fondu

Monsieur Fondu

Monsieur Fondu

Price: $9.50

Created by: Pastry Chef – Daryl Lim

Description: Our version of the Croque Monsieur. Local caramelized onions deglazed with Riesling, See You Later Ranch – Okanagan Valley (Estates Wine Shop). Garlic confit with local rosemary and thyme. Praha ham (Oyama Sausage Co.) with a mornay sauce featuring Gruyere and Emmental cheeses (Benton Brothers). Our creation is completed with a torch to gratin a finishing layer of gruyere cheese on top of our organic sourdough Country Bread.

Offered: Monday – Friday from noon until 2pm

Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery

3686 West 4th Avenue

Tel: 604 733 3931

Web: http://beyondbread.ca/

Twitter: @beyondbreadcafe

The Meatery

The Duckwich!

The Duckwich

The Duckwich

Price: $12.99

Created by: Grant Mckay and Mark Jackson.

Description: Coffee cured and braised duck legs with Triple cream brie, Herbed orange aioli, Pickled onions, Arugula, Fennel slaw on Cranberry nut sourdough.

Offered: 11 am to 6 pm (7 days a week)

The Meatery

3108 Edgemont Blvd

Tel: 604-980-1125

Web: http://themeatery.ca/

Twitter: @MeateryB2B
The full list of participating restaurants can be found here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/11/04/vancouver-big-melt-challenge/

Voting

The public is invited to order these Big Melt creations at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the Big Melt creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from November 4-30, 2014
http://vancouverfoodster.com/big-melt-challenge/

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Big Melt creation.

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Big Melt creations on December 1, 2014.

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About Vancouver Foodster
Founded in 2009 by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster is Vancouver’s premier online “Essential Food & Drink Intelligence” guide. The site offers expert advice on the hottest restaurants, parties, and openings this city has to offer, as well as the most interesting dining trends and newest cuisines and food around the region. Vancouver Foodster also runs a series of food challenges with restaurants and chefs throughout the year!

Reference:
Richard Wolak, Richard@vancouverfoodster.com
Vancouver Foodster http://vancouverfoodster.com/
A division of CMI Chat Media Inc.
Mobile: 604-218-2153 (text or call)
Twitter: @VanFoodster

Celebrate Seafood at Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby

If you are a Burnaby resident you should come and visit the Hart House and their beautiful grounds at Deer Lake.  If you are in Vancouver, come and experience this gem.   Burnaby Village Museum is next door and they have a real old-time carousel.  Visit the Museum then enjoy dinner at Hart House.  They are currently offering a seafood promotion.  Here is the info.  Enjoy.

Google Map of Hart House and Burnaby Village Museum.

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Hart House Seafood Celebration

October 28 – November 16, 2014

$38 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuity

Hart House - Butter Poached Prawns

Hart House – Butter Poached Prawns

From now until November 16th, Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is showcasing the amazing abundance of seafood with which BC is blessed. The three-course Seafood Celebration menu gives guests a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert at $38 per guest.Born and raised here in BC, Chef Michael Genest has designed a menu that rejoices in local flavours:

 


Appetizer

Sockeye Salmon Chowder (a la carte 10)

Fried Leeks, Corn, Lobster Oil

or

Smoked Fish Croquettes (a la carte 16)

Pickled Fennel, Micro Greens, Charmoula Aioli

Main Course

Butter Poached Prawns  (a la carte 28)

Squid Ink Risotto, Chorizo, Peas, Bottarga

or

Pan-Seared Red Snapper (a la carte 28)

Fregola Pasta, Tomato, Mussels, Clams, Saffron

Dessert

Apple & Fig Bread pudding (a la carte 10)

Salted Caramel and Walnut Sauce,

Vanilla Chantilly Cream

or

Caramel Mocha Crème Brulee

Orange Nut Biscotti

 If they choose, guests may choose to extend their experience to four courses by ordering both appetizers for an additional $8.

Reservations

Are available by phone only, at 604-298-4278.

New West’s Creepy Columbia Halloween Pub Crawl

Creepy Columbia Crawl Halloween

Creepy Columbia Crawl Halloween

Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins – join Wild Rice Market Bistro on Friday, October 31st for New West’s Creepy Columbia Halloween Pub Crawl.

Starting at 6 p.m., this free, self-guided crawl involves 10 stops starting with Wild Rice.

Chef Todd has created a Boo-tiful appetizer special - pork, bacon and scallop siu mai with pumpkin puree, and Igor, our part-time lab… er bar, assistant has mixed up a batch of his favourite creepy cocktail -the Crawling Pumpkin featuring Appleton’s rum liqueur, Cointreau, ginger beer and lemon juice. Boo-tiful appetizer and Crawling Pumpkin Combo available for only $12.95 – and that’s not creepy.

The Crawling Pumpkin Cocktail will be available all evening on its own for only $6.

Full details:

6pm start (feel free to start the party earlier to ensure ample time at all establishments)Wild Rice: bacon and scallop siu mai on pumpkin puree, paired with a mystery Appleton’s pumpkin cocktail for $12.95

Paddlewheeler Pub: all Stanley Park beers on for $5.25, Bloodtinis for $6.25. Great prizes for best costume and several Halloween themed shots on special.

Judge Begbie’s: Hollywood Halloween Bash! DJ at 8pm, costume contest and prizes at 10:15pm. Blood Suckers on special for $5.95 and Halloween shooter special for $3.25

The Met Bar & Grill: Creepy Creature cocktail and appetizer, two costume contest draws (8pm and 10pm)

Stefanos Lounge: DJ Val from 7pm-midnight, $4 highballs and domestic beer/wine, prize for best costume, spooky decor with a smoke machine!

HOPS: Ninja Turtle theme! Happy Hour from 10pm-midnight with tons of drink and food specials

Spud Shack: Try “Draculas Kiss“, a vodka and cherry cola cocktail

Hub Restaurant: beer flight featured for $10 (Black Venom shot, flight of pumpkin ale, flight of Gypsy Tears ruby ale and flight of Chocolate Porter)

(bit of detouring to try and get the most from each venue but we all know you could use some fresh air and a walk to make room for more drinks!)

*If you feel like a sweet treat before ending the night at Boston Pizza, visit Menchies before 11pm for some freaky flavours and toppings!

12pm “end” at Boston Pizza (don’t worry if you arrive past midnight, they don’t close till 2am!): Enjoy a Bobbin’ for apples vodka cocktail for only $4.99 when requested.

- See more at: http://www.downtownnewwest.ca/index.php/articles/latest-news/159-creepy-columbia-crawl#sthash.THAAyRtC.dpuf

Tasting Plates Vancouver Coffee Crawl November 22

Vancouver Foodster Coffee crawl

Vancouver Foodster Coffee crawl

Do you enjoy coffee?  This event will let you try coffee from various locations thanks to organization by Vancouver Foodster.  The event is on Saturday November 22 in the afternoon, so hopefully the caffeine will wear off so you can sleep, or maybe you want that caffeine jolt to keep you going so you can visit the night clubs in downtown Vancouver till the wee hours.  Here is the notice from Vancouver Foodster.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants, cafes and bakeries all over Yaletown, Crosstown and Mount Pleasant! This tasting extravaganza goes from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant, cafe and bakery will be serving up Tasting Cups and Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of cafes throughout the event, meet some new food and drink loving friends, meet the baristas, and learn about each of the participating cafes and the coffees they serve.

Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.

A coffee and food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant coffee community.

Visit each of the participating establishments at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, or carpooling.

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.


Participating establishments:

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Serving: Coffee Roastery tours, Cuppings, Coffee

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation. Our lineage of Musetti, Curatolo, and now Turko brings the family owned and operated Casa Torrefazione (house roaster and blender) into the twenty-first century.


BELLA GELATERIA YALETOWN

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com/

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Serving: Desserts

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

 

Jam Blue Cold Brew

Location: tba

Web: http://www.jamaicablue.ca/

Twitter: @jambluecoldbrew

Serving: Cold Brew Coffee

Jamaica Blue Cold Brew is a distinctively bold & exceptionally smooth cold brewed coffee handmade with our special blend of Certified Jamaican Blue Mountain.

 

Momento Coffee House

577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

Tel: 604-828-5282

Web: www.momentocoffeehouse.com

Twitter: @momentocoffee

Serving: Coffee Pourovers featuring Bows & Arrows Coffee

Coffee with intention. We do espresso, pour over etc.

 

HAI PHONG VIETNAMESE KITCHEN

186 Keefer Place, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-8897

Web: http://haiphongrestaurant.com/

Serving: Vietnamese coffee and dessert

Specializing in Vietnamese Cuisine known for their French style Vietnamese coffee, Vietnamese subs, Vermicelli bowls, noodle soups and more.

More cafes to be announced soon


Tickets

Early Bird Tickets: $25 per person before November 7, 2014

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after November 7, 2014

Regular Tickets $50 per person after November 20, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting cups and plates at each of the participating establishments throughout the event.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Vancouver Foodsters Tasting Plates Yaletown on October 15

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Yaletown neighborhood downtown Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants and cafes throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by walking, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Bella Gelateria Yaletown -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants: 

bella

BELLA GELATERIA YALETOWN

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Feature: Pizzeria & Gelataria

 

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

xololat

XOXOLAT

1271 Homer St, Vancouver

Twitter: @Xoxolat

Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/

Cuisine: Chocolatier

 

An edible gallery of all things chocolate displaying only the finest of the world’s chocolates, specializing in Single Origin and Estate chocolates, and, treats pairing fun & unusual flavours with chocolate.

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GANACHE PATISSERIE

1262 Homer St.

Web: http://ganacheyaletown.com/

Twitter: @ganacheyaletown

Cuisine: Desserts Café

 

Since opening in 2003, Ganache has established a reputation for its creative modern twists on classical recipes and desserts.

 

krok

KROKODILE PEAR 

518 Davie Street

http://www.krokodilepear.com/

Twitter: @krokodilepear

Cuisine: Juicer

This popular Kitislano juicery known for their organic smoothies and cold pressed juices on tap, opening soon in Yaletown.

 

romers

 

ROMER’S BURGER BAR 

1039 Mainland Street

Web: http://romersburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @romersburger

Cuisine: Burgers

EAT good food. Keep it FRESH. Keep it simple. Be CREATIVE. Let seasons and farmers be our guide. Be good to the PLANET, and all who are on it. LAUGH. SHARE. Do what you do best: with us, it’s BURGERS.

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here:

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 12, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

Vancouver Foodsters West 4th Tasting Plates a Great Success

This week was Vancouver Foodster‘s 2nd Annual Tasting Plates on West 4th in Vancouver.  This event was easily walkable, with all venues being within a 4 block stretch of West 4th in Kitsilano.  We started at The August Jack where we had a smoked salmon duo, where one of the salmon was grapefruit cured.  I really enjoyed the citrus flavour embued into the salmon.  We had a thin sliced, house-made baguette, sliced red onion, and goat’s cheese foam, together with the salmon to make a nice tea sandwich.

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

Jackson’s Meats & Deli was next on my route, and it was my overall favourite of the evening.  They served a turkey/cranberry sausage together with a savoury bread stuffing, and a creamy pumpkin and ginger soup with cinnamon croutons.  The sausage it sounds like is a very old family recipe with at least 100 years of heritage.  For the upcoming Thanksgiving they added in some cranberries.  The sausage was moist and the meat ground fine.  To the sweetness of the cranberries, there was a nice hint of black pepper.  Highly recommended.  Their pumpkin and ginger soup was thick and warming, and I think would be great for the upcoming rainy season.

Jacksons turkey cranberry sausage and pumpkin ginger soup

Jacksons turkey cranberry sausage and pumpkin ginger soup

Whole Foods was location #3.  The standout item there for me was the Cauliflower Tabouli.  Normally Tabouli is made with cracked bulgar wheat, but more people probably make it here with quinoa.  Shredding the cauliflower into small rice sized pieces is a great alternative.  The tabouli was full of flavour and 100% healthy.  To balance the goodness of the tabouli,  Whole Foods also offered us sweet petites, small chocolates or lemon treats.

Whole Foods tabouli salad, salmon sausage, and sweet petite

Whole Foods tabouli salad, salmon sausage, and sweet petite

O5 Rare Tea Bar was a nice next stop where we tried cold matcha green tea and kombucha to sip.  The matcha was hand made for us and served in small cups.  The kombucha was something new to me, and I will try it again.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that is sweetened with sugar or honey.  It is served on tap, and is slightly sparkling, with an alcohol content of between 0.5-1%, which is still viewed as non-alcoholic.  The kombucha to me had an apple flavour to it, and was slightly off-dry.  I was told you can buy their house-made kombucha in bottles to take home.  Give it a try.

O5 Rare Tea Bar Kombucha Golden Curls black tea flavour

O5 Rare Tea Bar Kombucha Golden Curls black tea flavour

The Indian Oven served us a variety of pakoras, made from cauliflower and Indian paneer cheese.  We were getting quite full by this time, but all the pakoras were devoured.  The paneer eventhough it was deep-fried did not melt like a mozzarella.

The Indian Oven pakoras

The Indian Oven pakoras

Our last savoury Tasting Plate was from Las Margaritas Restaurant.  Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada. Chile Verde is one of my favourite dishes, chunks of pork simmered in a green chile sauce.  This one was OK.  I would have preferred a bit more of the green chile flavour.  The Cochinita Tostada was quite spicy and I believe was made with shredded pork and served with a red chile sauce and refried beans.  If you like spicy food, give this one a try.

Las Margaritas Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada

Las Margaritas Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada

Dessert was served at Rain or Shine Ice Cream.  It was a sunny day for Tasting Plates and ice cream seemed like the perfect way to end our day.  I picked the peanut butter ice cream with hot fudge sauce and waffle cone pieces.  The waffle cone pieces were placed in the bottom of our serving cup, topped by the peanut butter ice cream, and topped with the hot fudge.  I enjoyed digging into the waffle cone pieces to get some crunch, then add the chill of the peanut butter ice cream and the warmth from the hot fudge.  You can’t go wrong here.

Rain or Shine ice cream coconut chocolate chip and peanut butter with hot fudge

Rain or Shine ice cream coconut chocolate chip and peanut butter with hot fudge

All the venues served something I really enjoyed, and I hope you will have a chance to enjoy it to.

 

Cooking with Pulo Cuisines Coconut Adobo Sauce

Pulo Philippine Cuisine logoI’m sure if I asked, you would probably be able to tell me about your favourite Indian or Thai curry, Chinese noodles, or Vietnamese grilled meat dish. But if I asked you for your favourite Philippine dish, I’d get a blank stare.  The Philippines is one of of South East Asian neighbours, and probably the third largest immigrant population in Vancouver, but you may not know.  Their cuisine takes bits and pieces from Malay cuisine, China, and Spain, and combines it with their fresh seafood and love of grilling, and vinegar-based sauces to give you a completely different Asian flavour.  Instead of big spicey flavours, you get more vinegar and garlic, sweet bbq, and mild coconut milk flavours.  A cuisine that I think you should try, just for the fusion from all these different countries. Pulo by the way is the Filipino word for “island”, and there are more than 7000 islands that comprise the Philippines.

One way you can try Filipino cuisine, other than hunting around for the Filipino restaurants in East Vancouver or Richmond, can be by trying the new Pulo Philippine Cuisine sauces that are made and marketed right here in Vancouver.  They have 5 different sauces for you to try:

  • Guimaras Island Mango Chili Marinade
  • Samal Island Pineapple Tamarind Marinade
  • Cebu Island Lemongrass Atsuete Marinade
  • Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce
  • Luzon Island Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce

All these sauces are vegan friendly.  I recently received all but the Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce to try.  This article is about my experience with the Tinaga Island Cocconut Adobo Cooking Sauce.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Cooking Chicken with Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce

What is coconut adobo sauce?  Well there are two main components.  One is coconut milk, which adds rich creaminess to this dish.  The other half “adobo” is a traditional Philippine dish that is made by slow cooking meats or vegetables in vinegar, garlic, and black pepper.  This dish combines the two, so is not 100% traditional, but it is very flavourful.  If you like a mild curry, you may want to try this cooking sauce.  It has light pepperiness, garlic, sourness from vinegar, and the creaminess from the coconut milk.

Tinaga Island is part of the Bicol region (Central Philippines), an area renowned for hot chili and coconut milk dishes.  It is one of the few areas that adds chili spice to their food in the Philippines.  Cooking with this sauce was relatively easy.  They recommend cubing 4 chicken breasts (or the equivalent for pork or beef) and chopping 4 cups of vegetables for this dish.  I used chicken drumsticks which I had on hand.  Start off with frying the chicken in oil, add the vegetables, and sauce and them simmer till done.  Serve with rice.  For vegetables I used onions, green beans, green pepper, and carrots.  I would recommend to cube one potato and add it to the mix because I enjoy squishing the potato in the sauce on my plate and getting every last drop of flavour.  I enjoyed the flavours of this dish, and I think that it is worthwhile to try out on your own, with your family and friends.

Coconut adobo chicken simmering

Coconut adobo chicken simmering

 

Wine Pairing and Where to Buy these Sauces?

If you would like to drink some wine with this dish, I would recommend a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France or from South Africa,  or a dry Riesling from BC, Washington, or Australia.  Both have enough body and acidity to cut through the richness of the coconut milk, and both grapes are known for being very good food pairing wines.

In time I will try out the different dishes and give you an update here on my blog.  I have found these sauces for sale at Choices Market, but you may want to check other grocery stores, in their Asian aisle.

Special $10 Discount on Tasting Plates West 4th Vancouver Edition

I spoke with Vancouver Foodster  and asked if he would be able to give my readers a discount to attend this upcoming Tasting Plates in Kitsilano on October 7.  He said yes and now you can go to Tasting Plates and get $10 off your ticket!  It is always lots of fun and you get to try many different restaurants.  Find a new favourite.

$10 off the Advance tickets price (would then be $30 discounted from $40 per ticket) and the Regular tickets (those start on Sunday night) $10 off (would then be $40 discounted from $50 per ticket).

You can purchase the tickets here:

      https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tasting-plates-kitsilano-west-4th-tickets-12782770611

       and use this Promo code: mywinepal

Below is the information about all the restaurants you get to try at Tasting Plates.  Will I see you there?  I will be tweeting as I visit each restaurant.

Just added the food that you will get to taste at each venue.  Scroll to the very bottom.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the West 4th neighborhood in Kitsilano at this 2nd annual West 4th Avenue edition. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.
Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants and cafes throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: TBA-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants:

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

Las Margaritas Restaurant

1999 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

Cuisine: Mexican

WholeFoods Vancouver

Whole Foods Market

2285 West 4th Ave

Web: www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Twitter: @WFMVan

Cuisine: Organic & Natural Grocery Store

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O5 RARE TEA BAR

2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://o5tea.com/

Twitter: @O5Tea

Cuisine: Tea Tasting Bar

The Indian Oven

2006 4th Ave W, Vancouver

Web: http://theindianoven.com/

Twitter: @TheIndianOven

Cuisine: Indian

jacksons

JACKSON’S MEATS & DELI

2214 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

Cuisine: Meat store and Deli

Jackson’s Meats & Deli is unique from its competition in that it is the oldest Meat Market in Vancouver.  Jackson’s boasts six generations of butchers starting in Maidenhead, England in 1856, and has been a part of Vancouver’s heritage since 1911.

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The August Jack

2042 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.theaugustjack.com/

Twitter: @TheAugustJack

Cuisine: Tapas

Tasting Plates West 4th Menu

 

Whole Foods

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)   Basil Asiago Salmon Sausage with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

2)   Cauliflower Tabouli (V)

3)    Sweet Petites (V)

Jacksons Meats

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)    Turkey/Cranberry Sausage over Savory Bread stuffing

2)    Creamy Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Cinnamon Croutons. (V)

Las Margaritas

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)    Chile Verde

2)    Cochinita Tostada

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

MENU

Our Tasting Plate: (Your choice of one of the following)

1)    Brown Butter Snickerdoodle ice cream with warm vanilla caramel sauce and waffle cone pieces (V)

OR

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l’Epicerie Gourmande Brings French Flair To Thanksgiving-To-Go

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l’epicerie Gourmande

Epicerie

Thanksgiving is coming up soon for us Canadians, and that means (or can mean) cooking up a large turkey.  Perhaps you would like someone else to take on the cooking for you this year?  If so, you may want to try l’Epicerie Gourmande.  Read their announcement below.

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(Vancouver, BC)  – To paraphrase Shakespeare – ‘would a roast turkey by any other name taste so good?’ It does when it’s called ‘le dindon’ – the French name for our iconic celebratory bird.  With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, people are starting to think about the annual groaning board of turkey with all the fixin’s.

Not everyone has the time, or the kitchen space, to prepare the full traditional feast. That’s where L’Epicerie Gourmande comes to the rescue. Located in the Granville Island Market, L’Epicerie is an authentic French rotisseur and gourmet shop – just like the ones along the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Under the ownership of Chef David Izquierdo, a native of Marseilles and alumni of the kitchens at Provence Restaurants and Salade des Fruits, L’Epicerie specializes in succulent meats cooked on a Doregrill Neoflame Rotisserie imported from France.  The shop also features many other prepared-foods-to-go along with premium EVOO, balsamic vinegars and gourmet condiments.

L’Epicerie is offering a very special three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner-To-Go value-priced at $24.99 per person. If you want only the turkey main course, that is available for $14.99.

Roast turkeys

Roast turkeys

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Menu

 

Appetizer
Duck Confit Tartlet
Porcini Mushroom Custard,
Organic Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Main Course
Rotisserie-Roasted Boneless Turkey Leg
Thyme Demi-Glace, Citrus Cranberry Sauce,
Truffled Mashed Potatoes,
Maple Butter Roasted Squash,
Autumn Vegetables

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Dessert
choose one
Mixed Berry Charlotte
or
White Chocolate Mango Mousse

L’Epicerie also is offering other seasonal entrees, side dishes, condiments and desserts – enough to satisfy the individual preferences of everyone around your dinner table. It will be posted in the next day or so to their Facebook page.

The prix-fixe Thanksgiving Menu and seasonal features are available from October 10th through 13th. It’s easy to order Thanksgiving-To-Go by calling 604-653-7317. 24 hours minimum advance notice is required.

When placing your order, state the day and time you wish to pick up your dinner. You’ll also be asked for a deposit – L’Epicerie Gourmande accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit cards. Then, on the appointed day and time, pop into L’Epicerie and take Thanksgiving home with you. The shop is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Très simple, n’est-ce pas?

Contact Details

L’Epicerie Gourmande

Granville Island Public Market,
NE Corner

1689 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC  Canada

Hours
Open 7 days a week:
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact
Phone: 604-653-7317
T: @LepicerieGourm