BC Wine Appreciation Society Summer Walkabout – Get Your Tickets

Come join us on Friday July 17 for a casual, festival-style Call Out To Summer.

BC Wine Appreciation Society logoWe’ve called out to summer, and summer has answered us! What better way to keep enjoying the long warm days than an evening with wine, food, and a bunch of other like-minded BC wine lovers?

We’ll open up the patio doors, and we can toast our beautiful waterfront view with some of the best of what our province has to offer.  Even better – it’s a Friday night, so you don’t have to get up and go to work the next day!

Wines being poured include:

2013 Bella Sparkling Gamay

2013 Church & State Trebella

2013 Howling Bluff Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

2013 Corcelettes Trivium

2014 Samantha Chardonnay

2013 Red Rooster Reserve Rosé

2013 Hugging Tree Rosé

2014 Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah

2006 Cedar Creek Platinum Merlot

2007 Lake Breeze Tempest

2008 La Stella Fortissimo

 

For food, we’ll be providing a selection of platters of cheeses, meats, vegetables, and fruit.

Date:    Friday July 17, 2015

Time:    7:30-9:30 pm

Place:   Our new regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West. It’s located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Directions (transit): It’s about a 2 ½ block easy walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station:      Walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: Walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away. As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

Price:

Members:     only $45
Non-Members:     $59

Click here to sign up:  http://bcwas.com/Call_Out_to_Summer.html

2015/2016 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March 31, 2016. Only $40 for lots of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Our corporate member Gone Crackers will be providing us with their “Undressed” crackers to go with our wine. We are delighted to be able to enjoy Gone Crackers with our BC wines!

Questions? Contact us at events@bcwas.com.

Please note: There are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home – take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

Tasting Plates Olympic Village Wednesday, July 8

Have you ever been to Olympic Village?  It is just around the corner from Science World.  You will know you are there when you see big, really big, metal bird sculptures.  But besides that there are plenty of restaurants in the area to try. Vancouver Foodster has put together Tasting Plates Olympic Village for you to enjoy on July 8.  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Olympic Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm 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 throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Participating Restaurants: 

 

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Big Rock Urban Eatery

310 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://bigrockurban.com/

Twitter @BRUeateryYVR

Cuisine: Brewery and Restaurant

 

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Aqua Sushi & Juice

1764 Manitoba Street

Web: http://www.aquajuicebar.com/

Twitter @aquajuicebar

Cuisine: Sushi and Juice

 

Rouge Bistro

91 W 2nd Avenue

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Cuisine: Westcoast

 

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Cuisine: cafe and coffee roastery

 

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De Dutch Pannekoek House

410 West 2nd Avenue

Web: http://www.dedutch.com/

Twitter: @dedutch

Cuisine: Dutch

 

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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.

Get Your Tickets For Garagiste North Wine Tasting

Welcome to Garagiste North

garagisteWhat is a garagiste? (gar-ah-jeest).  It started out in France (of course) where it was a derogatory phrase used for those avante garde and crazy mavericks making wine in their garage outside the highly regulated system. Gradually and grudgingly came acknowledgement that something really interesting was happening with these small case lot artisan wines, and a movement was born.

We bring together the small guys. Wines produced from 100% Canadian grapes and well under 2000 cases annually.

Saturday, June 27 The Wise Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Public@ 2:00 PM   ($49.00)

Participating Wineries

  • Anarchist Mountain
  • Lock & Worth
  • Synchromesh
  • Nagging Doubt
  • Alderlea
  • Bella
  • Seven Directions
  • Black Cloud
  • Black Market
  • vinPerdu
  • Cana Vines
  • Daydreamer
  • Vindication
  • Lariana
  • Corcelettes
  • BC Wine Studio
  • Marichel
  • Niche
  • Riverstone
  • Roche
  • Squeezed
  • Symphony

RSVP HERE

Trivento – A Taste of Argentina at Seasons in the Park – Get Your Tickets

~ A Taste of Argentina ~

June 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Seasons in the Park

You will taste a diversity of Mendoza wines.

The tasting will start with entry level wines and then follow with wines more complex and deep in flavour. Our tasting line up… 

  • Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Amado Sur White

  • Amado Sur Red
  • Trivento Pinot Noir
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

And to enhance your tasting experience our Chef will create a delicious food pairing for each wine.

Cost is $35 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Reserve Your Seat(s)

Follow the link https://www.vancouverdine.com/group-event-deposit-form

Note: You will require the following information when reserving

Event location : Seasons

Date: Tasting Date
Name of event: Seasons Wine Tasting
Amount of deposit: $42.63 per person

For more information call 604.874.8008 or
email seasonsevents@vancouverdine.com

There are no physical tickets for our tasting events. Once you complete your purchase, you will be added to our Guest List.   Please check in at the Front Desk upon arrival.

www.vancouverdine.com

A Gastronomical Journey Through the “Garden of France” with Insight Vacations

Do you love French food and have time to go on a foodie journey in the Loire Valley this fall?  If so, you may want to consider signing up for this guided trip.  I came across it and it looks fabulous.  I’ve toured the Loire Valley on my own before, and loved the food and wine.  I’d love to take this trip myself.

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TORONTO – May 28, 2015 – Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com), the leader in premium and luxury escorted journeys, has introduced The Loire Valley (www.insightvacations.com/ca/special-offers/expert-hosted-collection/the-loire-valley) – a limited one-time departure that leads guests on a 13-day magical journey of food, wine and history through the villages and vineyards of the famed region. Designed to satisfy even the most discerning of food connoisseurs, The Loire Valley has been curated by Barbara Barde, an Insight Vacations Tour Director, and private certified sommelier Tom LeRoy.

Loire Valley tour

Loire Valley tour

“We are excited to launch our newest special interest trip in our Expert Hosted Collection, catered specifically to foodies and wine aficionados,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. “Insight Vacations is renowned for creating lasting experiences and memories with our guests, and with the help of Barbara Barde and Tom LeRoy, The Loire Valley culinary odyssey will offer our travellers an experience their palates will not soon forget.”

Departing September 26, 2015, this exclusive gastronomical adventure begins in Paris, one of the great culinary capitals of the world. Synonymous with wine production dating back to the 1st century, the region offers guests an incomparable cultural landscape of great beauty comprised of ancient towns and family owned vineyards. Guests will eat and drink their way through the “Garden of France”, all the while experiencing the Loire Valley through the eyes of a true gastronome with the help of local experts.

Each Insight Vacations escorted journey offers unique Signature Experiences where guests discover more than just the highlights other travel experiences provide. Travellers are introduced to local guides who immerse them in regional culture and unlock doors for them they simply cannot arrange on their own. Signature Experiences found on The Loire Valley include the following:

– Visit to the Maison Louis de Grenelle, the last remaining family-owned property of the major Saumur sparkling producers, where guests will learn the art of sustainable viticulture while 12 metres beneath the cobblestone streets of this historic town.

– Discover the fascinating secret world of mushrooms at the Musée du Champignon in the village of St. Hilaure, touring the underground cave exhibiting the many cultivation methods of the species indigenous to the region.

– Dine at the Cathédrales de la Saulaie, a 19th century subterranean restaurant located in a cathedral-sized Troglodyte cave specializing in local Pays de la Loire dishes.way to Chinon, learn the art of perfecting the balance of tradition and modernity in wine-making at the family-owned Frederic Mobileau Vigneron winery, known for offering multi-faceted wines from the Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou appellations, whilst visiting the 2,000 hectares of the Couly-Duthier winery.

– At Sancerre, guests will sample the stunning varietals of this region long revered for specializing in 100 per cent Sauvignon Blanc wines while sampling sumptuous goat cheese at Chèveries de Chamons.

“Food and wine have long been passions of mine and I am proud to be personally hosting The Loire Valley. I have handpicked each experience to reflect my love of French gastronomy and look forward to welcoming guests to the ‘Garden of France’,” says Barbara Barde, Insight Vacations Tour Director.

Click on the following link to watch Barbara Barde explaining the Loire Valley itinerary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0O2E54xk0g

“It is an honour to be hosting with Barbara on this trip,” adds Tom LeRoy, wine sommelier. “I can think of no better way to share my passion for wine than to be the personal sommelier to guests on this special curated experience.”

To book this escorted journey or for more information, please visit www.insightvacations.com, contact Insight’s Sale Centre at 1-800-387-8490 or speak with your local travel agent.

About Barbara Barde

Barbara is an award winning television producer, with over 600 titles to her credit. She began appreciating and collecting wine almost 20 years ago and is known for her impressive cellar. She is also a “foodie”, always on the lookout for an amazing recipe, new ingredients, or a restaurant that no one has heard of. Barbara is also a passionate traveler and has spent the last several summers leading tours with Insight Vacations and other companies. She will be the Tour Director.

About Tom LeRoy

Wine Sommelier Tom LeRoy is a criminal lawyer in Toronto who began collecting and appreciating wine fifteen years ago. A true aficionado of wine, he has recently obtained a wine specialist certificate from George Brown College and was also certified as a Wine Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Tom is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.

About Insight Vacations

For more than 35 years, Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) has been designing the world’s finest escorted travel itineraries. Insight offers 113 journeys to more countries across Europe than any other operator and provides the same legendary service across North America, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, Egypt and Israel.

Insight guests enjoy The Art of Touring in Style with business-class legroom aboard customized luxury coaches, intimate groups of just 40 travellers and the services of an experienced Tour Director who acts as ‘travelling concierge.’ Each expertly planned itinerary includes a range of Signature Events for a unique and authentic look into the history and culture of each destination. Throughout their trip, guests will stay in handpicked hotels that are centrally or scenically located and have the perfect balance of guided and independent exploration.

For more information, visit us at http://www.insightvacations.com, on social media at http://www.facebook.com/InsightVacations, http://twitter.com/InsightVacation, and join the conversation using the hashtag #InsightMoments.

About TreadRight

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.

 

Tasting Plates Cambie Village June 10 – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Cambie Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm 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 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: U&I Thai-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

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Pronto

3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.prontocaffe.ca/

Twitter @ProntoCambie

Cuisine: Italian

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U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

Cuisine: Thai

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Rain or Shine Ice Cream

3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

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Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Cuisine: Jewish bakery and cafe

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The Edge Cafe and Catering

2450 Yukon Street, Vancouver

Web: http://edgecatering.ca/the-edge-cafe/

Twitter: @EdgeCatererCafe

Cuisine: Cafe and caterer

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (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 June 7, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here:

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.

Tofu Shirataki Vietnamese Salad Recipe – Gluten Free

Tofu Shirataki Vietnamese Salad

Tofu Shirataki Vietnamese Salad

I was emailed this recipe and thought I’d pass it along to you.  It uses Tofu Shirataki noodles, which are made with tofu, and are gluten free.  I haven’t made this dish yet, but the ingredients look good, and should pair nicely with a BC Pinot Gris or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  I’ve listed a few after the recipe.  Enjoy.

Tofu Shirataki Vietnamese Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

2 pkg House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti shape
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced into half moons
1 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 scallions, sliced
chopped peanuts
pinch chili flakes (optional)
cilantro
mint

For Dressing:
1-1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
juice from 1 lime

DIRECTIONS:

For Salad:
Prepare Tofu Shirataki according to package instructions. Cut into manageable size. Add noodles, carrot, cucumber, chicken, lettuce and scallions in a large bowl and mix well.
Top with peanuts, mint, cilantro and chili flakes (if using).
Add dressing just before serving.

For Dressing:
Combine all ingredients in small ramekin and stir.

A Few Wine Selections

You can find a some of these wines at Everything Wine. The BC wines are available online from the wineries.

Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012, BC ($24.49)

Harper’s Trail Pinot Gris 2013, BC ($18.90)

Forrest Wines “The Doctors” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2012 (BC$19.95 SPEC)

Marisco Vineyards, The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2013 (BC $19.99 )

Galiano Island Wine Festival August 8 – Get Your Tickets

Galiano Island Wine Festival

Galiano Island Wine Festival

The Galiano Health Care Society is hosting its 23rd Annual Fundraising Wine & Beer Festival.

Where and When?

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.
www.galianowinefestival.com

Entrance fee for general public 19+ is $45pp.  The entry fee includes one wine tasting glass, one beer tasting glass as well as unlimited finger food all afternoon. 
This annual event is a major fundraising initiative for the Galiano Health Care Society which provides quality health care to Galiano Island residents and visitors.  Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands and is easily accessible by BC Ferry via Victoria or Vancouver.

Which Wineries and Breweries Are Attending?

Reserve tickets at galianowinefestival@gmail.com. or call Jenelle at 250-539-2422.

Reservations are available from May 1, 2015 and close 5pm Friday, August  7th, 2015.

Please note that tickets do sell fast. Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our 2013 & 2014 Festivals sold out on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit the links for the Galiano Health Care Society, the Galiano Wine Festival and the Galiano Chamber of Commerce:
http://galianowinefestival.com/
http://galianohealth.org/
http://galianoisland.com/

Various Indonesian fast food dishes

A Sample of Indonesian Food You May Eat in Jakarta

There is food everywhere in Jakarta.  Street vendors with their carts, fast food in the shopping malls (big and small, opulent and spartan), locals restaurants, and ex-pat restaurants, all have something for you.  If you go to Indonesia there are a few dishes that you should be able to find at many of these places to eat:

  • sate
  • mie goreng
  • nasi goreng
  • ikan (usually guarame) goreng
  • soto ayam
  • bakso
  • sapi lada hitam
  • gado gado

What are these you ask?  Read on!

Sate is probably the only one on the list that you have heard of.  Skewers with chicken (sometimes chicken skin), beef, and lamb grilled, and served with a peanut sauce.  Sate is something safe and easy to eat if you are new to eating Indonesian food.  Add some rice and/or gad0 gado, and a glass of Teh Botol (Indonesian ice tea, served in a bottle) and you are complete. Don’t go looking for pork sate, or pork anything in Jakarta, as it is predominantly Muslim.  The only place that you can find pork dishes readily is on the island of Bali.

Sate with rice a sweet soya sauce ketchup dipping sauce and Teh Botol to drink

Sate with rice a sweet soya sauce ketchup dipping sauce and Teh Botol to drink

Mie and nasi goreng, have one thing in common: goreng.  Goreng is the Indoensian word for “fried”.  Frying food, whether in a pan, or deep-fried, is an inexpensive and easy method of cooking.  Fried foods also taste quite good.  Mie goreng is fried noodles, while nasi goreng is fried rice.  Both can be a meal in themselves as they are served with different mixtures of meats, seafood, and vegetables.  The noodles, and most dishes, come with a bit of chili spice mixed in, so you may not need to add any extra sambal to your dish.  Both dishes look very similar to Chinese fried noodles and fried rice.  The Indonesians like to use the thinner rice noodles, known as Bihon, for their mie goreng.  I like them too as you are not eating lots of heavy, fat noodles.  The nasi goreng is made with white rice.  You may be able to find a brown rice version at an ex-pat restaurant, but it would be a very rare occurrence.

Nasi goreng

Nasi goreng

Ikan goreng is fried fish.  I like how the Indonesians cook/serve their fried fish.  They fillet it on one side, keeping the meat still attached to the head of the fish.  The fish is battered then deep fried, and as it is cooking, it curls a bit.  If you go to a shopping mall and eat a food stall, you will probably get a plate with the ikan goreng, some white rice, and vegetables with chilies.  Many Indonesians eat with their hands, so go ahead and tear off a piece of the fish, dip it in some sambal, add a pinch of rice and enjoy.

Ikan goreng with rice vegetables krupuk soup and Teh Botol

Ikan goreng with rice vegetables krupuk soup and Teh Botol

Soto ayam and Bakso are two similar dishes; both are a type of soup.  Soto ayam, is the Indonesian version of our chicken soup, this one made with thin rice noodles (think bihon), has a very flavourful broth with coriander and garlic, and other spices, and topped with some fried garlic or shallots.  A good meal in itself.  Bakso are beef meatballs in a clear broth.  There are many variations on the bakso broth, which can contain various combination of vegetables (usually has spring onions), fried garlic/shallots, and thin rice noodles.

Bakso (meatball soup)

Bakso (meatball soup)

Sapi lada hitam, is beef cooked with black pepper.  You can also get ayam lada hitam, which is chicken cooked with black pepper.  This dish is peppery, so be forewarned.  Small chunks of beef and usually bell peppers are stir fried, with a black pepper sauce containing soya sauce, Indonesian ketchup, garlic and other spices.  I really like this dish.  It is always very flavourful, and one that you probably want a cold beer with.  I will discuss wine and beer in Jakarta shortly.

Sapi lada hitam on noodles

Sapi lada hitam on noodles

Gado-gado, meaning mix-mix, is an Indonesian salad consisting of slightly boiled or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs served with a peanut sauce dressing.  The dish also comes with peanut sauce, and shrimp crackers (krupuk).  Usually you would eat this dish along with another meat dish like the sapi lada hitam, or ikan goreng.

Gado gado

Gado gado

There are many more very tasty Indonesian dishes that I could talk about, but these should get you going, once you arrive in Indonesia.  I will write a separate article on fruits and desserts of Indonesia. Stay tuned.

Beer and Wine

Bintang beer can

Bintang beer can

Indonesia does brew it’s own beer, called “Bintang“.  Bintang is the Indonesian word for “star”, and you can recognize the beer as there is a big red star on the front of the beer car.  It is a light bodied pilsner. Nothing exceptional, but good to drink if it is cold, and you are eating spicy food.  It is also quite inexpensive, I think around CAD $2 a can.

Wine is a different story.  It is very expensive, and not as easily found as beer.  The only restaurants that will have wine, will be the ones setup and run by ex-pats, usually Australians.  The wine selection generally is heavy on Australian wines, as they are the closest major wine producing country to Indonesia.  I did check the prices of bottles of Australian wine in some local grocery stores, and the prices were about double the price of prices here in British Columbia.  So the locals would probably not be purchasing these wines;  An ex-pat luxury.  Lindemans, Rosemount, Saltram, and Thorn Clarke are a few of the Australian winery wines I did notice on my trip.  You are allowed to bring in 1 litre of wine when you enter the country, so you may want to consider bringing in one 750 ml bottle.

After all this eating, while you are in Indonesia you may want to check out the Museum Layang-Layang, and learn about Indonesian kites.   Check out my review of Museum Layang-Layang.

Free Event – Enjoy when German Wines meet Asian Cuisine May 9

Vancouver is blessed with a wide range of Asian cuisine, but what kind of wines do you pair with these dishes?  Have you tried German wine?  The BC Liquor stores want to help you find the wines to match the food, and have a free consumer event for you on Saturday May, 9 at the Cambie Signature liquor store.  Details are below.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May, 2015. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, including a sparkling Riesling and a Dornfelder Pinot Noir. Customers can pick up their complimentary recipe booklet at all participating stores and a FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion featuring the Asian foods of Vancouver’s own Stephen Wong – wine writer and chef extraordinaire.

The promotion showcases a wide assortment of Germans wines, giving consumers an opportunity to learn about the diversity of the German wine offering and how well they pair with Asian cuisines. A brochure has been developed which will be on display in all 60 participating stores, offering food pairing suggestions for the participating wines, along with four excellent Asian recipes; Pakoras, California Sushi Roll, Seafood Laksa and Szechuan Pork.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 9, 2015, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with gourmet Chinese foods, hand-crafted by Chef (and acclaimed wine writer) Stephen Wong. Accredited Sommeliers will present the wines on rotation throughout the event, paired with the following Asian Appetizers:

  • Pork Potstickers with mildly spicy soy vinegar dip
  • BBQ Duck Roll with cucumber jicama & carrots with orange hoisin

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen) Vancouver, BC
Saturday, May 9, 2015
3 – 6 pm
German wines are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

Featured Wines

  1. LINGENFELDER RIESLING

    LINGENFELDER RIESLING

    DR. LOOSEN SPARKLING RIESLING 158501 $ 16.79

  2. HEITLINGER ‘SMOOTH LEAF’ PINOT BLANC 223487 $ 15.69
  3. BREE RIESLING 210807 $ 14.39
  4. CLEAN SLATE RIESLING 160127 $ 13.49
  5. LANDLUST RIESLING 509430 $ 12.99
  6. SELBACH RIESLING 23242 $ 15.69
  7. GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING 320135 $ 15.69
  8. LINGENFELDER RIESLING 568634 $ 18.49
  9. DR. VON BASSERMANN JORDAN RIESLING 547489 $ 25.29
  10. DR. PAULY BERGWEILER RIESLING 141218 $ 17.69
  11. ST. URBANS HOF RIESLING 597997 $ 21.79
  12. BLACK TOWER DORNFELDER PINOT NOIR 580118 $ 10.29