Vancouver Foodster Presents Tasting Plates East Village on March 11

Local foodies and tourists alike are invited to tantalize their taste buds at our next Tasting Plates event.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10 pm 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 evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

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, roller skates, or carpooling.
Participating restaurants:

Platform 7

2331 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.platform7coffee.com/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Cuisine: Coffee and baked goods

Platform 7 Coffee Brew Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience. Platform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London Train Station to experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso and coffee brew bar drinks. We selected Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, as our flagship coffee roaster. Dialing in the perfect profile on our Strada, gives us the distinct pleasure in presenting the absolute best cup of coffee to our guests. From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience can take one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite coffees from around the world. Providing a guiding and careful hand, our staff take great pride in presenting and serving our guests with unique and enticing brew techniques.

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Windsor Meats

2276 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.windsormeats.com/

Twitter:@WindsorMeats

Cuisine: Butcher Shop and Meats

Windsor Meat co. East Village. Our newest and most artisan focused location featuring Heritage Free Range Pork, Local Grass Fed & Barley/Alfalfa Finished Beef, Free Range Chicken, House Made Sausages, and Charcuterie. We source all our fresh meats from only the finest B.C. ranches and farmers that take pride in ethically raised meat. Our butchers are highly trained in nose to tail butchery and sausage making and would be happy to custom cut or source anything you are looking for.

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Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street

Web:http://www.dioliva.ca/

Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

 

Odd Society

1725 Powell Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.oddsocietyspirits.com/

Twitter: @oddspirits

Cuisine: Distillery tasting room

Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive 

2257 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://jackalopesdive.com/

Twitter: @JackalopesDive

Cuisine: Southern

 

Pallet Coffee Roasters

323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Cuisine: Coffee roaster and cafe

 

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Renfrew Cafe

826 Renfrew St, Vancouver

Web: http://www.renfrewcafe.ca/

Twitter: @renfrewcafe

Cuisine: Tea and pies

Advance Tickets: $45 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $210 for a 6 pack of tickets ($35 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $55 per person after March 8, 2015.

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

Adieu to DOVF With the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Vancouver has come and gone for another year.  I am sure many of us have added girth from all the tasty meals we had.  My last event during Dine Out Vancouver was the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on the last day.  Commercial Drive is an interesting, eclectic mix of restaurants and shops.  For this Brunch Crawl, the participating restaurants/businesses were:

  • Turks Coffee Lounge
  • The Lemon Square
  • Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Parallel 49 Beer
  • Lear Faye
  • Bakery Sate
  • JamJar
  • Federico’s Supper Club
  • Stateside Craft

Below are a few pictures of my crawl, and some comments. Enjoy and let’s chat Dine Out again next year.

Pizza and beer, from Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria and Parallel 49 Beer, for breakfast is a great way to start a day!  Famoso’s Korean BBQ pizza was really different, and super tasty.  Love their homemade bbq sauce. I’ve tried Parallel 49 Beer before. The Ruby Ale is an easy to drink beer.  Not too dark or hoppy.  Probably a good beer for people to try if they want something with more body than a pilsner.  The other beer that I had and enjoyed was the Salty Scot, Scotch Ale.  This beer has lots of body and flavour. Dark fruit, dark malt, caramel.

Famoso Margherita, Cavoletti, and Korean BBQ Pork pizza slices

Famoso Margherita, Cavoletti, and Korean BBQ Pork pizza slices

Parallel 49 beer

Parallel 49 beer

Going for a coffee after pizza and beer was a good idea.  The Turks Coffee Lounge poured a very nice Velvet Cortado, a type of latte.  The Cortado went nicely with The Lemon Square square.  Lots of lemon flavour, and not too sweet.

Turks Velvet Cortado Butter Espresso and a Lemon Square

Turks Velvet Cortado Butter Espresso and a Lemon Square

Stateside Craft, is place to go for a wide selection of beers, but I already had 2 beers with Parallel 49, so I had their Goat cheese, tomato and basil benny, and their Braised brisket corn hash.  I enjoyed the hash, topped with a light, fluffy egg on top.  The benny unfortunately appears to be made earlier in the  morning and was cold.

Stateside Craft Goat Cheese tomato basil benny and Braised brisket corn hash

Stateside Craft Goat Cheese tomato basil benny and Braised brisket corn hash

Another benny to try was at Lear Faye.  Lear Faye’s Benny was called the East Van benny, made with wilted greens, pico de gallo and avocado holandaise sauce.  Lots of salty, creamy, and spicy flavours.  Really good.  Equally good was the Last Tango French Toast.  The bread was really thickly cut and was moist throughout. I’d have this again.  Sipped a cappuccino to go with these delightful dishes.

Lear Faye East Van Benny and Last Tango French Toast

Lear Faye East Van Benny and Last Tango French Toast

Federico’s Supper Club was moving us more into lunch dishes, but very good lunch dishes. We had samples of Rigatoni alla Gricia (smoked pork cheeks, pancetta, Pecorino Romano and black pepper), Fritelle di Baccala (salt cod fitters on mint pesto and roasted red pepper), and Terrina di Cioccolato (chocolate terrine, Callebaut chocolate and mixed berry compote). All three dishes were very rich.  I really liked the Rigatoni.  Not all pasta needs to have a tomato or cream sauce.  Also really loved the chocolate terrine.  Dark chocolate with a berry compote for dessert is hard to beat anytime.

Federicos Rigatoni alla Gricia, Fritelle di Baccala, and Terrina di Cioccolato

Federicos Rigatoni alla Gricia, Fritelle di Baccala, and Terrina di Cioccolato

Bakery Sate provided us with a take-out box containing a butter croissant, cheddar cheese scone, and coconut macaroon.  The croissant was nice and crispy.  Equally well done was the cheddar cheese scone.  Not too crumbly or dry.  The coconut macaroon was done well, but I am not a fan of the flavour of old coconut.  I do like the lighter flavour and texture of young coconut.  Have you ever tried a young coconut pie?

Bakery Sate Butter croissant, Cheddar cheese scone, and Coconut macaroon

Bakery Sate Butter croissant, Cheddar cheese scone, and Coconut macaroon

I hope you enjoyed these pictures and gave you an idea of some places you would like to visit.

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse Tees Off at Dine Out Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

This is the first year that the Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse participated in Dine Out Vancouver.  It’s sister restaurant at the Riverway Clubhouse in south Burnaby has participated the past two years plus this year, and I’ve had excellent meals there, so I was looking forward to my Dine Out meal on Burnaby Mountain.  It was a great value at $18 and had the following menu:

Appetizer

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Cajun crispy chickpea & basil cream
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Chardonnay

or

LOUISIANA FRIED CHICKEN freshly made waffle, tomato & jalapeno chutney, sour cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

or

ONSEN EGG CARBONARA guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Entree

8 OZ. CERTIFIED ANGUS NEW YORK STEAK Yukon Gold roasted garlic mash, market vegetables, green peppercorn sauce
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

CHAR BROILED MAHI MAHI southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, fresh pineapple salsa

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris

or

SWEET CORN & CREAM CHEESE STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM herb cornbread, market vegetables, barbeque sauce

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Dessert

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE IN JAR oreo cookies, shaved chocolate
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE IN JAR vanilla ice-cream, strawberry coulis, chocolate & coconut brownie

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Summerhill Cipes Sparkling

or

APPLE CRUMBLE IN JAR granny smith apple, vanilla ice-cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine $10

My Review

I was very happy to see that they had a BC VQA wine pairing suggestion for each food item served.  My wine was the Red Rooster Chardonnay, which I sipped through the appetizer and entree, and was a nice match.  My dining partner and I picked different items so that we could double up on our food samples, and were happy with both sets of appetizers and entrees.  The only thing that was not quite up to par was the desserts, which were a bit too sweet and not at the same level of quality as the appetizers and entrees.  But dessert is probably the least important aspect of your meal, so I would say to savour the rest of the meal with wine, and then to finish with a coffee, ice wine, or liquor.

I loved the Louisiana Fried chicken with waffle appetizer.  The chicken was not overly spicy so anyone could enjoy it, plus the waffle and a bit of sweetness from the Chutney to go with the savoury chicken is a nice combination.  This dish could be turned into an entree easily.  Also the butternut squash soup with Cajun crispy chickpeas and basil cream was very good.  Again not too spicy.  The drips of basil cream and crunchy chickpeas added bursts of extra flavour and texture to the soup.

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

I had the Angus New York steak with Yukon Gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables and green peppercorn sauce.  The steak was done Medium Well as I had ordered.  I loved the nice char on the steak, and the flavour from the green peppercorns.  I paired the steak with the Red Rooster Chardonnay.  The pairing worked as the Chardonnay as it was quite full bodied thanks to the Sur Lie aging.  The garlic potatoes were really buttery and added to the feel of a decadent main course.  The char broiled Mahi Mahi was quite flavourful, paired with the pineapple salsa, but was a tad over cooked.  Still very tasty.

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

The dark chocolate mousse with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate was a bit too much sweetness and chocolate in one spoon.  I do love dark chocolate, but maybe this could have been lightened up a bit.  The apple crumble was not quite as sweet but I found the oat flakes a bit hard to chew.

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Overall a wonderful meal, and I would try the Clubhouse again, especially on a sunny day in the summer, sitting on their patio.

 

Broken Rice Modern Vietnamese Food in Burnaby

Burnaby restaurants do participate in Dine Out Vancouver.  Just travel a little east of Boundary and you are in Burnaby.  There are many fine Burnaby restaurants along Hastings Street.  One of these restaurants is Broken Rice, which offers modern Vietnamese food.  They put together a $28 Dine Out Vancouver meal this year.

Broken Rice $28 Menu

Appetizer

Traditional Glass Dumplings Bánh Bột Lọc Steamed tapioca dumplings stuffed with dried shrimp and pork, herb and cabbage salad, Vietnamese pork crackling, nước mắm.

or

Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad Gỏi Gà Xé Phay Hand torn free range chicken salad, sesame, pickled radish, pickled dragon fruit leaf, pickled carrot, onion, cabbage, jellyfish, peanut, cilantro, nước mắm, shrimp chip.

or

Beef Tongue Banh Mi Bao Lưỡi Bò Bảo Slow cooked beef tongue, pickled jalapeño, cucumber, pickled carrots and jicama, garlic aioli, pâté, cilantro.

Entree

48-Hour Short Rib Sườn Bò Slow cooked braised short rib, curried kabocha puree, watercress salad, pickled lily stem, red wine reduction sauce.

or

Chicken Fried Quail Chim Cút Chiên Crispy quail, fish sauce honey drizzle, lime, pea puree, poached scallop, quail egg, xôi gấc (traditional sweet gourd sticky rice).

or

Poached Sablefish Cá Kho Poached Sablefish, caramelized fish sauce, Vietnamese wing bean, opo squash, rice, lily blossom, tonkin jasmine, lotus chips, pickled papaya, salmon roe.

Dessert

Rau Câu (traditional gelatin dessert) with jasmine ice cream.

My Review

My guest and I ordered the Glass Dumplings and the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad appetizer, the Chicken Fried Quail and Poached Sablefish, and the Rau Câu.

Of the two appetizers, I preferred the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad.  It has lots of nice flavours and crunch.  Citrus and herbs, fresh vegetables, and crunchy jellyfish.  A super dish.  The Glass Dumplings were well made, but the dumpling is a bit too thick and chewy for me, and the fish sauce on the dumplings was a little too strong for me.  The herb and cabbage salad was very tasty and very similar to the flavours of the Chicken Salad.

Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad

Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad

 

Traditional glass dumplings

Traditional glass dumplings

For the entrees, both were quite good.  The Chicken Fried Quail had some cinnamon spice to the batter, and tasted similar to the Special Fried Chicken from Tropika Restaurant in Vancouver.  It did have a few too many different components though and could have been simplified a bit, such as dropping the pea puree, or the ramen bowl with scallop.  The Sablefish was poached and nicely soft.  I was a bit worried that it came with a caramelized fish sauce, but the sauce was not fishy at all.  It did have very strong sweet, sour, and peppery flavours.  The presentation and vegetables were perfect support to the sablefish.

Chicken fried quail

Chicken fried quail

 

Poached sablefish

Poached sablefish

For both the appetizers and entrees, I sipped a glass of Jackson Triggs Pinot Gris. It was very full of stone fruit flavour and soft on the palate, and was a very complimentary wine to our food.

The dessert was Rau Câu (a traditional gelatin dessert) with jasmine ice cream.  The gelatin was a marbled white and brown colour, which when you tasted it, it reminds one of a Vietnamese coffee.  Nice strong coffee flavour.  The kumquat slices, mandarin orange segments, and strawberry were nice fresh notes in the dessert.  Enjoy.

Rau Câu dessert

Rau Câu dessert

Dine Out Vancouver Downtown Brunch Crawl Delivers Tastiness

This is my Dine Out Vancouver Brunch Crawl for this year.  The first Brunch Crawl was in Gastown and was very filling.  The second one I attended this weekend was in Downtown, more specifically the area east of Hornby, with Hastings to the north, and Yaletown to the south.  A bit of a hike to get to all of the venues, but needed in order to devour all the offered bites.  The venues we visited were:

  • Kingson Taphouse & Grill
  • Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House
  • Nourish Vancouver
  • The Copper Chimney
  • Bella Gelateria Yaletown
  • Small Victory Bread & Coffee
  • Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

This was the order that I tackled the venues, but anyone attending could visit them in any order, except for Kingston Taphouse & Grill which was the starting point, where you picked up your registration card.  Below are some pictures of the food I enjoyed at the Downtown Brunch Crawl and comments.  Enjoy.

There is one more Brunch Crawl you may want to attend, is on Commercial Drive on Sunday, Feb. 1.  Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl tickets are at this link.

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse & Grill offered us corn beef hash, banger with confit cherry tomato and gravlax with dill & chive hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit.  Of the three I liked the banger the most as it had some pepperiness to it, and I liked it with the acidity and sweetness of the tomato.

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House freatured a savoury spinach & feta scone, a sweet raspberry white chocolate scone and a single origin, fair trade, organic coffee from Peru.  The two scones were nice and soft, melting in my mouth, but the savory scone did have a sugar coating on, which made it a bit odd tasting.  The raspberry one was fantastic. And the coffee was top quality.  A nice place for a weekend morning coffee and pastry.

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

Nourish Vancouver offered us three different items to enjoy.  The first as shown in this picture were two cold pressed juices.  The first was “Light Green”, which was a cucumber-based juice, with ginger and other ingredients.  It tasted healthy and refreshing, but even better to me was the Carrot Orange Ginger juice, which had a smooth texture, with a nice balance between the orange, carrot and ginger flavour.  I would go back for this juice.

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Their breakfast sandwich was next, a frittata made with fresh eggs, filled with roasted leeks, kale and shitake mushrooms, served with a kale hazelnut pesto wrapped in a spelt flatbread.  It was also topped with radish sprouts.  Again, another tasty dish, meatless, that was packed with lots of healthy ingredients.  Great for a after gym workout (along with the juice).

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

The last sample from Nourish was a Dark Chocolate Ganache from one of their partners, Living Lotus.  Not much to say, other than you can’t go wrong with a Dark Chocolate Ganache.

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney was my favourite stop at the Downtown Brunch Crawl.  They served us their Butter Chicken served with Basmati rice, and garlic naan bread.  This was the best Butter Chicken that I can remember eating in a long while.  It was not overly peppery, and had a wonderful mix of sweet spices, like cinnamon and ginger.  I am definitely coming back here to have a full meal of Butter Chicken.  To this the Basmati rice was nice and fluffy, and the naan had a light garlic flavour, which was nice to dip in the Butter Chicken sauce.  Highly recommended.

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown provided us with a plate containing an Italian Toast (similar to French toast, this one using an Italian Brioche, and topped with some pureed kiwi fruit), Il Tricolore Brunch pizza, made with roasted peppers and eggplant, scrambled organic free range egg and fior di latte, and last a Chocolate G Cookie with Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I quite enjoyed the Italian Toast.  The bread was quite dense and absorbed the flavours of the egg coating.  I also really liked the Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I do like good vanilla, and you could tell that this was made with real vanilla.

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory Bread & Coffee By this time I think we were all getting quite full.  Some pastries and coffee to calm down the stomach for the home stretch was needed.  Small Victory is a very nice, upscale bakery and coffee shop.  Gleaming displays of assorted pastries danced in front of my eyes.  We were given a sample of three pastries: a chocolate hazelnut croissant, and almond and blueberry brioche, and a honey filo pastry (this one was a surprise, so I’m guessing on this one).  The chocolate hazelnut croissant was my favourite.  Nice and crispy, with a chocolate centre, and more chocolate on top together with the chopped hazelnuts.  A perfect pairing for my coffee.  Also very tasty was the almond and blueberry brioche.  Also recommended to visit.

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro I would say was my second favourite venue to visit for savoury samples.  They offered a California roll, Teriyaki bbq baby back rib, and a seasonal green gomaee made with broccoli and green bean.  The Teriyaki bbq baby back rib was amazingly tender, and fell off the bone.  The Teriyaki sauce was not overpowering or too sweet.  A nice glass of Sapporo beer would have been the perfect accompanyment.

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar was my last stop and they offered Chicken and Waffles, which I was looking forward to.  There was also a Monsieur Andre sandwich made with rye bread, filled with cheese, soprasetta and prosciutto, and topped with egg hollandaise.  There was something bitter to me with the sandwich, so was not my favourite, but the chicken and waffles was nice.

Well that is the roundup of tastes for this Brunch Crawl.  Stay tuned for my tweets and article on the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for organizing all the Brunch Crawls.  It is a lot of work.

Dine Out Vancouver Gastown Brunch Crawl Entices You

This is the second year that Dine Out Vancouver has offered brunch crawls through various neighbourhoods.  The crawls are organized by @vanfoodster, who offers similar Tasting Plates crawls through the rest of the year.  This weekend I was invited to attend the Gastown Brunch Crawl, which was a fantastic and very filling event!  The participating restaurants were:

  • Brioche Eatery Café
  • Milano Coffee
  • Salida 7
  • Jamaican Blue Cold Brew
  • Lily Mae’s Cafe
  • Rodney’s Oyster House
  • Pure Bread Bakery
  • Jules Bistro

A quick check through the Dine Out Vancouver listing I did not see these restaurants offering a separate dine out dinner or lunch menu, so the Brunch Crawls may be the only way to try out some of these places.  FYI, besides the Gastown Brunch Crawl, there is also Downtown, Kitsilano, Main Street, West End, and Commercial Drive.  Details on all the Brunch Crawls are here.

Below are a pictures I took during the Gastown Brunch Crawl with my astute comments.  Enjoy!

Velvet Cortado at Milano Coffee

Velvet Cortado at Milano Coffee

The Velvet Cortado is a small latte made at Milano’s Coffee, where they roast their own beans.  Very good.  We also had a lemon square from Lemon Square which had great bright lemon flavour, but was not overly sour. Good with coffee.

Jamaican Blue Cold Brew truck

Jamaican Blue Cold Brew truck

More coffee, this time from Jamaican Blue Cold Brew.  What makes this coffee different is that it is cold brewed, which I am told reduces acidity by 70%.  Good if you have acid reflux possibly plus would be better for your teeth.  Made with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans.  If you want, they will warm up the coffee for you after cold brewing.

Pure Bread Bakery variety of pastries

Pure Bread Bakery variety of pastries

If excellent baked goods is your thing, and you just picked up a cup of coffee, then Pure Bread Bakery is a great place to visit.  Yes we were allowed to sample all the pastries, sweet and savoury, that you see.  All were very tasty. Recommended.

Brioche Eatery Café assorted Italian pastas eggplant and ribs

Brioche Eatery Café with assorted Italian pastas, eggplant, and ribs

Brioche Eatery Café had assorted Italian pastas (a lobster ravioli!), eggplant, and succulent ribs.  Just a taste of each, but all very good, and very filling.

Jules Bistro Cassoulet salmon mini quiches and chocolate terrine

Jules Bistro Cassoulet, cured salmon in crossant, mini quiches, and chocolate terrine

Jules Bistro brought some French flavours to our Brunch Crawl. Cassoulet (a cassarole made with beans, chicken, and sausage), house cured salmon, mini quiches and chocolate terrine.  Cassoulet is one of my favourite dishes.  Comfort food.  Enjoy with a glass of pinot noir.  All their food was very good, and the chocolate terrine and dark and decadent.

Salida 7 bacalo croquette veggie tortilla sardine on bean puree toast and fennel salad

Salida 7 Bacalo croquette, veggie tortilla, sardine on bean puree toast, and fennel salad

Salida 7, a Spanish restaurant offered, Bacalo (cod) croquette, veggie tortilla, sardine on bean puree toast, and fennel salad.  The Bacalo croquette and veggie tortilla were my favourites.

LilyMae’s pulled pork grits beet carrot juice and French toast

LilyMae’s pulled pork grits beet carrot juice and French toast

LilyMae’s Cafe had us trying their pulled pork & cheese grits, beet carrot juice, and French toast.  The juice tasted very healthy, and was enjoyable to sip for a breakfast or brunch.  The pulled pork & cheese grits was rich and filling, and the French toast was cooked to perfection.

Rodneys Oyster House crab cake eggs benedict

Rodneys Oyster House crab cake eggs benedict

My last stop was Rodney’s Oyster House to try their crab cake eggs benedict.  The egg was poached nicely and the creaminess of the yolk helped make the crab cake a bit moister.

If these pictures entice you, please visit them, and if the Brunch Crawl attracts you, why not join one during Dine Out?

2015 Calgary International Beer Festival

Just in case you are one of my readers in Calgary, or are travelling to Calgary for May 1 or 2, and you like beer, this festival is for you.  Read on.

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Glass of beer

Glass of beer

Already rated as one of the 20 best beer festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of the Calgary International Beer Festival, presented by Sobeys Liquor, is expanding to over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in the BMO Centre and Corral on May 1st and 2nd making it the biggest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favorite amongst the hundreds of local, national and international craft beers while being able to sample tasty food from over 40 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries. Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) has a mandate to not only promote & celebrate the craft beer industry, we also believe it is important to be environmental conscious and strong members of the community. If you require further event information, a media kit, tickets for contests or yourself please do not hesitate to contact us. What to Expect This year the festival will take up all five halls of Calgary’s BMO Centre and the Corral, boasting over 250,000 square feet of beer! On top of the great beer selection, some of Calgary’s best eateries will be featuring their food at the Calgary International Beer Festival.

There will be special seminar stages where people can sample food and learn about some unique breweries and beer made right here in Alberta! We have local bands taking part in the festivities to keep up your spirits, and keep the atmosphere lively. It’s good to be a VIP! These tickets get you early access to the festival via a separate entrance, free swag, great door prizes and free access to seminars. On top of that, many breweries will be bringing special cask beers to the event and Beer Geeks get first crack at these beers all for six bucks more! As a way for people to enjoy a wider beer and food selection this is a sampling event!

Event Dates and Times Friday May 1st: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm Saturday, May 2nd: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm BMO Centre Halls A,B,C,D & E and the Corral at Stampede Park Alberta Beer Festivals – Brewing Beer Culture At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone. Along with ABF`s charities of choice Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS) and Kids Up Front we want to invite you to be a part of this year’s world renown Calgary International Beer Festival. For more information please visit www.albertabeerfestivals.com.

Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster Presents 6 Crawls

If you are a fan of our Tasting Plates events you are going to want to hear about the 6 events that Vancouver Foodster is presenting during the upcoming Dine Out Festival that kicks off next month. The Dine Out Festival always offers diners a chance to try restaurants they may not have tried before which is often for dinner, this year Tourism Vancouver has added many more food related events to get people out exploring and tasting even more. Earlier this year I produced two of the biggest Dine Out Van brunch crawls that Vancouver has ever seen, in 2015 I will be producing 6 Dine Out Brunch Crawls showcasing multiple restaurants in 6 different Vancouver neighborhoods.

These are the 6 events on sale at Dine Out Festival

Gastown Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 17
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the Gastown area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs bennys, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants including: Brioche Eatery Café, The Blarney Stone, Milano Coffee, Salida 7, Jamaican Blue Cold Brew and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Milano Coffee at 36 Powell Street
Community Partner: Gastown BIA

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 18
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Kitsilano as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, brunch pizza, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including: Krokodile Pear, Novo Pizzeria, Darby’s Public House, Momento Coffee House, Rain or Shine Ice Cream and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Novo Pizzeria at 2118 Burrard Street
Community Partner: Shop West 4th BIA

Main Street Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 24
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Mount Pleasant and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants including: Rosemary Rocksalt, Miura Waffles, Radicle Juice, Nirvana, East End Chai and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Best Western Plus Uptown at 205 Kingsway
Community Partner: Mount Pleasant BIA


Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 25
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out downtown as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, baked goods, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants including: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Kingston Taphouse & Grille, The Copper Chimney, Small Victory Bread & Coffee, Bella Gelateria Yaletown, and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at the Kingston Taphouse & Grille at 755 Richards Street
Community Partner: Downtown Vancouver BIA

West End Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 31
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

A repeat event for 2015. Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the West End as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts, mimosas and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of the Westend’s finest restaurants including: Papparoti, Morocco West, Just juice, Marquis Wine Cellars, De Dutch Pannekoek House and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Marquis Wine Cellars at 1034 Davie Street
Community Partner: West End BIA

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday February 1
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Commercial Drive and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies coffees and beer, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, hash browns, brunch pizza, desserts, and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of East Van’s finest restaurants including: Famoso Pizzeria, Federico’s Supper Club, Bakery Sate, Stateside Craft and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Famoso Pizzeria at 1380 Commercial Drive
Community Partner: The Drive BIA

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:
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