Vancouver’s Thai Confusion – Great Thai Tapas

Thai Confusion logoThis past week had the official opening of Thai Confusion by owner Thai Keattivanichvily, who also owns Bob Likes Thai Food.  What makes this restaurant different is that Tai is introducing Vancouverites to “Grub Gam” or Thai tapas.  Thai Confuion is located on Pender (117 West Pender) across the corner from Tinseltown, where Wild Rice used to be located.   The restaurant is nicely decorated and has solid wood tables that are not covered up.  I enjoy the look and feel of wood, more than having everything covered up with table cloths.   We were treated to several of their dishes, along with signature cocktails and some of the wines served at the restaurant.

To start off your dinner, try the Lychee Mimosa made with lychee juice and sparkling wine, which I believe is Averill Creek Charm de L’ile.  It is exceptionally tasty.  A few dishes that stood out for me were the:

  • Three Citrus Salad (Yum Som O) – a salad made with pomelo fruit, a relative of the grapefruit, together with tamarind sauce and chili
  • Thom Kha with a Fried Curry Rice Ball – made with a galangal coconut milk base soup, with basil, lemongrass, and lime; while the rice appeared to be a mixture of white and black rice and/or wild rice
  • Thai Poutine – deep fried sliced of taro root topped with lemongrass, Thai basil, lime lead chili and green curry sauce, and also served with a deep fried soft shell crab.
  • Curry Fish in Banana Leaf (Hor Mok Pla) – Marinated then grilled on a banana leaf with coconut milk, turmeric, red curry paste, kaffir lime and relish

The Three Citrus Salad is a wonderfully refreshing way to start or end a meal, with citrus and bitterness from the pomelo, crunch from pomegranite seeds, saltiness and spiciness from the tamarind suace and chili.  Highly recommended.

Thai Confusion - Three Citrus Salad

Thai Confusion – Three Citrus Salad

The Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball, is like an Italian Arancini gone Thai.  I loved the texture of the rice; both sticky and crunchy, combined with the wonderful, rich coconut milk based soup.  Another dish not to miss.

Thai Confusion - Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball

Thai Confusion – Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball

Thai Poutine.  Who knew?  Well no potatoes here; rather taro root, sliced very thin so that when it is fried, it comes out very crunchy.  I am not sure if the soft shell crab will normally come with this dish, but offers richness to the dish.

Thai Confusion - Thai Poutine with soft shelled crab

Thai Confusion – Thai Poutine with soft shelled crab

Curry Fish in Banana Leaf comes with a small fish, around the size of your hand.  I am not sure the name of the fish, but it is white fleshed, and had no bones, although Tai may have removed the bones ahead of time.  The fish was covered with a paste before grilling. The fish was served on a banana leaf that went into the grill, so you get some smokiness from the banana leaf, together with the flavours from the Thai spices, and the medium texture from the fish.  Another dish you should try.  It is small, so no problem finishing it off.

Thai Confusion - Curry Fish in Banana Leaf

Thai Confusion – Curry Fish in Banana Leaf

Besides the Lychee Mimosa another cocktail we were served was the Bourbon of Bangkok made from bourbon, lime and apricot jam with ginger beer.  A nice contrast of ginger spice, citrus, sweet and the darker flavours of bourbon.  You can also taste a selection of 4 white and 2 red wines and 6 different beers.  Check out their website for the list of their beverages.

This would be a nice place to have a quick Thai tapas meal before going to a hockey or football game, or maybe a movie at Tinseltown.  Enjoy.

 

pizza palooza

Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza on February 17, 2016 – Get Your Tickets

We all love pizza.  It has bread, vegetables, dairy, and meat (or some combination of this).  Vancouver Foodster has given you the opportunity to try pizzas made by different pizzerias across Vancouver.  This would be an excellent opportunity to see which is your favourite, and maybe try out a few that you had not had a chance yet to try.  The announcement with ticket purchase info is below.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several of Vancouver Foodster (aka @vanfoodster Richard Wolak’s) favourite pizzerias throughout Vancouver! This Pizza tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster.

 

You will have a chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style and more! You will have a chance to experience a Pizza themed art show during our event.

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.

  • Vegetarian options will be served at each of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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

Registration:TBA  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Pizza Palooza Map Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

Participating Restaurants:

Straight outta Brooklyn

350 Robson Street, Vancouver

Web: http://straightouttabrooklynpizza.com/

Twitter: @straightbkpizza

Style of Pizza: NY style

The “New York Pizza” dates back to 1905 when Gennaro Lombardi, an immigrant pizzaiolo from Naples, began to serve pizza in his Little Italy grocery store. Lombardi created a unique pizza style similar to that from the old country. He still focused on a thin crust and high quality ingredients, but his pizzas were served ‘to go’ and ‘by the slice’. His influence led to the emergence of Italian American Pizzaiolos who began to make quality slices all over the immigrant neighbourhoods in Brooklyn.  To this day, Brooklyn is renowned for having New York’s best pizza. Our aim is to bring a little New York to Vancouver by giving you an experience that is straight outta Brooklyn…

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ZeroZero Pizzeria

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.pizzeria00.ca/

Twitter @zero_zero_pizza

Style of Pizza: Roman

ZeroZero is an authentic Roman style Pizzeria located in central Gastown, Vancouver. We offer a wide selection of healthy pizzas made fresh to order, by the slice or pie. ZeroZero prides itself in creating the perfect crust that is both crunchy and bubbly, set to rest for 72 hours until the dough has risen to perfection. Using gourmet ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and eggplant marmellata to create decadent and mouth-watering pizzas, ZeroZero is the perfect place to come for lunch or dinner if you want to enjoy a traditional taste of Rome right here in Vancouver.

 

Ragazzi Pizza

2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.ragazzipizza.com/

Twitter:   @RagazziPizza

Style of Pizza: Italian Stone Baked

It starts with our traditional dough recipe, made right on site. Our pizza is hand stretched and baked directly on a stone for a light and healthy, authentic Italian crust. We spare no expense, using only the highest quality ingredients. Fresh vegetables, high quality mozzarella cheese, and imported meats help to create flavours and textures found only in Italy.

 

nonas table

Nonna’s Table

1489 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.nonnastable.ca/

Twitter: @Nonnas_Table

Style of Pizza: Wood oven fired

Nonna’s Table Café and Pizzeria is situated in the heart of East Van, in the historic Waldorf Hotel. The Waldorf has been a central part of the East Vancouver Arts and Culture community since its founding in 1947. We feature a beautiful home-style Italian restaurant, which boasts a retro Polynesian/Tiki feel. Our pizza recipes have been carefully crafted by Italian Pizza Master, Salvatore Brugaletta, who received professional traditional pizza training in the heart of Italy. Our pizzas are prepared fresh in house, and roasted to perfection in our wood fire pizza oven. We pride ourselves on using nothing but fresh, high quality ingredients, and keeping true to our East Van culture.

 

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Pizza Garden

3011 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.pizzagarden.ca/

Twitter: @PizzaGardenCa

Style of Pizza: Neapolitan

A top-class pizzeria, Pizza Garden has been producing authentic Neapolitan pizzas since 2011.  A unique dining experience for lovers of great Italian pizza, we prepare our pizzas using nothing but the best ingredients.  With Caputo flour imported directly from Italy, tomato sauce prepared from fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes and authentic toppings sourced either from Italy or the best BC farms, each pizza is made to order and then cooked in a wood-burning oven to create an unmistakable Neapolitan taste. Pizza Garden currently has 6 locations across the lower mainland, with another 3 opening soon.

Plus we are excited to include and feature

presentation of

Pizza!

Hot Art Wet City Gallery

2206 Main (@ 6th), Vancouver

Web: http://hotartwetcity.com/pizza/

Twitter: 

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

 

Advance Tickets: $45 per person. $165 for a 5 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 5 pack, tickets only $33 each). Regular Tickets $55 per person after February 12, 2016.

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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

People lined up at Radicle Juice for Brunch Crawl Main St

My Main St Brunch Crawl Highlights for DOVF

My last Brunch Crawl for Dine Out Vancouver 2016 was on Main Street.  I had hoped to have a sunny day like my North Van Brunch Crawl, but the weather was rather cold, rainy, and blustery.  Main Street is a happening place for restaurants if you haven’t tried the neighbourhood lately.   Starting around Broadway and moving south to King Edward, you will find many different restaurants to please your taste buds.  For this Brunch Crawl we sampled from:

Starting any morning off, you need coffee, which is what we received from Republica Coffee Roasters, who were serving small samples of their coffee, very strong coffee, inside of The Honey Shoppe.  After coffee, we moved onto enjoying a warm chocolate almond crepe with raspberry honey butter.  The crepe was really nice, and I enjoyed the rich chocolate filling and the fresh tart raspberries.  Also we did try various flavours of honey.  The one I really liked was the Blackberry honey.  Really had a blackberry flavour to it, which comes from the blackberry flowers.

The Honey Shoppe - chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

The Honey Shoppe – chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

Next stop was The August Market where we had a very tasty and healthy bowl containing Greek yogurt and mixed Fruit & Nut granola from Good Habit Foods.  The tartness of the yogurt complemented the fruit and sweetness and crunch of the granola oats. The decadence after that came from The Lemon Square, lemon square.  Tasty lemon, that is not too sour, and has the right amount of sweetness.  Coffee would have worked well with this square.  We also had a small sample of a chocolate almond milk at The August Market which was very tasty.  Light chocolate and nuttiness flavours.

The August Market - Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

The August Market – Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

Radicle Juice pumped us full of fresh fruit juices.  One came from the “heat shot“, made from ginger (lots), apple, and lemon.  It was really spicy, especially if you took the shot all at once, like I did.  To cool down I had a Dragonfly smoothie, made from fresh orange juice, coconut milk, strawberry, pineapple, dragonfruit, and ginger (just a pinch).  Also we enjoyed an acai mini berry bowl that came with chopped banana and coconut water and topped with granola ans seasonal berries.  I would definitely come back for a berry bowl.  Really full of flavour and texture.  Radicle Juice makes all their smoothies and bowls when you order them, with fresh fruit.  Nothing pre-made in purchased tetra packs that I could see.

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl heat shot and Dragonfly smoothie

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl, heat shot, and Dragonfly smoothie

Our next stop was Nirvana.  The one on Vancouver, Main St.  Not the metaphysical one.  An Indian restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember.  They provided us with a sampling of Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan, and Mango lassi.  I enjoyed the kofta with rice.  It was quite filling, and not very spicy.  The mango lassi is a drink made from yogurt and mango.  It was very thick and had nice mango flavour.  If I were to have a wine with this, maybe a nice BC Gamay Noir.

Nirvana - Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Nirvana – Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, for three kinds of bagels.   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew, plus they make the bagels right there.  You can watch them putting the bagels into the oven and then removing them, admiring the toasty brownness of the crust and the smell of fresh bread.  Rosemary Rocksalt offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Thanks to Richard Wolak, aka Vancouver Foodster for working the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for putting on this event.

North Vanc Brunch Crawl coffee at Bean Around the World

North Van Brunch 2016 Highlights from Dine Out Vancouver

Did you know that besides going to a participating restaurant for Dine Out Vancouver, there are also Brunch Crawls?  On Sunday January 24 I attended a brunch crawl in North Vancouver.  We had a total of 7 restaurants/venues to visit.  Brunch being late morning, necessitates coffee. So my first stop was Bean Around the World, where I enjoyed a latte.  Straight forward and full flavoured, in Lonsdale Quay.

Bean Around the World - latte

Bean Around the World – latte

With some caffeine in my veins, the next stop was the joint Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread in Lonsdale Quay.  We sampled both an apricot French toast with a strawberry reduction, and an Italian crostini with chorizo and roasted garlic.  The French toast was full of flavour, as the bread used was made with raisins.  The crostini bread was light and crispy, and the chorizo with roasted garlic had a citrus zing added to it from the capers.  A great start to our crawl.

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread - French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread – French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Next stop was Two Daughters Bakery a few blocks away, where we were served an apple tart and a ginger lemon sandwich cookie.  These treats are made in a gluten-free, vegan ingredients.  Gluten does bother me, so these two treats were a treat for me.  In particular I really liked the apple tart, made with freshly chopped apples.

Two Daughters bakery - apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

Two Daughters bakery – apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

A short drive up Londsale Ave, we stopped at Cook Culture, Echo Cafe, and Rosemary Rocksalt.  Cook Culture really made something unique and special for us; red lentil and wheat berry pancakes topped with haskap berries and maple syrup.  Along with this they also made a smoothie for us with banana, roobios tea and much more (sorry I don’t remember the full list of ingredients). The smoothie was very filling, smooth and not sugary.  Besides cooking classes, Cook Culture has a store full of kitchen pots, pans, and gadgets that you have to have.

Cook Culture - Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Cook Culture – Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Echo Cafe offered us a Waffle BLT, a savoury scone baked with cheese and green onion, and a tart-sized quiche; Country style with ham, cheese, and peas.  I really liked the quiche. Lots of flavour from the ham and cheese; texture and well, fresh peas from the peas.  A very nice triumvirate.  The waffle BLT was also nice, with the crispy waffle, crunchy bacon, and maple syrup.

Echo Cafe - Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Echo Cafe – Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, where you can enjoy Montreal style bagels, which have been dipped in boiling water before being baked in a wood-fired oven (I assume they have a wood-fired oven).   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew.  Some bagels you buy are very chewy and can give you a headache.  They offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt - Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Rosemary Rocksalt – Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Did this make you hungry?  There is the Main Street Brunch Crawl on Sunday, Jan 31.  Tickets are available.  See you there.

Art Eat and Sip

Getting a Fill of Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed.  I attended, along with a guest.  It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come.  Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other.  This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes.  At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied.  Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.

The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant.  The squid was nice and soft; not chewy.  The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.

Dockside Restaurant - Signature Chili Squid

Dockside Restaurant – Signature Chili Squid

If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam.  I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale.  Other people marked it much higher.  If spice is not your thing, how about nice?  Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Have you ever tried sake?  Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake?  Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do.  Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty.  If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

There were more distilled spirits.  Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler.  The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.

Liberty Distillery - Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Liberty Distillery – Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet.  I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel.  The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco.  The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas.  I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel.  Give it a try!

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures.  I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself.  Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample.  Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling.  Both very tasty.

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

 

Noodle Mania map

Celebrating Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania

I think many cultures have a dish made with noodles.  Think of Italian pasta, fried Chinese noodles (thick and thin), Filipino pancit, Indonesian mie goreng, Pad Thai, Vietnamese pho soup, and more.  Vancouver Foodster found a 5 restaurants around Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, and downtown to show off for us their noodle dishes.  All the food was quite enjoyable, but very filling!  Below are the restaurants we visited and the dishes we tasted.  Enjoy!

Our first stop was to pick up our Noodle Mania card from Platform 7 Coffee, a good place to get a cortado and a home made cookie, before going out for a night to eat noodles.

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

First noodle stop was at Linh Cafe, who presents French and modern Vietnamese cuisine.   There we had Pho Bo, their Beef noodle soup, served with braised beef flank, rice noodles, and scads of scallions.  Usually with pho you get lots of bean sprouts, but no sprouts here.  A nice change.  The star though for me was their Pho Xao; stir fried noodles with fresh herbs, organic oyster mushrooms, and marinated tofu on top of rice noodles.  The brightness of the fresh herbs and earthiness of the mushrooms was delicious.  Recommended.

Linh Cafe - Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Linh Cafe – Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Stop #2 was Bubble Waffle, who tote themselves as Hong Kong and Taiwanese style cooking, although for me it was more Singaporean in style.  If you like medium spicy I can highly recommend the Laksa soup, made with chicken, coconut milk, rice noodles, Chinese cabbage, and curry spices. There may also have been some cooked egg in it.  Richard do you know?

Bubble Waffle - Laksa soup

Bubble Waffle – Laksa soup

Next stop was Grotto Italian, serving up squash ravioli and housemade gnocchi on a smoked chicken and mushroom ragout.  I enjoyed the sweetness of the squash in the ravioli, but wished it had a bit more of the sage with brown butter on top.  The gnocchi was also cooked nicely with a slightly crunchy texture du to some pan frying, and went well with the ragout.  They also have a very nice wine list.  We ordered a half litre of their Italian Falanghina (a white Italian grape.  Order it and enjoy.)

Grotto - squash ravioli and gnocchi

Grotto – squash ravioli and gnocchi

Stop 4 brings us to Che-Licious, a Vietnamese restaurant where we had a Zen Salad roll, made with tofu, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, pickled daikon, and red pepper, served with a smoky dipping sauce, and a bowl of beef Pho soup, with rare beef, brisket, beef ball, tripe and tendon.  I didn’t see any of the tripe or tendon in the Pho.  I do LOVE brisket in my pho.  Brisket always is soft and full of flavour.  The tofu in the salad roll was pan fried I believe and you could not tell that it was tofu.  Nice.  The food was presented spectacularly.  You could eat with your eyes and your mouth.

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

The last stop of the evening was U & I Thai, where they served their U and I Spaghetti Kee Mao, made with wheat spaghetti noodles, and a sauce made with Thai basil, and their Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, a chicken soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass and other spices, served with flat rice noodles.  This dish was my FAVOURITE of the night.  It was delicately flavoured and light.  I was told by the restaurant owner that this soup will be showing up on their lunch menu so go try it.

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

Thanks to all the restaurants that opened their doors and noodles to us, and to Richard @vanfoodster for setting up this fun event.

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island on January 20

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, there are also walk-about type events, such as Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island.  I participated in a similar event a few years ago on Granville Island and it was a lot of fun.  It is an easy walk to all the participating venues.  I really enjoyed the Artisan Sake, made here using rice grown in the Fraser Valley!  There is also beer, distilled spirits, food and chocolates.  Will I see you at the event?  All the participating venues and artists are described below, along with a link to buy your tickets.  I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.

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Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery and discover more around the island.

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

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Participating restaurants and establishments

include some of the Granville Island’s best including:

 

artisan sake maker

Artisan Sake Maker

1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @ArtisanSake 

Web:  http://artisansakemaker.com/

Establishment: Sake Winery

Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake. Our brand name “OSAKE” is widely recognized as “Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium sake” and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.

Handcrafted in our artisan studio located at Railspur Alley on Granville Island, Osake is the first “fresh premium”Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours.

 

dockside restaurant

 

Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston St, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatDockside 

Web:  http://www.docksidevancouver.com/

Cuisine: Restaurant and brewery

Located on the shores of False Creek, Dockside Restaurant in the Granville Island Hotel offers a wide range of superbly prepared classic dishes in an award-winning setting like no other.

Combining a menu which emphasises sustainable Ocean Wise seafood with panoramic views of downtown and Yaletown, Dockside Restaurant is an iconic West Coast destination 12 months of the year. Whether guests enjoy the views through floor-to-ceiling windows or on its patio, named “Best in Vancouver” five years in a row, a visit to Dockside Restaurant is always memorable.

Granville Island Brewing 

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @granvillebeer

Web: http://gib.ca/

Establishment: Brewery

Our Brew Story

In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery and our iconic Lager. It wasn’t long before we were adding more new and unique West Coast inspired beers to our lineup.

Over the years, we’ve become more than just a local brewery. We also focus much of our efforts towards ongoing community investment, including sponsorship and charitable support of community organizations and more. We’re just as proud of that as we are about what we put in our bottles.

#ItsGoodToBeHere

Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver

Twitter: @TLDistillery

Web:  http://thelibertydistillery.com/

Establishment: Distillery

Established in 2010, The Liberty Distillery is a true craft artisan distillery located in the heart of historic Granville Island.  Selecting only the best British Columbia organic grains, The Liberty Distillery carefully ferments, then triple distills in traditional copper pot stills to produce hand crafted spirits with character and distinction.

Traditional, classic, quirky, knowledgeable and fun; TLD’s enthusiastic team invite you to step back in time at their 110-year old Saloon Bar to taste Classic Old Fashioned cocktails, or to enjoy one of their Signature creations.  Uniquely crafted drinks range from the familiar to the astounding, but always show the beauty of their artisanal spirits.

 

 

Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro

1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @tracksbistro

Web: http://www.tracksbistro.ca/ 

Establishment: Cafe and bistro

Off the Tracks is a Granville Island original, providing the best of local talents, whether it is roasting beans to their absolute perfection, crafting a perfect cup of coffee, or creating the most mouth-watering House Salad on the entire island. We want to showcase the best of our local community and what it has to offer.

 

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Bon Macaron

(Located during the event inside New Leaf Editions)

Web: http://www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com/

Twitter @BonMacaronVic

Cuisine: Patisserie

After delighting customers in Victoria, Bon Macaron Patisserie decided to take a leap and tackle the Vancouver market with a brand new location in Kitsilano and one in Granville Island Public Market! With over 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the most creative sweet & savoury, everyone will find something to their taste! All of our macarons are naturally gluten-free and we make a number of dairy-free options as well.

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ChocolaTas

(located inside Granville Island Brewery during event)

Twitter: @Chocolatas1 

Web:  http://chocolatas.com/

Establishment: Chocolatier

More restaurants/establishments may be added

 

Participating Artists

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New Leaf Editions Is a collaborative printmaking studio specializing in traditional and contemporary print media.

New Leaf was established by Peter Braune in 1986 to work with artists seeking new forms of expression. The goal of a collaboration is to offer artists the ability to explore new forms of image making using print media. New Leaf has worked with many locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Services provided by New Leaf include: copper and zinc etching, photo-etching, relief printing, lithography, letterpress, and steel facing. We have also been working with architects and designers to etch images into all kinds of metal. These projects range from commercial to residential, all custom made pieces.

New Leaf invites community participation into the world of printmaking by co-ordinating the BIG PRINT PROJECT (check out our last Big Print Project on youtube) and the Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition (BIMPE). For more information check us out at newleafeditions.com, or look up New Leaf Editions on facebook.

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Barbara Arnold, Artist

Studio 206-1656 Duranleau Street

T: 604-760-4465

Dutch artist Barbara Arnold invites you to her working studio and gallery. Her abstract and representational mixed media paintings are an explosion of texture and intense colour generating an organic energy and tension that flow across her wood panels. She also offers private, semi private classes in her art studio and accepts commissions. Visit the studio on the second floor to see her work and have a chat with the artist.  Find out more about Barbara Click here!

http://www.barbaraarnoldart.com

Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects 

1333 Railspur Alley

T: 604.669.9663

Dalbergia represents the work of Federico Méndez-Castro. A confluence of craftsmanship with the graphic elements of pure forms. Fine furniture, sculpted objects and accessories in wood are created with one purpose: enhancing the poetry of space. Balance, simple lines and clear shapes find their ways in Federico’s work. The one of a kind is the standard for this Artisan.

More artists may be added

Purchase the Club Amuse-bouche tickets; in addition to the food and beverages tasting, and visiting the resident artists, you will also receive a Canvas, use of paint supplies and guidance from one of our resident artists as you paint your own masterpiece.

 

Purchase tickets here 

Tickets:

$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included

Registration: Granville Island Hotel -this is where you will show us your tickets and will pick up your Dining Passport Map Cards

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates and/or cups at each of the participating restaurants throughout the event.

This event takes place during the Dine Out Festival 2016 presented by Tourism Vancouver.

Noodle Mania on January 6, 2016 – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This 3rd noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster.

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You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Victoria Tran

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or 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 Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured our event on Food Finds (view here).

  • 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 event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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

Registration: Platform 7 Coffee  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

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U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @UIThai2

Cuisine: Thai

Authentic Thai cuisine native to Thailand with a focus on quality and we only use fresh ingredients for our customers. And we provide a wide selection of dishes for guests interested in vegetarian and gluten free options.

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Linh Cafe

2836 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://linhcafe.com/

Twitter: @LinhCafeVan

Cuisine: traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking

Our dream is to create an unpretentious, casual, family style restaurant – serving authentic country style French cuisine with a twist of Vietnamese cuisine.

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Grotto Italian

1785 Davie Street

Web: http://grottoitalian.ca/

Twitter: @grottovancouver

Cuisine: Italian

Now open in English bay!! Fresh Italian, tons of wine, amaro based cocktail programs.

Platform 7

2300 West Broadway

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.

Watch for more restauarants to be announced soon

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $150 for a 5 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 5 pack, tickets only $30 each). Regular Tickets $55 per person after January 2, 2016.

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

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or 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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

North Vancouver Brunch Crawl on January 24

3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115 provides the best value where you can choose any 3 of the 6 brunch crawls and save over $20 per ticket. For single tickets, Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015. Regular price tickets are $60 after December 31, 2015.  

Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, these events are sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit 6+ restaurants in each of the neighbourhoods as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl using your “passport” as your guide.

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl  10am – 2pm

Participants include some of North Van’s finest restaurants including:

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Bowen Island Pizza Company

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.bowenislandpizzaco.com/

Twitter: @BowenPizzaCo

Cuisine: Pizza

Gourmet thin crust pizza, amazing salads and full-service deli in Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver.

 

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Bean around the World

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Web: http://batw.ca/apps/store-locator

Twitter: @BATWCoffee

Cuisine: Coffeehouse

Bean Around the World at Lonsdale Quay is an independent Coffee House, locally owned and operated. We feature 34 coffees, including Fair Trade, Organic, single Estate as well as blended coffees. Drip coffee as well as specialty espresso beverages and fine teas are poured. Our offerings include a full range of fresh baked goods, a variety of gluten free baking, sandwiches, and wraps. Open 7 days a week.

 

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Rosemary Rock Salt

1669 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter: @RoseRocksalt

Cuisine: Bagel Sandwiches

Rosemary Rocksalt is a purveyor of Montreal-style bagels and deli specialties. Born from Joel Siegel’s 22-year-old recipe at Siegel’s Bagels, Rosemary Rocksalt was co-founded in 2012 by Joel’s daughter Parise, along with Ken Sim and Teena Gupta. Having her own hand in the family business for 18 years, Parise is well-versed in the bagel recipes that have made tummies smile and hearts leap for over two decades. Combined with Ken and Teena’s decade of experience building Nurse Next Door into a world-class brand, Rosemary Rocksalt is poised to bring the magic of Montreal-style bagels across the continent!

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Cook Culture

1230 Lonsdale Avenue, North Van

Web: http://cookculture.com/

Twitter: @cookculture

Cuisine: cookware shop

What is Cook Culture?  What if we created a gorgeous cooking school kitchen and brought the best chefs we know to your neighbourhood? And then put it inside a store full of everything  you could ever imagine wanting for your kitchen, with a staff who love food and cooking as much as you do? And what if we also did everything we could to support local, sustainable food – including teaching city kids to grow and cook their own veggies? That’s Cook Culture. And we can’t wait to meet you.

 

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Cuisine: Gluten-Free bakery

A locally owned dedicated gluten-free bakery business run by Lisa Reichelt.

More restaurants to be added

Tickets:

General Admission: $60*
Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015
3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight

Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster also present:


January 20, 2016 –at 6pm

Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries, including Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro, Granville Island Brewing, Dockside Restaurant, Dockside Brewing, Liberty Distillery, Liberty Wine Merchants, Artisan SakeMaker, Bon Macaron, ChocolaTas and more.

$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31st, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch!

Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster presents:  Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, these events are sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit 6+ restaurants in each of the neighbourhoods as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl using your “passport” as your guide. 

3-Crawl Ticket Pack:  Choose any 3 crawls for $115 provides the best value where people can choose any 3 of the 6 brunch crawls and save over $20 per ticket. For single tickets, Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015. Regular price tickets are $60 after December 31, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 16, 2016 — Gastown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down, Capilano Tea and Soda Co., Prado Café, Small Flower, Zero Zero Pizzeria and more.

January 17, 2016 — Olympic Village Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Olympic Village’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down Gastropub, Milano Coffee, Solly’s Bagelry, Whole Foods and more.

January 23, 2016 — Downtown Vancouver Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants, including Marquis Wine Cellars, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Saj & Co., Truffles Fine Foods and more.

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of North Vancouver’s finest restaurants,including Cook Culture, Rosemary Rocksalt, Two Daughters Bakery, Bowen Island Pizza Co, Bean around the World and more.

January 30, 2016 — Yaletown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Yaletown’s finest restaurants, including Bella Gelateria, Lime and Moon Pie Co., Small Victory Bakery + Coffee, Xoxolat, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

January 31, 2016 — Main Street Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants, including Radicle Juice, Rosemary Rocksalt, The Honey Shoppe and more.

* All brunch crawls run 10am-2pm.

General Admission: $60*
Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015
3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight