Photographic Highlights of Tasting Plates Main Street

Last week was Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Main Street edition.  We had a beautiful sunny evening to stroll along Main Street sampling from 6 restaurants / venues.  The restaurants / venues, their menus, and my pictures are below.  Enjoy, and visit them if you want to try them too.

Tapas 23 Restaurant

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:
1)    Fire roasted chick peas. (V)
2)    Potato crusted wings (achote sauce).
3)    Bombas (braised pork belly). 
4)    Bruselas (Brussel sprouts, sweet balsamic, almonds aged cheddar) (V)
 
The braised pork belly was the star on the plate, but I also must mention an item that was not on the original list; Albondigas.  This Spanish style meatball was tender and had a paprika sauce that took the flavour up a notch.
Tapas 23 with pork belly, wings, and brussel sprouts

Tapas 23 with pork belly, wings, and brussel sprouts

Rosemary Rocksalt

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:
1)  Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich on a Rosemary Rocksalt bagel
2)  Lox & Cream Cheese sandwich on a bagel (variety of flavours)
3)  Sweet Rugolach pastry (variety of flavours)
 
The Montreal smoked meat sandwich was served hot. It melted in your mouth.  I would have loved a choice of mustard.
Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat sandwich, lox and cream cheese on bagel, and sweet Rugolach pastry

Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat sandwich, lox and cream cheese on bagel, and sweet Rugolach pastry

ShakTea

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Our Tasting Cup includes your choice or all of these teas
1)    French Earl Grey black (hot and caffeinated)
2)    Ginger Lemon herbal (hot and caffeinated)
3)    African dream rooibos (iced and non-caffeinated)

and 
Our Tasting Plate includes these 2 items:
1)    Chocolate chilli fudge brownie
2)    Matcha date balls (gluten free)
 
All 3 teas were very different and each were enjoyable to sip.  I can see both the ginger lemon and the African dream rooibos making good iced tea for the summer.
ShakTea with French Earl Grey, Ginger Lemon, and Africa dream rooibos teas

ShakTea with French Earl Grey, Ginger Lemon, and Africa dream rooibos teas

Main Street Honey Shoppe

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Our Tasting Plate includes these 2 items:
1)    Honey almond cake or gluten free spiced cookie
2)    Cream Cheese Brownie made with Tawari honey from New Zealand.
and
Honeycomb – as raw as it gets!
Sample a slice of pure honeycomb from British Columbia, paired with premium cheese and Honey Sampling.
Before getting to the honey almond cake and cream cheese brownie (which was rich and moist), the honey tasting was quite interesting as we were introduced to honey from different flowers, e.g. clover vs wildflower.  Most of the honeys we tasted were from BC, but we also had a chance to try more exotic honeys from New Zealand and Australia.  My favourite was the Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey.
 

Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey

Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey

Main Street Honey shoppe with cream cheese brownie, gluten free spiced cookie, and honeycomb

Main Street Honey shoppe with cream cheese brownie, gluten free spiced cookie, and honeycomb

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

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Our Tasting Plate will feature your choice of these flatbread pizzas:
1)    Farmers Market Pizza: Topped with local organic balsamic marinated rhubarb and chard from City Farms, three herb nut free pesti & Capriny goat’s cheese. (V)
2)    Naturally Meaty: Spicy certified organic beef, sulphate free Italian sausage, ripe tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, asiago cheese & fresh herbs.
I was originally unsure about the veggie pizza, never having tried balsamic marinated rhubarb and chard before, but this pizza was quite tasty.  The meat pizza was also very good.  I quite like their crusts.  Never soggy.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Veggie Farmers Market pizza (front) and Naturally Meaty pizza (back)

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Veggie Farmers Market pizza (front) and Naturally Meaty pizza (back)

Miura Waffle & Milk Bar

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 4 items:
1)    Kachan Karaage Waffle Sando – hor d’oeuvres style: Ginger fried chicken, Asian slaw, & 1000 Island sauce
2)    Teri-Vani Waffle Sando – hor d’oeuvres style: Vanilla ice cream, Whipped cream & Teriyaki sauce
3)    Nori Nachos – Nori chips (fried seaweed), Melted cheese, Tomato salsa & Sour cream
4)    Dessert Nachos – Nori chips, Chocolate sauce, Whipped cream & Strawberry
 

This was the last stop on the route for me today, and unfortunately I ran out of time due to the line up length.  I will have to come by on my own to try out their waffle.

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