New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Are you wondering what to do with your family for New Year’s Eve, but can’t stay out too late?  How about going to a pizza party?  Here is an announcement by Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

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For Immediate Release
New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Vancouver, BC – Rocky Mountain Flatbread is excited to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a pizza party for families! Festivities include pizza making for the kids, balloon twisting, face painting, dinner and an early New Year’s Eve count down.  New Year’s Eve parties will be held at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street restaurants in Vancouver.

On the menu:
•    3-course New Year’s Eve Dinner: select your favourite house made soup or salad followed by an artisan pizza and warm double chocolate brownie for dessert.
•    3-course New Year’s Eve Children’s Dinner: pizza making or pasta, drink and warm double chocolate brownie for dessert.
•    Gluten free and plant based menu items are available. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is nut free.
•    Tickets: $20 per child (age 1 and up) and $25 per adult. Tax and gratuity not included.

There are two dinner seating options available at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
•    To reserve at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano, 1876 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, call 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.
•    To reserve at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street, 4186 Main Street, Vancouver, call 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

About Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Rocky Mountain Flatbread takes pride in providing sustainably produced, local food that connects the farm, family and community. Visit our two Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurant locations in Vancouver (Main Street & Kitsilano) or the original restaurant that started it all in Canmore, Alberta. Food court locations include Rocky Mountain Flatbread Express in Banff. For more information, visit rockymountainflatbread.ca.

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Vancouver Foodsters East Village Tasting Plates – The Review

This week we enjoyed visiting restaurants, cafes, a distillery and a brewery in the East Village area (centered around Hastings & Nanaimo) in Vancouver.  I really enjoyed myself and was quite full by the end.  The portions served by each place I visited was substantial.  I have found a few new places that I would like to visit again.  Below is the menu from each location and a picture or two that I took throughout the night.  Enjoy!

PLATFORM 7 COFFEE

MENU

Featuring Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Beans:

  1. Espresso
  2. Americano
  3. Cortado  < I had the cortado, which is a double shot of espresso with milk in a small glass.

3 types of gluten free goodies:

Gluten Free Epicurean

  • Double Chocolate Salted Espresso Cookie (V) < I am a push over for chocolate, so this was my favorite.
  • Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie (V) < With this as my runner up cookie.

Italian Bakery

  • Italian Cookie (V)
Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

SALTENAS

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Cocktail Salteña (V) – Baked pot-pie, slight spicy and juicy, Beef or Vegetarian, filled with vegetables, potatoes and raisins. < I had the beef option. Full of slow cooked beef flavour.  Has a small amount of sauce inside to make it moist.  The pastry was flaky.  I will buy again.
  2. Quinoa Salad (V) – From the Bolivian Andes, mixed with fresh vegetables
  3. Alfajor (V) – Perfect light sweet cookie sandwich filled with Dulce de Leche and border with coconut < a wonderful, soft neutral flavoured cookie with a layer of dulce de leche through the middle and along the rim and bordered with coconut.  Really tasty and a good match with coffee.
  4. Beef Saltena, Quinoa Salad, and Alfajor cookie

    Quinoa Salad, Beef Saltena, and Alfajor cookie

Saltenas baked goods menu

Saltenas baked goods menu

KESSEL & MARCH

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Parsnip soup (V) < a nice earthy root flavour with creaminess from a hint of dairy
  2. Sardines on toast, salad cream, radish and celery salad < Would be nice with a cold beer, or maybe a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
  3. Beets and Apples, bitter greens and goats cheese (V)
Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel and March

Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel & March

ODD SOCIETY SPIRITS

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of spirits (TBA at location) < We sampled their East Van Vodka and their Creme de Cassis liqueur.  I asked what serving temperature to use for the vodka.  I was told that room temperature is OK, or a slight chill from the fridge.  I picked up some floral notes on the nose and cherry fruit on the palate.  The Creme de Cassis liqueur was sweet, but not cloying and full of cassis flavour.  You can buy both at the distillery.  The vodka costs $36 and the Creme de Cassis costs $22.

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

WINDSOR MEAT CO

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1) Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast: A unique pork experience from our premium pork supplier North Thompson Heritage Ranch in Barriere B.C. You will receive a portion of 10hr slow charcoal roasted Heritage Pork carved directly off the hog. < nice crispy skin.  The meat was so tender as it was roasted for 10 hours.  Would be great with a beer from Parallel 49 Brewery!

2) Irish Stout Chicken Sausage w/ Caramelized Onion. Made from LOCAL FREE RANGE chicken served with Kosliks Triple Crunch mustard. < lots of flavour in this chicken.

3) Asado NY Striploin kabob; Our house Argentinean Asado marinaded PEI (Free Range) NY Striploin Beef hot off the BBQ. < striploin was very tender and flavourful

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

PARALLEL 49 BREWERY

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of beers on offer (TBA at location) < The whole flight of their beers, 9 in total, was available to us to select one to try. I tried to find one similar to a Kilkenny. I was poured their Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.  Nice level of hoppiness for me.

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

SWEET TOOTH CAFÉ

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Doichaang coffee < This is made from Thai coffee beans.  A first for me.
  2. Cinnamon roll (V) < The cinnamon bun is very good.  Not thick and doughy.
  3. Tom Yum Soup < If you like spice, you will like this soup.  It had nice slices of mushrooms in it and pieces of chicken.
Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

STEAM TEA HOUSE

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of teas (TBA at location)  < I did not have a chance to visit Steam.  It was very busy with a long line up so I went to Sweet Tooth Cafe.

Try Tofu Shirataki Noodles for Your Next Meal

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6 people have some level of gluten sensitivity. Gluten is the substance in wheat flour that gives bread it’s elasticity.  Celiacs are people who cannot tolerate gluten at all, but for the gluten sensitive people, we can eat food, like a sandwich, but the gluten can cause us to get heartburn or patchy red skin, or other ailments.  While not life threatening, it feels better when you do not have to worry about eating a meal and wondering if there is a gluten-based product.

Pasta or noodle dishes are popular with most people, but most noodles are based on wheat.  There are some noodles made from rice or bean thread, but I recently became aware of a new product for me called “Tofu Shirataki” by House Foods.  Tofu Shirataki is a pasta alternative made by blending the flour of the Konnyaku – a member of the Asian yam family (also known as Konjac) with tofu.  I visited my local Choices Market and picked up a package of the Tofu Shirataki spaghetti style noodles to try in a Chinese stir fry.  I received a coupon for these noodles.  Beside the spaghetti shape, there is also fettuccine, angel hair and macaroni shaped noodles too.

The package of noodles come in a sealed package that is filled with water.  Opening the noodles, the instructions are to rinse them in water, then to boil them 2-3 minutes as use just like pasta, or if you are going to use them in a stir fry, to rinse them, then add them to the stir fry.  The 226 gram package I think is enough for 1 hungry person, or two people with regular sized appetites to share for their meal.

Tofu Shirataki spaghetti

Tofu Shirataki spaghetti

To my stir fry I added chopped vegetables, and condiments of sesame oil, ground ginger, vinegar, soy sauce and black bean sauce.  I placed the noodles on top of the cooking vegetables and let things simmer for a few minutes.  The noodles are not fragile so it was easy to stir them into the vegetables and not worry that they would fall apart.

Into my bowl, I sampled some of these now seasoned noodles and was very pleasantly surprised.  The noodles did not stick together like you can get from wheat-based noodles.  When I bit into the noodle, there was some firmness, similar to al dente pasta.  I really enjoyed the texture of the noodles.  There was also no sour taste that you can get from tofu on it’s own.  I doubt most people could tell that they were not eating a wheat-based noodle.

Tofu Shirataki spaghetti in stir fry

Tofu Shirataki spaghetti in stir fry

I feel comfortable recommending these noodles to anybody to try.  I will buy these as well myself in the future for my meals.  Enjoy!

 

martins marvelous naturals #GF salami and cookies

I mentioned in my previous post on martin’s marvelous naturals crisps paired with wine that I would be covering other samples that I received. In this case it is their Fig Salami with apricots and chocolate and their Chocolate Chip Cookies. Luckily I inherited a chocolate chip cookie gene from my grandmother!

martins marvelous naturals fig salami and chocolate chip cookies

martins marvelous naturals fig salami and chocolate chip cookies

The Fig Salami

The salami is wrapped in a wax covering.  It was recommended to chill the salami in the fridge before slicing, which I did. A slice into the salami reveals a lot of texture.  You can seed the various seeds, plus chunks of organic, free trade chocolate chips.  The salami also has a wonderful smell of both figs and chocolate.

Peeling off the wax covering and taking my first bite, I got the crunch from the tiny fig seeds, plus the flavour of the fig, and the sunflower seeds.  The second bite had a chocolate chip in.  It is dark chocolate, with the characteristic bitterness of dark chocolate and no sweetness.  This salami is fun to eat.  I’d recommend having it as a dessert with guests after dinner.  Maybe pair a Late Harvest Riesling from Mission Hill or some other favourite BC winery.  Even some Tawny port may be a nice pairing too. My slice was about 1cm thick.  I think that is probably a good size.  I am not sure how it will affect your digestion if you eat too much at once (a veiled hint).

Thinking out loud, you may want to try to make a gluten free cookie with a slice of this in the centre, and two cookies on either side (like an Oreo type cookie arrangement).

Two chocolate chip cookies and a slice of salami

Two gluten free chocolate chip cookies and a slice of fig salami

The Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking at these cookies, I cannot tell they are gluten free.  They smell nice and chocolately, plus some toastiness from the cookie.  It is not crumbly.  Holds together well.  The dark chocolate flavour is nice.  The flour part of the cookie has no sour or other odd taste that I sometimes get from other gluten free baked products, and the cookie is not too sweet (8g of sugar / cookie). The ingredients are straight forward: fair trade organic chocolate chips, pure oat flour, butter, fair trade organic sugar, buttermilk, baking soda, and sea salt.  Excellent.  I really am going to enjoy these cookies with my morning coffee (organic) and I hope you will too.

martin’s marvelous natural website for more info.