Belated Celebration of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary

It was Vancouver Foodster‘s 5th Tasting Plate Anniversary on March 8, and Richard went all out to impress us with the participating downtown venues.  We started off with a sip of red and white Chilean wine at Marquis Wine Cellars.   A celebratory drink for a celebratory occasion.

Our Tasting Plates crawl took us to visit:

By the time I visited all the venues, I was thoroughly, pleasantly stuffed.

What did I get to Sample?

Marquis Wine Cellars

  • Terrapura 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($20.78 + tax) – A full bodied round, ripe, soft dark-fruited wine.
  • Terrapura 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($19.04 + tax) – Exhibiting lots of New World tropical and herbal character.

Both wines are reasonably priced at Marquis, and easy to enjoy.

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Ten Ten Tapas

  • Octopus Conserva,
  • Mushrooms on Toast and
  • Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas is a bit hidden at the base of the Burrard bridge along Beach Avenue, but should not be missed.  They created some very nice tapas for us to enjoy.  In particular, I really liked the Salmon with the dill, as those tastes always go well together.  The octopus was also quite nicely; not over-done which made it soft to chew.

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Meinhardt Fine Foods

  • Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad- tahini, lemon, parsley, red onion
  • Mushroom Leek Soup- crispy leeks, cream, truffle oil
  • Prosciutto & Brie “Sandwich”- fig crostini, arugula, aioli
  • Zesty Lemon Bar- pate sucree base, fresh raspberries
  • Superfood SweetHARDT- vegan, paleo, chocolate heart

This was my last stop, and I was already stuffed from Patron Tacos & Cantina.  But nevertheless, devoured these tasty tasting plate dishes.  The food was all very healthy.  I really enjoyed the roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad.  Roasted cauliflower has such nice flavour combined with the texture from the chickpea.

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Patron Tacos & Cantina

  • Sopecito – Handmade thick corn tortilla, topped with beans & shredded chicken. Garnished with green tomatillo sauce
    lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and Pico de Gallo.
  • Flautita – Deep fried corn tortilla filled with our delicious “BARBACOA”. Topped with green tomatillo sauce, sour cream and feta cheese.
  • Enchilada – Corn tortilla with shredded beef. Topped with red sauce. Garnished with sour cream and feta cheese

This was probably my favourite stop during the Tasting Plates event.  I know good Mexican food, having travelled extensively in the Southwestern USA very often.  The food at Patron would measure up to any food that I have eaten in Phoenix, Tucson, or El Paso.  All freshly made sauces.  Not made too spicy so the gringos here in Vancouver can enjoy, but they do provide you with a variety of hot sauces to add the heat if needed.

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Saj & Co.

Flowers (Breadbowl hummus salad with different flavours and different breads!)

Eating here I felt very healthy. The salad bowl was edible. Again more chickpeas; this time made into hummus.  Really fresh Middle-eastern food.  This place is very tiny so if you are going to go during the day for your lunch break at work, I’d suggest going before the noon-time rush.  The small, round chocolate cakes were also very good.  Not sweet.

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Tartine Bread & Pies .

Apple Pie Three Ways:

  • Salted Caramel Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blackberry Apple

If you like pies, then give Tartine a try.  I am partial to apple pies, so my favourite was the salted caramel apple pie, but all the pies were done very well.  I didn’t have time to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, but maybe on my next trip there on my own I will.

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

It’s Tasting Plates Vancouver 5th Anniversary! Get Your Tickets.

It is hard to believe that Tasting Plates has been around for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday that Richard @vanfoodster started these very successful events, but it is true.  In addition to Tasting Plates he has also been offering Brunch Crawls during Dine Out Vancouver.  Congratulations to Richard on his ongoing success.  Come and enjoy the 5th Anniversary Tasting Plates with Richard, and of course me!  Here is the announcement.

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Join us and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Tasting Plates and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in downtown Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 8 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

Registration: Marquis Wine Cellars – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments:

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Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram @patrontc

Cuisine: Mexican

Relaxed, modern eatery serving contemporary Mexican fare & specialty margaritas.

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Ten Ten Tapas

1010 Beach Avenue #3

Tel: (604) 689-7800

Web: www.TenTenTapas.com

Twitter: @TenTenTapas

Instagram: @tententapas

Unique small plates, entrees, cocktails & live jazz in a refined space with waterfront seating.

Tartine Bread and Pies

1069 Davie Street

Web: http://tartine.ca/davie-street/

Twitter: @tartinebnp

Cuisine: Bakery and eatery

Inspired and imagined by Jo-Ann, the bakery is simply an extension of her love for people and food. Muffins, breads, tarts and treats. Our menu is full of variety. We cater lunch functions with hearty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.

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Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store

For the wine collector or wine aficionado you can visit the cellar which offers high end bottles of wine from all over the world, perfect for that special occasion whatever that may be. The stores website is a valuable resource as well such as the information on Food and Wine pairing, personally I love the section showcasing the Best of BC that features wines from all over British Columbia.

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

609 Granville Street

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Cuisine: Specialty foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.


Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco

Twitter: @Sajnco

Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before January 31, 2017.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after January 31, 2017

Regular $60 per person after March 1, 2017

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. This is an all ages event.

Vancouver Foodster Noodle Mania

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania 2017 Photos To Enjoy

I think most cultures have at least one noodle dish.  Many we are familiar with such as spaghetti from Italy or chow mein from China.   Vancouver Foodster has been offering to us for a few years to try noodle dishes from around the world through his Noodle Mania event.  This year’s event let us try noodles from 6 different restaurants/venues.  Below are the pictures I took from each location and a brief description. Enjoy with your eyes, and if you like, go to visit them and try these dishes in person.

Commodity Juicery

If you want to feel healthy drop by Commodity Juicery.  The zucchini noodle dish was very light and not too filling.  Leaves room for other dishes along the way.

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Chutney Villa

Spicy is the operative word here.  I did enjoy this dish.  The squid was soft and not chewy.

Chutney Villa's Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Chutney Villa’s Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Thailicious

A new restaurant for me.  I do like Thai food.  We had two different types of noodles. I think they made the food so that it was not too spicy for most people.  There was chilies that you could add to your dish.  I really liked the smokiness of the Chicken Pad See-ew noodle dish.  I will come again to try their food at my spice level.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Yaletown l’Antipasto

Really nice quality food here.  Spaghetti alle Vongole is one of my go-to pasta dishes.  This one was done very well.  The chilies added a little bite without being overpowering.  I also liked the Garganelli with tomato sauce.  I enjoyed the creaminess in the tomato sauce from melted butter.  Not diet food.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Basil Garden

When I visit a new Vietnamese restaurant, the first thing that I order is a bowl of Pho, which is what I did at Basil Garden.  The pho is done well, and you can add Sriracha sauce for extra flavour and spice. The rare beef was well-done by the time it reached me, but it could be because of how many people were there for the Noodle Mania.  A place to try again.

pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres

I am happy to see youth cooking.  Skylar & Chloe were presenting their locally made tomato pasta sauce, served with fettuccine noodles.  Keep supporting our children and show them good food.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates Parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Vancouver Foodster’s Dine Out Brunch Crawls – Get Your Tickets

What’s better than going to a Dine Out Vancouver restaurant for dinner?  How about going to 4-5 different restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops for brunch.  That is what Vancouver Foodster is offering those who are willing to get out of bed and enjoy a morning brunch.  For Dine Out Vancouver, the following brunches are being offered:

These brunch crawls are very similar to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates events.  You will get a card at the registration desk for one of the crawls, and then you visit each restaurant/cafe/coffee shop and get a sample of their food and/or beverages they are offering for the event.  It is a great way to try different/new restaurants, plus walking between the restaurants, gives you some time to burn off what you ate.

As an example of what to expect, I have listed the Kitsilano Brunch Crawl participating restaurants for you.  Enjoy and see you at these events!

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl on January 22

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, this expanded event from 2016 is sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit multiple restaurants throughout the Kitsilano neighbourhood as you taste all sorts of dishes in this brunch crawl.

Using your “passport” as your guide, you can enjoy a variety of dishes including juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Time: 10am – 2pm

Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including:

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Cuisine: Tea

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products. Experience bliss at our award winning spa.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

1900 West 1st Avenue

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/ 

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Cuisine: juice bar and cafe

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

 

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream in Vancouver using local, natural and fresh ingredients!

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Kahve

1822 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Web: http://www.kahvevancouver.com/

Twitter: @KahveVancouver

Cuisine: Coffee and cafe

KAHVE offers a very unique space, offering exquisite coffee experiences in town. The space also offers understated but timeless modern designs from Europe.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co 

1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca

Twitter: @flatbreadco

Instagram: @rockymountainflatbread

Cuisine: Pizza and Pasta

They use lots of local & organic produce, free range organic meats & Ocean Wise seafood. Creating handcrafted flatbread pizzas, daily pastas, seasonal soups, salads & desserts “to live for” from their open kitchens & artisan ovens. And for all those pizza lovers who are wheat intolerant or have nut allergies – they create extremely tasty gluten free and nut free pizzas! Their daily salads, soups & cheesecakes are also gluten free and nut free!

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania – Get Your Tickets

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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.

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, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured our last event on Food Finds (view here).

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 Noodle Mania passports. 

Some of the Participating Restaurants:

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Basil Garden Restaurant

2889 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.basilgarden.ca/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @basilgarden

Cuisine: Vietnamese

 

Yaletown L’Antipasto

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: www.yaletownlantipasto.com

Twitter: @Lantipasto

Instagram: @lantipasto

Cuisine: Italian

L’Antipasto is Yaletown’s only Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

 

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Chutney Villa South Indian Cuisine

147 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: www.chutneyvilla.com

Twitter: @ChutneyVilla

Instagram: @chutneyvilla

Cusine: Sri Lankan and South Indian

KIds Can Cook Gourmet

(location tba)

Twitter: @kidsccg

Instagram: @kidsccg

Teenage chefs Skylar and Chloe who own the Kids can cook Gourmet pasta sauce.

 

Tickets:  Think about Christmas gifts!

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 15, 2016
Advance Tickets $45 per person after December 22, 2016
Regular $60 per person after January 6, 2017

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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. This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Chinatown on November 23

If you enjoy exploring different parts of Vancouver, and trying out different restaurants, why not buy tickets to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates in Chinatown?  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.  Will I see you there?

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Chinatown. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups 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.

Registration: tba- this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants:

 

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Klaus’s Kaffe Haus

291 E. Pender Street

Web:: http://www.klauskaffeehaus.com/

Twitter: @KandJFoodTruck

Cuisine: Austrian

Klaus’s Kaffee Haus is a unique place offering the best hand-made strudel with assorted fillings (sweet & savory).

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Lisa Lou’s Cbocolate Bar

1007 Main Street

Web:http://lisalouschocolatebar.com/

Twitter: @Lisa_Lous

Cuisine: Dessert shop

Handcrafted Chocolate, Caramels, Ice Creams, Pastries & Cheesecake complete with Espresso Bar, from scratch Iced Teas, Cold Brew and Floats.

 

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Bodega on Main 

1014 Main Street

Web: https://www.bodegaonmain.ca/

Twitter:@bodegaonmain

Cuisine: Spanish tapas

Vancouver’s newest Spanish Tapa Bar and Lounge serving traditional Spanish cuisine using our family recipes with a modern twist.

 

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Treasure Green Tea 

227 East Georgia Street

Twitter: @TreasureGreen_T

Web: http://treasuregreen.com/

Cuisine: Chinese Tea House

Second-generation tea master, Olivia Cheung runs the tea shop, Established in 1981 by Olivia’s father, Treasure Green Tea Company is the first authentic Chinese tea shop in Vancouver, they are celebrating 35 years this year.

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

(location to be announced)

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Modern Asian food truck with kickass dishes from Chef Clement Chan & Chef Steve Kuan .

 

Propaganda Coffee

209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Phil & Sebastian coffee.

 

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before November 10, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 10, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after November 20, 2016

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Vancouver Foodster’s Burger Challenge is On!

Vancouver Foodster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 14, 2016

Vancouver Foodster presents the 3rd Burger Challenge 

Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Burger Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Burger creations into this challenge, most have created a special creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their burger creations on their menu from October 14 – November 6, 2016.Here are some of the unique creations in this challenge.

Storm Crow Alehouse

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Price: $17

Created by: Kyle Depape – Assistant Kitchen Manager

Description: Elk, bison, venison patty and stuff with cheese, on a brioche bun smothered in a roaster kale and sunflower seed aioli,  topped with rootbeer bbq sauce, frizzled onions, mixed lettuce and tomato and garnished with a bacon sword.

Main Protein Ingredient: Elk, Bison and Vennison

Offered: Daily 11am – 11PM.

Storm Crow Alehouse

1619 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-9670

Web: http://www.stormcrowalehouse.com/

Twitter: @crowalehouse

Instagram: @stormcrowalehouse/

Argo Café

Braised Short Rib Portabellini BurgerBraised Short Rib Portabellini Burger

Price: $14.95

Created by: Chef Denis Larouche

Description: Shortrib beef, portabello mushroom, 4 cheese, crispy onions, roquefort mayo, hand cut fries

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: at lunch 11-4 Monday to Friday, Thursday and Friday evenings 5-9 Saturday 8-2

Argo Café

1836 Ontario Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 876-3620

Web: http://www.argocafe.ca/

Twitter: @argocafe

Instagram: @argoatnight
Hopcott Meats

Cajun Bacon BurgerCajun Bacon Burger

Price: $9.99

Created by: Chef Chris Papp and Chef Ty Stinson

Description: Made with Hopcott’s hormone free, dry aged ground beef mixed with our secret Cajun spice blend, Hopcott’s own double smoked bacon, homemade onion straws, jalapeno jack cheese, mustard aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 11am to 3pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram hopcottfarms

See the complete line-up of Burger creations and participating restaurants here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2016/10/14/vancouver-foodster-3rd-burger-challenge-3/

Voting: The public is invited to order these Burger 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 creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from October 14 -November 6, 2016.

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Burger creation. 

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Burger creations on November 7, 2016.

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody.  Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer.  There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates.  Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery.  Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time.  They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza.  I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce.  The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad.  Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent.  One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales.  I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie.  It was grilled lightly.  You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering.  A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  Both offered us 4 beers to taste.  My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers.  Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert.  First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop.  Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us:  a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich.  All were very tasty.  I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most.  The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer.  The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream.  I highly recommend this place for ice cream.

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry.  Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie.  The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie.  It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky.  Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.

Come out for Vanfoodster’s Taco Crawl Sept 28

I really enjoy the fresh and vibrant flavours from many Mexican dishes.  Tacos are one of the dishes that has many variations.  You can have beef, chicken, fish, vegan tacos.  The toppings range from traditional lettuce and tomatoes, to other ingredients like jicama or avocado.  You can make a taco that talks to you.  Ready to go on a taco crawl?  Vanfoodster is hosting a taco crawl on September 28.  The details of the crawl are below.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several different types of Taco shops throughout Vancouver! This Tacos tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates andVancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates of Tacos for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different tacos 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 Taco Crawl Map Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

One of the participating restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

 

Watch for the full line-up of participating restaurants as they are announced in a few weeks.

 

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before September 18, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after September 18, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 25, 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.

Have questions about Vancouver Taco Crawl? Contact Vancouver Foodster

Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge – It’s On!

I think most people can agree that cheesecake is a wonderful dessert.  Serve it with a coffee, or maybe a late harvest or ice wine if you dare.  Richard Wolak aka Vancouver Foodster asked me if I would like to be a judge for his Cheesecake Challenge and I enthusiastically agreed.  The Challenge started and will close on May 8.  Follow along as I taste and tweet about each cheesecake creation, and even better, go visit the participating restaurants and bakeries, and vote for your favourite cheesecake.  Here is the official announcement.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge. I have invited restaurants, cafes and bakeries from all over the city to enter their cheesecake into this challenge, some have their cheesecake on their menus and others have created a special cheesecake just for this challenge. Each restaurant, café and bakery will be featuring their cheesecake on their menu from April 14 – May 8, 2016.

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How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the cheesecakes in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best cheesecake creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #CheesecakeChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the event.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite cheesecake’s – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different cheesecakes or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 14 – May 8, 2016.

Here are the 6 Cheesecakes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

 

Dunns Famous

Dunn’s Famous Strawberry Cheese Cake

Description- Original Montreal recipe baked in house and fresh strawberries, glazed with strawberry sauce

Price- $9

Offered: All day, everyday

Dunns Famous

827 Seymour Street,Vancouver

Tel: 604-682-8938

Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com

Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC

 

Truffles Fine Foods

Truffles Fine Foods

Truffles Fine Foods

Jarred Cheescake

Price: $5

Created by: Chef Dave Bell

Description:  Jarred Cheescake, topped with berry compote

Offered: 9:30am-6pm, VanDusen Garden Kitchen

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

And

Truffle Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street, Vancouver

And

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

 

American Grille

American Grille

American Grille

Xango Cheese Cake

Price: $10

Description: with Crisp tortilla, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

Created by: Chef Danilo Ibara

Offered: All the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

 

Italia Bakery

Italia Bakery

Italia Bakery

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake 2-way

Price: $2.99

Description: The bottom cheesecake is a chocolate baked cheesecake with a whipped no bake cheesecake top, garnished with roasted pecans, caramel and ganache.

Created by: Chef Sam Pero

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

 

Baguette and Co.

Baguette and Co.

Baguette and Co.

French Style Cheesecake

Description: Our cheesecake is an unbaked cheesecake, made of a french white chocolate, and lemon mousse (made with creamcheese), crushed raspberries and a crust made out of a french sablé flavoured with cinnamon and lemon. G/F

Price: $5.95

Created by: Chef Agathe Verpillat

Offered: All day, everyday

Baguette and Co.

3273 W Broadway, Vancouver

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2509 Main Street, Vancouver

and

1102 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.baguetteandco.ca/

Twitter: @baguetteandcobc

 

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

The Sunset

Description:

Price: $6.50

Created by:

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Cheesecake Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Cheesecake creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are here.

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Drex

Radio host weeknights of Drex Live on CKNW

Twitter: @drex

 

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

 

Sheri Radford

Editor of @wherevancouver , as well as Childrens Books Author

Twitter: @sheriradford