Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

The holidays are coming, so why not treat yourself before you treat others?  Coming up is Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market.  Details are below.  See you there!

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Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

 

Join us for a night of tasting to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at several markets around the city roving through a few neighborhoods from South Granville, to False Creek to Kitsilano. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday December 6 from 5pm until 9pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each market will feature multiple vendors serving up a wide selection of savoury and sweets, plus beverages for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to try many different foods and beverages throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the producers and chefs, and learn about each of the participating vendors and markets.

Kick off your holiday cheer with us, taste local and international food and drink. It’s the perfect evening to do something festive, catch up with friends, and get some holiday shopping done.

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Holiday Tasting Passports and menus.

 

Featuring these Markets:

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville Street, Vancouver

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

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Neighborhood: South Granville

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

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local and international food and beverages.

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Instagram @milanoroasters

Neighborhood: False Creek

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Instagram @befreshlocal

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

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.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

They will be featuring their line-up of teas and other products.

 

Tickets

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ultra Early-Bird: $18 per person before November 22, 2017

Early-Bird: $25 per person after November 22, 2017

Regular $30 per person after November 29, 2017

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

Ticket price includes tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.

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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating markets and vendors subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

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Tasting Plates North Van BRUNCH on November 25

If you live in Vancouver, but have not spent much time across the Lions Gate Bridge and into North Vancouver to try the restaurants there, here is your chance.  Richard @vanfoodster is having a Tasting Plates North Van Brunch on Nov 25.  Below is his announcement.

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Join us and explore the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants and cafes. This brunch tasting extravaganza is on Saturday November 25 from 10am until 2pm 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, and learn about each of the participating places.

Check out our most recent Tasting Plates Brunch tour here!

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

Registration: Welcome Parlour – 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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Maru Korean Bistro

125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-6292

Web: http://www.marukoreanbistro.com/

Instagram: @marukoreanbistro

Chef Bobby Shin and David Jo’s first restaurant after Bap’s Kitchen catering service. Here, we minimize the usage of artificial food ingredients and MSG for health of customers and try to offer the best meal at all the times with our heart and soul. Our restaurant is inspired by the “Baek ban jip”, a folksy dining restaurant that offers home style and casual foods.

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The Juicery Co

254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop that Delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Instagram @twodaughtersbakeshop

A gluten-free, vegan bakery that provides delicious, fresh- baked goods that appeal to everyone!

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream

277 8th St E, North Vancouver

Web:http://welcomeparlour.com/

Twitter: @welcomeparlour 

Instagram @welcomeparlour

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream is North Vancouver’s one & only authentic, artisan ice cream parlour. Our delicious ice creams are uniquely hand crafted using the best local NATURAL ingredients & are made freshly in artisan small batches with our culinary partner Eleanor Chow Waterfall of Cadeaux Bakery. We offer 11 delicious flavour at Welcome Parlour that rotate seasonally, always offering 2 amazing dairy free options

Watch for more restaurants/establishments which may be added closer to event date.

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person before November 17, 2017

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 17, 2017

Regular $60 per person after November 22, 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 event. (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.

Best Sandwich Challenge

Vanfoodster’s Vancouver Sandwich Challenge is On!

Creativity does not always have to be in top-end restaurants.  You or I can be creative when we make our meals for example. Add arugula to a salad or top it on pizza for example.  Some dishes you may not think of as being creative, but there again you would be incorrect.  Take for example a sandwich.  How many different types of proteins, sauces, spreads, vegetables, pickles, grilled veggies, types of breads, wraps, etc. you could combine to make a sandwich.  As such Vancouver Foodster has just launched his Vancouver Sandwich Challenge, and I am one of the judges.  Watch my Instagram and Twitter posts when I visit each of the participating restaurants.  I will try to offer a suggested wine to pair with each sandwich.  You can also visit these restaurants till the end of the month and vote for your favourite sandwich. Here is the official announcement for the Sandwich Challenge. Enjoy.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sandwich creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their Sandwich creations on their menu from September 7-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the sandwich creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best stacked sandwich 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 and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #SandwichChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite sandwich creations – 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 sandwich creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites 

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

Delizie

Vesuvio

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Rosangela Atte

Description: like the volcano that symbolizes Naples. It’s an explosion (no pun intended) of typical Neapolitan flavors and textures: the crusty in-house made bread, the juicy veal cutlet, the sweet and tangy plum tomato sauce, the succulent eggplant fries, the gooey smoked provolone, the peppery and crisp arugula and savory in-house made pesto.

ingredients: -In-house made ciabatta, Veal cutlet(veal from Columbus Meat Market), Fried eggplant, Italian plum tomato sauce, Smoked provolone, Arugula, In-house made pesto(nut free)

or $16 with side salad or soup.

Offered: all the time.

Delizie

22266 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 467-1711

Web: http://www.delizie.ca/

Twitter: @deliziebakery

Instagram: @deliziebakery

 

West Village Cafe

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Price: $8.99

Created by: Chef Tim Cuff

Description: Local and in-house roasted chicken lightly seasoned with house made hot sauce, sundried tomato pesto, pickled shallots, garlic mayo, swiss cheese & arugula on toasted sourdough. Pairs best with a side of soup or seasonal mixed bean salad.

Offered: daily after 11am

West Village Cafe

#160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 372-2083

Web: https://www.facebook.com/West-Village-Cafe-618382875024012/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

 

Caffe Artigiano

Paulino Piadina

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Breaded chicken breast, roast garlic aioli, mozzarella, marinara sauce & arugula. Served in Italian Piadina flatbread.

Offered: all the time.

Caffe Artigiano

2154 West 41st Avenue

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

763 Hornby Street

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

3154 Highland Blvd

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

 

Rosemary Rocksalt

The Rocksalt Reuben

Created by: Scott Robertson

Price: $10.50

Description: Your choice of bagel… best on our signature Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, egg, green pepper, red onion, and pesto cream cheese.

Offered: all the time.

Rosemary Rocksalt

2515 Main Street

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

1350 Commercial Drive

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

And

Rosemary Rocksalt

1669 Lonsdale

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

333 Brooksbank Avenue

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

 

Solly’s Bagelry

Sesame Sunrise Eggel

Price: $9.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description:Delicious double layered cold and hot breakfast sandwich made with a layer of lemony Avocado and crunchy veggies and a second layer of melted Edam over a hot poached egg.

Offered: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

4071 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

2873 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

 

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

Eve

Price: $11.99

Created by: Chef Rico Verzosa

Description: Smoked Short Ribs with Red Wine and Apple reduction served with Arugula and Sorel on toasted bun with Aioli.

Offered: all the time.

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

108-5188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.smokehousesandwich.ca/

Instagram: @smokehousesandwich

 

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights May 17 – Get Your Tickets

Being a Burnaby resident, I like when people realize that there are restaurants east of Boundary.  Vancouver Foodster has his upcoming Burnaby Heights Tasting Plates on May 17.  Come out to Burnaby and see what we have to offer!  Announcement for the event is below.

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Join us as we return to Burnaby Heights and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in and around Hastings Street. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 17 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: tba – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants

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The Gray Olive Cafeteria

4190 East Hastings, Burnaby

Tel: 604-566-9664

Web: http://www.thegrayolive.com/

Twitter: @TheGrayOlive

Cuisine: Comfort Food/Westcoast

The Gray Olive Cafeteria is the brainchild of three brothers who come from very different professional backgrounds, yet have a singular passion for great food. It’s more than a restaurant; we’re dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity and draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, including our guests. But above all, our mission is to provide mouthwatering cuisine with a touch of nostalgia.

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Glenburn Soda Fountain

4090 Hastings St, Burnaby

Web: http://glenburnsoda.com/

Twitter: @glenburnsoda

Instagram @glenburnsoda

Cuisine: Desserts and Ice Cream Treats

Glenburn is a throw-back to a simpler time and an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of a hand-made dessert. Glenburn offers a wide range of ice cream treats including sundaes, milkshakes and malts. Candy and soda syrups along with nostalgic toys and treats round out the offerings.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant

4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Web:https://www.brokenrice.ca/

Twitter:@BrokenriceBBY

Instagram: @brokenriceca

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Broken rice (com tam) originally consisted of grains which were broken during the process of harvesting and cleaning the rice. Traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class as it was cheaper to buy, broken rice gained favour in wider circles due to its unique flavour and texture. Today, broken rice is softer in texture than it’s cast-off ancestor and has become distinctly Vietnamese.

Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant aims to celebrate all of what Vietnamese cuisine has to offer – fresh, vibrant ingredients and delicious flavour profiles – with a contemporary approach. We are continually striving to present classic dishes using modern cooking applications and local, sustainable ingredients.

 


Fortuna Bakery

4240 Hastings St, Burnaby

Tel: 604-298-9610

Web: http://www.fortunabakery.com/

Instagram: @fortunabakerybby

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Offering decadent, layered pastries, along with classic & fruit-topped cakes, plus coffee.

 

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7

Regular $60 per person after May 14

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 Mac and Cheese Challenge April 6 – 30, 2017

Mac and Cheese; we all grew up with it, but as we grew up, so did the Mac and Cheese.  Below are creations by 4 restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland to show us their take on Mac and Cheese.  Lucky, me; I’m one of the judges.  I will be sure to try to pair each dish with a glass of wine and/or beer, and be sure to tell you via Instagram and Twitter.   Keep an eye for my posts.  Here is the announcement from Vancouver Foodster.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their mac and cheese into this challenge, most of the restaurants have created a special mac and cheese just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their mac and cheese on their menu from April 6-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the mac and cheese creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best mac and cheese 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 and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #MacChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

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

Get some friends together and make a night of it, visit a couple restaurants or more to share and taste the different Mac and Cheese creations or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 6-30, 2017.

The Creations

Here are the Mac and Cheese creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Mosaic Grille

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

Price: Full      $36; Half        $24; Taster    $16

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

Description: Canadian lobster. cavatappi. olive oil cured sundried tomato. havarti-gouda mornay sauce. truffle essence

Offered: 4:30pm- 10:30pm daily

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Tour de Feast

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef DJ

Description: Casareccia pasta, gruyere cheese, sauce maornay, twice cooked organic Fraser valley pork belly, truffle Parmesan bread crumbs.

Offered: 7 days a week 10 am to 2:30 pm

Tour de Feast

319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-1811

Web: http://tourdefeast.com/

Twitter: @de_feast

Instagram: @tourdefeast319

Storm Crow Tavern

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs

Description:   Semolina macaroni in a carbonara-style sauce with parmesan, Two Rivers smoked bacon, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gold Creek Munster-style cheese with Neufchâtel crèma and house-made spicy ketchup topped with a Dragon’s Egg (a mac and cheese ball wrapped in a Red Devil pork sausage, with a cheese curd center!)

Offered: Offered during lunch and dinner

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669

Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

Hopcott Meats

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Price: $9.95

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Slow cooked Hopcott beef brisket, pulled and then braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables piled on top of macaroni with aged cheddar and cheese curds, topped with homemade onion straws and special house ketchup

Offered: During lunch hours: 10:30 to 4:00, Seven 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

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at

http://vancouverfoodster.com/mac-and-cheese-challenge/ 

Our Judges

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

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.