Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster Presents 6 Crawls

If you are a fan of our Tasting Plates events you are going to want to hear about the 6 events that Vancouver Foodster is presenting during the upcoming Dine Out Festival that kicks off next month. The Dine Out Festival always offers diners a chance to try restaurants they may not have tried before which is often for dinner, this year Tourism Vancouver has added many more food related events to get people out exploring and tasting even more. Earlier this year I produced two of the biggest Dine Out Van brunch crawls that Vancouver has ever seen, in 2015 I will be producing 6 Dine Out Brunch Crawls showcasing multiple restaurants in 6 different Vancouver neighborhoods.

These are the 6 events on sale at Dine Out Festival

Gastown Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 17
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the Gastown area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs bennys, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants including: Brioche Eatery Café, The Blarney Stone, Milano Coffee, Salida 7, Jamaican Blue Cold Brew and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Milano Coffee at 36 Powell Street
Community Partner: Gastown BIA

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 18
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Kitsilano as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, brunch pizza, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including: Krokodile Pear, Novo Pizzeria, Darby’s Public House, Momento Coffee House, Rain or Shine Ice Cream and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Novo Pizzeria at 2118 Burrard Street
Community Partner: Shop West 4th BIA

Main Street Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 24
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Mount Pleasant and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants including: Rosemary Rocksalt, Miura Waffles, Radicle Juice, Nirvana, East End Chai and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Best Western Plus Uptown at 205 Kingsway
Community Partner: Mount Pleasant BIA


Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 25
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out downtown as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, baked goods, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants including: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Kingston Taphouse & Grille, The Copper Chimney, Small Victory Bread & Coffee, Bella Gelateria Yaletown, and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at the Kingston Taphouse & Grille at 755 Richards Street
Community Partner: Downtown Vancouver BIA

West End Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 31
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

A repeat event for 2015. Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the West End as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts, mimosas and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of the Westend’s finest restaurants including: Papparoti, Morocco West, Just juice, Marquis Wine Cellars, De Dutch Pannekoek House and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Marquis Wine Cellars at 1034 Davie Street
Community Partner: West End BIA

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday February 1
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Commercial Drive and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies coffees and beer, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, hash browns, brunch pizza, desserts, and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of East Van’s finest restaurants including: Famoso Pizzeria, Federico’s Supper Club, Bakery Sate, Stateside Craft and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Famoso Pizzeria at 1380 Commercial Drive
Community Partner: The Drive BIA

A Superb Lunch at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – Bistro 101

My first Dine Out Vancouver meal for 2014 was a magnificent lunch at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – Bistro 101.  Have you ever heard of PICA?  It is a well-known and respected culinary school for training chefs.  The students today were all eager to show off their talents for Dine Out.  For my $18 lunch menu I picked:

  • Dungeness Crab Salad Shaved Fennel, Lemon Foam
  • Roasted Halibut Spinach Risotto Lemongrass Emulsion
  • Hazelnut Tart Blood Orange (and a cup of coffee to enjoy it with)

Before starting our server brought us some Amuse Bouche, which was an Ementhal cheese tart with cranberry compote.  It had a light buttery/nutty taste from the cheese and a some tartness from the cranberry.  A nice flavour combination and a tasty start to what was to follow.

Amuse bouche - Ementhal cheese tart with cranberry compote

Amuse bouche – Ementhal cheese tart with cranberry compote

Probably my favourite dish was the Dungeness Crab Salad Shaved Fennel and Lemon Foam. Real crab meat was used in this dish, and not just a little bit; a significant amount of crab meat.  The fennel was shaved, not paper thin, slightly thicker so it had some body. The fennel flavour was very light and not overpowering. I liked getting a bit of the blood orange with the crab and fennel as it added a citrus component to the dish.  This dish is well worth $18 on it’s own.  The plating was also quite beautiful.

Dungeness Crab Salad Shaved Fennel and Lemon Foam

Dungeness Crab Salad Shaved Fennel and Lemon Foam

 

 

 

 

My main course was the Roasted Halibut with Spinach Risotto and Lemongrass Emulsion.  The halibut was cooked perfectly, not overdone.  Very soft to the fork. The lemongrass emulsion added that citrus component that goes so well with seafood.  The spinach risotto was also a nice complement adding some texture and green flavour (I could not specifically tell it was spinach I was tasting).  I also like the simply grilled vegetables.  No heavy sauce was needed for the vegetables.  On their own with a bite of the halibut let the flavour of both come out.

What wine did I try with both these dishes?  It was the Calona Vineyards ‘Artist Series Chardonnay. This is an unoaked chardonnay with citrus and stone fruit flavours which went nicely with both seafood dishes.

Roasted Halibut with Spinach Risotto

Roasted Halibut with Spinach Risotto

My last dish, dessert, was the Hazelnut Tart Blood Orange, with a strawberry or raspberry sorbet (sorry couldn’t tell).  The little pearls you see on my plate are made from milk chocolate.  The hazelnut flavour was delicate and was nice with the tartness of the sorbet.  My only complaint was the tart was quite small and I would have enjoyed a larger portion to enjoy with my coffee.  But it was a nice dessert.

Hazelnut Tart with Blood Orange

Hazelnut Tart with Blood Orange

Overall I think the students at PICA – Bistro 101 did an excellent job.  My server Rebecca was very attentive and enthusiastic about food and wine.  Come see the possible Iron Chefs of tomorrow.

If you are interested in trying Dine Out Vancouver at PICA here is the web link.

Score Big Amour Points – Dine Out At Bistro Pastis

Valentines and wine

Valentines and wine

French cuisine and wine brings out the romantic in all of us.  With Valentine’s Day this week, Bistro Pastis has a special menu for you and your spouse or significant other.  Check out the details.  The rack of lamb looks really good.  So does the raspberry dark chocolate tart.  Don’t forget to have a bottle of bubble too. Enjoy!

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In France, ‘love’ is an art celebrated every day. Practice really does make perfect and there is no one better at it than the French. However, even if you’re not French, you can pretend you are on St. Valentine’s Day.

Whisking the ‘love of your life’ off to Paris for dinner, while bound to win you brownie points, will definitely empty out your wallet. An equally romantic and more cost effective solution is bring them to Bistro Pastis for a flirtatious ‘diner pour deux.’

Our special Valentine’s table d’hote will transport you to France in the bat of an eyelash – five courses for only $75 with an optional wine pairing for $45 available only on Thursday, February 14th – St. Valentine’s Day.

Reservations: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Joyeux Saint Valentin

Amuse Bouche
Smoked Salmon Pavé, Herbed Goat Cheese

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Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Terrine
Toasted Brioche, Mȃche Salad, Pomegranate
Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue

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Lobster Tortellini
Tomato and Mint, Corn Nage
Chardonnay Mȃcon Solutré-Pouilly Joseph Burrier

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Roasted Rack of Lamb, Braised Lamb Shoulder
Peas, Ricotta Gnocchi, Preserved Lemon
Domaine de Nizas Languedoc

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Raspberry Dark Chocolate Tart
Whipped Mascarpone, Spiced Honeycomb
Sparkling Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc

$75.00 / Person
Wine Pairing 45.00

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com