Strathcona Beer Company Launches Releases at Hart House Brewmaster’s Dinner

If you like beer and have not yet been to the Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby, here is a great chance to enjoy new beer releases and top notch food.  Here is the press release about the dinner which is on Friday, March 22, 2019.


On Friday, March 22 2019 the Strathcona Beer Company will introduce its spring releases at a Brewmaster’s Dinner hosted by Burnaby’s Hart House Restaurant. The dinner will give guests a chance to taste the new crop of locally made beers paired with outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Strathcona is all about celebrating the local and homegrown. Based in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, the brewery creates top-quality craft beer, but it also promotes social development and sees itself as a positive part of a vital community. Strathcona Brewmaster and founding partner Michael “Fezz” Nazarec will be on hand at the dinner to comment on Strathcona’s new releases, which will be paired with a menu designed by Hart House Chef Mike Genest. The evening’s cuisine will emphasize local ingredients that complement the BC craft beers.

Canapé Reception
Beach Lemon Mandarin Radler
Dungeness Crab & Scallop Fritter
Preserved Lemon Aioli
Premium Pilsner
Smoked Veal Tongue “Reuben”
Bone Marrow Focaccia, Beer-Braised Onions, Emmental Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Mustard Greens
All That And Then Some Pale Ale
Seared Sturgeon + Curried Sturgeon & Potato Samosa Duo
Charred Pineapple & Passionfruit Chutney, Curried Crème Fraiche
Get Down On It India Pale Ale
Beer-Braised Lamb Breast
Barley Risotto, Root Vegetables, Black Garlic Braising Jus
Headbanger Triple India Pale Ale
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Beer-Soaked Cherries, Cherry Gel, Crème Fraiche Cremeux, Cherry Tuille
Love Buzz Cherry Sour Berliner Weisse

Tickets for the event are $78 per person, or $71 per person for groups of 6 or more.
They may be purchased online.

Strathcona Beer Company Brewmaster’s Dinner at Hart House
Friday, March 22 2019

$78 per person including taxes and gratuities
Groups of 6 or more $71 per person

Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

LaStella Wines Featured at Hart House Long Table Dinner

May 17, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – On Friday, June 22 2018 Hart House will host its second annual Long Table Dinner. Guests will gather around a shared long table to join an al fresco dinner paired with wines from the Okanagan Valley’s LaStella Winery. Hart House is located on a gorgeous 3-acre estate beside Burnaby’s tranquil Deer Lake, and the event is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the summer splendor of the lawns and flower gardens.
The evening will begin with an outdoor canapé reception featuring LaStella’s 2017 LaStellina Rosato. Like all of LaStella’s wines, the Rosato is carefully crafted to express the unique terroir of the South Okanagan vineyards where it is grown and made. Rasoul Salehi, La Stella’s Director of Sales & Marketing, will be on hand to introduce the sparkler, and four other LaStella wines will be paired with a special menu prepared by Chef Mike Genest, including
  • LaStella 2016 Vivace Pinot Grigio
  • LaStella 2016 Fortissimo (Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Cabernet Franc)
  • LaStella 2014 Allegretto “Pie Franco” (Single Vineyard Merlot)
  • LaStella 2017 Moscato D’Osoyoos
Please click here for tickets to the event, which is sure to be a highlight of the culinary season.

Long Table Dinner at Hart House Restaurant
Friday, June 22 2018
Reception 6:00pm
Dinner 7:00pm
$139 per person including taxes and gratuities
Reservations online here
Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake
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About Hart House Restaurant:  Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.  The 3-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage.  Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations.  Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden.  Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.
Hart House Restaurant website
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About LaStella Vineyards: LaStella was created to capture our vision of la dolce vita: fine food, wonderful wine, great music, and the good things in life. The winery is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia. Here our vineyards produce great fruit and we craft them into such proprietary wines as Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso. Each wine has its own story – and to convey this unique story we name our wines after Italian musical notes.
LaStella Vineyards website
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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.


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


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


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



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


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: 


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.

Small Plates on the Lake at Shadbolt Centre for Arts – Contest and Tickets

The Shadbolt Centre for Arts is a jewel in Burnaby.  Tourism Burnaby is hosting this event, and it will be featuring Burnaby restaurants, as well as the beauty of Deer Lake Park and the Shadbolt Centre.  Hart House Restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants in all of Vancouver.  You can read my review of Hart House Restaurant here.  Burnaby is a beautiful place, it’s where I live, and I want you to experience it as well.  Event info, tickets, and a contest to win tickets are all below.  Enjoy!


Small Plates on the Lake is Burnaby’s newest signature dining event.

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Hosted at Deer Lake Park, in its inaugural year, guests should prepare to be dazzled by the intricate lighting and décor that will transform the South Plaza of the Shadbolt Centre for Arts to a majestic outdoor dining room.

Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, including Hart House Restaurant, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge and ebo Restaurant, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.

Where, When and How Much?

This ticketed event will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

Discover the delectable menu items you’ll be able to taste at the event.



Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse Tees Off at Dine Out Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy

This is the first year that the Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse participated in Dine Out Vancouver.  It’s sister restaurant at the Riverway Clubhouse in south Burnaby has participated the past two years plus this year, and I’ve had excellent meals there, so I was looking forward to my Dine Out meal on Burnaby Mountain.  It was a great value at $18 and had the following menu:


BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Cajun crispy chickpea & basil cream
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Chardonnay


LOUISIANA FRIED CHICKEN freshly made waffle, tomato & jalapeno chutney, sour cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer


ONSEN EGG CARBONARA guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer


8 OZ. CERTIFIED ANGUS NEW YORK STEAK Yukon Gold roasted garlic mash, market vegetables, green peppercorn sauce
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot


CHAR BROILED MAHI MAHI southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, fresh pineapple salsa

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris


SWEET CORN & CREAM CHEESE STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM herb cornbread, market vegetables, barbeque sauce

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer


DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE IN JAR oreo cookies, shaved chocolate
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot


STRAWBERRY SUNDAE IN JAR vanilla ice-cream, strawberry coulis, chocolate & coconut brownie

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Summerhill Cipes Sparkling


APPLE CRUMBLE IN JAR granny smith apple, vanilla ice-cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine $10

My Review

I was very happy to see that they had a BC VQA wine pairing suggestion for each food item served.  My wine was the Red Rooster Chardonnay, which I sipped through the appetizer and entree, and was a nice match.  My dining partner and I picked different items so that we could double up on our food samples, and were happy with both sets of appetizers and entrees.  The only thing that was not quite up to par was the desserts, which were a bit too sweet and not at the same level of quality as the appetizers and entrees.  But dessert is probably the least important aspect of your meal, so I would say to savour the rest of the meal with wine, and then to finish with a coffee, ice wine, or liquor.

I loved the Louisiana Fried chicken with waffle appetizer.  The chicken was not overly spicy so anyone could enjoy it, plus the waffle and a bit of sweetness from the Chutney to go with the savoury chicken is a nice combination.  This dish could be turned into an entree easily.  Also the butternut squash soup with Cajun crispy chickpeas and basil cream was very good.  Again not too spicy.  The drips of basil cream and crunchy chickpeas added bursts of extra flavour and texture to the soup.

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

I had the Angus New York steak with Yukon Gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables and green peppercorn sauce.  The steak was done Medium Well as I had ordered.  I loved the nice char on the steak, and the flavour from the green peppercorns.  I paired the steak with the Red Rooster Chardonnay.  The pairing worked as the Chardonnay as it was quite full bodied thanks to the Sur Lie aging.  The garlic potatoes were really buttery and added to the feel of a decadent main course.  The char broiled Mahi Mahi was quite flavourful, paired with the pineapple salsa, but was a tad over cooked.  Still very tasty.

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

The dark chocolate mousse with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate was a bit too much sweetness and chocolate in one spoon.  I do love dark chocolate, but maybe this could have been lightened up a bit.  The apple crumble was not quite as sweet but I found the oat flakes a bit hard to chew.

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Overall a wonderful meal, and I would try the Clubhouse again, especially on a sunny day in the summer, sitting on their patio.


Broken Rice Modern Vietnamese Food in Burnaby

Burnaby restaurants do participate in Dine Out Vancouver.  Just travel a little east of Boundary and you are in Burnaby.  There are many fine Burnaby restaurants along Hastings Street.  One of these restaurants is Broken Rice, which offers modern Vietnamese food.  They put together a $28 Dine Out Vancouver meal this year.

Broken Rice $28 Menu


Traditional Glass Dumplings Bánh Bột Lọc Steamed tapioca dumplings stuffed with dried shrimp and pork, herb and cabbage salad, Vietnamese pork crackling, nước mắm.


Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad Gỏi Gà Xé Phay Hand torn free range chicken salad, sesame, pickled radish, pickled dragon fruit leaf, pickled carrot, onion, cabbage, jellyfish, peanut, cilantro, nước mắm, shrimp chip.


Beef Tongue Banh Mi Bao Lưỡi Bò Bảo Slow cooked beef tongue, pickled jalapeño, cucumber, pickled carrots and jicama, garlic aioli, pâté, cilantro.


48-Hour Short Rib Sườn Bò Slow cooked braised short rib, curried kabocha puree, watercress salad, pickled lily stem, red wine reduction sauce.


Chicken Fried Quail Chim Cút Chiên Crispy quail, fish sauce honey drizzle, lime, pea puree, poached scallop, quail egg, xôi gấc (traditional sweet gourd sticky rice).


Poached Sablefish Cá Kho Poached Sablefish, caramelized fish sauce, Vietnamese wing bean, opo squash, rice, lily blossom, tonkin jasmine, lotus chips, pickled papaya, salmon roe.


Rau Câu (traditional gelatin dessert) with jasmine ice cream.

My Review

My guest and I ordered the Glass Dumplings and the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad appetizer, the Chicken Fried Quail and Poached Sablefish, and the Rau Câu.

Of the two appetizers, I preferred the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad.  It has lots of nice flavours and crunch.  Citrus and herbs, fresh vegetables, and crunchy jellyfish.  A super dish.  The Glass Dumplings were well made, but the dumpling is a bit too thick and chewy for me, and the fish sauce on the dumplings was a little too strong for me.  The herb and cabbage salad was very tasty and very similar to the flavours of the Chicken Salad.

Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad

Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad


Traditional glass dumplings

Traditional glass dumplings

For the entrees, both were quite good.  The Chicken Fried Quail had some cinnamon spice to the batter, and tasted similar to the Special Fried Chicken from Tropika Restaurant in Vancouver.  It did have a few too many different components though and could have been simplified a bit, such as dropping the pea puree, or the ramen bowl with scallop.  The Sablefish was poached and nicely soft.  I was a bit worried that it came with a caramelized fish sauce, but the sauce was not fishy at all.  It did have very strong sweet, sour, and peppery flavours.  The presentation and vegetables were perfect support to the sablefish.

Chicken fried quail

Chicken fried quail


Poached sablefish

Poached sablefish

For both the appetizers and entrees, I sipped a glass of Jackson Triggs Pinot Gris. It was very full of stone fruit flavour and soft on the palate, and was a very complimentary wine to our food.

The dessert was Rau Câu (a traditional gelatin dessert) with jasmine ice cream.  The gelatin was a marbled white and brown colour, which when you tasted it, it reminds one of a Vietnamese coffee.  Nice strong coffee flavour.  The kumquat slices, mandarin orange segments, and strawberry were nice fresh notes in the dessert.  Enjoy.

Rau Câu dessert

Rau Câu dessert

Celebrate Seafood at Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby

If you are a Burnaby resident you should come and visit the Hart House and their beautiful grounds at Deer Lake.  If you are in Vancouver, come and experience this gem.   Burnaby Village Museum is next door and they have a real old-time carousel.  Visit the Museum then enjoy dinner at Hart House.  They are currently offering a seafood promotion.  Here is the info.  Enjoy.

Google Map of Hart House and Burnaby Village Museum.


Hart House Seafood Celebration

October 28 – November 16, 2014

$38 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuity

Hart House - Butter Poached Prawns

Hart House – Butter Poached Prawns

From now until November 16th, Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is showcasing the amazing abundance of seafood with which BC is blessed. The three-course Seafood Celebration menu gives guests a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert at $38 per guest.Born and raised here in BC, Chef Michael Genest has designed a menu that rejoices in local flavours:



Sockeye Salmon Chowder (a la carte 10)

Fried Leeks, Corn, Lobster Oil


Smoked Fish Croquettes (a la carte 16)

Pickled Fennel, Micro Greens, Charmoula Aioli

Main Course

Butter Poached Prawns  (a la carte 28)

Squid Ink Risotto, Chorizo, Peas, Bottarga


Pan-Seared Red Snapper (a la carte 28)

Fregola Pasta, Tomato, Mussels, Clams, Saffron


Apple & Fig Bread pudding (a la carte 10)

Salted Caramel and Walnut Sauce,

Vanilla Chantilly Cream


Caramel Mocha Crème Brulee

Orange Nut Biscotti

 If they choose, guests may choose to extend their experience to four courses by ordering both appetizers for an additional $8.


Are available by phone only, at 604-298-4278.

Chez Christophe chocolate bear

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition – A Season to Enjoy

It’s the Christmas holiday season, and you are thinking about what to get friends and family?  Something to eat or drink is always nice.  I attended Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition this past week, courtesy of Vancouver Foodster, and I thought that gifting from these places would be nice.  If you do not know where Burnaby Heights is located, it is centered around Willingdon Avenue and Hastings Street in Burnaby.  Here is a map for you.

What Did I Enjoy?

Well what did I enjoy from each of them?


They had a choice of 3 coffees.  I went for the Spanish Latte as I never had it before.  It is a latte that has a bit of condensed milk added to it.  So you have to like sweeter coffee.  With my latte I tried a macaron, a mini croissant, and a chocolate mint cookie.  I really liked the macaroon and the croissant.  There is a wide range of cookies at Caffe Divano to try.

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies


By the time I reached Cioffi’s I had been to 4 other places and was getting quite full.  They provided us with a plate containing:

  • Penne with a turkey bolognese sauce
  • House made meatball slider
  • Tuscan chicken sausage

All their food was very good.  I in particular I really liked the Tuscan chicken sausage.  It had a nice spice to it and was not dry.  I’d like to try it sliced into a tomato sauce and served over spaghetti.

Cioffi's penne chicken sausage and meatball slider

Cioffi’s penne chicken sausage and meatball slider


Right next door is Cioffi’s Deli, where you can purchased sliced meats, cheeses, breads, and various Italian groceries.  Their tasting plate included:

  • Crostini with goat cheese and quince jam (V)
  • Prosciutto and bocconcini skewer
  • Mixed olives (V)
Cioffi's Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini

Cioffi’s Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini


Stan’s Pizza Joint was the last stop and by then I was really full, but there was 3 slices of pizza yet to come:

  • A slice of our Cheesy Garlic or Pesto Cheesy Bread (V)
  • 2 different slices from our variety of Specialty Pizza’s being made at time of visit (will also offer a (V) option)
  • A slice of yummy dessert pizza and creamy vanilla dip (V)

When I was there I received the cheesy garlic bread, a BBQ Chicken pizza slice, and a third slice which I think was their Joint Full Load.  The owners seemed quite busy so had no time to chat with them and find out about that third slice.  The BBQ Chicken pizza was quite good.  The pizza has a thicker crust and lots of cheese, so quite filling.

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection


Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, this is the place for you.  It is full of dessert items and beverages for you.  I can imagine that it would be super busy and popular in the summer.

We were treated to miniature versions of:

  • Butterscotch Sundaes with Whipped Cream and Spiced Walnuts  (gluten free) (V)
  • Chocolate-Covered Candy Cane or Eggnog Ice Cream Cones (V)
  • Frostbites Cranberry Spice Soda  (non-dairy, gluten free) (V)

I didn’t have the ice cream cone as I was already stuffed, but I did have the sundae and the soda.  The sundae had real ice cream and it was very good, so you will probably see me drop by Glenburn in the summer.  I also liked the decor which reminded me of the TV show “Happy Days”.

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain

Glenburn Soda Fountain


Posh Pantry is not a restaurant, but does offer cooking classes at the back of their shop.  The front of the shop has interesting kitchen items, and right now lots of holiday related serving utensils.  Maybe you would like to give someone the gift of a cooking class?  You may want to find out what Posh Pantry has to offer.

The tasting plate consisted of:

  • Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wild Mushrooms
  • Root Vegetable mash

The beef was shredded so looked very similar to pulled pork, and probably would taste really good on a bun and served with a side of coleslaw.  The root vegetable mash was a nice change from mashed potatoes.  I did enjoy this dish.

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash


I saw in the latest Burnaby Now newspaper that Yo Sushi was voted the #1 Japanese sushi restaurant in Burnaby.  And I must concur that their food is very good, as well as the presentation on the plate.  On my plate was:

  • Red Dragon Roll (V)
  • Tuna Tatataki Salad (V)
  • Kamikaze Roll (V)

The Kamikaze Roll (on the left in the picture) had a tempura shrimp and I think crab meat, similar to a California roll.  My favourite was the Tuna Tataki Salad.  The tuna had a slight sear on it, and went very nicely with the salad, and was nice and light compared to all my other dishes this evening.  The Red Dragon roll was also very good.  All their food was very good. FYI, Yo Sushi has a 1 year anniversary discount on food this week.  Here are the details:

On Dec 16(Mon) to 21(Sat) / every day AFTER 5:00 pm

  1. Dec 16 (Monday) : 50% off
  2. Dec 17 (Tuesday) : 40% off
  3. Dec 18 (Wednesday) : 30% off
  4. Dec 19 (Thursday) : 20% off
  5. Dec 20 (Friday) : 10% off
  6. Dec 21 (Saturday) : 10% off
Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad

Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad


I’ve heard good things about Chez Christophe for a while, so I was eagerly anticipating visiting his shop, and I was not disappointed.  This Chocolaterie and Patisserie has of course wonderful chocolates and pastries to tempt you.  Walking into Chez Christophe you see the selection of goodies in front of you to choose.  It reminded me of being back in France.  Chef Christofe is a very nice, friendly person, who spent time to talk with me, and showed us the back of the shop where he makes all this chocolates and pastries.  They open at 8am on Tuesday to Saturday and close at 6pm.  I hear that their croissants and pan au chocolate sell out quite quickly each morning, so I will show up at 8am one day soon and then have a big cup of coffee at Caffe Divano.

The tasting plate contained:

  • Mini Douceur Canadienne (V)
  • Macaron (V)
  • Cannelle Noisette Truffle featuring our fine Swiss chocolate available exclusively through us! (V)

All three of these were delicious, but I think my favourite was the cannelle noisette truffle. It was light and creamy inside.  I enjoyed the cinnamon and hazelnut flavours, married with the chocolate.  Recommended.

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

A few parting photos of me enjoying my coffee at Caffe Divano and the carolers that roamed about for Tasting Plates.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for the event and the invite.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Chefs Signature Dishes Festival – Get Your Tickets

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival

Wouldn’t you be honoured if a chef made a dish specially for you to try, not on their menu?   I would. This is the opportunity that Vancouver Foodster is offering to you through his Chef’s Signature Dishes Festival.  Below are the details of the event from Vancouver Foodster.  Bon Appetit!


We are fortunate to live in a city which has one of the most exciting culinary scenes in North America, where chefs are passionate about the ingredients that they use, are committed to pushing boundaries and are creating dishes to excite the diners palate. I have created this Signature Dishes Festival to put the spotlight on these creative chefs and their restaurants who support their creativity and passion; said Richard Wolak, this festival is also a challenge featuring 15 participating Chefs and their Restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley where diners are invited to vote for their favourite dishes, this festival runs from September 6-30, 2013.

Chefs create a must try signature dish (this dish can-not be on the restaurant’s menu, it must be a new dish created by the chef) to enter in this Chefs Signature Dishes Festival. The Chefs creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as he/she wants, I told them to be creative and imaginative and to stay true to their type of cuisine or restaurant

Participating restaurants are featuring their Chefs who have created a new Signature Dish creation

These are just some of the creative Chefs and their Signature Dish creations in this festival:


Chef Dan Craig

EBO Restaurant

Signature Appetizer Dish: Tasting of Dungeness Crab and Butternut Squash

Pink Salmon, Crab Chawanmushi and croquette, Butternut Squash Terrine.

Price: $14

Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 453-0788



Chef Siriwan (Grace) Rerksuttisiridach

Simply Thai Restaurant

Signature Dish: Thai Steak

Prime sirloin steak strips on a bed of steamed broccoli topped with Simply Thai’s red curry sauce. Jasmine rice topped with bell peppers, fresh basil and lime leaves complete this plate.

Price: $25

1211 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 642-0123



Chef Matt Repeto

The Bibo

Signature Dish: Risotto Mediterraneo

Delicate Risotto with the best B.C. seafood that join the Italian traditional with a taste of the sea.

Price: $24

Offered: Wednesday dinner, Thursday lunch and Thursday dinner

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177



Chef Brian Fowke

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Signature Dish: Brown Butter Broiled Organic Peace Country Beef Marrow ‘Provençal’ with fried green heirloom tomatoes, bourbon onion jam, butter potato gnocchi and chanterelle mushroom cornbread.

Price: Appetizer (without the gnocchi or cornbread): $18 OR Entrée: $32

Special Add-on: A complete bone’s pour of White American Bourbon to finish your meal – $12 (bring a bib)

Offered: Dinner nightly (starting Sept 7)

1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 569-2741



The full list of Chefs and their Dishes creations with details including the participating restaurants are listed here

How people can Vote for their favourite Signature Dish Creations?

Once people have ordered and tried the Signature Dish Creations at the participating restaurants, they can vote on their mobile phones or ipads from their table in the restaurants or later in the day. People can cast their vote once a day, so if they are visiting the other participating restaurants daily or during the festival they can vote for their other favourites as well.

You are invited to try these signature dish creations at the participating restaurants, keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.  You are then encouraged to VOTE for their favourite Dish creations at

We will announce the winning Chefs and their Dish Creations on October 1, 2013.

Garden Parties at Hart House Restaurant this Summer 2013

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There’s no better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying fine food and wine in the open air.  Hart House’s annual garden parties are the perfect fusion of regional cuisine, enchanting wines, and beautiful natural surroundings.  Each evening starts with a tasting of wines from the featured region; guests may purchase a bottle or two from the special selection to pair with dinner.  The al fresco dinner is served on the estate lawn overlooking Deer Lake, and is accompanied by live music, making the evening a true feast for the senses.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Lobster Fest

Our Lobster Fest features fresh Nova Scotia lobster paired with spirited maritime music.  Celebrate the start of summer with us. $62 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Italy al Fresco

Italy’s passion for food and wine is legendary.  Guests will enjoy savoury Mediterranean cuisine paired with top-quality wines from Italy.  Traditional Italian music will set the mood. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – Evening in Provence

Celebrate France’s contributions to world cuisine at this evening featuring the coastal Provence region. Romantic French ballads will provide a tuneful counterpoint. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Spanish Fiesta

Modern Spanish cuisine is a fusion of Old and New world influences.  The menu for our Spanish Fiesta will feature seafood and Spanish-inspired dishes paired with excellent wines and flamenco music. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Reservations are available by phone only at 604-298-4278.
Hart House at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

About Hart House Restaurant:  

Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.  The 13-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage.  Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations.  Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden.  Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.