Tasting Plates – Latin American Flavours in Vancouver

Vancouver Foodster tried something new today.  Instead of having Tasting Plates cover a small region/neighbourhood in Vancouver, it covered a style of food, in this case Latin food.  It took a short drive from one place to the next, but the tasty food that awaited us was well worth it.  Enjoy the pictures and my short comments about the food and event.

A.G.R.O. Roasters

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Tasting Cups will include:

  1. A variety of organic coffees from Latin America including, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador. <The coffee here was very fresh, aromatic, and flavourful.  I sampled the El Salvador beans.>
AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

 

Chicha Restaurant

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Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ensalada De Quinoa: Mango, avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, mint. Jalapeño Huacatay dressing.
  2. Bolas De Yuca: Croquettes stuff with assorted cheese and chilies. Served with a Huancaina sauce.
  3. Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos: Skewers served with a basil and aji Amarillo mash, Peruvian black olive aioli. <Although I enjoyed all the items from Chicha, the calamari and chorizo skewer was my favourite.  It was interesting to pair the flavour and texture of the calamari, with the spice and oiliness of the chorizo sausage.>
Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

 

La Mezcaleria

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. PACIFIC RED SNAPPER CEVICHE: Tomato, lime, red onion, serrano and cilantro. <This ceviche was wonderful.  Full of citrus and spice.>
  2. GUACAMOLE: Fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño and tomato.
  3. TOSTADA OAXAQUENA DE FRIJOLES: Refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and sour cream served on a corn tostada
La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

 

Las Tortas

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Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Cochinita Pibil Torta <nice and juicy pork here.  Added flavour from the taquera salsa I added!>  In case you are wondering about how to make a torta, here is a recipe for Cochinita Pibil Torta.
  2. Tortilla chips w taquera salsa
  3. Churros
Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Sal y Limon

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Tasting Plate includes all 2 items:

  1. Ceviche tostatas
  2. Chicken tinga tostadas <My favourite tstada of the evening.  The chicken had so much flavour, without being spicy hot.  The ceviche was also top quality.>
Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Guanaco Food Truck

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Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

1) Hand-made tortilla filled with pork chicharrón* or ground chicken, vegetables, cheese, loroco and savory refried black beans.

-Chicharrón/Pork <I had this version of the tortilla.  It was a nice mix of pork with the cheese, with lots of flavour and creaminess from the melted cheese.>

-Pollo/Chicken

2) We will be serving pupusas in appetizer sizes and pieces of fried cassava

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1) Our Vegetarian Tasting Plate we will offer bean and cheese, zucchini and cheese or just plain cheese with loroco. (V)

-Queso Y Frijoles/Cheese & Bean -Ayote/Zucchini (V)

-Queso/Cheese & Loroco

ALL PUPUSAS ARE SERVED WITH YUCA FRITA.

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

 

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

El Azteca

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ceviche de pescado (fish)
  2. Guacamole mumuca (V)
  3. Cochinita Pibil

 I unfortunately ran out of time so was not able to visit El Azteca, but will put it on my list for the future.

Tostadas are fun to eat and very messy.  Fun I think in the summer on the patio with your friends and family.  Here is a receipe so you can make your own tostadas.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin American restaurants all over Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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

Latin American cuisine refers to typical foods, beverages, and cooking styles common to many of the countries and cultures in Latin America. During our event you will have the chance to taste and experience dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and different regions of Mexico. You will also have a chance to try a variety of Latin American food and drink which may include ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas along with various salsas and other condiments. Desserts that you may have a chance to try include dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan. You may also have a chance to try and experience beverages such as horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas.

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

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway. Vancouver

Web: http://chicharestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Cuisine: Peruvian

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

2148 Main Street (in front of Brassneck Brewery -for our event)

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Web: http://www.salylimon.ca/

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Cuisine: Mexican

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

LA MEZCALERIA

1622 Commercial Drive

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Cuisine: Mexican

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EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR 

1130 Mainland Street

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Cusine: Mexican

More restaurants to be announced soon


Purchase Tickets Here:

Early-Bird Tickets: $25 per person before May 31, 2014

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after May 31, 2014

Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 23, 2014

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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

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Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

Enjoying Vancouver Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant

Another Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates has come and gone.  The neighbourhood we visited this time was Mount Pleasant.  It was quite a fun event with new cuisine to many of us, in particular Filipino and Peruvian food.  The restaurants / food trucks we visited on this trip and my comments and pictures of each venue are below.  Enjoy!

Flip Top Food Truck

Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

Flip Top Filipino fusion food truck

This is one of the newer food trucks in Vancouver.  It has some very tasty Filipino treats that I think most people have not had a chance to try.  It’s hard to miss this truck, brightly coloured in the Philippines flag colours, reminding me of the decorated jeepneys in Manila.

Lumpia, bbq pork, and Pacman Pandesal slider

Lumpia, bbq pork, and Pacman Pandesal slider

Lumpia is a a deep fried spring roll that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings.  This one was vegetarian and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce.  I really enjoyed the BBQ pork skewer.  The pork was soft and so full of flavour.  It was glazed with Flip Top’s signature BBQ sauce.  Everyone I talked to loved the BBQ skewer.  The last item on the plate was their Pacman Pandesal slider.  There are 2 things to note about this slider.  First is that they use Pandesal, which is a sweet Filipino bun.  There are a few Filipino bakeries in town that make Pandesal, and people tend to line up to get it fresh from the oven.  The other item to note is “Pacman“.  If you didn’t know, Pacman is the nickname for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.  According to Wikipedia, “He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao).  So to me, with the tip to Manny, they are putting up their burger against all others.  It definitely is a contender!

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

Le Tigre food truck

Le Tigre food truck

Le Tigre is well known around Vancouver.  The chefs are especially characters, wearing Hello Kitty glasses.  They cooked a very tasty salmon miso chowder.  Really full of flavour.  The salmon not overcooked.

Le Tigre miso salmon chowder

Le Tigre miso salmon chowder

I would not hesitate to order this dish again.

Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters was our starting point for Tasting Plates.  I had a shot of their 2012 Gold Medal Winner, La Furtura, from a competition in Italy. Espresso with a chocolate overtone. Nice acidity.

Milano Coffee Roasters La Futura espresso

Milano Coffee Roasters La Futura espresso

Urban Fare (False Creek)

Urban Fare in the Olympic Village area of False Creek served us a mixed platter of prosciutto and melon skewer, coconut Gouda cheese drizzled with Callebaut chocolate, and a macaron, and served it with a taste of wine from BC’s Blasted Church.  I had my platter of with a glass of Hatfield’s Fuse.  The cheese with the chocolate was very tasty, as was the crostini that was topped with curried chicken. The Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse was a good accompaniment.

Urban Fare crostini, proscutto and melon, cheese with chocolate ,and macaron

Urban Fare crostini, prosciutto and melon skewer, cheese with chocolate ,and a macaron

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe

Sweet and savory Bon Chaz buns

Sweet and savory Bon Chaz buns

BonChaz offers a unique bun to it’s customers.  The traditional BonChaz bun has butter inside and icing sugar dusting the top.  One of these buns fresh out of the oven with the butter melted inside is very decant.  Bump the decadence up with an Apple Cinnamon BonChaz bun.  And a coffee of course.

Chicha Restaurant

Besides Flip Top, Chicha Restaurant was another delightful surpise during Tasting Plates.  In South America, people from the surrounding countries that I have talked to say that Peru produces the best, most flavourful food.  They are especially known for their ceviche.  Today there was no ceviche on our tasting menu, but we did have very tasty food.

Chicha Restaurant menu

Chicha Restaurant menu

All the food was very well done.  In particular I liked the wild salmon sliders with the salsa criolla and the Aji Amarillo aioli.  Lots of flavours between the salmon, the aioli and the onion salsa.

Chicha salmon slider quinoa salad and home made potato chips

Chicha salmon slider quinoa salad and home made potato chips

Baylor’s Groceries

My last stop was Baylor’s Groceries where Chef Tim has been cooking and serving his special home made soups.  This evening we had a choice of curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews, or cream of chicken and mushroom.  With the coolness of fall in the air, I opted for the curried pumpkin soup, which I really enjoyed.  It was wonderfully spiced with bright and earthy flavours.

Curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews

Curried pumpkin bisque with pureed cashews