Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Chinatown on November 23

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

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

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

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

Participating Restaurants:

 

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Klaus’s Kaffe Haus

291 E. Pender Street

Web:: http://www.klauskaffeehaus.com/

Twitter: @KandJFoodTruck

Cuisine: Austrian

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

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Lisa Lou’s Cbocolate Bar

1007 Main Street

Web:http://lisalouschocolatebar.com/

Twitter: @Lisa_Lous

Cuisine: Dessert shop

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

 

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Bodega on Main 

1014 Main Street

Web: https://www.bodegaonmain.ca/

Twitter:@bodegaonmain

Cuisine: Spanish tapas

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

 

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Treasure Green Tea 

227 East Georgia Street

Twitter: @TreasureGreen_T

Web: http://treasuregreen.com/

Cuisine: Chinese Tea House

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

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

(location to be announced)

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

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

 

Propaganda Coffee

209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Phil & Sebastian coffee.

 

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

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

Regular Tickets $60 per person after November 20, 2016

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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Tasting Plates Chinatown – A Few Photos to Tantalize You

Tasting Plates Chinatown wrapped up last week.  All the restaurants were around Main street and it was a short walk to each one, which was good as parking is difficult in this area.  Added bonus was the sunny weather.  Below are a few photos from my foray and some comments on the food.  Enjoy.

Note that the Downtown South Tasting Plates is coming up on September 16.  Details here for Tasting Plates Downtown South.

Tasting Plates - Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Tasting Plates – Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Sai Woo has been nominated as one of the best new restaurants in Canada.  Not a traditional Chinese restaurant, this one had 3 very tasty bites for us to try.  I particularly liked the Crispy Drummettes with peppercorn glaze.

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Food Truck always delivers with their dishes.  This one is no exception.  You do need to be able to handle a bit of spice, or at least pick out the slices of red chilies.  I really liked the soft poached egg, when I break the yolk and add it into the rice.  It also has the chicken.  Which did I try first?  The chicken or the egg?

Treasure Green Tea Company - White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea Company – White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea is also not what you would expect in Chinatown.  Most would think of traditional teas, served hot.  These teas were iced, and combined with lavender, orange and mint+lime (Mojito).  All of them delicious.

Floata Seafood Restaurant - BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant – BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant.  This is traditional Chinese food to fill you up.  Nothing really outstanding.  I was a little disappointed as they are a “seafood” restaurant, and there was no seafood served.

Propaganda Coffee - Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee – Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee served it up right with both cold brew and hot coffees.  I have tried cold brew coffee before and it did not thrill me, but I must say that this coffee did have some nice flavour and would try it again.  The cappuccino was also very good.

Torafuku served up their Rye so messy chicken wings and This is not tortellini Negitoro on Brioche.  A big line up to get into this restaurant for a good taste of what they offer.

Tasting Plates Chinatown on August 26 – Get Your Tickets

Have you had a chance to go to Vancouver’s Chinatown lately?  If not, here is your chance to visit some restaurants as Tasting Plates Chinatown is on August 26, starting at 6pm.  I will be there tweeting up a storm, but it would be great to see other people as well, eating, tweeting, and enjoying what Chinatown has to offer.  Here is the official announcement from Vancouver Foodster.  Enjoy!

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

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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.

Watch Chef Keev Mah of Sai Woo make Soup Dumplings on Global TV Morning News “Saturday Chef”  (Tasting Plates Chinatown) with host Sonia Beeksma

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!

  • 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.
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Sai Woo – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants: 

958 Main Street

Instagram: TorafukoYVR

Twitter: @torafukuYVR

Web: http://torafuku.ca/

Cuisine: Modern Asian Eatery

A new eatery that just opened from Chef Clement Chan and Chef Steve Kuan who both also own the Le Tigre Food Truck.

158 East Pender Street

Instagram: Doyousaiwoo

Twitter: @doyousaiwoo

Web:http://www.saiwoo.ca/

Cuisine: Globally-inspired cuisine

The restaurant opened recently in Chinatown, Chef Keev Mah leads the kitchen at this historical location.

 

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227 East Georgia Street

Twitter: @TreasureGreen_T

Web: http://treasuregreen.com/

Cuisine: Chinese Tea House

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

PROPAGANDA COFFEE
209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Timbertrain coffee.

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

958 Main Street

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

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

 

More restaurants to be added soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $60 per person after August 23, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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.

Free Dim Sum Paired with Wines of Germany Through BCLDB

German wines and asian flavours

German wines and asian flavours

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10th and
Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May!  Check out these exciting free consumer events pairing Chinese Dim Sum with German wines!  Press release below.

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines. A FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion, doling out delectable dim sum with Deutsches wien.

What could be more delicious than a crisp, refreshing German Riesling to balance with traditional Chinese Dim Sum flavours? This is what Wines of Germany had in mind when they announced their sponsorship of a month-long thematic within 60 BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May. German wine Portfolio Manager Barbara Philip selected the 12 wines that will participate in the promotion and local sommelier Mireille Sauvé developed, in conjunction with Wines of Germany, a detailed brochure which will be distributed free of charge at all participating locations. The brochure offers professional tasting notes to guide consumers to their preferred wine style, as well as detailed food pairing suggestions which showcase exclusively the cuisines of Asian regions.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 10, 2014, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with authentic Chinese dim sum from Vancouver’s Chinatown eatery, Floata Seafood Restaurant. Steamer baskets will be stacked high, filled with Ha gow and sui mai, which visitors can try with all 12 featured wines, presented by accredited Sommeliers on rotation throughout the event. Details for the event are as follow:

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Wines of Germany are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

“If you don’t love German wines, you just have not yet found the right one for you.”
Visit BC Liquor Stores this April to find your Perfect Pairings.

Select Finalists Announced for 25th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Vancouver MagazineVancouver, B.C.; April 15th, 2014 – Vancouver Magazine announced today select finalists for its upcoming 25th Annual Restaurant Awards.  Finalists were named in the magazine’s new Best of Neighbourhood award categories including: Best Downtown, Best Yaletown, Best West End, Best Gastown & Chinatown, Best West Side, Best East Side, and Best Richmond.

These categories join Best North Shore in highlighting establishments for diners for whom location is at least as important as reputation, type of cuisine, ambiance, and price. See attached fact sheet for finalist restaurants.

“For the past 25 years, Vancouver Magazine has been cataloguing the city’s finest rooms and creating a definitive compendium of all that is delicious, masterful, and of the moment,” said John Burns, Vancouver Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “The addition of Best of Neighbourhood awards reflects our judges’ view that for many people, location matters a great deal when deciding where to dine.”

Finalists in the remaining 42 categories won’t be revealed until the gala, to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on April 22nd. More than 700 of B.C.’s top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and food critics will gather to recognize the city’s best. Vancouverites can follow the event live on Twitter and Instagram using #VanMagAwards.

Vancouver Magazine’s May issue includes a 42-page feature on all the award categories. The issue will be on newsstands on April 28th and digital subscriptions will be available at vanmag.com.

Finalists for New Best of Neighbourhood Categories

Best Yaletown

  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar,
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca,
  • The Flying Pig,
  • Homer St. Café and Bar,
  • La Pentola della Quercia

Best West End

  • Forage,
  • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
  • Kingyo,
  • Nook,
  • Tavola

Best Downtown

  • Cactus Club Coal Harbour,
  • Hawksworth,
  • The Mexican, Antojitos y Cantina;
  • Tableau Bar Bistro,
  • Yew Seafood & Bar

Best Gastown & Chinatown

  • Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie,
  • Campagnolo,
  • Phnom Penh,
  • Pidgin,
  • The Union

Best West Side

  • Maenam,
  • La Quercia,
  • Vijs,
  • West,
  • Zest

Best East Side

  • Campagnolo Roma,
  • Chicha,
  • Les Faux Bourgeois,
  • The Red Wagon,
  • Via Tevere

Best Richmond

  • Dinesty Chinese,
  • Gudrun,
  • Hoi Tong Seafood,
  • Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best North Shore

  • Blue Eyed Marys,
  • Canyon,
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle,
  • Gusto di Quattro,
  • La Régalade

 

 

Bao Bei dumpling cook off

WIld Rice and the Dumpling Cook-Off Challenge

Bao Bei dumpling cook off

Bao Bei dumpling cook off

Wild Rice downtown/Chinatown has two offers during the month of August.  One that I’m excited about is Bao Bei, or steamed dumplings. Here is their announcement.

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The pans and cocktail shakers are sizzling hot this month at Wild Rice. We invite you to join us for all or some of the following tasty offerings.

AT PENDER STREET


Every Friday to August 30  – We’ve partnered once again with the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden to present pre-concert dinner packages for the Garden’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series.   We’re offering a value-priced three course dinner for only $22. Check out the menu and book your table now.

August 16 – Cheer on Chef Todd as he competes in the Dumpling Cook-Off as part of the first annual Dumpling Party at the Chinatown Night Market. Tickets are available for $12 onEventBrite if you want to try all the dumplings, or just meander back to Wild Rice for dumplings and cocktails with us.  Event details here.

 

Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition – A Real Cultural Mix

The latest Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition was last week, November 21.  It was the most diverse tasting of food since the Tasting Plates started IMHO.  There were 2 Chinese Tea shops, Moroccan cuisine, a raw oyster bar, a funky night club, a pizza food truck, and more chocolate (you can never have enough chocolate tasting), amongst other venues.  Here are my favourites of the night.

The Electric Owl

This night club on Main Street was quite surprising with their Asian inspired cuisine.  I thougth their Mini Eggplant Sub (a take off of a Vietnamese sub) was very tasty.  I liked the crunchy sub bun.  Lots of flavour, and not too spicy.  Also the Fukuro burger sliders were super ppoular.  I like the wasabi slaw that gave the burger some heat.  And the Mini Sakana Chipu, a Grey Goose battered ling code bite was done right; crispy and not greasy.

Fukuro burger slider from Electric Owl

Fukuro burger slider from Electric Owl

Grey Goose battered ling cod bite from Electric Owl

Grey Goose battered ling cod bite from Electric Owl

Mini eggplant sub from Electric Owl

Mini eggplant sub from Electric Owl

Harvest Community Foods

It started out as a cool night, so walking into Harvest Community Foods, with their steam filled windows was welcome.  They served a bone warming ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder and SOLE food radish.

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

East of Main Cafe

How many Moroccan restaurants can you name in Vancouver?  Well now you can say 1 for sure with the East of Main Cafe.  They offered a tasting plate containing:

  • Kefta skewer with spicy tomato sauce (I liked the tomato sauce)
  • Onion Soup (another bone warmer, with lots of flavour, and not salty as some onion soups can be)
  • Spanish torta with mojo sauce (I think my favourite of the items here. The mojo sauce had a nice smoky flavour to it)
  • Spiced almond labneh with preserved lemon and herb salsa on a pita chip
Tasting plate from East of Main Cafe

Tasting plate from East of Main Cafe

Oyster Express

You can never go wrong with getting a fresh local beach oyster on the half shell, with a squeeze of lemon!

Fresh beach oysters from Oyster Express

Fresh beach oysters from Oyster Express

The Chinese Tea Shop

This was very interesting.  As each wave of people entered the shop, we w0uld sit down and learn a bit about brewing tea the Chinese way.  I learned much about special clay tea pots, and size does matter (the smaller the better btw). Also the temperature of the water matters depending on which type of tea you are serving.  We tried the Cloud Mist Green tea (served at a cooler temperature) and a Mini Tao Black Pu-erh tea (at a higher temperature).

The Chinese Tea Shop

The Chinese Tea Shop

Pazza Rella Pizza Food Truck

This was my last stop of the evening.  I was stuffed like a calzone, but had to try a slice of pizza from their wood fired oven.  My slice was from a Margherita pizza, a blend of olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.  Nice thin crispy crust and flavourful toppings.

Pazza Rella wood burning pizza oven

Pazza Rella wood burning pizza oven

Beta 5

Last but not least was dessert for the evening.  Beta 5 offered a do-it-yourself hot chocolate milk.  They served you a steaming cup of milk, and your choice of a stick containing a block of milk or dark chocolate.  I went the dark chocolate route.  It was very filling.  They also had assorted candies anda  seasonal creampuff too.

Seasonal cream puff from Beta 5

Seasonal cream puff from Beta 5

Get Your Tickets to Vancouver Tasting Plates Fall Edition

Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall editionTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Chinatown, Strathcona and the East Side! This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

If you have not attended a Tasting Plates event in the past, here are links to my experiences:

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

  • 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.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

$3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight

Registration:

Beta 5 at 413 Industrial Avenue (parking lot) -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants:

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://tastingplatesyvrfall.eventbrite.com/

Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after September 28th. $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $120 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after November 18th.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (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).