Art Eat and Sip

Getting a Fill of Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed.  I attended, along with a guest.  It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come.  Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other.  This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes.  At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied.  Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.

The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant.  The squid was nice and soft; not chewy.  The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.

Dockside Restaurant - Signature Chili Squid

Dockside Restaurant – Signature Chili Squid

If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam.  I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale.  Other people marked it much higher.  If spice is not your thing, how about nice?  Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Have you ever tried sake?  Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake?  Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do.  Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty.  If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

There were more distilled spirits.  Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler.  The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.

Liberty Distillery - Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Liberty Distillery – Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet.  I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel.  The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco.  The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas.  I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel.  Give it a try!

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures.  I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself.  Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample.  Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling.  Both very tasty.

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

 

Palate Promenade

A Few Notes from Palate Promenade: Granville Island Discoveries

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, Vancouver Foodster presented the “Palate Promenade: Granville Island Discoveries“.  Did you know that there is now a distillery on Granville Island or an artisan sake maker?  I did not, but glad I attended this event and found you, and now you know too.  Below are a few brief notes of my experiences.   Enjoy!

Dockside Lounge

Our starting point of the event.  Dockside poured us each a glass of Marina Light Lager and paired it with some pan-fried squid with chili and scallions.  The squid was cooked to perfection, soft and not too chewy, and the chili gave a subtle amount of spice.  To this we had lime wedges to add some citrus to the squid, and I also used it with the lager, enhancing both.  The Marina Light Lager is light bodied, not too much hops.  Not too challenging to drink, but tastes more refreshing with a squirt of lime.

Web:  http://www.docksidevancouver.com/

Marina Light Lager and chili squid from Dockside Lounge

Marina Light Lager and chili squid from Dockside Lounge

Artisan Sake Maker

One of my surprise stops, I have not had sake for a long time.  This one, a Junmai Nama-zake (sake), was served slightly chilled, in an ISO wine tasting glass.  It has a nice light citrus and yeast aroma.  Light body with cantaloupe and peach flavours.  Low acidity, soft in the mouth.  Finishes with a light acidic prickle.  If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris, you will like this sake. I was surprised to find out that the rice for this sake comes from Abbotsford, BC.

Another related surprise was the SakeKasu rice cream and rice bran cookie.  The ice cream is made from the lees that remain after the fermented rice mash has been pressed during the sake making process.  It had a sort of nutty or roasted grain flavour to it.  Very enjoyable.  With the rice cream, we had a rice bran cookie, with the bran coming as a byproduct of the rice milling process.  I recommend visiting Artisan Sake Maker.

Web:  http://artisansakemaker.com/

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai Nama-zake (sake) from Artisan Sake Maker

SakeKasu rice cream from Artisan Sake Maker

SakeKasu rice cream from Artisan Sake Maker

Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Another first for me is this distillery on Granville Island, producing both triple distilled vodka and whisky.  The whisky is a work in progress as the distillery must age the whisky in barrels for 3 years before selling it, but the vodka is currently available for consumption.  One of the owners, Lisa, lead us through a brief tour of the distillery and told us about the fermentation and distillation process for both the vodka and whisky.  Organic wheat is used for the whisky and organic barley for the vodka; both coming from BC.

Web:  http://thelibertydistillery.com/

Still apparatus from Liberty Distillery

Still apparatus from Liberty Distillery

Granville Island Brewing

Is pulled pork poutine and beer a perfect pairing?  Yes.  At Granville Island Brewing, they let us sample three of their beers:

  • Island Lager
  • Robson Street Hefeweizen
  • Auld Skool Scottish Ale

For my tastes, I am a full-bodied beer lover, so the Scottish Ale was my favourite.  I enjoyed the roasted malt and coffee flavours.  Some of my friends on the tour enjoyed the Hefeweizen, slightly off-dry with some banana and orange flavours. Again the lager, although good, with light hop flavour, is a bit too light for me.

Web: http://gib.ca/

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager, Hefeweizen, and Scottish Ale

Liberty Wine Merchants

Liberty Wine Merchants has several stores in the Vancouver lower mainland.  The Granville Island store, is their newest location, opening about 2 years ago.  I like to stop here for wine, when I’m shopping at the market.  We sampled 2 wines from the BC winery Nichol Vineyard. Their 9 Mile White 2011 is a blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer.  The Gewurztraminer added some lychee, while the Riesling added some citrus and a round mouthfeel.  I think this is a pretty versatile wine to enjoy with cheese or seafood dishes.  The Syrah 2011 had nice aromas and flavours of violets and red fruits.  A well structured wine to pair with some grilled lamb chops or sausages.

Web: http://libertywinemerchants.com/pages/about-us.php

Nichol red and white wines at Liberty Wine Merchants

Nichol red and white wines at Liberty Wine Merchants

Oyama Sausage

Oyama Sausage is my go-to place for terrines and pate.  Today we had a sample of their saucisson sec (dry sausage) and their country pate.  The sausage was very nice.  It was not overly fatty and has peppercorns to add some spice and flavour.  The pate was also very good, with a higher fat content, just melted in your mouth.  Quality food products.

Web:  http://www.oyamasausage.ca/

Saucisson sec, country pate, and a cornichon from Oyama Sausage

Saucisson sec, country pate, and a cornichon from Oyama Sausage

Jackson’s Poultry

If you are looking for lower fat alternative meats, there is Jackson’s Poultry serving up chicken and turkey (maybe duck too?). They served us a Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings.  I in particular liked the sausage.

Web:  http://www.jacksonspoultrycompany.com/

Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings

Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings

A Bread Affair

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices were served to us at A Bread Affair.  The bread is made right there, with fresh products constantly being brought out.  How can you go wrong with freshly baked bread, and chevre spreads?

Web:  http://www.abreadaffair.com/

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices

ChocolaTas

For those of you with a sweet tooth, there is ChocolaTas in the Market, making beautiful looking (and tasting) chocolates.  We were given three to sample:

  • lavender – Mild lavender flavour, smooth dark chocolate. Not bitter.  Very nice.
  • Salted Caramel – Lightly salted, soft caramel. Not sticky.
  • 67% Chocolate Ganache – quality dark chocolate. Again not too sweet, or bitter. Just right.

I prefered the lavender and the Chocolate Ganache, being a dark chocolate lover.

Web:  http://chocolatas.com/

Lavendar, salted caramel, and 67 percent chocolate ganache

Lavender, salted caramel, and 67 percent chocolate ganache

 

 

There was also Agro Cafe on the tour, but I ran out of time.  They offer a range of coffees and dishes, such as shepard’s pie, mac & cheese and pesto pasta salad.  Thank you to Richard Wolak, aka @vanfoodster, for the invitation to this event.