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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Celebrating Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania

I think many cultures have a dish made with noodles.  Think of Italian pasta, fried Chinese noodles (thick and thin), Filipino pancit, Indonesian mie goreng, Pad Thai, Vietnamese pho soup, and more.  Vancouver Foodster found a 5 restaurants around Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, and downtown to show off for us their noodle dishes.  All the food was quite enjoyable, but very filling!  Below are the restaurants we visited and the dishes we tasted.  Enjoy!

Our first stop was to pick up our Noodle Mania card from Platform 7 Coffee, a good place to get a cortado and a home made cookie, before going out for a night to eat noodles.

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

A cortado at Platform 7 Coffee

First noodle stop was at Linh Cafe, who presents French and modern Vietnamese cuisine.   There we had Pho Bo, their Beef noodle soup, served with braised beef flank, rice noodles, and scads of scallions.  Usually with pho you get lots of bean sprouts, but no sprouts here.  A nice change.  The star though for me was their Pho Xao; stir fried noodles with fresh herbs, organic oyster mushrooms, and marinated tofu on top of rice noodles.  The brightness of the fresh herbs and earthiness of the mushrooms was delicious.  Recommended.

Linh Cafe - Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Linh Cafe – Pho Bo beef noodle soup and Pho Xao stir fried noodles

Stop #2 was Bubble Waffle, who tote themselves as Hong Kong and Taiwanese style cooking, although for me it was more Singaporean in style.  If you like medium spicy I can highly recommend the Laksa soup, made with chicken, coconut milk, rice noodles, Chinese cabbage, and curry spices. There may also have been some cooked egg in it.  Richard do you know?

Bubble Waffle - Laksa soup

Bubble Waffle – Laksa soup

Next stop was Grotto Italian, serving up squash ravioli and housemade gnocchi on a smoked chicken and mushroom ragout.  I enjoyed the sweetness of the squash in the ravioli, but wished it had a bit more of the sage with brown butter on top.  The gnocchi was also cooked nicely with a slightly crunchy texture du to some pan frying, and went well with the ragout.  They also have a very nice wine list.  We ordered a half litre of their Italian Falanghina (a white Italian grape.  Order it and enjoy.)

Grotto - squash ravioli and gnocchi

Grotto – squash ravioli and gnocchi

Stop 4 brings us to Che-Licious, a Vietnamese restaurant where we had a Zen Salad roll, made with tofu, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, pickled daikon, and red pepper, served with a smoky dipping sauce, and a bowl of beef Pho soup, with rare beef, brisket, beef ball, tripe and tendon.  I didn’t see any of the tripe or tendon in the Pho.  I do LOVE brisket in my pho.  Brisket always is soft and full of flavour.  The tofu in the salad roll was pan fried I believe and you could not tell that it was tofu.  Nice.  The food was presented spectacularly.  You could eat with your eyes and your mouth.

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

Che-Licious Zen Salad Roll and Pho

The last stop of the evening was U & I Thai, where they served their U and I Spaghetti Kee Mao, made with wheat spaghetti noodles, and a sauce made with Thai basil, and their Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, a chicken soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass and other spices, served with flat rice noodles.  This dish was my FAVOURITE of the night.  It was delicately flavoured and light.  I was told by the restaurant owner that this soup will be showing up on their lunch menu so go try it.

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

U and I Thai with Spaghetti Kee Mao, Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai, and shrimp chips

Thanks to all the restaurants that opened their doors and noodles to us, and to Richard @vanfoodster for setting up this fun event.

Tasting Plates New Westminster May 13 – Get Your Tickets

Tasting Plates LogoWith each extra minute of daylight each day, there is no reason not to come out to the Tasting Plates New Westminster on May 13.  Did you know that New Westminster was once the Provincial capital?  Come enjoy food at this pretty city.  Info about the event is below.

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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 and cafes 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).

  • 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration:

Anvil Centre (lobby -outside of Truffle Fine Foods Cafe) 777 Columbia Stret-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

For those that aren’t driving, Frankie G’s will be operating a free shuttle during the event from our registration location downtown New West to and from their restaurant in Queensborough.

Easy access to the participating establishments Downtown and in Sapperton by Skytrain, inbound from Vancouver as well as Surrey.

Participating Restaurants: 

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Frankie G’s

305 Ewen Ave

Neighborhood: Queensborough

Web: http://www.frankiegspub.com/

Twitter: @FrankieGsPub

Cuisine: comfort food

Frankie G’s is an inviting, open concept with vaulted ceilings, large cedar pillars, hardwood floors and fireplaces. Authentic nautical artifacts are distributed throughout the room along with photographs immortalizing more than 100 years of life in New Westminster.

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Old Crow Coffee Co.

655 Front Street

Neighborhood: Downtown

Web: http://oldcrowcoffeeco.com/

Twitter: @Oldcrowcoffee

Cuisine: Coffeehouse

Serving quality espresso drinks and pour overs made with @BowsXArrows coffee, baked treats from @Faubourgbakery and delicious, fresh made to order sandwiches.

 

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Truffles Fine Foods Café

777 Columbia Street,

Ndighborhood: Downtown

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

Cuisine: Café and catering

Café and exclusive Caterer for the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.

 

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Fratelli Bakery

459 East Columbia Street

Neighborhood: Sapperton

Web: http://fratellibakery.com/

Twitter: @fratellibakery

Cuisine: Italian Bakery

An award-winning-bakery with a reputation for making delicious treats. All of our recipes are original and all of our ingredients are fresh. As a result, we’ve created the best Italian pastries, breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti and cakes in town.

 

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Steel & Oak Brewing

1319 3rd Ave

Neighborhood: Downtown

Web: http://steelandoak.ca/

Twitter: @SteelAndOak

Cuisine: Brewery and tasting room

Craft Brewery & Tasting Room. Fills, flights.

 

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

The event is a roving tour that will start off at the Anvil Centre-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

 

Advance Tickets are available for purchase online only at

 

Vancouver Foodster Presents Tasting Plates East Village on March 11

Local foodies and tourists alike are invited to tantalize their taste buds at our next Tasting Plates event.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10 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 restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

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.

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

Platform 7

2331 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.platform7coffee.com/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Cuisine: Coffee and baked goods

Platform 7 Coffee Brew Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience. Platform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London Train Station to experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso and coffee brew bar drinks. We selected Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, as our flagship coffee roaster. Dialing in the perfect profile on our Strada, gives us the distinct pleasure in presenting the absolute best cup of coffee to our guests. From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience can take one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite coffees from around the world. Providing a guiding and careful hand, our staff take great pride in presenting and serving our guests with unique and enticing brew techniques.

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Windsor Meats

2276 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.windsormeats.com/

Twitter:@WindsorMeats

Cuisine: Butcher Shop and Meats

Windsor Meat co. East Village. Our newest and most artisan focused location featuring Heritage Free Range Pork, Local Grass Fed & Barley/Alfalfa Finished Beef, Free Range Chicken, House Made Sausages, and Charcuterie. We source all our fresh meats from only the finest B.C. ranches and farmers that take pride in ethically raised meat. Our butchers are highly trained in nose to tail butchery and sausage making and would be happy to custom cut or source anything you are looking for.

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Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street

Web:http://www.dioliva.ca/

Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

 

Odd Society

1725 Powell Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.oddsocietyspirits.com/

Twitter: @oddspirits

Cuisine: Distillery tasting room

Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive 

2257 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://jackalopesdive.com/

Twitter: @JackalopesDive

Cuisine: Southern

 

Pallet Coffee Roasters

323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Cuisine: Coffee roaster and cafe

 

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Renfrew Cafe

826 Renfrew St, Vancouver

Web: http://www.renfrewcafe.ca/

Twitter: @renfrewcafe

Cuisine: Tea and pies

Advance Tickets: $45 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $210 for a 6 pack of tickets ($35 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $55 per person after March 8, 2015.

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

Adieu to DOVF With the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Vancouver has come and gone for another year.  I am sure many of us have added girth from all the tasty meals we had.  My last event during Dine Out Vancouver was the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on the last day.  Commercial Drive is an interesting, eclectic mix of restaurants and shops.  For this Brunch Crawl, the participating restaurants/businesses were:

  • Turks Coffee Lounge
  • The Lemon Square
  • Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Parallel 49 Beer
  • Lear Faye
  • Bakery Sate
  • JamJar
  • Federico’s Supper Club
  • Stateside Craft

Below are a few pictures of my crawl, and some comments. Enjoy and let’s chat Dine Out again next year.

Pizza and beer, from Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria and Parallel 49 Beer, for breakfast is a great way to start a day!  Famoso’s Korean BBQ pizza was really different, and super tasty.  Love their homemade bbq sauce. I’ve tried Parallel 49 Beer before. The Ruby Ale is an easy to drink beer.  Not too dark or hoppy.  Probably a good beer for people to try if they want something with more body than a pilsner.  The other beer that I had and enjoyed was the Salty Scot, Scotch Ale.  This beer has lots of body and flavour. Dark fruit, dark malt, caramel.

Famoso Margherita, Cavoletti, and Korean BBQ Pork pizza slices

Famoso Margherita, Cavoletti, and Korean BBQ Pork pizza slices

Parallel 49 beer

Parallel 49 beer

Going for a coffee after pizza and beer was a good idea.  The Turks Coffee Lounge poured a very nice Velvet Cortado, a type of latte.  The Cortado went nicely with The Lemon Square square.  Lots of lemon flavour, and not too sweet.

Turks Velvet Cortado Butter Espresso and a Lemon Square

Turks Velvet Cortado Butter Espresso and a Lemon Square

Stateside Craft, is place to go for a wide selection of beers, but I already had 2 beers with Parallel 49, so I had their Goat cheese, tomato and basil benny, and their Braised brisket corn hash.  I enjoyed the hash, topped with a light, fluffy egg on top.  The benny unfortunately appears to be made earlier in the  morning and was cold.

Stateside Craft Goat Cheese tomato basil benny and Braised brisket corn hash

Stateside Craft Goat Cheese tomato basil benny and Braised brisket corn hash

Another benny to try was at Lear Faye.  Lear Faye’s Benny was called the East Van benny, made with wilted greens, pico de gallo and avocado holandaise sauce.  Lots of salty, creamy, and spicy flavours.  Really good.  Equally good was the Last Tango French Toast.  The bread was really thickly cut and was moist throughout. I’d have this again.  Sipped a cappuccino to go with these delightful dishes.

Lear Faye East Van Benny and Last Tango French Toast

Lear Faye East Van Benny and Last Tango French Toast

Federico’s Supper Club was moving us more into lunch dishes, but very good lunch dishes. We had samples of Rigatoni alla Gricia (smoked pork cheeks, pancetta, Pecorino Romano and black pepper), Fritelle di Baccala (salt cod fitters on mint pesto and roasted red pepper), and Terrina di Cioccolato (chocolate terrine, Callebaut chocolate and mixed berry compote). All three dishes were very rich.  I really liked the Rigatoni.  Not all pasta needs to have a tomato or cream sauce.  Also really loved the chocolate terrine.  Dark chocolate with a berry compote for dessert is hard to beat anytime.

Federicos Rigatoni alla Gricia, Fritelle di Baccala, and Terrina di Cioccolato

Federicos Rigatoni alla Gricia, Fritelle di Baccala, and Terrina di Cioccolato

Bakery Sate provided us with a take-out box containing a butter croissant, cheddar cheese scone, and coconut macaroon.  The croissant was nice and crispy.  Equally well done was the cheddar cheese scone.  Not too crumbly or dry.  The coconut macaroon was done well, but I am not a fan of the flavour of old coconut.  I do like the lighter flavour and texture of young coconut.  Have you ever tried a young coconut pie?

Bakery Sate Butter croissant, Cheddar cheese scone, and Coconut macaroon

Bakery Sate Butter croissant, Cheddar cheese scone, and Coconut macaroon

I hope you enjoyed these pictures and gave you an idea of some places you would like to visit.

Tasting Plates Vancouver Coffee Crawl November 22

Vancouver Foodster Coffee crawl

Vancouver Foodster Coffee crawl

Do you enjoy coffee?  This event will let you try coffee from various locations thanks to organization by Vancouver Foodster.  The event is on Saturday November 22 in the afternoon, so hopefully the caffeine will wear off so you can sleep, or maybe you want that caffeine jolt to keep you going so you can visit the night clubs in downtown Vancouver till the wee hours.  Here is the notice from Vancouver Foodster.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants, cafes and bakeries all over Yaletown, Crosstown and Mount Pleasant! This tasting extravaganza goes from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant, cafe and bakery will be serving up Tasting Cups and Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of cafes throughout the event, meet some new food and drink loving friends, meet the baristas, and learn about each of the participating cafes and the coffees they serve.

Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.

A coffee and food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant coffee community.

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

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.


Participating establishments:

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Serving: Coffee Roastery tours, Cuppings, Coffee

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation. Our lineage of Musetti, Curatolo, and now Turko brings the family owned and operated Casa Torrefazione (house roaster and blender) into the twenty-first century.


BELLA GELATERIA YALETOWN

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com/

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Serving: Desserts

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

 

Jam Blue Cold Brew

Location: tba

Web: http://www.jamaicablue.ca/

Twitter: @jambluecoldbrew

Serving: Cold Brew Coffee

Jamaica Blue Cold Brew is a distinctively bold & exceptionally smooth cold brewed coffee handmade with our special blend of Certified Jamaican Blue Mountain.

 

Momento Coffee House

577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

Tel: 604-828-5282

Web: www.momentocoffeehouse.com

Twitter: @momentocoffee

Serving: Coffee Pourovers featuring Bows & Arrows Coffee

Coffee with intention. We do espresso, pour over etc.

 

HAI PHONG VIETNAMESE KITCHEN

186 Keefer Place, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-8897

Web: http://haiphongrestaurant.com/

Serving: Vietnamese coffee and dessert

Specializing in Vietnamese Cuisine known for their French style Vietnamese coffee, Vietnamese subs, Vermicelli bowls, noodle soups and more.

More cafes to be announced soon


Tickets

Early Bird Tickets: $25 per person before November 7, 2014

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after November 7, 2014

Regular Tickets $50 per person after November 20, 2014.

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

Ticket price includes tasting cups and plates at each of the participating establishments throughout the event.

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. This is an all ages event.

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

MENU

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

MENU

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

MENU

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

MENU

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Foodsters East Village Tasting Plates – The Review

This week we enjoyed visiting restaurants, cafes, a distillery and a brewery in the East Village area (centered around Hastings & Nanaimo) in Vancouver.  I really enjoyed myself and was quite full by the end.  The portions served by each place I visited was substantial.  I have found a few new places that I would like to visit again.  Below is the menu from each location and a picture or two that I took throughout the night.  Enjoy!

PLATFORM 7 COFFEE

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Featuring Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Beans:

  1. Espresso
  2. Americano
  3. Cortado  < I had the cortado, which is a double shot of espresso with milk in a small glass.

3 types of gluten free goodies:

Gluten Free Epicurean

  • Double Chocolate Salted Espresso Cookie (V) < I am a push over for chocolate, so this was my favorite.
  • Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie (V) < With this as my runner up cookie.

Italian Bakery

  • Italian Cookie (V)
Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

SALTENAS

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Cocktail Salteña (V) – Baked pot-pie, slight spicy and juicy, Beef or Vegetarian, filled with vegetables, potatoes and raisins. < I had the beef option. Full of slow cooked beef flavour.  Has a small amount of sauce inside to make it moist.  The pastry was flaky.  I will buy again.
  2. Quinoa Salad (V) – From the Bolivian Andes, mixed with fresh vegetables
  3. Alfajor (V) – Perfect light sweet cookie sandwich filled with Dulce de Leche and border with coconut < a wonderful, soft neutral flavoured cookie with a layer of dulce de leche through the middle and along the rim and bordered with coconut.  Really tasty and a good match with coffee.
  4. Beef Saltena, Quinoa Salad, and Alfajor cookie

    Quinoa Salad, Beef Saltena, and Alfajor cookie

Saltenas baked goods menu

Saltenas baked goods menu

KESSEL & MARCH

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Parsnip soup (V) < a nice earthy root flavour with creaminess from a hint of dairy
  2. Sardines on toast, salad cream, radish and celery salad < Would be nice with a cold beer, or maybe a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
  3. Beets and Apples, bitter greens and goats cheese (V)
Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel and March

Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel & March

ODD SOCIETY SPIRITS

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of spirits (TBA at location) < We sampled their East Van Vodka and their Creme de Cassis liqueur.  I asked what serving temperature to use for the vodka.  I was told that room temperature is OK, or a slight chill from the fridge.  I picked up some floral notes on the nose and cherry fruit on the palate.  The Creme de Cassis liqueur was sweet, but not cloying and full of cassis flavour.  You can buy both at the distillery.  The vodka costs $36 and the Creme de Cassis costs $22.

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

WINDSOR MEAT CO

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1) Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast: A unique pork experience from our premium pork supplier North Thompson Heritage Ranch in Barriere B.C. You will receive a portion of 10hr slow charcoal roasted Heritage Pork carved directly off the hog. < nice crispy skin.  The meat was so tender as it was roasted for 10 hours.  Would be great with a beer from Parallel 49 Brewery!

2) Irish Stout Chicken Sausage w/ Caramelized Onion. Made from LOCAL FREE RANGE chicken served with Kosliks Triple Crunch mustard. < lots of flavour in this chicken.

3) Asado NY Striploin kabob; Our house Argentinean Asado marinaded PEI (Free Range) NY Striploin Beef hot off the BBQ. < striploin was very tender and flavourful

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

PARALLEL 49 BREWERY

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of beers on offer (TBA at location) < The whole flight of their beers, 9 in total, was available to us to select one to try. I tried to find one similar to a Kilkenny. I was poured their Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.  Nice level of hoppiness for me.

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

SWEET TOOTH CAFÉ

MENU

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Doichaang coffee < This is made from Thai coffee beans.  A first for me.
  2. Cinnamon roll (V) < The cinnamon bun is very good.  Not thick and doughy.
  3. Tom Yum Soup < If you like spice, you will like this soup.  It had nice slices of mushrooms in it and pieces of chicken.
Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

STEAM TEA HOUSE

MENU

Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of teas (TBA at location)  < I did not have a chance to visit Steam.  It was very busy with a long line up so I went to Sweet Tooth Cafe.

My “Tasting Plates the East Van Edition” Selection #TastingPlatesYVR

Tasting Plates is always an interesting event.  You get to visit around 6 restaurants, tasting a sample from their restaurant.  This Tasting Plates was held on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver and included 7 restaurants.  Below are the restaurants with what they offered, along with my comments and pictures.  Thank you to Vancouver Foodster for putting on these events and inviting me. Enjoy!

VIA TEVERE PIZZERIA

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 2 items:

One slice of each of these 2 pizzas

  1. Margherita Pizza (V)
  2. Capricciosa Pizza

This was my last stop on the Tasting Plates scrum.  While Via Tevere is a restaurant, they also have a mobile food truck.  For us, the truck was parked beside the restaurant, cooking us Neapolitan style pizzas.  The Margherita topped with San Marzano tomoato, fior di latte, and basil. The Capricciosa topped with Prosciutto cotto, salami, artichoke, mushroom, and Nicoise olive.  Nice crispy rim, the toppings not overly thick, making it easy to eat, and not dripping on your hands, or in your lap.  Nice fresh flavours, which went down too quickly.  Can I have another slice?

Via Tevere not the food truck

Via Tevere not the food truck

Via Tevere food truck

Via Tevere food truck

Margherita and Capricciosa pizza from Via Tevere

Margherita and Capricciosa pizza from Via Tevere

 FIVE ELEMENTS CAFÉ

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items from one of these menus (your choice of Menu A, B or C):

Menu A:

  1. Crispy Spring Roll
  2. Green Papaya & Shrimp Salad
  3. Shrimp on Sugar Cane
  4. Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Menu B: Vegan option

  1. Crispy Spring Roll
  2. Green Papaya & Tofu Salad
  3. Coconut Curry
  4. Tom Yum Thai Hot & Sour Soup

Menu C

Choose 1 of the Noodle Soup

  • Phở- Rice noodles Soup -Choice of Chicken, Beef or Tofu & Vegetables
  • Phở  Saté Peanut Sauce: Rice Noodle Soup-Choice of  Chicken, Beef or Tofu & Vegetables
  • Hủ Tíu Nam Vang–Phnom Penh Mixed Seafood & Pork on Rice Noodle Soup
  • Bún Bò Huế -Spicy Lemongrass Beef & Pork Vermicelli Noodles Soup

I had the Menu B vegan option as the Green Papaya & Tofu Salad looked very interesting to try. I did enjoy the salad. Did you know that green papaya can be used as a vegetable?  If not, try a green papaya salad.  The Coconut curry was quite spicy, so if you are spice adverse, I’d suggest staying away from this dish.

Vegetarian option at Five Elements Cafe

Vegetarian option at Five Elements Cafe

PASTURE TO PLATE

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 4 items:

  1. A variety of sausages on fork sticks with garlic aioli and mustards.
  2. Herb crusted beef Carpaccio with roasted garlic aioli or a parmesan truffle aioli on crostini.
  3. Mini Pizettas made with bite size rounds of puff pastry. Caramelized onions, bacon and plum slice.
  4. Mini Porchetta bites on focaccia with an orange and pinenut gremolata & basil/arugula pesto. (V)

I do enjoy charcuterie, so I was eagerly anticipating trying these from Pasture to Plate.  I did find out that they do farm biodynamically, which in my opinion, tries to enrich the soil, plants, and animals through non-synthetic chemical means, and works.  (I’ve written a few articles in the past reviewing biodynamic wines, and these wines always seem very alive to me.)  All the charcuterie was done very well and was very tasty, and I will come here again.

Pasture to Plate

Pasture to Plate

Charcuterie from Pasture to Plate

Charcuterie from Pasture to Plate

LA MEZCALERIA

Our Tasting Plate will include all 3 of these items:

  1. Ceviche
  2. Guacamole (V)
  3. Beans (V)

This restaurant was super busy, with both regular customers and the Tasting Plates customers vying for the chef’s attention. Once in we had a sampling plate with ceviche, guacamole and refried beans, and chips to dip.  The ceviche had bright flavours and was a good mix of fish and vegetables.  I also really liked the smoky flavour in the refried beans.  I will have to try this restaurant on a non-busy day.

Ceviche beans and guacamole from La Mezcaleria

Ceviche, beans and guacamole from La Mezcaleria

SIDDARTHAS INDIAN KITCHEN

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

  1. Aloo Tikki (V)
  2. Chicken Goliya

These two dishes come as a small ball (chicken) or a patty (Aloo Tikki).  While both were very tasty, accompanied by a mint chutney, I liked the Aloo Tikki a bit more.  This patty is made with ground potatoes, so is nice and soft, lightly spiced inside, with a crunchy crust.  I have been told their Butter Chicken is a very good dish to try.

Aloo Tikki and Chicken Goliya

Aloo Tikki and Chicken Goliya

GELATERIA DOLCE AMORE

Our Tasting Bowl will feature a surprise selection of gelato flavours specially offered for this event (V)

The surprise flavours from Gelateria Dolce Amore was hazelnut and strawberry. The hazelnut flavour was my favourite, with the very pronounced, fresh, nutty flavour of the hazelnuts coming through the gelato.  It tasted like you were eating a handful of toasted hazelnuts.  This Gelateria is a family run business.  I spoke with one of the family members, who spoke so passionately about the quality of their ingredients and effort they put into making each gelato.  I did ask if they have lavender flavour, which is my overall favourite (or mixed with lemon is my ultimate favourite flavour), and they did, and I tried it, and was delighted.  Lavender may sound odd to some people, but get past the thought of it being floral, and try it.  It is very refreshing.  Just think of you sitting on a cafe in Nice, France, enjoying some gelato.

Admiring the gelato

Admiring the gelato

Talking about the hazelnut and strawberry gelato at Gelateria Dolce Amore

Talking about the hazelnut and strawberry gelato at Gelateria Dolce Amore

PRADO CAFE 

Our Tasting Cup will include one of the following beverages paired with the cookies.

  • Iced coffee
  • Iced tea
  • Macchiato

Mini cookies “with no name”.

Our first stop was Prado Cafe.  The cookie with no name, was fresh and hot from the oven, and looked to be made with granola/oak flakes, chocolate chips, and topped with a tiny marshmallow.  It was very tasty.  To sip with it, I had the macchiato, an espresso coffee, mixed with a small amount of milk.  A good jolt to start of my Tasting Plates adventure.

Cookie with no name from Prado Cafe

Cookie with no name from Prado Cafe

Waiting for my macchiato at Prado Cafe

Waiting for my macchiato at Prado Cafe

Tasting Plates Ultimate Desserts – My Favourites

This Tasting Plates Vancouver event was different from all the others, as it was focused on desserts.  It is quite a feat too for us attendees, to go from dessert spot to dessert spot.  Eventually the sugar catches up to you!  There were 8 venues for this event:

  • Bella Gelateria
  • WE. Coffee 
  • Beta 5 Chocolates 
  • Bob Likes Thai Food 
  • Rocanini Roasters
  • The Bibo 
  • Vancouver Pie Hole
  • Trees Organic

Rocanini, WE Coffee, and Trees Organic luckily were also serving their premium coffees, which helped balance off the desserts.  I enjoyed a lengthy discussion with the owner at Rocanini as he brewed me a Colombia San Augustin Huila coffee that he custom roasted.

My Favourite Desserts

  1. Trees Organic Marzipan cheesecake
  2. Vancouver Pie Hole Key Lime Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie
  3. Bella Gelateria Pecan gelato
  4. Beta 5 Chocolates passionfruit cream puff

I do love chocolate, so I thought there would be at least 1 chocolate dessert, but I also like fruit and nuts, so you see pecans twice, as well as key lime/pumpkin/passionfruit.  I guess almonds also figure in with the marzipan.

The Marzipan cheesecake from Trees Organic was not too heavy, sweet, or overly cloying with marzipan flavour.  A light touch was applied.  Usually I get tired of the marzipan flavour from some desserts, but this one was nice from beginning to end.  And it was nice to enjoy with their coffee.

Trees Organic New York cheesecake on left and Marzipan on right

Trees Organic New York cheesecake on left and Marzipan on right

 

Vancouver Pie Hole really makes some nice pies, and they will also make a gluten free pie for you on special request. The Key Lime was bright and zingy, while the Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie was very rich, and full of flavour. Neither was too sweet either.  I like desserts, but not super sweet desserts.  I’d like to have a late harvest wine with the Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie, or maybe some port.

Vancouver Pie Hole flight of pies

Vancouver Pie Hole flight of pies (Maple French Toast Bacon, Key Lime, Bourbon Pecan Pie from left to right)

 

Just two doors down from Vancouver Pie Hole is Beta 5 Chocolates, who make exceptional chocolates. But today it was their passionfruit cream puff that earns my accolades.  It had so much passionfruit / tropical flavour, which was quite citrusy.  It had a light fluffy filling, and again balanced sugar. This was my OVERALL FAVOURITE dessert of the event.

Beta 5 Chocolates passion fruit cream puff and vanilla pot du creme

Beta 5 Chocolates passion fruit cream puff and vanilla pot du creme

More passion fruit cream puffs

More passion fruit cream puffs

Bella Gelateria provided us with samples of three gelato: chocolate, pecan, and lemon.  I liked the grounded, earthy, creamy, nuttiness of the pecan, followed by the bright acidity of the lemon the most.

Bella Gelateria pecan lemon and chocolate flavours

Bella Gelateria pecan lemon and chocolate flavours

I hope you have a chance to try some of these desserts.  They were all quite wonderful.  Enjoy!

Thanks again to Richard aka @vanfoodster for putting on this event.