#DOVF Yaletown Brunch Crawl Poster

Dine Out Vancouver 2017 Yaletown Brunch Crawl Review

Dine Out Vancouver is well underway, as well as Vancouver Foodster’s Brunch Crawls for Dine Out.  I recently attended the Yaletown brunch crawl and had a great time visiting restaurants and other shops that I have not had a chance to visit before.  That is always the nice thing about the Brunch Crawls.  Following are pictures and some comments from my Yaletown experience at the various venues.

Rocanini Coffee

  • 8oz Rum latte with 2 shots of espresso (decaf/caffeine), 6oz of steamed milk (other milk alternatives – soy, almond, skim, whole) and rum flavouring (no alcohol).

A great way to start the Brunch Crawl.  The coffee really did have a nice rum flavour to it, without the punch.

Rocanini Coffee's Rum Latte

Rocanini Coffee’s Rum Latte

House Special

  • Congee Noir – Black & White rice porridge congee with house-made Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage, and house-made XO sauce
  • Vietnamese Festival Cake – Sticky rice roulade with pork, house-made 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage and celery, sriracha chutney
  • Steamed Glass Dumplings – Banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumplings, ground pork, cured shrimp, nouc cham, pork crackling and red chili.

This restaurant was really interesting.  I like Vietnamese food.  I do not have congee too often as there are other dishes that I prefer.  This one was quite flavourful with the boudin and XO sauce.  My favourite item though was the Vietnamese Festival cake.  I like sticky rice in general, and then adding the extra crunch from cucumber and spices from 5-spcie sausage and sriracha chutney made it a small flavour bomb.

House Special - Congee Noir, Vietnamese Festival Cake, and steamed glass dumplings

House Special – Congee Noir, Vietnamese Festival Cake, and steamed glass dumplings

Ganache Patisserie

  • Croissant aux Bleuets-Mures -vanilla pastry cream, blueberry-blackberry compote
  • Goyave Citron Mandarine – blood orange chiffon, lemon mousseline, guava gelee, lemon curd, and mandarin oranges
  • Madeleine
  • Raspberry Macaron

Probably my overall favourite stop at the Brunch Crawl.  The pastries here are done so well.  No item was overly sweet.  My favourite of my favourites was the Goyave Citron Mandarine (the item looking like a cake).  The guava flavour paired so nicely with the citrus and the mandarine oranges; and to top it off with fresh berries was a nice touch.

Ganache Patisserie - Crossaintm Madeleine, Macaron, and Goyave Citron Mandarine

Ganache Patisserie – Crossaintm Madeleine, Macaron, and Goyave Citron Mandarine

Living Produce Aisle

  • Pea Shoot & Kale Microgreens, Apple & Banana, combined with Grapefruit Juice and Aloe Vera Juice
  • Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie with Pea Shoots, Broccoli Microgreens, Peanut Butter & Banana, combined with Chocolate Protein Powder & Almond Milk
  • The Microgreen Salad – A mix of Pea Shoot, Sunflower, Purple Radish, Broccoli, Nasturtium, & Kale Microgreens combined with Pumpkin Seeds & Cranberries & lightly dressed with a Balsamic,
    Honey & Olive Oil Vinaigrette

I do not try smoothies that often that are made with greens, but gave it a try.  My preference was the Peanut Butter Cup smoothie.  The smoothie did have a strong peanut butter flavour and was very creamy.  It did not have too green or bitter a flavour which can come from greens.  I felt full and healthy after stopping here.

Living Produce Aisle - Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies

Living Produce Aisle – Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies

TeaJa Organic Teas

  • Double Cream Earl Grey OR Vanille Rouge teas

I chose the Vanille Rouge tea to try, made with Roobios tea leaves and had a drop of honey stirred into it.  Roobios is a red tea and is soothing to drink.  Try it.

Teaja Organic Teas - Double Cream Earl Grey and Vanille Rouge teas

Teaja Organic Teas – Double Cream Earl Grey and Vanille Rouge teas

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Vancouver Foodster’s Dine Out Brunch Crawls – Get Your Tickets

What’s better than going to a Dine Out Vancouver restaurant for dinner?  How about going to 4-5 different restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops for brunch.  That is what Vancouver Foodster is offering those who are willing to get out of bed and enjoy a morning brunch.  For Dine Out Vancouver, the following brunches are being offered:

These brunch crawls are very similar to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates events.  You will get a card at the registration desk for one of the crawls, and then you visit each restaurant/cafe/coffee shop and get a sample of their food and/or beverages they are offering for the event.  It is a great way to try different/new restaurants, plus walking between the restaurants, gives you some time to burn off what you ate.

As an example of what to expect, I have listed the Kitsilano Brunch Crawl participating restaurants for you.  Enjoy and see you at these events!

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl on January 22

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, this expanded event from 2016 is sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit multiple restaurants throughout the Kitsilano neighbourhood as you taste all sorts of dishes in this brunch crawl.

Using your “passport” as your guide, you can enjoy a variety of dishes including juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Time: 10am – 2pm

Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including:

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Cuisine: Tea

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products. Experience bliss at our award winning spa.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

1900 West 1st Avenue

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/ 

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Cuisine: juice bar and cafe

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

 

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream in Vancouver using local, natural and fresh ingredients!

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Kahve

1822 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Web: http://www.kahvevancouver.com/

Twitter: @KahveVancouver

Cuisine: Coffee and cafe

KAHVE offers a very unique space, offering exquisite coffee experiences in town. The space also offers understated but timeless modern designs from Europe.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co 

1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca

Twitter: @flatbreadco

Instagram: @rockymountainflatbread

Cuisine: Pizza and Pasta

They use lots of local & organic produce, free range organic meats & Ocean Wise seafood. Creating handcrafted flatbread pizzas, daily pastas, seasonal soups, salads & desserts “to live for” from their open kitchens & artisan ovens. And for all those pizza lovers who are wheat intolerant or have nut allergies – they create extremely tasty gluten free and nut free pizzas! Their daily salads, soups & cheesecakes are also gluten free and nut free!

People lined up at Radicle Juice for Brunch Crawl Main St

My Main St Brunch Crawl Highlights for DOVF

My last Brunch Crawl for Dine Out Vancouver 2016 was on Main Street.  I had hoped to have a sunny day like my North Van Brunch Crawl, but the weather was rather cold, rainy, and blustery.  Main Street is a happening place for restaurants if you haven’t tried the neighbourhood lately.   Starting around Broadway and moving south to King Edward, you will find many different restaurants to please your taste buds.  For this Brunch Crawl we sampled from:

Starting any morning off, you need coffee, which is what we received from Republica Coffee Roasters, who were serving small samples of their coffee, very strong coffee, inside of The Honey Shoppe.  After coffee, we moved onto enjoying a warm chocolate almond crepe with raspberry honey butter.  The crepe was really nice, and I enjoyed the rich chocolate filling and the fresh tart raspberries.  Also we did try various flavours of honey.  The one I really liked was the Blackberry honey.  Really had a blackberry flavour to it, which comes from the blackberry flowers.

The Honey Shoppe - chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

The Honey Shoppe – chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

Next stop was The August Market where we had a very tasty and healthy bowl containing Greek yogurt and mixed Fruit & Nut granola from Good Habit Foods.  The tartness of the yogurt complemented the fruit and sweetness and crunch of the granola oats. The decadence after that came from The Lemon Square, lemon square.  Tasty lemon, that is not too sour, and has the right amount of sweetness.  Coffee would have worked well with this square.  We also had a small sample of a chocolate almond milk at The August Market which was very tasty.  Light chocolate and nuttiness flavours.

The August Market - Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

The August Market – Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

Radicle Juice pumped us full of fresh fruit juices.  One came from the “heat shot“, made from ginger (lots), apple, and lemon.  It was really spicy, especially if you took the shot all at once, like I did.  To cool down I had a Dragonfly smoothie, made from fresh orange juice, coconut milk, strawberry, pineapple, dragonfruit, and ginger (just a pinch).  Also we enjoyed an acai mini berry bowl that came with chopped banana and coconut water and topped with granola ans seasonal berries.  I would definitely come back for a berry bowl.  Really full of flavour and texture.  Radicle Juice makes all their smoothies and bowls when you order them, with fresh fruit.  Nothing pre-made in purchased tetra packs that I could see.

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl heat shot and Dragonfly smoothie

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl, heat shot, and Dragonfly smoothie

Our next stop was Nirvana.  The one on Vancouver, Main St.  Not the metaphysical one.  An Indian restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember.  They provided us with a sampling of Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan, and Mango lassi.  I enjoyed the kofta with rice.  It was quite filling, and not very spicy.  The mango lassi is a drink made from yogurt and mango.  It was very thick and had nice mango flavour.  If I were to have a wine with this, maybe a nice BC Gamay Noir.

Nirvana - Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Nirvana – Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, for three kinds of bagels.   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew, plus they make the bagels right there.  You can watch them putting the bagels into the oven and then removing them, admiring the toasty brownness of the crust and the smell of fresh bread.  Rosemary Rocksalt offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Thanks to Richard Wolak, aka Vancouver Foodster for working the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for putting on this event.

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

 

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island on January 20

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, there are also walk-about type events, such as Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island.  I participated in a similar event a few years ago on Granville Island and it was a lot of fun.  It is an easy walk to all the participating venues.  I really enjoyed the Artisan Sake, made here using rice grown in the Fraser Valley!  There is also beer, distilled spirits, food and chocolates.  Will I see you at the event?  All the participating venues and artists are described below, along with a link to buy your tickets.  I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.

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Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery and discover more around the island.

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

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Participating restaurants and establishments

include some of the Granville Island’s best including:

 

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Artisan Sake Maker

1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @ArtisanSake 

Web:  http://artisansakemaker.com/

Establishment: Sake Winery

Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake. Our brand name “OSAKE” is widely recognized as “Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium sake” and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.

Handcrafted in our artisan studio located at Railspur Alley on Granville Island, Osake is the first “fresh premium”Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours.

 

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Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston St, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatDockside 

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

Cuisine: Restaurant and brewery

Located on the shores of False Creek, Dockside Restaurant in the Granville Island Hotel offers a wide range of superbly prepared classic dishes in an award-winning setting like no other.

Combining a menu which emphasises sustainable Ocean Wise seafood with panoramic views of downtown and Yaletown, Dockside Restaurant is an iconic West Coast destination 12 months of the year. Whether guests enjoy the views through floor-to-ceiling windows or on its patio, named “Best in Vancouver” five years in a row, a visit to Dockside Restaurant is always memorable.

Granville Island Brewing 

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

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

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @granvillebeer

Web: http://gib.ca/

Establishment: Brewery

Our Brew Story

In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery and our iconic Lager. It wasn’t long before we were adding more new and unique West Coast inspired beers to our lineup.

Over the years, we’ve become more than just a local brewery. We also focus much of our efforts towards ongoing community investment, including sponsorship and charitable support of community organizations and more. We’re just as proud of that as we are about what we put in our bottles.

#ItsGoodToBeHere

Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver

Twitter: @TLDistillery

Web:  http://thelibertydistillery.com/

Establishment: Distillery

Established in 2010, The Liberty Distillery is a true craft artisan distillery located in the heart of historic Granville Island.  Selecting only the best British Columbia organic grains, The Liberty Distillery carefully ferments, then triple distills in traditional copper pot stills to produce hand crafted spirits with character and distinction.

Traditional, classic, quirky, knowledgeable and fun; TLD’s enthusiastic team invite you to step back in time at their 110-year old Saloon Bar to taste Classic Old Fashioned cocktails, or to enjoy one of their Signature creations.  Uniquely crafted drinks range from the familiar to the astounding, but always show the beauty of their artisanal spirits.

 

 

Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro

1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @tracksbistro

Web: http://www.tracksbistro.ca/ 

Establishment: Cafe and bistro

Off the Tracks is a Granville Island original, providing the best of local talents, whether it is roasting beans to their absolute perfection, crafting a perfect cup of coffee, or creating the most mouth-watering House Salad on the entire island. We want to showcase the best of our local community and what it has to offer.

 

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Bon Macaron

(Located during the event inside New Leaf Editions)

Web: http://www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com/

Twitter @BonMacaronVic

Cuisine: Patisserie

After delighting customers in Victoria, Bon Macaron Patisserie decided to take a leap and tackle the Vancouver market with a brand new location in Kitsilano and one in Granville Island Public Market! With over 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the most creative sweet & savoury, everyone will find something to their taste! All of our macarons are naturally gluten-free and we make a number of dairy-free options as well.

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ChocolaTas

(located inside Granville Island Brewery during event)

Twitter: @Chocolatas1 

Web:  http://chocolatas.com/

Establishment: Chocolatier

More restaurants/establishments may be added

 

Participating Artists

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New Leaf Editions Is a collaborative printmaking studio specializing in traditional and contemporary print media.

New Leaf was established by Peter Braune in 1986 to work with artists seeking new forms of expression. The goal of a collaboration is to offer artists the ability to explore new forms of image making using print media. New Leaf has worked with many locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Services provided by New Leaf include: copper and zinc etching, photo-etching, relief printing, lithography, letterpress, and steel facing. We have also been working with architects and designers to etch images into all kinds of metal. These projects range from commercial to residential, all custom made pieces.

New Leaf invites community participation into the world of printmaking by co-ordinating the BIG PRINT PROJECT (check out our last Big Print Project on youtube) and the Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition (BIMPE). For more information check us out at newleafeditions.com, or look up New Leaf Editions on facebook.

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Barbara Arnold, Artist

Studio 206-1656 Duranleau Street

T: 604-760-4465

Dutch artist Barbara Arnold invites you to her working studio and gallery. Her abstract and representational mixed media paintings are an explosion of texture and intense colour generating an organic energy and tension that flow across her wood panels. She also offers private, semi private classes in her art studio and accepts commissions. Visit the studio on the second floor to see her work and have a chat with the artist.  Find out more about Barbara Click here!

http://www.barbaraarnoldart.com

Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects 

1333 Railspur Alley

T: 604.669.9663

Dalbergia represents the work of Federico Méndez-Castro. A confluence of craftsmanship with the graphic elements of pure forms. Fine furniture, sculpted objects and accessories in wood are created with one purpose: enhancing the poetry of space. Balance, simple lines and clear shapes find their ways in Federico’s work. The one of a kind is the standard for this Artisan.

More artists may be added

Purchase the Club Amuse-bouche tickets; in addition to the food and beverages tasting, and visiting the resident artists, you will also receive a Canvas, use of paint supplies and guidance from one of our resident artists as you paint your own masterpiece.

 

Purchase tickets here 

Tickets:

$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included

Registration: Granville Island Hotel -this is where you will show us your tickets and will pick up your Dining Passport Map Cards

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates and/or cups at each of the participating restaurants throughout the event.

This event takes place during the Dine Out Festival 2016 presented by Tourism Vancouver.

North Vancouver Brunch Crawl on January 24

3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115 provides the best value where you can choose any 3 of the 6 brunch crawls and save over $20 per ticket. For single tickets, Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015. Regular price tickets are $60 after December 31, 2015.  

Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, these events are sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit 6+ restaurants in each of the neighbourhoods as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl using your “passport” as your guide.

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl  10am – 2pm

Participants include some of North Van’s finest restaurants including:

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Bowen Island Pizza Company

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.bowenislandpizzaco.com/

Twitter: @BowenPizzaCo

Cuisine: Pizza

Gourmet thin crust pizza, amazing salads and full-service deli in Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver.

 

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Bean around the World

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Web: http://batw.ca/apps/store-locator

Twitter: @BATWCoffee

Cuisine: Coffeehouse

Bean Around the World at Lonsdale Quay is an independent Coffee House, locally owned and operated. We feature 34 coffees, including Fair Trade, Organic, single Estate as well as blended coffees. Drip coffee as well as specialty espresso beverages and fine teas are poured. Our offerings include a full range of fresh baked goods, a variety of gluten free baking, sandwiches, and wraps. Open 7 days a week.

 

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Rosemary Rock Salt

1669 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter: @RoseRocksalt

Cuisine: Bagel Sandwiches

Rosemary Rocksalt is a purveyor of Montreal-style bagels and deli specialties. Born from Joel Siegel’s 22-year-old recipe at Siegel’s Bagels, Rosemary Rocksalt was co-founded in 2012 by Joel’s daughter Parise, along with Ken Sim and Teena Gupta. Having her own hand in the family business for 18 years, Parise is well-versed in the bagel recipes that have made tummies smile and hearts leap for over two decades. Combined with Ken and Teena’s decade of experience building Nurse Next Door into a world-class brand, Rosemary Rocksalt is poised to bring the magic of Montreal-style bagels across the continent!

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Cook Culture

1230 Lonsdale Avenue, North Van

Web: http://cookculture.com/

Twitter: @cookculture

Cuisine: cookware shop

What is Cook Culture?  What if we created a gorgeous cooking school kitchen and brought the best chefs we know to your neighbourhood? And then put it inside a store full of everything  you could ever imagine wanting for your kitchen, with a staff who love food and cooking as much as you do? And what if we also did everything we could to support local, sustainable food – including teaching city kids to grow and cook their own veggies? That’s Cook Culture. And we can’t wait to meet you.

 

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Cuisine: Gluten-Free bakery

A locally owned dedicated gluten-free bakery business run by Lisa Reichelt.

More restaurants to be added

Tickets:

General Admission: $60*
Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015
3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight

Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster also present:


January 20, 2016 –at 6pm

Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries, including Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro, Granville Island Brewing, Dockside Restaurant, Dockside Brewing, Liberty Distillery, Liberty Wine Merchants, Artisan SakeMaker, Bon Macaron, ChocolaTas and more.

$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31st, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

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.

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse Tees Off at Dine Out Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

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:

Appetizer

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

or

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

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

or

ONSEN EGG CARBONARA guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Entree

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

or

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

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris

or

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

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Dessert

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

or

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

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Summerhill Cipes Sparkling

or

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

Appetizer

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

or

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.

or

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

Entree

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

or

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).

or

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.

Dessert

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

Dine Out Vancouver Downtown Brunch Crawl Delivers Tastiness

This is my Dine Out Vancouver Brunch Crawl for this year.  The first Brunch Crawl was in Gastown and was very filling.  The second one I attended this weekend was in Downtown, more specifically the area east of Hornby, with Hastings to the north, and Yaletown to the south.  A bit of a hike to get to all of the venues, but needed in order to devour all the offered bites.  The venues we visited were:

  • Kingson Taphouse & Grill
  • Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House
  • Nourish Vancouver
  • The Copper Chimney
  • Bella Gelateria Yaletown
  • Small Victory Bread & Coffee
  • Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

This was the order that I tackled the venues, but anyone attending could visit them in any order, except for Kingston Taphouse & Grill which was the starting point, where you picked up your registration card.  Below are some pictures of the food I enjoyed at the Downtown Brunch Crawl and comments.  Enjoy.

There is one more Brunch Crawl you may want to attend, is on Commercial Drive on Sunday, Feb. 1.  Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl tickets are at this link.

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse & Grill offered us corn beef hash, banger with confit cherry tomato and gravlax with dill & chive hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit.  Of the three I liked the banger the most as it had some pepperiness to it, and I liked it with the acidity and sweetness of the tomato.

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House freatured a savoury spinach & feta scone, a sweet raspberry white chocolate scone and a single origin, fair trade, organic coffee from Peru.  The two scones were nice and soft, melting in my mouth, but the savory scone did have a sugar coating on, which made it a bit odd tasting.  The raspberry one was fantastic. And the coffee was top quality.  A nice place for a weekend morning coffee and pastry.

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

Nourish Vancouver offered us three different items to enjoy.  The first as shown in this picture were two cold pressed juices.  The first was “Light Green”, which was a cucumber-based juice, with ginger and other ingredients.  It tasted healthy and refreshing, but even better to me was the Carrot Orange Ginger juice, which had a smooth texture, with a nice balance between the orange, carrot and ginger flavour.  I would go back for this juice.

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Their breakfast sandwich was next, a frittata made with fresh eggs, filled with roasted leeks, kale and shitake mushrooms, served with a kale hazelnut pesto wrapped in a spelt flatbread.  It was also topped with radish sprouts.  Again, another tasty dish, meatless, that was packed with lots of healthy ingredients.  Great for a after gym workout (along with the juice).

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

The last sample from Nourish was a Dark Chocolate Ganache from one of their partners, Living Lotus.  Not much to say, other than you can’t go wrong with a Dark Chocolate Ganache.

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney was my favourite stop at the Downtown Brunch Crawl.  They served us their Butter Chicken served with Basmati rice, and garlic naan bread.  This was the best Butter Chicken that I can remember eating in a long while.  It was not overly peppery, and had a wonderful mix of sweet spices, like cinnamon and ginger.  I am definitely coming back here to have a full meal of Butter Chicken.  To this the Basmati rice was nice and fluffy, and the naan had a light garlic flavour, which was nice to dip in the Butter Chicken sauce.  Highly recommended.

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown provided us with a plate containing an Italian Toast (similar to French toast, this one using an Italian Brioche, and topped with some pureed kiwi fruit), Il Tricolore Brunch pizza, made with roasted peppers and eggplant, scrambled organic free range egg and fior di latte, and last a Chocolate G Cookie with Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I quite enjoyed the Italian Toast.  The bread was quite dense and absorbed the flavours of the egg coating.  I also really liked the Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I do like good vanilla, and you could tell that this was made with real vanilla.

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory Bread & Coffee By this time I think we were all getting quite full.  Some pastries and coffee to calm down the stomach for the home stretch was needed.  Small Victory is a very nice, upscale bakery and coffee shop.  Gleaming displays of assorted pastries danced in front of my eyes.  We were given a sample of three pastries: a chocolate hazelnut croissant, and almond and blueberry brioche, and a honey filo pastry (this one was a surprise, so I’m guessing on this one).  The chocolate hazelnut croissant was my favourite.  Nice and crispy, with a chocolate centre, and more chocolate on top together with the chopped hazelnuts.  A perfect pairing for my coffee.  Also very tasty was the almond and blueberry brioche.  Also recommended to visit.

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro I would say was my second favourite venue to visit for savoury samples.  They offered a California roll, Teriyaki bbq baby back rib, and a seasonal green gomaee made with broccoli and green bean.  The Teriyaki bbq baby back rib was amazingly tender, and fell off the bone.  The Teriyaki sauce was not overpowering or too sweet.  A nice glass of Sapporo beer would have been the perfect accompanyment.

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar was my last stop and they offered Chicken and Waffles, which I was looking forward to.  There was also a Monsieur Andre sandwich made with rye bread, filled with cheese, soprasetta and prosciutto, and topped with egg hollandaise.  There was something bitter to me with the sandwich, so was not my favourite, but the chicken and waffles was nice.

Well that is the roundup of tastes for this Brunch Crawl.  Stay tuned for my tweets and article on the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for organizing all the Brunch Crawls.  It is a lot of work.