Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania – Get Your Tickets

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates 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.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured our last event on Food Finds (view here).

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

Registration: tba  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports. 

Some of the Participating Restaurants:

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Basil Garden Restaurant

2889 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.basilgarden.ca/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @basilgarden

Cuisine: Vietnamese

 

Yaletown L’Antipasto

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: www.yaletownlantipasto.com

Twitter: @Lantipasto

Instagram: @lantipasto

Cuisine: Italian

L’Antipasto is Yaletown’s only Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

 

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Chutney Villa South Indian Cuisine

147 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web: www.chutneyvilla.com

Twitter: @ChutneyVilla

Instagram: @chutneyvilla

Cusine: Sri Lankan and South Indian

KIds Can Cook Gourmet

(location tba)

Twitter: @kidsccg

Instagram: @kidsccg

Teenage chefs Skylar and Chloe who own the Kids can cook Gourmet pasta sauce.

 

Tickets:  Think about Christmas gifts!

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 15, 2016
Advance Tickets $45 per person after December 22, 2016
Regular $60 per person after January 6, 2017

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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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.

Nicli's Next Door

Visit Nicli’s Next Door to Enjoy Italian Tapas

Bill McCaig from Niclis Next Door introducing us to the restaurant

Bill McCaig from Nicli’s Next Door introducing us to the restaurant

In Spain, small plates of food are known as Tapas.  In Italy they also have small plates, but the name is different: Cicchetti.  Whether you prefer to say Cicchetti or Tapas, the food at Nicli’s Next Door is very good and they have an excellent wine list!  I was invited with a group of other food writers to try out Nicli’s Next Door, which is next door to Nicli Antica Pizzeria (at 62 E Cordova Street, Vancouver).

Nicli’s Next Door was conceived as a place for a small snack or drink, while you waited for a table to open at Nicli Antica Pizzeria, but the chefs, David Tozer and Keev Mah, really produced some fantastic Italian and Italian-inspired dishes, going beyond the small snack, so now you can enjoy a great meal with shared plates with your family or friends.

Our Dishes

We were treated to:

Cicchetti E Stuzzichini (smaller plates)

  • Cold pea and coppa soup, with creme fraiche mousse, and citrus preserve
  • Bruschetta, capecollo, bacon and leek jam, and arugula
  • Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce
  • “Not Scotch Egg”, made of Italian sausage, fior di latte, runny egg yolk, and smoked egg white aioli

Piccoli Piatti (larger plates for sharing)

  • Eggplant involtini, with house made ricotta, San Marzano tomato, lemon and thyme
  • Braised meatballs, with Marina sauce and house bread
  • Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree
  • Reginette with pork ragu napoletana and house bread

I enjoyed all the dishes.  The cold pea and coppa soup, came with the cold pea puree and the creme fraiche mousse separately which you mixed together.  Lovely citrus zing and lightness to this cold soup.

Cold pea and coppa soup with creme fraiche mousse and citrus preserve

Cold pea and coppa soup with creme fraiche mousse and citrus preserve

The bread that came with some of the dishes, btw, is all baked in-house.  It was all nice and crunchy.

The bruschetta had a leek jam that was so full of flavour together with nice smokiness from the bacon.

Bruschetta, capecollo bacon and leek jam and arugula

Bruschetta, capecollo bacon and leek jam and arugula

The arancini was quite large, and could almost be a meal in itself for small eaters. The pork ragu inside the arancini was full of savoury flavour.  One of my favourite dishes.

Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce

Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce

The “Not Scotch Egg” was a play on scotch egg, with Italian ingredients.  The egg part, really had an egg yolk in the middle, but around it was wrapped the fior di latte. So you had cheesey, creamy goodness, together with the egg yolk and the seasonings from the Italian sausage.

Not Scotch Egg

Not Scotch Egg

A bit larger plate was the eggplant involtini, which had a thin slice of eggplant wrapped around the ricotta cheese, and served with the San Marzano tomato sauce and the lemon and thyme spices. This dish was light, fluffy and creamy.  An elegant dish.

Eggplant involtini

Eggplant involtini

More savoury goodness from the braised meatballs (made with beef and pork), with the Marinara sauce and house bread.  I liked the fennel in the meatballs and the bright flavour from the Marinara sauce.

Braised meatballs with Marina sauce

Braised meatballs with Marina sauce

For a bit more vegetables we tried the roasted Romanesco and Sunchoke puree, and sunchoke chips.  A Romanesco is a vegetable that is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli.

Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree

Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree

Our last dish was the reginette with pork ragu napoletana. Reginette are strips of pasta with wavy edges.  To this you add a nice pork ragu sauce, and enjoy.

Reginette with pork ragu napoletana

Reginette with pork ragu napoletana

Wine List

I mentioned that Nicli’s Next Door has a very nice selection of wines, all by the glass, and all Italian.  For some at our table, the short wine list was a bit intimidating, but the list is broken down into a few categories to help you choose: Rustic, Lively, Elegant, Complex, Rose, Sparkling, and House.  If you can’t make a choice, they also have 3 different flights of wine you can try, with each flight having 3 different wines.  I had a glass of the “Elegant” Brancaia Tre Sangiovese blend di Toscana.  I chose it as it would be lighter bodied with a good balance of acidity and fruit flavours, and soft tannins, which should pair nicely with most Italian dishes at the restaurant, and I was right.  Enjoy!

Tricolore flight of wines

Tricolore flight of wines

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania #2 – Get Your Tickets

Noodle Mania logoI attended the first Noodle Mania this year and had lots of fun.  Here is my post from last year:
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Now here are the details for the next Noodle Mania by Vancouver Foodster!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This tasting extravaganza goes from 1:30pm until 5:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. You will taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates 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.

* 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 event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
* This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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

Purchase tickets at
https://noodlemania2.eventbrite.ca/

Registration: TBA -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.

Participating restaurants:

  • Atithi (Indian) – Kitisilano
  • Xoxolat (Chocolatier) – Yaleotown
  • Graze Vegetarian –Fraserhood
  • Bella Gelateria – Coal Harbour

More restaurants to be announced soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person
Regular Tickets $50 per person after January 9, 2014
Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants 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.

The Arts Club puts the celebrity in its special presentation summer cooking classes

Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes. Photo by Sarah England

Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes. Photo by Sarah England

Do you like cooking, or watching people cook, then eat?  I like both and was happy to see that YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia will be offering cooking classes in association with the Arts Club Theatre Company.  In addition, if you are a wine person like me, Mission Hill Family Estate will be providing the wine.  Eat and drink local!  Here is the announcement from the Arts Club Theatre Company. Enjoy!

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Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club Theatre Company’s duo of July Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes will showcase sumptuous summer fare and fine B.C. wine. Top chefs from YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia move from the kitchen to the patio to demonstrate how to prepare refined menus with distinct themes. The first evening is dedicated to the art of the barbecue, and the second to delectable Northern Italian cuisine. The popular fundraising classes are held in private luxury homes in Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Sean Murray, Restaurant Chef, YEW seafood + bar

Sean Murray, Restaurant Chef, YEW seafood + bar

Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar takes on grill master duties on Tuesday, July 23, to throw an elegant backyard party, featuring four courses served family style. The class will focus on professional tips and tricks for firing up the barbecue as well as interactive demonstrations on salad and dessert preparations. Murray has spent his career creating high-end dishes with an accent on local seafood.

On Wednesday, July 31Lucais Syme of La Quercia will create a rustic, regional Italian menu with a contemporary edge. His Kitsilano trattoria has built a reputation for updating traditional dishes and embracing the farm-to-table movement—recent accolades include Best Casual Dining Award fromVancouver Magazine and Best Italian Golden Plate Award from the Georgia Straight.

Lucais Symes, Co-Chef + Co-Owner, La Quercia

Lucais Symes, Co-Chef + Co-Owner, La Quercia

The class will begin with an olive oil tasting by Kelowna-based The Olive Oil Merchant, which specializes in importing superior quality olive oil from artisan producers in Italy.

Wine pairings for each dinner are provided by Mission Hill Family Estate, producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.

Both classes start at 6 PM and tickets are $125 each (with $50 tax receipt).

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company hosts summer Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes with Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar on July 23 and Lucais Syme of La Quercia on July 31. Each evening features an interactive cooking demonstration of summer fare, served with wine pairings and held at private Vancouver area homes. For tickets, call Special Events at 604.687.5315, ext. 248, or visit artsclub.com.

ABOUT SEAN MURRAY

Since graduating from culinary school, Sean Murray has honed his skills in the kitchens of luxury hotels. He trained for five years under Ernst Dorfler at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Murray joined the Four Seasons Hotel group in 2002, spending six years in various international hotels and resorts, with his most recent position as executive sous chef at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Murray returned to Vancouver in 2011 as restaurant chef under Ned Bell at YEW seafood + bar, where he brings his knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to the restaurant’s modern seafood concept.

ABOUT LUCAIS SYME

Co-owners and co-chefs Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg have created an exceptional brand in Vancouver, starting with their flagship restaurant La Quercia, renowned for its repertoire of simple, deliciously executed Northern Italian dishes. They followed up by opening La Pentola Della Quercia in Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel in 2012 to rave reviews. They also run L’Ufficio wine bar, adjacent to La Quercia.

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB

The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 49th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.
 
Website: artsclub.com
Blog: blog.artsclub.com
Twitter: @theArtsClub
Facebook: facebook.com/ArtsClub
 
Sponsored by:


Mission Hill Family Estate  |  The Olive Oil Merchant  |  Nespresso  |  A&B Partytime Rentals

Noodle Mania Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

Noodle dishes are popular around the world.  There are many variations on the sauce (e.g. hot, sour, spicy,tomato-based), the type of noodle (e.g. wheat or rice), and the protein with it (e.g. fish, meat, tofu).  With all these variables there are probably several thousands of variations, and proabably a few that you prefer. Vancouver Foodster’s “Noodle Mania Vancouver” will give you a chance to try noodles from many cultures.  Try some that are new to you.  Maybe they will be your new favourite.  The Noodle Mania Vancouver is on January 13, 2013 from 3-8pm.  Pre-Sale pricing special offer of $20 each ticket is now thru December 4th. Here is the press release.

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Updated Restaurant List and Pricing

Shaktea Tea Lounge (Tea)
Urban Thai Bistro (Thai)
Chau Veggie Express (Vietnamese)
Bob Likes Thai Food (Thai)
Hai Phong (Vietnamese)
Soho Tea Room (Hong Kong & Taiwanese)
Yaletown L’Antipasto (Italian)
Fet’s Bar & Grill (American)
Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar (Italian)
The Mac Shack (American)

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Advance Tickets: $35 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $135 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after January 10th.

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

Purchase Tickets Here
http://noodlemania.eventbrite.ca/

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Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Sunday, January 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents “Noodle Mania Vancouver”.

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This tasting extravaganza goes from 3pm until 8pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. Guests will taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates for guests to enjoy and they 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.

The event is a roving tour that brings guests to the participating restaurant throughout the event and they will by moped, bike, driving, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling to the various participating restaurants.

Chau Veggie Express at 5052 Victoria Drive specializes in Asian veggie noodle dishes and they will be participating along with Urban Thai Bistro at 1119 Hamilton Street who specializes in Thai noodle dishes! These are just a couple in the line-up of participating restaurants that will be revealed soon.

Registration: tba-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.

Pre-Sale pricing special offer of $20 each ticket is now thru December 4th.

Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $120 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after January 10th.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://noodlemania.eventbrite.ca/

“When I first started Vancouver Foodster over 3-1/2 years ago, it was because I had a great passion for food and wanted to share it with the public,” explains Richard Wolak, Editor and Publisher of Vancouver Foodster. ‘Noodle Mania Vancouver’ is a chance for people to try something different, all types, shapes and flavours of noodles from ethnic eateries in Vancouver!” Richard Wolak

Check Out the New Food Menu at Poor Italian Trattoria Ristorante

Poor Italian sign

I love Italian food and Italian wine; and was thrilled to be invited to try the new menu items from the Poor Italian Trattoria Ristorante on 3296 E 1st Ave Vancouver. In case you didn’t know, this restaurant is owned by Tony Parsons, the TV news announcer that has been gracing the Vancouver airwaves for many years.  The restaurant has a very cosy feeling with landscape paintings hanging on the walls, Italian pottery scattered throughout the restaurant, and rustic terracotta coloured walls.

Arriving there, I was offered a nice light, dry sparkling Italian Prosecco while the appetizer-sized plates of the new courses were brought in for us to try.  The dishes we tried were:

  • Roasted butternut squash soup with acacia honey, Dungeness crab and grape seed oil.
  • 3 types of Bruschetta. House made crostini with i) traditional fresh tomato, basis and olive oil, ii) chopped mushroom medley with porcini and truffle, and iii) tuna with olive oil marinated artichoke hearts.
  • Beef Carpaccio made with AAA Alberta beef , finely sliced and served with truffle aioli and Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • Crab Cake with Scallop.  A giant diver-harvested Atlantic scallop balanced over a fresh Dungeness crab cake, served with a spicy pomodoro sauce and micro greens.
  • Ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a tomato sauce.
  • Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage, with caramelized onion and San Marzano pomodoro sauce.
  • Braised boneless beef short ribs with roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula and gorgonzola risotto
  • Deep fried cannoli tubes topped with marscapone cheese and chocolate
  • Lemon ice cream in a miniature ice cream cone

Appetizers

Trio of bruschetta

All the food we were served was delicious.  The first 4 items fall into the appetizer category. The butternut squash soup was very creamy and went very nicely with the pieces of Dungeness crab.  If you would like an appetizer, the trio of Bruschetta are all tasty.  The traditional tomato one and the mushroom medley both had a good amount of garlic, while the tuna one was light and citrusy flavoured. If you are on the more daring side, you may want to try the beef carpaccio.  This is thin raw slices of beef, topped with the garlicky truffle aioli and sharp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. If you are a seafood lover, then try the crab cake with scallop.  The scallop slice was expertly grilled so it was still soft and juicy, and placed on a skewer atop the crab cake. The fresh hand-made crab cake was also cooked so it had a nice amount of crunchy texture, and tender inside.

Main Courses

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

The main courses covered 2 types of pasta and one risotto.  The ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a tomato sauce could have been my overall favourite dish.  It was also the most simple.  The ravioli pasta was cooked perfectly al dente (as was the other pasta).  Inside was a mixture of ricotta cheese and spinach.  A simple tomato sauce was a nice complement to the richness of the ricotta and spinach filling. The Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage were very nice.  I had not seen or heard of Paccheri pasta before.  It looks like a very wide flat noodle that is rolled.  On top of this was the Italian fennel sausage and the spicy tomato sauce.  The pasta held the sauce nicely even though it was smooth. I think the amount of surface area covered by the pasta, allowed the sauce to adhere to the pasta.  Lastly the braised boneless beef short ribs was very rich and flavourful with a gravy/reduction made with roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes. To this was a creamy, rich gorgonzola risotto.  The gorgonzola was not overpowering so do not worry if you are not a blue cheese fan.

Desserts

Deconstructed dessert cannoli

The two desserts were both delightful. The first was a deconstructed dessert cannoli.  The cannoli tube was sliced into triangular pieces then deep fried, and topped with marscapone cheese and chocolate.  Nice texture between the crunchiness of the cannoli and the creaminess of the cheese. The lemon ice cream in a miniature ice cream cone was a simple dessert, but very refreshing with the citrus flavour cleansing your palate after trying the other dishes.

If you are wondering about their wine list, they have a wide selection of wines by the glass, which is important I think to keep you safe when you drive after your meal.

Sparkling Wines

  • Pergola Prosecco Brut DOC (Italy)
  • Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC (Italy)
  • Sumac Ridge Stellars Jay Brut 2006 (BC)

White Wines

  • Valle d’Oro Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • See Ya Later Ranch Gcwurztraminer (BC)
  • Anil Macabeo 2009 (Spam)
  • Mt. Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009 (New Zealand)
  • Pentage Pinot Gris VQA (BC)
  • Dr. Loosen Riesling (Germany)
  • Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Bourgogne Montvallon Chardonnay 2009 (France)
  • Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio IGT (Italy)
  • Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino DOC 2009 (Italy)

Red Wines

  • Cecchi Chianti DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Valle d’Oro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Cal y Canto (Tempranillo – Syrah – Merlot) (Spain)
  • Rosso Bello R0ss0 Piceno DOC (Italy)
  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese IGT (Italy)
  • J. Lohr Cypress Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California)
  • Lucky Country Shiraz 2008 (Australia)
  • Kettle Valley Merlot 2007 (BC)
  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 (California)
  • Mt. Boucherie Pinot Noir 2008 (BC)
  • Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Super-Tuscan IGT 2008 (Italy)
  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso DOC 2008 (Italy)
  • Cantine di San Silvestro Barolo DOCG 2006 (Italy)

I would recommend going to the Poor Italian.  As I mentioned, I really liked their pasta.  They have a wide range of appetizers to start off a nice lunch or dinner with friends or family.  Enjoy!

LaStella winery food, dinner and music @ YEW Restaurant, June 9

LaStella is the sister winery to Le Vieux Pin in the Okanagan. They produce some very nice wines, and are having a special wine, food, and music paired dinner at YEW Restaurant, next week, Wednesday, June 9. I’m passing this info along to you, as there are still tickets left. The music pairing with the food is also a unique experience!

LaStella is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. Just like music, LaStella likes to names their wine after Italian music notes, such as Allegreto, Vivace and Maestoso.

Join LaStella on Wednesday June 9th at 7pm at YEW Restaurant in the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver for a celebration of La Dolce Vita. They collaborated with the culinary team at YEW as well as Mrs. Robin Braun of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) to pair each of our wines with a dish and a solo violin piece that captures the essence of the name given to each of their wines.

Think of their Leggiero Un-Oaked Chardonnay (meaning elegant and minimal) paired with raw fresh fish preparation, farm fresh salad while listening to “Come Primavera“{“Like Spring”} by Il Divo

Or

Maestoso Merlot (meaning majestic or a musical note that sits at the very top of the crescendo) paired with a rich, massively flavorful braised short ribs while listening to “Nessun dorma” by Puccini

How interesting! Very limited seating available. Please call Yew Restaurant directly to secure your spot for a night to remember… 604-692-4939

Hart House’s Summer Garden Parties

Sometimes I hear about events at various restaurants with food and wine. Here is a case in point. Burnaby’s Hart House is a beautiful heritage home at Deer Lake Park. They have just released their Summer Garden Parties announcement. You may want to partake, and you may bump into me at one of them. Enjoy!

Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is pleased to announce the dates for our summer garden party events. Each garden party starts with a casual tasting of wines from the evening’s featured region, held in Hart House’s elegant gardens. Guests may then purchase wines from the evening’s specially-selected wine list to pair with the al fresco dinner that follows. Live music and a spectacular view of Deer Lake will add to diners’ enjoyment of the evening.

The 2009 summer event schedule includes:

Lobster Supper – Wednesday, June 17
Fresh Nova Scotia lobster is the life of our annual Maritime-infused party.
Wine sampling and live music help make this event a great way to welcome in the summer.

Italian Garden Party – Wednesday, July 22
Our classic Italian Garden Party features Mediterranean cuisine paired with premium Italian wines. Guests are welcome to stroll around the beautiful Hart House estate lawn and gardens.

Evening in Provence – Wednesday, August 19
This is a celebration of the culture and flavours of Provence , France . A sampling of French wines in our gardens is followed by a dinner featuring Provence-inspired cuisine.

California Experience – Wednesday, September 9
California’s world-class wines have earned a prominent place on the world stage in recent years. Here’s your chance to sample some of California ’s best, paired with exceptional cuisine.

All events start at 6:00pm. Reservations will be accepted starting May 21, 2009.

Reservations by phone only at 604-298-4278 www.harthouserestaurant.com