Do you like Japanese food? Vancouver is well known for our fresh and flavourful sushi and sashimi. I recently was contacted about Vancouver’s first ever Sakura Night, being headed by Tojo! Here are the details. Get your tickets soon as I’m sure it will sell out fast!
Gold-winning Tojo’s of Vancouver Magazine’s “Best upscale Japanese 2013” Restaurant Awards has combined forces with five of Vancouver’s top Japanese restaurants for the first ever Sakura Night (Sakura means cherry tree in Japanese), hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30, 2014. Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi will be creating seasonal dishes to guarantee an extraordinary standing dinner experience in the elegant ambience of Tojo’s.
This special evening event opens the 8th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) while creating delicious culinary memories of Japanese cuisine. Nobu Ochi from Zen will entice appetites with Ocean Wise-certified ingredients and RawBar’s Takayuki Omi will create sensory experiences for the palate with flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Daryle Nagata (Seventeen89) will tantalize taste buds with his combination of fresh and seasonal local ingredients, Kazuya Matsuoka will present Miku’s famed aburi (flame-seared) sushi and Masahito Iwamoto will be grilling Zakkushi’s mouth-watering yakitori skewers in-house, sharing the authentic cherry blossom festival experience from Japan with guests.
“We are so excited to be a part of the Festival and celebrate our cherry blossom cultural experience with the creation of Sakura Night ~ a new evening opening to the festival. It celebrates a very important part of our Japanese culture and gives our best local Japanese chefs a chance to share with pride their incredible food with Festival fans” Chef Hidekazu Tojo.
As Canada’s only cherry blossom festival, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society celebrating our urban nature and the fragile, fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom. Funds raised at Sakura Night enable the Festival to continue to deliver meaningful and accessible, quality programming to strengthen citizen’s connection and engagement in our diverse communities. VCBF speaks to multiculturalism, the arts, community engagement, and to the environment by helping to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cherry Blossom Martini Welcome followed by a standing dinner reception
1133 West Broadway, Vancouver
Limited tickets at $150 with a $100 tax receipt issued by VCBF for purchase at VCBF.ca
About the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:
Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a month-long celebration of the cherry tree through unique cultural programming including the performing and visual arts, literary, film screenings, design installations, exhibitions, culinary and creative cultural arts. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society whose mandate is to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage while educating and engaging community in celebration of the fragile beauty of the cherry blossom.
It’s the Christmas holiday season, and you are thinking about what to get friends and family? Something to eat or drink is always nice. I attended Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition this past week, courtesy of Vancouver Foodster, and I thought that gifting from these places would be nice. If you do not know where Burnaby Heights is located, it is centered around Willingdon Avenue and Hastings Street in Burnaby. Here is a map for you.
What Did I Enjoy?
Well what did I enjoy from each of them?
They had a choice of 3 coffees. I went for the Spanish Latte as I never had it before. It is a latte that has a bit of condensed milk added to it. So you have to like sweeter coffee. With my latte I tried a macaron, a mini croissant, and a chocolate mint cookie. I really liked the macaroon and the croissant. There is a wide range of cookies at Caffe Divano to try.
CIOFFI’S MEAT MARKET & GOURMET KITCHEN
By the time I reached Cioffi’s I had been to 4 other places and was getting quite full. They provided us with a plate containing:
- Penne with a turkey bolognese sauce
- House made meatball slider
- Tuscan chicken sausage
All their food was very good. I in particular I really liked the Tuscan chicken sausage. It had a nice spice to it and was not dry. I’d like to try it sliced into a tomato sauce and served over spaghetti.
Right next door is Cioffi’s Deli, where you can purchased sliced meats, cheeses, breads, and various Italian groceries. Their tasting plate included:
- Crostini with goat cheese and quince jam (V)
- Prosciutto and bocconcini skewer
- Mixed olives (V)
STAN’S PIZZA JOINT
Stan’s Pizza Joint was the last stop and by then I was really full, but there was 3 slices of pizza yet to come:
- A slice of our Cheesy Garlic or Pesto Cheesy Bread (V)
- 2 different slices from our variety of Specialty Pizza’s being made at time of visit (will also offer a (V) option)
- A slice of yummy dessert pizza and creamy vanilla dip (V)
When I was there I received the cheesy garlic bread, a BBQ Chicken pizza slice, and a third slice which I think was their Joint Full Load. The owners seemed quite busy so had no time to chat with them and find out about that third slice. The BBQ Chicken pizza was quite good. The pizza has a thicker crust and lots of cheese, so quite filling.
GLENBURN SODA FOUNTAIN AND CONFECTIONERY
Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, this is the place for you. It is full of dessert items and beverages for you. I can imagine that it would be super busy and popular in the summer.
We were treated to miniature versions of:
- Butterscotch Sundaes with Whipped Cream and Spiced Walnuts (gluten free) (V)
- Chocolate-Covered Candy Cane or Eggnog Ice Cream Cones (V)
- Frostbites Cranberry Spice Soda (non-dairy, gluten free) (V)
I didn’t have the ice cream cone as I was already stuffed, but I did have the sundae and the soda. The sundae had real ice cream and it was very good, so you will probably see me drop by Glenburn in the summer. I also liked the decor which reminded me of the TV show “Happy Days”.
Posh Pantry is not a restaurant, but does offer cooking classes at the back of their shop. The front of the shop has interesting kitchen items, and right now lots of holiday related serving utensils. Maybe you would like to give someone the gift of a cooking class? You may want to find out what Posh Pantry has to offer.
The tasting plate consisted of:
- Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wild Mushrooms
- Root Vegetable mash
The beef was shredded so looked very similar to pulled pork, and probably would taste really good on a bun and served with a side of coleslaw. The root vegetable mash was a nice change from mashed potatoes. I did enjoy this dish.
I saw in the latest Burnaby Now newspaper that Yo Sushi was voted the #1 Japanese sushi restaurant in Burnaby. And I must concur that their food is very good, as well as the presentation on the plate. On my plate was:
- Red Dragon Roll (V)
- Tuna Tatataki Salad (V)
- Kamikaze Roll (V)
The Kamikaze Roll (on the left in the picture) had a tempura shrimp and I think crab meat, similar to a California roll. My favourite was the Tuna Tataki Salad. The tuna had a slight sear on it, and went very nicely with the salad, and was nice and light compared to all my other dishes this evening. The Red Dragon roll was also very good. All their food was very good. FYI, Yo Sushi has a 1 year anniversary discount on food this week. Here are the details:
On Dec 16(Mon) to 21(Sat) / every day AFTER 5:00 pm
- Dec 16 (Monday) : 50% off
- Dec 17 (Tuesday) : 40% off
- Dec 18 (Wednesday) : 30% off
- Dec 19 (Thursday) : 20% off
- Dec 20 (Friday) : 10% off
- Dec 21 (Saturday) : 10% off
I’ve heard good things about Chez Christophe for a while, so I was eagerly anticipating visiting his shop, and I was not disappointed. This Chocolaterie and Patisserie has of course wonderful chocolates and pastries to tempt you. Walking into Chez Christophe you see the selection of goodies in front of you to choose. It reminded me of being back in France. Chef Christofe is a very nice, friendly person, who spent time to talk with me, and showed us the back of the shop where he makes all this chocolates and pastries. They open at 8am on Tuesday to Saturday and close at 6pm. I hear that their croissants and pan au chocolate sell out quite quickly each morning, so I will show up at 8am one day soon and then have a big cup of coffee at Caffe Divano.
The tasting plate contained:
- Mini Douceur Canadienne (V)
- Macaron (V)
- Cannelle Noisette Truffle featuring our fine Swiss chocolate available exclusively through us! (V)
All three of these were delicious, but I think my favourite was the cannelle noisette truffle. It was light and creamy inside. I enjoyed the cinnamon and hazelnut flavours, married with the chocolate. Recommended.
A few parting photos of me enjoying my coffee at Caffe Divano and the carolers that roamed about for Tasting Plates. Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for the event and the invite.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
I attended the first Noodle Mania this year and had lots of fun. Here is my post from last year:
Now here are the details for the next Noodle Mania by Vancouver Foodster!
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
Registration: TBA -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.
- 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.
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.
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)
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
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