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!

Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster Presents 6 Crawls

If you are a fan of our Tasting Plates events you are going to want to hear about the 6 events that Vancouver Foodster is presenting during the upcoming Dine Out Festival that kicks off next month. The Dine Out Festival always offers diners a chance to try restaurants they may not have tried before which is often for dinner, this year Tourism Vancouver has added many more food related events to get people out exploring and tasting even more. Earlier this year I produced two of the biggest Dine Out Van brunch crawls that Vancouver has ever seen, in 2015 I will be producing 6 Dine Out Brunch Crawls showcasing multiple restaurants in 6 different Vancouver neighborhoods.

These are the 6 events on sale at Dine Out Festival

Gastown Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 17
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the Gastown area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs bennys, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants including: Brioche Eatery Café, The Blarney Stone, Milano Coffee, Salida 7, Jamaican Blue Cold Brew and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Milano Coffee at 36 Powell Street
Community Partner: Gastown BIA

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 18
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Kitsilano as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, brunch pizza, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including: Krokodile Pear, Novo Pizzeria, Darby’s Public House, Momento Coffee House, Rain or Shine Ice Cream and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Novo Pizzeria at 2118 Burrard Street
Community Partner: Shop West 4th BIA

Main Street Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 24
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Mount Pleasant and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants including: Rosemary Rocksalt, Miura Waffles, Radicle Juice, Nirvana, East End Chai and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Best Western Plus Uptown at 205 Kingsway
Community Partner: Mount Pleasant BIA


Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday January 25
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out downtown as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, baked goods, desserts and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants including: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, Kingston Taphouse & Grille, The Copper Chimney, Small Victory Bread & Coffee, Bella Gelateria Yaletown, and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at the Kingston Taphouse & Grille at 755 Richards Street
Community Partner: Downtown Vancouver BIA

West End Brunch Crawl
Date: Saturday January 31
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

A repeat event for 2015. Visit 7+ restaurants through-out the West End as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, seafood, desserts, mimosas and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of the Westend’s finest restaurants including: Papparoti, Morocco West, Just juice, Marquis Wine Cellars, De Dutch Pannekoek House and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Marquis Wine Cellars at 1034 Davie Street
Community Partner: West End BIA

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl
Date: Sunday February 1
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $40 Regular / $60 Club Amuse Bouche VIP

Visit 7+ restaurants through-out Commercial Drive and area as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl. Enjoy the variety of dishes which may include juices, smoothies coffees and beer, to eggs benny’s, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, hash browns, brunch pizza, desserts, and so much more.

Venues: Participants include some of East Van’s finest restaurants including: Famoso Pizzeria, Federico’s Supper Club, Bakery Sate, Stateside Craft and more to be announced soon.

Club Amuse Bouche VIP tickets include a VIP Gift Bag and Priority Check-in at 9:45am

Starting off at Famoso Pizzeria at 1380 Commercial Drive
Community Partner: The Drive BIA

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

Vancouver Foodsters West 4th Tasting Plates a Great Success

This week was Vancouver Foodster‘s 2nd Annual Tasting Plates on West 4th in Vancouver.  This event was easily walkable, with all venues being within a 4 block stretch of West 4th in Kitsilano.  We started at The August Jack where we had a smoked salmon duo, where one of the salmon was grapefruit cured.  I really enjoyed the citrus flavour embued into the salmon.  We had a thin sliced, house-made baguette, sliced red onion, and goat’s cheese foam, together with the salmon to make a nice tea sandwich.

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

The August Jack smoked salmon duo

Jackson’s Meats & Deli was next on my route, and it was my overall favourite of the evening.  They served a turkey/cranberry sausage together with a savoury bread stuffing, and a creamy pumpkin and ginger soup with cinnamon croutons.  The sausage it sounds like is a very old family recipe with at least 100 years of heritage.  For the upcoming Thanksgiving they added in some cranberries.  The sausage was moist and the meat ground fine.  To the sweetness of the cranberries, there was a nice hint of black pepper.  Highly recommended.  Their pumpkin and ginger soup was thick and warming, and I think would be great for the upcoming rainy season.

Jacksons turkey cranberry sausage and pumpkin ginger soup

Jacksons turkey cranberry sausage and pumpkin ginger soup

Whole Foods was location #3.  The standout item there for me was the Cauliflower Tabouli.  Normally Tabouli is made with cracked bulgar wheat, but more people probably make it here with quinoa.  Shredding the cauliflower into small rice sized pieces is a great alternative.  The tabouli was full of flavour and 100% healthy.  To balance the goodness of the tabouli,  Whole Foods also offered us sweet petites, small chocolates or lemon treats.

Whole Foods tabouli salad, salmon sausage, and sweet petite

Whole Foods tabouli salad, salmon sausage, and sweet petite

O5 Rare Tea Bar was a nice next stop where we tried cold matcha green tea and kombucha to sip.  The matcha was hand made for us and served in small cups.  The kombucha was something new to me, and I will try it again.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that is sweetened with sugar or honey.  It is served on tap, and is slightly sparkling, with an alcohol content of between 0.5-1%, which is still viewed as non-alcoholic.  The kombucha to me had an apple flavour to it, and was slightly off-dry.  I was told you can buy their house-made kombucha in bottles to take home.  Give it a try.

O5 Rare Tea Bar Kombucha Golden Curls black tea flavour

O5 Rare Tea Bar Kombucha Golden Curls black tea flavour

The Indian Oven served us a variety of pakoras, made from cauliflower and Indian paneer cheese.  We were getting quite full by this time, but all the pakoras were devoured.  The paneer eventhough it was deep-fried did not melt like a mozzarella.

The Indian Oven pakoras

The Indian Oven pakoras

Our last savoury Tasting Plate was from Las Margaritas Restaurant.  Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada. Chile Verde is one of my favourite dishes, chunks of pork simmered in a green chile sauce.  This one was OK.  I would have preferred a bit more of the green chile flavour.  The Cochinita Tostada was quite spicy and I believe was made with shredded pork and served with a red chile sauce and refried beans.  If you like spicy food, give this one a try.

Las Margaritas Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada

Las Margaritas Chile Verde and Cochinita Tostada

Dessert was served at Rain or Shine Ice Cream.  It was a sunny day for Tasting Plates and ice cream seemed like the perfect way to end our day.  I picked the peanut butter ice cream with hot fudge sauce and waffle cone pieces.  The waffle cone pieces were placed in the bottom of our serving cup, topped by the peanut butter ice cream, and topped with the hot fudge.  I enjoyed digging into the waffle cone pieces to get some crunch, then add the chill of the peanut butter ice cream and the warmth from the hot fudge.  You can’t go wrong here.

Rain or Shine ice cream coconut chocolate chip and peanut butter with hot fudge

Rain or Shine ice cream coconut chocolate chip and peanut butter with hot fudge

All the venues served something I really enjoyed, and I hope you will have a chance to enjoy it to.

 

Special $10 Discount on Tasting Plates West 4th Vancouver Edition

I spoke with Vancouver Foodster  and asked if he would be able to give my readers a discount to attend this upcoming Tasting Plates in Kitsilano on October 7.  He said yes and now you can go to Tasting Plates and get $10 off your ticket!  It is always lots of fun and you get to try many different restaurants.  Find a new favourite.

$10 off the Advance tickets price (would then be $30 discounted from $40 per ticket) and the Regular tickets (those start on Sunday night) $10 off (would then be $40 discounted from $50 per ticket).

You can purchase the tickets here:

      https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tasting-plates-kitsilano-west-4th-tickets-12782770611

       and use this Promo code: mywinepal

Below is the information about all the restaurants you get to try at Tasting Plates.  Will I see you there?  I will be tweeting as I visit each restaurant.

Just added the food that you will get to taste at each venue.  Scroll to the very bottom.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the West 4th neighborhood in Kitsilano at this 2nd annual West 4th Avenue edition. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.
Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants and cafes throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

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

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

Participating Restaurants:

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

Las Margaritas Restaurant

1999 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

Cuisine: Mexican

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Whole Foods Market

2285 West 4th Ave

Web: www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Twitter: @WFMVan

Cuisine: Organic & Natural Grocery Store

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O5 RARE TEA BAR

2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://o5tea.com/

Twitter: @O5Tea

Cuisine: Tea Tasting Bar

The Indian Oven

2006 4th Ave W, Vancouver

Web: http://theindianoven.com/

Twitter: @TheIndianOven

Cuisine: Indian

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JACKSON’S MEATS & DELI

2214 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

Cuisine: Meat store and Deli

Jackson’s Meats & Deli is unique from its competition in that it is the oldest Meat Market in Vancouver.  Jackson’s boasts six generations of butchers starting in Maidenhead, England in 1856, and has been a part of Vancouver’s heritage since 1911.

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The August Jack

2042 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.theaugustjack.com/

Twitter: @TheAugustJack

Cuisine: Tapas

Tasting Plates West 4th Menu

 

Whole Foods

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)   Basil Asiago Salmon Sausage with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

2)   Cauliflower Tabouli (V)

3)    Sweet Petites (V)

Jacksons Meats

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)    Turkey/Cranberry Sausage over Savory Bread stuffing

2)    Creamy Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Cinnamon Croutons. (V)

Las Margaritas

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

1)    Chile Verde

2)    Cochinita Tostada

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

MENU

Our Tasting Plate: (Your choice of one of the following)

1)    Brown Butter Snickerdoodle ice cream with warm vanilla caramel sauce and waffle cone pieces (V)

OR

2)    Peanut Butter ice cream with hot fudge sauce and waffle cone pieces. (V)

The August Jack

MENU

Our Tasting Plate: Smoked Salmon Duo

O5 Rare Tea Bar

MENU

Our Tasting Cups:

1)    MATCHA (V)

2)    KOMBUCHA (V)

3)    SELECTED BITTERS (V)

The Indian Oven

MENU

Our Tasting Plate:

Pakora with tamarind sauce (V)

Enjoy Turkey Dinner at Bistro Pastis for Thanksgiving

Unless you have a big family, cooking a whole turkey dinner will mean endless days of turkey sandwiches for work.  Why not go out for Thanksgiving dinner?  I’ve been doing it and enjoy being able to relax.  Here is the Thanksgiving meal by Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano.  I’m not sure if they have a Gamay for you to try with this meal, but I think it would be very nice.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Bistro Pastis has prepared an incredible Thanksgiving menu to be served on Sunday, October 13. Guests can give thanks over a three-course menu celebrating Fall bounty for $45.

Regular menu also available.

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Bistro Pastis Thanksgiving Menu

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Citrus Crème Fraîche

– or –

Crispy Duck Confit Salad
Golden Beets, Candied Walnuts Sherry Vinaigrette

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Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Pear and Onions Stuffed Leg
Potato Roesti, Brussels Sprout, Cranberry Sauce

– or –

Salmon Wellington
Mushroom Duxelles, Celeriac Purée, Béarnaise Sauce

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Classic Pumpkin Pie
Maple Ice Cream

– or –

Vanilla and Raspberry Baked Alaska

$45.00

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com
Tasting Plates West 4th edition

Tasting Plates West 4th Kitsilano Tickets on Sale

Going to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates around town is always fun.  I am getting to try food from new restaurants to me, and that I would want to visit in the future.  Here is the latest Tasting Plates, coming up on Oct 6 in Kitsilano.  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.  Get your tickets soon before they sell out.

FYI, I’ve eaten at the Guanaco Food Truck and they make really tasty Salvadorian food.

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Tasting Plates West 4th editionPrepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Sunday October 6 from 4 pm to 9 pm as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents Tasting Plates West 4th in the Kitsilano neighborhood.This event is the highlight of Feast of 4th, as part of their 13 day restaurants festival in their neighborhood.


Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food to the guests, thereby showcasing their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs.

The event is a roving tour that brings guests to the participating restaurants, cafes, deli & food trucks, throughout the event and they will by moped, bike, driving, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling. around the 4th Avenue neighborhood from Burrard to Vine..

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community

Registration: In the Registration Tent on the SE corner of 4th Ave & Yew -this is where guests will show us their printed or digital tickets and will pick up their Tasting Plates Map Cards.

Participating restaurants

O5 RARE TEA BAR 

2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://o5tea.com/

Twitter: @O5Tea

Cuisine: Tea Tasting Bar

Obsessively Sourced, Terroir-Based Tea. O stands from our obsession with Origin. We travel the world learning about the soil on which our tea grows and the people who care for it. Because healthier, better earth yields the teas that we want to share. 5 represents nature’s elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void. In harmony, these elements express the best qualities that each terroir gives to tea.

ROMER’S BURGER BAR 

1873 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://romersburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @romersburger

Cuisine: Burgers

EAT good food. Keep it FRESH. Keep it simple. Be CREATIVE. Let seasons and farmers be our guide. Be good to the PLANET, and all who are on it. LAUGH. SHARE. Do what you do best: with us, it’s BURGERS.

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

Location during event – TBA

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

Guanaco food truck specializing in a Salvadorian staple food, “Pupusas” which is a thick handmade corn tortilla filled with your choice of: cooked pork, chicken, and season beans, mixture of fresh cheeses and seasoned fresh vegetables, Pupusas are an excellent choice for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Guanaco’s food is fresh and sourced locally.

LAS MARGARITAS RESTAURANT 

1999 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

Cuisine: Mexican

Serving food more from the north of Mexico, Baja and California.

JACKSON’S MEATS & DELI

2214 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

Cuisine: Meat store and Deli

Jackson’s Meats & Deli is unique from its competition in that it is the oldest Meat Market in Vancouver.  Jackson’s boasts six generations of butchers starting in Maidenhead, England in 1856, and has been a part of Vancouver’s heritage since 1911.

DONER KEBAB

1956 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.donerkebab.ca/

Twitter: @DonerKebabVan

Cuisine: Mediterranean

More restaurants: to be announced within the next couple of days, watch for updates on twitter @TastingPlates and @Vanfoodster

How To Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://tastingplateswest4th.eventbrite.com/

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pak of tickets or $162 for a 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 1, 2013.
Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/eateries throughout the event along with a swag gift bag. (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).

Have a Happy Bastille Day at Bistro Pastis

The Champs-Élysées decorated with flags for Bastille Day

The Champs-Élysées decorated with flags for Bastille Day (courtesy Rama, http://commons.wikimedia.org)

For more than 200 years the French have been celebrating the storming of the Bastille as a national holiday – a time of sharing good food and wine with friends and neighbours. Vancouver’s very own corner of France, Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano, is celebration central with its annual Fête de la Bastille on July 14th.

Chansonnier Josh Minsky will be there to entertain and you may find yourself singing a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise.

One night only, Sunday July 14, 2011. Three-course dinner $48, optional wine-pairing $29.

Auguste Escoffier would be very pleased… and so will you!

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Bastille Day 2013 Menu

($48.00 per person)

Asperges Verte, Sauce Hollandaise
Bacon Wrapped Green Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce
Saint Martin de la Guarrigue Languedoc

– or –

Tarte au Poireaux et Roquefort
Leek and Roquefort Tart, Frisée Salad
Domaine de Grachies Côtes de Gascogne

– or –

Vichyssoise aux Petit Pois
Cold Green Pea Vichyssoise
Vouvray Gaudrelle, Loire Valley

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Confit de Canard aux Pruneaux
Braised Duck Confit, Pomme Sarladaise, Haricot Vert, Prune Sauce
Pinot Noir Latour

– or –

Steak Sauce Diable, Gratin Dauphinois
Grilled New York Steak, Potato Gratin, Tian of Vegetable Provençale, Sauce Diable
Syrah, Grenache Bila-Haut, Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon

– or –

Thon à la Provençale
Albacore Tuna, Fingerling Potatoes, Tomato, Red Pepper, and Garlic Râgout
Rosé de Provence

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Tarte Tatin, Glace au Caramel
Tart Tatin, Caramel Ice Cream

– or –

Poire Belle Hélène
Poached Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce

– or –

Baba Au Rhum
Rhum Baba, Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com

The Khatsahlano Art + Music Festival Food Preview

The Khatsahlano Art + Music Festival is this Saturday, July 13, 11am to 9pm.  A grand street party that is free to attend.  Stages with music from 50 Vancouver musicians. Lots of local artists and street performers too.  With all these activities you will be hungry and thirsty. I attended a preview of some of the participating restaurants today.  Enjoy the pictures below AND attend the festival this Saturday.  It will be a beautiful sunny day.

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Beer selection at The Bimini

Beer selection at The Bimini

Spring rolls at The Bimini

Spring rolls at The Bimini

Beef sliders at Romers

Beef sliders at Romers

Quinoa salad with smoked tofu at Romers

Quinoa salad with smoked tofu at Romers

Preparing pizza at The Bibo

Preparing pizza at The Bibo

Two pizzas from The Bibo

Two pizzas from The Bibo

Trattoria Italian Kitchen meatballs and burrata

Trattoria Italian Kitchen meatballs and burrata

Gazpacho at Fable Kitchen

Gazpacho at Fable Kitchen

Guacamole at Las Margaritas

Guacamole at Las Margaritas

Ceviche at Las Margaritas

Ceviche at Las Margaritas

The salad bar at Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

The salad bar at Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

Beet salad with asparagus and green beans at Tractor

Beet salad with asparagus and green beans at Tractor

Pulling a beer for me at the August Jack Tapas and Craft House

Pulling a beer for me at the August Jack Tapas and Craft House

Celebrate Mondays as a Date Night at Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewies date night sign

Chewies date night sign

Did you know that Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar has a Date Night special on Monday nights?  I recently was invited to sample from the Date Night menu and enjoy some fantastic wine too.  My partner in crime for the night was Dianne Chow aka @diannechow on Twitter.

If you have not heard of Chewies before it is a New Orleans inspired restaurant in the Kitsilano area located at 2201 W 1st Ave.  They have a decent wine list with 7 red wines by the glass, 9 white wines by the glass, and 2 sparkling by the glass (which goes really well with oysters on the half shell).  You of course can purchase full bottles of wines at Chewies.

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2011

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2011

For this evening, our host, Charles, opened a bottle of Wild Goose Autumn Gold 2011, BC. I really like Wild Goose’s white wines.  They have a good balance between fruit, sugar and acidity.  This wine is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc grapes. Off dry in style with higher acidity, and flavours of white peach, pear and lychee. Soft and light bodied.  A very easy wine to enjoy. The bit of sweetness also helps to cool any New Orleans spice.

Our Tasting Menu

The Monday Date Night menu consists of 1 shared appetizer, two main courses, and a shared dessert. Bottles of wine are half price too. Our tasting menu consisted of:

  • Pan seared calamari – Local Humboldt squid, cucumber, jalapeño mint salad
  • Jambalaya – House smoked chicken, andouille sausage, prawns, tasso ham, spicy Cajun rice
  • Beef brisket – Applewood smoked angus beef brisket, sweet potato mash, coleslaw, house made spicy BBQ sauce
  • Lagniappe– pan fried oysters – Panko bread crusted Fanny Bay Oysters, house made tartar sauce
  • Pecan pie – Whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Have you heard of  Lagniappe before?  It is a Cajun word, meaning a little bit extra.  Like when you are given an extra donut when you buy a dozen, or an appetizer at no charge at a restaurant.  Today the pan fried oysters were Lagniappe.

Pan seared calamari

Pan seared calamari

The Pan Seared Calamari was cooked very differently than I have ever had before, and it was quite good. It was thinly sliced and marinated in buttermilk, then pan fried with dried chili flakes and chopped parsley.  The dish came with a sauce on the side that was creamy and spicy with a smoky edge, which I think was from smoked paprika.  If you did not know the slices were calamari you could be mistaken guessing they were a pasta noodle.  Tender, not chewy. The cucumber salad was a nice texture contrast with the crunch of the cucumber. The Wild Goose Autumn Gold, fruitness and sweetness also helped balance out the spice.

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a New Orleans classic dish, similar to paella.  Creole Jambalaya according to Wikipedia is made, “..First, meat is added to  the trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, the meat is usually chicken and sausage such as andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added to cook, followed by seafood. Rice and stock are added in equal proportions at the very end. The mixture is brought to a boil and left to simmer for 20 to 60 minutes…“.  With Chewie’s Jambalaya you get smoky, earthy flavour, where the spice builds in your mouth the longer you eat it.  All the chicken and ham is very tender, with the chicken served in decent chunks on your fork.  The andouille sausage sliced thin has that right balance of meat to fat.  This Jambalaya has lots of spice to it, so if you are spice adverse, avoid this dish, but if you like spice, dig in!

Applewood smoked angus beef brisket

Applewood smoked angus beef brisket

My favourite dish of the night was a Beef Brisket.  It had a wonderful smoky flavour together with a bbq sauce with black pepper and vinegar.  Brisket is always tender, and has lots of flavour on it’s own.  The slaw with this dish had a good dose of vinegar in it, but also a hint of sweetness.  Either of these main dishes are quite large so be sure to be hungry for the date night menu.

Pecan pie with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Pecan pie with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

If you have room, there is dessert, and for us, we shared a slice of pecan pie, accompanied with a chocolate sauce and a firm dollop of whipped cream. The pie was not too sweet and the pecans had a nice amount of chewiness to them.  The whipped cream looked so firm I initially thought it was ice cream, but the spoon easily carved through it.  Pecans and chocolate are a great pairing, so make sure you get some chocolate sauce on your piece of pecan pie, and some of the whipped cream, and your tastebuds will thank you.  Add a cup of coffee to it too, relax and slowly digest your New Orlean’s dishes.

Chewies is also well known for their 2 day marinated buttermilk fried chicken and they have a special every Tuesday, so after Monday’s date night, drop by for Tuesday’s chicken.  Cheers.

More Offally Good Food Menu at Bistro Pastis

Stuffed pigs trotter round on bed of lentils

Stuffed pigs trotter round

Do you eat offal? Tongue, liver, tripe, etc?  If you do, you know how good it can be, when prepared by skilled culinary hands, such as the Chefs at Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano.  If not, here is your excuse to jump in with both feet and enjoy.  Enjoy!

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year in France; les marchés overflow with stunning produce, there’s a crispness to the air and a golden hue to the light. It’s time for heartier fare to chase away the chill. Our third autumn menu, which runs from November 6th – 18th, includes Chef Tobias Grignon’s variations of an ‘offal’ theme. At only $42 for three courses, it is ‘offally’ good.

Reservations a good idea: On-line: http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/ or call us at 604-731-5020.

Fall Offal Menu

November 6th – 18th

l'Orangerie rose

l’Orangerie rose

House Smoked Veal Tongue Carpaccio
Tuna Aoli, and Crispy Garlic

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Warm Duck Liver Tartine, Red Grapes
Cognac, Porcini Cream, Toasted Brioche

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Sautéed Calves Brains
Cauliflower Purée, Câper Butter

Pair an appetizer with a glass of the Rosé l’Orangeraie. (MWP recommendation)
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Râgout of Tripes House Made Papardelle
Tomato, Saffron and Garlic

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Braised Pigs Trotters Stuffed With Apple and Boudin Noir Pomme Purée
Port Wine Jus

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Grilled Venison Liver
Butternut Squash Purée, Chestnut Croquette Brussels Sprout Leaves, Prune jus

Pair the main course with a glass of the Crozes Hermitages Ogier or maybe the Zinfandel Ravenswood.(MWP recommendation)
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“Sweet breads” with Blood Caramel
Coffee Ice Cream

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Warm Chocolate Cake
Maple Ice cream, Candied Pig’s Ear

I couldn’t find any dessert wines listed, but you may want to check their list for a Late Harvest wine from BC, or a Sauternes.(MWP recommendation)
$42.00 / Person

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com