Vancouver Foodster Announces His Inaugural Vancouver Soup Festival

These cold, dark, wet wintery days need something to keep you warm, like soup.  I’m pleased to hear that Vancouver Foodster thinks the same way and has just launched his Vancouver Soup Festival that will run for 3 weeks in January.  Below is his announcement.  Go out there and enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup! I’m partial to pozole soup so you may see me at Las Tortas shortly.

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Welcome to the inaugural Vancouver Soup Festival which runs for 3 weeks from January 10 – 31st.

How does this work? The restaurants will be featuring different soups in each of the 3 weeks in the festival, you are invited to visit the restaurants, order the soups and then VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites below from each week’s offerings. We will have 3 sets of winners with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place each week over the 3 week period.

Share your experiences: Tweet and Instagram share your photos throughout the festival, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #SoupFestYVRplease include this hashtag in all your social share mentions.

Voting criteria – some things to help you judge your favourite soup creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and visit 2 places or more to taste the different soup creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites

Here are the soup creations for the 1st week which runs January 10 -16.

Moltaqa Restaurant

Harrira

VOTE 

Featured: Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $5.75

Description: Traditional Chickpea and Lentil soup; made with Tomatoes, garlic, Moroccan spices

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chefs Jamal, Merwan (both Moroccan) the recipes were then rewritten and worked on by Ray (Canadian)

Dietary notes: This soup is Vegan and Gluten Free.

 

Rhinofish Noodle Bar

Hun Dun Mian

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $13.50

Description: wonton noodle soup

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chef David Wu

 

Las Tortas

Pozole Verde

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $12.50 Large Bowl Meal Size, $6.75 Small Bowl, $2.99 Cup

Description: A vibrant Traditional Mexican Stew/soup made with Hominy Corn (big white meaty corn) Long simmered along braised pork and poblano peppers. Served topped with shredded cabbage, Avocado and Squash blossoms.

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Ban Chok Dee

Gaeng Liang Soup with cheese ice cream

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: $10

Description: Aromatic Thai herbs and spices give a Smooth and creamy kabocha soup served with House made lesser ginger bread stick puff and cheese ice cream.

Created by: chef Parinya Loptson and chef Aew Sadapphin

Liquids + Solids

The Naughty Thai

VOTE 

Week #1 January 10-16

Price: 10oz $3.95 14oz $4.95

Description: A dangerously delicious blend of Thai flavours featuring lemongrass, basil and cilantro swimming in a coconut curry bone broth with chunks of free-run chicken, rice and wild mushrooms.

Here are the complete details for this festival
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2019/01/10/vancouver-soup-festival-january-10-31/

We will announce the People’s choice results along with the winning restaurants and their soup creations on February 1, 2019.

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Come out for Vanfoodster’s Taco Crawl Sept 28

I really enjoy the fresh and vibrant flavours from many Mexican dishes.  Tacos are one of the dishes that has many variations.  You can have beef, chicken, fish, vegan tacos.  The toppings range from traditional lettuce and tomatoes, to other ingredients like jicama or avocado.  You can make a taco that talks to you.  Ready to go on a taco crawl?  Vanfoodster is hosting a taco crawl on September 28.  The details of the crawl are below.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several different types of Taco shops throughout Vancouver! This Tacos tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates andVancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates of Tacos for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different tacos 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 served at each 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.

Registration:tba  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Taco Crawl Map Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

One of the participating restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

 

Watch for the full line-up of participating restaurants as they are announced in a few weeks.

 

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before September 18, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after September 18, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 25, 2016

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

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

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us 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.

Have questions about Vancouver Taco Crawl? Contact Vancouver Foodster

Tasting Plates Cambie Village June 10 – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Cambie Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: U&I Thai-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

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Pronto

3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.prontocaffe.ca/

Twitter @ProntoCambie

Cuisine: Italian

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U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

Cuisine: Thai

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Rain or Shine Ice Cream

3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

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Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Cuisine: Jewish bakery and cafe

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The Edge Cafe and Catering

2450 Yukon Street, Vancouver

Web: http://edgecatering.ca/the-edge-cafe/

Twitter: @EdgeCatererCafe

Cuisine: Cafe and caterer

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 7, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here:

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

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

Vancouver Foodster Presents the Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Have you ever participated in one of Vancouver Foodster’s Challenges?  Mac and Cheese, and Creme Brulee are two challenges that come to mind.  The winning Creme Brulee from Novo Pizzeria was amazing BTW.  Don’t miss out on the latest Challenge: Fish and Chips.  Read the press release below, and participate.  Have fun!  Follow me too as I visit each restaurant and send out a tweet.

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #FishChipsChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite fish and chips creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different fish and chips creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 7 Fish and Chips dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Ban Chok Dee

Thai style Fish and Chips

Price: $12

Description:  Seasoned Lime Leaf Singha Beer-Battered Cod with Herbal Chili Paste and Peanut Pineapple Tamarind Sauce served with Hand-Cut Battered Pumpkin and Salted Taro Fries and a Plum Sauce with Cucumber and Ground Peanut. Lime Slices and Mini Dill Pickles on the side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

 

Morocco West

Moroccan style Fish and Chips

Price: $21

Description: Green Pea Beer-battered Chermoula Halibut with Homemade Taro Chips and Wasabi Mayonnaise

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Offered: All the time

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/menus/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest

 

U & I Thai

U and I Thai Northeast Fish & Chips

Price: $10.95

Description: Crispy on the outside, tender and delicious on the inside. Cold-water Halibut fish fillets, hand-dipped in a light batter and golden fried. Served with vegetable fries, Fresh fruits and three Thai style sauces.

Created by: Chef A-guan Phutyeam

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

 

Las Tortas

El Dorado Taco Salad

Price: $7.95

Description: El dorado grilled Fish, ensalada verde with Tortilla Chips in a creamy chipotle salsa dressing

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Offered: All the time

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

 

Pier 7 Restaurant

“The East West Connector”

Price: $16

Description: 2 pieces of Tempura battered house smoked sockeye salmon, spicy cucumber and napa coleslaw, nori tartar sauce

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Offered: Served all day

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

 

Tapas 23

Pescado Frito

Price: $10

Description: Spanish Battered Halibut, served with a Chipotle Caper berry Tartar Sauce and House Hickory Chips

Created by: Chef Perry Mlynowski

Offered: Dinner nightly

Tapas 23

3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-628300

Web: http://www.tapas23.com/

Twitter: @Tapas23YVR

 

Five Elements Café

Casa Basa 

Price: $10.95

Description:  Vietnamese style fish and chips creation with coconut Panko crusted Basa fish on a bed of Papaya Salad with a mix of cassava and sweet potato fries along with some Panko crusted pineapple wedges and Fried lotus root, with two sauces, garnished with basil leaves.

Created by: Chef Victoria Mekong

Offered: Dinner nightly

Five Elements Café

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel:  (604) 559-5938

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

Twitter: @5ElementsCafe

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Fish and Chips Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Fish and Chips creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/fish-and-chips-challenge/

Tasting Plates – Latin American Flavours in Vancouver

Vancouver Foodster tried something new today.  Instead of having Tasting Plates cover a small region/neighbourhood in Vancouver, it covered a style of food, in this case Latin food.  It took a short drive from one place to the next, but the tasty food that awaited us was well worth it.  Enjoy the pictures and my short comments about the food and event.

A.G.R.O. Roasters

MENU

Tasting Cups will include:

  1. A variety of organic coffees from Latin America including, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador. <The coffee here was very fresh, aromatic, and flavourful.  I sampled the El Salvador beans.>
AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

 

Chicha Restaurant

MENU

Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ensalada De Quinoa: Mango, avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, mint. Jalapeño Huacatay dressing.
  2. Bolas De Yuca: Croquettes stuff with assorted cheese and chilies. Served with a Huancaina sauce.
  3. Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos: Skewers served with a basil and aji Amarillo mash, Peruvian black olive aioli. <Although I enjoyed all the items from Chicha, the calamari and chorizo skewer was my favourite.  It was interesting to pair the flavour and texture of the calamari, with the spice and oiliness of the chorizo sausage.>
Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

 

La Mezcaleria

MENU

Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. PACIFIC RED SNAPPER CEVICHE: Tomato, lime, red onion, serrano and cilantro. <This ceviche was wonderful.  Full of citrus and spice.>
  2. GUACAMOLE: Fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño and tomato.
  3. TOSTADA OAXAQUENA DE FRIJOLES: Refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and sour cream served on a corn tostada
La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

 

Las Tortas

MENU

Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Cochinita Pibil Torta <nice and juicy pork here.  Added flavour from the taquera salsa I added!>  In case you are wondering about how to make a torta, here is a recipe for Cochinita Pibil Torta.
  2. Tortilla chips w taquera salsa
  3. Churros
Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Sal y Limon

MENU

Tasting Plate includes all 2 items:

  1. Ceviche tostatas
  2. Chicken tinga tostadas <My favourite tstada of the evening.  The chicken had so much flavour, without being spicy hot.  The ceviche was also top quality.>
Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Guanaco Food Truck

MENU

Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

1) Hand-made tortilla filled with pork chicharrón* or ground chicken, vegetables, cheese, loroco and savory refried black beans.

-Chicharrón/Pork <I had this version of the tortilla.  It was a nice mix of pork with the cheese, with lots of flavour and creaminess from the melted cheese.>

-Pollo/Chicken

2) We will be serving pupusas in appetizer sizes and pieces of fried cassava

OR

1) Our Vegetarian Tasting Plate we will offer bean and cheese, zucchini and cheese or just plain cheese with loroco. (V)

-Queso Y Frijoles/Cheese & Bean -Ayote/Zucchini (V)

-Queso/Cheese & Loroco

ALL PUPUSAS ARE SERVED WITH YUCA FRITA.

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

 

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

El Azteca

MENU

Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ceviche de pescado (fish)
  2. Guacamole mumuca (V)
  3. Cochinita Pibil

 I unfortunately ran out of time so was not able to visit El Azteca, but will put it on my list for the future.

Tostadas are fun to eat and very messy.  Fun I think in the summer on the patio with your friends and family.  Here is a receipe so you can make your own tostadas.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin American restaurants all over Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of Latin American restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Latin American cuisine refers to typical foods, beverages, and cooking styles common to many of the countries and cultures in Latin America. During our event you will have the chance to taste and experience dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and different regions of Mexico. You will also have a chance to try a variety of Latin American food and drink which may include ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas along with various salsas and other condiments. Desserts that you may have a chance to try include dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan. You may also have a chance to try and experience beverages such as horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas.

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.

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway. Vancouver

Web: http://chicharestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Cuisine: Peruvian

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

2148 Main Street (in front of Brassneck Brewery -for our event)

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Web: http://www.salylimon.ca/

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Cuisine: Mexican

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

LA MEZCALERIA

1622 Commercial Drive

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Cuisine: Mexican

azteca

EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR 

1130 Mainland Street

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Cusine: Mexican

More restaurants to be announced soon


Purchase Tickets Here:

Early-Bird Tickets: $25 per person before May 31, 2014

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after May 31, 2014

Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 23, 2014

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

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

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

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