Tasting Plates North Van BRUNCH on November 25

If you live in Vancouver, but have not spent much time across the Lions Gate Bridge and into North Vancouver to try the restaurants there, here is your chance.  Richard @vanfoodster is having a Tasting Plates North Van Brunch on Nov 25.  Below is his announcement.

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Join us and explore the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants and cafes. This brunch tasting extravaganza is on Saturday November 25 from 10am until 2pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups 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, and learn about each of the participating places.

Check out our most recent Tasting Plates Brunch tour here!

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

Registration: Welcome Parlour – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and establishments

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Maru Korean Bistro

125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-6292

Web: http://www.marukoreanbistro.com/

Instagram: @marukoreanbistro

Chef Bobby Shin and David Jo’s first restaurant after Bap’s Kitchen catering service. Here, we minimize the usage of artificial food ingredients and MSG for health of customers and try to offer the best meal at all the times with our heart and soul. Our restaurant is inspired by the “Baek ban jip”, a folksy dining restaurant that offers home style and casual foods.

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The Juicery Co

254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop that Delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Instagram @twodaughtersbakeshop

A gluten-free, vegan bakery that provides delicious, fresh- baked goods that appeal to everyone!

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream

277 8th St E, North Vancouver

Web:http://welcomeparlour.com/

Twitter: @welcomeparlour 

Instagram @welcomeparlour

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream is North Vancouver’s one & only authentic, artisan ice cream parlour. Our delicious ice creams are uniquely hand crafted using the best local NATURAL ingredients & are made freshly in artisan small batches with our culinary partner Eleanor Chow Waterfall of Cadeaux Bakery. We offer 11 delicious flavour at Welcome Parlour that rotate seasonally, always offering 2 amazing dairy free options

Watch for more restaurants/establishments which may be added closer to event date.

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person before November 17, 2017

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 17, 2017

Regular $60 per person after November 22, 2017

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 event. (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.

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North Van Brunch 2016 Highlights from Dine Out Vancouver

Did you know that besides going to a participating restaurant for Dine Out Vancouver, there are also Brunch Crawls?  On Sunday January 24 I attended a brunch crawl in North Vancouver.  We had a total of 7 restaurants/venues to visit.  Brunch being late morning, necessitates coffee. So my first stop was Bean Around the World, where I enjoyed a latte.  Straight forward and full flavoured, in Lonsdale Quay.

Bean Around the World - latte

Bean Around the World – latte

With some caffeine in my veins, the next stop was the joint Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread in Lonsdale Quay.  We sampled both an apricot French toast with a strawberry reduction, and an Italian crostini with chorizo and roasted garlic.  The French toast was full of flavour, as the bread used was made with raisins.  The crostini bread was light and crispy, and the chorizo with roasted garlic had a citrus zing added to it from the capers.  A great start to our crawl.

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread - French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Bowen Island Pizza Company with Cobbs Bread – French toast and crostini bread with chorizo

Next stop was Two Daughters Bakery a few blocks away, where we were served an apple tart and a ginger lemon sandwich cookie.  These treats are made in a gluten-free, vegan ingredients.  Gluten does bother me, so these two treats were a treat for me.  In particular I really liked the apple tart, made with freshly chopped apples.

Two Daughters bakery - apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

Two Daughters bakery – apple tart and ginger lemon sandwich cookie

A short drive up Londsale Ave, we stopped at Cook Culture, Echo Cafe, and Rosemary Rocksalt.  Cook Culture really made something unique and special for us; red lentil and wheat berry pancakes topped with haskap berries and maple syrup.  Along with this they also made a smoothie for us with banana, roobios tea and much more (sorry I don’t remember the full list of ingredients). The smoothie was very filling, smooth and not sugary.  Besides cooking classes, Cook Culture has a store full of kitchen pots, pans, and gadgets that you have to have.

Cook Culture - Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Cook Culture – Chef Jonathan Chovancek making red lentil pancakes. The pancakes and smoothie for us

Echo Cafe offered us a Waffle BLT, a savoury scone baked with cheese and green onion, and a tart-sized quiche; Country style with ham, cheese, and peas.  I really liked the quiche. Lots of flavour from the ham and cheese; texture and well, fresh peas from the peas.  A very nice triumvirate.  The waffle BLT was also nice, with the crispy waffle, crunchy bacon, and maple syrup.

Echo Cafe - Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Echo Cafe – Waffle BLT savoury scone and country style quiche

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, where you can enjoy Montreal style bagels, which have been dipped in boiling water before being baked in a wood-fired oven (I assume they have a wood-fired oven).   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew.  Some bagels you buy are very chewy and can give you a headache.  They offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt - Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Rosemary Rocksalt – Montreal style bagels with Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread

Did this make you hungry?  There is the Main Street Brunch Crawl on Sunday, Jan 31.  Tickets are available.  See you there.

Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch!

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

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

Tickets are now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 16, 2016 — Gastown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down, Capilano Tea and Soda Co., Prado Café, Small Flower, Zero Zero Pizzeria and more.

January 17, 2016 — Olympic Village Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Olympic Village’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down Gastropub, Milano Coffee, Solly’s Bagelry, Whole Foods and more.

January 23, 2016 — Downtown Vancouver Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants, including Marquis Wine Cellars, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Saj & Co., Truffles Fine Foods and more.

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of North Vancouver’s finest restaurants,including Cook Culture, Rosemary Rocksalt, Two Daughters Bakery, Bowen Island Pizza Co, Bean around the World and more.

January 30, 2016 — Yaletown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Yaletown’s finest restaurants, including Bella Gelateria, Lime and Moon Pie Co., Small Victory Bakery + Coffee, Xoxolat, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

January 31, 2016 — Main Street Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants, including Radicle Juice, Rosemary Rocksalt, The Honey Shoppe and more.

* All brunch crawls run 10am-2pm.

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

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight

Gusto di Quattro Italian Noodle box with an asian twist

My Picks from the North Van Edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver

Tasting Plates North Vancouver editionVancouver Foodster finally did it; he ventured outside of the City of Vancouver.  Where did he go? North Vancouver, just a short Seabus trip to take.  What I enjoyed especially about this particular event is that all the restaurants were about within a 2 block radius.  Walking was a breeze, and it was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy the food.   The restaurants I visited are:

  • Cafe for Contemporary Art
  • Fishworks Restaurant
  • El Matador
  • Gusto di Quattro
  • Pier 7 Restaurant
  • Anatoli Souvlaki
  • The District

We all have our favourite tasting samples from an event like this.  My favourites were from Fishworks Restaurant and Gusto di Quattro, who put together I think something special for the event.  The other restaurants offered items from their menu, which gives you a peek at their menu.

Fishworks offered two items to taste: a Chef’s Creek oyster on the half shell, and a seared tuna served with watermelon, chili spice mayo and scallion (I hope I got the description right. Please correct me if wrong).  I loved the interplay between the meatiness of the tuna with the refreshing flavour of the watermelon, and the hint of spice in the mayo.  My overall favourite dish of the evening!

Seared tuna from fishworks

Seared tuna from fishworks

Gusto di Quattro, an Italian Restaurant, was quite innovative creating a cold Italian pasta dish with an Asian twist.  In fact the dish was served in a Chinese take-out container and you ate this dish with chopsticks.   The dish was called the Ori-talian Noodle Box.  It was a thin spaghetti noodle served with pickled vegetables, balsamic vinegar, garlic and crispy Parmesan wontons.   I enjoyed the different textures and flavours, plus it was cold and refreshing on the hot summer evening of the event.

Gusto di Quattro Italian Noodle box with an asian twist

Gusto di Quattro Italian Noodle box with an asian twist

El Matador served us some tapas; olives, a crusty bread topped with a slice of spicy chorizo, and a spicy prawn.  If you like tapas, give El Matador a try.  All the items were tasty.

Tapas at El Matador

Tapas at El Matador

If you like Greek food, there is solid traditional Greek food at Anatoli Souvlaki.  We were served Anatoli Souvlaki with with caviar spread, prawns, spanakopita, and roasted lamb.

Anatoli Souvlaki with tasting plate with caviar spread prawns spanakopita and lamb

Anatoli Souvlaki with Tasting plate with caviar spread, prawns, spanakopita, and roast lamb

The District offered us Belgian-style pomme frites (twice fried), and served either with a herbed mayo or ketchup.

Pomme frites from The District (image courtesy The District)

Pomme frites from The District (image courtesy The District)

More seafood was to be tasted at Pier 7 Restaurant; a large oyster on the half shell (not sure of the variety), a prawn, and seared tuna.  Pier 7 is located right on False Creek, so you have a spectacular view of downtown.

Pier 7 with sear tuna shrimp and oyster

Pier 7 with sear tuna shrimp and oyster

The Cafe for Contemporary Art offered two items, a Basa fish taco (open face), and a vegetarian taco (not sure the ingredients).

Cafe for Contemporary art with a fish taco and vegetarian taco

Cafe for Contemporary art with a fish taco and vegetarian taco

Tasting Plates North Vancouver Edition July 23 – Get Your Tickets

Tasting Plates North Vancouver editionTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Lower Lonsdale neighborhood of North Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 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 restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food to the guests, thereby showcasing their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs. All of the restaurants are in a walkable area and you won’t need a car for this event, I would suggest if coming from Vancouver that you take the seabus over to Lonsdale Quay which will be running every 15 minutes until 7:30pm.
  • 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:

Advance Tickets:

$35 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $115 for 4 pak of tickets or $150 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). Regular Tickets $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after July 21, 2013.

Advance Tickets are available for purchase online only at : http://tastingplatesnorthvan.eventbrite.com/

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).

Lolo Restaurant

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} catch(err) {}Yesterday evening I had the chance to attend the grand opening of Lolo Restaurant in North Vancouver. The restaurant specializes in small plates and flatbreads. To those there is a selection of wine, beer and other drinks. We were offered a selection of spreads on flatbreads (which are made at the restaurant). We tried celery bonne femme, silky chicken liver, spicy spinach, Moorish fava bean and mint, and smoked salmon on flatbreads. They were all very tasty, and went well with the wine I was drinking, which was the Barefoot Cellars Pinot Grigio. It was crisp and refreshing with peachy, citrus flavours.

I had a chance to speak with the General Manager, Michael Moller. He has a lengthy professional background, and has worked at the Beachhouse at Dundarave, Hart House at Deer Lake, proprietor of Gambrinus Restaurant, Northlands, the Observatory at Grouse Mountain, and many more! He has been a national finalist in the Sopexa Foods and Wines of France sommelier competition 3 times in the 80’s and 90’s. Michael is an easy to speak to person, with lots enthusiasm for this restaurant.

So if you are in North Vancouver, drop by 100 East 2nd Ave. Enjoy!