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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.

Noodle Mania on January 6, 2016 – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout Vancouver! This 3rd noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster.

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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, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Victoria Tran

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.

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

  • 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.

Registration: Platform 7 Coffee  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

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U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @UIThai2

Cuisine: Thai

Authentic Thai cuisine native to Thailand with a focus on quality and we only use fresh ingredients for our customers. And we provide a wide selection of dishes for guests interested in vegetarian and gluten free options.

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Linh Cafe

2836 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://linhcafe.com/

Twitter: @LinhCafeVan

Cuisine: traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking

Our dream is to create an unpretentious, casual, family style restaurant – serving authentic country style French cuisine with a twist of Vietnamese cuisine.

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Grotto Italian

1785 Davie Street

Web: http://grottoitalian.ca/

Twitter: @grottovancouver

Cuisine: Italian

Now open in English bay!! Fresh Italian, tons of wine, amaro based cocktail programs.

Platform 7

2300 West Broadway

Web: http://www.platform7coffee.com/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Cuisine: Coffee and baked goods

Platform 7 Coffee Brew Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience. Platform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London Train Station to experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso and coffee brew bar drinks. We selected Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, as our flagship coffee roaster. Dialing in the perfect profile on our Strada, gives us the distinct pleasure in presenting the absolute best cup of coffee to our guests. From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience can take one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite coffees from around the world. Providing a guiding and careful hand, our staff take great pride in presenting and serving our guests with unique and enticing brew techniques.

Watch for more restauarants to be announced soon

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $150 for a 5 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 5 pack, tickets only $30 each). Regular Tickets $55 per person after January 2, 2016.

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 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.

Vancouver Foodster Presents Tasting Plates East Village on March 11

Local foodies and tourists alike are invited to tantalize their taste buds at our next Tasting Plates event.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10 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.

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, roller skates, or carpooling.
Participating restaurants:

Platform 7

2331 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.platform7coffee.com/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Cuisine: Coffee and baked goods

Platform 7 Coffee Brew Bar provides a unique coffee culture experience. Platform 7 transforms you to a Victorian London Train Station to experience beautiful hand-crafted espresso and coffee brew bar drinks. We selected Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, as our flagship coffee roaster. Dialing in the perfect profile on our Strada, gives us the distinct pleasure in presenting the absolute best cup of coffee to our guests. From a delectable selection of the finest locally-sourced artisan bakeries to our tailor-made sandwiches, the Platform 7 experience can take one on an exotic journey to taste exquisite coffees from around the world. Providing a guiding and careful hand, our staff take great pride in presenting and serving our guests with unique and enticing brew techniques.

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Windsor Meats

2276 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.windsormeats.com/

Twitter:@WindsorMeats

Cuisine: Butcher Shop and Meats

Windsor Meat co. East Village. Our newest and most artisan focused location featuring Heritage Free Range Pork, Local Grass Fed & Barley/Alfalfa Finished Beef, Free Range Chicken, House Made Sausages, and Charcuterie. We source all our fresh meats from only the finest B.C. ranches and farmers that take pride in ethically raised meat. Our butchers are highly trained in nose to tail butchery and sausage making and would be happy to custom cut or source anything you are looking for.

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Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street

Web:http://www.dioliva.ca/

Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

 

Odd Society

1725 Powell Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.oddsocietyspirits.com/

Twitter: @oddspirits

Cuisine: Distillery tasting room

Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive 

2257 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://jackalopesdive.com/

Twitter: @JackalopesDive

Cuisine: Southern

 

Pallet Coffee Roasters

323 Semlin Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://palletcoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @PalletCoffee

Cuisine: Coffee roaster and cafe

 

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Renfrew Cafe

826 Renfrew St, Vancouver

Web: http://www.renfrewcafe.ca/

Twitter: @renfrewcafe

Cuisine: Tea and pies

Advance Tickets: $45 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $210 for a 6 pack of tickets ($35 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $55 per person after March 8, 2015.

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

Vancouver Foodsters East Village Tasting Plates – The Review

This week we enjoyed visiting restaurants, cafes, a distillery and a brewery in the East Village area (centered around Hastings & Nanaimo) in Vancouver.  I really enjoyed myself and was quite full by the end.  The portions served by each place I visited was substantial.  I have found a few new places that I would like to visit again.  Below is the menu from each location and a picture or two that I took throughout the night.  Enjoy!

PLATFORM 7 COFFEE

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Featuring Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Beans:

  1. Espresso
  2. Americano
  3. Cortado  < I had the cortado, which is a double shot of espresso with milk in a small glass.

3 types of gluten free goodies:

Gluten Free Epicurean

  • Double Chocolate Salted Espresso Cookie (V) < I am a push over for chocolate, so this was my favorite.
  • Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie (V) < With this as my runner up cookie.

Italian Bakery

  • Italian Cookie (V)
Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

SALTENAS

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Cocktail Salteña (V) – Baked pot-pie, slight spicy and juicy, Beef or Vegetarian, filled with vegetables, potatoes and raisins. < I had the beef option. Full of slow cooked beef flavour.  Has a small amount of sauce inside to make it moist.  The pastry was flaky.  I will buy again.
  2. Quinoa Salad (V) – From the Bolivian Andes, mixed with fresh vegetables
  3. Alfajor (V) – Perfect light sweet cookie sandwich filled with Dulce de Leche and border with coconut < a wonderful, soft neutral flavoured cookie with a layer of dulce de leche through the middle and along the rim and bordered with coconut.  Really tasty and a good match with coffee.
  4. Beef Saltena, Quinoa Salad, and Alfajor cookie

    Quinoa Salad, Beef Saltena, and Alfajor cookie

Saltenas baked goods menu

Saltenas baked goods menu

KESSEL & MARCH

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Parsnip soup (V) < a nice earthy root flavour with creaminess from a hint of dairy
  2. Sardines on toast, salad cream, radish and celery salad < Would be nice with a cold beer, or maybe a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
  3. Beets and Apples, bitter greens and goats cheese (V)
Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel and March

Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel & March

ODD SOCIETY SPIRITS

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Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of spirits (TBA at location) < We sampled their East Van Vodka and their Creme de Cassis liqueur.  I asked what serving temperature to use for the vodka.  I was told that room temperature is OK, or a slight chill from the fridge.  I picked up some floral notes on the nose and cherry fruit on the palate.  The Creme de Cassis liqueur was sweet, but not cloying and full of cassis flavour.  You can buy both at the distillery.  The vodka costs $36 and the Creme de Cassis costs $22.

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

WINDSOR MEAT CO

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1) Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast: A unique pork experience from our premium pork supplier North Thompson Heritage Ranch in Barriere B.C. You will receive a portion of 10hr slow charcoal roasted Heritage Pork carved directly off the hog. < nice crispy skin.  The meat was so tender as it was roasted for 10 hours.  Would be great with a beer from Parallel 49 Brewery!

2) Irish Stout Chicken Sausage w/ Caramelized Onion. Made from LOCAL FREE RANGE chicken served with Kosliks Triple Crunch mustard. < lots of flavour in this chicken.

3) Asado NY Striploin kabob; Our house Argentinean Asado marinaded PEI (Free Range) NY Striploin Beef hot off the BBQ. < striploin was very tender and flavourful

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

PARALLEL 49 BREWERY

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Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of beers on offer (TBA at location) < The whole flight of their beers, 9 in total, was available to us to select one to try. I tried to find one similar to a Kilkenny. I was poured their Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.  Nice level of hoppiness for me.

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

SWEET TOOTH CAFÉ

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Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Doichaang coffee < This is made from Thai coffee beans.  A first for me.
  2. Cinnamon roll (V) < The cinnamon bun is very good.  Not thick and doughy.
  3. Tom Yum Soup < If you like spice, you will like this soup.  It had nice slices of mushrooms in it and pieces of chicken.
Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

STEAM TEA HOUSE

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Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of teas (TBA at location)  < I did not have a chance to visit Steam.  It was very busy with a long line up so I went to Sweet Tooth Cafe.