Best Sandwich Challenge

Vanfoodster’s Vancouver Sandwich Challenge is On!

Creativity does not always have to be in top-end restaurants.  You or I can be creative when we make our meals for example. Add arugula to a salad or top it on pizza for example.  Some dishes you may not think of as being creative, but there again you would be incorrect.  Take for example a sandwich.  How many different types of proteins, sauces, spreads, vegetables, pickles, grilled veggies, types of breads, wraps, etc. you could combine to make a sandwich.  As such Vancouver Foodster has just launched his Vancouver Sandwich Challenge, and I am one of the judges.  Watch my Instagram and Twitter posts when I visit each of the participating restaurants.  I will try to offer a suggested wine to pair with each sandwich.  You can also visit these restaurants till the end of the month and vote for your favourite sandwich. Here is the official announcement for the Sandwich Challenge. Enjoy.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sandwich creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their Sandwich creations on their menu from September 7-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the sandwich creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best stacked sandwich creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

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 #SandwichChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite sandwich 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 sandwich creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites 

Here are the sandwich creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Delizie

Vesuvio

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Rosangela Atte

Description: like the volcano that symbolizes Naples. It’s an explosion (no pun intended) of typical Neapolitan flavors and textures: the crusty in-house made bread, the juicy veal cutlet, the sweet and tangy plum tomato sauce, the succulent eggplant fries, the gooey smoked provolone, the peppery and crisp arugula and savory in-house made pesto.

ingredients: -In-house made ciabatta, Veal cutlet(veal from Columbus Meat Market), Fried eggplant, Italian plum tomato sauce, Smoked provolone, Arugula, In-house made pesto(nut free)

or $16 with side salad or soup.

Offered: all the time.

Delizie

22266 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 467-1711

Web: http://www.delizie.ca/

Twitter: @deliziebakery

Instagram: @deliziebakery

 

West Village Cafe

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Price: $8.99

Created by: Chef Tim Cuff

Description: Local and in-house roasted chicken lightly seasoned with house made hot sauce, sundried tomato pesto, pickled shallots, garlic mayo, swiss cheese & arugula on toasted sourdough. Pairs best with a side of soup or seasonal mixed bean salad.

Offered: daily after 11am

West Village Cafe

#160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 372-2083

Web: https://www.facebook.com/West-Village-Cafe-618382875024012/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

 

Caffe Artigiano

Paulino Piadina

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Breaded chicken breast, roast garlic aioli, mozzarella, marinara sauce & arugula. Served in Italian Piadina flatbread.

Offered: all the time.

Caffe Artigiano

2154 West 41st Avenue

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

and

Caffe Artigiano

763 Hornby Street

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

And

Caffe Artigiano

3154 Highland Blvd

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

 

Rosemary Rocksalt

The Rocksalt Reuben

Created by: Scott Robertson

Price: $10.50

Description: Your choice of bagel… best on our signature Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, egg, green pepper, red onion, and pesto cream cheese.

Offered: all the time.

Rosemary Rocksalt

2515 Main Street

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

And

Rosemary Rocksalt

1350 Commercial Drive

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

And

Rosemary Rocksalt

1669 Lonsdale

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

And

Rosemary Rocksalt

333 Brooksbank Avenue

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

 

Solly’s Bagelry

Sesame Sunrise Eggel

Price: $9.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description:Delicious double layered cold and hot breakfast sandwich made with a layer of lemony Avocado and crunchy veggies and a second layer of melted Edam over a hot poached egg.

Offered: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

And

Solly’s Bagelry

4071 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

and

Solly’s Bagelry

2873 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

 

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

Eve

Price: $11.99

Created by: Chef Rico Verzosa

Description: Smoked Short Ribs with Red Wine and Apple reduction served with Arugula and Sorel on toasted bun with Aioli.

Offered: all the time.

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

108-5188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.smokehousesandwich.ca/

Instagram: @smokehousesandwich

 

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People lined up at Radicle Juice for Brunch Crawl Main St

My Main St Brunch Crawl Highlights for DOVF

My last Brunch Crawl for Dine Out Vancouver 2016 was on Main Street.  I had hoped to have a sunny day like my North Van Brunch Crawl, but the weather was rather cold, rainy, and blustery.  Main Street is a happening place for restaurants if you haven’t tried the neighbourhood lately.   Starting around Broadway and moving south to King Edward, you will find many different restaurants to please your taste buds.  For this Brunch Crawl we sampled from:

Starting any morning off, you need coffee, which is what we received from Republica Coffee Roasters, who were serving small samples of their coffee, very strong coffee, inside of The Honey Shoppe.  After coffee, we moved onto enjoying a warm chocolate almond crepe with raspberry honey butter.  The crepe was really nice, and I enjoyed the rich chocolate filling and the fresh tart raspberries.  Also we did try various flavours of honey.  The one I really liked was the Blackberry honey.  Really had a blackberry flavour to it, which comes from the blackberry flowers.

The Honey Shoppe - chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

The Honey Shoppe – chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

Next stop was The August Market where we had a very tasty and healthy bowl containing Greek yogurt and mixed Fruit & Nut granola from Good Habit Foods.  The tartness of the yogurt complemented the fruit and sweetness and crunch of the granola oats. The decadence after that came from The Lemon Square, lemon square.  Tasty lemon, that is not too sour, and has the right amount of sweetness.  Coffee would have worked well with this square.  We also had a small sample of a chocolate almond milk at The August Market which was very tasty.  Light chocolate and nuttiness flavours.

The August Market - Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

The August Market – Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

Radicle Juice pumped us full of fresh fruit juices.  One came from the “heat shot“, made from ginger (lots), apple, and lemon.  It was really spicy, especially if you took the shot all at once, like I did.  To cool down I had a Dragonfly smoothie, made from fresh orange juice, coconut milk, strawberry, pineapple, dragonfruit, and ginger (just a pinch).  Also we enjoyed an acai mini berry bowl that came with chopped banana and coconut water and topped with granola ans seasonal berries.  I would definitely come back for a berry bowl.  Really full of flavour and texture.  Radicle Juice makes all their smoothies and bowls when you order them, with fresh fruit.  Nothing pre-made in purchased tetra packs that I could see.

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl heat shot and Dragonfly smoothie

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl, heat shot, and Dragonfly smoothie

Our next stop was Nirvana.  The one on Vancouver, Main St.  Not the metaphysical one.  An Indian restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember.  They provided us with a sampling of Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan, and Mango lassi.  I enjoyed the kofta with rice.  It was quite filling, and not very spicy.  The mango lassi is a drink made from yogurt and mango.  It was very thick and had nice mango flavour.  If I were to have a wine with this, maybe a nice BC Gamay Noir.

Nirvana - Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Nirvana – Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, for three kinds of bagels.   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew, plus they make the bagels right there.  You can watch them putting the bagels into the oven and then removing them, admiring the toasty brownness of the crust and the smell of fresh bread.  Rosemary Rocksalt 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 smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Thanks to Richard Wolak, aka Vancouver Foodster for working the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for putting on this event.

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

Photographic Highlights of Tasting Plates Main Street

Last week was Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Main Street edition.  We had a beautiful sunny evening to stroll along Main Street sampling from 6 restaurants / venues.  The restaurants / venues, their menus, and my pictures are below.  Enjoy, and visit them if you want to try them too.

Tapas 23 Restaurant

MENU
Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:
1)    Fire roasted chick peas. (V)
2)    Potato crusted wings (achote sauce).
3)    Bombas (braised pork belly). 
4)    Bruselas (Brussel sprouts, sweet balsamic, almonds aged cheddar) (V)
 
The braised pork belly was the star on the plate, but I also must mention an item that was not on the original list; Albondigas.  This Spanish style meatball was tender and had a paprika sauce that took the flavour up a notch.
Tapas 23 with pork belly, wings, and brussel sprouts

Tapas 23 with pork belly, wings, and brussel sprouts

Rosemary Rocksalt

MENU
Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:
1)  Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich on a Rosemary Rocksalt bagel
2)  Lox & Cream Cheese sandwich on a bagel (variety of flavours)
3)  Sweet Rugolach pastry (variety of flavours)
 
The Montreal smoked meat sandwich was served hot. It melted in your mouth.  I would have loved a choice of mustard.
Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat sandwich, lox and cream cheese on bagel, and sweet Rugolach pastry

Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat sandwich, lox and cream cheese on bagel, and sweet Rugolach pastry

ShakTea

MENU
Our Tasting Cup includes your choice or all of these teas
1)    French Earl Grey black (hot and caffeinated)
2)    Ginger Lemon herbal (hot and caffeinated)
3)    African dream rooibos (iced and non-caffeinated)

and 
Our Tasting Plate includes these 2 items:
1)    Chocolate chilli fudge brownie
2)    Matcha date balls (gluten free)
 
All 3 teas were very different and each were enjoyable to sip.  I can see both the ginger lemon and the African dream rooibos making good iced tea for the summer.
ShakTea with French Earl Grey, Ginger Lemon, and Africa dream rooibos teas

ShakTea with French Earl Grey, Ginger Lemon, and Africa dream rooibos teas

Main Street Honey Shoppe

MENU
Our Tasting Plate includes these 2 items:
1)    Honey almond cake or gluten free spiced cookie
2)    Cream Cheese Brownie made with Tawari honey from New Zealand.
and
Honeycomb – as raw as it gets!
Sample a slice of pure honeycomb from British Columbia, paired with premium cheese and Honey Sampling.
Before getting to the honey almond cake and cream cheese brownie (which was rich and moist), the honey tasting was quite interesting as we were introduced to honey from different flowers, e.g. clover vs wildflower.  Most of the honeys we tasted were from BC, but we also had a chance to try more exotic honeys from New Zealand and Australia.  My favourite was the Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey.
 

Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey

Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey

Main Street Honey shoppe with cream cheese brownie, gluten free spiced cookie, and honeycomb

Main Street Honey shoppe with cream cheese brownie, gluten free spiced cookie, and honeycomb

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

MENU
Our Tasting Plate will feature your choice of these flatbread pizzas:
1)    Farmers Market Pizza: Topped with local organic balsamic marinated rhubarb and chard from City Farms, three herb nut free pesti & Capriny goat’s cheese. (V)
2)    Naturally Meaty: Spicy certified organic beef, sulphate free Italian sausage, ripe tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, asiago cheese & fresh herbs.
I was originally unsure about the veggie pizza, never having tried balsamic marinated rhubarb and chard before, but this pizza was quite tasty.  The meat pizza was also very good.  I quite like their crusts.  Never soggy.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Veggie Farmers Market pizza (front) and Naturally Meaty pizza (back)

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Veggie Farmers Market pizza (front) and Naturally Meaty pizza (back)

Miura Waffle & Milk Bar

MENU
Our Tasting Plate includes all 4 items:
1)    Kachan Karaage Waffle Sando – hor d’oeuvres style: Ginger fried chicken, Asian slaw, & 1000 Island sauce
2)    Teri-Vani Waffle Sando – hor d’oeuvres style: Vanilla ice cream, Whipped cream & Teriyaki sauce
3)    Nori Nachos – Nori chips (fried seaweed), Melted cheese, Tomato salsa & Sour cream
4)    Dessert Nachos – Nori chips, Chocolate sauce, Whipped cream & Strawberry
 

This was the last stop on the route for me today, and unfortunately I ran out of time due to the line up length.  I will have to come by on my own to try out their waffle.