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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Photos from Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition

Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates card

Last week was Vancouver Foodster‘s 2nd Tasting Plates event in Vancouver. The first one was held downtown in February. This one was primarily on Main Street, which is gaining more restaurants and cafes. We were lucky to have a nice, not rainy, day to walk about. My partner in crime this evening was Dianne Chow @diannechow.

Dianne and I visited the following restaurants and cafes:

  • Salt Spring Coffee
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co
  • Trafiq Café & Bakery
  • Bob Likes Thai Food
  • mygoodness! gluten & wheat free kitchen
  • Triple O’s on the Go
  • Sal y Limon
  • Fray

Enjoy our tasting trip through my photos.

Trafiq Café & Bakery

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

Bob Likes Thai Food – Tuna Chili Dip, Rice ball with red curry paste, papaya salad and more.

Salt Spring Coffee – spiced orange mocha

Fray – Portobello Fries, Rosemary-Infused Potato / Taro Chips, Polenta Salad and Pork Belly Sandwich

Sal y Limon – making a Taco pollo pibil

Triple O’s on the Go – Mac & Cheese slider and Butterfinger milk shake enjoyed (but not shown)

mygoodness! gluten & wheat free kitchen – savory and sweet tarts

Overall my favourite restaurant sampling of the evening was the Sal y Limon Taco pollo pibil.  I like the texture of the corn tortilla, plus you could pick which salsa/sauce you wanted to top on your chicken.  The favourite drink is a toss up between the Butterfinger milk shake and the spiced orange mocha.  Overall all the places had something tasty to try. The full menu that evening for each restaurant are at this link.

Vancouver Tasting Plates Summer Edition Great Food Menu

Tasting Plates Summer Edition

If you have not yet purchased your ticket for Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Summer Edition (which is on this Wednesday starting at 6pm), here is the menus from the participating Main Street restaurants. There will be a link at the bottom of this page where you can purchase your tickets to this event.  I think it is going to be seriously delicious, and seriously filling. See you there!

Participating restaurants and their menus for the evening event are as follows:

Salt Spring Coffee Company

4295 Main Street

Twitter: @SS_Coffee

Our Tasting Plates will be Cups and we are offering these coffees:

  1. La Labor, a delicious seasonal coffee from Honduras.
  2. Spiced mocha featuring Metta espresso. Organic cocoa and warm spices compliment our four bean espresso blend.
  3. Metta Espresso, ristretto style
  4. Dark Decaf – Peru prepared to order on our pour over bar

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

4186 Main Street

Twitter: @FlatbreadCo

Our Tasting Plate will feature your choice of these flatbread pizzas:

All of our flatbread pizzas are handcrafted and topped with organic tomato sauce & mozzarella cheese.

  1. FARMERS MARKET:  Topped with a combination of four to five seasonal local veggies, three herb nut free pesto & goat cheese.
  2. SUNDRIED TOMATO & GOAT CHEESE: Sun dried tomatoes sauteed in garlic, brown mushrooms, artichokes, Capriny goat’s cheese & fresh chopped herbs.
  3. NATURALLY MEATY: Spicy certified organic beef, sulphate free Italian sausage, ripe tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, asiago cheese and fresh herbs.
  4. PARMA HAM: Schinken speck (cured ham), brown mushrooms & mango.  It is baked in our artisan oven & topped with roughly chopped arugula & parmesan cheese.

farmers market pizza

Trafiq Café & Bakery

4216 Main Street

Twitter: @TrafiqCafe

Our Tasting Plate will be  your choice of Sweet OR Savoury:

Canape Plate (Vegetarian): Featuring a Trio of Trafiq Artisan Breads & Pastry

  1. Artichoke Quiche with sundried tomato
  2. Baked Brie Toast Points with dulce de leche served on cranberry pecan bread
  3. Roasted Red Pepper & Chevre on walnut rosemary bread

OR

Dessert Plate: Showcasing Decadence In Every Bite

  1. Salted Caramel Pecan Cookie
  2. Killer Brownie
  3. Lemon Blueberry Tartlet

Mobius Coffee & Tea

4125 Main Street

Twitter: @MobiusCoffeeTea

  1. Our Tasting Plate will feature your choice of  2 different kinds of Cheesecake

Bob Likes Thai Food

3755 Main Street

Twitter: @boblikethaifood

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

  1. MIANG KHAM [mîəŋ kʰam] (just a bite)

Piper sarmentosum or chaphlu leaves,

Roasted coconut shavings, Lime, Shallot,

Peanut and Ginger with Tamarind Palm Sugar sauce.

      2. TUNA CHILLI DIP (spicy)

Tuna, Garlic, Chilli, Lime leaf, mashed in Mortar serve with Cucumber

      3. BOB’S CHIP

Fried rice ball of red curry paste, lime leaf and Black sesame seeds

     4. PAPAYA SALAD

Shredded green papaya with green beans, tomato, garlic, chillies, fresh lime juice

ShakTea

3702 Main Street

Twitter: @ShakteaVan

Our Tasting Plate will include both of these items along with Tasting cups of Tea

  1. (Shaktea recipe from East Meets West) Tea Egg Sandwich with Smokey Tea Sauce and;
  2. Miniature Cream Earl Grey shortbread cookie and;
  3. Tea tasting from a selection of five different teas (Sikkim Temi Estate, French Earl Grey, Oriental Nights Green Tea, Organic Coconut Cream Chai, Mount Pleasant Sunset Rooibos)

mygoodness! gluten & wheat free kitchen

235 East Broadway

Twitter: @mygoodnessgf

Our Tasting Plate will be a Platter featuring your choice of

gluten-free sweet or savoury tart.

And a Goodie Bag to go that will include:

Crackers/ cheese, queijos (Brazilian cheese bread) with salsa, & mini carrot cake)

Triple O’s on the Go

Mobile Food Truck –located on Main Street – just South of Broadway on the East side of the street.

Twitter: @TripleOsOntheGo

Our Tasting Plate will include any or all of these 4 items

1. Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

“Hand scooped vanilla bean ice cream and candied orange syrup, served with fresh whipped cream”

      2. Butterfinger Milkshake

“Hand scooped vanilla bean ice cream and crushed Butterfinger, served with fresh whipped cream”

      3. Meatball Sliders

“Our house made meatballs smothered in marinara sauce, served on our toasted mini slider bun with pesto and provolone cheese”

      4. Crispy Mac n’ Cheese Slider

“Ooey-Gooey mac n’ cheese fritter, served on our toasted mini slider bun with house made bacon-ketchup”

Sal y Limon

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Our Tasting Plate will feature a choice of one of these tacos:

  1. Taco pollo pibil
  2. Pulled pork
  3. Zucchini with corn

Pop Up Pizza

646 Kingsway

Twitter: @PopUpPizzaCA

Our Tasting Plate will feature your choice one of these pizzas:

1. MISFIT

Rosemary Wild Boar Salami, Pecorino Toscano, Proscutto, “Super Tomatoee Sauce”, Basil Leaf, Red Wine and Garlic Marinated Roma Tomatoes baked and finished with Romano Cheese.

2. HOTEL CALIFORNIA

Garlic infused Olive Oil with Caramelized Onions, Wine-Poached Pear, Fresh Mozza and Gorgonzola Cheese topped with Walnuts and Fresh Baby Arugula.

3. SUBLIME

Also known as the ‘Game Changer”. White Wine, Cilantro, Garlic, Prawn and Lobster, Baja-Style Tomato and Pepper Sauce with Parmesan and Piquante cheese.

Fray

3980 Fraser Street

Twitter: @FrayonFraser

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

  1. Portobello Fries
  2. Rosemary-Infused Potato and Taro Chips
  3. Polenta Salad
  4. Pork Belly Sandwich

Details about each of the participating restaurants here.

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://tastingplatesyvrsummer.eventbrite.com/

Several of the restaurants will be offering wine, beer and cocktail specials at their locations during the evening.

Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23, $100 for 4 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23rd. *Regular Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after June 23– ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (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).

Charity Partner

Thank you to our Tent sponsor: Lonsdale Event Rentals

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition – Get Your Tickets

If you like a bit of a restaurant crawl (similar to a pub crawl, but this one is food-based), then consider attending the Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition.  Here are all the details you need to know, including participating restaurants, day and cost, from @vanfoodster ‘s press release.  Partial proceeds donated to support Project Limelight. I attended the February event and had fun. Enjoy!

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Vancouver Foodster presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” – Summer Edition

Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Summer Edition

Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6 to 10 p.m. as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” Summer Edition.

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 & food trucks, throughout the evening and they will walk, bike, transit, drive or car pool around East Van (Main Street, Fraser Street & Kingsway (between Main & Fraser) to the various participating restaurants.
Let your taste buds travel the city with Vancouver Foodster. Participating restaurants include:

More restaurants to be announced soon!

These are some of the tasty dishes to whet your appetite – offered at our previous event in February. and photos from our previous event in February.
Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23, $100 for 4 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23rd. *Regular Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after June 23 – ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (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 they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc
Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://tastingplatesyvrsummer.eventbrite.com/