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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My Bada Bing Food Truck Experience

Bada Bing Truck with menu

After a quick meeting downtown today, it was almost noon, so I decided to try a food truck.  Beside the Burrard Skytrain station was the Bada Bing truck. They proudly list that they make a chicken and a steak Philly Cheese sandwich.  I decided to go for the chicken this time.  The sandwich came on a foot-long bun, loaded with bite sized pieces of chicken in a light Middle Eastern flavoured sauce to me, along with lots of fried onions, and melted provolone cheese.  The sandwich was piping hot, the way I like it.  I didn’t try to add any extra condiments, but wished I did.  The sandwich was good, and filling, but there was no bright or sour flavours to complement the chicken & fried onions.  I think some dill pickle, or picked banana peppers would have been a great addition to the sandwich.  I will have to try next time.

What wine would I have with this Chicken Philly Cheese?  I think a juicy Gamay would be my first choice.  Not overly heavy bodied or too much dark fruit flavours.  A few gamays that I can recommend are:

  • Bada Bing Chicken Philly Cheese

    Henry Fessy Julienas 2009, France ($25.99). If you like lighter bodied reds, such as from Pinot Noir, you may also like this wine, which is made from the Gamay grape. Nice medium ruby colour. Light cherry nose.  Medium body with light tannins and medium acidity. Cherry flavours. Easy to enjoy.

  • Henry Fessy “St. Amour”, 2009, France ($24.99). This is a Beaujolais from the eastern part of France (south of Burgundy), made from the Gamay grape.  Pale ruby in colour.  Cherry bon bon nose. Light body and lower tannins.  Cherry flavour. Lighter in body than a Bordeaux, similar in weight to a lighter Pinot Noir.
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gamay Noir 2009, BC ($12.90).  An unbelievable price for a single varietal wine from the Okanagan. This is a nice light bodied wine that you can serve slightly chilled.  The wine was pale cherry in colour.  Restrained aromas of red cherry and red currants, and a hint of smoke. On the palate there was violets, roses, cherries, black pepper and a bit of spice.  Refreshing acidity and quite a long finish.

If you do not like red wine, try these white wines:

  • Stags Hollow Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc 2010

    Stags Hollow Viognier 2010, BC. This Viognier was pale in colour with some sweetness, orange, and flower aromas. Very pretty. Tropical fruit and cinnamon flavours.  Medium body.

  • Thornhaven Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2010, BC. I think there is something specific about the terroir for this wine that makes this Pinot Gris have a wonderful grapefruit nose and flavour.  I haven’t seen this in other Okanagan Pinot Gris. Pale lemon in colour with red grapefruit nose. Flowery with citrus, grapefruit flavours. Yum.
  • Monmousseau Cuvee JM Brut 2007, France ($19.99). This sparkler is made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes. Light lemon in colour .  Light citrus with a hint of honey aromas.  Cinnamon greets your lips up front on the palate, followed with citrus and apple flavours.  Medium acid and length.  Very tasty.

I hope to have more time to visit other food trucks in downtown Vancouver this summer, and give you my wine pairing recommendations. Enjoy!