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.

Highlights from Vancouver Foodsters Noodle Mania #NoodleManiaYVR

Shaktea Noodle Mania starting point

Shaktea Noodle Mania starting point

On Sunday @vanfoodster had his inaugural Noodle Mania event. It spread across 10 restaurants in Vancouver. It was quite fun as the food was varied.  There were noodle dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, and China, as well as North American favourites from way back, like mac & cheese.   The restaurants available for us to sample on this day were:

I spent 3 hrs eating and driving to these places, but I did not get to visit them all.  Sorry to Mac Shack, Yaletown l’Antipasto, and Urban Thai Bistro.  I did see good tweets about your restaurants.

Of the restaurants I did visit, my Ultimate Favourite was Chau Veggie Express! They offered 2 dishes for us to sample: Soft Tropical Rainstorm, and Sliding down the Sanddunes.  Nice names; sounds like names of songs from Zamfir, but the food was really tasty. The Soft Tropical Rainstorm was a warm noodle dish with a coconut cream sauce, shredded veggies, and crispy shallots.  I did like the creaminess of this dish along with the bright herb flavours and the crunch of the shallots.  Equally good was the Sliding Down the Sanddunes, a Tom Yum type soup.  Lemongrass & ginger, peanut spiced broth, assorted tofus, lotus root slices and greens.  The lemon grass made the broth and I did like to crunch into the lotus root.  I will be back to Chau Veggie Express.

Chau VeggiExpress

Chau VeggiExpress Soft Tropical Rainstorm and Sliding down the Sanddunes

Other dishes I particularly enjoyed:

  • Bob Likes Thai Food’s Kanom Jeen (Noodles with a fish curry sauce).  I had never had, or heard of, this Thai rice noodle dish before.  It is a combination of noodles, fish curry (finely ground), vegetables and spices.  I found a recipe online. There were so many different flavours and textures in this dish. It was really quite amazing.
  • Fets Bar & Grill’s Cajun Cream Chicken on Linguini. This is quite a spicy dish.  The cream sauce is quite light so you won’t feel like napping after eating it.  The spice doesn’t burn your mouth, like a Thai dish would.  The spice is black/white pepper at the back of your throat.  Grab a beer at the Bar to wash it down.  They also have a wide selection of whisky.  Mine was one aged in a Brandy cask.
Fets Bar and Grill Cajun Cream Chicken and Mac n Cheese

Fets Bar and Grill Cajun Cream Chicken and Mac n Cheese

Fets Bar and Grill whiskys

Fets Bar and Grill whiskys

Bob Likes Thai Food Kanom Jeen

Bob Likes Thai Food Kanom Jeen

Shaktea on Main Street was the starting point for this event.  Even though they did not have a noodle dish, we were offered to sample from 3 different teas.  I tried the cinnamon roobios tea.  I enjoyed it.  It had a long finish with cinnamon and vanilla.  Thanks again to @vanfoodster for hosting this event, and all the other events for the foodie community.

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