How Was Vancouver Foodsters Culinary Scavenger Hunt?

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt?  It has been a long time for me, but on Sunday April 6, Vancouver Foodster had his inaugural Culinary Scavenger Hunt in downtown Vancouver.  We had to visit 9 different restaurants and do or get something as outlined on our clue sheet, then bring it back to the start.  Everyone that completed the tasks would be entered for a draw to win fabulous prizes (BTW, I did not win any prizes.  Just attending is a prize for me!)  The event is very similar to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, in that you get to sample some small dish at each restaurant, but you also have this additional fun component.  Some of the tasks would be for example, to get the Take Out menu from a particular restaurant, or to get your picture taken with a server at a restaurant.

Where Did We Go?

The restaurants we visited:

A Few Highlights

XOXOLAT – How can you go wrong with hand-made chocolates?  We were treated to a flight of chocolates; some were straight dark chocolate, while others were mixed with other ingredients, like Nacho Chips & Lime or Sour Cherries and Chilies.  I really like this store and with their range of chocolates I am sure everyone will find something they would enjoy.

xoxolat West Coast Breakfast and Sour Cherry and Chilies chocolate bars

xoxolat West Coast Breakfast and Sour Cherry and Chilies chocolate bars

Soirette Macarons & Tea – Macarons are hard to pass up.  They are light and delicate and come in a variety of flavours, and are so very European.  Enjoy them with tea.  I had not been to Soirette before but I did enjoy the two macarons that we sampled.  I in particular liked the lemon flavoured macaron.

Soirette macarons

Soirette macarons

Milestones Yaletown – Milestones surprised me with a Mexican styled breakfast taco.  Each taco chip was topped with chorizo, scrambled egg, scallion and cheese.  I do like Latin flavours and this one had the right amount of spice.  Not sure if this, or something similar is on their regular menu.

Milestones breakfast tacos

Milestones breakfast tacos

Chasers Fresh Juice – If a healthy lifestyle is something you aspire to, then visit Chasers Fresh Juice.  There you can get freshly squeezed orange juice, with the juice coming straight out of the juicer.  They try to purchase as much local and organic ingredients as possible.  They also have gluten free options.  Besides juice they also have baked goods ( I didn’t check into this too much but I did notice it at the back).  Being gluten sensitive, I was glad to hear I could have a nibble along with a sip of healthy juice.

Chasers Orange Juice Maker

Chasers Orange Juice Maker

Marquis Wine Cellars – One of my long-standing favourite wine shops around Vancouver.  Marquis has a wide selection of wines from around the world, and also supports our local BC wine industry.  Today we had a chance to sample BC’s Haywire The Bub sparkling wine and nec-otium Pinot Grigio from Italy.  I really enjoyed The Bub and had it paired with a slice of green apple.

Haywire The Bub and nec-otium Pinot Grigio at Marquis Wine Cellars

Haywire The Bub and nec-otium Pinot Grigio at Marquis Wine Cellars

DeDutch Pannekoek House – was serving a savory Pannekoek with fried bacon and cheese.  Bacon makes everything taste good.  (as a side note, you can get bacon infused chocolate at XOXOLAT.)

A savoury bacon and cheese pannekoek

A savoury bacon and cheese pannekoek

Vancouver Foodster launches the 1st Culinary Scavenger Hunt

culinary scavenger huntA new twist to the Tasting Plates, Vancouver Foodster has combined tasting with solving puzzles.  Sign up and try this inaugural event by Vancouver Foodster.  The details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Your scavenger hunt is a multi-faceted “tasting experience” through downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, prizes and more. Following your “map and clues card” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites and treats as well as have a chance to meet the chefs and other notable personalities. This afternoon tasting experience goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Bring your friends, your significant other, your family or come solo.

Visit each of the participating restaurants, cafes, establishments at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Xoxolat -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Map Clue Tasting Cards.

Participating restaurants, cafes and establishments:

XOXOLAT
1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Twitter: @Xoxolat
Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/
Cuisine: Chocolatier

BELLA GELATERIA
1001 West Cordova, Vancouver
Twitter:@bellagelateria
Web:http://www.bellagelateria.com
Feature: Gelato

Seventeen89 Restaurant
1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.1789.ca/
Twitter: @1789Restaurant
Cuisine: Steak Seafood

Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @SoiretteMacaron
Web: http://soirette.com/
Cuisine: Tea & dessert

Milestones Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter:
Cuisine: Westcoast

De Dutch Pannekoek House
60-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Web: http://www.dedutch.com/
Twitter: @dedutch
Cuisine: Dutch

Chasers Fresh Juice
1026 Mainland, Vancouver
Web: http://www.chasersjuice.com/
Twitter: @FreshJill
Cuisine: Juice

The Parlour Restaurant
1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com
Twitter: @ParlourYaletown
Cuisine: Pizza

More restaurants, cafes, chefs and establishments to be announced soon.

Details here:
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/03/14/vancouver-foodster-culinary-scavenger-hunt-on-april-6/

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://vancouverculinaryscavengerhunt.eventbrite.ca

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after April 4.

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

Ticket price includes dishes, bites and treats at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the afternoon. (Beverages are included at some establishments which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase other drinks 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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.