#DOVF Yaletown Brunch Crawl Poster

Dine Out Vancouver 2017 Yaletown Brunch Crawl Review

Dine Out Vancouver is well underway, as well as Vancouver Foodster’s Brunch Crawls for Dine Out.  I recently attended the Yaletown brunch crawl and had a great time visiting restaurants and other shops that I have not had a chance to visit before.  That is always the nice thing about the Brunch Crawls.  Following are pictures and some comments from my Yaletown experience at the various venues.

Rocanini Coffee

  • 8oz Rum latte with 2 shots of espresso (decaf/caffeine), 6oz of steamed milk (other milk alternatives – soy, almond, skim, whole) and rum flavouring (no alcohol).

A great way to start the Brunch Crawl.  The coffee really did have a nice rum flavour to it, without the punch.

Rocanini Coffee's Rum Latte

Rocanini Coffee’s Rum Latte

House Special

  • Congee Noir – Black & White rice porridge congee with house-made Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage, and house-made XO sauce
  • Vietnamese Festival Cake – Sticky rice roulade with pork, house-made 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage and celery, sriracha chutney
  • Steamed Glass Dumplings – Banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumplings, ground pork, cured shrimp, nouc cham, pork crackling and red chili.

This restaurant was really interesting.  I like Vietnamese food.  I do not have congee too often as there are other dishes that I prefer.  This one was quite flavourful with the boudin and XO sauce.  My favourite item though was the Vietnamese Festival cake.  I like sticky rice in general, and then adding the extra crunch from cucumber and spices from 5-spcie sausage and sriracha chutney made it a small flavour bomb.

House Special - Congee Noir, Vietnamese Festival Cake, and steamed glass dumplings

House Special – Congee Noir, Vietnamese Festival Cake, and steamed glass dumplings

Ganache Patisserie

  • Croissant aux Bleuets-Mures -vanilla pastry cream, blueberry-blackberry compote
  • Goyave Citron Mandarine – blood orange chiffon, lemon mousseline, guava gelee, lemon curd, and mandarin oranges
  • Madeleine
  • Raspberry Macaron

Probably my overall favourite stop at the Brunch Crawl.  The pastries here are done so well.  No item was overly sweet.  My favourite of my favourites was the Goyave Citron Mandarine (the item looking like a cake).  The guava flavour paired so nicely with the citrus and the mandarine oranges; and to top it off with fresh berries was a nice touch.

Ganache Patisserie - Crossaintm Madeleine, Macaron, and Goyave Citron Mandarine

Ganache Patisserie – Crossaintm Madeleine, Macaron, and Goyave Citron Mandarine

Living Produce Aisle

  • Pea Shoot & Kale Microgreens, Apple & Banana, combined with Grapefruit Juice and Aloe Vera Juice
  • Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie with Pea Shoots, Broccoli Microgreens, Peanut Butter & Banana, combined with Chocolate Protein Powder & Almond Milk
  • The Microgreen Salad – A mix of Pea Shoot, Sunflower, Purple Radish, Broccoli, Nasturtium, & Kale Microgreens combined with Pumpkin Seeds & Cranberries & lightly dressed with a Balsamic,
    Honey & Olive Oil Vinaigrette

I do not try smoothies that often that are made with greens, but gave it a try.  My preference was the Peanut Butter Cup smoothie.  The smoothie did have a strong peanut butter flavour and was very creamy.  It did not have too green or bitter a flavour which can come from greens.  I felt full and healthy after stopping here.

Living Produce Aisle - Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies

Living Produce Aisle – Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies

TeaJa Organic Teas

  • Double Cream Earl Grey OR Vanille Rouge teas

I chose the Vanille Rouge tea to try, made with Roobios tea leaves and had a drop of honey stirred into it.  Roobios is a red tea and is soothing to drink.  Try it.

Teaja Organic Teas - Double Cream Earl Grey and Vanille Rouge teas

Teaja Organic Teas – Double Cream Earl Grey and Vanille Rouge teas

Vancouver Foodster Noodle Mania

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania 2017 Photos To Enjoy

I think most cultures have at least one noodle dish.  Many we are familiar with such as spaghetti from Italy or chow mein from China.   Vancouver Foodster has been offering to us for a few years to try noodle dishes from around the world through his Noodle Mania event.  This year’s event let us try noodles from 6 different restaurants/venues.  Below are the pictures I took from each location and a brief description. Enjoy with your eyes, and if you like, go to visit them and try these dishes in person.

Commodity Juicery

If you want to feel healthy drop by Commodity Juicery.  The zucchini noodle dish was very light and not too filling.  Leaves room for other dishes along the way.

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Chutney Villa

Spicy is the operative word here.  I did enjoy this dish.  The squid was soft and not chewy.

Chutney Villa's Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Chutney Villa’s Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Thailicious

A new restaurant for me.  I do like Thai food.  We had two different types of noodles. I think they made the food so that it was not too spicy for most people.  There was chilies that you could add to your dish.  I really liked the smokiness of the Chicken Pad See-ew noodle dish.  I will come again to try their food at my spice level.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Yaletown l’Antipasto

Really nice quality food here.  Spaghetti alle Vongole is one of my go-to pasta dishes.  This one was done very well.  The chilies added a little bite without being overpowering.  I also liked the Garganelli with tomato sauce.  I enjoyed the creaminess in the tomato sauce from melted butter.  Not diet food.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Basil Garden

When I visit a new Vietnamese restaurant, the first thing that I order is a bowl of Pho, which is what I did at Basil Garden.  The pho is done well, and you can add Sriracha sauce for extra flavour and spice. The rare beef was well-done by the time it reached me, but it could be because of how many people were there for the Noodle Mania.  A place to try again.

pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres

I am happy to see youth cooking.  Skylar & Chloe were presenting their locally made tomato pasta sauce, served with fettuccine noodles.  Keep supporting our children and show them good food.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates Parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody.  Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer.  There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates.  Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery.  Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time.  They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza.  I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce.  The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad.  Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent.  One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales.  I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie.  It was grilled lightly.  You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering.  A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  Both offered us 4 beers to taste.  My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers.  Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert.  First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop.  Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us:  a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich.  All were very tasty.  I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most.  The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer.  The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream.  I highly recommend this place for ice cream.

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry.  Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie.  The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie.  It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky.  Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.

Tasting Plates Central Richmond on April 13

The next Tasting Plates by @VancouverFoodster is coming up April 13.  I heard that the last one held in Richmond was a great success and everyone had a good time.  Don’t miss out on this event.  Here is the announcement with restaurant listing.  Enjoy.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered on Number 3 Road and area from Bridgeport to Westminster Highway in Richmond,  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here). See our previous Tasting Plates Richmond dining tour here.

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

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

Participating restaurants:

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American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Web: http://americangrille.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

Cuisine: American

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

Cuisine:Regional/Local

The apron is small restaurant with a big bite. Featuring Contemporary West Coast cuisine made with the freshest ingredients from local providers, a creatively cultivated cocktail list, and local craft beer on a rotating tap; the apron truly reflects Richmond’s finest. The apron is conveniently located inside the Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel and is easily accessed on through the Canada line as well as other major transportation routes.

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Harold’s Bistro & Bar

7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.sheratonvancouverairport.com/harolds-bistro

Twitter: @HaroldsBistro

Cuisine: Contemporary American

 

 

CAVU Kitchen Bar

5911 Minoru Blvd , Richmond

Web: http://www.cavukitchenbar.com/

Twitter: @CAVUKitchenBar

Cuisine: Contemporary

 

More restaurants to be added!

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before March 25, 2016

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after March 25, 2016

Regular Tickets $55 per person after April 10, 2016

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (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 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.

Tasting Plates Downtown South on Sept 16 – Get Your Tickets

The latest Tasting Plates is coming up September 16; This one featuring restaurants in the Downtown South area of Vancouver.  I am quite excited with the list of restaurants, especially C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar, as they participated in the Calamari Challenge in June and made a FANTASTIC tasting dish with cheese stuffed calamari, bathed in a wonderful tomato sauce.  I can hardly wait to try their Tasting Plates offering.  You will see me there, and the other venues so please sign up before the tickets sell out.  It will be a lot of fun.  Here is the announcement by Vancouver Foodster.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Downtown South neighborhood (between Bute to Yaletown’s edge and Burrard to Nelson). This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: C Prime – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants: 

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.cprime.ca/

Twitter @cprimesteak

Instagram: cprimesteak

C|Prime is a modern and sophisticated approach to authentic Italian cuisine. C|Prime delivers incredible food and a fashionable atmosphere, all while taking guests on a bold flavour journey through upscale Italy, while incorporating hints of New York City.

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Beyond Coffee

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.century-plaza.com/beyond-coffee/

Twitter @dine_at_beyond

Beyond coffee located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, open for breakfast lunch and dinner featuring housemade gelato, Illy coffee, paninis and more.

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Los Amigos Taqueria

1118 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.facebook.com/losamigostaqueria

Twitter: @losamigostacos

Cuisine: Mexican

Serves authentic Mexican Tacos that are healthy, fresh and fast.Back in 1974, in the heart of Downtown Mexico city, our first Taqueria was open. The authentic recipes past on by generations bring you today a taste of Mexico in the West End, Vancouver. Our Menu includes fresh ingredients, gluten free, and vegan friendly. An option for everyone, with a variety that promises quality and unforgettable flavour.

 

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Ganache Patisserie 

1262 Homer St.

Web: http://ganacheyaletown.com/

Twitter: @ganacheyaletown

Cuisine: Desserts Café

Since opening in 2003, Ganache has established a reputation for its creative modern twists on classical recipes and desserts.

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Truffles Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

Cuisine: Café and catering

Truffles Kitchen features homemade sandwiches, entrees, and more along with baked goods, desserts and a full range of hot and cold drinks to enjoy side, plus a grab and go case to take-out.

 
Saj & Co.
813 Davie Street, Vancouver
Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco
Twitter: @Sajnco
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

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Bella Gelateria Yaletown 

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Cuisine: Pizzeria & Gelataria

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before September 8, 2015

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after September 8, 2015

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 14, 2015.

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (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 you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

 

Tasting Plates Chinatown – A Few Photos to Tantalize You

Tasting Plates Chinatown wrapped up last week.  All the restaurants were around Main street and it was a short walk to each one, which was good as parking is difficult in this area.  Added bonus was the sunny weather.  Below are a few photos from my foray and some comments on the food.  Enjoy.

Note that the Downtown South Tasting Plates is coming up on September 16.  Details here for Tasting Plates Downtown South.

Tasting Plates - Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Tasting Plates – Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Sai Woo has been nominated as one of the best new restaurants in Canada.  Not a traditional Chinese restaurant, this one had 3 very tasty bites for us to try.  I particularly liked the Crispy Drummettes with peppercorn glaze.

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Food Truck always delivers with their dishes.  This one is no exception.  You do need to be able to handle a bit of spice, or at least pick out the slices of red chilies.  I really liked the soft poached egg, when I break the yolk and add it into the rice.  It also has the chicken.  Which did I try first?  The chicken or the egg?

Treasure Green Tea Company - White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea Company – White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea is also not what you would expect in Chinatown.  Most would think of traditional teas, served hot.  These teas were iced, and combined with lavender, orange and mint+lime (Mojito).  All of them delicious.

Floata Seafood Restaurant - BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant – BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant.  This is traditional Chinese food to fill you up.  Nothing really outstanding.  I was a little disappointed as they are a “seafood” restaurant, and there was no seafood served.

Propaganda Coffee - Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee – Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee served it up right with both cold brew and hot coffees.  I have tried cold brew coffee before and it did not thrill me, but I must say that this coffee did have some nice flavour and would try it again.  The cappuccino was also very good.

Torafuku served up their Rye so messy chicken wings and This is not tortellini Negitoro on Brioche.  A big line up to get into this restaurant for a good taste of what they offer.

Tasting Plates Chinatown on August 26 – Get Your Tickets

Have you had a chance to go to Vancouver’s Chinatown lately?  If not, here is your chance to visit some restaurants as Tasting Plates Chinatown is on August 26, starting at 6pm.  I will be there tweeting up a storm, but it would be great to see other people as well, eating, tweeting, and enjoying what Chinatown has to offer.  Here is the official announcement from Vancouver Foodster.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Chinatown neighborhood. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Watch Chef Keev Mah of Sai Woo make Soup Dumplings on Global TV Morning News “Saturday Chef”  (Tasting Plates Chinatown) with host Sonia Beeksma

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Sai Woo – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Participating Restaurants: 

958 Main Street

Instagram: TorafukoYVR

Twitter: @torafukuYVR

Web: http://torafuku.ca/

Cuisine: Modern Asian Eatery

A new eatery that just opened from Chef Clement Chan and Chef Steve Kuan who both also own the Le Tigre Food Truck.

158 East Pender Street

Instagram: Doyousaiwoo

Twitter: @doyousaiwoo

Web:http://www.saiwoo.ca/

Cuisine: Globally-inspired cuisine

The restaurant opened recently in Chinatown, Chef Keev Mah leads the kitchen at this historical location.

 

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227 East Georgia Street

Twitter: @TreasureGreen_T

Web: http://treasuregreen.com/

Cuisine: Chinese Tea House

Second-generation tea master, Olivia Cheung runs the tea shop, Established in 1981 by Olivia’s father, Treasure Green Tea Company is the first authentic Chinese tea shop in Vancouver.

PROPAGANDA COFFEE
209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Timbertrain coffee.

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

958 Main Street

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Modern Asian food truck with kickass dishes from Chef Clement Chan & Chef Steve Kuan .

 

More restaurants to be added soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $60 per person after August 23, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (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 you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Tasting Plates Olympic Village Wednesday, July 8

Have you ever been to Olympic Village?  It is just around the corner from Science World.  You will know you are there when you see big, really big, metal bird sculptures.  But besides that there are plenty of restaurants in the area to try. Vancouver Foodster has put together Tasting Plates Olympic Village for you to enjoy on July 8.  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Olympic Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Participating Restaurants: 

 

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Big Rock Urban Eatery

310 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://bigrockurban.com/

Twitter @BRUeateryYVR

Cuisine: Brewery and Restaurant

 

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Aqua Sushi & Juice

1764 Manitoba Street

Web: http://www.aquajuicebar.com/

Twitter @aquajuicebar

Cuisine: Sushi and Juice

 

Rouge Bistro

91 W 2nd Avenue

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Cuisine: Westcoast

 

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Cuisine: cafe and coffee roastery

 

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De Dutch Pannekoek House

410 West 2nd Avenue

Web: http://www.dedutch.com/

Twitter: @dedutch

Cuisine: Dutch

 

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (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 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.

Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Challenge is On!

Best Pizza ChallengeAre you like me, that loves pizza?  Vancouver Foodster has announced his Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Challenge running March 5-28. 2015 at restaurants all over Vancouver and beyond! You taste & vote.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite pizzas – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

After you have tried each of the pizza creations at the participating restaurants, you can then VOTE for your favourites (you can vote once per day through out the promotion, voting ends on March 28, 2015.

The pizzerias are scattered throughout the Vancouver lowermainland.  Each restaurant has produced a “special” combination of toppings for this contest.  Here is a list of the pizzerias and their creations.  Enjoy and vote!

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the pizza creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best pizza 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 #PizzaChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite pizza 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 night of it, visit 3 restaurants or more to share and taste the different pizzas or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between March 5 – 28, 2015. 

Here are the 14 Pizza creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

The Pizzerias

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Pizza Pomo Verde

Description: Urbani’s Spicy Fennel Sausage, Carozzi Tellagio Fromaggio, Fior di Latte, Fresh Fennel, Green Apple Chive Slaw

Price:  $16

Created by: Executive Chef Will Lucas

Offered: from 11:30am daily

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

Steel Toad Brewpub

Duck Confit Pizza

Description: Duck Confit, barbeque sauce (sauce is made in-house). It’s Sweet and tangy with a touch of spice. 12″ thin-crust forno fired, topped with Gouda cheese.

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Robbie Robinson created the pizza, forno chef Cameron Lewis perfected it.

Offered: After 11am Mon – Fri, after 10am Sat – Sun

Steel Toad Brewpub

97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-709-8623

Web: http://steeltoad.ca/

Twitter: @SteelToadBeer

 

Alberello Pizzeria

Verde Noce 

Description: Verde Noce translates green walnut. House-made pesto base with toasted walnuts, roasted red and yellow peppers, caramelized onion, oyster mushroom sautéed in garlic oil, and aged mozzarella topped with fresh soft goat cheese & basil.

Price: $14

Created by: Azin Etesami (Owner/pizza lover) and Cristina Marianetti (Chef)

Offered: all the time

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

Web: http://www.alberellopizzeria.com/

Twitter @Alberellopizza

 

Lombardo’s 2go

The Roma

Description: Thin, crisp, baked to perfection. A hand tossed thin crust filled with salami, ham, mozzarella and quark cheese. Baked at 700 degrees to a crisp and delicious finish. Available exclusively at Lombardo’s 2go.

Price: $4 per piece

Created by: Giulia Lombardo

Available: Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat – sun 12pm – 6pm

Lombardo’s 2go

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-8646

Twitter:  @LombardosPizza

Web:  http://lombardos.ca/

 

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

Pizza Bianca Gorgonzola

Description:  It is a pizza which combines the salty sweet flavor of prosciutto di parma with the sharp creaminess of a Gorgonzola piccante on a base of Sam Marzano tomato sauce. The prosciutto and gorgonzola are bridged by dried figs that have been bloomed in Red Moscato Wine and Honey. The pie is finished with organic arugula.

Price: $15

Created by: Chef Patrick Doré

Offered: all the time (11am-11pm Monday-Friday and 11am-10pm on Sundays) and will be offered on both our restaurant and bar side.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

765 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-688-6368

Web: http://www.frankiesitaliankitchen.ca/index.php

Twitter: @FrankiesItalia1

 

The Bibo

Pizza Montanara

Description: Montanara means something that comes from the mountain, all the ingredients remember flavour from woods, mountains, forest and wild nature.

Price $24

Offered: Thursday: dinner; Friday-Saturday-Sunday: lunch and dinner

Created by: Chef Marco Di Stefano

The Bibo

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177

Twitter: @TheBiBo

Web:  http://www.thebibo.com

 

 

Il Castello Pizzeria

Zucca

Description: Pancetta, fior di latte, crispy sage, and toasted pine nuts on top of a butternut squash puree base.

Price:  $17

Created by:

Offered: Tuesday-Sunday Dinner.

Il Castello Pizzeria

119 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-987-4992

Web: http://ilcastellopizzeria.com/

Twitter: @IlCastelloNVan

 

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Patate Pancetta

Description: Crème Fraîche, Fior di latte, Thinly sliced roasted potatoes, Pancetta, Carmelized Onions, Romemary, Basil, Grana Padano, & lemon juice.

Price:  $16.25

Created by: Chef Don Letendre

Offered: From open to close daily.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-251-2292

Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php

Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria

 

Pizza Fabrika

 

Dark Matter Ale Sausage

Description: Dark matter ale sausage, braised beef short rib,  sautéed mixed mushrooms, and red onion

Price:  $15

Created by: Chef Michael Wiese

Offered: 5pm until late, nightly

Pizza Fabrika

1680 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.559.1680

Web: www.pizzafabrika.ca

Twitter: @PizzaFabrika_CA

 

Novo Pizzeria

Pizza con burrata e speck

Price: $23

Description: San Marzano tomatoes, Aleppo pepper, burrata, DOP speck, baby heirloom pomodori, vincotto pearls, basil oil.

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard

Offered:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

 

Bella Gelateria Yaletown

Monte Carlo

Price: $18

Description: Goat Cheese, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Italian Rosemary Chicken (Local Fresh Free Range from Rossdown Farms)

Created by: Chefs team collaboration.

Offered:  Lunch and Dinner daily.

Bella Gelateria Yaletown

1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

Tel: 778-737-7890

Web: http://bellagelateria.com/yaletown/

Twitter @BellaYaletown

 

Pizza Barbarella

The Hawaiian Punch

Price: $18 ($13 for lunch-sized version)

Description: Brown sugar-glazed and house-smoked fresh pineapple and hot capicollo, with bocconcini and aged mozzarella, tomato, finished with grana padano, served on our organic, sourdough crust. Softens the cynicism of even the most ardent pizza purist.

Created by:  n/a

Available:  Lunch, dinner daily and happy hour (weekdays 3pm-5pm)

Pizza Barbarella

654 East Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-210-6111

Web: http://www.pizzeriabarbarella.com/

Twitter: @PizzaBarbarella

 

Ragazzi Pizza

Cotto é Crudo

Description: Prosciutto and bocconcini topped with a salsa fresco and basil

Price: $13.95

Created by: Manager Paul Teixeira

Offered:  Thursday to Sunday Only

Ragazzi Pizza

2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-433-2235

Web: http://www.ragazzipizza.com/

Twitter:   @RagazziPizza

 

Pizza Carano

Spicy Coconut Kale

Price: $15

Description: coconut cream, kale, peanut satay marinated mushrooms, fior di latte, coconut flakes, chili oil

Created by: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Offered: Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm, and Sunday, 4 to 9pm.

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Pizza Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/pizza-challenge/

 

Dine Out Vancouver Downtown Brunch Crawl Delivers Tastiness

This is my Dine Out Vancouver Brunch Crawl for this year.  The first Brunch Crawl was in Gastown and was very filling.  The second one I attended this weekend was in Downtown, more specifically the area east of Hornby, with Hastings to the north, and Yaletown to the south.  A bit of a hike to get to all of the venues, but needed in order to devour all the offered bites.  The venues we visited were:

  • Kingson Taphouse & Grill
  • Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House
  • Nourish Vancouver
  • The Copper Chimney
  • Bella Gelateria Yaletown
  • Small Victory Bread & Coffee
  • Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

This was the order that I tackled the venues, but anyone attending could visit them in any order, except for Kingston Taphouse & Grill which was the starting point, where you picked up your registration card.  Below are some pictures of the food I enjoyed at the Downtown Brunch Crawl and comments.  Enjoy.

There is one more Brunch Crawl you may want to attend, is on Commercial Drive on Sunday, Feb. 1.  Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl tickets are at this link.

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse cornbeef hash, banger, and gravlax

Kingston Taphouse & Grill offered us corn beef hash, banger with confit cherry tomato and gravlax with dill & chive hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit.  Of the three I liked the banger the most as it had some pepperiness to it, and I liked it with the acidity and sweetness of the tomato.

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic spinach and feta scone, raspberry white chocolate scone, and Peruvian coffee

Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House freatured a savoury spinach & feta scone, a sweet raspberry white chocolate scone and a single origin, fair trade, organic coffee from Peru.  The two scones were nice and soft, melting in my mouth, but the savory scone did have a sugar coating on, which made it a bit odd tasting.  The raspberry one was fantastic. And the coffee was top quality.  A nice place for a weekend morning coffee and pastry.

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

The Juice Box cold pressed juices

Nourish Vancouver offered us three different items to enjoy.  The first as shown in this picture were two cold pressed juices.  The first was “Light Green”, which was a cucumber-based juice, with ginger and other ingredients.  It tasted healthy and refreshing, but even better to me was the Carrot Orange Ginger juice, which had a smooth texture, with a nice balance between the orange, carrot and ginger flavour.  I would go back for this juice.

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Nourish Vancouver frittata in spelt wrap with leeks, kale, radish sprouts, and shitake mushrooms

Their breakfast sandwich was next, a frittata made with fresh eggs, filled with roasted leeks, kale and shitake mushrooms, served with a kale hazelnut pesto wrapped in a spelt flatbread.  It was also topped with radish sprouts.  Again, another tasty dish, meatless, that was packed with lots of healthy ingredients.  Great for a after gym workout (along with the juice).

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

Living Lotus chocolate ganache

The last sample from Nourish was a Dark Chocolate Ganache from one of their partners, Living Lotus.  Not much to say, other than you can’t go wrong with a Dark Chocolate Ganache.

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney butter chicken, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread

The Copper Chimney was my favourite stop at the Downtown Brunch Crawl.  They served us their Butter Chicken served with Basmati rice, and garlic naan bread.  This was the best Butter Chicken that I can remember eating in a long while.  It was not overly peppery, and had a wonderful mix of sweet spices, like cinnamon and ginger.  I am definitely coming back here to have a full meal of Butter Chicken.  To this the Basmati rice was nice and fluffy, and the naan had a light garlic flavour, which was nice to dip in the Butter Chicken sauce.  Highly recommended.

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown italian toast, Il Tricolore brunch pizza, and chocolate cookie

Bella Gelateria Yaletown provided us with a plate containing an Italian Toast (similar to French toast, this one using an Italian Brioche, and topped with some pureed kiwi fruit), Il Tricolore Brunch pizza, made with roasted peppers and eggplant, scrambled organic free range egg and fior di latte, and last a Chocolate G Cookie with Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I quite enjoyed the Italian Toast.  The bread was quite dense and absorbed the flavours of the egg coating.  I also really liked the Tahitian vanilla gelato.  I do like good vanilla, and you could tell that this was made with real vanilla.

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory bakery chocolate hazelnut croissant, almond and blueberry brioche, and a surprise

Small Victory Bread & Coffee By this time I think we were all getting quite full.  Some pastries and coffee to calm down the stomach for the home stretch was needed.  Small Victory is a very nice, upscale bakery and coffee shop.  Gleaming displays of assorted pastries danced in front of my eyes.  We were given a sample of three pastries: a chocolate hazelnut croissant, and almond and blueberry brioche, and a honey filo pastry (this one was a surprise, so I’m guessing on this one).  The chocolate hazelnut croissant was my favourite.  Nice and crispy, with a chocolate centre, and more chocolate on top together with the chopped hazelnuts.  A perfect pairing for my coffee.  Also very tasty was the almond and blueberry brioche.  Also recommended to visit.

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake bar and bistro California roll, bbq back rib, and seasonal green gomaae

Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro I would say was my second favourite venue to visit for savoury samples.  They offered a California roll, Teriyaki bbq baby back rib, and a seasonal green gomaee made with broccoli and green bean.  The Teriyaki bbq baby back rib was amazingly tender, and fell off the bone.  The Teriyaki sauce was not overpowering or too sweet.  A nice glass of Sapporo beer would have been the perfect accompanyment.

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankies chicken and waffles, Monsieur Andre sandwich, and a mimosa

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar was my last stop and they offered Chicken and Waffles, which I was looking forward to.  There was also a Monsieur Andre sandwich made with rye bread, filled with cheese, soprasetta and prosciutto, and topped with egg hollandaise.  There was something bitter to me with the sandwich, so was not my favourite, but the chicken and waffles was nice.

Well that is the roundup of tastes for this Brunch Crawl.  Stay tuned for my tweets and article on the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for organizing all the Brunch Crawls.  It is a lot of work.