Register Now for Tasting Plates Fraser & Main on May 1st

The next Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates’ event is centered on Fraser and Main Streets on May 1st.  I checked through the list of restaurants and I think it will be a very fun event.  I am especially interested in the Quesava South American baked goods and prepared foods.  I’m sure the tickets to this event with the interesting restaurants, plus the longer sunny days and warmer weather will make this event sell out quickly.  Get your tickets asap.  Here is the announcement about the event from Vancouver Foodster.

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Join us and explore the Fraser to Main Street area (centered between 20th – 26th) and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and cafes. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 1 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!

Registration: The Main Street Honey Shoppe – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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ECLETTICO Art & Coffee

4172 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.eclettico.ca/

Twitter: @Eclettico_

Instagram @Eclettico_Art_Coffee

Cuisine: European cafe

ECLETTICO Art & Coffee is a new family run Art Deco steampunk styled Italian Coffee shop featuring non-alcoholic drinks, Pastries, Panini, and Charcuterie sourced from the highest quality ingredients imported from Italy. Eclettico entertains its’ guests with an Art Gallery as well as a Baby Grand Piano, offering live music on most weekend afternoons and some evenings. Complimentary games and Free Wifi are also available.

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The Main Street Honey Shoppe

4125 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.mainstreethoney.com/

Twitter: @MainStreetHoney

Instagram: @mainstreethoney

Cuisine: Honey and bakery cafe

Farm fresh honey and honeybee products available in the heart of Vancouver. Come taste test honey varietals from all across the world (from blueberry to buckwheat to fireweed to manuka), shop for handmade beeswax candles, boost your immune system with the hive’s amazing array of natural health products, or just enjoy a hot cup of tea with a drizzle of the sweet stuff.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

4186 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca

Twitter: @flatbreadco

Instagram: @rockymountainflatbread

Cuisine: Flatbreads and more

They use lots of local & organic produce, free range organic meats & Ocean Wise seafood. Creating handcrafted flatbread pizzas, daily pastas, seasonal soups, salads & desserts “to live for” from their open kitchens & artisan ovens. And for all those pizza lovers who are wheat intolerant or have nut allergies – they create extremely tasty gluten free and nut free pizzas! Their daily salads, soups & cheesecakes are also gluten free and nut free!

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Nammos Estiatorio

3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.nammos.ca/

Twitter: @NammosVan

Instagram @nammosvan

Cuisine: Greek

Supporting Local Free Range Farm’s, Fish Markets, and fresh Seasonal Produce to bring you the finest Greek Tapas. OPA!

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Quesava

4129 Main Street, Vancouver

Web:https://quesava.com/quesava-cafe/

Twitter: @quesavatribe

Instagram:@quesava

Cuisine: South American

We produce a wide range of wholesome, mouth-watering baked goods and prepared foods. All are made with naturally gluten-free, cassava flour.

Watch for more surprise restaurants and cafes as they are announced.

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ultra-Early Bird Tickets: $30 per person through April 15, 2019

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person through April 22, 2019

Advance Tickets $45 per person after April 22, 2019

Regular $60 per person after April 29, 2019

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/establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Come Attend Vancouver Foodster’s Between the Buns Crawl on March 27

A new type of Tasting Plates is being offered by Vancouver Foodster.  Come to this inaugural event!  The announcement is below.

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Join us and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants/establishments in the East Village/Hastings Sunrise area of East Van. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday, March 27 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster

The restaurants/establishments will be serving up savoury and sweet Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants, bakeries and other establishments throughout the walkable event, partake in a beer and wine tasting and learn about each of the participating spots.

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!

Registration: High Point Beer Wine Spirits – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Between the Buns Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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High Point Beer Wine Spirits

2769 E Hastings Street

Web:https://www.highpointbws.com/

Twitter: @HIGHPOINTbws

Instagram: @highpointbws

Our name accurately represents what we love about what we do. A celebration of quality, good times & the pride we have in our store & our neighbourhood.

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Italia Bakery

2828 E Hastings St #104

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Serving the East Village community for over 34 years! All of the products at Italia Bakery are made from scratch, and by hand. They offer a variety of items, from bread and desserts to an excellent variety of the finest deli meats and cheeses imported from Italy.

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Wheelhouse Seafoods

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

Instagram: @wheelhouse2605

Cuisine: Seafood market and deli

We are a family owned fish and meat market established in 2001. We specialize in local fish & seafoods delivered daily and free range meats.

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Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street

Web:http://www.dioliva.ca/

Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

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Delish Gluten Free

2166 E Hastings Street

Web:http://delishglutenfree.com/

Instagram @delishglutenfree

Cuisine: Gluten-free bakery

We provide delish gluten-free baked goods. From scones to muffins, BREAD, brownies and cookies we have got you covered. It’s all gluten free and DELISH! Everything is baked in a 100% gluten and nut free facility to avoid cross-contamination!

Purchase Tickets Here

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before March 18, 2019

Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 18, 2019

Regular $55 per person after March 24, 2019

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the evening on this self-guided tour. (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/establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania on January 16

Do you know someone that enjoys food but you don’t know what to buy them for the holidays?  How about a foodie experience?  Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania has been happening for a few years now, and you get to try noodles made from Italian, Chinese, etc restaurants all in one night.  What fun!  Below is Vancouver Foodster’s announcement, plus how you can purchase your tickets online.  Enjoy!

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Join us and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Vancouver between Cambie Village, Olympic Village, Commercial Drive and area! This 6th annual noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or 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.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Ui Ratsomjit in 2016.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on Food Finds (view here).

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by car or use transit.

Registration: Silk Road Tea – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments 

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Mangia Cucina & Bar

2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.mangiacucina.com/

Instagram: @mangia604

Cuisine: Italian

Recently opened, Mangia Cucina & Bar serves Italian style ‘tapas’, wide selection of homemade pasta & risotto & stone-baked pizza. Chef Alessandro Riccobono is happy to share his love for regional Italian cuisine &, cook some of his favorite pasta specials for the local community. Situated in a heritage house in beautiful Mount Pleasant, Mangia Cucina & Bar offers the perfect opportunity to grab a quick lunch, go on a dinner date, indulge your happy hour cravings and even book the whole space for your next event. Open Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10:00pm.

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Hon’s Wonton House

25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Web:http://www.honswontonhouse.com/

Instagram: @honswonton

Cuisine: Cantonese

Since 1972, Hon’s Wonton House, situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, has been creating and sharing traditional Asian Comfort Food with customers of all generations. Using rustic, locally sourced ingredients and time-honoured Cantonese recipes, customers can be transported through tastes and aromas back to the infamous and familiar wonton houses of the Guangzhou.

From hand-made wontons and Pan fried Potstickers, to well spiced and simmered broths and noodles, Hon’s flavor filled menu will not disappoint.

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Viet House Restaurant

3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.viethouserestaurant.com

Instagram: @viet_house_restaurant

Cuisine: Vietnamese

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

More surprise restaurants will be announced prior to the event

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person through December 28, 2018

Advance Tickets $50 per person before January 13, 2019

Regular $60 per person after January 12, 2019

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

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or 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 and everyone is welcome.

Tasting Plates Riley Park on June 14 – Get Your Tickets

Join Vancouver Foodster in the Riley Park neighborhood and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants, cafes and other establishments centered in and around Main Street between 16th – 30th avenues. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday June 14 from 6pm until 10pm.

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

If you haven’t been to Vancouver Foodster’s 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!

Registration: Main Street Honey Shoppe – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants/Establishments

The Main Street Honey Shoppe

Main Street Honey Shoppe

Main Street Honey Shoppe

4125 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.mainstreethoney.com/

Twitter: @MainStreetHoney

Instagram: @mainstreethoney

Cuisine: Honey and bakery cafe

Farm fresh honey and honeybee products available in the heart of Vancouver. Come taste test honey varietals from all across the world (from blueberry to buckwheat to fireweed to manuka), shop for handmade beeswax candles, boost your immune system with the hive’s amazing array of natural health products, or just enjoy a hot cup of tea with a drizzle of the sweet stuff.

Bob Likes Thai Food

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Bob Likes Thai Food

3755 Main Street

Web: http://www.boblikesthaifood.com/

Twitter: @boblikethaifood

Instagram: @boblikesthaifood

Cuisine: Thai

Authentic Thai, with dishes from the Northern Thailand region, wonderful flavours.

The August Market

The August Market

The August Market

3958 Main Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/The-August-Market-1551040715171178/

Twitter: @theaugustmarket

Instagram: @theaugustmarket

Cuisine: Urban Market

We sell fresh produce, local products, bulk goods, curated grocery, dairy, beverages on tap including kombucha, ginger beer, cold pressed juice, nut milks, cold brew coffee and tea, prepared salads, grab and go food.

The Juicery Co

The Juicery Co

The Juicery Co

4236 Main Street

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

Cuisine: Juicer cafe

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop with tasty dishes that also delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

Caffe Artigiano

Caffe Artigiano

Caffe Artigiano

4010 Main Street

Web:https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter:@CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:caffeartigiano

Cuisine: coffeehouse

Locally based Italian style artisan coffee house & roaster. Hand sourced single origin coffee expertly brewed & crafted as well as simple, fresh food

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $39 per person before May 31

Family/Friends 4 pack of tickets $140 ($35 tickets each) *get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 31

Regular $60 per person after June 11

Purchase at this link.

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates, cups or bowls at each of the participating restaurants and establishments throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some places 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 and establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights May 17 – Get Your Tickets

Being a Burnaby resident, I like when people realize that there are restaurants east of Boundary.  Vancouver Foodster has his upcoming Burnaby Heights Tasting Plates on May 17.  Come out to Burnaby and see what we have to offer!  Announcement for the event is below.

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Join us as we return to Burnaby Heights and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in and around Hastings Street. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 17 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!

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

Some of the Participating Restaurants

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The Gray Olive Cafeteria

4190 East Hastings, Burnaby

Tel: 604-566-9664

Web: http://www.thegrayolive.com/

Twitter: @TheGrayOlive

Cuisine: Comfort Food/Westcoast

The Gray Olive Cafeteria is the brainchild of three brothers who come from very different professional backgrounds, yet have a singular passion for great food. It’s more than a restaurant; we’re dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity and draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, including our guests. But above all, our mission is to provide mouthwatering cuisine with a touch of nostalgia.

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Glenburn Soda Fountain

4090 Hastings St, Burnaby

Web: http://glenburnsoda.com/

Twitter: @glenburnsoda

Instagram @glenburnsoda

Cuisine: Desserts and Ice Cream Treats

Glenburn is a throw-back to a simpler time and an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of a hand-made dessert. Glenburn offers a wide range of ice cream treats including sundaes, milkshakes and malts. Candy and soda syrups along with nostalgic toys and treats round out the offerings.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant

4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Web:https://www.brokenrice.ca/

Twitter:@BrokenriceBBY

Instagram: @brokenriceca

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Broken rice (com tam) originally consisted of grains which were broken during the process of harvesting and cleaning the rice. Traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class as it was cheaper to buy, broken rice gained favour in wider circles due to its unique flavour and texture. Today, broken rice is softer in texture than it’s cast-off ancestor and has become distinctly Vietnamese.

Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant aims to celebrate all of what Vietnamese cuisine has to offer – fresh, vibrant ingredients and delicious flavour profiles – with a contemporary approach. We are continually striving to present classic dishes using modern cooking applications and local, sustainable ingredients.

 


Fortuna Bakery

4240 Hastings St, Burnaby

Tel: 604-298-9610

Web: http://www.fortunabakery.com/

Instagram: @fortunabakerybby

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Offering decadent, layered pastries, along with classic & fruit-topped cakes, plus coffee.

 

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7

Regular $60 per person after May 14

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.

Vancouver Mac and Cheese Challenge April 6 – 30, 2017

Mac and Cheese; we all grew up with it, but as we grew up, so did the Mac and Cheese.  Below are creations by 4 restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland to show us their take on Mac and Cheese.  Lucky, me; I’m one of the judges.  I will be sure to try to pair each dish with a glass of wine and/or beer, and be sure to tell you via Instagram and Twitter.   Keep an eye for my posts.  Here is the announcement from Vancouver Foodster.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their mac and cheese into this challenge, most of the restaurants have created a special mac and cheese just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their mac and cheese on their menu from April 6-30, 2017.

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

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite mac and cheese 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 a couple restaurants or more to share and taste the different Mac and Cheese creations or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 6-30, 2017.

The Creations

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

Mosaic Grille

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

Price: Full      $36; Half        $24; Taster    $16

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

Description: Canadian lobster. cavatappi. olive oil cured sundried tomato. havarti-gouda mornay sauce. truffle essence

Offered: 4:30pm- 10:30pm daily

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Tour de Feast

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef DJ

Description: Casareccia pasta, gruyere cheese, sauce maornay, twice cooked organic Fraser valley pork belly, truffle Parmesan bread crumbs.

Offered: 7 days a week 10 am to 2:30 pm

Tour de Feast

319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-1811

Web: http://tourdefeast.com/

Twitter: @de_feast

Instagram: @tourdefeast319

Storm Crow Tavern

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs

Description:   Semolina macaroni in a carbonara-style sauce with parmesan, Two Rivers smoked bacon, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gold Creek Munster-style cheese with Neufchâtel crèma and house-made spicy ketchup topped with a Dragon’s Egg (a mac and cheese ball wrapped in a Red Devil pork sausage, with a cheese curd center!)

Offered: Offered during lunch and dinner

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669

Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

Hopcott Meats

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Price: $9.95

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Slow cooked Hopcott beef brisket, pulled and then braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables piled on top of macaroni with aged cheddar and cheese curds, topped with homemade onion straws and special house ketchup

Offered: During lunch hours: 10:30 to 4:00, Seven days a week

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese 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/mac-and-cheese-challenge/ 

Our Judges

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

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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.