Tasting Plates Kitsilano on May 9 – Get Your Tickets

Kitsilano has a lot of restaurants to try, so why not try a bunch in one evening?  Find a new favourite.  Vancouver Foodster is offering up his Tasting Plates in Kits on May 9.  Below is his announcement.

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Join us and explore the Kitsilano neighborhood centered on Broadway and tantalize your taste buds at selection of restaurants, and cafes.. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 9 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant/cafe 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 and food establishents 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 our previous Tasting Plates events that have been running since 2011, 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.

Participating Establishments:

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

2951 W Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Instagram @befreshlocal

Cuisine: Healthy eats cafe and store

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

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Sencha Tea Lounge

3468 W Broadway, Vancouver

Web: https://www.senchatealounge.com

Instagram: @senchatealounge

Cuisine: Asian fusion and tea house

Located in Kitsilano, Sencha Tea Lounge is a purveyor of Asian fusion cuisine, and specialty tea cocktails.. We are proud to be the serving modern Asian teas with our traditional hand brewed methods. Bubble Tea, or Boba Tea was developed nearly a century ago in Taiwan.

 

Super Hiro’s Restaurant

2585 W Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://superhiros.com/

Instagram: @superhiros.restaurant

Cuisine: Japanese Fine Dining

Our mission is to create a high-level culinary experience by sharing our excitement about Japanese food culture and our philosophy through exceptional cuisine.

 

Plus a few more surprise restaurants!

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 before April 27, 2018

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 4, 2018

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 4, 2018

Regular $60 per person after after May 7, 2018

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

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

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Tasting Plates Coquitlam on March 14 – Get Your Tickets

If you live in Vancouver and never had travelled east of Boundary, hop on the skytrain and visit Coquitlam and experience various restaurants and cafes at Vanfoodster’s Tasting Plates Coquitlam.  Here is the announcement about the event.  The events are always fun and you get to try different dishes.  Give it a try!

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Join us and explore the Coquitlam area (centered around the skytrain line between Lincoln station South towards downtown) and tantalize your taste buds at selection of restaurants and cafes. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 14 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant/cafe 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 that have been running since 2011, 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: Papparotti- this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Establishments:

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Polito’s Latin Cafe

942 Westwood St, Coquitlam

Web:http://politoscafe.ca/

Twitter:@politoscafebc

Instagram: @politoscafebc

Cuisine: Latin American

Run by brothers, David and Carlos, the focus here is on Salvadoran cuisine as well as other Latin regions including Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico.

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Papparoti

1196 Pinetree Way, Unit 100, Coquitlam

Web: www.papparoti.ca

Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada

Instagram @papparoticanada

Cuisine: Café

PappaRoti – the buttery, coffee-caramel coated “father of all buns” that first took Malaysia by storm in 2003 and has since opened over 400 café locations worldwide – and is now developing throughout Canada.

Our coffee buns are freshly baked every 20 minutes in our stores, which attract people of all nationalities and age groups. Light enough to pass off as a snack rather than a meal, these delicious coffee-caramel buns are soft and fluffy, with a crispy top layering of coffee caramel, served alone or in combination with our various signature hot and cold beverages.

In addition to the coffee buns Papparoti is also proud to pronounce its new product offering the Pappa Rollie a soft and flaky croissant like texture pastry with Kaya (young coconut filling jam) inside – this item is a sure win amongst all our customers!

 

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Seoul Truck Street Food

Henderson Place Mall

Unit 2082-1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Instagram @seoultruckstreetfood

Cuisine: Korean

It’s all about Korean snacks at this food court eatery inside the Henderson Place Mall, with a very cool decor of an actual food truck. This ‘food truck’ is one that never leaves it’s spot, and it sure is the highlight of this Asian oriented food court.

 

Plus more surprise restaurants!

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before February 23, 2018

Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 1, 2018

Regular $60 per person after March 11, 2018

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/cafes throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some of the 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 subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Pizza Palooza on February 21 – Get Your Tickets!

If you love pizza, why not try pizza from more than one restaurant, and find out which is your favourite?  Vanfoodster’s Pizza Palooza is coming up on Feb 21, and here is your chance to do just that.  Here is his announcement.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in downtown Vancouver! This is our 3rd annual pizza tasting extravaganza and it is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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You may have a chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style, South Indian, Lebanese and more!

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.

See last year’s Pizza Palooza dining tour here

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

Registration: tba -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Pizza Palooza passports.

Participating Restaurants:

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Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria

808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/bc-menu/

Instagram: @firecrustdavie

Style of Pizza: Neapolitan

Inspired by authentic pizzerias in Naples, Firecrust is keeping true to Neapolitan pizza’s origins by providing products that focus on simplicity, freshness and contain high-quality ingredients. With over 350 possible combinations, you can customise our Neapolitan pizzas and salads to your heart’s desire. You’ll not be disappointed as all our Neapolitan pizza bases are made with non-GMO 00 flour and our tomato base is made strictly from San Marzano tomatoes.

 

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Ignite Pizzeria

508 West Cordova, Vancouver

Web: http://www.ignitepizzeria.com/

Instagram @ignitepizzeria

Style of Pizza: Artisanal

Located at the crossroads of Gastown and Pacific Station, Ignite Express provides you with genuine, refined pizzas at the right price.

Our pizzas are cooked in an artisanal, stone-fired oven and are made of the freshest ingredients. We created a low sodium dough that rests for more than three days, making it very light and easy to digest.

You can either take out or enjoy your slices inside in a very modern and minimal setting. Freshly out of the oven, Ignite Express is perfect for your on-the-go lunch.

 

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Davie Dosa Company

1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://daviedosacompany.com/

Twitter @daviedosa

Instagram @daviedosacompany

Style of Pizza: South Indian

Davie Dosa Company brings an exotic culinary experience of traditional Southern Indian cuisine and delicious cocktails to a vibrant neighbourhood.

 

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Manoush’eh

620 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.manousheh.ca/

Instagram @manoushehbc

Style of Pizza: Lebanese Flatbread

Manousheh is the cherished national pie of Lebanon. It has a reserved place on the country’s breakfast table and has the unique ability to be worked into every meal of the day, due to its simple versatility.

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Stretch Roman Pizza Co.

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://stretchpizza.com/

Twitter @stretchpizza

Cuisine: Italian pizzeria

Meet the Roman pizza, inspired by the popular gourmet street food of Rome.

The Italians call it “pizza al taglio”, we call it a perfect slice of pizza!

Starting with the use of high quality, authentic Italian flour and a lengthy 48-hour dough making process, we produce a product that is light and airy with a slight crispiness to the crust.

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before February 11, 2018

Advance Tickets $45 per person after February 11, 2018

Regular $60 per person after February 18, 2018

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 and everyone is welcome.

Get Your Tickets for Noodle Mania on January 10, 2018

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Vancouver! This 5th annual noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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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.

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.

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: tba -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports.

Participating Restaurants

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1741 Robson St, Vancouver

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

Instagram @flowerandhorseinspring

Cuisine: Yunnan style of Chinese cuisine

 

Robba da Matti

Robba Da Matti 

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti 

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Cuisine: Italian

Yaletown’s Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

Watch for the full line-up of restaurants in January

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 22.

Advance Tickets $45 per person before January 7, 2018.

Regular $60 per person after January 7, 2018

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.

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

The holidays are coming, so why not treat yourself before you treat others?  Coming up is Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market.  Details are below.  See you there!

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Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

 

Join us for a night of tasting to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at several markets around the city roving through a few neighborhoods from South Granville, to False Creek to Kitsilano. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday December 6 from 5pm until 9pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each market will feature multiple vendors serving up a wide selection of savoury and sweets, plus beverages for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to try many different foods and beverages throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the producers and chefs, and learn about each of the participating vendors and markets.

Kick off your holiday cheer with us, taste local and international food and drink. It’s the perfect evening to do something festive, catch up with friends, and get some holiday shopping done.

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Holiday Tasting Passports and menus.

 

Featuring these Markets:

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Neighborhood: South Granville

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local and international food and beverages.

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Instagram @milanoroasters

Neighborhood: False Creek

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Instagram @befreshlocal

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

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

They will be featuring their line-up of teas and other products.

 

Tickets

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ultra Early-Bird: $18 per person before November 22, 2017

Early-Bird: $25 per person after November 22, 2017

Regular $30 per person after November 29, 2017

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

Ticket price includes tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.

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. Participating markets and vendors subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Best Sandwich Challenge

Vanfoodster’s Vancouver Sandwich Challenge is On!

Creativity does not always have to be in top-end restaurants.  You or I can be creative when we make our meals for example. Add arugula to a salad or top it on pizza for example.  Some dishes you may not think of as being creative, but there again you would be incorrect.  Take for example a sandwich.  How many different types of proteins, sauces, spreads, vegetables, pickles, grilled veggies, types of breads, wraps, etc. you could combine to make a sandwich.  As such Vancouver Foodster has just launched his Vancouver Sandwich Challenge, and I am one of the judges.  Watch my Instagram and Twitter posts when I visit each of the participating restaurants.  I will try to offer a suggested wine to pair with each sandwich.  You can also visit these restaurants till the end of the month and vote for your favourite sandwich. Here is the official announcement for the Sandwich Challenge. Enjoy.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sandwich creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their Sandwich creations on their menu from September 7-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the sandwich creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best stacked sandwich creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #SandwichChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

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

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different sandwich creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites 

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

Delizie

Vesuvio

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Rosangela Atte

Description: like the volcano that symbolizes Naples. It’s an explosion (no pun intended) of typical Neapolitan flavors and textures: the crusty in-house made bread, the juicy veal cutlet, the sweet and tangy plum tomato sauce, the succulent eggplant fries, the gooey smoked provolone, the peppery and crisp arugula and savory in-house made pesto.

ingredients: -In-house made ciabatta, Veal cutlet(veal from Columbus Meat Market), Fried eggplant, Italian plum tomato sauce, Smoked provolone, Arugula, In-house made pesto(nut free)

or $16 with side salad or soup.

Offered: all the time.

Delizie

22266 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 467-1711

Web: http://www.delizie.ca/

Twitter: @deliziebakery

Instagram: @deliziebakery

 

West Village Cafe

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Price: $8.99

Created by: Chef Tim Cuff

Description: Local and in-house roasted chicken lightly seasoned with house made hot sauce, sundried tomato pesto, pickled shallots, garlic mayo, swiss cheese & arugula on toasted sourdough. Pairs best with a side of soup or seasonal mixed bean salad.

Offered: daily after 11am

West Village Cafe

#160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 372-2083

Web: https://www.facebook.com/West-Village-Cafe-618382875024012/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

 

Caffe Artigiano

Paulino Piadina

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Breaded chicken breast, roast garlic aioli, mozzarella, marinara sauce & arugula. Served in Italian Piadina flatbread.

Offered: all the time.

Caffe Artigiano

2154 West 41st Avenue

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

763 Hornby Street

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

3154 Highland Blvd

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

 

Rosemary Rocksalt

The Rocksalt Reuben

Created by: Scott Robertson

Price: $10.50

Description: Your choice of bagel… best on our signature Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, egg, green pepper, red onion, and pesto cream cheese.

Offered: all the time.

Rosemary Rocksalt

2515 Main Street

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

1350 Commercial Drive

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

1669 Lonsdale

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

333 Brooksbank Avenue

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

 

Solly’s Bagelry

Sesame Sunrise Eggel

Price: $9.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description:Delicious double layered cold and hot breakfast sandwich made with a layer of lemony Avocado and crunchy veggies and a second layer of melted Edam over a hot poached egg.

Offered: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

4071 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

2873 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

 

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

Eve

Price: $11.99

Created by: Chef Rico Verzosa

Description: Smoked Short Ribs with Red Wine and Apple reduction served with Arugula and Sorel on toasted bun with Aioli.

Offered: all the time.

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

108-5188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.smokehousesandwich.ca/

Instagram: @smokehousesandwich

 

Belated Celebration of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary

It was Vancouver Foodster‘s 5th Tasting Plate Anniversary on March 8, and Richard went all out to impress us with the participating downtown venues.  We started off with a sip of red and white Chilean wine at Marquis Wine Cellars.   A celebratory drink for a celebratory occasion.

Our Tasting Plates crawl took us to visit:

By the time I visited all the venues, I was thoroughly, pleasantly stuffed.

What did I get to Sample?

Marquis Wine Cellars

  • Terrapura 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($20.78 + tax) – A full bodied round, ripe, soft dark-fruited wine.
  • Terrapura 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($19.04 + tax) – Exhibiting lots of New World tropical and herbal character.

Both wines are reasonably priced at Marquis, and easy to enjoy.

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Ten Ten Tapas

  • Octopus Conserva,
  • Mushrooms on Toast and
  • Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas is a bit hidden at the base of the Burrard bridge along Beach Avenue, but should not be missed.  They created some very nice tapas for us to enjoy.  In particular, I really liked the Salmon with the dill, as those tastes always go well together.  The octopus was also quite nicely; not over-done which made it soft to chew.

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Meinhardt Fine Foods

  • Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad- tahini, lemon, parsley, red onion
  • Mushroom Leek Soup- crispy leeks, cream, truffle oil
  • Prosciutto & Brie “Sandwich”- fig crostini, arugula, aioli
  • Zesty Lemon Bar- pate sucree base, fresh raspberries
  • Superfood SweetHARDT- vegan, paleo, chocolate heart

This was my last stop, and I was already stuffed from Patron Tacos & Cantina.  But nevertheless, devoured these tasty tasting plate dishes.  The food was all very healthy.  I really enjoyed the roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad.  Roasted cauliflower has such nice flavour combined with the texture from the chickpea.

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Patron Tacos & Cantina

  • Sopecito – Handmade thick corn tortilla, topped with beans & shredded chicken. Garnished with green tomatillo sauce
    lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and Pico de Gallo.
  • Flautita – Deep fried corn tortilla filled with our delicious “BARBACOA”. Topped with green tomatillo sauce, sour cream and feta cheese.
  • Enchilada – Corn tortilla with shredded beef. Topped with red sauce. Garnished with sour cream and feta cheese

This was probably my favourite stop during the Tasting Plates event.  I know good Mexican food, having travelled extensively in the Southwestern USA very often.  The food at Patron would measure up to any food that I have eaten in Phoenix, Tucson, or El Paso.  All freshly made sauces.  Not made too spicy so the gringos here in Vancouver can enjoy, but they do provide you with a variety of hot sauces to add the heat if needed.

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Saj & Co.

Flowers (Breadbowl hummus salad with different flavours and different breads!)

Eating here I felt very healthy. The salad bowl was edible. Again more chickpeas; this time made into hummus.  Really fresh Middle-eastern food.  This place is very tiny so if you are going to go during the day for your lunch break at work, I’d suggest going before the noon-time rush.  The small, round chocolate cakes were also very good.  Not sweet.

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Tartine Bread & Pies .

Apple Pie Three Ways:

  • Salted Caramel Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blackberry Apple

If you like pies, then give Tartine a try.  I am partial to apple pies, so my favourite was the salted caramel apple pie, but all the pies were done very well.  I didn’t have time to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, but maybe on my next trip there on my own I will.

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

It’s Tasting Plates Vancouver 5th Anniversary! Get Your Tickets.

It is hard to believe that Tasting Plates has been around for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday that Richard @vanfoodster started these very successful events, but it is true.  In addition to Tasting Plates he has also been offering Brunch Crawls during Dine Out Vancouver.  Congratulations to Richard on his ongoing success.  Come and enjoy the 5th Anniversary Tasting Plates with Richard, and of course me!  Here is the announcement.

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Join us and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Tasting Plates and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in downtown Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 8 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: Marquis Wine Cellars – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments:

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Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram @patrontc

Cuisine: Mexican

Relaxed, modern eatery serving contemporary Mexican fare & specialty margaritas.

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Ten Ten Tapas

1010 Beach Avenue #3

Tel: (604) 689-7800

Web: www.TenTenTapas.com

Twitter: @TenTenTapas

Instagram: @tententapas

Unique small plates, entrees, cocktails & live jazz in a refined space with waterfront seating.

Tartine Bread and Pies

1069 Davie Street

Web: http://tartine.ca/davie-street/

Twitter: @tartinebnp

Cuisine: Bakery and eatery

Inspired and imagined by Jo-Ann, the bakery is simply an extension of her love for people and food. Muffins, breads, tarts and treats. Our menu is full of variety. We cater lunch functions with hearty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.

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Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store

For the wine collector or wine aficionado you can visit the cellar which offers high end bottles of wine from all over the world, perfect for that special occasion whatever that may be. The stores website is a valuable resource as well such as the information on Food and Wine pairing, personally I love the section showcasing the Best of BC that features wines from all over British Columbia.

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

609 Granville Street

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Cuisine: Specialty foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.


Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street

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.

 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before January 31, 2017.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after January 31, 2017

Regular $60 per person after March 1, 2017

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 Foodster Tasting Plates Chinatown on November 23

If you enjoy exploring different parts of Vancouver, and trying out different restaurants, why not buy tickets to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates in Chinatown?  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.  Will I see you there?

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Chinatown. This evening 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.

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

Participating Restaurants:

 

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Klaus’s Kaffe Haus

291 E. Pender Street

Web:: http://www.klauskaffeehaus.com/

Twitter: @KandJFoodTruck

Cuisine: Austrian

Klaus’s Kaffee Haus is a unique place offering the best hand-made strudel with assorted fillings (sweet & savory).

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Lisa Lou’s Cbocolate Bar

1007 Main Street

Web:http://lisalouschocolatebar.com/

Twitter: @Lisa_Lous

Cuisine: Dessert shop

Handcrafted Chocolate, Caramels, Ice Creams, Pastries & Cheesecake complete with Espresso Bar, from scratch Iced Teas, Cold Brew and Floats.

 

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Bodega on Main 

1014 Main Street

Web: https://www.bodegaonmain.ca/

Twitter:@bodegaonmain

Cuisine: Spanish tapas

Vancouver’s newest Spanish Tapa Bar and Lounge serving traditional Spanish cuisine using our family recipes with a modern twist.

 

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Treasure Green Tea 

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, they are celebrating 35 years this year.

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

(location to be announced)

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

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

 

Propaganda Coffee

209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Phil & Sebastian coffee.

 

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before November 10, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 10, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after November 20, 2016

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Come out for Vanfoodster’s Taco Crawl Sept 28

I really enjoy the fresh and vibrant flavours from many Mexican dishes.  Tacos are one of the dishes that has many variations.  You can have beef, chicken, fish, vegan tacos.  The toppings range from traditional lettuce and tomatoes, to other ingredients like jicama or avocado.  You can make a taco that talks to you.  Ready to go on a taco crawl?  Vanfoodster is hosting a taco crawl on September 28.  The details of the crawl are below.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several different types of Taco shops throughout Vancouver! This Tacos tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates andVancouver Foodster.

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

  • Vegetarian options will be served at each of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, or carpooling.

Registration:tba  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Taco Crawl Map Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

One of the participating restaurants:

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LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

 

Watch for the full line-up of participating restaurants as they are announced in a few weeks.

 

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before September 18, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after September 18, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 25, 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 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.

Have questions about Vancouver Taco Crawl? Contact Vancouver Foodster