Contra Kitchen by The Curatorialist

Last week I attended a delicious event at Pacific Restaurant Supply, it was a pop-up food event produced by Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu and his partner Hakan Burcuoglu. Featuring a selection of curated cocktails with an esoteric menu inspired by the…

Food and Music at the 40th Annual Folk Music Festival

During the weekend of July 13-16, 2017 I enjoyed countless hours listening to music from musicians who performed at the 40th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival that was held at Jericho Beach Park. In addition to the music, I enjoyed…

Sundae Challenge Winners 2017

The Vancouver Foodster 3rd annual  Sundae Challenge was a huge success featuring 11 sundae creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their sundae creation from August 3-27, 2017. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this…

Five Foodie Treats

A selection of my favourite foodie treats in no particular order that I have tasted recently and where to find them. 1) Cherry Pie House-made Organic Cherry Pie with freshly picked Okanagan cherries 🍒 served warm, YUM! Aphrodite’s Organic Pie…

Tasting Brunch at The New Oxford

Chef Sarah Stewart recently joined The Donnelly Group who runs The New Oxford as well as many other restaurants and bars across the country; she joined Executive Chef Alvin Pillay. I enjoyed a taste of their newly launched brunch menu…

Touring Backcountry Brewing

John Folinsbee, one of the partners and Brewmaster toured me around the brewery which was established by a group of five partners, including head brewer John Folinsbee and Ben Reeder, co-owner of Maple Bay Hop Farm where many of the…

Vancouver Margarita Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Margarita Challenge. Restaurants and bars from all over the city were invited to enter their margarita creations into this challenge, most have created a special cocktail creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant/bar will be featuring…

WHISKEY SIX BBQ

862 Renfrew Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-428-4050 Web: http://www.whiskeysixbbq.com/ Twitter: @whiskeysixbbq Instagram @whiskeysixbbq Advice: No reservations, closed Monday and Tuesday. With a focus on the West Coast-style BBQ, owner Marc Wicks and Chef Josh McWilliams make most of what they serve…

LUCHA VERDE

1326 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 669-8620 Web: https://www.luchaverde.com/ Instagram @luchaverdeyvr Advice: No reservations, closed Mondays. Focussing on Mexican eats made with healthy ingredients with vegetarians in mind, this recent newcomer has become a popular eatery in the heart of…

BAKER AND TABLE CAFÉ

6314 Fraser Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 558-3233 Web: http://www.bakerandtablecafe.com/ Instagram @bakerandtablecafe Advice: Counter service. With their focus making and baking Japanese treats, this homestyle eatery is run by Owner/Pastry Chef Hitomi Syvertsen. In this bakery/café they serve homestyle savoury dishes…

Vancouver Salad Challenge 2017 Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge was a success featuring several Salad creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their salad creation from July 20 – August 13, 2017. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and…

LATELIER PATISSERIE

260 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 778-689-0264 Web: http://www.latelierpatisserie.com/ Instagram: @l_atelier_patisserie Advice: Closed Monday and Tuesday. With his French roots, Pastry Chef/Owner Franck Buiron recently launched his own French bakery in the Olympic Village neighborhood, previously he had been wholesaling…

THE PAWN SHOP YVR

1117 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-7474 Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Twitter: @PawnShopYVR Instagram: ThePawnShop YVR Advice: Table service. It’s all about tacos and more at this happening spot in the heart of the entertainment district. Whether it’s lunchtime, happy hour or night-time, tasty…

KOKOMO

611 Gore Avenue, Vancouver Tel:(604) 428-6599 Web: https://www.heykokomo.ca/ Instagram @heykokomo Advice: Counter service. Specializing in plant-based bowls, and other dishes, owner Katie Ruddle has designed a beautiful room that features Chef Mark Singson at the helm. Over a couple of…

Touring North Arm Farm

North Arm Farm, in a micro-climate valley where this 60 acre farm is located, they are growing many different types of fruits and vegetables. They also have a store on site along with a bistro and gelato spot. Chef Ryan…

SLAVIC ROLLS

Mobile locations all over the city. Tel: (604) 832-0984 Web: https://www.facebook.com/Slavic-Rolls-440406205998233/ Twitter: @Slavicrolls Instagram @slavicrolls Advice: Follow them on Streetfood App for opening/locations. With the owners European roots, they feature what they call Slavic Rolls, these are also known as…

Vancouver Foodster Sundae Challenge

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Vancouver Foodster Sundae Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sundae creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their sundae creations on their menu from August 3-27, 2017. How…

First Taste of Chickpea: the Restaurant

Owners Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani successfully launched their Chickpea foodtruck over a year ago which took the city by storm, they have now expanded their offerings with their new 100% plant based restaurant located on Main Street. Here they…

Indian Summer Festival Gala 2017

On July 6th, I attended the annual energetic spicy gala, this year’s culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Chef Vikram Vij featured his friends mostly non-Indian restaurants cooked up their version of the Indian dishes focussing on this…

I.CE QUEEN

2967 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: n/a Web: https://www.facebook.com/icqueenqueen/ Instagram: @icequeenqueen Advice: Counter service. An Asian focussed dessert emporium that features Thai Fried Ice Cream rolls; owners Elliott and Karen offer up a standard menu of Sundae creations as well as…

Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 23

Join us and explore the Commercial Drive neighborhood and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and cafes. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday August 23 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. Each restaurant will be…

Ford and Sustainability Dinner at UBC Farm

I recently enjoyed a delicious dinner at a long table between the trees at UBC Farm. It was a sustainability feast catered by Savoury Chef which took care of us all so well. It has been many years since I…

ROYS INDIAN RESTAURANT

#200 – 1179 56 Street, Tsawwassen Tel: (604) 948-7697 Web: http://www.roysindian.com/ Twitter: @RoysIndian Instagram @roysindian Advice: Reservations suggested. Take-out is available if you come in and place your order. I would almost consider this a hideway, yet this is a…

First Taste of Umaluma Gelato

With his entrepreneurial spirit and exuberant passion, owner and founder, Ian Bruce spent 18 months of R & D as well as more time on his vision of creating Canada’s first organic, 100% plant based gelato shop. He opened shop…

Thai Cooking at the Thai Festival July 22-23

In advance of this weekend’s 4th Annual Thai Festival in Vancouver, this morning I took part in a Thai dessert making class at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where Chef Mr. Sakarin Hongrattanavorakit and Asst. Prof Nanolin Dangsungwal demonstrated…

Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge. I have invited restaurants from all over the city to enter their best Salad creation into this challenge, some entered their house recipe and others created a special Salad just for this challenge….

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