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Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest August 30 & 31

I am looking forward to being one of the celebrity judges at this weekend’s, 3rd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. This annual festival and competition features 12 Gastown restaurants competing against each other, check out the full event schedule.

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The restaurants that will line the streets, serving up a menu of brisket, wings, chili and more are: The Blarney Stone, Chill Winston, The Irish Heather, TUC Craft Kitchen. Lamplighter, Peckinpah, Gringo, The Hastings Warehouse, Calabash, The Charles Bar, Deacon’s Corner, Railtown Café and Stateside Craft.

These Gastown restaurants will be competing in the most canning BBQ & Chili Cook off any street festival has ever seen. There are several new developments to this 2 day event; this year expanded the festival grounds, created a larger licensed area, an outstanding menu suited for the foodie in you and a headlining performance by one of Vancouver’s biggest up and coming acts “Bend Sinister”

The festivities will take place on the 200 block of Carrall Street, between Water St (Gassy Jack statue of Maple Tree Square) and Cordova Street (passing by the entrance to blood alley). The entire street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Large tents & BBQs will line the street which will be filled with picnic tables, a beer tent, restaurant patios, and a large musical stage hosting live music all weekend long.

There is the public voting and tasting, you can buy Taster Tokens will be available for all to sample the BBQ, Chili & Side items: 4 tokens for $10 or 8 tokens for $20 and then their is the celebrity judging panel.

Hosted by Joe Leary who is making his 2nd appearance as the celebrity Host for the 2014 Gastown BBQ & Chilli Festival, Joe has been a member of the Vancouver media on both radio & television for over 25 years, a career broadcaster and freelance writer who is also a former Restaurant owner, Joe brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this year’s event.

It’s two fun-filled afternoons of eating, dancing, pig roasts. Judges include Richard Wolak (Vancouver Foodster), Chef Quang Dang (West Restaurant), Casey Jo Loos (The Peak 102.7 FM), Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), and Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps).

By: Richard Wolak

FEAST

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2423 Marine Dr. West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 922-1155

Web: www.feastdining.ca

Twitter: @feastdining

Advice: Reservations needed.

The communal table is the star in this eatery located in Dundarave Village, where Chef Kayla Dhaliwall has created a unique menu for diners to feast. Sharing would be the way to go if you have a friend or two joining. The menu is seafood forward yet does feature other meat and vegetarian dishes, it has an element of fun for foodies to enjoy. Each of the dishes are served on the beautiful black serving dishes which not only look great but are easy for serving. My friend Nikki joined me as we took a whirl sharing some of the dishes while dining at the communal table.

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

K’s 'FC

K’s ‘FC

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

Squash & Chickpea Curry

Squash & Chickpea Curry

The Avocado & Beet “Fries” ($12) are lightly battered and fried, topped with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a citrus gastrique were divine. K’s ‘FC ($22) is a half crispy free run fried chicken served with proper gravy, tender, juicy and delicious. The naming of this dish is a play on words depending of course how you look at it, there take is that it is named after Chef Kayla and it’s her fried chicken. Sides are needed to go along with a dish like this, and we chose the tasty English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms ($9) served in a black iron pot. We also shared the delicious Squash & Chickpea Curry ($22) with forbidden black rice.

Mini Donuts

Mini Donuts

There were only two desserts on offer, and we went with the Mini donuts ($9.99) holy amazing crispy donuts, a bag of home-made mini donuts with caramel and a strawberry sauce a true indulgence! Sharing is a must as there are 20 donuts in the bag.

I am looking forward to a future visit for brunch as they are featuring Chef Kayla’s amazing Chicken & Waffles.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BAN CHOK DEE

ban chok 1

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Advice: Bring friends along to share the dishes.

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Lotus Root Drink

Lotus Root Drink

Red Lotus Smoothie

Red Lotus Smoothie

As Thai food is one of the many cuisines that I love, I have had the pleasure to eat at many of the Thai restaurants in the city, this time around I headed outward as friends highly recommended this spot. My meal turned into quite the feast as I sampled my way through their menu, starting off with a couple of their popular non-alcoholic drinks. The refreshing Lotus Root Drink which is a specialty in Thailand and the Red Lotus Smoothie which I enjoyed throughout my meal.

 lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles

lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles

Tom Yum Goong Soup and Herbal Prawn Salad

Tom Yum Goong Soup and Herbal Prawn Salad

An Appetizer platter to begin was filled with their popular lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles served with a delicious home-made peanut sauce. I loved the Tom Yum Goong Soup served with the flavourful Herbal Prawn Salad with tamarind and lime juice!

Curried Noodles

Curried Noodles

BBQ Duck Lychee Curry

BBQ Duck Lychee Curry

Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee

Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee

Next was the delicious Curried Noodles (a street food dish, popular in Chiang Mai) egg noodles curried with tender chicken, cilantro, red onion, green onion, chili oil and lime. This was followed by the yummy BBQ Duck Lychee Curry with tiny grapes and served with coconut rice. The Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee in a red curry was outstanding, this dish is usually served here with salmon, make sure that you ask them to substitute the salmon for halibut.

Hau-Mok Salmon

Hau-Mok Salmon

Pad Thai with chicken

Pad Thai with chicken

Lastly from the savouries, this Thai specialty was served in a coconut, the Hau-Mok Salmon along with shrimp rice and a dry ribs dish; followed by their egg swirl covered traditional Pad Thai with chicken.

Coconut Jello

Coconut Jello

For dessert I had the outstanding and refreshing Coconut Jello in a young coconut with sticky rice and mango. Asides from the many different Thai dishes they have on offer, you will also find a line-up of wine, beer and cocktails to round out the offering.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SPAGHETEI

spagheti 1

1741 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1014

Web: http://spaghetei.com/

Twitter: @SPAGHeTEI_Van

Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-in welcome you may have to wait.

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Serving authentic Japanese style spaghetti, this takes the popular noodle and Italian mainstay to another level and I truly enjoyed it. The company was founded in Japan in 1975, opening in Vancouver a couple of years ago and has been a hit ever since. All of the dishes here are made with Japanese ingredients and their some interesting dishes, I’d suggest looking at the menu online first along with the photos guide you in your decision.

Miso Garlic Bread

Miso Garlic Bread

Yakiniku Chaliapin

Yakiniku Chaliapin

A slice of Miso Garlic Bread arrives before the spaghetti dish and it’s fairly small, I would suggest ordering a basket of this delicious bread which isn’t on the menu you just need to ask. I had the small order of the delicious Yakiniku Chaliapin ($13) with beef slices, garlic, tomatoes, and green onions. You will find an array of interesting dishes to choose, if dining with friends get a few and share. They offer the regular size and a smaller size which is $1 less for most of the dishes.

They have a small wine and beer selection as well as a Takara Plum Wine and sake.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BLUE EYED MARYS

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1735 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 921 2583

Web: http://www.blueeyedmarys.com

Twitter: @blueeyedmarys

Advice: Reservations suggested.

house baked bread

house baked bread

 Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette

Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette

Pan Roasted Halibut

Pan Roasted Halibut

I fell in love with this charming restaurant as I visited for the first time the other night. Known as the best restaurant over on Bowen Island for years, the owners relocated to the Ambleside neighborhood a couple years ago. The room is stunning with bright blue coloured walls, high ceilings, white linen tablecloths, it reminded me of dining in a country cottage by a lake, yet they are situated in the city. Chef/Owner Carol Wallace runs the kitchen and husband/co-owner Stephen Biddiscombe who was our server runs the dining room. Service is efficient making for a wonderful dining experience, I enjoyed it so much that I thought of staying the night and being the first in for breakfast the next morning. To begin we were served house baked bread and butter which is complimentary. Next my friend Nikki and I shared the Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette ($9) that was topped with a delicious soft cheese Pate and piece of oatmeal shortbread. We then shared the outstanding Pan Roasted Halibut ($30) in a ginger-lemongrass broth, with a radish-cucumber salad & rice noodles and Asian greens.

Apricot Upside Down Cake

Apricot Upside Down Cake

Pecan Brownie

Pecan Brownie

Of course we had to finish the meal with some dessert, why share one when we could share two that was what came to mind and I’m glad we did just that. The Apricot Upside Down Cake ($9) with Ginger buttermilk ice cream and marmalade caramel was delicious; as was the Pecan Brownie ($9) with chocolate ice cream and cherry caramel a heavenly dessert indulgence.

There is a nice wine list which has been well thought out if you choose to wine and dine. I am looking forward to my next visit to explore more!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Craft Brewers in the Vancouver area

With the changing liquor laws in British Columbia, and the interest in Craft Beer growing, we have seen many new breweries open across the Lower Mainland in the past couple of years with many more to come in the coming year. Here is a list of all the local players!

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33 Acres Brewing Co.

Microbrewery

15 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

33acresbrewing.com

604-620-4589

Twitter: @33Acres

BREWMASTER

 

Big Ridge Brewing Company

Brewpub

15133 Hwy 10, Surrey

www.markjamesgroup.com/bigridge.html

604-574-2739

Twitter: @BigRidgeBrewing

BREWMASTER:

 

Big River Brewpub

Brewpub

180-14200 Entertainment Blvd, Richmond

http://www.bigriverbrewpub.com/

Twitter: @BIGRIVER_BC

 

Black Kettle Brewing

North Vancouver

(604) 987-9989

www.blackkettlebrewing.com

Twitter: @BlackKettleBeer

BREWMASTER:

 

Bomber Brewing

1488 Adanac Street, Vancouver

604-428-7457

bomberbrewing.com

Twitter: @BomberBrewing

BREWMASTER: BLAIR CALIBABA

 

Brassneck Brewery   

Microbrewery

2148 Main St, Vancouver

brassneck.ca

Twitter: @Brassneckbrew

BREWMASTER: CONRAD GMOSER

 

Bridge Brewing Company    

Microbrewery

115-2433 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

604-770-2739 (BREW)

bridgebrewing.com

Twitter: @bridgebrewcrew

BREWMASTER: PATRICK DORÉ

 

Central City Brewing 

Brewpub

11411 Bridgeview Dr., Surrey

(604) 588-2337 (BEER)

centralcitybrewing.com

Twitter: @CentralCityBrew

BREWMASTER: GARY LOHIN

 

Coal Harbour Brewing Company    

Microbrewery

1967 Triumph Street, Vancouver

www.coalharbourbrewing.com

604-215-7471

Twitter: @CoalHarBrew

BREWMASTER:

 

Dageraad Brewing

#114 – 3191 Thunderbird Crescent, Burnaby

604 290 8154

http://dageraadbrewing.com/

Twitter: @DageraadBeer

BREWMASTER: BEN COLI

 

Dead Frog Brewery  

Microbrewery

#1 – 27272 Gloucester Way, Aldergrove

1-888-856-1055

deadfrog.ca

Twitter: @DeadFrogBrewery

BREWMASTER: TONY DEWALD

 

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers   

Microbrewery

Unit 170 – 2270 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver

604.770.1136

deepcovecraft.com

Twitter: @DeepCoveCraft

BREWMASTER: KEVIN EMMS

 

Dockside Brewing Company

Brewpub

1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

www.docksidebrewing.com

604-685-7070

Twitter: @eatDockside

BREWMASTER:

 

Four Winds Brewing 

Microbrewery

Delta

4-7355 72nd St., Delta

604-940-9949

fourwindsbrewing.ca

Twitter: @FourWindsBrewCo

BREWMASTER: BRENT MILLS

 

Granville Island Brewing  

Microbrewery

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

www.gib.ca

604-687-BREW

Twitter: @itsgoodtobehere

BREWMASTER: Vern Lambourne

 

Green Leaf Brewing

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

(604) 984-8409

www.Greenleafbrew.com

Twitter: @greenleafbrew

BREWMASTER: BILL HERDMAN

 

Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Co.  

Brewpub

37801 Cleveland Ave, Squamish

604-892-2603

howesound.com

Twitter: @howesoundbeer

BREWMASTER: FRANCO CORNO

 

Main Street Brewing

261 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver

604-336-7711

http://mainstreetbeer.ca/

Twitter: @mainstreetbeer

BREWMASTER: JACK BENSLEY

 

Mission Springs Brewing Company  

Brewpub

7160 Oliver St. at Lougheed Highway, Mission

www.missionspringsbrewingcompany.com

604-820-1009

Twitter: @MSBCBREWERY

BREWMASTER:

 

Old Yale Brewing Co.

Microbrewery

#4-7965 Venture Place, Chilliwack

604-392-2011

oldyalebrewing.com

Twitter: @oldyalebrewing

BREWMASTER: LARRY CAZA

 

Parallel 49 Brewing Company        

Microbrewery

1950 Triumph St, Vancouver

604-558-2739

parallel49brewing.com

Twitter: @Parallel49Beer

BREWMASTER: GRAHAM WITH

 

Postmark Brewing

55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver

604-699-1988

www.postmarkbrewery.com

Twitter: @Postmarkbrewing

BREWMASTER:

 

Powell Street Craft Brewery 

Microbrewery

1357 Powell Street, Vancouver

(604) 558-2537

powellbeer.com

Twitter: @PowellBeer

BREWMASTER: DAVID BOWKETT

 

R&B Brewing Co.     

Microbrewery

54 East 4th Ave, Vancouver

(604) 874-2537

r-and-b.com

Twitter: @RandBBrewing

BREWMASTER: TODD GRAHAM

 

Red Truck Beer Company   

Microbrewery

1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

(604) 682-4733 (4RED)

redtruckbeer.com

Twitter: @RedTruckBeer

BREWMASTERS: IAIN HILL and HAMISH MACRAE

 

Russell Brewing Company   

Microbrewery

#202 – 13018 80th Ave, Surrey

604-599-1190

russellbeer.com

Twitter: @Russell_Beer

BREWMASTER: THE RUSSELL BREWING TEAM

 

Stanley Park Brewery

Delta

http://www.stanleyparkbrewery.ca/

Twitter: @StanleyParkBrew

 

Steamworks Brewing        

3845 William St, Burnaby

604-620-7250

steamworks.com

Twitter: @steamworksbeer

BREWMASTER: CAOLAN VAUGHAN

 

Steel & Oak Brewing

1319 3rd Ave, New Westminster

(604) 540-6495

www.steelandoak.ca

Twitter: @SteelAndOak

BREWMASTER:

 

Storm Brewing        

Microbrewery

310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

(604) 255-9119

stormbrewing.org

Twitter: @StormBrewingVan

BREWMASTER: JAMES WALTON

 

Surlie Brewing

23-2337 Townline Rd, Abbotsford

(604) 744-2739

www.surliebrewing.ca

Twitter: @Surliebrewing

BREWMASTER:

 

Turning Point Brewery

465 Fraser View Place, Delta

turningpointbrewery.com

Twitter:

BREWMASTER: TODD FOWLER & JEREMY SWITZER

 

Yaletown Brewing Company

Brewpub

1111 Mainland Street, Vancouver

http://www.mjg.ca/yaletown.html

Twitter: @YTbrewing

 

Yellow Dog Brewery

2817 Murray Street, Port Moody

Mike and Melinda Coghill

http://yellowdogbeer.com/

Twitter: @YellowDogBeer

BREWMASTER:

 

OPENING SOON 

 

Doan’s Brewery

1830 Powell St, Vancouver

Twitter: @DoansCBC

Opening in October 2014

 

Steel Toad

97 East 2nd, Vancouver

Twitter: @SteelToadBeer

Opening in August 2014

 

Dogwood Brewing

8284 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver

http://www.dogwoodbrew.com/

Twitter: @DogwoodBrew

Opening Fall 2014

 

Off The Rail

1351 Adanac St., Vancouver

Opening Fall 2014

 

Strange Fellows Brewing

1345 Clark Vancouver

www.strangefellowsbrewing.com

Opening Fall 2014

 

Callister Brewing

1338 Franklin Street, Vancouver

http://callisterbrewing.com/

Opening Winter 2014

 

Moody Ales

2601 Murrary Street, Port Moody

http://www.moodyales.com/

Twitter: @MoodyAles

Opening Late summer/fall 2014

 

Red Truck Brewery (new location)

295 East First Ave, Vancouver

redtruckbeer.com

Twitter: @RedTruckBeer

Opening September 2014

By: Richard Wolak

TRUFFLE HOUSE & CAFÉ

truffle house 1

2452 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-922-4222

Web: www.trufflehousecafe.com

Twitter: @TheTruffleHouse

Advice: Reservations suggested. Dinners only on Friday and Saturday.

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Located in the heart of Dundarave Village is a charming French bistro run by Fabienne and her husband Philippe who settled in this community after moving from the South of France a few years ago. The kitchen is now run by Executive Chef Tim Kozody who has refocused the menus offering French, Italian and West Coast specialties for breakfast and lunch daily. The bistro is also known for its enhancing dishes with truffles and on the menu you will see which dishes feature white or black truffle.

Okanagan Peach Salad

Okanagan Peach Salad

Short Rib Beef Pappardelle

Short Rib Beef Pappardelle

Apple Tarte Tatin

Apple Tarte Tatin

I dined the other night for dinner with my friend Nikki Caine joining me and shared the refreshing seasonal Okanagan Peach Salad ($13) to start. We then indulged in the delicious and hearty, Short Rib Beef Pappardelle ($17). For dessert we had their French classic  Apple Tarte Tatin ($8) homemade by Fabienne with slices of apples, on a buttery crust served with vanilla ice cream, a recipe that her mother used to make when she resided in France.

This bistro is true gem worthy of your discovery, and I can’t wait to return to try one of the crepes such as the Truffle Honey Crepe!

Review by: Richard Wolak

THE ABBEY

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117 West Pender Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-7100

Web: http://abbeyvan.com/

Twitter: @AbbeyYVR

Advice: Reservations suggested weekends.

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage

Mushrooms on Toast

Mushrooms on Toast

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

The room is long and narrow, spacious with a private room up the stairs at the rear for large or small gatherings. Coined as a progressive tavern, the dishes have great flavours which is not surprising knowing the menu was created by chef/owner Andrey Durbach and his partners Chris Stewart, and Michel Durocher. I dined solo in the first days of opening, having the Free-run Chicken Karaage ($10) Togaroshi  crispy, spiced and delish! Next was the outstanding Mushrooms on Toast ($14) a mix of local mushrooms including chanterelles on a moist crisped brioche! Lastly for dessert, I had the delicious Peanut Butter Pie ($7) with sour cherries, graham cracker crust and a chocolate top that reminds me of a childhood dessert Spoon Candy that I loved!

I am looking forward to returning to try more dishes, as well as their Happy Hour, and I hope they offer brunch one day soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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