Posts Tagged ‘beer’

ABODE RESTAURANT

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1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

Advice: Takes reservations.

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

A large an inviting room situated off of bustling Robson, the décor is inspired of mid-century design with warm tones of walnut and Calcutta marble, lots of banquets and communal tables throughout. There is a coffee bar for the morning, a bar area as well as the dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner thru late night. Chef Tannis Smith has retooled the menu offering many comforting classics with her unique spin. I visited for dinner on my own, having the Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers ($11) with a couple of tasty dips! To follow I had the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry ($22) a light tomato based house made blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapenos, cinnamon, a mix of smoked paprikas and spices. Served on Pomegranate dirty rice.

The all-day menu features a good selection of appetizers as well as salads, handhelds along with seafood and a selection of pasta dishes.  There is also an extensive brunch menu filled will sorts of dishes including Marilyn’s Omelet, Horizon Hash and Handle Your Scramble.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DEVILS ELBOW HOUSE

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562 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-0611

Web: www.devilselbowalehouse.com

Twitter: @DevilsElbow_

Advice: Sharing is the way to go here if dining with friends.

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Enter a Barbq house that is brick walled throughout with reclaimed wood paneling, a beautiful wooden bar sporting 15 taps for the Howe Sound Brewing beers along with 5 guest taps for other local brew. My friend Rob Kemp joined me for some barbq eats and ale, where sharing was key. I started off with a cinco of Howe Sound Beer having 5 tasters, the Blueberry wheat ale, Devil’s Elbow India Pale Ale, Rail Ale but brown, Sky Pilot Northwest pale ale and Porthole Filler Imperial Stout; Rob lined up several of the beer tasters as well.

Housemade Kettle Chips

Housemade Kettle Chips

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

A feast of eats, we started with the outstanding and addictive Housemade Kettle Chips ($9) with a delicious mosque choux for dipping; then the House Smoked salt and pepper Chicken Wings ($13 gets you a dozen) ; then the Chopped Salad ($15) deconstructed with grilled romaine hearts, roma tomatoes, delicious smoked chicken and bacon, smokey house dressing which we had on the side.

 Trio of Meats platter

Trio of Meats platter

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

We then got the Trio of Meats platter ($39 for 2) we chose these 3 meats, my favourites were the delicious smoked brisket and tender beef ribs, followed by the pork back ribs, the huge platter was served with delicious baked beans, and coleslaw; the Smoked Chicken Sandwich ($16) was outstanding with smoked chicken, trio of smoked bell peppers, chipotle mayo, smoked bacon, romaine hearts! To finish off the feast, Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake ($8) in phyllo pastry, with vanilla ice cream was a game changer and one that we would order time and time again!

Review by: Richard Wolak

JAMJAR

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2280 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 252-3957

Web: www.jamjaronthedrive.com

Twitter: @Jamjarondrive

Advice: No reservations, sharing table for solo diners.

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Specializing in flavours of the Middle East, specifically with an emphasis in crafted Lebanese cuisine, Chef Bakhos leads the kitchen in this beautiful eatery on the drive. I loved the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at play, and watch them bake their Saj (Lebanese flatbread) on the domed Saj oven.

 Shish Tawouk plate

Shish Tawouk plate

I have dined here a couple times on my own in the past few weeks, on the 1st visit I had the Shish Tawouk plate with local Rossdown Farms chicken skewers accompanied by some of their delicious house-made Pomegranate Molasses, the plate was served with their Maple Chestnut Hummus, potatoes, brown rice, tabbouli along with some of their Saj bread.

Cauliflower Stew

Cauliflower Stew

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Lazzakiyat

Lazzakiyat

On my next visit I had the Cauliflower Stew served on a platter with brown rice, mjadra, Fatoush salad and Saj bread. This time around I saved room for dessert, and since I couldn’t decide on which of the two desserts I wanted to try, I then ordered both. The Chocolate Rice Pudding was divine made with 70% chocolate, milk and light arborio rice and its served in a glass jar. The other was the Lazzakiyat, delicious Saj style mini pancakes layered with tahini and halvah.

The cocktail list looks as creative as the food, with wonderful flavours and a creative chef at bay this eatery has not only captivated me, it’s also got us foodies talking and enjoying.

Review by: Richard Wolak

STEEL TOAD BREWPUB

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97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-709-8623

Web: http://steeltoad.ca/

Twitter: @SteelToadBeer

Advice: Reservations suggested for the Dining Room upstairs, no reservations for the Dining Hall. Pizzas available for take out and eat in.

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Located on the edge of Olympic Village, housed in the old 1918 steel foundry, it’s a large brewpub dining hall with 175 liquor primary seats on the main floor and an 80 seat dining room upstairs. The large room features a 19’ screen for game nights, has a stage for live music and boasts their own wood fired burning oven for their pizzas. On the brewery side, Brewmaster, Chris Charron, is currently crafting 5 of his own beers and will create more as the seasons and demand progress. The kitchen is lead by Chef Robbie Robinson, who has quite the background of cooking in many fine dining establishments in Canada and abroad. There are a couple of different menus at play, however you can order from both if you like in each of the different spaces. You will find a mix of pub classics, pizzas, and selection of fine dining dishes, alongside a beverage menu that includes local and international beers, cocktails and wine.

Crispy Duck Salad

Crispy Duck Salad

Duck Confit Pizza

Duck Confit Pizza

Steel Toad Brews

Steel Toad Brews

My friend Gin joined me for dinner to taste through the menu, and I ordered a few from each of the menus. Started off with the Crispy Duck Salad ($12) with pickled daikon and black sesame; followed by the delicious Duck Confit Pizza ($15) with a slightly sweet bbq sauce, Gouda, caramelized onions and cilantro. I had a taster of 3 of their house beers that included the Rye IPA, Bitter and Stout.

Marinated Black Cod

Marinated Black Cod

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi

Mussels and House Ale

Mussels and House Ale

We then had the outstanding and favourite dish of the meal, the Marinated Black Cod ($24) in a citrus broth, Lap Chong, maple cabbage; also had the Potato Gnocchi ($17) with rapini and their saizon ale; along with the large pot of Mussels and House Ale ($20) grilled garlic baguette.

Butterscotch pot de Creme

Butterscotch pot de Creme

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding

All of their desserts are made in a sort of collaboration using recipes by Lesley Stowe. My favourite of the two desserts we had was the Butterscotch pot de Creme ($6) followed by the Chocolate Bread Pudding ($6).

I am looking forward to visiting again to try their brunch as well as for more of the Duck Confit Pizza perhaps to go one late night!

Review by: Richard Wolak

BESTIE

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105 East Pender, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-1175

Web: http://bestie.ca/

Twitter: @bestiewurst

Advice: No reservations, late night eats on Friday and Saturday til 1am.

Chinatown Ice Tea

Chinatown Ice Tea

 The Pretzel Board

The Pretzel Board

Pretzel Bread Puddin'

Pretzel Bread Puddin’

Known for their Currywurst this popular eatery features German street food in the heart of Chinatown, it’s a the merging of cultures that makes this eatery hum. In for an early dinner, I had the refreshing Chinatown Ice Tea ($2.50) followed by The Pretzel Board ($9) a large wooden board with a Pretzel, stinky cheesy sauce, a selection of mustards, farmers sausage, Chili smashed cucumber, pickled cabbage, gherkins and Chili onion jam. Then came the delicious dessert which was my original reason for visiting, Pretzel Bread Puddin’ ($5) with cinnamon, raisins, and dolce. De Leche sprinkled with Fleur de sel with a gentle squeeze of orange overtop!

You’ll find a cool room and a menu filled with sausages, fritten, and cheese fries to go along with beer on tap or by the bottle, wine on tap, soda pops, kombucha and ice tea. I can’t wait to return to try their Currywurst!

Review by: Richard Wolak

L’ABATTOIR

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217 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-1701

Web: www.labattoir.ca

Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN

Advice: Advance reservations suggested. Private dining room available for booking.

It’s all about the recipe that makes my experience one that is memorable, it’s also a testament to a long standing restaurant. The recipe for me is not only about wonderful food, it is also about good looking servers who excel at the service they provide as well as the ambience. I’ve been a fan of L’Abattoir since they opened, each dinner was one that was finished by dessert, it was the eye candy and the sweet ending that has made for memorable experiences. The restaurant has expanded recently adding a building behind the restaurant which has been outfitted with a new prep kitchen along with a multi-room set-up for private dining upstairs. With these new additions, they finally launched a weekday lunch service, and I dined along with my friend Rob Kemp who joined me.

Blueberry Ice Tea

Blueberry Ice Tea

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Steelhead

Green Salad

Green Salad

Halibut

Halibut

Beef Dip

Beef Dip

It was a beautiful late summer day, and I quenched my thirst with their Blueberry Ice Tea in a bottle, this cool presentation was a great start to lunch sitting at the bar. Jose is one of those servers that made my dining experience memorable. I had the Steelhead, fried potatoes, dill, horseradish to start, while Rob had the Green Salad, lettuce, vinaigrette, croutons. For our mains, I loved the Halibut with a capers grapes sauce, while Rob enjoyed his Beef Dip Tongue, salad, jus gras for dipping, thick cut fries.

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Chocolate pot de crème.

Chocolate pot de crème.

As dessert is always a must for me when dining here, I enjoyed my sweet ending with a not so sweet, Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee while Rob indulged in the Chocolate pot de crème.

As always I can’t wait to return.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MEET ON MAIN

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4288 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 877-1292

Web: www.meetonmain.com

Twitter: @meetonmain

Advice: No reservations.

Steamed Kale

Steamed Kale

Sweet Chili Caulifkiwer

Sweet Chili Cauliflower

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters

 Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

The Lovely

The Lovely

With a clever play on words, this new neighborhood eatery focusses on comfort food that is vegetarian and vegan forward. The room has an eclectic feel, the portions are large, and sharing is the way to go. My friend Jason Sanders just returned from travelling the globe and he joined me to share some dishes. Starting off with the Steamed Kale ($4.50) with a house-made cashew gravy, followed by the outstanding Sweet Chili Cauliflower ($8) beer battered with a tamarind chili glaze. Next we had the tasty Corn Fritters ($7.25) served with a spicy chipotle aioli dip, followed by  Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries ($8.50) topped with a house-made almond butter satay sauce and chipotle mayo with pickled onions in the mix. Lastly The Lovely ($12.50) a large and delicious bowl of almond nut satay sauce over brown rice, smoked tofu and veggies that included wilted spinach, broccoli, red pepper & toasted coconut. After this vegetarian feast we were stuffed with no room for dessert.

The menu is eclectic featuring handfuls, bowlfuls, six different types of fries done right, greenery and sweet things. The cocktails look as creative as the food, I am looking forward to returning for more another round of the Sweet Chili Cauliflower.

Review by: Richard Wolak

GYOZA BAR + RAMEN


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622 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-5563

Web: http://gyozabar.ca/

Twitter: @GyozaBarRamen

Advice: No Reservations, put your name on the list and come back for your table.

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Elevating the bar, Aburi Restaurants who own this restaurant went about creating a bit of a twist on the traditional gyoza and ramen while raising the bar above many of the more traditional restaurants offering these popular dishes. The room invokes an urban and rustic-elegant feel with its polished concrete, live edge maple, and BC pine beetle wood that complement the existing and timeless brick walls. Part of the kitchen is open to encourage guests to sit at the bar and see their food be prepared. A peek-a-boo window allows those interested to watch fresh ramen be prepared.

Orchard Fizz

Orchard Fizz

Miso Tofu Salad

Miso Tofu Salad

Teppan Gyoza

Teppan Gyoza

My friend Sheryl was visiting the city and she joined me for dinner, I started off with the refreshing Orchard Fizz non-alcohol Cocktail made with Yuzu-fig jam, apple juice and soda. We shared the delicious Miso Tofu Salad ($9.50), followed by their signature Teppan Gyoza ($8) an order of 7 (you can get a larger order as well) filled with Fraser Valley Pork served in a cast iron pan.

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

 Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

The Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza ($12.50) crispy with feta, cherries, mushrooms, and zucchini, this preparation was outstanding and is the best gyoza I have had here yet.  I then had the Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso ($14) while Sheryl had the same Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt ($13.50), the version I went with was richer in flavour. The ramen noodles are handcrafted in-house using a special ramen-making machine and the broths are made from scratch with all-natural flavours and without any MSG.

Ricotta Crepe

Ricotta Crepe

Yuzu Komichi

Yuzu Komichi

For dessert we shared two of them, the Ricotta Crepe ($8) with yuzu-fig jam, and yogurt sorbet and Yuzu Komichi ($8) with cactus pear granita.

You will find sake on tap, along with cocktails, beer and wine. I can’t wait to return for more of the Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SIX ACRES

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203 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-488-0110

Web: http://sixacres.ca/

Twitter: @sixacres

Advice: On a nice day the patio is the place to be.

Four Winds Beer

Four Winds Beer

Mini Veggie Burgers

Mini Veggie Burgers

Pound O` Wings

Pound O` Wings

Every so often there is a restaurant that has been on my to try list forever, thankfully this popular Gastropub is still in the game. My friend Ami Sanyal and I dined on the patio which boasts one of the best people watching spots in the city. Catching up over a Four Winds Beer and some eats, I enjoyed their trio of Mini Veggie Burgers ($11) made with cauliflower & mushroom patty, aged cheddar, tomato, spinach, caramelized onion, aioli, house ketchup; while Ami had a Pound O` Wings ($12) house made with salt & pepper.

This is a great spot for food and drink in Gastown, housed in the Alhambra building, it is the oldest brick building in Vancouver. The drinks menu offers up a good selection of beer, wine and spirits. On the food side there are all sorts of dishes that complement the drinks list or vice versa depending on how you look at it. Several dishes caught my eye for future dinnerscapes and I’m looking forward to returning soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Deep Cove Craft Brewmasters Dinner at Craft Market

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I attended this wonderful dinner at Craft Beer Market on August 26th that featured a 4 course meal created by Executive Chef Cam McGowan paired with a variety of beers from local brewer Deep Cove Craft. It was great to have Chef McGowan explain each of the dishes as they were served as well as have the Brewmaster Kevin Emms on hand to talk about each of the beers.

Now on to dinner and the pairings!

A welcome beer was served during the reception featuring the Trapper John’s Lager.

First Course:

Spelt Risotto

Spelt Risotto

Spelt Risotto with sunflower greens, and roasted heirloom vegetables paired with the Sun Kissed Tea Saison Ale which is their helistyle German beer.

 

Second Course:

Spanish style Paella

Spanish style Paella

Spanish style Paella with Salt Spring Island mussels and Two Rivers Meats chorizo paired with the Loud Mouth Pale Ale.

 

Third Course:

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast

Star Struck Rye IPA

Star Struck Rye IPA

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast with a watermelon salad paired with the Star Struck Rye IPA

 

Fourth Course:

Oatmeal Stout Cakes

Oatmeal Stout Cakes

Oatmeal Stout Cakes with whiskey cream and Okanagan apples paired with the Smooth Criminal Stout

Kevin Emms (Brewmaster) on Left, Chef Cam in middle and Shea de Jaray (Owner of Deep Cove Craft)

Kevin Emms (Brewmaster) on Left, Executive Chef Cam McGowan in the middle and Shea de Jaray (Owner of Deep Cove Craft)

My Take:

My favourite of the food dishes and pairings was the outstanding Southern style Jerk Duck Breast with a watermelon salad paired with the Star Struck Rye IPA, it had magnificent flavours all around and the duck breast was perfectly cooked. My Second favourite pairing was the last course, the Oatmeal Stout Cakes with whiskey cream and Okanagan apples paired with the Smooth Criminal Stout for the sweet finish to a fine meal.

Craft Beer Market offers Beer and Food pairing dinners monthly contact them for details at 604.709.BEER(2337) or visit them online at www.CRAFTBeerMarket.ca

By: Richard Wolak

TACOFINO COMMISSARY

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2327 East Hastings, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-TACO

Web:   http://tacofino.com/

Twitter: @TacofinoCantina

Advice: Community sharing tables, so find a space and share your table.

 Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tacos: Fish & Squash

Tacos: Fish & Squash

I have been a fan of their fish tacos ever since their food trucks hit the streets in Vancouver, soon after this restaurant opened. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve snuck in on occasion for some take-out. This time around my friend Sophia Cheng joined me for lunch and some delicious eats. We shared the Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole, then I had a couple of tacos ($6 each or 2 for $10), the Fish Taco with a crispy ling cod, cabbage, chipotle mayo, salsa fresca and the seasonal Summer Squash and Potato taco with leek, lacinato kale, cheddar, chili crema, and salsa fresca; Sophia had a Fish Taco as well along with a Pork Jowel taco and a Lime Slushi.

The lunch menu is fairly simple, the dinner menu takes it up a notch with offerings that include Queso and Corn Fritters, Chicken Karaage Tacos, and Tator Tots. There is also a wine, beer, cocktails and spirits on offer, most of all I am looking to return to try the Chocolate Diablo Cookies & Horchata Ice Cream Sandwich!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest Winners

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This past weekend I participated in the 3rd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival as one of the celebrity judges, I also had an opportunity to sample much of the fare during the weekend. It was Barbq madness creating a packed house at this outdoor festival on Carrall Street. Featuring 12 restaurants competing against each other, hosted by The Blarney Stone.

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe'

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

 

The winners were:

Overall Champion

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

3rd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Ribs:

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Wings:

1st Place Winner: Deacon’s Corner

2nd Place Winner: The Hastings Warehouse

Best Brisket:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Chili:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Best Side:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Pig Roast

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Brendan - The Irish Heather

Chef Brendan – The Irish Heather

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Best Corn Bread from The  Railtown Cafe

Best Corn Bread from The Railtown Cafe

The restaurants served up a menu of brisket, wings, chili and more featuring: 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.

The Deep End (band)

The Deep End (band)

The event was Hosted by Joe Leary who also judged along with Richard Wolak (Vancouver Foodster), Chef Quang Dang (West Restaurant), Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), and Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps). Music was provided by a few bands including The Deep End which were terrific, I missed closing headliner Bend Sinister.

By: Richard Wolak

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

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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

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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

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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

PROHIBITION TASTING ROOM

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1269 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Tel: (604) 563-9494

Web: http://www.prohibitionbrewingco.com/prohibition-brewing-company-tasting-room/

Twitter: @ProhibitionAles

Advice: Flight of Four beers great value, all coocktails are doubles.

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Known for the beer they brew in the Okanagan, Prohibition’s tasting room is located in Vancouver in the trendy Yaletown neighborhood where they are serving up a stellar selection of comfort food to go with their craft beer and cocktails. I was quite impressed having taken a run through the dinner menu with my friend David Peng.

Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale

Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale

Beer tasting on the paddle ($8) with the Getaway Lager, Bootlegger Amber Ale, Lawless IPA, Smuggler Scotch Ale to go along the delicious food at the outset.

Duck Wings

Duck Wings

Poutine

Poutine

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

 Steak Frites

Steak Frites

First off was the outstanding Duck Wings ($11) a pound of these wings perfectly seasoned, tender, juicy, and braised for an hour prior to frying. Served with a house-made barbq sauce, a hot sauce and a creamy sauce. Next was the Poutine ($8) with a mushroom ale gravy and cheese, both of these dishes were great for sharing. Next were a couple of entrees, I loved, loved, loved the Roast Chicken ($19) with veggies in a white wine mushroom cream sauce; followed by the flavourful Steak Frites ($20) 6 oz tenderloin and Frites.

The Moonshine

The Moonshine

Lawless Mule

Lawless Mule

No dessert option on the menu as of yet, so we made do tasting a couple of cocktails that the manager sent over to the table. The Moonshine ($9.50) in cool mason jar made with walnut bitters, citrus and egg whites along with the Lawless Mule ($9.50) with vodka, citrus, ginger and their IPA.

This is a room to keep your eye on, and its going to be a great spot for hanging out with friends. I can’t wait to try out the lunch menu, as well am hopeful for some dessert options down the road made with their ales.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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