Posts Tagged ‘Best’

Barista Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Barista Challenge was a great success featuring Baristas and their Beverage creations at cafes around Vancouver and Surrey. Each Café featured their Beverage creation on their menu from August 28-September 25, 2013 and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Louis Luzuka of Wired Monk Fleetwood in Surrey with his

The Incredible Monk

 

The Incredible Monk which is a matcha greentea kale smoothie with lots of fruits and veggies.

Wired Monk Fleetwood

15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey

Tel: 778-565-7696

Twitter:  @WiredMonkIsCool

Web:  http://www.wiredmonk.com/location/fleetwood-center/

Louis Luzuka

Louis Luzuka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place: Blandin Luzuka of Wired Monk Fleetwood in Surrey with her

Coffee Crisp

Coffee Crisp take on, of the Chocolate Bar, Coffee Crisp. If you like chocolate this is definitely a delicious drink to indulge in!

Wired Monk Fleetwood

15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey

Tel: 778-565-7696

Twitter:  @WiredMonkIsCool

Web:  http://www.wiredmonk.com/location/fleetwood-center/

Blandin Luzuka

Blandin Luzuka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place: Nick Allan of Continental Coffee, Vancouver with his

Dark Chocolate, Roasted Garlic, and Orange Essence Macchiato

Dark Chocolate, Roasted Garlic, and Orange Essence Macchiato

Continental Coffee

4295 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-7712

Twitter: @ContinentalCoff

Web: http://www.continental-coffee.ca/

Nick Allan

Nick Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the baristas and cafes that accepted my invitation and featured their Beverage creation on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning cafes to try their Beverage creation! See all the Barista creation entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Pizza Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge was a great success featuring Pizza creations around Vancouver, Burnaby and Maple Ridge. Each restaurant featured their Pizza creation on their menu from June 20 – July 14, 2013, then the public voted from June 20 – July 15, 2013.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria with their Pizza Di Spagna

Created by: Executive Chef – Nathan Wright

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

Chef Nathan Wright

Chef Nathan Wright

2nd Place: Rocky Mountain Flatbread with their B.C. Flatbread Pizza

Created by: Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

1876 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver & 4186 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-730-0321 (1st) & 604-566-9779 (Main)

Twitter:  @Flatbreadco

Web:  http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca/

 

Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

3rd Place: Lombardo’s Pizzeria with their Pancetta, Grape and Rosemary Pizza

Created by: Giulia Lombardo

Lombardo’s Pizzeria

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 251-2240

Twitter:  @LombardosPizza

Web:  http://lombardos.ca/

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Pizza creation on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Pizza creation! See all the pizza creation entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Chicken Wings Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge was a great success featuring Chicken Wings creations around Vancouver, Coquitlam and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their Chicken Wings creation on their menu from May 14 – June 9, 2013, then the public voted June 7-11, 2013.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Malone’s Bar and Grill for their Salted Caramel Waffle Wings with Zing

Malone’s Bar and Grill

608 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 684-9977

Twitter: @MalonesDrinkery

Web: http://www.malones.bc.ca/

Chef Rennie Chotalal

2nd Place: Kingston Taphouse and Grille for their Confit Chicken Wings

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Chef Simon McLeod

3rd Place: House Guest for their Confit Chicken Wings

House Guest

322 Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-699-0249

Twitter: @HOUSExGUEST

Web: http://HOUSExGUEST.com

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their chicken wings on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their chicken wings! See all the chicken wings entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Eggs Benedict Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Eggs Benedict Challenge was a great success featuring Eggs Benedicts around Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their eggs benedict from March 22-April 21, and then the public voted between April 19-23. The eggs benedict creations ranged from the traditional to non-traditional.

The Winners are:

1st Place: The Bibo for their BiBo Eggs Benedict

The Bibo

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177

Twitter: @TheBiBo

Web:  http://www.thebibo.com

Chef Matt Repetto and Owner – Andrea Bini

2nd Place: House Guest for their Green Eggs and Duck Ham Benny

House Guest

322 Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-699-0249

Twitter: @HOUSExGUEST

Web: http://HOUSExGUEST.com

Chef Jimmy Stewart & Operations Manager -Justin Mensah-Coker

3rd Place: Dockside Restaurant for The Dockside Benny

Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatdockside

Tel: 604-685-7070

Web: http://www.docksidebrewing.com

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their eggs benedict on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their eggs benedict for brunch! See all the eggs benedict entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Cheesecake Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge was a huge success featuring 12 Cheesecakes around Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their cheesecake from March 7-28th, and then the public voted between March 26-31. The cheesecake creations ranged from the traditional to non-traditional.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Trees Organic for their White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House

450 Granville Street, Vancouver

321 Water Street, Vancouver

1391 Richards Street, Vancouver

2655 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond

Twitter: @TreesOrganic

Web: http://www.treescoffee.com/

Doron Levy – Owner of Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House

2nd Place: Dunns Famous for their Strawberry Cheesecake

Dunn’s Famous Strawberry Cheese Cake

Dunns Famous

827 Seymour Street,Vancouver

Tel: 604-682-8938

Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC

Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com

 

3rd Place: Fets Grill for their Banana Bacon Cheesecake with a whiskey maple caramel

Banana Bacon Cheesecake with a whiskey maple caramel

Fets Bar and Grill

1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-255-7771

Twitter: @FetsGrill

Web: http://fetsgrill.com/

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their cheesecake on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their cheesecake! See all the 12 Cheesecake entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Poutine Challenge 2013 Winners

The second Annual Vancouver Foodster Poutine Challenge was a huge success featuring 21 poutine from 21 restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby, Ladner, New Westminster, North Vancouver and White Rock. Each restaurant featured their poutine from February 5-28th, and then the public voted between February 26th – March 3rd. The poutine dishes ranged from the traditional to non-traditional.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Spud Shack Fry Co for their Porktine

Spud Shack Fry Co – Porktine

Spud Shack Fry Co

352 – 800 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

Tel: 604-553-2582

Twitter: @SpudShackca

Web: http://www.spudshack.ca

Dan Close – Owner of Spud Shack Fry Co

2nd Place: Fishworks for their Halibut Poutine

Fishworks – Halibut Poutine

Fishworks

91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Tel: 778-340-3449

Twitter: @FishworksLOLO

Web: http://www.fishworks.ca/

3rd Place: Corduroy Restaurant for their Chorizo and Guinness Jus Poutine

Corduroy Restaurant – Chorizo and Guinness Jus Poutine

Corduroy Restaurant

1943 Cornwall Avenue

Tel: 604-733-0162

Twitter: @Corduroylounge

Web: http://www.corduroyrestaurant.com/

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their poutine on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their poutine! See all the 21 Poutine entries here.

Looking forward to the 3rd annual Poutine Challenge next year where I challenge chefs and their restaurants to concoct more exciting poutine dishes!

By: Richard Wolak

Best 30 New Vancouver Restaurants in 2012

I have dined at a lot of new restaurants that have opened in 2012. These are 30 of the Best NEW Restaurants in Vancouver that newly define how we eat, drink and play.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

Via Tevere Pizzeria

1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

The best authentic Neapolitan pizza, cool ambience, impressive.

Vicino Pastaria

68 East Cordova, Vancouver

The food is beautiful, creative chef, delicious pasta creations.

Espana Restaurant 

1118 Denman Street, Vancouver

Spanish tapas, culinary adventure of flavours.

The Acorn

3995 Main Street, Vancouver

Delicious vegetarian dishes, beautiful presentation, stylish room.

Heirloom

1509 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Big bowls of Delish Vegetarian food, in a very cool room.

The Parker

237 Union Street, Vancouver

Fine vegetarian fare, menu changes daily, romantic ambiance.

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Farm to Table cuisine and creative dishes!

The Sardine Can

26 Powell St., Vancouver

Delicious Spanish Tapas, intimate room.

El Matador

131 West Esplanade, North Vancouver

Andalusian tapas, bright flavours.

Harvest Community Foods

243 Union Street, Vancouver

Large bowls of ramen, meets cool local grocer.

La Pentola Della Quercia

350 Davie Street, Vancouver

Northern Italian dishes, divine.

Bob Likes Thai Food

1521 W Broadway, Vancouver

Authentic Thai, and it was very tasty, wonderful flavours and wonderful service.

Pier 7 Restaurant 

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Outstanding fish and seafood, best patio on the north shore.

East of Main Café

223 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

Moroccan, Spain and the Mediterranean influences and flavours.

Sal y Limon

Unit #5 – 701 Kingsway, Vancouver

Authentic Mexican dishes

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

689 Denman Street, Vancouver

Authentic Rodizio, delicious desserts.

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

More than just Italian food, beautiful communal table.

Le Parisien

751 Denman Street, Vancouver

French fare, romantic, stylish room.

Soirette Macarons

1433 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Endless flavours of Macarons, high tea service, stylish décor.

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Exceptional local fare, delish flavours, excellent desserts.

Minami Restaurant

1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Modern Japanese, inventive dishes, creative cocktails.

Tap and Barrel

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Comfort food, beer and wine on tap, beautiful patio.

Catch 122

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

French inspired comfort food, creative chef, spacious room.

The Union

219 Union Street, Vancouver

South East Asian eatery, inventive cocktails, stylish room.

Cafe D’Afrique

363 East Broadway, Vancouver

Authentic African dishes, friendly service.

The Mexican

1049 Granville Street  Vancouver

Authentic Mexican dishes, friendly service.

Gurkha Himalyan Kitchen

1141 Davie Street, Vancouver

Nepalese cuisine, gracious servers, humble chef, hidden patio.

The Fish Shack

1026 Granville Street, Vancouver

Great seafood, creative chef, great cocktails.

Max’s Burgers

521 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Local burgers & shakes, creative cocktails.

The Portly Chef

1211 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

French influenced West Coast cuisine

Curious which restaurants were on last years list, take a look at my Top 30 New restaurants of 2011.

by Richard Wolak

Best Desserts in 2012

It’s no secret that I have always been fond of desserts, here are some of the best desserts that I have had in 2012 in and around Vancouver.

Here are 10 of my favourite desserts, in no particular order:

1)    Salted Caramel Budino

Salted Caramel Budino

Salted Caramel Budino Butterscotch pudding, Maldon sea salt, rosemary biscotti

Created by: Chef Alex Tung

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel: 604-299-8002

Web: http://www.cotto.ca

Twitter: @cottoenoteca

 

2)    Lemon pot de Creme

Lemon pot de Creme

Lemon pot de Creme with lemon foam & granite

Created by: Chef Curtis Luk

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel 604-732-1322

Web: www.fablekitchen.ca

Twitter: @fablekitchen

 

3)    Fruit & Almond Crostata

Fruit & Almond Crostata

Fruit & Almond Crostata with vanilla gelato

Created by: Chef Chris Picek

Vicino Pastaria

68 East Cordova, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-0042

Web: http://vicino.ca/

Twitter: @VicinoPastaria

 

4)      Pumpkin Semifreddo

Pumpkin Semifreddo

Pumpkin Semifreddo, Amaretti Crumble, Crème Fraiche, Sage Crisps

Created by: Chef Brian Skinner

The Acorn Restaurant

3995 Main Street

Tel: 604-566-9001

Web: http://www.theacornrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @AcornVancouver

 

5)      Quindim

Quindim

Quindim is a delicious Brazilian dessert –baked Coconut custard

Created by: Chef Felipe Ramos

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

689 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel:604-568-7722

Web: http://riobraziliansteakhouse.ca

Twitter: @riovancouver

 

6)      Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie with black pepper short crust & quince jelly

Created by: Pastry Chef Welbert Choi

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-661-1400

Web at http://www.foragevancouver.com/

Twitter @ForageVancouver

 

7)    Peanut Butter and Espresso Semifreddo

Peanut Butter and Espresso Semifreddo

Peanut Butter and Espresso Semifreddo, Cinnamon Donut paired with the Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Created by: Chef Stephen Chadband

Biercraft Bistro

3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-874-6900

Web: http://biercraft.com/cambie/

Twitter:  @biercraft

 

8)    Churros

Churros

Churros with dark hot chocolate sauce as well as the housemade yogurt and dulce de leche

Created by: Chef Neil Taylor

Espana Restaurant

1118 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-4040

Web: www.espanarestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @espanayvr

 

9)    Tuasukama Tiramisu

Tuasukama Tiramisu

Tuasukama Tiramisu

Created by: Chef Victor Bongo

Establishment

3162 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 736-7576

Web: http://www.estlounge.com/

Twitter: @EstLounge

 

10)     Oka San’s Rich Chocolate Brownies

Oka San’s Rich Chocolate Brownies

Oka San’s Rich Chocolate Brownies rich dark chocolate brownies served warm with dark chocolate sauce & vanilla bean gelato

Created by: Chef Etsuko Needham

Bistro Sakana

1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 633-1280

Web: http://www.bistrosakana.com/

Twitter: @bistrosakana

By: Richard Wolak

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