Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver’

Halloween Treats in the City

Trick or Treat, why trick yourself into a treat you don’t want and treat yourself or your kids to something fun and unique that says Halloween!

Here are some treats that caught my eye to help you celebrate this holiday.

 

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Ghoul Cupcakes

Cupcakes – various locations around the city

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Skull Cookies

East Village Bakery

2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

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Trafiq’s Creepy Treats

Trafiq Cafe and Bakery

4216 Main Street, Vancouver

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Bootiful Cake

Purebread Bakery

159 West Hastings, Vancouver

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Halloween Shortbread

Darcy’s Cafe

4462 West 10th Ave, Vancouver

Twitter: @darcysvancouver

 

Photo: Things are getting spooky over here! We've got monster cake pops ready for you in anticipation of Halloween. Don't miss out on these special spooky sweet treats!

Monster Cake Pops

Butter Lane Bakery

3022 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

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Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin Caramel Macarons just in case you're feeling a bit spooky and French. #macarons #pumpkin #feelingit #behindthescenesatbutter #butterbakedgoods

Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin Caramel Macarons

Butter Baked Goods

4907 Mackenzie Street, Vancouver

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Halloween Chocolate Showpiece

Chez Christophe

4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Twitter: @Chez_Christophe

 

I am sure there are many more bakeries, cafes, chocolatiers, and sweet shops around the city have created desserts to celebrate Halloween. Feel free to tweet me your finds @vanfoodster

By: Richard Wolak

11 Chocolatiers on Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform that is gaining in popularity globally as well it in Vancouver, exciting food photos are a wonderful escape. Here are some of my favourite independent Vancouver chocolatiers that showcase beautiful photos of their chocolate on an active basis, their photos are sure to make you crave.

This list is in no particular order.

 

Chocolate at Temper Chocolate & Pastry

Chocolate at Temper Chocolate & Pastry

Bumble & Oak

http://instagram.com/bumbleandoak

Beta 5

http://instagram.com/beta5chocolates

East Van Roasters

http://instagram.com/eastvanroasters

Wild Sweets

http://instagram.com/wildsweets

Gem Chocolates

http://instagram.com/gemchocolates

Temper Chocolate and Pastry

http://instagram.com/temperpastry

Koko Monk

http://instagram.com/mykokomonk

Thomas Haas

http://instagram.com/thaaschocolates

Chez Christophe

http://instagram.com/chezchristophe

Thierry Chocolate

http://instagram.com/thierrychocolat

Cocolico Chocolates

http://instagram.com/cocolicochocolates

 

You can follow me on instagram @vanfoodster

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Fish House Summer Menu Tasting

I was invited to taste some of their new dishes off their summer menu.

The Hot Platter

The Hot Platter

The Hot Platter which I shared with my friend. I loved the Dungeness Crab Cakes, Mussels in the curried cream corn, Chili spiced Calamari and the Avacado Spring Rolls with the Tamarind Cashew Sauce. This platter is a great way to start a meal with one or two friends for sharing.

Smoked Cod Flatbread

Smoked Cod Flatbread

Smoked Cod Flatbread was so good, topped with cod, mozzarella, horseradish butter, and watercress and is great for sharing.

Salmon Wellington

Salmon Wellington

Salmon Wellington Haida Gwaii sockeye salmon with mushrooms duxelles, in a delicious flakey puff pastry.

Cannery Cod

Cannery Cod

Cannery Cod smoked black cod, roasted mushrooms, sautéed spinach, and lobster oil, this is one of their popular classic dishes carried forward from The Cannery days.

S'mores

S’mores

S’mores what an amazing treat! Almost a deconstructed version, starting with the homemade graham cookie, marshmallow fluff, rosemary oat streusel and a dense chocolate puck

Earl Grey Crème Brulee

Earl Grey Crème Brulee

Earl Grey Crème Brulee honey tea, tuile that my friend enjoyed.

Dining on the patio is the way to go in the summer time which is what I did on my recent visit.

The Fish House

8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-681-7275

Twitter: @FishHouseSP

By: Richard Wolak

Popsicle Treats for Summer

With summer in full swing, refreshing treats is what most people are looking for, if you are craving those ice cold and cool treats are some of my favourites from around the city.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

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Johnny’s-Pops

Johnny’s Pops is Vancouver’s handmade artisan popsicles that are sold on a bicycle. You can find the bright red freezer on wheels along with Johnny himself on streets around the city, as well as the Food Cart Festival every Sunday through-out the summer. He makes up all sorts of flavours, I have had the Avocado Lime which I loved, you may also want to try the Raspberry Lime, Mango Yogurt Strawberry; Blueberry; Apricot Salted Caramel; Rhubarb Elderflower and more exciting flavours.

You can follow Johnny’s Pops on Twitter @JohnnysPops

Shael at Float On Bakeshop

Shael at Float On Bakeshop

Float On Bakeshop is a Gluten Free Bakeshop & Café that also features frozen treats such as their Popsicles made with coconut milk and fruit, I had the Raspberry Lemonade, they also make many other flavours. They are located at 4384 Fraser Street in East Van.

You can follow Float On Bakeshop on Twitter @floatonbakeshop

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Mexi Pops

Mexi-Pops Gourmet Frozen Treats with a Mexican Twist, I have had their delicious Coconut Espresso Bar, as well as their Mango Pops, they offer many other different flavours of popsicles and fresh fruit pops. You can find Mexi Pops at festival all over the greater Vancouver area including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival the weekend of July 18-20.

You can follow Mexi Pops on Twitter @mexipops

Nice Pops has a sweet bicycle cart and a penchant for filling it with delicious ice pops, freshly handmade from seasonal fruit. They make innovative flavours that showcase the best of our local bounty.

You can follow Nice Pops on Twitter @nicepopsyvr

By: Richard Wolak

My Favourite Pizza Pies in Vancouver

It is no secret that pizza is one of my favourite foods, there are many pizzerias that I like around the city. Here is my list of my favourite Pizzas around the city.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

Salsiccia e Rapini Pizza

Salsiccia e Rapini Pizza

Salsiccia e Rapini Pizza with fior de latte, Italian sausage and broccoli rabe.

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Filetto Pizza

Filetto Pizza

Filetto Pizza San Marzano tomato fillets, fior di latte, garlic, basil

Via Tevere Pizzeria

1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Tel:   (604) 336-1803

Twitter:   @ViaTeverePizza

Web:  http://viateverepizzeria.com/

 

Goldmember

Goldmember

Goldmember Pizza with caramelized onions, mushroom, Yukon gold potatoes, truffle oil, gruyere & mozzarella

The Parlour Restaurant

1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel:   604-568-3322

Twitter:   @ParlourYaletown

Web:  www.theparlourrestaurants.com

 

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita pomodoro, grana padano, fior di latte, basil

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

62 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-669-6985

Twitter:  @NicliPizzeria

Web:  http://www.niclipizzeria.ca/

 

Taste of Spring Pizza

Taste of Spring Pizza

My own Taste of Spring Pizza creation white sauce, with kale, caramelized onions, fior Di latte and pistachios for the crunch factor! So delicious! It’s not on their menu but you can ask them to make it.

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Hawaiian Maple

Hawaiian Maple Pizza

Created my own pizza, the Hawaiian Maple with white sauce, fior di latte, sage, pancetta, macadamia nuts & noble maple syrup! It’s not on their menu but you can ask them to make it.

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

 

SPUD Pizza

SPUD Pizza

SPUD Pizza with sliced potatoes, oven roasted rosemary, fresh garlic, grana padano, red onion, cauliflower purée

Pizza Fabrika

1680 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.559.1680

Twitter: @PizzaFabrika_CA

Web: www.pizzafabrika.ca

 

Filetti Pizza

Filetti Pizza

Filetti Pizza with bocconcini, aged mozzarella, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh garlic, sea salt, grana padano, extra virgin olive oil

Pizza Barbarella

654 East Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-210-6111

Twitter: @PizzaBarbarella

Web: http://www.pizzeriabarbarella.com/

 

The Burratta Pizza

The Burratta Pizza

The Burratta Pizza  topped with smoked pancetta, mozzarella, Burratta, and basil

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Margherita Formula One

Margherita Formula One Tomato, campagnia, DOP buffala mozzarella, basil

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Chocolate Pizza

Chocolate Pizza a pizza dough baked and smothered with a rich chocolate cream topped with strawberries

The Bibo

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177

Twitter: @TheBiBo

Web:  http://www.thebibo.com

 

The Catalan Pizza

The Catalan Pizza

The Catalan Pizza topped with roasted gala apples, spiced raisins, toasted pine nuts, sautéed spinach, roasted peppers, shaved grana padana and a romesco sauce

Famoso Pizzeria

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-251-2292

Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria

Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php

 

Pesto & Ricotta Pizza

Pesto & Ricotta Pizza

Pesto & Ricotta Pizza with basil pesto, fresh ricotta, pine nuts, grana padano, Bianco

Bufala Pizzeria

5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: 604-267-7499

Twitter: @bufalayvr

Web: http://www.pizzeriabufala.com/

 

Apple Chicken Pizza

Apple Chicken Pizza

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

1876 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver

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4186 Main Street, Vancouver

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

Twitter:  @Flatbreadco

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

Pancetta, Grape and Rosemary Pizza

Pancetta, Grape and Rosemary with Mozzarella Pizza on a Garlic Olive Oil Crust is delish

Lombardo’s Pizzeria

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 251-2240

Twitter:  @LombardosPizza

Web:  http://lombardos.ca/

Pizza di Spagna

 Pizza di Spagna with Two Rivers Meats Chorizo & Barnston Herbs arugula

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

Bianca Pizza

Bianca Pizza

Bianca Pizza topped with cauliflower, crispy provolone, and pickled onions

Campagnolo Roma

2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-0456

Twitter: @CampRoma

Web: http://www.campagnoloroma.com/

 

Funghi Pizza

Funghi Pizza

Funghi Pizza topped with big cloves of garlic, arugula, mozzarella and mushrooms

Pizzeria Farina

915 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-9334

Twitter: @pizzeriafarina

Web: www.pizzeriafarina.com

Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza topped with russet potato mash, béchamel, mascarpone, red onion, braised kale and roasted garlic

Don’t Argue Pizzeria

3240 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-876-5400

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Web: not yet

Spicy Lamb Sausage Pizza

Spicy Lamb Sausage Pizza topped with caramelized onion, goat cheese and mint pesto on a wholewheat rosemary and honey crust.

Corduroy Restaurant

1943 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-733-0162

Twitter: @Corduroylounge

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

By: Richard Wolak

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours

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On June 25, 2014 we presented our Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours event that showcased 7 restaurants all over Vancouver featuring cuisine from Mexico, Peru, San Salvador and more.

It was an exciting night of tasting all sorts of Latin American food and drink starting off with a selection of coffees at A.G.R.O. Coffee Roasters where registration took place.

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A.G.R.O. Roasters

MENU

Our Tasting Cups included:

1)    A variety of organic coffees from Latin America including, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador.

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La Mezcaleria

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    PACIFIC RED SNAPPER CEVICHE

Tomato, lime, red onion, serrano and cilantro.

2)    GUACAMOLE

Fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño and tomato.

3)    TOSTADA OAXAQUENA DE FRIJOLES

Refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and sour cream served on a corn tostada

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Chicha Restaurant

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1)       Ensalada De Quinoa: (V)

Mango, avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, mint. Jalapeño Huacatay dressing.

2)       Bolas De Yuca:

Croquettes stuff with assorted cheese and chilies. Served with a Huancaina sauce.

3)       Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos:

Skewers served with a basil and aji Amarillo mash, Peruvian black olive aioli.

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El Azteca

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1) Ceviche de pescado (fish)

2) Guacamole mumuca (V)

3) Cochinita Pibil

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Las Tortas

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    Cochinita Pibil Torta

2)    Tortilla chips w taquera salsa

3)    Churros

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Sal y Limon

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1)    Cheviche tosdatas

2)    Chicken tinga tostadas

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Guanaco Food Truck

MENU

Our Tasting Plate included:

1) Hand-made tortilla filled with pork chicharrón* or ground chicken, vegetables, cheese, loroco and savory refried black beans.

-Chicharrón/Pork

-Pollo/Chicken

2) Pupusas in appetizer sizes and pieces of fried cassava

or for Vegetarians

1) Our Vegetarian Tasting Plate we will offer bean and cheese, zucchini and cheese or just plain cheese with loroco. (V)

-Queso Y Frijoles/Cheese & Bean -Ayote/Zucchini (V)

-Queso/Cheese & Loroco

All Pupusas were served with Yuca Frita.

The restaurants featured many unique and tasty dishes to our guests to eat and drink throughout the evening.

Thank you to our photographer Alvin Lee for capturing the night so well (see more photos here) as well as to our Community Partner Latincouver.

By: Richard Wolak

8 Farm to Table Restaurants in Vancouver to follow on Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform that is gaining in popularity globally as well it in Vancouver, exciting food photos are a wonderful escape. Here are some of my favourite Vancouver restaurants that showcase beautiful photos of their food on an active basis, their photos are sure to make you crave.

This list is in no particular order.

Salad of Spring Vegetables at Blacktail Florist

Salad of Spring Vegetables at Blacktail Florist

The Parker

http://instagram.com/parkeryvr

 

The Blacktail Florist

http://instagram.com/blacktailflorist

 

Exile Bistro

http://instagram.com/exilebistro

 

Fable Kitchen

http://instagram.com/fablekitchen

 

Ask for Luigi

http://instagram.com/askforluigi

 

The Acorn

http://instagram.com/acornvancouver

 

The Farmers Apprentice

http://instagram.com/thefarmersapprentice

 

Burdock and Co

http://instagram.com/burdockandco

 

You can follow me on instagram @vanfoodster

By: Richard Wolak

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours on June 25

Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin American restaurants all over Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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

Latin American cuisine refers to typical foods, beverages, and cooking styles common to many of the countries and cultures in Latin America. During our event you will have the chance to taste and experience dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and different regions of Mexico. You will also have a chance to try a variety of Latin American food and drink which may include ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas along with various salsas and other condiments. Desserts that you may have a chance to try include dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan. You may also have a chance to try and experience beverages such as horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas.

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!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

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

Registration: A.G.R.O. Roasters & Cafe – -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway. Vancouver

Web: http://www.chicharestaurant.com/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Cuisine: Peruvian

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

2148 Main Street (in front of Brassneck Brewery -for our event)

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Web: http://www.salylimon.ca/

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Cuisine: Mexican

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

LA MEZCALERIA

1622 Commercial Drive

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Cuisine: Mexican

azteca

EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR 

1130 Mainland Street

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Cusine: Mexican

 

A.G.R.O. ROASTERS & CAFE 

550 Clark Drive

Web: http://agrocafe.org/

Twitter:@agro_roasters

Cuisine: Cafe and Coffee Roaster

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Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 23, 2014.

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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).

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Afternoon Tea at Faubourg Paris

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the twenty fourth of many places that I have visited recently. Faubourg Paris is located on 41st Avenue in Kerrisdale.

faubourg 1

Marco Polo Tea

Marco Polo Tea

My mom joined me for a pre Mother’s Day treat and we had their Pink Afternoon Tea service for $28.55 per person. I had the Marco Polo Tea and my mom had the French Breakfast Tea. They have a nice selection of French teas from Mariage Frères Tea, you can smell them and then choose from any one of their teas.

2-tiered tray

2-tiered tray

A two tiered plate filled with an assortment of Savories on the bottom plate that included a Vegetarian sandwich, Smoked salmon croissant, Goat Cheese Canapé, Mini quiche, Verrine (Beef Bourguignon) and Chicken Sandwich, along with 2 miniature Orange Scones, cream and strawberry jam. The top plate included mini Citron Tart, Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Opera Cake, Fruit tart, Chocolate dipped vanilla sable, Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Gelée, Caramleized Almond Frangipane Slice and a Earl Grey Torte with Pistachio Cream .

Savouries on the bottom plate

Savouries on the bottom plate

Scones on the bottom plate

Scones on the bottom plate

Sweets on top plate

Sweets on top plate

Berry Souffle

Berry Souffle

To finish off this wonderful tea service we were each served a Berry Soufflé warm right out of the oven (takes 10 minutes so let your server know when you are ready for this treat).

My thoughts – From the assortment of savouries, my mom and I loved the Vegetarian sandwich, Smoked salmon croissant, Goat Cheese Canapé, and Verrine (Beef Bourguignon). The home-made Orange Scones were perfectly baked, flakey and delicious. From the assortment of sweets, I loved the mini Citron Tart, Berry Fruit tart, Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Gelée, Caramleized Almond Frangipane Slice and a Earl Grey Torte with Pistachio Cream, my mom loved the Chocolate Mousse and the Coffee Opera Cake, all the sweets were outstanding. The Souffle at the end of the Pink Afternoon Tea service was a nice touch and it was delicious too.

Style: High Tea Service

Attire: Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered daily by reservation from 12pm-5pm

Faubourg Paris

2155 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.faubourg.com/Kerrisdale-Village-

Twitter: @FaubourgBakery

For reservations, please call 604-266-2156

Stay tuned to the next part of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Spice Market Menu Tasting at Market

New York’s famed Spice Market has been featured at Market thru April 18 with a special tasting menu. Inspired by the street food Jean-Georges enjoyed while travelling in Southeast Asia, the menu was created for a fun and flavourful culinary journey transporting diners to a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall.

Papadams and chutney

Papadams and chutney

I tasted a variety of dishes off their dinner tasting menu, which offered a 5 course menu featuring 10 flavours for $68.

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Mongolian Lamb Satay and Spiced Chicken Samosas,

Mongolian Lamb Satay and
Spiced Chicken Samosas,

Mongolian Lamb Satay, Sweet Soy Glaze, Lemon and

Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

My take:

My favourite dishes from all the ones that I tasted were Yellowfin Tuna as well as the delicious Shrimp Dumplings with lobster and shitake mushroom sauce. The Chicken Samosa in Cilantro Yogurt which was amazing. I loved both of the desserts which had very different flavour profiles, Vietnamese Coffee Tart with Condensed Milk Ice Cream was smooth and creamy while the Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice was filled with textures and flavours which was a fabulous finish to a wonderful meal.

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Phone: (604) 695 1115

Web: Restaurant 

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

By: Richard Wolak

12 Vancouver Chefs to follow on Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform that is gaining in popularity globally as well it in Vancouver, exciting food photos are a wonderful escape. Here are some of my favourite Vancouver chefs who I have been following on Instagram their photos are sure to make you crave.

This list is in no particular order.

Chef Trevor Bird

Chef Trevor Bird

Chef Trevor Bird

Executive Chef/Co-owner at Fable Kitchen

http://instagram.com/83tbird

 

Chef Angus An

Execcutive Chef and Owner of Maenam

http://instagram.com/chefangusan

 

Chef Josh Gale

Masterchef Canada Top 12 Finalist

http://instagram.com/thechefoutwest

 

Chef Josh Wolfe

Executive Chef/Co-owner at Good Wolfe

http://instagram.com/chefwolfe

 

Chef Brian Skinner

Executive Chef/Co-owner at The Acorn

http://instagram.com/chefskinner

 

Chef Daniel Mcgee

Sous Chef at Pidgin

http://instagram.com/dmcgee604

 

Chef Brandon Dac

Catering chef

http://instagram.com/boywithaknife

 

Chef AJ Jackson

Executive Chef at Darby’s

http://instagram.com/chefajjackson

 

Clement Chan

Executive Chef/Co-owner at Le Tigre Truck

http://instagram.com/clementkitchan

 

Chef Alex Tung

Executive Chef/Owner Yowza Culinary and Corporate Chef at La Grotta Del Formaggio

http://instagram.com/chefalextung

 

Chef Mikey Robbins

Executive Chef at Oakwood Canadian Bistro

http://instagram.com/mikeyrobbins

 

Felix Yau

Chef at Joey Restaurants

http://instagram.com/justrelaxandchill

You can follow me on instagram @vanfoodster  and if you know of an exciting chef in Vancouver who is on instagram worthy of a follow, feel free to list them in the comments below.

By: Richard Wolak

Afternoon Tea at Soirette Macarons & Tea

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the twenty third of many places that I have visited recently.Soirette Macarons & Tea is located on Pender Street in Coal Harbour.

soirette tea 1

My mom joined me and we had their High Tea service for $35 per person. I had the Matcha Tea and my mom had the Lavender Earl Grey Tea. They have a wide selection of 30 teas and you can smell them and then choose from any one of their teas.

We were then invited to the Macaron display case to choose one macaron each which was then served to us along with the sweets selection. I chose the Almondine and my mom had the Rocher.

3-tiered tray

3-tiered tray

A three tiered plate filled with an assortment of Savories on the bottom plate that included the Thyme and Chicken Pot Pie, Cranberry and Turkey Sandwich, Carrot & Parsnip soup bowl, Wild BC smoked salmon with green pea pancake and pickled quail egg, Feta & Quinoa salad roll. On the middle tier, the lovely Mini Date & Walnut Scones Brandy Butter, Soirette Cranberry & Anise jam. On the top tier are their delicious Desserts including the yummy Chestnut chocolate mousseline trifle, Carrot cake with cream cheese and pumpkin mousse, Scottish Shortbread, Rosemary and Cardamom truffle, Lemon meringue tart, and our Roche and Almondine macarons.

Bottom Plate

Bottom Plate

Middle Plate

Middle Plate

Top Plate

Top Plate

My thoughts – From the assortment of savouries I loved the Thyme and Chicken Pot Pie, Cranberry and Turkey Sandwich, and the Carrot & Parsnip soup   The home-made Date & Walnut scones were delicious with the brandy butter butter (topped with mini flowers) and cranberry and anise jam. From the assortment of sweets, I loved the  Carrot cake with cream cheese and pumpkin mousse, Chestnut chocolate mousseline trifle, Lemon meringue tart,  Almondine Macaron, Scottish Shortbread, Rosemary and Cardamom truffle.

Style: High Tea Service

Attire: Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered on weekends by reservation (minimum 2 people)

Soirette Macarons & Tea

1433 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Web: http://soirette.com/ 

For Reservations, please call 604-558-3308

Stay tuned to the next part of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

An Artful Addition Afternoon Tea at Xi Shi Lounge

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the twenty second of many places that I have visited recently. The Xi Shi Lounge is located in the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver.

Ron Smid

Ron Smid

I have experienced Afternoon Tea in this lounge previously, this time around the Shangri-La Hotel has done something quite different. They created an artful afternoon tea experience that mixes in Canadian photographic works by renowned master photographer Ron Smid in his celebrated collection Canada: The Light on Our Land.

Guests can view the collection in Xi Shi Lounge and enjoy familiar Canadian flavours with the Artist in Residence Afternoon Tea. Smid will be in the lounge on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., through to April 15, 2014. to speak about the collection, share tales from his journeys across Canada’s wilderness, and answer questions about his unique and rare photography process.

A passionate photographic purist, Smid uses a vintage 1936 large-format wooden camera to capture the elusive light on analogue film, without the use of digital technology. Over the past two decades, he has travelled more than a quarter of a million miles to document the geographic diversity of Canada in all its beauty. From a fiery Pacific sunrise on Vancouver Island to a final twilight crescendo of surf through The Arc in Newfoundland, this exhibit showcases the finest collection of Canadian landscape images. Smid’s work is found in private and corporate collections around the world, and is sold exclusively through the Ron Smid Collection gallery located in the Upper Village in Whistler, B.C.

Italian Almond Tea

Italian Almond Tea

First off, I chose my tea of choice from their selection of teas, I chose the “Italian Almond Tea” and my friend Avelino had the “Single Estate Darjeeling tea”.

3-tiered tray

3-tiered tray

A 3 tiered tower inspired by classic Canadian cuisine from coast to coast, arrived featuring an array of delicious eats, Lobster Salad Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese, Smoked Salmon on poppy bagels, lovely orange scones, and sweets that included maple dusted donuts, baked blueberry yogurt, butter glazed pecan tarts and Nanaimo bars.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Scones

Scones

Sweets

Sweets

My thoughts – This is a terrific idea merging an renowned artist works as a backdrop to a beautiful Afternoon Tea service of delicious eats with a warm pot of tea while listening to a live pianist.

Style:  Artist in Residence Afternoon Tea

Attire: Smart Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel 

1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-689-1120

Reservations can be made for every day of the week, and cost $38.00 per person.

Stay tuned to the next part of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

7 Cafes to Follow in Vancouver on Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform that is gaining in popularity globally as well in Vancouver, food photos and especially coffee and desserts photos are a wonderful escape. Here are some of my favourite Vancouver cafes who I have been following on Instagram their photos are sure to make you savour.

Note: This list is in no particular order.

Timber Train Coffee

Timber Train Coffee

Aperture Coffee Bar

http://instagram.com/aperturecoffeebar

 

Matchstick Coffee

http://instagram.com/matchstickyvr

 

Timbertrain Coffee

http://instagram.com/Timbertrain

 

Lost and Found Café

http://instagram.com/lostandfoundcafe

 

Platform 7 Coffee

http://instagram.com/platform7coffee

 

Culprit Coffee

http://instagram.com/culpritcoffeeco

 

Nelson and the Seagull

http://instagram.com/nelsontheseagull

You can follow me on instagram @vanfoodster

By: Richard Wolak

On the Go – Restaurant Delivery in Vancouver

delivery

There is a new type of food delivery service called the Breakfast Courier that delvers healthy oriented breakfast eats from restaurants to the doorsteps of residents by bicycle downtown, Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant and areas including Railtown to Commercial Drive. Their website is well layed out and simple to use, just go to the website, explore the menu and order the only thing that I thought could be improved would be to allow people to pre-order breakfast the night before so they get their order delivered at a specific time the next morning. It is fairly limited for now, I hope they are able to expand the offerings and arrange deliveries to include Yolks Breakfast, Deacons Corner, and other morning oriented establishments. Their menu is designed specifically for delivery by a Red Seal Chef and the Head Butcher at the Fairmont Pacific Rim to ensure the meal maintains its quality until it reaches you. This company is based out of Vancouver.

Tip: You can sign up and have specials delivered right to your inbox. I like that you can browse the various menus, Follow them on Twitter @BreakfstCourier and call them at (604) 336-2018.

 

breakfast courier

Another local delivery service is, Lazy Meal where you simply select a restaurant, pick your food, and place the order. Pay cash or credit card and your food is delivered to you at home or to your office. In addition to Vancouver they also service the suburbs and offer delivery from restaurants in those areas directly to people who live in those communities which include Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Delta and Chilliwack. This delivery service is based on specific popular cuisines such as Pizza, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Sushi as well as a Bakery option. They offer their delivery services for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. This company is based out of Vancouver.

Tip: Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to receive M. Hungry coupon codes. Location based restaurant browser for pickup & delivery. Follow on Twitter @lazymeal and call them at (604) 568-7434

lazymeal

5 Delivery is another locally based company who offers delivery from unique local restaurants that don’t offer delivery themselves, as well as your favourite takeout and delivery restaurants. This service is scooter based and is currently only available downtown Vancouver.  Many cuisines are offered from popular Chinese, Italian, American, and Mexican menus to Asian Fusion, Thai, Lebanese and Vietnamese. This company is based out of Vancouver.

Tip:  Location based restaurant browser for delivery. Follow them on Twitter @5Delivery or call them at (604) 968-3333.

five delivery

Just Eat is a delivery service that is similar to Lazy Meal except they offer similar services in cities all across Canada. Order food delivery online from delivery restaurants near you in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and many more cities in Canada. Their moto is Don’t Cook, JUST EAT! They offer online and smartphone ordering and have a free app available for download, to enable you to order off your phone wherever you may be. This delivery service is also based on specific popular cuisines such as Pizza, Indian, Italian, and Chinese. You go to the site or app and enter your postal code which then shows you the available restaurants nearby and then you place your order and they deliver.  This company is based out of the UK.

Tip: Location based restaurant browser for pickup & delivery. Follow them on Twitter @JUSTEATca or call them at 1-877-338-0568

just eat

Foodler makes online ordering of take-out and delivery food from local restaurants quick and easy as they say. From popular Chinese, Italian, American, and Mexican menus to exotic Thai, Spanish, and Brazilian. They also offer online and smartphone ordering and have a free app available for download, to enable you to order off your phone wherever you may be. They offer a point based system to reward customers. You earn 3 points for every dollar you spend on Foodler, 4 points for every restaurant rating, and 2 points for every item you rate. Ratings must be submitted within one week of receiving your food. There is also a very neat Map feature where you can visually see the participating restaurants in the local area.  This company is based out of Boston.

Tip:  Location based restaurant browser for delivery. They also offer a gold program to collect more points. Follow them on Twitter @Foodler

Foodler_logo

OrderIt.ca offers delivery from unique local restaurants that don’t offer delivery themselves, as well as your favourite takeout and delivery restaurants. They have a fleet of vehicles and drivers serving a variety of eateries, including high-end restaurants. Search by cuisine type, neighborhood or inspiration to find the restaurants and their menus. They also offer a points program, theirs is called GO points.

Tip:  Location based restaurant browser for delivery. Follow them on Twitter @Orderit

orderit

One thing that I would like to see at least one of these companies offer is delivery food from the Food Trucks during lunch hour which would be great for everyone involved. If you are looking for restaurant delivery to your home or office and don’t have the time to go and get it yourselves these are the largest companies offering all sorts of delivery services to get you food quick.

By: Richard Wolak

Chinese New Year at Bambudda

bambudda 1

Bambudda in Gastown will be featuring a selection of canapes and cocktails to celebrate the Year of the Horse Chinese New Year Jan 31 to Feb. 9. I had an opportunity to taste some of the delicious eats and drinks last week at this newish hot spot in Gastown that offers a modern take on traditional Cantonese cuisine, and an intriguing cocktail selection.

Bartender Sean Hewlett

Bartender Sean Hewlett

The restaurant will be offering a selection of cocktails specially created for this celebration. The cocktails include the Last Dynasty made with Havana three-year-old rum, Lillet Rouge, sherry vinegar date puree, house-spiced grenadine, Angostura and egg white; Dragonʼs Descendant made with Birds eye chili-infused Aperol, black pepper infused Triple Sec, gin and lemon; and the Red Packet which I tried and loved, made with burned cassia bark ember infused tequila, Dubonnet, crème de cacao, and orange bitters.

Red Packet

Red Packet

Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver. You can call to reserve at 604-428-0301 and follow them on twitter @Bambuddagastown

By: Richard Wolak

Best 24 New Vancouver Restaurants in 2013

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I have dined at a lot of new restaurants that have opened in 2013. These are 24 of the Best NEW Restaurants in Vancouver that newly define how we eat, drink and play.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

 

Cuchillo

261 Powell St, Vancouver

Latin American dishes, inventive cocktails, great wine list.

Good Wolfe

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Euro meets American bistro, fabulous brunch, house-baked bread, great wine list.

Homer Street Café

888 Homer Street, Vancouver

West Coast comfort food, stylish room, great people watching, exceptional cocktail list.

The Farmers Apprentice

1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Farm to Table cuisine, creative dishes, and a culinary journey!

Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander Street, Vancouver

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

Five Elements Café

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Authentic Vietnamese and Thai dishes, best Pho, friendly service.

Burdock & Co

2702 Main Street, Vancouver

Farm to Table cuisine, creative chef, local ingredients. Naturalist wines.

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway, Vancouver

Authentic Peruvian dishes, creative chefs, pushing boundaries.

Don’t Argue Pizzeria

3240 Main Street, Vancouver

The best pizza crust, cool ambiance.

The Fish Counter

3825 Main Street

Sustainable fish and seafood, best fish & chips, prepared food take out.

The Little District

1336 Lonsdale, North Vancouver

Comfort food, cozy and stylish room.

Chewie’s Oysters

1055 West Hastings Street

Creole cooking, full oyster bar, delicious dishes, stylish room.

1789 Restaurant

1789 Comox Street

Best seafood and flavourful meats, stylish room, great ambiance and an extensive cocktail list.

Mamie Taylor’s

251 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver

American style comfort food with a twist, excellent cocktail list.

Kessel + March Restaurant

1701 Powell Street

Euro inspired dishes, local ingredients, stylish room.

Buckstop

833 Denman Street

Best Barbq meats, great flavours.

La Mezcaleria

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Authentic Mexican dishes, creative cocktail list, hip crowd, great ambiance.

Longtail Kitchen

#116-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

Outstanding Thai street food, local ingredients.

Graze

3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Fine vegetarian and vegan fare, local ingredients, great cocktail list.

Tuc Craft kitchen

60 West Cordova St, Vancouver

Euro bistro, flavourful comfort food, good selection of wines and craft brew!

Pidgin

350 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Creative dishes, chef pushes boundaries, local ingredients.

Tap & Barrel 

1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Comfort food, extensive list of beer and wine on tap, beautiful patio.

Bistro Wagon Rouge

1869 Powell St., Vancouver

Classic French bistro fare, outstanding food, service and is all around charming.

The Stable House

1520 West 13th Avenue

Delicious food, fine service and a great ambiance.

Curious which restaurants were on last years list, take a look at my Top 30 New restaurants of 2012.

by Richard Wolak

Best Savoury Dishes in 2013

I have eaten a lot of dishes in restaurants all over and outside of Vancouver in the past year, these are dishes that are standouts, ones that you remember for a long time to come. This list is devoted to my favourite dishes that I have eaten in 2013.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

1)    Hay Roasted Carrots

Hay Roasted Carrots

Hay Roasted Carrots

The Farmers Apprentice

1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: www.farmersapprentice.ca

Twitter: @gunawan_dave

Chef Dave Gunawan

 

2)    Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Vij’s Restaurant

1488 W 11 Ave, Vancouver

Web: http://www.vijsrestaurant.ca

Twitter: @Vijs_restaurant

Chef Meeru Dhalwala

 

3)   Steelhead Schwarma

Steelhead Schwarma

Steelhead Schwarma

Good Wolfe

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

Chef Josh Wolfe

 

4)    Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Burdock & Co

2702 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.burdockandco.com

Twitter: @BurdockAndCo

Chef Andrea Carlson

 

5)    Salad of Carrots & Figs

Salad of Carrots & Figs

Salad of Carrots & Figs

L’Abattoir

217 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.labattoir.ca/

Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN

Chef Lee Cooper

 

6)    Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Web: http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

Chef Montgomery Lau

 

7)    Duck Confit Hash

Duck Confit Hash

Duck Confit Hash

Sol Sun Belt Cookery

550 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.solsunbelt.com/

Twitter: @SoLSunBelt

Chef Abdel Elatouabi

 

8)    Arroz con Pato – Yarrow Meadows duck confit, coriander and dark beer rice

Arroz con Pato

Arroz con Pato

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.chicharestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Chef Shelome Bouvette

 

9)    Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver.

Web: http://www.kitsdaily.com/

Twitter @KitsDaily

Chef Brian Fowke

 

10)    Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Mosaic Bar & Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://vancouver.hyatt.com

Twitter: @HyattVancouver

Chef Thomas Heinrich

 

11)    The Grilled Asparagus Salad

The Grilled Asparagus Salad

The Grilled Asparagus Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

12) Winter Salad with mushrooms in textures, beets, carrots, vegetable ash goat cheese, hazelnuts, lettuces, buttermilk, wild herbs and weeds.

Winter Salad

Winter Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

13) Spring Salad

Chef Jimmy Stuarts's Spring Salad

Chef Jimmy Stuarts’s Spring Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

14) Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

 

Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 West Cordova St, Vancouver

Web: www.tucrestaurant.com

Twitter: @TucRestaurant

Chef Roy Flemming

 

15) Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza

Don’t Argue Pizzeria

3240 Main Street, Vancouver

 

16) Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Tojo’s

1133 W Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.tojos.com/Splash.html

Twitter: @TojosRestaurant

Chef Tojo

 

17) Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Mosaic Bar & Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://vancouver.hyatt.com

Twitter: @HyattVancouver

Chef Thomas Heinrich

 

18) Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Burgundy Restaurant

47 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Web: http://www.burgundyvancouver.com/

Twitter: @BurgundyVan

Chef: Nitzan Cohen

 

19) Chicken & Waffles 

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.joefortes.ca/

Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

Chef Wayne Sych

 

20) Duck Tostadas

Duck Tostadas

Duck Tostadas

La Mezcaleria 

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Chef Tina Fineza

By: Richard Wolak

Best Brunches in Vancouver in 2013

For the past year I have been indulging in brunches almost every weekend as I interviewed celebrities for my brunch series, or out with friends. These are my 45 go to and favourite restaurants for Brunch in and around Vancouver.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

Yaletown

Good Wolfe Kitchen

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1043

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm

 

The Parlour Restaurant

1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-568-3322

Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com

Twitter: @ParlourYaletown

Time: Saturday & Sunday  11am – 3pm

 

Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.provencevancouver.com/marinaside/brunch_menu.html

For Reservations, please call 604-681-4144

Twitter: @ProvenceVanCity

Time: Brunch is offered Saturday, Sunday & holidays 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

Homer Street Cafe & Bar

888 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604- 428 4299

Web: http://homerstreetcafebar.com/

Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar

Time: Sunday from 11am – 3pm

 

 Gastown 

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 West Cordova St, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-599-8999

Menu: www.tucrestaurant.com

Twitter: @TucRestaurant

Time: Saturday  10am – 3pm

 

Catch 122

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://catch122.com/brunch/

For Reservations call 604-731-3474

Twitter: @Catch122

Time: Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm

 

Downtown 

Café Pacifica in the Pan Pacific Hotel

999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Menu: http://www2.panpacific.com/en/Vancouver/Dining/CafePacifica.html

For Reservations, please call 604-895-2480

Twitter: @panpacificvan

Time: Brunch is offered  11:30am – 2:30pm on Sunday

 

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.kingstontaphouse.com/

For Reservations, please call 604-681-7011

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

The Teahouse

Ferguson Point

Stanley Park , Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse/menus/brunch

For Reservations, please call 604.669.3281

Twitter: @The_Teahouse

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 3:00pm

 

The Roof at Black + Blue

1032 Alberni Street (3rd Level), Vancouver

Menu: http://the-roof.ca/

For Reservations, please call 604 637 0777

Twitter: #GCTheroof @Glowbal_Group

Time: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm

 

Hawksworth Restaurant

801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.hawksworthrestaurant.com/menus/brunch/

For Reservations, please call 604.673.7000

Twitter: @HawksworthRest

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 2:00pm

 

Sol Sun Belt Cookery

550 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.solsunbelt.com/

For Reservations, please call 604 568 2235

Twitter: @SoLSunBelt

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3:00pm

 

Lift Bar and Grill

333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-5438

Web: http://liftbarandgrill.com/

Twitter: @Liftbarandgrill

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm

 

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.foragevancouver.com/images/menus/forage-brunch-menu.pdf

For Reservations call 604-661-1400

Twitter: @forageVancouver

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

Market by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

For Reservations, please call 604-685-1115

Twitter: @MARKETjg_Van

Time: Brunch is offered 11:30am – 3pm Sunday

 

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.joefortes.ca/

For Reservations call 604.669.1940

Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Tableau Bar Bistro

1181 Melville Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://tableaubarbistro.com/pdf/Tableau_Brunch_Menu.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-639-8632

Twitter: @TableauBistro

Time: Sunday 10:30am – 3:00pm

 

C Restaurant

1600 Howe Street  Vancouver

Menu: http://www.crestaurant.com/com_content/category/blog/49/195/

For Reservations call 604-681-1164

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm

 

Twisted Fork

1147 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-0749

Web: http://www.twistedforkbistro.ca/index2.php

Twitter: @TwstdForkBistro

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

 

Le Parisien Restaurant

751 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.leparisien.citruspiemg.mobi/

For Reservations call 604-687-1418

Twitter: @leparisienyvr

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Raincity Grill

1193 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.raincitygrill.com/index.php/menus/brunch

For Reservations call 604-685-7337

Twitter: @raincitygrill

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 3pm

 

Kitsilano and Point Grey

Corduroy Restaurant

1943 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-733-0162

Menu: http://www.corduroyrestaurant.com/Brunch.html

Twitter: @Corduroylounge

Time: Saturday & Sunday  10am – 3pm

 

Q4 Restaurant

2563 West Broadway, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.q4restaurant.com/ristorante/home

For Reservations call 604-734-4444

Twitter: @Q4Restaurant

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

The Oakwood Restaurant

2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.theoakwood.ca/

For Reservations, please call 604-558-1965

Twitter: @theOakwoodKits

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3:00pm

 

The Bibo

1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604.568.6177

Web: http://thebibo.com

Twitter: @TheBibo

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

 

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.fablekitchen.ca/

For Reservations call 604-732-1322

Twitter: @fablekitchen

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

 

Bistro Pastis

2153 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.bistropastis.com/

For Reservations call 604-731-5020

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 2pm

 

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

1850 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/wp-content/themes/trattoria/pdf/trattoria-brunch.pdf

For Reservations call 604-732-1441

Twitter: #gctrattoria @glowbal_group

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.chewies.ca/menu/BrunchMenu-Chewies.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-558-4448

Twitter: @chewiesoysters

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2pm

 

Provence Mediterranean Grill

4473 West Tenth Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.provencevancouver.com/mediterranean/home

For Reservations call 604- 222-1980

Twitter:@ProvenceVanCity

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Jethro’s Fine Grub

3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604-569-3441

Web: http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com/

Twitter: @jethrosfinegrub

Time: Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm

 

South Granville and Granville Island

Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

2996 Granville Street, Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.lukescornerbar.com

For Reservations call 604-733-5699

Twitter: @LukesGranville

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

West Restaurant

2881 Granville Street  Vancouver

Menu: http://www.westrestaurant.com/

For Reservations call 604-738-8938

Twitter: @westrestaurant

Time: Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

 

Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver

Menu: http://www.docksidevancouver.com/menus/main-menu-sunday-brunch

For Reservations, please call 604-685-7070

Twitter: @eatatdockside

Time: Brunch is offered Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Edible Canada at the Market (opposite the public market on Granville Island)

1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.ediblecanada.com/bistro.php

For Reservations, please call 604-682-6681

Twitter: @EdibleCanada

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

The Sandbar

1535 Johnston Street, Creekhouse #102, Granville Island, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

For Reservations call 604-669-9030

Twitter: @The_Sandbar

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 3pm

 

Cambie Village and Main Street

Biercraft Bistro

3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://biercraft.com/cambie/brunch/

For Reservations call 604-874-6900

Twitter: @biercraft

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4pm

 

Thyme to Indulge

2858 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1760

Web: http://www.thymetoindulgecatering.com/drink/category/weekend-brunch/

Twitter: @thymetoindulge

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am -4pm

 

East Vancouver

Tap & Barrel

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.tapandbarrel.com/

For Reservations call    604-685-2223

Twitter: @tapandbarrel

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Roundel Cafe

2465 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-2522

Web: www.roundelcafe.com

Twitter: n/a

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm

 

The Red Wagon

2296 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-4565

Web: http://www.redwagoncafe.com/

Twitter: @redwagoncafe

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 8pm

 

Magda’s Restaurant

6345 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web: www.magdasrestaurant.ca

Tel: 604-322-1001

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

 

North Vancouver

Pier 7 Restaurant & Bar

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Menu: http://pierseven.ca/menu/brunch/3075/

For Reservations call   604-929-7437

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

 

The District

13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.thedistrictsocial.com/

For Reservations call (778) 338-4938

Twitter: @districtsocial

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Burnaby

EBO Restaurant in the Delta Burnaby Hotel

4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Menu: http://www.eborestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/EBO-Sunday-Brunch.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-453-0788

Twitter: @eborestaurant

Time: Buffet Brunch is offered 11:00am – 2:00pm on Sunday

By: Richard Wolak

7 Pastry Chefs on Instagram to Follow in Vancouver

Instagram is a social media platform that is gaining in popularity globally as well it in Vancouver, food photos and especially desserts photos are a wonderful escape. Here are some of my favourite Vancouver pastry chefs who I have been following on Instagram their photos are sure to make you savour.

This list is in no particular order.

Pumpkin Tart Revisited by Chef Christophe Bonzon

Pumpkin Tart Revisited by Chef Christophe Bonzon

Chef Andrew Han

http://instagram.com/sugardaddyinc

Pastry Chef at Satori Factory

 

Chef Christophe Bonzon

http://instagram.com/chezchristophe

Pastry Chef and owner of Chez Christophe

 

Chef Adam Chandler

http://instagram.com/adam_chandler_

Pastry Chef and owner of Beta 5

 

Chef Carl Recolaso

http://instagram.com/chefjuancarlo

Pastry Chef at Sol Sun Belt Cookery

 

Chef Mark Tagulao

http://instagram.com/ediblemark

Pastry Chef and owner of Edible Mark

 

Chef Bruno Feldstein

http://instagram.com/yookook

Pastry Chef at Yew Restaurant

 

Chef Steve Hodge 

http://instagram.com/temperpastry

Pastry Chef and owner of Temper Pastry

 

If you know other Vancouver Instagrammers who are pastry chefs that a worthy of a follow, please list them in the comments section of this article.

You can follow me on instagram @vanfoodster

By: Richard Wolak

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