“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.
Field Trip to Langley
Heading to the Fraser Valley is something that I do fairly often, the drive is approx 45 minutes from Vancouver making it an easy trip to visit some of the local area restaurants, farms and other sights. This time around I spent the day eating my around the different areas of Langley.
Lawrence joined for this day trip and we started the morning with lunch at Haven Kitchen and Bar, located in the central part of Langley.
We started off lunch in this nicely decorated dining room with high ceilings, the restaurant recently added a covered expansive patio, and also has seating on the upper level. We both shared the Sweet Potato Hummus with a tasty cashew dukkah spiced flatbread, chili oil, fried chickpeas, pea sprouts; we also shared the delicious Cabana Lunch Salad with chicken and hippie greens, haven island dressing, monterey jack cheese, bacon bits, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrot & daikon, avocado, crispy chickpeas.
The Hei Hei Grilled Chicken Sandwich was one of their new items on their menu which didn’t disappoint at all, it came with hoisin sesame marinated grilled chicken thighs, cucumber, ban mi vegetables, spicy aioli, cilantro, toasted bun with truffle fries.
The Haven Burger was a standout with bradner farms organic beef, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, mayo, red relish, toasted bun, hand cut sea salted fries.
For dessert we went tropical and had the yummy Caramelized Pineapple Cake with shortbread crumb, coconut cream, and pineapple sorbet. The restaurant is located at 19664 64 Ave Unit 105, in Langley.
After lunch we had some spare time in stopped in downtown Langley for a walk around Douglas Park which provides some greenery as well as other activities like a ping pong table (bring your own paddles and ball).
From there we drove about 5 minutes to the Langley Municipal Airport to enjoy some coffee and treats at Blacksmith Bakery. I had been to the Ft Langley location of Blacksmith a few times in the past.
Here I had my usual Cortado while Lawrence had an Americano, we enjoyed a selection of treats but my favourites were the Lemon Meringue Tart, Chocolate Slice and the Clafoutis.
After our coffee break we drove South to mile zero which was about a 25 minute drive. Mile Zero is the furthest road you can go which is the Southern edge of Canada (across the street is the USA). Here we went for a long walk before visiting Glass House Estate Winery for dinner.
Glass House Estate Winery is a family owned vineyard and boutique winery producing hand selected, single vineyard, low yield artisan wine.
We started our dinner with the tasty Farm lettuces with red wine poached pear and goat cheese balls. We then shared the Beef short rib empanadas, Glass house Brussel Sprouts and the Lentil croquettes.
We had the Sablefish and the Red Beet Risotto for our mains before ending the meal with the Passion creme brûlée.
The winery and restaurant is located at 23449 0 Ave in Langley.
There are many new restaurants and cafes located throughout Langley that you can visit over the spring, summer or beyond.
Disclosure: Thank you to Tourism Langley for the assistance and for hosting us, all photos and opinions are mine.
By: Richard Wolak