“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 Abbotsford
We spent a couple of days exploring Abbotsford recently, visiting some recently opened restaurants and cafes; we even stayed the night.
We started the day with a visit to Aurora Roasters in the downtown area which is centrally located and offers up their own coffee roasted in-house, along with baked goods and more. I had a Cold Brew while Lawrence had a Americano we then picked up these tasty goodies, the black truffle croissant, breakfast cookie and a ginger molasses cookie.
Our next stop was to The Pastry Portal located nearby, it is another great cafe with coffees and baked goods, here we got a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie and a churro cookie.
A few doors down from them was Bow and Stern and we headed over for lunch, here we shared the salmon cakes, I had the Baja fish tacos, and Lawrence had the grilled salmon burger.
We walked around the area some more and checked out a great store called Yes Chef and they had many unique items for cooking and your home.
Dinner was The Table Bistro and we both loved the restaurant, food and service. The Golden beet borscht with garlic bread was delicious as was the Empanadas, Harvest Salad, Steelhead salmon, and Short-rib beef.
We stayed the night at Sandman Hotel Abbotsford Airport was a great spot with a comfy bed, nice room, we enjoyed the fitness facilities as well.
The next day we visited Oldhand Coffee in the downtown area for a light breakfast, loved the chia pudding and espresso tonic that I had; while Lawrence had an Americano, and we took the magic bar, pumpkin spice cheesecake bar to go.
After checking out of the hotel we visited Maan Farms to explore, we saw the goats and other animals, walked through the Corn Maze, walked through The Pumpkin Patch and enjoyed a tasty Indian lunch in the bistro, then had the popular Double Pumpkin Spice Cream, the Apple Cream and finished with their mini-donuts.
The drive home to Vancouver from Abbotsford is about an hour and fifteen minutes depending on what part of the city you are heading too.
Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: Tourism Abbotsford provided us with complimentary accommodation, and meals at the area restaurants. Maan Farm provided us with complimentary admission and meals; all opinions and photos are my own.