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What’s Good This Week In Vancouver – Jan 16

Event and Happenings in Vancouver this week

Today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year according to news reports and a survey that landed in my inbox. While this may just be “marketing”, this time of year can be tough, and I am sensing this in myself and those around me as this year is particularly dismal outside. Be aware of any serious mood changes, and deal with those with professionals; I can only recommend a few surface fixes. This week try some different feel-good things, connect with friends, get some exercise, drink or eat some chocolate, and fuel up on good food and perhaps some medicinal cocktails.

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Cineplex Blue Monday Fix – Half the Points for a Show

Movies make you feel better (except the really bad horror ones I’ve been watching late at night on Netflix, but that’s another story), so on January 16th, Cineplex is offering a special redemption offer for SCENE members to help beat Blue Monday.  SCENE members can treat themselves to any movie, at any Cineplex theatre, for any experience by redeeming half the usual SCENE points – 500 points for regular movies, 750 points for enhanced experiences and 1,000 for VIP Cinemas.  More information is available at Cineplex.com/BlueMonday. Stay away from anything somber or horrific.

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Hot Chocolate Festival – January 19 – 27 days

Chocolate makes everything better (well almost everything). When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide festival of its kind in the world. Returning for its 7th season, it’s bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream parlours joining forces to make the humble chocolate drink hotter than it’s ever been before.

61 Flavours
29 Chocstars (vendors and suppliers)
29 Locations around Greater Vancouver
27 Days to do it all!

View the website where you can find all the information about the festival at: http://hotchocolatefest.com

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Dine Out Vancouver Starts Friday! 

I’ll have more on this soon, but I have tried dishes from Chicha, Juniper, and Edible Canada and give these three top marks. Plus I’ve marked the February 1 Chef’s Exchange on my calendar and will be doing a giveaway for this soon! FIRE + WHISKY –Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco- to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. Dine Out Event and Menus

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Push Festival starts TODAY!

Macbeth opens the 13th edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival tonight at the Playhouse Theatre. Tickets are still available to select performances. Don’t miss this epic South African production!

Over the next three weeks of the 2017 PuSh Festival, join 25,000+ of your fellow Vancouverites for groundbreaking live art at 150 events in venues across this beautiful city.

#LIVEPUSH and share it!

Les Dames d’Escoffier – Holiday Suggestions Part Two

Les Dames d’Escoffier Dish on Holiday Gifts

Earlier this week I wrote a little about Les Dames d’Escoffier and what some of our Dames suggested for holiday gifts. Click here for part one, and continue reading for part 2!

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Dame Mireille Sauve – Dames Wines

Earlier this year Dame Mireille Sauve led a fundraising initiative for Les Dames d’Escoffier BC, by making some dame good wine, and we’ve been drinking our far share of it and have wrapped several bottles up for gifts. Each bottle of #dameswine supports food and beverage education for BC’s dynamic women. The Dames White is a beautiful BC blend of 80% Pinot Blanc from Sperling Vineyard in Kelowna, 10% Riesling from Sperling Vineyard in Kelowna, and 10% Gewurztraminer from Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls. The Dames Red can be enjoyed on its own with friends or alongside assorted charcuterie and cheese plates, burgers or stew. A beautiful BC blend of 70% Merlot and 30% organic Syrah, both sourced from vineyards in the south Okanagan. Availalbe online and at select stores such as Marquis Wine Cellars. $25 a bottle.

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Dame Jennifer Schell –The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine and Cheese Maker in the Okanagan 

I’m pleased to say I’ve got a signed copy of this book, and keep it handy as it’s not only full of great recipes, but is also an excellent read. Chefs, farmers, and winemakers unite in this exquisite Okanagan cookbook.Whether it’s a simple soup, a hearty main dish, or a special-occasion dessert, each recipe in this book is written by an Okanagan chef, and inspired by an ingredient that is locally and sustainably produced in the Okanagan. It might be free-run turkey raised on the Hamblett Highland Turkey farm, organic vegetables from the urban gardens of Green City Acres, or brie cheese from Upper Bench Cheese in the Naramata. Add a wine pairing from a local Okanagan winery, and you’ve got a collection of recipes that celebrate the heart and soul of culinary culture in the Okanagan.

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Dame Rossan Ascencio – Original Mexican Gourmet Cajetas

Love these sauces on our homemade ice cream or atop waffles! Handcrafted traditional Cajetas are a caramel sauce/spread made with goat’s milk. What makes Cajeta unique is the fact that it is not caramelized sugar, but caramelized goat’s milk! It’s actually low sugar, low fat, low calorie content and a fantastic alternative for lactose intolerant diets, as it has no butter, or cream in it. OMG-Original Mexican Gourmet’s Cajetas are available in three, all natural flavours: vanilla, rum and espresso! OMG Cajetas are available at fine, specialty retailers, such as The Gourmet Warehouse,  and can be ordered with your groceries through SPUD. www.omgfoods.ca

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Dame Alison Love spreads some OKanagan Love!

RauDZ Regional Table  (of course co-owned/operated by Dame Audrey Surrao) Fabulous gift certificates are available in any denomination and you can pair that gift certificate with jars of Okanagan produce from the RJB line of preserves all handcrafted by the culinary team led by Chef Butters.  The preserve lineup for Winter 2016 includes the popular Blackberry Ketchup regularly served in the restaurant featuring local organic blackberries and tomatoes and perfect on fries, sandwiches and fish tacos .
New this year to the preserve line-up are three custom created mustards. All of the mustards retail for $7. RJB preserves are available exclusively at RauDZ Regional Table. www.raudz.com

Chef Butters is also writing a cookbook that will be available widely Summer 2017.  The cookbook is for the home cook and entitled The Okanagan Table:  The Art of Everyday Home Cooking. Pre-sales of the book at RauDZ Regional Table and also online at www.ChefRodButters.com

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Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate – A spectacular pastry shop! www.sandrinepastry.com

Put together a little ‘French’ shopping list from this shop! Fois Gras – A French Christmas feast wouldn’t be the same without a portion (or four) of that typically festive fare – foie gras, often served up on slices of bread as a starter or apéritif.  Duck Confit – Although not just for the holiday season, it’s a decadent treat, especially the way the way Sandrine serves it – two duck legs with confit, all pre-packaged for your home cooking. Tourtière – Although tourtière originates in Quebec, it’s become a holiday favourite around the world.  Traditional style with beef and pork, or turkey with spices, a tourtière is perfect for any meal during the holiday season.  Another popular favourite from the freezer at the shop is quiche.  A bit of time in the oven and it’s ready to serve guests or the family, without a lot of time or effort. Yule Log – The French will spare a little room in their stomachs for the traditional Christmas chocolate log or “Bûche de Noël”. More Sweets – Hand-made chocolates, macarons, delicate, light, almond meringues with delectable fillings can provide the sweet part of the menu while handcrafted chocolate trees and pretty jars of jams and jellies make perfect gifts.

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Salted Brick www.saltedbrick.com

Salted Brick always has their shelves and refrigerator well stocked at this time of year for home cooks preparing for the holiday feast or for the perfect gift for foodies. Jars of Tomato Bourbon Jam, Quince Puree, Pear Puree, Chicken Liver Paté, their addictive Salted Brick Salad Dressing, Peanut Butter Duck Fat Chocolate Bars made by Karat Chocolate in Kelowna, small tins of Maldon Sea Salt, and house made pickles!

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Dame Jennifer Peters – Nextjen Gluten-free 

With Nextjen GF Flours you can forget experimentation and get back to the enjoyment of Baking & Cooking! All available in 1 lbs bags 7 types to choose from:

All Propose Baking blend (also available in 3 lbs)
Vanilla Bean Cake Mix
Sprouted Buckwheat Pancake Mix (also available in 3 lbs)
Fried Chicken Mix (Deep fry or use Shake & bake method)
Fish and Chip Batter Mix
Tempura Batter Mix
Pizza & Pasta Flour  
New item** Pizza Shells Frozen and ready to top!!

Available at Gourmet Warehouse **Dame Caren McSherry and online ONLINE http://www.gourmetwarehouse.ca/products?search=nextjen

Nextjen GF classes too.**  (also a good gift)
https://www.gourmetwarehouse.ca/books/cc212/gluten-free-brunch-saturday-march-11 CC212 GLUTEN FREE BRUNCH | SATURDAY, MARCH 11 | The Gourmet Warehouse – Kitchen Tools www.gourmetwarehouse.ca

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About Domenica Fiore extra virgin olive oil
We also have this on hand and have several bottles wrapped up for holiday gifts as well! A great hostess gift too! This oil is produced in Orvieto in Italy, with organic olives that are cold pressed within four hours of harvest and bottled in nitrogen-sealed 18/10 stainless steel bottles. Each bottle is also hand labelled and signed with love bythe olive oil producer, Cesare Bianchini for traceability.
For more information, you can go to www.domenicafiore.com
Available in the following stores in Vancouver:
Gourmet Warehouse, Whole Foods, Urban Fare Alberni, Dirty Apron Deli, Zara’s Pasta, La Grotta Del Formaggio Deli, Fresh Ideas Start Here – W.Broadway, Farm To Table Market Ltd, Windsor Meats, Puccini’s Deli

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Dame Shelome Bouvette – Chicha Restaurant Gift Certificates and East Vancouver Foodie Cookbook

Dame Bouvette owns Chicha Peruvian Restaurant at 134 East Broadway, and it’s one of the restaurants we frequent! I was just there yesterday in fact. The ceviche, steak and fries, cocktails, brunch items, and basically everthing is fantastic there, so a gift certificate would be an excellent idea for the food lover in your life.

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They’ve also got a recipe in the new East Vancouver Cookbook, so you could include a copy of this as well!

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Dame Angie Quaale – Chocolate Salami

A popular Italian and Portuguese dessert, Dame Quaale’s Chocolate Salami looks like “real” salami but is completely meatless and filled with decadent flavours of chocolate, toasted almonds and pistachios, orange peel and dried cherries. GREAT hostess gift or stocking stuffer!

Les Dames Dinner Parties – Summerdine August 10

Join Restaurants around BC on August 10 for Summerdine, a Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier

I am a member of a wonderful organization that assists women in the culinary, wine and hospitality industry with scholarships and supports and raises money for Growing Chefs and Project Chef, two programs focused on teaching children about food and food skills in school.

Summerdine

August 10 is our annual event that is one of the best value culinary fundraisers of the year: Les Dames Summerdine.  Dozens of restaurants, vineyards, gardens and cooking schools, from Vancouver Island to Metro Vancouver to the Okanagan, each donate one table for a concurrent dinner party.  Each restaurant is priced exactly the same ($79/seat), with each restaurant donating the food menu and table and a winery donating the wine.

One table or bar seats,  located in the dining room or in a very special location like the kitchen or wine room.  Some locations may offer an outdoor dining experience in the form of a picnic dinner. TICKETS

Most are sold out, but there are a few seats left at these Vancouver hot spots.  But tickets here.

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Chicha Restaurant

Chicha restaurant is a modern Peruvian inspired shares plates restaurant owned and operated by three female friends; Shelome Bouvette (executive chef), Allison Flook (executive chef), and Kumiko Umeno (GM). Chicha focuses on local sustainable west coast ingredients, fresh flavours, vibrant and feminine plating, with a modern Peruvian Latin twist.

 Ceviche Chalaco –  Albacore tuna, sockeye salmon, halibut, side stripe prawns, scallops marinated in green tigre de leche, fresh oranges topped with fried calamari (gf)

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 Causa Camaron-  Aji Amarillo Chili whipped and chilled potato layered with Dungeness crab, mango, avocado and topped with cherry tomato corn salsa, and poached side stripe prawns (gf)

 Chimu Mote Ensalada –  Cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh cheese, amaranth, arugula, baby greens, orange and champagne vinaigrette (gf)

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 Lomo Saltado –  Medium rare Pemberton meadows hanger steak, kennebec fries, onions, peppers, tomatoes, rich veal Demi stir fry (gf)

Flourless Peruvian Rocoto Chili Spiced Chocolate cake with warm chocolate sauce (gf)

Kaya Malay Bistro – Kaya’s Festive 8 Course Dinner

A true gastronomic delight and proud winner of Best Restaurant Awards, Kaya Malay Bistro offers authentic Malaysia fares with smart west coast twists that are lavishly unique, both in texture and aroma. With profound influences from Portugal, India, Indonesia, and China, Malaysian cuisine is diverse, complex and inviting. Come and experience this intriguing spectrum of flavours and culinary adventures with us.

 Green Papaya & Mango Salad – (Fresh papaya and mango mixed with jicama root, carrot, organic greens served with mango puree and crushed peanuts)

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Roti Canai – (Flaky layered breads known as the Indian community’s greatest culinary contribution to Malaysia, served with curry dip)

Squash and Apple curry Bisque –(South East Asian soup infused with Malay spices, galangal and pepper leaves)

Jumbo Scallops & Prawns Sautéed in a Lamèricaine
(Simmered in our house made sauce prepared with tomato, garlic, chili, wine shallot& egg sauce)

Court-Bouillon Braised Lamb Shank in Malaysian Style (A lamb shank so tender it almost falls off the bone, braised with ginger, leek, carrots, & spinach)

Caramelized Wild Sockeye Salmon with Asparagus (Boneless Salmon fillet topped with caramelized sweet ginger sauce & onion)

Organic Vegetable simmered in Nyona Style Curry (Organic Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot, Eggplant & Green Bean simmered in Lemak Curry

Deep Fried Coconut “Helado” (The ultimate fried treat is the one that sounds almost too good to be true!)
(Deep fried coconut ice cream)

Provence Marinaside

A refreshed masterpiece in collaboration with Trine Hendriksen “When re-imagining Provence, I wanted to evoke the refined elegance and charm of restaurants you come across in Europe.” The new feature wine wall will add a sense of drama and focus to the room; and with False Creek and the seawall walk across the street, it was an easy decision to open up the window wall to the fresh air, welcoming guests to stay to drink in the view. The whole effect is airy, bright – sophisticated but natural.Full Event Details

 Tomato, Avocado and Local Dungeness Crab Salad Champagne Vinaigrette

Di Mare Clams, Mussels, Scallops and Prawns in a light wine broth radish sprouts, fresh herbs and EVOO

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Seared Fresh Halibut Marcona Almond and Arugula Pesto Citrus Beurre Blanc Forbidden Rice and Grilled Bell Peppers

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Crème Brulée Fresh Local Raspberries

ARC at Fairmont Waterfront

ARC offers simply inspired, handcrafted fare in a relaxed setting. With its beautiful West Coast views, it’s the perfect place to partake in a four course dinner for Summerdine created by the Executive Chef.

BURST OF SUMMER Baby vegetables, planted back, roasted almond and herb soil
Tuna poke pizza, crisp tortilla, tobiko, smashed avocado
Seared pork belly and Humboldt squid, Harissa spiced, smoked buttermilk

DESSERT TASTING by Scholarship winners Kirsten and Jessica

Lemon mousse, fresh berries
Okanagan peach, honey shortcake, thyme chocolate sauce
Chocolate bomb

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Vancouver’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar provides a distinctive showcase for the celebrated culinary vision of Executive Chef Alex Chen and redefines the fine art of dining with subtle, unexpected and playful approaches to cuisine, service and style.

With an innovative approach that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the present, Chen’s seafood-focused menu is grounded in classical technique and training, while artfully infusing casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences.

Snake River farms Wagyu Carpaccio, Classic Foie gras terrine, brioche, smoked mayo

Slow cooked local Octopus a la Plancha, eggplant, pine nut, Prosciutto

Canadian Prime NY, sweet corn succotash, “Winter” Australian black truffle

BLVD Opera bar, chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream, hazelnut praline

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Hart House Burnaby

Hart House Restaurant is one of Burnaby’s hidden treasures.  The restaurant is located in a Tudor-style heritage house situated on a 3-acre estate.  If weather permits, Summerdine guests will enjoy award-winning Pacific Northwest cuisine al fresco on the restaurant’s private patio, which offers picturesque views of the lawns and tranquil Deer Lake.  In the case of rain, the table for four will be set indoors, in the relaxed elegance of Hart House’s sunroom.  The winning combination of great food, attentive service, and a beautiful setting is sure to make your evening one to remember.

AMUSE BOUCHE

SUMMER GREEN SALAD Hannah Brook Farms Greens, Dried Figs, Ricotta Salata, Raspberries,Hazelnuts, Huckleberry Vinaigrette

CARNAROLI RISOTTO Pork Belly, English Peas, Pea Tips, Parmigiano Reggiano

SEARED HALIBUT English Peas, Squid Ink Fregola, Pea Tips, Mussels, Clams, Citrus Beurre Blanc

DARK CHOCOLATE TART Pistachio Ganache, Chocolate Crumble, Cherry Puree, Cocoa-Nib Tuile

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Nicli

A sophisticated yet family-friendly restaurant, award-winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria is the first VPN-certified pizzeria to bring a lot of attention to Gastown, the culinary epicentre of Vancouver.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria honours the culinary traditions from four generations of the Nicli family. Chef David Tozer’s menu highlights the season’s freshest, local ingredients alongside a robust beverage program. An experience at Nicli Antica Pizzeria will bring to mind the touchstones of Italian culture — family, authenticity, and incredible food and wine.

Antipasti:
Cannellini bean spread,
Albacore tuna conserva, oregano and grana padano flatbread

Zuppa: 
Orecchiette en brodo,
heirloom grape tomatoes,heirloom beans

Pizza:
Local Margherita di culatello,
fire-roasted heirloom pomodoro, Courtenay mozzarella di bufala,
Agassiz “Fermière” grana, Two Rivers 17 month aged Mangalista Culatello,
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Dolci:
Olive oil cake with candied lemon,
lemon confit, blueberries, crème fraîche, tonka bean gelato

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Notch 8 Fairmont Vancouver

“A restaurant, a bar, a journey.”

Located in the lobby of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Notch8 Restaurant & Bar welcomes you to a new era of glamour.
Named for a train’s highest speed, the luxurious and contemporary design of the Notch8 takes inspiration from the romance of rail travel and the hotel’s rich heritage. Restaurant Chef Jason Saruya offers his modern spin on classic comfort dishes including a daily rotating rotisserie menu, while mixologists shake up both innovative and classic cocktails behind the bar. Notch8 is the perfect setting for everything from casual cocktails with friends, to business lunches, to an intimate dinner with your loved ones.

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NOTCH8 WALDORF SALAD apple croutons, poached celeriac, sour grape dressing

RICOTTA RAVIOLI hay & honey infused, locally foraged morel mushrooms, cured egg yolk

SPRING SALMON WELLINGTON lentil duxelle, organic chard, tomato fondue

DARK CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE burnt honey anglaise

Market by Jean-Georges

Market by Jean-Georges is the first restaurant in Canada for three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. Executive Chef Ken Nakano is a homegrown talent who delights guests with sophisticated yet uncomplicated flavours. With a passion and dedication for authentic farm-to-table cuisine, chef Nakano showcases the finest Canadian ingredients from coast to coast. Market is open seven days a week from breakfast through dinner, and is located on the hotel’s third floor, accessible through the hotel or by taking the glass elevator located next to Urban Fare.

King Crab Jubilee corn royale avocado thai basil sorbet

Seared Foie Gras grilled Okanagan peach tatin ice wine, black pepper pearls

40 Day Dry Aged Cache Creek Beef Striploin smoked potato tomato and thyme jus

Summer Fruit Mosaic bergamont granite lemongrass foam

What’s Good In July

It’s July and Vancouver is hopping! Here’s What’s Good In July in and around our fare city!

I can’t believe it’s July already, meaning we are half way through 2016! How’s your year going? I am overdue for a break and will be taking a few days off next week. However, that won’t mean I’m off the internets, so do tune in to our social feeds for some insight into what’s good in the Okanagan these days!

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July 7 – Britannia School Garden Fundraiser 

On Thursday, July 7th from 5-9, the Britannia Secondary sports field, next to the garden will be transformed into a lovely garden party. This year we are taking the annual fundraiser right to the garden where the high school & elementary, preschool gardening programs take place

Enjoy a gourmet meal of local fare, including veg and non-veg entree, salads, corn on the cob, nugget potatoes and more! PLUS, homemade pie and ice cream for dessert. Family friendly event with games and activities for all ages, live local music, a storyteller for the kids, a juice bar with homemade ginger beer (non-alcoholic), lemonade, kombucha and ice tea. Plus, we have over 50 items donated by East Van merchants, services, breweries, restaurants and cafes and more for the Silent Auction.

It’s going to be a great evening, with money going to a great cause- teaching East Van kids about the joys of gardening and of community Money raised will also go to supporting the Eastside Family Place “Little Sprouts” summer gardening and food skills program, and also all the way to the SEGA Girls School  in Tanzania, whose garden is twinned with the Britannia Secondary School

MENU  Fraser Valley free range, slow cooked pork shoulder,  Local assorted stuffed vegetables with rice, pumpkin seeds, spinach & feta cheese, Bean and cilantro salad,  Kale and cabbage coleslaw,  Corn on the cob with chipotle butter, Homemade gluten free cornbread, Medley of roasted nugget potatoes tossed in fresh herbs, Pie and ice cream for dessert.

PLUS 5 local performers (music & story-telling), Picnic games and activities for children and adults, Silent Auction from 50+ area merchants
Tickets $30; Kids 6-12, half price; under 6, free

Tickets are $30 for adults, half price for ages 6-12 and under 6 are free. Tickets can be bought at the Britannia Community Centre front information desk, register by phone 604-718-5800 (1),  or gwfcnetwork@gmail.com. We are excited to announce that the Commercial Drive Scotiabank branch is offering MATCHING funds, so your $30 will turn into $60!  https://www.facebook.com/BritanniaSchoolGardenFundraiser/

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July 9th – Pop-up truffle brunch with The Modern Pantry

Now if we were in town, we’d be here! Tickets are only $35 for a three course meal prominently featuring truffles and drinks.  Here’s the menu rundown: Tickets

Summer vegetable and truffle tart
Poached egg on brioche with truffle cream
Truffle and berry parfait
Juice
Coffee and tea

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July 11 – Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session  

Music will fill the atrium at Woodward’s for the inaugural Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session on Monday, July 11. From 6 – 8 pm, an incredible line-up of local musical artists will gather to tickle the ivories and raise their voices in support of Keys to the Streets, a three-year old program that places painted pianos on the streets of Vancouver for everyone to encourage play over the summer. Info here.

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July 16, 2016 All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat Summer BBQ

– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

My friends at Chicha are cooking up a storm and we’ll be heading there after the track! There will be plenty of grilled assorted anticuchos (Peruvian street meat style skewers), costillos de cerdo (Peruvian aji panca chili bbq sauce baby back ribs), Pan Con Chicharron sliders (crispy pork belly and caramelized yam sliders), Peruvian style marinated grilled chicken…and just about anything else you think of fit for the BBQ!

Lots of great additions to the grilled meats; corn on the cob, a variety of salads, signature ceviche, empanadas and other signature Chicha dishes…and picarones (Peruvian style donuts made with pumpkin and sweet potato served with spiced honey and pisco raspberry couli)!

DJ’s spinning, lots of great local craft beer featured, lots of cocktail specials! Starts at 2pm and will go late! Bring your summer party vibes and your appetite…you are going to need both!

Chicha Restaurant – 136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W2 – View Map
– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

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July 11 – The Greasy Spoon Vol 17. Featuring Chef David Gunawan of Farmers Apprentice tickets A Better Life Foundation

We’re excited to announce July’s Greasy Spoon dinner is hosted by Chef David Gunawan from Farmers Apprentice.

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!

The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month, which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four-course meal to remember.

Who we’re supporting:

Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause, which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

ABLF: A Better Life Foundation supports the marginalized populations of our city by providing stable meals and the opportunity for upward mobility through training and employment.

WHEN Monday, July 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4 – View Map

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July 16 Deighton Cup

We wouldn’t miss this one. Not sure what we’ll wear this year, but last’s years dress thankfully came in handy for a picnic segment I did last week! Horses are rounding the bend, as the sounds of champagne bottles pop in the distance. Grab your finest fascinator & best silk bow tie, it’s time for a good old fashioned day at the races. Bet on the ponies & see where your luck takes you – shake your tickets harder ladies & gentlemen! It’s time to be entertained at the sport of the kings.

This year, The Deighton Cup is excited to open up the entire Marquee and Concourse as one complete VIP experience. Attendees will be given full inclusive access to traditional areas hosted by The Deighton Cup in years past including the Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, picnic area, cigar lounge & Veuve Clicquot champagne stage. Tickets!

New for 2016, we’re excited to announce an increased amount of space for derby-goers, festival activations and interactive attendee areas. Additionally, the entire festival grounds will be exclusive to Deighton Cup ticket holders only as well as an increased number of food tents throughout the entire venue.

July 15 Kaya Malay Bistro to Honour Dogs 

In honour of their much loved family dog Maya, who was tragically hit by a car and passed away, the Kwan family has chosen to both  celebrate and say goodbye on July 15 at their restaurant Kaya Malay Bistro (1063 W Broadway) with a fundraiser for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) from 6pm to 10pm.

Admission is by donation ($5 minimum) to attend the event. Reservations can be made at kayamalay.com or by calling (604) 730-9963.

Recommended is the option of a three-course dinner for $35.00, and for an additional $5, pair Haywire Lunar wines, which were generously donated by Okanagan Crush Pad owner and long time PADS supporter, Christine Coletta.The evening will include live music, complimentary Southeast Asian tapas, and a 10% off Kaya discount card.

​​Chicha Restaurant Peruvian Nikkei Collaboration Dinner Menu

Chicha Restaurant Celebrates with a Peruvian Nikkei Collaboration

As part of Vancouver international tequila expo, Chicha Restaurant hosted an exceptional dinner collaboration with Chef Benjamin Berwick of  Stage Wine Bar and Chicha Restaurant’s Chef Shelome Bouvette.

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Empanadas and Fully Loaded Mussels!

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Spot Prawn ceviche (spot prawns, sea asparagus, avocado,dashi, agua chile) with  Azunia Platinum Blanco Tequila

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Snapper Tiradito (snapper, leche de tigre, aji amarillo Peruvian chili, cancha corn) with Nuestra Soledad Zoquitlan Mezcal

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Eric Lorenzo from the Tequila Festival was on hand.

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Trio of causa (cold, chilled whipped potato topped with variety of toppings; dungeness crab, vegetable, and chicken) with T1 Excepcional Reposado Tequila

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Lomo saltado (Med rare Pemberton beef, wild onion, sea cucumber, fried new potato) with Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca Tlacuache Mezcal

Food Gays

Food Gays enjoyed dinner too and were on hand to assist me with some photo tips. Love them!

Dessert was Picarones (sweet potato and pumpkin donuts with local strawberries) with Alma de Agave Anejo Tequila

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Chicha has been marvelous every time I’ve been, but this night they really shone! Next on my list is getting there for brunch.

What’s Good – Restaurant Options for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 runs from January 15 to 31.

Dine Out Vancouver is upon us again and how I wish I could dine out every night and work my way through all the stellar menus. I’ve sussed a few out that look more than worthy of your dining dollar. May see you at any one of these during Dine Out!

CHICHA RESTAURANT

TOP value is definitely Chicha Restaurant, just off Main at $30. During Dine Out 2016 their menu reflects the regular share plates style dining experience. Dine Out guests will choose: 1. 1 appetizer each 2. 2 share plates each from the Entrée section 3. 1 dessert each. DEAL! 

APPETIZER Quinoa Salad ~quinoa, roasted red pepper, red onion layered with mango and avocado, huacatay Peruvian mint, lime, jalapeno vinaigrette, rocoto chili aoli (veg, gf) or Plantains with trio of Peruvian sauces ~fried plantains, huacatay Peruvian mint, rocoto and aji Amarillo chili aioli’s (veg, gf) or Aji Amarillo Seafood Chowder ~local assorted daily catch seafood, aji Amarillo chili cream chowder

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ENTREE
-choose two share plates from the following entrée section- Chalaco Ceviche ~local albacore tuna, wild sockeye salmon, Pacific Ling Cod, prawns, scallops, green tigre de leche citrus, fresh oranges, rocoto chili dusted fried calamari (gf) oBraised Red Deer Venison Neck and Chorizo ~slow braised venison neck and chorizo, Peruvian corn and grana padano cheese grits or Lomo Saltado ~med rare Bavette steak, Kennebec fries, onions, peppers, tomatoes stir fry, rich veal demi (gf) or/ Crab and Wild Sockeye Salmon Cakes ~served with Peruvian tartar and pickled cucumber and young coconut meat escabeche salad or/ Aji Panca Chili and Orange Glazed Baby Back Ribs ~served with double smoked bacon, green bean and red nugget potato salad (gf) or/ Chicharron Sliders ~crispy pork belly, glazed yam, aji Amarillo aioli, and salsa criolla sliders, rocoto chili dusted yam chips or/ Yucca Bola ~cassava root croquettes filled with asiago cheese, jalapenos, and scallions, sweet rocoto chili house made jelly, and Peruvian Huancaina sauce (veg) or/ Causa Verduras ~beet root whipped and chilled potatoes, lima bean puree, pickled beets, rocoto chili dusted yam chips (veg, gf) or Pollo Anticuchos ~aji Amarillo chili marinated chicken breast skewers, brown buttered fingerling potatos, trio of aji sauces (gf) or/ Tacu Tacu ~spicy butternut squash winter stew, crispy lima bean and rice cakes, parmesan, and fried quail’s egg (veg, gf)

DESSERT
Chocolate y Café Enamorados ~coffee and chocolate pot de crème, spiked rocoto chili whip cream, canela sugared plantains (gf) or Peruvian Caramel Shortbread Cookies ~lucuma fruit crème anglaise, fresh fruit or Specialty Coffee Drink ~bartender’s daily creation (gf)

Wildtale Coastal Grill – Yaletown $40wildtale chowder (745x624) (2)

APPETIZER WildTale Corn & Seafood Chowder fresh wild seafood, spicy jalapeno fritterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or West Coast Caesar Salad aged parmesan, white anchovyBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Van Westen ‘Vivacious’ 2014 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 or 

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Classic Prawn Cocktail poached tiger prawns, horseradish cocktail sauceBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. 2013 Semillon – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 

ENTREE Blackened BC Snapper spicy penne alla “puttanesca”, basil beurre blancBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or 

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Surf & Turf “AAA” alberta beef striploin, tiger prawn a la plancha whipped potato, café de paris butterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 or

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Duo of Yakima Valley Lamb roasted lamb sirloin, risotto of braised shoulder buttered asparagus, natural pan jusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 

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DESSERT Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse housemade biscottiBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Burrowing Owl Coruja – $12.00 

SAI WOO – $40 – Chinatown

Head to Chinatown to Sai Woo at $40 for some unique bites in one of the most gorgeous rooms in the city.

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ENTREE – SPICED LAMB Pressed Lamb Neck, Squash Purée, Braised Shallot, Kale Chip, Sautéed Kale, Sherry JusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Syrah 2011 Okanagan Valley or SEARED LING COD Pommes Purée, Potato Chip, Mushroom Jus , Seared King Oyster Mushroom, Confit JalapenoBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:The Hatch Pinot Noir, Keremos Bench or LEMONGRASS CHICKEN Pandan Rice, Wilted Bitter Greens, Fried Egg, Pickled Cucumber, Bitter MelonBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 Okanagan Valley
DESSERT –  MANGO MOUSSE CAKE Purple Yam Jam, Coconut Sauce, Puffed Tapioca Pearls or CHOCOLATE PATE Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate, Almond Crust, Almond Bread, Kumquat Jam BAKLAVA Pistachio Mousse, Honey Rose Pearls, Phyllo Chip, Toasted Nuts

SIENA RESTAURANT

At South Granville’s Siena for $30 you can go Italian for a very reasonable price and they’ve got a fantastic wine list and are just small enough to give you that exceptional service.
ENTREE – Prosciutto-wrapped Natural Pork Tenderloin, with parmesan braised cannellini beans & apricot or Grilled Steelhead, with roast cauliflower purée, confit fingerling coins, peperonata or Caponata Ravioli, with tomato butter, pine nuts, asiago, crispy capers (V) or Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle, with madeira cream, charred leeks, manchego (V)
DESSERT – Lemon Polenta Cake, with vanilla crème anglaise, raspberry coulis or Double Chocolate Torte, with blackberry chantilly, chocolate ganache
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ROYAL DINETTE

Another stell meal will be had if you head to Royal Dinette $40 on the corner of Dunsmuir and Howe.

APPETIZER
Kale, Crispy Vegetables, Nahm Jim, Aromatic Herbs, Pumpkin Seed or Octopus, Pil Pil, Chorizo Spices, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sourdough or Lamb tartare, Mint emulsion, Hazelnut, Cured Egg Yolk, Grilled Bread

ENTREE Whole Wheat Rigatoni,
Smoked Mushroom, Grainy Mustard, Pickled Cucumber or Ling Cod, Octopus Consomme, Shellfish, Rutabaga, Olives or Short Rib, Ancient Grains, Radicchio, Preserved Peppers
DESSERT Dark Chocolate Tart, Beetroot Sorbet, Cocoa Nib or Candy Cap MushroomPanna Cotta, Grand Fir Sable, Preserved Summer Berries or Apple Sorbet, Honey Sponge Cake, Jasmine Tea, Tapioca
Edible Canada

EDIBLE CANADA

Uniquely Canadian bites can be had at Edible Canada for $30 in Granville Island.
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Wild Sockeye Salmon Ceviche with Passion Fruit Ginger Vinaigrette

This week’s Avocados From Mexico post takes us to Chicha Peruvian Restaurant for ceviche! If you haven’t been to Chicha, you are truly missing out on the best Latin food in Vancouver. Chef Shelome Bouvette excels at ceviche and this recipe has some avocado in the dressing and in the final presentation. It’s healthy and while it does take a bit of time to assemble, you’ll have dressing left over that is perfect for salads or topping some grilled veggies!

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For ceviche:

1lb cleaned and deboned wild salmon cut into cubes
1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
2 jalapeños deseeded and finely diced.

Passion fruit ginger dressing:

1 cup lemon ponzu ( can get in Asian section in supermarket.)
1 cup passion fruit juice
1 roasted red pepper
2 red Thai chilies
1 tablespoon ginger peeled and cut up.
1 cup of honey

Wasabi aioli:

1 cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon wasabi powder or paste
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 avocado
2 teaspoons peeled and chopped.
Squeeze of one lime

Wontons and nori:

Heat small pot or fryer up with veg oil. Slice thinly 1/2 pack of wonton wrappers and fry for 1 min then put onto plate with paper towels to get rid of any extra oil. Thinly cut nori the same for garnish.

Method:

  1. chop up salmon, add red onion, jalapeño and cilantro. Chill well making dressing.

2. In blender add all ingredients. Start slow. Blend until fully blended and red in colour. Pour half 3/4 of dressing over salmon.

3. To make wasabi mayonnaise add all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Put in squeeze bottle.

To assemble:

Put 1/2lb of pea shoots or mixed greens on bottom of a serving bowl. Add 1 Avocado from Mexico fanned over top. Add last bit of dressing over. Then add your ceviche.  Top with crispy wontons and nori. Wasabi aioli around the plate and garnish with black  sesame seeds.

Images courtesy of Diane Chow Fabulously Frugal!

Chicha Hosts Peruvian Summer Party

Well my fav ladies Shelome, Allison and Kumiko are hosting an all you can eat Peruvian summer party at Chicha Restaurant at 136 East Broadway on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 4-10 pm and I highly recommend you check this out!

Look forward to an outdoor barbeque grilling assortments of popular Peruvian street meat, an indoor Peruvian ceviche bar and all the favourite Peruvian sides to accompany your summer street meat and ceviche!

A DJ and many drink specials ensure this party will be rolling!

The barbeque will be from 4pm-10pm and the DJ, drink specials and party will go until late!

Tickets…while they last at just $20 BUY HERE!

Pisco and Ceviche Tasting with Moonshine Tastings

How much fun will this be? TONS! This Sunday Chicha is partnering with Guy Stowell and Moonshine Tastings a pisco and ceviche tasting!

Guy will speak about the Peruvian and Chilean versions of Pisco in his most entertaining way and will be pairing each pisco with Chef Shelome Bouvette‘s signature ceviches. So tasty!

For $40 each guest will receive:

1 cocktail upon arriving
4 different pisco tastings

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4 CEVICHE TASTINGS:

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CLASSICO- local halibut, cancha corn, corn on the cob, fresh yam, salsa criolla, aji amarillo citrus marinade

NIKKEI- wild sockeye salmon, avocado, pea shoots, ginger, passion fruit ponzu, lotus chips, nori

CHALACO- halibut, albacore tuna, scallops, orange, avocado, tomato, and green leche de tigre marinade, topped with crispy calamari

TBA- 4TH CEVICHE TO BE ANNOUNCED…STAY TUNED

BUY YOUR TIX AT www.moonshinetastings.ca

after the event please feel welcome to stay and enjoy some double pisco cocktails for $6…HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY SUNDAY FUNDAY!

Vancouver Foodster Goes Latin

ChichaTour the city’s best Latin American restaurants on June 25 with your route planned by Vancouver Foodster. Each restaurant will be serving up special bites for hungry visitors; a variety of different Latin cuisines will be presented by some of Vancouver’s top chefs.

From 6-9 pm that night hop on a bike, walk, bus or carpool and sample dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, El Salvador, Peru, Venezuala and Mexico. Expect ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas and certainly lots of salsa. On the sweet side dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan might be on the menu. Thirsty? Horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas will quench your thirst!

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant 136 East Broadway. Vancouver
Web: http://chicharestaurant.ca/
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

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