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What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada

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Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now

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Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

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Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

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subject to changed based on availability of foraged products

Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

Where to Brunch New Year’s Day Vancouver 2015

It’s the morning after the night before and no matter what your New Year’s resolutions are you’ve still got to eat.  Start the year with something delicious and set the tone for a tasty year.

Belgard Kitchen

Belgard Kitchen

January 1st Open Brunch Service 11am-5pm

Hosting a boozy brunch from 11am-5pm on January 1st to cure your hangovers and kick off 2015 right! Also accepting large party reservations.

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Guu Garden

Serving Osechi for lunch – Japanese New Year Food bento-style.  Only 100 – better reserve.

    • M101-888 Nelson Street, Vancouver 604-899-0855

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Brunch at Cafe Pacifica & Cascades Lounge Pan Pacific

11:00am – 3:00pm

Menu here

Salads, Sushi, an Asian-themed station, charcuterie, carvery, desserts, a kids buffet…..the items seem endless.

Entertainment by the Goby Catt Trio
$90 per person $86 Seniors $48 Children age 6-12
Complimentary – Children age 5 and under
(5% GST & 17% Service Charge applicable)

604.895.2480

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BRUNCH at Earls Kitchen + Bar for the holiday’s 

Earlier this year Earls Kitchen + Bar introduced a brunch menu and guests have been loving it! Offered  Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays, Earls will also be offering brunch New Year’s Day this year. (Check website for individual location’s hours) Earls offers a full brunch menu as well as their regular menu. Selections include a sourdough grilled Croque Madam with Virginia ham, Swiss cheese and roasted Serrano cream; traditional Eggs Benedict; fruit and berry topped French Toast and a Breakfast Hash that combines avocado, Chorizo sausage and field mushrooms with crispy fried potatoes topped with poached eggs. Earls signature Caesar; fresh squeezed juices, on their own or topped with sparkling wine, are perfect accompaniments, or choose from the full craft beer list.

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Dim Sum Pink Pearl

Who doesn’t love dim sum after a night of indulgence?  Pink Pearl has rise from the ashes and is ready to serve up an excellent meal to start 2015. As always you can inspect your seafood before it meets its death to ensure freshness.

1132 Hastings Street, Vancouver 604 253 4316

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Forage in the Listel Hotel

From French toast to game burgers Forage is open to launch you sustainably into 2014.

Brunch 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Corned Bison Hash with IPA hollandaise and Blueberry Pancakes and @MogianaCoffee! Mimosas from 9am!

Trafalgars and Sweet Obsessions

Both Trafalgars Bistro & Sweet Obsession are open New Year’s Day.

Sweet Obsession 8am-10pm

Trafalgars Bistro – reservations for am & pm
10am-3pm for our BRUNCH menu
and 5pm-9pm for our DINNER menu

Shiraku

Shuraku Sake

Sip Sake from 5pm till 11pm and slurp down the OZOUNI – New Year’s Soup at Shuraku
tap-and-barrelTap and Barrel

Perhaps you resolved to drink more craft beer?  Tap and Barrel and Tap and Barrel Coal Harbour are open.  Deep fried pickles or a peanut butter and jam burger anyone?  We usually just have the flat bread.

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Cibo

Open from 9am- 3pm this menu looks first-day worthy!

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Chicha

Big New Years Day Brunch fun Jan 1 2015!
10.30am-4pm
Lots of drink special

West End = Left Bank 10:30 a.m.  – 2: 30 pm

Crepes to order, mimosas plus all below!

chipotle corn bread muffin | 6 scrambled egg, tomato salsa

bacon & mushroom toast | 7 fried egg, hollandaise

baked egg | 7 beluga lentils & savoy cabbage cassoulet

belt | 9 sourdough toast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried egg

healthy start | 13 two poached eggs, wilted spinach, fresh tomato & quinoa salad, fruit

omelette | 12  mushrooms, spinach, tomato, gruyere

shakshuka | 13 two fried eggs, red pepper & caramelized onion hash, raita

left bank breakfast | 14 two poached eggs, grilled chorizo or crispy pork belly, hash brown, tomato salsa, sourdough toast

smoked salmon benny | 14 caper cream cheese, avocado salsa, hollandaise

chicken salad | 15 artisan lettuce, dried cherry & almonds, bacon & avocado, sourdough croutons, honey poppy seed dressing

Urbanspoon Releases Most Blogged

We just read through Urbanspoon’s most blogged about restaurant list for 2014 and were pleased to see many Vancouver spots on it. It seems our city has taken more than our fair share of the internet, but one has to remember that this is Urbanspoon, and Vancouver is a food blogger-filled city, so of course Vancouverites are going to give a shout out to the spots most easily accessible. And, yes, we do have a awesomely good food scene here.

Food bloggers are a crazy lot, running from new spot to news- worthy spots, grabbing photos and posting all sorts of thoughts, some coming from a place of knowledge and others completely clueless. I am often part of this group; I’d like to think that I come from the former segment, but I’m not immune to the occasional spelling or punctuation error and am by no means a professional photographer. But, I have spent my fair share of time in front of house, back of house and over the stove in my own house, and am constantly in learning mode daily, so I have earned my fair share of badges.

As we read through some of these reviews I am impressed and horrified and a have a lot of meh feelings  in between, but there’s no doubting that Urbanspoon has become an important site when it comes to many diner’s choices.

I congratulate those that have garnered attention and also give praise to those reviewers whose write ups and photos are worthwhile reading. It’s definitely important for a restaurant to monitor this site and have an understanding of what’s being said about them, both good and bad, (along with Yelp and Trip Advisor and other social media channels),  but do take it all with a huge grain of salt. After all, it really comes down to what really happens daily in your establishment and no amount of print on or online praise can change what your guests are truly experiencing.

Here’s the list. Full article here. The food shots are from Urbanspoon and courtesy of Sean Neild,@YVRbro, an great photographer, food and more, and author of Flavor Town Adventures, and there’s a few from my archives.

And the winners are

Basho Cafe

Ask for Luigi

Yolks

Yolk’s Breakfast Restaurant and Commissary

Earnest Ice Cream

Hamburger $2.85

Cheeseburger at Hamburger $2.85 (Vancouver, BC).
Photo By: YVRBCbro

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Forage

Minami

Minami Restaurant

Blackberry Stuffie at Cartems Donuterie (Vancouver, BC).
Photo By: YVRBCbro

Cartems Donuterie

Gyoza Bar + Ramen

Miku

Miku Restaurant

Holiday Lunch at Forage

Happiness and Cheer at Forage This Year

Stop in to Forage this holiday season for their excellent holiday lunch, served Monday to Friday, beginning December 1st through to December 19th. Chef Whittaker offers a four-course menu for $35, with the added bonus of house made cranberry preserve for each guest to take home. This is a meal to share as the minimum is four people and reservations are required. Check out www.foragevancouver.com or call 604-661-1400 for further information and to book your fun festive lunch.

We stopped in for a preview and were, as usual, blown away by Whittaker’s menu. The only problem is now you’ve got to work extra hard on your holiday meal in case it’s compared. Hopefully our chef will be up to it this year as dinner is at our house. Perhaps we should get a few tips from Whittaker beforehand. We’ll let you know how it goes!

Family Style Forage Four Course Menu

Grilled Kale Forage

Grilled kale salad with caramelized apples, roasted  hazelnuts,Golden Ears brie and honey dressing

Charcuterie Forage

Charcuterie board with cured meats and salmon,
house made pickles and IPA mustard

Roasted Turkey Forage

Roasted Fraser Valley turkey with all the festive trimmings OR

Roasted Pork Forage

Hay-smoked Pork Rack Roast with maple apple chutney (groups of 10+ people may order both turkey and pork)

Sticky Toffee Pudding forage

Sticky Toffee Pudding, ginger eggnog ice cream, Forty Creek caramel

RIPE Sustenance Festival 2014

RIPE_Poster_BLEED_2014-e1405448971684On October 19th the Sustenance Festival wraps up and Edible Canada will be presenting the main feast this year. Forage and Vij’s Rangoli will return to RIPE this year with amazing appetizers for munching during cocktail hour, and Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop will be dreaming up some kind of heavenly dessert to finish the dinner off.

Along with our usual roster of VFM farm vendors, RIPE 2014 will also feature our new breweries, distilleries, and wineries.Long Table Distillery will be on hand mixing seasonal cocktails with their exclusive, small batch gin and vodka, and R & B Brewery plan to brew a signature RIPE keg for the event.

Stay tuned for more details on participating restaurants and VFM vendors, and get your tickets while they last. Thanks to the following RIPE 2014 Sponsors for their support of this year’s event:

BC Day weekend Long Table Dinner

Come-Forage-20141-1024x621Forage and Fraser Common Farm celebrates Food Day Canada

BC Day weekend often means great weather in the Lower Mainland with all sorts of fun, outdoor activities. On Sunday, August 3, join Chef Chris Whittaker at Fraser Common Farm in Aldergrove for a four course “Whole Hog” feast.  The fun begins at 3:00 pm with a sparkling wine reception, a tour through the farm as guests help to forage for their meal (from a list provided by Chef) and then sit down to a long table dinner with beverages supplied by R & B Brewing and Backyard Vineyards Winery.  All of this for a very reasonable $75 per person. Tickets available at Eventbrite or at Glorious Organics, home of Fraser Common Farm.

This dinner is a fundraising event for Fraser Common Farm as they install a permanent outdoor community water station. The structure will be constructed from an up-cycled shipping container and will feature a living rooftop and grey water system. Their intention is to expand their ability to host educational and community events on the farm including children’s camps, perma-culture courses and of course, more dinners.

Food Day Canada takes place Saturday, August 2 and is a chance for all Canadians to join hands in one massive celebration in praise of our farmers and fishers; our chefs and researchers…and, above all, our home cooks.  Chef Whittaker will feature select items from the “Whole Hog” on the Forage dinner menu on August 2 then continue the Food Day Canada celebrations at the Fraser Common Farm feast the next day.  Forage celebrates the philosophy all year round, so why not make Food Day Canada an entire weekend, eh? For more about Food Day Canada visit fooddaycanada.ca

About Forage. Casual, comfortable and affordable, Forage celebrates all things BC. The menu is locally focused in both food and beverage; service is attentive yet never fussy, and its approachable West End location (1300 Robson Street) makes Forage a “local’s local”. It’s an ideal destination for breakfast seven days a week, brunch on weekends, and nightly for drinks and dinner from 5:00 pm.

About Chef Chris Whittaker. Chris Whittaker is fast becoming a well-known name in Vancouver, and not just in culinary circles. Whittaker is the force behind Forage, the newest addition to Vancouver’s West End dining scene (opened November 2012). With his guidance, Forage has become the pioneer restaurant for BC Hydro, LiveSmart BC and the Green Table Network: a partnership to showcase how to achieve financial savings through the reduction of waste, water and energy consumption.

Where to Dine New Year’s Day Vancouver

guuIt’s the morning after the night before and no matter what your New Year’s resolutions are you’ve still got to eat.  Start the year with something delicious and set the tone for a tasty year.

Guu Garden

Serving Osechi for lunch – Japanese New Year Food bento-style.  Only 100 – better reserve.

  • M101-888 Nelson Street, Vancouver 604-899-0855

Brunch at Cafe Pacifica & Cascades Lounge Pan Pacific

11:00am – 3:00pm

Menu here

Salads, Sushi, an Asian-themed station, charcuterie, carvery, desserts, a kids buffet…..the items seem endless.

Entertainment by the Goby Catt Trio
$90 per person $85 Seniors $45 Childen age 6-12 Complimentary – Children age 5 and under (5% GST & 17% Service Charge applicable)

604.895.2480

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Dim Sum Pink Pearl

Who doesn’t love dim sum after a night of indulgence?  Pink Pearl has rise from the ashes and is ready to serve up an excellent meal to start 2014. As always you can inspect your seafood before it meets its death to ensure freshness.

1132 Hastings Street, Vancouver 604 253 4316

Delta Burnaby Ebo Restaurant New Year’s Day Brunch

Slightly outside of Vancouver, but worth the drive.  Full buffet of breakfast items, dim sum, salads, sushi, ROTI!, desserts and carvimg stations too.  Great spot for dining any time.

Menu here.

$45 per person  Prices do not include %5 GST  Groups of 8+ subject to 15% gratuity 604-453-0788

forage9Forage in the Listel Hotel

From French toast to game burgers Forage is open to launch you sustainably into 2014.
Breakfast 7:00 am – 10:00 am Menu here
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Menu here

Trafalgars and Sweet Obsessions

Both Trafalgars Bistro & Sweet Obsession are open New Year’s Day.
Trafalgars Bistro brunch menu 11am-3pm
Trafalgars dinner menu 5-9pm
Sweet Obsession is open from 8am-10pm

http://www.trafalgars.com/

Shuraku Sake

Sip Sake from 5pm till 11pm and slurp down the OZOUNI – New Year’s Soup

http://shuraku.net/

tap-and-barrelTap and Barrel

Perhaps you resolved to drink more craft beer?  Tap and Barrel and Tap and Barrel Coal Harbour are open.  Deep fried pickles or a peanut butter and jam burger anyone?  We usually just have the flat bread.

http://www.tapandbarrel.com/

Flight of the IPA at Forage

forage ipaA battle of IPAs with dinner by Chef Whittaker?  We will be there! GLV

Wednesday, October 30 6:30 pm @ Forage

Yes, we love the flight of the bumblebee, but the Flight of the IPA at Forage is a way better buzz!

Rick Green of @BCBrews and president of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will host a four course dinner at Forage, each course designed by Chef Chris Whittaker, with Rick Green pairing two different three ounce IPA samplers. You decide your favourite beer per course, and your favourite overall. From appies to dessert, this is a beer lovers’ delight. Added bonus – CAMRA will have growlers for sale at the event. Cost for the dinner is $70 per person, growlers additional. Go to https://flightoftheipas.eventbrite.ca for tickets.

 

Preview of Feast to Fields Krause Berry Farm

IMG_7889On a rainy day in August we headed out to Krause Berry Farm to check out a preview for the upcoming September 8, 2013 Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields. I adore Krause Berry Farm for their corn pizzas, pies, ice cream, u-pick fruit and excellent hospitality.

Whole Foods, Chicha and Forage were all out with some samples of what is to come on the big day.

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Chicha did delicious little salmon burgers.

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Whole Foods corn cakes with smoked salmon.

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Forage some tasty pickled veggies.

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We also sampled some of the fruit wines along with fresh berries from the farm.  While we had rain, September looks sunny and there are still a few tickets left.  Always enjoy and sad to miss this year.

 

Forage New Summer Menu

foragePR – FORAGE CREATES SUMMER ON A PLATE Forage is well established as Vancouver’s quintessential local restaurant, with the first deliveries of wild BC spot prawns, Fraser Valley nettles, asparagus and berries and Okanagan fruit. These delectables are all part of Chef Chris Whittaker’s updated menu, featuring such dishes as…

smoked Peace Country lamb ribs (shown pictured), pickled radishes, foraged green chimichurri  $15

  • Dungeness crab and new potato perogies, horseradish crema, pickled romaine, green onion purée $16
  • stinging nettle and biodynamic Carnaroli risotto, Golden Ears brie, roasted hazelnut and nettle pesto, pea tips $12

Reserve your “backyard” picnic table now at 604-681-1400 or check out www.foragevancouver.com.

Restaurant Manager Margot Baloro has been hard at work as well. With installation of four additional wine taps, for a total of eight wines on tap now, Baloro has been busy sourcing new products for Forage. Another first for Forage – Saltspring Island Vineyards has chosen Forage as the venue to release their 2012 Blackberry Port on tap, $7 for a 2 ounce glass. This port style wine is made from hand-picked, organic wild blueberries and is delicious with panna cotta, cheese and of course, chocolate. The blackberries were hand harvested from Salt Spring Island in the fall of 2012 and the experience has turned into a community event. An entire pound of blackberries goes into every 375 ml bottle. Salt Spring Vineyards makes their Blackberry Port in a lighter, more refreshing style, it is not overtly sweet and is balanced by refreshing acidity. Also added to the wine on tap program is 2011 Meyer McLean Creek Chardonnay in at $12 a glass and the 2012 Laughing Stock Blind Trust White blend for $9 a glass.

About Forage. Casual, comfortable and affordable, Forage celebrates all things BC. The menu is locally focused in both food and beverage; service is attentive yet never fussy, and it’s approachable West End location (1300 Robson Street beside The Listel Hotel) makes Forage a local’s “local”. As for sustainability? It’s a showcase for best practices in the restaurant industry! It’s an ideal destination for breakfast 7 days a week, brunch on weekends and nightly for drinks and dinner from 4:00 pm.