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Gifts for Foodies Featured on Global TV 2014

Each year we choose our favourite gifts for foodies and present on Global TV. This year the choices were so tough, as I only have six minutes, so with apologies to all of those who know how much I love and want them under my tree, here’s the list for this year.

We will also curate a list of best local sweets AND best local cookbooks for gifting so stay tuned. Comment below with your wish list foodie gifts. We’d be pleased to hear what you want!

Bellini Kitchen Master

Bellini Kitchen Master by Cedarlane Culinary $699

porthole infuser

Porthole Infuser $99

Temper Pastry

Temper Chocolate Pastry West Vancouver various chocolates and cookies

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Presidents Choice pie plate, tea towels and pie top cutters $12/$5/$6

XFOUR

XFour Chocolate Vodka Cocktail $29.95 BC Signature Liquor Stores

chocolate kit

Chocolate Tasting Book from Eagranie Yuh $31.95 XOXOLAT in Yaletown http://www.xoxolat.com or www.bookstocooks.ca

modern pantry

Modern Pantry Items various available at XOXOLAT

Deerholme Foraging Book

Deerholme Foraging Book by Bill Jones $29.95

dirty apron book

Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson $34.95

Cookbooks available at Books to Cooks www.bookstocooks.ca

 

Christmas Pop-up: The Modern Pantry

ONLY HERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Modern Pantry (originally in West Van) brings artisan foods from Europe and the USA. While completing a Masters degree in Gastronomy in Italy, the owner, Kendall, met dozens of artisan producers making incredible products and became inspired to connect people with the stories behind what we eat.

Click here for more info

Behind the scenes product tasting on:

Date: Saturday, 6 December 2014
Time: 11-12pm OR 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Xoxolat, 1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Reserve your spot

Whisky & Chocolate 101 – The Spirit of Chocolate

whisky chocolateChocolate or Whisky are a match made in heaven.  Learn how chocolate is different depending on the bean, where it’s from, & who makes it into chocolate. Whisky expert Marcus Von Albrecht will guide you through the wide range of whiskies from beginner to super-peaty as you sample amazing chocolate! GLV

Perfect pairings with Marcus Von Albrecht & XOXOLAT 

Date:             Mar.14th
Time:            6:00-8:00pm
Where:         1271 Homer Street Vancouver
Cost:             $35/person

Call 604-733-2462 to reserve

Bowmore 1995, 17 yr old, 46%

Nose:Amazingly… Maple syrup, with smoke and caramel.

Palate:  This one has more smoke than the 12 or 15. It also seems fairly complex, there’s fresh cut grass, and

Finish:Medium length, warming and semi-smooth.

Cardamom Crème Brulée

An – Creme Brulee might go with anything. This upgrade on the classic adds white chocolate & not-so-subtle spice of cardamom to bring out the inherent characteristic of this Bowmore.

Benrinnes 1997 / 15 Yrs Old / 40% Vol Highland

Neighbour to Glenfarclus, Dalwaine- malt of choice over Glendullen

Nose: Sweet and sherried. Fruity with a hint of smoke. Very appealing from the start. Maggi? Stock cubes. Plenty of the lovely ‘organics’ that I love in some sherried malts. Furniture wax. Old fruits. Grows very rich and complex. Exquisite! Powerful too. Amazing! Wood (wet, dead oak burning in the autumn). With a drop of water the nose improves even further.

Taste: Sherried with notable leathery notes. Bittersweet. Sherry dryness with smooth episodes. Very nice. Oaky and smoky. Orange. Long, dry finish with sherry moving back and forth. For a long time my first ever whisky from Benrinnes remained my favourite.

WestCoast Breakfast (Bacon) Chocolate
To match the most intense of whiskeys, this Triple Smoked, Maple Caramelized Bacon is infused with a wee shot of espresso into a dark milk chocolate. Sit back & enjoy the wonderful balance of sweet and salty.

Mortlach 20yr old – ‘Sherry Cask’– 46% vol.    Speyside  360 bottles worldwide

Nose: Rich sherry notes. Polished oak. Stewed fruits

Mouth: Full bodied. Malty and sweet. Raisins and roasted nuts. As well Spice and tobacco create a nice richness and a very great pleasure

Finish: Smooth and very long. Nice sherry notes contribute to the prolonging of the pleasure. Character and balance; An excellent bottle

Xoxolat -Venezuela Origin

This Venezuela bean is a rich and smooth chocolate with natural flavour notes of red fruit (such as plum or cherry) with slight smoky and woody notes & a hint of raisin note.

Caol Ila 29yr old – Islay

Nose: Powerful with tar, and leathery smokiness combined with peat.

Taste: Dry, smokiness is replaced with a heated leathery earthiness and a saltiness of the sea that fills your entire mouth.

Finish: Long & smooth with smokiness and medicinal notes resonating throughout

“A true Islay whisky for those who wish to uncover all the unique characteristics of this smoky, peaty earthy powerhouse.

Papua New Guinea 70% -Single origin

Bold roast, earth & wood notes yield to nuts, red fruit & a hint of smoke. This full-bodied chocolate conjures up the warmth of a library hearth, with whisky in one hand, chocolate in the other & great company to share it all.

 

Noodlemania around Vancouver

noodlemania_1_aTaste a variety of noodle dishes around Vancouver on a noodle journey on January 12 from 1;30-5:30 pm.  Sample chow mein, spaghetti, mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more from restaurants featuring American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine.

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/noodle-mania-vancouver-2-tickets-9140049133

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

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured our last event on Food Finds (view here).

  • 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 event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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

Registration:Federico’s Supper Club  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania Cards.

Participating restaurants:

ATITHI INDIAN CUISINE

2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver

TwItter: @eatindianatithi

Web: www.atithi.ca

Cuisine: Indian

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XOXOLAT

1271 Homer St, Vancouver

Twitter: @Xoxolat

Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/

Cuisine: Chocolatier

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GRAZE VEGETARIAN

3980 Fraser St., Vancouver

Twitter: @grazevegetarian

Web: http://grazerestaurant.ca/

Cuisine: Vegan and Vegetarian

bella

BELLA GELATERIA

1001 West Cordova

Twitter:@bellagelateria

Web:http://www.bellagelateria.com

Cuisine: Gelato

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FEDERICO’S SUPPER CLUB

1728 Commercial Drive

Twitter: @FedericosClub

Web:http://www.federicossupperclub.com/

Cuisine: Italian

FIVE ELEMENTS CAFE

1046 Commercial Drive

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

Twitter: @5ElementsCafe

Cuisine: Vietnamese & Thai

More restaurants: to be announced soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pak of tickets or $162 for a 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak). Regular Tickets $50 per person after January 9, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/noodle-mania-vancouver-2-tickets-9140049133

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway #Chocolate for V-Day $360 + Value (choc buffet, chocolate, fondue, cookies)

Congrats Dennis @FlipnFunny

Whether you have a sweetie or not doesn’t matter for this giveaway, you just have to have a sweet tooth!  This package includes a Chocolate Buffet for 2 at Sutton Place Hotel, Chocolate 101 Class for 2 at XOXOLAT,  Mink Chocolate Fondue Set and Fondue,  Chocolates from Daniel’s Chocolates, Cocoa Nymph, Hagensborg and Urge Chocolates, Heart Cookies from Terra Breads and $50 gift cert from Terra Breads too!

1) Leave a comment on this post naming one of the chocolate gift suppliers

2) Follow @goodlifevan on Twitter

3) Post the following to Twitter 

RT AND Comment on http://ow.ly/8UJbO $360+ #chocolate #contest #giveaway  @goodlifevan 
DRAW Sunday February 12 – items available MONDAY FEB.13

1) Chocolate Buffet for 2 at The Sutton Place Hotel

2) Cocoa Nymph Perfume Chocolates

3)Urge Chocolates

4) Daniel’s Chocolate Heart

5) Terra Breads Heart Cookies AND $50 gift cert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Mink Fondue and Fondue Set

7) Chocolate 101 class for 2 at XOXOLAT

8) XOXOLAT Chocolat Vodka

9) Hagensborg Chocolates Sweet Pea

Township 7 Winery Spring Release & Easter Egg Hunt

eEaster fundraiser for Rabbit Rescue

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery is holding their Fifth Annual Easter Egg Hunt and rabbit/small animal rescue fundraiser Sunday, April 24, 2011 at their Langley winery.  Festive Easter activities are being held throughout the day for adults and children including home-baked goodies, picnic basket accoutrements and artisanal chocolate by XOXOlat for sale; an Easter Egg hunt and birdhouse building for kids; wine seminars, new spring wine releases and specials, and live music for adults. New this year, Township 7’s winemaker Brad Cooper will hold Chardonnay seminars. Partial proceeds from the day’s festivities will be donated to the local charity, Small Animal Rescue Society (formerly BC Rabbit Rescue), which has placed over 1500 animals in homes since its inception in 2004.

Planted in more wine regions than any other grape, Chardonnay is an ideal wine for Easter meals with its incredible diversity of oaked and un-oaked styles to possible food pairings, that range from eggs benedict or grilled salmon with Easter brunch to roast ham or Turkey for Easter dinner.  Township 7’s winemaker Brad Cooper will give two short seminars exploring its different vinification styles from buttery, full malolactic richness with tropical fruit flavours common in the new world to stainless steel fermented, austere citrus characteristics common in Chablis, and it’s use in the Blanc de Blanc style of Champagne.

“We’re offering a unique afternoon of spring activities that really works, with kids having a fun time with the Easter Egg hunt, crafts table and bunnies, while the parents can relax with wine and live music in the vineyard. We encourage people to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon, while supporting a good local cause,” said Mike Raffan, proprietor, Township 7 Vineyards and Winery.  “We’re also proud to continue our support for the Small Animal Rescue Society. One of our tasting room staff is a long-time volunteer and the work they do with saving abandoned rabbits is a great community service, particularly one that is timely at Easter.”

“Although Easter should be our favourite time of year, we caution parents to refrain from buying a rabbit for their children at Easter.  Rabbits make a poor pet for a child and can be up to a ten-year commitment.  Rather than choosing a live Easter bunny, we suggest choosing a chocolate one instead…. and of course, wine for the parents,” said Lisa Hutcheon, co-founder, Small Animal Rescue Society.  “There are no retirement homes for Easter rabbits which is one of the main reasons their rescue group has so many rabbits in its care.  We look forward to this being a great opportunity for people to come to Township 7 on April 24 and meet some real ex-Easter bunnies and learn more about what makes them special.”

Winemaker Seminar 1 & 3 pm (free)

Not ABC: why Chardonnay is the world’s most versatile and popular white grape. Learn about the different vinification styles in blind tastings and the distinct qualities of Okanagan & Fraser Valley terroir

Wine & Culinary Feature

New Spring Releases Chardonnay 2009 and Unoaked Chardonnay 2009

Special Spring Rosé 2008 sale

Bring an empty basket and “Build Your Own Picnic” for brunch

For children* (noon-4)

Easter Egg Hunt

Birdhouse building

*by donation to charity, RSVP requested to gail@township7.com

ABOUT TOWNSHIP 7 VINEYARDS & WINERY

Founded in 2001, Township 7’s acclaimed handcrafted wines are produced in small lots from the best vineyards from our winery on the Naramata Bench, in the south Okanagan Valley, and from vineyards at our winery in the Fraser Valley. Our boutique winery is committed to creating exceptional wines that are complex, flavourful and well balanced. The Langley wine shop is housed in the beautiful south Langley countryside in a quaint building reminiscent of the many riding stables in the neighbourhood.  Our Okanagan wine shop is surrounded by 7 acres of vines on the picturesque Naramata Bench and offers visitors the opportunity to see the workings of the winery first hand.  Both locations are open year round.  www.township7.com

ABOUT SMALL ANIMAL RESCUE SOCIETY

The Small Animal Rescue Society of BC (formerly BC Rabbit Rescue) is a registered society run by volunteers. Our primary focus is to rescue and rehome small animals in need. Neglected, injured and abandoned animals are our main priority. Small Animal Rescue works to provide a safe haven for small animals in need while promoting responsible pet guardianship through education, advocacy, and spay/neuter initiatives. www.smallanimalrescue.org

Scotch & Chocolate – October 16

TICKET GIVEAWAY – 2 tickets to Scotch and Chocolate – comment on this post as to what your favourite scotch is to win!

Always a sold-out event renowned for its originality and elegant ambience, this year the fabulous evening will be led by Marcus Von Albrecht of Mava Foods and feature the sampling of four different single malt scotches paired with delicious chocolates from XOXOLAT Chocolatier. A savory canapé to start and coffee and tea to end. What a fabulous evening!! 6:30pm – 10pm.
The scotches – Wow – from $100.00 a bottle to $325.00 a bottle – this will be a rare treat
• Laphroaig 10yr (46% vol)
• Finlaggan Old Reserve
• Tantallan 10yr old
• Finlaggan Cask
• Caol Ila 29 year old scotch – $325 a bottle!

Location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Downtown Vancouver, BC
Price: $75.00

Vancouver Foodster Fundraiser for Vancouver Food Bank

Vancouver Foodster 1st Anniversary Event

Wednesday July 28th  — 6pm – 9pm
Canvas Lounge
99 Powell Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Foodster celebrates one-year anniversary
with a tasting feast in Gastown

The event will feature ’signature dishes’ bites from buzzing and renowned restaurants and vendors from Vancouver, as well as wine from the BC region.
There is something to tantalize everyone’s taste buds – from Indian, Japanese and Moroccan to cupcakes, seafood and designer chocolates. Participating restaurants include:
Atithi and Chef Abhishek Roy
Coast Restaurant and Chef Josh Wolfe
Hapa Izakaya and Chef Ben Akira Berwick
Sanafir and Chef Mike Robbins
Wild Rice and Chef Todd Bright
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Participating food, beverage and wineries include:
Cake Tease and Chef Theresa Lanziner
Food lovers will also have a chance to meet chefs from some of the eateries, with many more to come.
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Tickets $5 (100% of the Proceeds raised will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Community Angel Food Runners Program.
Tickets on Sale Wednesday July 14 at 3pm – Visit our Ticketing site – Click Here.
Each guest receives a Vancouver Foodster Discount Card (to use at particpating restaurants)
Sponsored by: Canvas Lounge, Lonsdale Event Rentals and Chat Media.
Must be 19 years of age or older to attend. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds. Information on this site is accurate at the time of posting, some changes may occur.

New from XOXOLAT (chocolate shop)

It’s a tradition that most of us make resolutions at this time of year usually involving big changes, sometimes even difficult ones.

If your resolution is to eat healthier, we can help – after all, dark chocolate is one of the healthiest foods for you. No kidding, dark chocolate has almost 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries! Flavonoids and antioxidants can help to protect you from heart disease. Think of it this way… cocoa beans are plants, which means they have many of the same health benefits that you get when you eat vegetables.

Of course, we believe that everything should be eaten in moderation – even the healthy stuff – which is why we’re so well known for our two totally delish bacon bars: a Westcoast Breakfast one with bacon and espresso in dark chocolate, the other with a kiss of chili for a subtle wake-up call. Health benefits of bacon? Not many. Serious pleasure? You betcha.

So there you go, a new year’s resolution you can look forward to keeping. Paraphrasing author Michael Pollan: Eat chocolate. Not too much. Mostly dark.

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

XOXO,
Xoxolat

P.S. Chocolate news, reviews, musings and more… all on Twitter!

5 easy steps to hot chocolate bliss!
hot chocolate

There are some significant differences in the ingredients between drinking chocolates – mainly emulsifiers. It’s one of those good news/bad news things. The good news is that when emulsifiers and the like are added, it makes it easier to mix the chocolate with milk or water. The bad news is you’re getting things other than what you need. Our drinking chocolate is just chocolate, which is why it has to be melted so it will blend well.

Here are 5 easy steps to hot chocolate bliss:

1. Use only premium dark chocolate. (one to three ounces/person)

2. Melt slowly in a pan on the stove. We’re talking really low temperature. If chocolate melts at body temperature, then the heat from a stove on low is going to work just fine. Keep in mind that chocolate burns at 125˚F.

3. Add the water or milk. Don’t overheat it, and never boil it. For water (yes, you can use water), we recommend no more than a 1.5:1 ratio to the chocolate. Use milk if you prefer it to be less thick.

4. Pour into a cup or mug. Add a shot of your favourite flavour or liquor if you wish, and/or a dollop of whip cream.

5. Sit back and savour the chocolate. Share it with a friend. Make it part of your daily routine – it’s great for breakfast!

We did our best to take beautiful photos of how to make the perfect drinking chocolate, but after our test kitchen volunteer melted enough chocolate to send her entire family into a chocolate coma without being able to get a good photo, we decided to post the stock photo (see above) featuring mouthwatering drinking chocolate for breakfast. Here are the actual photos – they sure aren’t stock ones!

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CHOCOLATE 101 – know what you’re eating!
Emulsifiers, antioxidants, flavonoids… and more.

Find out what’s really in chocolate – and what shouldn’t be. Join us for a Chocolate 101 session on the healthy benefits of chocolate, sample award-winning bars from around the world, and then indugle in unique pairings of gourmet fare (in chocolate, of course!).

Upcoming Chocolate 101 classes: Thursday, January 21st and Thursday, February 18th.

Class size is limited to 12 people and advance reservations are required. To reserve a space, or for more information, please email xoxo@xoxolat.com ($15 per person)

Feature Truffles Special (while quantities last!)
We’ve got some packages of truffles that we’re almost giving away – 16 truffles for just $15. When we run out, we’re out so hurry on in.

And, we’re putting Santa on sale, along with the snowmen and the other holiday chocolate items. But you’d better not shout (quantities are limited), you’d better not cry (when they’re gone, they’re gone), you’d better not pout (why would you when premium chocolate is on sale?), we’re telling you why (yup, 35% off!)….

Share this coupon – email it to your friends so they can enjoy the savings, too! To do what we can to save a few trees, the coupon isn’t required for the discount. Just tell us you saw it in our newsletter!

2391 Burrard Street (at 8th)
Vancouver, BC
604 733 2462

News from Xoxolat

Welcome to the first of our short-and-sweet monthly newsletters!

As a subscriber, you’ll be the first to know about our featured products, new chocolates, and upcoming events.

Starting in January, you’ll be the first to receive invitations to sample and vote on our latest “test kitchen” treats – lively combinations of gourmet fare blended in our organic, fair and equitable trade chocolate.

Be-leaf us, the fun has just begun!

XOXO,
Xoxolat

P.S. We’d love to hear from you. You’re also invited to follow us on Twitter!

HEALTHY BARKS

What better treat for fall than our healthy barks featuring generous mixes of gourmet nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts), premium fruits (blueberries, cranberries), and crunchy treats such as sunflower seeds and organic cocoa nibs.

Available in 71% dark chocolate, 55% dark milk chocolate, and white chocolate. Prices vary, sold by weight.
CHOCOLATE 101: November 18 at 6:30 pm Everything you wanted to know about chocolate but didn’t know to ask…

Join us for a decadent exploration of our favourite subject – chocolate! You’ll learn about chocolate from tree to bean to bar and sample award-winning chocolates from around the world. Then you’ll be introduced to the world of unique pairings of gourmet fare because after all, everything goes with chocolate.

Class size is limited and advance reservations are required. To reserve a space, or for more information, please email xoxolat@xoxolat.com ($15 per person)

Host your own private Chocolate 101 class for your friends or colleagues – a perfect Girls Night Out activity! Maximum of 15 people and the host is our guest.

GIFT COLLECTIONS

Choose from our range of keepsake gift collections in all sizes that will ensure your family and friends, clients and colleagues are speechless with delight!Order today from our select list of elegant ensembles ranging from $30 to $200. Pictured here is the World’s Best, a collection of award-winning bars from around the globe.

A perfect gift that they’ll always remember. Chocolate is always the answer!

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS Add luxurious fun to your holiday celebration by renting one of our premium chocolate fountains. Each one serves up to 250 guests.Special holiday price includes 20 lbs/9.1 kg of organic, fair trade, kosher chocolate (your choice of white, milk or dark): $420 plus tax. For delivery and pick up in the Lower Mainland, please add $40.Reserve yours today!