There’s a new bratwurst in town that I keep hearing about from people and it took me awhile to figure out where it was. It’s a little bit outside of my lunch radius, since it takes me 15 mins to walk – yes, I walk at the pace of a 65-year-old with a walker and severe arthritis.
Sausages are delicious and in such a simple form that you can’t possibly screw it up, right? Unfortunately, I’ve been disappointed time after time again – lack of spices, poor choice of meat/combination of meats, not enough fat, ripped casing, etc. The more disappointed I got, the more I realized that a sausage is actually very complex. It’s served exactly as the maker intended, from the amount of crunch from the casing, to the seasonings and spices, the texture of the meat, how juicy it is, all served into this sausage – after you take one bite. That’s a lot of pressure to get everything perfect.
Why did I come to Bestie after I started hearing the great reviews from others? To be honest, I wasn’t here for the food. I saw pictures of the interior and it looked beautifully designed – kudos to Scott & Scott Architects for a nicely executed project. All the print work was done beautifully – wonder if the owners designed it? Bestie is located on Pender Street in Chinatown, the area that’s slowly converting from old Chinese stores to these “hipster” (or whatever you want to call them) run places, like vintage stores, bicycle shops, and hair salons. The staff working here are pretty hip, a little bit retro, with their clear framed glasses or clubmaster frames, bright lipsticks, and toques.
Lovely peg board design by Scott & Scott.
The service here was friendly, one of the staff was a bit overbearing. I came here with the bf, and they explained how their menu worked as it was our first time. There are two styles to the dishes, one is currywurst in which they slice the sausage for you and put it on top of fries with house made curry ketchup; the other is the sausage and sauerkraut where they leave the sausage whole, with fries and sauerkraut on the side. Continue Reading »
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The 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival has come to an end, and we were invited to cover two events. We’ll spend the next two posts to give you a recap. First of all, a glimpse of the International Tasting Room. There were various sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We went to Thursday evening one; apparently it also tends to be the most “tame” session of all.
As I always say, I’m no wine expert and I don’t have the trained palate for it. It’s something I would love to explore more, though. With that caveat, I will list out some wines that we enjoyed at the tasting room while feeling all overwhelmed in the presence of the 178 booths there.
This year’s theme country was France with a global focus of Bubbly. We spent a good amount of time in the French wine area.
There was a fun quiz in the event program that helps you identify the types of French wines you would most enjoy. Guess what, I’m all over the map. I suppose it’s because I enjoy different types of wine depending on the food I’m having, the occasion, the weather, my mood, and every other factor that you can blame on. There really isn’t a go-to wine for me, per se.
We probably stopped by a good 15-20 tables in the French area. Here are our highlights: Continue Reading »
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It’s been awhile but we have partnered up with the VANEATS team again to review their latest #ManCakesMadness package. ManCakes Bakery isn’t an ordinary cupcake shop; its flavours are intended to be more interesting, and more manly. I tried them once for a colleague’s birthday but I didn’t get to try too many flavours. I was excited to go back and sample more this time around.
For $9.95, the #ManCakesMadness package gives you the following:
- Your choice of 6 mini ManCakes (there are a total of 12 flavours available)
- Your choice of 2 hot beverages (options: 49th Parallel medium roast, Death Wish, or Teapigs tea)
To test the manliness of this, I invited Mr. to join me. Even though we received a complimentary package for sampling, we ended up paying $6 to upgrade to a Mini “Toolbox” so we could sample all 12 flavours and give you the best recommendation.
Each mini ManCake has its signature M-shaped icing plus special combination of toppings.
Here is a roundup of all 12 flavours: Continue Reading »
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On Monday, the 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival officially kicked off. I was at the launch party where the Executive Director, Harry Hertscheg, along with Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver, did the ceremonious countdown to the festival.
A count from “dix” to “un” and we’re off for some French wine and French-inspired canapes.
This year’s theme country is France with a global focus on Bubbly. Continue Reading »
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Last week I went to the opening party of the Lukes General Store Pop-up on Pender Street in Chinatown. It’s built on the success of Lukes Drug Mart, an independent pharmacy in Calgary that is famous for carrying collections of unique products that are unexpected in a traditional drug store environment.
The pop-up cafe is at the Space Lab location at 126 East Pender Street. When I walked in I was taken aback by the interior. The Space Lab is filled with all kinds of vintage and antique items, each of them with a price tag and is available for sale. You can find cameras, typewriters, radios, posters, decor and more. What an eclectic collection!
The Lukes General Store takes you back to the present time. The coffee machine is brewing some Stumptown Coffee, a very popular coffee roaster from Portland. Continue Reading »
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Himalayan cuisine? Yes, there’s such thing. Do I know much about it? Not at all! But with a group-buy voucher, CC and I decided to check out Yak & Yeti in Kitsilano. It’s actually a sister restaurant of Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen on Davie Street. I went there last year but didn’t find it too memorable (and didn’t even write about it!)
So, what does Yak & Yeti serve? This is what their website says: “Yak & Yeti Bistro selects the best of the high altitude cooking primarily from Nepal, Tibet and India combining it with a host of other cuisines thus creating a unique fusion. Yak (the large Himalayan-dwelling animal) is known for its strength and endurance while Yeti (the giant snowman) is a mystery to most of us. The culinary creations at Yak & Yeti Bistro are thus expected to be just as enduring and mysterious but you will have to first taste it to believe it.”
We were quite intrigued by the menu and frankly we had no idea what to expect until the dishes arrived at the table. Not having a clue about its authenticity, let me try my best to describe each dish.
According to the menu, the Yak Momo is a meat-based favourite street food of the Himalayas. They looked and tasted like Chinese shumai. Not 100% sure if these dumplings are actually made of Yak meat (I thought they call it Yak Momo because of the name of the restaurant; now I realized it may be referencing the animal) but the filling tasted like ground beef. This dish came with 2 dipping sauces, mint cilantro and a tomato-based sauce. We both preferred the mint cilantro sauce with the dumplings, which complemented the garlic, cilantro and other aromatics that were already in the filling. Not listed in the description, this dish also comes with a small-sized Y & Y Soup. More to follow.
Had we known that a small Y & Y Soup is included with the Momo, we wouldn’t have ordered the full size version. Continue Reading »
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