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While we were in Toronto, our friend BD and JG took us to a Middle Eastern restaurant called Fat Pasha. Looking at its website, it has some interesting items, including meat options for the carnivore in Mr. and I, and many vegetarian options for BD and JG.

Food

We ordered a bunch of things to share, plus a couple meat dishes that Mr. and I got to enjoy all by ourselves.

First of all, a Salatim Platter. You can order 3 things for $14, or 5 for $23 or 7 for $32. We chose the Beetroot Relish, Cranberry Bean and Chopped Eggplant. We ate with our eyes first as the platter had such beautiful colour combination and it’s quite pretty to look at. The beetroot relish had a nice pink hue, a little bit acidic, quite refreshing on the palate. The cranberry bean was slightly spiced, but you can still taste the tartness in cranberry. The chopped eggplant was meaty, had the most savoury mouthfeel to it. I liked the addition of chopped nuts and oil drizzle and a dash of sea salt on top of the spread, to add some texture and depth of flavours. The accompanying pita bread was hot to the touch, seasoned and we kept on ordering more to finish the spread.

Salatim Platter

The Chopped Liver and Onions was a tasty take on liver mousse. When the plate arrived, we had to mix in the liver with onions and a hard boiled egg. It came with slices of grilled bread and pickled horseradish. I’m usually not a horseradish fan but this was quite mild and the peppery note really helped with the liver taste. This was quite a generous portion of liver mousse and Mr. and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Chopped Liver and Onions

The Fried Crushed Potatoes was really good! It didn’t feel like a side at all. Continue Reading »

We all have our favourite local food producers and restaurants and I think it’s time to show our support! There are two award programs happening right now:

We ♥ LocalAwards

WeHeartLocalAwardsFor the third year, these people’s choice awards will highlight the most popular food and agriculture businesses and organizations across the province. Your participation will demonstrate your support of the local economy, spread the word about why local is better, and tell your favourites — in a very concrete way — how important they are to you and the community.

Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories:

  • Favourite Farmers’ Market
  • Favourite Store to Buy Local
  • Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier
  • Favourite Local Seafood Supplier
  • Favourite Local Cheese Maker
  • Favourite Local Sweet Treat
  • Favourite Local Advocate
  • Favourite Local Winery
  • Favourite Local Brewery
  • Favourite Local Food Truck
  • Favourite Local U-Pick Farm
  • Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
  • Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef
  • Favourite Local Florist or Nursery
  • Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower

How does We ♥ Local Awards work?

  • Nominations open from August 17 to September 6
  • Vote between September 7-12
  • Top 5 category favourites quick-fire voting September 13-14
  • Winners revealed on September 15

And you could be a potential winner, too! Nominating and voting for your local BC favourites also enters you into weekly draws for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards to your local BC VQA store. Plus, you’ll be automatically entered in the Grand Prize draw for a three-night stay at Taku Resort and Marina along with your choice of a cooking course for two, valued at $1,800.

To nominate or to vote, visit www.weheartlocalawards.ca.

enRoute Magazine Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2015 People’s Choice Award

enRoute Magazine’s food panel has nominated 32 best new restaurants across the country. Continue Reading »

On August 31, 14 Vancouver bartenders will compete at the regional final of the MadeWithLove Mixology Competition. Each cocktail will be judged based on its originality, creativity and taste.

Participating bartenders include:

  • Alana Bertrand, Notch8
  • Dales Styner, The Cascade Room
  • Graeme MacLeod, Calabash Bistro
  • Graham Masters, Independent
  • James White, Independent
  • Jason Laidlaw, Blacktail Restaurant
  • Kylie Barlett, Blacktail Restaurant
  • Philipp Karatsyupa, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar
  • Rob Scope, The Cascade Room
  • Samir Sharma, The Keefer Bar
  • Stephen Tufts, Dickies Ginger Beer
  • Wesley Hardy, Calabash Bistro
  • Felix Vallières, Independent
  • Frank Palter, Fairmont Waterfront

Attendees will also get to taste the 14 creations and vote for a deserving People’s Choice winner. The People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice winners will represent Vancouver at the National Finale to be held in Vancouver in May 2016.

Photo provided by MadeWithLove

Photo provided by MadeWithLove

Interested? This could be your lucky day as we are giving away two pairs of tickets (each ticket is worth $65) to the event on August 31 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver!

3 ways to enter

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An impromptu dinner on a Friday evening took us to Torafuku, the new brick and mortar location brought to you by the Le Tigre food truck team. Frankly, and feeling guilty to admit to it, I never ate at Le Tigre. With the rave reviews about Le Tigre, I was quite excited to try Torafuku.

TorafukuTorafuku

Food

The Rye So Messy Chicken Wings was an award winning dish. The gochujang marinate really came through as you can taste this garlicky, spicy flavour. The skin was crispy, meat was juicy, and I like the ramen crumble to add even more texture to it. These were really good wings, but 5 wings for $12 maybe a bit too expensive.

Rye So Messy Chicken Wings

Dr. Octopus vs. Mr. Tuna seriously sounds like a superhero movie title!
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Mr. is a cat lover; me, not so much, so I was quite surprised when we arrived at what seemed like a cat cafe. Our visit to Cafe Chat L’Heureux was completely unplanned and unexpected.

Upon further research, Cafe Chat L’Heureux is the first Cat Cafe Project in North America. Chat in French means cat. Not knowing any French, Mr. actually mistakenly thought Cafe Chat was a place to chat. You know, literally, chat. Even Tip, the girl in the animation Home, knows what chat means in French! He claimed that it wasn’t his master scheme to trick me so he could hang out with cats. Strike one. Oh, and this is a vegetarian restaurant! Strike two. Our marriage is off to a great start! :P

Cafe Chat L'Heureux

Food

Even though Cafe Chat may be known for the kitties rather than its food and drinks, we did order some items to go with our kitty play time. My Latte was not bad, standard affair, but I started to realize the milk in Montreal is richer and has more flavour. Mr. went for the Passion Fruit Diabolo Juice, of which he was expecting some kind of juice form. Turns out it was just passion fruit flavoured soda; another example of lost in translation.

LatteDiabolo Passion Fruit Juice

Food wise, we shared the Classic Grilled Cheese. It was an online picture of this grilled cheese that lured me to the restaurant. Priorities, huh?! Haha! This, to our surprise, tasted as good as it looked! Continue Reading »

[The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Natalie – have a great time at White Spot!]

For the 7th year, you will get to unleash your inner kid on Pirate Pak Day! On August 12, the popular Pirate Paks will be available to adults across BC and Alberta, and for each Pirate Pak sold on that day, White Spot will donate $2.00 to Zajac Ranch for Children, an established BC charity that provides a once-in-a-lifetime summer camp experience to kids and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities.

The Adult Pirate Pak offers four options: the Legendary Burger, BC Chicken Burger, Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger and Provolone Veggie Burger. They are served in a pirate boat, and come with fries, coleslaw, a soft drink, a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate “gold coin”.

Joyce @ Pirate Pak Day 2014

Joyce @ Pirate Pak Day 2014

I have been a fan of this charity initiative, and have been crazy enough to wait 1.5 hour to grab a Pirate Pak. If you have never participated before, now is your chance! I’m giving away a $25 gift card to White Spot so you can bring a date with you on Pirate Pak Day!

3 ways to enter

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It was part of my mission to visit a cafe in Montreal, to experience drinking coffee in this European-like city. I was looking for something with more character, and that led me to Chez Boris.

Chez Boris, Montreal

Food

I ordered a Latte and Mr. ordered a caffeine-free Roiboos Tea. They serve Kittel and 49th Parallel coffee/espresso, and tea from Pure Tea. The Latte was good, served at the right temperature, coffee was not burnt and it was creamy.

Roiboos Tea & Latte

The highlight of the visit wasn’t the drinks, but the donuts (beignets) they serve. They are Russian style donuts (ponchiki), which frankly, I had no idea what that means until I looked it up.
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