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CC bought a Travelzoo voucher to a 6-course tasting menu at Bauhaus Restaurant and invited me to join her. Since its opening I’ve been wanting to try Bauhaus, and find out what German fine dining could be like, and now is my chance.

Food

The Chef’s Tasting Menu changes seasonally, and when we went, they just launched a new one.

Before we got into the six courses. We were first greeted with some Bread, served with whipped butter with sea salt or butter with paprika.

bread

We also received an amuse bouche, which was a White Bean Veloute. It was light, with a hint of smokiness from the drizzle of paprika oil. There’s some horseradish foam at the top but I didn’t get the pungent peppery flavour of horseradish. It was just the right few spoonfuls of veloute to whet the appetite.

white bean veloute

First course was Tuna, soy marinated Yellowfin tuna. It’s an Asian-inspired flavour profile. The fish was lightly seared on the outside; the flesh texture was nice and firm, and the marinate wasn’t too overpowering. The salt in soy was balanced by the sweet orange carrot meringue and slightly tart orange gel. The presentation of this plate was stunning, loved the colour, but there were a lot of components on the plate and I wasn’t too sure how to approach it.

tuna

Next, Cod. The little piece of cod was sous vide; because the cooking temperature was well-controlled, the meat texture turned out very nice. Continue Reading »

It’s pretty hot out there right now. So hot, it kinda blows my mind. Where I’m from, there’s still snow on the ground. But Central City must have known this was coming, because they just unleashed a new pair of Radlers on the world.

Red Racer Radler

The first is a standard beer-based Radler. Red Racer Radler is a blonde ale mixed with grapefruit juice and a bit of lemon juice at a 50/50 ratio. It comes off as slightly dry compared to some of its counterparts. That’s not meant as a criticism, though. I quite liked it, and at 3.5%, the ABV is suitably radleresque. This would be tied with P49 for my favourite grapefruit Radler were it not for …… Continue Reading »

A couple of weeks ago I managed to steal a couple hours of free time from CC, so we went for afternoon tea at Cakes n Sweets. It’s a small bakery tucked in the corner of a strip mall in Coquitlam. It’s my second time for afternoon tea there; first time, I took Mama Lam and we quite enjoyed it.

Cakes n Sweets

Food

For $19.95 each person receives a selection of sandwiches, sweets, scones and a pot of tea.

High Tea at Cakes n Sweets

The Buttermilk Scones were freshly baked. The scones were flaky, slightly crumbly. They were still hot to the touch, so the devonshire cream kind of melted as I spread it on. Continue Reading »

The Vancouver Fish Company has opened its door since September 2014. Located right at the entrance of the Granville Island, this seafood restaurant has been using Ocean Wise ingredients but only just recently that it has officially signed on as an Ocean Wise partner. And to celebrate, it’s running its first ever Ocean Wise Festival and I was invited for a tasting of the menu.

Vancouver Fish Company's Ocean Wise Festival 2016 Menu

Food

Not all festival menu items are new; some are simply customer favourites that they want to highlight during this time. First up, Fresh Shucked Zen & Glacier Oysters. According to the restaurant, Zen & Glacier are two lesser used varieties farmed in BC, and they’re more affordable than some more commonly known ones.

Zen reminded me of Kusshi – thinner flesh, delicate, crisp with a cucumber finish.

Fresh Shucked Zen Oysters

Glacier, on the other hand, is more plump in shape.

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The Beer

I recently (OK, maybe not that recently) had the opportunity to attend a release event for a new beer from Central CitySour Brown I Barrel Aged Sour Ale – the first in what will become an expansive Sour program, including upcoming Sour Red, Kreik, and Framboise releases. As people may know, I’m a pretty big fan of sours, so I approached this release with no small amount of expectation.

Sour Brown I Tasting

Sour Brown I Tasting

I wasn’t disappointed. This beer offers an aroma of red wine and sour berries, while the taste is balanced nicely with a smooth sour acidity, a bit of wine tannins, berries and oak. It all came together nicely and honestly, I think it’s an excellent first effort. Gary Lohin deserves a serious high five.

Gary Lohin, Brewmaster, Central City

Gary Lohin, Brewmaster, Central City

The Shock

Sour Brown I BottleI went home that night with a plan to buy two, maybe three bottles depending on the price. I knew it wasn’t going to be available right away at my favourite local beer store so I waited a few weeks. I knew it would be available at the brewery first, likely for a couple dollars less, but I like the convenience of my local store. I just had to make sure I was on the ball, because I didn’t expect a huge quantity available, and it would probably go fast. So I kept checking in until I finally saw it on the shelf.

Then I saw the price. Continue Reading »

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016 Tasting Room had, in my mind, great potential to be the best I have experienced to date. Why? One word…Italy! Yes, the romantic, bold and fabulous world of Italian wines was featured at this year’s wine fest. However, to my surprise, there were more wines I preferred from other countries. Perhaps it was the hype I had built up in my mind that made me expect a taste sensation, but instead, I got a sub-par flavour experience. Having said that, I will still one day venture to Tuscany and drink wine all day while my husband, Bryan the beer columnist, writes his novels (not unlike Joshua Jackson in Shadows in the Sun).

2016 Vancouver International Wine Fest Tasting Room

Most of the wines available for tasting were reds…very rich and very heavy. I love my bold reds but it also has to be balanced and have some complexity to it to make it interesting, and I just didn’t find that with any of the Italian wines. Perhaps some aging would have helped soften the wines and bring out the flavours. That is what some of the winery representatives mentioned as I was sacrificing myself trying as many wines as I could in such a short time…what a tough life!

Please note: Prices listed below are mostly based on the BC Liquor Stores website and may vary depending on monthly promotion, and it will be priced differently at private, independent liquor stores as well. Continue Reading »

The contest is now closed. Thank you all for entering! Congratulations to Montserrat and Anita on winning the two pairs of tickets – have fun!

On March 30, Tasting Plates will take place in the Marpole neighbourhood, along Granville Street between 67th and 74th. The Tasting Plates series give you an opportunity to discover gems in different neighbourhoods. This is the first time Tasting Plates is held in this area, so I’m quite intrigued by what Marpole has to offer.

Tasting Plates

The map is your ticket to all Tasting Plates participating restaurants

Want to join me? This could be your lucky day as we are giving away two pairs of tickets (each pair is valued at $120) to Tasting Plates Marpole on March 30!

4 ways to enter

  1. Leave a blog comment below and suggest a restaurant that we should try next (1 entry)
  2. Visit our Facebook page and Like/Comment on the post related to this contest (1 entry)
  3. Follow @vanfoodies on Instagram, Like the contest photo, and Tag a friend who may be interested in this event. (1 entry per each friend tagged, maximum 5 friends)
  4. Follow @vanfoodies on Twitter, retweet any of the related tweets (there will be at least one) and/or tweet the following (1 entry per eligible tweet)

Contest Deadline: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 3:00pm. Two winners will be chosen at random and contacted within a day. You must be a resident in BC to be eligible to win. Good luck!

For more information about Tasting Plates Marpole, or to purchase tickets, visit tastingplatesyvr.com

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