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Traditionally it’s not in our culture to celebrate Thanksgiving. Instead, we celebrate Moon Festival (aka Mid Autumn Festival). But this year, as newlyweds, we did something different and invited 4 friends over for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Courtesy of Echelon Foods, we received one of their Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roasts and that was the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, it’s a turducken roast with Italian sausage stuffing and wrapped with bacon. A 3kg meaty goodness. It’s going to be an epic dinner!

Echelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium RoastEchelon Foods Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roast

Preparation was quite simple. (more…)

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We are only a few days away from Halloween, so we made some monster fingers to celebrate the occasion. We adapted from a recipe on beanpanda.com and made some changes. This is super easy to make and there are ways to involve your kids (or the kids in you)!

Monster Finger Recipe

Ingredients

  • 50g Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 10g Whisked Egg (or Liquid Eggs)
  • 90g Low Gluten Flour (Cake Flour)
  • 20g Almond Powder
  • 16 Raw Almond (Approximate)

Monster Finger Cookies (more…)

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Yesterday marked the opening of Harvest Haus, the first major Oktoberfest-themed festival in Vancouver. We were invited to check out the opening night and it was just so festive under the big tents at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. There was German style food, beer, live music and entertainers. Grab yourself a stein and some gulden, and enjoy a couple beer and a few tasty bites.

This kicked off the four-day celebration of the German festival filled with great food and of course, beer. Event details and ticket information can be found at www.harvest-haus.com.

Here are some photos of the opening night:

PerformersStein and GuldenFood Station
Rotisserie Pork Hock and ChickenRoasted Pork HockBeer Station
Beer!!Patisserie and Pretzel HausUnder the big tents
Tapping the first caskFilling the SteinLive Entertainment

Click here to view my Harvest Haus album on Flickr.

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Earlier this week, I went to the launch party of Grain Tasting Bar at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. This contemporary yet rustic lounge has been open for several months but they only just held an official party to celebrate its launch.

The decor of Grain is very sophisticated but the use of wood adds the down-to-earth feel to it. It uses retractable window panes to let fresh air/summer breeze come in, while enhancing the unique downtown street view that it offers.

Similar to Mosaic Bar & Grille, Grain’s menu, while being much simpler, features local and seasonal products. Oyama Sausage, R&B, Long Table Distillery, and Gelderman Farms are some of the local suppliers that Grain sources their ingredients from.

At the event, I sampled a couple of its cocktails. The Bangkok Mule is a whisky-based cocktail with ginger puree, yuzu juice and simple syrup. It’s simple, but it packs a punch thanks to the ginger puree. There’s a spicy after-taste that, surprisingly, is quite refreshing. I also tried one of its newest addition, a tangerine cocktail (I’m going to get the name soon!). Citrus is one of my favourite flavours when it comes to cocktail (lychee would be the other one), so I was glad that Michael, Hyatt’s Director of Food & Beverage, recommended this drink. It’s loaded with tangerine flavours, though more on the sweet side. Both cocktails were so yummy I could have a few more of those before realizing that I probably had just a few too many!

In terms of bites, they kept it simple at the party (more…)

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Last week, we were invited to the launch party of Railtown Catering, a sister company of Railtown Cafe. The catering division taps into a niche market — luxury catering.

Railtown Catering Launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery

Railtown Catering Launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery

Given its target audience and staying true to its offering, there was no shortage of luxurious canapes and bites at the launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery. Frankly I had my doubts before I got there; I’ve been to a few big launch parties and often restaurants would fail on at least one component, such as food quality or quantity, staffing, service, and space planning. Not in this case. Everything was so well prepared: a wide variety of dishes, nice presentation, delicious food, quick refills, friendly staff — if this were meant to demonstrate how they’d perform when catering an event, I would not hesitate to book them for my next fancy party (lol!).

The canapes were well executed with great flavours; I saw an army of cooks and chefs working very hard in the back! My favourite would be the Fresh Oysters (thanks to the Asian-inspired dressing), Green Asparagus Flan, Beet Cured Hamachi, Sauteed Forest Mushrooms, and Beer Battered Halibut. I’ll let the pictures do the talking… (more…)

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The W Network Series Come Dine With Me Canada is looking for foodies in Vancouver to join in the fun!

Come Dine With Me Canada is a half-hour series that follows five strangers as they compete to throw the perfect dinner party for their fellow amateur chefs. Throughout the week, competitors will take turn to host a dinner party to impress others with scrumptious food, sparkling decor and stimulating conversation. At the end of the night, each diner rates the party. When the week is over, the top rated host or hostess wins a $1,000 cash prize and bragging rights as the “host with the most”

Do you enjoy throwing parties at your home? Are you looking to test your cooking and hosting skills? Have you got what it takes to throw the perfect dinner party?

If you are interested, email comedinewithme@propertelevision.com. Every application is reviewed and carefully considered.

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