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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. (more…)

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In recent years, it has become our Christmas tradition to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market. This year, the Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating its 5th anniversary and of course we wouldn’t want to miss it!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

Vancouver Christmas Market was created to bring Vancouverites the experience of a German Christmas Market. For the last five years, it has offered a mix of food, drinks, Christmas gift ideas, and fun for friends and families.

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

Inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

Grab yourself a souvenir mug and a cup of hot apple cider for the kids, or mulled wine for the adults. The aroma and flavours of cloves, star anise and cinnamon have holidays written all over the mug — and it keeps you warm on a cold chilly day/night!

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There is a good variety of food vendors this year. How about stick-style pastries or chocolate fountain?

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Waffle on a stick and hurricane potato were pretty popular too!

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It was pretty cool to watch them make fresh Turkish pastries on-site!

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To this day, one of our favourite spots for food here is still Black Forest Delicatessen. (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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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.

From the outside

Glowing sausage!

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.

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. (more…)

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A girl’s day out includes a relaxing spa treatment and dinner at La Brasserie on Davie. The catch with La Brasserie is that it doesn’t take reservations, so you have to get there early to secure a table. Luckily, our spa appointment ended at 5:30pm and we were basically right across from the street. We got a table without any hassle.

Food

This is a Franco-German restaurant, so we ordered one each of French and German dish. It’s Saturday night, and the Plats Du Jour (Dish of the Day) was Lobster Thermidor, which was what I ordered. Meat of a whole lobster was taken out and cooked in a cream sauce with chanterelle mushrooms, then re-stuffed back to the shell and topped with a green salad. The sauce was creamy and lobster was not fishy, and I liked the crunchiness of the green salad. While this dish was decent, I found it out of place being among others on the menu. This is a much more refined dish compared to burgers, mussels & frites, rotisserie chicken, etc.

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

For the German dish, my friend picked the Suckling Pig, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. (more…)

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Mr. and I went to a food blogger gathering at Deutsches Haus Restaurant. As it’s the dining room of the Vancouver Alpen Club, I was looking forward to a treat to some authentic German food.

Food

When this dinner was first initiated, the sole purpose was to try the festplatte. It’s a German meat platter for 4 people. How meaty, you ask? Here’s the list:

  • 1 eisbein (pork hock)
  • 2 kassler (pork loin)
  • 2 bratwurst
  • 2 leberkäse (meat loaf, similar to bologna sausage or spam)
  • 1 schweineschnitzel (breaded pork schnitzel)
festplatte

festplatte

Plus mashed potatoes, dumplings, red cabbage and sauerkraut – that’s a huge variety of food for $20 per person! I automatically opted in for this while Mr. ordered a Zigeunerschnitzel on his own. All pork schnitzel dishes were on special that day, $15 including a pint of Warsteiner Draught (instead of $18-19 a plate + ~$6-7  a beer)  – that reminds me of the Long Table Series at Irish Heather.

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