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This year’s Dine Out has 4 menu price points: $15, $25, $35 and $45. Not many places offer a $15 menu but I was most intrigued by Popina on Granville Island. The restaurant concept is created by some of the most celebrated chefs in Vancouver. The space is made up of shipping containers, located right by the Granville Island Public Market.

Popina on Granville Island

Popina on Granville Island

The $15 menu is pretty straightforward. A sandwich + a side of fries and its signature puffcream for dessert. CC and I went there on the sunny Sunday afternoon, 3 hours before our dinner reservation. Luckily for us, because it’s just counter service, we were able to just order one set and share between the two of us.

Popina on Granville Island

Food

For the sandwich, you have the option of BC Beef Cheeseburger or Crispy Chicken Burger. We chose the Crispy Chicken Burger.

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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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It has been a couple of year since Mama Lam and I went to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for its signature Afternoon Tea. Back then, it was still at the 900 West Lounge on the ground floor. This year, as they are giving the ground floor space a face lift, they temporarily turned the 15th floor ball room into The Roof, continuing its service of breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I thought, why not taking afternoon tea to a new height?! I decided to take Mama Lam there for a Mother’s Day celebration.

The Roof at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Food

We went on the Saturday instead of Sunday. Believe it or not, a day difference equals $10 difference in price. The Afternoon Tea is priced at $49 per person where on Mother’s Day it’s $59.

As usual, we were given an extensive tea menu with a variety of black, green, white and herbal tea. This time I chose the Lovers Leap, a floral black tea. Not super fragrant on the nose, but as you drink it, it had a lot of floral note on the palette.

Lovers Leap in a Tea Pot

Interestingly, the afternoon tea was more than just the typical tiered tower of scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. We first received a Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries. You can see the vanilla bean seeds in the panna cotta; the panna cotta was creamy with the right texture and the fresh berries made a good pairing.

Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

And then there’s more! We also got an Asparagus Tart and Apple & Chicken Roll. (more…)

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March 20 will be declared BC Veggie Day in a special proclamation to celebrate the annual springtime arrival of locally greenhouse grown vegetables from BC’s 42 greenhouse growers located throughout the Lower Mainland. There will be a celebration party at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 11am to 2pm on that day.

BC Veggie Day on March 20 (Photo from BC Veggie Day website)

BC Veggie Day on March 20 (Photo from BC Veggie Day website)

I’m quite excited about this campaign because this is very close to my heart. Watching the campaign video and familiar faces of local growers brought back memories of my work in the greenhouse vegetable industry, marketing and educating the public about this industry. It opened my eyes about greenhouse vegetable production, the zero use of herbicides, pest control using an integrated pest management program, the extended availability of product, and the superb quality of product thanks to the perfect climate inside a greenhouse. I learned that greenhouse vegetables are just as good as organic and you don’t have to pay a premium for them.

At the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza on March 20, there will be a pop-up greenhouse filled with plants and “good” bugs from the Bug Factory, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, a first ever pop-up restaurant by Earls and food trucks Verinicey Pankoras and Mangal Kiss. For more information, visit bcgreenhousegrown.com.

I will see you there!

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In celebration of Australia Day on January 26, I was invited to an event last week called Restaurant Australia. It’s put on by Tourism Australia and Wine Australia to promote Australia as a food & drink travel destination.

The event started with welcome speeches from Tourism Australia, Wine Australia and Chef John Placko.

Speech from Tourism AustraliaSpeech from Wine AustraliaChef John Placko

Of course, there was plenty of food and wine to go around. The menu, created by Australian-born Chef John Placko, featured unique ingredients found in various regions in Australia.

Food prepping

Food

Here is what I tried:

New South Wales: Sous vide prawns, caramelized onion sponge, toasted macadamia crumbs, dill fluid gel

Sous vide prawns

Queensland/The Great Barrier Reef: Buderim ginger & lime spiked barramundi, wilted greens and Australian olive oil

Buderim ginger & lime spiked barramundi

Victoria: White Stripe Lamb seasoned with forest berry and Murray River salt flakes, minted cucumbers and beetroot meringue (more…)

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Bob Blumer’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants is returning for another season and he’s hosting a dinner to preview some of the new episodes. Remembering how much fun it was the last time, I accepted the invitation and went to the dinner with JN.

Season 2 of World's Weirdest Restaurants

Season 2 of World’s Weirdest Restaurants

It was held at the Electric Owl on Main Street, and greeting us at the table was a headlamp. Ahh we know we’re in for some fun!

Headlamp waiting at the table

Headlamp waiting at the table

Bob Blumer came on stage and gave us a brief introduction. Once again we would have a 4-course dinner that was inspired by some of the restaurants Bob visited. Before each dish was served, we got to view the segment of the featured restaurant. (more…)

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Have you heard? Yew Restaurant + Bar has set up a pop-up shop at Holt Renfrew for a month. Running til April 12, Yew at Holts carries sandwiches, salads and desserts for you to pick up on-the-go. The other day, my coworker TC and I stopped by and picked up a few things to bring back to the office.

Yew at Holts

Yew at Holts

Food

The menu is pretty straightforward, 3 sandwiches, 3 salads and 5 desserts. Sandwiches and salads are $10 each, desserts are $4 each, taxes are already included.

Food Display

Food Display

After perusing the menu board and food display, we decided to share one sandwich, a salad and a dessert. (more…)

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