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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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Last week I went to the opening party of the Lukes General Store Pop-up on Pender Street in Chinatown. It’s built on the success of Lukes Drug Mart, an independent pharmacy in Calgary that is famous for carrying collections of unique products that are unexpected in a traditional drug store environment.

Lukes General Store Opening Party

The pop-up cafe is at the Space Lab location at 126 East Pender Street. When I walked in I was taken aback by the interior. The Space Lab is filled with all kinds of vintage and antique items, each of them with a price tag and is available for sale. You can find cameras, typewriters, radios, posters, decor and more. What an eclectic collection!

Collection of vintage, antiques and moreCollection of vintage, antiques and moreTypewriters

Antique cameraCollection of vintage, antiques and moreFlipping through vintage posters

The Lukes General Store takes you back to the present time. The coffee machine is brewing some Stumptown Coffee, a very popular coffee roaster from Portland. (more…)

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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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