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While we were in the Okanagan, of course Hester Creek wasn’t the only winery we visited. On this trip, we ventured out to Summerland, specifically the Bottleneck Drive area, and we discovered Evolve Cellars.

Evolve Cellars was open in 2015 and above the tasting room is e, its dining room. Simple decor – white wall, white table cloth, with big window panes overlooking a gorgeous view of its vineyard and Lake Okanagan. Bryan, Kathryn, Mr. and I made a lunch reservation prior to getting there, and we’re patting our back for making a good choice.

View of Evolve Cellars

Food

e’s lunch menu is quite interesting. I like that they incorporate their wine into many of the dishes. We shared a few appies, including the Seared Scallops. There was nice caramelization on one side of the scallops, the scallops were cooked to the right temperature, tender and sweet. The roasted corn salsa gave it some smokey flavours and crunch. For us, they were served on a spoon and it made a perfect bite (Mr. really liked it, because he always wants “a bit of everything in each bite”).

Seared Scallops

The Bruschetta was probably my least favourite appetizer. Don’t get me wrong, it was quite good.

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Another Dine Out dinner that we did this year was a re-visit to the Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Kitsilano. I still remember Mr.‘s meat sweat over his 16oz ribeye when we went there a few years ago. This time around, I’ve arranged a big group – all 9 members of our Garibaldi Beer Club, which also includes Kathryn, Bryan and Mr. The Oakwood had a very appealing menu and I was surprised that I was able to make reservations during prime time (6pm) on a Sunday evening.

The beer club doesn’t usually eat out together. We usually go over to someone’s place, bring over some food and/or beer, and enjoy each other’s company potluck style. So to remember this milestone, in this post not only will I share my experience at the dinner, but I will also include comments from fellow beer club members.

Food

Mr. ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. I was expecting one or two pieces of regular-size fried chicken, but to my surprise, they were bite-size nuggets. “Though simple presentation,” according to Mr., “the succulent fried chicken pieces were perfectly balanced by the acidity of the fennel salad.”

Buttermilk fried chicken

For the Lemon Pepper Calamari, DV said: “the lemon pepper was a unique take on calamari, not the Greek style most people would be accustomed to.” I really liked the lemon pepper seasoning dusted on the outside of each calamari piece; the calamari was tender and cooked just right. The rouille sauce (the red sauce) and the garlic aioli added creaminess and spices to the dish. (more…)

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Last year, Beach Bay Cafe popped up in the space where Raincity Grill used to be. Since then, they’ve made some slight adjustments on the menu direction, as well as found a new executive chef, so with their Dine Out participation, I decided to give it a try.

Food

To start, Mr. ordered the Seafood Chowder. It’s creamy, wasn’t super thick, yet loaded with lots of ingredients. Every spoonful there were chunks of potato and carrot and seafood such as shrimp, mussels and squid. There’s smokiness and savoury flavours coming from the bacon as well as crispy leeks. I had a few spoons and I quite liked it; Mr. had most of it and thought it’s a bit too salty for him.

seafood chowder

For an extra $4, I had 1/2 Dozen Oysters for appetizer. The night’s feature was Little Wing oysters; they were not too big in size, but had a deep cup shell. The flesh tasted clean and crisp with a hint of sweetness. I’ve never had this kind before and thought they were pretty good. The oysters were paired with an apple mignonette, which was on the sweet side, so you had to add a squeeze of lemon juice to bring a bit more acidity.

half dozen west coast oyster

I’ve ordered mostly seafood dishes during Dine Out, so I switched things up with an order of the Confit Duck Leg. Wow loved the crispy skin on the duck leg! (more…)

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Trees Organic is no stranger to me, as I often schedule coffee meet at the centrally-located Granville store. I have also bought its cheesecakes for birthdays before, a bit pricey but they are very good. So when I heard that they are running a promo on National Cheesecake Day on July 30, I jumped on the opportunity to learn more about it.

Trees Organic Granville

On Wednesday, July 30, and that day only, all Trees Organic store will be selling their cheesecakes at half price. That means you can get a slice of their cheesecake at the very affordable price of $3.5-$3.75 or a whole cheesecake starting at $10 each.

Celebrate National Cheesecake Day

Talking to the Director of Operations, Chris, I learned that they make their cheesecakes in-house at the Kits location then ship to all other stores. The process takes about 2 days from start to ready-to-serve, so the bakers probably have been quite busy getting ready for National Cheesecake Day, and if they run out, they are out!

Cheesecake ShowcaseCheesecake Showcase

In addition to the regular flavours, right now they are featuring the Mango Splash. Not only does it have mango flavour but it also has real mango pieces, I mean big chunks of mango inside the cheesecake. (more…)

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Dine Out Vancouver officially kicked off on January 18 and right away I started on the eating. Typically, downtown is the destination to go for Dine Out, but a number of North Shore restaurants have some tempting menus and so, we decided to venture out. On this first night of DOV, my parents and I went to Fishworks in North Vancouver.

Dine Out at Fishworks

Dine Out at Fishworks

Food

Since there were 3 of us, it was the perfect opportunity to try every dish on the DOV menu. Let’s start with the appetizers.

The Dungeness Crab was probably the tastiest of the three. It was a coconut soup with a crab claw in its perfect form. The soup was creamy, reminding me of Thai curry with lots of coconut milk. I could also taste a hint of heat in the soup.

Dungeness crab

Dungeness crab – in coconut soup with enoki mushrooms

The Qualicum Beach Scallops was the most creative appetizer. (more…)

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What were you craving throughout the month of June? According to the Canadian Living magazine, it’s CHEESECAKE! It was the No. 1 search term during  June 2011 (also for  April 2011) – and it went up 56% compared to June 2010.

The same report also gave us a glimpse of general food trends. So compared to the same time last year, what has become the “in” thing to have?

  • Pizza dough (for homemade pizza)
  • Rhubarb (it’s true – I’ve had a few things rhubarb in June!)
  • Cheesecake (can’t really tell – I always crave a nice slice of cheesecake)
  • Chicken breasts (my opinion must not have counted for this – never a fan)
  • Chicken thighs (OK, how can both chicken breasts and thighs make the list?!)

Time for a piece of good cheesecake. Mmm…

Does this match what you had at home and/or ate out last month? Were you craving some cheesecake last month? What are you craving right now?

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The first time I walked by the Trees Organic on Granville, the awning that reads “Best Cheesecake in Vancouver” immediately caught my attention. After some research, it was the Province newspaper that crowned them one of the five great places for cheesecake in Vancouver. Having to meet up with a friend over coffee, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and set Trees Organic as our meet-up spot.

Food

Trees Organic promotes that they use organic, fairtrade beans. While I was there, I had a cup of Latte (sorry, no picture). Specialty drinks are tricky to make and the flavours vary from cafe to cafe. I quite enjoyed this latte. The foam was frothy and the coffee itself wasn’t bitter like some other ones. Only wish it’s slightly hotter.

Because I still had dinner plan, I couldn’t enjoy the cheesecake in-store. Instead, I ordered two slices to go: Mango Cheesecake and Mocha Cheesecake. The downside of to-go is that they don’t come with whipped cream. And when I had to travel for an hour before I got home, my cheesecakes melted a little and flopped, and the fridge just couldn’t revive them.

Mango and Mocha cheesecakes to-go

Mango and Mocha cheesecakes to-go

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed them. (more…)

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