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Continuing our journey from Part 1 of the Dishcrawl West End tour, we kept on heading eastward from Hida Takayama Ramen and arrived at the door of Forage Restaurant. You would remember my interview with its Executive Chef, Chris Whittaker, a couple of weeks ago, so yes, I did know ahead of time that we would be coming here for a tasting trio. I was quite looking forward to this stop.

Forage Restaurant

Forage Restaurant

Forage Restaurant (1300 Robson Street)

Once again, each table is given three full-size plates to share. First of all, the Nettle Gnocchi with Brown Butter was very good. It’s slightly crispy on the outside, and pillowy inside. The brown butter added extra richness, savouriness and nutty taste to the dish. I don’t eat gnocchi often, but other ones I’ve had tend to be more doughy, whereas this one seemed to have more potato content. It’s almost like pan-fried mashed potato balls.

Nettle gnocchi with brown butter

Nettle gnocchi with brown butter

True to its Farm-to-Table and seasonal concept, the next dish features the Foraged Mushrooms that are currently in season. This is a very simple dish, but that’s also the best way to let the ingredients shine in their own light. (more…)

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On the weekend Mr. and I went on this snowshoeing tour put on by Natural Trekking, a Valentine’s Day gift from Mr..  It’s an evening hike up the Bowen Lookout Winter Trail on the Cypress Mountain. It’s a moderate hike, approximately 1 hour each way – perfect for newbies like us. Now, you must be wondering, what does snowshoeing have to do with food? Well, I’d be wondering the same thing, too.

The hike up to the Bower Island Lookout

The hike up to the Bower Island Lookout

Turns out this wonderful gift from Mr. included a treat midway through our hike (he probably knew I couldn’t be convinced to go snowshoeing unless there’s some kind of incentives).

Up, up we go!

Up, up we go!

What a brilliant idea! We spent an hour hiking in the snow, temperature continued to drop as we climbed higher and sun was setting; then we were greeted with a warm, yummy chocolate fondue when we got to the viewpoint. I was expecting a gazebo of some sort, but no, it’s out in the open with seats built with snowbanks.

Fondue at the viewpoint

Fondue at the viewpoint

It’s actually really cool (pun intended) the way how it was set up.  (more…)

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