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By invitation we checked out the brunch menu at the District Brasserie in North Vancouver. As suburbers, normally we wouldn’t trek all the way to North Van for food, but a couple of items on the menu intrigued us so we decided to give it a try.

The District North Vancouver

Food

And turns out they are also customers’ and staff favourites at the District, according to restaurant manager Cynthia. But before our plates arrived, we were treated to their home made Cornbread (vs. scones or muffins at some restaurants) with seasonal coulis – at first glance we thought it was hot sauce or ketchup but it’s actually strawberry coulis. The cornbread was in perfect bite size, moist, and the coulis had just the right amount of sweetness. I would’ve liked the sauce to be slightly thicker so it’s almost spreadable, but dipping in was just as good.

Cornbread with strawberry coulis

Then our plates arrived. First, the Crab Cake Bowl caught my eyes the moment I started studying the menu. It has evolved from the crab cake eggs benny that the restaurant used to offer. Now the two crab cakes sit on a bedding of potatoes, then topped with 2 poached eggs, arugula and Hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes were slightly crispy on the outside, moist inside. (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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For five days in October, the Lonsdale Quay Market ran a food and beverage festival called Savour. Honestly, we don’t go to the North Shore very often because we live in the suburbs, so we don’t know Lonsdale Quay very well. Since the Savour event was free for public to attend, Mr. and I took the opportunity to explore the market.

Savour Market Taste Tour hosted by Kristen at Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting

Savour Market Taste Tour hosted by Kristen at Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting

It tuns out there are a number of hidden gems in the market. We went on the Market Taste Tour, hosted by a Savour sponsor, Kristen from Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting, and visited 7 food vendors:

  • The Soup Meister
  • El Dorado Pies
  • Cilantro & Jalapeno
  • Waterfront Salad Garden
  • The Salmon Shop
  • Screaming Mimi’s
  • Sharky’s Chophouse
Sharky's Chophouse

Sharky’s Chophouse

While we were trying some samples at each store, Kristen told us a little bit about the stores and gave us some tips on some products she uses/buys for her own cooking. Here are some of my takeaways:

  • The Soup Meister‘s soups are very light and homey. It’s not super rich and you won’t feel thirsty after having their soups since they don’t add additives or preservatives and the soups are low in sodium.
Beef Barley (left) and Cream of Chicken with Mushroom

Beef Barley (left) and Cream of Chicken with Mushroom

  • El Dorado‘s pasty is very fluffy, especially the pie crusts and empanadas. Beef empanadas are good.
  • Cilantro & Jalapeno makes their product fresh on-site every morning. I talked to one of the staff, and learned that they hand-cut/chop all their ingredients (think tomatoes and avocado for guacamole, and tomatoes and lots of cilantro for salsa). We tried both the guacamole and salsa with some tortilla chips, and they taste very fresh, as if you are at a party and your host just make them and serve right away.
Nachos with Fresh Guacamole and Salsa

Nachos with Fresh Guacamole and Salsa

  • I have to admit, I’m not a salad person so my knowledge about salad stands are limited (more…)

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UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thank you for participating. Winners will be chosen and announced soon!

Between tomorrow and Sunday Oct 23, Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver is holding a food and beverage festival, Savour. It’s a series of tasty events to help you discover the various food vendors at the market. It includes:

  1. Guided Market Taste Tour
  2. Lunch and Learn Seminars featuring seafood cooking tips, chef demos, wine & cheese pairing and healthy eating
  3. Cordon Bleu Kids – activities for our young chefs-to-be
  4. Contests on Lonsdale Quay’s Facebook and Twitter

Events are free but registrations are required at events@lonsdalequay.com.  Donations will be accepted to support the Harvest Project.

For more information, visit the Lonsdale Quay Market website.

Contest

Many thanks to Lonsdale Quay Market, we have a few $25 gift certificates to give away – you can spend it at any shops and restaurants at Lonsdale Quay Market. Here is how you can enter: (more…)

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No, not the bum you perverted people, or up the bum ’cause you have the demon inside of you (sorry, Hangover 2 joke).

In all seriousness, we are talking about coffee buns.

Their sign is as cute as their shop. Plus that's an ad for their ice cream bun that I have yet to try.

If you are heading to North Vancouver by Seabus, you’ll pass right by it when you head to the market. The little cafe is next to the convenience store.

As soon as we open the door, this sweet doughy scent fills your senses and instantly makes me relaxed (oh yes, that and the smell of really good coffee). The interior isn’t fancy, but that’s not what this place is about. The cafe uses a lot of light wooden materials, making it feel homey and cozy. (more…)

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Overview

The Soup Meister

Often referred to as the best soup place in town, The Soup Meister is a local business that produces soups, stocks and sauces. Located at the Lonsdale Quay, it claims to use only freshest ingredients available in all its products with no preservatives.

The retail outlet sells only a few varieties of “soup of the day”, but most of their business appears to be in frozen goods. The layout of the business is diner-like, with the kitchen/prep area in plain-sight.

What went in

With only three varieties of hot soup available (looks like one was erased, probably sold out earlier) on “tap”, there’s not a whole lot to choose from. We ordered a Mexican Bean and a Seafood Chowder, both in small. Each bowl of soup came with a large bun, which is awesome because I got to make my own bread bowl (best invention ever since the wheel). (more…)

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