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Continuing last year’s tradition, Vancouverites once again celebrated Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus, under the big tent at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. This year, they extended the event to run over two weekends. Mr. and I went to the Friday seating on the second weekend, checking out the German-style food, beer, live music and entertainers.

Harvest Haus 2015

Clearly craft beer has become increasingly popular here in Vancouver, so has food and beer pairing. Given Germany is known for its beer, its dishes must be great for beer pairing. We’ve put some food dishes to the test with Samuel Adams, a US craft brewery that I have been spotting at many local food events, supporting and promoting the idea of food and beer pairing.

Samuel Adams Booth

At Harvest Haus, Samuel Adams was serving two brews: Boston Lager, its flagship beer, and OctoberFest, its seasonal beer that emulates the traditional Oktoberfestbier. On its own, the Boston Lager has an amber-ish hue, light and quite easy drinking. It’s a good entry-level craft beer for most, and the taste and mouthfeel is quite suitable for drinking all year long. On the other hand, OctoberFest is similar to brown ale, slightly heavier with more prominent hoppy note, and it’s a good transition beer into the fall season (before we start getting into stout and imperial ale and alike).

Cheers at Harvest Haus

We had our eyes on the Bratwurst from Oyama and Pork Hock (Schweinshaxn) from Yummy Foodies.
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During our search for the best Chinese restaurants in town, we made a stop at Uncle Lu in Richmond. It’s the sister restaurant to Corner 23 on Cambie Street.

Food

Suggested by its Chinese name 萬巒豬腳, the restaurant’s signature dish is its pork hock. My mom is really good at making pork hock dishes so I had high expectations. This Pork Hock was legit! The skin was gelatinous, a little bit fatty, while still giving you a bit of a bite. The meat was tender, well-seasoned and flavourful. They could have done a better job plugging the hair out of the skin, though, as pieces of hair were still visible. The dipping sauce added some garlicky flavour, but it was cold. If the sauce was warm, it would help maintain the temperature of the meat, which would make it even more enjoyable.

Pork Hock

Their Three Cup Chicken is a dry interpretation of this Taiwanese classic. The portions size was quite big here. (more…)

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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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Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

For those who have tried my mom’s cooking, or have seen pictures of her cooking, you know how good of a cook she is. That’s why I don’t need to be a good cook. In fact, I just need to know my food and know how to appreciate her cooking. This Chinese New Year, she put together an awesome menu, making 7 out of the 8 dishes we had:

2013 Chinese New Year Dinner

2013 Chinese New Year Dinner

For Chinese new year, it’s quite normal in Cantonese food culture to make dishes that have special meanings. (more…)

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