Tasting Plates Coquitlam – Recap

This week, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates introduced a gaggle of hungry foodies to the global flavours of Coquitlam.  Whether locals or visitors to the Metro Vancouver suburb, many were surprised by the array of global inspiration found in the dishes prepared by the chefs at the participating restaurants.

From the Malaysian roots of PappaRoti, to the Korean street-style snacks at Seoul Truck Street Food, the Filipino dishes at Kulinarya, or the Latin American tastes at Polito’s Latin Cafe, all the cultures washed down with European inspired locally made brews at Mariner Brewing.  For those of us who don’t venture out to Coquitlam often, we expected some new discoveries but were surprised to find we weren’t alone, even the locals we spoke to were finding new spots to try out again in the near future.

Over the evening Tasting Platers were welcomed to visit and taste the following locations;

PappaRoti: a recent addition to Coquitlam, the dependable cafe offered their Signature coffee caramel coated Roti Bun and a coconut cream filled Coconut Rollie plus and Ice Blended Signature Chocolate, Karak Tea or JJ Bean Coffee. The perfect combination to get us off and running to explore the area’s other offerings.

Seoul Truck Street Food: within an unassuming second floor food court in Henderson Place Mall, the surprising site of a food truck gives you a clue to the style of snacks being served by this Korean kitchen on wheels.  The K-Town Sandwich, is a soft bun filled with crispy Dak-Gang-Jeong (Korean Fried Popcorn Chicken), either Red Pepper Spicy, Soy or Garlic flavoured. As a side snack, fried Ddeok-Ko-Chi (rice cakes) came in two flavours; Red (sweet & spicy sauce) or Yellow (cheddar cheese sprinkled with sugar).

Polito’s Latin Cafe: just down the street but half a world away, the large, airy cafe offers Latin American flavours to its food fans. El Salvador’s favourite dish, mini Pupusas, were a soft, thick filled corn tortilla topped with curtido (cabbage slaw & tomato sauce), Vigorón from Nicaragua, is a cabbage salad, yuca and chicharones on Banana Leaf.  Patacones “Tostones” take inspiration from Columbia as the deep fried Plantain is topped with vegetables and meat.  To compliment the trio of dishes and quench our thirst a zesty, creamy Horchata or a refreshing Jamaica were just right.

Kulinarya: a stop at a strip mall finds us in a quaint Filipino Cafe where we were served bite-sized BBQ Pork skewers, Lumping Shanghai (spring rolls) and a sweet take out container piled with Rice Noodles tossed with a light sauce and crisp vegetables.


Mariner Brewing: Coquitlam’s first craft brewery was the final spot on our Tasting Plates adventure.  Following four flavourful restaurants, what better than four flavourful brews to finish the evening.  A flight of Northeast IPA, Golden IPA, Horizon Pale Ale and Night Sky Mocha Stout gave us a nice look at what Mariner Brewing is brewing.

Besides the food, one of Tasting Plates best features is the ability to get us out of our comfort zone (neighbourhood) and discovering and trying new locations and chefs around the city.

If this sounds appealing to you, join Vancouver Foodster and other food fans on the next adventure; Tasting Plates East Village is coming April 18, 2018.


Spring Equinox Celebration with Vinoscenti Vineyard

Raise a glass to the beginning of Spring as Surrey’s Vinoscenti Vineyards present the first of their European Wine & Culture 2018 Series.  Future events in the series will highlight France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. To start the series, celebrate the vernal equinox in the authentic German style while learning and enjoying the wine and culture.

Tickets are on sale now for the German Spring Equinox Celebration but you could win your way to the special evening.   Vinoscenti Vineyards owner and International Wine & Spirit Judge and Educator, Dr. Clinton Lee, will welcome ticket holders to the Vineyards with a glass of German styled wine & charcuterie before presenting a brief introduction to German culture and wines.
Then mix and mingle with other guests on the veranda while grazing the spread of German food catered by the Vancouver Alpen Club, including German sausage, Sauerkraut, freshly made German pretzels, and traditional German cheesecake.  Dr. Lee will also welcome questions from the audience and offer a chance to win prizes.  At 8:15pm the fantastic German dance group, The Alpen Platters will perform a traditional and entertaining Schuhplattler dance.  The entertaining evening runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, $65 tickets including everything mentioned above are on sale now on Eventbrite. 

CONTEST: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. Thanks to Vinoscenti Vineyard you can win your way to the German Spring Equinox Celebration on Wednesday, March 21rd,  Vinoscenti Vineyards, 15560 Colebrook Road, Surrey, BC

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would join you to sip and celebrate at the German Spring Equinox Celebration with Vinoscenti Vineyard and Vancouver Alpen Club (1 entry)

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random.

Tasting Plates Heads To Coquitlam March 14th

Just as the SkyTrain extension has made Coquitlam more accessible for those in other suburbs, Vancouver Foodster is taking Tasting Plates on the road to find the diverse tastes that lay beyond Vancouver. Tasting Plates Coquitlam takes place March 14th, encompassing the area from Lincoln Lake Station and south towards downtown.

As always the participating establishments will present a Tasting Plate or Tasting Cup that they feel best exemplifies their kitchen.  Once the patrons check-in and pick up their Tasting Plates map and card, they are welcomed to roam the region and explore the establishments at their leisure.  Grab your family and foodie friends to join you in discovery of the tastes of Coquitlam

The participating restaurants for Tasting Plates Coquitlam include;

Polito’s Latin Cafe – 942 Westwood St.

Paparoti – 100-1196 Pinetree Way

Seoul Truck Streed Food – Henderson Place Mall 2082 – 1163 Pinetree Way

Mariner Brewing – H-1100 Lansdowne Dr

Kulinarya Filipino Cuisine – 2922 Glen Dr

Advance Tickets for Tasting Plates Coquitlam are on sale from Eventbrite for $45 until March 11th


3rd Annual Pizza Palooza Corners Vancouver Pizza

Wednesday night, the snow was coming down but the pizza ovens were heating up Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza.  Guests visited all corners of downtown Vancouver to try out some of the city’s pizzas and flatbreads.  From Neapolitan, to Lebanese, and Indian, to Roman, the ovens and flattops were cranking out the pies for the crowds of guests exploring the world of flavours.

To start off the night, the Pizza Palooza check-in location, Living Produce Aisle in Yaletown brought out some palate cleansing and healthy fresh juices made some some of their wholesome house-grown greens.


Then we were off, and pizza hunting.

One of Yaletown Davie Street’s newest spots Manoush’eh, is a recent winner of the Vancouver Foodster 2018 Flatbread Challenge, and you could taste why from their layers of Lebanese flavours in their offerings.  A dual serving of Falafel Flatbread (house-made falafel mix coated flatbread topped with tahini, tomatoes, pickled turnip and parsley) and Lahm be Ajeen (a thin crust, open face meat pie with organic spiced ground beef, with diced tomatoes and onion)


Just a couple blocks away, a traditional Neapolitan pizza becomes a one of a kind creation as a “You Build” pie from Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria.  Starting with a hand-stretched 6 inch dough we chose from dozens of sauces, meats, vegetable and cheese toppings before our own creations were fired into the stone oven.



Further along Davie Street, into the West End, Davie Dosa Company turned their Indian pancakes into Indian pizza by topping their dosa with curried lamb on one half and vegetables (bell peppers, tomato, carrot, cottage cheese and cilantro) on the other half.  Alongside a zesty lentil soup dip, coconut and tomato/ginger chutneys added more flavour to the Indian pizzas.

Crossing the city to Gastown, the recent addition to the neighbourhood, Ignite Pizzeria Express near Waterfront Station offered a pair of slices from their rotating selection of artisan Neapolitan style pizzas.  The Ignite crew was quickly turning out a variety of topping combinations hot from their oven, like Four Formaggi, Spicy Soppressata, Pesto Chicken, Fresh Ricotta and others.

Finally the original Gastown location of Stretch Roman Pizza Co. offered another pizza pair; Pancetta e Scamozza (pancetta parmigiano and smoked mozzarella) plus Caprese Pizza (bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil) piled on their signature long stretched soft dough.

With the snow lightening up during the evening, the 3rd Annual Vancouver Foodster Pizza Palooza was a great evening of flavour exploration.  If this sounds appealing join the next Vancouver Foodster event, Tasting Plates Coquitlam coming March 14th

Get your tickets for Vancouver Foodster Pizza Palooza – Feb 21

Pizza Pizza Pizza! Early bird tickets are on sale now for Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza.   Get your fill of great pies as you explore Vancouver’s pizzerias and experience the different styles of pizza and flatbreads from across the world.

A roaming food tour, Pizza Palooza invites food lovers and friends to meet up and register at the to-be-designated restaurant, pick up their Pizza Palooza passport then set off and find what great tastes the participating restaurants are offering for the guests.  From Neapolitan to Roman to NY-Style and even South Indian and Lebanese are some of the flavours to find upon the tossed and stretched dough.

The restaurants featured on the 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza include;

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria – 808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Ignite Pizzeria – 508 West Cordova, Vancouver

Davie Dosa Company – 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Manoush’eh – 620 Davie Street, Vancouver

Stretch Roman Pizza Co. – 415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Find more details about the restaurants and get tickets online 
Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale online from Eventbrite
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before February 11, 2018
Advance Tickets $45 per person after February 11, 2018
Regular $60 per person after February 18, 2018


5 Lunar New Year Festival 2018 Events

Chinese New Year is known as the largest mass human migration in the world, as millions of Chinese make visits to their home countries, towns and family, to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Vancouver and Richmond have many events for those of the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and other communities who can’t make the trip home or are returning home to visit.

Weeks of events to commemorate the Lunar New Year Festival include:

Lunar Fest 2018 at the newly renovated Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza welcomes the whole family and their four-legged friends with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets over two weekends; Feb 18, 24 and 25, as well as events at Oakridge and Vancouver Playhouse.

Fly Over Canada – a spectacular double bill ‘flies’ over Canada and then follows through the peaks and valleys of China’s vibrant landscape in the Flight Of The Dragon, until February 18th

Lanterns in the Garden fill the Dr Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese Garden with lanterns, food, activities of a traditional YUAN XIAO (Lunar Month) lantern festival,  for three weekends from February 16th to March 4th.

International Village Mall, Aberdeen Centre, Oakridge Centre  and other Shopping Centres all around Metro Vancouver are hosting Chinese and Lunar New Year events;  Exhibits, Craft & Flower Market, Stage Performances, Dragon and Lion Dances, Kids Activities, Prizes and more fill the Malls through the New Year.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival, rings in the new year with a bang on February 18th as firecrackers crack through the sounds of spectators and revellers lining the route of the 45th Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets. After the parade watch for ‘the Lions’ as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

For more Vancouver and Richmond events and information visit lunarfestival.com

Get Tickets for Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant – Feb 7th.

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates starts 2018 with a visit to Mount Pleasant.  The ever changing East Vancouver neighbourhood is due for another tour from the roaming restaurant hunt.
Join friends and foodies on Wednesday February 7, 2018, for a taste of the ‘hood, along Main Street, between 3rd and 16th. The eclectic neighbourhood is sure to tantalize taste buds as you explore.
Check in at the registration establishment, then set off and find out what the locales’ restaurant chefs and cafe owners have created for their tasting plates and cups.  Along with way visit with fellow food enthusiasts, the chefs and owners themselves.
Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant includes Mexican restaurant Maizel, 2815 Main St, Ignite Pizzeria, 2588 Main St, Panidor Cafe Bakery 3080 Main St plus more establishments to be added.
Get $35 early-bird tickets, on sale now until January 23rd. After January 23rd, $45 advance tickets are on sale until February 4th, then $60 tickets last minute.   Tickets are available on Eventbrite