Contest: Watch Germany Defend World Cup Title at Vancouver Alpen Club

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 begins June 14th, kicking off a month of the beautiful game, with defending champion Germany gunning for their fifth title. 

Over 31 days, millions of fans will witness 32 teams, 64 matches over 12 venues in 11 cities. Both Iceland and Panama are making their debut while 20 teams are returning to the world cup finals including defending champions, Germany.

To help celebrate the excitement of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Vancouver Alpen Club is opening early for all the Germany matches in Russia.  Local German fans will gather to watch the live broadcasts on the big screen in the ballroom.  DJ Dean will help keep the crowd entertained in match breaks and sponsor, Erdinger, will be giving away a team jersey each match.


General admission tickets are just $5; and a limited number of VIP seats will be available each match for $30 including premium front row seating, food specials and a beer, as well as an Erdinger special edition soccer glass.  

Vancouver Alpen Club, the best spot to watch German matches, is offering a lucky reader, a pair of VIP viewing tickets to Germany’s opening match versus Mexico on June 17th, at 8am (doors open at 7:30am).

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your World Cup viewing experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag a World Cup Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #WorldCup VIP experience via @jminter #contest #GERvMEX

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, June 11, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access.


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.


Strathcona Beer Company celebrates first anniversary.

This weekend, Strathcona Beer Company is celebrating their one-year anniversary, by launching a special edition birthday beer. Called Primo, a Double IPA, launches with a weekend long open house with brewery tours. In addition, they will release new branded clothing and feature an art installation in the tasting room from infamous New York graffiti legend, KR. 

Strathcona Beer Company is located on the corner of East Hastings and Campbell Street in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood.  The world class beer company and tasting room has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite for both locals and visitors from outside the area. In their first year, they have experienced substantial growth with their lineup of classic, local and international beer styles, winning several awards, while constantly striving to push the boundaries of craft beer and design.

Strathcona Beer Company’s collective interests in art, music, skateboarding and design have influenced all aspects of the brand’s contribution to the craft beer scene.They are a community based brewery that is focused on supporting local, from charitable and non-profit groups to incorporating local ingredients into their product.

“We are proud to be located in the Strathcona neighbourhood working in collaboration with local artists like Andrew Dadson and Matt Aiken along with international creators such a Rob Cristofaro from Alife and Craig Costello from Krink.” says Strathcona Beer Company President, Tim Knight.  This has been a year of learning, improving and being humbled by the incredible growth we have experienced to date. We look forward to our second year in business and what we will be able to accomplish together as a team and community.”

Strathcona Beer Company’s Primo Double IPA is a limited release and will be available exclusively for tasting and purchase in the brewery’s tasting room (895 East Hastings St.) starting today Friday, November 17th, a perfect present for the beer lover on your Christmas list.  An official anniversary party for customers also takes place tonight from 6pm to 11pm with music by special guest DJ Flipout.

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)


The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at



CONTEST: Win a Night at Oktoberfest Vancouver

Thank you for entering, this contest is now closed. 
Oktoberfest Munich starts tomorrow, September 16th bringing thousands of visitors to another edition of the world’s largest volksfest.   If you can’t make it to Germany, the Vancouver Alpen Club is the place to celebrate Oktoberfest right here at home.

OktoberfestFor over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been the city’s main Oktoberfest celebration.   Starting Friday, October 6th, 2017, festivities take place every Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends.   Live music from The Continentals as well as a DJ mixing tunes encourages the masses to kick up their heels.
OktoberfoodTraditional Bavarian cuisine, like spätzle, schnitzel, and sausage fills bellies while mugs are filled with German ale.  Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and for the first year Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen bringing centuries of brewing history to the kegs in Vancouver.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ daily visitors.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club is giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the October 6th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including two classic Schnitzel Meals to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter #contest #dasoriginal

Like & Comment on Facebook tagging the person you’d bring on your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, October 2, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.


On The Bab – Korean Street Food in London

On our recent trip to London we discovered the Covent Garden version of On The Bab – Korean Street Food restaurant.  The small, rustic cafe is tucked amongst pubs, cafes, shops, and museums near Covent Garden, making it an easy spot to stop while exploring the iconic central London destination.  With a mix of tourists and lunchtime office workers the busy cafe can have a line-up but the turnover is quick so on our visit we waited less than 5 minutes.  From observation we noticed it has a large take-away following, most likely from the many offices and institutions nearby.  If the line is long, grab your order to-go and eat while people-watching at Covent Garden.


We had first heard about On The Bab from a Korean Englishman YouTube video English people try Korean Chicken and Beer!!  Having seen much praise of it, I had to try Chimaek – Korean Chicken and Maekju (beer, in Korean).
At On The Bab they serve Yangyum Chicken, spicy boneless Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) with crushed peanuts in a choice of flavours; soy ginger, sweet spicy, garlic mayo, or seasoned spring onion.  For the Maekju I choose a cold bottle of Korean Hite Lager. The crisp, chill of the beer nicely cuts the spice, and compliments the crunch of the chicken.

Baek Ban

For his selection, Billy tried Baek Ban, nicely cooked and seasoned bulgolgi beef and rice with salad and fresh kimchi served bento style reminiscent of his school days.




Chicken Kun Mandu

Along with the Chimaek & Baek Ban, we tried Chicken Kun Mandu, nicely flavoured plump pan-fried dumplings.







Octopus & Prawn Salad

The Octopus & Prawn Salad, a blend of seafood and shredded veggies was as fresh as it was spicy.





We enjoyed everything we tried at On The Bab, and would definitely share more from their Korean Street Food menu the next time we visit London.

On The Bab has four outlets around London, Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Marylebone, and St Paul’s. Visit online to find directions, and menus for each outlet.

Introducing Adult-Only Playland Nights for 2017

Have you ever visited Playland and felt the dilemma of having to choose between sitting in the beer garden or enjoying fairgrounds? This July you no longer have to choose, with the introduction of Playland Nights : Adult-Only Friday Nights.

Now your only choice is what pairs best with craft beer – Beaver Tails or mini-donuts? Will you have red or white wine with your corn dog? Throughout July, Playland Nights – the first ever adult-only Friday nights run from 7 pm to midnight.  

Kicking off Friday, July 7, then every Friday for the month, Playland will host evenings dedicated to adults-only, complete with craft beer, wine, Playland themed cocktails like a candy floss martini, and fresh squeezed hard lemonade, food, midway games and of course, the exhilarating rides.

The whole Playland grounds will be licensed so 19+ guests can enjoy their favourite beverage anywhere onsite instead of being confined behind the walls of a beer garden. Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition says, “we are thrilled to offer this new addition to our Playland schedule for the first time this year. We strive to continue to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy Playland and we are sure these 19+ nights will be a huge success.”

Guest DJ’s, axe throwing, special activations and more will accompany the already exciting features Playland offers.  Advance tickets are $26 ($29 at the gate) and include unlimited access to 25+ rides and attractions around the Park.

Tickets for Playland Nights are on sale now online at: