Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Is On.

Vancouver Foodster has the perfect way to beat the heat this summer with the Iced Summer Drink Challenge. Running from July 5th to 28th, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer.

There’s plenty of variety so get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Summer Drinks entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite chilled beverage, either from their existing menu or come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, their refreshing beverage creation can made of coffee, tea, soda, lemonade, frappe, shake or kombucha based drink, using unique and innovative ingredients.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, @pigoutyvr and @shelleyhayashi) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Summer Drink.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their fave to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink creation at vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge. On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IcedSummerDrinkChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.

The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge are;

VANCOUVER: 

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, 808 Davie Street

Paragon Tea Room, 2207 Cambie Street

RICHMOND

Origo Club, 110-6888 River Road

LANGLEY

Ban Cook Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

Food by Fanta @ BCD Academy, #107, 20542 Fraser Hwy


Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, #40, 20160 Langley Bypass

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Summer Drink Challenge entry visit vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge

Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge – Results

The Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge has wrapped up, and the results are in! From September 18th to October 7th, public and media judges including Deanna Woo, Shelley Hayashi and myself were out and about trying the participating restaurants’ Sushi Roll Challenge entries.

Four diverse entries from around Vancouver tickled our taste buds. As with all Vancouver Foodster food challenges, chefs were invited to be as innovative and adventurous as they desired in order to highlight their skills and establishment, this challenge was on-trend with rolls including aburi, poke, no-carbs to offer something for everyone.
It was a difficult, and tasty, task to judge the entries, I’m sure the public had just as much fun trying to decide their faves, as well.

The result are in:

Judge’s Choice: 

First Place: Uma Sushi
Entry: Dark Magic Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place: Riz Sushi Bar & Catering
Entry: Sans Riz (rice-less roll)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place (tie): Daddy’s Kitchen
Entry: Poke California Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place (tie): Kitstaya Sushi
Entry: Aburi Prawn Salmon Roll

 

 

 

 

People’s Choice:

First Place: Daddy’s Kitchen
Entry: Poke California Roll

Second Place: Uma Sushi
Entry: Dark Magic Roll

Third Place: Riz Sushi Bar & Catering
Entry: Sans Riz (rice-less roll)

Looking for more flavour challenges? Check out Vancouver Foodster’s Best Pasta Challenge, on until October 28th, or explore the neighbourhood on Tasting Plates Gastown edition on October 24th.

 

Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge – Results

The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge has wrapped up, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the cool brewed entries from the six Vancouver & Richmond teahouses. With this hot weather all of them will help refresh your palate during a day in the sun.

From July 12 – August 5, 2018, the public and the trio of media judges, including myself, Maggi Mei and Andrew Chan, set about tasting and selecting their favourites from Boba Monster, Sencha Tea Lounge, T-Go Tea, Taan Char, Treasure Green Tea & Vietnamese Tea House.  Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their iced tea entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.  The tea masters created a wide variety of iced black, fruit, milk teas and more that made selecting a favourite a difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable, task to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner. I’m sure the public vote was equally as difficult of a selection process.

The results are in:

Judge’s Choice; 
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Treasure Green Tea – Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Second Place
– Vietnamese Tea House
Entry: Vietnamese Pandan Milk Tea

Vietnamese Tea House : Pandan Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Third Place
– Taan Char
Entry: Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

Taan Char – Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


People’s Choice;
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Second Place – Boba Monster
Entry: Boba Monster Milk Tea

Boba Monster – Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place – T-Go Tea
Entry: Premium Matcha Green Tea Latte Smoothie Blizzard

T-Go Tea – Premium Matcha Green Tea Blizzard Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If any of the entries strike your fancy ask for them when you visit the restaurants, for complete points totals and details about entries visit vancouverfoodster.com . While you’re there, look for Vancouver Foodster’s next events; Best Sundae Challenge on until August 26, 2018 or  Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 22nd and

 

 

Chill with Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge

Just in time for sunny, summer weather the Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge is here to find you the coolest chilled summer drink in the city.

Until August 5th, 2018, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes around Metro Vancouver to create their best cold tea drink.  Sweet, tart, milky, black tea, green tea and anything in between is being poured into glasses. Get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Tea entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite glass of chilled tea either existing from their menu or they have come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, from whole leaf teas, to bubble tea, or milk tea, fruits and infusions might also be on the menu.
As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, eatwithmao.com and vieamaggi.com) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Iced Tea.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice Iced Tea creation at vancouverfoodster.com/ice-tea-challenge. On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IceTeaChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.
The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge are;

Boba Monster, 5766 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Sencha Tea Lounge, 3468 W Broadway, Vancouver

Taan Char, 7908 Granville Street, Vancouver

Treasure Green Tea, 227 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

Vietnamese Tea House, 2526 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

T-Go Tea, 4720 Mcclelland Road #1810, Richmond

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Tea Challenge entry visit vancouverfoodster.com/ice-tea-challenge

Wing It with Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge

The Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge is back for its 2018 edition with more tasty and creative chicken dishes.

From June 21st to July 15, 2018, Vancouver Foodster has challenged restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best Chicken Wings.  get out and try any or all of the unique Chicken Wing dishes prepared by the participating restaurants.

The restaurants have entered their favourite Chicken Wings from their menu or have come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge dish. The chef’s entries may range from simple to elaborate, feature unique and innovative ingredients, they may be breaded or naked; saucy or dry seasoned; baked or fried.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, Joyce Lam @VanFoodies and Sherman Chan @ShermansFoodAdv ) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Chicken Wings.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice  Chicken Wings creation at vancouverfoodster.com/chicken-wings-challenge . On social media, tag your chicken wings experiences #ChickenWingsChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Chicken Wings Challenge.
The 2018 participating restaurants are;

Vancouver

Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street

U & I Thai, 3364 Cambie Street 

Mission

U & I Thai, 33261 1st Ave 

Abbotsford

U & I Thai, 3757 South Fraser Way

Langley

Ban Chok Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

For more details on the Chicken Wings Challenge restaurants and dishes, visit vancouverfoodster.com/chicken-wings-challenge .

Chinese Restaurant Awards 2017 – Winners

Since 2008, the Chinese Restaurant Awards have been promoting the high quality Chinese restaurants and chefs in Metro Vancouver as well as creating an opportunity for cross-cultural connections.

The Chinese Restaurant Awards are based on three categories; Critics’ Choice, Diners’ Choice and Social Media Choice Awards

The Diners’ Choice Winners have been announced and will be presented their awards, along with the Critics and Social Media Choice Award winners, at the 9th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards Ceremony, March 7th at the River Rock Show Theatre.

The 22 Diners’ Choice Winners are;

Best Cantonese Siu Mai – Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

Best Shredded Turnip Pastry – Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine

Best Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles – Long’s Noodle House

Best Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken – Memory Corner

Best Durian Glutinous Rice Dumpling – Kirin Restaurants

Best New Restaurant (open less than 1 year) – CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Best Vanfood’s Takeout Restaurant – Alvin Garden

Best Services Restaurant – The Jade Seafood Restaurant

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Chang’An

Best Dim Sum Restaurant – Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

Best Vegetarian Restaurant – Sun Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Northern Chinese Restaurant – Chang’An

Best Cantonese Restaurant – Top Gun J & C Restaurant

Best Shanghainese Restaurant – Shanghai River Restaurant

Best Szechuan/Hunan Restaurant – Lucky Noodle Chinese Restaurant

Best Taiwanese Restaurant/BBT Café – Pearl Castle Cafe

Best Hot Pot Restaurant – Liu Yi Shou Hot Pot Restaurant

Best Hong Kong-style Café – Deer Garden Signatures

Best Congee and Noodle Restaurant – Neptune Wonton Noodle

Best Food Court Stall – James Snack Sandpot Rice, Empire Centre

Best B.B.Q. Shop – Parker Place (Aberdeen) Meat & B.B.Q.

Best Bakery Shop – T & T Supermarkets, Bakery Shop

With world recognized Chinese Food in Metro Vancouver, the Chinese Restaurant Awards can help you navigate the overwhelming choices on offer.

2016 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist Revealed.

Polaris_400x400Last week, the 2016 Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced. The top 10 artists vying for the title of the best Canadian album of the year are Andy Shauf, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Kaytranada, Pup, U.S. Girls and White Lung.

This year marks the highest number of female/female-fronted acts ever to have made the short list, with seven. For the only the second time in Polaris history the short list does not include any R&B or rap artists however, Kaytranada’s 99.9%  features both rap and R&B artists. While this year’s long list boasted some of the country’s biggest names in the genre, including Drake, and the Weeknd, among others, none of them made it to the top 10.

There are six artists on the 2016 short list that are newcomers; Andy Shauf, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kaytranada, Pup, U.S. Girls, White Lung.  The remaining four are returning short list nominees;  Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Grimes and Jessy Lanza.

The Polaris Music Prize gala takes place September 19th in Toronto to be hosted by CBC Radio 2 Morning’s Tom Power, and Amanda Parris, of CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room and Exhibitionists on CBC TV. The event will be live streamed on CBCMusic.ca/polarisprize.

The list was adjudicated by 194 journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers across Canada. A smaller group of 11 grand jurors will now be selected to convene on the night of the Polaris gala to vote for the winner. The Polaris Music Prize winner takes home a $50,000 grand prize and the other nine nominees will each receive $3,000.

Visit the polarisprize.ca for more information on the short listed artists and the Music Prize Gala.  While you’re there check out the great new posters created for each of the nominees, like those above by Ally Jaye Reeves for Carly Ray Jepsen and Jonathan Dyck for Andy Shauf.