Van Foodster’s #SushiRollChallengeYVR rolls out

Get ready to roll! The Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge is underway September 18 – October 7, 2018.

Vancouver Foodster has invited a quartet of Sushi Chefs to create their best sushi roll to enter in the Challenge.  The Chefs were challenged to be creative, and present something best representative of their establishment, whether it be traditional Futomaki, Hosomaki, Temaki or any new creative style of rolled sushi.  Above all, taste needs to be the star, fresh, unique with plenty of umami and care rolled into the foll are all to be considered.

Participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge include;

Daddy’s Kitchen, 2586 Commercial Drive
Instagram @daddyskitchenpoke

Kitstaya Sushi, 3105 West Broadway
Instagram @kitstayasushi

Riz Sushi & Poke Bar, 2887 E. Broadway
Instagram @RizSushi

Uma Sushi, 450 W 8th Ave
Instagram @umasushi_bar

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Sushi Roll.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice Sushi Roll creation at vancouverfoodster.com/sushi-roll-challenge. When you’re out and about tasting the rolls, tag your images on social media with #SushiRollChallengeYVR, and see what others are enjoying along the Sushi Roll Challenge.

Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge takes place September 18 – October 7, 2018.

Get out and maki the most of it!

Dinner In The Sky elevates your dining experience

Dinner In The Sky North Vancouver takes your dining experience to new heights.   Until July 29, 2018, Dinner In The Sky, presented by Westcoast Sightseeing, combines unique views and an exceptional dining experience over North Vancouver.

Dinner In The Sky was founded 30 years ago in Belgium and has expanded to 60+ countries around the globe. After a sold-out month-long trial last summer, Vancouver now has it’s own Dinner In The Sky experience.

Brunch, lunch and dinner rise over the scenic location at 415 West Esplanade on the North Vancouver waterfront, other locations for this summer will be announced later.  Twenty-two guests along with chefs, servers and safety officer lift off to over 100ft and take in the 360degree views from their secure, rotating, reclining seats.  Guests will enjoy a menu created by Dinner In The Sky Chef Ambassador Ned Bell.  With Chef Bell at the lead, you can be sure that the menu is going to be a masterpiece of local, sustainable quality ingredients.  VIP experiences include sparkling wine and canapes in the ground-level lounge.

Tickets for Brunch In The Sky, Lunch In The Sky, Happy Hour In The Sky and Dinner In The Sky range from $149 t0 $549, most experiences are two hours overall, with one hour in the sky.   Private packages for group experiences can also be arranged. Guests must present identification, and sign a waiver, when they check in 45 minutes prior to the lift.  Guests under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult, and must be a minimum of 4 feet 9 inches in height.
Lifts will take place in rainy weather but may be cancelled or postponed when the wind is strong or during thunderstorms.

Visit dinnerintheskycanada.com for tickets, package details and more information about Meal in the Sky options.

 

Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Gastown Brunch Crawl 2017

This year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is underway, for the last few years neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, presented with Vancouver Foodster, have been a very popular series of events.

This past weekend, Gastown Brunch Crawl got the season off and walking with a exploration of the neighbourhoods diversity.

The early start made, registration at Milano Coffee Roaters Gastown very welcome for many as they got their jumpstart with a single shot Cortado, brewed with Milano’s award-winning Suave Ricco blend.  For a second coffee injection, the Winter Zest is a citrus infused milk chocolate latte, the 2017 winner for the Vancouver Foodster Coffee Drink Challenge.

A block away from Milano, La Mezcaleria’s busy Gastown location offer two plates. A palate cleansing and refreshing opening act, a glass of Mini Tulum; orange juice, papaya, Horchata served alongside a orange and jicama salad.
The Second plate was trio of,  Tostada of Cochinita Pibil; crisp tortilla with pibil stewed pulled pork, pickled red onions, Molette Benny; a poached egg on baguette with refried black beans, pico de gallo, queso fresco and avocado salsa, Housemade Guacamole; with a white corn chip.

Darby’s Gastown was our next stop for a Breakfast Wrap that would be good served any time of day. The flour tortilla was stuffed with pico de gallo, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, avocado served with mixed greens.

As we continued our exploration of Gastown, Zero Zero Pizzeria was the next stop for another trio of tastes from their oven. Focaccia Mattina was a crisp and chewy focaccia bread breakfast sandwich filled with egg frittata, mozzarella, bacon, tomato and basil.  Two slices of crispy crust; the Pizza Vegetale is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and brocolli while con Chorizo is a tomato sauce base with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, chorizo and onions.

Lastly, Gastown Brunch Crawl wrapped with some sweet flavours, education and entertainment at Wishing Treats Caramel Studio.  The Wishing Treats team demonstrated their techniques and handmade their hard candies right in front of us. Astonishing to see the inside shapes, designs and letters formed right inside the hard candy sticks. Emojis, letters, fruit patterns and more, Wishing Treats will also make custom corporate candies too.

Gastown Brunch Crawl gave a good sampling of what the neighbourhood had to offer. On Sunday Brunch Crawl visited Kitsilano, and will be followed by visits to East Village, & Yaletown next weekend, then Robson/West End and Commercial Drive wrap up the Dine Out Brunch Crawls.

Modern Cafe, Nanaimo

ModernCafe_IMG_0278Located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, Modern Cafe is a historic heart of the Harbour City.
Since 1946, the Cafe is seen the downtown’s ebbs and flows, having become a centrepiece of the resurgence of Commercial Street.  The classic 1940’s refurbished neon sign serves as a beacon to the location.  While at first glance the retro features of the restaurant space could be a kitchy, all-flash, no-substance but once you know the history isn’t put-on, and the menu is right on you’ll be back for more.

ModernCafe_2015-07-14, 13 50 02On a work trip to Nanaimo, a colleague and I stopped at Modern Cafe and were pleasantly surprised by the result.  The ample sidewalk patio, and the fairly quiet street, makes sitting outside on a sunny day a relaxing break from your day.  The lunch menu included a lot of comfort foods, that from the looks of the plates coming from the kitchen, making the choice difficult. The ModernCafe_2015-07-14, 13 50 10daily fresh sheet added more choices and we both selected hand-helds from the list.  My chicken club on focaccia was fresh and satisfying, the soft house-made bread nicely surrounding the nicely cooked chicken and fresh greens.  My colleague’s chicken curry wrap was flavourful and filling too.  The crispy fries were the nice side, the salads looked good as well.

If you’re in the Harbour City, take the time to venture downtown and check out Modern Cafe and see why they’ve been feeding the locals for nearly 70 years.

Modern Cafe is located at 221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo BC
visit themoderncafe.ca or phone (250)754-5022 for information

Cedars Restaurant & Lounge at Tigh Na Mara

Cedars Restaurant & Lounge at Tigh Na Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre in Parksville, BC is just one of the amenities that provides everything you need during your getaway.

The restaurant and lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from the large dining room or cocktails in the adjacent lounge. In the summer, Cedars Outdoor brings the restaurant outside for al fresco dining under the trees and sunshine. Billy and I visited on a very hot sunny evening, the patio umbrellas were definitely needed as were the cool cocktails.


The outdoor cafe menu is a collection of casual fare that suits the outside dining. I choose a solid plate of fish and chips served with a tasty house made cole slaw, Billy had prawn and clam linguini with an ample amount of seafood but also a bit much olive oil.  Both dishes were satisfying after a day at the beach.

In the morning, taking a table inside the restaurant, the breakfast menu included the usual fare of breakfast staples but also included the continental breakfast bar with each entree.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, Cedars Restaurant and Lounge has you covered, good services, good food all just a few steps outside your suite!

Catch lunch at Schooner Restaurant

Schooner_15 04 08 Celebrating 66 years serving the village of Tofino, Schooner Restaurant is an institution on the West Coast.  Perched on the rise at Second & Campbell Streets, overlooking the town and harbour, the restaurant has been at the centre of the community as it’s grown from a remote post-war outpost to a world renowned destination.

Schooner_IMG_0084We stopped in on a busy summer afternoon, while it was an overcast, breezy afternoon the heated patio was busy and the warm cozy dining room was a lively hub of visitors and locals.
The varied lunch menu, as expected, featured a lot of seafood but there’s something for everyone in the family. From share plates to Asian inspired bowls to classic burgers or fish & chips.

Schooner_IMG_0085I choose a fantastic stacked fish burger with prawns, the fresh fruit salsa and spicy fried jalapeño contrasted for a burst of flavours. Crispy fries complimented the soft burger bun.
Billy’s Chicken Hot Pot was a Thai style, tangy, zesty mix of veggies and grilled chicken in a coconut red curry sauce.
Judging by other dishes coming out of the kitchen, everything on the menu looked tasty and substantially portioned. The steady stream of patrons attested to the history and good word of mouth surrounding the Schooner Restaurant.

Schooner Restaurant is located at 331 Campbell Street (corner of 2nd) in downtown Tofino, BC. Open Tuesday – Sunday for Lunch and Dinner.