Prepare for a Taste of Yaletown

Yaletown is about to burst with flavour as the 15th Taste of Yaletown gets underway.

Running October 12 to 27, 2019, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Every year the neighbourhood chefs present unique sets of cuisine, tasting plates and pairings for the distinctive festival. Yaletown restaurants are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $35, $45 & $55 with some restaurants making offerings at multiple levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Japanese cuisine at Bistro Sakana, Vietnamese at Little Saigon, to Mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, and French fare at Provence Marinaside, or Italian at Robba di Matti.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit

5 Neighbourhoods’ Spots to Shop for Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is just days away, but there’s still time to pop into these neighbourhood shops for some great stocking stuffers and gifts.

Here’s a few of the places you might want to put on your list when Christmas Shopping;


Old Faithful Shop : clothes, housewares, papergoods, and more

espace d. : furniture, art, books and jewelry

Orling & Wu : bed, bath, beauty, boardroom and beyond



Treasure Green Tea Company: premium and rare teas, gifts and accessories

Dalina:  treats, gadgets, and groceries from soup to nuts

Eight Treasures Shop at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: one-of-a-kind collectables, gifts, art





Cook Culture: everything you need for the kitchen, cooking and culinary

Vancouver Art Gallery Store: unique art books & works, jewelry, giftware

Redfish Kids: baby, toddler, & children’s toys, clothes, and accessories


Barking Babies: everything for the hip canine and dog lover

The Cross Decor & Design:  kitchen, bedroom, living, lifestyle

Masc:   face, body, hair care, products and advice, for the men on your list


Circle Craft Co-op: works of 130+ local craftspeople

Craft Council of BC Shop: featuring products from council membership

Make Vancouver: design, print, engrave and make your own custom product


Tasting Plates – North Van Brunch comes November 25th

The burgeoning neighbourhood of Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver is preparing to welcome Tasting Plates for Brunch on November 25, 2017.  Start your Saturday morning with other foodies, family and friends as you take your taste buds on an exploration of the North Vancouver neighbourhood’s eateries for some one of a kind food finds.

As with other Tasting Plates events, patrons will check in to collect their Tasting Plates Brunch card and map, then set off to visit the area and see what flavours are in store.  North Vancouver diverse food scene is will certainly not disappoint as Tasting Platers dive into everything from baked goods to ice cream.

Participating establishments for Tasting Plates Brunch North Vancouver include;

Maru Korean Bistro – 125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

The Juicery Co – 254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Two Daughters Bakery – 121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream – 277 8th St E, North Vancouve

See what the local chefs and proprietors have come up with to show off their best brunch plates on November 25th from 10am to 2pm.  $30 Early Bird Tickets are on sale until November 10th, buy tickets for Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch online now.

Tasting Plates – Chinatown : October 18th on sale now

One of our oldest neighbourhoods is also one of the most vibrant and fast-changing.  Tasting Plates – Chinatown on October 18th takes us on a tasty tour around the downtown district.

As with all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, gather your friends and family, check in at Klaus’s Kaffee Haus to collect your Tasting Plates card and map, then set out to explore what the chefs of Chinatown have to present on their tasting plates and cups. Along the way, meet other foodie friends and the chefs who are bringing new life and flavours to the neighbourhood.

The establishments taking part in Tasting Plates – Chinatown so far include:

Klaus’s Kaffee Haus – 291 E Pender St

Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria – 648 Main Street

Umaluma – 235 E Pender St

Dalina – 687 Main St

Today is the last day for Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person
Advance Tickets $45 per person after October 9, 2017
Regular $60 per person after October 14, 2017


Tasting Plates Chinatown – Recap

A damp night didn’t dampen enthusiasm of the restauranteurs and patrons for Vancouver Foodster‘s Tasting Plates Chinatown on Wednesday evening.  The five eateries, scattered around the neighbourhood, exemplified the diversity in Chinatown as new and old make the National Historic Site their own. From traditional Chinese, to European flavours, to modern Asian fusion, and 35 years face off against 4 months of history.

TP_Chinatown_img_0525Checking in at Floata, the traditional Dim Sum & Seafood restaurant, closed off part of their large space for the Tasting Plate diners. While their Tasting Plate of Chow Mein, Egg Roll and Sesame Ball didn’t show off their kitchen to its best,  I’ve been to Floata for Dim Sum before and know they’re capable of bringing good flavours to the plate.

TP_Chinatown_img_0537The next Tasting Plate brought totally different flavours to the palate, Klaus’s Kaffe Haus.  The Coffee and Strudel cafe offered hearty, fair that was perfect for the night’s weather.  A quartet of tastes graced their plate; rich Vienna Gulasch Soup, Chinese Strudel (Pork, Bamboo Shoots, Water Chestnut, Mushroom), Asparagus & Mushroom Vegetarian Strudel and a sweet Apple Strudel.  All four items were full of flavour and filling, enticing us to want to return for a full-size strudel soon.

TP_Chinatown_img_0543Next we wandered over to the longest established Treasure Green Tea Company, on E Georgia since 1981. The welcoming tea shop is pristinely merchandised, like a museum, filled with tea, gifts, accessories and other tea-infused items.  The tea hosts prepared and served a trio of Tasting Cups of premium black tea; the 2016 seasonal blend Symphony of Light, sweet floral Romantic Peony and the tart Citrus Melody.  As an accompaniment baguette was dipped in Treasure Green Tea’s Camellia Tea Oil, infused with Dragon Ball jasmine green tea reduction.

TP_Chinatown_img_0566On Main Street we next found the Le Tigre Food Truck, outside of their restaurant, Torofuku.  The truck dished up a plate of zesty fried chicken. Even though it’s called “Don’t Order This Chicken” you really should, order it! The crispy but tender friend chicken was complimented by  7 Spice Mayo, and mixed herb Thai Chilli.


TP_Chinatown_img_0583Across the street was the most recently opened participant, Lise Lou’s Chocolate Bar, is a bar that I could regularly be found propping up! The small chocolate, confectionary and ice cream parlour offered a cross-section of their handmade wares.  Marc Ice Cream, inspired by their Marc Chocolate Bar – bourbon caramel, marcona almonds, Ruth Bar – strawberry raspberry jelly with crunchy peanut praline, then we got to choose a flavour of Salted Caramel and one of their nearly two dozen signature Truffles

All five restaurants showed their flavours and that the neighbourhood continues to evolve and develop.

If this sounds like a taste excursion, join Vancouver Foodster’s next events, Noodle Mania and during Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Brunch Crawls.

Tasting Plates Yaletown Coming October 19th

tastingplate_yaletown_2016_x250Now is the time to get your tickets to tantalize your taste buds on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Yaletown, on October 19, 2016

Get your foodie friends together and take a tasty tour of the neighbourhood.  Like all Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates events the participating restaurants will be offering a Tasting Plate or Cup that highlights their establishment.  The flavourful event starts at Rocanini Coffee at 863 Beatty Street and runs from 6pm until 9:30pm, throughout Yaletown.

The other participating restaurants in Tasting Plates Yaletown are;

House Special – 1269 Hamilton Street

Kuma Izakaya – 1233 Hamilton Street

Lime and Moon Pie Co – 1066 Mainland Street

Chasers Fresh Juice – 1026 Mainland Street

On Yoghurt – 95 Smithe Street

Straight Outta Brooklyn – 350 Robson Street

Tasting Plates Yaletown is always a popular event so get your tickets soon!
Advance Tickets are on sale now $45 per person on Eventbrite.
Regular Tickets $60 per person after October 16, 2016.

vf_spaghetti_web-01If you’re looking for another tasty event, check out Vancouver Foodster’s Spaghetti Challenge. Until October 30th, restaurants all around the city are presenting their best take of spaghetti.

Tasting Plates Marpole – recap

tastingplate_central_richmond_x250-1Wednesday night we had the chance to explore a new neighbourhood on Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Marpole.

While Marpole is one of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods, it is often overlooked as people drive through enroute to Richmond or downtown Vancouver.  The neighbourhood is going through a bit of a renewal and new merchants and eateries are opening up.  Tasting Plates allowed the hungry tasters to check out what’s new and old in the ‘hood.

Starting at the Tasting Plates check-in location Gigi Blin Market Cafe, a stylish coffee cafe + market located on 70th, just off Granville.  The not-quite year-old, Italian coffee bar welcomes people to grab and go or linger at the long table in the centre of the room.  The Market half of the shop offers a selection of up some of the European groceries in stock.  After check-in, Tasting Platers took their map cards to the counter for an espresso, affogato or an Italian soda. Served along side the beverage was a sweet mini pastry from Baguette & Co French Bakery and Cafe.  Across the room, we met Skylar and Chloe from Kids Can Cook Pasta Sauces, serving their high quality sauces and pasta.

Around the corner on Granville, we found Bonjour Marketplace, an organic grocery market & cafe. One half of Bonjour is a grocery stop filled with organic produce, grocery products reflecting the neighbourhood’s multi-ethnic make up.  On this side, we sampled Vita Biosa Artisan Pro-biotic drinks and Golden Leaf Tea’s award winning Red Jade and Pine Oolong teas. On the other half of the marketplace is a cafe serving light meals, salads and soups. Here Tasting Platers were offered a Tasting Plate representing a variety of the light foods available at Bonjour.  The plate of brown rice risotto, fermented noodles, enzyme salad was served with a hearty carrot soup and cup of tea.  The healthy and tasty meal showed off the Marketplace’s abilities and will certainly entice future visits.

Next door to Bonjour Marketplace, The Yard Cafe offered up a quartet of Tasting Cups.  The local watering hole brought out a selection of Granville Island Brewery and Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks beers. Taking advantage of the lovely evening to sit on The Yard Cafe’s patio the Honey Lager, Pale Ale, IPA session beer and Lager quenched the thirst for patio season to start (for the time being).

Lastly, a block away we found Pho & Cafe Mai Mai, a hidden gem of a family run Vietnamese restaurant. Cafe Mai Mai  points out they make their bone broth in house and make strides to ensure it is rich and flavourful while being as healthy as possible for their guests. The Beef Pho was indeed a hearty soup, add in Cafe Mai Mai’s housemade chili paste to your soup to find just the right spice for your palate.  On the side we were served piping hot, fresh pork spring rolls. The tightly wrapped spring rolls topped off the meal with a crunchy bite.

If this makes your mouth water, keep your eyes and ears open for the next Vancouver Foodster events; Meatball Challenge is on now and Tasting Plates Richmond is coming up in a couple weeks.