Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Holiday Market December 5th

The Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Holiday Market is coming to neighbourhoods near you on December 5, 2018.  Building on last year’s Holiday Market, Vancouver Foodster market locations bring tastes, gifts and more to different corners of Vancouver.

At the Market locations – Main Street Honey Shoppe, Be Fresh Market & Cafe, Espressotec, and Silk Road Tea – multiple vendors, introduce participants to their products, goods and services.  Find out from producers, crafters, and vendors first hand what goes into their products or flavours.  The Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market is a perfect night for your holiday gift shopping, learning about what’s new on the shelves, shops and online, and mingling with your friends while meeting new ones.

Guests will register at Main Street Honey Shoppe to collect their Holiday Market Passport.  Then, they’ll set off to explore the market locations.

Espressotec, 1015 Clark Drive, will feature local food, baristas, coffee-roasters and coffees, along with general gift items including; Bean Around The World, East Van Roasters, Nutmeg Mylk, and Porchlight Press Cards.

Be Fresh Market & Cafe, 2951 W Broadway, will feature multiple vendors showcasing local foods and beverages.

Silk Road Tea, 2066 West 4th Avenue, presents their imported & custom blended organic, premium loose teas, as well as their organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

Tickets for Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Holiday Market are on sale on Eventbrite now:

Ultra Early-Bird: $29 per person until November 8, 2018
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person November 9 – November 28, 2018
Regular: $50 per person after November 28, 2018 until December 5, 2018
Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.
Ticket price includes food and beverages tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.

 

 

 

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

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Yaletown Brunch Crawl 2017

Another weekend of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 means another pair of Brunch Crawls presented by Vancouver Foodster.

This weekend, East Village and Yaletown neighbourhoods were explored. We participated in the Yaletown Brunch Crawl to take a look around our home ‘hood.

Hoping the rain would hold off, we started off the morning at Rocanini Coffee near BC Place.  The coffee house offered a Rum Latter to kickstart Brunch Crawl; espresso, steamed milk and rum flavouring. I opted to have mine without espresso, as a steamed milk with rum.  A rich, soothing sip to warm the soul.

 

 

I’ve walked past Living Produce Aisle, on Hamilton Street, many times and Brunch Crawl took us to visit the unique green grocers. The Urban Cultivator outlet grows fresh microgreens for many local restaurants and merchants. In addition they serve the greens themselves for their housemade smoothies and salads, like the Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies and MicroGreen Salad cup they served for Brunch Crawlers.

Next, while not exactly typical for Brunch, House Special offered a plate of Vietnamese dishes. The trio were more traditional flavours than House Special normally presents but were a perfect lunar New Year offering. Congee Noir; black and white rice porridge topped with housemade Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage and house made XO sauce.  Vietnamese Festival Cake; sticky rice roulade with pork, 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage & celery. Steamed Glass Dumpling; banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumpling, filled with ground pork, salted shrimp, pork crackling and red chili with nouc cham dipping sauce.

Ganache Patisserie, plated a sweet ending to the food offered for Brunch Crawl Yaletown.  The French Patisserie presented a quintet of their favourite pastries; a flaky classic croissant, croissant aux bleuet-mures (blueberry enveloped in croissant dough), Goyave Citron Mandarine (citrus cake topped with fruit), Madeline and Macaron.

 

To wrap up the morning Brunch Crawl, a hot cuppa tea at Teaja hit the spot.  Offering a tasting of Double Cream Earl Grey sweetened with honey and coconut milk or Vanilla Rouge, a flavoured Rooibos tea. My Earl Grey nicely closed this weekend’s Brunch Crawls.

There’s still one more weekend of Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls before Dine Out Vancouver Festival comes to a close; Robson Street/West End on Saturday and Commercial Drive on Sunday.

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 3

We’ve talked about the equipment to make hot drinks, now for Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas, lets find something to brew.

TreasureGreenTea_img_0544Recently, I discovered Treasure Green Tea Company in Chinatown. The family run business is celebrating its 35th year, as a provider of premium traditional and rare black and green Chinese teas.  A wholesaler and retailer, Treasure Green Tea Company has been selecting and importing tea from top Chinese suppliers since 1981. TreasureGreenTea_img_0551 In addition to its wide selection of Chinese teas, Treasure Green Tea Company has all the accessories and supplies needed to brew and serve a great tasting cup of tea.  For the Holidays, check out their Seasonal Blends, custom blends created just for this year’s Holidays. With so much to choose from it can be overwhelming to select a gift maybe pick up one of the curated baskets of goodies makes it easy.

TreasureGreenTea_img_0555Treasure Green Tea Company is located at 227 East Georgia Street, in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Shop online,  or in-store where you can ask for a free tea tasting to try before you buy.

 

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 1

The Holiday season is in full swing and, if gift-giving is one of your traditions, now’s the time to get working on your Christmas list. Over the next couple weeks we’ll try to find some great gift ideas for every budget with our 12 Days of Christmas gift suggestions.

Starting off, let’s make a cuppa tea.

staub_teapotThis Staub 1.1 litre Cast Iron Teapot is a beauty, boil the water and brew your tea in the same vessel.  The Cast Iron Teapot is also perfect for serving any other hot liquid; soup, hot cocoa, or hot apple cider for the Holidays.

Staub’s usual high quality, heavy-duty cast iron puts this on the higher end of the budget but for a tea lover it’s a gem.

The Staub 1.1 litre Cast Iron Teapot is available in 6 colours & finishes and is on sale for $180 at Cook Culture online or instore

 

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.

Friday Find: Shomyo – Hibiki Whisky Cocktail

At the recent introduction event for Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky we were shown the versatility of the Hibiki Whisky in a couple of super cocktails.

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Hibiki Harmony Hi-Ball

The Hibiki Harmony Hi-Ball showed the simplicity of Hibiki Whisky and Soda with a twist, a perfectly refreshing after-work cocktail. Warm, tart and tangy.

The star cocktail of the evening was created by mixologist Lauren Mote of Bittered Sling.   Served in a clay teapot the warm whisky cocktail, The Shomyo was a revelation.  A satisfying, sweet sip on its own the warm nectar-like silkiness also paired nicely with desserts.
Inspired by the study of voices chanting together, using 5 notes per octave; this creates the harmony.  Each ingredient represents a different octave in the Yo Scale, to create the Shomyo (Japanese Buddhist Chanting).  The award-winning Mote was kind enough to share her recipe.

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Dessert and The Shomyo

The Shomyo 

2.00 oz Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky  
2.00 oz Fermented Gioshi Cha Japanese Tea
0.75 oz Local Plum + Coconut Cordial
0.25 oz Filtered Lime Juice (please ensure this is well strained, with no flecks of lime segments/debris) 
2 dashes Bittered Sling Denman Bitters
 
Method: 
Place all ingredients in a clay kettle, and slowly heat to a low simmer (140F-160F). Remove from the heat, and pour into prepared cups. Garnish with thinly sliced lime wheel (use a meat slicer, should be the thinnest you can get it). 
It was kind of Lauren Mote to share her recipe and now we can all try our hand at creating the unique hot cocktail.