A Porkken Christmas

I’m posting this on Christmas Day, but I hope that you aren’t reading this on Christmas Day. You should actually be spending time with your family and loved ones instead of eating vicariously through me. Unless you’re lonely, then I hope that reading my Christmas experience gives you some holiday comfort.

The big reveal right away…this is a “Porkken”:

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It’s a deboned chicken with stuffing, wrapped inside of a butterflied pork loin (including the baby back ribs), all wrapped in bacon. You already know Turducken, so please meet Porkken. Now read on for the story of how this all happened.

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First Look: Strange Fellows Brewing

The latest entrant in the local craft beer sweepstakes has finally opened! Strange Fellows Brewing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) is located on an industrial-feeling stretch of Clark Dr. between Grant and Charles (4 blocks south of Fujiya at Venables). Transit is a bit crap around that area, so I wonder if the beer’s good enough for me to make the effort? Iain Hill makes some great beer (Oud Bruin) but I felt like Yaletown Brewing was holding him back. Hopefully this new place will let him spread his wings more?

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I imagine this place would be great if you’re drunk or high at 2am in Richmond: Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant

I don’t go to Hong Kong-style cafes that often, but when I do it really brings me to that special place…it’s like Asian comfort food. Cheap, big portions, can be a touch greasy, but with satisfying Cantonese flavours you know and love. Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant is a great example of HK-cafe style food that does the job and does it well.

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Local + Organic meets Homestyle Japanese at Uchida in Victoria BC

Uchida in Victoria (next to the Bug Zoo and Miniature World) is my idea of what a humble eatery in a small Japanese town would be like: cooking up homestyle food using local ingredients, prepared simply with minimum fuss, and gentle seasoning that lets the ingredients speak for themselves. I’m not in Victoria very often (even less now that my sister moved back to the mainland) but I always try to eat at this lunch-only spot because I think it offers something that not even Vancouver has.

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Lunch Quickie: Fantastic Black Garlic Ramen at Ramen Jinya

Ramen Jinya (or Jinya Ramen Bar, depending on where you look) is opening a new location in Kerrisdale possibly January or February 2015. Seeing that I still haven’t tried the original location of Ramen Jinya on the south end of Robson St., I hauled my ass through the rain and wind to get my fill of porky, ramen goodness. Man, was it good!

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Hot Meat Sticks: Zakkushi on Main St.

Zakkushi is the kind of place where you have to check your cheapness at the door and order with decadent abandon. Dining in Vancouver is getting really expensive, with $28 entrees becoming the norm. If you’re gonna pay that kind of money dining out, I’d kinda rather spend that money at a really fun place like Zakkushi where you can get a variety of meats on sticks, and get showered with Japanese liquor.

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Dinner Quickie: Lebanese Food from Jamjar on Commercial Drive

A newish Lebanese place called Jamjar opened up back in October on Commercial Drive, just down the block from St. Augustines. I love Persian food (Cazba, etc), eaten a lot at Abdul’s BBQ, and also Anatolia’s Gate. All the food at these places are quite different, and I find it pretty fun to explore the differences.

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Brassneck Inertia Imperial Stout + Cheese (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites)

This is last of three collaboration (#BCBeerBloggers) posts about local Winter seasonal beers. Other participating blogs include:

West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.

Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.

Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings. Hey, that’s me!

Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.

Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.

If you love local beer, check these guys out! For this blog, I’m doing a food-based take on winter seasonal beers by pairing them up with some specific food.

Last pairing: Brassneck Inertia paired with 7 Year Aged Quebec Cheddar and Roquefort Gabriel Coulet!

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Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout + Sweet Potato Pie (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites)

This is second of three collaboration (#BCBeerBloggers) posts about local Winter seasonal beers. Other participating blogs include:

West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.

Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.

Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings. Hey, that’s me!

Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.

Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.

If you love local beer, check these guys out! For this blog, I’m doing a food-based take on Winter seasonal beers by pairing them up with some specific food.

This pairing: Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout paired with Sweet Potato Pie from The Last Crumb!

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Steel & Oak Oatmeal Stout + Re-Up BBQ Ribs (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites)

This is first of three collaboration (#BCBeerBloggers) posts about local Winter seasonal beers. Other participating blogs include:

West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.

Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.

Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings. Hey, that’s me!

Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.

Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.

If you love local beer, check these guys out! For this blog, I’m doing a food-based take on Winter seasonal beers by pairing them up with some specific food.

First up: Steel & Oak Oatmeal Stout paired with the smoked ribs from Re-Up BBQ!

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