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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Lunch Quickie: White Sesame Ramen at Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama is on the second floor of the Robson Public Market (the market where other markets go to die). The market is always kinda dead, no matter what day of the week. But Takayama is still hanging in there after almost four years of business. It’s been about two years since I last ate here, so I decided to finally try their “favourite of Chinese people” white sesame ramen.

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Taishoken Revisited: New Owners…Same Ramen?

There’s been rumours of a change in ownership of Taishoken, the tsukemen place near Tinseltown that just opened in June this year (so only 6 months ago as of this writing). I’ve read and heard both good and bad about the place in recent weeks, so I thought I’d personally check it out to see if they still have the best tsukemen I’ve ever had so far. (See previous posts about Taishoken here and here.)

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Street Food Quickie: Bacon Cheeseburger at The Local Omnivore

I LOVE a good burger. So much so that I don’t want eat them more than once every month or two for fear that I’ll get tired of them! So when I DO actually eat a burger, I want it to be DAMN GOOD. Enter the newest food truck to hit Vancouver, The Local Omnivore.

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Malaysian Salvation at John 3:16 in Richmond

We’re always on the lookout for new Malaysian options because it’s Wicca’s favourite cuisine. The big, rich, deep flavours of the curries, the decadent roti canais, the subtle beauty of Hainanese chicken rice, and the interplay of cultures make it a really enjoyable cuisine.

We heard from a few friends that this newish place in Richmond was good. It’s got a (to me) hilarious name: John 3:16.

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Fresh & Fantastic Northern Vietnamese Food at Mr. Red Cafe

“It’s the Quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine, Jerry, THE QUINTESSENCE!”, is how I imagine a scene from Seinfeld playing out. It’s an alternative version of Seinfeld, of course, with food bloggers playing all the main characters. Alexandra Gill would play Elaine. Yup.

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First Look: Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House

Howe Sound Brewing’s new Vancouver pub is finally open in the old Chambar space: Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House. Their website isn’t quite live yet so check their Twitter feed if you want to see their full menu. They officially opened their doors on Halloween but I didn’t get around to checking them out until a few days later.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Gastown Crawl with Alibi Room, The Diamond & Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Pub/restaurant crawls are tons of fun! Especially when you don’t plan out exactly where you’re going — it keeps things spontaneous and exciting! It’s good to go to an area with good density of worthy spots where you can have a drink and a bite at each place and basically experience the best of each place, all in one night! Main St. is a good area, as is Robson & Denman area, but Gastown felt right for this particular rain-free evening. Things got progressively fuzzier as the night wore on. Good thing I always have my camera!

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