Beer Recap: Four Winds 2nd Anniversary Pop-Up Restaurant

Four Winds surprised the hell out of everybody by announcing a pop-up to celebrate their 2nd anniversary, a mere 5 days beforehand. Just check out the Instagram reaction:

 

Four Winds’ limited bottle releases have consistently sold out fast and furiously. If there was one BC brewery that inspires the madness of crowds, it would be Four Winds. (Driftwood would be up there too.) The guys are the nicest, and this down-to-earth quality was reflected in how we were treated last night. I had a great time and I didn’t want it to end.

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Great Congee and a Super Weird Dish at Kongee Dinesty in Richmond

Instagram has been great in finding new restaurants and seeing what places are new, hot, popular, or strange. Wicca wanted congee (Chinese rice porridge) but didn’t want some cheap ‘n dirty Cantonese place. She found an Instagram post about this new place in Richmond called Kongee Dinesty. A) Fucked-up spelling, and B) as far as I know, not related to the other Dinesty. We went for a little lunch and were very pleased.

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Needlessly large American diner pancakes at Jethro’s Fine Grub on Fraser St.

I try not to read too many restaurant reviews because I’m more interested in what my own personal experience would be, not some online rager with shallow observations. But maybe I should’ve at least looked at the Urbanspoon rating for Jethro’s Fine Grub (Fraser St. location) before going there for brunch…

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Big Al’s Saturday Night Special at The Lion’s Den Cafe: Cajun/Creole/Soul Food

I wrote last week about the damn good oxtail stew and goat curry at The Lion’s Den Cafe, and I mentioned that longtime Vancouver chef/caterer Big Al takes over their kitchen on Saturday nights every few weeks and serves up Cajun/Creole/Soul food classics. I got some takeout and was very pleased with the mild yet deep flavours. Both comforting and satisfying yet light-feeling at the same time.

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Takeout Quickie: Soulful Jamaican Eats at The Lion’s Den Cafe

Can you believe The Lion’s Den Cafe has been open for 16 years? It’s a neighborhood institution and one that (even for me) gets a bit forgotten about when it comes to places in Vancouver to get Caribbean food. It’s been years since I got food from here but it’s totally going back into my rotation 🙂

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First Look: Red Truck Beer & Truck Stop Diner Soft Opening

Red Truck Beer and their Truck Stop Diner finally soft-opened last week in the historic “Brewery Creek” area. They’re located on 2nd Ave, about a 5 minute walk east of Main St. Lots of other beer places already exist in this neighborhood, including Brassneck, 33 Acres, Main Street Brewing, Steel Toad Brewpub, CRAFT Beer Market, Tap & Barrel, and Big Rock Urban Eatery. They haven’t announced their grand opening date yet, but they’ve already announced their Parking Lot Concert Series, which starts June 13. The concerts are sponsored by CFOX and JRfm, so that sorta gives you an idea of the kind of target marking this brewery is aiming for. Will they stand out in Vancouver’s increasingly saturated beer market? Have we reached “peak beer”? More importantly, would I come back here?

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Double-Tortilla Tacos at Tacomio & Double-Starch Grilled Cheese at Hi-Five

Tacomio (block away from Taishoken Ramen) opened in March but I hadn’t tried it until last week. They do guisados (Mexican stew) style tacos. Are they good enough or different enough to dethrone the current king, La Taqueria?

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Flirting with Danger: Thai Sour Cured Pork Ribs with Brett Beer

Kin Kao on Commercial Drive was the first Thai restaurant in Vancouver to serve Sour Cured Pork Ribs that are fermented with cooked rice for a few days then deep fried. I love the sour tang (similar to flavours in some kinds of charcuterie), and it’s excellent with beer! (You can read my review of Kin Kao here.)

Recently, Longtail Kitchen started serving their own version that had a more pronounced sour tang:

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