It’s finally happened — Vancouver now has a dedicated craft cider bar. Orchard & The Sea opened on July 14 (a week ago as I write this), and operates out of The Birds & The Beets space in Gastown on Thursday and Friday nights from 6pm-11pm, and Saturday night from 5pm-11pm (sort of like a pop-up restaurant). I’m fairly new to the whole cider thing, but already know that I don’t like the syrupy sweet mass-market ciders out there. Maybe I’ll find something more to my taste here?
Continue reading I got her number! How do you like them apples? Orchard & The Sea Cider Bar in Gastown
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?
Continue reading First Look: Red Truck Beer & Truck Stop Diner Soft Opening
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?
Continue reading Double-Tortilla Tacos at Tacomio & Double-Starch Grilled Cheese at Hi-Five
After the big Vietnamese blowout during Day 9, we headed to Koreatown for one last evening of decadent beer food.
- Beer Belly (Koreatown)
- Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)
Continue reading LA Day 9/10 – A Last Hurrah at Possibly the Most Decadent Beer Place in LA, Plus a Final Taste of LA Vietnamese Food
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!
Continue reading Brassneck Inertia Imperial Stout + Cheese (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites)
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.
Continue reading Street Food Quickie: Bacon Cheeseburger at The Local Omnivore
One surefire way to reinvigorate your tired culinary life is to let someone else make the decisions for you! As much as I love eating the same stinky Epoisse and intensely nutty Extra Aged Mimolette, I was stuck in a bit of a cheese rut. So when I saw these “brown bags” on Les Amis du Fromage’s Facebook page, it got me excited to try something new. Continue reading Food Crush: Alice’s Brown Bag Tasting from Les Amis du Fromage
The Rio Theatre on Broadway near Commercial held a Portlandia marathon called Portlandiapalooza, featuring “artisan grilled cheese” and special Portland beers. I had a super-fun time and could’ve stayed a lot longer than I did. Continue reading Portlandiapalooza at Rio Theatre: Artisan Grilled Cheese & Portland Beers
Whatever your feelings about Vancouver Foodster, he was running a Mac ‘n Cheese Challenge and mac ‘n cheese is a GREAT THING. I didn’t get to try at least three kinds (minimum required to be able to vote in the contest) but I did manage to try two…Milestones and Kessel&March. First up, Milestones on Robson.
*Contest is over and winners have been announced here. Kessel&March won in the Media Judge category! 🙂 Continue reading A Tale of Two Mac ‘n Cheeses: Milestones vs Kessel&March
Our food & beer adventures in SF! There’s so much to do there, we’ll have to go back soon! This trip was all about having too much on our list to do, but being relaxed and open-minded enough to just let things happen and take chances when they come up! Continue reading Serendipity in San Francisco – June 2013