British Columbia,Canada,Complimentary,Events,Media,North Vancouver

The District Restaurant Group Gastro-Tour

31 Oct , 2014  

The Little District, North Vancouver

Near the end of August, I was invited to attend a little gastro-tour of The District Restaurant Group‘s 3 restaurants, Little District Roadhouse, El Matador, and The District Brasserie.

I have previously dined at Little District, once for a whiskey and bourbon tasting, and a few times just during my lunch break as I work around the corner (side note, come see me for a massage at North Shore Wellness Centre!), so I have a decent understanding of their menu.

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Brewery,British Columbia,Canada,Complimentary,Media,Type,Vancouver

Vancouver Brewery Tours

18 Oct , 2014  

Vancouver Brewery Tours

I love beer, so it’s no surprise that when I was offered a free spot aboard the Vancouver Brewery Tours that I made space in my schedule to attend.

They offer tours all year round on the following days and times:

  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Friday      12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday  12:00 pm to 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm *on select dates
  • Sunday    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Booking a tour is easy to do, and all that’s required from you is to show up and enjoy. From complete beer newbies to seasoned craft beer nerds, there’s plenty of new information to take in, and don’t forget the chance to indulge in plenty of craft beer samples with no worries of transportation.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

On my particular tour on Thursday, we visited R&B Brewing, Bomber Brewing and Postmark Brewing. All 3 of these breweries could not be anymore different in their styles of beer and actual physical locations. That’s the beauty of craft beer, the chance to really be creative and unique.

Rachel was our tour guide for the day, and she was bright, bubbly and knew every in and out of the beer industry. Along for the tour was a family from Australia, and a couple from Ontario, so we were small in numbers, which mead it more personable and easier to manage.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

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Asian,British Columbia,Canada,Cuisine,Vancouver,Vietnamese

Lam Hoa Quan

23 Sep , 2014  

Lam Hoa Quan

I’m currently working my way through a backlog of old drafts and forgotten albums of restaurants, events, etc, so excuse me if these are short, void of information, or even outdated…to me, I’ll feel a lot better to have these published than languishing in the depths of the internet, never to be seen.

If you were to ask where you could get a bowl of Bún bò Huế  in Vancouver, you could find it at pretty much any Vietnamese restaurant. Whether it’s good or not is a whole other question, and of course that’s all down to personal opinion, taste preferences, and experiences. However, this is my blog so I’m gonna tell ya exactly where I think the best is, and that’s at Lam Hoa Quan on Victoria Drive. Whether it’s sunny or raining out, anytime is a good time for a bowl of comfort.

It’s a hot and ‘dirty’ (as in the soup has a whackload of lemongrass, chili, oil, greens) bowl filled to the brim with everything but the kitchen sink, such as pork knuckle, pigs blood, beef slices, beef balls, Vietnamese ham. If it’s not spicy enough, you get a side of thinly sliced shallots & bird’s eye chili to amp it up. I could go on and on, but the fact that I regularly frequent this place and normally empty the bowl, should be more than enough to convince you to try it out.

If spicy isn’t for you, I also recommend their pho ga, chicken noodle soup. Best for when you’re feeling a cold coming on, with plenty of ginger and chicken broth goodness.

Lam Hoa Quan

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Clubhouse Japanese Restaurant

23 Sep , 2014  

Clubhouse Japanese Restaurant

I’m currently working my way through a backlog of old drafts and forgotten albums of restaurants, events, etc, so excuse me if these are short, void of information, or even outdated…to me, I’ll feel a lot better to have these published than languishing in the depths of the internet, never to be seen.

After winning some gift cards from a dodgeball tournament, my team came to redeem and have a celebratory 2nd winner dinner. Clubhouse is a bit of a dive, so it’s pretty much guaranteed I have a fondness for it, and the staff is so friendly it’s hard not to like it!

We ordered a variety of things to share, such as Val’s usual tuna tataki with ponzu, an assortment of rolls, some strange baked avocado with cheese, and Clubhouse’s claim to fame, okonomiyaki, aka a Japanese savoury pancake with any combination of ingredients. The quality is there, but don’t expect amazing or revolutionary, just simple food for the upcoming False Creek neighbourhood.

Clubhouse Japanese Restaurant

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2014 CAMRAPALOOZA (V) AT THE ALIBI ROOM

23 Sep , 2014  

Before you proceed any further, read about the 2013 CAMRAPALOOZA at The Alibi Room! Pictorial ahead, so lots of beer and no words. Enjoy.

2014 Camrapalooza (V)
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British Columbia,Canada,High Tea,Tea,Uncategorized,Vancouver

The Urban Tea Merchant – Mooncake Collection and Tea Service

3 Sep , 2014  

mooncake

My Tuesday afternoon was pleasantly spent at one of my favourite tea shops in the city – The Urban Tea Merchant. I was invited to come in to try their new tea service and learn a bit about the featured teas.
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Asian,British Columbia,Canada,Cuisine,Japanese,Richmond

Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen リッチモンドでラーメン屋『家家家』

24 Jul , 2014  

Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen リッチモンドでラーメン屋『家家家』

Yesterday, Val and I were headed to NanChuu on Alexandra for to fulfill my ramen craving of late, only to find them closed. As an alternative, Korean hot pot beside Bubble World was suggested, and they were closed for renovations. Frustrated and hungry, we decided to try the little Taiwanese restaurant beside Richmond Sushi. Gone, but replaced with Yah-Yah-Ya ramen. Ramen craving fulfilled, just our luck!

Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen リッチモンドでラーメン屋『家家家』
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Alcohol,Beer,British Columbia,Canada,Complimentary,Events,Media,Vancouver

2014 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Closing

23 Jul , 2014  

Yikes, I’ve been slacking and procrastinating extra hard recently. No words required for this wondrous event known as the VCBW closing, an event so big it spans 2 days due to the amount of awesome amazing beer available!

2014 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Closing
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Burgundy Restaurant Menu Tasting

11 Jul , 2014  

Burgundy Restaurant

Born from love and a dream, Burgundy is helmed by two best friends, Erica Kosciuk and Lisa Skelton. Walking in, you’ll see a minuscule 30 seater restaurant, cozy yet eclectic with the decor, and a French inspired menu. I actually had quite a deja vu feeling, as it reminded me of Caché Bistro & Lounge (which closed in March sadly).

Burgundy Restaurant

As this was a menu tasting, the meal was complimentary. I was not paid to write this review.

Upon our arrival, we were handed a Gin n’ Juice - Bombay, Aperol, orange, grapefruit and cherry juice, peach bitters, ginger ale. 

Burgundy Restaurant

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Bourbon Tasting at The Little District

20 Jun , 2014  

This past Saturday, I stopped by The Little District in the heart of Upper Lonsdale in North Vancouver for a Bourbon tasting, in honour of National Bourbon Day and Father’s Day.

My own experiences with bourbon probably start and end at Jim Bean, which can be seen as an entry or beginner bourbon. Knowing my lack of experience and willingness to try new flavors, Jeremiah, the General Manger, took care of us and poured us a trio of bourbons he thought would best represent the range of flavours possible.

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Tasting Notes:
heavy rye, pepper, spicy, dry and sharp finish

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel

Tasting Notes:
vanilla, caramel, honey, long and warm finish, easy sipping

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Tasting Notes:
Floral, pollen, cinnamon, warm and easy

This was a great introduction to the world of Bourbon, which I feel can be intimidating.

In addition to the higher end bourbons, Jeremiah also brought out their in-house Jim Bean infused creations, Apple Cinnamon, Dried Cherries and Coffee and Brown Sugar. Fine for sipping alone albeit a bit sweet, these are more suited for adding some creative impact in cocktails.

Sipping alcohol, no matter how small the amount is never a good idea without food, so we ordered the Boneless Demon Wings ($12)and the Oven Roasted Bone Marrow ($12) . Boneless chicken “wings” with a thick and spicy sauce accompanied with bleu cheese dip, a good take on the traditional buffalo wings. The bone marrow came topped with garlic herb butter and parmesan and served with a bread roll. Both excellent dishes and decently priced as well.

*Disclaimer – The bourbon was complimentary, but we paid for our food.

The Little District, North Vancouver

The Little District, North Vancouver
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