Have you ever had a bad meal at one of the many food trucks dotted around the streets of Vancouver? Looking back on the past couple of years I can honestly say that I’ve only had one sub par meal, and it wasn’t really “bad” it just could’ve been better. One of the newest trucks to hit the streets is the Street Meet Truck, this is one of the coolest looking trucks in town. It has a sweet chrome flying pig hood ornament, crazy graphics and sweet underside lighting but you’ll have to find them somewhere at night to check that out. Their truck is also a slightly different model than the ones used by other food truckers, it has a more “big rig” look to it, quite impressive.
Seeing as I decided to visit on the first really nice day of the year the line up was predictably long but the crew in the truck were upbeat and very friendly, pushing out food like a well oiled machine. The menu is described as Mediterranean food and it definitely is, with a decidedly Italian influence. Chef Alessandro Vianello and Chef Mike Carter say their goal is to bring addictive fine foods at an affordable price to the streets of Vancouver, let’s see how they did.
First up I had the Crispy Fried Risotto Balls with slow braised pork, green onions and truffle aioli. These are some tasty balls people. The crunch on the outside is just right and the rich warm goodness inside is very rich and full of flavour. Served on a bed of greens the left over aioli also makes a nice little salad to accompany the risotto balls. Very nice.
Next I had the Grilled Spicy Italian Sausage with stewed red peppers and Taleggio cheese served on a toasted baguette. The sausage is made from high quality local pork and it tastes great, just a little heat and not too salty. The casing has a nice snap to it as well. The baguette poses a challenge to those looking to stay clean, it takes some biting power to get through the toasted crust and you may end up with stewed red peppers on your shirt. The bun is great though, very fresh and airy inside. The Cheese is very soft and gooey and adds a nice creamy balance to the acid of the peppers and the heat of the sausage. There are also some scratch made potato chips with this dish that are really good.
So there it is, another great meal from one of Vancouver’s ever growing family of food trucks. To find out where the Street Meet Truck is at Follow them on Twitter @StreetMeetTruck, Check out their website at StreetMeetTruck.ca or use the uber awesome Street Food App on your iPhone (an Android version would be nice…nudge nudge)
The VANEATS.ca crew have done it again, a dining pass for a food truck? That’s my kind of package!! The Kaboom Box is located at the corner of Robson and Granville (beside Sears) and offers local and sustainable food including Oceanwise seafood and organic veggies whenever possible. This package is called Kaboom In A Box, search for #KaboomInABox on Twitter, and offers your choice of a fried oyster po’ boy or the hot salmon smoked “Salmwich”. It comes with an amazing poutine and a beverage all for $8.50? Yup, that’s a sweet deal!
I chose the Gulf Island Fried Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich. It’s made with locally sourced sustainable oysters that are panko breaded and deep fried. They’re nestled lovingly in a great whole wheat bun with some signature slaw and house made tartar sauce. Grab some napkins, this guy’s as messy at it is tasty. The oysters are full of oceany (yes that’s a word…) goodness and the flavour of actual oyster is still front and centre with the sauce, slaw and bun playing their backup roles perfectly.
The “BC Poutine’ is a nice departure from heavy animal based gravy poutines. The gravy is made with local mushrooms and the crispy fries and real cheese curds make up quite the threesome of flavour in your mouth. The green onions are a nice touch too, adding a little freshness and bite to the dish. I opted for water to drink as I did’t want any sugary drink messing with these great flavours.
Make sure you say Hi to Andy, Brian and Matt, the Kaboom Box crew! They’re doing some great things out of that tiny food truck!
The #KaboomInABox pass goes on sale May 2nd at 7am and you can get it at VANEATS.ca!! I would also like to give a special shoutout to Kev and Billzzzz from VANEATS.ca for their support and for filling me with delicious food on a regular basis, you guys ROCK!
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Tagged cheese curds, food, Food trucks, Kaboom Box, KaboomInABox, Restaurants, vacation, VanEats.ca, VANEATSca, wheat bun
This years Variety BC Food Fight! The Battle For Brunch has come and gone and was a great success! Over 200 people were in attendance at The Terminal City Club to judge brunch items made by 6 of Vancouver’s best chefs. This years participants included Yew Restaurant & Bar, Save On Meats, Tigh-na-mara Seaside Spa Resort, The Abercorn Hotel, The Terminal City Club and Ebo Restaurant.
Hosted by the energetic and charming Fred Lee the event was very fun and upbeat, all of the chefs did a great job and created some fabulous brunch dishes, lots of money was raised for a charity very close to my heart and everyone had a great time. The winner (two years in a row!) was the one and only Chef Ned Bell from Yew Restaurant with his take on a reverse Eggs Benedict served in a de-constructed style in a jar, it was so good I had two!! I’ve never eaten so many perfectly poached eggs in my life!
Check the rest of the pictures below!
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Tagged brunch dishes, Chef Ned Bell, food, Foof Fight! The battle for brunch 2012, Restaurants, Terminal City Club, Terminal City Club Vancouver, travel, vacation, Variety, Variety BC, yolk porn
These VANEATS.ca dining packages just keep getting better, this time I was invited to try the #PalkiPassion package at Palki Restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. I love Indian food, I grew up and still live in Surrey where there’s a ton of great Indian food and I ate a lot of samosas and butter chicken at my friends houses when I was a kid so I feel extra qualified to judge good Indian cuisine. Palki did not disappoint and this is easily the best value I’ve seen in a package, at $14 this is a lot of food! Lots of good food makes Scott happy.
The package is billed as a 7 course meal but everything comes at once, 5 items on a smoking hot plate called the Palki Platter and the butter chicken and naan come separately. I actually started off with some Pakoras with a mint chutney and a tamarind chutney and they were excellent but they aren’t part of the package. The items that come on the sizzling plate are Chicken Tikka, a Tandoori Prawn, a Vegetable Samosa, a Lamb Barrah Kebab and Murg Malai Tikka (also chicken) with some green pepper for garnish.
The Lamb was amazing, so flavourful and tender. It’s a portion of a rack roasted in a Tandoor oven (as are most meats in this package). Both chicken dishes were also really tasty but my favourite was the Murg Malai Tikka which is marinated in sour cream and spices before being roasted. The Prawn was good but looked a little lonely all by itself so I had to eat it first… The Samosa was pretty good, maybe not the best I’ve ever had but I’ve had some incredible samosas in my day. This one was still quite good, a little more seasoning perhaps. The Green Peppers, although not listed as a course, were fantastic taking in the flavours of all the ingredients on the platter.
Now to the star of the show, The Butter Chicken. I LOVE BUTTER CHICKEN! It has to be in my top 3 favourite foods so finding a really great butter chicken is a big deal to me. This Butter Chicken is a big deal. Not only does it look absolutely dead sexy as it bubbles away in it’s candle powered warming dish with it’s swirl of seductive cream just waiting to be mixed in. Whoa, I just blacked out there for a minute! Thankfully it tastes as good as it looks, rich and creamy with a depth of flavour that only Indian sauces can conjure up, it’s like magic in a bowl. Add in the tender chicken and Onion Cilantro Nana bread to soak up the sauce and you have pure food heaven.
All this for $14 people, this one’s a sure thing. If you’re not into spicy food or have never tried Indian food this is the perfect opportunity as the spices are very well balanced throughout the meal and the flavours are very accessible to the inexperienced palate.
Go to VANEATS.ca to check out this and other great dining packages!!!
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Tagged Butter Chicken, chicken dishes, food, Indian food, mint chutney, Palki, Plaki Commercial Drive, Restaurants, samosas, tamarind chutney, Tandoori, tikka, VanEats.ca
Another Longtable dinner at The Pumphouse Pub has come and gone and with Beerthirst hosting and Green Flash Brewing Co. as the featured brewer it was one I was looking forward to. Greenflash makes amazing beer, their West Coast IPA is in my top 5 for bottled beer and is probably my number 1 draught beer. This was a 5 course affair with a unique beer pairing for each course, as is the case with every Longtable dinner.
Course 1 was Thai Green Mango Salad with cold water shrimp, shredded coconut, bean sprouts and cashews. It was paired with the Rayon Vert, a Belgian style pale ale. Very nice pairing although the Rayon Vert has a tendency to foam up in your mouth when you drink it right after eating so it was tough to fully judge the way they complimented each other. The salad was refreshing and well balanced which is how I would also describe the beer. Nice combo.
Course 2 was Coconut Curry Prawns with Jicama and Pineapple slaw paired with West Coast IPA. West Coast IPA is, as I said above, an amazing beer especially on tap and it paired very well with the curried prawns and the sweet jicama and pineapple slaw. Jicama is a strange looking root vegetable that has the taste and texture of a slightly less sweet apple so pairing it with pineapple brought out the sweetness even more. If I had blind taste tested this dish I probably would have guessed the slaw was shredded apple.
Course 3 was Spicy dry rubbed Roast Beef with Caramelized Yams. It was paired with the Le Freak Belgian IPA. The Le Freak is a very hop and Brett forward beer that is not for the craft beer newbie and this was a ballsy pairing. I found that it paired very well with the caramelized yams, slightly less so with the beef. There was something about the sweetness of the yams that made a great partner to this aggressive beer.
Course 4 was Grilled Jerk Salmon with Miso Scallops and Coconut Rice. It was paired with the Imperial IPA. This was an interesting dish, the salmon was a nice partner top the very hop forward IPA but the scallops didn’t really seem to fit with this dish. The rice was an interesting choice as well. I think it was arborio rice which is typically used for risotto but it was prepared like regular rice for this dish. I’ve never had arborio rice prepared this way and I’m not sure I would ever use a grain with such potential in such a pedestrian way. The IPA was, as one would expect, fantastic just like everything that Green Flash does.
The 5th and final course was Chocolate Velvet Pie (aka Mouse) with a Raspberry Shortbread Crust and Grated White Chocolate. It was Paired with the Double Stout, an 8.8% abv monster that is frighteningly easy to drink. It’s so well balanced and has such amazing flavours that you don’t realize you’re getting absolutely plastered until you try and walk. The mouse was a very safe but very good pairing, stouts and chocolate are a no brainer. The raspberry crust wasn’t my cup of tea but that’s because I don’t like raspberry…weird right?
So there you have it folks, you should really come out to one of these things as they’re quite awesome and usually sell out for a reason. Beer and food pairings offer so much more variety and depth than wine could ever hope to, in my ever so humble opinion. I think a contest or something is the next logical step to get some new faces out to one of these great dinners… Now I just have to convince Norm.
Posted in Beer, Booze Reviews, Restaurant, Uncategorized, vancouver
Tagged Beerthirst, curry prawns, food, Green Flash Brewing, Greenflash brewing co, Longtable dinner, Pumphouse Pub, Restaurants, thai green mango salad, travel, vacation
I happened to stumble upon a food truck I had never tried the other day after my lunch plans fell through. Bada Bing, which was parked on Broadway just off of West Georgia, specializes in Philly Cheesesteaks offered with either chicken or beef. The truck looked pretty cool. lots of flames, clever windshield signage and the smell wafting up the street was irresistible.
I ordered the beef cheesesteak with a side of fries. They offer hot sauce and garlic sauce as toppings and of course I took them. The sandwich itself was big and fresh but the meat lacked any sort of seasoning and was quite grey and lifeless ( as one would assume a dead cow would be, I guess?). Luckily the garlic sauce and hot sauce were there to add some flavour. The bun seemed super fresh and the peppers and onions weren’t overcooked or mushy. The appearance of the sandwich in the picture isn’t a true representation of how it looked before it was wrapped in paper and carried 2 blocks to the HSBC building where I ate it.
The fries were actually outstanding, probably the best I’ve had from a food truck if not a close second to Fresh Local Wild. They were fresh, hot and crispy with great seasoning and a hint of garlic. Food truck fries seem to be a bit of an art form in terms of them actually being fresh. Most other vendors struggle with soggy, limp fries that are often cold. Whatever Bada Bing is doing is working.
Check them out at 655 Burrard street, outside of the Royal Centre/Hyatt Regency hotel.
NIMBY, an acronym for Not In My Back Yard, is a term used to describe people who oppose and change in their immediate vicinity. Having spent a number of years as a manager at Home Depot and Best Buy in my 20’s I am all too familiar with the NIMBY crowd. Nimby Burger resides in NIMBY central, also know as Kitsalano, at Cornwall and Yew. A throwback to the classic beach side burger stand, NIMBY is a walk up take out window on the side of Local Public Eatery, Serving only burgers, fries, milk shakes and cold drinks.
With a simple menu like this I was expecting great things from this cool little burger stand, so with that in mind I decided on the Dooblay, a double burger with double cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato and house made secret sauce. I backed that up with fries and a chocolate shake. The burger is made to order and isn’t sitting around before you get there, I can verify this as I saw them fire it on the griddle just after I ordered. The verdict? It was good, not overwhelmingly good though. I was honestly expecting fireworks given the burger only menu. The patties were quite thin so I’m glad I ordered a double. I think I was expecting something more like Five Guys and sadly this didn’t come close. Don’t get me wrong it was a tasty burger but I think that it could be so much more with a little tweak to the meat size and toppings available. Thankfully the fries and the milkshake were there to save the burger!
The fries are hand cut, as you can see in the picture to the left, and are shoestring which is not the norm for hand cut fries. These fries are so simple yet so good, just salted with no crazy seasoning. They were cook very well and were very hot and fresh. They are worth a return trip along with the milkshake, which was chocolate of course. This is a “real” milk shake made from real icecream and it’s damn good. they have 3 flavors, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, which means they only have 2 flavors because strawberry milkshakes are gross, right Rochelle?
Nimby Burger is only open for the rest of the Labor Day long weekend so if you want some beach side burger action and some good fries and a tasty shake get your butts down to Kits Beach for some summer goodness. Fear not though, they will be back next summer and their menu is available at Local on the Late Night Menu year round.