I think the Summer Edition of Vanfoodster’s Tasting Plates would be more aptly named as “East Vancouver in 20 Tasty Bites or Less”. For a mere $30, participants get a tasting map pinpointing locations of restaurants from which tasteful bites can be obtained. I managed to hit 8 places in 2 1/2 hours but I cheated as my friend Kark aka @mywinepal had wheels. So, ready, get set, EAT!!!
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Trafiq Café & Bakery (4216 Main Street): http://www.cafetrafiq.ca/
Left: 1. Salted Caramel Pecan Cookie; 2. Killer Brownie; 3. Lemon Blueberry Tartlet -OR-
Right: 1. Artichoke Quiche with sundried tomato, 2. Baked Brie Toast Points with dulce de leche served on cranberry pecan bread; 3. Roasted Red Pepper & Chevre on walnut rosemary bread
The salted caramel cookie was delectable and the canapes very tasty and this seemed to be a favorite among many of my friends I ran into at this event.
Bob Likes Thai Food (3755 Main Street) www.boblikesthaifood.com/
1. MIANG KHAM [mîəŋ kʰam], Piper sarmentosum or chaphlu leaves, roasted coconut shavings, Lime, Shallot, Peanut and Ginger with Tamarind Palm Sugar sauce.
2. TUNA CHILLI DIP (spicy), Tuna, Garlic, Chilli, Lime leaf, mashed in Mortar served with Cucumber
3. BOB’S CHIP: fried rice ball of red curry paste, lime leaf and black sesame seeds
4. PAPAYA SALAD: shredded green papaya with green beans, tomato, garlic, chillies, fresh lime juice
I had item #2 first which had me running for the hills for a glass of water, but other than the thact that I sorched my thangue, I reely reely liked this restaurant once I could get my lips to move again!
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. (4186 Main Street): http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca/
NATURALLY MEATY: Spicy certified organic beef, sulphate free Italian sausage, ripe tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, asiago cheese and fresh herbs.
When I have pizza, I usually order it without cheese as I’m allergic to dairy, so I gave my piece to my friend who promptly gobbled it up with his and assured me that I was missing a great piece of pizza. Who asked cha anyway?
Sal y Limon (Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)): http://www.salylimon.ca
Taco pollo pibil
I’m not a big fan of chicken breast, but once you taste this slow roasted chicken taco with its fresh cilantro and flavourful sauce, it just proves that great food doesn’t have to be complicated, just fresh ingredients executed flawlessly. And when you look at their menu, this taco only costs $2.25 each or $2.75 with cheese – now that’s frugally tasty!
Fray (3980 Fraser Street): http://fray.me/
1. Portobello Fries, 2. Rosemary-Infused Potato and Taro Chips
3. Polenta Salad, 4. Pork Belly Sandwich
We waited the longest to be served at this place and when we did get the food, it seemed that item 2 was just store bought potato chips and where was item 3, we we were sure the yellow object wasn’t polenta salad. We were thinking perhaps that the restaurant wasn’t quite organized for this event. I did however, like the pork belly and the portebello fries.
Salt Spring Coffee Company (4295 Main Street): www.saltspringcoffee.com/
Spiced mocha featuring Metta espresso. Organic cocoa and warm spices compliment our four bean espresso blend.
This is what real coffee tastes like and guess what, I was able to have it decaffeinated and with almond milk – hooray!
Triple O’s on the Go (Mobile Food Truck –located on Main Street – just South of Broadway on the East side of the street)https://www.tripleos.com/
1. Orange Creamsicle Milkshake: “Hand scooped vanilla bean ice cream and candied orange syrup, served with fresh whipped cream”
2. Butterfinger Milkshake: “Hand scooped vanilla bean ice cream and crushed Butterfinger, served with fresh whipped cream”
3. Meatball Sliders: house made meatballs smothered in marinara sauce, served on our toasted mini slider bun with pesto and provolone cheese
What is there not to like about meatballs and this was a big tasty bite. The milkshakes were absolutely decadent and I could tell tasted exactly like Butterfinger and Creamsicle, even though I could only have one sip.
mygoodness! gluten & wheat free kitchen (235 East Broadway):
Butter tart and Goodie Bag with Crackers/ cheese, queijos (Brazilian cheese bread) with salsa, & mini carrot cake)
The butter tart was surprisingly great as well as the mini carrot cake, not being dense as most gluten-free baked goods tend to be. The Brazilian cheese bread tasted more like cheese scones, but the crackers I didn’t particularly care for as they didn’t have much flavour.
What I liked about Tasting Plates was that it gave me an excuse to explore a neighbourhood which I normally don’t frequent and discover some new places to eat without having to commit to a full dinner. Bravo and now, I’m eagerly awaiting for the Fall edition of Tasting Plates and waiting for my next 20 tasty bites!