One of my running days with Fannypack is on Sundays. It just so happens that every Sunday, there’s a Food Cart Fest Vancouver held at the Olympic Village. So naturally we made plans to go after our weekly Sunday morning run. It costs $2 to enter unless you’re a certain demographic (Vancity member or food donation). Outside the gate they’ve posted a chalkboard of the vendors of the day. I was excited to see that Guanaco Truck was going to be here, as I’ve been wanting to try their pupusas ever since I’ve first tried pupusas at the Surrey Fusion Fest a few years back. I decided to get the Chicharron Pupusa Platter ($10). It came with their pupusa, which is a handmade tortilla filled with my choice of pork, with vegetables, cheese, loroco (a small unopened vine flower bud from Central America. Loroco tastes similar to chard, or a cross between mild broccoli and squash with light nutty overtones), and refried black beans; curtido (pickled slaw) and salsa de tomate (fresh tomato sauce). Also there was yucca fries. Continue reading
Fannypack and I have been at a running club for 3 weeks now, so we’ve been up and down a specific section of the Cambie strip for a while. Now we’ve noticed a little new Japanese restaurant called Shishinori serving Japanese style cafe-ish food. So we set a date to have dinner after one of our runs.
There was so much to choose from. I did finally manage to choose the Wild Salmon Paradise Bowl ($10.50) and made it a combo for $2.50 more. Actually, originally I wanted to get their Matcha Ice Cream Float with Mochi but was sadly informed that they’re cleaning out their soft serve machine…so no dice =( and settled for the combo instead.
SheShe has finally returned from her mat leave and I was finally able to lock down a brunch date with her…believe me it’s been a super long time coming. We decided to go somewhere close and Browns Socialhouse was our choice. She has been there before numerous times for brunch and recommended it.
As we were here for brunch, mimosas were for sure in order. Weekend Mimosas ($5) were a superb deal on, well, the weekends. Browns Socialhouse sure has some good deals on drinks every day of the week. It is made with fresh pressed orange juice and prosecco. Just the right amount of sweetness. Cheers for sweet and bubbly fun! Just like us!
To promote the upcoming 7th annual Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival happening this Saturday August 16 at Whistler Blackcomb, the Dairy Farmers of Canada has invited some media to a special cheesy luncheon held at Forage.
The Cheese Rolling Festival is an annual family event that features costume contests, cheese tastings, and of the main spectacle – the cheese rolling race, where participants will chase an 11-pound wheel of cheese down a hill! Best of all….it’s all free!!! From the gondola ride up to the whole event….it’s FREE FREE FREE!!!!
The feature cheese this year is courtesy of BC cheesemaker Natural Pastures. Their Courtenay Cheddar Cheese is what we are going to be tasting today. This was especially exciting to me because I had the chance to taste their Naturally Smoked Boerenkaas at EAT! Vancouver this year and absolutely loved it.
Apart from tasting the cheddar by itself, the organizers also invited the executive pastry chef of Barefoot Bistro, Dominic Fortin, to create some easy recipes using the cheese.
I’ve heard so much about Beta5 cream puffs that one day I finally decided to head down there with TDog to try them out. The kitchen is located in an industrial area (fittingly called Industrial Ave.). If not for Google maps and Beta5′s sandwich board, the store would be easy to miss. They have dedicated parking spots also.
Beta5 sure has a big selection of flavors, which you can see on their website. In addition to their usual offerings, they also have a featured flavor. Today it happened to be the Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Puff which TDog picked I decided on their most popular flavor — the Blueberry Yuzu Cream Puff. These babies are a bit pricy at $4.50 each but what did you expect eh?