JJ Bean

I’ve heard about JJ Bean from GRock a while ago, and I didn’t really know what the fuss was.  More googling however got me intrigued about their mocha, as it seems like they make the best one in town.

JJ Bean - Stout Braised Beef SandwichMy first visit was to the Main Street location, I didn’t try their mocha, as I went their for lunch I thought I’d splurge on food instead.  I got the Stout Braised Beef Sandwich (~$9) which came with a little salad, which I thought was a nice touch.  I wonder if I had gotten it to-go, whether the salad would’ve come with.  Dining in, they also heat up the sandwich on a panini press.

Temperature-wise, the sandwich should’ve been on the press longer…as the beef in the middle was still kind of chilly.  I would say though that there was a decent amount of stout-braised beef from Two Rivers in between the rye ciabatta bun.  There was also supposed to be tomato chutney, arugula and horseradish mayo, but really since there was so much meat, the only other thing I could taste was the arugula.

JJ Bean - False CreekOn another visit, I decided to take Fannypack to the False Creek location after a morning run in that area.

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Food Cart Fest Vancouver

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.

Food Cart Fest VancouverIt 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.

Food Cart Fest Vancouver - Guanaco TruckI 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.

Guanaco - Chicharron Pupusa PlatterI 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

Shishinori

ShishinoriFannypack 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.

Shishinori - interiorShishinori has a pretty small interior but they did manage to squeeze in an ample amount of seating.  Come sunset though, most of the seats do get the sun in the face.

Shishinori - Wild Salmon Paradise BowlThere 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.

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Browns Socialhouse

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.

Browns Socialhouse - interiorWe went to the Lougheed location.  It was a great location with free parking.  It looks very modern and chic.  We like it!

Browns Socialhouse - Weekend MimosasAs 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!

Browns Socialhouse - La Petite Social Salad SheShe picked their La Petite Social Salad ($10.25) which features housemade flatbread, poached eggs, salsa, green salad, fresh pesto, balsamic and olive oil dressing.

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Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Luncheon

Cheese Rolling Festival luncheon at ForageTo 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!!!!

11 pound cheese wheelThe 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.

Doug Smith of Natural PasturesWe also got to meet the operations manager Doug Smith of Natural Pastures.  He gave us a quick talk about the family business and the types of cheese they make.

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