Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Yew Seafood + Bar’s Holiday Media Reception. The event featured festive creations by Executive Chef Edgar Kano, a gorgeous array of desserts by Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar, a variety of fun and festive cocktails, highlights from their new menu and their legendary holiday stollen. We also had the chance to meet Evan Morgan, YEW’s new Restaurant Chef. Here are a few photos from the event.
There was a whole lot of festive food and cocktails at this year’s Fairmont Hotel Holiday Party. As a media guest, I was treated to much deliciousness at this year’s event held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Chef-led seafood, pasta, carving, dessert stations and more
A cup of coffee shared with friends is happiness tasted and time well spent. I had the opportunity to taste the new Nespresso Festive Collection inspired by Paris cafe culture. Delicious cups of coffee was paired with personalized pastries created by Beaucoup Bakery.
The Nespresso Original and Vertuo machines were showcased at the event. The Original is compact, lightweight and offers the espresso experience. The Vertuo is more innovative and offers the authentic Espresso with crema over a full range of coffee styles.
The Limited Edition Variations capsules feature Paris-inspired tasting notes and flavour like the Original Variations Macaron (cereal notes and sweet almond flavour) and Vertuo Variations Madeline (hints of biscuit and sweet almond flavour).
An award-winning barista from Beaucoup Bakery offered customized latte art at the event.
Origo Club – a multi-concept establishment featuring a restaurant, cafe and art gallery – opened up in the Olympic Oval District of Richmond earlier this past summer (see post here). Following their successful launch, Origo Club has started offering an afternoon service available from Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 4 p.m. I was invited to a media tasting of the afternoon tea service at Origo Club. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
Priced at $45 per guest, the three-tier afternoon tea set features small bites, sandwiches and pastries served in Origo’s relaxed-yet-refined dining room and paired with a choice of tea or coffee. The service can also be supplemented with a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne for an additional $35 per person.
Overseeing Origo’s Afternoon Tea service is Café Manager and Pastry Chef Remi Ho, who honed his skills under such acclaimed local chefs as Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca), Kira Desmond (Secret Location) and Christophe Bonzon (Chez Christophe) before joining the team at Origo Club earlier this year.
Savouries in the afternoon tea set included:
Chou aux Champignons
choux pastry, mushroom duxelle
puff pastry, coppa, spinach, gruyère cheese
Sandwiche au Saumon Fumé
white bread gravlax, capers, crème fraiche
Canard et Cerises au Kirsch
seared duck breast, Kirsch-marinated cherries
Scone avec Crème et Confiture
plain and savoury scone, served with house-made jam and fresh cream
The sweets included in the afternoon tea set were:
Éclair au Gianduja et Fruits de la Passion
choux pastry, gianduja whipped ganache, passionfruit caramel
Flan au Fromage Blanc
pâte brisée, cream cheese, vanilla bean
Tartelette au Citron
lemon curd, lemon meringue
pistachio sponge, rum and vanilla chantilly, fruit
burnt butter almond cake
My favourites were the seared duck breast, scones, eclair, pistachio sponge, and lemon tart. I liked that the sweets weren’t very sweet and the ornate teaware was very charming!
Reservations for afternoon tea can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-285-8889 or booking online via OpenTable.
Address: 10-6888 River Rd, Richmond, BC
There’s a new place in Davie Village to get your fried chicken fix. Juke Fried Chicken has opened their second location known as ‘Little Juke’ at 1074 Davie Street. Little Juke is open seven days a week from 11 am to late and features the same casual, laidback atmosphere and Southern-inspired fare as the original Juke Fried Chicken in Chinatown.
Little Juke Food Menu
Aside from serving up Juke’s trademark gluten-free, non-GMO-grain-fed and free-range regular and spicy fried chicken available in various drums-and-thighs sizes, Little Juke will also offer new menu items.
These include quarter, half or whole rotisserie chickens, Vietnamese-inspired nuoc cham ribs, ‘Big Boy’ fried chicken sandwiches, and sides like mac & cheese poppers and roast potatoes, as well as weekend brunch options on Saturday and Sunday. Little Juke offers a fully licensed counter-service space with seating for 22 as well as take-out or delivery options.
Little Juke Bar Menu
At the bar, Little Juke will add thick milkshakes to the menu as well as wine, cider, a selection of local craft beer from Postmark, Strange Fellows, Superflux and Moody Ales, and rotating batched cocktail creations such as Moscow Mules, Old Fashioneds and Negronis.
I attended a a media event last night where we were able to try their new menu offerings. I really enjoyed the rotisserie chicken, Vietnamese-inspired nuoc cham ribs and the Mac & Cheese poppers. As I live in the West End neighbourhood, I will definitely be back for more! Here are a few photos from the media event.
Address: 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver BC
Joe Fortes is known for having one of the best restaurant patios in Vancouver. The patio which overlooks Robson Street is an urban oasis featuring a garden, outdoor fireplace, and bustling horseshoe bar.
I attended Joe Forte’s annual summer patio party recently because nothing says summer like delicious food, sunshine, a beautiful patio and good vibes. While the good weather lasts, be sure to check them out for refreshing summer cocktails, fresh oysters and delicious entrees like lobster & shrimp rolls, chicken & waffles, and more. Here is a photo recap of the event:
Not to be missed are the pie selection including Lemon Meringue Pie, Apple Crumble, Bourbon Pecan and Espresso Chocolate Chiffon.
Address: 777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC
The sun is shining and there’s no better way to spend summer in Vancouver than sipping cocktails on a rooftop patio. The patio at D/6 Lounge and Bar in Parq Vancouver is now open for all-day dining (11:30 am – 9:30 pm). Whether it’s lunch with a laptop or a lavish affair with your crew, D/6’s thoughtful all-day fare menu works for any occasion. I was recently invited to long table lunch at D/6 Bar and Lounge. Here’s a look at the delicious eats and sips I enjoyed.
Disclosure: All food and drinks at this media event were complimentary.
Perched beneath the eaves of BC Place on the 6th floor of Parq Vancouver, D/6’s patio is a great place to enjoy cocktails al fresco.
My favourites from the luncheon were the Trio, Edamame Hummus, Chicken Wing Bar, Farmstead Greek Feta Salad, and Pride Cake.
D/6 Bar & Lounge at Parq Vancouver
Address: 39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC
Headed to a Vancouver Canadians game this season? You never have to sacrifice a yummy meal to catch a ball game in this city. Last week, I was invited to attend a media tour to see what they’re serving up this year at Nat Bailey Stadium. From 3 foot long hot dogs, pulled pork tottine to the new Oreo Churros and Sweet Tea, here’s a look at the food options available when you attend your next Vancouver Canadians game.
Top Food Picks for Food at the Nat
This season’s top picks include some old favourites and new menu items.
Double Pig Mac and Cheese ($12)
This twist on the mac n’ cheese is topped with smoked pulled pork, bacon chunks, tangy gold bbq sauce, parsley, green onions and sour cream.
The Nat Bat ($16)
Smoked Jumbo turkey legs smothered in Coors Banquet BBQ Sauce – need I say more?
3 Foot Long Yard Dog
Perfect for sharing with friends or enjoying on your own if you are up to a challenge.
Pulled Pork Tottine ($9)
My personal favourite featuring Cavendish tater tots, smoked pulled pork, gravy, cheese, green onion and sour cream.
New at the Nat
New this year at Nat Bailey Stadium are the Oreo Churros and Sweet Tea.
Move over ice cream because Churros covered with Oreos should be the go-to dessert at the Nat.
Brewed fresh, this super sweet tea is just like the traditional sweet teas you’d find down South
BBQ PICNIC IN THE PARK
The Vancouver Canadians BBQ Picnic In The Park has become the most popular group experience out at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium during the summer season. This area is perfect for hosting team-building staff events, client appreciation parties, team wind-ups, birthday parties and reunions for groups of 30 to 400 guests.
The Park features an all-you-can-eat BBQ, walk-up service bar, and your own section in the picnic area complete with tables, chairs and umbrellas. Food options include seasoned BBQ chicken, seasoned BBQ chicken, char-grilled hot dogs, corn on the cob and more.
The Keg Caesar Bar
The Keg has a special stand at Nat Bailey serving classic Keg Caesars ($9).
The tasty food options at Nat Bailey will certainly keep you satisfied when you attend a Vancouver Canadians game. To find out when the next Vancouver Canadians game is happening, visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t435.
At the newly opened Laurence and Chico Cafe, the worlds of fashion and food collide. New York-based designers, Laurence Li and Chico Wang, are known for their vividly-coloured contemporary accessories and womenswear brand sported by the likes of Cardi B and Solange Knowles. But in this new joint venture, the fashion duo have decided to open a stylish cafe in Laurence’s hometown of Vancouver.
The 2,000 square feet space located at the corner of Robson and Bute is part cafe and part fashion retail store. I attended a media preview at Laurence and Chico Cafe last week. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
It’s all in the details and Laurence and Chico have dressed up the cafe in whimsical fashions from head to toe. From the creature-esque armchairs, colourful murals to intricately dressed mannequins, your head will be turning once you walk into Laurence and Chico.
On the cafe side, you’ll find pastries, cakes and confections sourced from local bakeries as well as espresso-based beverages. Afternoon tea service is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
Some of the pastries I tried at the event include a pistachio eclair, lemon meringue tart, strawberry cream puff and more.
French artisanal ice cream parlour, La Glace, also supplies ice cream treats to the cafe.
On the retail side, items designed by Laurance and Chico are available for purchase including postcards, bags, t-shirts and more.
While you are at the cafe, you might just want to take a selfie or two inside the restroom. One of the restrooms is rubber ducky themed where you just need to look up and you can see the ceiling adorned with them.
There’s also a floral-themed bathroom featuring paper-mache flowers.
I look forward to seeing what is in store with Laurence and Chico in the future in terms of fashion and at the cafe.
Laurence and Chico
Address: 833 Bute St, Vancouver, BC
The Westin Bayshore‘s onsite restaurant, H2 Rotisserie & Bar, just celebrated their one year anniversary! Time certainly flies and it does feel like yesterday that I attended their grand opening party (see post here). At a special celebration for media last week, attendees raised a toast to summer with delicious bites, handcrafted cocktails and live music. Chef Caitlin Mark also prepared some delicious rotisserie carvings for guests. Here are a few photos from the event.