The GOODS from House Wine
Vancouver, BC | Let’s face it, when it comes to wine, France is the reference. Producers around the world have been inspired to craft wines in her image. But how well do you really know the wines of France? From the famous regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy to the charming offerings of the Loire and Rhône Valleys as well as Alsace, we will take you to the motherland for an in depth Tour de France. Be prepared to stray off the beaten path and discover some lesser-known gems. Details and tickets after the jump… Read more
by Treve Ring | While most of Vancouver was making snow tracks, watching an outdoor-indoor hockey game or getting a membership card for Vancouver’s Gin Society, I was taking on 1,750 different wines at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Though I gave it my best college try, I didn’t get around to every booth. However, I did sample nearly all of the 110 sparkling wines on the tasting room floor – and most Champagnes a few times each. Bubbly was the theme after all. I’m just doing my job. France has now passed the sabre to Australia for the 2015 instalment, so listen for even more Aussie twang out Vancouver/Whistler way next February (if that’s even possible).
I spent some quality time with the infamous enological iconoclast, Michel Chapoutier. Now forever interred in my databank: “High acidity in wine is like love with a condom. You sacrifice pleasure for security.” And “You don’t need to be a gynecologist to make love. You don’t need to be a winemaker to enjoy wine.” And quite poetically, “Anyone who creates wines must be generous and festive. Without such qualities the creative act is doomed, sterile and vain.”
If you weren’t among 20,000 like-minded drinkers/tasters crushing 30,000 bottles of wine – ka-ching bottle depot – at wine fest (if you were, you might be in the gallery above), hopefully you were stocking up on good whisky before the barrels run dry.
Chalk one up for the little guys. Craft beer production is snatching up market share, while the big boys are sliding in sales. And that’s not even considering Vancouver’s newest source of brews, The Drug Users Resource Centre.
With the west coast’s love affair with fragrant, green crops (hops, naturally), what are we going to do about the upcoming hops shortfall? I may have pinpointed the exact cause; Driftwood Brewery’s spectacular Fat Tug IPA taking Best BC Beer in the 2014 CAMRA Vancouver Awards.
Oh well, if we run out of hops, there’s always kegged SakeOne Momokawa Organic Junmai Gingo saké on tap.
The Scots and their inventions. First bagpipes, and now this. Scottish punk craft brewers BrewDog has teamed up with UK restaurant chain Honest Burger to birth the Brew Burger – a beef burger infused with so much beer it requires ID.
And if you didn’t have enough to occupy yourself now, what with worrying about high acidity and condoms and running out of Fat Tug, you might want to do some reorganizing of records, recycling and your storage locker, seeing as its illegal in some states to use milk crates for anything besides milk.
Never Heard Of It is a new series that explores Vancouver’s many informal hole-in-the-wall eateries.
by Ken Tsui | Sitting down for lunch at the highly aromatic Panaderia Latina Bakery means you voluntarily surround yourself with canned peppers, chili sauces, South American sodas, and display cases loaded with cakes, pastries and meringues held together with enough dulce de leche to induce a serious contact sugar rush. It’s no small wonder that hungry diners get the anticipatory shakes when they watch the Chilean mother and daughter duo crank out the goods in the small kitchen. But before indulging in a slice of densely rich tres leches, flakey milhoja, or the granddaddy of Chilean desserts, torta hojaldra, temper your sweet tooth with a satisfyingly messy chacarero (a monstrous Chilean beef sandwich loaded with green beans and tomato) that arrives hot off the grill, or at least with a freshly baked empanada. All of the traditional Latin savouries and sweets are made daily from scratch, and everything is brought to the table with pride by people who make you feel right at home.
Panaderia Latina Bakery | 4906 Joyce Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-439-1414
We’ve invited Burnaby’s decadent Chez Christophe to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended room place to dig into. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.
The GOODS from The Bottleneck
Vancouver, BC | The Bottleneck and R&B Brewing are collaborating on our second beer dinner on Tuesday, March 11th. It will be based around the exciting theme of Fermentation. Think pickled, smoked and cured meats, cheeses, veggies prepared in remarkable ways! Todd Graham of R&B will be coming up with beers to match a menu crafted by chef Hugh Carbery. Tickets are limited and include a selection of cask beer matched with a four course dinner, all served in sequence and including desert. Doors open at 7pm with dinner served at 8pm. Tickets are $60 with tax included. Call 604-739-4540 or e-mail Juliana at julianamoore [at] livenation.com to reserve.Learn more after the jump… Read more
by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | There are several food growing-related things that our optimistic and resourceful species can do to ward off the doldrums of the LAST LEG of winter — to bridge the gap between now and the much anticipated Spring Equinox (March 20th, folks). Planning gets us totally pumped for the actions that the near future holds! Just a couple of weeks ago, we mentioned some of the planning aspects of getting ready for spring food growing. Now we can plan further by starting some seedlings indoors! There are many little seedlings we can and should be starting at this time, so let’s get them in the ground as soon as it warms. Yes!
So what should you be starting right now? You can get going onions, peppers, greens, kale, peas, and more. Some seedlings, such as peppers, will need a grow light and a bit more effort, but try starting some greens, peas, and onions inside by a sunny window to get a head start on the season. And, get this: You DON’T require a greenhouse. A sunny windowsill will do just fine for many seedlings until they are set outside. Get started with all the stuff and directions you’ll need after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Nicli Antica Pizzeria
Vancouver, BC | Everyone knows that the Italians are a passionate people – legendary lovers, great artists, superb wine-makers and amazing cooks who insist on only the finest ingredients. They don’t do anything by half measures and throw their heart and soul into the fine art of living well.
Starting Monday, March 3rd, Nicli will give you the opportunity to wine and dine like a true passionale Italian. Nicli is combining its amore of fine vino and Neapolitan pizza in a special three-course prix fixe Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two priced at $45. Each menu includes a shared antipasti, two pizzas and dessert. The Pizza Appassionato Menu is available only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for either lunch or dinner and it will change weekly to reflect the seasonal availability of ingredients.
If that isn’t enough to set your heart a-flutter, each time a Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two is purchased, one name will be entered into a monthly draw to win a very special bottle of wine. Each month will showcase a different wine and the odds of winning depend solely on how many menus are sold during that month. March’s wine is a very special bottle – Flaccianello delle Pieve 2009 (100 per cent Sangiovese) which retails for $250. The only stipulation is that the wine must be enjoyed with your next meal at Nicli.
Monthly draws will take place at 4pm on the last Friday of the month and winners will be notified within 24 hours. Winners will also be posted to our Facebook page. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | When Le Gavroche closed last month after some 35 years in business at 1616 Alberni, I half expected to see its old Victorian shell knocked down in favour of some crappy condo that a prominent architect staffed out to a junior with a lazy eye. Despite the best efforts of Chef Robert Guest, the place felt done after longtime owner Manny Ferreira decamped for Miradoro in the Okanagan, which sort of explains why a bailiff had to eventually slap a notice on the locked front door exclaiming $80,000 in unpaid rent. To put it another way, nobody went.
The good news, of course, is that it’s not going to be demolished to make way for the kinds of buildings that have robbed Coal Harbour of the personality it used to have. It’s been picked up by chef Neil Taylor, Ed Perrow, and Georgia Goritsas, the same triumvirate that brought us Espana on Denman Street two years ago. They signed the deal on the space earlier today.
It’s going to be a proper British gastropub, which makes sense since both Perrow and Taylor are English imports.
They’re calling it The Fat Badger.
“Before we opened Espana,” Perrow says, “Neil and I always talked about a doing a proper pub when we sat and reminisced about the places we used to drink at in Chiswick and Hammersmith.” So what does a “proper pub” mean? I’ve been told to expect some local craft beers plus a few British classics (London Pride, Fullers, etc.), a little “by the glass” wine list, a handful of cocktails, and Neil’s always reliably good food. “We want to keep the menu small,” Perrow points out, adding that the goal is to change it two or three times a week, “depending on what we are getting in fresh from local suppliers.”
Taylor says we can anticipate a “casual, warm environment” with British gastropub-style dishes. At dinner, “you can expect to see dishes such as roast pork belly with colcannon; black pudding and cider; grilled lamb with pea purée, morels and mint sauce; roast cod with spinach, baby onions, wild mushrooms and red wine; and some classics like Lancashire hot pot and braised oxtail with suet dumplings. Appetizers could feature potted Dungeness crab with buttered toast, fried pigs trotters with English mustard, or jellied ham hock and rabbit terrine with piccalilly.”
And what about lunch?
“For lunch we will have a delicious burger with aged English cheddar or even Stilton; a daily pie such as fish, steak and kidney pudding, chicken, ham and leek; and soups such as cock-a-leekie, Cullen skink, or game and lentil. For desserts, we will have dishes like eton mess, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream, treacle tart with custard, lemon meringue pie and arctic roll, homemade ice creams, and a great selection of British and Irish cheeses. Bar snacks could include black pudding scotched eggs with HP sauce, hand-cut fries with curry sauce, London pride battered cod and chips with tartare sauce.”
Sounds great, but will there be roast beef and Yorkshires? Yes. Every Sunday, The Fat Badger will be tabling a special traditional roast, be it rib of beef with Yorkshire puddings and horseradish “or roast leg of lamb with mint sauce or roast pork shoulder with hot English mustard and apple sauce.”
The Fat Badger will be open for lunch and dinner, with brunch service on the weekends. Hours will probably be 11am to 11pm. Expect a quick turnaround on this. I imagine they’ll be ready for their first service at some point in April.
The GOODS from Oyama Sausage Company
Vancouver, BC | They say March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. At Oyama, it’s roaring almost all the time, with plenty of yummy things happening to tantalize your taste buds, no matter what the weather’s like. Drop by Granville Island anytime to visit the store, and remember, you can now order online and avoid line-ups. Delivery is an option as well. For more information check out www.oyamasausage.ca.
Thursday March 6th – Sunday 9th – Aloha Oyama & Pirates of the Caribbean | Bring the tropical sunshine to your dinner table with loads of tasty sausages like Jamaican Jerk Pork, Mint Chilpotle Lamb, Mango Rum Pork, Maui Beef, Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken, Nori Coconut Turkey, Cuban Chorizo, to name a few, and Pineapple Rum Glazed Ham. Aaaaaaaargh, that`s good stuff!
Friday March 14th – Sunday 16th – St Paddy’s Weekend | The luck of the Irish comes to Oyama for St. Paddies. Beef Guinness Sausages, Irish Spring Chicken Sausages, Irish Rosemary Sausages, Irish Potato Leek Sausages are for the dinner table. Guinness Beer Glazed Ham, Irish Corned Beef, Dubliner Cheddar and Irish Guinness Cheddar make for delicious, original sandwiches. And don`t forget the Guinness.
Friday March 28th – Sunday 31st – Boudin Noir and Morcilla | This might be the last Boudin Noir of the season until the fall, so order ahead and enjoy. Morcilla is another specialty blood sausage, delicious grilled or simmered. Read more
The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | L’Abattoir is hiring for its front of house team. The service position starts at 2-3 shifts per week without any “I can’t work on Sundays cause I watch football” restrictions. The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years fine dining experience with appropriate wine and food knowledge. Apply to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The lounge at Yew Seafood + Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is going under the reno knife this weekend. They’re adding booth seating around the circumference of the existing room, which might gain them a few extra seats (not to mention some intimacy for those who want it). They plan on doing the build in one night, Sunday March 2nd, for a Monday opening.
With the renewal of the space comes a renewal of the cocktail menu, as bar manager Justin Taylor is set to debut a new list that will include The Yew (Havana Club 3yr, housemade falernum, Aperol, lime, cane sugar, Bittered Sling Rhubarb, straight up) and the Scorpion Tail (Cazadores Tequila, beet and chili-infused agave, grapefruit, lime, Bittered Sling Kensington, crushed ice), as seen above together with the lounge’s new layout.
We’ve invited West Vancouver’s Beach House to join the restaurant section of our GOODS program as a recommended room with a view. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making BC a more delicious place to be.
by Andrew Morrison | Oh, it’s very close. This sublime fellow is a fat bastard of ground tenderloin, ribeye, and chuck flavoured with onion, garlic, and long peppercorns. It’s mounted with double smoked bacon, aged Canadian cheddar, a perfect onion ring, crisp lettuce, and fresh tomato. The sesame seed bun sustains quite a bit of squeezing and juice, and it comes generously smeared with an incredibly tasty ketchup-based house sauce that includes licks of sweet smoked paprika, ancho chilies, herbs de provence, Worchestershire sauce, brown sugar. With a side of hot and crisp-edged frites served with mayo, it weighs in at a hefty $19 and is absolutely in contention despite the high price tag (for a burger). Also in the running for the totally subjective title are the burgers of currency at Pourhouse, Mamie Taylor’s, The Oakwood (the new one), Cannibal Cafe, and Campagnolo Upstairs. Not in the running are the ghost burgers of gluttonies past at Feenie’s, DB Bistro Moderne, Au Petit Chavignol, and Fray. If basic is your bag, try Save On Meats or the internet hype machine known as Hamburger $2.85.
Hawksworth | 801 West Georgia | Vancouver, BC | 604-673-7000 | hawksworthrestaurant.com