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Foodie Tour: Granville Street

2 Jul

Last week, my friend and I were invited to be a part of the media launch for a food tour of Granville Street. Foodie Tour is a great company started by Michelle Ng, a foodie with a love of people. Her company is a marriage of these two passions, bringing people from all walks of life together to meet and eat all in the name of delicious food.

Michelle Ng of Foodie Tour and Charles Gauthier of Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA)

There are three tours you can go on: Granville Street ($10), Downtown Vancouver ($40) and Richmond ($40). The Granville Street tour is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), which sees Foodie Tour as another great addition to this growing entertainment and cultural district within the city.

Each of the three tours takes you to 4-6 different restaurants, where you’re greeted by samples of their signature dishes, cocktails and summer specials. You can sign up for a tour right now here: Foodie Tour events.

(Note: Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for 4 restaurants as I had to go to my friend’s dance show. So I’ll put a link to another review at the bottom of this post)

Michelle took us to 7 restaurants that will be showcased on the Granville Tour throughout the summer. The complete list of restaurants on the tour are: Creme de la Crumb, Culinaria at the Art Institute, ShuRaku, Cinema Public House, Granville Room, Dougiedog, Cafe Barcelona, The Edge, Refinery, SIP, Twisted Fork and Wings

Twisted Fork
1147 Granville St
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-0749

Weekdays 6pm-12am; Weekends 10am-12am

Twisted Fork samples

Samples: Cured Duck Breast on Brioche crouton; Roasted beet, Grilled pear, Goat Cheese and Arugula atop a Baguette crouton with Balsamic reduction; Frozen Chocolate Terrine with house made Raspberry Sorbet and Fresh Wild Mint. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sorbet, but I’ll still always be a fan of chocolate. We also had a really refreshing strawberry and basil sangria- a first for me!

The Refinery
1115 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
604.687.8001

5:00pm – 1:00am Tuesday to Thursday
5:00pm – 2:00am Friday to Saturday

Refinery Shandy Cocktail

Resident Refinery mixologist, Lauren Mote, told us the surprising fact that their cocktails are actually good for you! This is because she makes her own bitters from fresh fruits, herbs, roots, etc. I could tell what a difference this made with the shandy she concocted using freshly squeezed ginger beer, rhubarb bitters, sugar cane juice and topped with ginger ale. They have offer a Cocktail Program where you can learn more about making cocktails with bitters as well.

SIP Resto Lounge
1117 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 687-7474

5:00pm-2:00am 7 Days a week
**$10 Brunch available Saturday and Sundays, 12pm

Southwest Kicka** Benny a la SIP

I LOVED the Southwest Kicka** Benny brought up from SIP (it’s located directly below the Refinery). I’ve never had a fried poached egg before, but it was DELICIOUS. Take note everyone: SIP is now open for Brunch on weekends starting at 12pm- and this Benny is on the menu!

Edge Social Grille and Lounge
1100 Granville St. at Helmcken
Vancouver, BC
604-681-EDGE (3343)

Edge Social Grille and Lounge Samples

Boasting one of the biggest patios on Granville Street, this seemed like a great place to chill out with girl friends after a day of shopping. Samples: Flatbread with Beef Tenderloin and Blue Cheese; Flatbread with Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese; Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho; Chocolate and Van Gogh Expresso Vodka Truffles; White Sangria. I especially liked the chocolate truffles made with Van Gogh vodka, which really deepened the chocolate flavor for me (like I said, I’m always a fan of chocolate lol).

Granville Room
957 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 633-0056

Daily: 4pm – 2am

Mr. Pink at Granville Room

Sample: Mr. Pink- Belvedere vodka, muddled watermelon, mint syrup and lime juice. This drink was easily my pick for Summer cocktail of 2010 for it’s sweet, fresh and only slight alcohol taste. We were also served a sample of Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Tomato Salsa on a Flatbread Crisp (I didn’t get a picture of it unfortunately).

Alas, this was where I had to head off. For the rest of the tour, check out Follow Me Foodie’s review here.

From the sounds of her review, I really missed out. So I’ll have to make it a point to drop by ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro, and  Culinaria this summer. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time 2 weeks ago and actually got to sample the Cinnamon bun with vanilla bean cream cheese at  Creme de la Crumb. It’s decadent and oh so sinfully good!

Eat, drink and be foodie 🙂

Friday Foodie Find: Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant

4 Jun

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant

551 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C2C2
604-681-9168

This post is a little late because I just went to this place today. From the outside, Joyeaux looks like a simple sidewalk cafe. Walk inside and you’re suddenly in a Vietnamese restaurant (with a decorating style that reminds me of a Mexican place for some reason). It’s a great place to go to get some pho right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver (a very difficult thing to find!).

Lemongrass Chicken from Joyeaux

It turned out to be a sunny day in Vancouver, so pho was out of the question for me. I got a #17- Lemongrass Chicken with Rice. It came with a simple salad. The chicken was amazing. The lemon flavor was subtle, but definitely there. Since it wasn’t a strong flavor, there was a nice sweetness that was coming out- possibly from whatever else it was marinated with. This was the best lemongrass chicken I’ve ever had, which actually  makes me wish it was cold enough for me to try their pho! haha

The place was packed with lunch break workers, but the turn over was fast and they can accommodate large groups of people easily.

Do you ever find that you go to places, but only have time (or room in your stomach) for a quick snack or nibble? I find a lot of amazing restaurants, bakeries, dives and everything in-between like that, and I always seem to lose my way back to them. Here’s hoping blogging about my Foodie Find will solve that problem. Call it your foodie ramp up for a delicious weekend :-)

Qoola

17 Apr

Qoola

www.qoola.com

3 locations:
1116 Denman Street- English Bay
Aberdeen Centre- Richmond, BC
Metrotown Mall-  Burnaby, BC (self-serve location)

Price: $3-$10

I’m just going to go right out and say it- I LOVE FROZEN YOGURT. Ever since I was introduced to my first frozen yogurt bar in San Francisco, I was hooked. I loved the idea of getting to choose from 10 different flavors and then having a buffet of toppings to choose from. What was even better was that I could pile on as much of everything as I wanted for a fee that would’ve cost me less than a tub of Haagen-Daz (I may be exaggerating just a tad here).

Ever since then, I’ve been desperately trying to find a worthy equivalent here in Vancouver. It was only a few months later that I heard about Qoola, a new fro-yo place that had just opened up shop on Denman St. by English Bay. Branding their fro-yo as “Qoolala”, they kept everything behind a counter, so that only trained professionals could serve you (as opposed to heavy handed topping pourers like me). Nonetheless, boy was I happy! At last, I had found a place that not only served delicious fro-yog and my favorite topping of all time- MOCHI!!- but is also committed to being eco-friendly (all their eating utensils and dishes are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, etc).

Country Vanilla Qoolala

It only took a few months after opening their flagship location, that Qoola opened another in Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, and then finally, a self-serve location at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby.

Here are some of the flavors being offered at the self-serve location:

– Country Vanilla
– Green Tea
– Mango
– Regular
-Chocolate

And the many toppings you can choose from:

Qoola toppings

Blueberries, Cap`N Crunch, Fruity Pebbles

Graham Crackers, Mango, Oreos

They also offer other tasty treats like the Q*Waffle (organic whole wheat waffle with Qoolala and toppings), Qrepe (whole wheat crepe with toppings and Qoolala) and Qrush (Qoolala blended with slush).

Top 5 Faves

  1. Green Tea Qoolala mixed with Country Vanilla Qoolala
  2. Cap’N Crunch
  3. Yogurt Chips
  4. Reese’s Pieces
  5. MOCHI! (My only problem is that half the world loves mochi too and they always seem to be sold out by the time I get there*SIGH*)

A cup full of happiness

Verdict

Best time to go if your a mochi lover like me is before 2pm, but otherwise Qoola is a treat anytime of day and any day of the week!