Strathcona Beer Company as the name suggests is located in the Strathcona neighbourhood. At the corner of 895 E Hastings and Campbell Ave is a 12,000 sqft brewery complete with ample seating (long communal tables and diner booths), a pizza station and even a growler […]
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We spent an afternoon with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association folks touring their upcoming Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver which will take place May 31st & June 7th 2014. Did you know that Strathcona is an area that many people have yet to explore, with little knowing what great brand reside in our own Vancouver backyard. (Yup, guilty as charged). On May 31 and June 7, featured tours will give Vancouverites an exclusive look into the amazing local talent and artistry of the Strathcona district in East Vancouver, focusing on the manufacturing industry, food industry, creative works and unique hidden gems.
Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver
- May 31st | Manufacturing & Hidden Gems: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
- June 7th | Food & Creative: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
So where exactly is “Strathcona“? Strathcona resides within the historic boundaries of Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street. Strathcona is generally recognized as Vancouver’s oldest residential neighborhood. Strathcona is quickly emerging as the new business hub in Vancouver. It is growing with some of the best Vancouver restaurants such as: Cuchillo, Ask For Luigi, The Union Bar, The Parker, Kessel and March, and even Phnom Penh. Strathcona is home to over 500 businesses populate the area, making it a stable and celebrated local community where independent businesses are coming to thrive. Alongside some of Canada’s most well-known brands such as Herschel Supply Company and Aritzia. Hey, I picked up my Mackage leather moto jacket for my engagement photos there too!
So what happened on the Made In Strathcona Media Tour? We first became at AGRO Cafe to talk shop about coffee. AGRO stands for Agricultural. Growers, Resource. Organization. Founder and CEO Blake Hanacek opened the doors to A.G.R.O. Cafe & Roasting House in October 2006. Blake cups every bag of coffee spends alot of time on the roaster. A Dark Roast bean contains more caffeine than a Light Roast bean due to its stronger flavor? False. Light Roast actually has more caffeine!
Next stop was The Butler Did It Catering Co 620 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3H8 (604) 739-3663. For as long as I remembered, my company is a client Butler Catering. Butler Did It Catering offers Outside/In-house Catering, Weddings Catering, Corporate Catering, Catered Breakfast, Lunch Catering, Full Service Dinner Buffet, Sit Down Catering, Cocktail Catering, Christmas Catering and BBQ Catering. It was interesting to see their operations and nibble on some samples before heading off to the next stop. Every day, orders are prepped for the following day, marked and packaged.
These goat cheese coated grapes were really delicious and refreshing. Who knew grapes and goat cheese would go well together!
Then it was off to see some local wood work manufacturing at Yew Woodshop 1295 Frances St Vancouver BC V6A 1Z4 778-999-9667 / House of Doors 1295 Frances St, Vancouver, BC V6A (604) 737-1748. Yew Woodshop and House of Doors shared space and provides local business in Vancouver with custom wood design solution. Did you know? 90% of their wood are reclaimed? How seriously beautiful is making something discarded and upcycled to something beautiful like that table below? I really wanted to take that table home for my new home!
Then we were whisked off on a bus to Christine Lingerie 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7 (604) 253-0350. Christine has been in the garment industry for over 40 years in Vancouver. She has seen the robust era of garment manufacturing in the 80s and still continues to makes silk lingerie, silk gowns, bridal, luxury sleepwear, pajamas. Her line is carried at Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, etc. If you shop store front at 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7, you may be able to score some pieces at a discount.
Nomss fans use Christine Lingerie promo code: MEDIA303 to receive 15% off.
Our last stop for the night ended at the Vancouver Urban Winery 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3 (604) 566-9463. The winery features a tasting bar and wine tours where Vancouerites can explore wine-on-tap via freshTAP. The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including Roaring Twenties Wine Co. Has a The Belgard Kitchen with high ceilings, button tuft booths and brunch on the weekends.
Made In Strathcona promo code: BLOGGER50 for 50% off.
Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.ca
Valentine’s is quickly approaching. Although I feel it is another commercialized day full of gimmicks to sucker our hard earned dollars, it is always a great day to celebrate with some special chocolates. Last year, Dave got me a box of these sinfully delicious signature […]
Not that I need another reason to love Strathcona. But the transformation is nice. It’s nice to see a few more independent eateries with unique culinary flare rather than cookie cutters on conveyer belts. Now I have another reason to go to Chinatown besides Phnom Penh The Parker, East of Main and Campagnolo. The Union Bar located on 219 Union Street, Vancouver is recently opened restaurant bar with a modern take on Southeast Asian dishes: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysian, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Tiffany green industrial oversized lamps, wooden long tables and benches and open bar makes this place inviting and delicious. By the way, in the summer months, The Union Bar has a killer patio space opened. I absolutely adore long tables and the communal vibe it represents. Service is attentive, friendly with tons are great recommendations!
It is Happy Hour on a Thursday and what better way to celebrate girl’s night than with some $10 (all doubles) cocktails.
Think whisky sour! Slightly less bitter and sweeter (but not so much). It’s a man’s drink for a girl…
This baby have you fooled. At first glance it tricks your mind into thinking it is sweet, dessert like. It is not. It is refreshing with some sourness and some punch of vodka.
Girly green cocktail with refreshing cucumber juice and the zestiness of kaffir lime.
Before the food even arrived, I am already planning my next visit to try their Banga (cocktail made with a jar and stick) – #4 pineapple, cilantro, cardamom, cachaca, chili water
Plump little suckers packing in flavourful broth that I don’t mind slurping and soaking my bread in.
Chicken Wings 12: every order comes with about 10 wings that is coated with Thai Hot Nahm Jim Glaze. Slightly crispy but moist and tender inside. And although they are slightly tiny, it rallies those at Phnom Penh. These are slightly sweet, tangy and spicy, while the ones at PP are more peppery and deep fried.
Crispy Pork Belly Bún Vermicelli Bowl 11: this noodle bowl is loaded with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, bean sprouts, scallions and is served with nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping fish sauce). Please pour sparingly, because although it is in a little tea cup is quite sour. We made the mistake of doing so. Crispy pork belly reminds me of Chinese roasted pork, only drier. It would be nice if the fat glistened a bit more.
I really wanted to try The Union Bar desserts, particularly the Coconut Pannacotta 7: pineapple salsa & shaved ice, but alas there was no room left. Would someone please treat me?
Early Evening Features: 5-6:30pm
Mondays: Banh Mi & a Pint $10
Tuesdays: Jeepney Cocktails $6
Sundays: Bangas $6 all night
The Union Bar
Hours: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
219 Union Street Vancouver, BC V6A 0B4
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Chef Clement Chan and the Torafuku team celebrates Torafuku’s third birthday. Torafuku translates to lucky tiger in Japanese, and tiger is the Chinese zodiac symbol for the number three. We’ve been here for their grand opening and curated private events! Now Chef Chan continues to […]
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is a local craft beer brewery in Richmond behind Ironwood in Steveston. This craft brewery is a place for big geeks, pop culture, comics and anime. You will recognize it by the names of the draft, the retro video games console, […]
Taps and Tacos is a new Mexican restaurant in Port Moody. It is located on 91 Moody Street and Saint Johns Street – diagonally across from Pizzeria Spacca Napoli and just up the street from Brewery Row (Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewing, The Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales). I’ve been looking forward to a good tacos joint in the Tri-Cities for a long time.
The interior of Taps and Tacos is clean, bring and has a high ceiling with a mezzanine second floor for extra seating. Menu focus is tacos (of course).
It also offers a good variety of local craft beers on tap and well as bottles: Moody Ales (exclusive brew “It’s About Lime” Kölsch), Twin Sails, Yellow Dog, Dageraad, Steel & Oak, Strathcona, Parkside, Whistler Brewing and Strange Fellows. If you fancy cocktails and wine, they’ve got a good wine list also.
There is a good selection of tacos with eight flavours to choose from. $6 each. My favourite is their Coffee Spiced Pork and also the Korean Pork.
Coffee Spiced Pork: gelderman farms pork, habanero apple chutney, pickled onion, crispy yam. Spice level 3/3)
Mama’s Beef: Ground beef, lettuce, mozza, charred pico de gallo, crema, crispy tortilla strips. Spice level (2/3)
Mojito Whitefish: tropical salsa, cucumber lettuce, mint and lime. This is a subtle tasting taco.
Tequila Lime Chicken: Local free run chicken, mexican tapenade, spiced almonds, cream, arugula, pea shoots. Spice level (1/3)
Korean Pork: gelderman farms pork, gochujang BBQ sauce, red cabbage slaw, cucumber, sesame seeds. Spice level (1/3).
We’re looking forward to our next visit here again. Too bad this place is not very baby friendly with loud music. I guess we will just need to find a babysitter and have a date night (day) here instead!
Next time I will need to try the Cajun Tofu Tacos with black bean corn salsa, micro greens, pico de gallo, vegan crema and spiced almonds.
What will you order here? Let me know in the comments below!
Taps and Tacos
Cuisine: Tacos, Mexican
91 Moody St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2B7
Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield are pleased to announce the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver. Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and […]
Vancouver Craft BeerWeek kicks off on May 26, 2017 but brewers from around the province have already gathered in the spirit of community to brew the festival’s annual Collaboration Beer: Hazy Pale Infused with Guava and Passionfruit. Summoning sunshine and sunsets, this balmy brew will […]
Pink Pearl Chinese Seafood Restaurant 珠城大酒樓 is one of the oldest Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located at 1132 E Hastings Street at Clark Drive. This restaurant opened for business 40 years ago in 1980. It is older than me!
Celebrating 4 decades of culinary journey of Vancouver’s dim sum we sampled signature dishes representing difference decades at Pink Pearl, prepared by Chef F.K. Jiang and his team.
I love to Yum Cha . I grew up enjoying shrimp dumplings, Siu Mai’s, rice rolls and BBQ pork buns. What are some of your favorite dim sum dishes?
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings: A must order at any dim sum setting. These were juicy with a thin skin.
Lotus Wrapped Sticky Rice: While many restaurants option for a miniature presentation, Pink Pearl keeps its iconic form in a large sharing size sticky rice.
Duck Web Wrap: If you love black bean steamed chicken feet than you will love these oyster sauce duck web wrapped in bean curd.
Shrimp Toast: One of my favorite dim sum dishes growing up. Only thing is that it is pretty greasy.
Mini Steamed Barbecue Pork Buns
Steamed Sticky Rice Roll
Handmade Steamed Shrimp Rice Rolls and Beef Rolls are crowd favorites among the young and the old. Pour some soy for makes it so tasty.
Pan Fried Half Moon Dumplings: deep fried dumplings served with a side consomme soup. I didn’t like these much as I found it oily and it had a thick battered skin..
Wok Fried Lotus Root with Fresh Mushrooms: A nice vegetarian option with tasty and crunchy lotus roots. Served with GoJoy goji berries.
Gojoy Gojiberries Gelle: Jello made with goji berries and blue berries
Black and White Sesame Rolls: A tasty delicious dessert that is only subtly sweet.
Pink Pearl Chinese Seafood Restaurant 珠城大酒樓
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum, Seafood
Mon 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
1132 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S2
Harvest Community Foods (or as I like to refer to Harvest Union) is a local grocer servicing the Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood at 243 Union St. The grocery and food shop began is a community project (This Space), in which a public vote determined the use of the […]
Torafuku Vancouver is located in Chinatown. We were there for their grand opening and had a great time. For those who are unfamiliar, Torafuku is a spinoff from the popular Le Tigre food truck. It is located right beside Campagnolo and Electric Owl. Head Chef Clement Chan and […]