If you love Peruvian cuisines than you would love what Cacao Progressive Latin offers. We were super excited for Chef Jefferson Alvarez’s trip to Peru because we knew he would come back with some goodies. Between March 2 to 7, Cacao will host an amazing dining […]
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Cacao is one of those restaurants that I love coming back to, especially when it’s a new season. Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, this intimate restaurant in Kitsilano will be launching their new spring menu this week. We are […]
Between December 8 – 10, Sabores CDMX events and Mexico City Flavor will see three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of three Vancouver restaurants: Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños.
SABORES CDMX – Mexico City Flavors is a Food Festival seeking to promote the current and growing Gastronomic movement that’s happening in our city to international enthusiasts.
It is focused on providing a unique culinary experience showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary Mexican Cuisine, bringing our most influential and trendy Chefs to your city.
Our ultimate goal is to catch the attention of the people in the cities we visit, and to encourage them to start their own dining experience in Mexico City.
About the Chef
Chef Mario Espinosa of La Encomienda Polanco was born into a family of cooks, and began his career in the kitchen where his father worked as a chef. In 2005 he began working in kitchens under Chef Enrique Olvera, known as one of the world’s best chefs. Chef Espinosa has made a name for himself as a consultant, corporate chef, and as the owner of K’u’uk, named Travel & Leisure’s Best New Restaurant of 2013. He now oversees the kitchens of Rosa Sur 32º and Mexico City’s La Encomienda, where he specializes in regional ingredients cooked by traditional methods.
I’m so glad that the snow storm hadn’t ruined our intimate evening at Burdock & Co. We started the evening with a few cocktails and and Naturalist wines. For those of you looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, option for the refreshing and fragrant Lavender’s Blue – lavender and hibiscus flower, lemon, grapefruit and hops bitters, sparkling water. Yes, you can even ask about adding some gin!
Grilled beets and potatoes: a warm and earthy salad with fresh grilled beets, creamy pumpkin seed Sikilpak, aged cheese and a hint of chilli spice.
Short Ribs in Recado Negro: this tender fall of the bone short rib is glazed with charred chiles mole. It is also served with three traditional Mexican sauces: pico de gallo, xnipec (roasted tomatillo salsa) and borracha.
Sweet Potato Puree: a warm dessert with sweet potato puree, star anise, prickly peanuts and served with cinnamon ice cream. Flavors reminds me of a nice silky chai latte.
Burdock & Co
Cuisine: Canadian, Tapas Bar
Mon 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8
A large part of my childhood was spent in the sunrise community of East Hastings. Drugs and prostitutions infest the once friendly neighborhood. I used to hate the stench every time I had to help my mother out in her garment factory on East Hastings and Victoria. Over the years I have seen changes to the community. Gourmet Factory moved from the back streets to Hastings. Café Nuba opened a location down the street in the Waldorf Hotel building. What used to be Kings Pizza (from memory of my childhood) to Campagnolo Roma, which I am dying to try out. Finally, theirs Red Wagon which serves, comfort food. The neighborhood facade has changed, so did the quality of food.
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
We were actually on our way to Pizzeria Farina and had the feeling of starvation, we settled half way down Hastings Street. At the end of the day, El Barrio was the right choice.
We started out with a Sol, and a mojito. The mojito was made just right.
For appetizer, and the most memorable dish of the night: Mussels! A pound of Gorge Inlet mussels tossed in a butter cream ale reduction and ancho peppers. (Mejillones En Cerveza) I tried my best to demonstrate how big and juicy these mussels were. These were so fresh, so damn good. The broth that the mussels were swimming in was addictive. Every time I cracked open a mussel, I looked forward to dipping it in the bowl. The broth even made me order another basket of bread to dip it in.
We originally wanted to do have one appetizer and one entrée to share. We decided on the tacos since I’ve been going on a rampage at Dona Cata and Biercraft with their tacos as well. There was a choice and we chose the home made chorizo. The chorizo itself was a bit dry in my opinion but the packed with flavor. At the end of the day my hand was still a mess with everything falling out. Licking my hand has never been more enjoyable.
Are we done? NO! We have decided to indulge more into this food porn dispute the fact that we already ordered and almost finished everything. We saw that everyone had the special from the sign so we decided to try it. Stuffed Poblano Peppers. I didn’t realize it was a vegetarian dish after I started writing it sentence. Why I say that is because usually veggie dishes doesn’t have that intense punch of flavours.
We ended the night with an open mic performed by two lovely ladies. Did this fit the style of the restaurant? I don’t know, I wasn’t able to concentrate on the music because all I kept thinking about was the food on the table.