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TurF Vancouver is a fitness studio, restaurant & cafe and shop in the Kitsilano neighbourhood on West 4th. I love the healthy choices and wholesome food that makes you feel alive – no refined sugar, non-processed. Just a lot of organic ingredients, mostly plants and cared-for, happy animal proteins from sustainable local farmers and businesses. I love the variety of plant-based bowls, salads, toasts, smoothies and beverages. There is even a rotating wine list, taps from lowel breweries.
New to their Spring menu is a few delicious dishes that will fill you up without all the bloating!
The Green Thing Smoothie 9: Vegan and Gluten Free – a whole lot of parsley, kale, green apple, banana, almond milk, coconut water, hemp and sea salt! It is thick and not very watery. I love that it is packed full of healthy nutrients!
Grilled Veg & Hummus Toast 10: Vegan – garlic and herb hummus topped with grilled Mediterranean vegetables and drizzles of balsamic glaze and basil oil. Served warm. The toast is loaded with hearty vegs that you will need to eat with your fork and knife.
Khatsahlano Salad 12: Vegan and Gluten Free – local hippies rejoice over this salad filled with shredded beets, carrots, jicama, and alfafa sprouts served with fresh seasonal green, superseed mix and miso poppy dressing. Topped with avocado! This salad definitely makes for a great cleanse and I love all the different textures and variety of greens!
Hot Meeze Bowl 10: Vegan and Gluten Free – for when you falafel—kale tabbouleh topped with warm chickpea falafels, grilled eggplant, artichoke and lemon tahini dressing.
Granola Bowl 10: Vegan and Gluten Free – This was one of my favourite items on the menu surprisingly. I love the house-made granola served with seasonal compote, chia pudding, almond butter, coconut yogurt, toasted coconut and seeds. The sweetness paired with tart seasonal fruits is a great contrast and the chia pudding is delicious! I can eat this not just for mornings but whenever.
Charcoal Latte 5: black tea and spices for a great detox warm beverage.
I highly recommend TurF if you are ever in the mood for some healthy eats! Don’t forget to sign up for their workout classes like cardio boot camp, pilates, strength, boxing, yoga, etc! Some of my favourite instructors are there and a 2-week intro rate of $50 (for more info HERE). And if you sign up for a TurF membership you get unlimited classes plus 15% off the Bistro Cafe and shop!
I’d like to hear what your favourite item is from TurF. If you’re there, don’t forget to tag me on all your Instagram pix #instanomss!
TurF – Fitness Studio, Restaurant & Cafe, Shop
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy Smoothies
Mon 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
2041 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3
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Autostrada Osteria is a casual osterie on Main Street, Vancouver between East 32nd and 33rd. The Co-Owner and Head Chef come from La Quercia, founder of La Pentola and co-owner of Cinara. The menu focuses on quality ingredients, fresh handmade pasta and few regional wines. The 30 seater room is tiny and you will often feel like you are “sharing” a table with the people to the left and right of you. I recommend making a reservation and requesting for the booth seat by the aisle.
The name “Autostrada” – is an expressway in Italy.
I came here with my University BFF to celebrate my birthday. To start, the creamiest and fluffiest burrata from Italy (MP) and house-baked daily Focaccia 6.
Caesar 13: To add a bit of green to our carbo-loaded evening, we opt for a Caesar salad with anchovies. Heavy on the salt.
Strozzapreti 21: duck and anchovy ragu.
Garganelli Con Salsiccia 22: Fennel sausage, peas and pecorino.
There is nothing more indulgent and comforting than fresh pasta over wine and good company! The portions are perfect without leaving you feeling stuffed and bloated.
Next time, order the classic cacio e pepe, consisting of Pecorino, black pepper and butter. You’re welcome!
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
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
4811 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R9
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I love a good spaghetti recipe. But this quick and easy pasta recipe requires almost no cooking at all! It is clean, simple, healthy yet packs incredibly with bursts of flavour thanks to the roasted tomato! I feel like this is the perfect dinner solution for the busy-mom (dad, parent, working individual) who still wants a tasty homecooked meal. The recipe is versatile. And the only cooking required is roasting your tomatoes and cooking the pasta.
Fresh burrata is my favourite!!! It is soft, gooey and melts easily to warm spaghetti. Roasting tomatoes give you a sweet robust pop of flavour. If you want a complex tomato sauce profile, you must add some cherry tomatoes! Roasting cherry tomatoes just give your tomato sauce that oomph that cannot be substituted with canned tomato sauce!
When I made this for dinner the other day before picking up Emily from daycare, I ran out of cherry tomatoes so that’s why you can’t see any in the photos. But TRUST ME, roasted cherry tomatoes is life! I learnt this a few years ago from David Lebovitz.
Anyways, adding the tomatoes together with the fresh burrata cheese and freshly picked basil from the garden makes the perfect flavour combination!
Place your cherry tomatoes and Brandywine heirloom tomatoes on a tin foil or parchment lined baking tray. Season generously with olive oil and rub them with fresh garlic cloves, salt and pepper. I prefer using coarse salt over table salt. I find it helps breaks down the tomatoes skin faster. Roast them in the oven at 425F for 40 to 45 minutes. If you have an outdoor grill, all the better. (I’m jealous!) The important thing to note is to use a baking tray big enough so the tomatoes are not overcrowded. You want room between them so the moisture escapes. You want them to be wrinkly and burst so they can release their juices. This way, it concentrates the tomato flavour. Remember, to keep all the juice and liquids for your pasta later! Don’t worry about overcooking them. It’s kind of hard to, but do check on them every once in a while to monitor the progress.
Pro-tip: Freeze roasted tomatoes and liquids to use for a quick pasta sauce later.
One thing about this recipe I mentioned earlier is how versatile it is. If you don’t have spaghetti, use pappardelle, macaroni, or heck even your kid’s animal pasta (mine LOVES these)! The only cooking you need is to cook your desired pasta to al dente. Once your pasta is cooked, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Remember to save the pasta water for later if your pasta needs more moisture.
Now you can sit on the patio, drinking glasses of chilled wine, while the tomatoes “cook” in the oven for 40 mins. You can probably catch up on an episode on Netflix too while you wait!
This quick and easy pasta recipe requires almost no cooking at all! It is clean, simple, healthy yet packs incredibly with bursts of flavour thanks to the roasted tomatoes! I feel like this is the perfect dinner solution for the busy-mom (dad, parent, working individual) who still wants a tasty homecooked meal.
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 4–6 Brandywine heirloom tomatoes
- 2–4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 200 grams of spaghetti
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1 ball burrata
- 1/4 cup pasta water (if your pasta needs more moisture)
- bunch of basil leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- a drizzle of chilli oil to taste (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Place cherry tomatoes on tinfoil or parchment paper in a baking tray.
- Season generously with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place in the oven and cook for approximate 40-45 minutes or until tomatoes are wrinkly and bursts releasing liquids.
- Remove from the oven.
- About 15 mins before tomatoes finish roasting, cook your pasta.
- Cooking your pasta: boil water, add salt and cook your spaghetti pasta to al dente. The pasta will take around 10 minutes to cook through once the water reaches a boil.
- Drain and transfer cooked pasta to a large bowl. Reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water for later.
- Add roasted tomatoes with the liquids released.
- Divide and add burrata, parmesan cheese, basil, a drizzle of olive oil. Because you have already added salt and pepper to your roasted tomatoes, so do not need to add more salt unless you want to.
- If your pasta is too dry, add pasta water a little at a time.
- Give it a good stir and mix well!
- Transfer and plate pasta to individual serving plates. Add more parmesan, basil and olive oil for finishing. At the stage, I also like to add a drizzle of chilli oil.
- I like roasting extra tomatoes so I can get enough tomato juices and not use pasta water.
- Mixing the burrata in your freshly cooked pasta will melt it slightly. You will have some creamy, gooey, melted burrata (yummy!). Give it a good stir and mix well! Reserve some extra cheese for topping.
- You can use whatever pasta you want: Spaghetti, pappardelle, linguine, fettuccine, etc.
- Macaroni is good also because it can hold the sauce. Good for kids!
Keywords: Roasted Tomato Pasta, Creamy Burrata, healthy pasta Recipe, Spaghetti, pappardelle, linguine, fettuccine, fresh tomatoes, italian recipes, quick and easy dinner, easy to make pasta
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H TASTING LOUNGE AT WESTIN BAYSHORE
H Tasting Lounge (located lobby level at The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive), will be taking part in Earth Hour in its own special way. From 5pm until midnight, in addition to its regular menu offerings, H will be featuring a special prix-fixe dinner prepared without electricity. (Items are either raw or served tableside with a small propane grill.) As well, the lounge will be illuminated exclusively with candlelight, and live music will be performed “unplugged” by singer-songwriter, Antoinette Libelt.
- The Earth Hour menu includes the following, for $69 per person:
- Fresh Kusshi, bonito broth, cucumber relish, avocado mousse, squid ink tobiko
- Asian Ahi Tuna Tartare, spicy green onion aioli, crispy wonton chips
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- Tableside Veal Cheek Bourguignon, braised merlot veal broth, caramelized pearl onion, pancetta, wild mushroom
- Kahlua Tiramisu
For more information: https://htastinglounge.com
OCEANS 999 AT PAN PACIFIC VANCOUVER
In recognition of Earth Hour, Pan Pacific Vancouver will shut down all non-essential power and light within the hotel on March 30th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
During that hour, they will be hosting a special candlelit Italian Opera Buffet dinner at Oceans 999. To further mark the occasion, expect to enjoy a performance by Edd Wright.
For more information: http://www.panpacificvancouver.com
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