Road to FEAST Portland: The Breweries of Oregon

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As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I am heading down to Portland in a couple weeks (2 weeks today!) for FEAST Portland. Now as excited as I am to eat all the amazing food created by some of North America’s best chefs, there will also be a pretty impressive line up of breweries from all over Oregon in attendance as well. These heavy hitters of the Pacific Northwest brewing scene will surely be bringing some tasty craft beers to this years fest! Continue reading

Road To FEAST Portland: WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING SANDWICH INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY DAVE’S KILLER BREAD

8094540738_f4aab437b6_oIn a few weeks I will be hitting the road and heading down the I-5 to Feast Portland, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest. After being founded in 2012 Feast Portland has quickly become one of North America’s top food festivals with some even calling it “the best food festival in the country”. Continue reading

BURGER Week #3: Upstairs At Campagnolo’s Dirty Burger with Brassneck Brewery’s Klutz Kolsch

DSC_0224When people think of Campagnolo they probably think of their amazing menu of traditional rustic Italian dishes, as they should. But what some may not know is they recently opened the space above the main restaurant as Upstairs at Campagnolo and are making the best burger around. Head there for The Dirty Burger paired with a Brassneck Brewery Klutz Kolsch. Continue reading

BURGER Week #2: The Cannibal Cafe’s Build-Your-Own Burger with Parallel 49 Brewing’s Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

DSC_0178The Cannibal Cafe is all about burgers and they do them up right. The menu includes a selection of signature special burgers as well as a build your own option. Head there and build-your-own killer burger to pair up with a pint of Parallel 49 Brewing’s Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale. Continue reading

Gotham Steakhouse: Prime Beef Burger with R&B Brewing’s Hoppelganger IPA

***ATTENTION!!! BURGER POST ALERT***

DSC_0318Now, I don’t usually feature burgers but I figure summer is here and what’s more summer than a nice juicy burger? So throughout the summer I will be posting some of the best burgers that I come across. Thought this was a pretty good place to start.Everyone knows Gotham Steakhouse is one of the top steakhouses in Vancouver, but did you know they do a burger made from the very same beef they use for their steaks? Head there for their Prime Beef Burger paired with R&B Brewing’s Hoppelganger IPA. Continue reading

Tangent Cafe “Panini” with Dageraad Brewing’s Blonde and Amber Ales

DSC_0200Dageraad Brewing is one of the newest breweries to open their doors in the Lower Mainland, crafting small-batch Belgian style beers in true Belgian tradition in Burnaby. Dageraad owner and brewer Ben Coli started the brewery in an “effort to transport a small piece of the beer culture” he found when spending time in the Dageraadplaats neighbourhood of Antwerp while visiting friends over the years. This interest and appreciation of the beers he discovered there quickly became an obsession and from that Dageraad Brewing was born. Dageraad Brewing has come on to the BC craft beer scene with two Belgian beer styles, a Blonde and an Amber Ale. Both being poured at Ben’s brother Nate’s Commercial Drive restaurant Tangent Cafe. I headed there recently to try them out paired with a couple of Tangents panini sandwiches. Continue reading

Wildebeest: Croque Madame with Bomber Brewing ESB

DSC_0289It’s no secret that Wildebeest has quickly become one of Vancouver’s top restaurants, especially after being named 2013’s “New Restaurant Of The Year” by Vancouver Magazine. I had been in once before for dinner, and it was outstanding! I can still taste the lamb tartare if I think hard enough. So with my recent decision to explore what some of Vancouver’s more “Upscale” establishments were doing when it comes to sandwiches and craft beer, I thought heading back to Wildebeest would be a grand idea. Continue reading

Hawkers Market: Beer Braised Pork Belly “BLT” with 33 Acres of Life California Common

Gojira-Vancouver-VancityBuzz-11x17This Saturday will be my public sandwich making debut at Hawkers Market happening this Saturday at Studio East (1480 Frances St) 6pm – late. That’s right. After eating and drinking my way around this great city I have decided to give one my own creations a shot, paired up with 33 Acres Brewing.Tickets are $10 and available hereHawkers is a great concept whose intention is to help early stage local food entrepreneurs cultivate their businesses and have a place to conduct commerce. Continue reading