Caffe La Tana Set to Open It’s Doors

Team behind East Vancouver’s Osteria Savio Volpe & Pepino’s Spaghetti House open the doors of their third concept, La Tana – Italian for a fox’s den.

An old world-inspired establishment, Caffè La Tana is styled after the Italian alimentari: a small, neighbourhood gathering place serving pastries and simple meals; brewing strong, Italian-style espresso; and stocking locally sourced organic produce; fresh house made pasta; and the finest imported Italian meats, cheeses and dry goods.

In addition to groceries and coffee, central to the La Tana kitchen is the exposed Pasta Fresca table where fresh pastas — hand-cut everyday egg noodles, special seasonal stuffed pasta, and lesser known, harder-to-find shapes like trofie, tajarin, and orecchiette — will be made on the premises daily and will be available uncooked for purchase as well as prepared in-house for lunch. In addition to plates of pasta, small meals such as ‘eggs in purgatory’, panettone french toast, and bombolini with vanilla cream; veal tonnato, prosciutto & mortadella stuffed gnocco fritto and a porchetta sandwich, will be available throughout the day. Continue reading “Caffe La Tana Set to Open It’s Doors”

Yuma Japanese Cuisine – 1 Year Anniversary 8 Course Dinner

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine will celebrate its first year in fine style by hosting an exclusive one-night-only Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, October 23.

The event begins with a sparkling wine reception at 6 p.m. before Yuwa Executive Chef and Co-Owner Masahiro Omori demonstrates his signature take on the regional cuisines of his home country of Japan with an eight-course dinner that will be paired with rare sake and wine selected by Yuwa Co-Owner and Sake Sommelier Iori Kataoka. Tickets to the Anniversary Dinner are available for $99 per person plus taxes and gratuity, total of $120 pp.

Highlights of the menu include a selection of canapés, ringo-gama (roasted duck, eggplant, white mushroom with spicy miso in BC Fuji apple), madai uroko age (fried tilefish and maitake tempura with Niigata Mojio seaweed salt) and braised Wagyu on renkon manju (thinly sliced Wagyu rib eye on lotus root cake, carrot, fried lotus root, wasabi, kinoko an-kake). Continue reading “Yuma Japanese Cuisine – 1 Year Anniversary 8 Course Dinner”

El Santo

El Santo, is a Mexican restaurant located in New West that focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable food practices. The food is delicious and price is very reasonable. The environment or decor was fun and relaxing.

We went here for lunch and had one of the most satisfying meals we have had in a long time.  I have read the reviews on Google and people were complaining about the price and portion. Relative to other dining Mexican establishments in the lower mainland and downtown that I have been to, this is right on par. El Santo, is more affordable than chains such as Cactus, White spot etc. where an entree will set you back $28. My pet peeve of other bloggers and reviewers. If you want cheap, stay at home and cook.

Whew, now that I got that off my chest.

My favourite dish was the braised ham hock with a side of tortilla’s and rice. This is a huge dish and meant to be shared. The braised beef was tender, juicy and packed full of flavour. Soaked the tortilla with some of the broth and I could have ended my meal there and be completely satisfied.

We had the verduras torta, which is essentially a sandwich. It comes with a choice of potato or salad. Stuffed with poblano peppers, zucchini, sweet onion, tomato, Oaxaca cheese. The bread held up to the sandwich, you get a balance of spicy, sweet, savoury and sour.

Finished up with churros, cinnamon & sugar dusted, dulce de leche. I may be bias because I have a sweet tooth but this was amazing. Reminds me of of the freshly made PNE mini doughnuts, but with a little more crisp, dipped with a milk sauce that had a tinge of coffee for punch.

So go and try it for yourself. Don’t get caught up in reviews or you will miss out on some amazing food.

El Santo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fresh to Death Returns – Celebration of Fresh Hop Beers

Fresh to Death Returns: Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Beers on Saturday, October 6 from 2pm to 6pm at the Roundhouse at Bayview Place. The event will feature up to 25 fresh hop beers from BC breweries, along with fresh hop cider and even non-alcoholic fresh hop kombucha. Continue reading “Fresh to Death Returns – Celebration of Fresh Hop Beers”

Pizza Pizza Expands into the West Coast

Pizza Pizza a Canadian franchise, has officially made its way to the West Coast with its first location now open at 527 Sixth Street in New Westminster. This recent opening marks the start of the pizza franchise’s planned expansion across the Greater Vancouver Area with locations in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey slated for opening in late 2018 and 2019. Continue reading “Pizza Pizza Expands into the West Coast”

Grain Vegetarian Fare

I went to this cute cafe, Grain Vegetarian Fare on a whim. They serve fresh healthy Japanese influenced cuisine. They also have a few organic grab and go dishes in the cooler, organic food sauces and grains and a range of healthy baked treats on sale.

It was a cold and wet day so I went for their soup. We had the minestrone and cheese and potato soup. Continue reading “Grain Vegetarian Fare”