Chinatown’s Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie in Chinatown focuses on plant-based foods which includes their nut based cheese, plant based ice-cream and creative pizza’s.

I ordered the Kim-Jack, Hoisin Crema, Cashew Mozzarella, Kimchi, Gochujang Braised Jackfruit, Roast Broccolini, Scallion.

The crust surprisingly held up, even after being in a takeout box for 10 minutes. It was nutty, spicy, salty and sweet. I couldn’t really decipher the jackfruit, it was over-powered by the kimchi. All in all it was delicious and a creative combination.

They have happy hour from 2:30 – 5:30 and 10PM – 11PM, a selection of pizza’s for $10 including the Kim-Jack. Next time I will be back for the ice-cream.

Liquidity Easter Egg Hunt for Adults

This Easter, adults are invited to join in the hunt through 30 acres of scenic vineyard for Liquidity Wines’ Third Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, April 15, the vineyard will stash scrumptious treats, coupons, and other surprises and delights within the property’s lush tangle of vines. Also on offer: a pre-search wine tasting and Easter brunch for the whole family at Liquidity Bistro.

Now celebrating three years of Easter fun, Liquidity’s grownup-themed egg hunt opens the vineyard for those who are kids-at-heart to explore at their leisure. The event is free of charge and takes place from 12pm to 3pm, though guests who arrive early can fuel up for the hunt by sampling a range of Liquidity’s award-winning wines. No tickets are required; simply arrive any time within the event hours to pick up a map and learn the details.

While the egg hunt is geared toward adults, the entire family can enjoy Easter brunch at Liquidity Bistro. Located in the Heart of Wine Country™, be sure to bring a camera as the space is perfectly situated to capture stunning views of Okanagan Falls. Enjoy special features on Saturday, April 15 between 11am and 3pm, such as potato roesti with goat cheese, thyme and farm-fresh eggs; decadent banana bread French toast adorned by banana compote; and maple glazed ham cassolette served alongside baked white beans and potatoes.

Vancouver Island Brewing New Beer Lineup

Following a successful (re)launch Vancouver Island Brewing (VI Brewing) showcased its new lineup to the public. The unveiling saw a twist on three of their classic beers as well as a preview of four exclusive new ones.

Much of what you may remember from Vancouver Island Brewing beers has been updated. Overall the focus was on sessionable brews without sacrificing taste though (all 7 beers that were sampled that night were under 5% ABV). Some of the beers you will recall from days past but with a new twist or upgrade in ingredients used.

The previous Sea Dog Amber Ale has now transformed into the Carmanah Ale. However, you won’t be thinking of the old Sea Dog with the addition of piney resin hops in the new rendition. The taste is clean with a hint of a woodsy finish. One of the new brews, the Sombrio Citrus Session Ale, enjoys the addition of citrus zests which makes it bright and juicy on the palate with a clean hoppy finish. This one is definitely going to see a lot of patio action this summer. Overall, the new portfolio showcases a very drinkable line of brews.

19 IPA, full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and a bright hop profile of tropical fruit, and citrus – it packs all the taste of an IPA with much more friendly alcohol content.

Juan De Fuca Cerveza has complexity coming from premium grain, malt and hop varieties.

The Victoria Lager, a pale golden lager exhibits a classic clean character with notes of biscuity malts. Bitterness is akin to a German Pilsner with an aromatic aroma. Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone.

Heritage Asian Eatery Asian-Inspired Brunch

Heritage Asian Eatery will be serving up an Asian-inspired brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Heritage’s weekend brunch service will include a number of exciting new menu additions from Zhou, such as Peking Duck, Pork Belly and Shiitake Mushroom Benny Bowls (two poached eggs served with yuzu hollandaise, potato rösti and side salad), Green Onion Pancake with duck, shiitake or “the works” (three poached eggs, potato rösti, duck and pork belly), Congee with a choice of poached oyster, pork belly or char siu, along with sweet treats like Lemongrass Ginger-Infused Coconut Pudding and Golden Mantou with Matcha Condensed Milk.

HERITAGE ASIAN EATERY BRUNCH MENU

Benny Bowls
Peking Duck Benny Bowl 14
Pork Belly Benny Bowl 14
Shiitake Mushroom Benny Bowl 13
Lamb Benny Bowl 15

Mains
“The Big One” 19
(The Works: Green Onion Pancake with 3 Poached Eggs, Potato Rösti, Duck and Pork Belly)
Congee 12
(Choice of Poached Oyster, Pork Belly or Char Siu)
Ikura, Bonito and Nori Omelette 13
Weekend Salad with Marinated Egg, Crispy Smoked Tofu, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes 12

Sides
Green Onion Pancake with Duck Roll 6
Green Onion Pancake with Shiitake Roll 6
Potato Rösti with Truffle Mayo 5
Five Spice Chicken Wings 5
Deep Fried Cauliflower 5

Sweet
Lemongrass Ginger-infused Coconut Pudding with Blueberry 6
Golden Mantou with Matcha Condensed Milk 6

Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will once again plate up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with the return of its popular Sunday Paella Series

Beginning on March 5 and continuing Sundays throughout March and April, Executive Chef Alex Chen and team will serve up a three-course menu featuring paella — with Pacific octopus, local clams and mussels, prawns, chorizo sofrito, saffron and shellfish stock — as the centerpiece of each communal, Spanish-inspired feast. Boulevard’s Sunday Paella Series is one of several family-style suppers hosted by the restaurant each year, which transitions to their wildly popular Seafood Boils in the summertime followed by their “Pig & Pinot” nose-to-tail feasts in the fall. Continue reading “Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar”

Romance at TWG Tea Valentine’s Day

TWG Tea offers the perfect setting for you and your beloved on this special occasion, with a tea-infused Valentine’s Day Set Menu. Start your evening with a glass of bespoke Bain de Roses Tea infused Champagne cocktail. Followed  with  pan-seared scallops complemented by a dashi broth infused with White Desire Tea; accompanied by steamed garden vegetables and White Desire Tea leaves; served with garlic Korean brown rice. Round off your tête-à-tête over a delightful treat of Bain de Roses Tea infused mousse and raspberry confit, served with scoop of Vanilla Bourbon Tea infused ice cream and fresh berries. The Valentine’s Day Set Menu is paired with a pot of Mon Amour Tea, for a true celebration of love.
The TWG Tea Valentine’s Day set menu is available exclusively on 7 to 14th February 2017