The commercial landscape along East Hastings in the Hastings Sunrise area has seen a few changes lately and we expect there will be a few more in the coming months. We went to check out the most recent addition, being Plenty + Spare located at 2168 East Hastings Street. If you need any inspiration, they are conveniently located next to East Village Bakery. Plenty + Spare had their grand opening one week ago today after spending a few weeks getting organized in their new space. They carry their own line of soap and skincare products that are made without a long list of items you don’t want in your skincare products which are locally sourced whenever possible. The store also has a selection of houseware items which they will be adding to in the coming weeks and months. If you can’t make it over to this part of East Van, their products are also available in a number of other retail locations including a few favourites of ours such as The Soap Dispensary and Much & Little on Main Street, Scout & Co. in Steveston and The Good Omen in New Westminster. For a full rundown of where their products are available, visit their website at Plenty + Spare. On the other hand if you wish to learn to make products yourself, you may wish to check our their do-it yourself workshops they will be hosting. Self-Care Sunday Workshops begin Sunday, April 30th at a cost of $56 per person. Plenty + Spare is open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Stop by and support this great new addition to our local business community.
For all those participating in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl which is taking place November 17- 20, 2016, we have a few thoughts on where to stop to refuel. We know from first hand experience all that walking on the Crawl makes you hungry and thirsty and the opportunity to put your feet up for a bit, is a welcome one. With that in mind, we thought we would set out some delish spots to check out for a bite, refreshment or more. As the Crawl covers a great deal of ground, we have set it out by geographic area. Since our experience has been to pick a general area to concentrate on and stop in at a number of artists within walking distance.
In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee. Of course, for lunch or brunch, Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime. If you have a hankering for something sweet, well a couple of great options include Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery.
If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, you could start with breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive. Looking for coffee? We’d hit Pallet Roasters. If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits. Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has that covered off with a selection of handmade chocolate from Melt Confections on hand along with their amazing pie. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.
On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite. We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar and Turks. For the perfect sandwhich to go (and big enough for two in most cases), we recommend La Grotta del Fromaggio. While there, we highly suggest a stop into Fratelli Bakery next door. If it’s brunch you are looking for, Havana Restaurant and is one of many great spots on the Drive. Just up the street you have Biercraft which also serves brunch and a great selection of beer. Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Oh and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a favourite spot for licorice lovers, the Licorice Parlour. If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.
Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after. Les Amis du Fromage is hosting a Pop Up Shop with the Salty Cookie Company this Saturday, November 19th. So if you have a sweet craving, we do encourage you stop by. If you are looking for dinner after Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street. If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option.
This is a developing area which we expect will be changing more in the coming years. Right now it’s home to Strange Fellows Brewing which is featuring Moving Art as part of the Crawl, so beer and art under one roof. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick and reasonable, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables. Of course, Yolks Breakfast at East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you and if it’s beer you are after Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which always has some great art on hand all year long.
Which every way you slice it and where you decide to Crawl, get out and see some great art!
In case you hadn’t heard the news, Grandview Woodlands has a delicious new spot coming in the next few weeks. The second location of The Pie Shoppe will be situated next to Bistro Wagon Rouge at 1875 Powell Street. This delicious shop is the work of two sisters, Stephanie and Andrea French. They opened their first store in Chinatown in all of 300 square feet just around the corner from The Union, Crackle Crème and a few other great spots. So now they have a much bigger space and along with serving great pie and coffee, they are offering to teach you how to make the perfect pie. Having done a fair bit of baking, I’ve found pie ‘relatively’ easy to make, but the key (for me) is the pie crust and getting it just right. Here, Stephanie and Andrea will help you master flour and butter what works, what doesn’t. After the class, you will be able to use all that beautiful summer or fall fruit and make some amazing pies. We have set out below some of their upcoming classes. Note, there is class size limit of 12 for all classes. You will be provided with all the things you need for the class including aprons, rolling pins, pie plate and we hear some good eats. Added note, for those that have issues with gluten, this facility is not gluten free.
Now, for those that don’t want to make pie just eat it, I expect they will have a pretty delish selection on hand which will change with what’s in season. Having said this, some of the delicious names that could be on hand include Raspberry Rhubarb, Blueberry Lemon Streusel, Walnut & Bourbon, Salted Honey or Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess. Of course, if you prefer classic Peach Pie, they just might have that as well. If you can’t wait for the opening of their Powell Street location, you can visit them Tuesdays to Sundays 11:00 am to whenever they sell out at their Chinatown location at 721 Gore Street. If you wish to book a baking class, give them a call at 604.338.6646 or drop them an email.
Pastry & Dough Fundamentals 101 – August 29th 6:30 – 9:30 pm ($65.00)
The Pie Ladies will teach you how to make dough and give you fool proof recipes you can adapt to your needs whether you wish to make sweet or savoury pies. Best part, love these types of classes, while the pies are baking, snacks and drinks will be served. One gets thirsty baking, speaking from experience here. At the end of the night, you get to leave with a perfect pie, made by you, a booklet of recipes and tips.
Stone Fruit Pie Making – August 28th 3:00 pm– 6:00 pm ($75)
For this afternoon pie making workshop, The Pie Ladies will teach you how to make delicious fruit pies using Okanagan summer fruits. They will be sourcing out local and organic ingredients for this class. For this class as well, you can expect to walk away with great pie, new recipes and maybe some new friends to share your pie with.
Apple Pie Workshop – November 6th 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm ($65)
You are invited to another great afternoon of pie making where the Pie Ladies will talk apples meaning which are best for pies. They will also discuss sugars, starches and creating the perfect flaky crust (butter vs. shortening). You will also learn how to make those beautiful decorative edges and tops with pie dough. Again, they will be sourcing out local and organic ingredients, serving snacks and drinks while those apple pies bake. Of course, you will leaving class with your perfect apple pie.
Reminder, there is a class limit size of 12 per class. To register, we encourage you to contact the The Pie Shoppe directly or pop in once their new location on Powell Street opens. We will be sure to announce it here once they are up and running. We are looking forward to checking out this delicious new addition in the Grandview Woodlands area.
Photo Credit: The Pie Shoppe
Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is bringing back his Tasting Plates event to the Hastings Sunrise area affectionately named East Village. What is Tasting Plates? It is basically a culinary roving tour that takes place at different food and/or beverage establishments. You register for the event at the designated spot in this case, The Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Hotel which is where you will show your printed or digital ticket(s) and pick up your Tasting Plates Cards. From there, you wander whether by bike, foot, car or transit to the various venues and nibble away to your hearts content. Each location will have specific menu items on offer for the Tasting Plates. Now the East Village is an area which has much to offer the food lover. The spots Richard will be featuring on this tour include Nonna’s Table Café & Pizzeria located in the historic Waldorf Hotel. This is an Italian restaurant with a retro Polynesian/Tiki feel to it. Another stop includes Windsor Meats at 2276 East Hastings Street. This is a great meat shop and as an added bonus, the butchers have a great sense of humor which we hope would be on display during the tour. Next up is the Italia Bakery, 2828 East Hastings Street and oh what a sweet spot this in. The cakes, the pastries and oh the biscotti, bellissimo! Cannoli King food truck will be on hand with what else, of course, homemade cannoli. Also, on the tasting tour is a stop at Di Oliva Tasting Bar, 2632 E. Hastings Street. We love this spot! An amazing selection of over 50 kinds of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars with some truly amazing flavours. Some of their items are currently stocked in our pantry. Lastly on this tour, is a stop at The Brighton, 2471 E. Hastings Street, this is a great pub-style restaurant with some unique offerings and when you get the chance, check it out the great little patio tucked in the back. There is lots to enjoy on this foodie tour including meeting other like minded food lovers. You can purchase advance tickets for $40 through Eventbrite, otherwise if you wait prices are $55 per person as of May 15th. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and goes till 10:00 pm.