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Learn To Make A Provencal Vegetarian Dinner at Trout Lake Community Centre March 6th

27 Feb

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Looking to cook something new, healthy and easy for dinner? How about a Provencal Vegetarian Dinner?  Valentine of Tartine & Maple will be leading a delish cooking demonstration on Wednesday, March 6th at Trout Lake Community Centre.  She will introduce you to some food and recipes from southern Europe. During the class, Valentine will demonstrate how to make homemade Olive Tapenade Crostinis, Provence Vegetable Tian and Almond Panna Cotta. You are requested to bring a container with you so you can take leftovers home with you.  The cost is $57.14 and made through City of Vancouver. For more information, visit Tartine & Maple.

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Aleph Eatery Where East Meets West

14 Mar

AlephEateryWe recently stopped in to check out a new spot Aleph Eatery located at 1889 Powell Street. Aleph Eatery features Middle Eastern cuisine in a bright modern space that is at the same cozy.  All the food on the menu is designed for sharing and items come in the order listed on the menu.  We were a group of 4 so tried a variety of items starting with a sampler called Silk Road which included eggplant, labneh, hummus, zaatar and honey. It was served with an amazing flatbread filled with herbs, onion and oil called chimichurri saj. Our group will likely return for just this dish alone, the labneh which is a yogurt cheese was a big hit.  Next up was a flavourful Fattoush Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons and a pomegranate vinaigrette.  After that we tried the Halloumi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fig jam and served with some of the best tomato soup any of us have ever had.  This course was followed by Turmeric Cauliflower served with tahini and sliced almonds. This dish will have you wanting to eat your vegetables if you don’t already. Next up was the Ultra Crispy Potatoes served with tahini dressing, Aleppo and roasted red peppers. Last but not least, another big hit, the Coconut Chocolate Tart which was light, rich not overly sweet, but packed with flavor.   Aleph Eatery offers a few unique cocktails and a wine menu comprising mostly of wines from Lebanon and Israel.  The menu is vegetarian, but even if you aren’t vegetarian, you will walk away satisfied.  We recommend stopping by and checking out this sweet spot.  Aleph Eatery serves lunch, brunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.   Aleph Eatery does not take reservations unless you are a group of 8 or more. If you encounter a longer than expected wait, local distiller Odd Society Spirits is just the street for a pre-dinner cocktail as is the Trans Am Restaurant just a couple of doors down. To meet the creators behind this concept, check out this cool feature on Novus TV.

New In Town: Lupii Café – Vancouver’s First Zero Waste Café

10 Aug

lupii_logoWe would like to introduce to Vancouver’s first zero waste café, Lupii Café. Lupii Café is located at 7743 Champlain Crescent in Champlain Heights. This husband and wife team have assumed the location of the former Champlain Video a long standing part of the community in Champlain Heights. This is a very unique space and is set up to be a community gathering space on many levels from the long table in the back of the café for a bit of privacy to the comfy chairs when you first walk in next to a small library and kids toys. The owners of Lupii Cafe feel strongly in supporting community which is evidenced by their passion for local. Their coffee comes from East Van Roasters, produce from local farms including Hop On Farms down the road on Marine Way in Burnaby and Krause Berry Farms in Langley. Everything is from within British Columbia. It should come as no surprise then, that they are big supporters of ‘ugly fruit’ especially when it comes to making smoothies. If you haven’t heard about ‘ugly fruit’, it is an idea that started in France in which ugly and disfigured fruit is sold at a reduced price to help reduce food waste. Their passion for local includes supporting local artisans. You will find a small display area that features some locally made items such as Raw Soap & Skincare, Basic Design, Wood Shop Products and the beautiful art work on display.

Lupii Café strives to be a zero waste café which certainly has had its challenges for the owners, but they seem to take each one on and find a creative solution.  Everything in this café has been recycled, upcycled and reused.  On walking in the cafe, we noticed some tables that had a very unique design, but that looked familiar. We learnt it was flooring from a basketball court that had been flooded out at Stratford Hall off of Commercial Drive and had to be removed. When you walk up to the counter for your coffee or smoothie, you will see many pieces from the display of the former Champlain Video. If you are looking for items to go such as a coffee, smoothie or salad, there are no take out containers. What you can do is put down a $2.00 deposit on a mason jar and bring it back to get your $2.00, or you can reuse it.

The food offerings at Lupii Café are vegetarian with gluten-free and vegan options. They also have a regular supply of sweets on hand which change depending on what is in season. Plum squares were on offer when we stopped in, but we hear their Whoppie Pies are pretty popular as is their cheesecake. They also offer salads and wraps. When you pay for your purchase, you will notice there is a tip jar. Take note though, Lupii Café owners are proponents of the living wage so instead the tip jar is used for community events. Lupii Café is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm save for a stretch from August 20th to September 1st when they are doing Holiday Hours from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We invite you to stop by and check out this unique community space.

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Graze Restaurant – Date Night Thursdays – 2 for $50

25 Jun

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Graze Restaurant invites you to join them Thursdays for Date Night where you and your partner-in-crime can enjoy a steal of a deal. You and your guest will receive a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for $50.  If you don’t know the restaurant, Graze has a creative plant-based menu that incorporates locally and organically produced ingredients including those grown in their own garden.  The interior is lovely and cozy perfect for a ‘date’, but they also have an outdoor patio if you wish to hang on the deck and catch a few rays at the end of the day.   To make your reservation, give them a call at T: 604.620.8822. Graze Restaurant is located at 3980 Fraser Street just North of King Edward Avenue.

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TONIGHT: Graze Restaurant One Year Anniversary Party & Summer Menu Launch

15 May

GrazeOneYearYou are invited to come out and celebrate Graze Restaurant’s 1 year anniversary tonight. If you don’t know it, Graze has a delicious and creative plant-based menu that incorporates locally and organically produced ingredients including those from their own garden.  Thursday, May 15th Graze will be hosting a Cocktail Social on the patio from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for $10.  You will enjoy appies from their tasting boards including some of their now rather famous dairy-free cheeses and house made preserves.  If you wish to stay for dinner, they are offering a Prix Fixe Dinner Menu for $30 with their new summer menu items. You get to choose between two small plates, three entrees and two desserts. For reservations, call Graze Restaurant at T: 604.620.8822.  As an added bonus, if you are joining them for the Cocktail Social, you will receive a $5 off coupon – redeemable for dinner on the evening if you choose to stay, or for a future visit. Graze Restaurant is located at 3980 Fraser Street.

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