Vanfoodster Celebrates 5 years of #TastingPlatesYVR

Time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t believe that it’s been five years since Richard Wolak first began delighting taste buds with Tasting Plates. These food-crawl style events celebrate neighbourhoods around the Lower Mainland by showcasing local restaurants and cuisines. We started the celebrations with a couple of wine tastings from Marquis Wine Cellars…

Healthy and Delicious in San Diego

Food is important. Good food is even more important – that’s how I see it! Thankfully, there are more and more places popping up that help ease the search for good, nourishing food. A place I came across on a recent trip to sunny San Diego was Cafe Gratitude. I only wish I was there…

San Francisco Eats – SF International Chocolate Salon

San Francisco is home to many great food, wine and beer festivals. This year I had the chance to enjoy the one day San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on my visit to Japantown at Hotel Kabuki. This year’s Chocolate Salon featured over 25+ chocolate, wine, tea, and other chocolate related vendors, and chocolate themed seminars. It is a chocolate lover’s…

San Francisco Eats – Hitachino Beer & Wagyu

Nest is best! Hitachino Nest Beer is a craft brewery created in 1823 in Hitachi, Japan, located in the Ibaraki prefecture outside of Tokyo. I’ve been a huge fan ever since being introduced to Hitachino Nest’s White Ale beer in California during a work trip. It’s hard to find Hitachino beers in Vancouver, so I take…

Paleo Fast Food – Taco Time’s Chicken and Beef Salads

One of the hardest parts of trying to follow a Paleo diet is finding local fast food restaurants that offer meals that are both delicious and Paleo-friendly. This article is a continuation of my previous Paleo Fast Food post that identified Paleo menu items at McDonald’s and Wendy’s restaurants. Today we are going to discuss…

New French Patisserie in Burnaby – Mon Paris

Mon dieu! To my delight, a new French patisserie has opened up just a quick walk from work, right next to the Metrotown Skytrain station! This new cafe and pastry shop makes it a convenient way to pick up gourmet macarons or almond double baked croissants! Mon Paris Patisserie, recently opened by world renowned chocolate and pastry…

VanFoodster presents Pizza Palooza 2017

Because who can say no to pizza? Richard/Vancouver Foodster recently hosted his second annual Pizza Palooza – an tasting extravaganza featuring several of Vancouver’s best pizzerias. Registration brought us to Dogwood Brewery, Vancouver’s only organic craft brewery based in South Vancouver right by the Knight St. Bridge. Here, we were treated to a beer tasting glass…

VanFoodster x DineOutVancouver – Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

As part of VanFoodster’s collaboration with Tourism Vancouver, Richard presents his neighbourhood Brunch Crawl series for Dine Out Vancouver. This past weekend, we were invited to experience some of the finest restaurants on Commercial Drive. Our check-in location was Federico’s Supper Club, a long time restaurant on the Drive, offering up authentic Italian cuisine complete with live…

Nando’s – Now Open in Central at Garden City

Did you know? Nando’s first location in South Africa opened in 1982, and they are the first and only South African restaurant brand to go international. Their first Canadian location was actually in Richmond, BC – 23 years later, they now have close to 40 restaurants spanning 3 provinces in Canada. Nando’s new “casa” at…

Dineout Vancouver 2017 – Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Vancouver Foodster is well-known for his neighbourhood Tasting Plates events. For Dine Out Vancouver, Richard has partnered up with Tourism Vancouver to bring his Brunch Crawl Series. We met at the chic neighbourhood of Yaletown this time. We started at Rocanini Coffee Roasters with a Rum Latte: 2 shots of Espresso, with steamed milk and rum…

Sushi Well

Across the street from Gateway Skytrain Station is a little sushi restaurant called Sushi Well. Small and non-pretentious, this particular franchise has a great chef and has become a favourite spot for my family and I. We enjoy spending our Friday dinner there. And the food is delicious. Chef Jake’s Aburi creations rival those of…