From farm to table

Hi all! Last Saturday I went for dinner with Laura (Again? I know. Guilty!). This time she chose the place and wanted to take me there. It’s a small restaurant on 4th west – Fables. They use local fresh produce in their delicious dishes. Their slogan is: from farm to table. Laura and I shared two dishes and the dessert.

“P” Gnocchi: Peas, pesto, pea puree, pea shoots, mushrooms

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It had a rich delicious flavour. But, I’m glad I was sharing it with her because I would not have finished as it was a heavy dish.

Steak Frites: Triple cooked potatoes, mushroom, buttered spinach.

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I love steak! This one was tender and juicy. I wish it was a larger serving. the potatoes were made to perfection.

The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and very nice. Definitely a 20% tip if not more!

It’s not a place I would go with a large party – it did not seem they could accommodate a large group comfortably. But will definitely go back with just a couple of other friends. If you go check it out, let me know your thoughts.

Dinner at La Pentola followed by dessert at Glowbal Grill

La Pentola is La Quercia’s (which deserves its own posting) sister restaurant at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. My friend Laura and I went there last night for a way overdue date. The place was inviting and warm as well as the service. Unfortunately we didn’t know about the ‘famiglia style’ and interestingly were not told about it nor it’s mentioned on the menu (at least I didn’t see it). The idea is that they serve 10 dishes for $55/person and you share them with your party. However, it is mentioned on their website and you are able to request it. How fun is it to get and share several dishes during a great night out? The idea is that whole Italian way of sharing food and really enjoying it and having fun while eating.

Well, Laura and I still had a great meal and time. We begun with the ‘Chef selection bruschetta’ for appetizer. I found it interesting – can’t say I would order it again. But, in retrospective I liked it was sweet – great contrast to the main course as it was salty (I love salty!).

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Laura ordered the ‘Polenta gnocchi, cheese fonduta, mushroom’ dish and on the side she got ‘Zucchini trifolati’. The gnocchi was good, but both of us have had better ones. The zucchini was warm and deliciously salty.

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I ordered the ‘Risotti’ (Potato, pancetta, rosemary). I simply loved it! Delicious! The potato and the pancetta blended so well in the ‘risotti’.

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Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant. The bill for the 2 of us came to almost $60. It’s a high-end restaurant in Yaletown that offers a fun menu for you to enjoy with your loved ones.

The night is young! After dinner we went to get our favourite dessert that is offered at Trattoria and Italian Kitchen – Zeppole di Cioccolato. As they describe in their menu “italian style doughnuts, chocolate ganache crème anglaise”. Seriously, I love it! Because both of these places are part of the Glowbal group and they offered it, we mistakenly assumed that Glowbal Grill would also have it. But they did have ‘beignet’ as part of their ‘dessert platter’. We asked them if they could make us the only ‘beignet’. They kindly did it! Isn’t it great when restaurants adapt to the customers wishes?

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It was not the same as the one offered at the other restaurants as it didn’t have the chocolate ganache inside of the donut. Even though it was good, I am now craving for the Zeppole di Cioccolato which I really recommend.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Vancouver undoubtedly consider La Pentola. I can’t wait to go back with Shun. It’s great place for a date night. And as I said before to go with friends and family. The Glowbal Group restaurants are a safe bet  and well known in the city. I think my favourite is Coast for the ambience and Italian Kitchen for the food. I haven’t been to Black and Blue yet (probably going this week – a new post). And to be honest don’t love Trattoria or Glowbal Grill, but also don’t hate them. (It might be content for a another post).

Ok! That’s enough for now. Hope you had a great weekend!

Vancouver agenda: this weekend

Last weekend I received lots of texts and emails saying what a great idea it was to post about the Point Grey Fiesta. I decided to make this a more frequent thing, this way I can make your and my life easier and more fun. You still don’t know what you are doing this weekend? Haven’t made your mind yet? Looking for something different and the whole family can enjoy? Vancouver is offering lots of fun things. Take a look!

  • Farmers Markets

It’s the season for Farmers Market lovers to be super happy. There is one in each corner of the city – Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Main Street Station, Granville Island, Trout Lake, East Vancouver, West End, UBC… Ok! I think I covered most of the city. Burnaby, North Shore, Richmond… obviously all have their markets too. Most of these farmers markets run from now to October.

  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2013

Who doesn’t like Jazz? The festival began last weekend on the 21st and goes on until Monday, July 1st taking place in 35 venues around Metro Vancouver. It offers free and paid shows. Check out this video http://youtu.be/SWhIQhi1XKw – it will make you want to go – and the website www.coastaljazz.ca for more info.

  • Vancouver International Busker Festival

Watching street performances is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s an event that takes place over 3 days from June 29-July 1 on Granville Street between Smithe and Pender. It’s totally free, but tipping the performers is a nice gesture. The performances are presented by the world’s finest street entertainers (comedians, daredevils, acrobats and musicians). For more information go to http://www.vancouverbuskerfest.com .

  • Food Cart Festival Vancouver 2013

Do you love Food Cart? So don’t miss out this event that takes place every Sunday from June 23-September 22. The annual gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts is complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and lots more. Oh and it’s 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $2. Children 13 and under get in free.

  • Steveston Salmon Festival

Steveston Salmon Festival is another event to fit in your weekend schedule – it is a long weekend after all. They are celebrating Canada day with lots of kids activities, performances and food. It starts bright and early at 6:30am with Pancake Breakfast and the festival goes on until Sunset.

  • Canada Day at Granville Island

Granville Island was definitely not going to miss out on the festivities. Their celebration includes a Parade, a Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast, an official Canada Day Ceremony, live jazz, performers, and a South Asian cultural fair.

  • Canada Day – Canada Place and Burrard Inlet.

It’s a day to celebrate with a festival, parade and fireworks. It mainly takes place at the Burrard inlet. The complete guide ( http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/06/canada-day-at-canada-place-2013/
) will make you and your family want to attend it. I think we will be there.

I must say that I have not attended any of these events previously, but I do plan to go. So I can share with you if it’s worth it or not for next year. Now, the forecast is for beautiful weather. Fingers crossed it’s right! I don’t remember the last time we had a warm July 1st. Do you?