The Parker

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Aquarello Carnaroli Risotto

Aquarello Carnaroli Risotto

I will admit that this post is long long long overdue.  I had some other things that pulled me away.  I have a whole stack of posts in mind, and I promise to get back on schedule.

My sister and I finally made our way to The Parker restaurant last weekend.  It’s been on my list of restaurants to try for months and months and it was worth the wait!  The interior of the restaurant is pretty small and simple in a minimalistic slightly industrial way.  I honestly couldn’t describe it any more than that, I am too absorbed in the pictures of the food.

Confit Potato

Confit Potato

It must be my German-Irish heritage, but I love potatoes.  I hadn’t really eaten them for more than a year but I fell back in love this summer when my CSA box yielded so many.

Heart of Palm

Heart of Palm

I loved the amuse bouche of taro root chip and some sort of dip that reminded me of artichoke dip.  I could have licked the slate clean.  In contrast, the risotto (top picture) I didn’t much care for, but if I’m honest I haven’t tasted a risotto that I loved.

amuse bouche

amuse bouche

Now I must admit that this happened at the end of September which was my eating on the cheap month.  This meal didn’t exactly fit into the budget, but it was a really lovely meal.

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Exile Bistro

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I recently read a review of the Exile Bistro that highlighted all the things I look for: vegan friendly, local, ethically sourced and gluten-free friendly. Normally restaurants stay on my “must-try list” for a while, this one I managed to go to rather quickly.  It’s a small restaurant in the Davie Village, no reservations accepted.  We had a great brunch complete with delicious drinks.

 

As a gluten-free vegetarian, I tend to not eat brunch since the typical brunch offerings are egg/meat/gluten based.  Exile has some great brunch options, I had an eggless omlet made with chickpea flour, mushrooms, fiddleheads and spinach, it was very tasty but a bit on the heavy side- my fault I added cheese to the dish.  My brunch-mate had a gluten-free breakfast biscuit, mushrooms, kale, baked egg, juniper aioli and a side of boar bacon which apparently was amazing.  Bad blogger behaviour, no pictures were taken of the food.  Sorry!

 

Drinks: (obviously after the drinks I lost the plot)

Red Margarita – tequila, hibiscus, aloe vera, agave, beet

E3live fizz – lemon, blue-green algae, maple syrup, sparkling water (added vodka to mine)

 

Staff were great, personable, passionate about the food and very knowledgeable about the menu.  Truly a wonderful atmosphere.

 

Summary: We plan on coming back for dinner.

 

http://www.exilebistro.com/

The Vancouver Urban Winery

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Super huge fireplace

The Vancouver bar and restaurant scene is ever changing, it seems like there is a new place opening up every week. I do love trying new restaurants. This week we accidentally stumbled upon The Vancouver Urban Winery which opened about seven weeks ago. The space is beautiful, lots of light and a mix of modern and heritage.  The building is from the 1920’s but the interior is a mix of modern, industrial.

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As you would expect there is a lot of different wines to choose from.  We chose two flights, which was a good introduction to 10 wines, for the 2 flights it was about $25.  We ordered a salad as well to share, the evening menu was ok, not great.  I found the lunch menu much more appealing, next time I’ll be sure to go earlier in the day.

What makes them eco-friendly?  They have introduced wine on tap to Vancouver, which in theory is more eco-friendly – no wine bottles to be recycled, so far a reduction of over 75,000 wine bottles.

Starting soon they will also be opening their brewery for tastings.  Starting June 18th you can bring your growlers and they will fill them up.  I don’t care for beer, but I do appreciate the concept.

http://vancouverurbanwinery.com/