28 June 2012

Meat Island

Palomino While I missed the majority of the bands that I intended to see at Sled Island, I also made a couple musical discoveries, and just as importantly a few fffoooodddddiscoveries!

Peanut-shirted guy But before I get to all that: a stop at McDonalds for a good ole cheeseburger. We rolled into town pretty late and had to play a show immediately and then see our friend's show, so by the time we were ready to eat dinner it was almost midnight and this was the only thing open downtown. The lineup was endless, but it featured this guy wearing a Peanut T-shirt.

Whatsa matter with a pizza pie Late-night eating would soon be replaced by visits to CPU (Canadian Pizza Unlimited), at 11th and 5th.

CPU The best worst pizza: it wouldn't be that good, except that it's so fresh because it's the only non-McDonalds place to eat after midnight.

Scotch Caesars for breakfast at the Area We began the next morning with free samples of Scotch Caesars for breakfast at The Area, which sounds like a nifty idea, but the thick rim of steak salt was conducive to an afternoon of severe garlic breath, and the scotch really overpowered everything in an unfortunate way.

Untitled However, we found out we could get samples of the scotch alone, at which point I discovered that it tastes amazing. Here it is. I love it. It was very tempting to sneak off with one of these boxes.

The Area scotch & dogs There were also breakfast hot dogs, served by B.A. Johnston. The Area is probably the most interesting venue in town (that I saw), complete with campfires, tented areas with tree stump seats, a maze of a garden and beekeeping nests. Oh and also some bands (most notably Cousins), playing in an old abandoned school house.

Ship & Anchor Bulleit Bourbon Another drink discovery: I asked for a 'whiskey' at the Ship & Anchor and the bartender said 'what kind' and I said 'the best kind' (I had a free drink ticket), and he brought me Bulleit Bourbon. Which brought up questions of whether or not bourbon is whiskey and what about rye and for that matter the scotch I had yesterday. This is a conversation I've had several times in the midst of whiskey-drinking, but without ever reaching a satisfying conclusion (probably due to the whiskey-drinking). I'm sure that ten minutes on Wikipedia would clear the whole thing up.

Broken City Steak Salad Our artist packages included a ticket for one free menu item at Broken City. I ate a flat iron steak salad. It had field greens, tomatoes, feta cheese and some kind of blueberry balsamic dressing. It is one of my fondest food memories of Calgary. I started eating this and didn't really look up until it was all gone.

Palomino pulled pork mac n cheese; a Watermelon recommendation. The Palomino, which came recommended by both locals and touring bands, was also pretty exciting. A fragrant cloud of BBQ smell hangs in the air around it for an entire city block. I ate the mac and cheese with pulled pork for brunch, then carried the leftovers around the city with me and ate it for dinner as well. A solid, tasty investment.

Twin River Hangover Breakfast A hangover breakfast at Local 510 with Twin River playing in the background. Who doesn't love free breakfast tacos. Not me. Also their coffee was GREAT.

Untitled This was my second year in a row hanging out at Tubby Dog and not eating anything on the menu. It's not that I don't find it intriguing -- particularly the Cap'ns dog smothered in peanut butter, jam and Cap'n Crunch -- it's just that I was saving myself for my beloved Burger Inn.

BURGER INN 2012 Our last stop of the festival, to chase last year's burger dragon. Five of us were present; four burger patties were eaten; three kinds of animals (bison, elk and wild boar) were consumed; only two of us ate burgers.

The Triple Mix: wild boar, elk and bison. Deliciousness was achieved.

14 June 2012

Off The Pizza Track

Untitled Last weekend I attended the launch for Off The Eaten Track's culinary walking tours -- a couple of ladies who lead tours through Vancouver's culinary landscape of food carts, coffees, cocktails and more.

Untitled The launch took place at Pop-Up Pizza, next door to the Toast Collective at Kingsway and Fraser, which features a solid menu of rustic thin-crust pizzas.

Untitled This one was a seafoody special dubbed the 'Game Changer'.

Untitled But the Misfit was my favourite: wild boar rosemary salami, pecorino Toscano, prociutto, chopped basil, Romano and Roma tomatoes.

Untitled Between slices I snuck into the back for a little Pizza-Making-101.

Untitled Restaurants of the pop-up variety are by definition only a short-lived affair, so pizzaholics DON'T DELAY. If you go out for pizza just one night this month, make a trip to Pop-Up Pizza and eat a Misfit for me!

And read more about Off The Eaten Track here.
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