Thanksgiving is a little early

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Checked out Whole Food’s Annual Taste of Thanksgiving, which is basically a show and taste of their fall product line (and the proceeds went to Kits Neighborhood House, so that’s a good thing).

For ten bucks a person, this is what we got:

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The Poutine Burger @ The Cannibal Cafe

Poutine Burger The Cannibal Cafe Vancouver
PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH!!

Or, La Burger Cannibale Poutinesca, for fancy French people

The Poutine Burger is the latest *short lived* offering from Cannibal Cafe, my favourite burger joint in Vancouver.

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The (kinda) Famous Anaconda @ The Factory

The Anaconda sandwich at the Factory on Granville
The Anaconda @ the Factory

Waiting to see the World’s End (single line review: “Best capper to the Cornetto trilogy possible and exceeded all (high) expectations.”. For a longer (and better analysis), Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest is the guy to go to both here and here. You really should go see it.) we popped into the Factory on Granville for a couple pre-movie beers and food. And the Famous Anaconda…

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Tasting Plates – East Van Edition

Tasting Plate Schedule-slightly used
Tasting Plate Schedule-slightly used

The other night, I had the pleasure of putting down a couple bucks (okay, I hit the magical ‘buy’ button on my phone) and grabbed some tix for Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates crawl: East Van Edition (Actually, six of the seven participating restaurants were all on Commercial Drive (the one  exception being Via Tevere Pizzeria on Victoria). We had already been to most of the restaurants participating, but looking at the tasting menu involved, we thought this would be a good chance to check out some of the dishes we weren’t familiar with. Here is my very quick, brief, and poorly photographed version of the events that followed:

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FRAY on FRASER Closed

Fray On Fraser

FRAY on FRASER » Page not found. << Radio silence has begun.

Really sad. Only had a chance to eat there the once, but loved it a lot. Excellent, fun food with a good atmosphere. Spent most of the evening playing movie trivia, drawing tattoos on the Henry Rollin’s place mat, and eating a damn fine burger.

According to a message on their facebook page (which now appears to be taken down), the closure is due to a ‘partnership dispute’.

Hopefully, whatever the issues are, they can be settled amicably and get the restaurant opened again.

Bacon Bowl @ Adeline’s

Bacon Bowl at Adeline's on Commercial Drive
The Bowl is the Bacon. The Bacon is the Bowl. There is no Spoon.

I just want to say: If you’re going to have bacon, eggs, and home fries, why not add extra bacon by CONSTRUCTING THE INSTRUMENT OF DELIVERY OUT OF BACON?

It’s Genius, really. And not that fake kind of genius that Louis C.K. talks about. No. This is capital G Genius.

Adeline’s Cafe on Commercial Drive. They need no website, so check out their facebook page instead. And get a bowl made out of bacon.

Golden Plates 2013 | Georgia Straight

Golden Plates 2013 | Georgia Straight.

confusedman-mdLooking at this exhaustive list, all I can say is: Really?

Earl’s is on that list a whole lotta times, along with Cactus Club (Best Salad and Appetizer?) and the Boathouse. Really?

Granville Island for best local     microbrewery and beer. REALLY?

Best Burger is Vera’s, Fatburger, White Spot? REALLY? (Ok, I’ll give them Romer’s, as they are pretty damn good. No Splitz or Cannibal Cafe though?)

Best Chicken is Nando’s? WTF?

I mean, some of the calls I get and make sense. There are some seriously good restaurants and pubs on the list and I’m happy for them (Yay St.Augistine’s, Biercraft, and Havana’s), but holy shit. In a food centric town like Vancouver, there is some seriously weak ass bullshit on this list.

Or I could just be talking out of my ass again.

2lb Burger @ Two Parrots

2 lb Burger @ Two Parrots Perch & Grill Burger Challenge
Dear God….

A rainy, pissy day in Vancouver. Took shelter in Two Parrots and ordered the 2lb Burger (probably closer to 5lbs if you include all the accoutrements).

Two Parrots Perch & Grill (their website appears to be down. You can check out their Yelp page here) is located on the corner of Granville and Davie. I’ve know them mostly for karaoke and quick drinks in the afternoon, but I was curious about their 2lb burger. It’s sorta advertised on their front door, but not listed at all on their menu.

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