Exploring what Vancouver's culinary scene has to offer at Tasting Plates
Everything was fantastic on both of the tasting plates at Trafiq, with many people favoring the salted caramel pecan cookie, even over the rich and delicious brownie. Looking at the rows of goodies in the display case I know I'll be back to sample some more.
Mobius Coffee & Tea @MobiusCoffeeTea
At Mobius they offered us a choice of three different cheesecakes: lemon, NY with strawberry coulis and chocolate with caramel drizzle. With comfy couches to sit on, a variety of flavors to suit everyone's palate and the choice of whip cream on top, how can you go wrong?
Bob Likes Thai Food @boblikethaifood
I doubt many people were expecting the spice that Bob Likes Thai Food brought to the table. While many ethnic restaurants tone it down to accommodate the Western plate at Bob's they kicked it up a notch, leaving some guests reaching for multiple water glasses. The main spice was in the papaya salad, and only slightly on the tuna chilli dip as it was atop a cucumber which cooled it down. The Miang Kham was unique in flavour and texture with chaphlu leaves, coconut shavings, peanuts and ginger prevalent in it, as was "Bob's Chip", a fried rice ball with black sesame seeds.
The team at Bob likes Thai Food was evidently prepared, as they had all the dishes laid out on a table ready to be eaten and served only cold dishes so that there was no wait time for "hot off the wok" food.
I`ve gone by this place many times but have never had the opportunity to check it out so I was glad to finally do so during Tasting Plates. They too were well prepared and had tea egg sandwiches with smokey tea sauce and miniature earl grey shortbread cookies layered on three tier trays ready to be dished out.
Tea tasting was from a selection of five different teas: Sikkim Temi Estate, French Earl Grey, Oriental Nights Green Tea, Organic Coconut Cream Chai, and Mount Pleasant Sunset Rooibos.
Triple O’s on the Go @TripleOsOntheGo
While I admit I scoffed at the idea of a chain restaurant hopping on the Tasting Plates train I was pleasantly surprised at what they served. Richard told me that they made the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake specifically for the event and that it was his favorite of the two. I've never been a creamsicle lover so I opted for the butterfinger milkshake which tasted pretty much just like drinking a butterfinger without that itchy feeling in your throat afterwards.
They also gave us the option of either the meatball slider or the crispy mac n' cheese slider. The carnivore in me chose the meatball slider. I was impressed with the combination of pesto, provolone, marinara and meat all complimenting each other nicely.