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Exploring what Vancouver's culinary scene has to offer at Tasting Plates

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Colleen, went for the deep fried mac n' cheese slider and loved it...until she discovered that there was bacon in the ketchup as she was "vegetarian for the day."

Sal y Limon @Salylimonvan

The men serving at Sal Y Limon were cheery and efficient as they offered a taste of what their restaurant had to offer. I was torn between the taco pollo pibil (chicken) and the pulled pork as they both looked juicy and delicious but in the end opted for the pulled pork. I loaded the toppings on (onions, cilantro and a highly recommended jalapeno sauce) and chowed down in my typical messy manner. 


It wasn't the best pulled pork I've ever had, as the jalapeno sauce trumped the bbq sauce that was on the pork. According to some others I spoke with, the chicken was the best option, but there was also a vegetarian friendly choice of zucchini with corn.


Pop Up Pizza @PopUpPizzaCA

We were warned by other Tasting Plate diners that the wait at this restaurant was a bit ridiculous and a major time-suck so we weren't entirely surprised when it was true for us too. Due to meeting capacity we were politely asked to wait outside, once inside we were seated and should've been told to get comfy as it was a long wait for even the first pizza to arrive. I say it like that because they came out staggered so half of our table was done eating while the other had yet to begin. The Misfit, with wild boar salami and the hotel california with wine-poached pears were a hit with our group but the unique seafood pizza, Sublime, had an odd bitter taste that didn't lend to the flavour of the lobster and prawn. 

 

My favorite things about PopUpPizza? Every pizza had a wine influence, the cooks let me take photos of them with the hot pizzas, and the restaurant had a memorable bathroom.


Fray @FrayonFraser


It happened to be trivia night at Fray which meant that not only did we get a tasting plate but we got a little entertainment and brain-ticklers at the same time. Served at Fray was a portobello fry, rosemary-infused potato and taro chips, polenta salad, and a mini pork belly sandwich. I wasn't super impressed by most of the items but the portobello fry (for which I hear they're quite famous for) was delicious. 

 

mygoodness! gluten & wheat free kitchen @mygoodnessgf

Unfortunately this was the last place that we made it to and they had already ran out of their goodie bags and were closing down for the evening. Because of this we missed out on crackers/cheese and queijos (Brazilian cheese bread) with salsa, &  instead were given a mini carrot cake a gluten-free butter tart and a quiche. 

You never would guess that these crusts were gluten free as they were both crisp, flaky and were more-or-less overwhelmed by the strong flavours of the insides. 

I started the evening thinking I would have no problem making it to all of the different restaurants but found myself hustling at the end to make it to the last two. Lesson learned: take your time to enjoy yourself but be realistic on travel time and potential waits at restaurants. 

Tasting Plates was a great way to try new restaurants in Vancouver without committing to a full meal. For $30 it was a steal of a deal and left most with a fully satiated appetite and a slight feeling of glutton. 

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