Keeping to the Asian cuisine my next stop was Atithi Indian Cuisine. We were served lotus roots with shrimp, bengali mustard fish and taro roots with local potato (vegan and vegetarian friendly). The potatoes were nicely seasoned, and the fish was still moist with a slight mustard flavour but I prefer my taro in the form of a bubble tea.
Already feeling slightly full I was looking forward to the having a smoothie from The Juice Caboose Food Truck. In a toss up between the Raw Cacao, Hemp Seed, Vanilla Bean, Peppermint Extract, Agave and Cold Filtered Espresso Smoothie and the Strawberries, Hemp Seed, Vanilla Bean, Coconut Butter, Agave and Cacao Nibs Smoothie, I opted for the latter. With a great combination of healthy and tasty ingredients it would be hard to go wrong with either of them.
The best part of my experience was watching people draw on the side of the van (the staff were giving out pens).
Smoothie in hand, it was a quick walk to Gramercy Grill where I indulged in their Pork and Veal Meatball Sub. The meat had a gamey taste to it from the veal but remained moist from the pork. The tomato sauce was flavorful but there was too much bun for the amount of meat.
One meat meal led to another and I found myself at Pete's Meat for some sausages.
We had a lamb merguez, a sweet Italian, and a Mexican/Californian inspired chicken sausage. Served with a little bit of sauerkraut and loaded with onions and spice they were a nice snack.
Time of the essence, I zipped over to the Vancouver Olive Oil Company for some samples of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on strawberries and artisan bread. I've never had so many balsamic vinegars that actually tasted exactly as they read on the label. My favorite pairing was the butter flavored olive oil with maple balsamic vinaigrette.
My final stop was Establishment Lounge. Recently there for a restaurant review I was excited for what was in store: famous vegetarian African peanut soup, black truffle saccottini pasta, lobster & shrimp cake. There was a wait for the food because they were bombarded with people finishing the event and due to Chef's perfectionism in presentation and taste.
Tasting Plates is a fast-paced food event and a unique experience that will stimulate all of your taste buds as you jump from Thai food to Italian food, dessert to tapas. For more photos check out my Gallery.
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