Monthly Archives: October 2012
Vij’s Railway Expresa – Cassava Poutine
Good afternoon fellow foodie friends.
In an ever evolving culinary cultural city we are so fortunate to have ready access to many new and wondrous culinary treats from around the world.
The perfect part of our culinary eclectic city is that you never need to look far for something new or unique!
Today – Cassava Poutine!
A play on a truly Eastern Canadian treat!
What is Cassava? You ask:
(Here is a note from About.com)
If you don’t already know what it is, you’re probably wondering what is cassava or yuca? It is a long tuberous starchy root about two inches around and eight inches long. The root has a brown fibrous skin and snowy white interior flesh. Because it bruises easily, it’s often sold covered in a protective wax coating. Other names for cassava are yuca, manioc, mandioca, yucca root, casabe, and tapioca.
Cassava is native to Brazil and the tropical areas of the Americas. It’s widely grown all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It was, and still is, an essential root vegetable in the Caribbean diet. It’s been around, since before Columbus’s arrival, as a staple food of the Taino, Carib, and Arawak population, especially in the form of cassava bread. Because it was so crucial to the culture, the natives revered it. A 1554 Spanish historical account describes a ceremony in which a native priest blessed cassava bread and then divided it among the tribal people present. The recipients then preserved the bread to protect their families from danger throughout the following year. Cassava is still eaten throughout all the islands today and you’ll find it piled high at produce markets.
Traditional poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in gravy… And by the way are not all created equal.
Vij’s play on this dish is truly unique and full of flavor wow! $8.50
The layers of flavors as you eat this delectable dish unfold in your mouth to truly create a flavor party!
Make sure that you get down to Vancouver before the trucks potentially close due to inclement weather and enjoy what new flavors and foods are offered while the weather lasts.
If you are a little cold, try one of Vij’s fresh made Chai teas!
You Gotta Try This!
Congratulations to all of Canada’s top 50 restaurants according to Macleans magazine.
Congrats to 8 of the top restaurants being right in our fine city of Vancouver!
Bao Bei -http://www.bao-bei.ca/
Maenam – http://www.maenam.ca/movil/main.html
Araxi (Whistler)- http://www.araxi.com/
Hawksworth – http://www.hawksworthrestaurant.com/
La Quercia- http://laquercia.ca/
Cioppino’s – http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/
Blue Water Café – http://www.bluewatercafe.net/
Do yourself a favor and try some of these great spots!
You Gotta Try These great spots!
- The Juice Truck
Good evening great foodie friends….
Some days you just don’t know exactly what you feel like to eat or drink and then if you are lucky you may happen upon a great truck serving up the flavors of health and goodness!
You will be automatically greeted by two smiling faces- Zach and Ryan and some friendly assistants….
There is a reason that these guys were recognized by and featured on the Food Network show Eat Street……
When you work the magic of the juicer and create such a tasty wonderment in a cup, you deserve the “following” that Zach and Ryan have earned….
Today I was feeling a little blah so started off with a “wellness shot“!
The wellness shot is a good pre-curser to the Strawberry Coconut – strawberries blended with coconut meat, coconut milk, banana, raw cacao nibs, vanilla and agave.
Ahhhhh…. So fresh and such a perfect blend of natural flavors.
Next time, I think it will be time for a wellness shot and a “Raw Chai Brownie”
Dates with raw cacao powder, hazelnut, coconut oil, ground flax seed, maple syrup, vanilla & chai spices
I suggest that you take a look at Zach and Ryan’s new product – The Juice Cleanse
Now available on their website and only available through online ordering.
The Juice Truck- The Juice Cleanse
I haven’t tried it yet myself but plan on ordering some this week as I have heard some good things about it from some Juice Truck patrons.
Where are they located and when are they open?
They’re in a big pink (technically, it’s watermelon) truck on the corner of Abbott and Water Street in Gastown. Sometimes, on weekends only, you’ll find them in Kitsilano.
Weekdays: 11:30am – 5:00pm.
You Gotta Try This!
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