Every week involves a seemingly continuous stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Discover highlights from September 12 – 18, 2011, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
5/23/11 – Mateo’s Ice Cream & Fruit Bars remains a snack standby thanks to an ever-changing roster of Mexican-style popsicles (paletas). Pitaya is their latest contribution to the cold case, a sweet red cactus fruit pop featuring a top loaded with crunchy black seeds.
5/24/11 – Vazgen Avetyan runs Tonir Bakery, named for a traditional Armenian oven that’s built into the ground. The Iran native spent 25 years in Armenia before joining family in L.A. He’s a trained classical composer who plays piano, but six years ago, when work started to slow down, he opened a bakery in a former Glendale pizzeria. He recently took over the adjacent grocery store and added options like gingal, a flatbread filled with nine kinds of greens, some peppery, others bitter.
5/25/11 – Quinn and Karen Hatfield hosted a Taste of the Nation fundraiser on the front patio of their eponymous restaurant, Hatfield’s. They circulated cocktails, wine and 11 different small plates, some savory, others sweet, including these chocolate tarts with sea salt and crispy puffed rice.
5/26/11 – Taste of the Nation’s fundraising festivities continued the following night at The Spare Room, where Caroline on Crack founder Caroline Pardilla helped to organize an event involving bowling, Connect Four, passed appetizers and several punches, including Tobacco Road with Bulleit rye, Kashmiri spiced tea, demerara sugar and lemon.
5/29/11 – Victoria Spirits sprouted from a winery and started producing gin 4 years ago. They’ve since added oak-aged gin, orange bitters and Left Coast Hemp Vodka, which touts a nutty flavor.
5/29/11 – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse offers nine different varieties of cider in their tasting room, ranging from brut to sweet. To reach the bucolic setting, you have to pass by a boat.
5/29/11 – Sinclair and Frederique Philip have spent the past 32 years turning Sooke Harbour House into a Vancouver Island destination. The surrounding land and water provides a copious bounty of edible flowers, vegetables, meat and seafood, including plentiful crabs, several of which now grace the wall of the restaurant.