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WOK IN THE NEW YEAR!!
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST ISSUE OF THE NEW YEAR. You made it through the holidays and are stoked for 2018. Maybe you made a few resolutions? I look forward to visiting new restaurants and shops and reacquainting myself with old favourites. I vow to expand my cooking chops and eat more plant-based foods. I'll continue to travel and visit far-ﬂung places to increase my understanding of other cultures and the world, and I plan to kick back and enjoy family, friends and many delicious things around the dining table. We have a fantastic community of restaurants, brewers, wineries, grocers, coﬀee providers, farmers, butchers and specialty food shops to choose from and I plan to take advantage of them all.
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In keeping with the New Year theme, Cinda Chavich writes about what new food trends are taking hold in Victoria. On her radar are seventeen trends that range from beautiful breakfasts to gluten-free grains, new tasting technologies to turmeric… and more. Longtime EAT contributor Joseph Blake takes a look at the fast-growing cold-press juice and healthy smoothie market - don't forget your cleanse. And new writer Adrien Paradis dishes on KFC - no, not the ubiquitous North American franchise but down-to-earth Korean fried chicken which has overtaken McDonald's in many places around the world in its popularity - at last, this city has several go-to spots for this delicious and spicy version. Comfort-wise Adrien Sala runs down the coziest pubs, most of which have wood-burning ﬁreplaces to snuggle in front of and to ward oﬀ winter chills. Shelora Sheldan has been writing for EAT for many years now, and in this issue, she discovers the thick and very slurpable udon noodle. You'll also ﬁnd recipes for Pork & Udon Noodle Soup, Breakfast Strata and Sabich, a meatless, Middle Eastern type of sandwich.
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sommelier at Zambri’s has joined the Charelli’s team. The new opportunity is allowing the experienced sommelier to further explore pairing wine and cheese. Frances will also be drawing on her years of expertise in Charelli’s tastings and wine education events.
At press time, residents in the Fernwood neighbourhood are drooling in anticipation of the upcoming opening of the Fernwood Pizza Company at 2009 Fernwood next to the Fernwood Inn. The project is being put together by the Fernwood Inn. The pizzeria will seat 25 and oﬀer up handmade pizza, ice cream and craft beer. Expected opening is ealy January 2018. FACEBOOK.COM/FERNWOODPIZZACOMPANY Fork’n Pork is now open to satisfy your late night cravings with a menu featuring mac and cheese and curry bowls at 1221 Wharf St. FACEBOOK.COM/FORKNPORK
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Have you heard about Cheese Tea? This new beverage trend has swept through China, Malaysia and Singapore and has now reached our shores. Partea is open in the 1000 block of Blanshard St and serves a selection of brewed black or green tea topped with a creamy cheese foam made from whipping cream, milk and local organic cheese,
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A new walking tour will appeal to chocolate lovers and architecture buﬀs alike. Oﬀ the Eaten Track is now oﬀering Chocolate and
Churches: a 3-hour walking tour that visits three places of worship in
the downtown area, interspersed with food tastings at four diﬀerent
locations. A great way to get to learn more about our city’s history, peek behind the scenes at three historical buildings and sample chocolate in four diﬀerent ways. OFFTHEEATENTRACKTOURS.CA
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY
Following the news that Catalano Restaurant and
The 9th Annual Island Beer & Spirits Festival will be held Sunday, Feb 11 from 2-6pm at
Cicchetti Bar would be closing at the end of December,
Magnolia Hotel and Spa announced a new culinary
concept for spring 2018, that will follow a renovation of the space. MAGNOLIAHOTEL.COM
Victoria’s Seedy Saturday will be held Feb 17, 10am – 3:30pm and is hosted by the James Bay Market Society at the Victoria Conference Centre. The event will feature local seeds,
Bitchin’ Biscuit Café is the brainchild of Shannon
plants, products, and speakers.
Stead, known most recently for her work as menu
curator and chef at the Carnarvon concession. Her latest venture is devoted to southern biscuits with gravy and all the ﬁxins. Located at 529 Pandora Ave. BITCHINBISCUIT.CA
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Looking ahead to March, the seventh annual Culinaire event will be held at the Crystal
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Garden on March 8 this year. This event provides locals with the opportunity to savour signa-
ture menu items and inspired dishes from an abundant selection of restaurants, lounges, pubs,
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cafes, specialty purveyors, and sip from a ﬁne selection of local and regional wine, cider, and
Fans of the APTN series Moosemeat and Marmalade
craft beer. Partial proceeds provide scholarship awards to the Camosun College Culinary Arts
are looking forward to Season 3 starting this month:
Program and a donation is made each year to the BC Hospitality Foundation.
This unique show produced by Mooswa Films brings
two very diﬀerent chefs together to explore indigenous
According to Shawn Soole, co-owner of Foxtrot Tango Whisky Bar, the renowned cocktail
culture, culinary traditions and truly delicious food.
bar has suddenly had to close. There’s no word on when or if it is expected to re-open.
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Season 3 takes chefs Art Napoleon (renowned Cree musician and bush cook) and Dan Hayes (noted chef/owner of The London Chef ) from Vancouver Island to Yellowknife and overseas to the UK where the co-stars explore a host of cultural issues and cuisines
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vendors, seeds, plants, starts, local wineries, seed
exchange and a children’s table. Nourishment will be
Marie-Eve Charron (styling) & André Rozon (photo)
narrowing in on how each relates to food security and sustainability. MOOSEMEATANDMARMALADE.COM Congratulations to Oughtred Coﬀee, winner of Roast Magazine’s “2018 Roaster of the Year award!” This is a ﬁrst for western Canada and only the fourth time a Canadian company has taken home the award in fourteen years. The award brings global recognition to the west coast’s culinary scene already known for great food, wine and beer. OUGHTRED.COM Seedy Saturday will be taking place in Saanich on Jan 13, 10am-2pm, presented by Haliburton Farm at the
provided by Charlotte and the Quail.
Once again, the Hotel Grand Paciﬁc is hosting the
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popular four-day Victoria Whisky Festival. Events
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and chocolate masterclass with Adam Bradshaw and
David Mincey, and the Glenlivet Distillery Master class For advertising and other inquiries:
with Keith Trusler. Jan. 18-21. VICTORIAWHISKYFESTIVAL.COM
Tourism Victoria and the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association’s 13th Annual Dine Around and Stay in Town will take place from Jan 19-Feb 4. Participating restaurants will oﬀer three-course menus for $20, $30, $40 CND per person and are all paired with BC VQA wine suggestions. TOURISMVICTORIA.COM/EAT-DRINK/DINE-AROUND
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GOOD FOR YOU
Healthy B.C. Food is medicine here in the third healthiest place on the planet. ACCORDING TO A 2015 REPORT FROM THE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA, British Columbians are not only the healthiest folks in Canada, we’re the third healthiest population in the world, bested only by the Swiss and the Swedes. Experts credit our salubrious nature to the healthy lifestyle choices we make, chief among them our penchant for health-enhancing, locally sourced food. This love for healthy cuisine is being fuelled by the ever-increasing number of B.C. food producers who consistently churn out some of the healthiest grub on the planet. Last year was no exception, and 2017 ushered in some nutritious new products that also deliver great taste. Here are just three noteworthy examples.
Little Northern Bakery Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread As a wheat-intolerant foodie, I’ve spent a great deal of time searching for a gluten-free bread that actually tastes like, um, REAL bread. My search was unsuccessful until a family member, who is celiac, recommended Little Northern Bakery’s line of breads. “You will have a ‘Hallelujah’ moment,” he predicted. He was right, I did. The Abbotsford bakery has been around since 2015, but their breads only started becoming widely available in 2017—and thank goodness they did. All of their breads are fantastic—but the Cinnamon Raisin variety became my instant favourite upon ﬁrst taste. It comforts and envelopes the palate with the perfect blend of “sweet and spicy” ﬂavours, and its texture is reminiscent of the best conventional breads. Taste aside, the bread is also über nutritious as it’s made from nutrient-dense whole grains like brown rice and sorghum. Butter up a slice yourself—you’re inner child will smile.
Babe’s Honey Farm Jun “Kombucha” Babe’s Honey Farm is a veritable institution on Vancouver Island and its unpasteurized local raw honeys have been delighting residents for years. Babe’s recently added an innovative new product to their sweet lineup—a fermented, eﬀervescent, kombucha-like brew made from honey and green tea known as “Jun.” The rejuvenating tonic is not only chockful of the “gut friendly” bacteria (a.k.a. probiotics) that have been shown to elevate mood and immune function, it’s also teeming with green tea’s disease-ﬁghting antioxidants. Equally important is the fact that Babe’s Jun is much tastier than regular kombucha bevvies. The sparkling elixir comes in a variety of intriguing ﬂavours, including ginger and peach pollinator and is available at various local supermarkets. (You can reﬁll the bottles at Ageless Living Market on Johnson Street and Fresh Coast Health Food Bar on Shelbourne.) If you haven’t tried this homegrown tonic yet, I urge you to do so—your tummy and taste buds will thank you.
Tree Island Grass-Fed Haskap Yogurt Tree Island ﬁrst shook things up in the yogurt world when it launched its artisanal, grass-fed, non-homogenized yogurts in 2012. The Courtenay company raised eyebrows again in 2017 by introducing its ﬁrst “whole-fruit” (rather than puréed) yogurt—a scrumptious and rare Haskap Berry Yogurt. What’s so special about this Haskap yogurt, you may wonder? Allow me to enlighten you. According to scientiﬁc analysis, Haskap berries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit—including the much- touted wild blueberry. That’s signiﬁcant when it comes to the berry’s ability to promote health. An additional plus is the berry’s wonderful taste—a sublime cross between raspberry and blueberry. Health foodies and yogurt lovers alike will rejoice while downing a bowl of this tangy concoction. And they’ll welcome the news that the company plans to introduce three new low-sugar, full-fruit yogurts to their ever-expanding lineup later this year.
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SIMPLIFY THE PIE I HAVE NEVER COTTONED TO CHAIN OUTFIT PIZZAS. Back in my McMaster University days in Hamilton, Ontario, the idea of soaking up pub night with pepperoni or, God forbid, Hawaiian pizza was to me utterly distasteful. (Ditto Chinese take-away, but that is another story.) I found the crusts soggy, the sauce gloppy and the cheese rubbery. There were, however, two notable exceptions to my pizza grumpiness. One was the handmade pizza from Aceti’s Pizzeria and Pasta House (forty one years' later it's now called Aceti's Pizzeria and Sports Bar and owned by Matteo Gentile (but the handmade, hand-stretched dough for the pizza remains). The other was the bread pizza from one of the steel city’s Italian bakeries. I would pop into one, usually on a Saturday, for a chunky square lifted from one of the large rectangular slabs baked on metal sheets. I loved the crunchy top with its thin slick of pulpy tomato and sprinkling of dried oregano, or the dribble of olive oil and roasted garlic. The bread was moist and grainy. This style of pizza still speaks to me. It’s still around and has maintained a steady, tasty course. My real pizza wow moment though happened, not surprisingly,
in Italy years later. Funnily enough it was not in Naples (although I can’t argue against a splendid Neapolitan pizza.) but in a tiny, humble osteria that I stumbled upon while completely lost, as one gets in Venice, on a twisty back street. The slatted chair was uncomfortable, the table was wonky. I didn’t care. The evening was lovely, the wine welcoming and the pie amazing. I remember a crisp almost nutty crust, with a bit of depth in the middle and a puﬀy rim, spread sparingly with salted, crushed tomato-y tomatoes, which were no doubt tinned since the month was May, and a modest veil of white cheese, presumably fresh mozzarella. Scattered over it were leaves of tender, peppery arugula and a few shavings of ParmigianoReggiano. On the table were set a small bowl of chili ﬂakes and a cruet of delightfully bitter olive oil for drizzling over if you wished. Maybe it was just due to the time and the place, but ever since, a crisp yeasty crust and spare toppings are my unbending criteria for pizza. Here’s how I top the pie. Milled, fresh, ripe and seeded, or tinned San Marzano, tomatoes, perhaps with basil, are all the “sauce” necessary. For cheese I opt for creamy ﬁor di latte or meltingly good fontina. Bufala mozzarella, although ideal, is not mandatory. A scattering of peppery arugula leaves in spring, basil leaves in summer or bitter rapini in winter enhances the simple pizza margherita without
Julie Pegg’s benchmark for the perfect pizza was found in a humble, back street osteria in Venice. overdoing it. A trio of black olives, anchovies and caramelized red onions are another favourite topping, which pretty much turns the pizza into its close French cousin, pissaladière, the delightful rustic tart found throughout Provence. Equally satisfying are some non-tomato pizzas or ﬂatbreads. Roasted potato and garlic, or ricotta, kale and toasted walnut are two favourites. But the best white pizza/ﬂatbread in my book is Alsace’s traditional tarte ﬂambée (ﬂammekueche), whose oven-baked crust is layered with tangy fromage blanc, sweet onions and smoky lardons. Lately I have taken to making the dough, though not, I may add, with resounding success. After a disastrous ﬁrst eﬀort, a mediocre second attempt, I was (almost) successful on the third try. By the time you read this, however, I will have taken a pizzamaking class. I have no aspirations to become a pizzaiola but I do hope to stretch and steer the dough into a pliable disc.
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I can certainly buy fresh pizza dough from certain bakeries and grocers. And the very good artisan pizzerias are doing marvellous things with ﬂour, water, a bit of yeast, oil, quality toppings and a hell-ﬁre oven. Making my own though adds to an entire pizza experience. I look forward to spending chilly days turning out pizzettes (mini-pizzas), focaccia, pissaladière, tarte ﬂambée—and a calzone (plural, calzoni) whose ﬁlling deﬁes every standard I have for ﬂat pizza. That folded crust oozing with cheese, meat (or anchovies), olives, tomato and is for me perfect cold weather comfort. Now, and much to friends’ relief, I need not bang on about the culinary fast food corruptions that deign to be called pizza. I still wax nostalgic about those pub nights though.
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DELICIOUS CITRUS Citrus’s naughty by nature proclivities ensure an ever-expanding family tree. IT’S FUNNY ISN’T IT, THAT FLAVOURS AS ZIPPY AND TROPICAL as those of fresh, in season citrus also serve to celebrate the arrival of winter. The citrus harvest, aligning with the dormant winter of our local farms, creates a delicious distraction from all of the squash and hardy crops we are eating through these cold months. Though there are thousands of citrus varieties roaming the world, the food industry is dominated by only a few dozen of the ﬁnest, hardiest or perhaps just best marketed. This is the citrus 1%, and though they are spectacular, they are only the tip of the iceberg. The 99% is rich, diverse and quite fascinating. All the delicious citrus we get to enjoy throughout the year comes from three primary ancestors: Citrons, Pomelo and Mandarin. This is not genetic modiﬁcation, this is nature making gloriously diﬀerent and delicious babies (hybrids) because almost all citrus has the rare genetic combination of being both sexually compatible and highly prone to mutation. Because of the, ahem, promiscuous nature of citrus, we beneﬁt from an ever-expanding family tree both under cultivation and in the wild. The breeding of citrus has been fascinating scientists for decades but has been
happening in the wild for millions of years. Fossils of citrus leaves date the ancestors of our citrus back seven million years. The huge spectrum of citrus diversity results in something for everyone. Pithy citrus (Buddha’s Hand, Seville) is ideal for those looking to candy, zest or marmalade the rind. Juicy citrus because fresh OJ makes every breakfast better (Valencias are best, but any citrus in peak season will provide great juice). Peelable citrus for eating out of hand (navels large and small, Tangelo, Mandarins, grapefruits or pomelos) are perfect for snacking and lunch kits. Then there are the novelty citrus varieties for diversity lovers (blood oranges, ﬁnger limes, limequat, pink zebra lemons, sweet lemons, the list is inﬁnite). Limes and lemons in all their varieties grace lemonade stands, provide bar drink enhancements or show up in warm lemon water to start your day. Not everyone likes a kumquat, knows what to do with a ﬁnger lime or a Buddah’s Hand, or can be bothered with tart, seedy, hard-to-peel Seville oranges, but there can’t be a soul whose life isn’t enhanced by some branch of the citrus family tree. Daisy Orser is co-owner of The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
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SELECTION: Choose citrus that is heavy for its size; this indicates a high water content and you can expect a nice juicy pulp. STORAGE: Citrus keeps in your fruit bowl just fine but will dehydrate/deteriorate faster. Refrigerated ( loose or in a mesh bag, not in plastic) it should last up to several weeks. If juicing or peeling, allow the fruit to regain room temperature before use. TASTE: Super-sweet to mouth-puckering. There is a citrus for every palate and preference. TREND: Citrus has influenced cultures around the world for all of recorded history. It has and will continue to influence poets, politics, war, global economies and breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. SUSTAINABILIT Y: Citrus thrives on many continents, but most of the world’s citrus is produced in the U.S. Citrus Belt ( running from California through Arizona, Texas, along the Gulf Coast and into Florida), the Mediterranean, Asia, Brazil, Mexico and India. Although citrus has been successfully grown on Vancouver Island, there are no commercial growers so buying citrus in season from the U.S. growing region is our most sustainable option unless you grow it yourself. PREPARATION: Whether you zest, juice, pulp or peel, it is pretty hard to do citrus wrong. Local chef Heidi Fink’s Lemon Feather Cake is a delicious homage to citrus; you’ll use both the juice, and the zest for the cake and the home made lemon curd crème filling. It is light and zippy and will have you looking forward to citrus season. chefheidifink .com
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REPORTER KFC STANDS FOR
KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN Two restaurants in Victoria now have the Korean chicken phenomenon on the menu. story by ADRIAN PARADIS photography by JOHANN VINCENT
SWEET AND SPICY YANGNYEOM FRIED CHICKEN AT CHICKEN 649 10
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HERE’S SOMETHING IN THE AIR IN VICTORIA and it’s the smell of fried chicken and kimchi. Call it serendipitous, or perhaps just fortunate, but within the span of two months, two separate Korean fried chicken restaurants have opened up in our sleepy city. Chicken 649, on Quadra opened in September, and Chimac on Yates opened in early November.
Korean fried chicken—otherwise known as KFC, only without the corporate attachments—has its origins in the 1950s when U.S. troops were stationed in South Korea during the Korean War. During the ’60s and ’70s, American rotisserie chicken became popular in Korea, and fried chicken saw a boom in 1984 when the Kentucky Fried Chicken company brought its franchise to the country. Korean fried chicken, however, is characterized by its papery crust, a twice-fried method and a saucy coating.
“WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR CHICKEN. IT’S MORE AUTHENTIC, AND I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT.” Tony Yeom, co-owner at Chicken 649 While Korean Fried Chicken has been a phenomenon for some time overseas, Tony Yeom, co-owner at Chicken 649, says it’s something new to Victoria. “We tried Korean fried chicken in Victoria and Vancouver, but we thought it didn’t taste like real Korean fried chicken,” he says. “We are very proud of our chicken. It’s more authentic, and I think people know that.” Yeom’s restaurant has a cozy interior with a casual feel, sparse decor and a limited number of seats. He says that while lunch has been steady, the wait for dinnertime is often over an hour. He suggests calling ahead or ordering takeout. “In our ﬁrst week, we sold out each day by 6 p.m. We’ve now ﬁgured out to prepare a lot, but it’s been really hard work.” While he will not divulge all his secrets, Yeom says his trick is to marinate the chicken for 24 hours before frying and change the fryer oil twice a day. This is the secret to a crispy exterior and tender interior. Yeom’s chicken lives up to the hype with its enigma of contrasting textures. The Yangnyeom (sweet and spicy) has a sneaky kind of heat to it that builds as you eat. The tangy gochujang (Korean fermented chili paste) adds a depth of sweet/spicy/tangy ﬂavours. The extra crunchy breading has caramel crunchy bits that break away to reveal a tender interior. Yeom says he wants to focus on his chicken, and his menu reﬂects that. While there are a variety of ﬂavoured sauces to choose from, his menu contains little more than chicken, potato wedges and a few salads. This is fried chicken afterall, not health food? But while Chicken 649 is simple, focused and low key, Chimac on lower Yates is leaning in the opposite direction. “Here, people can enjoy chicken with beer, music and lights,” says Chimac owner Junwoo Shin. “At nighttime, we put the lights down low so
LUNCH SPECIAL AT CHIMAC: (6 PIECES OF CHICKEN, ONE SAUSAGE, YAM FRIES, POTATO FRIES, CREAMY SAUCE, SWEET CHILLI SAUCE); FISH CAKE SOUP (IN THE BACKGROUND).
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“THE NUMBER OF FRIED CHICKEN PLACES IN KOREA HAS INCREASED TO OUTNUMBER MCDONALD’S OUTLETS WORLDWIDE.” The Korea Herald
it’s a bit dark, but we have LEDs going. We’re giving people circumstances to drink beer and enjoy music and chicken.” Shin says the name Chimac comes from a common portmanteau in Korea of the Korean word for beer (maekju) and the English chicken. Located in the former Restaurant Matisse, Chimac has been updated with renovated wood panelled walls, TVs and LED lights circling the room. The music is bassy and party-focused, and indeed, the later the night gets the louder and darker the room becomes. Shin says he’s bringing something new to Victoria. “Our main thing is Korean fried chicken,” he says. “We just want people to enjoy Korean culture’s fried chicken.” Shin remembers that when he was young in South Korea, it would be a big deal when his father brought home fried chicken after work. , it would be a big deal when his father brought home fried chicken after work. While Chimac’s focus is obviously on its fried chicken, they oﬀer a variety of additional options such as seafood dishes, spicy soups, sweet and sour pork and cheesy corn side dishes. The spicy seafood rice cake dish is an impressive pile of mixed seafood, as well as squishy rice cakes in a spicy chili sauce. But, perhaps the best part of this dish is its disregard for the supposed taboo that seafood and cheese shall not mix. A gooey, melty layer of cheese veils the dish and mixes with the chili sauce beautifully to mellow it out and add a richness of ﬂavour. Also on the menu are options for the more adventurous Eurocentric palate, including silkworm pupa and chicken gizzards. Asked why he thinks fried chicken is seeing a bit of a boom, Shin attributes part of the popularity to a South Korean TV drama called My Love from the Star, a romantic fantasy about a woman who falls in love with both a 400-year-old alien and Korean fried chicken. The drama gained a
massive audience among Chinese viewers, being downloaded 14.5 billion times from December 2013 to February 2014 on Chinese streaming platform iQiyi alone. The abundance of chicken throughout the show sparked a craze for fried chicken in China, as well as a tourism exodus to South Korea. While the show ended in 2014, the craze for fried chicken did not. In 2015, The Korea Herald reported that, “The number of fried chicken places in Korea has increased to outnumber McDonald’s outlets worldwide.” While Victoria is no stranger to chicken—Korean fried or otherwise—with established joints such as Dak’s Korean rotisserie chicken or Chicken on the Run’s unique “broasted” chicken, these two newcomers will still no doubt oﬀer something unique to the Victoria chicken game while bringing us into the world phenomenon of Korean fried chicken.
Chicken 649 2224 Quadra St, Victoria, BC (250) 590-6491 Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken 512 Yates St, Victoria, BC (250) 590-5098
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Fire It Up
Finding a cozy winter refuge one pub at a time.
A COZY FIRE AND THE PUB SIZED- 7OZ HOUSEMADE CHARBROILED BURGER AT GARRICKS HEAD PUB DEEP IN THE THROES OF WINTER, THERE MAY BE NO BETTER PLACE TO BE than in a pub cozied up beside a ﬁre with a warm drink or Guinness in hand. There’s something primordial about being beside a ﬂame, the warmth reaching your bones in a way that baseboard heat doesn’t. Adding an ale makes the cozy ﬁreplace experience feel somewhat medieval. Like you’ve slid onto a wooden bench in an old, low-ceilinged English pub after travelling all day by cart and horse in the rain and trading a sack of wheat for a few pints and a warm meal.
Of course, that’s just a fantasy driven in part by this writer’s obsession with King Henry VIII and Game of Thrones, which can really muddy the accuracy of Old English roleplaying. Regardless, near and dear to the aforementioned fantasy is a pub designed for just such a game. The Crow & Gate Pub in Cedar, south of Nanaimo, has a ﬁreplace your horse could sleep in, low ceilings, dark wooden beams, ploughman’s platters and a host of regulars with their own beer glasses kept at the ready for their inevitable arrival. It’s a place where veterans gather on Remembrance Day and friends and family on Christmas Eve for their own versions of the cozy pub experience. C O N T I N U E D O N F O L L O W I N G PA G E
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While driving to Cedar to visit The Crow & Gate is always worth the trip, it may not always be feasible for folks on the south Island. As such, we’ve explored some cozy pubs with ﬁreplaces closer to Victoria. Wood-burning ﬁres go straight to the front of the line, but there are also some pretty cozy pubs with gas ﬁreplaces, seeing how it’s next to impossible to get an operating permit for wood anymore.
Garrick’s Head Following the resounding success of the renovation at the Garrick’s Head a few years back to create a high-windowed beer hall, people may forget that tucked away in the pub’s nether regions, in the original space that used to be Garrick’s in its entirety, is one of the few wood-burning ﬁreplaces left in downtown Victoria. The ﬁre typically burns all winter, tended by staﬀ as they rush through the now giant space. With a beer list that can make your head spin, it’s a perfect place to duck into during a stormy afternoon while you’re pretending to work. garrickshead.com
The Country Rose What’s better than one ﬁreplace? Well, two, naturally. You could be forgiven for not knowing The Country Rose, located on the border of Colwood and Metchosin. Until recently it was a woebegone outpost almost exclusively frequented by regulars. That changed recently when the team behind Be Love and Bliss purchased it and gave it a polish. The team doesn’t intend to turn it into another vegetarian space, but they have upped the kitchen game with good quality pub fare and great beer prices. With two ﬁreplaces, it’s the perfect pit stop on the way back from Sooke or Port Renfrew to cozy up and get warm before heading all the way into the city. countryrosepub.com
Penny Farthing If two is better than one, then the Penny Farthing in Oak Bay is really taking things to the next level. Part of a group of cozy pubs owned by Vic Pub Co., including Irish Times and Bard and Banker, the Penny Farthing boasts four—yes, four—ﬁreplaces (enough, it turns out, that the server
had to actually do a count to verify). A great spot to settle in on a rainy weekend with a paper and a Guinness. pennyfarthingpub.com
Crow & Gate Pub It was mentioned oﬀ the top, but it’s worth mentioning again as a place not to be overlooked by the traveller. Load up your Google Maps beforehand, because this gem is literally in the middle of farmland. It’s about a 10 to 15 minute drive oﬀ the highway, but insanely worth it for the ultimate cozy pub experience. crowandgate.ca
4 Mile Brewpub Housed in a massive 150-year-old Tudor style “Olde English Inn” the 4 Mile Brewpub is rich in atmosphere, with deep, dark wood and several ﬁreplaces. A couple situated in the solarium keep you cozy while you gaze out the windowpanes and watch the weather come down. A few steps up in the main dining area of the pub is another, much larger ﬁreplace, which I’m told is occasionally lit when it gets extra chilly out. The best bit? You can ﬁll a growler on your way out the door as you head out to cozy up at home. fourmilehouse.com
Special Mention: Spinnakers After a tough year caused by a ﬁre that shut the pub for three months, Spinnakers is open again, providing refuge and great craft beer to sodden Victorians in the thick of winter. Sadly, where once there was a ﬁreplace, there is no longer, understandable considering the challenges caused by the ﬁre. Despite that, Spinnakers remains one of the coziest pubs around and has perhaps the best view of any pub on the island. The guest houses still have their original ﬁreplaces (and are a great spot for a vacation at home) and the whole building feels warm and inviting. The original carriage house was established in 1884, helping make this not only a deeply cozy spot (with free pool), but also an important one in the history of the city. spinnakers.com
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COWICHAN Vancouver Island’s Food, Wine & Cultural Heartland
n your drive to Toﬁno, you'll pass through Cowichan. Road tripping Up Island? Sure, you'll have to go through Cowichan. You've been to Duncan, you've stopped for gas in Mill Bay, and you've travelled the Cowichan River in a ﬂimsy inner tube that you're not sure will survive the whole trip. But have you really been to Cowichan? That Highway 1 has a few turnoﬀs that you might consider taking next time you are driving from A to B. Consider option C because down that road you'll ﬁnd some of the best wine, the most outstanding food, and some of the most supernatural wonders our little Island has to oﬀer. "Cowichan is a region unto its own and is the perfect day trip or weekend destination for Island locals", says Karen Elgersma, Executive Director of Tourism Cowichan. Splitting oﬀ from Highway 1 from the Malahat to Crofton and from the coastline, inland to Youbou, heading down one of Cowichan's roads might lead you to any number of hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Turn down Westholme Rd onto Richards Trail, and you'll ﬁnd Westholme Tea Company, Canada's only producing tea farm. Here you can enjoy carefully crafted, homegrown teas, and browse incredible pottery and ceramics. A short diversion down Cobble Hill Rd will take you to Merridale Cidery & Distillery where you can sample delicious ciders, or a have a bite to eat at the gastropub before a hike through the trails of Maple Mountain. If you're into more of an overnight excursion that isn't too far from home, you could glamp out in one of Merrydale's fully furnished yurts with an open view of the stars.
Grain is one such place. Heralded as one of the best bakeries in Canada by Huﬃngton post, True Grain uses only Certiﬁed Organic BC grown grain and is thoroughly dedicated to supporting local farms and producers in their baking. The variety of vineyards, farmers markets, producing farms, restaurants, and cafes in Cowichan will give you the full experience of the regional cuisine Cowichan is its own regional entity with a distinct culture and a unique way of life deﬁned by rolling hills and mountains, vast farmland, and fertile soil. If BC is the breadbasket of Canada, then Cowichan is the breadbasket of Vancouver Island. Rich with agricultural diversity, the people of Cowichan are committed to the value of food, craft, and natural splendour. If we may be so bold, Cowichan is Canada's own Provence or Tuscany, providing the foundation for Vancouver Island's culinary allure and distinct regional palate. —by Jill Van Gyn TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COWICHAN VISIT WWW.TOURISMCOWICHAN.COM
The Cowichan Valley also oﬀers a true farm-to-table experience. The term, so often misused, is simply a way of life up here. "Cowichan restaurants are actively taking back the phrase and making it mean something again", says Elgersma. Take a trip down the strikingly bucolic Cameron Taggart Rd to Unsworth Vineyards, which boasts some of the best wines in the region. The restaurant at Unsworth oﬀers a Cowichan inspired menu using seasonal ingredients from neighbouring farms and producers. Indeed, many of the restaurants and cafes in the region will provide you with a taste of locally sourced food crafted by people who genuinely appreciate the value of BC farm ingredients. True
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Vin’daloo’d Seafood Hotpot – chargrilled sockeye and rockfish, mussels, smoked squid and prawns, lemony baguette
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FISHOOK AT MERMAID WHARF
407 SWIFT STREET, VICTORIA
250-590-6988 | FISHHOOKVIC.COM
LEFT: Chef Kunal Ghose RIGHT: The interior at Fishhook Mermaid Wharf
FANS OF CHEF KUNAL GHOSE AND HIS POPULAR DOWNTOWN EATERY, FISHHOOK, will be happy to hear that there’s now a new seaside harbourfront location at Mermaid Wharf.
We tried the ﬁsh curry with the housemade “daily pickle” of seasonal vegetables on the side, the Mermaid Cobb Salad with sweet chili salmon sausage and hard-boiled egg, and a steamy bowl of fresh mussels in a spicy white wine vindaloo broth.
Ghose has expanded into a big, airy room at the base of Swift Street, a tasty addition to the city’s Design District. With 150 seats, including a wharf-side patio next to the water taxi Chinatown terminal, it promises to be a popular summer destination.
With a new Quest charbroiler on site oﬀering “tandoor-style heat,” the menu expands to include grilled steak and charred seafood options.
But right now it’s a great space for bigger groups and parties, with a larger kitchen that lets Ghose oﬀer his menu family-style or in sharable thali tasting platters.
There’s even a weekend brunch menu. The benny, with eggs slow-poached at 63°C comes with salmon bacon or melted kale, and there’s a smoky salmon and arugula hash with eggs, both topped with a citrusy hollandaise.
The dinner menu is an expanded version of the Ocean Wise seafood selections he has popularized at his tiny Fort Commons location over the past three years.
I opted for the Dobosala Eggs, reminiscent of Mexican huevos rancheros, but with crispy fried chana paratha, charred corn and avocado raita adding Indian ﬂair.
Beyond his open-faced tartines (sandwiches) and curries, you’ll ﬁnd the hearty Seafood Hotpot and artfully presented main dishes from biryani topped with roasted tandoori salmon to the Daily Khatch of local seafood. There’s luscious smoked sableﬁsh on the menu, seared albacore tuna and Humboldt squid, all Ocean Wise certiﬁed and served with his signature Indo-Canadian twist of daily masala and ﬂuﬀy basmati rice.
Steamy almond milk chai, mimosas or Mermaid Caesars with salmon jerky are the eyeopening beverages of choice.
Share plates range from seafood charcuterie, pekora-battered Fish ’n’ Frites featuring oysters, salmon, rock cod and tuna belly, or crisp kofta balls, hand-formed and deep-fried to serve with pappadums. Thanks to a continuing partnership with Steve and Christine Kerr and their Smokemasters shop in Qualicum Beach, which produces hot- and cold-smoked ﬁsh, Ghose has a steady supply of smoked salmon belly bacon, salmon and halibut mince for his seafood koftas and ﬁsh conﬁt, and frames to ﬂavour the smoky stock for his famous coconut-milkinfused chowder.
With Russ Clark now running the kitchen at the original Fishhook location, and Tyler Paquette the head chef at the new Mermaid Wharf spot, Ghose is free to focus on his next project, a casual Indian-Mexican fusion concept called Dobosala Cantina, opening this spring in the new Jawl building on Pandora. With the city’s downtown bike lanes skirting the property, Ghose plans to oﬀer a ride-through window for customers on two wheels, along with a spicy mash-up of international ﬂavours for his breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Ghose was one of the originators of the still-bustling Red Fish, Blue Fish and a contestant on Top Chef Canada. There’s always something creative bubbling away in the mind of this trendsetting chef. Stay tuned. C I N D A C H AV I C H
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Text: Joseph Blake Illustration: Eliot Wyatt Photography: Sherri Martins
HEALTHY DRINKS LIKE JUICES, ELIXIRS AND SMOOTHIES GIVE HIGH-SPEED ACCESS TO POTENT NUTRITION. ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING TRENDS ON THE LOCAL FOOD SCENE is what nutritional therapy practitioner Ellie Shortt calls “the liquid nutrition gang.” Juices, elixirs, shakes and smoothies are now produced locally and available at numerous restaurants, markets and juice bars. “I’m delighted to see the ongoing expansion of health-conscious dining options in Victoria,” enthused Shortt, who teaches wellness-oriented cooking classes at London Chef and has a blog called Whole Happy. “The ﬂourishing healthy food scene means more opportunities for my clients to make wellness-oriented choices while dining out or on the go.” Shortt sees juices, elixirs, shakes and smoothies as having “the power to be extremely healing and rather convenient.” But she also warns they can be “potentially harmful,” citing commercially produced sugary, fruit-based juices’ impact on blood sugar levels. As well, mass-produced over-processed and chemical-laden protein powders and other additives in some shakes and smoothies can be a problem. I had been really sick for a couple of weeks when I began work on this story and mentioned my illness to Kai Yates, co-owner of K and I Juice Company during our interview. A local wholesale operation launched in August 2015 with shelf space in Whole Foods, Mother Nature Market in Cook Street Village and at Nourish Kitchen and Café, K and I produces a variety of seasonal, organic, cold-pressed juices made with leafy greens, oranges and other fruit and herbs as well as a Detox Tea Pack based on Ayurvedic principles. I mentioned that I wasn’t feeling well, and Kai oﬀered to drop oﬀ one of her One-Day Cleanse packages on her next delivery trip near my neighbourhood. Kai Yates has held sold-out juicing and cleansing workshops at Nourish Kitchen in 2017 and plans more workshops in 2018. Check the website, kandijuice.com, for info and to order their products online. Nourish Kitchen and Café is famous for their organic bone broth. It’s high in protein, vitamins, minerals and collagen. Mermaid in a Jug, broth with seaweed sprinkles, and Golden Eye Broth, with turmeric and cardamom oil, are even better for you. Nourish’s Rosemary Lemonade, Sour Cherry Chill (with organic sour cherry elixir, Phillips tonic and fresh herbs) and Moonlight Mama Elixir are other cold beverage favourites on the menu at Nourish. Moonshine Mama’s Elixirs and Tonics grew out of Salt Spring owner-operator Melina Davers’s bouts with chemo and radiation treatments. Products include Turmeric Elixir with fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger and honey, as well as Sour Cherry Turmeric Elixir. At vegetarian and vegan restaurant Be Love, the nourishing rhizome also takes the lead, in its kombucha and in many fresh juices. The dinner, lunch, brunch and full bar menu (try the Kombucha Whisky Sour using Cathy’s Kombucha) also includes several varieties of smoothies. My favourite, Sunshine, is made with strawberry, banana, orange juice, camu camu, lemon and liquid vitamin D. High in Vitamin C, and despite all those healthy ingredients, Sunshine tastes like a creamsicle. Another downtown gem providing daily oﬀerings of fresh-made fruit and vegetable juices is Café Bliss. All are 100 percent seasonal, organic and low-temperature pressed. They also oﬀer one ounce wheatgrass shots, pure raw chocolate shakes and
numerous super-food smoothies using mushroom blends, camu, spirulina, probiotic and enzyme powders, algae powder and dried grass powders into a base of banana or avocado. All are made from scratch. Vegan Hippie Chick Café’s Vegan Brew is a coﬀee substitute “with a boost like coﬀee without the crash.” It’s made from a house blend of maca (a powdered Andean radishlike root), cacao, matcha, coconut oil, coconut sugar and house-made almond mylk. A self-described Hippie Chick, Karen Rousseau is a wizard with the café’s singular concoctions, and her Spicy Hippie Brew is another delicious blend of cacao, cinnamon, cayenne, maca, coconut oil, coconut sugar and almond mylk. Fragrant and delicious Matcha Latte is another favourite as are her signature organic Veganarchist Tea and Yoga Tea. Jusu Bar’s Bruce Mullen opened his ﬁrst shop in Cadboro Bay as a memorial to his wife’s battle with cancer. The shop’s recipe of 100 percent organic cold-pressed juices caught on, and the company now operates a processing plant in Chinatown, a shop on Oak Bay Avenue and shops in Vancouver and Calgary. They’ve also expanded their food oﬀerings of wraps, smoothies in a bowl and baked goods, but their nutritional drinks are still the heart of Jusu’s business. These include green drinks that detoxify the body, fruit juices packed with digestive enzymes and antioxidants, and root juices, including what Jusu calls The Classic, high in vitamins and nutrients. West Saanich Road’s Rawthentic Eatery oﬀers vegan food with a beverage menu, including kombucha on tap and wheatgrass cocktails mixed with fresh apple and carrot juice. A large list of fresh juices are topped by a beet, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon mix called Beet Treat and C Plus, an orange, lemon and apple juice concoction mixed with ginger and turmeric. Rawthentic’s beverage menu also has six smoothies. Antioxidant smoothies mix acai, goji, chia seeds, dates, spinach, blueberries and lemon with coconut water. Mango Lemon Zinger is made with apple juice, dates, banana, mango, spinach, lime and ginger. Two outlets of Fresh Coast Health Food Bar, one in Shelbourne Plaza, the other in the North Park section of Cook Street, serve kombucha on tap. They also oﬀer Detox Lemonade made from fresh-squeezed lemons and a mix of activated charcoal, bentonite clay and zeolite. It’s good for colds and hangovers. Fresh Coast also has nine smoothies made with whole fruits and vegetables. Little Tribune Bay, named in honour of Hornby Island’s nude beach, is a stripped-down smoothie made with pineapple, mango, coconut milk, banana and honey. Power House Living Foods in Uptown also has two outlets in Nanaimo and another in Duncan. The vegan, raw-food-oriented chain oﬀers nine fresh juices, 14 mylk shakes made with daily-ground whole nut mylk, plus fruits, greens, herbs, vanilla and superfoods like agave. The beverage menu also includes nine smoothies in 16-ounce and 24-ounce sizes. One of Victoria’s oldest and most popular vegetarian restaurants is Rebar Modern Food in Bastion Square. At Rebar, all juices, smoothies, wheatgrass and elixirs are made to order. You can get a wheatgrass single shot for $3 and a double for $5. In addition to a wide range of fruit and vegetable juices and fruit smoothies with soy milk and almond milk, Rebar oﬀers tonics, including Party Rescue Hangover Tonic. I’m going to have to try that some early morning. I was working on this story and heading into week three of feeling unwell when K and 19
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Heather Cunliff of Be Love with their Liver Cleanse (Orange, grapefruit, beet, ginger, lemon, cayenne)
Kai Yates of K and I Juice Company with Lean Green Juice
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Sevina Vatuloka of Café Bliss with Jedi Smoothie
Chef Sergio Hernandez of Nourish Kitchen and Café with Moonlight Mama Elixir
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I Juice delivered a box to my front door one morning. Inside were four jars of juice, a package of Detox Tea and a carton of bone broth, the ingredients for my one-day juice cleanser regime. For breakfast I had the Master Detox made with lemon, maple syrup, chia seed, cayenne and alkaline water. Next was Lean Green. The cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, celery, dandelion, mint, lemon and aloe juice was delicious! Orange Fighter (orange, carrot, pineapple, ginger, turmeric) was equally delicious. I probably drank it too fast and felt a little woozy. Maybe it was the eﬀects of the cleanse, but I took a short nap and sipped the Protein Fix (almond, plant protein, date, chia seeds, vanilla) for lunch. I drank a large pot of Detox Tea before having my bone broth for dinner. When I woke the next morning, I felt great, the ﬁrst time I had felt really well in weeks. I guess I’ve joined what Ellie Shortt calls the “Liquid Nutrition Gang.”
Located in the Harbour City, Fiddlehead Bistro is proud to call Nanaimo BC its home for the past 2.5 years. Ever since the beginnings
of this Nanaimo Restaurant, the Whole Happy wholehappy.com K and I Juice Company kandijuice.com Nourish Kitchen and Café nourishkitchen.ca Moonshine Mama’s Elixirs and Tonics moonshinemamas.ca be love beloverestaurant.ca Café Bliss cafebliss.ca
Vegan Hippie Chick Café veganhippiechick.com Jusu Bars Multiple locations, jusubar.com Rawthentic Eatery veganrawfoodrestaurant.com Fresh Coast Health Food Bar freshcoasthealthfoodbar.com Power House Living Foods powerhouseliving.ca Rebar Modern Food rebarmodernfood.com
Fiddlehead Bistro has been on a
mission to provide the most local, organic and freshest ingredients to its customers.
The humble restaurant is always wanting to insure that we maintain the
beverages and service to our
WHAT’S IN THE GLASS The beverages described in this story aren’t exactly the type found in cans in supermarket freezers or plastic containers on shop shelves. Most of those have been preserved by cooking or chemical additives. Healthy juice, sometimes referred to as live or raw juice, is extracted by pressing or other forms of extracting the juice from the pulp of whole fruits and vegetables. This process creates varying degrees of friction, which in turn create heat and subsequent vitamin loss, as does the oxidization of the juice over time. Cold-pressed and freshsqueezed are nebulous terms, but generally the colder the process, and the fresher the product, the better. Local, seasonal, organically
customers from Nanaimo and abroad.
The Fiddlehead menu provides patrons with local seafood, vegan options and a revolving menu to best suit what is in season on Vancouver Island. The food is a
perfect balance of local ﬂavors to
compliment a west coast ﬁne dining experience.
grown fruits and vegetables make a premium juice. Elixir is another confusing term, but a general description of elixir is any sweet liquid used for a medicinal purpose. For our purposes and expanded definition of fruit or vegetable juice, an elixir includes a
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spice or herb that has an action, including hormone balancing, digestive supportive, cleansing or anti-inflammatory (like turmeric.) Elixirs might also include a natural sweetener, a healthy source of fat and a bit of protein. Shakes and smoothies are blender drinks that use fruits and vegetables (often frozen) in concoctions that also may include yogurt, coconut, soy, almond and other milks created by grinding the nuts into mixtures (sometimes labelled “mylk”). Banana, avocado, mango and other natural thickening agents create a smoothie’s creamy texture. —J. B.
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The Politics of food
FOOD AND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION In part 3 of Jill Van Gyn’s series on the politics of food, the debate isn’t about food, it’s about privilege: who gets the opportunity to bring a certain food into the mainstream and who gets to make a buck oﬀ it? ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID MCMILLAN brought their ﬁndings home to the authenticity-craving crowd of Portland. However, many people of colour in Portland’s food community saw this as cultural theft in which two privileged white women were able to proﬁt oﬀ the culturally signiﬁcant craft of tortilla making, a tradition passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Over the past decade, people of colour have seen the food of their homeland, their ancestors and their families turned into sweeping trends. These trends pop up in real life on the corners of gentriﬁed neighbourhoods under the ownership of chefs and entrepreneurs who claim to be oﬀering something new, exciting and exotic. It smacks of a new wave colonization and takes opportunities away from those who have a real and signiﬁcant stake in the food of their culture. It’s a tough debate to wrap your head around, particularly if you’re new to the conversation or if it’s something that doesn’t aﬀect you directly. But in the age of identity politics where race, gender, class and culture are up for debate in every corner of our lives, it should come as no surprise that food has become a political matter. The question that comes up around the cultural appropriation of food is “Does it even matter?” (followed by a “let people cook what they want” and a healthy eye roll), which dismisses a really important conversation. In John T. Edge’s recent book, The Potlikker Papers, which looks at the unspoken history of southern food, he puts forth that “conversations about food have oﬀered paths to bigger truths about race and identity, gender and ethnicity, subjugation and creativity.” Food in southern black communities was a means of cultural currency and a way to construct a black identity through the Jim Crow and segregation eras. Food is important to culture. It ﬁlls in gaps in histories that have been erased, and preserving and protecting that history has value. This makes food a political matter and therefore worthy of debate. Both Canada and the United States have been touted as “melting pots” or “mosaics” of cultural and ethnic diversity. Despite the fact that the rhetoric may be somewhat more overt today, immigrant families have always faced isolation and discrimination. Food has been a means of insulating communities from the harsh realities of immigrating to a foreign country. Staying connected to the culture by passing down recipes, teaching cooking techniques as generational gifts and opening restaurants, food trucks and street carts as a way to survive, persist and preserve has all been done with a commitment to the cultural importance of food. It becomes very easy to write oﬀ a taco as something that is available everywhere to everyone. It’s just a tortilla with some meat in it, right? But to others it is heritage; the making of tortillas is rooted in a deep cultural history. Yes, we love the access we have to all sorts of interesting food. It’s one of the reasons our interest in food never waivers—there are always new things to try. However, there needs to be space for the papusa lady running a cart in Queens, New York, to move her cooking into the mainstream without being drowned out by the hip new papusa joint around the corner opened by a couple of bros that got approved for a bank loan (true story). The debate isn’t about food, it’s about privilege: who gets the opportunities to bring this food into the mainstream and who gets to make a buck oﬀ it? I’ll tell you one thing, it’s not the papusa lady. HACKLES GO UP IMMEDIATELY when the topic of cultural appropriation of food is broached because the conversation has an underlying implication that there are areas of “ownership” in food. To be clear, no one is telling you to put down the tagine pot or your tortilla press. We’re just here to have a little talk about food, culture and some things we may have gotten wrong. Let’s kick things oﬀ by asking what is the cultural appropriation of food? Simply put, it’s the use of a cultural cuisine by another (usually more economically dominant) culture and presenting it as exotic, new or rediscovered. The conversation really jumped into the zeitgeist this past May when two young white women headed to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, “picked the brains of every tortilla lady,” returned to Portland and opened up a burritos cart featuring authentic Mexican tortillas. On the surface this seems like the women did some good cultural research and then
It’s not really that you’re cooking another culture’s food. It’s the lack of deep cultural exploration and a disinterest in racial power structures and racial privilege. The foundation lies in intent and method. Why are you doing it and what are your methods? Are you taking up space that could be ﬁlled by people from that culture? Are you involving and/or listening to voices about how the food should be prepared, served and presented? Are you giving back to the community or contributing in some way? Maybe if the Portland tortilla thieves had committed to giving $1 from every burrito sold to a women’s business collective in Puerto Nueva, things wouldn’t have gone down so poorly for them. Maybe. Listen, I get it—you want to cook whatever you want. There shouldn’t be food rules; nobody “owns” tamales, ramen, kimchi or pho. But instead of rejecting the conversation out of hand, we should be listening to the people who are pushing back against that narrative and turn to them for dialogue and solutions. Food should be a uniﬁer and an equalizer, and it can be if we can face some of the uglier truths we’ve decided don’t apply to us.
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The Ethics of Eating: Deforestation and the Cow in the Room Last in a Four-Part Series
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EATING WELL FOR LESS SEAFOOD PANCAKE
The Haemul Pajeon
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I recently made a presentation about my job as a food writer to two English as Another Language classes at the University of Victoria, and I ﬁnished by asking students where they like to eat. In both classes, Korean students told me unequivocally to try King Sejong. The authenticity of the restaurant was further conﬁrmed when Korean customers streamed in while I was enjoying my lunch. Perhaps part of the reason is that dishes on the weekday lunch menu start as low as $9.95 for Jeyuk Deopbap, pan-fried pork, cabbage and onions in a vibrant and complex sauce of hot chili paste, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and hot pepper ﬂakes. A vegetarian option at lunchtime is Bibimbap for $10.95. This piping-hot rice bowl is a festival of colours featuring a poached egg surrounded by shredded and sliced lettuce, carrots, spinach and shiitake. A chili sauce called Gochujang is already on the table, and Koreans squirt on the hot sauce, then mix up the whole bowl with their chopsticks. But what is the number one comfort food ordered by the Korean clientele? The Kimchi Sundubu, kimchi soup with mounds of very soft tofu and a golden egg in the middle. Don’t be disturbed by the awkward menu wording, which promises a “half-cooked egg. It is, in fact, poached. Another kind of comfort is hanging out with friends over a beer or a Korean alcoholic beverage called Soju. That’s when one turns to the menu section with the inviting heading “Side Dish for Drinking.” These are large dishes for sharing, much as Westerners might order nachos. The Haemul Pajeon for $13.95 is a huge savoury seafood pancake. The chef manages the tricky feat of marrying a ﬂuﬀy interior with a crispy surface. Green onion is used as the dominant vegetable, not as a garnish, so the pancake has ripples of dark green from the onion tops. (This dish is meant for sharing, but you don’t have to.)
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Haemul Pajeon: a huge savoury seafood pancake with green onions and soy sauce ELIZABETH NYLAND
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Santé has long been known in Victoria as a destination for glutenfree food, and that has not changed. But something else has: the restaurant was recently bought by Medhat Faraq, the owner of Quadra Butcher. Faraq has brought in both his grass-fed and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats along with chef Sandy Taufik, who hails originally from Morocco. So now the restaurant is a marriage between Mediterranean, North African and gluten-free cuisine. Moroccan accents are immediately evident in the upgrade of the Breakfast Bowl ($13), a large and healthy bowl of quinoa, scrambled eggs, spinach, cabbage, carrots, red peppers and celery with a drizzle of sauce featuring Moroccan harissa, a spice blend of sun-dried chili peppers and olive oil. A lively Moroccan relish of parsley, cilantro, cumin, coriander, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil called chermoula is swirled on the side of the lunchtime Market Stirfry ($10.95), a healthy dish of mixed roasted vegetables. Even though it’s enticing to try out the dishes with a clear Moroccan focus, I also recommend the elegantly plated Burger of the Day, a crazy bargain at $10.95 that comes with a mixed red and
Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bar ($4) green lettuce side salad with beets and carrots. Two thin beef patties with complementary sauces add complexity. One is a basil mayonnaise, the other a Dijon and harissa mix. The deli counter, with its healthy choices like Kale and Squash Salad, Lebanese Carrot Salad, Saffron Rice and much more, is also worth checking out for busy families. For dessert, I highly recommend the Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bar for $4, cleverly concocted with a base of ground nuts, a creamy coconut custard and chocolate ganache. left: Quinoa, scrambled eggs, spinach, carrots, red peppers, and celery drizzled with a Moroccan Harissa sauce ELIZABETH NYLAND
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I got there just as the pasteis de natas, traditional Portuguese custard tarts, were coming out of the oven. The pastry seemed too light to hold the silken contents but somehow held on to the warm, creamy contents. I can’t tell you an exact time to capture that moment when the tarts are warm—it varies from day to day— but I can tell you when members of Victoria’s Brazilian and Portuguese communities tend to come to Casa Nova: 9 a.m. for the ﬂuﬀy Portuguese buns warm from the oven. These aren’t even on the menu, but diners will have the bun with a cheese from the Azores called São Gorje, and that costs under $5. Overall, the menu has simple categories like Breakfast, Burgers, and Hot and Cold Sandwiches. But the category that caught my attention was Taste of Portugal. The menu was developed by John Medeiros, originally from Brazil, and his wife, Ilda, originally from Portugal. They brought their chef over from Portugal three years ago. In a stunning reversal of my usual fate, my absolute favourite Portuguese dish is also the
lowest priced, at $9.95. Bifana is a sandwich of thin slices of pork that have been marinated in paprika and pimento sauce. These slices are scooped into a Portuguese bun and topped with a small mountain of sautéed onions, creating a juicy and ﬂavourful sandwich. The house-made chouriço on a bun is only a dollar more. This smoky, complex sausage also makes an appearance in a couple of breakfast menu choices, and in an occasional special of Chouriço and Pea Stew. To get the full Portuguese experience, try the national dish of bacalhau. Hundreds of years ago, when the Portuguese were ﬁshing the waters of Newfoundland, they needed to salt the cod to preserve it. Salted cod remains a common dish, though I should emphasize that it is soaked to remove excess salt. Here at Casa Nova, a large, ﬂaky piece of cod is topped with tomatoes and onions and served with beautiful golden balls of potato, an invention of John the owner. This is a fancier dish for $16.95. Café hours are 8:30 to 2:30, but fear not. Food is available at dinnertime as well, thanks to their very successful catering business.
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THE BEST THING I EVER ATE The third EAT Talks will take place on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Northern Quarter
Clockwise from top left: Megan Bermand (Tulip Café), Jennifer Danter ( Food Stylist), Cliﬀ Leir (Agrius), Andrew Mavor (Hanks), Daisy Orser (The Root Cellar), Jill Van Gyn (MC & Host), Arthur (Bao), Peter Zambri (Zambri's)
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THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT OURSELVES AND ABOUT THE FOOD WE LOVE gives meaning to our history and to the things we value most. There is always one memory or one experience that we fall back on when we think about the best thing we ever ate. It might not have been a dish found in a Michelin-starred restaurant or crafted by the hands of the world’s ﬁnest chef but perhaps was found in our childhood kitchen, or during a revelatory experience eating abroad, maybe it was just a treasured morsel pulled from our local shores. Food and memory are deeply connected and some of our fondest and most precious memories are preserved in the food that has brought context to our lives. “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” will take place at Northern Quarter in Victoria and will feature noted speakers from the local food and hospitality industry along with some great food and drink. Included in the ticket price is an appetizer plate and your ﬁrst drink (supplied by our generous sponsors: Desert Hills Estate Winery, Tod Creek Craft Ciders and Driftwood Brewery). A limited number of tickets are available. For more details and to purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.ca and search for EAT Talks - The Best Thing I Ever ate THE SPEAKERS Jill Van Gyn (Host & MC)
Andrew Mavor (Hanks)
Megan Bermand (Tulip Café)
Daisy Orser (The Root Cellar)
Jennifer Danter (Food Sylist)
Arthur Webb (Bao)
Clif Leir (Agrius/Fol Epi)
Peter Zambri (Zambri's)
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WRITTEN BY Cinda Chavich PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Wellman As the calendar ﬂips over to another year, the food world turns its taste buds to predicting new trends, and sending old ones to the proverbial compost bin. What will be hot in the food scene in 2018? Will we still stand in line for the best breakfast, and is bacon still a thing? Will coﬀee trump tea, and doughnuts triumph over cupcakes? How will global warming and conﬂicts aﬀect what we eat and drink?
EXPECT STICKER SHOCK on your Chardonnay this year—extreme weather conditions across Europe and wildﬁres in California have created a global wine shortage for 2018 and beyond. And brace for milk wars. With trade deals in limbo, an overproduction of U.S. milk and sales of milk alternatives (like almond milk and vegan ice cream) up 45 percent, we may need to circle the wagons around Canadian dairy to keep it. Beef may be a tougher sell this year, too, as consumers embrace plant proteins, high-tech meat alternatives and even bugs. And with refugees streaming out of the Middle East, expect them to share their food traditions with the world. Chefs, caterers and grocers all have their predictions about what we’ll be eating this year, whether you look at food as fuel, medicine, agricultural commodity or art. Some trends will stick, others will ﬂash in the pan and burn out. Here’s a taste of what’s new to whet your appetite, along with some spots that are already on trend in Victoria.
POKE The Hawaiian classic combination of raw tuna marinated in soy sauce is the new “it” dish circling the globe. Though we don’t have a restaurant devoted exclusively to poke, the seafood snack has naturally stopped on several local menus here, where Ocean Wise albacore is king. Lunch on tuna poke with citrus and crunchy pork rinds at Fol Epi’s Agrius restaurant, sushi rice chirashi with tuna poke and sesame grilled octopus at Q at The 30
Wa k a m e b u t t e r p o a c h e d s i d e s t r i p e s h r i m p r o u l a d e , g r i l l e d o c t o p u s , Saltspring Island mussels, clams, laksa bouillabaisseand grilled bread at Aura
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Empress, even tuna poke in a jar with nori crisps at Moxie’s.
LOW CARB/LOW SUGAR With more talk about eating lower on the carbohydrate scale, expect more zucchini noodles and cauliﬂower rice on the menu, and lower-carb snack food. Whole Foods Market predicts 2018 will be the year we ditch the chips for puﬀed vegetables and other vegbased snacks—think Leslie Stowe’s Raincoast butternut squash or kale and walnut Veggie Flats, or Hippy Snacks from Left Coast Naturals in Burnaby such as Coconut Clusters with chili and lime. If you’re really into the paleo lifestyle, there are zero-carb Louis Pasture Pork Crisps (rinds) for snacking, Island-made by Primal Sisters in a variety of ﬂavours. Or look for grilled pork rinds and chicharrón made by Sunasia in Surrey, B.C.
PLEASE EAT THE DAISIES Flower essences are turning up in all kinds of baking, confections, cocktails and even savoury fare. Elderﬂower may be the hottest among the ﬂowery ﬂavours: elderﬂower syrup or Bittermilk No. 2 Tom Collins Mix with Elderﬂowers and Hops (get both at Chiarelli’s) or the First World gin and elderﬂower cocktail at The Livet. Lavender, hibiscus and rose are also in the running for favourite food ﬂorals, whether it’s the hibiscus and lime paleta at Kid Sister; Philips’ Botanical Brew Tonic with hibiscus, rose petals and heather ﬂowers; hibiscus margaritas at Mesa Familiar; or the rosewater-infused syrup drizzled over apple walnut baklava at Suberbaba.
PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS FOR CARNIVORES Expect more concentration on plant proteins and meat alternatives, like the meaty veg burger and pulled jackfruit sandwiches at the vegan Very Good Butcher shop or the dairyfree cashew cheese at Nourish. Heather and Joe Cunliﬀe raised the local bar for plantbased food at Be Love and Café Bliss with their rustic, nutrient-rich vegetable and rice bowls, and now you can have a an upscale, multicourse, vegetarian tasting menu at Saveur. Pulses are the new protein and nut “mylk” is the new dairy.
BEAUTIFUL BREAKFAST As Rebecca Wellman’s new book, First, We Brunch, points out, Victoria is a breakfastcentric city, with so many choices for the morning meal, stretching into lunch and beyond. Whether you’re settling in for the daily organic brunch at Fol Epi’s Agrius, lining up for a buttermilk biscuit breakfast bowl at Jam
Café, booking a beautiful brunch at Saveur (think Red Velvet French Toast with white chocolate mascarpone ﬁlling), a sharable brunch thali at FishHook, or sitting down to chicken and waﬄes at The Ruby, we are always looking for new ways to start the day here in the Brunch Capital of Canada.
HEALTHY TURMERIC The golden goodness of turmeric has surpassed cinnamon as a favourite in the spice world. You will ﬁnd jars of fresh Truly Turmeric paste in local grocers (made by a mother-and-daughter social enterprise based in Vancouver), an anti-inﬂammatory turmeric juice shot at Café Bliss and turmeric-roasted cauliﬂower followed by a sunny turmeric cookie at Superbaba.
RAW FOOD There’s still a segment of the industry focused on raw food for health and clean living dishes loaded with all of the natural enzymes, minerals and phytonutrients that can be destroyed by cooking. Be Love has lots of raw options, including a raw, dehydrated multi-seed cracker that’s served alongside all soups and salads. Or consider the raw pizzas, mylk shakes and energy balls at Power House Living Foods.
FERMENTED FOODS Kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha—all are fermented, all promoted for their healthy probiotics and all continuing to ﬁnd favour with consumers and chefs. Island SodaWorks Bistro in Qualicum Beach is home to all things fermented—from the soda to the pickles—and you can even sign up for one of their Fermentation 101 or Making Miso workshops. Whether you’re getting your friendly bacteria on tap from the Babe’s Honey Farm Jun Elixir, the living sauerkraut from Salt Spring’s Culturalive Fermented Foods or the seasonal fermented vegetables at OLO, it’s all good for the gut.
WASTE NOT The nose-to-tail, root-to-shoot movement continues to gain popularity among those concerned about the global issue of food waste. I address the issue in my latest book (The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook published locally by Touchwood Editions), and many businesses are taking the task to heart, whether it’s FishHook using up the trim in its salmon belly bacon and seafood koftas, Sheringham Distillery infusing its Chocolate Vodka with the quality cast-oﬀ cacao shell from Sirene chocolate, or Spinnakers making its Backyard Blend cider from fruit gleaned by the Life Cycles project from city gardens.
Local sushi rice chirashi with tuna poke and sesame grilled octopus, avocado and edamame at Q at The Empress
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POPULAR ETHNIC EATS Expect chefs to drill down deeper into popular ethnic cuisines this year, whether it’s regional Mexican, Chinese Muslim dishes or Korean fusion. In Victoria, explore the ongoing taco trend at Tacoﬁno and La Taqueria, or try something Latin at Mesa Familiar or Café Mexico, the latter with a contemporary Mexican menu and impressive tequila bar. Look for modern takes on Asian street food at Foo and Bao, and Korean chicken at Dak. At the higher end, Aura restaurant oﬀers locovore dishes inspired by Japanese and Southeast Asian ﬂavours. Trend spotters say traditional Indian food is making way for Indian street food and modern Indo mash-ups. Victoria’s FishHook is ahead of the curve with a chargrilled menu and thali plates to share at the new Mermaid Wharf location, and plans for an Indian-Mexican fusion menu at soon-to-open Dobosala Cantina come complete with a ride-through window for cyclists!
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PEROGIES To counter the low-carb trend, there’s the carb-oncarb goodness of perogies. A recent Technomic snack survey found “ethnic snacks” trending on restaurant menus and along with dosas and bao, the survey also includes the popular perogy. Victoria has Sult Pierogi Bar, a restaurant devoted to updating the dumpling with new innovative ﬁllings; the Cook N’ Pan Polish Deli with traditional perogies on the menu or in the freezer to take home; and that breakfast of Eastern European champions, perogy hash with poached eggs, lardon, brisket and hollandaise at Agrius.
SEAWEED Seaweed is at the top of the superfood list, and we are surrounded by kelp beds and low-tide, seaweed foraging opportunities on Vancouver Island. A variety of local seaweed is hand-harvested and dried by Amanda Swinimer of Dakini Tidal Wilds in Shirley. You’ll ﬁnd it for sale at local grocers, even in the bulk bins at Lifestyle Markets. Silk Road makes a Mermaid’s Potion tea with local seaweed and mint, and Sheringham Distillery infuses seaweed and other botanicals into its gin. Otherwise, eat your seaweed in sushi rolls, in miso soup or innovative dishes developed by our top chefs. I’m partial to the seaweed salad with crunchy puﬀed wild rice at Wolf in the Fog in Toﬁno.
GLUTEN-FREE GRAINS Today millions of North Americans without celiac disease avoid gluten, the number tripled between 2009 and 2014, and experts now belief at least half of those who have abandoned gluten have a legitimate sensitivity and are not simply following a fad. The exploration of gluten-free grains has extended beyond B.C.-based food products like Holy Crap or Skinny B cereals, and the great baking found at local spots like Origin Bakery, into local dining.
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Think Italian sausage and artichoke breakfast wraps in brown rice tortillas at Santé Café, toasted millet with charred brassicas at Part and Parcel, warm quinoa salad with baby beets and kale at Be Love, or even a gluten-free rice bowl at Pagliacci’s.
MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD Middle Eastern fast food such as hummus, falafel and shawarma is approachable, healthy and making a mark in Victoria. From Lebanese-owned Fig Deli and the Syrian foods being sold by a local refugee family at Red Barn Markets, to the new casual counter service at spots like Yalla and Superbaba, there are lots of exotic ﬂavours of the eastern Mediterranean to explore.
TRANSPARENCY Consumers are looking for provenance when it comes to the foods they buy, and that means everything from certiﬁcation programs to purchasing direct from local producers. They’re savvy shoppers, plugged into updated information and looking for healthy ingredients and practices, whether it’s Ocean Wise seafood or humane treatment of animals. Campbell’s recently removed 13 ingredients from their popular soup recipe due to consumer demand. Expect more politics on the plate.
TASTING TECHNOLOGY With scientists concocting new vegetarian burgers that “bleed” like beef, machines to ﬂash-freeze vegetables in the ﬁeld, and robots that can chop veggies and ﬂip steaks, technology is biting into the food business. Technology is also making it easier for food shoppers to connect with farmers. Cowichan Valley farmers have created CowOp.ca, an online shopping and delivery system for local produce, while the Farmigo software for CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) is another example. Look for more food delivery from both restaurants and grocers.
FRIES WITH THAT Have fries ever gone out of style? Probably not, but there is a resurgence in quality French fries beyond the ubiquitous poutine, and Victoria has some notable makers. Try the Moroccan fries at Part and Parcel with ras el hanout and spicy harissa mayo, the Kennebec fries dusted with Hawaij spice at Yalla (and the minty yogurt dipping sauce served alongside), as well as, of course, the famous frites with Parmesan, garlic and truﬄe oil at Brasserie L’Ecole. Or have the classic Montreal Poutine with gooey curds and fried pork, all washed down with an IPA, at Canoe. Rosewater-infused syrup drizzled over apple walnut baklava at Superbaba
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Enrich the Sandwich THE ISRAELI SABICH IS A HEALTHY, SPICY, MEATLESS MEAL IN A HOMEMADE FLATBREAD WRAP. Falafel and shawarma are seemingly ubiquitous. Living in the shadows, however, is a lesser-known sandwich delight from Israel called sabich, a flatbread chockful of roasted eggplant, hard-boiled egg, Israeli salad, tahini sauce and a tangy hot mango condiment. I bet you’d never guess eggplant and hard-boiled eggs go well together. But I’m here to tell you they absolutely do. Sabich is a captivating and delicious blend of textures and flavours with bites alternating between the smooth, silken roasted aubergine and the crunch of fresh salads.
RECIPE + STYLING Isabelle Bulota PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Wellman
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Sabich WHAT YOU NEED 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
1 Italian eggplant, sliced into ½ inch slices
Kosher salt 2 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F). Place the eggplant slices on a clean cloth or paper towel and sprinkle both sides with salt. This is called disgorging the vegetable and will help remove some of the water and prevent them from going soggy. Meanwhile, place the rack in the lowest position of the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat dry each slice before brushing both sides with oil. Place on baking sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Add 3 minutes each side, under broil, if you like them a little grilled. Remove from oven and let rest. CONT’D ON THE NEXT PAGE
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ISRAELI SALAD 3 small cucumbers, sliced 2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced 2 Tbsp fresh mint, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil Juice from 1 lemon Salt, to taste
In a bowl, combine all ingredients together. Even better when prepared in advance.
SAUCE AND TOPPINGS Whisk together until smooth ½ cup tahini, 2 small crushed garlic cloves, juice from 1 lemon, 2 Tbsp water and ½ tsp salt. Add an additional teaspoon or two of water if you want it thinner. Adjust seasoning if required.
Zhoug (spicy herb condiment) Place 1 cup fresh coriander, 1 cup fresh parsley and 1 deseeded hot green chili pepper in a food processor, along with a clove of peeled garlic and ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp ground cardamom and ¼ tsp ground cloves. Process, drizzling in 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Don’t over-process as this sauce is meant to be a bit on the chunky side. Season with salt, pepper to taste and a pinch of sugar.
GARLIC FLATBREAD (Makes 4 breads) ¾ cup warm water
1 tsp quick-rise instant active yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 cup flour 1 tsp salt
surface and begin kneading it for 5 more minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place. Let it rise for about 2 hours, or until it has doubled in size. Punch the dough down and cut into 4 pieces. Roll each until they are about ¼ inch thick. Set aside. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Place the rolled out dough onto the hot fry pan and cook 2–3 minutes until the underside is golden brown and large bubbles have formed on the top surface ( bubbles will occur only if the pan is kept hot). Flip the dough and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Brush with butter.
THE PERFECT SIDE DISH Pickled carrot salad 4 carrots 3 shallots, minced 1 tsp cumin seeds 5 Tbsp olive oil Zest and juice from 1 lemon Salt and pepper, to taste 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 1 cup fresh mint, minced 1 cup fresh coriander, minced 1 tsp sesame seeds
Peel carrots and cut into fine julienne. Place in a medium bowl with shallots. Heat cumin seeds in a pan for 1 minute. Whisk together oil, lemon zest and juice, ginger and roasted cumin seeds. Pour on carrots, combine with mint, coriander and sesame seeds and let it marinate for 5 to 10 minutes and up to 24 hours.
1 Tbsp fresh garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp oil
TO ASSEMBLE THE SABICH
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
Take a prepared flatbread, place eggplant slices, Israeli salad and egg slices. Top with tahini sauce and Zhoug condiment. Roll up and enjoy!
1-2 Tbsp melted butter
In a bowl, combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Stir gently to dissolve sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and garlic. Add oil, yogurt and yeast mixture. Work with your hands to make dough smooth and knead until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured
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Other Great Toppings To Elevate The Taste Sumac powder, blend of chili flakes and mix herbs, SaltSpring Kitchen Co.’s Hot Mango Jam, roasted chickpeas.
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UDON Delicious in broths, Italian-Japanese mash-ups, savoury hotpots and colourful wok-fried wonders, udon noodles are essential Japanese winter comfort food. By Shelora Sheldan, Photography by Tracey Kusiewicz
Tempura Udon: veggie tempura, local pork belly in pork bone miso soup at Vancouver â€™s Dosanko
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3 F B M . F B U 3 F B M P D B M
HATâ€™S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT NOODLES? Made from unleavened dough and kneaded, pulled, rolled, cut, extruded, folded, even ďŹ‚icked, their endless shapes and sizes have sustained humankind the world over. When we enjoy them in a nutritious broth, a robust sauce or stir-fried, we have China to thank for this incredible gift. (The earliest written record is from the Han dynasty, 206 BC to 200 AD.) Through trade, and their incredible aďŹ€ordability and adaptability, noodles have become a mainstay in so many cuisines. They are the cornerstone of the Italian table, a country that translated pastaâ€™s humble ingredients into high art. The noodle features in the pancit dishes of the Philippines, the meins of China and the spaetzles of Austria and Germany. They bring pad Thai and Korean japchae to life, and instant noodles and mac â€™nâ€™ cheese are iconic cheap eat ďŹ xtures. Made primarily from wheat ďŹ‚our, water and salt, with or without eggs, noodles are also made from rice or buckwheat ďŹ‚ours, mung bean or sweet potato starches. Japan also reveres the noodle. Delicate buckwheat soba and ramen, thin and curly, are the current reigning champs, gaining global popularity with singularly focused restaurants and food trucks celebrating their easy, slurpable style. But Japanâ€™s udon, thick, nourishing, texturedriven and distinguished by its snowy white appearance, is picking up speed. The countryâ€™s annual udon tenkaichi tournament pits noodle makers against each other for a top prize, and here at home, Japanese menus are ďŹ nally giving the noodle its due. From nuanced broths and Italian-Japanese mash-ups to savoury hotpots and colourful wok-fried wonders, udon is the comfort food you should be eating this winter.
Get to Know Your Noodle When the long thick white ďŹ‚our udon ďŹ rst appeared in Japan is up for debate. Sanuki province, on the island of Shikoku in Kagawa prefecture, claims to be the ďŹ rst. Visitors can partake in noodle tourism by attending udon school day classes or weeklong intensives that
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teaches participants how to open their own udon business. (Sekai Udon Bar in Burnaby makes noodles from an open kitchen based on one schoolâ€™s teachings.) In Victoria restaurants, the Sanuki-style udon is preferred. Called koshi, it has a ďŹ rm bite and springy texture, holding up beautifully in broths and curries. Find them at many grocery storesâ€”I found mine at the Superstore. Theyâ€™re super-aďŹ€ordable and conveniently formed into ďŹ ve serving portions. Cooked frozen in boiling water, theyâ€™re ready in three minutes. A single packed version, called nama udon, not as thick as the Sanuki-style, are a tad ďŹ‚abby in my opinion but readily available (Iâ€™ve found them at Oxford Foods in Cook St. Village). Fujiya market is your best bet for udon varieties, from dried to frozen, including Inaniwa-style, a thinner and aged udon noodle from northern Japan. But hands down, the Sanuki noodles are the most popular. An alternate take is a ďŹ‚at, wide version hailing from Hoto in the Yamanashi prefecture. You can ďŹ nd a rustic handmade Hoto-style rendition at Vancouverâ€™s Dosanko. Chef Nathan Lowey prefers using Canadian hard red spring wheat for its high gluten content, lending the resulting noodle a great chew and more natural wheat colour. He makes a batch every few days and serves them in a hearty pork bone broth with a hit of homemade yellow miso, in keeping with the restaurantâ€™s concept of â€œkeeping things as local and as unreďŹ ned as possible.â€? Faced with several varieties of the noodle at home, Iâ€™ve enjoyed them in soups from roasted squash to miso with ginger to a roasted duck broth. And cold, they are exquisite tossed in spicy peanut sauce. Research and development never stops!
Take Stock A ďŹ‚avourful broth, or dashi, is at the soul of any good udon soup. A quotidian Japanese staple, dashi is also used for seasoning ingredients in steamed chawanmushi (egg custard) and tempura batter. Itâ€™s made by simmering water containing a piece of kombu or kelp and shavings of dried bonito (katsuobushi), then straining the nutritious umami-rich
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elixir. It takes around 10 minutes to make. Other versions use dried shitake mushrooms or iriko (dried sardines). While instant versions (dashi-nomoto or hon-dashi) are readily available and popular, nothing beats homemade. A wonderful housemade version drives the authentic tsukune udon at Uchida in Nootka Court. Chef Yasu Uchida uses kombu, bonito and iriko as the base to support toothsome Sanuki-style noodles, adding housemade chicken meatballs (tsukune) and seasonal organic vegetables from Metchosinâ€™s Umi Nami farm. Diners can add the optional onsen farm egg, simmered in soy sauce. For richness and a twist on the authentic, chef Shawn Lee at Nubo serves an udon carbonara, a Japanese-Italian mash-up with a house dashi cream sauce chockful of scallops and prawns. For added umami, diners can add mentaiko, an authentic paste of pollock roe. Their dashi also forms the base for deep sharing bowls of nabeyaki and sukiyaki hotpots. C O N T I N U E D O N F O L L O W I N G PA G E
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What to Order If you lived in Japan, styles would correspond with distinct regions and prefectures, but locally, these are the greatest hits to get you started. Kake udon (atsu-atsu), a simple preparation served in a mild dashi broth topped with thinly chopped scallions, a bit of green vegetable and/or a thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped ďŹ sh cake. Kitsune Udon is Japanese soul food prepared in dashi topped with inari, the slightly sweetened tofu pockets, ďŹ sh cake and scallions. At Sen Zushi, their version is topped with tempura. Zaru Udon, served cold, mostly in summer, is accompanied by a refreshing dashi-soy dipping sauce. Goma-miso udon is a departure from the usual gomae, that lovely spinach and sesame salad. Sen Zushi oďŹ€ers up a dish with chicken and grated daikon tossed in a creamy sesame sauce. The same dish is also oďŹ€ered cold and known as hiya-hiya. Yaki-udon, the classic stir-fry, includes onions, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots and a protein, be it tofu or meat.
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Sukiyaki, a hearty beef hotpot, or nabemono, is chockful of vegetables and tofu. The noodles are often added at the last to soak up the remaining broth. The communal dish has an underlying sweetnessâ€”not unlike the 1960s pop song of the same nameâ€” provided by mirin, soy sauce and dashi.
License to Slurp Take up those chopsticks like a pro, dig in and slurp. A cultural practice based on practicality, slurping not only cools the broth-laden noodles but is said to enhance their ďŹ‚avour. To perfect the technique, I suggest practicing at home to keep any choking/coughing ďŹ ts private! Or watch the Japanese ďŹ lms Tampopo and Udon for ace tips. And to keep it authentic, go ahead and drink the broth directly from the bowl. To amp up ďŹ‚avours, shake some togarashi from that tiny bottle that comes alongside a bowl of udon. Itâ€™s an intriguing condiment, a spicy, tangy, nutty combination of red chilies, orange peel, sesame and/or poppy and hemp seeds, nori seaweed and sancho, a berry from the prickly ash tree.
Using Your Noodle/Making Your Own Japanese udon schools demonstrate the kneading process by having participants pummel the plastic-covered dough with their feet. You may want to turn to an electric mixer. Once at the right soft and pliable texture, the ďŹ‚our, water and salt dough is rolled out with a metre-long rolling pin called a nobebo. It is then three-folded and sliced into noodles. Some prefer to use a lower protein ďŹ‚our such as cake or pastry ďŹ‚our, while others, such as chef Lowey from Dosanko, prefer a medium protein ďŹ‚our with high gluten, resulting in a great chew. A lot of online recipes call for all-purpose ďŹ‚our, and that might be a good way to start. Food authority Andrea Nguyen and master Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto both post online recipes with concise instructions for making udon.
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Uchida, 633 Courtney St., 250-388-7383 Sen Zushi, 940 Fort St., 250-385-4320, senzushi.com Nubo, 739 Pandora Ave., 778-265-9909, nubotapas.com Fujiya, for noodles and Japanese food stuďŹ€s, 3624 Shelbourne St., 250-598-3711, fujiya.ca
Dosanko, 566 Powell St., 604-251-2020, dosankorestaurant.ca Sekai Udon Bar, Metrotown, 604-433-7881, sekaiudonbar.com
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BREAKFAST STRATA This simple, savoury recipe is a little like a souﬄé without the anxiety, perfect easy-going brunch fare.
BRUNCH IS A BIG DEAL HERE. With more than 100 places in the greater Victoria area to enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch or a quick grab-and-go, we are never short of that perfect venue for our eggs benny and French toast. That doesn’t stop us, however, from lighting the ﬁre on a cold winter’s morning and tucking into a homemade breakfast with friends and family. With an abundance of delicious sausages at our favourite butcher, a multitude of bread makers and cheese suppliers and fresh eggs and vegetables at every shop or roadside stand, it’s no wonder we’d rather stay home sometimes. Strata, otherwise known as savoury bread pudding, is a great vessel for leftover anything. The basics— day-old bread, light cream, eggs and cheese—are decadent for sure, but add some roasted squash, sautéd kale and fresh herbs and you can feel good about getting some veg in! This dish beneﬁts greatly from an overnight in the fridge, so plan accordingly.
SAUSAGE, BUTTERNUT, RED PEPPER AND WILD MUSHROOM STRATA 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 medium red pepper, halved and thinly sliced Extra virgin olive oil Salt and ground black pepper 2 lb of your favourite large link sausages (optional) 4 oz wild or crimini mushrooms, chopped (I used chanterelles) 1 bunch of kale, stiﬀ stems discarded and chopped into bitesized pieces 3 Tbsp minced fresh herbs such as thyme or oregano 12 large eggs 2½ cups half and half cream (or whole milk) ½ tsp grated nutmeg 1 loaf of sourdough (about 1 lb), cut into ½-inch cubes 2½ cups grated regular or smoked Cheddar
Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter eight 8-ounce ramekins. Toss butternut, onions, red peppers, 2 Tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper in a large bowl until vegetables are well coated. Spread evenly and without overlapping on two rimmed baking sheets. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until squash is softened and onions are browned. Transfer everything to a large bowl and add the cubed bread. Mix together. If you are using sausages, remove casings and place meat in a large fry pan over medium-high heat. Sauté, breaking up into small pieces, until meat is browned through. Add mushrooms and kale and cook for 7-10 minutes until mushrooms have softened and kale has wilted. Add fresh herbs and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of veggie-bread mixture. Stir to combine. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream (or milk), nutmeg
and salt and pepper. Pour over the veggie-bread mixture in the bowl and combine well so all the bread becomes saturated. Fill each buttered ramekin a third of the way full with bread mixture and top with a bit of cheese. Continue ﬁlling each ramekin all the way to the top with bread mixture, followed by the remaining cheese. Press down on the top to ensure it is fairly tightly packed. This will rise like a souﬄé but sink again once removed from the oven. Place all ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 360°F. Remove the baking sheet from the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Remove the plastic wrap and cover all of the ramekins lightly with foil. Bake for about 35 minutes, until egg is set and risen. Remove foil and bake another 5-10 minutes until cheese is lightly browned on top. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.
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PORK & UDON NOODLE SOUP
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ENFANT SAUVAGE A new brewery on the Rock Bay block challenges Victoria’s beer status quo.
A B O V E : Stephane Turcotte and Ian Ibbotson (in plaid).
CRAFT BEER HAS GROWN RATHER POPULAR, IN CASE YOU’VE BEEN COMATOSE with your head buried deep in the sand beneath the Mariana Trench for the past decade. Now, as with any indie movement on its way into the mainstream, there is a rush to deﬁne it. What is craft beer? Small batch. Handcrafted. Blah. Please, these terms are just putty in marketing department hands. They hold no serious form. If this movement can rest on one single idiom, it is that beer is not what you think it is. Beer is not limited to the styles or ingredients that crowd the mainstream shelves. So, to maintain its counterculture status, craft beer must maintain a contrary position; it must perpetually redeﬁne and reinvent itself. A counter-culture, embraced by the mainstream, trying to increase its popularity without sacriﬁcing its essential dogma: quite the Punk conundrum. For a long time craft beer deﬁned itself through bitterness. That was pretty much it. The addition of a little more hops to the brew-kettle by homebrewers in the late 20th century delivered a comparatively jarring palate-punch. These masochists hit a nerve, gained notoriety, started small commercial operations and now run the largest independently owned commercial breweries in North America: Sierra Nevada, Dogﬁsh Head, Lagunitas, Stone, Deschutes, etc. The next wave of successful small brewers basically just turned up the dial on the ampliﬁer. The result was an arms race for the world’s most intimidating hop bomb. The IPA, the Double IPA, Imperial IPA, XIPA … beers hopped to 110 percent on the International Bitterness Scale. Defying physics with their aggressive palate assaults. But that was at the turn of the last century, an eon ago for today’s ADD consumer. So what is it now? How can the industry stay relevant when there’s nowhere left on the bitterness scale to break new ground? The answer, for now, is sourness. Same punch, diﬀerent swing. All those microbes that professional brewers have spent every second, of every minute, of every hour of their pretty mundane lives trying to avoid, losing sleep every night for fear of them making house in their latest batch—all those little infectious bastards are now the darlings of the craft beer movement. Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, Pediococcus—these Enemies of the State are now the Belles of the Ball: Sour is the new Bitter. Although it has been only recently appropriated by craft beer, souring beer with these minute hellions is certainly an obscure technique, but also thoroughly traditional. Before the advent of modern sterilization methods, it can be assumed that all beer was, to a degree, sour. The Big Three infectors listed above are all naturally occurring, and the reason commercial brewers fear them is their voraciousness for malt sugars. They are transient in the air; they grow on grain husks and the skins of fruit. Because of this, brewing sour beers is incredibly easy to do, even accidentally, but making them palatable is a very diﬀerent feat altogether. Enter, stage right, the newest addition to our Fair City’s brewing scene: Île Sauvage Brewing Company. Slated for a spring 2018
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opening, their mandate is to provide Victorians with an ongoing rotation of soured, barrel-aged brews, not deﬁned by the constrictions of a set of consistent brands, but rather a constantly changing selection of beers bound only by the brewery’s production methods and philosophy. And that philosophy is to Embrace the Sour. Why base a business on such a niche groove of an already minority movement? “Because we drink a lot of them,” says co-founder Ian Ibbotson, which pretty much sums up why anyone I know got into craft-brewing, period. Three university housemates—Ian, Stephane Turcotte and Adam Gresley-Jones—spent the 1990s studying, living and brewing together; they parted ways, made their separate marks on the world, and now reconvene to live out their bachelorhood dream of owning/operating their own brewery. It’s a hell of a script. And now the dream has translated into the foundations of a reality. Ian pursued studies in nutrition, then fell into construction and started his own business in that ﬁeld, perhaps the handiest of professions when entering into a new brewery project. Adam moved into the government sector and can apply his experience in regulatory compliance, ﬁnancial management and overall strategy development, from his home in Trail, B.C. Stephane stayed in the craft-brewing fold, but in the exotic-sounding surrounds of Busan, South Korea, where he managed one of the country’s ﬁrst craft-beer-centric bars. The bar began contracting production of their own line of beers through a local commercial brewery and eventually took advantage of a relaxation in liquor manufacturing laws to establish their own small brewery and pub: Galmegi Brewing Co. After selling his shares in that venture, he is standing on the other side of the planet in the ex-Prima Strada location on Bridge Street in Rock Bay. The once-warm, industrial-chic restaurant space has been completely gutted in readiness. The ﬁrst shipment of barrels lies stacked in the centre of the cavernous, unﬁnished space, an enticing portent of things to come. Masking tape on the cement ﬂoor blocks out the future brewhouse, tasting bar, fermentation vessels and retail storefront. Île Sauvage is only a few City of Victoria signatures away from being able to ship in the brewing vessels and get the tasting room built. And despite the relaxed demeanour of its ownership, there is deﬁnitely a sense of urgency mounting—not only due to the impending need for cash ﬂow and the intense curiosity of the local beer cognoscenti but because the souring process, coupled with appropriate barrel aging, takes immense care and technical acumen. And also something more uncompromising: time. And lots of it. For these beer styles, a year or even two from grain to glass is commonplace. Bacteria consume and convert sugars at a far slower rate than the isolated yeast strains employed by most commercial breweries. For a liquid to leach the desired intensity of oak ﬂavour from a barrel takes months. When discussing these “diﬃculties” with Ian and Stephane, their eagerness to put in this time and attention instantly boils to the surface. The monumental eﬀort and patience required to produce these beers is very much a minor labour to them, and a major love. But as the little bacterial nasties go slowly about their business in the stacks of American and French oak barrels that line the brewery ﬂoor, thirsting beer swillers will ﬁnd little satisfaction awaiting these microscopic endeavours, empty glasses in hand. Expect to see a few “clean beers,” i.e., hoppy, yeast-fermented styles, and the faster, easier-to-produce “kettle-soured” brews ﬁrst out of the gate as we wait for the brewery’s raison d’être to arrive. Whatever brew happens to be on tap, Île Sauvage’s tasting lounge has the makings of a welcoming space where neighbourhood residents and beer aﬁcionados from near and far can convene, imbibe and discuss beer (among other, less-important subjects.) As Ian envisions: “Come on in. Let’s talk about beer.” And then drink it. And then probably talk about it some more. The “passion project,” as Stephane puts it, is not conﬁned to the production side. Île Sauvage will be a space for those who want more than just a cold beer; they are looking to immerse customers in brewing culture. Stephane holds an Advanced Cicerone accreditation, the third of four levels in the beer-world equivalent of the sommelier, and he looks forward to training all their service staﬀ to an unparalleled level of beer and brewing knowledge. They are working to permit a number of local food trucks to operate onsite on a rotating basis, a suggestion unanimously embraced by surrounding residents still saddened by the disappearance of Prima’s Italian fare. And they will add another welcome stop to the growlerﬁlling trapline on Bridge Street. The beer may be sour, but the future looks pretty sweet for the Victorian craft beer adventurer. Île Sauvage is targeting a spring 2018 opening. In the meantime, stay tuned to their website for updates and information about their “Founders Club” memberships: www.ilesauvage.com/founders-club
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SUMMERHILL ORGANIC RIESLING 2016, OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC $25.00-27.000
British Columbia Riesling in particular has not received the respect it merited, from the locals, until fairly recently. This tasty BC Riesling from the Kelowna area is a case in point. Organic Summerhill Riesling is lip smacking good with concentrated peach, apple and lanolin flavours, low alcohol and a slightly oily texture balanced perfectly with mouth watering acidity. DOMAINE LAFAGE CENTENAIRE CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON BLANC 2015, FRANCE $25.00-27.00
Wow, this is one tasty white from the wilds of France. Located in what could be considered the butt of French Catalonia, Domaine Lafage is another shining star located in the Languedoc. A blend of old-vine Grenache Blanc and Gris (100 year old vines) and young vine Roussanne (20%), the Centenaire is medium-bodied with citrus and mineral nuances on the nose and a rich slightly viscous palate with lovely pure fruit and a clean dry finish. KING ESTATE ACROBAT PINOT NOIR 2015, OREGON $28.00-31.00
Very Burgundian. It has the structure but it also has fruit and plenty of it. The nose is bursting with raspberry, black cherry, and spice aromas but it is the plush texture and complex layers of ripe fruit flavours and subtle oak nuances that really impress. The best value to be found in Oregon Pinot from very good producer and a fine ripe vintage. Superb! BLACK HILLS ESTATE NOTA BENE 2015, OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC $65.00-70.00
This bottle is not cheap but good wine rarely is. The newly released 2015 is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc aged in a mix of new and old French and American oak. Concentrated and firm, with cassis, mocha and spicy vanilla aromas, ripe red berry flavours, firm tannins and a long chewy finish. DOMINIO DE PUNCTUM ORGANIC TEMPRANILLO – PETIT VERDOT 2015, SPAIN $12.50-14.00
Located in the heart of La Mancha in central Spain, Dominio De Punctum’s vineyards are certified biodynamic. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged for 6 months in American oak before bottling. Fresh and easy drinking with simple fruit flavours, nicely balanced with a somewhat rustic finish. A great everyday wine for the table
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Published on Jan 3, 2018