Tasting Plates East Village Edition

Tasting Plates is an event put on by Vancouver Foodster where you visit several restaurants in one evening all in the same area and sample small-sized dishes. I was recently invited to the latest Tasting Plates event that took place in the East Village.

Steam Tea House

Steam Tea House is just a small counter located inside of Donald’s Market on Hastings that sells loose leaf tea. Even though it is small, the counter is cute and the people who work there are friendly and knowledgable about tea. We sampled a few different teas, but my favourite was the winter walnut. It is a mild green tea that had a light coconut flavour to it.

Odd Society Spirits

Odd Society Spirits is a small batch distillery that makes different types of spirits. Their brewery is on site and they also have a beautiful tasting room where you can purchase and sample drinks. We sampled some of their cassis, which is a sweet dark red liqueur made from black currents. This drink was really delicious. It was very sweet and it tasted like a boozy, berry syrup.

Windsor Meat Co

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Windsor Meat Co., because they are a meat shop and not a restaurant, but I loved all of the food they had. They made a whole roasted pig and pulled the meat and put it on little slider buns. The pork was incredibly juicy and flavourful and some of the best pulled pork I have had in a while.

I always find sausage hit or miss, but their Irish stout chicken sausage with caramelized onions was very good. The chicken was juicy and it tasted much better than most other chicken sausage I have had.

The asado new york striploin kabob was also very good. It was marinated in an Argentinean sauce, which had a really fresh and herbaceous flavour. The steak had a nice smokey taste from the grill and the meat was tender

Parallel 49th Brewery

We ended off the tour at the Parallel 49th Brewery. They have a tasting room with a number of tables where you can purchase draft beer or buy things to go. The tasting room had a lively atmosphere and is definitely a cool spot to check out. I sampled the Hoparazzi pale ale and enjoyed it. The beer had a strong hops flavour and hints of tart refreshing citrus flavour.

If you are interesting in tasting plates you can find more information about upcoming events and purchase tickets on Vancouverfoodster.com.

Disclosure: I did not pay for my ticket.

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