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As I mentioned in the previous two posts, my friend and I went to a mob dance event, had late lunch and had a tea time with dessert. When we left the cafe, it was around 7:00 pm. We could have gone home, but we walked around downtown a bit and I asked her if she wanted to go for small bites instead of dinner.

I had a couple of tasting places in my mind, so we headed to Gastown. Although we were checking the map on iPhone, it took awhile to find them. Salt Tasting Room is at Blood Alley Square, which is literary a dark alley and we didn’t feel safe when we walked along, especially at a rainy fall-winter night.

We ordered a tasting plate, 1 meat and 2 kinds of cheese, and the server asked us some questions about wine and arranged the pairing based on our answers. He was very knowledgeable and helpful to explain everything to us. I was really impressed.

Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese)

Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese) at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

Hot Capicola+Mostarda, Beemster Cheese+Fig Bread, Point Reyes+Pear

Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters)

Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters) at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

8th Generation Rose, Alvear Solera Cream Sherry, Gehringer Brothers Late Harvest Riesling

The sherry that he chose first for us was out of order, and he gave us better one. This was really strong one. We would have been so drunk if we didn’t have the tasting plate. ;P

I would definitely come back to try another combination or three course menu. Or, maybe I could come for lunch.

Salt Tasting Room

Address: 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Abbott and Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-633-1912
Facebook: page
Twitter: @salttastingroom
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch
12:00 – 17:00 daily

Dinner/Bar
12:00 – 0:00 daily

Menu for meat & cheese on that day

Menu at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

Price Note
– Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese) $16.00
– Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters) $15.00 each

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Collin and I went to Victoria for Victoria Day long weekend. By the time when we arrived in downtown, we were starving. It was time to eat lunch! We decided to go to a restaurant where we didn’t go but checked out last year and was close to our hotel.

Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge is close to Victoria Tourism Info Centre. They seem to be same group as the restaurant Pescatores where we liked last twice visits.

We ordered from their lunch menu.

Bread

Bread at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

Prawn Crepe
(fennel, garlic & leeks, lemon Pernod cream)

Prawn Crepe at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

Bistro Onion Soup
(12 hour onions, BR baguette, Gruyere cheese)

Bistro Onion Soup at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

Bistro Onion Soup at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

Bistro Onion Soup at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

I was surprised there was bacon in it, because I thought French onion soup was something that even vegetarian can order, unless a restaurant specifies bacon in the menu. Well, Collin told me that French onion soup is usually made from beef stock so it was OK.

Overall, food wasn’t as good as we expected.

And, extra pictures of the restaurant.

Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria
Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge in Victoria

Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge

Address: 611 Courtney Street, Victoria B.C. (map)
(At corner of Gordon street)
TEL: 250-220-8008
Facebook: page
Twitter: @bon_rouge

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
11:00 – 23:00 daily

Price Note
– Prawn Crepe $14.00
– Bistro Onion Soup $9.00
– Coffee $2.95
* Bread comes for free.

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It was a girls night. We were going to meet at a cafe and decide where to go. The meeting cafe was closed at the time when we were supposed to meet. So we just walked around downtown Vancouver close to Yaletown to figure out where we go.

We were passing by this place, Raw Canvas. We entered to see their menu and stayed for small bites before dinner. This place is interesting. Half of the place is for social tables for drinks and eat, and the other half is for art where people are drawing on canvas.

Raw Canvas in Vancouver Raw Canvas in Vancouver

We each ordered a drink and shared a tasting plate.

My friends’ beer and a glass of white wine (I can’t remember what they ordered.)

Beer and wine at Raw Canvas in Vancouver

My drink, a glass of white wine, Sperling Pinot Gris

White wine at Raw Canvas in Vancouver

Tasting plate, chosen 3 from charcuterie and cheese, and 3 from accompaniments
(Czech beer salami from charcuterie, cave-aged gruyere and blue from cheese, and fire roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, and fried organic mission figs from accompaniments)

Tasting Plate at Raw Canvas in Vancouver

Sliced baguette for Tasting plate comes

Baguette for Tasting Plate at Raw Canvas in Vancouver

Raw Canvas

Address: 1046 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Helmcken and Nelson streets)
TEL: 604-687-1729
Facebook: page
Twitter: @RawCanvas 

Dinner/Bar (Lounge)
[Mon – Sat] 17:00 – 1:00

Price Note
– Beer
– Glass of white wine Sperling Pinot Gris 5oz $11.00
– Tasting plate with sliced baguette $16.00

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