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Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Vancouver Gastown Food Tour: tasty goodness for the eyes

Taste Vancouver Food Tours provides an excursion through one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods with nuggets of history and morsels of food. Over 2.5 hours in Gastown, we make the following stops (see list below) where there’s enough food in total to fill a person up, but there are individual standouts where we wanted more.

  1. Starbucks – Waterfront Station
  2. SteamWorks Brew Pub – website
  3. Brioche Urban Eatery – website
  4. 131 Water Kitchen & Bar – website
  5. Peckinpah – website
  6. Bao Down Gastown – website, see also my 1-picture post
  7. Soft Peaks – website
  8. Trees Organic Gastown – website
  9. Canadian Maple Delights (Délices Érable & Cie) – website
  10. Roger’s Chocolates – website

I’ll let the following pictures do the talking and describing, but my 3 favourites are the Bao Chicka Bao Bao sandwich at Bao Down, the Sicilian tortellini at 131 Water, and the pulled pork sandwich at Peckinpah.


Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

BCATW group, Starbucks Waterfront Station

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Steamworks Brew Pub, making some beer

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Steamworks Brew Pub: we sampled the Leipziger Gose

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Brioche Urban Eatery

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

BCATW group, Brioche Urban Eatery

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Brioche Urban Eatery: Sicilian-style cheese tortellini with bolognese sauce, fresh homemade bread to mop the sauce

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

131 Water Kitchen and Bar

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

131 Water Kitchen and Bar: beer battered cod, hand-cut double-fried chips, specialty tartar sauce

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Peckinpah

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Peckinpah: Conor Davis with pulled pork sandwiches. We source happy healthy pigs which make tasty pork, says Davis.

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Bao Down Gastown

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Bao Down’s manager, Carleton Mackie. We’re about to open a Bao Down in San Francisco’s Nob Hill, says Mackie.

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

BCATW crowd, Bao Down

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Bao Down: Asian fusion at its finest with Bao Chicka Bao Bao

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Soft Peaks

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Soft Peaks: creamy soft-serve ice cream made with organic ingredients

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Trees Organic

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Trees Organic: raspberry cheesecake

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Maple Delights: 1 of 3 maple-syrup samples

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Maple Delights: sampling all 3 grades of Canadian Québecois maple syrup

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Roger’s Chocolates: Canadian handmade chocolate truffles

Gastown Food Tour, Taste Vancouver Food Tours, Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Roger’s Chocolates: so many chocolates, so little time


Click on the “arrow-window” icon at the upper-left corner of the map below to view the locations on the Gastown Food Tour (4 May 2016).

Other posts by Joan Boxall

Thanks to Taste Vancouver Food Tours for making available their Gastown Food Tour to the BC Association of Travel Writers, and to Brent Hirose for his excellent guided tour. I made all of the photos above on 4 May 2016 with the Canon EOS6D and the 50/1.4 prime. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8q4.

Wurstkuchl, Regensburg, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Wurstkuchl: at the historic sausage kitchen in Regensburg

It must be midday, and time for lunch. There’s a queue more than twenty deep for the takeaway- or takeout-counter, as people walk away with a long thin grilled sausage sitting snug in an undersized oval bun. Next to the Döner, I’m also fond of the “Bratwurst”, or grilled pork sausage.

Along the Danube promenade in Regenburg’s Old Town is the historical sausage kitchen, formally “Die Historische Wurstkuchl zu Regensburg”, better known as “Wurstkuchl”. The Wurstkuchl is known as the oldest running grilled-sausage stand in the world, with the presence of a stand serving food to labourers from town and visitors from the river since the 12th-century.

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Watching Nicola make conch salad, Doc Sands, Potters Cay, Nassau, Bahamas, fotoeins.com

Eat Like A Bahamian: 4 Ways to Get Conched

I’m basking in the Bahamian sun, collecting rays and passing time on the warm white sand.

It’s not long before I’m learning how to eat like a Bahamian. I’m craving for conch, peas and rice, and cold Kalik beer.

The ubiquitous conch

Known widely as the national food, conch (pronounced “konk”) is a large salt-water mollusk with white flesh and a slight shade of pink. Like other mollusks, conch meat can be rubbery or chewy. The firm meat is often tenderized by mechanical pounding or by marinating in citrus juice. Four ways to eat conch are conch salad, conch fritters, cracked conch or fried conch sandwich, and conch curry.

Conch salad is prepared with diced conch, green and red peppers, onion, tomato, chilli peppers, and citrus juice. It’s the Bahamian version of ceviche, and on hot sultry days, this cool salad is a popular choice. Many conch stands will make and serve fresh conch salad on demand, on the spot.

Conch salad at Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch salad: Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch fritters are often consumed as a bar snack. Conch pieces mixed with tomato paste, cut up green and red peppers, and onions are molded with flour into little balls, then deep fried in oil. Freshly fried fritters may be eaten with a variety of sauces including a simple red hot sauce, a creamy cilantro tartar sauce, or a chipotle mayo.

Conch fritters at Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch fritters: Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Cracked conch (fried conch) is prepared similar to a breaded cutlet of veal, chicken, or pork. After cutting thin “filets” of conch, the portions are pounded thin, breaded, and fried. And thus, the Bahamian version of the seafood sandwich consists of fried conch in bread or burger buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a little mayo.

Cracked conch burger, Doc Sands, Potters Cay

Cracked conch burger: Doc Sands, Potters Cay

Conch curry is prepared by marinating and steaming conch to get the most flavour out of the meat, before mixing with curry powder, garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, tomato, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. A slow simmer squeezes out maximum flavours. The curry is typically served over Bahamaian peas and rice.

Caribbean conch curry with peas and rice and coleslaw, Nassau Yacht Club

Caribbean conch curry with peas and rice, coleslaw : Nassau Yacht Club

It’s not surprising there’s also conch chowder or conch soup. Other prepared variations of conch include steamed conch, cooked in Creole sauce served over rice, and seafood stews.

I dream of returning to the Bahamas for the blue skies, white sands, drinking cold Kalik, and 4 ways of eating conch.


Two Places To Go For Conch

•   Potter’s Cay Fish Shacks, for a street-food experience with Nassau residents.
•   Nassau Yacht Club, for club members who want A/C with their dining.

I made the photos above with a 4th-generation iPod Touch throughout May 2012 on my year-long journey around-the-world. A version of this post appeared on A Cook Not Mad’s “Honest Food Tales” series on 16 May 2014. The present modified version appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-4×7. My thanks to the Wilcox family who put up this traveling hobo and who taught him a thing or two about the truth of what it meant “to chill.”

The Fiddlers Arms, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

myRTW Food Tally, 4th-quarter 2012

From September to December of 2012, I completed the year of travel, and the year of consumption also concluded with time in Sydney, Australia, before moving onto Cape Town, South Africa, and the final three months in Europe.

One thing remains true as ever – the hunt for good food continues …

To check out the food-tally from the beginning of 2012:
•   Food tally, 1st-quarter
•   Food tally, 2nd-quarter
•   Hong Kong, the food score in June (2012)
•   Food tally, 3rd-quarter

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Chin Chin Eating House, Singapore

myRTW Food Tally, 3rd-quarter 2012

Featured: Steamed chicken rice, condiments, omelette with scallions. Chin Chin Eating House, Singapore – 2 July 2012.

After spending the entire month of June (2012) in Hong Kong, I visited Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia between July and September in continuation of the year-long around-the-world trip. I continued finding food, and it hasn’t stopped me from wanting more. With the following taken with a 4th-generation iPod Touch: come, look, salivate.

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