Cookshop

Given some complementary white wine!

Margarita Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes, young Bocconcini & Fresh Basil

Beef Tartar with Capers  & Shallots served on Toast Points with a Quail Egg
Potato Ravioli filled with Chicken & Sage
Crispy Calamari with Tomato Caper Sauce
Local BC. Halibut Cakes Served with Spicy Aioli

Chocolate Panna Cotta

My birthday was a while ago, and one of my gifts was a cooking class at Cookshop! Located at West 12th, it’s a cookstore with a large variety of cooking and baking ware, but also a cookschool at the back where you can learn a variety of different cuisines. My friend knew I was interested in Indian food, and had originally paid for the Indian Favourites lesson, but with conflicting times, we ended up switching to the Summer Tapas workshop. It was however quite different from what I had imagined. I imagined the workshop to be like high school foods class, where we each had a unit with our individual ovens and such, but we were only given a few tables with cutting boards in front of us. A large demo table was in the front with a mirror above so we could see. The chef had prepared most of the items and we were divided into 3 groups to work on different parts of recipes. So some people minced meat, others kneaded dough, and also battered dough. But I guess it makes sense that we weren’t given a whole lot, since the whole workshop was only 3 hours.  Quite impossible to make 6 different dishes! Classes are around $79 if you choose ones where you can participate. They are slightly cheaper if they are classes where you just watch the chef cook and enjoy the meal afterwards. There is also a decent amount of food you get at the end, so it’s quite filling. Looked around for a lot of different cooking lessons, but Cookshop is probably one of the few around Vancouver, where you aren’t attending “culinary school”.

Check out their cooking classes at: www.cookshop.ca/

Garden City Kabob Grill

Calamari Set

Gyro Chicken Donair on Pita

It took me three visits to finally try this tiny little store, Garden City Kabob Grill, but definitely worth it! First time, I was 1 minute late and they closed, and second time, they weren’t open on a Sunday. They offer a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, such as wraps, falafels, platters, and spring rolls. An interesting item they have on the menu is their Taho (Soy Milk Pudding). Apparently it’s really delicious, but I have yet to try it! It comes with tapioca pearls and syrup as well. I actually only decided to try this place because a friend recommended me to try their pudding! But I wasn’t craving sweets that day, and tried their food instead, and it’s really good! Took a little long for the food to be ready, and the seating inside reminds of a Subway or fast food restaurant with the tray and all, but the food is still great! No need to tip that way!

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