• “Beach to Bone”: the last word


    With Craft Beer Week beginning today, beer is now the official drink of the city for the next nine days.  And with the emergence of the sun this past week, the scene is set for sampling the best of the region’s beer and local eats.  Bring it!

    So for my last post on this subject I’ll keep things pretty straightforward.  First order of business: the brewmaster. I had to hold off on calling this a brewmasters dinner, because I didn’t want to lie to you good folks.  Beach to bone has been a good working title, as it conveys the trip from Victoria to Vancouver, physically, from the beach of the west coast to the bones of Vancouver’s Gastown.  Metaphorically, the four course journey from oysters, to organically farmed chicken, to bone marrow gremolata.

    Driftwood’s ‘wizard of wort’ Jason Meyer is a busy man, as is everyone there (as you’d expect from such an amazing, award winning, in-demand, small craft brewery).  His Vancouver schedule for VCBW will likely only be for a couple of days on the final weekend; so we’ll have to have an amazing time without him, take lots of photo’s, and flood his inbox so he’ll have second thoughts about skipping out next year.  (I’m kidding, I’d like to keep his respect for a little longer)

    Second tidbit for the final post is just a little something about dessert.  Everyone I’ve talked to about any experience they’ve had with Tire d’érable has excited me for my first.  If you’ve like me and never even heard of it, look it up.  No, don’t.  Just buy a ticket and come for dinner in anticipation of a whimsical finale that will somehow still manage to steal the show.  Even after what promises to be a show-stopping dinner.

    And there are still a few tickets left…

    I can’t wait for Tuesday!


  • “Beach to Bone” dinner teaser #1


    Our journey begins in Victoria’s Rock Bay, the area of Victoria where, if you know where you’re going, you’ll find one of BC’s best  local breweries (my gauge: not one bad beer).  This metaphorical quest then swings north to Read Island to pick up a few little somethings off the beach, before turning south again for the trip home.

    Swinging past Windsor Meats and Two Rivers ‘because it’s on the way’, we head home to Gastown and settle in to the warmth of the open kitchen heating and perfuming system that is Pourhouse.  [on that note, it seems even cozier lately since we started baking our own bread…]

    At this point, my little fable hardly qualifies as a dinner teaser, but fear not; the journey is not over.  Just because we’ve come home, the braising and baking, reducing and rendering has only now begun.  I think I’ll leave course two alone for now and tease you with dinner.  And I’m just gonna come out and say it.

    Fat Tug.  Braised Beef.  Bone Marrow Gremolata.  From the beach we’ve gone deep, and hit bone.  Cracked it open actually and gone inside.  We’ve had a bone marrow dish on our menu for a month now, knowing that it wouldn’t be for everyone, but there to order just the same.  And people are loving it.  I’ve eaten some interesting things thanks to Pourhouse (curried pig brain anyone?), and I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was fantastic to say the least.  I’m starting to get off topic here, so I’ll refocus my energy on the task at hand.  When I sat down with JC to taste the beer and come up with this menu, we had a challenge put in front of us, in the form of a big, bad tugboat.  And to face that resiny, hoppy challenge, we have found it’s match.  Two-day braised beef blade, some veggies to balance and some of that rich bone marrow butter mixed in with a gremolata and baked/melted atop.  I can’t effin’ wait!

    And that’s just dinner…

    Stay tuned for dessert, a possible glimpse under Hildegarde’s habit, and Brewmaster Meyers’ VCBW mainland appearance schedule.