The Friday Dish: $5 appies, big names/big mistakes, “night cheese,” and the best sliders ever
Today’s deal is $5 appies at 5 of Glowbal’s locations from 3 to 6 pm this afternoon. Does this deal sound fishy? Then how about trying 5 Local Oysters, 6 Peel and Eat Shrimp, or a Bowl of Classic Mussels at COAST; Pancetta and Prawn Salad or Crispy Fried Calamari at Italian Kitchen; a Tempura Prawn Popsicle at glowbal; Charred Halibut Ceviche, Tuna Confit Crostini, Pickled Hand Peeled Shrimp, or Scallop Ceviche at Sanifir; or a Mini Tuna Melt or Crispy Calamari at SOCIETY?
Two big names on the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Restaurant Closures List: Starbucks and Japadog. I have to admit I gasped when I saw these two well-known and beloved establishments. The Starbucks at 682 West Broadway was closed down and reopened on the same day (October 21st). The problem? You’ll never believe it: Sewage Contamination! Yikes! You’ll never look at that shit-brown espresso the same way again. The Japadog cart at 800 Burrard Street was closed down on November 3rd for Improper Food Storage Temperatures. From the looks of the report, the issue is on-going. I recommend eating at their other locations in the meantime, or maybe just passing on hot dogs in general.
Okay, enough dwelling on the negative; it’s time to sing about one of my favourite things: CHEESE! Who doesn’t love cheese? If you don’t love cheese, then I feel sorry for you. I really do. If you are a normal person and you love cheese like a normal person should, then head down to the Grand Opening of the second location of Benton Brothers Fine Cheese at 3432 Cambie Street. On Saturday, from 1 to 7 pm, the Brothers will be sampling some of their favorite cheeses and pouring some great wines. And because the Grand Opening falls in the month of “Movember,” they will be donating 1% of sales to this great cause which raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Aww, they make cheese and they care too. It’ll make your nibbles all the sweeter.
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Friday Dish. This week’s Friday Dish is the Chinese Pork Belly Sliders at the Roaming Dragon Food Truck on West Georgia Street between Burrard and Thurlow streets (open 11 am to 2 pm weekdays). These sliders have braised pork belly cured in Asian spices, with pickled cucumbers, hoisin sauce, and scallions in an ultra soft steamed bun. The pork belly is so tender and juicy that it melts in your mouth. The sliders pack huge flavour into a tiny package. You get 2 sliders for $6 or 4/$10 and they are worth every penny. Nom nom nom nom.
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ADDENDUM: The Tim Hortons at Market Crossing in South Burnaby was closed this morning “due to water issues,” which likely means a food safety closure. Thank you to one of my readers for passing on this tip!