Spinning Plates

Grace Cheung | June 2012

Is summer finally here? After our long winter and a wet spring, it sure seems like time to bring out the flip flops and discover some fresh new local eats and eateries. And nothing says summer like spot prawn season! House Guest in Gastown is featuring them in a ceviche, enhancing their sweetness with chili and fresh juices from limes, grapefruit and oranges, along with other flavours. They’re perfect as canapés and a perfect start to any meal.

Also using spot prawns is Ki, and they’re doing it two ways. First is a sashimi- style serving, where the prawns are served whole but the heads are deep fried until crispy. If you’re squeamish about that, Ki has you covered and will be offering up a grilled version of the delicacy—again served whole, these are grilled with melted butter for a few minutes on each side and served simply with sea salt and ichimi, a Japanese chili powder.

Within the downtown core alone, we are now lucky to have 12 new food trucks ready to liven up your summer. You can treat yourself to a wide variety of cuisines, such as the Salvadoran delicacies offered by the Guanaco Truck located at Seymour and West Georgia, which is dishing up pasteles, pupusas, and horchata. Another yummy food truck option? Try Pig on the Street by the Vancouver Art Gallery, which uses locally sourced products and bacon and serves British-style sandwiches with names like The Porker and Piggy Blues. There is one thing you absolutely have to save room for here—it’s the Bacon, Bourbon and Caramel Brownie Bite.

Another truck worth checking out is Slingers. My favourite is their meatball sub—the ‘Awesome Meatball Sub’, to be exact. Four giant meatballs, bathed in marinara with Parmesan and arugula, all piled into a freshly baked bun.

Craving an Indian twist? Be sure to try out Soho Road and their naan kebabs. Freshly made naan can’t be beat—you have to try it to believe it.

More Neapolitan pizza places keep popping up as well, with Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana on Victoria, owned by brothers Domenic and Giorgio Morra. Prices are decent, with a antipasto misto for just $16 that serves two, while their loaded Capricciosa tops out at $18, with prosciutto, salami and more. Each pizza is stretched by hand and goes into a 900° oven for 90 seconds. For those with kids, they also offer a basic pasta al pomodoro as well as a kid-sized Margherita. They’re open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

And don’t forget, June 1 to 3 is the 10th anniversary of the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, the largest consumer food show in Canada. Get your tickets and get ready to take a big Bite of Vancouver! This year’s stellar lineup includes guests like Bob Blumer of World’s Weirdest Restaurants, David Rocco from Dolce Vita, Rob Feenie of Cactus Club and Annabelle Waugh of Canadian Living Magazine.