Tuesday, December 6, 2022

"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022 organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver

"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" A Filipino Christmas Celebration is organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver.


When is "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022?

"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" is on December 17, 2022 (Saturday) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Where is "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022?

Join the fun and experience "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022 Filipino Christmas at St. Patrick's Recreation Center at 2881 Main Street, Vancouver BC V5T 3G1



How much is the entrance fee for "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022?

Entrance to "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022 is free!


What to expect during "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022?

  • Filipino Christmas Market
  • Christmas Carols
  • Pinoy Story Time
  • Pabitin
  • Parol-Making
  • Photo Booth

Filipino Christmas Market

Below is a list of food and non-food vendors in "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022.


"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022 Christmas Market Food Vendors

Below is a list of food vendors in "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022.


"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022 Christmas Market Non-Food Vendors

Below is a list of non-food vendors in "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2022.


  • Artsy Candle
  • Alala
  • Bammstella Creations
  • Bayong Canada
  • Emsager Photography
  • Eunoia Naturale
  • Gigil Clothing
  • Hablon Styles & Hues
  • Kiligraphy Co
  • LBC
  • Link & Chain
  • Narda's
  • Philippine Airlines
  • PNB Global Remit
  • Summit Kids
  • TourMasters Travel

Source: Vancouver PCG Website



I will update this post as more details become available. However, if you want to see information from last year's event, check here.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Fried Chicken Big Burger from C&T Chicken

I love South Granville and all the available restaurants near me. But, unfortunately, we don't have a ramen shop nearby or a fried chicken place.

I am spoiled at my parents' place where there's a Popeye's, Church's Chicken, and LA Chicken within a kilometre range.

I was happy when we tried Le Coq Fit. It was delicious fried chicken and less than 1.5 km from our home.

Today, we tried C&T Chicken at Burrard Avenue, close to West Broadway. I chose all spicy flavours for all our orders.

We opted for 2 and 2 chicken meals. It comes with 2 chicken thighs and 2 chicken legs. The breading was thicker than expected, but it had a decent amount of heat and was so juicy. Perfectly cooked.


Fried Chicken Thigh from C&T Chicken

I look forward to ordering this again and eating it with rice at home. They serve a Szechuan-style fried chicken which apparently means no gravy but ketchup.

Next, we ordered the Fried Chicken Big Burger. It was huge! It's the most giant spicy chicken burger I have ever had. There's a piece of hash brown inside, but the party itself is unexpectedly bigger than expected. More than the size, the flavour is good too. It has a decent amount of heat and is juicy.


Fried Chicken Big Burger from C&T Chicken

Fried Chicken Big Burger from C&T Chicken

Lastly, we enjoyed the chicken popcorn. I'll gladly order this again. It's bite-sized, and it's delicious. The exterior is crispy, while the inside is juicy and has a lot of flavours - umami and a bit of heat.


Chicken Popcorn and French Fries from C&T Chicken

Overall, I am happy to have C&T Chicken closer to us when we need to satisfy our fried chicken cravings.

Churros from Authentic Churros at Vancouver Christmas Market

Churros! In 2016, I wrote about my churros hunt in Vancouver.

Our primary experience with churros is from Taco Bell in the Philippines. It's pretty simple, really. The fried dough is distinct churro-shaped and has a chocolate dip on the side. No cinnamon sugar or sugar coating - just the donut and a thick chocolate dip.

We found the closest churro from a food vendor in the Richmond Night Market. Then, today I discovered that the Authentic Churros food hut in the Vancouver Christmas Market gives you the option between sugar and cinnamon sugar, which means I can probably ask for no sugar. The only downside is I didn't see any chocolate dip.


Sugar Churros from Authentic Churros at Vancouver Christmas Market

The churro is delicious. I went for sugar, and I love it. We enjoyed it while walking to Costco for our weekly grocery run.


Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.


Poffertjes at Vancouver Christmas Market

After enjoying a Classic Raclette and Pork Hock, we went into dessert mode. We decided to try the Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes) from Pancake and Waffle Haus.


Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes) from Pancake and Waffle Haus
Traditional Poffertjes (10 pieces) with icing sugar and maple syrup.

They're so tiny. It's bite-size pancakes. Because we're in Canada, I opted for maple syrup, a delightful, easy-to-eat dessert.


Dutch Mini Pancakes from Pancake and Waffle Haus

We'll get the croffle and affogato next time. 🤤


Food Vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.


Pork Hock from Haxen Haus at Vancouver Christmas Market

I now understand why there's always a long line for Haxen Haus. The rotating pork hock is an excellent marketing tool, and the food is worth the hype.


Pork Hock from Haxen Haus at Vancouver Christmas Market

We ordered a half serving with lots of sauerkraut and a piece of bread. It reminds me of Lechon.

My Filipino-ness came out when I told my hubby that I wanted a bowl of rice and Mang Tomas (a savoury Lechon sauce).

I am not a fan of Lechon. I am that one Filipino who will not eat pork Lechon when available. I feel the same about the pork hock. It has a strong pork flavour, and I feel like I'll have a heart attack.


Half pork hock with sauerkraut and rye bread from Haxen Haus at Vancouver Christmas Market

The pork hock was seasoned with salt and pepper. At least, that's what I can taste. Other than that, it's all pork flavour which is perfect with the sauerkraut and maybe beer.


Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.

Cheese Me Raclette in Vancouver Christmas Market

Happy Saturday! We planned to watch the drone show scheduled near Canada Place this evening, but it has been cancelled. So we changed our weekend plans because of the cancellation.

We still grabbed lunch from Vancouver Christmas Market, and our first bite of food for the day was from Cheese Me Raclette.

It's so fun to see cheese bubble and melt and then be scraped off over boiled potatoes and ham.


Classic Raclette inside the Vancouver Christmas Market
Swiss Raclette cheese, melted over mashed potatoes over herbed smoked ham, potatoes, baby dill pickles, and pearl onions.

Classic Raclette

The Classic Raclette is delicious but not flavourful enough to order it a second time. On the other hand, their Cheese Me Chowder is where all the flavour is. Yum! Order it with their grilled cheese and dip it in the delicious soup.


Grilled Cheese & Soup from Cheese Me Raclette in Vancouver Christmas Market

Cheese Me Chowder
Creamy potato soup topped with cheddar flakes and croutons.

Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwich with gouda & Havarti.

The Cheese Me Chowder is creamy and comforting, perfect for cold winter days. Meanwhile, the Grilled Cheese is one note in flavour but dip it into the chowder, and it becomes a vessel of deliciousness.

This description is in front of the Cheese Me Raclette hut.

What is Raclette?

Dating from the year 1291 in the Alpine Regions of Switzerland and France, raclette (derived from the French word Racler meaning "to scrape" is food theater that roasts a vareity of fatty Raclette Cheese and scrapes them over the vessel of your choice.

Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.

Vancouver Christmas Market Food Vendors Menu Prices 2022

Vancouver Christmas Market 2022

When is the Vancouver Christmas Market?

The Vancouver Christmas Market is from November 12 to December 24, 2022.

Hours:

  • November 12 – 25: open 4 pm to 9:30 pm (Fri-Sa open until 10:00 pm)
  • November 26 – December 23: open 11:30 am to 9:30 pm (Fri-Sa open until 10:00 pm)
  • December 24: open 11:30 am to 6:00 pm

Where is the Vancouver Christmas Market?

The Vancouver Christmas Market is located at Jack Poole Plaza 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC., V6G 3E1


Vancouver Christmas Market

We did the crazy thing and purchased season tickets for the Vancouver Christmas Market 2022. The market opens tonight, and you bet we're in line an hour before opening. So the first order of business is to take a picture of all the food options available and how much they cost to provide you with this menu.

Prices below are subject to changes without prior notice and do not include taxes and tips.

The food stalls are arranged alphabetically, but I also noted their booth numbers.


Vancouver Christmas Market Food and Drinks Menu with Prices


Pyramid Menu
Taxes not included
Gluhwein $9.50
Feuerzangenbowle $9.50
Kinderpunsch $5.00
#60 Apfel Haus
Germany
Taxes not included
Non-Alcoholic Cider $5.00
Cider Squared $9.50
#54 Authentic Churros
Spain
Taxes included
Cinnamon Sugar or Sugar 3 for $7.00
6 for $12.00
Caramel Sauce $1.00 each
Chocolate Drizzle
Whipped Cream
Oreo Crumble
Nutella $2.00 each
Maple Syrup
Coffee Cream
#57 Barista Brothers Espresso Bar & Coffee Catering
Brewed Coffee $4.00
Cafe Americano $5.00
Latte $6.00
Mocha $7.50
Cappuccino $6.00
Macchiato $7.50
Chai Latte $6.00
Espresso $4.00
Flat White $6.00
Espresso Macchiato $5.00
Steamed Milk $5.00
Tea $4.00
Extra Flavours $0.70
#59 Beer Haus
Taxes not included
Stiegl Lager Unreadable Price
Stiegl Raspberry Radler $9.50
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler $9.50
Erdinger Wheat Beer $9.50
Erdinger Dunkel $9.50
Erdinger Non-Alcoholic Unreadable Price
Pepsi / Diet Pepsi / 7UP
TIP: $2.50 pop at Bratwurst Haus
$3.00
Water
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
$3.00
Orange Juice $4.00
#40 Bratwurst Haus
Germany
Taxes included
Thuringer Brat
Medium-fine grind pork with a distinctive blend of spices heavy on the marjoram and garlic.
$10.00
Bavarian Smokie
Finest cuts of pork, the most flavourful blend of spices, naturally smoked.
$10.00
All Beef (100%)
100% fine grind beef naturally smoked
$11.00
Farmer Sausage
150-year-old traditional Transilavian family recipe smoked with applewood
$11.00
Currywurst
Bite-sized chunks of sausage seasoned with curry ketchup sauce, topped with curry powder
$12.00
Veggie Sausage
Meatless alternative, based on soy and bean protein, veggies and a blend of mild Italian spices
$12.00
Cheesy Bacon Twist
Flavourful cheese-filled Bavarian Smokie wrapped in delicious bacon Sm
$13.00
Pop/Water
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
$2.50
#46 Cheese Me Raclette
Switzerland
All prices EXCLUDE tax and a 3% surcharge on card payments.
Classic Raclette
Swiss raclette cheese melted over herbed smoked ham, potatoes, baby dill pickles, and pearl onions.
$17.14
Vegetarian Raclette
Swiss raclette cheese melted over sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, potatoes, and pickles
$17.14
Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwich with gouda & Havarti, creamy potato soup on the side.
$19.05
Cheese Me Chowder
Creamy potato soup topped with cheese flakes and croutons
$13.33
Extra Herbed Ham $7.62
Extra Raclette Melted $8.57
#42 Das Gulasch Haus
Austria
Tender Beef Stew $15.00
Tender Beef Stew with Bread Bowl $17.00
Vegan Potato Stew $13.00
Vegan Potato Stew with Bread Bowl $15.00
Water $2.00
#45 Das Langos Haus
Hungary
Taxes included
Classic
Garlic powder, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onion
$12.00
Traditional
Garlic powder, sour cream, cheese
$11.00
Nutella $10.00
Plain $9.00
Add Extra:
Bacon +$2.00
Cheese +$2.00
Green Onion +$2.00
#52 Das Pretzel Haus (Mr. Pretzels)
Puerto Rico
Sugar & Cinnamon Pretzel $8.25
Salted Pretzel $8.25
Combo #1: Pretzel + Bottled Water $10.00
Combo #2: Pretzel + Bottled Water and Dipping Sauce $12.00
Bottled Water
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
$3.00
Dipping Sauce $2.00
#48 Das Smoked Meat Haus
Canada
Debit, credit, and cash are accepted. The price does not include tips and taxes.
Original Smoked Meat Sandwich
Bonjour! Visions of Montreal smoked meat dancing in your head! The king of deli sandwiches starts with Canada Grade A Beef Brisket, cured, seasoned with a secret family recipe, then slowly smoked and sliced paper thin.
$14.99 Original Size
$19.99 Grande Size
Original Roast Beef Au Jus Sandwich
Mouth-watering Canada Grade A Beef is seasoned and slow-roasted for hours, sliced thin and dipped in au jus before it's served on a brioche bun.
$14.99 Original Size
$19.99 Grande Size
Kosher Dill Pickle $3.00 each
Gluten-Free Bun Alternative $2.00 each
Soft Drinks & Bottled Water
TIP: $2.50 (cheaper) pop at Bratwurst Haus
TIP: $2.00 (cheaper) water at Das Gulasch Haus
$2.75 each
Boylan's Craft Soda $4.50 each
#50 Das Soup Haus
Germany
Mom's Perfect Grilled Cheese
Hot buttery grilled sourdough, Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella
$9.00
Hot Vegetable Soup
Bean, tomato, onion, carrot, potato, celery, peas, & corn
$9.00
French Onion Soup
Beef bones, onions, thyme, cheese, red wine, and butter
$12.00
Mushroom Soup
Chicken broth, wild rice, mushroom, onions, thyme, cream, and butter
$12.00
#41 Haxen Haus
Germany
Taxes included
Half pork hock with sauerkraut and rye bread (Feeds 1-2 people) $14.50
Whole pork hock with sauerkraut and rye bread (Feeds 1-4 people) $29.00
Pork hock meat in a bun topped with sauerkreaut (Feeds 1 person) $9.50
Side of Sauerkraut $4.00
Pop/Water
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
$2.50
#58 Ho Ho Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate $6.00
#43 Hurricane Potato
GST Included
Potato $9.00
Zucchini $11.00
#55 I Love Chocolate
Germany
Taxes included
Fruit skewer $8.00
Marshmallow skewer $6.50
Chocolate covered apples $10.00
2 Chocolate covered Pretzel rods $7.00
Hot chocolate dark $5.00
Hot chocolate white $5.00
Whipping cream $1.00
Mini marshmallows $0.50
#43 Kartouffel Haus
Germany
GST included
Served with Apple Sauce and Sour Cream
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) 2 pieces $12.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with smoked salmon 2 pieces $17.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with brie cheese 2 pieces $17.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with smoked salmon and brie cheese 2 pieces $21.00
#53 Mr. Hotcakes
Canada
Original Hotcake with whipped cream $9.00
Original Hotcake with cream cheese icing $10.00
Original Hotcake with vanilla ice cream $11.00
#51 Pancake & Waffle Haus
Netherlands
1. Pick your style:
  • Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes)
    Traditional Poffertjes (10 pieces) with Icing Sugar and Butter
  • Croffles (Croissant x Waffles)
    Traditional Croffles with Icing Sugar and Butter
  • Affogato (Hot Coffee on Ice Cream
    Traditional Affogato (Coffee and Ice Cream)
$8.00
2. Add Sauce
  • Nutella
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel
  • Condensed Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maple Syrup
$1.00 each
3. Add Topping
  • Oreo
  • Biscoff
  • Coconut
  • Marshmallow
  • Peanut
  • Cinnamon
  • Crunch
  • Lemon
  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Cinnamon Sugar
$1.00 each
4. Add Fruit
  • Strawberry
  • Banana
$2.00 each
5. Add Ice Cream $3.00 each
#47 Perogies
Canada
Potato and Cheddar Perogies
Served with:
  • Crumbled Farmer's Sausage from Rempel Meats in Abbotsford
  • Grilled Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Sauerkraut
$16.00
Drinks $2.00
#56 Schnitzel Haus
Viennese Pork Schnitzel with Potato Salad $18.00
German Pork Schnitzel with Potato Salad and Gravy $19.00
Bottled Water $2.00
#49 Squid Feast
Canada
Deep Fried Squid Tentacle $16 Small
$19 Large
Deep Fried Whole Squid $12.00
Creamy Seafood Soup $13.00
Deep Fried Shrimp $15.00
Deep Fried Oyster $15.00
Pop/Water $2.00
#61 Those Pretzels ⭐
Big Bag $20.00
Small Bag $8.00
#44 Transylvanian Chimney Cake
Hungary
Chimney Cake
Choose Toppings
$11.50
Add Filling (Spread)
Nutella $2.50
Lemon Curd $2.00
Apple Cinnamon $2.00
Black Forest Cherry $2.00

Where are the food vendors located inside the Vancouver Christmas Market?

Below is my poor attempt to map out and visualize the locations of the eats and treats inside the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Bacon Deluxe McCrispy from McDonald's Canada

Our second burger for dinner from McDonald's tonight is the Bacon Deluxe McCrispy.


Bacon Deluxe McCrispy from McDonald's Canada
Bacon and a slice of fresh tomato take the McCrispy to the next level. Made with crispy, tender and juicy 100% Canadian-raised seasoned chicken, then topped with shredded lettuce, creamy mayo-style sauce and served on a soft potato bun for a taste that’s so McDonald’s.

Bacon Deluxe McCrispy from McDonald's Canada

Unfortunately, there's not enough sauce in it and it was dry. The good thing is there's a generous amount of bacon.

Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada

Today, I love the Carolina BBQ sauce in the Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada.


Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada
100% Canadian quarter pound beef patty topped with sweet and tangy golden Carolina BBQ sauce, hickory smoked bacon strips, crispy onions, pickles, and two slices of processed cheddar cheese served on a toasted sesame bun.

It was sweet and perfect, with a salty slice of processed cheddar cheese, on top of a juicy beef patty and crispy fried onions. Overall, something I'll happily eat again.


Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada

I wonder if they can do a Carolina BBQ dipping sauce for Chicken McNuggets. Yum!

Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry Review from McDonald's Canada

I'm not a fan of candy canes in general because I don't like anything peppermint. It reminds me of toothpaste; that's why I don't like peppermint drinks.


Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry

As part of our Friday foodie adventure, hubby and I tried the new Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's Canada. According to their description, it includes the smooth and creamy vailla soft serve we know and love swirled with peppermind candy pieces and topped off with the deadent hot fudge.


Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's Canada
Take our smooth, and creamy vanilla soft serve swirled with peppermint candy pieces and top it off with our decadent hot fudge.

Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry Thoughts

For this reason, I didn't enjoy the Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's Canada. So I took a couple spoonful, and that's it.


Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry

According to the description, there should be a decadent hot fudge on top of the Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry, but what we received did not have that.

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