beer

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When I was in Abbotsford in April for the Tulip Festival, I also got the chance to visit Field House Brewing with the rest of the media on the trip, for a great long table dinner prepared by Faspa and Co.

I love the aesthetic at Field House so much (they also obviously make some really good beer), and it was such a wonderful spot, and delicious meal. I wish they were closer to home…Abbotsford, you’re lucky!

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Only I could find a pop-up craft beer & small plate pairing event 2 blocks from my AirB&B in Paris…these things must just call to me.

Les Dîners Bon was supposed to just run until the 6th of December (which coincidentally was my first night in Paris) at Cave du Miroir in Montmartre, but they ended up getting extended until the 31st. So after my sightseeing was out of the way each day I came back around to try more French beer paired with some amazing dishes. Or it might have had something to do with these guys.

From what I learned, while France has some of the oldest breweries in the world, the craft beer revolution we know so well and take for granted in Vancouver/Canada/USA, isn’t as prevalent. Pairing beer and food just isn’t a thing there…for now [if the team behind Les Dîner Bons has their way].

I tried SO many different beers while hanging out there, both from France and the rest of Europe. I think my favourite one, or at least the most unique, was from Brasserie La Baleine - a sour beer that had squid ink in it! C'est bon!

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I had to do a whole separate post about one of my favourite evenings in London - checking out the 40 FT Brewery in Dalston.

Making friends at the Trans Musicales Festival with other music journalists paid off and one offered to bring me to a brewery that operated out of shipping containers - this I had to see.

The entire area surrounding the brewery was phenomenal! On the weekends they had food vendors set up, a dj, and even a fashion show was going on when we wandered up.

The amazing staff from the brewery gave me a behind the scenes tour, as well as some delicious beer (one can made it all the way back to Vancouver for my friends to sample!). It was a very unique idea and everyone was incredibly friendly. Honestly if I lived in London, I’d be there every weekend, between the beer and the food and the people!

Highly recommended if you’re visiting!

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First post of my #CmacSeesLondonCmacSeesFrance tour is from Rennes. Aside from the Trans Musicales festival, I got to do a little bit of wandering around this beautiful city, and the festival was gracious enough to put together a walking tour in English.

Things I learned:
- A LOT of Rennes burned down in a fire, and it was due, ironically, to a drunken carpenter
- Their market on the Saturday is amazing. You can buy practically anything, including oysters that they’ll shuck for you on the spot.
- You can eat and drink said oysters in public and it’s the greatest.
- There is a place called “Poutine Bros” that is decked out in Canadian stuff, and has menu items named after Rob Ford and Carey Price to name a few.

Recently covered the 2nd year of   Top Drop   - a wine festival in Vancouver.  Hundreds of bottles of wine, and hundreds of people, all at the Roundhouse in Vancouver with proceeds going to the   BC Hospitality Foundation  . Not a bad way to spend a day.   All the photos can be seen HERE , but we warned, you’ll probably want a drink after looking at them.

Recently covered the 2nd year of Top Drop - a wine festival in Vancouver.

Hundreds of bottles of wine, and hundreds of people, all at the Roundhouse in Vancouver with proceeds going to the BC Hospitality Foundation. Not a bad way to spend a day.

All the photos can be seen HERE, but we warned, you’ll probably want a drink after looking at them.

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Last week I got the chance to spend the day travelling around the Fraser Valley with a few other bloggers, navigating our way around some of the breweries and wineries in the area.

The day started out in Langley, with the first stop being Tracycakes Bakery for breakfast. I ordered the “Baby Dutch Pancake” which they make from scratch on the spot. I had trouble waiting for it to cool down so I could eat it because it looked, smelled, and tasted so great.

From there we started our beer and wine tour over at Dead Frog Brewing (in Aldergrove). I’ve had many of Dead Frog’s beers in the past, and it was nice to see where they came from, and try a few new ones. In fact, I might have to go crack open one of the bottles I got to bring home while I write this post.

Next we were off to Milner Valley Cheese to see how they make the goat’s milk cheeses, pet some of the goats, and make some delicious purchases. The aged goat milk cheese was my favourite. (We paired it later with the wines at Singletree.)

Luckily we had burned off breakfast, because our next stop was lunch at Bacchus Bistro at Chaberton Estate Winery. We had some amazing food, paired with their wines, got a tour of the vineyard, and sampled some more vino in the wine bar.

Heading over to Abbotsford we found Mt. Lehman Winery, and tried the same wine from 4 different types of barrels (so different), and the two bloggers I were with got a super quick zip around the vineyard on a Gator.
Just down the road we pulled into Singletree Winery, which was fairly new but had a good selection of wines on hand, and the grapes were almost ready to come off the vines.

Finally we headed over to Ravens Brewing, which was also very new, and sampled some of the great beers on tap. I definitely filled my growler up with the Raspberry Hefeweizen, which they made with hundreds of pounds of raspberries grown in the same area.

So delighted to be part of this trip. I’m going to make a whole separate post about our final stop, Cultivate, a long table dinner at a corn maze in Chilliwack!

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#LeighAndChristineGoToPortland was a great success. We ate, we drank, and we ate and drank some more…and met some animals.

Case in point, these scary chickens. Seriously, look at the one of the left…

Also, the best meal of the trip came on the first stop, 15 mins after arriving. My ‘Khoa Soi’ a curry chicken noodle soup from Pok Pok, seen here with the delicious pFriem Wit beer.

More posts to come!!!