The Tasty Torpedo: “The Ya Mon” Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Hollow’s & Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Beer

DSC_0565When it came to my attention that Hollows & Fentimans All Natural Alcoholic Ginger Beer was now available here, one thing came to mind. Find a jerk chicken sandwich! Luckily for me, while walking through Mount Pleasant one day I strolled past “The Tasty Torpedo” food truck and noticed on their awesome menu; “The Ya Mon” Jerk Chicken sandwich and the match was made.DSC_0587 (2)The Tasty Torpedo is somewhat new to the Vancouver food truck scene. They started up in Surrey, but are now hanging out in front of breweries like 33 Acres, Brassneck and Steel & Oak in New West. Their Jamaican Jerk Chicken sandwich comes with ginger and coconut coleslaw and a sweet lime and ginger dressing on organic ciabatta bread. The Jamaican jerk chicken is marinated for about 24 hours in their signature jerk marinade and then grilled skin on till its nicely crisp and a bit charred. They then take the skin off and take all the meat off the bone and roughly chop it, incorporating the skin back into the meat to get all that awesome flavour back in there. This jerk marinade isn’t super spicy, which is good for me, but there is definitely some heat there that is prominent enough so that you know you’re eating some damn fine jerk chicken. The coleslaw is great to calm the heat and the sweetness from the dressing is great balance to the spice as well. All that on the spectacular ciabatta from Granville Island’s A Bread Affair makes for the best jerk chicken sandwich around.DSC_0575As I stated at the beginning of this post, my hunt for a great jerk chicken sandwich in Vancouver was instigated by the newly available All Natural Alcoholic Ginger Beer by Hollows & Fentimans. This ginger beer is the real thing, using only Chinese ginger root that is fermented for two weeks to create the most easy drinking ginger beer I’ve ever had. What surprised me most about this ginger beer compared to others I’ve had, was the lack of heat from the ginger. The Hollows & Fentimans was much sweeter with a faint warm finish that is much more enjoyable for me. It was precisely this that made the pairing a very good one in my opinion. The ginger beer’s sweetness made for a nice balance of sweet and heat with the jerk chicken. I also enjoyed how the spice from the jerk chicken sat nicely with the subtle heat found in the ginger beer. Based on the tradition of these two things going together I knew this would be good, but it ended up being great!DSC_0595So if you’re looking for a sandwich that stands alone for it’s taste and uniqueness in this city paired with an authentic and tasty ginger beer then head to The Tasty Torpedo with a Hollows & Fentimans in hand for This Sandwich and That Beer.DSC_0571Check out www.tastytorpedo.com as well as www.drinkhollows.com and www.drinkfentimans.com for information. Follow them each on Twitter @TastyTorpedo, @fentimans and @Hollows_Ginger; and follow me @TSTB_blog

Hawkers Market: Smoked Carnitas and Salsa Verde Grilled Cheese with 33 Acres Brewing Of Ocean West Coast Pale Ale

unnamedThis Saturday make sure to come down the Hawkers Market happening from 5pm till late at The Independent on Kingsway & 10th! I will be there serving up my “Smoked Carnitas and Salsa Verde Grilled Cheese” paired up with 33 Acres Of Ocean West Coast Pale Ale. It’s gonna be good!!! Continue reading

Pronto Caffe/Prontino: Meatball Sandwich with Brewery Verhaeghe Vichte “Duchesse de Bourgogne” Flemish Red Brown Ale

DSC_0544Those familiar with the Cambie corridor in Vancouver have long known that the Pronto Cafe’s sandwich game is strong. Their Porchetta, Sopressato and Meatball, just to name a few, are all top notch. Available in the their quaint cafe space along with these spectacular sandwich selections is a wonderful menu full of classic Italian Antipastos, Pastas and Pizzas as well. Now, all these things can also be enjoyed in an upscale new bar space adjacent to the original.

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33 Acres Brewing Company: “Of Life” and “Of Darkness” with Nelson The Seagull “Herbivore” and “Carnivore”

DSC_0376It’s safe to say that 33 Acres Brewing Co. have implanted themselves as one of Vancouver’s most popular breweries since opening just over a year ago. Part of their popularity has a lot to do with a their innovative approach to food options at the brewery. Along with a rotation of food trucks out front they also bring in a selection of offerings from some great local spots.

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Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House: “Smoked Duck BLT” and “Brisket Sandwich” with Howe Sound Brewing Devil’s Elbow IPA and Troller Bay ale

DSC_0480 (2)When I first heard that Squamish, BC based Howe Sound Brewing was going to be opening a tasting room in Vancouver in the old Chambar space on Beatty St after they moved a couple doors down, I knew we were in for something good! What I didn’t know, was that along with 15 taps of Howe Sound’s great beers, Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House would also be offering a killer menu of smokey awesomeness. Once the doors were open I quickly got down there to see things first hand, and get some beers and sandwiches into my mouth. Continue reading

Postmark Brewing: Citra and Simcoe Dry-hopped IPA with Belgard Kitchen’s Porchetta Sandwich

DSC_0222Postmark Brewing is another newcomer that opened only a few months ago in The Settlement Building in Vancouver’s Railtown neighbourhood. Sharing the space with Postmark is Belgard Kitchen offering a well-crafted dinner menu and a weekend brunch menu along with a daily fresh sheet each weekday for lunch that includes a series of rotating daily sandwich features. Head there for one of those features, their Porchetta sandwich paired with Postmark’s IPA dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops.

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Main Street Brewing Company: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Sessional IPA

DSC_0204Main Street Brewing finally opened their doors in June this year and has come on to the Vancouver craft beer scene strong. Most days they offer 4 different draft beers as well as 4 beers on cask, with all draft being available in growlers too. They also have a nice selection of bar snacks and a small food menu including some charcuterie, various dips and daily meat and veggie sandwich options. Head there for their Pulled Pork Sandwich paired with the Main Street Sessional IPA.

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Bunk Sandwiches: Pork Belly Cubano with Double Mountain Kolsch

DSC_0033A few years ago I discovered Bunk Sandwiches in Portland and it changed my life. Now I know that might sound a bit intense, but in a way it kind of did. My experience there really kick-started my decision to start this very blog and start doing my part spreading the word about the very best sandwiches (and craft beer) around. I can honestly say that since that decision was made, I have met some of the best people, had some of the best times in my life and got to do some of the coolest things too!

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Feast Portland: Widmer Brothers Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread

DSC_0197Portland is a wicked city. I think it’s safe to assume that anyone that is a fan of craft beer and sandwiches (food in general for that matter) can attest to that. So it makes perfect sense than that Portland hosts one of the premiere food festivals in North America…Feast Portland.

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