Archive | August, 2011

Seasonal 56

28 Aug

Sorry for the little break there between posts.  I went away on vacation for a bit, and it was nice to almost totally disconnect from the internet and real life, and just relax.  But now that I’ve returned, it’s back to business as usual.

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Seasonal 56, which is a fantastic restaurant in the Aldergrove area. A friend and I get together for a nice meal out every few months or so, and since she had a Groupon she needed to use for this place, I happily agreed to her suggestion (I paid full price for my meal).

The restaurant is on 56th, near the Hwy 1 exit for 264th St.  It’s in a very unusual location – the area is fairly industrial, and as far as I know, this is the only restaurant in that neighborhood.  However, it makes good business sense for them to be located there.  As their chef writes on the blog portion of their website, there are several reasons why they are where they are: It keeps the costs of their entrees down (since they’re closer to their suppliers), they’re close to the freeway, and they are able to have a bigger kitchen.  Makes sense to me!

Seasonal 56 uses all fresh, local and seasonal foods, so their menu is constantly changing.  After I left, I lamented the fact that I didn’t take a picture of the menu that night, as pretty much everything sounded so fantastic.  It was so hard to decide what to eat!

As we were mulling our options over, I had a Champagne cocktail. Mmm!

I was feeling rather ravenous that night, so I decided to have an appetizer.

The mushroom soup is fantastic!  I’ve been eating mushrooms a lot lately, and this soup used them excellently.  Even if there hadn’t been mushroom chunks in there, the base alone would have been phenomenal.  Very creamy and flavourful.

For my main course I went with the salmon dish.

The combination of cherries and pinot noir was different but excellent.  The chard and potatoes below were cooked in a bacon saute (I believe – I didn’t write it down at the time), and the flavour and crunchiness of the almost burnt bacon added SO much awesomeness to the chard.

At this point I was pretty full, but the dessert selection sounded so tempting that I had to splurge.

The chocolate was rich and decadent, and I couldn’t finish it all.

We were there on a gorgeously sunny night, so there was only one other table in use at the time.  I felt so bad for them, as the food was absolutely unbelievable, but business was so slow.  In talking with the owners as we were leaving, they said that they’re normally quite busy, so that was reassuring to know.  With the summer we’ve had here this year, I’m not surprised people were outside and taking advantage of the sun while it lasted.

I highly recommend visiting Seasonal 56, as it’s very easy to get to from the freeway.  The food and service are impeccable, and I will definitely be returning again sometime soon.

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Upcoming Events

5 Aug

There are a bunch of fantastic foodie events coming up in the Fraser Valley, and I thought I’d take the time today to tell you about a few of them.

Chilliwack Fair. THIS weekend, Aug 5-7 at Chilliwack Heritage Park. It’s not really a foodie event per-se, but nothing beats fair food on a hot summer’s day!

Langley Eats Local. THIS Saturday, August 6th at Driedeger Farms in Langley from 10am – 4pm.

If I were going to be in town this weekend, I’d probably be checking it out.  Sounds like a great annual event that promotes local and sustainable food.  It’s free too, which is fantastic!

Feast of Fields. Sunday, September 11th at Krause Berry Farms from 1-5pm.

This will be the 17th year this festival has been running, which is awesome!  They also have events on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan.  Their aim is “to highlight the connections between farmers and chefs and to increase the connections between farm folks and city folks.”  I’d never heard of it before I made a trip to Krause a few weeks ago to go berry picking, and saw it advertised.  It’s a bit on the pricey side to reserve a spot, but as their description says, “some think of it as a 40 course meal paired with wine and beer,” how could I possibly resist making sure I’ll be there?!  😉

EAT! Fraser Valley. September 16-18 at the Tradex in Abbotsford.

This is an event I’ve always wanted to attend, but the timing has never been right.  There’s wine & beer tasting, Bite of the Valley (appy sized food available for purchase), a Master Chef competition (similar to the Iron Chef TV show), as well as chocolate and cold salmon competitions.  If anyone is planning to go and would like to write a review of the event, please let me know, and I’d love to post (or link to) that here.

Fraser Valley Cork and Keg. Friday, September 30th at the Langley Events Centre from 7 – 10pm.

It’s an inaugural event, so it potentially could become a fantastic festival to showcase all the fabulous wines and beers produced in this region.   A great opportunity to sample some local libations as well as chocolate, cheese and other delicious goodies.  I’m planning to attend, and will share a review of the event afterward.

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If you know of any other great food/produce events going on in the Fraser Valley in the next month, let me know in the comments!  I’ll try to make this a fairly regular feature here, and I’m sure that as I get more active with this website, there will be many more events that I’ll hear about and can feature.