Restarant Review

Diary Entry #14 - Episode 13 - Preston's Part 2 - Deja Vu Cab Sauv. paired with POUTINE!

So here is Part 2 of Cubby's and my experience at Preston's here in Vancouver's Coal Harbour. I'm excited to share this one because it features one of my favourite food dishes ever...yup, you guessed it...POUTINE! I also want to point out that it has been a goal of mine to find a wine that pairs perfectly with poutine. I think I have found a very ideal match! Check out the video and blog below:

I like to think I have a minor poutine addiction but Cubby feels it's major...*sigh, what can I say...I do LOVE poutine :-) So since Preston's not only has their 'Prestons Poutine' for $8 on their menu and wine...I had to see if we could find a match! This was the opportunity I've been waiting for for so long! - Marrying my two loves together (I'm talking about wine and poutine just in case you're wondering).

The wine we decide to try with the poutine is the 2010 Deja Vu Cabernet Sauvignon from California. On the nose we got some nice earth and fruit. I thought it smelt like a Cab Sauv (Oh yea, I'm such a pro! LOL) On the pallet there were hints of eucalyptus and medicinal qualities. Now I know that perhaps that sounds weird and maybe something you don't want when you're tasting wine...but I'm telling you now, do not be scared! It's good! 

This poutine comes with authentic Quebec cheese curds and is topped with their homemade Rickards Red gravy. You can also mix things up a bit and add pulled pork for $4. We decided to go crazy and get some pulled pork on the side. Now I'm typically a fan of just the traditional poutine - fries, gravy and cheese curds. Nothing else. Poutine is perfect all on its own. But, I must say, I learnt that sometimes it's good to try something different. I was quite impressed with the pulled pork as an addition to this already fine dish. So if you're a meat-eater, I would definitely hit up this dish with some pulled pork. (You can have them bring it on the side if you're wary of committing the whole dish to be mixed with pulled pork). If you watch the video, you see that bite that Cubby took where it looked like his eye's rolled back in his head and appeared to almost cry...well that was because of the pulled pork along with the poutine. Ya it was delish! 

I hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps check out Preston's for yourself. Oh and on a side note 'disclaimer', Preston's did comp some of our food but even though they did that, our opinions of the food are 100% honest and if something sucks, I would say it (it just so happens we had an awesome time as I think you can tell from the video). And on that note, I do recall thinking more cheese curds should be added to this dish, not a ton more, just a few. That's kinda my only '2 cents' in that department. 

Stay tuned for the next course....video will be posted soon!

xx.h

Diary Entry #13 - Episode #12 - At 'Prestons' with Cubby from Fragrance Talk

Cubby and I recently went to Preston's in Coal Harbour here in Vancouver. We drank a bunch of wine and ate a bunch of food! First on the menu was Quails Gate's 2010 Gewurztraminer paired with prawn gyoza and seared scallops...here is the clip below! I'll be posting more clips for each dish and wine we had. The food at Preston's is fantastic and we really enjoyed our experience.

We started off with the wine (of course!) and we really liked it. I've always been a huge fan of Quails Gate wines and on a side note, if you like desert wines, you should try the Quails Gate Optima (100% Botrytis Affected) as it's one of my favourites! Ok, now back to the gewurztraminer, on the nose we both got some stone and minerality. Cubby felt that it's smelt 'breezy' which I thought was a cool interpretation of what he was smelling on the nose. He always brings in fragrance terms to our wine tasting and I love it! I never would have come up with 'breezy' but after he said it, I totally agreed!

Upon our first sip, we loved it. Cubby thought it was one of the best white wines he's had. For me, it reaffirmed my love for Quails Gate wines. I've actually been to their winery in Kelowna and it's beautiful (check it out if you go to Kelowna and go to their tasting room!!!). This wine was very soft, sweet and juicy with a nice dry finish. It was a very refreshing and thirst quenching wine (keep this in mind for patio season that is just around the corner!!). 

After a couple sips of the wine, our first dish arrived! The prawn gyoza and seared scallops! You can find this on their starters menu for $8, which I think is a great price for what you get. There are 4 gyoza's and 4 scallops (so nice even numbers for sharing which always makes things easier!). Our first bite was the scallops! They were cooked perfectly! Not under cooked and not over cooked, I thought they were just right. I think on top there were pea shoots/sprouts (I'm not sure...I'm no expert!) and they went so well with the scallop as they were a nice light refreshing flavour that complimented the scallops. As well, there was a miso gravy/dressing that was also light and helped to perfectly flavour the dish. After the first bite, we took a sip of the wine to see if it paired well and it did! The great wine flavours were enhanced and was just perfect with the dish.

Now it was time for a prawn gyoza, which also impressed us. My favourite if I had to choose was the scallop over the prawn, but I think that is because I love scallops! For $8, this dish is totally worth it!

So needless to say, this first wine and food pairing really impressed us. Both the wine on its own and the dish on it's own was great but together we thought it was a really awesome pairing. So go check it out and try it for yourself! 

This was just the first course...stay tuned for the next course!!! I'm excited to share that one with you because I got to marry my two loves....wine and POUTINE!!!! Oh yah, you know you want to stay tuned for THAT!

xx.h