Thursday, January 17, 2013

Vancouver: Meat & Bread and Revolver Brew Bar in Gastown

Didn't think I would be going to back to Vancouver that soon after going 2 years ago, but Calvin was able to book hotels using their award stays so we decided to make a snowboarding trip out of it, with two days in Vancouver and two days in Whistler!

Of course, first stop this time around, was the popular Meat & Bread, made even more famous by being featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Drives on Food Network!  Luckily our hotel was only a 10 minute walk to this part of Vancouver, which is on the border of downtown and Gastown, a super hipster neighborhood.

Meat & Bread
370 Cambie St 
Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4 

meat & bread
Meat & Bread!  Of course, from the name, you can tell that it is a sandwich shop haha.  In fact, people say that they are responsible for the sudden sandwich renaissance in Vancouver, and now there are many more of these artisanal sandwich shops.

They are known for their Porchetta, as well as their Meatball.  I was deciding between the two when one of the girls that worked there told us that Porchetta was gonna be off the menu for the rest of 2012 and it was the last day to get it!  Made my decision much easier.

carving the pork
Meat & Bread is about freshly preparing your sandwich.  For the Porchetta, it is a roasted pork with pork skin still on so that it crisps up!  They carve up the pork, chop up the pork skin, and make the sandwich right in front of you.

Mixing the carved pork and the pork skin together.

porchetta sandwich
The Porchetta sandwich!  See?  Very hipster, serving on a wooden board.

Close up of the pork and the ciabatta bread.

Very simple sandwich: roasted pork, crispy pork skin, and salsa verde.  I really dig the whole pork skin thing since there are bites where you get that crunch with that tender pork and it's just music.  Seriously.

Delicious crispy & crunchy pork skin!  I think I can eat a whole sandwich with just the skin.  I wish they sold that.

Parts of my pork were a little dry so it would've been nice to have more of that salsa verde, but this mustard was what really made the sandwich great.  Definitely a must for every bite.

Definitely a very unique sandwich and I can see why so many people rave about it.  They also have Fentiman's Curiosity Cola here!  It is brewed botanically, so it actually has 0.5% of alcohol :P  Had it a few times at Wurstkuche in LA.  I call it hipster coke.


Afterwards, we wanted to walk around Gastown but none of us wanted to get raped by the AT&T international charges, so we stopped by a cafe to use their free wi-fi, and it turns out to be Revolver Brew Bar, a popular coffee shop in Gastown.  Also very hipster.

Revolver Brew Bar
325 Cambie Street 
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7 

The "brew bar" where the magic happens.

Booths and the wall decor, a map of the world with nails.

revolver coffee
Single pour coffee.  Very popular nowadays.

espresso macchiato
I still like my Espresso Macchiato!  A lot creamier than others, but very good.

latte whole
Alice's cafe latte.  Also very good.  Somewhat of a small cup though haha.

oolong tea
 Calvin pouring his Oolong Tea.

Very light in color.  Much more floral than other oolong I've tried.

View from the counter seats.  Good place to people watch.  Good day for coffee too.

from outside
View from the outside and their logo.

Since it was cold and raining, we decided to find another spot where we can sit down and maybe grab a few more bites before we head back to the hotel and prep for dinner.  Yup, day 1, always eat as much as you can.