So, the FoodShed has been in training for a half ironman. Mary (me!) did it over the past weekend up in Vancouver, B.C. Melanie was an amazing support and photographer throughout. It was a unforgettable experience. To celebrate afterwards, we went for a long walk through the streets of Vancouver, down Davie street to Bin 941. What a memorable way to end a memorable day.
Melanie first stumbled upon Chef Gord Martin’s friendly little tapas bar Bin 941 in 2006. She loved the inventive menu and great flavor combinations. So, when we went back, we were happy to see that they’re still kicking ass and pairing unusual and fun ingredients.
Dishes are served tapas style. You should share your order, and dishes come out one at a time. For our first dish, we had Digby Scallop Baja Prawn Tournedos. Digby is a little town in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Two prawns came spooning a scallop, which reminded Melanie of two mating slugs. I am glad she did not share that information with the waitress. Also, they were significantly better than slugs, I’m fairly certain. The prawn/scallops came stacked in a pair, laying in a bed of crazy good bonito butter sauce. It was a tantalizing salty-sweet. The entire affair was topped with a generous helping of crispy tempura’d leeks and a side of cucumber salsa. It was excellent.
Next came a ‘bruschetta’ with a wild mushroom pate. It tasted like a delicious vegetarian’s foie gras – rich, special, and earthy. The two long spears of bread were grilled, topped with the pate, then layered with sautéed mushrooms and beautiful curls of parm, and sprinkles of truffle oil. Decadence.
Finally came the flank steak. Melanie’s a big meat eater. I don’t usually eat much meat, and certainly not steak. And yet, for some reason, flank steak seemed like a wonderful final plate to order. So we did. And we were happy. The flank steak came in a spicy-sweet maple syrup chipotle glaze that made me want to lick the dish. We settled for dragging the frites through the extra sauce. It was perfect.
It’s a very small establishment, but the staff is very friendly and the decor is quirky and fun.
Here’s what the early morning half Ironman swim looked like, in Vancouver B.C.’s Burrard Inlet. What a gorgeous setting. If you’re curious, you can see some more photos of the Foodshed doing the event (Mary doing it, photography by Melanie) over here.
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