Last week, I attended a “Yelp Gets Into The Swing Of Things” party at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association. The event included tasty eats from local restaurants as well as swing dance lessons. I’m not a swinger ;-), but I attended because Yelp Elite parties always means tasty free treats!
First up on our agenda was a visit to Crave Cupcakes. For someone who rarely eats sweets, I have bought my fair share of Crave cupcakes. As usual, the cupcakes were fresh and moist, the icing sweet and creamy. The Crave girl manning the station was just as nice as the dessert, turning a blind eye to our multiple trips to her tower of cupcakes.
Next up was Caffe Francesco, serving up housemade watermelon gazpacho and assorted cheeses. This was my first time trying watermelon gazpacho, and I really enjoyed it. The soup was served chilled, mildly sweet with a slight heat to it. It turns out Caffe Francesco is located near my home, so I’ll have to check out their store to see what else they have to offer.
Midtown Kitchen served pork belly with a sweet tomato based sauce as well as a flourless brownie. The crispy pork belly was wicked – completely crispy all around, making for a crackling and flavour rich bite. I love the flourless brownie – cool, creamy and rich. The chocolate tasted more like milk than dark chocolate, which I prefer. After sampling Midtown’s fare, I vowed to stop by for dinner.
Big Rock Brewery made an appearance. I sampled: Scottish Heavy Ale; IPA; and SAAZ Republic Pilz. The Scottish Ale was my favourite – it was stronger tasting beer than my usual preference, but the subtle sweetness made it very enjoyable.
I missed out on coffee from Postino Cafe; Manhattans from Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whisky; and wine and snacks sponsored by WaterSeal Technology. I overindulged at the other stations, but from what I heard from my friends, everything was tasty.
Pork with Tomato Sauce
Just when the swing dance instructors were about to begin, my friends and I had to leave for the evening. Unfortunately, some of us had to wake up early for work. Add in the fact I have two left feet, I decline to swing around. A big thanks to Wendy, the manager at Yelp, and all the local businesses that participated at Yelp Gets Into the Swing of Things.