This is a Real Thing

IMG_7895This past week I was in Vancouver visiting friends and enjoying all the beautiful scenery this gem of a city has to offer.

One sunny afternoon I was on Davie street and noticed a nice looking terrace and thought to myself:  I could go for a sit down and a refreshing beverage.  So I saddle up to a stool at a table overlooking the street and ordered a white wine spritzer.

While waiting for my drink to come I pursued the food menu.  I realized that this is not the  typical place I would normally go for a drink.  Or, really, any other reason, but they had  lovely outdoor seating and I was on holiday so why not go to a sports bar with a vaguely Mexican logo?

Checkmate is what the above food/beverage combo in the picture above is named.  It cost $60 and must be shared between 2 or more people.

I ask the waitress what exactly was in this unique creation, are you ready?: Place on top of a large bloody Caesar (for those non Canadians a bloody caesar is basically a bloody Mary made with Clamato juice), then a roast chicken (which I have to imagine is de-boned), a big hamburger, a slider, onions rings, a cheese dog, chicken wings, pulled pork, mac ‘n cheese, a brownie and a pickle on top (seems to me from the picture there are other things, maybe they improvise sometimes? Looks like a kebab and deep-fried nuggets of some sort.)

If you are in Vancouver and are feeling like a, um, feast this particular item is only available at Scores on Davie.

Don’t forget to ask for 2 straws.

And for you less adventurous souls, they do make a fine white wine spritzer, splurge and get the big one, because as you can see they do big really well 😉

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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