Food, Fresh & Delivered

Imagine getting home from a long day at the office or after chauffeuring children to soccer and dance and finding all your meal prep done or meals ready to eat - the stuff of domestic fantasy right? Well, this is now a very real and appealing option for busy people. In recent years, these meal kit and meal delivery services have proliferated in the Greater Vancouver area. They are an ...

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Neighbourhood Guide: Commercial Drive

FEATURE: ILLUSTRATION BY MARIANA YATSUDA IKUTA   LOWDOWN Historically Vancouver’s Little Italy, Commercial Drive has shifted shape many times since the 50's, layering textures and adding character along the way. Today, the most popular street in the Grandview-Woodlands area, forms the proud backbone of East Van.  Italian delis like Grotta Del Formaggio (translation: cheese cave) and Bosa sell the best Buratta in town, while old-timey cafes like Joe’s Café Bar (lively, no ...

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Christmas Markets in Vancouver

As tempting as it might be to do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon, try to resist and check out one the many markets happening in Vancouver in November and December. They will awaken the Christmas spirit in even the biggest grinch and you'll feel good  supporting local artists and artisans. Your friends and family will appreciate finding unique, artisanal gifts under the tree -  trust! CircleCraft Fair Nov 7-11, Vancouver Convention ...

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Best Donuts in Vancouver

You name it, they’ve created it. Or so it seems. Donuts are no longer the cheap, go-to coffee treat scarfed down to mask the bitter taste of cheap coffee. Just as coffee has gone upscale, so have donuts. The days of choosing between a simple plain or glazed donut have now been replaced by choosing a salted caramel old fashioned or apple bacon fritter.  The downside?  You are also no ...

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Fatta in Casa – 5 Pasta Dishes to Warm your Heart

We are spoiled in Vancouver with some of the finest Italian fare this side of the Via Tevere. And pasta offerings, particularly, have been perfected. This is the best time of year to indulge in an innovative plate of home made pasta.  We've picked 5 of our favourites which proved difficult. Anything on any of these restaurant menus is worth a try but we wanted to provide you the perfect ...

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It’s the Pomme!

Despite the fact that pumpkins have hijacked the autumn flavour scene, apples still reign supreme in our mind as one of fall’s best bounties. The latest crops should have already appeared in grocery stores but there are still more to come! Here's a list of apple related fall fun for you: Apple Picking Head out to the Taves Family Farms in Abbotsford and pick you own basket of goodness!  U-Pick prices range from $.90/lb ...

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Give thanks this Thanksgiving Weekend

Why Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend is Different Than The U.S. Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday isn't synced with our southern neighbors'?  Well, its thanks to an earlier harvest that we Canadians stuff and truss the big bird a month sooner than our US counterparts.  Though Canadian Thanksgiving only became a public holiday in 1957, its origins and traditions are much older. In addition to celebrating the harvest like traditional European ...

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Uno Más por Favor – Taco & Tequila Tour of Vancouver

The perfect marriage - tacos and tequila - are the inspiration for exploring Vancouver by bike.  Hop on your pedal-powered steed and relish the best tacos Vancouver has to offer washed down by everyone's favorite agave product. Try your tequila neat or in a craft Margarita or Paloma.  In order to successfully complete the tour in a reasonable state of mind and belly, we are going to focus on 5 ...

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Pouring over the best Pourover Coffee in Vancouver

The pourover trend continues unabated begging the question, when does a trend stop being a trend and instead a welcome and permanent addition to  Vancouver's coffee culture?  Given the recent explosion of  pour over options in copious cafes, all indicators are, that time is now. As significant as the introduction of good espresso-based coffee has been to Vancouver, I believe Canadians, and North Americans in general, still pine for a 'longer' ...

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What makes good ramen? For the uninitiated, a bowl of noodles is a bowl of noodles. To the connoisseur, however, truly good ramen noodles are made with love, made daily (even hourly), with simple ingredients - wheat flour, salt, water, and ‘kansui’ (alkaline water).  They are then immersed in a rich and tasty broth, carefully prepared and simmered for at least a day, and topped with a soft-boiled egg, pork ...

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