Valentine's Day Date Ideas Vancouver

Do you have a date for Valentine’s? We do – February 14th!

That annual holiday dedicated to love (and friendship) is around the corner and the hype machine is on full throttle. There is perhaps no other day that divides the population so clearly into two groups – the romantics and cynics among us. In response, we’ve come up with some ideas that will reboot your v-day game and perhaps even appeal to the eyeball-rolling cynics out there. VDAY CLICHÉ: DINNER RESERVATIONS Do you really ...

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Chinese New Year Lucky Foods

Feasting for Prosperity – Lucky Chinese New Year’s Eats

For 16 days of the Lunar Festival leading up to February 4th, New Year’s Eve, the Chinese will be gobbling up certain foods symbolic of good fortune. The feasting culminates on New Year’s Eve, of course, when a full spread typically includes all of the special foods believed to bring good luck. Most commonly these include fish, dumplings, spring rolls and “niangao” – a traditional Chinese New Year’s cake made ...

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Dine Out Vancouver – 2019 Edition

It’s that time of year when Vancouver restaurants lure overfed, post-holiday crowds to their restaurants through the promise of affordable prix-fixe menus highlighting their fare. Starting out as a quiet attempt to boost restaurant revenues during a notoriously quiet time of year, the Dine Out Festival has become an unequivocal success – a much-anticipated annual dining event.  Running January 18th to February 3rd this year, hundreds of lower mainland restaurants ...

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Christmas Food Gift Guide

Food, Glorious Food… Christmas Food Gift Guide

Christmas is a time to set aside diets and reconsider them again come January. Food, special food, is everywhere this time of year and we think it is fabulous. We also think it is one of the most appreciated and practical gifts you can give. Rather than giving something that may or may not end up in a landfill, why not give something that will titillate the taste buds instead?  ...

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Vancouver Grocery Deliver Services

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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Commercial Drive Vancouver Illustrated Map

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 '50s, 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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Vancouver Christmas Market

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

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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Best Pasta in Vancouver BC

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 homemade 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 pasta ...

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Apple Picking Vancouver

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 your own basket of goodness!  U-Pick prices range from $.90/lb ...

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