For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

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Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

It’s Vancouver’s dirty little secret: Wine in restaurants can be just a wee bit on the pricy side.

But oenophiles in Vancouver have their own secret weapon: BYOB.  For the last two years, wine drinkers have been able to bring their own bottles to select area restaurants and pay a special “corkage” fee for the right to drink it on premises.

Before you head to your next dinner reservation with your favourite vintage, however, keep in mind that these corkage fees also tend to be rather high, generally in the $20-$30 range.  In other words, in many cases it costs as much to bring your own bottle as to buy one off the restaurant’s wine list.

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For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

#dinnerpartyYVR Is Back With 30 New Meals in Support of Charity

Photo: www.dinnerpartyyvr.com

Photo: www.dinnerpartyyvr.com

Vancouver’s simultaneous dinner party, #dinnerpartyYVR, is back with thirty new home cooked meals. On April 5th, thirty Vancouverites will open their homes and cook a meal for guests to support their favourite charity. For $40, diners can pick a dinner party to attend, with 100% of their ticket fee gifted back to charity. Twenty-six different local and Canadian charities will benefit from hosts opening their homes to guests. The previous #dinnerpartyYVR raised over $4500 for twenty-four charities.

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#dinnerpartyYVR Is Back With 30 New Meals in Support of Charity

Big List of Downtown Vancouver Craft Breweries and Brew Pubs

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Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Ready for the ultimate microbrew crawl? Here’s a comprehensive list of the craft breweries and brew pubs currently operating in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll start in the heart of downtown near Waterfront Station, head out to East Vancouver, swoop up to Mount Pleasant and conclude along False Creek.

Brew pubs on the list all have extensive food menus, while the smaller breweries often partner with local food trucks and generally also offer growlers (refillable glass containers) of beer to go.

Steamworks Brew PubLocated adjacent to downtown’s Waterfront Station, this expansive pub and restaurant uses heat from the city’s underground steam lines in the beer making process and boasts an encyclopedic selection of home brews.  375 Water St.

Patricia Hotel Brew PubBetter known as Pat’s Pub, this 100-year-old establishment makes its own tasty lager and also offers great jazz and live music near Hastings and Main Streets.  403 E. Hastings St.

Storm Brewing: One of a cluster of small breweries in the gritty East Vancouver industrial district at the end of Commercial Drive, Storm has been making beer since 1995 and offers a full lineup featuring a stout, IPA, Scottish ale, pilsner and even a sour red ale.  310 Commercial Dr.

Powell Street BrewingThis very popular “nano-brewery” in the same neighbourhood was started by a husband-and-wife team in 2012 and offers tastings and growler refills of its three signature brews: Dive Bomb Porter, Old Jalopy Pale Ale and Hopdemonium IPA.  1830 Powell St.

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Big List of Downtown Vancouver Craft Breweries and Brew Pubs

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results

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Photo credit: hermitsmoores | Flickr

The people have spoken.  Results to the sixth annual Diners’ Choice Awards – which go to the best Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver – are in.

An incredible 19,612 votes were cast during the month-long voting period.  Voters were tasked with choosing the best restaurants in 20 separate categories, ranging from Best Cantonese Restaurant to Best Food Court Stall and Best Dim Sum.  Over the years, the awards have grown to become the definitive guide to Chinese food in the city, helping diners identify hidden gems and familiar favourites among the thousands of Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver.

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

As in past years, the city of Richmond has come out on top, boasting an overwhelming majority of the winners.  In fact, many are located side by side along so-called Food Street in the heart of the city, where hundreds of Chinese restaurants are packed into the space of just a few blocks of Alexandra Road.

This year, several new award categories focused in on specific Chinese dishes, including Best Sichuan Boiled Beef, Best Honey Garlic Spareribs, Best Egg Tart, Best Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Best Wonton Noodles.  The Diners’ Choice Awards are followed on April 23 by the Critics’ Choice Awards, where the pros weigh in on the best Chinese dishes in the city.

The complete list of the Diners’ Choice Awards winners appears below:

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Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results

Dining Out for Life in Vancouver 2014

Dining Out for Life Vancouver 2014

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On Tuesday, March 25th, the 20th annual Dining Out for Life event will be taking place at over 100 participating Vancouver restaurants in support of people living with HIV/AIDS. Whether you buy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, 25% of the total food sales will be donated to either Friends for Life or A Loving Spoonful.

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Dining Out for Life in Vancouver 2014