Highly Anticipated Coquille Fine Seafood Now Open in Vancouver’s Gastown

Coquille Fine Seafood Now Open in Vancouver's Gastown

Coquille Fine Seafood Now Open in Vancouver’s Gastown

The highly anticipated Coquille Fine Seafood (prounced kaw-kee-yuh), the latest venture of esteemed local chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen and partner Nin Rai, has opened in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood, just up the street from award-winning sister restaurant L’Abattoir.

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Highly Anticipated Coquille Fine Seafood Now Open in Vancouver’s Gastown

Last chance tickets (and hotel deals!) for 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 tasting room and available events

Spain and Portugal are the featured countries at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival.

The International Tasting Festival is the heart of the Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb. 24-March 4).

Held in a cavernous ballroom at the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place), the tasting brings together all of the festival’s participating wineries gather to pour their select wines over three evenings and one afternoon. It’s a chance to discover new wines, or return to your favourites. And it’s a great social occasion; Sunday sippers and veteran tipplers, and everyone in between, can not only share tasting notes and finds with fellow enthusiasts but chat up winery reps, grape growers and more industry experts.

While many VIWF events, including the March 3 Saturday night Tasting Festival, are sold-out, tickets are still available for three other Tastings (Thursday evening March 1, Friday evening March 2, and Saturday afternoon March 3). Book a room before Feb. 15 through StayVancouverHotels.com at a participating downtown hotel and get a free Tasting Room ticket (promo code: VIWF).

Still hesitating? Here’s what you need to know about the Tasting Festival, along with some intel on the last remaining events with available tickets.

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Last chance tickets (and hotel deals!) for 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Cocktails are Served with a Side of Nostalgia at these Vancouver Lounges

The exquisite House of Faberge at H Tasting Lounge.

Vancouver may be a young city, but a select few of its countless bars are rife with historical inspiration. Pull up a seat at one of the lounges below, and prepare to be submerged in the storied pasts of bygone movie stars, royalty and even an aviation pioneer – and yes, we have cocktail suggestions, too!

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Cocktails are Served with a Side of Nostalgia at these Vancouver Lounges

Voting for the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards is now Open

Photo Credit: Leila Photography

February 16th marks the start of the Year of the Dog, with those born in dog years supposedly characterized by loyalty and honesty. Chinese New Year is a time of joy, celebration, and, of course, good eating.

Fortuitously coinciding with this festive period are the 10th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. Public voting for the Diners’ Choice Awards has just begun and will run until March 4, 2018.

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Voting for the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards is now Open

Where to Dine for Valentine’s Day 2018 in Vancouver

Sourced from Provence

With Dine Out Vancouver wrapping up this weekend (until February 4, 2018), the next big eating occasion out for Vancouverites will be Valentine’s Day. For those wanting to celebrate their love over a lovely multi-course meal, the city offers many restaurants eager to woo you with their culinary prowess.

Here are six establishments that have put together unique and sumptuous menus for paying tribute to the day of hearts.

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Where to Dine for Valentine’s Day 2018 in Vancouver

Science of Cocktails 2018 takes Happy Hour to a whole new level

Science of Cocktails 2018

Image courtesy of Science World British Columbia

If you’re bored by beer and tired of tequila, you’ll be very interested to hear about the much-anticipated event, Science of Cocktails, hosted at the Telus World of Science on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Science of Cocktails is Science World’s signature fundraising event, where the city’s most talented bartenders and chefs come together to showcase the chemistry, biology and physics behind preparing stylish cocktails and cuisine. It’s an event like no other, with one-of-a-kind drinks and food that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Plus, proceeds from tickets go towards a great cause.

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Science of Cocktails 2018 takes Happy Hour to a whole new level

Dine Out Vancouver at The Newly Launched Victor at Parq Vancouver

The Victor Porterhouse; Photo Credit: Bill Milne

Dine Out Vancouver (DOV), my favourite eating festival of the year, launches tomorrow, running until February 4, 2018.

This year, over 300 restaurants are taking part, offering sumptuous prix-fixe menus (ranging from $20 to $40). There are also a ton of different food and drink-themed events to get excited about, like the Hidden Gem Dim Sum Tour, Olympic Village Food Tour, and Spirited Masterclass – Bitters 101. The sooner you book though, the better, since many events and restaurants are getting close to capacity.

I got the chance recently to preview the DOV menu at the newly launched Victor in Parq Vancouver. It’s well worth making a reservation for before DOV comes to a close.

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Dine Out Vancouver at The Newly Launched Victor at Parq Vancouver