Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Photo:  cellphotography | Flickr

Photo: cellphotography | Flickr

Everybody loves a fancy breakfast—hollandaise sauce, maple syrup, diced fruit, freshly-squeezed orange juice, espresso— all the fixings. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. That said, there’s also a place in most of our hearts for the classic, greasy spoon breakfast.  You know the kind I mean: two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries, and weak coffee that you drink by the litre. Does this kind of breakfast pack the same taste or nutritional punch as its more elaborate counterparts? Of course not. But that doesn’t diminish our love for it. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of this classic meal: the no frills, no nonsense, hot-off –the-stove breakfast you find at diners all across North America.

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Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

2012_StreetFoodCity1As the weather turns colder in Vancouver, the days get shorter and snow blankets the North Shore Mountains, thoughts naturally turn to … the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Each winter, 100,000 foodies descend on the city’s restaurants as part of Canada’s largest annual dining celebration. Bargain-priced prix-fix menus, plus a bevy of special food-themed events turn Vancouver into Canada’s culinary capital for more than two weeks each year.

The 2015 festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, is still more than a month away.  But tickets for special events, which tend to sell out fast, go on sale Dec. 1. To whet your appetite, here’s a quick preview of the culinary thrills planned for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

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2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

Discovering Vancouver’s Board Game Bars

Photo credit: thebarrowboy

Photo credit: thebarrowboy

There’s no shortage of great watering holes in Vancouver. From nightclubs, to pubs, to sports bars, in this city, there are plenty of options for the thirsty. But what if, alongside a hankering for a cold beer or cocktail, you’ve also got a craving for Clue, an appetite for Apples to Apples, a yearning for Yahtzee?

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Discovering Vancouver’s Board Game Bars

Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

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Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Hobbit Beer Comes to Vancouver

ccbd_preciouspils_650_v2.jpg__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscaleIf you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings – with all of its Hobbits, dwarves, trolls, wizards and dragons – then this is the beer for you.

Metro Vancouver’s own Central City Brewers is unveiling a special series of Hobbit-themed beer to correspond with the Dec. 17 release of the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Surrey-based brewery won exclusive Canadian rights to market the special line of beer. Three varieties will be produced: Gollum Precious Pils, Smaug Stout and Bolg Belgian Tripel.  (For those not steeped in Tolkien lore, Gollum is a “small, slimy creature” who lives in a cave and covets the precious ring, Smaug is a dragon that sits on a mountain of gold and Bolg is a seriously ugly-looking leader of the Orcs, humanoid goblins.)

Based on their descriptions, the beers should be sure to please the famously hard-drinking Hobbits and dwarves, as well as discerning Vancouver tipplers:

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Hobbit Beer Comes to Vancouver