Cook Like a Vancouver Chef: Felix Zhou’s Summery BBQ Salmon

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It’s summer in Vancouver, which means you’re likely catching some rays at the beach, cycling the seawall, carting the kids to the pool, taking short getaways on the weekend or enjoying a drink on a sun-drenched patio.

Summers in Vancouver also mean backyard (or condo patio) barbecues with friends and family. At your next barbecue, lose the store-bought hot dogs and frozen burgers and go for something a little more sophisticated.

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Cook Like a Vancouver Chef: Felix Zhou’s Summery BBQ Salmon

Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

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The following article was submitted by Tourism Vancouver staffer, Sonu Purhar.

Fancy infusions, liquid nitrogen and inventive ice… these days, it’s par for the course to find your coupe filled with a (damn delicious) work of art – but let’s not forget from whence they came. Yes, I’m talking about The Classic Cocktail.

As with any historical certainty, no one is certain when and where the cocktail originated. What we can agree on is that these stimulating brews traditionally consisted of spirits, sugar and bitters. By the mid-1800s, liqueur had joined as the fourth horseman. And shortly thereafter, the first genuine “cocktails” were born, including our friends the Sazerac, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. If it weren’t for these forerunners, you’d be sipping on bitter bathtub gin.

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Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

Where to Go in Vancouver for Awesome Brunch

The paella at Cafe Medina; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

The paella at Cafe Medina; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

For our first date, my boyfriend and I went for brunch at Burgoo (3096 Main Street), near where he lives. The place specializes in comfort food, as exemplified by their decadent cinnamon bun French toast, with roasted apple, maple syrup, and Devonshire cream (mmmm). Since then, one of our favourite things to do is go for brunch together in the city.

Brunch is a meal that’s easy to love. We chat and eat over a leisurely meal, brunch dishes often are an indulgent hybrid of sweet-and-savoury, mimosas make things celebratory, and we get to try out a restaurant without breaking the bank. When traveling out of town, brunch especially becomes a more accessible way to dine in a city’s top restaurants.

Here are five spots that offer an elevated brunch in Vancouver:

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Where to Go in Vancouver for Awesome Brunch

Fair at the PNE: Come Hungry and Adventurous for This Year’s Eats

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Mini Donut Popsicles

If you’ve been to the Fair at the PNE before you’ve come to expect the familiar scent of mini donuts and hot dogs in the air. It’s time to loosen your waistbands in anticipation of the 2016 Fair and the all-new food options for the adventurous eater.

“We’re proud to present these new food and beverage offerings for the 2016 Fair at the PNE,” says Pete Male, Vice President of Sales at Pacific National Exhibition. “Our team has searched across the continent for the most insane and outrageous snacks we can find because food is an important part of the Fair experience. We think attendees are going to love what they see when they come to The Fair at the PNE.”

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A giant taco pinata, a taco-eating contest and 20 bands this Saturday at the 2016 Taco Fest!

La Chinga is one of 20 local bands playing the 2016 Taco Fest this Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

La Chinga is one of 20 local bands playing the 2016 Taco Fest this Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

Twenty local bands are part of the action this Saturday (July 16) as the second annual Taco Fest takes over Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial Street).

As you might have guessed from the name, there is also food – multiple taco and and other sorts of food vendors will be selling their wares. Special events at the 10-hour festival, which starts at noon, include the Ring of Fire Taco-Eating Contest (scheduled for 6 p.m) and the Gigantic Taco Pinata (which you’ll be able to take a thwack at beginning at 8:25, according to this interview with organizer Johnny Matter), filled with swag and prizes.

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A giant taco pinata, a taco-eating contest and 20 bands this Saturday at the 2016 Taco Fest!

Chef David Hawksworth’s Nightingale Opens In Vancouver

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Nightingale –acclaimed Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth’s long awaited restaurant has finally opened its doors. And from what I could tell on a jam-packed Monday evening? Doing just fine, thank you. Continue reading:
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Cook Like a Vancouver Chef: Dan Olson’s Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket

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Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket

With the Canada Day long weekend in full swing, gatherings, meals and barbecues with family and friends are a go-to activity for many of us. Vancouver Chef, Dan Olson (Railtown Café and Catering), shares his recipe for Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket that is sure to impress the most discerning of guests. This recipe makes enough to feed up to 16 people, so start compiling your guest list, grab your groceries and fire up the BBQ!

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