22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Two words: pace yourself.

With 22 distilleries pouring samples of gin, vodka, and other spirits, this is one event you’ll want to arrive and depart by transit.

B.C. Distilled, which returns this year on April 18, is a great opportunity to have a wee taste of what’s in those big bottles before making a commitment. It brings together 22 of the province’s leading makers of locally crafted spirits, along with a handful of artisanal beverage and food purveyors.

Here’s what will be pouring.

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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try the Super-Hot Savoury Cocktail Trend

Photo Credit: Popsugar

Photo Credit: Popsugar

The savoury cocktail trend as inspired by New York and London bartenders, including drinks-slinging legend Tony Conigliaro at The Grain Store, who championed drinks such as the Pumpkin Bellini, is still going strong with vegetal and herbacious drinks appearing on fashionable cocktail bar menus across the globe. But West coast drinkers don’t need to jump on a plane to try this drinks trend, because clued-up Vancouver bartenders are pushing savoury flavours and drinks which are full to the brim with veggies and herbs.

You can check this trend out in bars across the city, here are seven great cocktails to get you started.. and if you’re wondering whether any of these drinks count as one of your daily servings of veggies, um, we’re gonna say yes, so cheers to healthy drinking!  Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try the Super-Hot Savoury Cocktail Trend

Top chefs play kitchen switcheroo with pop-up dinners

Chef Scott Jaeger

Chef Scott Jaeger

B.C.’s top chefs are increasingly invading one another’s kitchens—by invitation, that is.

This month, Vancouver sees a fine-dining chef working in a diner, and a Tofino chef who cooks on the edge of the rainforest standing behind the stove of a swank Gastown restaurant. In the following months, there are more kitchen switcharoos to come.

It’s all in the name of pop-up fun—and charity, as well.

So who’s cooking where?

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Top chefs play kitchen switcheroo with pop-up dinners

Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Have a craving for some Southern fried chicken in Vancouver? You’re in luck … at least for a couple of days this March.

Chicken Shack – a pop-up restaurant serving fried chicken and Southern-themed sides – will open its doors on East Vancouver’s Hastings Street for four days only, this March 5-March 8. The pop-up is the creation of the culinary team behind two East Van foodie fixtures: Big Lou’s Butcher Shop (known for its artisan meats) and the now closed but not forgotten Two Chefs and a Table.

This is actually the second pop-up appearance of the Chicken Shack, which had its first go-round back in 2013 (and was sold-out and swamped with finger-lickin’ patrons each night). The menu this time will feature two distinct varieties of fried chicken.

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Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to Vancouver

$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

THE DALMORE CONSTELLATION COLLECTION - The Dalmore ConstellationAmong Vancouver residents, seeing high prices at B.C. Liquor Stores is nothing new.  Still, this price tag is bound to raise some eyebrows.

As of this week, shoppers can find a set of four vintage whiskies on sale for $139,000 inside the Signature Liquor Store on Cambie Street and 39th Avenue in Vancouver.

Dating from the 1960s, the single-malt whiskies are from Scotland’s Dalmore distillery, a favourite among connoisseurs as well as investors in rare whiskies.  The four-bottle set includes a 1964 vintage, one of only 67 bottles ever created, as well as a 1966 vintage and two 1969 vintages.

Each whisky comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter with a solid silver stag emblem, the distillery’s logo.

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$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver