Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

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Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month

Il Mercato Italian Night Market Vancouver

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Così eccitante! Vancouver is getting its first Farmer and Italian Night Market held every 3rd Friday of the month until November 21st!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping at an Italian Market, you know there isn’t a better way to shop. Fresh produce, eccentric personalities, wine, and di più… (blame Google Translate if the Italian is wrong!)

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Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month

Kitchen party shakes up Chef Meets BC Grape wine tastings

The wine will be flowing at the ChefMeetsBCGrape signature tasting. Sarah England photo.

The wine will be flowing at the ChefMeetsBCGrape signature tasting. Sarah England photo.

The grape harvest has started in British Columbia’s Okanagan region, and that means it’s time to get in the sip-and-swirl spirit. You don’t have to visit the vineyards themselves: just grab a tasting glass at ChefMeetsBCGrape in Vancouver and dive in.

The annual fundraiser for the Arts Club Theatre Company happens from September 17 to 23 this year. As you might have guessed by the name ChefMeetsBCGrape, food and wine from British Columbia are intimately intertwined.

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Kitchen party shakes up Chef Meets BC Grape wine tastings

Made-in-Vancouver chocolate bar comes out on top!

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It’s official: Mink Chocolates‘ Mermaid’s Choice chocolate bar is the best in the world, or pretty darn close. In a story that first ran on Global News Sept. 4, it was revealed that the bar made by the Vancouver-based company tied (along with New South Wales’s Zokoko – Tranquilidad Bolivia 72%) for the title of Top Chocolate Bar at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon.

The Vancouver-made bar beat out entries from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world at the Salon, held in San Francisco. Said one judge, “Loved, loved, LOVED the Mink Mermaid’s Choice bar. They pulled together some tricky ingredients and got it just right. Wonderful mouthfeel, oozing caramel, not too much salt, rosemary accent – wow!”

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Made-in-Vancouver chocolate bar comes out on top!

Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Naked sushi has come to Vancouver.

The Japanese practice of nyotaimori – serving sushi on a naked body – is said to have its origins in the samurai period in Japan.  Of late, it’s spread to North America, with restaurants and caterers from Toronto to Las Vegas offering diners the chance to pluck their maki and sashimi off of models.

And now even Vancouver is getting in on the act, according to a story by Mia Stainsby in the Vancouver Sun.  A unique catering company is offering the service to clients in the city interested in experiencing the practice.  Of course, it’s not without controversy. Since the Vancouver Sun article was published, the blogosphere has come alive with posts and comments criticizing nyotaimori as degrading to the models and possibly even in violation of health standards.

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Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver