Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Wondering where to find Vancouver’s best dim sum, Cantonese-style restaurant or five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake? Your search may be over.

The winners of the 2015 Chinese Restaurant Awards have been announced. A total of 33,759 diners cast their ballots over the month-long voting period for hundreds of Metro Vancouver restaurants. The result is an incredible cheat sheet for foodies looking to explore the city’s Chinese cuisine scene – from classic restaurants to new up-and-comers.

Winners were selected in 21 different categories.  Five new categories this year looked at specific Chinese delicacies, including best har gow, or shrimp dumplings (Kirin Restaurants), best tea-smoked duck (Dinesty Dumpling House) and best five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake (Shanghai Morning Restaurant).  The remaining categories looked at types of Chinese restaurants, from best hot pot restaurant (Claypot Hotpot and BBQ) and best Hong Kong-style cafe (Deer Garden Signatures) to best dim sum (Kirin Restaurants) and best Cantonese restaurant (Bamboo Grove).   Continue reading:
Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Five Vancouver Easter Sunday brunch buffets for 2015

Photo Credit: Dockside Restaurant on Facebook

Photo Credit: Dockside Restaurant on Facebook

It happens but once a year: that day when kids are not only allowed but encouraged to eat pure chocolate for breakfast. There’s fun for adults too…the whole family, in fact, at the Easter brunch buffets that take place around town.

Here are five with extensive options that will please both kids and adults–whether the latter want to slurp oysters or secretly just want to eat multiple desserts for breakfast, too.

All of the following brunch buffets take place on Easter Sunday (April 5); be sure to make reservations, and come hungry. (You have been officially warned not to fill up on chocolate eggs!)

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Five Vancouver Easter Sunday brunch buffets for 2015

Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest, one of the #dinnerpartyYVR themed dinners

Ever want to eat dinner in the home of a complete stranger? Now’s your chance.

#dinnerpartyYVR is back for its third year, this Saturday, March 28.  More than 50 hobby chefs across Vancouver are inviting diners into their homes for a multi-course meal. The $40 price tag includes a home-cooked feast complete with wine or beer, and all proceeds go to charities.

The idea is to connect people who love to cook with people who love to eat, bringing Vancouver a little closer together in the process. The event doubled in size this year, with dozens of home chefs applying to host dinners. The meals are all intimate affairs, with seating for four to ten people.  Continue reading:
Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back

Mosquito: Gastown’s new dessert & bubbly lounge

Mosquito Dessert + Champagne Lounge

“Life is short. Eat dessert first,” declared Ernestine Ulmer, an American author from the late 1800s. Smart lady.

We’ve always been extremely partial to sugary treats, and when we learned that a dessert and bubbly bar had recently opened in Gastown, our interest was piqued immediately. And so were our tastebuds! Continue reading:
Mosquito: Gastown’s new dessert & bubbly lounge

Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

Westeros comes to Gastown on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 pm at Bambudda when acclaimed San Francisco bartender Matt Grippo brings a Game of Thrones themed cocktail menu pop-up  to the city. “Winter is Coming” at Bambudda will have a special cocktail menu created by Matt and the team from legendary San Francisco bar, the Blackbird. To pair with this, Bambudda’s chef Curtis Luk has designed an All Men Must Dine à la carte bar snack menu. Reservations for “Winter Is Coming” are strongly suggested and can be made either by crow or by telephone at 604-428-0301.  We spoke with Matt to find out more.

So, what inspired this Game of Thrones drinks menu?

I’m a huge fan, and a couple of the other guys at the bar are fans too. We’ve done one-off Game of Thrones drinks before in a menu of 12, then I had an idea to do a 100% Game of Thrones-inspired menu. It was a no-brainer to make it for winter and we launched this menu on December 1st at Blackbird in San Francisco. We thought it would be popular, but it’s really taken off, people seem to get a real kick out of it.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up