Thirsty? Sample Spirits from 27 Local Distilleries at the BC Distilled Fest, March 26

Photo sourced from bcdistilled.ca

Photo sourced from bcdistilled.ca

By now, the secret’s out about Vancouver’s burgeoning craft brewery scene. And B.C. wines have long been a favourite among discerning oenophiles. But did you know that Vancouver is also at the epicentre of Canada’s micro-distillery renaissance?

The number of craft distilleries in B.C. has doubled just in the past two years, from 18 to 34. Local distilleries are now turning out everything from gin and vodka to amaretto and whisky. And spirit lovers can sip and sample nearly all of their creations at the B.C. Distilled Festival, March 25-March 26 in Vancouver.  Continue reading:
Thirsty? Sample Spirits from 27 Local Distilleries at the BC Distilled Fest, March 26

East Van Brewery & Blossom Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Photo: Andy Soloman

By Jessica Linnay

With the days of endless rain dwindling, we can finally put the Hunter boots aside and get out to enjoy one of the most scenic and exciting seasons in the city. What helps make springtime so delicious in Vancouver is feasting eyes on the beautiful blossoms of cherry trees scattered throughout the city, and being able to visit favourite venues offering up local delicacies without dripping or shivering along the way.

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East Van Brewery & Blossom Self-Guided Walking Tour

Get a Free Stack of Pancakes on March 8 at any IHOP Location

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This year, you can celebrate National Pancake Day as you were always meant to, by eating a nice stack of pancakes… for free. On Tuesday, March 8, every customer will get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at every IHOP location to celebrate what should be a national holiday.

That’s right, March 8 is National Pancake Day, and IHOP is celebrating by giving away free pancakes.

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Get a Free Stack of Pancakes on March 8 at any IHOP Location

5 New Vancouver Restaurants for Impressing Your Foodie Date

The thom kha with fried curry rice from Thai Confusion (Photo credit: Tara Lee)

The Thom Kha with fried curry rice from Thai Confusion (Photo credit: Tara Lee)

When I was going on what seemed like an endless series of dinner dates, the choice of restaurant started to really matter. Especially given that I’m obsessed with food, a good meal was solace for so-so conversation and chemistry. And I have to admit, if a date wanted to go somewhere with mediocre food or made a pick that showed little imagination or forethought, I couldn’t help but judge (just a little).

I went on a few dates with one guy who impressed me by doing his best to think of restaurants that were new, or at least new to one of us. Each outing became an enjoyable trying out of flavours and dishes. And when it was time for me to select an establishment, I tried to resist the urge to go to my same old tried-and-true places. Frankly, dating just got boring, otherwise.

Fortunately, Vancouver has tons of restaurants opening all the time that can enliven your dating life. Here are five new spots that are worth checking out with your long-time sweetie or your next romantic prospect.

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5 New Vancouver Restaurants for Impressing Your Foodie Date

Thirsty? Try 1450 of the world’s top wines this week at the Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Wine lovers in Vancouver have good reason to raise a glass this week.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in North America, returns to the city Feb. 20-March 1.  The eight-day blowout is much, much more than a simple wine tasting. More than 50 wine-fueled events are scheduled at venues across the city, from wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches at top hotels and restaurants to special wine seminars and a series of giant tasting for 25,000 oenophiles.

This year, more than 150 wineries from 14 countries will be pouring up their finest reserves. The theme country for the 2016 festival is Italy, meaning fans of Italian wines are in for a special treat. A total of 60 Italian wineries representing nine different regions – from Tuscany to Piedmont – are on hand.  There will also be a range of brand new wineries at the festival, including some viticultural pioneers from Kamloops and New Mexico.  Continue reading:
Thirsty? Try 1450 of the world’s top wines this week at the Vancouver International Wine Fest

For the Love of the Craft: Valentines Day Brewery Tour

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If you have a love affair with beer, it’s time to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a tour hosted by Vancouver Brewery Tours. The tour connects couples (or beer-loving singles) to the heart of the city’s booming craft-beer community for an exclusive “For the Love of the Craft” Valentine’s-themed tour on Sunday, February 14 from noon until 3:30pm.

If you and your loved one aren’t fans of chocolate and red wine, this is the perfect answer that will make you both… hoppy!

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For the Love of the Craft: Valentines Day Brewery Tour

34,100 people voted on Metro Vancouver’s best Chinese food: Here are the results

Photography by Sherman's Food Adventures

Photography by Sherman’s Food Adventures

Metro Vancouver is known for having some of the most authentic Chinese food this side of Beijing. But with literally hundreds of restaurants serving countless variation on regional cuisine, how do you know where to start?

Well, this list is a good place. The results of the 2016 Chinese Restaurant Diners’ Choice Awards are in. More than 34,100 people cast their votes as part of the annual awards competition. They voted on 21 different restaurant categories, everything from best Cantonese restaurant and best food court stall to best barbecue shop and bakery.

In addition, this year a special “Iconic Dishes” division was added to the awards. Diners were tasked with identifying the top spots to order five regional dishes considered iconic to particular parts of China: braised pork rice from Taiwan, roast duck from Hong Kong, drunken chicken from Shanghai, mango sago from South China and water-boiled fish from Sichuan.

In one popular category – best barbecue shop – the results were pretty much a forgone conclusion. Richmond’s H.K. BBQ Master again took home top honours, as it has done every year in recent memory.

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34,100 people voted on Metro Vancouver’s best Chinese food: Here are the results