Meet Vancouver’s latest craft brewery

Off the Rail on a Thursday afternoon in February in Vancouver

Off the Rail on a Thursday afternoon in February in Vancouver. Shawn Conner photo.

Off the Rail Brewing Company is now open for business.

Located on a major bike thoroughfare in East Vancouver, the new brewery has been the subject of plenty of speculation and curiosity over the last several months, especially during the summer, as thousands of commuting cyclists passed by daily as the brewery was under construction.

So what will all those thirsty bike-riders, along with everyone else following Vancouver’s seemingly insatiable craft beer scene, find?

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Meet Vancouver’s latest craft brewery

Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

Vancouver's Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

Che Huadong at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver; Image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

The award-winning luxury hotel, Shangri-La, Vancouver, is adding something quite special to their renowned afternoon tea, to celebrate Chinese New Year: Kung Fu tea. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel to Showcase the Art of Kung Fu Tea

1800 wines, 43 events, 10 days: All about the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival

Drinkers, raise your glasses. The 2015 Vancouver International Wine Fest rolls into town Feb. 20-March 1. Some 25,000 wine lovers are expected to attend the 10-day festival, which features 43 separate happenings at venues around the city.

Wine-themed events range from special seminars to wine-paired lunches and dinners (and even brunches) and, of course, plenty of tastings. In total, 170 wineries from 14 countries will be in attendance, pouring more than 1,800 separate wines.

The heart of the festival is the giant International Festival Tasting Room event held over three nights (and one afternoon) inside the Vancouver Convention Centre, Thursday, Feb. 26, to Saturday, Feb. 28 (tickets starting at $68). Continue reading:
1800 wines, 43 events, 10 days: All about the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Fest

Curry cup fires up the competition for second year

Panang curry | Photo credit Longtail Kitchen on Facebook

Panang curry | Photo credit Longtail Kitchen on Facebook

Mmmm, curry. It’s hot, (often) spicy, and guaranteed to warm you right down to your toes on a rainy day. And despite what that generic jar of curry powder would have you believe, it’s a very diverse dish with endless cultural interpretations.

On March 3, eight top Vancouver chefs will face off to make the ultimate curry–and you can try them all. The second annual Curry Cup takes place at Heritage Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., hosted by the always effervescent Fred Lee.

Expect one spicy evening.

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Curry cup fires up the competition for second year

New Prohibition bar opens at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

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Head mixologist Robyn Gray hard at work at Prohibition’s Feb. 10 preview. Robyn Hanson photo.

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is already known to foodies for Hawksworth Restaurant, and to tipplers for its 1927 Lobby Lounge. With its Feb. 12 launch date, the downtown Vancouver hotel is on its way to becoming known for another destination – Prohibition.

With its name, elegant decor and subterranean location, the new locale is meant to evoke an era of early-twentieth-century decadence. The 3,000-square-foot space also promises to deliver a shot in the arm to the city’s cocktail scene with lively creations both new and vintage.

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New Prohibition bar opens at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver