Date Idea: Trying the New Buffalo Milk Gelato at Bella Gelateria

PHOTO CREDIT: TARA LEE

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

I measure my happiness by the number of times I go for ice cream during a given year. I’m also a huge fan of the ice cream date, which is a fun alternate to going for coffee or a drink on an early date. It’s also a good litmus test for compatibility with me. If a guy doesn’t like ice cream, he’s most definitely not my type. Fortunately, my boyfriend (“S”) adores ice cream as well.

The other day I was in an ice cream sort of mood: carefree, cheery, and with a raging chocolate craving. Plus, I had heard that Bella Gelateria had recently released new buffalo milk gelato and I was dying to try it. S has learned not to deny me when I’m on a food mission, so he gamely said, “Sure, let’s go!”

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Date Idea: Trying the New Buffalo Milk Gelato at Bella Gelateria

Caliburger, the In-N-Out Burger Replica, is Coming to Vancouver

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Image courtesy of CaliBurger | Facebook.com

Canadians have been longing for an In-N-Out burger chain for ages, but chances of that happening are slim to none. Until now… sort of.

Caliburger, a “California-inspired” burger chain (where In-N-Out happens to have its roots), will be opening a storefront at 830 Thurlow Street (between Robson and Haro) in May 2016.

The burger chain was first opened in Shangai in 2012 and is seen as a replica of the incredibly popular California-based In-N-Out Burger.

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Caliburger, the In-N-Out Burger Replica, is Coming to Vancouver

Say ‘hello’ to three brand-new East Van craft breweries this Sunday

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Andina Brewing on Powell St. is one of three new breweries scheduled to open in East Vancouver this spring.

Thirteen East Vancouver breweries, including three that yet to officially open, are collaborating for the city’s first Hop Circuit.

Scheduled for Sunday, April 24, the self-guided tour includes behind-the-scenes peeks, beer samples, and food trucks along the Hop Circuit route.

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Say ‘hello’ to three brand-new East Van craft breweries this Sunday

The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

wcex-blog-headerThe Vancouver World Chef Exchange is a collaborative project held during Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  It is designed to spread Vancouver’s culinary story across the globe, bring leading food cities closer together and, of course, dish up a never-before-seen dinner for culinary enthusiasts. The premise is simple: international and local chefs team up to craft a series of powerhouse feasts, fusing global flavours and regional ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

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The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

Vancouver Date Idea: Celebrate the 10th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Sourced from Chef's Table Society of BC

Sourced from Chef’s Table Society of BC

When spring comes around, my thoughts turn to spot prawns (and love, of course). The sustainable and local product has a sweet, delicate flavour that is unbeatable. This year, the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia celebrates the ten year anniversary of the highly popular Spot Prawn Festival with three unique events for feasting on this glorious seafood.

Since my boyfriend’s version of cooking is pouring sauce from a jar onto pasta, cooking spot prawns are a wee bit daunting for him. Lately, he’s been wanting us to take a cooking class together, but I just haven’t found the right one for us. An event in the spot prawn fest line-up might just be the thing.

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Eat Dinner Inside the Homes of Vancouver Foodies: DinnerPartyYVR returns, April 9

Part of A Culinary Visit to Persia | Image sourced from DinnerPartyYVR.com

Part of A Culinary Visit to Persia | Image sourced from DinnerPartyYVR.com

Vancouver is a foodie city. But locals know that some of the best meals are served around dinner tables at home, not in restaurants.

Now, diners have a chance to sample those down-home creations as part of DinnerPartyYVR: a unique event that sees “hobby chefs” open up their home to strangers, all for a good cause.

The event returns for its fourth year, this Saturday, April 9. According to the CBC, more than 500 hobby chefs across Vancouver will be hosting thousands of happy eaters inside their own homes.  The minimum $50 donation includes a home-cooked feast and a glass of beer or wine, and proceeds go to charities. The meals are intimate affairs, generally with seating for four to ten people.  Continue reading:
Eat Dinner Inside the Homes of Vancouver Foodies: DinnerPartyYVR returns, April 9

Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

Wine for Waves

The comfy stage of any relationship is the best. You know, the point where you can wear your grungiest clothing, have stringy hair, and your dorkiest glasses and you don’t care? My boyfriend and I are at this point now, and I love it.

Except sometimes I miss the beginning when we always dressed to impress each other and every outing together was memorable (home dates in sweatpants tend to be interchangeable). When we make the effort to plan something special, we transform into the shinier new couple we used to be.

Fortunately, two upcoming events that celebrate the best of local drink and food promise to be evenings of fun for you and your sweetie. And, if you’re single, you’ll have the chance to mingle with people who just might turn into future dates.

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Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

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