Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

It’s said that in polite conversation, you never talk about two things: politics and religion.  To those taboos, I might add a third: pizza.

Few topics stir up as much passion and animosity as the great debate over where to find the best pizza in Vancouver.  Everyone has an opinion and it’s rare to find two pizza fanatics who see eye to eye on the matter (Inside Vancouver’s Tom Taylor recently offered up a newcomer’s take here.)

But I’m hoping to get to the bottom of the great pizza debate right here.  Do you have a favourite pizza restaurant in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.  

And, yes, I do realize that this is actually a ridiculously difficult – maybe even unanswerable – question.

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Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Local Chocolatiers win big at Canadian National Chocolate Competition + Giveaway!

Photo credit: Sean Neild

Photo credit: Sean Neild

Since 2012, Canadian chocolatiers have competed to win a spot at the International Chocolate Awards. The 2014 Canadian qualifying competition was held October 9 and an awards ceremony took place at popular Vancouver chocolate shop, xoxolat. The Canadian National Competition of the International Chocolate Awards saw Lower Mainland chocolate makers take the podium last night.

With entries from coast to coast, chocolate makers competed in a number of categories including:  Bars – Milk chocolate flavoured with an infusion, ganache, truffles and nut-based pralines among many other.

There were some familiar entrants competing for the second year in a row: Sweet Lollapalooza, Violet Chocolate Company from Edmonton, Christophe Morel from Montreal and Beta5 Chocolates from Vancouver.  Continue reading:
Local Chocolatiers win big at Canadian National Chocolate Competition + Giveaway!

Nine pumpkin ales (and one red wine) to try this Halloween

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Pumpkin ale lovers rejoice: October is here, and that means all those lovely seasonal pumpkin-flavoured craft beers are available once again.

Here’s a quick and handy guide to Vancouver- and B.C.-produced pumpkin ales that will help usher in Thanksgiving and Halloween and ease the way into winter. The beers are available in government and specialty liquor stores.

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Nine pumpkin ales (and one red wine) to try this Halloween

Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

October is B.C. Craft Beer Month, and that means…a very good excuse to drink beer.

But really—Vancouver is buzzing with beer-related events over the next few weeks, and the barley glitterati will be out in full force. Here’s a quick rundown on the local highlights of the annual month celebrating the best in British Columbian beer.

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Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014

Taste of Yaletown 2014 fortified with beer and spirits

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel's website.

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel’s website.

While you’ll have to wait until January to experience the city-wide Dine Out Vancouver Festival, this month’s Taste of Yaletown takes a bite out of dining scene with a focus on one neighbourhood.

The Yaletown festival runs from October 16 to 30 and highlights 25 restaurants in the upscale False Creek area. While reservations aren’t necessary at some places, they are highly recommended at others, so the sooner you solidify your plans the better.

Although fixed-price menus of $25, $35, and $45 make up the festival’s foundation, there’s a lot of flexibility within them. Restaurants don’t necessarily follow the appetizer-main course-dessert format: they’re free to create any food and drink combo, or customize the experience with a special event. This is great for people who, for example, don’t really do dessert or are looking for a lighter lunch rather than a formal dinner.

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Taste of Yaletown 2014 fortified with beer and spirits