Take a cider break with the first Sizzler of the summer this Saturday

Has the craft beer revolution left you feeling out of the loop? Tired of trying to distinguish a citra hop from a centennial?

East Vancouver’s Sunday Cider offers an alternative to the craft beer revolution that’s overtaken the city. Since 2015, Sunday Cider has been making cider out of B.C. apples, offering seasonal growler fills.

The seasonal operation has been closed for the last seven months. But it’s marking its reopening this Saturday, with the first of four outdoor events called Summer Sizzlers.

The Summer Sizzler is a free outdoor party at the cidery’s location (1575 Vernon Dr.). The first is this Saturday, June 3, from 1-7 p.m. Sunday Cider will be pouring a couple of old favourites and a couple of new ciders.

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Take a cider break with the first Sizzler of the summer this Saturday

Provence Marinaside Now Offers 24 Bubbles By the Glass in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Emrys Horton

Nothing says celebration so much as a glass of bubbly. And especially with patio season nearly upon us, sipping one with a great Vancouver view before you is simply unbeatable.

Up until recently in the city, bubbly by the glass was fairly limited in selection. However, with technological innovations and establishments willing to revamp their wine lists, a wide selection of bubbly by the glass is now a reality. Provence Marinaside, for example, is launching a new bubbly program this month, making the celebratory an everyday possibility, whether you’re on a solo date, with a plus one, or a with a group of friends.

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Provence Marinaside Now Offers 24 Bubbles By the Glass in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To Treat Your Tots To L’Éclair de Génie

Assortment of éclairs | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Imagine sinking your teeth into a crisp puff pastry – freshly baked, oozing with a sweet custard, and topped with crunchy caramelized pecans and vanilla cream. As the lange of flavours hits your taste buds, you can taste its authenticity, as though you’re enjoying your confection in a patisserie in Paris – the birthplace of the coveted éclair.

Well, you don’t have to travel to France to make this foodie fantasy a reality. Thanks to the recent opening of the very first North American location of L’Éclair de Génie – the haute Parisian-based patisserie which has just opened its doors in Vancouver, the sweet éclairs are closer than you think. If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, check out my 3 reasons to treat your tots (and yourself!) to this must-have, perfectly-piped pastry.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To Treat Your Tots To L’Éclair de Génie

Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

Photo Credit: Frederique Neil

It’s nearly that time of year when food lovers in the city go crazy over the sustainable and local darling, spot prawns. For the uninitiated, spot prawns are characterized by white horizontal bars on their carapaces, as well as white spots on their tails (hence the name). And they have a distinctive sweet flavour that’s amazing!

Here are two events that will provide you with fun and delicious ways to enjoy this season’s catch.

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Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

Where to Go for Easter Brunch Buffet in Vancouver

Photo Credit: KK Law

Going out for Easter brunch has become a tradition for many in the city. My immediate family especially likes a gourmet buffet option, since there are always a variety of palates to please. Plus, a lovely spread of items–such as baked goods, salads, breakfast dishes, lunch offerings, and sumptuous desserts–makes the outing into a very special occasion for all.

There are many venues in the city holding buffet brunches this Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Here are a few of my top picks:

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Where to Go for Easter Brunch Buffet in Vancouver

The Railway Club reopens as the Railway Stage and Beer Cafe

Winnipeg band Mise en Scene at the Railway Stage and Beer Café April 5 2017

Winnipeg band Mise en Scene were one of two bands playing the official (re)opening night of the Railway, April 5 2017. Shawn Conner photo.

The good news: the iconic train is there, and the ancient radiators, and the owl, and the lion, and the horse, and the crumbling old-timey cash register, and the stained-glass sign reading “Beer Parlour”. And the stage and sound system are better than ever. Gone is the grunge-y carpet, the awnings that blocked the light, and the unpleasant smell that hung around during the last days.

Gone too though are the signed photos and posters of bygone shows that marked the Railway Club’s historical importance in Vancouver’s music scene.

Nevertheless, the reopening of the downtown venue, refurbished as the Railway Stage and Beer Café (579 Dunsmuir St.), is mostly good news for fans of live music, comedy and craft beer.

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The Railway Club reopens as the Railway Stage and Beer Cafe

6 Places #onRobson To Indulge In A Tasty Happy Hour

The following article was submitted by the Robson Street Business Improvement Association.

When there isn’t enough time in the day, we appreciate when one hour lasts for three! Robson Street is putting the “happy” in Happy Hour by serving up delicious bite size dishes and handcrafted cocktails for less. With Happy Hour traditionally lasting between 3PM-6PM, Robson Street’s restaurants aim to make your day even happier by expanding their promotions from 9PM – late night!

This is a great chance to get out and order your must-have dishes and cocktails.  Scroll through the list to see where to catch Happy Hour #onRobson!

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6 Places #onRobson To Indulge In A Tasty Happy Hour