Five Vancouver Cocktails to Help Fight Colds and Flu

Photo credit: Fred Fung

Photo credit: Fred Fung

Kaitlyn Stewart, Bar Manager, Royal Dinette prescribes: the Rosemary Collins

What better way to bust your cold blues away, than with a cocktail that’s not only delicious, it’s good for you too. This tasty drink is made with rosemary, which packs a tonne of antioxidants, calcium and anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as grapefruit, which is full of vitamins A and C. With a touch of ginger to help with nausea and digestion, you have a cold-busting cocktail that’ll make you feel good from the inside out. Continue reading:
Five Vancouver Cocktails to Help Fight Colds and Flu

Highlights of the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival

The 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Photo by Jeff Vinnick.

The 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Photo by Jeff Vinnick.

Tickets are now on sale for the 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. And this year’s spotlight country is one that you may have heard of in regards to wine – Italy.

This means that wines from different regions in the country will be the subject of seminars, dinners and other special events. Of course, wine from a number of other territories will be poured, sipped and savoured by the tens of thousands of oenophiles who flock to this popular event. Let’s look at some of this year’s highlights.

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Highlights of the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Dine Out Vancouver Date Ideas: Three-Course Meals, Cocktail Masterclasses, and Food Crawls Galore!

Sai Woo's pressed spiced lamb neck

Sai Woo’s pressed spiced lamb neck (sourced from restaurant)

A few years ago, a guy I was interested in suggested that we have dinner at a restaurant participating in Dine Out Vancouver (this year January 15-31). I readily agreed since I’m obsessed with food and restaurants in the city.

As I discovered, Dine Out is an excellent date idea for the following reasons:

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Dine Out Vancouver Date Ideas: Three-Course Meals, Cocktail Masterclasses, and Food Crawls Galore!

5 Wildest Flavours at the 2016 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, starting Jan 16

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Chocoholics, get ready to binge. The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival returns this month, and it’s bigger and tastier than ever.

A total of 25 local cafes, bakeries and chocolate shops are offering up 59 crazy variations on hot chocolate over the 30-day festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 14. This marks the sixth instalment of the homegrown fest, which seeks to elevate humble hot chocolate to new heights.  Continue reading:
5 Wildest Flavours at the 2016 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, starting Jan 16

No more lines: Starbucks Pre-Order App Coming To Vancouver, Jan 19

Image from Starbucks

Image from Starbucks

Starbucks addicts in Vancouver have a brand new way to get their fix.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, Starbucks customers in the city will be able to pre-order via a special smartphone app feature, then skip the line in store. The new order and pay service debuted in Canada last October in Toronto. Vancouver is the second participating city, and the service is expected to roll out across the country by this spring, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Mobile Order & Pay, which is integrated into the Starbucks app for both iOS and Android, enables customers to order anything on the Starbucks menu, from beverages to breakfast sandwiches. You choose a participating store after opening up the feature, then browse their menu. Orders can be customized in app, so you can still get your tall, half-caf, soy latte at 120 degrees just the way you like it.  Continue reading:
No more lines: Starbucks Pre-Order App Coming To Vancouver, Jan 19