Celebrate Pancake Day on March 7 with a free stack from IHOP!

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Let them eat pancakes! While today marks the official “pancake day” in the United Kingdom, we here in North America don’t celebrate the day of the pancake until Tuesday, March 7, 2017. When that day comes, we will be ready to celebrate with a fork in hand and a jug of pure maple syrup in easy reach!

And what’s the best way to celebrate national pancake day? How about with a free stack of pancakes from IHOP? On March 7, 2017 IHOP restaurants around the city will be giving away a free stack of freshly cooked buttermilk pancakes from 7:00am – 7:00pm to benefit charity.

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Celebrate Pancake Day on March 7 with a free stack from IHOP!

Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

For those whose livers, not to mention pocketbooks, are still recovering from the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, there’s some bad news: A Dram Come True gives appreciators of fine elixirs a chance to do it all over again, albeit in one night and with whiskey rather than wine.

At the 15th annual event, local and international booze producers offer unlimited samples of their products – not only bourbon, scotch, and rye, but also craft beer, wine and specialty libations, such as vodka and amaretto (from local company Sons of Vancouver). And of course, there will be food, including delectable morsels of delight courtesy of local food artistes Hawksworth, Savoury City and Gyoza Bar.

A Dram Come True raises funds for the non-profit Vancouver Writers Festival (no word on whether any writers will actually be in attendance) and takes place March 10 from 8-10 p.m. at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. See below for the official tasting menu.

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Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

4th Annual Curry Cup Spices things up with a Curry Themed Cook-Off!

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Image courtesy of Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia

It’s a battle of the spices! On Monday, March 6 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, you’re invited to sample some of the best and most innovative curry dishes at the 4th annual Vancouver Curry Cup.

A hotly anticipated event, the Curry Cup is a competition between eight Vancouver chefs from renowned restaurants for the best curry. Your ticket will get you the chance to sample some of these exciting curry dishes, each unique in its own right with diverse flavours from around the world. At the end of the day, only one curry dish will be crowned champion!

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4th Annual Curry Cup Spices things up with a Curry Themed Cook-Off!

Get Your Early Bird Tickets for BC Distilled Festival in Vancouver

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With the close of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival, you can now anticipate the upcoming BC Distilled Festival, which takes place April 8, 2017, and also features exciting lead-up events the week before the big night. Recently, British Columbia has seen an explosion of artisan and micro-distilleries, making 2017’s Festival particularly exciting.

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Get Your Early Bird Tickets for BC Distilled Festival in Vancouver

Last days of the 2017 Vancouver Int’l Wine Festival – tickets still available!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival tasting room at the Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver International Wine Festival tasting room at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Feb. 16 2017. Robyn Hanson photo.

The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival ends this weekend. But if you haven’t experienced the nine-day festival this year – or even if you have, and you want more – tickets are still available for some events.

While the seminars and many of the tastings are sold-out, oenophiles can still indulge in some fine Canadian wines at the Celebrating Canada’s 150th lunch on Saturday, Feb. 18. All 76 participating Canadian wineries will be there, with wines to accompany a menu featuring coast-to-coast delicacies, including West Coast king crab and Nova Scotia-style pan-fried oysters.

For the more casual wine drinker, tickets are still left for two sessions of one of the wine fest’s most popular events.

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Last days of the 2017 Vancouver Int’l Wine Festival – tickets still available!

Where to Feast in Vancouver for Mardi Gras

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Festivities have already begun in the lead-up to Mardi Gras Day (February 28, 2017)! As I’ve witnessed first hand, celebrations in a city like New Orleans can be raucous fun, with plenty of good eating and drinking.

For those wanting to enjoy the lively spirit and food of Mardi Gras here in Vancouver, there are a number of establishments that specialize in Cajun and Creole cuisine. The food is high octane in flavour and meant to be shared, so grab a loved one or a group of friends and family and prepare to eat Mardi Gras-style!

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Where to Feast in Vancouver for Mardi Gras

Rooms with Views: Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

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Whenever I return to Vancouver from a trip, I’m always struck by the phenomenal scenery and views of the city that I often take for granted during my day-to-day life here. It takes being away, as well as special occasions, like dinner out, that make me see and appreciate Vancouver anew.

Luckily, there are many excellent restaurants with locations that make them perfect for admiring what the city has to offer, whether it’s a waterfront view or sightlines of the mountains. Twinkly lights, blue gray mountains, and shimmery water – paired with great food and drink – make for an unforgettably romantic evening, especially with someone special.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here are five recommendations for restaurants with views for the 14th, or for your next date night:

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Rooms with Views: Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver