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

Posh movie night returns to Market by Jean-Georges

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

Should George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin ever find themselves in Vancouver with an urge to go see a movie, here’s an option fit for Hollywood royalty. Movies at MARKET by Jean-Georges is back, and it’s no ordinary trip to the multiplex.

The event series, which premiered as Film FEAST during last winter’s Dine OutTM Vancouver Festival, combines a screening in the plush private theatre of the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver with an elegant meal at MARKET by Jean-Georges restaurant–the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

After a hiatus for the glorious summer, the series resumes twice monthly through December starting this Friday and Saturday (October 2 and 3). The evening involves plush leather seats, sparkling wine, gourmet popcorn, and four courses prepared by a top Vancouver chef …oh, and a motion picture, of course.

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Posh movie night returns to Market by Jean-Georges

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

It’s no secret that Vancouver is sushi central.  Literally thousands of restaurants around the city serve up maki, sashimi and other sushi staples.  And, as Vancouverites know, lots of it is dirt cheap compared to other cities around the world.  In fact, it’s hard to walk two blocks without seeing a sandwich board advertising a $5.99 18-piece special (with miso soup).

With so many budget options, it’s hard to know where to start – which is why I’d like your help.  Do you have a favourite cheap sushi joint in Vancouver?  If so, leave a comment below and help out all the hungry, bargain-seeking sushi lovers out there.

But cheap, of course, isn’t everything – especially when it comes to raw fish.  Maybe it’s worth diving a little deeper into what makes a great cheap sushi restaurant. Continue reading:
Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

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Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month

Il Mercato Italian Night Market Vancouver

Image Courtesy of Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre | Facebook.com

Così eccitante! Vancouver is getting its first Farmer and Italian Night Market held every 3rd Friday of the month until November 21st!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping at an Italian Market, you know there isn’t a better way to shop. Fresh produce, eccentric personalities, wine, and di più… (blame Google Translate if the Italian is wrong!)

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Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month