Five Vancouver Coffee Shops to Cozy Up in this Fall

Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with a cup of coffee.

As the leaves turn to gold, orange and red, so too do our shorts turn into sweaters, our sunglasses into umbrellas and our beach days into cozier (and warmer!) interludes. In fact, one of the best parts of chilly autumn days is shacking up for the afternoon at an atmospheric café with a steaming cup of coffee. So grab a friend – or a laptop, or a stack of books – and check out one or all of the coffee shops below. Catch you at the latte bar!

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Five Vancouver Coffee Shops to Cozy Up in this Fall

Beanstock Coffee Festival Celebrates Coffee Culture in Vancouver this November

beanstock coffee festival vancouver 2017

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Attention all coffee lovers – your caffeine fueled wishes have been granted! Vancouver will be getting its first ever Coffee Festival to celebrate the mighty coffee bean.

Beanstock Coffee Festival will be held for a single day on November 26, 2017 and will showcase the best local and independent micro-roasters to celebrate third wave coffee culture.

FYI: Third wave coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee. Think of it like an artisan product – similar to wine. Fun fact: there are over 1,500 aromatic and flavour compounds in coffee. Wine has less than half of that.

If you’d love nothing more than to savour a rich, delicious and locally roasted coffee, this could be the festival for you.

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Beanstock Coffee Festival Celebrates Coffee Culture in Vancouver this November

3 Autumn Menus to Try Right Now in Vancouver

YEW’s pan-fried scallops; Sourced from Shingo Kido

Autumn is by far my favourite season in Vancouver, with the changing colours of the leaves, the more contemplative weather, and, above all, the delicious comfort food available at restaurants around the city.

Fall cooking has the kind of robust flavours that are perfect for warming up on a chilly day. And with an abundance of exciting local ingredients, chefs in Vancouver have dreamed up some sumptuous dishes. Here are three menus to try in the city this season:

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3 Autumn Menus to Try Right Now in Vancouver

Vancouver Foodie Cookbook Series Releases a Delicious Gastown Edition

Gastown has evolved to become one of the most exciting destinations in the city for mouth-watering eating. The area, rich in history and cobblestone charm, has experienced a renaissance of late that has translated into a diverse array of restaurants, from unassuming cafes to fine dining establishments.

Those who would like to try making these restaurants’ dishes when they return home are in luck.

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Vancouver Foodie Cookbook Series Releases a Delicious Gastown Edition

Five Spooky Cocktails to Scare You Silly this Halloween

Let’s get real: ghosts, vampires and witches can’t survive on blood and fear alone – after all, even the most terrifying ghoul needs a boozy pick-me-up after a haunting night on the job. This Halloween, we’ve scared up five cocktails that are just as delicious as they are disturbing, each best savoured at the bars of their origin. Inspired by spooky landscapes, horror films and exotic spooks, these drinks are sure to inject your All Hallow’s Eve with equal parts fear and fun. Happy bar haunting!

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Five Spooky Cocktails to Scare You Silly this Halloween

Where to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Turkey in Vancouver

Railtown’s Sage Roasted Organic Turkey; Photo Credit; Jelger and Tanja Photographers

It’s that time of year again when you have license to gorge on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and plenty of gravy. However, cooking the whole spread on your own can be considerable work. Or, if you’re visiting from out of town, you might not know anyone whose Thanksgiving dinner you can crash.

Fortunately, many places in town will do the slaving in the kitchen for you. Here are five that promise to be delicious:

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Where to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Turkey in Vancouver

Made with Love: 10 Vancouver Bartenders Compete in National Competition for the Title of Canada’s Best BarChef

It’s no secret that some of the best bartenders in the world live and work right here in Vancouver – when they’re not winning or judging global competitions, of course. Now, you can witness a new wave of top talents compete on home turf during national bartending competition Made with Love. The interactive event – currently hosted in Canada, Mexico and Spain – challenges bartenders across the country to flex their cocktail creativity by shaking up innovative and exciting drinks judged by a panel of experts, as well as the public.

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Made with Love: 10 Vancouver Bartenders Compete in National Competition for the Title of Canada’s Best BarChef