Celebrate Tacofino’s #Tacoversary and Raise Money for Vancouver’s Potluck Café Society

Tacofino_FishTaco_LREating tacos is always a great idea, but this month you can chow down on delicious, super-sustainable Ocean Wise tacos and know that you’re helping out those in need too. Tacofino is marking the first anniversary of its flagship Gastown location by serving up a taco-tastic fundraiser deal. On Saturday, Jan. 30 between 11 a.m. and midnight, Tacofino’s Burrito Bar at 15 West Cordova St. will offer their famous Baja-style fish tacos at half-price ($3 per order), with all proceeds donated to Potluck Café Society, an outreach program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) that creates jobs for people with barriers to employment and provides healthy food options. Continue reading:
Celebrate Tacofino’s #Tacoversary and Raise Money for Vancouver’s Potluck Café Society

Chicken Is The New Pork: Vancouver’s Ramen Mania Goes Clucking Crazy

haparamenVancouver’s West End neighbourhood has long been famed for its abundance of ramen shops with daily line-ups forming outside its most popular places. Prepare for the noodle-mania to step up its game and get a little more crazy with a new addition to the ‘hood from one of the city’s most popular restaurant groups, Hapa Izakaya, who have launched their first ramen restaurant with Hapa Ramen, which is now open at its Robson Street location.  Part of a new ramen trend in the city, Hapa Ramen joins newcomers The Ramenman and West End favourites, Marutama in offering tori paitan-style ramen, made with chicken, rather than a pork-based broth.

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“We want to start simple, using a chintan (clear) stock for the soup base and then we’ll add more varieties,” says Hapa Ramen’s chef Tomoki Yamasaki. “Our speciality will be our kimchi ramen, made with a spicy Korean fermented chili paste. You can pick toppings to add to our shio ramen, but our shoyu will be a little more constructed, with the option of adding maa-yu, a charred onion oil which adds bitterness and depth to the flavour. Our noodles are fresh and local.”

Hapa Ramen, 1479 Robson Street will be open from 5pm throughout this week as a soft opening before switching to 11am-11pm daily opening. Continue reading:
Chicken Is The New Pork: Vancouver’s Ramen Mania Goes Clucking Crazy

Heli Wine Tours come to Vancouver

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D'Oro Winery.

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D’Oro Winery.

Have you ever planned an afternoon of wine touring and had to flip a coin to decide who would be the DD (designated driver)? When you’re wine touring with only one other person say a partner, best friend or your favourite wine-loving auntie, this system kind of stinks.

Enter wine and events consultants Fork and Grape and Sky Helicopters. Sommelier Alana Burns has thought a lot about the logistics of Fraser Valley wine touring.

If they do heli wine touring in Napa and Bordeux, why not Vancouver? Why not help people have an afternoon of airtime adventure and wine sipping by flying guests from winery to winery via helicopter, Burns thought. After all, who needs a DD when you can hire a DP (designated pilot)?

This fall, Sky Helicopters and Burns’ company Fork and grape started shuttling lucky duos to some of the Lower Mainland’s best wineries via helicopter. Continue reading:
Heli Wine Tours come to Vancouver

Seeds, Tea and Caesars rule at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

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It’s kind of like a stadium-sized potluck.

No where else can you eat cereal made with dandelion and hemp seeds, a blue corn taco with B.C. spot prawns and avocado cream or a summer treat invented by husband/wife doctors. Not to mention learn to make the perfect caesar or receive a cooking lesson from an Iron Chef. Welcome to Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival taking place at B.C. Place Stadium May 30-June 1.

As we mentioned earlier this month, Eat! has a packed agenda, including their ever-awesome 250 plus exhibitors.

Though there are plenty of global flavours at this year’s Eat! there is an emphasis on sustainable, healthy and BC-sourced or produced food. Below you’ll find my recommendations on must-visit exhibitors at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival.  Continue reading:
Seeds, Tea and Caesars rule at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

A mid-afternoon wine tasting: Now there’s an idea whose time has come.

Advance tickets for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 24-March 2, are now on sale, and the 36th annual instalment is offering up some intriguing new twists.

Each year, the festival draws more than 20,000 wine lovers to Vancouver for a solid week of gala wine tastings, wine-paired dinners, seminars, lunches and even boozy brunches. This year’s fest will feature no fewer than 178 wineries from 14 countries, pouring 1,750 different wines at 54 events.

Of course, the highlight as always is the International Festival Tasting Room, Feb. 27-March 1.  All 178 wineries pile into the Vancouver Convention Centre for the mother of all wine tastings.   Continue reading:
Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview