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

Best Korean Food in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit Abex | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit Abex | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is justly famous for lots of different cuisines.  There’s our fresh West Coast-style dining, with local seafood and 100-mile ingredients.  We have incredibly authentic Chinese food and, of course, some of the best sushi this side of Tokyo.  But what often gets overlooked is how good Vancouver’s Korean food is.

Take a walk down Robson or Denman Streets downtown or a drive along Kingsway and out to Metrotown and you’ll find dozens – possibly hundreds – of Korean restaurants. Many are just mom-and-pop joints, but they all seem to cater to a discriminating, local clientele who know their bulgogi from their bibimbap.  And they always seem to be packed.

But if you’re not plugged into the Korean restaurant scene, finding a great place to try Korean food can be a bit of a challenge – which is why I’m asking for your help.  Do you have a favourite Korean restaurant in Vancouver or the surrounding cities? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.  

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Best Korean Food in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Parade of Lost Souls Marches Again this Weekend

Parade of lost souls vancouver

Image courtesy of Tim Gage | Flickr.com

With an uncertain future, it seemed to everyone that the Parade of Lost Souls would be ending on a high note last year with thousands of revelers celebrating life and depth. Luckily, this year, the parade is back again with the event being organized by the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society–an artist collective of professional and emerging artists based in East Vancouver.

The Parade of Lost Souls is an alternative option to the typical Halloween parties that happen around October 31st. The annual tradition has been a Vancouver mainstay for the past 20 years, however this year it is being run for the first time without it’s founders (Public Dreams Society). It’s a celebration of light, music, fire, and death, being held on Saturday, November 1st from 7-10pm at a secret location!

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Parade of Lost Souls Marches Again this Weekend

300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

Photo credit: Ryan Hyde | Flickr

Photo credit: Ryan Hyde | Flickr

Do you enjoy an occasional single malt? Then this is the event for you.

Hopscotch – the festival devoted entirely to whisky, with some beer and other spirits thrown in – returns to Vancouver, Nov. 17-Nov. 23.  Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded from a simple tasting event to an entire week of whisky-paired dinners, master classes, cigar smokes, music parties and more.

The main event is the aptly named Grand Tasting Hall, Nov. 21-Nov. 22, in the cavernous PNE Forum. Continue reading:
300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

Vancouver Private Dining Room Guide: 6 Spots for Your Next Intimate Meal

Miku Restaurant's Blue Sky Room - stunning views paired with your food.

Miku Restaurant’s Blue Sky Room – stunning views paired with your food.

Sometimes your group just needs a little privacy. Whether it’s for a hush hush surprise birthday or an ultra important business meeting, Vancouver has plenty of great rooms for private party planners to pick from.

If you’re like an event-minded extrovert like me, you’ve likely been ‘volun-told’ to organize your staff Christmas party. Friends often approach me for suggestions so I thought I would round up my picks for this season’s private, winter shindigs.

Whether you want to nibble innovative sushi, share pedigreed pub fare or feast on rich Italian fare, Vancouver restaurants have you covered.

Below you’ll find a short list of some of new, and tried and true private dining spots in our foodie-filled city.

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Vancouver Private Dining Room Guide: 6 Spots for Your Next Intimate Meal