On now – Vancouver Poutine Challenge!

Photo courtesy Vancouver Foodster.

Photo courtesy Vancouver Foodster.

Last month, we showcased Vancouver’s 5 Best Places to Try Poutine for the First Time. While those restaurants specialize in the Quebec trademark, several others that don’t normally serve poutine are getting in on the curdy action this month in the third annual Poutine Challenge.

Organized by local food blogger Vancouver Foodster, the challenge sees 12 Vancouver and Richmond restaurants putting their own unique spins on the dish, including an Indian and a Jamaican version.

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On now – Vancouver Poutine Challenge!

Dine Out – With Friends!

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

It’s Dine Out Vancouver time again. Now in its 12th year, the festival has become one of the city’s premiere culinary events, and for 2014 features over 260 participating restaurants. Besides prix fixe menus at many of the city’s top eateries, Dine Out is also featuring dozens of special food-related events.

To help build excitement for the festival (Jan. 17-Feb. 2), Tourism Vancouver corraled a number of journalists, photographers and bloggers into sampling food and drink from some of this year’s 200+ participants. (Restaurants began taking reservations yesterday, Jan. 7, so if you have been thinking of going, hurry!)

On the evening in question, the assorted media types, including yours truly, gathered together at Tourism Vancouver HQ before dividing up into eight differently themed groups to be whisked away to various destinations. My group’s theme was Dine Out With Friends, and our destinations were… well, read on.

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Dine Out – With Friends!

Noodle Mania: One of a Kind Culinary Crawl to 7 Select Vancouver Restaurants

Noodle Mania Vancouver 2014

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If you’re a fan of noodles and eating in general, you’ve got to check out the second annual Noodle Mania, presented by Vancouver Foodster, which will be taking place this Sunday, January 12, 2014.

A unique foodie tour that takes you on a self-guided journey around the local Vancouver restaurant scene, Noodle Mania offers you the chance to taste a wide variety of noodle dishes from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, ramen, and more.

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Noodle Mania: One of a Kind Culinary Crawl to 7 Select Vancouver Restaurants