Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Thierry’s fromage blanc Bûche de Noël; Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

The best part of the holiday season is that calories don’t count (at least that’s what I tell myself)! After all, it’s the time of year for cookies exchanges, annual fruit cake, and decadent seasonal desserts in restaurants and pâtisseries around town. It’s enough to make anyone lose the Grinch spirit!

Here are five places in town that are decking their ovens with sheer deliciousness:

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Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Where to Go for Easter Brunch Buffet in Vancouver

Photo Credit: KK Law

Going out for Easter brunch has become a tradition for many in the city. My immediate family especially likes a gourmet buffet option, since there are always a variety of palates to please. Plus, a lovely spread of items–such as baked goods, salads, breakfast dishes, lunch offerings, and sumptuous desserts–makes the outing into a very special occasion for all.

There are many venues in the city holding buffet brunches this Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Here are a few of my top picks:

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Where to Go for Easter Brunch Buffet in Vancouver

Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series

Gastown on a summer afternoon. Photo: HappyBarbers | Flickr

Gastown on a summer afternoon. Photo: HappyBarbers | Flickr

Ah, summertime. That most glorious of seasons that adds extra sparkle to the Pacific Ocean, infuses our West Coast flesh with golden bronze and lures Vancouverites out in droves to sun-drenched patios across the city. But while we tirelessly park ourselves at familiar haunts, pop open craft beers and settle in ‘til October, alternative outdoor oases remain unexplored – to our own detriment. Because for every event life throws at you – from impressing a big client to satisfying your inner hipster to mingling with cute strangers – there’s a patio in Vancouver patiently waiting to deliver.

Today, Inside Vancouver introduces the first of a six-part investigative series that surveys patios spanning the city, puts each to a stringent test and gives you, dear reader, a fresh batch of possibilities for life’s most important situations. Try ‘em out, tell us what you think and help us expand the list – just don’t forget the sunscreen. Cheers!

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Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series

Seafood lovers hooked on new Granville Street restaurant

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Fish ‘n’ chips and oyster lovers have a new mecca in downtown Vancouver.

The Fish Shack opened its doors last week on Granville Street, in the space formerly occupied by Middle-Eastern eatery Sanafir (It’s another Glowbal creation, like Coast, Italian Kitchen, et al, for those keeping track).  And judging by the crowds over the weekend chowing down on oysters, prawns, clams and – of course – fish ‘n’ chips, it’s an early hit.

The interior is made up to look like a rustic seafood shack (which is quite a shocking transformation, considering how elegant Sanafir aspired to be).  Wooden pallets line the walls of the 100-seat space, a nod to the hardscrabble fishing life.  Chalkboards are scrawled with fish facts and trivia (like “swordfish use their sword as a lance, not a spear”), while seats are upholstered to look like vintage lifejackets.

The atmosphere, too, is downhome and unpretentious.  Rock and blues from Creedence, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton blast from the sound system.  The bar area is full and rowdy – a noisy bell clangs each time someone leaves a tip.  And the dress code is nonexistent, with diners in everything from tailored suit jackets to grungy flannels.

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Seafood lovers hooked on new Granville Street restaurant

Crab Cakes with a Club Vibe: Lunch at Coast

Eating out on a Tuesday afternoon isn’t usually the most dynamic dining experience.  In downtown Vancouver, midweek lunch tends to bring out the business types, texting with one hand and eating with the other.  In the air, there’s none of the anticipation of the evening or the energy of the weekend.  Throw in some dreary November weather, and it’s a recipe for eating at home.

All of which makes Coast, a new seafood place in the heart of the downtown business district, a little unusual.  When I showed up at 12:30 Tuesday, the restaurant – all two floors – was full, with a line of people waiting inside for a table.

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Crab Cakes with a Club Vibe: Lunch at Coast

Comfort Food for the Hip and Fabulous

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Can mac-n-cheese be sexy?

At Society, a new restaurant and bar in Vancouver’s Yaletown warehouse district, it just might be.  Society, which bills itself as a dining lounge, is based on an unusual premise:  down-home comfort food served in a hip, sensual setting, complete with DJ and velvet sofas

“It’s a sexy room.  It’s a sultry room,” says John-Paul Lamb, who handles marketing for Glowbal, the restaurant group behind Society and several new, high-energy restaurants in Vancouver, including Italian Kitchen and Coast.  “We want it to be a playroom for Yaletown, a spot where you can come and spend the whole evening.”

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Comfort Food for the Hip and Fabulous