Relaxing Before and After Cruise Activities in Vancouver

Cruise ships docked and leaving Canada Place | Image: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

It is officially cruise ship season in Vancouver! Before or after your cruise, you may have some time to explore the city, but want to relax and not stray too far. And if you’re just coming off your cruise, you’ll want to shake off those sea legs. As one of the most cruise passenger-friendly cruise terminals in the world, we’ve got you covered!

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Relaxing Before and After Cruise Activities in Vancouver

Vancouver Juice Bars Every Juice Lover Needs in Their Life

Photo: https://www.thechihuo.com

Photo: https://www.thechihuo.com

Everyone, December is officially here, and winter is in full tilt (according to mother nature)! If there’s something we can always expect from the holiday season, it’s to fall completely out of routine Continue reading:
Vancouver Juice Bars Every Juice Lover Needs in Their Life

Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: 24 of the Best Places to Find Happy Hour in Gastown

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The following article was submitted by the Gastown BIA.

Gastown has it all. History, modern fashion, current trends, good art, exceptional food and lots of coffee. It also has enough Happy Hours to fill the face of a clock, twice over.

We’ve found the best places to sit, sip, and savor delicious drinks and to munch on good food, during Happy Hour in Gastown.

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: 24 of the Best Places to Find Happy Hour in Gastown

Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Photo:  cellphotography | Flickr

Photo: cellphotography | Flickr

Everybody loves a fancy breakfast—hollandaise sauce, maple syrup, diced fruit, freshly-squeezed orange juice, espresso— all the fixings. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. That said, there’s also a place in most of our hearts for the classic, greasy spoon breakfast.  You know the kind I mean: two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries, and weak coffee that you drink by the litre. Does this kind of breakfast pack the same taste or nutritional punch as its more elaborate counterparts? Of course not. But that doesn’t diminish our love for it. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of this classic meal: the no frills, no nonsense, hot-off –the-stove breakfast you find at diners all across North America.

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Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Secret Meals: Underground Dining in Vancouver

UndergroundDining-22Underground dining has come a long way in Vancouver.

Back in the day, you used to have to “know somebody” to gain entree to these clandestine restaurants, operated secretly out of people’s homes and apartments.  Locations were kept carefully hidden and a series of clues led you to your dinner destination.

These days, underground restaurants are hardly off the radar.  In fact, some of them even have their own web pages, where you can browse menus, look through a gallery of photos and even make a reservation for an upcoming meal.

Last week, I checked out one of Vancouver’s best-known underground restaurants (if that’s not an oxymoron): the Birds Nest.  Once a reservation had been made, emailed directions sent me to a historic apartment building in the South Granville  neighbourhood.  I buzzed the designated apartment, the front door unlocked and I wandered inside and got into a creaking elevator.

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Secret Meals: Underground Dining in Vancouver

For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

It’s Vancouver’s dirty little secret: Wine in restaurants can be just a wee bit on the pricy side.

But oenophiles in Vancouver have their own secret weapon: BYOB.  For the last two years, wine drinkers have been able to bring their own bottles to select area restaurants and pay a special “corkage” fee for the right to drink it on premises.

Before you head to your next dinner reservation with your favourite vintage, however, keep in mind that these corkage fees also tend to be rather high, generally in the $20-$30 range.  In other words, in many cases it costs as much to bring your own bottle as to buy one off the restaurant’s wine list.

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For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

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!