Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

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Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results

Photo credit: hermitsmoores | Flickr

Photo credit: hermitsmoores | Flickr

The people have spoken.  Results to the sixth annual Diners’ Choice Awards – which go to the best Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver – are in.

An incredible 19,612 votes were cast during the month-long voting period.  Voters were tasked with choosing the best restaurants in 20 separate categories, ranging from Best Cantonese Restaurant to Best Food Court Stall and Best Dim Sum.  Over the years, the awards have grown to become the definitive guide to Chinese food in the city, helping diners identify hidden gems and familiar favourites among the thousands of Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver.

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

As in past years, the city of Richmond has come out on top, boasting an overwhelming majority of the winners.  In fact, many are located side by side along so-called Food Street in the heart of the city, where hundreds of Chinese restaurants are packed into the space of just a few blocks of Alexandra Road.

This year, several new award categories focused in on specific Chinese dishes, including Best Sichuan Boiled Beef, Best Honey Garlic Spareribs, Best Egg Tart, Best Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Best Wonton Noodles.  The Diners’ Choice Awards are followed on April 23 by the Critics’ Choice Awards, where the pros weigh in on the best Chinese dishes in the city.

The complete list of the Diners’ Choice Awards winners appears below:

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Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results

Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver

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The holidays are upon us and as our neighbours to the south prepare for their own Thanksgiving, there’s one special day for any shopper out there that’s circled and marked on the calendar: Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving in America is called Black Friday because, similar to our Boxing Day, retailers offer deep discounts to move massive amounts of stock hoping to jump “in the black” in their books after operating at a financial loss throughout the year.

Black Friday is November 29, 2013 and Canadian retailers are taking advantage of the trend including several shopping hot spots around Vancouver. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate all of the deals, discounts, and specials in your local shopping district or shopping centre: Continue reading:
Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver

A Guide to Cranberries in Metro Vancouver

Photo by: Ann Hung from the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

The cranberry is one of only three commercially-grown fruits that are native to North America and around Metro Vancouver you can find these bright, tart, ruby red beads growing in Richmond and along the Fraser River in Langley. Uniquely “wet harvested” in water-filled bogs, cranberries paint the landscape around this time of year and are a delicious, nutritious treat, complimenting dishes and traditional Thanksgiving dinners.

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, cranberries are BC’s largest berry crop, with 82 million pounds of fruit produced in 2009. This accounts for up to approximately 12 percent of cranberry production in North America. Here’s a quick guide to cranberries and how to enjoy them around Metro Vancouver: Continue reading:
A Guide to Cranberries in Metro Vancouver

Visit London Heritage Farm in Richmond

London Heritage Farm

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Along the Fraser River in Richmond lies a small piece of history: the London Heritage Farm. The farm, a four-acre historical site, is complete with the original farmhouse, barn, grounds, and gardens. The farmhouse, built in the 1890s, has been restored to reflect life at a working farm in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Exploring the rooms in the farmhouse is more than just stepping into a museum: it is akin to stepping back in time.

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Visit London Heritage Farm in Richmond