Vancouver’s Classiest Hotel Bars

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photo: Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Yes, comfy beds, great service and an immaculate spa are important. But discerning travelers know that what really makes a great hotel is a great hotel bar.

Fortunately, Vancouver has more than its share of classy, sassy and unforgettable hotel bars. Check out these watering holes on your next stay for a memorable drink and fantastic atmosphere:

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Vancouver’s Classiest Hotel Bars

Best Afternoon Tea Service in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

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Afternoon tea at Shangri-La’s Xi Shi Lounge

Love for afternoon tea usually begins in childhood. When I was a kid, we had an annual high tea tradition: my mother, my best friends and their mums all got together for tea once a year. After dressing up together, we raced through the tiny, crust-less sandwiches on the bottom tier to earn the scones and, finally, the fancy-pants cakes at the very top. It was all about the ritual; the conversation facilitated by bottomless pots of tea was a bonus.

As an adult, I have Vancouver friends who still love an afternoon tea get together. These days, the catching up comes first, the scones come second. But we still take the food and atmosphere seriously.

What are Vancouver’s best spots for a spot of afternoon tea? I’ve tried a few, most recently afternoon tea at the Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel (1128 West Georgia).  Continue reading:
Best Afternoon Tea Service in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Concord Eats! September 17 – October 15

photo: Concord Pacific

Are you a self-proclaimed Vancouver Foodie snapping photos of delicious food wherever you eat? Share your photos with Concord Social this month (September 17th – October 15th) for chances to win weekly $100 gift certificates to Tourism Vancouver member restaurants including Il Giardino, Provence Marinaside, Le Crocodile and Minami Restaurant!
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Concord Eats! September 17 – October 15

Top Chef Canada’s Trevor Bird to open Fable restaurant this May

Top Chef Canada's Trevor Bird

I took a peek inside Fable, the new restaurant by Top Chef Canada competitor Trevor Bird, which is set to open in Kitsilano in mid May. Trevor was happy to sit down and talk about this welcome addition to the Vancouver restaurant scene. He even shared some intel on Top Chef Canada Season 2. Of course, Trevor is sworn to secrecy over the Top Chef Season 2 winner.

It’s no surprise that Top Chef Canada, which premiered April 2011, swiftly became the top-rated series in Food Network Canada’s history. Season 2 launched March 12, 2012 and airs Monday evenings at 10pm. 7 of 13 episodes have shown so far. 8 of 16 chefs remain, including Trevor. I can’t help speculating that winners receive cash prizes and a new restaurant takes investment.

Find out more about behind-the-scenes action during Top Chef Season 2, Trevor and Trevor’s new restaurant – Fable – after the jump. Continue reading:
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