5 Vancouver Spas That Will Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays

Duck in from the dizzying hustle and bustle of the holiday season for one of these spirit soothing spa treatments.

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5 Vancouver Spas That Will Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch

Image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Bruce Law Photography

What are you doing this weekend? We highly recommend you go to your computer right now, and make a reservation at MARKET by Jean-Georges (at the Shangri-La) for their annual Bubbles, Beats & Brunch — it’s a summer must-do for brunch lovers. Continue reading:
Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Luxury Farmers Market Sets Up in Downtown Vancouver

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC | Flickr

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC | Flickr

Vancouver has plenty of farmers markets.  But only one is attached to a five-star hotel.

The Shangri-La Farmers Market is back for another season, offering trendy downtown shoppers a place to find the freshest fruits and veggies and a little something more.

Held every other Sunday in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel and Urban Fare grocery, the market has carved out a niche with its specialty prepared foods – everything from organic olive oils to goat cheeses and Italian delicacies.

But this year, the Shangri-La is offering something few markets can boast: cooking demonstrations with one of the top French chefs in the city. Continue reading:
Luxury Farmers Market Sets Up in Downtown Vancouver

Swanky Christmas Market at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dec. 2+16

Photo credit: See The Easy Life | Flickr

In Germany, where Christmas markets have been staged since at least the 14th century, the annual rites tend to be pretty folksy affairs.  The whole village comes together for an outdoor festival with vendors selling handicrafts, plenty of warm mulled wine and lots of bratwurst, schnitzel and other German delights (for that kind of experience, check out our blogger Taraneh’s post on the traditional Vancouver Christmas Market).

Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice, the new market put on by the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel and Urban Fare, is just a little bit different.   Continue reading:
Swanky Christmas Market at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dec. 2+16

Best Hotel Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

Hotel bars are funny things.  Some people absolutely hate them.  Some people love them.

At root, there’s a pretty complex dynamic at work.  Hotel bars are just about the opposite of your local watering hole.  They’re not chummy.  They’re rarely gritty or authentic.  But, done right, that works in their favour.

A good hotel bar, you see, is partly a fantasy.  It’s a little bit classier, a little bit more mysterious, a little bit more exotic than what you might be used to.  You certainly wouldn’t go there all the time – But once in a while, it’s a nice change of pace.

Now, there are plenty of great hotel bars in Vancouver.  Too many, in fact – which is why I’d like your help.

Do have a favourite hotel bar in the city?  A classy, cosmopolitan spot with a nice mix of travelers and locals and great drinks?  Please let us know below. 

I’ll start things off with a hotel bar I visited recently: Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Best Hotel Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

Gourmet Lunch at Bargain Price: $29 Special at Market

For many foodies, the highlight of the culinary year is Dine Out Vancouver, when the city’s top restaurants offer discount tasting menus.  The only problem: Dine Out lasts but two short weeks (2010’s event ran from April 26-May 6).

Which is why the ongoing lunch special at Market restaurant in the downtown’s Shangri-La hotel is so exceptional.  $29 buys you a three-course lunch, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  It’s like a Dine Out promotion that never ends.

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Gourmet Lunch at Bargain Price: $29 Special at Market

Where to eat in Vancouver? Just eavesdrop on the bus…

Disclosure: I love to eavesdrop. Especially on the bus. Especially when it involves food and Vancouver restaurants.

So today I was sitting on the 135 in front a trio of students who–in a refreshing change from the intellectual one-upmanship I usually endure on the SFU-bound bus–began one-upping each other on the topic of local restaurants.

Students are better than guidebooks for restaurant recommendations because they are chronically broke, chronically hungry and relentlessly cutting-edge.

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Where to eat in Vancouver? Just eavesdrop on the bus…