How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog’s famous Terimayo. Photo: Remy Scalza

How fast can you down a Terimayo? How about 20 Terimayos?

Japadog, Vancouver’s most famous street food vendor, is hosting a Japadog eating contest to see who can eat the most Japadogs in 10 minutes at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 17, 2012.

(Yes, there is a Japadog at YVR.)

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How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

A Vancouver Foodie Tour on Two Wheels

photo: dailywaffle.com | Tacofino Black Bean Taco

Want to indulge in Vancouver’s award-winning foodie scene but worried about your waistline?

We may have the solution.
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A Vancouver Foodie Tour on Two Wheels

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij

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One name in Vancouver is synonymous with mouthwatering Indian cuisine: Vikram Vij.

Vij’s, the eatery he opened off Granville Street in 1994, has consistently been named the city’s best Indian restaurant by Vancouver Magazine, justly famous for such delicacies as lamb popsicles in cream curry and spot prawns in coconut masala.

Now – to the delight of street food enthusiasts – Vij has branched out into the food truck business.

Vij’s Railway Express opened earlier this month in the heart of downtown, on West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Burrard Streets.  While some of the menu items are similar to what’s in the restaurant, the theme is a bit different.  The focus is on the diverse cuisine you’d find at railway stations across India – dishes from Delhi to Bombay and Calcutta that go way beyond the typical tikka masalas.

Each menu item is intended to represent a different “station” on a rail journey across the country.  Offerings change all the time: day to day and week to week.   So just what kind of dishes are we talking about?  Even by Vancouver’s lofty street food standards, they’re something special (Warning: Stop reading now if you’re hungry.).

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New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij

Searching for Vancouver’s Best Sausage

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Summer barbecues and sausages are forever linked together. And Vancouver’s sausage scene has never been more exciting.

The craft beer revolution has spurred Van restaurants to serve handcrafted sausages alongside locally-brewed suds. The street food explosion has added a slew of new haute dog options to the already innovative JapaDog. The invasion of artisan butchers has resulted in an abundance of worldly chorizos, brats, bangers, wursts, mergez, kielbasas and kolbasz, most often made from organic BC meat.

With so many new options at hand, where are the best places to upgrade your summer dog? Find out below. Continue reading:
Searching for Vancouver’s Best Sausage

A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

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There’s been lots of food cart news lately in Vancouver: 12 new vendors; carts in public parks; a food truck block party at the Waldorf.  Amid all the excitement, however, this tasty bit of news slid through the cracks.

Japadog now has a food cart right outside of the International Arrivals Terminal at Vancouver’s YVR airport.   Airport dining may never be the same.

I noticed the brightly colored cart – with its endorsements from the likes of Ice Cube and Steven Seagal – while leaving the airport earlier this week.  The savoury smell of all-beef dogs topped with miso, wasabi, seaweed and daikon made me wish I’d skipped the in-flight meal.

I was disappointed to discover, however, that no one seemed to be patronizing the new YVR Japadog.  Travelers hustled by lugging carry-ons and suitcases, but nobody bothered to pause for some Asian-infused, wiener-based refreshment.  Considering that the downtown Japadogs are usually queued up day and night, this came as a surprise.  Continue reading:
A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

Vancouver In a Day: Street Food City

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

One of my favourite new things to do in Vancouver is a walking tour to try out the food carts and food stalls in the downtown core. This kind of tour is a foodie’s dream because it involves as many stops as your appetite can handle.

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Vancouver In a Day: Street Food City