Street Food Bonanza: Food Carts Everywhere


(c) Remy Scalza

In August, I wrote about ReUp Barbecue, one of the first food carts to open as part of Vancouver’s ambitious new street food experiment.  Now, less than a month later, new (and novel) street food options are popping up everywhere.

There’s Asian-style skewers and satays, pizza, burritos, falafels and more – all cheap and, according to early reviews, uncommonly fresh and tasty.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the new options.  For more comprehensive reviews, visit VancouverStreetEats.ca.

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Street Food Bonanza: Food Carts Everywhere

New Street Food Options: Pulled Pork at Re-Up

Photo: Remy Scalza

Thanks to a loosening of municipal restrictions, Vancouver’s street food scene is suddenly blossoming.  Among the new players on the scene is Re-Up BBQ, a food cart serving pulled pork sandwiches that’s stationed in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Re-Up opened earlier this month and was greeted with rave reviews by diners and Vancouver Sun food critic Shelley Fralic.  I decided to check it out on a sunny afternoon earlier this week.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond

Photo credit: Kiwinky on Flickr

It’s that time of year again.  The days are longer, the nights are warmer and, on the outskirts of Richmond, the fish balls are frying.   The city’s night market – modeled after traditional nighttime bazaars in Asia – opened up shop last Friday.  For those who’ve never experienced the madness first hand, Richmond’s market brings together merchants selling everything from samurai swords to knock-off sunglasses, vendors hawking decadent Asian street snacks and thousands of nightly visitors, all in an outdoor setting with a carnival atmosphere.

Running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through September, the market strikes just the right balance between kitsch, culture and cheap street food and is definitely worth a visit.  To get you in the mood for those fish balls, here are five reasons to visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond

Olympic Street Food in Vancouver

Vancouver's got great restaurants, but what about its street food?

The secret is officially out on Vancouver’s food scene.  Earlier this month, The New York Times declared Vancouver among “the best eating towns in the history of the Winter Games.”  Gourmands and epicures the world over are – at this very moment –  feverishly blogging about the city’s innovative restaurants and chic-chic bistros.  But for me, a city’s culinary clout isn’t just about the gourmet stuff.

To truly be a culinary capital, a city has to deliver on the low-end, as well.  And it doesn’t get any lower end than street food – no waiters, no tables, not even a door.  New York’s got great street food.  So does Tokyo.  But how does Vancouver stack up?

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Olympic Street Food in Vancouver

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