Eat Local Think Global Vancouver: 5 Foodie Resolutions for 2014

Dungeness Crab: in season now! Photo credit: Andree Lau

Dungeness Crab: in season now! Photo credit: Andree Lau

January is here and with it is a time for reflection and resolution. Last year I resolved to do a lot of budget-friendly yoga. This year I plan to focus on building my brain and making food choices that will not only feed my growing little family, but also tread lightly on the planet.

Vancouver is a locavore hotspot. Our city is the birthplace of the 100-mile diet phenomenon. Chefs from restaurants like Bishops, Forage, Raincity Grill and Campagnolo regularly change their menus to match the seasons and embrace vendors and suppliers who source local and organic food.

This year I looked for resolution inspiration from two local foodies who are passionate about ‘eating local and thinking global.’ Below you’ll find new year’s resolutions ideas from Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki Foundation’s Queen of Green, and Katharine Manson of the Chef’s Table Society and Hastings North Business Improvement Association. Their food and drink resolutions inspired me to share my own commitments to becoming a better locavore.

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Eat Local Think Global Vancouver: 5 Foodie Resolutions for 2014

Harvest Time suggestions for your Fall visit to Vancouver Farmers Markets

Photo credit: Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Photo credit: Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Harvest time has arrived in Vancouver. This time of year is all about going to movies, making big pots of soup and large, shared meals with friends.

What a lot of summer-focused shoppers don’t realize, is that harvest season is still a fantastic time to frequent Vancouver’s numerous farmers’ markets. Did you know that the Trout Lake, Kitsilano, WestEnd, Kerrisdale and Mt. Pleasant farmers markets all run to mid-October this year?

The fall markets are almost as Technicolor as the summer. Bushels of beets, misshapen winter squash, glorious apple-smelling apples all jockey to catch you eye. While berries may be mostly gone (sniff, sniff), there are so many other in-season ingredients for sale at local farmers’ markets: garlic, pears, carrots, onions, hazelnuts and broccoli.

To break my soup and stew habits, I approached a chef from Nicli Antica Pizzeria and one of Vancouver Farmer’s Markets in-house foodies for their fall food recommendations. Below you’ll find some of their suggestions for your next autumnal visit to the farmers market. Continue reading:
Harvest Time suggestions for your Fall visit to Vancouver Farmers Markets

Berry season in Vancouver

Berries and yogurt dessert Photo credit: Raincity Grill

Berries and yogurt dessert at Raincity Grill. Photo credit: Miranda Post

Fingers stained red and violet. Lips stained blue. Juicy goodness on your salad, ice cream or in your drink. Berry season is here.

From June to mid-September each year, greater Vancouver literally bursts with the flavourful, anti-oxidizing orbs, thimbles and caps. Berry fans congregate to celebrate, bake, drink and pick strawberries, blueberries and others throughout the summer months. In fact, on July 17th, the Main Street Farmers’ Market is hosting a Berry Festival. Continue reading:
Berry season in Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Wild boar, beer braised cabbage, chocolate bacon at Brewery & The Beast Festival.

Need plans this weekend? Browse our list of things to do in Vancouver Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16.

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

Friday, June 14

National Garden Day at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 10am-6pm
To celebrate garden culture and green practices, the garden presents a day of events for visitors of all ages including special horticultural tours, eco-crafts, the koi fish feeding ritual and more (578 Carrall Street).

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend, all weekend
Friday marks the start of the weekend-long BC Family Fishing event. In honour of Father’s Day, the entire weekend is licence free (no cost to fish) so grab your gear and head to your favourites local body of water.

Talk: How to Increase Cycling and Walking—Lessons from Cities Across the Globe, 7pm
Professor John Pucher discusses ways in which the cities can increase cycling and walking. This is a free public lecture at SFU’s downtown campus (515 Hastings Street).

Video-Game Orgy, 6pm
Head to VIVO Media Arts (1965 Main Street) to try your hand at vintage video-game systems and games. You’ll also get a glimpse of game-changing media art based on video-game culture and early computer-graphic systems. Tix are $20 at the door/15 in advance. Continue reading:
Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

It’s Vancouver farmers market season. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee one of the seven markets–each with its own personality– has it. The first round of neighbourhood farmers markets (Trout Lake, Kitsilano) opened in May. The West End Farmers Market kicked off last Saturday, June 1. Then the fancy-pants Shangri-La Farmers Market launched in Coal Harbour.

This week, the Main Street Station Farmers Market opens Wednesday, June 5 bringing farm-fresh produce and specialty prepared foods to the 1100 block of Station Street along Thornton Park near the Main Street Skytrain Station. Stop by on your way home from work between 3pm and 7pm to grab some goodies for dinner. With today’s sunshine, a False Creek picnic is another appealing option. You have this option every Wednesday through October 2.

Tomorrow, June 6, Granville Island Farmers Market opens. Since the 1970s, the Public Market on Granville Island has been Canada’s most iconic food market. When the sun shines, the market featuring Fraser Valley-grown plants and produce spills outside to Triangle Square creating one of the city’s largest farmers markets. Continue reading:
Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week