Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog. Photo credit: Flickr user Ruocaled

Hot dog! Vancouverite Steve Thomson won the highly anticipated Japadog Hot Dog Eating Contest that took place during lunchtime today at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Thomson, who’s been called “the sensei of speed eating” and “top dog,” downed seven Japadogs in 10 minutes. That’s about half a Japadog every 43 seconds. The runner up was close, managing to wolf down six.

Japadog is Vancouver’s most venerable multicultural, creative food cart with a strong following of locals and a reputation as a “must try” visitor experience. The dogs come in beef, turkey, pork and veggie. The topping combos are what fans (including celebrities Ice Cube, Daniel Dae Kim, Public Enemy and chef Anthony Bourdain) drool over: terimayo sauce, seaweed, grated daikon, miso, yakisoba noodles, kimchi, black sesame etc.

What began as one humble food cart in 2005 is now a Japadog empire, with five Vancouver locations and a storefront in NYC. Continue reading:
Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

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 Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

Photo credit: are you gonna eat that | Flickr

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

Who Loves YVR? (Officially, the best airport in North America)

Earlier this spring, while we were all distracted with Royal Wedding fever and playoff hockey, a very special honour was quietly bestowed on our own hometown airport.   At the prestigious (and little known) World Airport Awards in Copenhagen, Vancouver International Airport (YVR, to us regulars) took home the prize for North America’s best airport.

Award organizers collected 11 million questionnaires from travelers around the world.  More than 240 airports were ranked on 39 different criteria, including accessibility, public transportation options, cleanliness, comfort, friendliness of staff, clarity of signage and other amenities.

And when the smoke cleared, YVR was North America’s best.

Now, if you’ve done any amount of flying, you probably know that the award is well deserved.  YVR might not be the biggest or glitziest airport out there.  But it does stand out for a lot of reasons.

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Who Loves YVR? (Officially, the best airport in North America)

Vancouver International Airport now on Twitter: @YVRAirport

Bad news: What with the near-calamity in the skies over Michigan on Christmas Eve, travellers passing through Vancouver International Airport are getting lots of practice in the virtue of patience.

Good news: YVR is now active on Twitter. You can follow @YVRAirport for news and updates.

Plan to arrive extra early for your flight–and use the extra time as an excuse to check out the terrific new public observation area at YVR.

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