Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in a Chinese Pancake, Shanghai Morning Restaurant

Wondering where to find Vancouver’s best dim sum, Cantonese-style restaurant or five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake? Your search may be over.

The winners of the 2015 Chinese Restaurant Awards have been announced. A total of 33,759 diners cast their ballots over the month-long voting period for hundreds of Metro Vancouver restaurants. The result is an incredible cheat sheet for foodies looking to explore the city’s Chinese cuisine scene – from classic restaurants to new up-and-comers.

Winners were selected in 21 different categories.  Five new categories this year looked at specific Chinese delicacies, including best har gow, or shrimp dumplings (Kirin Restaurants), best tea-smoked duck (Dinesty Dumpling House) and best five-spice beef wrapped in a Chinese pancake (Shanghai Morning Restaurant).  The remaining categories looked at types of Chinese restaurants, from best hot pot restaurant (Claypot Hotpot and BBQ) and best Hong Kong-style cafe (Deer Garden Signatures) to best dim sum (Kirin Restaurants) and best Cantonese restaurant (Bamboo Grove).   Continue reading:
Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 33,759 people voted – Here are the results

Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest

The menu of Feasting in a Lebanese Forest, one of the #dinnerpartyYVR themed dinners

Ever want to eat dinner in the home of a complete stranger? Now’s your chance.

#dinnerpartyYVR is back for its third year, this Saturday, March 28.  More than 50 hobby chefs across Vancouver are inviting diners into their homes for a multi-course meal. The $40 price tag includes a home-cooked feast complete with wine or beer, and all proceeds go to charities.

The idea is to connect people who love to cook with people who love to eat, bringing Vancouver a little closer together in the process. The event doubled in size this year, with dozens of home chefs applying to host dinners. The meals are all intimate affairs, with seating for four to ten people.  Continue reading:
Eat Dinner in a Stranger’s Home: #dinnerpartyYVR is back

All about TED2015 and TEDActive – This week in Vancouver and Whistler

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

This week, some of the world’s brightest and boldest-thinking scientists, politicians, musicians, journalists and entertainers are taking the stage in the Vancouver Convention Centre for TED2015, March 16-20.  The annual seminar – famous for its inspired, 18-minute talks – has become a household name, with YouTube videos chalking up literally billions of views.

If you aren’t among the lucky few to have scored tickets for the event (which go for $8,500, by the way), you can catch the TED talks live on simulcasts throughout Vancouver. See this post for all the details on where to watch for free, including at the Vancouver Public Library, Science World and other locations.

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All about TED2015 and TEDActive – This week in Vancouver and Whistler

5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest

Photo sourced from Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo sourced from Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’ve walked down Vancouver streets lately, you may have noticed something – the cherry blossoms are out, already.

In the West End, Mt. Pleasant, Burnaby, Kensington and elsewhere brilliant pink blossoms have been popping out since February, thanks to an exceptionally warm winter. Each day, more trees erupt in pink, white and lavender.

All of which should make for a very interesting Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival this year – if there are any blossoms left. This year’s festival, which celebrates the city’s more than 40,000 ornamental cherry trees, runs April 2-April 29.  The month-long celebration is packed with cherry-themed concerts and dances, gala dinners, traditional fairs and more.

Here are five can’t-miss (mostly free) events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Note: Dates may be subject to change – Check the official website for updates):

Rock out under the cherry treesThe festival kicks off with an afternoon concert in one of downtown’s cherry hotspots, the entrance to the Burrard SkyTrain Station. At the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, enjoy a taiko drum and electric guitar duo, a 19-member ukulele ensemble, a string quartet from the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and more.  Free; April 2 from noon-1:20 p.m. at the Burrard SkyTrain Station Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest

Rare Porsches, Ferraris and More Coming to the Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Car lovers, here’s some news to get your motors running. Western Canada’s biggest auto show is returning to Vancouver, March 24-29.

The 2015 Vancouver International Auto Show will fill the Vancouver Convention Centre with the newest models from major manufacturers, as well as high-end sports cars, green vehicles and more.  An estimated 85,000 visitors are expected to come kick the tires on some of the hottest cars out there.

A perennial favourite at the auto show is the exotics section – a display of rare and powerful luxury and sports cars from around the world.   Continue reading:
Rare Porsches, Ferraris and More Coming to the Vancouver International Auto Show