Vikram Vij to Host Canada’s First Ever Live Online Cookalong, Mar. 7

photo: Vikram Vij

photo: Vikram Vij

Award-winning Vancouver-based chef Vikram Vij will host a Canadian first today – a live online cooking show where viewers will be able to follow along and make a delicious family dinner at the same time. As well, the experience will be interactive, meaning you can Tweet Vikram live with a question if you have a problem while cooking your meal at home.

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will give families across Canada – even around the world! – the chance to cook with with an internationally renowned chef. The ingredients have been put online and have been available for download from the Vij’s website, www.vijs.ca since Monday, with Vikram taking to the worldwide web to create a delicious family meal live TODAY. Families are being encouraged to “do-as-he-does”, putting together the ingredients at the same time, as he talks people through the process of cooking an Indian family recipe together.

“Eating together as a family is such an enriching experience,” says Vij, “I want to encourage families to cook together as well – and if I can spread the word of Indian cuisine at the same time, then I’m proud to do that.”

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will be coming to you from Cirillo’s Culinary Academy at 6pm EST, 3pm PST this afternoon, giving people in every time zone the opportunity to either cook a meal and serve it straight up on the dinner table, or prepare a wonderful dinner ahead of the family arriving home a few hours later.

Viewers will be able to log on to the live stream by visiting the Vij’s website at www.vijs.ca and they can Tweet questions or comments on how their meals are coming along by using the hashtag #Vijcooklive.

ABOUT VIKRAM VIJ

Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala are the co-owners of the award-winning restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in India and grew up in Amritsar and Bombay.

Vikram Vij is a familiar face in Canadian cuisine. He is a featured guest on Top Chef Canada and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations as well as The Marilyn Denis Show and Cityline.

Vij has published two award-winning cookbooks – Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey. As well, he has his own named brand selection of frozen foods that are available at Whole Foods, Loblaws and other fine retailers across the country.

A Scintillating Celebration of Arts & Ideas: Indian Summer Festival

The following article was contributed by Tourism Vancouver Staffer, Krista Edwardson.

East meets west at the second annual Indian Summer Festival, kicking off July 5 for a 10-day celebration of South Asian wellness, music, film, literature and of course cuisine. During this deliciously rich festival of arts and ideas, the SFU Woodward’s Complex and Goldcorp Centre for the Arts will invite the city to visit, experience and explore the culture of India.

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A Scintillating Celebration of Arts & Ideas: Indian Summer Festival

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

Market Dinners on Granville Island: Let Celebrity Chefs Cook for You

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If you’ve lived in Vancouver long enough – and have the patience to wait in the nightly queue – you’ve probably had the pleasure of sampling the lamb popsicles or Rajasthani-style goat meat or spot prawn curry at Vij’s, the restaurant off Granville that the New York Times declared “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”

But, have you ever had the chance to sit down for dinner with master chef Vikram Vij himself? Or how about the Food Network’s Ned Bell, who currently heads the kitchen at Yew Restaurant?  Or the dashing Thomas Haas, the local chocolatier behind some of the country’s most coveted chocolates?

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Market Dinners on Granville Island: Let Celebrity Chefs Cook for You

Vancouver Indian Summer Festival 2011

Vancouver's Celebrity Chef Vikram Vij at the inagural Indian Summer Festival. Photo: Indian Summer Festival

In honour of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and the official “Year of India in Canada,” Vancouver is hosting its first-ever Indian Summer Festival, an international arts festival that showcases top Indian and Indian-Canadian talent in music, dance, film, food, and yoga.

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Vancouver Indian Summer Festival 2011