3 Autumn Menus to Try Right Now in Vancouver

YEW’s pan-fried scallops; Sourced from Shingo Kido

Autumn is by far my favourite season in Vancouver, with the changing colours of the leaves, the more contemplative weather, and, above all, the delicious comfort food available at restaurants around the city.

Fall cooking has the kind of robust flavours that are perfect for warming up on a chilly day. And with an abundance of exciting local ingredients, chefs in Vancouver have dreamed up some sumptuous dishes. Here are three menus to try in the city this season:

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3 Autumn Menus to Try Right Now in Vancouver

Where to Drink Vancouver’s Six Best Classic Bourbon Cocktails Right Now

As the season shifts from summer to fall, it’s time to switch up fresh summer flavours for cosy fall sippers; in other words, embrace bourbon. And because everything tastes better when you know more about it, we asked Joel Virginillo, Reserve consultant and ambassador, Wirtz Beverage to explain a little more. “Bourbon is the definition of American whiskey: bold, boisterous and complex on the palate.  Bourbon was historically made in Kentucky, but recently the laws were relaxed and now any state can produce it as long as it follows the steadfast rules of two years minimum aging in brand new oak barrels and it needs to be a minimum 51% corn based with no charcoal filtration.”

So now you know what you’re drinking, here’s six classic Bourbon cocktails to try in six awesome Vancouver bars, ready, steady, cheers!  Continue reading:
Where to Drink Vancouver’s Six Best Classic Bourbon Cocktails Right Now

Cheers! Top Drop Vancouver is Back

Photo credit: Christine McAvoy Photograph

Photo credit: Christine McAvoy Photograph

If you’ve not heard of it before, prepare to get thoroughly excited about the return of Top Drop Vancouver, a unique two day event that brings together wineries, craft breweries, and cideries from around the world and then pairs them with delicious sustainably farmed foods. Top Drop Vancouver’s Main Event is a charity fundraising grand tasting and there are a brace of thrilling winery dinners that have tickets available too.  Continue reading:
Cheers! Top Drop Vancouver is Back

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part I

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Photos by Nicole Havers and Jorden Hutchison

“The real secret of magic lies in the performance.” – David Copperfield

Christmas is undeniably one of the most magical times of the year. Twinkling fairy lights reflect in small children’s eyes, dancing elves shimmy down chimneys to distribute electronic toys and bars of Toblerone, and families gather round garland-strewn trees wearing sweaters they wouldn’t otherwise be caught dead in.

Indeed, magic abounds during Yuletide – and sometimes you’ll find it in the most unexpected places. For the fourth annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl, we challenged bartenders across the city to design a gobletful of magic, a smoke-infused drink with an enchanting presentation rivalled only by that captivating and utterly memorable first sip. We asked for magic, for smoke and mirrors, and oh yes, they delivered.

Come with us and take a seat at the bar. There’s no wand-waving here, no bag of tricks. Just simple ingredients, an apothecary’s cupboard of worldly libations, and the conjurer behind the bar who whips it together and – abracadabra – reveals a potion worthy of David Copperfield himself. Ready to be wowed? Let’s begin.

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part I

Return of the Christmas Cocktail Crawl: A Nutritious Noel

Photo: Sonu Purhar

Every reveller down in Van-ville liked Christmas a lot
But the city’s many health fiends … sadly, some did not.
All that food was delicious, but those calories? a fright!
And come January 1, everyone’s clothes were too tight.

But then local bartenders stepped up and said, “Quiet!
Christmas is for celebrating, not worrying about diets.
For years and years we’ve put up with it now
We MUST put liquid cheer back in Yuletide – but how?”

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Return of the Christmas Cocktail Crawl: A Nutritious Noel