Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

YEW’s decadent Buttered Rum (courtesy Leila Kwok).

Sugar, spice and everything nice – the holidays wouldn’t taste as sweet without the palate-popping flavours of peppermint candy canes, creamy hot chocolate and spicy gingerbread. When these treats are enhanced by rum, sparkling wine, chocolate liqueur and other boozy indulgences, the yum factor rockets to a whole new level. Inside Vancouver’s seventh annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl unearths some of the tastiest candy-inspired cocktails in the city so you, dear reader, can easily find a festive brew to suit your tastes. For more cocktail inspo, view previous versions of the Crawl here. Happy holidays!

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

Thierry’s fromage blanc Bûche de Noël; Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

The best part of the holiday season is that calories don’t count (at least that’s what I tell myself)! After all, it’s the time of year for cookies exchanges, annual fruit cake, and decadent seasonal desserts in restaurants and pâtisseries around town. It’s enough to make anyone lose the Grinch spirit!

Here are five places in town that are decking their ovens with sheer deliciousness:

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Where to Enjoy Holiday Desserts in Vancouver (with recipe)

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

Get In My Belly! Crab & Lobster Boils Are Happening at YEW seafood + bar

Sweet, succulent, buttery and juicy. Yes, we’re talking about shellfish all-stars, BC-caught Dungeness crab and Canadian lobster.

Now through the end of August, the YEW seafood + bar (at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver) offers you the chance to dig into these sustainable seafood favourites at their Canada 150-inspired coast-to-coast Sunday Seafood Dining Series Crab & Lobster Boils.

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Get In My Belly! Crab & Lobster Boils Are Happening at YEW seafood + bar

Where to Indulge Your Holiday Sweet Tooth in Vancouver

Cookies from the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Cookies from the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Memories of the holiday always bring up the heavenly taste of shortbread, gingerbread, chocolate, and stollen – all paired with glasses of rich egg nog. And of course, sweets are even better when they’re shared (or hoarded all to yourself if you’re feeling Grinch-like).

Happily, the calibre of Vancouver’s pastry chefs has grown exponentially in the last few years, with them dreaming up all sorts of decadent goodies for this Christmas season.

Here are two places in the city where you can share your favourite course – dessert – together over a lovely hot beverage or a winter cocktail or two.

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Where to Indulge Your Holiday Sweet Tooth in Vancouver

5 Vancouver Restaurants Serving Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner

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Turkey Dinner | Courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver or just want to skip out on the prep (not to mention dishes) of cooking this year, here are 5 downtown restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in style. Click on the restaurant name to reserve your table now. Continue reading:
5 Vancouver Restaurants Serving Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner

Vancouver Date Idea: Chowing Down Together at a Seafood Boil

Sourced from YEW

Sourced from YEW

My boyfriend grew up in Nova Scotia where his family throws community parties for their small town. We attended one last winter and I loved how everyone was in the kitchen, feasting on home-cooked rustic food, chatting, and having an overall great time together.

Inspired by this East coast tradition, a few restaurants in the city are hosting seafood boils that would make for a fun and tasty night out (as long as you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with good food).

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Vancouver Date Idea: Chowing Down Together at a Seafood Boil