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

Five Vancouver Easter Sunday brunch buffets for 2015

Photo Credit: Dockside Restaurant on Facebook

Photo Credit: Dockside Restaurant on Facebook

It happens but once a year: that day when kids are not only allowed but encouraged to eat pure chocolate for breakfast. There’s fun for adults too…the whole family, in fact, at the Easter brunch buffets that take place around town.

Here are five with extensive options that will please both kids and adults–whether the latter want to slurp oysters or secretly just want to eat multiple desserts for breakfast, too.

All of the following brunch buffets take place on Easter Sunday (April 5); be sure to make reservations, and come hungry. (You have been officially warned not to fill up on chocolate eggs!)

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Five Vancouver Easter Sunday brunch buffets for 2015

Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

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Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver