National Maple Syrup Day: Vancouver Chefs Gets Creative with Maple Syrup

Image: The Vancouver Fish Company

Today, December 17, is National Maple Syrup Day, a chance to celebrate the sweet tree sap that has become a quintessential Canadian food product. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada produces 85% of the maple syrup in the globe from its sugar, black, and red maples, mainly located in Eastern Canada.

Here on the west coast, there are a range of artisanal small producers in the Okanagan and Vancouver Island, many of which harvest from bigleaf maples.

Vancouver chefs use this complex natural sweetener in both their savoury and sweet creations, giving you plenty of ways to enjoy maple syrup today as well as every day.

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National Maple Syrup Day: Vancouver Chefs Gets Creative with Maple Syrup

Brunchin’ in Vancouver Over the Holidays

Garganelli with pesto verde; Photo Credit: Mark Yammine

While brunch is always the loveliest of meals, it becomes especially so with the celebratory mood of the holidays. Brunch’s bringing together of sweet, savoury, and bubbly (hello, mimosas!) make it the ultimate seasonal dining treat.

Vancouver has establishments aplenty that do brunch in delectable style.

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Brunchin’ in Vancouver Over the Holidays

Après-Ski in West Coast Style in Vancouver

Apres-ski Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Photo: Grouse Mountain via The Burrard

Ski season isn’t just about enjoying the chairlift ride up the mountain or feeling the rush of wind on your way down a ski hill. Après-ski plays a big part in Vancouver’s mountain sports scene. Here’s where to ‘après‘ with your immediate household or core bubble in the city this winter.

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Après-Ski in West Coast Style in Vancouver

Get Festive with Christmas Dining and To-Go Options in Vancouver

Sourced from Fairmont Hotel Vancouver; Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

Christmas during the pandemic may look different this year, but establishments around the city have dreamed up sumptuous menus for keeping the holiday season cheerful and delicious.

Whether it’s dining in a restaurant or feasting on a takeout spread at home, you can enjoy turkey and all the fixings without any of the stress of slaving in the kitchen. And during these difficult times, a relaxing Christmas meal definitely sounds much needed.

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Get Festive with Christmas Dining and To-Go Options in Vancouver

Grab-and-Go Lunches in Vancouver: Sandwiches and More

Capo sub; Photo sourced from Capo and The Spritz

The perfect lunch is an art. During the work week or when you’re short on time, you’re seeking something that’s low fuss, but still highly satisfying for a mid-day refuelling. Vancouver has a host of different lunch options that can be conveniently picked up as takeout. Due to the current pandemic, many restaurants have also adjusted their business models to allow for even more seamless pre-ordering of menu options.

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Grab-and-Go Lunches in Vancouver: Sandwiches and More

Enjoy a Taco Staycation in Vancouver

Baja pescado taco and fried chicken taco; Sourced from Lucky Taco

Certain foods invoke sunshine and carefree days sipping margaritas. Although Vancouverites are staying local right now, there are plenty of tacos to be had for a Mexican culinary escape in the city. Plus, tacos are convenient for a grab-and-go meal or for a take-out feast at home.

In the last few years, Mexican restaurant options in Vancouver have expanded significantly, ranging from casual taquerias to more upscale dining establishments.

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Enjoy a Taco Staycation in Vancouver

Experience Curries from Around the World in Vancouver

Sourced from Maenam; Seafood turmeric curry

Curries, with their rich and multi-spiced flavour profiles, are the ideal cold-weather antidote. Spooned over rice with a flatbread, like naan, a curry makes for a soothing meal, whether dining in at a restaurant or enjoyed at home as delicious takeout.

Vancouver has a range of establishments that serve excellent curry, representing a diversity of food cultures that have created their own unique versions of the dish.

Here is a list of ones to get you started on your tour of curry options in the city:

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Experience Curries from Around the World in Vancouver