12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver in Winter 2022/23

Chocolate gingerbread house from Mon Paris

Chocolate gingerbread house from Mon Paris Patisserie. Photo: Nora Hamade.

One of the most decadent parts of the holiday season is all the sweet treats. Celebrate with fun flavours like gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. Check out what these Vancouver bakeries and chocolatiers have created for winter 2022/23.

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12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver in Winter 2022/23

12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver This Season

Bûches de Noël from Faubourg Bakery

Photo: Faubourg Bakery

One of the most decadent parts of the holiday season is all the sweet treats. Celebrate with fun flavours like gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. Check out what these Vancouver bakeries and chocolatiers have created this year.

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12 Delicious Holiday Treats to Try in Vancouver This Season

Swoon Over These Valentine’s Day Menus in Vancouver

Valentine’s Day package from Hawksworth Restaurant; Photo: Hawksworth Restaurant

A lot of love is evidenced in the carefully crafted menus that restaurants in the city have dreamed up for Valentine’s Day this year. And during this difficult time, I think we can all agree that love is a welcome thing to embrace.

Whether you are planning to sup on a restaurant meal at home, go out to celebrate with a romantic partner, or take yourself out on a much-deserved self-date, there are plenty of options offered by Vancouver establishments.

Below are 10 ideas to get you started on your Valentine’s Day planning:

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Swoon Over These Valentine’s Day Menus in Vancouver

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)

Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Flash backward: Expo’86, the #3 Main Street bus, I was a visiting eight year old. I thought every culture in the world lived in Vancouver and the city smelled damp like spring time and green everything. This small-town, interior B.C. girl was as overwhelmed and overjoyed when we stepped off the bus to go to Science World. I remember thinking that Vancouver was the coolest thing since Jem and the Holograms and Kraft Dinner.

Flash forward: every time I step out of YVR or drive home down Davie Street, I still inhale deep Vancouver’s fresh, moist air I loved so much as a kid. And, I still think Vancouver is pretty cool – better even than a Tupac hologram or late night poutine.

For the last few weeks, as my little family and I prepared to cross the Rockies to our new home in Edmonton I’ve been unusually weepy.  Every time I crossed Lion’s Gate Bridge, walked in Stanley Park or visited one of my favourite spots (there are so, so, so many) I became a bit weepy because it could be my last (for a while).

Exactly 10 years, seven months and 16 days ago I moved to Vancouver in search of a job, friends and a home after 15 months of international work and travel. I’ve lived in the WestEnd mostly with appearances in Kitsilano, East Van and Chinatown/Main Street.

It was such a privilege to share some of the places, people, activities and eateries/drinking holes that I admire with Inside Vancouver readers over the past year and a half. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing your views. I’m a list maker, so as a farewell to you and to my favourite Canadian city, here’s my personal ‘Best of’ list.

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Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Featured Vancouverite: Jackie Ellis

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? All of my life. I moved away for periods of time but Vancouver’s always been home.

Occupation:
Baker and owner of Beaucoup Bakery. I was previously a designer and owner of a small design firm.

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Featured Vancouverite: Jackie Ellis