Where to Celebrate International Waffle Day (March 25) in Vancouver

Waffles at Cafe Medina; Photo Credit: Amy Ho

In the debate between pancakes, French toast, and waffles, the latters always wins out for me. Because of my love for waffles, I’m especially looking forward to the upcoming International Waffle Day on March 25, 2017!

Brunch is also one of my favourite meals of the day, whether it’s a fun mid-day date with my boyfriend, or a catch-up with some of my favourite pals. Plus, I get to mix the savoury with the sweet on my plate for the ultimate meal combination.

If you’re wanting to enjoy waffles this Saturday, here are few recommended spots:

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Where to Celebrate International Waffle Day (March 25) in Vancouver

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

Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series – Part II

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Part II: Patio to Win over Clients

Never underestimate the power of first impressions – especially when you’re wining and dining clients, your boss or a colleague who can help you skyrocket up the career ladder. Ambiance is everything, and a polished patio can make the difference between sealing the deal and getting shot down flat. Behold: our picks for stylish and savvy patios that’ll leave you feeling like you just conquered Wall Street.

Patio criteria:

  • Ambient music that’s not too distracting
  • Aesthetic and appetizing dishes
  • Rapid-fire service on demand – after all, you’ve got places to go and people to see

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Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series – Part II

Vancouver’s Handcrafted Eggnogs

Photo: Jorden Hutchison

By Jorden Hutchison

Eggnog…it’s the quintessential holiday drink. According to a recent poll by Statistics Canada, Canadians consume more than eight million litres of eggnog during the holiday season. And while store-bought eggnog might taste good, it can contain as many as fifteen not-so-wholesome ingredients like heavy cream, excessive amounts of sugar, artificial flavours and butter.

This holiday season, I set out on a search to explore Vancouver’s handcrafted eggnog scene. I went to a handful of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants – each known for serving great cocktails – and met the notable bartenders who create this festive brew. And while each drink was unique, one thing remained the same: they featured far less ingredients than store-bought versions yet ten times the flavour. So gather your friends and loved ones (19 years or older, of course) and follow this tasty Yuletide trail.

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Vancouver’s Handcrafted Eggnogs

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

Eco-Eating: Vancouver’s Carbon Neutral Restaurant

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Going carbon neutral was a big thing a few years ago, though it’s sadly slipped from the headlines of late.  Carbon neutrality means having no carbon footprint.  The idea is that through a combination of reducing your carbon output (by using renewable energy, recycling, etc) and purchasing carbon offsets (in essence, paying to have someone else “unpollute” the atmosphere through reforestation and clean energy projects), your net carbon emissions end up being zero.

All sorts of things can be certified as carbon neutral: housing developments, transit systems, businesses, even people.  It’s not easy to do and represents a pretty big commitment to the environment.  And now, one of Vancouver’s best restaurants has joined the club.

You might know Chambar as possibly the finest Belgian-French-Moroccan fusion restaurant that ever existed (at least if you’ve tried their braised lamb shank with honey and figs).  But the restaurant also has a serious green side.

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Eco-Eating: Vancouver’s Carbon Neutral Restaurant

Vancouver In a Day: Dining 101

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

Vancouver’s mastery of food was once a well-kept secret known only by the people who live here. Nowadays, it feels like hardly a week goes by before an internationally-renown chef opens a new restaurant or local talent innovates on Vancouver’s longstanding tradition of sustainable Northwest cuisine.

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Vancouver In a Day: Dining 101