Daily Dine Out Vancouver Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate for Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company

Welcome to the Daily Dine Out Vancouver Giveaways ! Check back daily for a new giveaway each day of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Today’s giveaway is a $50 Gift Certificate to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Simply post a comment below, and we’ll randomly select a winner tomorrow.

Good luck everyone!

Updated January 30th: Congratulations Emiko! Check your email for details.

Daily Dine Out Vancouver Giveaway: $75 Gift Certificate for Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Welcome to the Daily Dine Out Vancouver Giveaways ! Check back daily for a new giveaway each day of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Today’s giveaway is a $75 Gift Certificate to Oakwood Canadian Bistro.

Simply post a comment below, and we’ll randomly select a winner tomorrow.

Good luck everyone!

Update Jan 29: Congratulations Hayley C! Check your email.

Dine Out 2012 Sneak Peak, Part II: $28 Menu at Yaletown’s New Chinois

Chinois Restaurant's Deep Fried Crab Claw, from its Dine Out Vancouver 2012 menu. Photo: Dana Lynch

Yesterday, in Part I of my Dine Out 2012 Sneak Preview, I wrote about attending the Media Preview for Dine Out Vancouver 2012, where I joined a group of Vancouver reporters and media personalities to sample the Dine Out Menus at two restaurants: Beachside Forno in Ambleside and the new Chinois Restaurant in Yaletown.

Chinois was the second stop in our Dine Out tour, and our group was super excited to try it; for many of us, this was our first chance to sample their stylish, contemporary Chinese cuisine.  Owner Peter Girges, the man behind Opus Hotel’s pop-up restaurant 100 Days, opened Chinois in November 2011 because he felt Vancouver (unlike Richmond) lacked a true “destination Chinese restaurant.” Their $28 Dine Out Menu is the perfect chance to see for yourself if Chinois has succeeded. (Spoiler: They definitely have!)

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Dine Out 2012 Sneak Peak, Part II: $28 Menu at Yaletown’s New Chinois

Five favourites from PuSh Festival January 17-February 4

Have you been PuShed? Launched in 2003, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival January 17-February 4 is a Vancouver signature event that’s been described as a beacon of avante-garde light in the dead of winter. Over three weeks, PuSh Festival presents an adventurous program of theatre, dance, multimedia shows and music.

PuSh is renowned for nudging Vancouver audiences toward a heightened appreciation of contemporary performing arts. Expect an over-the-top opening gala, saucy musicals, interactive salons and even dinner theatre in partnership with Dine Out Vancouver.

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Five favourites from PuSh Festival January 17-February 4

Dine Out 2012 Sneak Peak, Part I: Beachside Forno’s Amazing $18 Dine Out Menu

Beachside Forno's Salt Spring Mussels & Fries, from their $18 Dine Out Vancouver 2012 menu. Photo: Dana Lynch

Last night was the “Media Preview” for Dine Out 2012, the Vancouver restaurant event where 200+ restaurants offer discount, three-course menus for $18, $28 or $38. (This year’s 10th anniversary Dine Out is packed with foodie events: including Plated and Paired, Dine Academy, Secret Supper Soiree, Act I Eat 1, Street Food City, Salt & Pepper, and Brasserie Mystere; read more here.)

At the Preview, representatives from all types of media—journalists, bloggers, TV- and radio personalities—gathered at the Wedgewood Hotel for appetizers before being divided into smaller groups; each group then headed to two different Dine Out restaurants to sample their Dine Out 2012 menus (and report on the food, naturally).

For my group, which included CBC’s Margaret Gallagher and Urban Foodie Anya Levykh, the first restaurant we sampled was West Vancouver’s Beachside Forno, which has an incredible $18 menu you won’t want to miss!

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Dine Out 2012 Sneak Peak, Part I: Beachside Forno’s Amazing $18 Dine Out Menu

Dine Out Vancouver – 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

The upcoming Dine Out Vancouver Festival will be the 10th anniversary of this much anticipated event. We started Dine Out Vancouver as a way to raise the profile of Vancouver’s culinary scene, and also to help fill our restaurants during a generally slow period between Christmas and Valentine’s day.

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Dine Out Vancouver – 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012

Image: PuSh Festival

After the gift and booze-fueled revelry of December, January can look quite bleak. Don’t despair. This is mostly chemical and will disappear by January 2, if you drink lots of water.

January in Vancouver is packed full of cultural happenings, sporting events, festivals and markets. I’ve listed 25 events to look forward to in January after the jump.

With options ahead like Dine Out Vancouver, the annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Chinese New Year, good luck trying to schedule a night in, folks.
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25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012