Taste of Yaletown 2014 fortified with beer and spirits

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel's website.

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel’s website.

While you’ll have to wait until January to experience the city-wide Dine Out Vancouver Festival, this month’s Taste of Yaletown takes a bite out of dining scene with a focus on one neighbourhood.

The Yaletown festival runs from October 16 to 30 and highlights 25 restaurants in the upscale False Creek area. While reservations aren’t necessary at some places, they are highly recommended at others, so the sooner you solidify your plans the better.

Although fixed-price menus of $25, $35, and $45 make up the festival’s foundation, there’s a lot of flexibility within them. Restaurants don’t necessarily follow the appetizer-main course-dessert format: they’re free to create any food and drink combo, or customize the experience with a special event. This is great for people who, for example, don’t really do dessert or are looking for a lighter lunch rather than a formal dinner.

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Taste of Yaletown 2014 fortified with beer and spirits

Give Back and Win Big at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre

Coal Harbour seawall at sunset

Photo: Claude Schneider | Flickr

The Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre’s inaugural food drive is in full swing!

Throughout the month of December, locals and visitors are invited to bring in non-perishable items for donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Anyone who donates will be entered to win an entertainment prize package including:

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Give Back and Win Big at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre

Ring in the Holidays with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Photo credit: Winston Wong | Flickr

Ring in the holiday season with the 10th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 1st. Each year, 300,000 people turn out to see over sixty-five festival floats, marching bands, choirs, and community groups. The parade takes place in downtown Vancouver with over 3,500 participants and 300 volunteers. In addition to the parade, you can also bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy some pre-parade fun.

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Ring in the Holidays with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Canstruction Vancouver 2012: Incredible Can-Art Fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Despicable Me-inspired sculpture from Canstruction Vancouver 2011. Photo: Canstruction Vancouver

Whenever I’m feeling down, I always get a spiritual and psychological boost from seeing the results of human creativity, whether it’s “high art” at the Vancouver Art Gallery or, say, huge Despicable Me characters made out of tuna cans. Heck, just posting the pictures in this post made me smile.

When it comes to uplifting displays of ingenuity that also serve a greater good, you can’t beat the annual Canstruction Vancouver show, a free exhibit of art and sculptures made out of canned food that raises funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

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Canstruction Vancouver 2012: Incredible Can-Art Fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank