The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

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No less an authority than The New York Times declared that “the number of truly outstanding restaurants in Vancouver is astounding.” But with so many incredible eateries and mouthwatering dishes, where do you start? Here’s a cheat sheet: Taste these and you’re well on your way to discovering the culinary soul of the city.
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The Edible Bucket List: 5 Things You Have to Taste in Vancouver

Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog. Photo credit: Flickr user Ruocaled

Hot dog! Vancouverite Steve Thomson won the highly anticipated Japadog Hot Dog Eating Contest that took place during lunchtime today at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Thomson, who’s been called “the sensei of speed eating” and “top dog,” downed seven Japadogs in 10 minutes. That’s about half a Japadog every 43 seconds. The runner up was close, managing to wolf down six.

Japadog is Vancouver’s most venerable multicultural, creative food cart with a strong following of locals and a reputation as a “must try” visitor experience. The dogs come in beef, turkey, pork and veggie. The topping combos are what fans (including celebrities Ice Cube, Daniel Dae Kim, Public Enemy and chef Anthony Bourdain) drool over: terimayo sauce, seaweed, grated daikon, miso, yakisoba noodles, kimchi, black sesame etc.

What began as one humble food cart in 2005 is now a Japadog empire, with five Vancouver locations and a storefront in NYC. Continue reading:
Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog’s famous Terimayo. Photo: Remy Scalza

How fast can you down a Terimayo? How about 20 Terimayos?

Japadog, Vancouver’s most famous street food vendor, is hosting a Japadog eating contest to see who can eat the most Japadogs in 10 minutes at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 17, 2012.

(Yes, there is a Japadog at YVR.)

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How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

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There’s been lots of food cart news lately in Vancouver: 12 new vendors; carts in public parks; a food truck block party at the Waldorf.  Amid all the excitement, however, this tasty bit of news slid through the cracks.

Japadog now has a food cart right outside of the International Arrivals Terminal at Vancouver’s YVR airport.   Airport dining may never be the same.

I noticed the brightly colored cart – with its endorsements from the likes of Ice Cube and Steven Seagal – while leaving the airport earlier this week.  The savoury smell of all-beef dogs topped with miso, wasabi, seaweed and daikon made me wish I’d skipped the in-flight meal.

I was disappointed to discover, however, that no one seemed to be patronizing the new YVR Japadog.  Travelers hustled by lugging carry-ons and suitcases, but nobody bothered to pause for some Asian-infused, wiener-based refreshment.  Considering that the downtown Japadogs are usually queued up day and night, this came as a surprise.  Continue reading:
A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

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

Japadog Gets a Real Home on Robson Street

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When it comes to Vancouver street food, the undisputed champ – easily blowing away all other sausage vendors, chestnut roasters and popcorn sellers – has to be Japadog.  Five years ago, Japadog inventor Noriki Tamura revolutionized the hot dog universe by serving up dogs with a Japanese twist:  turkey smokies with daikon radish; bratwurst with soy sauce; beef dogs with teryaki and seaweed.   His hot dog carts were an instant sensation, drawing long, hungry lines to the corner of Burrard and Smithe Streets and other locations.

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Japadog Gets a Real Home on Robson Street

Olympic Street Food in Vancouver

Vancouver's got great restaurants, but what about its street food?

The secret is officially out on Vancouver’s food scene.  Earlier this month, The New York Times declared Vancouver among “the best eating towns in the history of the Winter Games.”  Gourmands and epicures the world over are – at this very moment –  feverishly blogging about the city’s innovative restaurants and chic-chic bistros.  But for me, a city’s culinary clout isn’t just about the gourmet stuff.

To truly be a culinary capital, a city has to deliver on the low-end, as well.  And it doesn’t get any lower end than street food – no waiters, no tables, not even a door.  New York’s got great street food.  So does Tokyo.  But how does Vancouver stack up?

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Olympic Street Food in Vancouver