10 Places to Have a Fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner in Vancouver

Maenam family-style tasting menu; Photo: Alaina Michelle Photography

Although 2022 is rapidly reaching its close, you still have time to book one of Vancouver’s top-notch restaurants for a sumptuous and celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner.

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10 Places to Have a Fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner in Vancouver

From Eggs Benny to Afternoon Tea: Food for Celebrating Mom in Vancouver

Photo: Minami’s Mother’s Day Bento, Credit: Cody Chan

Especially this year, Moms deserve an additional round of applause for the amazing support and love they provide their families. Restaurants around the city are featuring all sorts of exciting and diverse menus for paying tribute this weekend to Mom. Whether you want to dine on a lovely patio or pre-order a takeout package, there’s sure to be an option that will make your Mother’s Day celebration joyous and delectable.

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From Eggs Benny to Afternoon Tea: Food for Celebrating Mom in Vancouver

Liven Up Your Holidays with Southeast Asian Flavours

Roti Canai; Photo Sourced from Banana Leaf

If you’re tired of turkey (and turkey leftovers) this holiday season, you might start yearning for other flavours.

Instead, think rich coconut curries, stir-fried noodles, and stews chock-full of delicious ingredients. Vancouver, with its diverse Asian population, benefits from an array of Southeast Asian restaurants that speak to the vibrancy of the different cuisines in the region. Many of the dishes are especially comforting for a wintry evening meal at home.

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Liven Up Your Holidays with Southeast Asian Flavours

Experience Curries from Around the World in Vancouver

Sourced from Maenam; Seafood turmeric curry

Curries, with their rich and multi-spiced flavour profiles, are the ideal cold-weather antidote. Spooned over rice with a flatbread, like naan, a curry makes for a soothing meal, whether dining in at a restaurant or enjoyed at home as delicious takeout.

Vancouver has a range of establishments that serve excellent curry, representing a diversity of food cultures that have created their own unique versions of the dish.

Here is a list of ones to get you started on your tour of curry options in the city:

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Experience Curries from Around the World in Vancouver

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part II

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Photos by Nicole Havers and Jorden Hutchison

Missed Part I? Catch up here, then read on.

Stop 1: UVA Wine Bar

uvaNot even UVA’s pulsing music, purple lights and funky décor can compete with the story behind your first smoked cocktail of the night. Ask bartender Lauren Mote why it holds special significance – you’re guaranteed a crash course in history, a geographical orientation to the Scottish highlands and one hell of a science experiment.

Cocktail The Rhapsody

Bartender Lauren Mote

Tastes like… History soaked in a sharp, smart drink. Orange and juniper bitters, courtesy of Bittered Sling, round out the smoldering scotch, though it’ll take a few moments after that first silky sip for the underlying smoke to hit you. Don’t be fooled by The Rhapsody’s innocuous golden hue – there is rich, deep history here. The base, Ardbeg Ten Years Old, is the peatiest whisky of them all and distilled on the island of Islay, Scotland – but that’s not as far as Ardbeg travelled. Back in 2011, vials of the spirit were launched into space for the world’s coolest science experiment: testing the micro-gravity of whisky production. Just like its star ingredient, this cocktail doesn’t mess around.

What makes this cocktail magical? “There’s something so mysterious about this beautifully smoky Ardbeg whisky made in Islay. It’s pretty powerful to drink a spirit that you know has been there, a spirit that was first distilled in such an ancient place. It moves me to tears, thinking that what we do every day – people have been doing it for thousands of years before us. Whiskies instantly transport you back to a time and place.” – Lauren

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Thailand in Vancouver

Photo from the Maenam website

Photo from the Maenam website

A flight from Vancouver, British Columbia to Bangkok, Thailand is roughly 16 hours, not including the commute to and from the airport, check-in process and potential flight delays. Add to that a solid day or two of jetlag on either side, and you’ve got an enormous travel commitment.

While the mangosteen fruit may not be quite as fresh in Vancouver as they are in Bangkok, it’s possible to experience an authentic taste of Thailand without doing big damage to your credit card, and with the added bonus of sleeping in your own bed. Continue reading:
Thailand in Vancouver

5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds

Warning: This post is for the romantic Valentines out there. The indifferent, independent, newly broken-up, stoic anti-capitalists, haters and daters should check out Dana’s round up of Valentine’s Day events for non-traditionalists.

For all you love birds, Vancouver’s talented chefs have cooked up an impressive spread of romantic Valentine’s Day menus. Take refuge with your own cooing kind and make those dinner reservations. The perk of dining out vs. cooking for each other? All the date with none of the clean up.

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5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds