10 Canadian Foods You Must Try in Vancouver

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Vancouver is known for international cuisine, with restaurants from around the world. But our city serves up lots of made-in-Canada treats too. Have you tried these ten Canadian foods in Vancouver?

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10 Canadian Foods You Must Try in Vancouver

Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

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Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

On now – Vancouver Poutine Challenge!

Photo courtesy Vancouver Foodster.

Photo courtesy Vancouver Foodster.

Last month, we showcased Vancouver’s 5 Best Places to Try Poutine for the First Time. While those restaurants specialize in the Quebec trademark, several others that don’t normally serve poutine are getting in on the curdy action this month in the third annual Poutine Challenge.

Organized by local food blogger Vancouver Foodster, the challenge sees 12 Vancouver and Richmond restaurants putting their own unique spins on the dish, including an Indian and a Jamaican version.

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On now – Vancouver Poutine Challenge!

5 Best Places to Try Poutine for the First Time in Vancouver

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Are you drooling yet?
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Trying poutine in Vancouver is like having croissants in France, sushi in Japan, and bagels in New York. It’s a must do if you’ve never tried it. It’s the quintessential dish of Canada, and while it may have originated in Quebec, Vancouverites sure do know how to pack a plate full of delicious, steaming hot fries smothered in gravy and squeaky cheese curds.

If you’re new to Canada, or just have never had a chance to try poutine, it’s time to take a trip to flavour-town and experience the taste sensation that some of the best poutine in Vancouver has to offer.

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5 Best Places to Try Poutine for the First Time in Vancouver

Hungry? Try Vancouver’s Top 20 Poutines in the 2013 Poutine Challenge, thru Feb 28

Photo credit: knightbefore_99 | Flickr

Photo credit: knightbefore_99 | Flickr

So many poutines, so little time.

Some 21 different styles of poutine – the classic Quebecois dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy – are competing for the title of Vancouver’s best this month as part of the 2nd annual Poutine Challenge.  And you’re the judge.

Organized by foodie website Vancouver Foodster, the Poutine Challenge is a kind of people’s choice awards for the classic comfort food.  You go to as many of the participating restaurants as you can during the month of February, sample their poutines and then vote online for your favourites from Feb. 26-March 2.

According to the contest rules, poutine should be judged by “originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.”

And judging from the lineup, there’s some stiff competition out there.  Here are just a few of this year’s standout poutines.

  • Stop by downtown’s New Orlean’s style Vancouver FanClub for their Pulled Pork Poutine, featuring pulled pork in a smoky bourbon barbecue sauce and cheese curds in chicken gravy, all garnished with mozzarella and chopped parsley.

Vancouver’s Best Poutine? You make the call!

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It’s that time again.  Let’s revive the great Vancouver poutine debate.

More than two years ago, I asked readers to share their picks for Vancouver’s best poutine.  That post got nearly 100 comments and was one of the most popular Inside Vancouver stories ever.

But a lot has changed in two years.  Suddenly, it seems poutine is everywhere in Vancouver – from fancy restaurants to dedicated poutineries serving nothing but fries and gravy (There’s even an annual Poutine Fest, held this year on March 9).  So I need your help:

Who serves Vancouver’s best poutine? Comment below and let the world know.   

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Vancouver’s Best Poutine? You make the call!

Come Hungry to The Festival de la Poutine Nov. 19

The annual Festival de la Poutine takes place Nov. 19, at the Hellenic Cultural Centre to the delight of Van’s poutine connoisseurs. The first time I ever heard of edible cheese curds was in nursery rhyme wherein little Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey. But I know better than to underrate the appeal of this Canadian staple. As Remy’s post on Vancouver’s best poutine demonstrates, poutine is a passion, not a passing trend like the bacon cupcake.

The Festival de la Poutine by Francouver celebrates this gravy and cheese curd smothered French fry dish. Read on to get the event details, from Poutine Crawl to poutine contest. Continue reading:
Come Hungry to The Festival de la Poutine Nov. 19