Give a taste of Vancouver with these 5 cookbooks

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

If you’re still hungry for gift ideas going into the final holiday stretch, we’ve got you covered. Vancouver has some of the best restaurants in the world, and luckily, local chefs are willing to share their recipes.

Here are five cookbooks that let you give a taste of the city to loved ones near and far. They’re all available online and at bookstores around town; try Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) for a good selection.

First, what does Rob Feenie, who rose to fame through Lumiere restaurant and is now executive chef at the Cactus Club Cafe, cook at home?

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Give a taste of Vancouver with these 5 cookbooks

Vancouver’s White Spot Turns 85 and Offers Retro Menu

Photo sourced from Whitespot.ca

Photo sourced from Whitespot.ca

Are you ready to turn back the clock with Chicken Pick’ns, Triple Triple burgers and bumbleberry pie?

White Spot, Vancouver’s beloved homegrown burger joint, is turning 85 on July 16.  In honour of the momentous occasion, they’re bringing back a retro menu from June 10-July  14 featuring some long lost classics from the restaurant’s early years.

In addition to the artery-challenging Triple Triple burger (that’s three patties slathered with Triple O sauce), White Spot will feature the snack that started it all: their BBQ Chicken Sandwich.

When the original White Spot drive-in opened in 1928 on Granville Street and 67th Avenue in Vancouver, beef was in short supply.  So the restaurant earned its first loyal fans by serving chicken, not burgers, explains Mia Stainsby in a great article for the Vancouver Sun.

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Vancouver’s White Spot Turns 85 and Offers Retro Menu

The White Spot Triple O Mobile

Apparently there’s a new player – with a familiar name – in Vancouver’s street food scene.  Earlier this month, White Spot, Vancouver’s historic burger chain, launched the big green Triple O mobile.  The truck debuted at one of the Celebration of Light fireworks events at English Bay.

The Triple O mobile offers a full lineup of Legendary Burgers, Double Doubles (two quarter-pound patties with two slices of cheese and bacon), fries and milkshakes made with real ice cream.  It’s also serving as a kind of mobile research-and-development lab where diners will be able to try out new, experimental dishes like the mysterious Nacho Burger.

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The White Spot Triple O Mobile