Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

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Stay with me on this one.  Two Vancouver restaurants are being featured in the upcoming finale of Top Chef: Texas.  Top Chef is the hit reality cooking show on Bravo, where chefs face off in a series of culinary challenges.  This season – judged by Emeril Lagasse, among others – is set in Texas and focuses on southern cuisine like pit BBQ and chili.

But the final episodes have been filmed right here in Vancouver.  The finale is set in two very popular restaurants on Alberni Street: Black+Blue and Coast. Catch it when it airs March 12 at 6 p.m. on Food Network Canada (or Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. if you get Bravo USA) – or head down to ritzy Alberni Street yourself for a first-hand look at the featured restaurants.

Black+Blue is a brand-new, upscale steakhouse that’s already winning acclaim for having the best steaks in town.  Continue reading:
Top Chef Finale Features Vancouver restaurants Black+Blue and Coast

Vancouver in the Movies: Top 5 film locations

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Earlier this month, when I was walking down Granville Street late one night, I stumbled upon a crime scene.  Riot vans had congregated at the corner of Granville and Pender.  There was a huge crowd, and several policemen were yelling into their radios.

Only upon closer inspection did I notice that the riot van said San Francisco Police Department on the side.  Turns out I had stumbled onto a movie set for an upcoming TV series.

That got me thinking about how often Vancouver ends up in movies and on TV (often disguised as another city).  I did some research and found a few of the top filming locations in the city (many thanks to a great article by John Mackie in the Vancouver Sun).

Below are 5 well known filming spots.  If you know more, please comment below:

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Vancouver in the Movies: Top 5 film locations