Where to Warm Up by the Fire in Vancouver

Couple drinking cocktails by the cozy fireplace at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Photo: Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

It’s brisk out there, folks! Whether it’s a campfire or a fireplace feature in a snazzy hotel, there’s just something about sitting by the fire. It’s time to get cozy for date night or dinner with your housemate. Warm-up by the fire over dinner or cocktails at some of Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels.

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Where to Warm Up by the Fire in Vancouver

New Vancouver Restaurants To Try This Fall

Coconut rice cakes at Do Chay; Photo sourced from restaurant

Even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver’s restaurateurs have soldiered on, intrepidly opening establishments that further the vibrancy of this city’s eating and imbibing scene. The breadth of the new offerings attests to the diverse expertise and backgrounds of the teams behind these ventures. Here are some new places to add to your must-try list:

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New Vancouver Restaurants To Try This Fall

Year-Round Patios in Vancouver

Year round patios Vancouver

Photo: Distillery Bar + Grill

Winter brings a dip in temperature, but us Vancouverites love to sit at a patio all year round. Here are some patios to sip, eat and people-watch from — no matter the season!

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Year-Round Patios in Vancouver

Recipe: Salmon, Grains & Greens Salad

By Burgoo Bistro, North Vancouver



Mixed greens (3 cups)
Cucumber, diced (10 pieces)
Strawberry, sliced (10 pieces)
Red onion, sliced (2 tbsp)
Sunflower seeds (2 tbsp)
Cooked quinoa (2 tbsp)
Fresh parsley (1 tbsp)

Wild sockeye salmon (4 – 2.5oz portions)
Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
Olive oil (1 tbsp)
Ground black pepper (1/2 tbsp)
Salt (1/2 tbsp)

Cookhouse Vinaigrette:
Red onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
Garlic cloves, chopped (1/4 cup)
Liquid honey (1/4 cup)
Dijon mustard (1/4 cup)
Fresh parsley, chopped (1/4 cup)
Balsamic vinegar (1 cup)
Red wine vinegar (2 cups)
Water (1/2 cup)
Salt (2 tbsp)
Black pepper (2 tbsp)
Canola Oil (1-1/2 litres)



  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Toss salmon in lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper and salt.
  3. Lightly roast salmon until just cooked through, around 7 minutes, set aside to cool.
  4. In a blender, or using a hand blender, make vinaigrette by pureeing red onions, garlic, honey, mustard, parsley, vinegars, and water until well combined.
  5. With the motor running, slowly add canola oil in a steady stream until the dressing has thickened, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  6. Toss salad ingredients and salmon with 3 oz of vinaigrette per portion.




Top Tips for Perfect Sushi Rice

Sushi rice is the foundation for good sushi. For home cooks, there are five top tips to making sushi rice at home, and Kazuhiro Hayashi, Executive Sushi Chef at Miku Restaurant, has given us this insider knowledge. Continue reading:
Top Tips for Perfect Sushi Rice

Last chance to get tickets to these Vancouver International Wine Fest Winery Dinners!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb 21-March 1) approacheth. With seminars, special events, minglers, and sit-down dinners, as well as an international tasting room, the annual event is one of the city’s most anticipated, at least by oenophiles.

The dinners are an especially hot ticket. Along with a tasty way to learn more about wine, they offer a chance to network with professionals in the food and wine industry and enjoy a special dinner prepared by some of the city’s best chefs. Each dinner focuses on a different participating winery in the festival, and builds their menu around the wines paired during the dinner.

While many of the dinners are sold out, some still have spots available. Note: tickets to these events are only available until 11:59 p.m. tonight, Feb. 13.

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Last chance to get tickets to these Vancouver International Wine Fest Winery Dinners!

Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Photo by Clint Trahan/clinttrahan.com.

When Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink rolls around, you can bet that the city’s food-obsessed Instagrammers will be out in full force.

The start of Dine Out Vancouver Festival (Jan 17-Feb 2) is just a few days away. Over 300 restaurants are taking part, with special set menus in different price ranges ($15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. There are also several events/experiences ranging from secret locales to beer, wine, and distillery tours and, on Jan. 16, the Grand Tasting at Rocky Mountaineer Station. Tickets are now on sale and reservations available at dineoutvancouver.com.

You can find out more about some of the events below. Meanwhile, as we get closer to Dine Out Vancouver, here are five local foodiegrammers to follow.

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Six local Instagrammers to follow in the lead-up to Dine Out Vancouver Festival

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