Treat Yourself to Turkey at a Vancouver Restaurant this Christmas

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The Buffet (Jean-Louis Forain) – Creative Commons

Does the thought of cooking a turkey give you a panic attack? Can your oven even fit a turkey? On vacation in Vancouver with no kitchen in your place? Just feel like doing something different this holiday? Why not get out of the kitchen and go out this Christmas to enjoy a meal cooked by the professionals!?

While most restaurants shut down for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday, there are a few that remain open to make sure you’ll get properly fed. Whether you’re looking to try a Turducken, or you just want a good ol’ turkey dinner with all the trimmings, the local Vancouver restaurant scene has you covered.

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Treat Yourself to Turkey at a Vancouver Restaurant this Christmas

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

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Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is home to an exciting mix of independent cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. After all, “The Drive” is arguably the most diverse and colourful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It’s also ground zero for many of Vancouver’s largest festivals, including Illuminares, the Dyke March, Italian Day, the Vancouver Poetry Festival, the Parade of Lost Souls, East Side Pride and Car-Free Day.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Vancouver In a Day: Dining 101

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

Vancouver’s mastery of food was once a well-kept secret known only by the people who live here. Nowadays, it feels like hardly a week goes by before an internationally-renown chef opens a new restaurant or local talent innovates on Vancouver’s longstanding tradition of sustainable Northwest cuisine.

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Vancouver In a Day: Dining 101

Dining at Vancouver’s CinCin – Fine Italian Cuisine at its Best

CinCin's wood-fired braciola di maiale. Photo: Dana Lynch

As any Vancouverite knows, Vancouver is a city of world-class dining, with more choices for culinary excellence than any foodie could dream of. Even so, when you write about Vancouver restaurants for a living (as I do), there are certain names that always come up—names like Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar and West or celebrity darlings like Glowbal and Tojo’s—restaurants that are generally considered the crème de la crème of Vancouver dining. One such restaurant, one that I’ve heard about for years but just tried for myself this week, is the highly-acclaimed Italian CinCin, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this past fall.

Located in the very heart of the Robson Street shopping district, CinCin’s many awards include winning Gold for Best Last Course in the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and Best Italian in the Westender’s Best of the City Awards 2009. It also has a warm, inviting dining room, an elegant and modern curved bar, and a garden terrace that’s divine in warmer weather.

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Dining at Vancouver’s CinCin – Fine Italian Cuisine at its Best

New Year’s Resolutions over Bagels

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As New Year’s Eve approaches, like many, I have been thinking about the past year and wondering what’s ahead. I’m not one for resolutions unless they naturally present themselves, but I am a big fan of living a self-examined life, so it didn’t hurt to think about one for myself. I came up short of resolutions I could fully commit to. I do however have a pretty good idea of what Vancouver’s resolution might be: to continue working at becoming one of the greenest cities in the world.

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New Year’s Resolutions over Bagels

White Spot Gives Something Back to the Community


A  holiday tradition for more than a decade, the Richmond Centre and Kingsway Vancouver White Spot locations will open their doors on December 25th to serve up delicious White Spot favourites and raise the spirits of those in need.

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White Spot Gives Something Back to the Community