The art of the doughnut

Cartems' earl grey and carrot cake doughnuts. Image: Cartems

Cartems Donuterie opened last Wednesday at Carrall and West Hastings bringing the fancified doughnut to Gastown. Demand shows that Vancouver’s #1 culinary hive was keen to have their own version of Seattle’s Top Pot, Portland’s Voodoo and San Francisco’s Dynamo; Cartems has sold out of doughnuts before 3pm every day since.

Cartems’ founder Jordan Cash turns age-old dough frying into epicurean endeavor, serving over 10 varieties including honey pecorino, carrot cake (pictured above), earl grey (pictured above), citrus glazed, maple bacon, triple chocolate, vegan and gluten free. He’s leasing the six month Gastown pop-up shop from Sean Heather, the mastermind behind the Gastown hospitality empire that includes Irish Heather Gastropub, Salt Tasting Room, Judas Goat and the new Bitter Tasting Room.

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The art of the doughnut

5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds

Warning: This post is for the romantic Valentines out there. The indifferent, independent, newly broken-up, stoic anti-capitalists, haters and daters should check out Dana’s round up of Valentine’s Day events for non-traditionalists.

For all you love birds, Vancouver’s talented chefs have cooked up an impressive spread of romantic Valentine’s Day menus. Take refuge with your own cooing kind and make those dinner reservations. The perk of dining out vs. cooking for each other? All the date with none of the clean up.

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5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds

2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon

One of Canada’s largest marathons the BMO Vancouver Marathon is coming up on May 1, 2011. Whether you live in Vancouver or not and you’re thinking about the challenge you can’t think marathon without thinking about the planning. Here are some of the basics to get to you started.

First off, did you know that you can walk the half and full marathon? I found this to be very comforting news. Just register as a walker and the only difference is that your start time is at 6 a.m. The marathon start time is 7:30 a.m.

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2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon