Ryu Sushi Main Street

Those familiar with Main Street know there’s a ton of sushi spots to choose from, but not all are created equal. Recently we ventured into Ryu Sushi and sampled some of their creations.

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When we called to book the table there was some difficulty getting the time slot we wanted, as we were told they were too busy for the time we wanted, but we went in as a walk in and there were only two other tables. On the second visit, however, we were welcomed as though we were old friends, and I thought perhaps there was a bit of a language barrier initially, and will definitely be back, reservation or not.

Ryu Gyoza

We sampled some gyoza. The was a bit thick for my liking, and I like them more browned, but the pork stuffing was tasty.

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Sushi rolls are the way to go here. We’ve tried the Green Dragon Roll, Firecracker Roll and Dynamite topped with salmon.

Tuna

The deep fried tuna is coated in seaweed and the fish is super fresh. The fried rolls never greasy and the portions and provide good value.

I always switch the salmon to wild salmon and like to wash my sushi down with a nice cold Asahi or Kirin, and I suggest you to the same.

Ryu Sushi
3079 Main St Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604.558.2668

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Healthy Family Expo 2015

The second annual Healthy Family Expo is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

The dynamic team of local moms and businesswomen behind the Healthy Family Expo know that raising a family in a more eco-friendly and healthy way can seem like a daunting task for parents, so they’ve created an event that introduces parents to ideas that are easy to implement. Parents can shop, sample healthy food & drinks, test-drive hybrid vehicles, win $10,000 in grand prizes (including a one-year lease on a Toyota Prius), and learn about small steps to healthy, active, eco-friendly living from more than 100 exhibitors. To keep the kids and pre-teens busy, this year’s Expo features the Lower Mainland’s largest Active Kid Zone, including a climbing wall, giant hamster ball racetrack, bouncy castle, run bike zone, Bobs & LoLo shows, fitness classes, and more.

Tickets are available online at www.healthyfamilyexpo.com/tickets, at Whole Foods Markets and London Drugs or at the door. Kids under 12 are free. For more information about the Healthy Family Expo, visit www.HealthyFamilyExpo.com.

WHAT:         Healthy Family Expo, a day of food, fun and play
WHEN:         Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
WHERE:      Vancouver Convention Centre (East)
WHY:           Learn about the best of healthy, active, eco-friendly life

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#GIVEAWAY 2 Tickets to Healthy Chef Competition – Wednesday, March 25th  

I love this event! AND I’ve got 2 tickets to give away to someone very lucky!

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Competition and Creativity with big dash of Healthy Benefits

For 16 years the Healthy Chef competition has been challenging groups of BC based culinary schools, hotels and restaurants to gather their fruits, herbs and vegetables, square off against each and create fantastic plates where the produce is the star.

On Wednesday, March 25th The British Columbia Chef’s Association (BCCA) and the British Columbia Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) will again collaborate for a common cause: to anchor in people’s minds that healthy foods and delicious foods can be one and the same.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as the guests arrive at their table, they receive an envelope that lets them know whose gourmet dinner and desert they have been selected to enjoy. It will differ from most everyone else at their table. That is what makes this event so engaging.

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Hosted by CTV’s Marke Driesschen, the evening continues with music, light entertainment, silent and live auctions and culminates with the Awards Ceremony.  Judged by panel of certified chefs from the BCCA, the properties vie for awards in a variety of categories including Best Entrée, People’s Choice and the Healthy Plate Award. Participating restaurants include:

  • e.b.o Restaurant Delta Burnaby Hotel Conference Centre, Grand Villa Casino – Chef Keith Pears
  • Vancouver Community College – Chef Colin Gill
  • Art Institute of Vancouver – Chef Daniel Riviere
  • River’s Edge Restaurant – Sandpiper Gold Course, Pretty Estates Resorts – Chef Jonathan Cee
  • Burnaby Central High School Ace-It Program – Chef Stephen Wade
  • Mosaic Grill/Grain Tasting Bar – Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Chef Jeff Szombaty
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant – Sous Chef  Sherwin Batac
  • Tivoli’s Restaurant – Chef Cory White
  • Torafuku – Chef Clement Chan

Ticket includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, a swag box of fresh produce to take home, entertainment and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $90.00. Available at BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcmpa.com. You can also visit the www.BCPMA.com website at: http://bcpma.com/about-us/events/healthy-chef-competition/2015-2

#BCPMA #foodiesYVR #foodies

16th Annual Healthy Chef Competition – Wednesday, March 25th  

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Competition and Creativity with big dash of Healthy Benefits

For 16 years the Healthy Chef competition has been challenging groups of BC based culinary schools, hotels and restaurants to gather their fruits, herbs and vegetables, square off against each and create fantastic plates where the produce is the star.

On Wednesday, March 25th The British Columbia Chef’s Association (BCCA) and the British Columbia Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) will again collaborate for a common cause: to anchor in people’s minds that healthy foods and delicious foods can be one and the same.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as the guests arrive at their table, they receive an envelope that lets them know whose gourmet dinner and desert they have been selected to enjoy. It will differ from most everyone else at their table. That is what makes this event so engaging.

Four Willows

Hosted by CTV’s Marke Driesschen, the evening continues with music, light entertainment, silent and live auctions and culminates with the Awards Ceremony.  Judged by panel of certified chefs from the BCCA, the properties vie for awards in a variety of categories including Best Entrée, People’s Choice and the Healthy Plate Award. Participating restaurants include:

  • e.b.o Restaurant Delta Burnaby Hotel Conference Centre, Grand Villa Casino – Chef Keith Pears
  • Vancouver Community College – Chef Colin Gill
  • Art Institute of Vancouver – Chef Daniel Riviere
  • River’s Edge Restaurant – Sandpiper Gold Course, Pretty Estates Resorts – Chef Jonathan Cee
  • Burnaby Central High School Ace-It Program – Chef Stephen Wade
  • Mosaic Grill/Grain Tasting Bar – Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Chef Jeff Szombaty
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant – Sous Chef  Sherwin Batac
  • Tivoli’s Restaurant – Chef Cory White
  • Torafuku – Chef Clement Chan

Ticket includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, a swag box of fresh produce to take home, entertainment and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $90.00. Available at BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcmpa.com. You can also visit the www.BCPMA.com website at: http://bcpma.com/about-us/events/healthy-chef-competition/2015-2

#BCPMA #foodiesYVR #foodies

Accept the #HappyActs Challenge Issued by Live Happy Magazine

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C’mon Get Happy, Vancouver

Live Happy magazine has joined The United Nations with its own mission to lead a global movement to make the world a happier place with the #HappyActs Challenge, which invites everyone, including residents in the lower mainland, to spread a little joy in honor of International Day of Happiness (March 20) through random acts of kindness and share them online.

#HappyActs are small acts – with a big impact that can make someone’s day a little brighter. A hug, a kind word, or helping a neighbour.

On March 20, participants can help bring about change by posting these small acts of kindness, as well as inspiring others to post their #HappyActs, at one of more than 35 Happiness Walls around North America, including the Richmond Center shopping mall.

Additionally, to further spread the joy and element of giving back to their community, Live Happy will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters* for every person that accepts the #HappyActs Challenge.

HOW:                     Accept the #HappyActs Challenge by visiting: www.happyacts.org

  • Share as many #HappyActs as possible by March 20 via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter
  • Visit a Live Happy Happiness Wall (For a complete list of cities, visit org)
  • Businesses and individuals can create their own happy walls. Visit happyacts.org for details
  • Live Happy will give random surprise gifts of happiness to participants leading up to March 20. The more #HappyActs that each person shares online, the better chances they have to win

WHERE:                 Richmond Center 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC,

WHEN:   March 20, International Day of Happiness9:30 am-9:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: WWW.HAPPYACTS.ORG

DINING OUT FOR LIFE 2015

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On Thursday, March 26, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • Over 110,000 meals per year delivered to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • 60+ support therapies ranging from therapeutic massage to naturopathy, music therapy to yoga
  • End-of-life care to people in their own homes

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HIV/AIDS IN BC: In 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada — with over 25% residing in British Columbia. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside maintains the highest HIV prevalence in the Western world, reaching as high 27%.
While new infection rates in B.C. have thankfully decreased, advanced therapies mean people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and the number of people who depend on the services of Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful continues to grow.

Dine out on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and make it a day to remember.

Why not invite your friends to dine out as well?

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Vancouver

March 17 falls on a Tuesday this year, but that needn’t keep you raising a pint or two in celebration of Irish luck.

The Irish Heather

“No Cover, No Green Beer, No Plastic Clover” is the mantra at the Irish Heather as they celebrate their 19th St. Patrick’s Day since opening the Irish Heather’s doors in Gastown. The decor, prices, menu and beer will be the same as always and there definitely be no green beer. Also check out Sean Heather with Fiona Forbes “7 Questions” with Sean Heather at The Irish Heather to get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s day!

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day the Big Lou’s Butcher Shop way

If you’d rather spend St. Patrick’s Day at home and are in the mood head down tos Butcher Shop and pick up some housemade Irish specialties perfect for your stews. They’ve got fresh batches of Irish Breakfast Sausages and Steak & Guinness Sausages in the cooler.
Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is open 7 days a week at 269 Powell St. in Railtown.

St. Patricks Day

The Gramercy Grill

Enjoy Irish Coffee, Green Beer & Irish Inspired Dishes

Appetizer
Grilled Blood Sausage $13 with white bean puree, tomato and cider jam, red wine jus
Baked Oyster $12 3 pc of Baked Oyster with Kale and bacon, tomato and basil mayo

Main
Corned beef and Cabbage $26 braised corned beef and cabbage with Colcannon potatoes. Hot mustard and consommé
Marinated Steelhead $24 marinated and roasted steelhead filet in Irish whiskey and honey, shredded potato and Thyme, light red wine jus

‘May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness comes through your door’

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Oyama Sausage

The luck of the Irish comes to Oyama for St. Paddies.  Enjoy favorites such as Beef Guinness Sausage, Beef Stout and Onion Sausage, Irish Spring Chicken Sausage, Irish Potato Leek Sausage and many other selections.

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The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

Reconnect with your Irish roots or be an honorary Irishman this St. Patrick’s Day at The Blackbird where there’s Irish Lunch/Dinner features along with $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and $6 Guinness beer.

Bella Gelateria

Satisfy your sweet tooth with some Vanilla and Mint Gelato down at Vancouver’s tastiest gelato option at 1001 West Cordova Street and 1089 Marinaside Crescent

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Baguette and Co.

Greening up their Eclairs 3273 West Broadway and 1102 Davie Street

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Soirette Macarons

Bailey’s for St. Patrick’s Day.

All Donnelly Group Locations

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Whole Foods Tulips

Tulips For You And Me – Whole Foods Sale

Whole Foods Market’s annual tulip one-day sale. On Friday, March 6, you can get three 10-stem bunches of tulips for just $10 — that’s 30 stems (just in case your are blinded by beauty and can’t do the math). We love our tulips and making flower arrangements cheers us up and makes our home or office oh so much prettier!

Perfect timing to celebrate the inspirational women in your life with a colorful bouquet for International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.

Tulips

Tips for Tulips:

  • After buying tulips, cut the stem ends on an angle and place in clean, cold water.
  • Arrange tulips with or without twigs and remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Remember that the tulips will grow taller.
  • Use fresh, cold water with no additives to help them live longer.
  • Use a tall vase to support the growing stems or cut shorter for use in smaller containers.
  • Tulips prefer the cold, so keep them in a cool spot away from bright lights and heat.
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Chef Scott Jaeger Cooks for The Better Life Foundation

The Better Life Foundation will present a once a month pop up dinner series at Save On Meats. Awesome Vancouver chefs will serve meals in diner-style and funds will go to A Better Life Foundation affiliated program.

Scott Jaeger from The Pear Tree is up first on March 9 2015 and funds from this dinner ($95) will go to Growing Chefs and the Strathcona Food Program! TICKETS!

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MARCH 3 FREE SHORT STACK OF PANCAKES AT IHOP® RESTAURANTS

IHOP Restaurant Tradition Returns for Second Year to Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

In celebration of National Pancake Day on March 3, participating IHOP® restaurants will once again offer guests a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes, in the hopes that they will pay it forward with a voluntary donation to the Children’s Miracle Network member hospital in their community. This year, Miss Universe Canada, Chanel Beckenlehner has joined with IHOP restaurants to serve as an ambassador for the fundraiser.

On National Pancake Day, IHOP Restaurants guests are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network in exchange for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. 2015 marks the second year that IHOP has extended the successful fundraiser to Canada. Participating IHOP restaurants throughout Canada aim to beat last year’s fundraising total of $35,000. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

WHEN:             TUESDAY, March 3, 2015, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE:           Participating IHOP restaurants in the Freelancer area.

IHOP at 200-950 West Broadway in Vancouver 
6780 Number 3 Road in Richmond 

National Pancake Day Fun Facts:

  • IHOP served 4.2 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2014 in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
  • All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2014 would create a stack nearly 12 miles high.
  • Since the inception of National Pancake Day in the United States in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $16 million and given away more than 26 million pancakes to support charities in the communities where it operates.

Good Life Vancouver is all about the good life in and around Vancouver and often far beyond!