Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria does true Neapolitan pizza out on Commercial Drive and recently added some innovative toppings just to mix things up on the largely traditional menu. The pizzas are all made all made with‘00’ Caputo flour and are hand-stretched and tossed. Excellent crispy and thin crusts and are then topped with tomatoes imported from Southern Italy’s Campania and often fresh fior-di-late whole-milk mozzarella along with a variety of toppings, and no matter what tops the pizza, they all end up in the Italian pizza oven for 90 seconds at 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

The atmosphere is casual at Famoso; guests order at the counter and are then served table side. Famoso’s menu includes appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, gelato and a variety of  drinks including wine, beer, cocktails, Italian coffees and sodas, and soft drinks.Korean BBQ Pizza FamosoWe’ve been a couple times now and recently tried the BBQ Korean Pizza, but are actually fonder of the more traditional toppings, but those who like a bit of sweet BBQ flavour will enjoy the new pie.IMG_6838Salads are always a must for us and liked our last choice with its combo of blue cheese and cranberries on top of romaine and also adore their meatballs. And you must end with an affogato; a scoop of Italian ice cream over espresso.Salad FamosoGreat pizza with super friendly staff. Will be back again but will stick to their traditional pizza pies.

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
 Sunday to Thursday, 11am – 11pm
Friday to Saturday, 11am – 12 midnight

Find out more at www.famoso.ca.
twitter @FamosoPizzeria

Neal Brothers Partner with Vikram and Chuck

Vij's Delhi-licious Chips

We love kettle chips, so this spring when Neal Brothers announced a partnership with two of our favourite chefs and brought us two new flavours , we were of course eager to get our hands on a bag or two. These chips feature Vancouver chef Vikram Vij and Montreal chef Chuck Hughes for these new varieties.

Chef Vij contributed a masala spice recipe and his chip is called Vij’s Delhi-Licious, and Hughes celebrated his love of Sriracha with the Srirachup chips.

The chips are great for the holidays. Both are chock full of flavour and a there’s a little more than just a kick of spice. We are also big fans of the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for dipping and the salt and vinegar version as well.

These chips are addictive, so you’ll want to buy more than just a few bags or you’ll likely eat them all before your guests arrive.

The range contains no preservatives or artificial flavours and is priced at $2.89/142 gram bag.



Make an ordinary day extraordinary with Disney On Ice Let’s Party! They’ll be bringing more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Vancouver for one colossal party on ice!. This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE from November 26 – 30. 

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; plus traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival party and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.  Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family.

Pacific Coliseum at the PNE

Wednesday, November 26      7:00 PM
Thursday, November 27           7:00 PM
Friday, November 28                 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 29           11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 30               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS:            Ticket prices range from $25, $35, $55 (VIP) and $85 (Rinkside)

Kids tickets available for only $15 each for select seating and performances (discount not valid for Sat. & Sunday 3:30pm shows; not valid for VIP/Rinkside seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at charge by phone at 604-757-0345 or at the venue Box Office.

Disney on Ice

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Vital Health Health and Wellness Fair

Celebrate health, wellness and community at the Vital Kitsilano Health & Wellness Fair this November 29th from 11AM-5PM.

Vital Kitsilano Health & Wellness Fairs are a multi-generational community co-creation events that bring together like-minded and like-hearted souls to share in tasty food, wellness services, healthy, awesome vendors.


They are still looking for awesome vendors for November. Interested? Email: healthfair@vitalhealthmedical.com

Cioffi’s Cucina

Whenever I go anywhere near Burnaby I always make a point of hitting up Cioffi’s Meat Market to restock my pantry with uber authentic Italian items such as San Marzano canned tomatoes, Arborio rice and olives. I’ve often grabbed a sandwich or one of there prepared items and some sort of meat was always on the menu that night for dinner. Recently the Cioffi’s opened a Cucina in the spot next store to the market at  4142 Hastings Street and I made a point of getting out there for lunch immediately.

They’d always done some catering, but recently ramped it up volume wise and had run out of space so moved that into the new location. The Cucina offers authentic Italian dishes, such as pastas, pizzas, calzone, veal parmigiana, soups, pannini to grap or munch on right there and many hot and cold items to take home. Stop in for fresh or frozen lasagnas, pasta sauces, pesto, or pizza and feed your family a healthy meal made from scratch.  


Cioffi’s is taking part in Vancouver Foodster’s Big Melt Challenge until the end of the month with a four cheese melt organic beef short rib panini with crispy onions and arugula and it’s UNREAL. They better keep this one on the menu!

Pictures are courtesy of Kristy Cioffi. Both Cioffi’s are family run operations led by Rino, his wife Kristy and brother Sergio.

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Cafe Medina

Cafe Medina first opened in 2008 on Beatty Street and was soon the it place for brunch, often, and deservedly so, called the best in the city. Now it’s nestled into the L’Hermitage Hotel on Richard’s Street in the Library District and fortunately offers much more seating, although line ups are still seen, even on week days.cafe medinaThe original location was co-owned by Chambar’s Nico and Karri Shuerman along with Robbie Kane, but before moving Kane bought out his partners and chose to relocate and expand on the initial concept. The new spot has a cocktail bar complete with house made tonics and fresh pressed juices, a waffle bar and an open kitchen with a proper forno oven left over from the days when Quattro occupied the space. The room is comfortable open with lots of light shining in from the large windows, friendly positioned tables throughout the room, some bar seating and banquettes against the front wall.CafeMedina_ExecChefJonathanChovancek_PhotoIsshaMarieChef Jonathan Chovancek is now in charge of the kitchen and he’s amped up the menu serving items such as the Harissa Pain Plat, a dish consisting of a fried egg, beef ‘burger’, grilled pita, Manchego, tomato salsa, spiced hummus & summer greens and Paella with a poached egg, orzo, chorizo, summer vegetables, Grana Padano, avocado & tomato salad.IMG_6427

IMG_6425 We stopped in for a leisurely lunch and ordered fresh juices the above mentioned Harissa Pain Plat, along with a Mushroom Fricasse with fried eggs, sherry roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, summer greens, applewood smoked cheddar served with grilled focaccia and a salmon tangine special.IMG_6426The eggs were all perfectly cooked and the each dish was full of rich, flavours and accented with super fresh spices.

Originally open just for breakfast and lunch, Cafe Medina recently announced it will be be now offering itself up for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 100 guests reception-style in the evenings. They can circulate canapés and appetizer platters, or dish up a dinner buffet or a plated dinner, all along with drink pairings.

Cafe Medina
780 Richards St. (between Robson & Georgia) Vancouver BC

Pop Up Ted Baker Audio One Piece Vancouver at Experience Headphones

headphones2TODAY! Experience Headphones has gained a North America-wide exclusive to world renowned designer’s Ted Baker Audio Collection. Check out the Ted Baker Audio Collection along with holiday shopping event with local scarf designer and home decor creator Krista McKenna of One Piece Vancouver at the Experience Headphones boutique store on November 22, 2013

The time has come for holiday shopping! Handmade treats from One Piece Vancouver like Peruvian Wool Blankets and Super Wash Merino Wool Infinity Scarves, Hand Poured Soy Candles and Organic Spa Soaks while previewing the exquisite line of new products created by Ted Baker and the rest of the collection of luxury headphones carried by Experience.


Exclusive gift sets pair luxury headphones with the incredibly well crafted and locally made merino wool infinity scarfs by One Piece Vancouver- only available while supplies last.

Where: Experience Headphones, 3057 South Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3J9

Hashtag will be #ExperienceXOnePieceVan. Please share on your social media channels! @OnePieceVan & @Experience_headphones


Chef Ned Bell Takes The Win At The Chowder Chowdown


Chef NED Bell of YEW wins Both people’s choice and the title at 2014 vancouver aquarium ocean wise chowder chowdown and we’ve got the recipe below!

The Vancouver Aquarium was the site of a fierce battle last night, when 14 top Ocean Wise chefs from British Columbia ladled out their best work for guests and judges at the 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. The competition, which featured ocean-friendly seafood chowders served with local beer, was all in the name of sustainable seafood. The evening’s victor was Ned Bell of Yew Restaurant, who was crowned by both an esteemed judging panel as the 2014 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Champion, and by event guests as winner of the People’s Choice award.

Chef Bell wowed both judging panel and guests with the recipe for his flavourful and super-local “Chowda,” featuring Ocean Wise smoked black cod with Okanagan apples, Chilliwack corn and Fraser Valley honey. Past two-time chowder champion, Chris Whittaker of Forage, won the award for Best Beer Pairing by dishing up his Smoked Sablefish and Chanterelle Mushroom Chowder alongside ale from R&B Brewing Company.

“The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is not only a must-do on the city’s fall event calendar, but it brings the community together to celebrate sustainable seafood and raise funds to support the Ocean Wise program,” says Ann-Marie Copping, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise manager. “The popularity of the Chowder Chowdown demonstrates how the sustainable seafood movement is strengthened by the chefs, suppliers, producers, and consumers who choose Ocean Wise. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The seventh annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown showcased 14 Ocean Wise chefs who joined the sustainable seafood movement by competitng head to head in a friendly competition with their original, ocean-friendly seafood chowders, served with local beers. The diverse ingredients of the chowders ran the spectrum, from Ocean Wise honey mussels to wild Pacific albacore tuna. A list of participating chefs and their bios can be found here.

Ned Bell, YEW Seafood & Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver 

Oceanwise Smoked Black Cod  ‘Chowda’
Okanagan Apples, Chilliwack Corn, Fraser Valley Honey

Recipe: 4-6 ppl

For the Chowder Base:

1 Liter Organic Avalon Dairy 35% Cream
2 tbsp butter
½ cup Okanagan White Wine
½ cup apple juice
1 onion, diced
1 Yukon Gold potato, steamed, peeled and diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ cup Chilliwack corn
1pc Okanagan apple
1 tbsp white peppercorns
3 tbsp sea salt
4tbsp Fraser Valley Honey


-sauté the onions and celery in the butter.
-add the salt and peppercorns.
-deglaze with the wine, and cook out for a few minutes
-add the cream and juice, simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree all the ingredients in a Vita Mix Blender and cool.

To Assemble the Chowder:

Warm the soup up with the smoked black cod, this will allow the cod to cook gently and add flavor. Add the fresh raw corn, the potato, and raw diced apple. Drizzle the soup with the Fraser Valley Honey and garnish with a few fresh pieces of raw Okanagan apple.

Chef Ned Bell, Dolf Dejong, Vancouver Aquarium vice president of conservation and education, and Ann-Marie Copping, manager of Ocean Wise.ChowderChowdown-2014-16


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4th Annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair!

On Saturday November 29, 2014 Vancouver’s vibrant Strathcona is home to the 4th Annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair.

With so many seasonal craft fairs out there, why choose Strathcona Winter Craft Fair?


Unlike other craft markets, Strathcona is dedicated to promoting local and non-profit artists. At Strathcona, we support the good work of non-profits in our community by providing a portion of tables free of charge to our not for profit neighbours. We also work to feature and support artists representing Vancouver’s Strathcona and Eastside communities. This local, grassroots energy is felt throughout the event.


Come shop from nearly 50 artists with a wide range of unique and affordable gifts for your friends and family… or yourself… (We won’t tell).

4th Annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair
Saturday November 29, 10 – 4pm
Strathcona Community Centre Gymnasium
601 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC

Parking is available via Pender Street @ Princess Avenue.
Wholesome and delicious food provided by Strathcona’s Pirate Kitchen.


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Eastside Culture Crawl

The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival held November 20-23, 2014 that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.


The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include over 400 artists, craftspeople and designers attracting an audience of more than 20,000. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community.


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