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Dine Out Vancouver Continues til February 5th

Dine Out Vancouver Offers 3-course Menu Deals

Dine Out Vancouver has one week left and while we wish we had more evenings free for dining out, we did get to a few and have a couple photos and recommendations to share.



Chalaco Ceviche- albacore tuna, sockeye salmon, pacific ling cod, scallops, prawns, green tigre de leche marinade, fresh oranges and rocoto chili dusted calamariChicha

Yuca Bola- cassava root croquettes filled with asiago cheese, cream cheese, jalapeno, and scallions with huancainianaChicha

Lomo Saltado Medium rare flank steak, peppers, tomatoes, onions, kennebec fries, rich veal demi stir fryChicha

Costillas de Cerdo Orange and panca chili glazed baby back ribs with double smoked bacon, red nugget, and green bean potato saladChicha

Mejillones Claientes mussels and chorizo steamed in rocoto chili, white wine, and tomato broth, with sweet peppers and huacatay butter and quinoa and honey bread crustiniChicha

Dark beer and cilantro slow braised pork cheeks with butternut squash and kale barley risottoChicha


Peruvian Caramel Shortbread cookies ~gooseberry and orange curd



Grilled beets, california burrata, toasted hazelnuts (V)(GF)Juniper

Elk tartar, blueberries, juniper, crispy roots, burnt hay aioli (GF)Juniper

Albacore tuna, nori emulsion, charred broccolini, wheatberry porridgeJuniper

Bison short rib, smoked potato, creamed brussels, onion, bone marrow jus (GF)


Dockside Crab & Shrimp Cakes Charred Lemon Aioli, Mango SalsaDockside

Duck Prosciutto Tart House Made Duck Prosciutto, Onion Jam, Arugula & Balsamic ReductionDockside

Winter Green Salad Manchego Polenta Croutons, French Beans & Herb VinaigretteDockside

Linguini Vongole Manila Clams, White Wine Cream Sauce, Reggiano CheeseDockside

Roasted Zucchini Eggplant Puree, Cucumber and Fennel Salad & Toasted Pine NutsDockside

Beef Wellington Truffle Mash Potatoes, Market Vegetables & Red Wine JusDockside

Chocolate and Apricot Mousse Layer Cake Apricot Puree & Fresh Berries

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Pacific Cod and Pemberton Potato Pakoras jalapeño apple chutney, fresh mint and picklesEdible Canada
Crispy West Coast Humbolt Squid chermoula vinaigrette, white bean hummus, dried olives

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Haida Gwaii Rockfish & Mussel Stew Moroccan tomato broth, heirloom carrots, chickpeas, cilantro

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Char Grilled Alberta Hanger Steak chimichurri, panisse, garlic purée, grilled tomatoEdible Canada
Quebec Rabbit Orecchiette mushrooms, confit onions, shaved brussels sprouts, parmesan

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Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding maple bourbon custard, candied walnuts

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Chocolate Pot du Crème cassis, crystallized ginger

All Edible Canada image courtesy of Dianne Chow of Fabulously Frugal

Kaya Malaysian Bistro

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Tofu Goreng lightly-fried tofu, bean sprouts, cucumber, S.E. Asian dressing
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Winter Squash & Apple Curry Bisque South East Asian soup infused with Malaysia herbs & spices
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Roasted side ribs on jasmine rice cauliflower, Kaya-style green curry
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Singapore Crispy Chicken with Roti Canai Prawn Crackers, coldslaw, sweet chili sauce
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Pandan cheese panna cotta and Berry & plum sugar Crepe

Feast in West Vancouver

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Feast Fried Chicken with Confit Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Real Gravy
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Pan Roasted Ling Cod with Hand-cut Farfalle and Smoked Gem Tomato Relishimg 20170127 194613835

Espresso Chocolate Pot de Crème, Peanut Powder and Feuilletineimg 20170127 194628703

Coconut Panna Cotta with Grilled Pineapple Compote

For more check Dine Out Vancouver online.


What’s Good This Week January 25+

Good Things to do in Vancouver

It’s been a busy couple days for me as I’ve continued the struggle to get organized for the year, and focus on my goals, goals, goals; it’s exhausting! How is everyone else doing on their New Year’s plans? I have to remind myself that not every day will be 100%, but I think I’m moving in the right direction! Hope y’all are too. If you resolved to have more fun this year, fear not, there’s lots to do! This week there’s Robbie Burns Day celebrations, Dine Out Vancouver continues, lots of Arts events and some great cooking classes.

Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375- CLICK HERE! 

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

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Robert Burns’ Night at The Cascade Room, January 25

The Cascade Room is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Wednesday, January 25, with a delicious Scottish-inspired evening featuring bagpipes, whisky, haggis and other treats (including deep fried Mars bars!).

The celebration will kick off at 6 pm on January 25, with the ‘piping of the haggis,’ which will see local bagpiper Matt Dolan pipe in the haggis, with Dougie Stewart from Colourstrings Conservatory of Music addressing the haggis.

A special three-course dinner menu will be on offer throughout the evening: Starter – Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Main – Traditional Haggis with ‘Neeps an’ Tatties; and for dessert — a Deep Fried Mars Bar. The menu is priced at $30 (a la carte available as well).

The evening will also feature live Celtic music, perfect for raising a glass from the bar. Guests are welcome on a first come, first served basis. For more information, http://www.thecascadecompany.com/robbie-burns-night-at-the-cascade-room/

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Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale

In case you’ve done enough Dine Outs, or just want something different, the new Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale is on now! Wildtale offers a delicious roast beef dinner with a classic twist when you add your favourite seafood item to 28-day-aged Alberta “AAA” beef.

WildTale specializes in cozy coastal fare, served up in a cheerful and friendly environment. There’s no need to dress “fancy” for this or any other WildTale dinner — come as you are, with your favourite friends and relations, as you tuck into Slow Roasted Beef au jus, creamy mashed potatoes, puffy golden Yorkshires and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables.

Complement your beef with one of the seafood dishes WildTale does so well. Choose from Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or a Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo.

Surf & Turf Sunday dinner is $24.95 per person.

Quantities are limited, so please order in advance at the time of your reservation to ensure availability. Call 604.428.9211 or book online at wildtale.ca/reservations

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The Audience at The Arts Club Theatre – January 26 – February 26, 2017 Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

We’re hoping to get to this one! From Winston Churchill (Joel Wirkkunen) to Margaret Thatcher (Erin Ormond), through Tony Blair and David Cameron (Jay Hindle), the Queen (Anna Galvin) has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today.

Director Sarah Rodgers says, “The Audience is similar to The Crown in that it reveals the Queen as a real person who is charming, witty, flawed and vulnerable. Peter Morgan’s clever and honest portrayal of her humanity has endeared audiences across the world because he gives us a chance to connect with this intriguing woman.” Tickets


Plant Based Baking with Rooted Nutrition – January 29

I’m super interested in baking and the science behind it, so I’ve signed up for this one. This series of classes is a blend of Owner Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. See you Sunday? Tickets.

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway $375 – 2 Tickets Fire Whisky World Chef Exchange Dinner at Timber Feb 1


Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner.

AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375+ scroll down to enter. CONGRATS DAWN!

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here.

Fire + Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, is a project initiated and produced by Tourism Vancouver, and supported by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel. The exchange shares Vancouver’s culinary story with the world, and brings the world’s great restaurant cities closer together by sharing ideas, experiences and talents through collaborative dining experiences.


* All Inclusive – includes welcome cocktail, multi-course homestead dinner, whisky cocktail pairings, tax, gratuity and ticketing fees.

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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver Version 2017.0

What to do in Vancouver this week of January 2017

Is it just me or does it seem like the new year really starts in the second week of January? Last week wasn’t bad, it’s not like I ate a dozen donuts in one seating, I actually had some great gal pal time  and even planned my pre-wedding week away. I did try a new restaurant, and explored new cocktails and food, and even went for a couple runs. I just don’t feel I buckled down like I need to for 2017 business-wise I suppose. So, since my business is telling you what to do (or something like that), let’s get this week going with a few great events I’m giving the thumbs up to in and around Vancouver. Wishing you motivation and success this week! Please do the same for me?wine tasting

Best Sommelier of BC Competition

Monday January 9 at Rogers Arena (200 Level, Captain’s Lounge, enter via Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver),  at 1:00 pm you can catch the top three finalist competing in the practical exam that will determine the Best Sommelier of BC. There will be test on Sparkling wine service, Red wine decanting, Food and wine pairing, Menu correction and a Blind tasting of cocktails, red and white wines. It’s open to the public by donation. Later that night, the Winning announcement for BC’s Best Sommelier in 2017 will be announced at a sold out event at CIBO. I’m heading down to catch some of the action.

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Theater of Life at Vancity Theatre

MON JAN 9 – 7:00PM (Gala Launch part of Vancouver Italian Film Festival)
FRI JAN 13 – 6:30PM • SAT JAN 14 – 3:45PM
SUN JAN 15 – 5:45PM • MON JAN 16 – 6:45PM • THU JAN 19 – 6:15PM 
INFO + TICKETS | Website & Trailer

In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds come together in a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world, led by chief instigator Massimo Bottura, and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. Monday Jan 9th Gala Launch Event: Doors from 6:30 pm. Reception – 6:45-7:45 featuring dishes prepared by chefs David Gunawan (Royal Dinette); Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and Robert Clarke (The Arbour). (Pay bar) 7:50pm Screening followed by Skype Q&A with Filmmaker Peter Svatek.


Psychonaut World Premier

January 10th, 2017 at the Cinematheque Theatre in Vancouver, BC you can catch Psychonaut, a sci-fi indie feature shot exclusively in the Vancouver area. Psychonaut is a psychedelic sci-fi indie feature about mind travel. It follows one man’s journey on a path of spiritual awakening through science and technology. Scientists who have been pushed into underground research facilities following government intervention, continue to work on discovering the inner workings of the human mind. But when a secret disc containing sensitive research is stolen, it’s a race against time to recover the disc before worlds collide, causing catastrophic consequences.

The soundtrack is provided exclusively by psychedelic band DRUGZNDREAMZ Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/176829943 To purchase tickets to the exclusive world premiere of Psychonaut, click here

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Wild Rice DINE IN JAN 3 – FEB 12

Dine out Vancouver starts Jan 20 (book here quickly!), but you can already get some deals around town. Take a ride out to New West for a change and try the two course meal for $25, or for an additional $5, you can choose the dessert of your choice.


BOOK FOR Dine Out Vancouver

The good seats go fast so get booking for Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. This year there is 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 270-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates  January 20 to February 5. dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

In addition to prix fixe dinners at more than 270 restaurants in and around Vancouver (many with suggested BC VQA wine pairings), food lovers can select from a roster of more than 40 events that include an Oceanwise Pop-up at the Vancouver Aquarium (sustainable, locally sourced menu paired with an interactive under-the-sea experience); a Robbie Burns Celebration (Scottish-themed feast at YEW Seafood + Bar along with a whisky masterclass led by award-winning bartender Lauren Mote and a special visiting guest who’s making waves in the spirits world); an Asian-inspired Lunar New Year feast at Heritage Asian Eatery (10-course, family style meal celebrating the Year of the Rooster); and more. Returning favourites include the Vancouver World Chef Exchange (welcoming star chefs from London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City and Galway); a series of brunch crawls showcasing the most palate-pleasing haunts in Vancouver’s distinctive neighbourhoods; and others. And you won’t want to miss made-for-a-crowd experiences like the music-packed Tasters Tapas & Talent; a cozy Winter Beer Hall; Craft Beer & Tacos (a fan favourite pairing!) and more.


Campagnolo ROMA  will be pairing up with Odd Society

Delicious food and cocktails? YUM! Wednesday, January 11 Chef Jesse McMillan will be serving up six courses based on the hearty, rustic winter cuisine of Rome while cocktail pairings
will be designed using spirits from Odd Society.

Oyster – oaked mignionette

Winter Squash Salad – pumpkin seed vinaigrette, scamorza

Charred Cabbage – bollito misto, brassica brodo, sourdough bread

Squab – grilled radicchio, anchovy, squab jus

Goat’s Milk Custard – brown butter, peach, lovage

Baked Apple – pie crust, smoked anglaise

Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, beverage, and service and can be purchased by visiting http://romacollab.eventbrite.ca or by phoning the restaurant at 604.569.0456campagnolo

What’s Good This Week – Events in Vancouver

Events in Vancouver

An update of what’s good this week in and around Vancouver. Theatre, Dance, Diners and more. 

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Robert Burns Brewmaster’s Dinner

Tuesday, January 26th
Welcome 6:00PM | First Course 6:30PM

Celebrate the flavours of Scotland and the legacy of poet Robert Burns with a four course dinner and five beer pairing. Join us, beer writer Jan Zeschky, and Peyton Stewart of the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bad for a night filled with good company and good times. Kilts and tartan encouraged!

Menu available here. Limited tickets available at CRAFT or here.

Urban Tea Merchant Gastronomic Tea Experience – January 28, 29 and 30

Urban Tea Merchant Tea Infused Dinner

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Vancity Theatre January 27 and 28 

Casablanca, Notorious, Voyage to Italy… That Ingrid Bergman, three-time Oscar winner, is one of the movies’ all-time greats is inarguable. Narrated by Swedish (and now Hollywood) star Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Stig Björkman’s intimate exploration of Bergman’s personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman’s children, especially daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews.

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Le Temps scellé – Push Festival January 27-29

With this performance from choreographer Nacera Belaza, contemporary dance is that much larger for a work that moves boundaries—but does so more with grace than with force. We begin in darkness, hearing pounding drums and plaintive vocals: half song, half chant. Two bodies move, at first so close to each other that they seem as one. As they separate it looks like a birth in the dark—a new creation. The dancing is liquid, with postures taken and abandoned in a perpetual movement; it’s like a never-ending reincarnation. As the patch of light widens, the two figures move in a bigger space, still coming together only to part.

Urban Tea Merchant Tea Infused Dinner

Tea Gastronomy Experience | A 5-Course Tasting & Pairing Menu

You may have had afternoon tea, but have you dined on a complete tea-infused dinner menu? At the Urban Tea Merchant this month during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival chefs infuse each dish of the tasting menu with intense teas.

With a Tea Sommelier on hand, the collection of TWG Tea’s fine teas are paired with each of the five-course dishes. Begin and end with a Tea-Infused Cocktail and continue on with tea pairings for each course.

We made our way through the exquisitely presented menu last Friday evening and loved the tea-infused French Press that began the experience and all that followed. Don’t miss out on this one!

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Amuse Bouche: Red Grape rolled in Goat Cheese and “Caramel Tea” infused Candid Pecans
Apertif: Prestige “French Press”

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“Imperial Keemun” encrusted Tuna Tataki, Wasabi Aioli, Yuzu Gel, Ponzu, Dried MandarinSegments
Pairing: Love Me Tea

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“Jade of Africa Tea” Pork Belly, Pan Seared Scallop, Gold and Red Beet Purée, Beet Powder
Pairing: Jade of Africa Tea

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Roma Tomatoes, Smoked Bocconcini, Dehydrated Olives, Balsamic Pearls, Basil Aioli, “Sencha”Salt
Pairing: Lung Ching Imperial

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“Moroccan Mint Tea” infused Lamb Chop, Herbed Tri Color Quinoa, Dehydrated Tomato, Fig Gastrique
Pairing: Alexandria Tea

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“Chocolate Mint Truffle Tea” Creme Brûlée, Caramelized Banana and Dried Raspberries
Pairing: Milk Oolong
Digestif: Red Balloon Tea Liquor

*Includes Tea-Infused Cocktail Pairings, 5-Course Tasting Menu and TWG Tea Pairings. Taxes, Gratuity and Ticketing Fees are not included.

on January 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 at 5:00pm or 7:00pm for $86*

What’s Good January 11-17, 2016 – Vancouver Events

The year is flying by already and we’re having a great one and are wishing the same for you! Last week we checked out some more happy hours, had an amazing meal at The Aviary with Chefs Alvarez and Chanthy (more soon), got our fitness fix several times at Dailey Method and went to see The Heather’s, a hilariously entertaining musical which is on our musts to do this week. Also Dine Out starts next week! Don’t forget to check out our Dine Out Vancouver picks in our post here.

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TONIGHT – Jan 12 – QUICK. Sample the cuisine of Chef Jonathan Tam, Head of R&D at Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Relae, cooking alongside. Chef David Gunawan and his team at Royal Dinette. $175 More here.

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 From January 6-17 at The York Theatre, catch Heathers The Musical. Billed as a social commentary and psycho thriller, this will be an interesting, entertaining and kind of creepy night out!
Olympic Village Brunch CrawlOlympic Village Brunch Crawl on January 17

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster. Visit 6 restaurants throughout the Olympic Village neighbourhood and taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl  Time: 10am – 2pm participants include Whole Foods, Bao Down, Milano, Solly Bagels and Glory Juice. We’re on this one for sure so let’s hope for good weather.

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Broadway Across Canada presents Dirty Dancing . It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off. Pretty special stuff!

gluten free expo

On January 16-17, the Gluten Free Expo – Canada’s largest gluten free event – is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event will showcase hundreds of food innovations being sampled, and leading experts on stage.  Don’t miss our client, Hills Foods. Tickets $12 online (www.glutenfreeexpo.ca/), or $15 at the door.

Tea Gastronomy Experience at Urban Tea Merchant

There’s still time to catch the last few days of Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival. At Urban Tea Merchant tea is woven into every aspect of their tasting menu which is available for only two more days on January 30th and 31st.  Sample TWG Tea’s blends, some served straight up as tea, others in Tea-Infused Cocktails and others woven right into the dishes. The Urban Tea Merchant’s  has its own Tea Sommelier, who has expertly paired each dish with a tea-influenced beverage. This is an experience not to be missed!

A Tea Gastronomy Experience: Amuse Bouche

Chef Nathan Wright has put together this 8-course tasting menu, a delicious collection of beautiful dishes. You’ll need to take some time to enjoy the experience, so be prepared to stay a while.

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Egg in a Nest with Caviar, “Tokyo Singapore Tea” Smoked Salmon  Custard, Speck Bacon, and Truffle Aioli. Paired with “Imperial Keemun”. 

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Pickled Carrot Salad with Frisse, Pickled Celery, Textures of Carrot, Savory Carrot Cake, Almonds, Dates, “Jade of Africa Tea” Cream Cheese, and Pumpkin seeds. Paired with Jade of Africa Tea-Cocktail

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Camelot Tea” & Sweet Potato Soup with Crème Fraiche, silky smooth and super rich!

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Dignitary’s Tea” Crusted Beef Carpaccio paired with a smoky Tea-Infused Cocktail

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Tea-Infused Ling Cod with Parsnips, Pickled Beach Mushrooms and Porcini paired with “Weekend in Moscow Tea

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Iced Tea with frozen 1837 Black Tea Granita. Paired with “1837 Black Tea” French Press

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The Tea-Infused Crusted Rack of Lamb paired with “Earl Grey Pu-erh Tea

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bar with Tea-infused Chocolate Ganache, Toasted Peanuts, Dolce de Leche, and fresh Raspberries paired with “Milk Oolong

Visit Tickets Tonight to purchase your tickets.

* Includes a Tea-Infused Cocktail, 8-Course Tasting Menu, 8 Tea Pairings, and a TWG Tea Gift valued at $38. Gratuity not included, and price listed is per person.  

The Urban Tea Merchant 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Gastown Brunch Crawl

Last week we ventured down to Gastown to participate in Vancouver Foodster’s and Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s brunch crawl. With eight stops along the way it was a good thing there was some walking in between! Every stop was impressive, but Jules Bistro, Lily Mae’s and Purebread Bakery were particularly generous and delicious. Samples included:

Velvet Cortado and Lemon Square

Featured their 2 newest Gold Medal winning Espressos- Butter Espresso and Velvet Cortado with the most delicious of lemon squares by Lemon Square.

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BBQ pork and cheese grits
Orange cardamom French toast with Chantilly cream
Beet, carrot, and ginger fresh pressed juice

Jules Bistro

Dill marinated salmon on a mini croissant,mini spinach quiche and an amazingly decadent Cassoulet, Chocolate terrine, minted orange


Croquetta de Bacalao (salt cod), burnt orange,sherry sauce, fennel salad.
Local sardine Montadito, white bean puree,pickled onion
Spanish Tortilla of roasted pepper, fingerling potato,caramelized onion, olive and spinach

Jamaican Blue Cold Brew Truck

Cold brew on tap (both hot and cold)

Rodney's Oyster House

Smoked Salmon Croque Madam
Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

Brioche Eatery

Lobster and Crab Ravioli with a pesto and rose sauce
Pasta Salsiccia with tomato , garlic and pork
Eggplant Parmigiana with layers of marinara topped with Parmesan cheese
Sicilian style Ribs, marinated with Italian spices

Purebread Bakery

Purebread Bakery

PUREBREAD BAKERY  provided takeaway containers and we packed up a super generous package of:
Hot Mini Pudgie Pie
Hot Mini Spinach Feta Brioche
Mini Buckwheat Sour Cherry Scone
Mini Bacon Sour Cream & Chive Scone
Mini Raspberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Biscuit
Crack Bar
Take Away box containing Mexican Hot Chocolate and Chubbie Nuts

Great day with lots of new experiences. We will certainly be back to sample their menus more fully.

Joe Fortes Dine Out Vancouver

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse is one of those restaurants where you feel like a pretty damn special when you eat there. They know how to make you feel welcome  whether you are just stopping in for some oysters, or spending the entire night. The “hosts”, Frenchie and now Albert, who recently rejoined the team, are well known characters in the Vancouver restaurant scene and many of the front and back of house staff have been there for many years. I’ve been going to Fortes for several decades (I’m not afraid to age myself!) and know much of the staff, but even those who aren’t regulars get the royal treatment. It’s the kind of place where you go to celebrate something special, although they’re not so pricey that you have to save up all year to visit.

There’s of course the oysters, many different oysters, that draw in the crowds, but don’t discount the wonderful wine list and also happy hour that is a massively great deal. Right now Fortes is part of Dine Out Vancouver so we took the opportunity to check out their $38 three-course menu last night. You have until February 1st before Dine Out Vancouver is gone for another year.

Satori Oysters

Raw oysters are always a must for me. We sampled Satoris this time around. These super fresh mollusks are from Denman Island are grown by Hollie Wood Oysters. I’ve met these wonderful people, so this time it is a real case of knowing your fisherman/farmer, a relationship of which I am always an advocate.

Chilled Seafood - mussels, clams, squid, prawn, cured salmon, tomato vinaigrette, basil oil, gremolata

Appetizer choices include their New England Clam Chowder, a Winter Salad of squash, beets, spinach, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds, foccacia or, as I smartly chose a super fresh plate of Chilled Seafood, full of mussels, clams, squid, prawn, cured salmon, tomato vinaigrette, basil oil, gremolata.

Joe Fortes New York Steak

My partner, Michael, loved the New York Steak with bacon, kale, mushrooms, and superb garlic mashed potatoes and I went for seafood with the Sockeye Salmon with parsley pistou, smoked tomato beurre blanc, and a rich saffron barley risotto.

Joe Fortes Sockeye Salmon

I am super hooked on barley risotto lately, and this was a flavourful version with a nice hit of saffron and a side of perfectly just-cooked carrots and green beans. Pasta lovers can choose the Prawn & Clam Linguine with house made chorizo, tomato, cream, spinach, Grana Padano, the third dinner choice; I may have to come back for that one.

 Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart

Joe Fortes Creme Brulee

We packed up half our entrees so we could save room for the dense, rich Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart with preserved berry coulis, and whipped cream and silky smooth Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee. There’s also Tiramisu if you so wish.

Book soon for Dine Out Vancouver, or come back for that happy hour I spoke of. There’s lots to be happy about here.