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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 23 Edition

Events In And Around Vancouver

Hope y’all had a great long weekend if you got one. Michael worked all weekend sadly, as did I, so we stayed in Vancouver, but I did get out for an 8 km run through Shaughnessy on Sunday, took some strolls along West 4th and West Broadway and checked out some shops, visited with Tess, Jennifer, my sister and nephew and had another amazing dinner at Chicha. What did you get up to? Any new restaurants, beers or wines we should know about? Comment below if you’d like to share! This week there’s a ton to do food and drink-wise for all, and then we’re headed up to Naramata for the opening of our friend Victor Bongo’s new restaurant https://naramatainn.com/ambrosia-restaurant-lounge/ along with his wine launch at Serendipity Winery. I’ll be insta-storing that and more adventures so tune in and I’ll try to be entertaining. Summer is here! Well for now.

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Exploring Pacific Ocean with 46 South Fish CO at Heritage Asian Eatery – May 23 6pm

If you’ve been hanging out with us in person or online, you’ll surely remember the NZ Oysters that we often rave about! They’re brought in by our pal and fellow New Zealander, Mark Urwin. He also sources lots of other great sustainable NZ Seafood, such as the Hiramasa Yellowtail Amberjack and he’s partnered with Chef Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery for a dinner featuring this divine fish.

The menu is created using the whole fish to showcase the versatility, purity, texture, and flavour of the Hiramasa.  $35 per person excluding taxes and gratuity http://bit.ly/2pFDZLs

Hiramasa Sashimi, cucumber, tomato concasse, yuzu
Hiramasa Tartar, mustard emulsion, pickled onions, coal oil
Hiramasa Ceviche, lime, coriander, crispy shallots
Citrus cured Hiramasa Tataki, wasabi tobiko, ponzu sauce

Torched Hiramasa, yuzu beurre blanc, chives
Seared Hiramasa, white dashi, kombu seaweed, pickled shiimeji
Smoked Hiramasa, crispy potato, ginger yogurt

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ChefmeetsBCGrape May 25, 2017

13th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape is Western Canada’s most exciting wine and culinary event—featuring the largest Grand Tasting of BC VQA Wines and a celebration of the best culinary talent in the Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver food scenes.

Award-winning chefs and BC winemakers will come together to bring a taste of BC Wine Country to each city. More than 85 BC wineries will pour over 350 award-winning Wines of British Columbia at Vancouver’s walk-around tasting featuring “pop ups” of the city’s hottest restaurants and chefs serving their signature dishes in small plate portions.  Tickets https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised-event/412001/420962

 

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Low Country Seafood Boil at Mamie Taylor’s – May 23

Seafood lovers are in luck this week! Why can’t I be two places at once? Join the crew at Mamie Taylor’s for a Top Drop Low Country Seafood Boil, featuring spot prawns, lobster, dungeness crab, potatoes, corn, okra, cajun spices and an array of other delcious things to tuck into, while enjoying incredible wines and the company of the principals from the following international wineries:

Herdade do Esporão – Alentejo, Portugal w/ Pedro Vieira, Sales Manager
Fattoria Colmone Della Marca w/ Giovanni Meschini, Owner
Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery w/ Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker
Gramercy Cellars w/ Greg Harrington MS, Founder/Winemaker

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/low-country-seafood-boil-at-mamie-taylors-tickets-34278265214

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Barbarian’s Feast at The Cascade Room, May 29th

The dinner, presented buffet-style in the age-old tradition of the groaning board, will feature an 80 lb. whole roasted pig from Gelderman Farms in Abbotsford, in addition to irresistible offerings from Two Rivers Specialty Meats, including sausages, roast beef, turkey wings, game hens, and pork ribs. Sides will be served up as well, including potato salad, luscious greens and grilled corn on the cob and dessert is fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

They’ll be whiskey tastings, and two casks of Jim Beam-infused Main Street Brewing Ale, and two special cocktails for the event, plus local band Garran will entertain the crowd with Celtic-themed music.

Each guest will receive a BBQ apron embroidered with logos from Jim Beam, The Cascade Room and Main Street Brewing, along with a pewter goblet and custom fork to use for the feast and take home.

Barbarian’s Feast Monday, May 29 7 pm
Tickets: $99 (includes all food, beverage, taxes and gratuity)
Purchase online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/barbarians-feast-tickets-33854418477

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On until the prawns are gone! Start your meal off with the cool and refreshing Cucumber Gazpacho ($15) with poached BC spot prawns, or the Yellow Campari Tomato Salad ($15) with grilled BC spot prawns! Mains include BC Spot Prawn Poêle ($45) topped with crispy BC spot prawn headsm, Halibut and BC Spot Prawns ($45) or the BC Spot Prawn Duo ($45) with grilled and Provençal style prawns with tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons tossed in olive oil. View Full Menu

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Spot Prawns at Chicha Restaurant

As mentioned, we had yet another great meal at Chicha along with one hell of a tasty Margarita. They’ve got a spot prawn trio dish that’s a must right now with prawn ceviche and tempura battered spot prawns with nori and wasabi aioli. Always a must is their octopus and chorizo skewers and at least one type of Causa (a whipped, seasoned potato dish).

What’s Good This Week – February 28+

What’s Good In And Around Vancouver

Can’t believe is March already and also that it is snowing in Vancouver at the very same time. Ah well…..we’ll get spring soon enough, right? I’m hopeful! In any case, here’s a few suggestions to brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to.

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Get Your Honey at Beaucoup Bakery

Spring makes an early appearance at Beaucoup Bakery & Café with a new star ingredient, local honey from Hives for Humanity.  The golden nectar plays a sweet role in three seasonal pastries: Honey Banana Double Baked Croissant, Grapefruit Honey Tarragon Cheesecake, and Miso Honey Roasted Eggplant Flatbread and they look delicious!

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The Men In White – Until March 11

A TALE OF LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, AND CRICKET! When Abdul’s cricket team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all members of the team agree with the high cost. Follow this heartfelt story of how home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.  Tickets

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La Table en Provence

From March 1-31, Provence Marinaside will present La Table en Provence, a special menu inspired by Chef Quaglia’s favourite dishes from the cookbook of the same name. Priced at $56 for three courses with an optional wine-pairing for $40, La Table en Provence features traditional Provençal dishes never before served at Provence Marinaside, including Garlic Soup , Frogs Legs, Rabbit Fricassée and Baked Seabream. Dessert is your choice from the regular menu (may we suggest the Tarte au Citron from Chef’s original recipe).

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Grains vs Grapes at Hart House

Whether food goes better with beer or with wine has been a hotly debated topic at many a late-night dinner party.  Now Hart House at Deer Lake is joining the fray with its limited-time Grains vs Grapes menu, which is bound to bring out the passionate wine aficionado and the die-hard beer drinker at any table.  The four-course menu will be available from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Hart House’s Sommelier, Si Man Lee, loves both beer and wine, and he has chosen a special lineup to pair with the four-course menu.  With each course, guests will be able to choose either a beer crafted by award-winning New Westminster craft brewery Steel & Oak Brewing Co. or a premium wine from Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos.

#nofilter 2017

NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

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25 Years of the Wellness Show!March 3, 4 and 5, 2017

New Rave Productions is pleased to present The Wellness Show, the West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping Lower Mainlanders live a more balanced, holistic and healthy life. This year’s show is a very special one, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wellness Show! Held March 3, 4 and 5, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this year’s show celebrates a proud tradition of helping the local population to discover the latest and greatest trends in health and wellness for a quarter century.

The show includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics, including nutrition, exercise, beauty, healthy aging, alternative and holistic therapies, mental well-being, healthy kids and green living, all under one roof. There are 5 stages featuring Fitness Demonstrations (Firma EnergyWear, Mandala Blooms, and Function Health Club), Women and Wellness Presentations (featuring Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Women’s Health Expert, “5 Simple Steps To Eliminating Cravings, Losing Weight and Feeling Energetic” with Mandy King, Holistic Nutritionist, and “Women and Burnout—a Mind Body Soul Solution” by Dr. Peter Hudoba), Living Well Seminars (Mastering Your Metabolism, Anti-Aging, Alkaline-Acid Balance, Joint Pain, Mineral Balancing, and Herbal Tonic Recipes), and the incredibly popular Celebrity Cooking Stage, (featuring Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Chef/Co-owner, Vij’s Restaurant, Chef James Walt, Executive Chef, Araxi, Deerholme’s Chef Bill Jones, Mission’s Founder and Executive Chef Curtis Luk, Juniper’s Executive Chef Sarah Stewart, and everyone’s favourite; Tojo).

Returning again this year is the Healthy Families Stage, featuring a variety of workshops and hands-on fun for kids, parents, and grandparents. This stage was a big hit at last year’s show, and this year includes demos from the owners of Holy Crap cereal, and workshops like “Simple Anti-Inflammatory Lunchbox Recipes,” “7 Powerful Foods That You Must Have On Your Dining Table,” and “Fit Families- Daily Habits that Will Help You Live Longer (and Happier!)” with Lifestyle Mentor, Dai Manuel.

3 days, 300 exhibitors, 30 thousand attendees- your best life under one roof.

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When: Friday, March 3, and Saturday March 4, 2017

Where: Skwachays Lodge, 31 West Pender Street (just east of Abbott Street), Vancouver, BC

Who: Chef Rich Francis is recognized as Canada’s leading Aboriginal culinary talent. A former Top Chef Canada contestant, Francis is about to launch his restaurant, The Seventh Fire, in Saskatoon. Originally from Six Nations, Ontario, Francis is from the Tetlit Gwich’in & Tuscarora Nations.

What: Chef Rich Francis has designed Cooking for Reconciliation, a candid journey toward Truth and Reconciliation using Indigenous foods to create a better understanding of pre-colonial Indigenous culture and the impact of colonization. Francis aspires to give back to First Nation communities and share his knowledge through Indigenous foods and towards healing, connectedness and reconciliation within one’s self.

Menu: The event’s menu will feature OceanWise-certified seafood cooked in traditional methods, including the use of preserves and Aboriginal medicines.

Quote: “Our traditional foods have the ability to nourish and cultivate awareness and compassion, that is the real heart and soul of Indigeniety.”

Additional Info: Seatings are also available on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the public are available at Eventbrite.cahttp://bit.ly/SkwachaysTix

Aboriginal BC: Chef Rich Francis recently spent his first visit in British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities filming a series about the spirituality, culture and history of the Yuquot, a coastal area of Nootka Island where the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation call home. Francis was joined on the filming with actor Duane Howard, a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth and a star of the Academy Award-winning “The Revenant.” The Yuquot Series will be released on YouTube in April 2017.

What’s Good This Week February 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

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Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

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On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.

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“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.

Weekly Goods – Sparkle Gala, Duck, Bingo and Pig

 

Welcome to the dreary days of November folks. Sorry to report that there will be rain for a while now. If you are lucky you are booking a sunny escape, or perhaps you’re more of a snow fan and thinking about Christmas in November at the Fairmont in Jasper, where I’ll be next week. In the meantime stay dry and head inside to one of these “you’ve got the blues”-busting events.

November 5 – Sparkle Gala Fundraiser for Starlight Children’s Charity

This year’s event will feature local chefs partnered with local Starlight children and teens to create a culinary spin on their favourite dishes. Guests at Sparkle will be able to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and meet the chefs behind the creation.  Featured Chefs donating their time and talents to Sparkle. Tickets

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This week – Duck into fall at Provence Marinaside

Chef Matt Ward and the Chef’s Top Ten 3-course dinner menu ($45) is Duck Rillette, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and your choice of Dessert. Click for details

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November 6 – JOEY BINGO & BUBBLES SUNDAYS | 3 pm – 6 pm | $10 per ticket 

Post-brunch shenanigans? Look no further.
Head to  hosting a game of bingo every hour starting at 3 pm. There’s prizes, happy hour special and more!

PROVENCE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL MEMORIES MENUS

Sadly Point Grey’s Provence Mediterranean Grill will close its doors on November 27th. To celebrate 19 years a weekly changing ‘Memories Menus’  will run at the dealio of a price of $45 for three courses . This week’s menu until Nov.6
Mamie Suzanne’s Fish Soup  or Grilled Squid with roasted vegetables and pesto
Rack of Lamb or Sautéed Wild Prawns Provençal
Crème Caramel (Jean-Francis’ favourite dessert)

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November 6 – Pig and Pinot Family Dinner at Boulevard

Chef Alex Chen and team will offer guests an all-inclusive, ‘nose-to-tail’ menu served with a variety of sides, accompaniments and dessert. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Local Butternut Squash Bisque
Brown Butter, Spice Crème
Crispy Pork Belly Porchetta
Fennel Seeds, Smoked Paprika, Thyme
Confit and Glazed Pig’s Head
Sherry Gastrique  
Pig’s Tail
Chipotle Spice
Mikey’s Crunchy Pig’s Ear
Heirloom Apples, Onion Salad, Ginger Vinegar Dressing, Fresno Chilies
Sides
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Celeriac and Potato Purée
Charred Brussels Sprouts

– Dessert –
Tarte Tatin
Caramelized Apple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce
Tickets are $52 per person, plus tax and gratuity (or $82 with wine pairings), based on a minimum of 2 guests. Please note, seating is communal.

2016 Umbrella Day Campaign

“We’ve got you covered!”

Umbrella Day – Street Sales
November 9, 2016 | 7:30am – 10:00am

Vancouver Firefighters will be selling $15 umbrellas and handing out Clif Bars (by donation) at major intersections in the business district of downtown Vancouver. All proceeds go to the Snacks for Kids program. Each Umbrella sale provides 45 snacks to Vancouver’s vulnerable children!

Vancouver Firefighter Charities’ volunteers can be found in the following locations on that day:

  • Main Tent: Granville & Georgia Streets (in front of London Drugs)
  • Granville Station (Dunsmuir and Granville)
  • Waterfront Station (W Cordova between Seymour and Granville)
  • Yaletown Roundhouse (Davie and Mainland)

Umbrella Day Gala – The Flying Pig Gastown
November 9, 2016 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The team at The Flying Pig in Gastown will host an additional event to support the Umbrella Campaign and Snacks for Kids on the evening of November 9. Guests will enjoy plenty of entertainment, refreshments and the delectable hors d’oeuvres The Flying Pig is famous for.

Weekly Goods – Fish Fights, Fish Sales and More

Events this week and on the Horizon

New(ish) for this week we are switching “What’s Good Week of” (because that title was kind of silly) to “Weekly Goods”. Each week (well most weeks) we will bring you what’s up for the week, a couple good things on the Horizon, and perhaps a few other good things. Does this sound too much like Martha Stewart’s “It’s good thing”?

Tuesday October 25 Chefs FISH FIGHT

Long time friends and Vancouver vetrans, Chef Andrea Carlson and Chef Robert Belcham, team up together to bring you FISH FIGHT! An Ocean-forward, collaborative dinner, focused on the bounty of our beautiful BC waters all with naturalist wine pairings. To avoid Eventbrite fees, please call the restaurant to purchase tickets – 604.879.0077

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Until October 27 Taste of Yaletown

For two weeks in October, Taste of Yaletown brings diners featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings. You have the opportunity to select special offerings from participating restaurants, each with a special offering at $25, $35, or $45.

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TRY – WILDTALE, PROVENCE MARINASIDE or HAPA IZAKAYA

 

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Sunday October 30 NOURISH – Fish Fundraiser at The Fish Counter

Meet Rick Burns from Pacific Provider for a whole salmon sale at The Fish Counter on Main Street from noon until 5. NextJen Gluten-Free Flours and Grain featured also with partial proceeds to

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The Fish Counter on Main will donate proceeds from the sale of Whole Pink Salmon and $1.00 from fish and chips (regular & with Nextjen Gluten Free flour) to Vancouver Food Networks.

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Until the October 28th – BC’s Parmigiano Reggiano Week Celebrates Italy’s Finest Cheese in Vancouver & Whistler Restaurants 

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano (The Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese) announced Parmigiano Reggiano Week in British Columbia, taking place at select Vancouver and Whistler restaurants between October 22nd and 28th, 2016.

Sample Parmigiano Reggiano inspired dishes for guests to enjoy at:

Squamish: The Salted Vine Kitchen

Whistler : Araxi

COMING UP

November 3 Vancouver Foodster Food Talks at the Vancouver Aquarium
November 7-13 Christmas in November Fairmont Jasper
November 17 Gold Medal Plates Victoria (BC Championships)
December – Toruq Cirque de Soleil

What’s Good This Week August 4+

Vancouver Events

Well I’m a little behind this week as a stupid summer cold has slowed me down, but I’m hoping the worst is over as there’s no time to be sick! This week we are prepping for Les Dames Summerdine happening next Wednesday, Meet the Rancher at Hopcott in Pitt Meadows, which makes a nice little drive, there’s cider to be had at Orchard and the Sea and far more!

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Orchard & the Sea – August 5, 6, 7

Head to Gastown for artisan cider and hand-crafted small bites from Chef Jefferson Alvarez at 55 Powell Street 6-11 pm this weekend As I did my food tours the past few weeks I wish I’d had time to stop into Birds and The Beets for this pop up! Perhaps this weekend! Orchard and the Sea

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Hopcott Farms Meet the Rancher – August 6

Hopcott Farms is celebrating 10 years this August at Hopcott Meats and has two months of fun-filled events to share. This weekend Meet the Rancher includes a charity BBQ for Alisa’s Wish, live music, free coffee and product samples, and activities for all ages. With an ever-growing number of people concerned about where their foods come from, Hopcott Meats has responded with an opportunity to ‘Meet your Rancher’ where the public is invited to stop by and learn from the ranchers who raise their meat.

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Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker August 7

On August 7th Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker on beautiful Fraser Common Farm, and Laurica Farm. Tour the two farms, all the while learning more about them, and foraging. Then enjoy dinner you helped to forage ingredients for. This event is an annual fundraiser for the ongoing educational programs of Fraser Common Farm. Get tickets here!

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Join us on Sunday, August 7th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when a select number of Delta farms, gardens, orchards and vineyards swing open their gates to welcome the public in for a peek and a taste of what life is like on the farm in one of the most significant agricultural communities in all of B.C.  Details

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Les Dames Summerdine – August 11

Dine for a cause this coming Wednesday. $79 gets you an amazing dinner and wine pairing. Ticket available at Notch 8 at Hotel Vancouver, Chicha Peruvian on East Broadway, Arc at the Fairmont Waterfront, Nicli in Gastown, Kaya Malaysian (8 dishes) and Boulevard at The Sutton Place Hotel. TICKETS  Funds go to scholarships to women in wine and food and children’s school programs.

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Tomato Fest at Provence August 2-31

It’s the 7th Annual Tomato Fest. Take advantage of our exclusive 3-course menu ($55) and optional wine-pairings ($22) that highlight fresh, in-season and locally-grown heirloom tomatoes. Click for details

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Lobster at the Keg – Until August 28

Sample steak and lobster, whole lobster, lobster tails, lobster tacos and more at the Keg until August 28th. Details

 

What’s Good June 22 +

What to do in Vancouver this week

The sun may not be shining bright, but there’s a lot to do both inside and out. It’s another busy week in Vancouver!

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Wine Wednesday at Provence Marinaside

Wine Wednesdays have become ‘a thing’ – a wonderful way to get over the mid-week hump and slide into the weekend. Yaletown’s Provence Marinaside has always been a favourite gathering spot on Wine Wednesdays with its gorgeous patio overlooking the False Creek Marina, its impressive wine list (145 wines-by-the-glass, 48 on tap) plus Tappy Hour with wine and food specials from 3-5 p.m.

Just when you thought Wine Wednesdays couldn’t get any better than this, Provence Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia has brought a new dimension to guest enjoyment by adding music to the experience. From 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, enjoy the contemporary Jazz/Latin Jazz/Blues sounds of the Hip Pocket Quartet. Hip Pocket is composed of Adam Rohrlick (electric guitar/ tenor saxophone), Kristian Alexandrov (keyboards), Brent Gubbels (acoustic bass) and Joel Fountain (drums/ vocals).

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MANGIA VANCOUVER! Pasta Boy Peter makes Homemade Pasta June 25

Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks join Mangia Vancouver! You may not have an Italian Mamma, but now you can learn to make Pasta like one! Peter Ciuffa, Cook at Savio Volpe, Artisan Pasta Maker at Pasta Famiglia, & sometime Actor, brings his stories & Mamma’s pasta recipe to you. Cost: $25, limited to 14 guests. http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/

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Joy of Feeding – June 25

Saturday, June 25, 2016 5 – 8 pm | Rain or shine!

15 COOKS. 15 COUNTRIES. ONE DELICIOUS DAY.
This unique inter-generational, international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm celebrates home-cooked dishes from around the world. Vij’s, Terra Breads, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services bring together fifteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds—from Egypt to Switzerland to Turkey and beyond—to offer a taste of their favourite recipes. Showcasing culinary traditions from around the world, Joy of Feeding was created by Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants to celebrate whole foods, culture and cooking.

COST: $55 for guests 13 and over Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Meet the cooks, and learn more about the event. UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC (See Map) kirsten.armour@ubc.ca or 604.827.5831.

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Fanny Bay Oysters Opening – June 23

Opening June 23, 2016 at 762 Cambie Street in Downtown Vancouver’s Stadium District, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will bring a bounty of fresh, tide-to-table fare to the heart of the city, offering seating for 50 (including 16 at its oyster bar) and a full bar, as well as a shellfish market where patrons can purchase top-quality, take-home catches such as live, shucked, fresh and frozen oysters and clams, scallops, shrimp and prawns. Part of the Taylor Shellfish Family of Farms, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch as well as daily happy hour specials.
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2nd ANNUAL GIN FESTIVAL June 15th – June 29th2016

Ginapalooza, a uniquely Canadian, multi-city gin festival, celebrates for the second time in Vancouver on June 15th thru to June 29th 2016. Having launched first in Toronto, then in Montreal and Calgary, Ginapalooza now moves westward to celebrate in Vancouver throughout this spring/summer season.

For two weeks, locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to navigate the streets of Vancouver to satisfy their palate with more than 40 signature GinapaloozaVAN cocktails.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s top cocktail venues and paired them with 14 of the most incredible local, national and internationally renowned gin brands to create some of the greatest gin cocktails consumers will ever taste.

There will be ongoing prize giveaways; Ginaplooza’s signature Gin Sip & Socialize pop-up tastings; a nationally held contest to win the Grand Prize Trip for Two to Tour Beefeater’s Distillery in London UK; and, the opportunity to bid on artwork to raise #YMMFire Funds in support of Albertans affected by the wildfires.

Simply pick up a complimentary G-PASS at any of the participating venues starting on Wendesday, June 15th 2016 and follow the signature G-PATH for an experience that’s truly ginspirational!  

What is GINAPALOOZA?

Uniquely Canadian, Ginapalooza is the first of its kind in the world!

A nationwide, multi-market festival that celebrates the spirit of gin paired with supporting local artisans, emerging businesses and entrepreneurs!

Ginapalooza was born out of a desire to support Canada’s exceptional gin distillers along with internationally renowned gin brands; support emerging artists; and, kick-off the spring and summer seasons with a celebration that brings the nation together – one cocktail and a cheers at a time.

The focus is simple: entertain, educate and connect communities across Canada through the art of the craft and the spirit.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s most sought-after gin brands, paired them with 14 of Vancouver’s most popular venues, and shaken up more than 40 signature, never-before-tasted, gin cocktails crafted by a select handful of Vancouver’s most-talented bartenders!

Just follow our HOW-TO-PALOOZA instructions to enjoy an experience that’s truly ginspirational!

WHERE TO GINAPALOOZA:

14 of Vancouver’s Most Popular Cocktail Venues:

  • Ancora
  • Annalena
  • Beach Bay Café
  • The Belmont
  • Boulevard
  • The Cascade Room
  • Clough Club
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Juniper
  • The Keefer Bar
  • Prohibition
  • Royal Dinette
  • UVA
  • YEW

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

There will be ongoing Prize giveaways, including the Grand Prize Trip for Two to London – the birthplace of Gin – for a private tour of Beefeater London Dry Gin‘s Distillery!

 

What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four course meal to remember. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER – APRIL 26 

To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

TICKETS
Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.

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Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details

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Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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WINE FOR WAVES NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES SPRING WINE RELEASE IN VANCOUVER – APRIL 28 

The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.

 

Easter Around Vancouver

What’s Up for Easter Around Vancouver??

We’re staying in town this weekend and I think the theme will be more spring cleaning than bunny hopping, but we’ll likely at least get a brunch in and Tess, Michael and I will be boozing it up on Saturday night at BC Distilled. I mean tasting and evaluation some local spirits. We’ll also be checking out the newest Greek Restaurant in the city – Nammos Estiatorio, I’m thinking there will be some octopus, dolmades and tarama on my plate soon.  However, we will fit in at least a few Easter festivities and think you should too. Here’s what’s up for Easter Around Vancouver.

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Dockside Easter Brunch

Enjoy over 60 menu items cooked from scratch in Dockside’s award-winning Granville Island waterfront setting. Dockside Restaurant’s Marketplace Easter Brunch BuffetReservations are 604-685-7070. Click HERE To view the complete menu. 

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Brunch at Boulevard

Sunday, March 27 special Easter Buffet Brunch! Signature Easter cocktails will be offered throughout the day and all kids will go home with a special housemade chocolate bunny. Reservations.

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Easter Bouquets at Bird on a Wire

Easter Bouquet Pick-up Saturday, March, 26th on Main Street. Bouquets by Mary Order one-of-a-kind arrangements featuring spring flowers specifically chosen for Easter celebrations, displayed in a beautiful, lacy green or yellow metal vase. Pre-order today and pick up this Sat. Mar. 26 at Bird on a Wire Creations between noon-4pm!beta

Beta 5 Eclairs

Until Sunday, march 27 these delicate choux pastries are the perfect dessert to bring to Easter dinner strawberry vanilla and malted chocolate. limited run of eclairs for walk-in customers and reservations (place yours now).

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Easter Dinner at Flying Pig

On Sunday, March 27 and Monday, March 28 all of The Flying Pig locations will feature an Easter Dinner special:  Maple and mustard glazed ham leg, Scalloped potatoes,  Roasted organic carrots with buttered spring peas. $24.95 per person. Margaret’s Maple Sugar Pie is an additional $7 per person  (Margaret is owner John Crook’s Mom)

Easter Dinner starts at 5pm and will be available while quantities last, on a first-come, first served basis.

Locations:
The Flying Pig Yaletown, 1168 Hamilton Street, 604.568.1344
The Flying Pig Gastown, 102 Water Street, 604.559.7968
The Flying Pig Olympic Village, 127 West 2nd Avenue, 604.569.1111

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Provence Marinaside 4-day Easter Brunch

Brunch menu over the 4–day Easter long weekend (25–28 March) from 9am to 3pm.  Eggs cracking and champagne popping. Choose from our range of egg dishes such as the Smoked Salmon Benedict on corn pancakes or select Two Eggs Any Style Click for details.

 

Easter Treats at Faubourg

From the adorable Bunny Macaron that is sure to delights the little ones, to the sophisticated Easter pastry that makes for the perfect gift for Easter brunch or dinner hosts, Ricardo Rosas, the head pastry chef at Faubourg crafted the most delicious Easter treats.

Easter specials will be available from all Easter long weekend at all three Faubourg locations in Kerrisdale (2156 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver), Downtown (769 Hornby Street, Vancouver) and West Vancouver (792 Main Street, Park Royal South, West Vancouver). See opening hours at www.faubourg.com

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Chocolatas Abbotsford Egg Decorating

On Saturday March 19th Easter Egg Decorating Day at Chocolatas Abbotsford location!  For $25/person (ages 10 and up), you will receive 2 ChocolaTas chocolate eggs (one small and one large) to decorate! sales@chocolatas.com  or by phone 604-504-5957 to book your 45 minute time slot!

Enjoy Easter Around Vancouver!

What’s Good – Restaurant Options for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 runs from January 15 to 31.

Dine Out Vancouver is upon us again and how I wish I could dine out every night and work my way through all the stellar menus. I’ve sussed a few out that look more than worthy of your dining dollar. May see you at any one of these during Dine Out!

CHICHA RESTAURANT

TOP value is definitely Chicha Restaurant, just off Main at $30. During Dine Out 2016 their menu reflects the regular share plates style dining experience. Dine Out guests will choose: 1. 1 appetizer each 2. 2 share plates each from the Entrée section 3. 1 dessert each. DEAL! 

APPETIZER Quinoa Salad ~quinoa, roasted red pepper, red onion layered with mango and avocado, huacatay Peruvian mint, lime, jalapeno vinaigrette, rocoto chili aoli (veg, gf) or Plantains with trio of Peruvian sauces ~fried plantains, huacatay Peruvian mint, rocoto and aji Amarillo chili aioli’s (veg, gf) or Aji Amarillo Seafood Chowder ~local assorted daily catch seafood, aji Amarillo chili cream chowder

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ENTREE
-choose two share plates from the following entrée section- Chalaco Ceviche ~local albacore tuna, wild sockeye salmon, Pacific Ling Cod, prawns, scallops, green tigre de leche citrus, fresh oranges, rocoto chili dusted fried calamari (gf) oBraised Red Deer Venison Neck and Chorizo ~slow braised venison neck and chorizo, Peruvian corn and grana padano cheese grits or Lomo Saltado ~med rare Bavette steak, Kennebec fries, onions, peppers, tomatoes stir fry, rich veal demi (gf) or/ Crab and Wild Sockeye Salmon Cakes ~served with Peruvian tartar and pickled cucumber and young coconut meat escabeche salad or/ Aji Panca Chili and Orange Glazed Baby Back Ribs ~served with double smoked bacon, green bean and red nugget potato salad (gf) or/ Chicharron Sliders ~crispy pork belly, glazed yam, aji Amarillo aioli, and salsa criolla sliders, rocoto chili dusted yam chips or/ Yucca Bola ~cassava root croquettes filled with asiago cheese, jalapenos, and scallions, sweet rocoto chili house made jelly, and Peruvian Huancaina sauce (veg) or/ Causa Verduras ~beet root whipped and chilled potatoes, lima bean puree, pickled beets, rocoto chili dusted yam chips (veg, gf) or Pollo Anticuchos ~aji Amarillo chili marinated chicken breast skewers, brown buttered fingerling potatos, trio of aji sauces (gf) or/ Tacu Tacu ~spicy butternut squash winter stew, crispy lima bean and rice cakes, parmesan, and fried quail’s egg (veg, gf)

DESSERT
Chocolate y Café Enamorados ~coffee and chocolate pot de crème, spiked rocoto chili whip cream, canela sugared plantains (gf) or Peruvian Caramel Shortbread Cookies ~lucuma fruit crème anglaise, fresh fruit or Specialty Coffee Drink ~bartender’s daily creation (gf)

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APPETIZER WildTale Corn & Seafood Chowder fresh wild seafood, spicy jalapeno fritterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or West Coast Caesar Salad aged parmesan, white anchovyBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Van Westen ‘Vivacious’ 2014 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 or 

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Classic Prawn Cocktail poached tiger prawns, horseradish cocktail sauceBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. 2013 Semillon – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 

ENTREE Blackened BC Snapper spicy penne alla “puttanesca”, basil beurre blancBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or 

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Surf & Turf “AAA” alberta beef striploin, tiger prawn a la plancha whipped potato, café de paris butterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 or

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Duo of Yakima Valley Lamb roasted lamb sirloin, risotto of braised shoulder buttered asparagus, natural pan jusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 

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DESSERT Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse housemade biscottiBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Burrowing Owl Coruja – $12.00 

SAI WOO – $40 – Chinatown

Head to Chinatown to Sai Woo at $40 for some unique bites in one of the most gorgeous rooms in the city.

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ENTREE – SPICED LAMB Pressed Lamb Neck, Squash Purée, Braised Shallot, Kale Chip, Sautéed Kale, Sherry JusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Syrah 2011 Okanagan Valley or SEARED LING COD Pommes Purée, Potato Chip, Mushroom Jus , Seared King Oyster Mushroom, Confit JalapenoBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:The Hatch Pinot Noir, Keremos Bench or LEMONGRASS CHICKEN Pandan Rice, Wilted Bitter Greens, Fried Egg, Pickled Cucumber, Bitter MelonBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 Okanagan Valley
DESSERT –  MANGO MOUSSE CAKE Purple Yam Jam, Coconut Sauce, Puffed Tapioca Pearls or CHOCOLATE PATE Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate, Almond Crust, Almond Bread, Kumquat Jam BAKLAVA Pistachio Mousse, Honey Rose Pearls, Phyllo Chip, Toasted Nuts

SIENA RESTAURANT

At South Granville’s Siena for $30 you can go Italian for a very reasonable price and they’ve got a fantastic wine list and are just small enough to give you that exceptional service.
ENTREE – Prosciutto-wrapped Natural Pork Tenderloin, with parmesan braised cannellini beans & apricot or Grilled Steelhead, with roast cauliflower purée, confit fingerling coins, peperonata or Caponata Ravioli, with tomato butter, pine nuts, asiago, crispy capers (V) or Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle, with madeira cream, charred leeks, manchego (V)
DESSERT – Lemon Polenta Cake, with vanilla crème anglaise, raspberry coulis or Double Chocolate Torte, with blackberry chantilly, chocolate ganache
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ROYAL DINETTE

Another stell meal will be had if you head to Royal Dinette $40 on the corner of Dunsmuir and Howe.

APPETIZER
Kale, Crispy Vegetables, Nahm Jim, Aromatic Herbs, Pumpkin Seed or Octopus, Pil Pil, Chorizo Spices, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sourdough or Lamb tartare, Mint emulsion, Hazelnut, Cured Egg Yolk, Grilled Bread

ENTREE Whole Wheat Rigatoni,
Smoked Mushroom, Grainy Mustard, Pickled Cucumber or Ling Cod, Octopus Consomme, Shellfish, Rutabaga, Olives or Short Rib, Ancient Grains, Radicchio, Preserved Peppers
DESSERT Dark Chocolate Tart, Beetroot Sorbet, Cocoa Nib or Candy Cap MushroomPanna Cotta, Grand Fir Sable, Preserved Summer Berries or Apple Sorbet, Honey Sponge Cake, Jasmine Tea, Tapioca
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EDIBLE CANADA

Uniquely Canadian bites can be had at Edible Canada for $30 in Granville Island.
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