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Petite Patios

Although we are well into mid-summer, it’s not too late to redesign your outdoor living space, or at least give it a spruce up. In Vancouver, apartment living means our outdoor space is rather small, but we’ve managed to utilize it well and have a beer fridge, Weber BBQ, patio set and a good selection of herbs and flowers.

With the extreme heat and lack of air conditioning here in our west facing Arbutus Walk apartment, by the end of the day staying indoors is intolerable. So I set up an outdoor table where Michael can read, and I can catch up on my social media posts, in a much cooler spot. With the beer fridge within reach, and a BBQ for our summer meals, it’s ideal.

We do Diner En Blanc every year, so last year I had the smart idea to order a table and chairs, which arrived, well after the event, and proved to be far too large for our little balcony.  Presidents Choice to the rescue! I drove out to the garden center on Grandview highway and found an excellent, more fitting set, and grabbed an umbrella and a nice bright lantern, and cushions too.

Picked up some colourful flowers and herbs to pretty up the space and to add to our summer meals.

There’s a lot to choose from, and if we had more space, which we will one day, there’s plenty of other things I would add to the back yard. Like a smoker, room for more guests or some side tables.

Community Garden




The other awesome thing about Vancouver is our community gardens and we are lucky to have one at city hall. This year we’ve planted tomatoes, zucchini peppers, lavender, tiny basil and are also dealing with a very aggressive lemon balm maniac of a plant.  Again all from the garden section at Presidents Choice. Pictured above is our garden in June and now when it’s almost overrun.  To the far left there’s even an experimental goji berry plant.

There’s lots of great advice on their gardening site, and I’ve go more tips from last year’s patio spruce up here. NEVER forget to read the labels on the plants and pay attention to how much light they need and plan according to your space.

Good luck with your outdoor space and here’s some other cool ideas I came across.

*President’s Choice sent us a gift card that covered part of our flower purchase.

Dockside Dine Out Vancouver 2013

Dockside2-960-300Dine Out Vancouver is on until February 3, 2013 and if you are looking for a room with a view, Dockside Restaurant in Granville Island is an excellent choice.  Dine oceanside with views of False Creek and if you want to have a mini staycation, the Granville Island Hotel is an elevator ride away.  The menu here is $28 and well worth the money.  Wine and beer pairings are available as the restaurant also houses an onsite brewery where brewmaster Mark Simpson crafts a wide variety of beer styles.  Chef Simon McNeil wasn’t in the night we visited, but the kitchen was left in good hands and all flowed smoothly on the floor.  If you have the chance to sit in monsieur Julien’s section don’t miss it.

Dockside Dineout 2013

The dinner begins with an amuse of creamy tomato fennel bisque served with a cheddar puff pastry.  Off to a superb and tasty start.

Dockside Dineout 2013

We then chose the crab and corn bisque with a tasty rice cracker and pepper crab butter.  Time had been taken to roast the crab shells giving the bisque a divine richness.

Dockside Dineout 2013

The Arugula salad with goat cheese and tomato chips had just the right amount of the zippy olive oil and roast pear vinaigrette.

Dockside Dineout 2013

The sablefish was roasted to perfection and the accompanying vegetables and barley the perfect companions.

Dockside Dineout 2013

The lamb neck inside the tortellini was tender with a flavourful smoked carrot and roast apple veal jus, but the pasta dough needed some work, and was a bit tough.

Dockside Dineout 2013

The vegetarian option, a grilled leek and carrot quinoa sounded like nothing particularly special, but was truly the highlight of the meal,  full of layers of flavour and accented with a butternut squash and almond hash.  Beautifully done.

Dockside Dineout 2013

Dockside Dineout 2013

Do save room for the dessert and make your tablemates share as you will want to try both the eclair pastry and the dark chocolate cream cup with brandied black cherries.

Great value at $28 and a perfect pre or post-theatre meal.  Ride the Cyclone is currently on at The Arts Club Granville Island stage and absolutely blew me away – roaringly funny!


Amuse Heirloom Tomato and Fennel Bisque Irish Dubliner Sharp White Cheddar Puff Twist

Dungeness Crab and Corn Bisque Jade Rice Cracker with Peppered Crab Butter

Arugula with Goats Cheese and Tomato Chips on Citrus Olive Oil Grilled Crostini Roasted Pear and Gewürztraminer Vinaigrette


Braised Lamb Neck filled Tortellini on Smoked Carrot, Roast Apple and Veal Jus

Roasted Sablefish Haricot Vert and Corn Seedlings with Smoked Cod and Toasted Barley Heirloom Tomato with Capers

Grilled Leek and Carrot wrapped Quinoa, Butternut Squash and Almond Hash Asparagus and Shallots on Yellow Tomato Coulis


Paris Brest Éclair Pastry with Hazelnut Praline Custard Salted Honey Caramel

Valrhona Manjari Dark Chocolate Cream Cup with Marzipan and Brandied Black Cherries Cherry Compote

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The Westin Grand – Pop Up Patio

Act quick to check out the latest pop up at The Westin Grand at Homer and Robson Street.  Sit poolside and catch the last rays of summer amongst the gardens with music from their live DJ.  On every Thursday and Friday while the weather lasts.

The menu is created by Executive Chef Matthew Richmond and is served from a BBQ action station.  Bartenders from Hidden Tasting Bar & Social Lounge have created cocktails and there’s a selection of beer and wine available.

On a particularly sunny Friday we stopped by to enjoy some drinks and bites.  I was tempted to jump into the pool, but managed to contain myself.  The menu is well-priced and a few appies together can make a meal, or one or two will start the night off right as you unwind after work with a couple drinks and then proceed on to dinner.





Sliders ($11) 14  Salmon with garlic aioli, chicken with mango relish and beef with  Chipotle mayo

Sliders consisted of salmon with garlic aioli, chicken with mango relish and beef with Chipotle mayo.

Blueberry mojito with Bacardi rum, muddled blueberry, mint, lime juice and the Ginger’s crown Crown royal, lime, ginger. Refreshing.

Beef quesadilla ($11) 14  Grilled beef, cheddar cheese, homemade pico de gallo  Guacamole
Our server recommended the Beef quesadilla which sounded rather boring, but it was actually far from so as it was filled with spicy grilled beef and cheddar cheese and served with homemade pico de gallo and Guacamole

Scallop and prawn kabob ($11) 14  Herb rubbed with lemon

Prawn wrapped scallop were nicely grilled.

Albacore tuna poke ($11) 14  Sesame marinated, cucumber, avocado, tomato

Albacore tuna with sesame.



The #PopUpPatio is open every Thursday and Friday (weather dependent) for the duration of the summer. Reservations are not accepted.  Join the conversation on Twitter with @TheWestinGrand and #PopUpPatio. For more information call 604.602.1999 or visit http://www.westingrandvancouver.com/vancouver-patio.

New from Lift Bar & Grill

Spot On

It’s that time of year when you see chefs salivating over creative ways to cook and present wild BC Spot Prawns, a delicious delicacy that’s only available for six to eight weeks. Turns out less is more with these succulent pink, bite-sized beauties, so come in and enjoy our simple yet perfect preparation for a limited time. But be prepared to be addicted

Spring Menus

With the sweet smell of blooms, longer days and a nod to all-things fresh and local, we’ve spruced up our menu for spring. Highlights include White & Green Asparagus with Truffle shavings, Porcini Dusted Halibut Pave and sides including Fingerling Potato & Arugula Hash…hungry?

Best Patio

The readers of Vancouver’s Where Magazine have voted LIFT Best Patio. It seems our seawall perch over the Pacific speaks to locals and we thank you! As the only seaside rooftop patio in the city, come enjoy pinch-me views, tranquility around the fire-pit, warm hospitality and a relaxed vibe that makes you want to linger and star-watch




Join us for the beginning of Summer! The MARKET by Jean-Georges patio will officially be open for business during our lunch service starting May 19.

Chef de Cuisine Karen Gin and the MARKET by Jean-Georges team are excited to offer an entire summer of patio pairing and parties. “Sip” locally inspired cocktails created by lead bartender Jay Jones, and “Savour” our fresh spring menu. The perfect spring and summer perch.

For Reservations call: 604-695-1115 Or Email: marketbyjg.slv@shangri-la.com

Goldfish Pacific News


We know when the weather is this nice you prefer to eat out….maybe even at the beach? 

So we decided to make life easier with a Fish & Chips to go deal.

Drop by Goldfish this month and get our famous Halibut Fish & Chips with ginger tartar sauce and napa cabbage coleslaw for a special price of $15

*Available to go only (at this price)


Our patio has a new look! 

We have been collaborating with Vancouver artist Scott Sueme of Kids at Heart Creative to enhance the ambiance of our patio space. 

We are happy to report that the result is an inspiring, unique and timeless mural that has people talking!  

The artist’s goal was to create a piece that had a sense of balance between his street art graffiti imagery and a more abstract ideology.

Come in for a cocktail on the patio and check out our new art.   Or read our blog for more info!


We don’t mean to start an argument, so we’re featuring salmon served two of the most time-honoured ways — smoked and roasted –- a single dish: West Coast duo of BC Wild Salmon Salad with smoked & roasted salmon, honey dressing and hints of soy.

This salad combines the best of both worlds: the richness of hardwood smoked salmon and the sweet tang of ginger soy roasted salmon. 

Try it today or take a look at our full menu for many more delicious options.


No problem!  If you have a reason to celebrate, we have just the place…well a few places actually.

The Red Room is perfect for bringing together all your BFF’s for lunch or dinner.  With seating for 16, it’s quiet, comfortable and highly conducive to intimate conversations.  There is a big screen TV plus an Ipod adapter, so you can bring and play your own music – the world is your oyster!

The Koi Room has room for 45, as well as dedicated staff, private entrance, a private kitchen and private washrooms.  There is a big screen TV perfect for presentations and seminars with music to your desire. 

Whatever your reason (and room) for celebrating, our Goldfishers will help you throw your party. We have a whole team to custom tailor the evening – food, music, décor – and provide the supple service that makes everything fall into place. 

Take a look at our group menus here or call 604.687.1417 for more information.

Thanks for reading.  E. you next month!


 1118 MAINLAND (AT HELMCKEN) Vancouver, BC
604.689.8318 | info@goldfishkitchen.com

Mis Trucos kicks off patio season with a Spring BBQ on March 21

Vancouver’s unseasonably warm weather means one thing … it’s BBQ time! On Sunday, March 21, from 5 pm to 10 pm, Mis Trucos will host a Spring BBQ Kickoff, hosted by Mobio and the Give a Better Life Foundation. Guests can enjoy a full meal with starting with Mis Trucos’ signature tapas, like chorizo-stuffed squid, crispy bread-wrapped prawns and scallop ceviche, followed by an all-you-can-eat spread that includes roast suckling pig, BBQ beef ribs, grilled wild salmon and grilled sausages.

R&B beer, Mis Trucos’ sangria and Hendricks gin cocktails are also included.

Tickets are $50 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and all proceeds will go towards the Give a Better Life Foundation, which supports various causes including the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Aboriginal Mother Centre.

Tickets can be purchased at Mis Trucos or by calling them at 604.566.3960.

For more information on Mis Trucos, please visit www.mistrucos.ca. For more information on Mobio iPhone payment systems please visit www.mobioidenitiy.com. And for more information on the Give a Better Life Foundation, please visit http://betterlifebrands.com/foundation/.

Restaurant Information:
Mis Trucos
1141 Davie St., Vancouver BC