ITALIAN KITCHEN TO GO

1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-2890 Web: www.theitaliankitchen.ca Advice: Weekdays only, take out only. As much as I love Italian Kitchen and Trattoria, it took me awhile to make a visit to their ever popular, trendy Italian Kitchen to Go….

Bartender: Josh Pape

Josh Pape is one of the Bartenders and Co-Owners of The Diamond in Gastown. On August 17th he competed in the Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. He created his featured drink in advance but named it impromptu in front…

Bartender: Solomon Seigel

Solomon Seigel is the Bartender at his own place called Solomon’s in Victoria. On August 17th, he was the only participant from Victoria to compete in the Mixologist Competition. His featured drink was called the “Lavender Haze” Ingredients: 1 part…

The Bartenders

Features the top bartenders who have competed in championships locally or nationally or has created a buzz around Vancouver.

DULCINEA SPANISH CAFÉ

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1118 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-2699 Web http://www.dulcineachocolatecafe.com Advice: Try their chocolate taster, great free wifi. Chocolate, passionate and all is wonderful. I fell in love with this place on my first visit and since…

The Refinery Hosted the Mixologists …..

Canada’s First Ever Beer Inspired Mixology Competition was held on Monday August 17th and it was a celebration of the best bartenders in the Vancouver and Victoria areas preparing cocktails that had one or more of the Whistler Brewing Co…

The Mixologists Competition and the Lowdown

The Refinery in Vancouver was the host of “Canada’s First Ever Beer Inspired Mixology Competition” that was sponsored by The Whistler Brewing Company.  The event was held on Monday August 17th, here is the lowdown on what was required for…

Winning Bartenders at Canada’s First Ever Mixology Competition

The Refinery in Vancouver was the host of “Canada’s First Ever Beer Inspired Mixology Competition” that was sponsored by The Whistler Brewing Company.  The event was held on Monday August 17th and there were 15 competitors representing bars and restaurants…

SPLITZ GRILL

4242 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-875-9711 Web: http://www.splitzgrill.com Advice: Remember to tell them if you want the burgers by themselves or the combos. This is the place for burgers in the city, these aren’t ordinary burgers either. Try the Chicken…

KAPLAN’S STAR DELI

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 5775 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-263-2625 Advice: Ask for lean or extra lean for any of the meat sandwiches. This Jewish deli has been part of the community for many years, my friends and I…

GAIA BISTRO

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2055 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-5022 Web: http://www.gaiabistro.ca/ Advice: Closed Sundays I had heard about a restaurant serving Israelli cuisine and I had to visit. The décor is colourful in this Kerrisdale eatery specializing…

THE MAIN

4210 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-709-8555 Web: http://www.themainonmain.com Twitter: @TheMainonMain Advice: Call ahead to place your take out order. I have been a regular here at this Greek restaurant for many years, it is a family favorite as we know…

LA BAGUETTE & L’ ECHALOTE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-684-1351 Web: http://www.labaguette.ca Advice: Get their between 10:30-11:30 am to get your choice of sandwich before they are all gone. I have been coming to this bakery to pick up…

SIEGEL’S BAGELS

1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-685-5670 Web: http://www.siegelsbagels.com Advice: spend over $5 to use debit, otherwise it is cash only. Get the Sesame or Poppy bagels within minutes after coming out of the firewood oven. At this local outpost for…

LEE’S DONUTS

1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-685-4021 Advice: Make sure to get the Glazed donuts fresh out of the oven and you are pretty much guaranteed to do that at 9:05 am daily. Lee’s has been in the Granville Island Market…

CHAU

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1500 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-682-8020 Web: http://www.chauvancouver.com/ Advice: If you are in a hurry then this is not the place to go, if you have some time to enjoy a great meal then go…

CAFE VANCOUVER

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 883 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-4446 Advice: Try all of the Turkish specialties. A Turkish Delight, a café on the edge of Yaletown that specializes in Turkish Coffee, made just like it should be made…

PANADERIA SABOR LATINO BAKERY

1211 Nanaimo, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-3320 Advice: Call ahead for the pineapple pie and other treats if there is a certain sweet you are craving. Latin American food in Vancouver has been hard to come by over the past years, now…

MEMPHIS BLUES

1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604.215.2599 Web: http://www.memphisbluesbbq.com Advice: The beans that are served as a side are made with pork fat, this is something you should know if you don’t eat pork. No reservations accepted. For authentic Southern Bbq,…

LaStella Wine Tasting

At the Wine Tasting on August 13th where they featured their white, rose and red wines for tasting for members of the trade and media. LaStella Winery is located in the Okanagan and is part of the winery family from…

MELRICHES

1244 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-5282 Advice: sit inside or outside on the back patio. Located on bustling Davie, Melriches has been a neighborhood favorite for many years, they really know how to serve the community. From comfortable seating to…

KHAI

2184 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-677-6767 Web: http://www.khaithai.com/ Advice: If you like it spicy, ask them to make it spicy. With a view overlooking Kitsilano beach, Khai serves up an array of fast food for inside eating or for take…

Vancouver Foodster Launched

Food and drink aficionados can now welcome a new online guide to the Vancouver area featuring restaurant reviews, interviews, stories and more. The site was created by Richard Wolak. He launched VancouverFoodster.com because, for years, his friends have treated him…

CIOPPINO’S

1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-688-7466 Web: http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/ Advice: Make an advance reservation, if you have a large party then ask to be seated in the wine room. This is one of my long time favourite restaurants that I visit…

Farmers Markets around Greater Vancouver

Shopping for fresh, local vegetables and fruits at the Farmers markets has always been the best way to support your community. Vancouver is blessed to have a great organization called eatlocal.org that is the umbrella organization for Vancouver Farmers Markets….

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