RED DOOR

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2996 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-733-5699 Web: www.reddoor.ca Advice: Tell them they should add brown rice to their menu. Order ahead for curbside pickup. Asian fusion is where it is at here at this pan…

LA BUCA

4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.730.6988 Web: http://www.labuca.ca Twitter: @LaBuca Advice: Make a reservation. You can drive past La Buca and not realize you’ve just missed one of the greatest little Italian restaurants in town. Little because La Buca is…

FINCH’S TEA & COFFEE HOUSE

353 West Pender, Vancouver Tel: 604-899-4040 Web: http://www.finchteahouse.com/ Advice: Expect to line-up for a table at noontime as they do not take reservations. Lunchtime at Finch’s is a time to sit down and take some time out of your day…

Snacking on Chocolate

There is always time for chocolate and at XOXOLAT at 2391 Burrard Street in Vancouver you will find a wide selection of imported chocolate bars, this shop has brought international chocolate culture to Vancouver. If you are looking for an…

BANDIDAS TAQUERIA

2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604.568.8224 Web: http://www.bandidastaqueria.com/index.html Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix and match the tacos, weekend brunch can be quite popular and you can expect to wait awhile for a table. With an eclectic array of customers…

Interview with Wendy Boys

Lumiere Restaurant | Vancouver Wendy has spent the past 10 years working with chocolate. She started her company (Desire Chocolates) while in school in Calgary to basically fund going to culinary school, (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). She then went…

CARDERO BOTTEGA

1016 Cardero Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-0450 Web: www.carderobottega.com Advice: Don’t be afraid to change the toppings if they are not on the sandwich you choose. Hidden away in the Westend is a sandwich shop that I had heard about, and…

QOOLA

  UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1116 Denman, Vancouver Tel: 604-801-6338 Web: http://qoola.com Twitter: @qoola Advice: ask for a sample. Frozen yogurt is the draw here, with 4 flavours to choose from including their original, chocolate, green tea and.a monthly…

SABRA RESTAURANT

3844 Oak Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-733-4912 Web: http://www.sabrakosherrestaurant.com Advice: They are closed Saturdays. Call a day ahead for the whole wheat challah. This is Vancouver’s only Glatt Kosher Restaurant, they have a good falafel bar that features many different toppings…

IPA Launch Party

Library Square House hosted the Granville Island Brewery IPA Launch Party on August 5th, it was a party that featured samples of their new IPA beer as well as their other GI Beers and appetizers.

Interview with Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Sumac Ridge Winery | Summerland I understand Sumac Ridge is launching a new wine called Tribute, can you tell us how this new wine was named? Tribute was created to honour world-class athletic performance as it takes centre stage at…

TRATTORIA ITALIAN KITCHEN

1850 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-732-1441 Web: http://www.trattoriakitchen.ca/ Advice: The room is noisy all the time, waits can be awhile at peak times, the wait is worth it. This is one of my favourite restaurants, centrally located in Kitsilano….

Interview with Mixologist Lauren Mote

The Refinery | Vancouver What have you been working on lately? Recently, I have been trying to perfect classic cocktail making techniques with my staff. The most important thing to me is being able to translate quality as well as…

MAENAM

1938 W 4th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-730-5579 Web: http://www.maenam.ca/ Twitter: @maenam Advice: tell the server what level of spice you would like when placing your order, dishes are spicy here. All my friends were suggesting that I try Maenam, so…

CRU

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1459 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604-677-4111 Web: www.cru.ca Twitter: @CruRestaurant Advice: Make and advance reservation I dined here recently with some friends and had a wonderful meal. Cru specializes in serving small plates and more…

LATITUDE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 3250 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-875-6246 Web: http://www.latitudeonmain.com/ Twitter: @latitudeonmain Advice: reservations not necessary. I dined here on the hottest day of the year actually the hottest in Vancouver’s history, I was amazed by how…

CAMPAGNOLO

1020 Main St, Vancouver Tel: 604-484-6018 Web: www.campagnolorestaurant.ca Twitter: @Campagnolomain Advice: Park around the back, entrance is on Main street. I have been here for lunch and dinner and my preference is the dinner menu. The menu, crafted by Executive…

SIMPLY THAI

1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-642-0123 Web: http://www.simplythairestaurant.com/ Advice: Make a reservation I have been going to this restaurant ever since they opened in downtown Vancouver and years later it is still my favorite for Thai. On a recent visit…

GO FISH

1505 W. First Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-730-5040 Advice: They don’t take reservations. Open rain or shine, call for hours. Line-ups can be long on sunny days. I am a regular at this outside, take out seafood shack at Fisherman’s Wharf,…

SALT TASTING ROOM

45 Blood Alley,  Vancouver Tel: 604-633 – 1912 Web: www.salttastingroom.com Twitter: @SaltTastingRoom Advice: Look up Google maps to find the location. Living in Vancouver all my life, I thought that I knew where everything was until I tried to locate…

ACACIA FILLO BAR

1103 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-633-3884 Advice: They don’t take reservations Located nearby English Bay, Vera and Ziggy serve up their Bulgarian specialties. One of the house favorites is the ‘Spinach & Feta Banitza’ which can be described as a…

CAFE MEDINA

UPDATED 8/11/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED (relocated to Richards Street) 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-879-3114 Webs: http://www.medinacafe.com Twitter: @CafeMedina Advice: They don’t take reservations and they don’t have wireless This is a café kind of restaurant that serves awesome sandwiches….

LES FAUX BOURGUOIS

663 15th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604.873.9733 Web: http://www.lesfauxbourgeois.com       Advice: Make an advance reservation The first time I went to Les Faux I didn’t have a reservation, I called first and was told that I could drop by…

Sumac Ridge unveils Tribute

Sumac Ridge held a Media reception on Thursday July 23rd and unveiled a special bubbly called Tribute that is a 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine released in honor of the Olympics. Sumac Ridge is an official Olympic supplier and this wine…

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