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By Sonu Purhar Patio season is whenever the sun is shining (or the heater is turned on) and there’s nothing like refreshing drinks outdoors! Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing we enjoy better than a well-made cocktail or ice-cold beer, but sometimes our bods need a break from the booze. Enter the mocktail, which is seeing a resurgence as bars across the Metro Vancouver wise up to the fact that sodas and coffee aren’t the most fun non-alcoholic alternatives. So put down that water and join us as we sample tasty concoctions across the region, all of which are served by eateries dishing up tasty cuisine to boot. Cheers! Piva Modern Italian 787 Columbia Street, New Westminster Piva’s roots date back to 1917, when Giuseppe Piva emigrated from northern Italy to British Columbia and dove into a life of farming. The elegant eatery honours his passion for local ingredients and…

With the inaugural Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week in 2017 there were just six breweries to revel with. Today, with nine craft breweries and one more anticipated to open by the end of the year, the beer community on Vancouver’s North Shore celebrates October 4-11, 2019. As the North Shore’s craft beer scene bustles, hop-heads and craft beer connoisseurs will be rewarded with a full week of fun beer events happening in breweries and venues across Vancouver’s North Shore. The week kicks off with a launch party featuring all North Shore breweries and is followed by beer-pairing dinners, brewery battles, Oktoberfest events, open houses and more at each of their locations. The VNSCBW launch party takes place at the Pipe Shop on October 4, from 5pm-10pm and plays host to all of the North Shore breweries: Beere Brewing Co, Black Kettle Brewing Company, Bridge Brewing Co, Deep Cove Brewers…

By Tourism Richmond This fall’s arts and culture line-up in Richmond promises to be an exciting one. The city’s two main concert and theatre venues, The Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond) and the River Rock Show Theatre (8811 River Road, Richmond), will be offering a diverse array of entertainment, including plays, a musical, and concerts by popular recording artists. And since Richmond has many excellent dining options, it’s easy to feast on a delicious meal before the show. Located in the River Rock Casino Resort, the River Rock Show Theatre is the place “where the stars come out to play.” This intimate space (950 seats) allows for an up-close experience with your favourite performers. On October 3, 2019 at 8:00pm, the one and only Ice Cube will be performing, bringing his rapping talents and commanding stage presence to the River Rock. As a pivotal figure in the evolution of…

By Piva Modern Italian bartender, Kaize Asistente INGREDIENTS Cointreau (1 oz) Absinthe (0.5 oz) Lime Juice (1oz) Ginger Syrup (1oz) Sprite or Ginger Beer INSTRUCTIONS Pour all ingredients into a wine glass and muddle with mint. Fill glass with ice and top with sprite and ginger beer. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and ginger candy. Piva Modern Italian in New Westminster showcases farm fresh ingredients, traditional Italian cooking and exceptionally prepared food and drink with a modern approach.

Images by Ryan Wagner / Good Side Photo Words by Alexis Baran On a dewy morning in Burnaby Heights, the small-town walkable vibe is just the right pace for some relaxed exploration. Sparrows hop through trees and along the streets hunting for crumbs, and residents walk their dogs with cups of hot coffee steaming up from their hands. As the shops put out their sandwich boards and your stomach starts to grumble, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Here are a few. The Gray Olive 4190 Hastings Street Three brothers came together to create this spot that serves seasonal comfort food that’ll warm you up for the morning. The menu may change with the calendar but you can always expect something homey with a bit of a twist. Chez Meme Baguette Bistro 4016 Hastings Street Looking for breakfast classics? This small diner is a local favourite…

Images by Ryan Wagner / Good Side Photo Words by Alexis Baran Referred to by locals as “The Heights”, this neighborhood in Burnaby prides itself on being full of friendly local businesses and shops in a walkable little enclave. Nearby is Montrose Park where you can access the Trans Canada Trail, with a view of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. After a bit of a wander, here’s what to eat. Green & Oak Malaysian Restaurant 3760 Hastings Street With a hot cup of tea and a deep breath of fresh spices, this modern eatery is welcoming and friendly. Their style suits couples tucking into warm bowls of soup as well as large family dinners with lots of sharables. Sopra Sotto 4022 Hastings Street Just up the street from Malaysian cuisine is modern Italian meals made with local ingredients. Classic pizzas slide from a stone pizza oven out front, and in the…

By Sonu Purhar Nothing beats a caffeinated pick-me-up, especially when paired with a tasty treat or three – and at New Westminster’s bustling waterfront, you’re spoiled for choice. The colourful district boasts a deliciously distinctive array of cafés where depending on the weather,  you can lounge on sun-soaked patios or cozy up for some raindrop watching while indulging in fancy coffees or refreshing iced drinks, then continue onward for more. Read on for five stops that’ll hit the spot for coffee and culinary fans alike. Old Crow Coffee Co. 655 Front Street A cozy haven bursting with coffee and comforts, Old Crow pours Instagram-worthy brew enhanced by decadent pastries (check out the café’s social accounts for the eye candy otherwise known as “Donut Day”). The funky yet laid-back vibe is supported by rotating artwork to ogle while you sip, as well as regular events and a cute patio where you…

By Sonu Purhar Wild and wacky cocktails have their place, but sometimes an old-fashioned (or Old Fashioned) classic is all you need. Among the dearth of eateries and bars pouring Manhattans, Martinis and other historic drinks for every Tom Collins, Dick and Harry, it can be hard to find a place marrying well-made libations with an atmosphere conducive to memory lane wanderings. We’ve rounded up a selection of venues across Metro Vancouver that don’t disappoint – so what are you waiting for? Step into your Sidecar, and let’s go! Notch8 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver In celebration of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s 80th anniversary in 2019, the luxe property’s stylish lounge has introduced a nostalgic lineup of nine popular cocktails from each decade. If you’re feeling rakish, we recommend starting in the ’30s and working your way to the present. Our pick: The Cable Car, first shaken up in 1999 at…

By Sonu Purhar Ballyhoo (n.) – Excited commotion The Ballyhoo Public House boasts a fitting moniker: just two months after opening, downtown Vancouver’s newest public house is already buzzing. Part of the Donnelly Group’s ever-expanding collection of quirky eateries and watering holes, The Ballyhoo is a lively, welcoming space equally suited to popping in for a quick happy hour drink, lingering over a game of pool, or indulging in a casual group feast. Ideally situated along Burrard and Smithe streets in Vancouver’s bustling Theatre District, The Ballyhoo is perfectly poised to capture the attention of cinema- and theatre-goers with tasty, affordable fare and a surprisingly lengthy cocktail list. Guests are invited to discover tantalizing concoctions made popular by famed international cocktail bars, such as the Espresso Bongo (rum, coffee syrup, pineapple, passionfruit, orange and lime; Latitude 29, New Orleans); the Garibaldi Cocktail (Campari and orange juice; Dante, New York); or…

By The Ballyhoo Public House Yield: 3 cups INGREDIENTS Eggs (8) Bread (half a loaf or more, depending on filling amount) Strong Dijon (1 tbsp) Sriracha (1 tbsp) Mayonnaise (3-4 tbsp) Grated parmesan cheese (1.5 tbsp) Chives (1 tbsp, finely chopped) Salt & pepper to taste Cayenne pepper (a pinch) INSTRUCTIONS Add whole eggs to rapidly boiling water. Set timer for 10 minutes; reduce heat to rolling boil. When 10 minutes is up, transfer eggs to ice bath. Allow eggs to cool for half an hour in ice bath. Peel. Grate egg using cheese grater, or mash with fork to desired consistency. Transfer mixture to stainless steel bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Spread thickly between two pieces of bread to make sandwiches. Store extra refrigerated for later use. Click here for our profile of The Ballyhoo Public House.

By Kristi Alexandra Here’s a list of refreshing, locally-crafted, non-alcoholic beverages for sipping on patios and in parks this season. Canoe Cola Canoe Cola makes craft sodas, hand-bottled with love on the West Coast. Made with less than half the sugar of the average pop, each bottle is only 60 calories. Flavours: Canoe Cola, with notes of citrus and warming spices. Canoe Fizzy Lemonade, with tart lemon perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit. Where to find it: The Acorn, Harvest Union, Slickity Jim’s Chat & Choux, Rolling Cashew, The Stock Market, Strange Fellows, The Bakery Brewing, Kitsilano Natural Foods, Vegan Supply Chinatown, Vegan Supply Surrey, Parthenon Market Dickie’s Ginger Beer Dickie’s ginger beer is made fresh to order, every single week, with whole, all-natural ingredients. Organic cane sugar is used sparingly to keep it dry and refreshing, while the ginger is cold-pressed, bringing an exceptionally bright, clean flavour. Flavours: Ginger…