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By Winnie Tam White Rock isn’t just known for its beaches and picturesque scenery, it also has its fair share of charming cafes. Each one offers delicious treats and a cozy environment where you can get some work done. Next time you’re in town, check these out. Laura’s Coffee Corner In business since 2010, Laura’s Coffee Corner offers breakfast and lunch with made-to-order, homemade soups, salads, paninis, and freshly-baked treats. The café also offers a few gluten-free and vegan options. It’s a busy cafe with plenty of seating, including a heated, covered patio – great for these cooler months. With their free wifi, you can easily spend the morning there and work to your heart’s content! Enjoy their popular English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich for only $4.95, which comes with a free 12oz coffee between 8 and 9am. 2-15259 Pacific Ave, White Rock Get there on transit: From Bridgeport Station take…

by Winnie Tam Whether you’re wanting a midday break while working from home, or you’re looking for a spot to work and reward yourself with a delicious treat at the same time, these gems in Surrey have got you covered. West Village Café West Village Café is a family-owned, community-based cafe, led by Jas Bhangoo. The café’s vision is to bring people together through nourishing, made-from-scratch food in a warm and inviting environment where everyone belongs, “like a village.” #160-5620 152nd Street, Surrey Get there on transit: Take the Expo Line Skytrain to King George Station, Board the 345 Bus heading East, get off at the Highway 10 stop, and it’s about a five-minute walk from there! *Photos care of West Village Cafe   Kaffina Coffee Kaffina Coffee is a quality espresso and pour-over bar tucked away in South Surrey. It combines high-quality coffee and food that one would find…

By Avneet Takhar Show your support for Black businesses this month and beyond and prepare to savour the flavour with some lip-smacking, traditional and modern fare. These are some of our top picks of Black-owned and operated foodie hotspots in Metro Vancouver: Van Suya Nigerian cuisine that’ll “spice up ya life”, alright! I have eaten here on numerous occasions and owner, Ekaose Nwadiani hits all the right notes every damn time. So, a moment of confession here, I usually go for the chicken suya or jollof rice and for the first time I tried the Egusi soup (thickened soup with smoked fish, eggplant and goat meat), with Poundo Yam. I was mildly dubious of the Poundo Yam as I’d not encountered anything like it before and was seriously about to whack on a saucepan of rice, but thankfully refrained as I remembered myself- it just isn’t right to taste test…

By Dominion Bar + Kitchen These Garlic Prawns are a customer and staff favourite. Great for dipping some warm bread to soak up the creamy garlic sauce! Tiger Prawns, (10 pieces 225g) Butter Unsalted, (1 oz 30g) Heavy Cream, (1 fl oz 30ml) Lemon Juice, (1 half 15ml) Shallots, Minced (1 half 15ml) Garlic, Minced (2 cloves 15ml) Basil, (Chopped 1 leaf) Arugula (6-8 leaves 2g) Jalapeno, (sliced 1/2 oz 5g) Canola Oil, (2 tsp 15ml) Salt & Pepper Place a medium-sized pan on medium-high heat. Add Canola Oil. Place shallots and garlic and saute for 10 seconds. Add Tiger Prawns, season with salt and pepper, and saute for about a minute or until prawns change color to bright red. Add lemon juice. Add cream and bring to a boil. Add in the butter and turn off the heat. Stir until butter has melted and sauce is thickened. Place basil…

By Brittany Tiplady Alejandro Diaz’s contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Santo, opened in 2015 and has remained a New Westminster favourite year after year—pandemic and all.  Along with Executive Chef Sam Fabbro, El Santo has garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim since opening. Diaz and his team have been featured in regional and national publications alike, such as the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun. The restaurant has also taken home some impressive hardware — earning gold at the Vancouver Magazine Awards for Best Latin Restaurant (2017). Not to be outdone, though, the El Santo team are also good, honest, and charitable people. Diaz is passionate about giving back to organizations like Canucks Autism Network, and nearby shelters in New West. It’s the kind of place you can feel good about giving your business to, with the bonus of the food and drink being second to none. *All photos care of  Andrea Iñurria I had the…

By Brittany Tiplady If there is one thing I am good at, it is picking the perfect restaurant. Skip the planning anxiety this year and let us plan your Valentine’s Day date night for you. Pro tip: If you plan on dining in, some restaurants are still operating at a reduced capacity, so be sure to book a reservation where possible to guarantee your table. Pepino’s 635 Commercial Dr, Vancouver Transit: Buses R5, 20, 16, 14 Spaghetti and meatballs, mozzarella sticks, lasagna, cheesecake…. oh my. Pepino’s—a Commercial Drive Italian joint that is part of the Osteria Savio Volpe family—pays homage to the legacy of Nick’s Spaghetti House. Here you’ll find a selection of generous plates, lovely wines and classic cocktails. Be warned however, you may leave with your waistband feeling a little…tight. Pro tip: Come to your reservation a little early, and grab a glass of beautiful Italian wine next…

By Wade Kinley No matter where you live on the West Coast, we could all use a little more French in our lives. Now that’s especially true when it comes to our stomachs. Luckily for us in this part of the world, we’re never too far away from the rich taste and satisfying muah of a proper French dining experience. Here are five places in Metro Vancouver to find un repas magnifique! Tour de Feast Vancouver’s North Shore This unassuming little cafe tucked away on an industrial block next to the on-ramps to the Second Narrows Bridge offers up no-nonsense, authentic French fare to those who seek it out. Chef Dhurev Jhanjee and his wife Nupur Jhanjee who runs the front have earned a reputation for attention and consistency to everything French, from the cornichons on the house foie gras plate to the etiquette of service that will make…

By Destination Vancouver There are three stages to a blissful Valentine’s Day at home. Here they are.  You’ve got to celebrate love. We like what Mark Twain said: “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Are you dividing your joy with someone you love this Valentine’s Day? If you feel all that joy, but you’re uncertain about how to express it on this special day, we have a plan for you. And best of all: you don’t have to leave home to execute it!  Did you know that 39% of people prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day with an experience? And did you also know that Valentine’s Day is the second-busiest day of the year for restaurants? The “restaurant experience” is probably the first one that comes to mind when you think about how to celebrate, but as the day approaches reservations can be…

The ushering in of the Year of the Tiger was on February 1, and was a joyous and festive time for the Chinese community in the Lower Mainland characterized by time spent with family and friends and, of course, by copious delicious feasting. Who doesn’t love a good hearty meal? Chinese New Year is an opportunity for everyone to partake in holiday eating, most especially dishes that will, hopefully, improve success in the coming lunar year. Richmond, as a confluence of various Chinese cuisines, offers many culinary opportunities for celebrating Year of the Tiger well into 2022. Here are 8 luck-magnet dishes that will appeal to your palate and your fortunes throughout the year: Whole Fish A particularly significant dish for Chinese New Year consists of a whole fish; its associations with unity and good fortune make it a centrepiece item. A whole steamed rock cod at Shiang Garden Seafood…