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By Brittany Tiplady

There’s nothing better than community coming together for a great cause. Especially when the gathering involves local BC seafood, freshly caught, and sold right at the docks. Every year, since its inception in 2011, Fisherman Helping Kids with Cancer raises funds for children suffering with cancer at BC Children’s Hospital, attracting thousands of hungry customers from both local areas and often, folks south of the border.

Steveston Herring Sale
Image courtesy of Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer

The annual herring sale has raised more than $550,000 in seven years, with one hundred per cent of the proceeds going to the cause. Not a cent is kept by the fishermen themselves, and the cost of the event is generously covered by the BC commercial fishing industry.

This year, the Fisherman Helping Kids with Cancer event is taking place on December 1 at the Steveston Harbour Authority (12740 Trites Road), from 8 am to 4 pm. And, if you happen to be in Victoria, the event is happening there as well! Check it out at FAS Seafoods (27 Erie Street) from 7 am to 4 pm.

Based on sales from previous years, weather permitting, nearly 65 tonnes of herring are expected to be unloaded and sold at the December event. Last year, FHKWC raised $106,598.

Not familiar with herring? Herring are a small, fin fish, similar to a sardine, with a blue green hue. Herring are packed flavour (surprisingly, these little guys aren’t too funky to fishy in flavour!) with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids: essential fats that help power your brain. Most of the herring sold at the event is caught off of  Nanaimo/Qualicum areas (that’s off the coast of Vancouver Island, in the Strait of Georgia).

Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer
Image courtesy of Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer

According to the FHKWC website,  “once caught, the herring are loaded into the hold of the seiner which contains clear ocean water, salt and ice. The herring is kept a degree or two above freezing for the twelve hour journey to Steveston. The herring sold at [their] events are between 24 and 48 hours old – fresh and perfect for eating!”

Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer are passionate about their cause: in the last year they’ve supplied BC Children’s with 35 iPds so that each child receiving treatment in oncology wing has an iPad to play with. They’ve also supplied BC Children’s with various video game consoles, Vitamixes, books, toys, snacks, and so much more.

Give your support for Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer and BC Children’s Hospital on December 1 in Steveston and take home some fresh BC herring in return.

By VisitRichmondBC.ca

We’re at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, situated on the picturesque Steveston waterfront in Richmond. For today the year is 1914, and our guide for the afternoon is John Thomas, a humble fisherman, full of passion for the local area, its history, and its food culture and industries.We’re about to head out on the Steveston Heritage Experience, an interactive walking tour, of four of Steveston’s key historic sites, that uniquely combines storytelling, history and interactive performance. Did we mention the food? Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will be served, offering a taste of life in the early 1900s and some favourite treats of today. It’s the perfect way to travel back in time while keeping your taste buds fully entertained.Steveston - shipyards2Our knowledgeable fisherman guide, John Thomas, played by Richmond-resident Andrew Wade, begins the tour at the Shipyards, launching into an in-depth look at the fishing and canning industry that was the backbone of the Steveston economy for so many years. A running theme of the Experience is salmon and the way it brought together diverse people who tirelessly worked to catch and prepare the fish for consumption.

At the Shipyards, Thomas takes us to an Indigenous bunkhouse, the charming Murakami House (a Japanese home from 1929), and the Chinese bunkhouse, which housed up to a hundred men in its crammed quarters. The tour doesn’t shy from presenting the hardships faced by these labourers in order to give a true sense of early twentieth century life in Steveston. At the bunkhouse, we’re given our first literal taste of the area’s history, with samples of rice, topped with smoked salmon lox, to mimic the diets of the workers after a hard day’s toil.

This confluence of history and immediate experience continues throughout the tour. Shortly after exploring the bunkhouse, we board a shuttle that takes us to the Steveston Interurban Tram (nicknamed “the sockeye special”) which efficiently connected the area with New Westminster and Chilliwack. After climbing the steps of tram car 1220, we’re transformed into passengers on the heritage train who are listening rapt, as Thomas regales us with his daily life in Steveston and some historical moments of the area. We later munch on Gary’s Kettle Corn and sip on Phillips’ vintage craft sodas, chatting and contemplating the speed of life in the 1900s.

Next, we’re a short stroll from the Tram to the Steveston Museum, housed in the former Northern Crown Bank, and the adjacent Japanese Fisherman’s Benevolent Society Building, which ran the Japanese Fishermen’s Hospital and the Japanese School. Thomas talks to us about the evolution of Steveston’s Nikkei community who faced racism, union pressures, and eventual internment during World War II. Our sips of sake from Richmond’s own YK3 Sake Brewery allow deep absorption of this fascinating history. We are free to try three different samples: the Junmai, which is dry, with a smooth finish; Nigori, a rich, milk old-fashioned sake; and another sake sweetened with blueberries and cranberries.

The grand finale of the experience takes place at the very impressive Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which earned the nickname “monster cannery” for being the largest cannery in the province at the time. It’s here that Thomas really comes to life, drawing upon his fishing background to walk us through the assembly line, from spearing and flinging the fish onto the dock with a pointed peugh, to the sealing of the cans of salmon after they had gone through various stages of processing, like butchering and sliming. Thomas’ insider perspective gives us a greater appreciation for the work that went into fishing and canning in his day.

Sadly, our time with Thomas comes to an end. He bids us farewell and then leaves us to fill and warm our bellies with a serving of delicious seafood chowder–packed with clams, cod, sockeye salmon, halibut, corn, and celery–from nearby Pajo’s Fish & Chips. The soup is paired with Britannia Brewing Co.’s Adrift Hop blonde ale, which is complementary to the Steveston feast.

Overall, the Steveston Heritage Experience is a dynamic and delicious tour taking you back in time to uncover the authentic stories and food that are part of the fabric of Steveston’s history, culture, and economy. Thomas energetically (and often comically) weaves together an informative tour that showcases the vibrancy of Steveston, both past and present.

The tour runs for approximately four hours and tickets cost $80 CAD per person. The inaugural experience takes place October 6, 2018, with a series of dates scheduled into 2019. Further information and tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/steveston-heritage-experience-tickets-49311557195

Book your tickets today.

By Jaclyn Jularbal

The Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond boasts an amazing view of the Fraser River and it’s also home to some of the best fish and chips around. Whether you’re a cod, halibut, or even a prawn fan – the deliciously deep-fried choice is up to you. In rain or shine, for here or to go, the wharf is open year-round to serve you up some world-famous eats.

Pajo’s
12351 3 Ave, Richmond, BC

One of the most recognizable, long-standing places along the wharf is Pajo’s.
Having been around for over 30 years, its yellow banner and unique dock-style entranceway has been a staple in Steveston for decades. Don’t let the lineup of people fool you, the cooks and counter clerks are speedy and the food is worth the wait. Ask anyone in line and they’ll be able to attest that what they’re waiting for is fish-and-chip perfection. Pajo’s crisp and golden fish has just the right amount of crunch; couple that with their home-style tartar sauce or sour lemon zest and the combination will leave your mouth watering for more.

Pajos | image by Sandra Steier
Pajos | Image by Sandra Steier

Now, a favourite thing about Pajo’s is that they offer the option for grilled fish and chips. If you’re not in the mood for deep-fried but you’re still a fish-fanatic, you can have your favourite fish served grilled on top of a basket of hot Pajo’s fries. With one, two, and three-piece combos, Pajo’s leaves you with lots of options based on your hunger and craving level.

The view by Pajo’s is also one-of-a-kind. Because its located on a dock, down and away from the wharf, Pajo’s location is exclusive and allows you to eat your meal directly on the Fraser River; creating the perfect ambience for a relaxing afternoon lunch.

Sockeye City Grill
108-3800 Bayview St, Steveston, BC

Further down the Wharf is the rock star patio belonging to Sockeye City Grill.  Whether you eat inside or wait at the take-out window, there are fresh fish options for everyone.

Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill
Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill

One of the best things about Sockeye City Grill is that they have prawns n’ chips!  Deep-fried prawns paired with tasty restaurant-style fries is a great take on an old summer staple – and an absolutely perfect choice for prawn-lovers.

Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward
Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward

Sockeye City Grill also has some cool side add-ons, like extra fish or oyster pieces, and a creamy seafood chowder.  Eat inside, eat on the patio, or eat on a bench along the wharf – the Sockeye City Grill experience is up to you.

The waterfront atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf really revs up the appetite –

so if you’re craving battered fish, grilled fish, or even prawns on a heaping portion of fries with homemade tartar sauces, head over to Steveston on the southwest tip of Richmond.

Photos by Michele Mateus
Words by Alexis Baran

In southern Richmond, there’s a salty maritime breeze where the Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean. The wood keys of the boardwalk play warm, hollow rhythms underfoot, and seagulls screech and coo on salt-bleached perches. A favourite spot to fly a kite or spend an afternoon with the family, seaside Steveston is a neighbourhood of marine wildlife, cozy shops, and some of the freshest seafood around.

Start your day back in 1894 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. The building that was once one of the largest producers of canned salmon in BC is now a museum. It still holds much of the original equipment and displays historic photos of the BC fishing industry.

Steveston Village

Since 1989, visitors have been able to stroll along the pier in Steveston and see for themselves which Pacific seafood is in season at Fisherman’s Wharf. While the busiest time of year is spot prawn season in April and May, there are often fishing vessels set up early in the day with their latest catch year-round.

Steveston’s waterside restaurants take full advantage of their direct access to the freshest local seafood, whether you’re in the mood for some fish & chips on the go or are looking to wine and dine in style.

Located on stilts that allow the water to flow underneath, Blue Canoe is coastal fine-casual dining at its tastiest.

Share a heaping of salty favorites like Dungeness crab, oysters, Atlantic lobster, shrimp, mussels, salmon, and an assortment of sauces to complement.

Not to be limited by the ocean shores, there are always meals for those who prefer land-roamers and vegetarian options as well.

Places visited:

Gulf of Georgia Cannery
12138 Fourth Ave.
Richmond, BC
gulfofgeorgiacannery.org

Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf
3820 Bayview St.
Richmond, BC

Blue Canoe Restaurant
3866 Bayview St. #140
Richmond, BC
bluecanoerestaurant.com

By Winnie Tam

When Steveston Bakery opened in 1989, the road wasn’t yet paved and there were barely any other businesses nearby.

Today, Steveston is one of Richmond’s most beloved and bustling neighbourhoods, with lots to see and eat for locals and tourists alike. And while the surroundings of Steveston Bakery have changed dramatically, husband-and-wife owners Hemant and Bimla Rao’s commitment to quality in their food and baked goods hasn’t budged one bit. The lineups that appear daily in their bakery are the best proof.

Image courtesy of Steveston Bakery

The shop is the kind of friendly neighbourhood place that every town dreams of. Since moving from Fiji to Canada in the early 80s, the couple has established a regular fan base for their bakery; in fact, some patrons have been visiting nearly every day since it opened (yes, it’s open seven days a week). Hemant jokes that some people call his bakery Steveston’s “second community centre.”

All-day breakfast | Image courtesy of Steveston Bakery

It’s no wonder. Every day, Hemant and his bakers serve up a dizzying assortment of goodies, all made fresh in the bakery. There are different flavours of muffins and scones, turnovers, cookies, buns, bread loaves, cheesecakes, croissants, bagels and much more. Customers can also enjoy all-day breakfast and lunch, with daily specials for each, and a vegetarian and a meat-based soup option every day. Like their baked goods, the Raos buy their groceries fresh daily and make all the food and soups, including the soup stock, in-house from scratch.

One of customers’ favourites is the sourdough bread loaf. If you go there on a Saturday, you can get it for just 99 cents – the same price it was when Steveston Bakery opened 28 years ago.

Don’t be intimidated by the lineup – service is friendly and speedy and it’s definitely worth the short wait.

Opening hours: 7 am-6 pm Monday to Saturday; 8 am-5 pm Sundays and holidays.

Steveston Bakery
12231 No. 1 Rd
Richmond, BC
stevestonbakery.com

By Kathy Mak

The historic fishing village of Steveston is one of Richmond’s well-known attractions, drawing a significant number of day-trippers to explore its charming shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, Fisherman’s Wharf, and two National Historic Sites. And on certain Sundays between May to October, visitors who are enamored with outdoor markets can also enjoy the quaint Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market.

Now in its ninth year, the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market is a thriving local marketplace with a diverse sampling of artisans, growers and producers from all over the Lower Mainland. Relative to other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver, it’s not the farm fresh produce that is the biggest draw here; but instead, visitors will step into an array of kiosks to find a good balance of handmade edible treats, handcrafted beverages, homespun pottery, and everything in between. Perhaps of interest to intrepid market goers, there are several vegetable stalls operated by a unique sharing farm program.

With plenty on offer at the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market, here’s a handpicked sampling to pique your interest!

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The Farmers & Artisans Market is located in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, a short 5 minute walk from all the top attractions at Steveston’s waterfront.

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The Sharing Farm in Richmond, run by volunteers, grows fruits and vegetables year-round to support neighbours in need, such as the Richmond Food Bank, Community Meals and other community groups.

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Discover a range of in-season, local and fresh produce from Richmond and the Fraser Valley. For example, garlic scapes (the stems and flower buds of the garlic plant) are harvested in the early summer to help the garlic mature. With their mild garlicky flavour and sweetness, they are popular in salads, pesto, vinaigrettes, and much more.

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Seasonal farm fresh summer berries are one of the highlights of the market.

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Maan Farms, in Abbotsford, is a leading provider of local produce. Their farm is a main attraction for visitors offering family activities, a country market and kitchen, corn maze, and berry u-picking. The farm is also an estate winery that crafts red grape wines as well as fruit table wines and fruit dessert wines.

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Located in Abbotsford, Campbell’s Gold is a honey farm and meadery producing honey and honey wine. Their bees collect honey from flowers in the Fraser Valley and other parts of B.C.

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Mead is a honey wine and perhaps the first alcoholic drink ever produced, made by fermenting honey in water. Campbell’s Gold is one of a handful of meaderies in British Columbia. In addition to producing mead, Campbell’s Gold also produces other honey wine varieties including Melomel, Pyment and Metheglin.

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Singletree Winery is one of the newest wineries in the Fraser Valley, based in Mt. Lehman, Abbotsford. Their wines are mainly produced from grapes grown at their Abbotsford vineyards. Wines varieties include: Siegerrbe, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Late Harvest, Kerner, Chardonnay and several blended wines.

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Be Right Back (BRB) is a small batch brewery and eatery in Richmond. Sample or pick up their beers at the Market or visit the brewery for a tour and tasting.

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Simply Delish Soup and Salad offers a line of easy-to-make artisan soups, salads, pilaffs and even breakfast cereals made from a combination of healthy beans, lentils, rice, quinoa, dried fruit, nuts, veggies, spices, etc. Available at select stores and farmers markets in Metro Vancouver, or at their own shop in the Fort Langley.

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Take time to sample food products and connect with the local folks that produce them.

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The open-air Farmers & Artisans Market also features a myriad of local artists, from potters to jewellery makers.

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Steveston was once one of the most vital fishing ports in the world. Before or after visiting the Farmers & Artisans Market, be sure to explore Steveston’s unique heritage sites: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site was once the largest working cannery in B.C., and the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, an important BC maritime landmark.

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Seafood dominates the Steveston waterfront and is the perfect place to enjoy some food, particularly fish and chips!

Main Image: The Riverside Farm and the Golden Choy are proud graduates of the Richmond Farm School, which is designed for urban-focused agriculture. These students grow their own produce on “incubator” farmland, with half an acre each, for three years.

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Steveston Community Centre parking lot
4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Open from 10:00am to 3:00pm (rain or shine)

Visit on Sundays on the remaining dates in 2016 market season:

  • July 17, 31
  • August 7, 28
  • September 4, 18
  • October 2, 16

By Jaclyn Jularbal

The Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond boasts an amazing view of the Fraser River and it’s also home to some of the best fish and chips around. Whether you’re a cod, halibut, or even a prawn fan – the deliciously deep-fried choice is up to you. In rain or shine, for here or to go, the wharf is open year-round to serve you up some world-famous eats.

Pajo’s
12351 3 Ave, Richmond, BC

One of the most recognizable, long-standing places along the wharf is Pajo’s.
Having been around for over 30 years, its yellow banner and unique dock-style entranceway has been a staple in Steveston for decades. Don’t let the lineup of people fool you, the cooks and counter clerks are speedy and the food is worth the wait. Ask anyone in line and they’ll be able to attest that what they’re waiting for is fish-and-chip perfection. Pajo’s crisp and golden fish has just the right amount of crunch; couple that with their home-style tartar sauce or sour lemon zest and the combination will leave your mouth watering for more.

Pajos | image by Sandra Steier
Pajos | Image by Sandra Steier

Now, a favourite thing about Pajo’s is that they offer the option for grilled fish and chips. If you’re not in the mood for deep-fried but you’re still a fish-fanatic, you can have your favourite fish served grilled on top of a basket of hot Pajo’s fries. With one, two, and three-piece combos, Pajo’s leaves you with lots of options based on your hunger and craving level.

The view by Pajo’s is also one-of-a-kind. Because its located on a dock, down and away from the wharf, Pajo’s location is exclusive and allows you to eat your meal directly on the Fraser River; creating the perfect ambience for a relaxing afternoon lunch.

Sockeye City Grill
108-3800 Bayview St, Steveston, BC

Further down the Wharf is the rock star patio belonging to Sockeye City Grill.  Whether you eat inside or wait at the take-out window, there are fresh fish options for everyone.

Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill
Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill

One of the best things about Sockeye City Grill is that they have prawns n’ chips!  Deep-fried prawns paired with tasty restaurant-style fries is a great take on an old summer staple – and an absolutely perfect choice for prawn-lovers.

Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward
Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward

Sockeye City Grill also has some cool side add-ons, like extra fish or oyster pieces, and a creamy seafood chowder.  Eat inside, eat on the patio, or eat on a bench along the wharf – the Sockeye City Grill experience is up to you.

The waterfront atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf really revs up the appetite –

so if you’re craving battered fish, grilled fish, or even prawns on a heaping portion of fries with homemade tartar sauces, head over to Steveston on the southwest tip of Richmond.

By Brittany Tiplady

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the holidays, why not take a stroll through a gorgeous display of lights? Treat your family, your significant other, or maybe just yourself to some Yuletide cheer! Metro Vancouver sure knows how to get into the holiday spirit with a vast selection of holiday light festivals popping up from Vancouver’s North Shore all the way to Langley. The artistry and brilliance of these events are bound to dissolve any Grinch-like feelings.

The holidays are for feasting and you know that here at WestCoastFood we’ve got you covered in the food department. Grab a bite before or after with one of our recommendations below. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Vancouver

Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St, Vancouver

VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights
Image Courtesy of VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights

The annual Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Garden is arguable one of the most beloved holiday events in Vancouver proper, boasting over one million lights around the grounds and garden. Lighting up Vancouver from December 1-January 6, VanDusen draws an impressive crowd every year, so grab your tickets early! The City of Vancouver website already predicts that the festival will be sold out from December 15-24. Head on over to Instagram and follow the hashtag #VanDusenFOL

What to eat: Warm up post or pre garden stroll and head on over to the Truffles Kitchen at VanDusen Gardens and take advantage of their late Festival of Lights hours. Located right onsite, Truffles offers a gorgeous view of the surrounding gardens, serving Fair Trade coffees, “lovingly handcrafted hot and cold beverages, locally-inspired epicurean entrees, flavourful lunch and snacks, all freshly prepared onsite from the highest quality ingredients”. The Truffles artisan sandwiches are divine and suitable for carnivores and veggies alike! Try the roast beef and Swiss on ciabatta or the vegan Vietnamese banh mi with marinated tofu, vegan sriracha mayo, pickled carrots and daikon and cilantro.

Truffles Kitchen at VanDusen Gardens is open in December from 9 AM to 3 PM, and then open from 4:30 PM-late for Festival of Lights guests.

Aurora Winter Festival
Concord Pacific Place, 811 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Aurora Winter Festival | Image by Brandon Artis

Get immersed in Canada’s largest and without a doubt most elaborate winter festivals! The folks behind Aurora Winter Festival have thought of everything: check out the hidden village paired with a beautiful skating rink, go for a ride in the tube park, and marvel at the massive light displays. Shop ‘til you drop at the Christmas market, and enjoy amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and so much more.

What to eat: Aurora is packed with some of Vancouver’s most beloved food vendors:Meat and Bread, REEL Mac and Cheese, Fat Duck, and Dim Sum Express to name a few. However, you feel like dining out before or after the festival, consider popping into Juke Fried Chicken. Juke’s acclaimed food and cocktail menu is the perfect place to hunker down after an evening of Christmas-ing. We highly recommend ordering as many pieces of Juke’s glorious (and gluten free!) chicken, a side of the fried brussel sprouts with preserved lemon, and the charred greens with miso sesame vinaigrette.

Check out Juke’s sit down and take out menus for the Chinatown and new Davie Street locations here.

North Vancouver

Canyon Lights
3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Image Courtesy of Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge annual holiday event– Canyon Lights– is most definitely a must for the holiday season. Catering to all ages (but definitely a guaranteed delight for your little ones), Canyon Lights will launch you right into the holiday spirit. The suspension bridge is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, as well as lights decorating the Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk and throughout the grounds. Bonus: Canyon Lights guests will also see the world’s tallest living Christmas tree, standing at 153 feet tall and growing.

Your ticket to Canyon Lights includes, “admission to the park, a Snowy Owl Prowl, gingerbread cookie decorating, make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion and sing-along carols with the Christmas band.” Grab your tickets for Canyon Lights here; this event runs until January 27, so if you don’t get around to attending before the holidays you can still enjoy it for the month to follow!

What to eat: After your suspension bridge stroll, pop into The Cliff House Restaurant onsite! The Canyon Lights experience doesn’t have to end once you head indoors–The Cliff House boasts an impressive view of the suspension bridge so you can continue to marvel at its beauty with a hot meal in tow. Our menu recommendation: the seafood chowder! Seating is first come first serve; no ressies available!

The Cliff House Restaurant is open daily from 12 PM to 9 PM; last seating is at 9 PM so don’t miss your chance at a table!

Burnaby

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC

Image Courtesy of Burnaby Village Museum

It’s “a season of old-fashioned fun and spectacular light displays.” Take a stroll through the Burnaby Village streets and take in some good old fashioned holiday decor: wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. Making it fun and interactive, visitors can create their holiday show with lights that change colours with sound at the bandstand.

Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including: theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Bring your littles, as Heritage Christmas is also offering family friendly activities like crafts, baking in the Farmhouse, and visits with Father Christmas! 

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum is open daily with free gate admission. Carousel rides are $2.65 each. Check out the Heritage Christmas hours of operation here.

Where to eat: Make it a celebratory occasion and dine at The Hart House at Burnaby Lake. Located only steps away from the Burnaby Village museum (two minutes by foot!) the Hart House is an iconic spot for a fabulous, albeit upscale, meal. Enjoy Sunday brunch, daily lunch and dinner with your loved ones after a holiday stroll through the Heritage Christmas events.  If you’re heading into the Hart House for dinner, you must order the rich, decadent, and gorgeous seafood spaghettini; $19, $28 for entrée size: Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, saffron cream, pangrattato.

The Hart House is open Tuesday- Sunday. For hours and menu offerings look here.

Richmond

Steveston’s Winter in the Village

Steveston’s Winter in the Village | Image by Joel Baziuk

Richmond’s idyllic Steveston Village gets some extra pep during the holiday season! Check out the array of Christmas-themed events, activities, and attractions that Steveston has to offer. During the holiday season the village transforms into a one-stop-shop for a things festive: “From caroling and artisan markets to richly decorated National Historic Sites—and even appearances from Santa himself—there’s a glittering array of free or low-cost holiday happenings.” If you’re wanting to shop local this year, The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site will be hosting its sparkling Festival of Trees event and Cannery Farmers Market, so you can snag your Christmas presents, stocking stuffers, and holiday cheer all-in-one!

Where to eat: There are so many wonderful restaurants in Steveston it’s hard to pick just one. However, Britannia Brewing is most definitely one of our favourites. Pop in post or pre-holiday stroll for a bite and a beer. Great for solo dining, and even better for families, Britannia Brewing caters to all palates offering–along with house craft brews–mouth watering juicy burgers, decadent risotto, wild sockeye salmon, and of course, fish and chips.

Check out the hours of operation at Britannia, the craft beer tap list, and abundant menu here.

Coquitlam

Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge | Image courtesy of the City of Coquitlam

Located only 140 metres from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Evergreen line station, the Lights at Lafarge is lauded as the largest free outdoor lights display in the lower mainland. Free, being the magic word. Enjoy the display after dusk while going for a light stroll around the LaFarge Lake-a wonderful outing for families, couples, and dog owners. Learn more about this fantastic community event here!

Where to eat: Well worth the drive from Lafarge lake is Coquitlam’s first and only craft brewery, Mariner Brewing. This nautical themed tasting room is a sweet spot to grab a quality brew, gourmet hotdog, or hot spinach dip after a jaunt around Lafarge Lake. Highly recommended: Order the Northeast IPA, a tropical, juicy IPA with a bold (and not too bitter!) finish.

Mariner Brewing is open Monday-Sunday, get the kitchen and tasting room hours here.

Check out our interview with Mariner Brewing here.

Langley

Glow Christmas
Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216 St, Langley

Image courtesy of Glow

A Christmas festival that quite literally…glows! Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in Metro Vancouver and it’s brand new! Running until January 19, enjoy Glow’s impressive selection of light gardens, a Christmas market, food, drinks, and interactive lights! Glow is perfect for families; the “playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while the adults kick back at the licensed bar and enjoy some seasonal beverages and live music.”

Where to eat: There are plenty of food vendors and food truck onsite at Glow, and we recommend you utilize all that this incredible space has to offer! If you still end up leaving hungry, right next door to Langley and less than 15 minutes by car, is Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen in Cloverdale’s Clayton area. Warm up with a beef barbacoa, pork carnitas, and tofu chorizo taco trio, and wash it down with Hugo’s selection of artisanal cocktails and and craft beer.

By Brittany Tiplady

For West Coast Canadian 90s kids, donuts serve up some serious childhood nostalgia. Tim Hortons trips before hockey, Long John’s served with elementary school hot lunches, boxes of Krispy Kreme at a birthday party. You get the jist. Today, donuts are somewhat of a cultural currency. The beloved pastry continues to be elevated and topped with unique, showstopping ingredients that are as delicious in real life as it looks on Instagram. Hungry yet? Browse the list below to find some local favourites to indulge in.

Doppio Zero Pizza

1655 Como Lake, Avenue, Coquitlam

Because, you can never eat too many carbs in our opinion, after dinner try the Graffe. It’s an Italian made-to-order style doughnut drizzled with hot caramel.

Outpost Mini Donut Company

110-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond

Image courtesy of Outpost Mini Donut Company

Located in the heart of Steveston’s idyllic village, Outpost Mini Donut Company lives up to its name, serving up gourmet mini donuts; delightfully fresh and coated in sugar or topped with vanilla bean or maple icing. Classic and seasonal flavours include salted caramel, blueberry, lemon, boston cream, and coconut.

The Victor

Parq Vancouver, 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver

Parq is one of Vancouver’s hottest spots right now for a classy, elegant night out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your food. At the end of your meal at The Victor, order the Crème Brûlée Doughnuts: a sensationally sweet treat, topped with cotton candy, to cap off the night. 

Cartems

Downtown: 534 West Pender, Vancouver
Mount Pleasant: 2190 Main Street, Vancouver
Kitsilano: 3040 West Broadway, Vancouver

The Earl Grey Donut at Cartems

Oh, Cartems! How you’ve grown. What was once a tiny donut shop in the Downtown Eastside, is now a booming company, pioneering the donut and coffee shop culture in Vancouver. Their inclusive lineup of goodies is stunning: almost all flavours come in a gluten free and/or vegan option so everyone can enjoy! Cartems releases new seasonal donuts or feature donuts regularly but their core lineup is just as exciting! A must try: The Earl Grey Donut (available in a gluten free and vegan option as well); bursting with the classic Earl Grey flavour in an Earl Grey glaze and topped with rose petals.

Lucky’s Donuts

Mount Pleasant: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Kitsilano: 2198 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Downtown: 689 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Another Vancouver staple that keeps on expanding! This donut shop, paired alongside 49th Parallel Cafe is always bustling; expect a lineup at any time of day, and one that’s worth the wait. There are many fan favourites at Lucky’s but the Lemon Meringue Bismarck is one of the stars. Bite into a torched meringue, pillowy donut and sweet lemon filling.

Lee’s Doughnuts

1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Lee’s has been serving up classic donuts, notably their honey dip recipe, since 1979! Next time you’re exploring Granville Island stop by and try a Vancouver classic.

Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery

1025 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Hey gluten-free readers, we’ve got you covered! Cloud 9 Bakery is just a 10 minute walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain station. Cloud 9 serves up a vast selection of g-free goodies, but Saturday’s are not to be missed. Donut Saturday’s at Cloud 9 feature cinnamon sugar donut holes, a freshly baked selection of vanilla and chocolate donuts with a variety of icings and glaze. Check out our in-depth feature on Cloud 9 here.

Honey Doughnuts & Goodies

4373 Gallant Avenue, Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Deep Cove’s coveted cafe is the spot for a pre or post hike treat. On your next visit to Quarry Rock, stop into Honey’s for one of their famous donuts (before prepared for a line!) and live like the Deep Cove locals do.

Black Tiger Coffee

110-19255 Fraser Hwy, Surrey

Image courtesy of Black Tiger Coffee

Black Tiger Coffee is new to Cloverdale, but has already garnered quite the Instagram following largely due to to their mouth-watering donut selection! Check out feature on Black Tiger Coffee to learn more about their menu.

 

 

What says autumn more than pumpkins? Their round, orange brightness instills thoughts of harvest moons, delicious pie filled with warm spice, the aroma of melon on Halloween night as the gourd becomes a glowing face, and that old classic scene of Linus awaiting his special reward every year. (Poor Linus.)

Heading out to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect future Jack O’ Lantern, is one of those special traditions that kids of all ages look forward to. When heading out to a local farm to pick out your family’s pumpkins here are some helpful tips:

  1. Don’t pick your pumpkins too early in the season. If you pick them too soon they will be piles of mush long before you can take a knife to them or they will just be too soft to carve.
  2. Try to head to the pumpkin patch during “non-peak” times like mid-afternoon during the week to avoid crowds if you can.
  3. Don’t always go for the perfectly round. Sometimes the flawed, lopsided or puckered pumpkins make for carved faces with the most character.
  4. Don’t get carried away by picking out the biggest or the most pumpkins you can carry unless you think you can handle carving all of them, or want to use them to cook. Little ones can tire quickly of cleaning pumpkin guts and some of the fun of carving your pumpkins will be lost.
  5. Have fun. Put on your boots and old jeans. Let the kids get dirty as they wander the muddy fields finding that “perfect” one. Bring a bag to carry pumpkins and to protect the trunk of your car. Don’t forget your camera either!

Many communities in Metro Vancouver have patches to pick the perfect pumpkins from. Add a corn maze, a hayride or farm animals, and you have a great outing for the whole family. Here are few locations to get you started:

Rondriso Farms Pumpkin Patch
8390 172nd Street, Surrey
Features: Purchase from the yard, or take a haywagon ride down to the field. 10:00am to 6:00pm on weekends, holidays and professional days, and 3:00pm to 6:00pm on weekdays throughout October.

Bose Farm Pumpkin Patch
64th and 156th street, Surrey
Features: Across the street from the corn maze. Open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October, 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Cash only. From mini gourds to giant pumpkins.

Richmond Country Farms
12900 Steveston Highway, Surrey
Features: Open daily, check website for opening dates. Hay wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, professional entertainment, pumpkin picking music, animal farm, and admission includes a child sized pumpkin and a Spartan apple.

Krause Berry Farm
6179 248 St, Langley
Features: Open Wednesday to Sunday. There’s a market with freshly baked pies, jams and homemade fudge and, while you’re visiting the farm, you can pop into the Estate Winery.

Aldor Acres
8301 252 St, Langley
Features: Open daily mid September through October. Visit the petting zoo, take a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch to choose from over 15 different pumpkin varieties.

By Tourism Richmond

End August with a joyous and delicious bang during the fourth annual Richmond World Festival. Last year’s two-day festival attracted over 40,000 people (per day!), and this year promises to be bigger and better. The highly-anticipated event takes place August 31 (4pm to 10pm) and September 1, 2018 (11am to 10pm), at Minoru Park in Richmond, and offers an abundance of top-notch entertainment, family-friendly activities, and exciting international eating opportunities.Richmond World Festival

The two-day festival, headlined by Canadian music stars Lights and Magic!, celebrates the diversity of Richmond through globally-themed programming, pavilions, and displays. Attendees can look forward to an artisan market selling unique cultural crafts, as well as a Global Village area with an Indigenous dance workshop, a roster of other cultural performances, and fun “how to” craft workshops (e.g. Japanese bookbinding). Meanwhile, the Bamboo Theatre will wow audiences with Chinese opera displays and demos, while the Africa Zone will feature vibrant artists and vendors. And, those who get hot can find a cool escape at the Antarctica Zone in Minoru Arena.

Younger attendees will love Kids World, with face painting and zany balloon making, while adults will be engaged by the media art displays that are part of “Your Digital Carnival.” Words will also play a prominent role in the festival with readings at the World of Poetry, and the Imagination Stage at the Richmond Public Library. Plus, performers, such as Desi Sub Culture, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, and Kimmortal, will be appearing on the Main and Minoru Stages to get the crowds energized and dancing.Richmond World Festival

With all this activity, attendees are bound to work up an appetite for global eats. A particular highlight is the event’s food program that really showcases the impressive cultural breadth of Richmond’s culinary landscape. The eating begins with the FEASTival of Flavours, a bringing together of over fifty local food trucks promising to be a huge and delicious draw. The festival within the larger festival offers a list of food that is mouth-watering and spans the globe, from Belgium waffles (Beljam’s Waffles) to west coast sockeye salmon burgers (Wheelhouse Seafoods).

Some trucks to look out for are It’s All About Grill, a Richmond Night Market favourite, with their barbecued meat skewers, like juicy lamb shoulder and garlic chicken; Jamaican Mi Juicy with their spicy Jamaican jerk chicken caesar wraps and refreshing tropical smoothies; and Kampong, a family-run business that lovingly prepares Malaysian dishes (eg chicken satays and chicken curry) like their grandmother used to make them. Other food trucks reflect a melding of culinary traditions, such as El Cartel with their Korean/Latin American/Tex-Mex menu that features bulgogi short rib tacos and bulgogi short rib fries, and, of course, the ever popular Japadog, with their Eastern spins on a North American classic. Quintessential comfort food can be found at trucks like Reel Mac and Cheese, Russet Shack, and Wings.Richmond World Festival

The copious eating can be washed down with refreshing drinks from food vendors like Benny’s Tea, Lenny’s Lemonade, and Juicy Green Express (bubble tea). Sweets from trucks like Cannoli King and Slavic Rolls will be the perfect finish to the delectable gorging. FEASTival will be a multicultural chowing down zone, with other food trucks in attendance including the Original Hurricane Potato, Sajetarian (Middle Eastern), Brazilian Roots, and Mr. Bannock.

Once guests are done at FEASTival, they can wander (or waddle) to the Culinary Stage, presented by Tourism Richmond, where top local chefs will be demonstrating their craft. Chefs with Richmond connections include Betty Hung (August 31, 6:45pm-7:15pm), a resident of the city, soon-to-be cookbook author (French Pastry 101), and co-owner of Beaucoup Bakery, where she began as an intern before ascending to head pastry chef. She bought the business with her brother Jacky Hung from Jackie Kai Ellis in 2017.Richmond World Festival

The dynamic duo Dominique and Cindy Duby (September 1, 5:45pm-6:25pm) from Richmond’s Wild Sweets will also be taking to the stage, demonstrating the extraordinary talent and science behind their chocolate and confection making. This couple is not to be missed, as they are masters at what they do, winning numerous accolades, including being ranked as one of the “25 Best Chocolatiers in the World.”

Richmond’s Banh Mi Tres Bon has generated substantial buzz for their innovative and high quality renditions of Vietnamese culinary staples. Chef and owner Lan Do (August 31, 5:30pm-6:10pm), will be demonstrating her knowledge regarding the technique, ingredients, and evolution of Vietnamese cuisine.Richmond World Festival

Chef Mike Manlulu (September 1, 4:45pm-5:25pm) from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing Co. will be talking about and showing attendees how to create west coast dishes that incorporates local produce and seafood. He’ll be part of a roster of well-known chefs presenting that includes Mark Singson, runner-up on Top Chef Season 6, Gurj Dhaliwal winner of the 2007 Superstar Chef Challenge on Food Network Canada, and Drew Munro from Drew’s Catering & Events.

These culinary demos, along with the other programming, promise to make 2018’s Richmond World Festival a massive hit. For two jam-packed days, Minoru Park will be the site of plenty of good eating, cultural sharing, and star-studded musical performances. In short, Richmond offers the ultimate global staycation for the upcoming long weekend!

By VisitRichmondBC.com

We’re ready for summer! When the sun is shining, indulge and cool down with one of these five delectable treats found in Richmond, BC.

Screamers

The Screamer is a half drink, half dessert hybrid that combines flavoured slush with vanilla soft-serve ice cream on the bottom and top. You can pick this treat up at Screamers Soft Serve in Steveston during the spring and summer months.

Mango Desserts

This juicy tropical fruit’s natural tartness and sweetness is a natural pick for Asian desserts. A great mango dessert should be juicy, fragrant, sweet and most importantly, it should send you on a tropical escape. Mango Yummy (6564 No. 3 Road) features a menu of mango-based desserts including drinks, shaved ice bowls, ice cream bowls and much more. Our top pick is the mango sago with pomelo, made with mango, pomelo, sago, coconut milk, cream, sugar and drizzled with condensed milk.

Mango sago at Mango Yummy | image by Sherman Chan
Mango sago at Mango Yummy | Image by Sherman Chan

Taiwanese Shaved Ice

Unlike the shaved ice found in sno-cones, the Taiwanese version of shaved ice dessert features finely shaved paper-thin ribbons of ice that comes piled high in a bowl and topped with your choice of toppings. Restaurants like Icy Bar (Parker Place Mall) specialize in dessert bowls like this and while the topping choices can be overwhelming, their menu offers set choices to make ordering easy. We recommend the mango strawberry shaved ice. This bowl of shaved ice is served with fresh chopped strawberries and mangoes, topped with a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream and drizzled with condensed milk to balance out the tart fruits.

Strawberry mango icy bowl at Icy Bar | image by Sherman Chan
Strawberry mango icy bowl at Icy Bar | Image by Sherman Chan

Korean Bingsoo

Did you ever eat snow when you were a kid? Bingsoo is similar to that – except, far more delicious. At Snowy Village Dessert Café (8571 Alexandra Road), staff fill a metal bowl with a tower of creamy shaved iced milk that has the texture of fluffy snow. Your snowdrift-in-a-bowl is then covered with your choice of toppings – fresh mango, red bean, matcha or mixed with Oreos, and then crowned with a generous drizzle of condensed milk.

Injeolmi bingsoo at Snowy Village | image by Carolyn Heller
Injeolmi bingsoo at Snowy Village | Image by Carolyn Heller

Single-Origin Chocolate Custard Ice Cream

We couldn’t leave out the most important ice cold dessert: ice cream! Above and beyond your usual scoop or two of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream in a cone, the team at Wild Sweets by Dominique and Cindy Duby has a cups of single-origin chocolate custard ice cream – made with 70% dark chocolate bits and your choice of four fruit-filled flavoured. To top it -ff – get it baked baked crème brûlée.  Go get some at The Atelier at 214 – 12191 Hammersmith Way.

Image courtesy of Wild Sweets

By Chef Daryle Nagata, Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

Richmond’s own Chopped Canada champion, Chef Daryle Nagata is of Japanese and Scottish heritage, and developed his skills in some of the finest hotels in the world. He is a strong proponent of fresh and local and was a grass roots trailblazer in sourcing his ingredients from local farmers, markets, foragers and fishermen.

Makes 8 portions.

 INGREDIENTS

Diced Ahi Tuna (16 oz)
Sake (3 oz)
Light miso paste (2 oz)
Sesame oil (1 oz)
Rice wine vinegar (1 oz)
Ponzu soya sauce – Japanese (1 oz)
Water (1 oz)
Chopped pickled ginger (1 oz)
Togarashi spice (1 tsp)
Chopped chives (1 tbsp)
Chopped kaiware (daikon radish sprouts) (20 pcs)
Bonito flakes (1 oz)
Flying fish roe (tobiko) (1 oz)
Shrimp crackers (8 pcs)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dice Salmon in ½ inch cubes.
  2. Toss diced salmon in 3 oz of sake. Reserve covered & refrigerated on ice.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together miso paste, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soya sauce, water, pickled ginger and togarashi. Reserve in a cover contained in fridge until further use.
  4. Deep fry shrimp cracker at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 20 seconds until puffed up and fully crisp. Drain on paper towel and reserve covered until further use.
  5. When ready to serve, toss the ice chilled tuna with 10 tbsp of the miso marinade from step 3.
  6. Fold in half of the chopped kaiware sprouts and all of the chopped chives.
  7. Place tuna mixture onto each of the shrimp crackers Daikon Sprouts and any other garnishes you like.
  8. Serve immediately.

Blue Canoe is an upscale-casual dining experience that blends simplicity with the freshest local ingredients available. Relaxed and casual, unpretentious and fun, it is located on the Bayview Pier in historic Steveston Village.

By Kristi Alexandra

Winter’s far from over, but the Christmas rush has many of our local craft breweries drying up their stores of limited release selections. If you’ve got a hankering to bring back the holiday season with a few sips of the suds just north of the Fraser, here’s where you can still pour some pints in New Westminster and Richmond.

Steel and Oak

1319 3rd Ave, New Westminster

This Third Street brewery is still going strong with its limited release, Windrose. This four-grain porter will bring you back to Christmas morning by the fire with the rich taste of chocolate, caramel and toffee fit for overindulging.

Sadly, you won’t find it on tap but there are still a few cases of the Zusammen Cardamom Fig Stout floating around Metro Vancouver liquor store shelves. This spicy beverage was brewed by the women of Steel and Oak along with Head Brewer Eric. Partial proceeds from this beer goes to support WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women)’s Rape Crisis Centre. Cheers to that!

Instead of reminiscing, you could move onto to the future with their latest: Simple Things. This fluffy German Pilsner is “crisp, clean, with notes of honey, graham cracker, biscuit, and a refreshing and lengthy bitterness.”

Brittania Brewing

250-12240 Second Ave, Richmond

This Steveston-based brewery has beer flowing as fast as the river it sits on – so don’t miss a pour of The Sirens Chai Saison. Made up of ingredients one knows to relish in their mulled wine recipe, this farmhouse ale combines a local chai-tea blend including rooibos, orange, star anise, clove and pepper. Bottoms up!

The Sirens Chai Saison | Britannia Brewing
The Sirens Chai Saison | Image courtesy of Britannia Brewing

Fuggles & Warlock

103 – 11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond

There’s nothing that really ushers in the excitement of spring like a fresh plum blossom, which is perhaps what the Fuggles & Warlock Kiwami Plum Sour aims to do. This tart kettle sour made with fresh plums is light and sweet, with prickles lactic acidity for the tongue. Spring’s not here yet – but a sip of this beer will transport you a few months into the future.

Want more winter craft beer? Check out the seasonal winter beer in Vancouver’s North Shore, Surrey & Coquitlam, and Vancouver.

By VisitRichmondBC.com

Dine Out Vancouver has started its 16th season, and we’ve compiled every single participating restaurant in Richmond – there are 18 in total, and we’ve even included what you should eat at each of them.

$20 Menu

 

The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

Watch float planes land and take off at this unique bar & grill located on the north arm of the Fraser River, as you enjoy your Dine Out meal here! Offering both a dinner and lunch menu (both $20 each), we’d pick the clam chowder, the hoisin ginger sockeye salmon and a chocolate brownie to warm ourselves up during the cold days.

The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

Monkey 9 Brewpub

Richmond’s newest brewpub joins the Dine Out Vancouver with a menu developed by Chef Kevin Connaghan. The newly renovated, open concept kitchen with a woodstone pizza oven basically tells diners that they can’t miss the pizza. Start with the beet & goat feta salad, followed by their special spicy kimchi and pork belly pizza, and top it off with a homestyle carrot cake (or a boozy Irish coffee!).

$30 Menu

 

The Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond

Known for amazing seafood dishes and a great cocktail selection, The Boathouse Restaurant in Richmond doesn’t disappoint. The Boathouse Restaurant offers both a dinner and lunch menu (both priced at $30), and our top picks include the seafood chowder, the pacific cod & chips, and… we gotta go for the mocha ice cream pie here!

Catch Kitchen + Bar

Located just above Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant in Steveston, this restaurant is not to be missed. Enjoy a wide array of west coast fare here, including the stuffed mushroom caps, the surf & turf, and the sticky toffee pudding – it’s seriously one of the best.

CAVU Kitchen Bar – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel

Offering both dinner and lunch menus (please note, lunch menu is priced at $18), guests can enjoy fresh, flavourful food and drinks in a cool, laid-back atmosphere. Our top choices here include the mussels, the hoisin braised pork belly and of course, the red velvet cupcake jar.

Harold’s Bistro & Bar – Sheraton Vancouver Airport

Named after one of their most loyal patrons, Harold Cross, this restaurant has a charm all its own. Enjoy the shrimp swirl pop, the chicken curry and a delicious white chocolate mousse cake during their dinner service – offered from 5pm to 9pm during Dine Out Vancouver.

Little Mexico Cantina

Situated in beautiful Steveston, Little Mexico Cantina offers authentic Mexican food at an affordable price. Take a trip around Mexico with their themed Dine Out Vancouver menu – visit Mexico City by diving into a bowl of tortilla soup. Taste Sonora through their beef fajitas and top it off with churros with chocolate from Vera Cruz.

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Known for their laid-back atmosphere and delicious plates of comfort food, Moxie’s won’t disappoint, no matter what you order. We’d pick the spicy tuna roll, the rustic Italian pulled short ribs and the sticky toffee pudding.

Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill

Reach out and touch the Fraser River from Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill, right on the waterfront in historic Steveston. Known best for their fresh seafood, our top picks here include the seafood chowder cup, the signature dish – the Fisherman’s Pot, and the strawberry champagne cheesecake – an ever-popular dessert.

The Shoestring Cafe

A new addition to Dine Out Vancouver, the Shoestring Café is a hidden gem in east Richmond. The value here can’t be beaten. Start your meal off with the grilled marinated quail, the grilled lobster tail and scallop risotto and finish it off with a chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream. Delish!

Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

Artful, entertaining and delicious – it’s always a show at Yokohama Teppanyaki! Featuring both dinner and lunch menus (lunch menu priced at $19.95), this eatery also offers a vegetarian dine out menu. Get your surf and turf on with their three entrée menu options, and get ready to be wowed by the chef’s skills at the hot grill.

Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant | Image by Laura Zhu

$40 Menu

 

The American Grille – Vancouver Airport Marriott

Enjoy Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra’s delicious cuisine at American Grille, where seafood dishes are your best bet. Our top picks from this year’s Dine Out Vancouver menu include the tuna tataki, the seared ling cod and… can we have all three desserts please?

The American Grille

Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

Executive Chef Daryle Nagata takes fresh seafood to a whole new level, infusing it with Asian influences. Our top picks here include the signature seafood chowder, the baked wild BC salmon and the warm apple tart a la mode… though you really can’t go wrong with either dessert.

Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

Carver’s Steakhouse

Known for their steak, Carver’s Steakhouse has been feeding Richmondites for a long time. You can’t go wrong with the spicy beef bites, the 10 ounce New York Peppercorn strip loin, and the chocolate eruption cheesecake.

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

This upscale restaurant definitely has a resort vibe to it, and a wine menu that’s hard to beat. Offering both dinner and lunch menus (lunch is $20 for the set), you can’t leave Chop Steakhouse without trying the steak. Our top picks include the crab cakes, the prime rib and the warm apple crumble to finish things off. Yum!

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South

Located south of Steveston Highway on No. 5 Road in Richmond, The Richmond Keg Steakhouse + Bar is the preferred dining destination for locals as well as visitors. Start your meal off with the wild mushroom soup, followed by any of the steak options (tip: the top sirloin is 12 ounces!), and finish it off with your choice of a chocolatey, mocha pie or a thick and creamy cheesecake.

Red Star Restaurant

If you’ve ever wanted to try a 10-course Chinese banquet meal, Red Star Restaurant’s Dine Out Vancouver dinner menu lets you do just that – with a very affordable price tag. Our top picks are the hot & sour soup, the two-course Peking duck (best bang for your buck here!), and you won’t be disappointed by the Chef’s dessert of the day!

Tramonto at River Rock Casino Resort

Enjoy Executive Chef Eric Pless’ newest creations at Tramonto, found on the third floor of the east hotel tower in River Rock Casino Resort. Start off with the spiced winter squash Veloute, followed by the braised bison brisket and finish your meal off with their toffee bread pudding!

Dine Out Vancouver starts from January 19 until February 4, 2018. Book your table early and come hungry!

By Brittany Tiplady

We have Europe to thank for the invention of olive oil and balsamic tasting bars. Now, olive oil specialty shops are popping up around Metro Vancouver and making quite the impression on curious foodies.

Artisanal olive oil shops don’t just have bottles of beautiful oils (and most also have a large selection of vinegars) on display, olive oil tastings bars present an interactive and educational experience. Customers can peruse the lineup of fustis, special stainless-steel jars that store olive oil and balsamics, and learn about the flavours, origins, and make of each oil and vinegar. Tasting olive oils offers a sensory experience for the consumer, bringing the flavour profile we usually read on a label right to your palate.

Vancouver Olive Oil Company
Vancouver Olive Oil Company

“Smaller boutique shops get people talking about traceability when it comes to olive oil. Shops like ours educate customers on who you are supporting, and the freshness of the oils; I fell in love with the business concept because of this education. I really enjoy it,” says Vancouver Olive Oil Company owner, Michael-Ann Dodds.

“We started educating the public on extra virgin olive oil and what to look for. When an oil has been made, you should be looking for a harvest date or a crushed date, and consuming the oil within a year of that time.”

Vancouver Olive Oil Company is the first olive oil tasting shop in British Columbia and since, the trend has continued to flourish throughout Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, fueling the farm-to-table food movement right down to the condiment.

Check out the list of artisanal olive oil specialty shops in Metro Vancouver:

The Vancouver Olive Oil Company
A family owned business and the first shop of its kind in the province. This Kitsilano staple has a vast selection of artisanal oils and vinegars to sample and purchase. My personal favourite: the wild mushroom and sage olive oil.
2571 West Broadway, Vancouver. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

vooc.ca

Coastal Olive Oils
A South Delta gem that offers a full tasting room with a bevvy of flavours and varieties to sample and purchase.
1315 56 St Unit 121, Delta (Tsawwassen). Open seven days a week.

www.coastaloliveoils.ca

Heringers Meats
This Steveston staple is not just a butcher shop. Heringers offers a generous selection of artisanal olive oils to complete your shopping list in our place. No lineup of fustis for sampling here, but premium products available all the same.
190, 12251 No 1 Rd, Richmond. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
heringersmeats.com

Kimm Brickman-Pineau and Glenn Pineau of All Of Oils | Image courtesy of All Of Oils, Surrey
Kimm Brickman-Pineau and Glenn Pineau of All Of Oils | Image courtesy of All Of Oils, Surrey

All of Oils-Wholesome Oils and Vinegars
This shop is at the helm of artisanal olive oil shops in the Fraser Valley.  Check out their various locations for extra virgin olive oils, flavoured olive oils, speciality oils, balsamic vinegars, and flavoured vinegars.  Added bonus: you’ll  find many certified organic, gluten free, and kosher products on the shelves.
South Surrey location-#160-2940 King George Blvd.
Langley location-20450 Douglas Crescent.
Abbotsford location-#102A-2649 Trethewey St.
All locations open seven days a week.

Olives on Tap
Since opening in 2012, Olives on tap is the North Shores pioneer of artisanal olive oils and tastings, providing guests with a wealth of knowledge on their selection of premium extra virgin oils and vinegars.

928 16th St W, North Vancouver. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

olivesontap.com

Rain City Olives
Olive oil, like everything in 2017, is now available online. Rain City Olives is an e-commerce shop based in Vancouver that offers naturally fused and infused olive oil from all over the world. Shop online or find Rain City Olives at a local seasonal market.
raincityolives.ca

By VisitRichmondBC.ca

Let’s face it, while cooking a big turkey with all the fixin’s for family and friends can be incredibly rewarding, sometimes it’s much less stressful to go out to eat and let someone else do the work for you.

Many restaurants are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but, fortunately, many establishments in Richmond can come to your discerning palate’s rescue. Not only will they be open, but they also offer mouth-watering alternatives to the traditional Christmas meal.

Here are five places where you can dine out on December 24th and 25th:

Yuan’s Chuan Chuan Xiang

Christmas often involves a bringing together of loved ones over good food. Hot pot adds an interactive dimension to the get-together that can be very enjoyable–and delicious. Yuan’s Chuan Chuan Xiang (Aberdeen Centre, 2792-4151 Hazelbridge Way) is the Richmond location of a chain that hails from Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, where they’re known for their spicy take on hot pot.

While there are many hot pot establishments in town, Yuan’s specializes in “chuan chuan,” an iteration that uses bamboo sticks for skewering many of their ingredients before they’re cooked in hot broth. Depending on how fiery you want it, you can opt for a spicy or non-spicy version (or a split pot with both) of the restorative pork broth, which comes with mushrooms, ginger, dried goji berries, dried red dates, green onion, tomato, and cucumber. The restaurant adds a mixture of dried chili peppers, garlic, longan skin, fermented bean paste, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns to transform the base broth into a tongue scalding experience.

The fun of hot pot is the sheer range of ingredients you can choose from, in this case selections such as beef tripe, pork belly, black fungus, quail eggs, and lotus root. You can also choose to partake in the sauce bar (such as mashed garlic, sesame oil) for heightening the flavours of your hot pot items.

Mega Sushi

Blue Ocean roll at Mega Sushi | Image by Lindsay Anderson

Here on the west coast, sushi has become a go-to option for many during the Christmas season. It’s a crowd pleaser, great for group ordering, and a welcome contrast to conventional holiday eating. Fortunately, Richmond’s dining landscape features some of the finest sushi on Canada’s West Coast, spanning traditional restaurants with exactingly crafted nigiri, to more casual establishments that showcase creative rolls and dishes.

Veggie udon at Mega Sushi | Image by Lindsay Anderson

Mega Sushi (3131 Chatham Street) in Steveston falls within the latter category, with a menu that is particularly playful when it comes to their specialty rolls. The Blue Ocean roll features red tuna, hamachi, salmon, radish sprouts, and avocado, all in a soy wrap, topped with tobiko. The “Sexy” roll is packed with crowd-pleasing ingredients like avocado, imitation crab, tuna, salmon, ebi, and tamago, wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber. Not just a sushi joint, the rest of the menu includes donburi, udon noodle soups, and various teriyaki options.

Suhang Restaurant

Santa himself would probably be craving dumplings at Suhang Restaurant (100-8291 Ackroyd Road) after his long night of delivering toys. This destination for top-notch Shanghainese cuisine offers some of the finest xiao long bao in Richmond. The generously sized dumplings boast fragrantly sweet broth, a thin wrapper, and substantial pork filling. (In short, these are highly satisfying.) Other dumplings on the menu include wontons in chili and peanut sauce, shrimp and chive dumplings, pan-fried pork and shrimp dumplings, and steamed veggie dumplings.

Dumplings at Suhang | Image by Dee De Los Santos

Other Shanghainese specialties are also available, from more rustic dishes like pan-fried rice cakes with pickled vegetables and pork, to more elevated dinner fare such as braised sea cucumber with seafood. One of their show-stoppers, which requires pre-ordering, is their beggar’s chicken, which consists of a whole chicken stuffed with sticky rice, water chestnuts, egg yolks, and edamame before being encased in lotus leaves and bread dough and then baked. The result is tender, juicy, and bursting with flavour. It’s a culinary centerpiece for the holidays.

Silkway Halal Cuisine

Focused on Chinese Muslim cooking, Silkway Halal Cuisine (110-8188 Saba Road) offers many dishes that originate from Xinjiang in northwestern China, home to a substantial Turkish Uyghur population. The room itself is elegantly inviting, with dark wood Chinese décor, many traditional framed pictures, and red accents.

Silkway cuisine | Image by Tara Lee

The halal menu excels when it comes to their lamb dishes, such as fried diced lamb coated in chili powder and whole and ground cumin; lamb soup; and fried sliced lamb with diced Xianjiang naan.

Lamb with naan at Silkway | Image by Carolyn B Heller

The bread, iconic of the Uyghur people, can be tried as part of the restaurant’s Chinese beef or lamb burgers. The rest of the offerings are extensive, with items like braised chicken, Xinjiang style; boiled sliced beef in hot chili oil; sautéed shredded potato with green chiles; and handmade fish and chive dumplings.

Double Double Restaurant

With all the rich holiday eating that inevitably happens, you may start to crave the classic comforting staples. In Richmond, this includes a cosseting bowl of steaming congee on a wintry December day. Double Double Restaurant (128-4600 Number 3 Road) does a particularly good version, with over a dozen different ingredient combinations. They include watercress and fish balls; fresh oysters; dried scallops and gingko; crispy minced beef; and sweet corn. Preserved egg and salted pork is a classic option, with the saltiness of these add-ins contrasting the more neutral taste of the congee. Double Double’s congee has a creamy texture, with pronounced pork broth flavour. The finishing fried peanuts on top add crunchy nuttiness to your spoonfuls of rice porridge.

Congee at Double Double | Image by Tara Lee

The congee comes in individual portions, or in larger bowls if you feel like sharing. Definitely order the youtiao (doughnuts) as well, since they’re a lovely accompaniment, especially when dipped in the congee. The menu features a range of other items, such as BBQ pork and mushroom rice rolls, dried scallop and egg white fried rice, and salt and pepper squid tentacles.

Youtiao at Double Double | Image by Tara Lee

Overall, each of these five Richmond restaurants, with their unique non-turkey creations, will give you a Christmas meal to remember.

By Brittany Tiplady

What comes to mind when you think of the North Shore’s Deep Cove? Hikes up Quarry Rock amongst a bustling crowd, paddleboarders gliding across the Burrard Inlet, kayaking, lush terrain, stunning mountainous views and a sweet small town-esque vibe.

Heading west from the quay to the picturesque Indian Arm is Deep Cove, and at the centre of this cozy waterfront community is the beloved and highly acclaimed Cafe Orso, a local staple with big Italian influence that serves European-inspired food sourced locally. This brainchild of owner Jonathan Hayward and his wife Lori Steeves was conceived when they were on a European vacation enjoying an apres-hike coffee and cheese board.

“We were [over] mediocracy in this affluent, high-end neighborhood of Deep Cove. And a lot of people in this area were expressing the need for a good coffee shop. So, we came up with the concept, and here we are,” said Hayward.

Photo by Jonathan Hayward

Hayward, an active Deep Cove resident and award-winning national news photographer with the Canadian Press, decided to open his own ideal spot and in May 2015, Cafe Orso was born.

Simple and warm, the cafe is adorned with subtle woodsy accents, featuring a sensational grizzly bear photo shot by Hayward himself. It’s the perfect nook for a latte on a rainy day, or a mid-summer lunch after hitting up Quarry Rock.

The menu, as promised, delivers European-inspired fare bound to please any palate, curated carefully from local vendors that do it just right. The dough for the Liege waffles is sourced from Damien’s Waffles in Steveston (after Hayward did his diligent research in Belgium), BC cheeses, bread fresh from Nelson the Seagull, coffee from 49th Parallel, curried apple coconut preserve from Vista D’Oro in Langley, beer from Deep Cove Craft, house baked croissants from Chez Christophe, and the list goes on.

Photo by Jonathan Hayward

During our interview, Hayward served me the two stars of the menu, starting with the tomato melt: Nelson the Seagull bread, melted aged cheddar, vine-ripened tomatoes, blueberry balsamic drizzle, and arugula. It was a divine marriage of simplicity and comfort.

“If you’re going to put three simple things together, put the best things on the plate that you can find,” he comments.  “It’s not rocket science. And that’s what our whole premise is, [modeling] our menu around the food you see in Europe, where food is simple but really, really good.”

Next up, is the Hayward’s personal favourite, the ploughman’s lunch: an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich served with a daily meat selection from Two Rivers, half of a perfectly sliced avocado, and a side of the aforementioned curried apple coconut preserve from Vista D’Oro (my new obsession that is also paired with the sliced avocado toast on the menu), served on a beautiful wood board, charcuterie style.

An added bonus is that Cafe Orso is fully licensed; if you opt for the more traditional charcuterie board, stop in-during happy hour and add a glass of wine for five dollars.

Quality and detail are everything to the folks behind Cafe Orso. Whether you are dining in, or stopping by for a quick coffee to go, visiting Cafe Orso is a Vancouver-must. Plus, the baristas might make a little bear in your latte art, and if that’s not reason enough to visit I don’t know what is.

Café Orso
4316 Gallant Ave
North Vancouver, BC
cafeorso.ca

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Bring a friend for a foodie experience that spans multiple cities and communities, for a taste of what lies beyond Vancouver’s cityscape. Make the Coast Coal Harbour by APA your urban oasis for two nights, with floor-to-ceiling windows just steps from the seaside tree canopy of Stanley Park. Then choose your own foodie adventure from the choices below:

 


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Bikes, Brews & Bollywood | New Westminster & Surrey

  • Start the day with breakfast at Angelina’s Dutch Corner in historic New Westminster
  • Hop on a bike for an easy community ride tour on the Queensborough Loop and enjoy amazing views of the Fraser River and the city.
  • After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop at El Santo for a lunch of modern, Mexican cuisine.
  • Travel over the Patullo Bridge for a tour and tasting at Surrey’s Central City Brewers & Distillers.
  • Finish your day in style at My Shanti; bright Bollywood colours, and world-renowned Indian food by celebrity chef Vikram Vij.

East Meets West: Tastes & Treats | Vancouver & Richmond

  • Start your morning with a tiny passenger-only ferry ride to Granville Island for brunch at Edible Canada and tour of Granville Island market.
  • Take a journey to Historic Steveston to check out the catch of the day and visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
  • Enjoy a flight of craft beer at Fuggles & Warlock and discover what is means to “keep beer weird”!
  • Stop in at North America’s largest night market and grab dinner from one of 140 food stalls offering everything from spiral potatoes and hand-pulled ramen to mango desserts and dragon’s beard candy.
  • Wrap up the evening in downtown Vancouver with cocktails and a view.

Panoramas, Parks and Pacific Northwest Eats | North Vancouver & Burnaby

  • Travel over the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver for a French-inspired brunch at Tour De Feast.
  • Work off brunch with a hike to Quarry Rock in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove and enjoy a tasty treat, with a spectacular view of Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet.
  • Head to Deer Lake Park in Burnaby for a visit to the Burnaby Art Gallery and then rent a boat for a leisurely paddle on the calm, scenic waters of Deer Lake, or take a stroll around the lake.
  • End your adventure at the Hart House, an idyllic lakeside estate that offers a unique culinary experience featuring the eclectic cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

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By VisitRichmondBC.com

Who doesn’t want to consume their weight in baked goods? This list of delicious, must-visit bakeries will make you want to throw out your diet, even if just for one day. Go ahead and indulge – try out these six bakeries – three Asian bakeries and three European/North American ones, all located in sunny Richmond, BC.

Chinese Bakeries

Lido Restaurant
4231 Hazelbridge Way

Apparently, pineapple buns are a really big deal around here. Ask just about anyone who has lived in Richmond for any substantial period of time and, assuming that this person is reasonably up to snuff on Hong Kong style bakeries, they’ll tell you that Lido is king of the pineapple bun. Trays of these buns are brought out every 15 minutes, all day long. Bite into a deliciously fresh, hot bun with a slab of butter in the middle and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Bring cash, as Lido is a cash-only establishment.

Pineapple buns at Lido

Kam Do Bakery
6211 No. 3 Road

Conveniently located just across the street from the Brighouse Canada Line SkyTrain station, Kam Do is the one stop shop for many commuters to grab a quick bite to eat. Instead of displaying their baked goods behind a glass counter, the majority of products at Kam Do are on self-serve shelves; grab a tray and a pair of tongs, and load up on an endless variety of sweet and savoury buns. Top tip: bring cash and, as with most bakeries – getting six or more items will save you the tax on baked goods!

New Town Bakery
6360 No. 3 Road

Located just steps away from the Brighouse Canada Line train station is a more hidden, hole-in-the-wall style bakery that serves more than baked goods: they also serve steamed baos, or steamed buns. With three locations in Metro Vancouver (Surrey, Vancouver’s Chinatown and Richmond), New Town Bakery offers thirteen different varieties of steamed baos, which hungry customers will often order by the dozen. Our top pick here would be the vegetable bao (pictured), but you really can’t go wrong with any choice here!

Vegetarian bao at New Town Bakery

European/North American Bakeries

The Diplomat Bakery
6168 London Road

When you walk into this traditional European bakery, you’ll be intoxicated by the aroma of freshly baked pastries, cakes and cookies as well as freshly-brewed coffee. Pastry chef and co-owner Gerald Stenson honed his pastry skills through years of working all over the world, giving him a wealth of knowledge about different cultures, cuisines and pastry-making techniques and flavours. Customers come for their favourite cakes such as the tiramisu, triple chocolate mousse cake, and the titular favourite, the Diplomat Cake (regular or chocolate flaky puff pastry, vanilla butter cream, vanilla sponge cake). One forkful of their cakes and you will be an immediate Diplomat Bakery convert!

Tiramisu cake at The Diplomat Bakery | Image by Mark Stenson

Damien’s Belgian Waffles
3891 Chatham Street

Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Philippe Leroux and Miho, the specialty at this shop are Liege waffles. Originating from the town of Liege, these waffles are a popular street snack throughout Belgium. Damien’s waffles have chunks of pearl sugar baked right in it and are made with real butter and honey. In addition to the original flavour, they also offer caramel, matcha, yuzu (Japanese citrus), banana chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cinnamon. Enjoy one of their all-day breakfast waffles with whipped cream, strawberries and maple syrup, or try one of their savoury ones!

Waffles at Damien’s Belgian Waffles

Steveston Bakery
12251 No. 1 Road

A Steveston village institution, Steveston Bakery has been serving customers their delicious baked goods since 1989. While you have to try their breads and cakes, (their carrot cake is a must!), they also serve soups, salads and sandwiches made with fresh bread for lunch. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, both Hermant and Bimia Rao were born in Fiji and wanted to share their love for breads, homemade soups and desserts at their shop. Be sure to try one of their hot-from-the-oven pies!

Steveston Bakery

By Tara Lee and Tourism Richmond

From elegant décor, gorgeous views and impeccable service, there’s definitely a restaurant or two that fits any budget for a romantic date night meal in Richmond. Here are four date-night-worthy restaurants that you may not have tried yet.

Pier 73 Restaurant

Located in the Pacific Gateway Hotel (3500 Cessna Drive), Pier 73 Restaurant is waterfront dining at its very best. The Fraser River, Mount Baker, the Cascade Mountain Range and the North Shore Mountains are within easy view of the restaurant, day or night. Executive chef Morgan Lechner and executive sous chef Edison Antejos are known to feature fresh, local ingredients in all of their menu items.

In fact, Pier 73’s made the whole month of February known as the ‘month of luuuuv,’ during which they’ll be serving dishes for sharing, inspired by the romance of Valentine’s Day. For them, ‘luv’ entails ordering a bottle of wine for two, as well as some share plates. To take things over the top, the restaurant suggests feeding your sweetie by hand if you want to go over-the-top-romantic!

Pier 73 | Image courtesy of Tourism Richmond

On the menu for the ‘month of luuuuv’ are dishes that encompass the best of west coast dining: chilled prawns with lemon pepper aioli and cocktail sauce; BC ling cod with Kalamata olives, pico de gallo (salsa fresca), watercress and extra virgin oil; and a 6 oz. flat iron steak with radish, watercress and a red wine sauce.  Don’t forget to order dessert, like a warm chocolate fondant or blueberry pear crisp. You’ll be feeling the food ‘luv’ in no time!

gudrun Tasting Room

Likely one of the coolest places in Steveston, gudrun tasting room (150 – 3500 Moncton Street) makes for a fine date night spot, any day of the week. Chef Paul Finlay crafts a different menu each night, with sandwiches, soups, salads and more substantial mains (e.g. slow cooked pork with puy lentils, celery root, Cipollini onions and pork jus).

What makes gudrun unique though, is their well-curated wine and beer list, as well as their selection of cheeses. The wine and beer lists include local pours like the Philips’ Longboat Chocolate Porter and the Kettle Valley 2011 Gewurztraminer.

gundrun Tasting Room | Image by Lauren Kramer

The restaurant also periodically holds very popular Dinner Club events that involve six or seven course meals ($70-75 per person, plus beverages, tax, and gratuity). Guests are seated together at long tables, allowing for much conversation and conviviality.

Sushi Hachi

Arguably one of the best kept secrets as well as best sushi restaurants in Richmond, Sushi Hachi (8888 Odlin Crescent) is a tiny restaurant hidden in plain sight. With its entrance facing Cambie street, this 20-seat sushi restaurant is only open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Sushi Hachi is definitely a date night worthy restaurant.

Run by a husband and wife team, Sushi Hachi serves the freshest (and tastiest) sushi and sashimi plates in Richmond. Our top picks for a satisfying dinner include the Chef’s Choice sashimi (10 pieces) and Chef’s Choice sushi (10 pieces plus 1 roll), both available for $25 each. The Chef’s Choice options are served omakase-style – piece by piece – a luxurious experience at a steal. Don’t forget to ask what the daily specials are: whether they’re fresh oysters or live uni, you’ll be able to find some exquisite dishes here!

Oysters at Sushi Hatchi | Image courtesy of Tourism Richmond

Sugarholic

Despite its name, Sugarholic (4151 Hazelbridge Way, inside Aberdeen Centre) doesn’t just serve sugary desserts and dishes. They also offer lunch sets and dinner specials, along with an impressive drink and dessert menu to go with your savoury dishes. Drawing on flavours from both East and West, Sugarholic’s extensive tea menu includes Chinese Rose and Red Date Longan Tea, as well as more traditional teas such as Earl Grey.

Sugarholic | Image by Lauren Kramer

Enjoy house-made desserts, such as their Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake, in their powder-blue dining room with white accents and sparkling chandeliers. Feeling fancier? Afternoon tea service is available any time of day and starts at $13.95 for the 4-piece dessert set with the choice of any herbal tea. One and two-tier dessert sets are also available at $29.95 and $49.95.

Wherever you go for date night, these places will definitely not disappoint!

With a backyard of clean rivers and lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and rich fertile land, the farmers, chefs, brewers, distillers, fishers, and producers are able to bring their diverse traditions, cultures, and creativity to the plates, cups, and glasses of Canada’s west coast. The taste is hyper local, from Vancouver to the Fraser Valley.

Featured in this video: The Vancouver Aquarium, The Liberty Distillery, Fraser Valley Cider Company, Cherry Lane Farms, Burnaby Village Museum, Bella Gelateria, Crazy Cows, Steveston Seafood House, Campbells Gold, Central City Brewers and Distillers, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Trading Post Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Vij’s

By VisitRichmondBC.com

It’s baaaack! Dine Out Vancouver returns next week on January 20 for 17 days full of culinary delights. This year, fourteen Richmond restaurants are participating in this yearly event, offering both lunch and dinner menus ranging anywhere from $15 to $40 for three-course meals. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve sorted the restaurants by neighbourhood.

Steveston

Catch Kitchen and Bar
Catch Kitchen and Bar offers the best view of Steveston’s historic harbour as well as a fun, fresh and upscale menu. Choose from in-house prepared crab cakes to a Peppercorn New York steak to satiate your west coast fare craving.

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill
Reach out and touch the Fraser River from Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill right in front of Fisherman’s Wharf. The must-eat items here are their seafood chowder, the ultra-filling Fisherman’s Pot filled to the brim with BC clams, mussels, scallops, calamari, prawns and crab, and of course, the tiramisu.

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Teppanyaki isn’t just a dinner – it’s an art form. Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant serves up traditional Japanese teriyaki dishes as well as fresh seafood such as lobster tail and cod, cooked right in front of your eyes. Not a fan of being seated at a Teppanyaki table with a group of others? Not to worry – Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant also offers regular table seating as part of their Dine Out menus!

Lunch menu pricing: $19.95 for three courses. Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

East Richmond

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South
Located just south of Steveston Highway on Number 5 Road, The Richmond Keg Steakhouse + Bar offers classic steak and seafood dishes grilled to perfection. Choose from their 12 oz prime rib, New York steak, The Keg Oscar platter, or the honey-glazed salmon for an ultimately satisfying meal in a family-friendly restaurant.

Dinner menu pricing: $40 for three courses.

Chop Steakhouse & Bar at the Signature Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport
Serving up tender cuts of steak, prime rib and fresh seafood, along with an expansive and affordable wine list, Chop Steakhouse and Bar is your place to go for an upscale dinner experience. Be sure to try their Hunter Chicken in a rich mushroom sauce, or the Top Sirloin served with your choice of wasabi-infused mashed potatoes, baked potato, fries or vegetables from their Dine Out menu.

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

CHOP Steakhouse and Bar in East Richmond | Image by TR

Moxie’s Bar & Grill – Richmond
Moxie’s Bar & Grill offers upscale west coast fare in a casual, family-friendly restaurant. This year, their Dine Out menu focuses on an international taste, with Korean-fried cauliflower to a chipotle mango chicken and a sweet mini sticky toffee pudding.

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

Central Richmond

The American Grille – Marriott Vancouver Airport
The American Grille is one of the best-kept secrets in Richmond, when it comes to a restaurant with an open-grill kitchen. Serving favourite west coast fare and wild BC seafood, executive chef Danilo Ibarra makes it a point to showcase only the finest available ingredients in his dishes. Be sure to try the seafood crab cakes (lunch) or the lamb shank (served at dinner only)!

Lunch menu pricing: $20 for three courses. Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses.

The American Grille in Central Richmond | Image courtesy of The American Grille

Carver’s Steakhouse – Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Vancouver Airport
As the name would suggest, Carver’s Steakhouse serves only certified Angus beef from Canadian ranches for their steaks. Carver’s Steakhouse supports local farms and is an active participant in Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and as such, is able to serve fresh, local ingredients to diners in their casual, upscale restaurant.

Dinner menu: $40 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

CAVU – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
CAVU is your place to go to indulge in classic comfort foods with a gourmet twist. Executive chef Alex Hancock’s inclusion of pork belly into a traditional BLT sandwich is available for the lunch menu and it’s a definite must-order item for Dine Out diners! Pair it with a classic Old Fashioned and it’s sure to satiate any belly.

Lunch menu pricing: $15 for three courses. Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Gluten and vegetarian options available.

Harold’s Bistro & Bar at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Named after its most loyal patron, Mr. Harold Cross, Harold’s Bistro & Bar at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport is a Richmond treasure. Between the lively atmosphere and a fantastic menu featuring short rib ragout, crab cakes and duck breast, you’ll be left wondering if you’re at home or on the road!

Lunch menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses.

North Richmond

The Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond
This marina-side seafood restaurant is distinctively west coast. From fresh-shucked oysters to the best west coast seafood chowder you can get, The Boathouse Restaurant in Richmond offers a fresh and local menu and a great restaurant atmosphere for a casual lunch with friends, or a romantic evening.

Lunch menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Curve Lounge at the River Rock Casino Resort
Situated in the lobby of the River Rock Casino Resort, Curve Lounge has access to the boardwalk and marina just beyond the resort grounds. It’s the perfect place to have a light dinner and some drinks right before taking in a show or visiting the casino. Be sure to try the double smoked pork belly appetizer – it’s a must eat dish here!

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

Tramonto at the River Rock Casino Resort
Nestled on the third floor of the east hotel tower, Tramonto is resort dining at its finest. Sous chef Omar Abdel Hadi provides an inventive menu using the best in local ingredients to give diners a taste of downtown Vancouver dining without leaving Richmond. Our top pick from the Dine Out menu is the slow baked steelhead dish – it’s just divine.

Dinner menu pricing: $40 for three courses. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for more casual fare coupled with an amazing and unique view, Flying Beaver Bar & Grill is the place to go. Located right on the north arm of the Fraser River at the north end of the No. 2 Road bridge in Richmond, the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of Harbour Air seaplanes. Top picks from the Dine Out menu include the grilled pork chops and the lemon meringue pie – both deceptively simple, but oh-so-satisfying.

Dinner menu pricing: $20 for three courses. Vegetarian options available.

Flying Beaver Bar & Grill in North Richmond | Image by TR

Pier 73 Restaurant at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
Pier 73 Restaurant offers fantastic views of the Fraser River and the North Shore mountains – but that’s just icing on the cake. Executive chef Morgan Lechner and sous chef Edison Antejos shares a passion for sustainable and local ingredients – and the menu definitely reflects this. This time around, the duo’s serving up slow-roasted lamb shoulder with in-house made ricotta gnocchi and Pier 73 chowder made with sustainable clam and Gelderman bacon. Delicious!

Dinner menu pricing: $30 for three courses.

Pier 73 in North Richmond | Image by TR

Be sure to book your table today at www.dineoutvancouver.com.

By VisitRichmondBC.com

Most restaurants are on lock-down during Christmas and we can’t really blame them. It is, after all, a time to celebrate with friends and family! Even so, Christmas remains the busiest day for the few restaurants that are open during this holiday. If you’re visiting Richmond during the holidays, be sure to try our top five restaurant picks in Richmond open during Christmas:

HK BBQ Master

HK BBQ Master | image by Tourism Richmond
HK BBQ Master | image by Tourism Richmond

If you’re looking to get a fill of Cantonese-style barbecue, HK BBQ Master (4651 No. 3 Road) is hands down one of the best places to get your fill of char siu, crispy skin roast pork, BBQ duck or BBQ chicken. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall type eatery with just 14 seats and they accept cash only for payment. So be warned: come early to snag seats, or buy the meats by the pound with a side of rice and take it to go for an enormously satisfying meal.

Open during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Closed on Wednesdays. Cash only restaurant.

Ichiro Japanese Restaurant

Sashimi platter at Ichiro Japanese Restaurant | image by Tourism Richmond
Sashimi platter at Ichiro Japanese Restaurant | image by Tourism Richmond

This top-notch Japanese restaurant will fulfill your sushi craving during the holidays! Open from 11:30am to 2pm for lunch service and again from 5pm to 9pm for dinner service, Ichiro Japanese Restaurant (110 – 12011 Second Avenue) offers authentic and artfully prepared sushi, combined with fresh west coast flavours and ingredients. Take a cue from those in-the-know and order the gomae – the perfect way to start your meal. Next, choose from an extensive menu of traditional entrees and sushi, plus house specialties like the Steveston roll: a combination of sweet shrimp, salmon and tuna.

Open during Christmas Eve. Closed on Christmas day. Credit cards, debit cards and cash accepted.

Szechuan Delicious

Water boiled fish at Szechuan Delicious | image by Tourism Richmond
Water boiled fish at Szechuan Delicious | image by Tourism Richmond

For those craving something deliciously spicy, we’ve got to warn you – Szechuan Delicious (6610 No. 3 Road) isn’t for the faint of heart! Szechuan cuisine is all about bold flavours and the liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, which often results in a mouth-numbing sensation that makes people come back for more. Must-try dishes include their water-boiled fish, spicy beef in chili oil, the mapo tofu and their extremely spicy dan dan noodles. Don’t be afraid to ask for water or tea to help with the spiciness level!

Open during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only restaurant.

LA Chicken

LA Chicken | image by Lindsay Anderson
LA Chicken | image by Lindsay Anderson

If you still crave poultry for Christmas, a party tray of fried chicken from LA Chicken (160 – 11780 Thorpe Road) is the perfect crowd pleaser. Available in 10 to 20+ pieces per tray, the fried chicken comes in either the original batter or the spicy variety. Locally owned and run by a husband and wife team, LA Chicken serves up some delicious, crispy, crazy good crunchy battered fried chicken that’s guaranteed to satiate any fried chicken craving you might have.

Open during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Tsim Chai

Wonton beef noodle soup at Tsim Chai | image by Tourism Richmond
Wonton beef noodle soup at Tsim Chai | image by Tourism Richmond

The three magic words, “Wonton Noodle Soup” can instantly warm up a cold winter day. The thought of a steaming bowl of clear broth, thin egg noodles and little wrapped packets of minced pork and shrimp are enough to make even the laziest brave the elements to get a bowl of this delicious soup. Where better to get a bowl of comforting noodle soup than Tsim Chai (50 – 8251 Westminster Highway), where wontons reign supreme? Wonton noodle soup plus a piping hot bowl of their shredded pork congee may be exactly what you need to stay warm on a cold winter’s eve!

Open during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Cash only accepted for payment.

Delicious, ocean-fresh seafood tastes better when you know it is being caught with ethical, sustainable methods that will keep local waters bountiful for generations to come. Canada’s West Coast offers fish, crab, oysters and more caught fresh from the rivers and the ocean in our backyard.

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By VisitRichmondBC.com

The thirst for locally made, small-batch brews has just been getting thirstier and Richmond is meeting the demand by serving up unique beers in various communities across the island city. Take a look at our top five places to get your craft beer drink on in Richmond, BC.

Fuggles and Warlock

Fuggles and Warlock is known for keeping beer weird and is the only craft brewery in Richmond’s with an onsite tasting lounge. Pushing the traditional styles of beer to the limit by adding West Coast flair to their ales, Fuggles and Warlock has some adventurous brews aimed toward adventurous palettes. This full production brewery is tucked away in an industrial office park just off Highway 99, making it the perfect place to stop for a pint on your way to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Be sure to check out their full tasting room and hot-food menu.

Image courtesy of @fuggleswarlock on Instagram
Image courtesy of @fuggleswarlock on Instagram

Our top picks at Fuggles & Warlock:

  • The Last Strawberry Wit, brewed with fresh strawberries from Abbotsford
  • Beam Me Up Espresso Milk Stout, brewed in collaboration with Salt Spring Coffee

Britannia Brewing Company

Located on the main waterfront stretch of Steveston Village, Britannia Brewing Company is Richmond’s newest craft beer destination with a full-service restaurant. Serving up catch-of-the-day fare such as fish & chips, ceviche, and poke bowls, Britannia Brewing rounds off its menu with bar snacks and a killer selection of juicy burgers. Finish off your meal with a flight of Britannia Brewing Company’s beers, all brewed in Richmond, BC.

Image courtesy of Britannia Brewing Co’s Facebook page
Image courtesy of Britannia Brewing Co’s Facebook page

Our top picks at Britannia Brewing Company:

  • Britannia Rye Porter
  • Britannia Adrift Hot Blonde

Hog Shack

Just a bit further down the street from Britannia Brewing is  Hog Shack, Richmond’s only American-style BBQ restaurant, serving up meaty plates of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and much more. They pair their meat with a thoughtful selection of craft beer from the lower mainland, so if you’re looking for a decent selection, and craving some seriously delicious double-smoked brisket ends, this is the place to go.

The beers on tap change on the regular, but some favourites of ours are as follows:

  • Driftwood Amber Ale
  • Howe Sound Lager

Jetside Bar at Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is just steps away from the international departures terminal at the Vancouver International Airport. It’s also home to Jetside Bar, the most popular lounge within the airport itself. Exclusive to the Fairmont hotels is the Fairmont Honey Lager, made with honey harvested from the hotels’ beehives and brewed by Whistler Brewing. Treat yourself to a flight of local craft beers that offer a taste of BC’s local craft brewing scene.

Our top picks at Jetside Bar:

  • Fairmont Honey Lager by Whistler Brewing
  • Driftwood “Fat Tug” IPA

FRESH Restaurant and Lounge at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel

A quick walk north of the Canada Line Aberdeen Station takes you to the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel, where you’ll find FRESH Restaurant and Lounge. Serving up Korean street tacos to a low-fat umami turkey burger served with double cooked fries, you’ll find an extremely tasty menu featuring west coast fare with a twist. Not only that, you’ll also find the full lineup of Phillips beers from Victoria, making FRESH Restaurant and Lounge one of the best places to taste the lineup of beers outside of the company’s tasting room in Victoria.

Our top picks at FRESH Restaurant and Lounge:

  • Phillips Blue Buck Ale
  • Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

by Winnie Tam

We were all asked this once: what do you want to be when you grow up? In addition to the usual answers of astronaut, doctor and marine biologist, young people in the Lower Mainland are increasingly considering an alternative profession – farmer.

The trend can be attributed to a variety of factors. Some are tired of the nine-to-five grind and want to look for a job that puts them more in touch with nature. Others are motivated by their heightened food literacy and concerns about the global food system. Then there are those who want to shed themselves of technological clutter and return to simpler vocations. Whatever the reason, the demand for knowledge is definitely there, as Kwantlen Polytechnic University runs a popular 10-month program – the Richmond Farm School – that teaches students the skills to engage in small-scale agriculture. Some of the students have gone on to purchase a rural or urban farm, adding an exciting supply of locally grown produce to the Lower Mainland.

Brendan Lench, recent graduate of the Richmond Farm School
Brendan Lench, recent graduate of the Richmond Farm School

Both in their 20s, Caroline Chiu and Brendan Lench are recent graduates of the program. They run a small farm called Golden Choy Farm together in Richmond. (“Choy” means vegetable in Chinese.) Their produce fills a need for Asian vegetables that are fresh and locally grown.

 Caroline Chiu, recent graduate of the Richmond Farm School
Caroline Chiu, recent graduate of the Richmond Farm School

I sat down with them to find out more about their alternative career choice and what they’ve learned so far.

Winnie Tam: What got you interested in farming?

Brendan Lench: For me, it’s the desire to interact intimately with the natural world, to be away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and participate in a fundamental act: growing food. My family has been farming for generations and thus I have a fondness for rural life.

Caroline Chiu: I grew up in Hong Kong where I didn’t get to learn much about agriculture living in the city, so studying agriculture economics at UBC was very refreshing for me. Living in BC with nature as our playground made me want to connect with it in ways that are more than just a hobby. I decided to dig deeper into agriculture production by volunteering at a farm up in Pemberton, BC, to experience not only the day-to-day farm activities, but also the lifestyle of farmers and the values that they have to pursue this career. It was an enlightening experience and I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity and fulfillment of doing honest work and providing the basic need of fresh food to customers.

Compared to our parents’ generation where staying in the same profession that they had studied was the norm, we’re privileged in this generation where we have the flexibility and the opportunities to explore different things, as opposed to just having a stable income; it is just as important for us to find a job that feeds our souls.

WT: What type of produce do you grow?

CC: Primarily vegetables used in East Asian cuisine, so bok choy, siu choy, yu choy, gai choy, gai lan, tong ho, ong choy, daikon radish, celtuce, scallions, onions, eggplant and bitter melon. We’re also trying to grow mushrooms: oyster, monkey head and king stropharia.

WT: How did you decide on what to grow?

CC: We felt that there was a niche to be filled, as the majority of Asian produce sold in the Lower Mainland is grown in a large-scale conventional manner or is imported. Even though there are plenty of grocery stores and supermarkets selling a variety of Asian vegetables and mushrooms, we realized that they were lacking at farmers’ markets, so we wanted to fill that gap and provide locally grown, chemical-free alternatives. As with mushrooms, it’s such a high-value crop, yet there is still a gap for mushrooms at farmers’ markets.

WT: What does a typical day on the farm look like for you?

BL: As this is our first year farming, we didn’t want to give up our current jobs and fully dive into farming, so we both have full-time jobs off the farm. We often have to squeeze farm work into any free off-hours in the early mornings, evenings and weekends. As the season has just begun, we do a lot of seeding in early spring and leave them in the hoop-house (a small greenhouse) for them to grow until they’re ready to go in the ground. Typically, Caroline gets up at the crack of dawn to check on our seedlings and water them as needed, and provide ventilation to the hoop-house. I head out in the evening again to check, and if the weather is cooler, to close the hoop-house to insulate the seedlings. Most Saturdays and Sundays are spent together preparing the land, and seeding or planting. As we move into summer time, the farm will get busy with weed management, more plantings and seeding, harvesting and going to farmers’ markets.

It might sound very tiring, but our full-time jobs include working in an office all day long, so having the alternative of being outside is great. There’s always something happening at the farm and the everyday tasks are always changing and unpredictable, so we’re being challenged everyday with new problems that need to be solved. Farming is dependent on so many uncontrollable factors such as pests and weather, so sometimes our crops could potentially be destroyed overnight with a sudden cold snap in the weather. It’s definitely a job where we just have to keep going, and not be deflated too easily.

On top of doing physical work at the farm, there is also a lot of paperwork and planning that happens on a daily basis. Like any self-owned businesses, we have to be experts in accounting, budget planning, machinery, soil health, plant nutrients, marketing, customer service etc. We wear many hats.

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WT: Where is your farm located? Do you allow people to visit?

CC: Our farm is situated on the picturesque westernmost border of Richmond near Gilbert Road and Dyke Road. The entire farm site is open to the public, so please come on by! This is the incubator farming site for farm school graduates, so you will find other farmers there as well. If you’re familiar with Richmond – we are right by the dyke, which is a popular place to walk or bicycle and enjoy the maritime scenery.

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Learn the latest with Caroline and Brendan by liking their farm’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/goldenchoyfarm. You can also support them by visiting them at various farmers’ markets across the Lower Mainland this season:

Steveston Farmers’ and Artisanal Market
Select dates from May 8 – October 16, 2016, 10am to 3pm

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market
Sundays June 12 – October 9, 2016 10am to 2pm

Main Street Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays June 30 – October 5, 2016, 2pm to 6pm

Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays May 31 – October 18 2016, 3pm to 7pm

By VisitRichmondBC.com

Feeling the heat this summer? Cool down with one of these five delectable treats found in Richmond, BC.

Screamers

The Screamer is a half drink, half dessert hybrid that combines flavoured slush with vanilla soft-serve ice cream on the bottom and top. Screamers are a local favourite available throughout the year at Danny’s Market (9040 Francis Rd.). You can also pick this treat up at Screamers Soft Serve in Steveston during the spring and summer months.

Mango Desserts

This juicy tropical fruit’s natural tartness and sweetness is a natural pick for Asian desserts. A great mango dessert should be juicy, fragrant, sweet and most importantly, it should send you on a tropical escape. Mango Yummy (6564 No. 3 Road) features a menu of mango-based desserts including drinks, shaved ice bowls, ice cream bowls and much more. Our top pick is the mango sago with pomelo, made with mango, pomelo, sago, coconut milk, cream, sugar and drizzled with condensed milk.

Mango sago at Mango Yummy | image by Sherman Chan
Mango sago at Mango Yummy | image by Sherman Chan

Taiwanese Shaved Ice

Unlike the shaved ice found in sno-cones, the Taiwanese version of shaved ice dessert features finely shaved paper-thin ribbons of ice that comes piled high in a bowl and topped with your choice of toppings. Restaurants like Icy Bar (4940 No. 3 Road) specialize in dessert bowls like this and while the topping choices can be overwhelming, their menu offers set choices to make ordering easy. We recommend the mango strawberry shaved ice. This bowl of shaved ice is served with fresh chopped strawberries and mangoes, topped with a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream and drizzled with condensed milk to balance out the tart fruits.

Strawberry mango icy bowl at Icy Bar | image by Sherman Chan
Strawberry mango icy bowl at Icy Bar | image by Sherman Chan

Korean Bingsoo

Did you ever eat snow when you were a kid? Bingsoo is similar to that – except, far more delicious. At Snowy Village Dessert Café (8571 Alexandra Road), staff fill a metal bowl with a tower of creamy shaved iced milk that has the texture of fluffy snow. Your snowdrift-in-a-bowl is then covered with your choice of toppings – fresh mango, red bean, matcha or mixed with Oreos, and then crowned with a generous drizzle of condensed milk.

Injeolmi bingsoo at Snowy Village | image by Carolyn Heller
Injeolmi bingsoo at Snowy Village | image by Carolyn Heller

Portable Sundaes

We couldn’t leave out the most important ice cold dessert: ice cream! Above and beyond your usual scoop or two of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream in a cone, the team at Wild Sweets by Dominique and Cindy Duby has a new collection of ice cream and desserts called prêt-á-manger. These single-serving portable sundaes come in a variety of flavours including peanut banana, pistachio strawberry, hazelnut passion and many others. Get these at The Atelier at 214 – 12191 Hammersmith Way.

Pistachio parfait at Wild Sweets | image by Wild Sweets
Pistachio parfait at Wild Sweets | image by Wild Sweets

By Visit Richmond BC

Looking for a quick getaway? 48 hours gives you time to explore some amazing cuisine in Richmond, the only problem is figuring out where to eat. Read on for a list of some of Tourism Richmond’s favourite places to help you make the most out of your culinary adventures.

Keep in mind, many Asian restaurants are accommodating to patrons who aren’t experienced in non-Western cuisine and do offer English menus or have photos of food items to help you with your selections. But remember to bring cash – some don’t accept credit or debit cards.

Day 1:

10:00am – Dim sum at Shanghai River

Shanghai River is the perfect place to start your day off right with delicious dim sum. Through glass windows, diners can watch the chefs hard at work, hand rolling their famous dumplings. The xiao long bao are clear standouts of the menu. This restaurant is a hotspot for locals, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

7831 Westminster Highway
604-233-8885

12:00pm – Fisherman’s Wharf in historic Steveston Village

After eating to your heart’s content, make your way to historic Steveston Village to explore Fisherman’s Wharf. Once known as the salmon capital of the world, Steveston is home to Canada’s largest active fishing fleet with 600 boats. Don’t forget to bring your coolers – seafood lovers can buy fresh fish* from the docks, where local fishermen sell their daily catch right off their boat for great prices. Depending on the season, catches of the day can include fresh salmon, crab, black cod and sea urchin.

*Note for US travelers bringing seafood across borders: personal amounts of fish, shrimp, abalone and other seafood are allowed and can be fresh, frozen, dried, smoked, canned or cooked! Click here for more information and updates:  http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/agricultural-items

Fishermans Wharf
Fishermans Wharf

1:00pm – Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

On the pier, next to Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll find one of the best patio restaurants in Steveston. Blue Canoe is an award-winning restaurant with a simple and fresh menu. Enjoy your lunch with an unobstructed view of the water and the boardwalk. This waterside location prides itself on using top quality seafood with locally sourced ingredients.

3866 Bayview Street
604-275-7811
www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

3:00pm – Dessert in Steveston

Steveston is a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. Take a walk through the historic village to explore all the delicious desserts that are offered. The Outpost Mini Donut Company serves delicious mini donuts in all sorts of flavours to satisfy every craving. We also recommend Sinfully the Best for artisan chocolates, Bell’s Bake Shop for cupcakes, Candy Dish for homemade fudge and Screamers Soft Serve & Treats for some delicious frozen treats.

Sinfully The Best
Sinfully The Best

5:00pm – Lulu Island Winery

Make your way to Lulu Island Winery, the largest winery in Richmond, producing a variety of red and white table wines, fruit wines and ice wines. The winery offers daily complimentary wine tastings of their award-winning wines and tours in different languages. Owner John Chang combines traditional Chinese wine-making with modern Western technology and equipment. All of Lulu Island’s wines go through a slow-cool fermentation process which brings out the natural flavours of the fruit.

16880 Westminster Highway
604-232-9839
www.luluislandwinery.com

7:00pm – Vivacity Restaurant

For dinner, we recommend Vivacity, a Southern Chinese restaurant located on Alexandra Road. The chefs here specialize in seafood and serve only organic fish. Owner Kitty Huang explains that the food is prepared in a healthy way, without sacrificing taste. We recommend the BBQ pork buns – they’re a local favourite! Vivacity offers a more intimate dining experience, with VIP rooms that seat up to 40 people. Reservations are highly recommended.

110 – 8351 Alexandra Road
604-279-1513
www.vivacityrestaurant.com

9:00pm – Walk down Food Street and taste something new

After dinner, grab some fresh air and go for a leisurely stroll to walk off your day of eating. Richmond is home to some of the most authentic Asian restaurants outside of Asia, and many of the best restaurants can be found on Alexandra Road, nicknamed “Food Street”. It’s quite amazing to see 200 plus restaurants packed into a stretch of just three city blocks. Don’t be afraid to peek in some of the amazing shops for dessert – our favourites include Leisure Tea & Coffee, Snowy Village Dessert Cafe and for something different, try The TRUE’STEA Restaurant, located next to the Four Points Sheraton.

Day 2:

10:00am – Dim Sum at Sun Sui Wah

For day 2 in Richmond, indulge in dim sum again! World-renowned Chinese restaurant, Sun Sui Wah is based on the motto of “warm hospitality, superb quality and value.” With locations in Hong Kong and Vancouver, this famous restaurant has been delighting patrons with delicious Cantonese cuisine and excellent service for over 30 years. Sun Sui Wah is especially famous for its roasted squab, a signature dish.

102 – 4940 No. 3 Road
604-273-8208
www.sunsuiwah.ca

12:00pm – Kam Do Bakery

Richmond is home to a variety of Asian bakeries, with selections of sweet and savoury baked goods. Kam Do is a Richmond staple, known as one of the best bakeries in the city with delicious pastries in a self-serve style. We recommend the coconut buns and the taro cakes. Kam Do is also a great place to purchase gifts or late-night snacks, including wife cakes (laopo bing), mochi and pastes. Like many other establishments in Richmond, Kam Do is cash only.

6211 No. 3 Road
604-231-9216

Kam Do
Kam Do

 12:30pm – New Town Bakery

New Town Bakery is another Asian bakery that you can’t miss! This bakery is family-owned and has been serving Chinese and Filipino baked goods for over 30 years. They are known for their award-winning Apple Tarts as well as their Chicken Deluxe steamed bun or Bola Bola. We recommend getting a box of their apple tarts to indulge in later.

4 – 6360 No. 3 Road
604-270-2889
www.newtownbakery.ca

1:00pm – Haroo Korean Restaurant

For authentic, home-style Korean food, Haroo Korean Restaurant is the place to go. Hidden away on the second level of a strip mall on Alexandra Road, this small eatery is run by a husband and wife team. For lunch, we recommend their spicy tofu soup or soonduboo served with rice, or the Korean seafood pancake called, “Haemul Pajeon.”

8580 Alexandra Road, second floor
604-284-5596

3:00pm – Sugarholic Café

Located on the ground level of Aberdeen Centre, Sugarholic Café is one of the newest additions to the afternoon tea scene in Richmond. The café is decorated in a luxurious European style, but it is still considered a fusion-style tea house. Afternoon tea service is offered all day, with tiered dessert sets available. Almost all of the desserts are made in-house. Highlights include the Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake and the Japanese Cheesecake. We highly recommend their dessert toast boxes, toast cubes filled with ice cream, fruit and other delightful sweets.

4151 Hazelbridge Way
604-285-6199

5:00pmAberdeen Centre

After your afternoon snack, it’s time to explore Aberdeen Centre. Aberdeen Centre is one of North America’s largest Asian shopping malls, with unique stores such as Candyland, an Asian candy store, and a world famous Chinese tea shop, Ten Fu Tea. And if you are still hungry, there is an 800-seat food court with incredible Asian food.

Aberdeen Centre Food Court
Aberdeen Centre Food Court

7:00pm – Suhang Restaurant

For dinner, we recommend Suhang Restaurant for authentic Shanghainese Cuisine. Known for their great service and affordable menu, Suhang also has some of the juiciest pork dumplings in town. Other recommendations at this restaurant include the marinated bean curd with special vegetables, drunken chicken, and shredded beef with chili and brown sauce.

100 – 8291 Ackroyd Road
604-278-7787

9:00pm – The BBT Shop

No trip to Richmond is complete without bubble tea! Hidden under the Superstore on one of the busiest roads in the city, The BBT Shop is famous for their decadent bubble waffle desserts with piles of delicious toppings, such as the Super Matcha, with strawberries, whipped cream, red bean and matcha ice cream. The BBT Shop has an extensive menu offering all kinds of drinks, including milk teas, specialty drinks such as the signature frozen hot chocolate, as well as fruit teas and slush.

105 – 4651 No. 3 Road
604-285-8833

While this is the end of the 48 hour food itinerary, it’s definitely not the end of the food exploration in Richmond. With over 800 restaurants in the island city, this list barely scratches the surface of what foodies can find here.

Find more about Richmond and dining at www.VisitRichmondBC.com

by Kathy Mak

Winter may seem an unlikely time to visit an outdoor farmers market in Canada, but the milder climate in the Lower Mainland allows the markets and abundance of seasonal products to thrive. Deserving of more recognition, a winter market’s appeal lies not only in the quality and range of offerings, but also in knowing that it’s served by a passionate community of both food artisans/farmers and shopping foodies, all prepared to brave the elements in support of fresh local products. The charm of a winter market is in the smaller and manageable crowds. With shorter line ups, there’s time to sample and chit-chat with merchants. Live entertainment, food trucks and heating stations are also on hand to add some extra warmth.

To visit a winter market is to crave comfy and warming flavours. It’s easy to take inspiration for cozy dishes from the bounty of seasonal products that are locally grown and sourced, from healthy preserves and sturdy root vegetables to hearty ingredients. The vibrant Nat Bailey Winter Market is the largest of the outdoor winter markets in Metro Vancouver, operating on Saturdays from November to April on the perimeter of a popular baseball stadium. Although this market is located in Vancouver, you’ll take pleasure in the sensational range of regional products represented, including Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, and Abbotsford.

On this or any Saturday, grab your down jacket and come sample the Valley’s most comforting flavours at the winter market!

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Lorne Stapleton worked in the retail meat market industry of Greater Vancouver for over four decades before launching his handcrafted sausage business, now called Stapleton Sausage, based in Surrey. He and his family (daughter Jennifer and son Michael pictured below) are committed to making sausages that are full of goodness and flavours; therefore, they use quality lean cuts (pork, poultry, lamb, beef and bison) and ingredients that are all local, natural, low in sodium, gluten free and contain no MSG, nitrates or other artificial preservatives. Stapleton sausages have been praised for being non-greasy and for their unique range of family inspired recipes. Choose from over sixteen flavours, such as Chipotle Cheddar, Duck Sausage with Blueberry, Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple, South African Boerewors, or Bison Andouille. These mouth-watering flavours and more are available at the winter market plus at select grocery stores throughout Metro Vancouver.

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The Langley Organic Growers is a collective of organic farmers where Julia Sandor is a member. She creates a range of certified organic sauerkraut products, called Biota, that are made with in-season cabbage, carrots, beets, horseradish, and herbs that are all grown on her farm in Abbottsford. These products are alive and naturally lacto-fermented, providing probiotic properties and other health benefits, as well as preserving many of the vitamins and minerals in the vegetables for use in the winter.

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Located in South Burnaby, Urban Digs Farm is the only farm in Metro Vancouver raising pigs in an urban environment. Their heritage breed of Berkshire and Tamworth pigs are nurtured organically in the pasture to be happier, tastier and nutritionally superior. Founded by Julia Smith and Ludo Ferrari, the farm is focused on ethical, sustainable meat products and whole animal butchery with custom cutting/smoking and organic products that include bacon, lard, ribs, steaks, roast, ground pork, chops, hocks to pepperoni. Urban Digs Farm products can be found at the winter markets or online. Visitors are welcome to their farm, opened on Saturdays (10-2) in the winter.

Cook Biota’s sauerkraut, Stapleton’s sausages and Urban Digs Farm’s ham hocks in wine, along with potatoes from Langley Organic Growers, and you’ll have the makings of a hearty Choucroute, a famous Alsatian dish.

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Beautifully handcrafted preserves are the specialty and passion of Genevieve Blanchet at Le Meadow’s Pantry, based in Burnaby and Vancouver. Inspired by a lifelong interest in wholesome living and preserving foods for off-season eating, she transforms local fruits into jewel-like jams, jellies and marmalades with French country flare. Her artisan preserves are made in small batches and copper pans to maintain the nutrition and vibrancy of the fruits. Hand-pressed lemon juice, pure cane sugar and honey are added in conservative amounts with no additional preservatives or colouring. Some of the preserves are combined with vodka, gin, vanilla extract, and bitters from local distilleries. The thick-cut marmalades, especially suited for winter enjoyment, include easy-to-love flavours such as Orange Vanilla Dream, Bitter Sweet Morning, Lemon and Vodka, Midnight Candy, and Grapefruit Smoked Sea Salt. Le Meadow’s Pantry preserves are found at the winter markets and variety of retail shops in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia and other parts of Canada.

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Did you know that it takes over 500 worker honey bees to gather 1 pound of honey? Liz Graham knows as she has owned a bee farm, Jane’s Honey Bees, for fifteen years. While she is based in Surrey, her bees (700 hives, each with 20-50,000 bees) forage for flowers throughout the Fraser Valley – Blueberries in Surrey, Raspberries in Abbotsford, Cranberries and Blackberries in Richmond, and wildflowers in South Surrey and South Langley. The pure local honey products from Jane’s Honey Bees are sold only at farmers markets.

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Winter Farmers Markets in Metro Vancouver

Nat Bailey Winter Market (Vancouver) – Saturday, 10-2 from Nov to April 17

Hastings Park Winter Market (Vancouver) – Sunday, 10-2 from November to May

Port Moody Winter Market (Port Moody) – Sunday, 10 am from November to April

Cannery Farmers’ Market (Steveston, Richmond) – Sunday, certain dates, 10-3 from October to April

Royal City Winter Market (New Westminster) – Saturday, 1st and 3rd, 11-3 from November to April

By Kathy Mak

To truly experience an authentic slice of local life, you can’t get more local than the neighbourhood farmers markets. Whether you’re shopping or browsing, each of the numerous markets showcases genuinely local products and proprietors from all over the Valley. Immerse yourself in sampling seasonal and fresh fare, gourmet treats, and artisanal delights that have been prepared or produced with a regional spin.   Half the fun is being part of the market’s social scene and friendly atmosphere. Chat with other food enthusiasts and meet small-scale but passionate food artisans. You’re certain to enjoy the stories or inspirations behind their unique products. Without a doubt, you’ll be glad you sampled and supported local flavours!

On any given Wednesday to Sunday (May to October), there are numerous outdoor farmers markets in and around Vancouver communities. With so many choices, you may want to explore a market a day or connect some of the markets open on the same day. One route linking several of the more interesting and scenic communities on a Sunday begins in the charming neighbourhood of Kitsilano (Vancouver’s West Side). With a suggested start of 10 am, explore this neighbourhood market which is pleasantly set up outside the community centre.

Then travel south to the idyllic seaside village of White Rock (Canada-US border), arriving mid-day for their market in the town centre. After a stop to enjoy the views on the oceanfront promenade, travel west, by mid-afternoon, to the historic fishing village of Steveston in southern Richmond to end your day of local markets. The Steveston market, which closes at 4 pm, fills the quaint village streets adjacent to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. While it’s possible and an adventure to connect these three markets by public transport, it is more time efficient and flexible to travel by car. Either way, you’ll enjoy and appreciate the local food scene much more after a fun day of fresh and friendly farmers markets!

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Find fresh and artisan food products at farmers markets, along with friendly locals. One of the more popular Farmers Markets is in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano.
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Fresh and organic produce can be found at the Kitsilano Farmers Market.
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Wild sea asparagus is locally harvested and is one of the more unique items found at a farmers market.
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Meet the friendly local farmers and personalities at the stalls.
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Farmers from around the Fraser Valley gather at the Kitsilano Farmers Market.
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The White Rock Farmers Market is well worth the journey out of Vancouver.
Rebel Pops makes 100% all natural gourmet ice-pops using the finest local organic and wild ingredients. Photo credit: Kathy Mak
Rebel Pops makes 100% all natural gourmet ice-pops using the finest local organic and wild ingredients.
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Dragon Mist is a craft distillery producing premium quality spirits that are certified gluten-free.
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Wild Sweets is a designer chocolatier and vintage chocolate-maker found at the White Rock and Steveston Farmers Markets.

 

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm (Summer)

White Rock Farmers Market
Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm (Summer)

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm (Summer); alternating Sundays

BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Vancouver Farmers Markets