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The best part about eating in such a transit-friendly area? Not having to worry about hoofing it or driving home after you’ve no doubt eaten like royalty. With the SkyTrain, these breakfast/brunch spots are on your route, and make a great start to exploring the Vancouver area. Just hop on, dig in, and ride anywhere! Vancouver Chambar Just a scone’s throw from Stadium Chinatown Station, Chambar has been a mainstay of the Vancouver brunch scene for a long time. With a cozy and modern ambiance, this Belgian-inspired cuisine is always reliable for a day-date, or just a round of morning-after mimosas. MVP of the menu: The paella skillet with two fried eggs, curried orzo, chorizo sausage, charred tomato salsa, cucumber and cilantro. Get there on transit: Take the Expo Line to Stadium Station, exit from the North side, and hang a right. You’re there! New West Piva Modern…

As a lifelong Vancouver foodie, I like to think that I know the local food scene somewhat well. But sometimes, even when you think you’re the big fish in False Creek, you’ll cross paths with an even BIGGER foodie who cordially will serve you a hearty serving of perspective about what you THOUGHT you were an expert in. Without feeling like I’ve fallen from grace, I can say that partaking in Vancouver Foodie Tours recently, was a deliciously humbling experience. Touring around Granville Island, I was led by my guide Manuela into some outstanding tastes that I wasn’t even aware of. Of course, we stopped by Lee’s donuts, for a glazed honey dip, and JJ Bean for a freshly pressed coffee pairing, but I am ashamed to say it was the first time I had tried a lobster sandwich from The Lobster Man, and candied salmon courtesy of Longliner Seafoods.…

Support Food Sovereignty for National Indigenous History Month By Avneet Takhar Reconciliation for Indigenous peoples is something of a fairly new concept in Canada, for the suffering the communities have endured and racism that still affects those who rightfully own the lands we live on. There’s a long way to go until trust and unity can go hand in hand after the arduous history, but honouring the food they make is one of the ways we can support their heritage and cultural traditions. Here’s a list of places we recommend: Salmon n’ Bannock A firm favourite with the locals, this cozy South Granville spot is First Nations-owned and operated. Co-founder, Inez Cook of the Nuxalk Nation (who also happens to be a children’s author!) provides a family-style gathering nook that welcomes all. And there’s no question about who’s got game with the meaty menu she offers! I tried the…

By Ariane Fleischmann Hillcrest Bakery is serving up something a little different these days. Owner David Moyer had to think outside the box when the 45-year-old bakery relocated due to construction in the burgeoning uptown White Rock area. What started as casual conversations with local breweries White Rock Beach Beer Company and 3 Dogs Brewing soon became a new business model: using spent grain from the brewing process at the bakery to create unique and tasty eats. Canada’s West Coast is known for many things: scenic ocean and mountain views, hiking, biking, kayaking–pretty much every outdoorsy activity you can imagine–and craft beer. Yes, after a day on the water or in the woods, people love to grab a bite to eat and a craft beer to wash it all down with. So, is it really a surprise that a bakery would team up with some breweries to combine the two?…

The Galaxie Craft Brewhouse in White Rock sits tucked just away from the hustle of Marine Drive, steps from the promenade, pier and the beaches. A perfect place to escape the world for an afternoon and try on some beers that take classic North American brewing methods and boost them with some unique experimentation. By Wade Kinley We arrived on a warm Sunday and got a nice spot in the sun on their large patio right off the sidewalk on Vidal Street, under a graffiti-style mural that is just one of the many galactic references you’ll find decorating the airy 60-seat establishment that has served a number of purposes over its almost 75-year history, including a recording studio and yoga center. Spaced out vibes, for sure. White Rock was bustling that day and it truly felt like summer was nearly here. Fitting then, that brewmaster Doug Card’s menu of eight…

At last! The weather is warming up, patio season is just around the corner, and local wineries are releasing new vintages. Perfect for sipping right at the source, at nearby restaurants, or taking a bottle home with you.  By Catherine Dunwoody Here are three of our current favourites you need to try, and where to find them whether you go right to the source in Langley or are elsewhere in Metro Vancouver. Backyard Vineyards’ Reserve Sparkling Rosé This Langley winery’s estate-grown pinot noir grapes are what this traditional method sparkler is produced with. With notes of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, and citrus, this is available at the winery for $40. Try a bottle with your next dinner at Milltown Bar & Grill in Richmond or purchase a bottle at Everything Wine stores. Township 7’s Seven Stars Polaris The sparkling wine star in this Langley winery’s lineup is an award-winning blanc…

Hungry? Here are some of Metro Vancouver’s most coveted hamburgers. By Mark Shelling You gotta love a good burger. There’s no tastier staple of warm weather. While some may say the crown of summer snacks belongs to ice cream, or to a lesser degree, popsicles, we ask you: what memories do you have of catching the wafting allure of these things around your neighbourhood while out on your 10-speed? So with that argument now won, allow us to take a victory lap. These are 6 delicious items from the grill that you need to try ASAP (or at least before summer ends). Hundy This one may seem like an obvious pick for burger lovers in the know. However, if it’s not, and you’re only hearing of Hundy now, where have you been?? A straightforward approach with just the essentials (lettuce, tangy pickle, Hundyu sauce, cheese melted just right,) Hundy’s…

Why make your own coffee and lunch when you can work from one of these delicious spots? By Winnie Tam Richmond is a foodie’s paradise with a diverse range of restaurants and cafes. Here are three worthy places to check out if you’d like to get some work done while enjoying delicious treats and beverages. Rocanini Coffee Roasters With a passion for the art of living, Rocanini Coffee Roasters has a keen understanding of the delicate balance of coffee. They’re not only in pursuit of the arts, but also dedicated to the scientific side of coffee roasting and preparation. There are lots of unique drinks and treats you can enjoy at Rocanini. Special mentions include their Matcha Basque Cheesecake, Ice Teddy Bear Latte, and Rose Caffe Latte. With large tables, plenty of seating, and free wifi, it’s a great spot to meet and work. You can even make…

By Lenée Son Wondering where to go for the best vegan and vegetarian friendly eats in White Rock? Finding meat-free options can be difficult when you’re not sure where to start, but we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking to eat veggie to save the planet, improve your health, protect the animals, or all of the above, one thing is for sure – these plant-based meals located in this beach-side city are guaranteed to make your taste buds happy. Grounds & Greens Café Vegetarians, vegans, no need to look for a little symbol or scan the ingredients, you can eat everything on this menu! Grounds & Greens boasts healthy bowls, toasties and treats just a 15-minute stroll from the pier. Thirsty? We recommend the Purple Reign smoothie with coconut milk, spinach, blueberries, chia seeds, hemp hearts, almond butter and collagen. A different kind of thirsty? Yes, they’ve got beer and…

Wineries to Try In Metro Vancouver By Catherine Dunwoody You don’t have to travel far to experience some of the best wineries in BC. Right here in the Vancouver area, many are situated so close you can do a wine tasting at a few of these destinations in one day, or explore each in more depth, one at a time, by shopping at their wine stores and having a lovely meal while visiting. Here, 4 wineries worth checking out.  Glass House Estate Winery Langley This family-owned boutique winery is situated along the Campbell Valley Wine Route. The de Jongs immigrated from the Netherlands to Langley where they purchased five acres to build their first home and greenhouse development. Then in 2004, they sold their last project, bought an overgrown Christmas tree farm which eventually became Glass House Estate Winery. The tasting room also has seating as a restaurant with carefully…

By Joyce Chua, Vancouver Foodie Tours Sweet, delicate, light and delicious, British Columbia’s spot prawns are highly coveted by chefs and foodies from around the world. With their unique taste and spotted markings, fresh spot prawns, bred and harvested off the coast of British Columbia, are one of the most sustainable seafood choices on the market. On May 15, 2022, foodies and seafood lovers will gather together to greet the fishing boats and indulge in the season’s harvest. While the festival may be a one-day event, anyone is welcome to partake in the daily spot prawn spectacle at Fisherman’s Wharf. Just two minutes from Granville Island, anyone can walk down to the dock, chat with the fishermen, and buy a few pounds of live spot prawns caught just hours prior. The experience is so nonchalant, but that’s exactly the thrill. The exchange from fisherman to foodie is strikingly simple. Peter,…

This Family-Friendly Festival of Food is in Langley City, May 13th-15th, 2022 You know it’s summer when the tempting scent of the grill starts wafting through the neighbourhood, and we are ready for it! Set your tastebud bar high, because this is not just any festival, it’s a full-on chili and BBQ cook-off. For a $5 minimum entrance donation, you’ll directly support the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund, as well as get delicious and spicy samples across the weekend. On Saturday, May 14th, guests will get a complimentary taste of Firehouse Chili, while those visiting on Sunday, May 15th, will get a Pumper Pulled Pork bunwich. You’ll also get a firefighters wristband, which will give you access to sampling the wares of various competitors.   With local live music, a beer garden, and lots of great food, bring the whole family to this charity event, with all proceeds going to…

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is May 16th – 27th By Wade Kinley What is wine without food? What is food without wine? Thankfully you can leave these impossibly existential questions at home and just revel in the way food and wine combine to create magic at this month’s Vancouver International Wine Festival. Here’s how the city’s top chefs are teaming up with the world’s best winemakers for once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. Bodega Garzón Uruguay Dinner at Hydra Estiatoria Join Enologist Mele Sosa and dive deep into what some are calling “the Southern Hemisphere’s best kept secret,” the wines of Bodega Garzón, where 2500 million-year-old soil called Ballast combines with the winds of the Atlantic Ocean 18 km away to produce beautifully distinct wines. Taste them alongside plates of traditional Mediterranean flavours from Hydra, including Scallop and Watermelon Ceviche, Braised Short Rib Dolmades and more. Sonoma Strong: Rodney Strong at The…

5 Mexican Spots in Metro Vancouver You Need to Try By Avneet Takhar When I think of Mexican food, what comes to mind is fiery flavours, homestyle portions and colourful concoctions. Basically everything you could ever want for a pleasing palette and visual  la comida experience. Dive into the culture and fun this Cinco De Mayo with these following foodie spots that’ll leave a tingle on your tongue! Alimentaria Mexicana A restaurant under the umbrella of culinary big shot, Ernesto Gomez (also the founder of Chancho Tortilleria), Alimentaria Mexicana cannot be missed on Granville Island with its vibrant design and straw-covered patio. The menu carefully curated by Martín Vargas is like a la fiesta on a plate. Tinted crispy tortillas, meaty mains; Beef Cheeks In Dried Mexican Chillies and 8-hour braised Lamb Shank Barbacoa and cheerful bebidas (drinks), Niña Piña and Mezcalita amongst the many cocktail options. If you’re wanting…

Take Mom on a Mother’s Day Food Crawl With These Food Truck Stops By Mark Shelling Mother’s Day is soon approaching (May 8), and with it, one of the busiest days of the restaurant industry. If securing a reservation at a local eatery is proving a little tougher than you were expecting, it’s time that you got a little crafty with the occasion. The warmer May weather is an excuse to get mom into the fresh air, and if she’s a foodie, she will love the opportunity to sample a few options rather than being cooped up at a table for the duration of the outing. These food trucks are the perfect way to give mom a delicious twist on what she might be expecting on Mother’s Day, plus they’re the ideal way to segway into a picnic, which in our extensive foodie research, we’ve seen that moms adore. …

April 25-29 is Every Kid Eat Healthy Week By Wade Kinley April 25 to 29 is this years’ National Every Kid Eat Healthy Week which encourages schools and families to improve the health and wellness of their kids and celebrates the link between nutrition, physical activity, mental health and learning. And while healthy eating habits begin at home, it’s nice to know that out there on-the-go on the West Coast there are plenty of options to not only eat healthy at local restaurants, but do so in a way that makes kids as happy as the adults in their lives. Goodbowl Goodbowl’s belief is that everyone deserves to have the best healthy-food eating experience. And that’s especially true for kids. At Goodbowl you can customize your own bowl of meat, veggies and sauce (often gluten and sugar free) on a bed of rice or noodles – and they have a…

Meat. The hero of the charcuterie board. By Catherine Dunwoody Create your own spectacular board at home to really wow your guests at home or just load up on deli meats to elevate your weekday sandwiches. Either way, these local spots are where to find the most delicious house-made and imported charcuterie meats. Arc Iberico Imports carries Iberico ham, known as Jamón, which is a type of cured ham produced in Spain. Try the Serrano ham as well, dry-cured for months, sliced thin by the master artisans behind the counter of the tasting room and wine bar. Stock up on chorizos and other Spanish delicacies while visiting Richmond. Puccini’s, located on Vancouver’s North Shore is owned and operated by a brother and sister team. This bustling Italian and Mediterranean deli offer cured meats both imported and locally sourced, as well as cheeses, pastas and other imported pantry staples. Bosa Foods…

By Sonu Purhar & Mark Shelling When we think Easter, we think vibrantly-hued jellybeans, gigantic chocolate bunnies and sprawling buffets. Yes, egg hunts and bunnies are fun too, but, before we commit to an event, we want to be sure food is involved! If that sounds like you, read on: we’ve found eleven Easter experiences in Metro Vancouver (and a little beyond) whose holiday festivities feature plenty of tasty fare. Let’s hop to it! Township 7 Easter Festival Adults and children alike will adore this picturesque vineyard egg hunt with prizing for every participant. In addition to the main event, Township 7’s festive affair also features a petting zoo, face painting and live entertainment. Afterward, follow your nose to the onsite  Melt City Grilled Cheese and Hugs Mini Donuts by Mollie for delicious treats while you sample the vineyard’s award-winning wines. Grownups can even participate in an adults Easter egg hunt…

By Avneet Takhar Spring has sprung and not only does that mean cherry blossoms blooming, mild weather and clear skies but it also equals copious amounts of chocolate eggs, hearty dinners with friends and family, and the long weekend to recover from a food coma. Haha, we jest but seriously, it’s a resurrection of all things edible and indulgent so we’re excited to share with you the Easter and Passover menus that you’ll surely not want to pass up! The Bench Bakehouse Ready to take your order is The Bench Bakehouse, with their Easter shop open online and various yummy things to take home and enjoy. I did exactly that with their bomb Quiche Lorraine, a buttery yet crunchy pastry packed with spinach, caramelized onions and asiago which I customized to add spice! And I nabbed their 4 pack of classic hot cross buns, filled with raisins, apricots and housemade…

By: El Santo Enjoy El Santo’s classic prawn ceviche. Ingredients: Whole prawns, (400g) Limes, (1) Red onion, (1 Small) Roma tomato, (1) Jalapeño, (1) Orange, (1) Lemon, (1) Bay leaf, (1) Cilantro, (1 bunch) Avocado, (1) Shallot, (1) Cloves of garlic, (2) Salt and pepper Peel and devein the prawns, keeping the shells to make prawn salt. Peel the limes, lemon, and orange, and place the citrus skins on a baking sheet with the prawn shells. Set aside the citrus fruit for juicing. Finely slice shallots and garlic and add those to the baking sheet along with bay leaf and the stems of the cilantro. Season heavily with salt and bake in the oven at 220 for 15 minutes. Once dried, blend in a food processor until it becomes a powder. Set aside, as this will be used to garnish the ceviche. For the ceviche, roughly chop the prawn into…

By Wade Kinley A Michelin Star restaurant at a breakfast joint? Not as crazy as it sounds. Not crazy at all, according to OEB Breakfast Co. founder and chef Mauro Martina, whose lofty ambitions have helped turn this Calgary upstart into one of the fastest-growing chains in the country. That star has eluded them – so far – but that hasn’t stopped them from taking their elevated breakfast concepts as far east as Toronto and south into Arizona, and now their latest ‘hatchling’ comes to the restaurant-rich Lonsdale Ave and 15th St area of Vancouver’s North Shore. The bright, airy space with bold, sleek lines and contrasting pastel colours opened its doors in January of 2022, hot off the heels of a Burnaby location in 2021 and Yaletown in 2019. Opening not one but two restaurants in the midst of a pandemic is a feat unto itself and should speak…

By Catherine Dunwoody The secret to delicious GF baked goods? Products that don’t have the unfortunate and often typical texture (read: sand or Styrofoam) associated with the term ‘gluten-free’. As a card-carrying Celiac (ok, there is no ‘card’, but you get the idea) I was diagnosed with the auto-immune disorder a few years ago, long after I’d been eating gluten for a lifetime. Always on the hunt for gluten-free options (and sharing ‘cause I’m nice that way), I’m as picky a food-writer as ever; because I know what the gluten-full versions taste like. Sure, it’s tough to measure up, but not impossible. Julia Child once said, “a party without cake is just a meeting.” We literally can have our cake and eat it too, especially at these bakeries who do special-occasion or any-day cakes, throughout the Vancouver area. Helpful hint? It’s best to pre-order these cakes by visiting their websites…

by Catherine Dunwoody Poutine enthusiasts rejoice! From April 1- 3, our favourite Francophone festival returns with musical artists, cultural activities, and of course fabulous food. It’s all happening at Mackin Park in Maillardville, Coquitlam in celebration of the 33rd annual Festival du Bois. The festival is the largest of its kind in BC, bringing a little bit of Québécois culture to the west coast. The official kick-off on the first evening begins with the Friday Night Contra Dance featuring live music from The Sybaritic String Band with Maureen Collier. What exactly is Contra Dance? It’s a social dance done in lines of couples usually done accompanied by live traditional music. There’s a dance caller who teaches easy “figures” on the spot, like in square dancing, and prompts you during the dance. A great way to work up your appetite we’d say! Speaking of which, we are already salivating in anticipation…

So… you’re ready to start shedding your layers and reawakening your senses again? While we’re all for the seasonal foods of winter, once you get to the tail end of it, you’re ready for something with a bit more of a flavourful edge to it. That’s where the Surrey Spice Trail comes in. Naturally, Surrey is the perfect backdrop for an event that celebrates a diverse roster of flavours. From a smoky Caribbean kick, to plates finished with freshly grated wasabi root, there are delicious discoveries for every spice level. Spread across 6 neighbourhoods and over 60 restaurants, this celebration of world cuisine is a fantastic escape from any bland food routine. Try authentic Jamaican fare at Stanley Market (North Surrey), home-style Japanese comfort food at Mr. Tonkatsu (Guildford) or the well-guarded family recipes at Afghan Kitchen (South Surrey). There are just about as many flavour possibilities here as…

By Ariane Fleishmann We all have one: that friend who posts pictures of every meal on Instagram; who hosts immaculate dinner parties and amps up the carefully curated cheese board with homemade sourdough and prosciutto cured in their own garage; who frequently visits farmer’s markets or forages for fiddleheads. They’re a foodie. But whoever said foodies were exclusively adults? With the ubiquity of cooking shows, YouTube tutorials, and wherever else kids get their information these days, Gen Z is ready to make something delicious. And what responsible parent wants to ignore their child’s desire to be in the kitchen? (So long as they learn to clean, anyways.) Indulge your kid with one of these top-notch cooking classes whether you live in BC or are just visiting; after all, the best way to experience regional cuisine is to make it yourself. Your kids will learn to appreciate different kinds of food…

By Tourism Coquitlam Want to try some global flavours in Coquitlam? Let their new video inspire you, and then plan your tasting tour  – links to all the featured restaurants in the video are below! Phở Phú Thịnh  Coquitlam Grill Singapore Hawker John B Neighbourhood Pub Mercado Mexican Market & Taqueria Pasargad Restaurant Looking for more spring break adventures? Check out this Tourism Coquitlam blog post.

If you’ve visited our site before, you know we never really NEED an excuse to dine out or try a new restaurant. However, when a GREAT excuse for doing both of those things happens, you can bet we’ll be ready to hit the road. Bite of Burnaby has given us the perfect opportunity to stand by that foodie mantra, with over thirty local restaurants offering exclusive menu options. Throughout March, you can choose from $15, $30 and $60 set menus at some of the finest eateries in BBY. Not only that, but you’ll also have the chance to nab weekly vouchers to Burnaby businesses as well as be entered to win the grand prize of a Burnaby shop, stay, and dine package. It’s really the perfect set up- eat delicious food, be rewarded with delicious food. First, we’ll have the heavenly pancakes from Gram Cafe in Brentwood. A semi-sweet Japanese-style…

By Wade Kinley How much do you miss travelling? When the longing gets too much, take the International Taste Bud Tour on now in Langley City. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a few solid additions to your Instagram feed or just a rejuvenating break from your everyday, Langley City has an itinerary to satisfy your travel bug as well as your taste buds. It’s a great thing to support restaurants in your own neighbourhood, but if you’re feeling like you could just use a little change, get to Langley City for the Reset, Refresh and Reconnect Tour. No matter what time your day actually “starts,” kick it off with brunch like you’ve never quite seen it at Egg Bomb. After a stroll through Langley’s Downtown Mural Walk, grab an authentic smoked meat sandwich and a side of poutine from Estrella’s Montreal Deli. Then whisk yourself away to…

By Avneet Takhar In honour of International Women’s Day (IWD), we pay homage to those who are women-identifying that serve up some mean meals in and around Metro Vancouver. From bakers to caterers and servers of ancestral cuisine, these ladies are showing how it’s done and running the show with other supportive women and allies to keep the “girl power” realness intact. Here are our recommendations on where to dine, knowing that your dime is going towards equality-driven enterprises. Sweet Thea Bakery  Named after the owner, Thea, this bakery is a welcome addition to the Main Street location and a long-time favourite in Langley. The trademark red packaging makes their infamous fruitcake even more luxurious, containing brandied sour cherries from Okanagan and just the right amount of rum and spices to pack a punch. And if going savoury is more to your taste, they have focaccia and sourdough all week…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Avneet Takhar They say all good things come at once, and we couldn’t agree more. In celebration of Lunar New Year there are a slew of Chinese-owned and operated places to eat, with specials on. And  if you’re opting to stay at home, then HBO’s timely new series: Take Out with Lisa Ling is the ultimate experience to pair your chopsticks with! So, here are our suggestions of where to eat: Chinatown BBQ Not only is Chinatown BBQ putting on take-home feasts to ring in the Year of the Tiger, but they have also teamed up with Beaucoup Bakery for a competition to win some yummy peking duck croissants, see here. Going back to the topic of feasts, you bet I tried one and almost broke out in meat sweats-no JK, but I savoured every juicy bite! I went for the “Good Luck Feast” for 2, a selection…

By Brittany Tiplady Mount Seymour Scratch Kitchen Did you transit to Seymour Mountain, taking the shuttle from Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver? Scratch Kitchen is accessible from Parkgate Community Centre, with a trip on the 211 Seymour bus.  Fancy a post-mountain date night? Scratch Kitchen is your place. Quaint, cozy, and just a short 20 minute drive from Seymour Mountain, Scratch Kitchen is the loveliest candle lit après spot, ready to serve you artisan pizzas, craft beer, local wines (and so much more!). All of the share plates on Scratch Kitchen’s menu sound delicious (we were torn between the Cauliflower Wings and the Chill Beets), but the Chill Beets hit the spot – fresh, vibrant, and punctuated by the perfect amount of crunch, courtesy of the candied walnuts. The pizza menu is also a doozy, but if you’re a pineapple-on-pizza-person I cannot recommend The Perfect Storm enough. Red sauce,…

By Wade Kinley One can’t cover the opening of a restaurant without discussing the food that is imagined, tried, tested, tweaked and finally served with ever-loving care. Fiorino started as a dream to bring authentic Italian sandwiches to Vancouver but has since blossomed into a pretty happening spot for dinner as well. We spoke with Chef Mario Ruiz about some of the inspiration and endeavour that has gone into some of his favourite menu items. Coccoli and Prosciutto “You’ll find this particular dish on the menu at every trattoria or osteria in Florence. So it was a no-brainer when we were putting together a menu for Fiorino. In fact, it was probably the first thing to go on it. But, it wasn’t actually there for the first few weeks we were open because we import the stracchino cheese direct from Italy and it proved to be more difficult than…

Science has shown that the surest way to brighten one’s outlook is through the palate. This is why we like to have a few go-to options in our back pocket, seeing as Metro Vancouver is full of them. For particularly dreary days, taking a culinary journey to Greece never fails. So have a scroll down, and let’s take a tour through our favourite local spots that have us salivating for souvlaki and pita. Burnaby Sfinaki Greek Taverna Often voted as one of Burnaby’s best places for Greek, Sfinaki has been delighting Metro Vancouver diners for over 25 years with their homestyle recipes. A family business, each member of the flock helps out whether in the kitchen or front of the house, and that sense of tradition and ownership shows. With a menu that could be described as street food meets comfort food, this is a delicious gem to try. 4061 Hastings St,…

By Avneet Takhar Vegetarians rejoice, we’ve got some hearty dishes for you to try during these chilly months! Stock your stomachs with homestyle foods that are warm and satisfying; there are plenty to choose from. Zarak by Afghan Kitchen Recently opened restaurant with “mum’s recipes” on the menu, Zarak takes Afghan cuisine to an elevated level in intimate surroundings with servers clad in charming traditional waistcoats. There are many veggie plates to try, but I’ll let you in on the ones I tasted and still savour as I write! Having never been to an Afghan restaurant before, this place is making me want to discover more of the food. I went for the leek, scallion and spinach dumplings, topped with chive sprigs and a tomato bean sauce, a great starter to get going. Then for the main: bandejan (Farsi for eggplant), Qabuli palow (rice) and grilled bread. A myriad of…

By Avneet Takhar While WFH (working from home) is still the norm in 2022, having a break from working remotely in the makeshift office in your apartment is a great way to get both a change of scenery and some good eats if you pick a local cafe with wifi. These 4 fit the bill: Wild Trails Coffee Mother-daughter-owned, Wild Trails is a 100% plant-based cafe that Hungarian native Katalin Zambo opened with the mission to encourage healthy living through wholesome nutrition. Serving up delectable hot drinks such as hazelnut and cinnamon lattes, with the option of coconut whipped cream and yummy bites like banana walnut muffins and vegan “ham”, “turkey” garlic and pesto, you’ll feel awake and ready for the day of work ahead! 134 14th St E, North Vancouver Transit: 230 or 229 bus, get off at Lonsdale Ave @ E 13th St Shipyard’s Coffee  Located in the…

By Flourist Bakery This soup features purple barley from Shelley and Tony at Against The Grain Farm in Ontario. The barley is pre-cooked in this recipe and adds just the right amount of chew. INGREDIENTS  Dry organic purple barley (1/2 cup) Butter (2 tbsp) Olive oil (2 tbsp) Salt (1 tsp) White onion, chopped (1 large) Celery, sliced into half-moons (2 stalks) Carrots, peeled, halved, and sliced (2 medium) Garlic cloves, minced (1-2) Whole peeled tomatoes (1 large can (2oz. or 798g) Had green cabbage, thinly sliced (4 cups chopped/1/4 large) Kale, stemmed and chopped (1 bunch) Vegetable Broth (4 cups -1 litre) Dry or fresh parsley (1 tbsp) Honey (1 tbsp) Dark miso (1/3 cup) More salt to taste Black pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS First, cook the dry barley in plenty of water (about 8 cups) according to the directions for Farro here. The barley should be ready in about…

By Mark Shelling The new year has arrived, and while it’s sad to look into the rearview mirror, say goodbye to the year that was and reminisce about all the fantastic food we had, it’s important to face forward… towards NEW food. Thankfully we have DineOut Vancouver on the horizon this month to help maintain a high standard of foodie memories.  Now in its 20th year, DineOut has been present through more food trends than you can shake a cakepop at. From gourmet sliders, to acai bowls, and who could forget those hors d’oeuvres with the little plastic squeeze bottle thing, where you have to fire a garnish into your mouth… Actually, that’s one memory we’re glad we’ve moved on from. Throughout all these stepping stones though, one thing has remained constant across 20 years: DineOut is the pinnacle opportunity for date nights. Why? Because for two solid weeks a…

By Avneet Takhar As the snowy weather continues and temperatures drop; winter’s in full flow and it’s time to revel in “hygge”. The Nordic term for coziness and contentment, whereby hot cups of soup are a must! Here are our top 5 snug spots to cop a cup: Boiling Point 4148 Main St, Vancouver Transit: 3 bus, get off at E 26th Ave on Main With locations in Canada, USA and Japan, Boiling Point is a Tawainese-inspired concept known as the original #wokinabox, and goes against the grain in providing an atypical mix of ingredients in their hot soups. Having personally taste-tested the “House Special”, at a medium spice level containing tofu, pork blood, pork intestine, mushrooms and a sophisticated quail egg my tastebuds were overwhelmed- in the best possible way! The best thing is, it also comes as a trio with a green/black tea and either vermicelli or rice…

By VisitRichmondBC.com Most restaurants tend to shut their doors on Christmas and we can’t really blame them. It is, after all, a time to celebrate with friends and family! Even so, Christmas remains a busy day for the few restaurants that are open during the holidays. Here are our top five restaurant picks in Richmond that’ll keep their lights on for Santa. HK BBQ Master 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…

By Flourist Bakery This recipe involves a simple homemade caramel which makes enough for two batches of blondies. Alternatively, you can freeze the leftover caramel pieces and add them to your favorite cookie, brownie or bar recipe. Ingredients Caramel Sugar (3/4 cup 162g) Water (2 tbsp) Blondie Batter Unsalted butter (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon 250g) Eggs (2 large) Brown sugar (1 3/4 cups 300g) Vanilla extract (1 1/2 tsp) Sifted Red Fife flour (1 3/4 cups 240g) baking powder (1 1/4 tsp) Salt (1 tsp) Semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped (4 1/2 ounces 125g) To make the caramel, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Put the water in a light-colored saucepan (so that you can see the color of the caramel as it changes). Add sugar and place over medium-low heat. Watch as the sugar starts to dissolve and resist the urge to stir the pan,…

By Avneet Takhar If you’re looking to spread some Christmas cheer, look no further than these foodie holiday baskets which will be a sure hit with folks! Whether one has been naughty or nice, tis’ the season of giving so we strongly urge you to invest in these gifts, just to see the delighted looks on the faces of those who receive. And here are our top 5 recommendations: Coho Market Coho Market supports local businesses, with a mission to nurture the entrepreneurial pipeline and foster connections through food.  Choose from their 3 different bundles: Women-Led Local Foodie Box: containing Moorish hot sauces by Kula Kitchen and Sriracha Revolver, Luv The Grub’s cozy chai apple spread and some sweet snacks from Mindfoods, The Friendly Keto and Heritage Baking. BIPoC-Led Local Foodie Box: an eclectic mix of Van Koji’s seasoning sauce, dark chocolate by Kaaj, True Nosh’s refreshing monk…

This recipe came to us by way of one of Flourist’s best customers, who shared the source of this tasty lentil loaf with us. The original recipe is a vegan version, which can be accessed here. We think it’s the perfect choice for vegetarian holiday menus. ~ adapted from The Silk Road Diary Ingredients French lentils (1 cup dry)  Water or vegetable broth (2 1/2 cups) Egg (1) Olive oil (2 tablespoons) Yellow or red onion, finely diced (1 medium ) Carrot, grated (1 large) Red bell pepper, finely diced (1 small) Salt (1 tsp) Chili powder (1 tablespoon) Paprika (1 teaspoon) Garlic powder (1/2 teaspoon) Oats (3/4 cup) Sifted Red Spring Wheat Flour or any fresh flour on hand (1/2 cup) Ketchup (1/3 cup) Balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons) Maple syrup (2 tablespoons) Instructions In a large pot, combine your choice of Flourist French Lentils and vegetable broth and bring to…

The holidays are just around the corner, and if the wait is just too unbearable for you, Metro Vancouver has more than a few options for wassailing away the days until the 25th. So bundle up, and let’s take a tour of our favourite community Christmas markets! Burnaby Heritage Christmas Take a step into Christmases gone by with a visit to Burnaby Village’s annual glow-up event. With bright family photo opportunities around every lamppost, a wander through the village is sure to get every member of your crew feeling festive. If you’re still met with Grinch-like glares, a ride on the restored 1912 Carousel will do the trick. For extreme cases, consult the scoop artists at the old-fashioned ice cream parlour. https://bit.ly/3mb7Bg3 @BurnabyVillage Langley Christmas In the Village Fort Langley is always a good bet for feeling the warmth of the season. This annual festival returns to…

By Brittany Tiplady If you love BC craft beer and culture, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard the name Tim LaHay once or twice. LaHay is the BC and beer enthusiast behind the moniker @crafttourist, a digital ode to all things BC craft beer, spirits, cider, and scenery. LaHay’s love of craft brews has amassed an engaged following of nearly 22,000, not including the readership on his blog. His account is dedicated to travel, hiking, and of course, BC craft beer. “I’ve been a craft beer enthusiast for over 10 years now. The BC craft beer scene has really evolved as many people are aware, and it all started [for me] with a visit to a Winter Cask Festival at the Central City Brewpub in 2012. It opened my eyes to the amazing flavours that exist in the craft beer world,” shares LaHay in a phone interview. “Working at…

By Avneet Takhar  It’s no secret that veganism has been on the rise in the last few years, and most notably within the health-conscious West Coast.  When plant-based comes to mind, media coverage tends to be dominated by food outlets and “food-fluencers” who happen to be white. But the communities of colour who have primarily always provided veggie options (Indian and Vietnamese in particular) are leading the way in showing how it’s done. Here’s the lowdown on 5 PoC (people of colour) vegan spots that are causing a stir. Cham Cham Vegan Vietnamese Chefpreneur Kim Vo decided to leave her well-established catering and food truck business in Toronto for Vancouver- amidst the pandemic! Some would say a bold choice when the world was at the brink of disaster? But she didn’t even blink before setting up in Kits with Cham Cham (meaning ‘slow-down’ in Vietnamese).  The crunchy Saigon chick’n…

By Flourist Bakery This delicious chickpea dish is super easy and impressive to make for guests or a cozy weeknight meal on a winter night. Serve with cooked grains like quinoa or with flatbreads. It gets better as it sits, but we doubt leftovers will linger for long with this recipe!  INGREDIENTS Dry chickpeas 1 cup (200g) Olive oil (1/3 cup) Red onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces (1 large) Garlic cloves, crushed (2-3) Chili paste (1-2 tbsp)   Ground cumin (1.5 tsp) Smoked paprika (1 tsp) Coriander (1 tsp) Salt (1 tbsp) Red bell pepper, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (1) Green zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 medium) Strained tomatoes or passata (1 700g jar) Baby spinach (3 oz) Honey (2 tbsp) Feta, sliced into rectangular slabs (200g) Fresh basil or parsley for garnish DIRECTIONS Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof dutch oven over medium heat.…

By Avneet Takhar Hanukkah celebrations are taking place right now and with Christmas and Solstice right around the corner, we thought it only fair to provide you places with delicious treats to stock up on. Leave the baking to the elves, oops we mean, experts this year!    Even the bah humbugs of the clan won’t be able to resist these scrumptious snacks, we guarantee it. Without further ado, here are just some of the spots you can indulge in of baked goods for a season of joy and good tidings. Elbo Patties 1370 East Georgia, Vancouver Transit: 22 bus, hop off at Venables St @ Clark Dr Chris Boreland doesn’t only make patties! The holiday specialty, Jamaican rum cake, bursting with a sweet yet deliciously bitter twang and a dusting of icing sugar on top, is a no-brainer for entertaining both your stomach and guests. Yum for your…

By Brittany Tiplady From Vancouver to Langley there’s one food trend that’s sweeping the Metro Vancouver area: Korean. Fried. Chicken. Of course, Korean fried chicken is nothing new. It just took a while to enter the mainstream on this side of the globe.  According to an article written in Smithsonian Magazine, “scholars claim that the U.S. military presence after the Korean War introduced deep-fried chicken to the Korean palate. In the 1960s and ’70s, Western-style rotisserie chicken restaurants became popular in urban areas. Starting in the 1980s, Korean-style fried chicken dipped in a sweet and spicy sauce made with gochujang (fermented chili paste) was delivered to virtually every household in modern apartment complexes.”  It has been reported that the first Korean fried chicken franchise, Lims Chicken, was established in 1977 by Yu Seok-ho in the basement of Shinsegae Department Store, Chungmu-ro, Seoul. Fast food restaurants like KFC and Popeyes setting…

By Jaclyn Hayward Thinking of your favourite place can be a very sensory experience. Memories of sights, sounds, tastes; memories of how the people there make you feel. Lise from Chew on This Tasty Tours has assembled opportunities around invoking these senses, with a chance to discover and rediscover places through curated tasting boxes and tours. Specially put together with the right food and the right folks, Lise creates an unforgettable experience for guests to truly get to know “local” through the people, the businesses, and the flavours. Lise spent many years working in the tourism industry as a tour planner and “professional traveller” of sorts. Known amongst friends to be the one to consult for ideas and suggestions around travel, Lise planned many fantastic itineraries both personally and professionally around food, shopping, and accommodations. As a longtime patron of buying and supporting local, Lise felt the impact of the…

By Jaclyn Hayward Rain or shine, work goes on. Get up from your desk and find a new space to split your day up and head to one of these great coffee shop spots in Coquitlam. Cafe Delitzi 108-2957 Glen Dr, Coquitlam, BC Transit: Lincoln Centre and Coquitlam Centre SkyTrain stations Cafe Delitzi is a great cozy space, conveniently located on Glen Drive – near the SkyTrain and Coquitlam Centre. Order from their vast espresso bar menu or grab a Green Gorilla smoothie to refuel as you work. They also serve all-day breakfast, which includes their delicious belgian waffles with decadent toppings to choose from. Creekside Coffee Factory (Westwood) 3000 Lougheed Hwy. #103, Coquitlam, BC Transit: Coquitlam Centre SkyTrain station Creekside Coffee Factory has an exciting new space (Westwood) with an impressive layout that makes for great conversation and coworking. Famous already for their delicious coffee freshly roasted on-site, this…

By Brittany Tiplady If you do a Google search for the best cuisine in Latin America, you’ll notice that Peru comes up on the top of almost every list. And that’s for good reason: Peruvian Gastronomy is second to none. Peru has swept the World Travel Awards as the leading culinary destination since 2012, and the accolades keep on coming. If you’re unfamiliar, let’s learn a little bit about what makes Peruvian food so fantastic.  Location, Location, Location. Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. According to 1111 Peruvian Bistro based in Miami, “the country is divided into 3 topographical areas: coastal region, the Amazon rainforest to the east, and the Andean highlands. The different climates and local ingredients within them create unique flavors in the dishes that are created around them.” You’ll see this topography directly reflected in the classic Peruvian dishes: the pacific ocean provides…

By Wade Kinley All across the province, BC’s Ale Trails crisscross through our communities introducing each intrepid traveller to the wonder and discovery of a craft beer scene unrivalled in the rest of the world. The latest addition to the map is dubbed North of the Fraser Ale Trail, and comprises breweries in New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in a self-guided itinerary for beer lovers: from the storied history of brewing in BC’s once-capital city of New Westminster, where John Labbatt himself set up shop in 1860, to the burgeoning scene in Port Coquitlam where the craft beer scene is tied into the geography of the city itself, where cyclists and pedestrians can tour its five breweries along the Traboulay PoCo Trail that encircles the community. North of the Fraser Ale Trail also includes a thorough exploration of the sights, sounds and tastes of each community that fill…

By Avneet Takhar Mithalee Rawat can most often be spotted at Farmers Markets or on her bike out and about in Vancouver and the surrounding areas, hand-delivering her Ayurvedic Shorba Bone Broth. An entrepreneur with a cause, she’s also the co-founder of BIPoC Foods Van.* We caught up with her ahead of prepping for a busy holiday season! You were born and raised in India but moved to Canada as a teen. How did this impact your approach as a chef? “I was spoiled as a child with great food. Both my mother and father are excellent cooks, and my four uncles on my mother’s side are professional cooks. I had the unique privilege of being familiar with various cuisines and hence developing a very fine-tuned palette. “Indian cuisine is also rich with vegetarian dishes, and although I have never been vegetarian myself, cooking meatless meals came easily to me. This…

You’ve Got to Look Twice at Punk Rock Pastries Creations By Alexis Baran A butcher, a baker, a spooky cake maker, Punk Rock Pastries’ Hollie Fraser is all of the above. While she may be butchering exclusively cakes and buttercream these days, you wouldn’t know it looking at her creations. Hollie is the owner of Punk Rock Pastries and together with her small team, they’ve baked and sculpted their way not only into the mouths and stomachs of locals  – but also into shows such as the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Mighty Ducks and Turner and Hooch. Located just on the outskirts of the fabulous-for-foodies Burnaby Heights neighbourhood, the shop shelves are full of pastries and cookies that go from adorably colourful and bubbly, to convincingly horrific, to R-rated. Walk-by traffic often has mixed reviews. “[Punk Rock Pastries] is an adult-themed bakery,” says Hollie. “So when most people see our…

Gather ‘round all you ale aficionados, there’s an important announcement regarding your favourite hopped beverage!  Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week is right around the corner, so it’s time you start planning your brewery route. From November 4-14, North Shore brewing houses will be hosting special events with exclusive beer collabs, kitchen takeovers, games and prizes. And it’s all happening just because we love beer!  If you’ve read this far, chances are that you do too, so here’s an idea of the things you can expect to be tapping into. Events The North Shore calendar will be lit up with craft beer events throughout the week! La Cerveceria Astilleros will be featuring live music (including a Mariachi band) to ring in the launch of their new Horchata Porter, while Wildeye Brewing is hosting a dim sum night featuring a special Asian-styled cask beer. Over in Deep Cove, Deep…

By Notch 8 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Since opening in 1939, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has hosted the who’s who of dignitaries, celebrities, state leaders and even a ghost. Over the years, there have been numerous sightings of a Lady in Red. Rumoured sightings are often on fourteenth floor as she exits the dummy elevator shafts on her way to The Roof event venue. Available October 29 through October 31, this cocktail is crafted for those who prefer to sip spirits rather than sight them. INGREDIENTS Grand Marnier (.75oz) Southern Comfort (.75oz) Cranberry juice (2oz) Sparkling wine Cranberry or orange peel for garnish DIRECTIONS  Combine Grand Marnier, Southern Comfort, cranberry juice and ice into shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with choice of cranberry or orange peel.

By Brittany Tiplady It’s been a long year and a half staring at the same four walls. If you work from home like me, you might be missing the days of perching up at a cafe with your laptop and a good coffee. Well, I’m here to tell you it might be time to get back to it. Here are a few of our favourite Langley eateries and cafes to help you get a little work done. Blacksmith Bakery Fort Langley Location: 9190 Church Street Langley Regional Airport Location: #115 – 5385 216 Street (opened Summer 2020) We love both of the beautiful Blacksmith Bakery locations but we do recommend giving their new Langley airport location a try! Come for the Agro Coffee, stay for the wifi and the fresh baked goods. Blacksmith Bakery has a delicious bakery menu (we’re partial to the Kouign Amann, and the Fruit & Nut…

By Jaclyn Hayward Dry rubbed, smoked, slow cooked, and sweet and saucy aren’t seasonal flavours – so if that carnivorous craving hits this autumn, scope out one of these places to eat in or DIY at home. Sharky’s Chophouse & Eatery North Vancouver | Lonsdale Quay Seabus Terminal If you’re in or around the Lonsdale Quay area, pop in to pick up a hot meal from Sharky’s Chophouse & Eatery. They’ve got fresh meats and a hot deli with all kinds of sides and menu options to choose from. Grab a fresh slice of smoked ham with fried perogies and steamed veggies on the side and enjoy a tasty comfort meal on a cold day. You can eat in at the Quay and enjoy a seaside view, or take it to go and enjoy it in front of your favourite show. Butcher’s Block BBQ Burnaby | Hastings St. @ Gilmore…

By Flourist Bakery This is a comforting and easy new fall recipe featuring our Organic Whole Grain Rye Flour! We like using a mixture of different apple varieties such as Cortland, Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Pink Lady for flavor and texture.  INGREDIENTS Unsalted butter, melted (12 tbsp) Flourist Organic Whole Grain Rye Flour (1 1/2 cups) Brown sugar (1 1/2 cup) Old-fashioned rolled oats (1 cup) Hazelnuts, toasted and chopped (1 cup) Salt (1 tsp) Mixed apples, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges (4 lb – about 8-10 medium apples) Ground cinnamon (1 tbsp) 1 lemon, zested and juiced  DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a rectangle 9×13-inch pan  In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1 cup brown sugar, rolled oats, chopped hazelnuts, and salt. Add melted butter and stir together until combined. Squeeze the mixture together to form clumps of varying sizes.  Toss sliced apples together with…

Fiorino, Chinatown’s newest Italian eatery opens next week, so it’s time to set the table. We joined the three co-owners, Giovanni Mascagni, Mario Ruiz, and Mitchell Clark for stories of how their menu of Florence-inspired street food came together, and how the pandemic fast-tracked the ambitions of the three roommates. For a bit of context, see our previous chapter about how owner-operator Giovanni Mascagni studied under a bread master in Italy to get his schiacciata sandwiches just right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sU8WnXJ1Fo

By Kristi Alexandra The pandemic has many online workers a little Zoom fatigued, and co-working spaces aren’t as bustling as they once were pre-COVID. Luckily, for those who are used to the digital nomad life or who just miss seeing other folks “around the office,” there are a few spots in New Westminster where one can flip open a laptop and treat themselves to better-than-homebrewed beverages. Check out our favourites here. Old Crow Coffee Co. Art and industrial aesthetics meet at this Front Street café, where you’ll find rotating art from new artists hanging on the walls on a regular basis amid tables made from pipes. This spot caters to vegetarians and vegans alike, offering up fresh-made sandwiches, pastries, and occasionally, a delivery from Plates By Payts which serves plant-based sourdough doughnuts. Find a spot to get to work at one of the many tables available, including couch space to…

Photos by Michele Mateus Autumn harvest season is marked by celebrations around the world for a season of sharing with friends, family, and the community. Dig into abundance at one of the many Fraser Valley farms where your family can pick your own pumpkins out of a vast field, gather a bushel of crisp apples right from the trees, and take home a feast of local foods for around your own table. Fraser Valley Farms with Autumn Markets Krause Berry Farms 6179 248th Street Langley, BC 604.856.5757 www.krauseberryfarms.com Dave’s Orchard 5910 – 216 Street Langley, BC 604.532.5265 www.bcfarmfresh.com/farms/daves-orchard Aldor Acres Family Farm 24990 – 84th Ave. Langley, BC aldoracresfamilyfarm.ca Maan Farms 790 McKenzie Road Abbotsford, BC 604.864.5723 www.maanfarms.com Taves Family Farm 333 Gladwin Rd Abbotsford, BC 604.853.3108 www.tavesfamilyfarms.com Willow View Farms 288 McCallum Road Abbotsford, BC 604.854.8710 www.willowviewfarms.com Fantasy Farms Inc. 9423 Gibson Rd Chilliwack, BC www.fantasyfarmsinc.ca Words by…

By Kristi Alexandra While autumn marks the end of the u-pick berry season, it doesn’t mean local harvesting is over. From pumpkin patches to cranberries to organic greens, here are a selection of working farms in Metro Vancouver and beyond that have markets where you can purchase seasonal produce this fall. Riverside Cranberry Farm Riverside Cranberry Farm boasts a picturesque harvest season perfect for scooping up fresh cranberries and taking selfies. On your visit, you can snap photos around Riverside’s cranberry bog, learn about cranberry farming, and bring home some freshly harvested cranberries and other goodies from the new onsite Farm Store. If getting it all for the ‘gram is your motivation, we suggest adding the “Cranberry Plunge,” where you can plunge into the bog of berries to do some harvesting yourself. Don’t worry–the farm provides the waders so you don’t actually get wet. Open Sept 30–Oct 7, Thurs–Sat 26885…

by Catherine Dunwoody When it comes to outdoor activities geared to get you into the spirit of the changing seasons, it doesn’t get much more autumnal than this. Fall is most definitely here, and getting lost in a zigzagging corn maze or choosing which big orange beauty to take with you from a pumpkin patch is part of the fun when it comes to living in or visiting BC – and especially in Surrey. The city boasts 3 different mazes and patches, each unique and fun for the entire family. The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch 18507 20th Ave, Surrey The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch (aka Gabriel Farms)  is open throughout October and offers all the autumn fun you can handle. On weekdays from 1pm to 5pm, and weekends 10am to 5pm, you can partake in a petting zoo, a mini corn maze, face painting, and a concession. U-pick pumpkins in many…

We’re into the swing of autumn now, and that means one thing. You have at least six months before you have to hear anyone talk about their “summer bod” again. So with that in mind, it’s time to feast. It’s pure foodie serendipity that this yearly milestone should occur just on the cusp of Thanksgiving arriving. So let’s get to it, here are our picks for fantastic places to book your turkey, pie, stuffing etc. Now let’s celebrate the autumn bod! Dinner Packages White Rock The Boathouse One of the longest-running restaurants on the White Rock strip, The Boathouse has been a part of the foodie landscape for decades. It only fits then that they should be serving up one of the biggest feasts of the year as well. Their to-go packages come with sliced turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sage stuffing, roasted autumn vegetables, cranberry sauce,…

By Dan Olson, chef/owner, Railtown Catering We use a tenderizing brine of honey, lemon, herbs, garlic, salt and spices for maximum moisture retention and flavour.  INGREDIENTS Organic Tom Turkey (15-lb) Kosher salt (4 cups, plus more to taste) Honey (1 cup) Whole black peppercorn (¼ cup) Lemons (5, halved) Bay leaves (2) Garlic (2 heads, halved and smashed) Parsley (1 bunch) Sage (1 bunch) Thyme (1 bunch) Clarified butter for brushing (¼ cup) Carrots (2, quartered) Small leek (1, halved) Small yellow onion (1, halved) Turkey stock (8 cups) Flour (1 cup) DIRECTIONS  For the brine: 1. In a large stockpot, boil salt, honey, lemons, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic heads, parsley, thyme in 8 liters of water. 2. Reserve the neck bones and giblets from the turkey. Let brine cool, add the turkey, then cover and refrigerate overnight. To roast the turkey: 1. Heat the oven to 425°F. 2. Remove…

By Brittany Tiplady What comes to mind when you think about the fall season? Changing leaves, crisp air, shorter days, lots of rain, and of course…cranberries. Cranberry desserts, cranberry sauce, cranberry scented candles, oh my! We’re lucky in Metro Vancouver to have access to some of the best cranberry products, harvested right from the source. Here’s a list of where you can enjoy cranberry season in the Fraser Valley. Fort Wine Co. 26151 84 Ave, Langley, BC Run, don’t walk! Fort Wine Co.’s Cranberry Wine varietals are a fan favourite for cranberry lovers–their stock sells out quickly. Still available is their flagship Cranberry Wine: “With its beautiful blush colour and tart taste, Cranberry Wine is the perfect wine to accompany festive meals include  turkey, duck, pork or lamb.” Fort Langley Cranberry Festival Glover Road, Fort Langley Transit: The closest bus is the 562 Langley Ctr, get off at EB 96…

By Avneet Takhar Located inside Seaside Hotel on Vancouver’s North Shore is Seaside Provisions, a restaurant with the freshest seafood and a raw fish bar propped up against the chef quarters so you can see your meal getting prepped in real-time! With chef Peter Kim overseeing the menu and creating a quality palette experience for guests, we took some time to digest his journey as a food connoisseur. How did you come up with the menu? Looks like there’s something for everyone, with choices! I’ve always wanted to cook what I love to eat, which is Asian-inspired, West Coast cuisine. Turning a dish that is traditional to its own country/ region into something that is approachable, yet adventurous is the continuous goal with my menus. What was your first job in the industry and how’d that get you to Seaside Provisions? My first job, like many people in the industry,…

By Avneet Takhar Renamed in 2008 in homage to the Fraser River, the River Market has been a popular spot for foodies since 1986. With community and sustainability (not to mention stunning views!) at the centre of its Food 360 Vision, the market remains one of the best spots to enjoy a meal in New West. Located just one block away from New Westminster Skytrain station, it’s highly accessible for anyone who needs to satisfy their cravings ASAP. So with no further ado, these are our top 3 market locales for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast: Angelina’s Dutch Corner Made with fresh ingredients from the market, their signature waffles here are a must. We will always stand by the topping any meal with mixed berries, whipped cream and compote sauce. Add a fresh OJ to complete the morning glory!   Lunch: Pamola Bakery  The name Pamola comes from a small…

By Kristi Alexandra The pandemic has left many online workers feeling a little Zoom-fatigued, and at the moment, co-working spaces aren’t quite as bustling as they were pre-COVID. Luckily for those getting sick of the “digital-nomad” life, and miss seeing other folks around the watercooler, there are a few “Out of Office” spots in Vancouver where one can flip open a laptop while sipping better-than-homebrewed beverages. Here are our favourite YVR places to do work away from work. The Birds & The Beets Transit: Ten minute walk from Waterfront station Due to it being such a tech hub, Gastown has some of the best bandwidth in the city! And now that Microsoft will be opening offices there soon, it’s about to get even better. Located on Powell and Columbia, The Birds & The Beets is nestled comfortably in Vancover’s oldest neighbourhood. Every morning, this community favourite serves up breakfast and…

By Brittany Tiplady Picnic and patio weather is almost behind us. Soak up the last few weeks of warm weather with some takeout and a picnic blanket. The Richmond area is a perfect place to explore on a nice day — we rounded up some great spots that pair well with the outdoors. LA Chicken 11780 Thorpe Rd Transit: 410 Bus 22nd St Stn. Get off at Cambie at No. 5 Road, walk three minutes A trip to LA Chicken has been on my list for some time so this article was the perfect excuse to finally try it out. For research, of course. We ordered the 2 piece chicken dinner meal — fries, coleslaw and gravy included for $13.50 — and headed across the street to King George Park for a fried chicken picnic. King George Park is great for kids and family gatherings — on this particular Saturday…

By Jackie Dives  The Central Valley Greenway is a great way to explore on a bicycle. It’s a relatively flat bike path that runs all the way from Vancouver to New Westminster, and one of our favourite ways to work up an appetite for a day of exploring the amazing food and drink in New Westminster. Our first stop in New Westminster along the Central Valley Greenway on our bike ride from Vancouver was Old Crow Café for a much-needed caffeine dose, where I ordered a flat white and Dan got an americano. You can enjoy coffee and breakfast here, watching the trains go by, or grab a croissant to-go and head to the water. The River Market is a great place to visit, especially every Saturday, where Rain City Games hosts an open board game day where you can crack open a game and try it out. A welcome…

By Jackie Dives The Central Valley Greenway is an all-levels ride that takes you from Vancouver all the way to New Westminster. It’s mostly flat, separated from most vehicle traffic, and it’s easy to detour off for some hidden food gems. The more experienced you are, the more leisurely your food (and beer) stops will be along the way! Starting at Olympic Village in Vancouver, the food options are plentiful. Tractor is a fresh, healthy, leafy, crispy, hot or cold flavourful option at a good price point. They have salads and sandwich combos that are actually worth buying for both components full of favourites like grilled avocado, various protein options of the veggie and non-veggie variety, nuts, seeds, and cheeses. They are licensed, and also have kombucha on tap.   Alternatively, Terra Breads is nearby if you just need a snack. Hit up Tap and Barrel for beers with a view,…

By Jaclyn Hayward Autumn may be nearing, but lavender season is still in full bloom, so relish and enjoy the sensory experience offered by this captivating and locally-grown herb. Lavenderland opened earlier this summer in Richmond, providing an excellent opportunity to take friends and family on a scented journey exploring endless photo-taking moments and exclusive products and treats. Purple-flavoured anything is delightful, and that goes without saying for this summer’s newest favourite food pairings available exclusively at Lavenderland: lavender-infused gelato, and lavender-infused tea. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Richmond Lavenderland (@richmondlavenderland) Blackball Tea has really captured the flower’s essence and colours with their magnificent purple display of new tea flavours created especially for Lavenderland. Try the Lavender Meet Yogurt drink and be ready to wander the fields refreshed. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Richmond Lavenderland (@richmondlavenderland) Steveston’s Mr.…

By Avneet Takhar Metro Vancouver summer and fall is made for food soirees outdoors, so here are some locations to get the views and bites in as we continue to be blessed by the sun’s Vitamin D! The Fried Chicken Works near Waterfront Park 144-123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay Market) Transit: Lonsdale Quay Seabus Terminal There’s nothing better than fried chicken and this joint has a flavourful, Korean twist! The Fried Chicken Works’ 4 piece chicken combo, with fries and a pot of Korean sauce is a winner. Top it off with a side of pickled radish! Then get yourself down to Waterfront Park, and make sure you hold out for the sunset. Covert Cafe and Market near Deep Cove Park 4387 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver Transit: Buses R2, 212, 215 It doesn’t get more west coast than Covert Cafe and Market, with its signature blue…

By Brittany Tiplady If you’re like me, living in an apartment sans air conditioning, cool-down treats are a must for summer sanity. And lucky for dairy-free and plant-based folks, there are plenty of options available that accommodate all kinds of dietary restrictions and preferences. Get outta the heat and check out this curated list of dairy-free treats available in Metro Vancouver from Fort Langley to the North Shore. New Westminster The Hive Cafe Transit: New Westminster SkyTrain station A quick six-minute walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain will take you to the Hive Cafe: a delightful spot for all things refreshment. Coffee, espresso, thirst-quenching iced teas are kinda their thing. Grab a Pear + Mango Shaken Tea, or a Lavender Lemonade and take a stroll down New West’s Pier Park, which happens to be right next door. Vancouver Innocent Ice Cream Transit: Take the the the Expo Line to Main…

By Kristi Alexandra It’s no secret that this little coastal city by the sea sees several more visitors during the summer. Chalk it up to a vibrant dining scene set among breathtaking views of the ocean. Here are just a few summer diet staples and the landmarks to enjoy them at. Fish & Chips (and more) at White Rock Pier Is there anything more iconic than fish and chips by the sea? Marine Drive’s Moby Dick has been a kitschy beachfront family eatery serving up burgers, fried seafood and more since 1975, so you won’t want to miss out on this legendary spot. Their staple fish and chips boasts fresh Alaskan cod and Yukon Gold fries. Grab a takeout order, and then pop across the street toward the equally iconic White Rock Pier. Get here: Ride the Millennium Line to its end in Surrey: King George Station, and take the…

By Avneet Takhar We’ve been lucky to have an abundance of patios to choose from this summer, with restaurants adapting to COVID restrictions. Seeing as a seat in the sunshine only adds to a culinary experience, these are our top 3 spots to check out while the weather’s still blazing. Cold Tea Restaurant Cold Tea is the Chinese-Vietnamese fusion new kid on the Granville Street block. Their 40-seat patio at the back of the restaurant is made extra cozy with candle lanterns, heaters, and potted plants dotted around. Plus, the high-top tables are perfect for small groups or a special date! Their all-day dim sum has become a neighbourhood hit, particularly the BBQ pork buns – a must-try. To get there: Grab the Canada Line to Yaletown-Roundhouse station. Head upwards to Mainland Street, then walk up Davie for 7 minutes until you hit 1193 Granville Street. Then you’re there! …

Chapter 1, A Kernel of Truth By Wade Kinley Fiorino is a new restaurant concept in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood slated for opening in the fall. In this series, we’ll follow along to meet the people, hear the stories and get an on-the-ground sense of what it takes to open a new restaurant in the city. I meet up with Fiorino’s owner-operator Giovanni Mascagni at the new space at the bottom of the London Hotel on Georgia Street. Recently gutted, it bears little resemblance to its former life as Wheat & Barley, or the Brixton Café before that. Dust hangs in the air as we carefully step around the tilers installing the rustic white and orange squares bringing the room back to life from the ground up. He shows me where they’ll build the bar so it will bask in natural light from the windows above, and where the individual…

Running a small business is tough in the best of times, never mind having to deal with a pandemic. But at the family-run Surrey restaurant Afghan Kitchen, they’ve sadly had to deal with even more hurdles recently. This past week, owner Hassib Sarwari came to work to find that a vandal had caused more than $5,000 worth of damage to the restaurants’ patio and outdoor heaters. To make matters worse, the window on Sarwari’s car had been smashed in. Footage of the incident was captured here.   Thankfully no one was hurt, but it’s just a disheartening reminder that good people can still be struck with bad luck. This isn’t the first time that Afghan Kitchen was the target of similar incidents either. Last year, thieves stole potted plants from the patio on two separate occasions. We don’t usually write articles about news items like this, but what better opportunity to…

You might not be able to travel just yet, but that shouldn’t stop your palate from doing a little culinary globetrotting! Lucky for you, you’ve got an atlas of food possibilities not far off. The Langley City International Taste Bud Trail is a celebration of all the delicious restaurants that make up this Lower Mainland foodie destination. It doesn’t matter which cuisine you’re looking to stamp on your passport, this self guided tour will get you there in in time for dinner. Craving a little Latin kick? The famously generous portions at Adelicia’s Mexican Restaurante will have you reaching for a margarita to cool down with. Looking to celebrate the end of your carb cleanse? Then a visit to Olivo Pasta is the ideal spot to show off your pro pasta twirling. Avishan Middle East Grill for Barg (grilled lamb tenderloin) with fresh homemade Barbary bread? Or a vegan strawberry…

By Jaclyn Hayward Nestled at the corner of Commercial Street, close to the Victoria Diversion, lies a little Café that brings so much joy to the Kensington Cedar-Cottage neighbourhood. In 2017, Corina Li had a vision to turn the small corner-shaped building into a hub that serves tasty food and drinks to the community that surrounds it. Four years later, Chance Café stands vibrant and strong with an inviting menu of eats. “My vision revolves around togetherness with my family, specifically my brother. Growing up, my brother and I roamed the streets of East Van like our backyard, especially in the Trout Lake area. We looked out for each other so when the opportunity came up for us to open a café, we put our heads together to come up with the idea. My dream is to recreate the positive experience we had growing up and create a community where…

So… you say you like spicy food, do ya? Well, let’s see if you can withstand.. THE SPICE TRAIL! (thunder clap) Ok, you can come out from under your napkin now, there’s no need to be scared. The spice in this case, is more about full flavours and celebrating international tastes, than causing any culinary trauma. Naturally, Surrey is the perfect backdrop for such an event, as it’s neighbourhoods are brimming with vibrant recipes. Spread across 6 neighbourhoods and over 30 restaurants, this celebration of world cuisine is a fantastic escape from any bland food routine. Try authentic Colombia fare at Union Latino’s Food (North Surrey), a home-styled Nepalese feast at Taste of Himalayas (Newton) or an upscale Indian spread at My Shanti (South Surrey). There are just about as many flavour possibilities here as there are on your palate, so get out and do a little plate hopping! You…

By Jaclyn Hayward  We’re spending a lot of time catching up with friends and family outside, which means ordering takeout is a must. Richmond has so many delicious places to eat, here are some food options to try near great community parks. Chef’s Playground Eatery at Steveston Community Park 12420 No 1 Rd Transit: #170 bus to Moncton St @ No. 1 Rd Seize the day and take your brunch to go, at this gem located just around the corner from Steveston Community Park. Mushroom lovers will enjoy the Avo Mushroom Benny on focaccia, served with a little crunch and great hollandaise. Steveston Community Park has off-leash dog areas, a water park and playground for the kids, and lots of trails to roam, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied after you’ve finished your bennies. @chefsplaygroundsteveston chefsplayground.ca John 3:16 Malaysian and Minoru Park 6838 No. 3 Rd Transit:…

By Kristi Alexandra Though many of us hope that COVID is nearly in the rearview, BCers should be fairly experienced patio diners by now because of former restrictions—and that’s not a bad thing! Many restaurants, bars and eateries have spruced up or expanded their existing patio spaces, and diners are reaping the benefits. Beat the heat and try out these new-and-improved patio spots in Vancouver this summer. Innocent Ice Cream Ice cream will certainly cool you down on a hot day! This gluten-free ice cream parlour boasts “the best ice cream sandwiches in Vancouver,” and you’ll know it’s true when you visit the Main Street Shop (4895 Main Street, Vancouver). Their cozy back patio (seats 8) also flaunts its solar-powered ice cream truck aptly named “Sunshine”, which is perfect for ‘gram-worthy snaps. Snap up a scoop of ice cream (vegan options available) pressed between two of their signature gluten-free cookies,…

By Lenée Son Under the sweltering summer heat, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a walk on the White Rock pier and an ice cold treat. Whether it’s gelato, frozen yogurt, or traditional ice cream you’re craving, this beachside city is a haven for icy desserts. Here are four must-try places. Sandcastle Sea Shoppe Located at the east beach in White Rock, Sandcastle Sea Shoppe has the largest selection of ice cream in the city. They carry fifty flavours at all times and nearly seventy during the peak season in the summer. Take your pick from gelato, ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, or old fashioned frozen yogurt. The Sandcastle Sea Shoppe is home to the twin cone, a cone with a platform for two ice cream flavours side-by-side rather than on top of each other, which you won’t find anywhere else on the beach. They also carry an assortment…

If this ridiculous heatwave has taught us anything, it’s that fans simply do not get the job done. And if you’ve tried to buy an air conditioner in the last week, you’ve also likely met with a dead end. Therefore, it’s our civic duty to try and cool you down from within! By district, these are our emergency picks for when the air is thick with humidity. One sip from any of these craft cocktails and you’ll be breathing out a frosty cloud in no time. New Westminster El Santo: Andina Verde 680 Columbia St Transit:  New Westminster Station There’s no quench quite like a cuke. With sparkling wine, Campo de Encanto Pisco, house-made ginger syrup, fresh lemon, and plenty of muddled cucumber, this tipple will take the edge off even the highest temps. @elsantonewwest elsanto.ca Vancouver Bells & Whistles: Thug Passion Slushy 3296…