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If someone told you five years ago that grocery stores would soon start selling fermented tea made with a live yeast culture, you’d likely raise an eyebrow or two. But this is exactly what has happened with Kombucha. While it’s by no means new (it’s believed Kombucha first originated in 221 BC), the probiotic-rich drink has gone from specialty niche to mainstream markets seemingly overnight.  The Kombucha boom of the last five years rivals Vancouver’s craft brewery scene about ten years ago. There are so many brands popping up now that it seems like just about everyone is getting into the fermenting business. It’s a rise to prominence boosted by reported benefits for gut health and immunity, as well as more and more people drinking less and less alcohol. While there isn’t quite a craft-beer-level snobbery to it yet, give it time, and we’re sure Kombucha hipsters will sprout up…

We all have our favourite restaurants. Visiting them feels like getting together with a good friend. And right now, our friends are facing hard times. So what do we do when we see a friend in need? We help, of course, in any way we can. Here are some ways to support our incredible restaurants to make it through the pandemic, no matter where you are on your journey through it. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first — Let them cook for you! If you’re comfortable with it, make some reservations and go sit down at your favourite table. Our cities’ restaurants have made considerable strides in safety and cleaning practices, and now it’s up to us as customers to do our part by, first, ensuring that we feel well enough to go out, keeping our hands clean, and maintaining a proper distance from others the entire…

Seeing as 2020 has been a year like no other, Dine Out Vancouver has decided to follow suit! We noticed the new patios popping up all over the city, and took it as our cue to open things up a bit. Welcome to Dine OutSide, the same high standard of fantastic food, all served in a safe, socially-distanced environment. It hasn’t been easy hearing the low rumbling of Vancouver appetites yearning for a night out, so from Aug 21 to Sept 21, we’ve put together an impressive roster of restaurants to help curb all that growling. Before you go wading into the possibilities of your next meal though, we thought we might share a few of our most anticipated orders. Start here with a hit list of things to try, so you can cut right to the chase in planning your reservation or Picnic-2-Go. If 2020 has given us anything, it’s…

By Brittany Tiplady Now more than ever it’s important to support and showcase local business. Although we are in the midst of a trying and complicated time, food businesses are still trying to operate within the recommended guidelines the best they can, offering takeout and delivery to feed hungry customers weathering the outbreak. The Raving Gamer in Langley is one of them. The Raving Gamer is a retail space and board game restaurant, “serving up food and fun in a funky, family-friendly full-service environment.” They have an impressive selection of over 600 table-top games for guests to play, while offering a robust and locally-sourced lunch and dinner menu, including a full-service bar. The bistro is a family affair: Kenneth Nishidate is the co-founder, owner and chef and his daughter Miyoko also helms the kitchen. Kathy Nishidate is the Raving Gamer’s administrator and Ken’s longtime friend Daniel Szukalow is the game…

By Gail Johnson With the closure of B.C. restaurants amid the spread of COVID-19, more and more eateries are getting creative when it comes to take-out and delivery. Here’s a bunch on the North Shore and in Vancouver to check out so you can indulge at home while social distancing. [For take-out in Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond, click here.] [For take-out in Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley and White Rock, click here.] Vancouver’s North Shore CC’s Chinese Restaurant 5020 Capilano Rd Singapore-style noodles chow mein, bean cakes, lemon chicken, beef and broccoli and other Chinese classics are all available for delivery. Olive & Anchor 6418 Bay St The Horseshoe Bay restaurant specializes in comfort food made of international flavours with a West Coast flair. Co-owner Lisa Kim is the chef, while her husband, Rick, handles operations. In the era of coronavirus, that means he’s personally delivering orders within a certain radius. Otherwise,…

By Kristi Alexandra We’re living in uncertain times, and local businesses and eateries are taking hits as people rush to grocery stores to stock up for the future. Never fear, your fix of comfort food or things you just can’t make at home is just a phone call or online order away. Here are some restaurants in Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond that are open for pick-up, take-out or delivery. [For take-out in Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley and White Rock, click here.] [For take-out in Vancouver and the North Shore, click here.] New Westminster Kozak Ukranian Eatery 444 Sixth Street Homestyle Ukrainian food such as cabbage rolls and borscht, with vegan options available. Open from 9 am to 9 pm for takeout and delivery only. Visit Kozakeatery.ca to place your order for pickup, or get scheduled delivery Tuesday and Saturday. Pacific Breeze Winery 320 Stewardson Way New Westminster’s only garagiste winery…

By Jenni Sheppard As we adjust to the social distancing and self-isolation required due to COVID-19, many of us are no longer able to venture out to our favourite restaurants. For local restaurant owners, this drop in custom can be tough, but thankfully, there is a way you can help—by ordering takeout or delivery! Happily, many great restaurants in the region have been able to pivot to takeout and delivery services, instead of opening to the public. So to help you show your support for your local restaurants, we’ve put together this list of the best takeout and delivery options across Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Langley City and White Rock. Enjoy! [For take-out in Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond, click here.] [For take-out in Vancouver and the North Shore, click here.] Surrey Dominion Bar + Kitchen (13475 Central Avenue | 604 330 0229) This downtown hub’s mash-up menu aims to reflect…