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BC Ale Trail Best Brewery Experience Award

October 2021

BC Ale Trail Best Brewery Experience Award: Vancouver’s R & B Brewing on the Vancouver Brewery Creek Ale Trail.


January 7, 2020

The 22 Essential Restaurants in Richmond, BC by Jay Friedman

“Richmond, British Columbia, right across the Fraser River from Vancouver and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, is a culinary destination of its own, home to the Vancouver International Airport, the continent’s largest Asian night market, and hands-down some of the best Chinese food in the world outside of China.”

CTV News

May 9, 2019

Dine the Line: Online guide suggests where to eat along Skytrain, Canada Line by Kendra Mangione

“The goal of “Dine the Line” was to encourage local residents and tourists to experience world-class cuisine while going green. WestCoastFood, the organization that hosts the guide on its website, was created to highlight the Lower Mainland as a culinary hub and to promote food as a way to drive tourism.”


New Westminster Record

May 10, 2019

Two New West eateries land stops on TransLink’s Dine the Line by Theresa McManus

“Two local eateries are among the region’s dining hotspots featured in the new Dine the Line campaign. TransLink has partnered with WestCoastFood and 13 destination marketing groups to promote Metro Vancouver’s dining and brewpub neighbourhoods. The campaign, which provides maps and videos highlighting restaurant and brewery tours, features three different experiences along TransLink’s three SkyTrain lines: Breweries and Bites via Millennium Line; Dim Sum to Dinner via Canada Line; and World Cuisines via Expo Line.”


The Georgia Straight

May 9, 2019

TransLink launches “Dine the Line” campaign to highlight restaurants and breweries around Metro Vancouver by Tammy Kwan

“Created in partnership with WestCoastFood and several destination marketing groups, the initiative showcases restaurants and breweries in communities around Metro Vancouver.

Commuters will be able to check out recommended dining spots and watering holes in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, and Surrey.”


Los Angeles Times

September 23, 2018

In Vancouver, Canada, Meals are Getting Wilder and Wilder by Margo Pfeiff

“The area, perched on the edge of the wilderness with a Mediterranean climate, offers plenty of opportunities, from April through November, to experience urban foraging within the city’s plentiful green areas, in surrounding suburbs, and along rocky shorelines and beaches… Candace Campo, a member of the local Sechelt First Nation, led me on an enlightening 90-minute Talking Trees Tour, an interpretive indigenous foraging tour through Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre swath of towering rain forest in the city center.”


The Globe and Mail

September 23, 2018

Demand Growing in Canada for Indigenous Food, Eateries by Aleksandra Sagan

“In recent years, Indigenous-owned eateries like [Paul Natrall’s in Vancouver] have emerged in many Canadian cities serving traditional foods like bannock and buffalo. While it’s taken time to move into the mainstream, chefs say demand is high thanks to increasing awareness of Indigenous culture and desire for local foods.”


Destination Canada

August 2018

Gastronomic Gastown Tour Becomes an Official Canadian Signature Experience

“The Canadian Signature Experience program recognizes one-of-a-kind travel experiences found only in Canada.”


1843 (The Economist)

April/May, 2018

Vancouver, Where to Eat its Ocean Bounty by Mary Lussiana

“It rains a lot in Vancouver but residents are too busy discussing food and foraging, restaurants and craft distilleries to waste time moaning about the weather. If you are there in May, the talk will centre on where to find the best spot prawns, a local variety both sweet and firm. Their short season – only six weeks long – creates a frenzy of seafood feasting…”

The New York Times

January 16, 2018

In Vancouver, A Door to a Parallel  Culinary World by Pete Wells

“The world Kissa Tanto dreams up is so much more appealing than the one I’d left behind that I can understand why reservations usually have to be made two months out, when you can find them… Mr. Watanabe, the executive chef, and Alain Chow, his sous-chef, never seemed to be forcing flavors to do things against their will. Three fried croquettes filled with mashed eggplant were perfectly at ease with smoky shavings of skipjack tuna and a chilled bed of gribiche sauce, lightly tart with yuzu. This was lovely.”

The Globe and Mail

December 27, 2017

“Bypassing Vancouver’s waterfront-jogging, yoga-loving downtown core, Amy Rosen takes a bite out of the city’s latest (unexpected) vice: the doughnut.”


Boston Globe

September 28, 2017

Vancouver is Canada’s West Coast foodie heaven

“Sure, closer-to-home Montreal is a dandy place to eat, but Vancouver leans toward lighter, seafood-focused fare. “Vancouver cooking is much lighter than Montreal’s. It’s a healthier lifestyle, which extends to the food,’’ says Kasey Wilson, a Vancouver-based writer and co-host of the “Best of Food and Wine’’ radio program. If you’re longing to sample, say, Japanese-Italian cuisine, Aburi-style sushi, native spot prawns, elk salami with juniper berries, or canned sea lion — anything, really — you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at some intriguing edibles you can find in Canada’s West Coast food capital.”



July 6, 2017

A Sushi Crawl Through Vancouver by Claudia McNeilly

“If New York City has pizza, and Los Angeles has tacos, then Vancouver is a sushi town. … But while the Japanese influence in Vancouver is palpable, much of the sushi is untraditional. Chefs deploy rice paper, egg crepes, and even baguettes in lieu of seaweed. Rolls are finished with whimsical toppings like crispy onions, pistachios, mango slices, and flavored Kewpie mayo before being dipped in house-made tamari emulsions instead of soy sauce. These west coast renditions may read as sacrilegious to sushi purists. But the playful, anything-goes sushi culture that has been cultivated in Vancouver has allowed invention to thrive.”

The Drinks Business

August 25, 2017

Kaitlyn Stewart Named World’s Best Bartender by Rupert Millar

“Stewart, who works at the Royal Dinette in Vancouver, battled through the final of the competition in Mexico City against three other bartenders, having to show off her mixology skills to make both classic cocktails and new creations.”


Bring Me (Buzzfeed)

June 8, 2017

Video: Move Over Italy – Vancouver Might Have The World’s Best Gelato



June 5, 2017

From Vancouver to Dubai: The Best Food Truck Destinations Around the World by Celeste Moure

“Vancouverites have mastered the art of holding an umbrella in one hand while handling a fish taco (Tacofino has you covered) or a plate of curry (Vij’s Railway Express makes the best) in the other. And all summer long—when umbrellas are (mostly) put away—people line up at food trucks parked at farmers’ markets and outside the city’s many breweries, where patrons are often encouraged to bring food into the tasting rooms and pair with a craft beer (or three).”



March 13, 2017

Eat the World: 9 Best Food Tours by Ann Abel

“This outfit runs several tours of a city that’s rich in seafood, creativity and immigrant cuisines. Most fun is the crawl through downtown with stops at food trucks selling everything from Japanese hot dogs to hoisin chicken wraps to authentic tandoori naan.”



March 3, 2017

Is This City the New Craft Beer Capital of North America?  by Celeste Moure

“Vancouver’s craft beer scene is hopping thanks to adventurous entrepreneurs who have ventured past the city’s downtown core to open their own breweries. What were once warehouses, bike shops, or industrial facilities in edgy neighborhoods are now occupied by brew houses with chic tasting rooms and driven by an independent spirit and true love of beer.”


Global News

November 20, 2016

How to Build a Cheeseboard your Guests Will Not Forget

Video: Lynn and Jay learn how to take a holiday party cheeseboard to the next level with tips from Restaurant 62’s Chef Jeff Massey.


Evening Standard

September 22, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Vancouver in 2016 by Miranda Thompson

“More than 140 food trucks call Vancouver their home, and a crawl between some of the best is an excellent way of sating both your wanderlust and your stomach… For fresh, locally sourced fish, you can’t get any better than Vancouver – its city-wide OceanWise scheme (run by the Aquarium) promotes sustainably-sourced seafood..”


Vancouver Sun

August 26, 2016

Flavours of the Fraser Valley By Joanne Sasvari

“Just a short drive from Vancouver’s busiest urban centre is a place of country pleasures just waiting to be explored. The Fraser Valley, that fertile delta between the Coast and Cascade mountains, is British Columbia’s largest agricultural region. It’s also home to boutique winemakers and craft brewers, beekeepers, bakers and baristas.”


Fodor’s Travel

August 5, 2016

Long Weekend in Vancouver by Amber Gibson

“Pop into L’Abattoir for a cocktail or French-inspired dinner. Sit at the bar if you’re dining solo or head to the plush atrium in back. The antique crystal glassware and custom-crafted chandeliers juxtaposed with exposed brick create a casual yet sexy vibe, the perfect atmosphere for rich dishes like foie gras on warm brioche or roasted duck breast. Vegetarian options here are surprisingly impressive.”


Vancouver Sun

July 20, 2016

Farm Market Producers: Passion for Pasture-Raised Meat By Randy Shore

“It’s a symbiotic relationship between plant and animal. As the hogs are moved from pasture to pasture, the vegetables are planted in behind them to benefit from the added nutrients left behind… They have covered the land with fenced pastures, a petting zoo stocked with ducks and goats and several funky outbuildings, all built from reclaimed materials. There is an apartment-sized gazebo and the yoga studio sits in the branches of a tree. The greenhouse — which has seen three expansions in as many years — is reinforced with old electrical conduit. Needless to say, sustainability is a core value in every aspect of the business.”


New Zealand Women’s Weekly

July 1, 2016

Weekly Travel: Vibrant Vancouver by Sharon Stephenson

“When a country’s national dish is a calorie-laden concoction of hot chips coated in melted cheese and gravy, you know you’re in for a good time.”


Seattle Times

April 7, 2016

Best Bets for Weekend Dining in Vancouver, B.C. By Bethany Jean Clement

“A few observations from the walking: Vancouver truly is far more cosmopolitan than Seattle — I overheard a dozen languages, no exaggeration… One weekend really wasn’t long enough. Here’s where we ate — and all prices are Canadian, which means with the U.S. dollar strong, all this food is essentially on sale.”


604 Now

April 4, 2016

Best Restaurants in Coquitlam By Crystal Scuor

“The city of Coquitlam is a gateway community to gorgeous mountains, yet also a quick drive away from Vancouver. Coquitlam is perfect for the outdoorsy types: with places like Lafarge Lake, Minnekhada Regional Park and Burke Mountain. But all that hiking will make you hungry, so naturally we’ve comprised a tasty list of the best restaurants to fill your belly!”


Bon Appétit Magazine

March 3, 2016

Everything You Should Eat And Drink In Vancouver Right Now By Amiel Stanek

“The grass is even greener (and fresher, and tastier, and cheaper) on the other side of the 49th parallel. Vancouver is the real deal, a temperate paradise with an exploding food scene that takes advantage of pristine Pacific seafood and interior British Columbia’s bounty, diverse immigrant traditions, and of-the-moment culinary trends alike.”


Virtuoso Traveler

February/March 2016

Sea Change – Vancouver Chefs Lead the Way to a Sustainable Future for Seafood By Michael Shapiro

“(Chef Ned) Bell is a leader of Canada’s sustainable seafood movement, launched in Vancouver… A decade later, Ocean Wise has more than 3,100 participating restauraunts across Canada… whatever is featured is abundant, in season, and typically locally sourced.”



February 23, 2016

New Westminster Raises the Bar for Waterfront Dining by Anya Levyke

“When it comes to food, especially, New West is becoming a destination for dining and drinking, thanks to a few old and new standouts.”


CBC News

January 27, 2016

B.C.’s Best Sommelier Crowned in High-Pressure Competition by On the Coast

“A group of sommeliers put theirs to the test on Monday when the Canadian Association of Sommeliers and the Vancouver International Wine Festival held a contest to find the best sommelier in B.C. … The winner was Alistair Veen from Tap restaurant in South Surrey.”


Global News

January 21, 2016

Canada’s 100 best restaurants, according to OpenTable by Patricia Kozicka

“From coast to coast, Canadians love to experience great food in exceptional restaurants.” Thirteen of Canada’s top 100 restauraunts, as rated by OpenTable diners, are found in the Vancouver area (see infographic).


Shanghai Daily

January 18, 2016

Vancouver foodies flock to food truck heaven

“Vancouver’s food scene is as diverse as its population. The food trucks serve up cuisines from China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and other places.”


The Province

January 1, 2016

South Surrey Offers Sparkling Setting or Fine Dining by Tracey Tufnail

“We were tempted by the pan-seared Haida Gwaii halibut with its brown butter and pancetta lardons ($33) and the Sloping Hills pork chop with its leek and bacon bread pudding ($28), but a confit leg of duck ($30) proved a good choice; it melted on the tongue, and had plenty of crispy skin as well as an Okanagan cherry sauce.”


The Culture Trip

December 18, 2015

The 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats in Coquitlam By Julie Daunt

“From traditional grills to Asian-fusion eateries and charming pubs, here is a list of the top ten restaurants and local eats in Coquitlam to suit every taste and occasion.”


North Shore News

September 30, 2015

Chocolate Class is Fun, Informative by Chris Dagenais

“A recent evening spent making chocolate from scratch at Coconama was nothing short of transformative.”


604 Now

May 27, 2015

10 Best Restaurants in New West by Crystal Scuor

“New West is home to more than just a beautiful Quay and quirky antique shops. The food scene will make your mouth water with everything from tangy Thai to monstrous burritos.”


The Loop

May 5, 2015

Proof Vancouver has quietly become the best food city in Canada by Kat Tancock

“British Columbia has some of the country’s best agricultural land (not to mention the longest growing climate), and they were some of the first folks eating local and organic.”

“Vancouver is practically drowning in awesome microbreweries.”

“While Toronto can’t get it together to launch a decent food-truck program, Vancouver has a scene that puts others to shame.”


USA Today

March 30, 2015

Where to Splurge in Vancouver with the Strong Dollar by Flash Parker

“Vancouver offers Western Canada in miniature; a remarkable mountain backdrop sets the scene for whale watching, North Shore biking, skiing and hiking, urban exploration, and gastronomic whimsy.”


 Condé Nast Traveller

 April, 2015

The World’s Best Food Cities: Reader’s Choice Awards 2014

Vancouver was named 12th Best Food City in the World


The Loop

May 5, 2015

Proof Vancouver Has Quietly Become the Best Food City in Canada by Kat Tancock

“British Columbia has some of the country’s best agricultural land (not to mention the longest growing climate), and they were some of the first folks eating local and organic.”


Make My Lemonade (France)

October 12, 2015

Summer Trip Vancouver

“…this city is part of my top 3 of the cities in which I would like to live.”


The Wall Street Journal

September 3, 2015

Ocean Spray Turns to Oculus Rift to Promote Cranberry Harvest  by Nathalie Tadena

“The film, shot during last year’s harvest on a farm in British Columbia, has a narrator to explain every step of the growing process.”

Fast Company

September 9, 2013

The Largest Urban Orchard In North America Is Now Open For Business by Ben Schiller

“The trees grow local fruit varieties unusual for Vancouver, including Meyer lemons, persimmons, quinces, and rare plum and cherry trees, along with a load of culinary herbs (in the other tubs). All in all, Abelman reckons it is the largest urban orchard in North America, though he isn’t particularly interested in the designation. Instead, his aim is to continue to show that urban gardening can be profitable and make a difference locally. ‘The primary goal is providing meaningful employment,’ says Ableman.