Category Archives: great vancouver spot

Cafe Crema 


Happy Thursday great foodie friends, one wet afternoon I happens upon Cafe Crema in West Vancouver near Ambleside. 

Crema (@cremawestvan)

1495 Bellevue Avenue

West Vancouver, BC

V7T 1C3 | Map

The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable and the aromas of fresh baked goods, sandwiches grilling and coffee being crafted by the baristas you settle in to enjoy a nice break from the weather or a rest stop / sip after walking the path along the beach. (They are just near Ambleside beach) 

My sandwich was fresh and filled just right with the tastes of Montreal smoked meat and soft melted cheese! 


We also thought long and hard about needs and wants and decided the wants  outweighed the needs and opted to try the delectable looking Almond Croissants.


The croissant was slightly warm and was the perfect sweet bite to follow the sandwich.

No coffee for us today but it smelled fantastic and we are sure to go back and try a sip or two! 

Treat yourself to a nice break at Cafe Crema, you will be pleasantly surprised.

“YOU GOTTA TRY THIS!”


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2016 Golden Plates – people’s Choice awards 


2016 golden plates

 

Happy Wednesday great foodie friends. It has been some time since my last post but life just sometimes hops in front of passions. That said my family is my passion and I would t change a thing.

This years 19th Annual  Golden Plates awards are out and what I love about them is though we are all not necessarily food critics, we do know what we like and what we don’t! We all spend to much of our honestly made $ to throw it away so we do pay attention to what we like and what we don’t.

This years awards notably have many of my favorites but there are also so many that no one person could ever try them all in one year (well I suppose it’s possible but not probable)

I hope you enjoy!

TO READ TO DO

Golden Plates 2016 Winners

Neighbourhoods

Cuisines From Around the World

Gastronomy

Entertainment & Drinks

All Winners
GOLDEN PLATES WINNERS

Best restaurant overall

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Forage, 1300 Robson

Best fine dining

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

Le Crocodile, 100-909 Burrard

Best mid-price restaurant

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, 2741 W. 4th

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Best budget restaurant

La Taqueria, Various locations

The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Meet on Main, 4288 Main

Best hotel restaurant

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

YEW seafood + bar, 791 W. Georgia

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard

Best hotel café

Bel Café, 801 W. Georgia

giovane cafe + wine bar, 1038 Canada Place

Beyond Coffee, 1015 Burrard

Best resort restaurant

The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn, 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino

The Great Room, Long Beach Lodge Resort, 1441 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino

The Wildflower Restaurant at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler

Best casino for eats

River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd., Richmond

Edgewater Casino, 760 Pacific Blvd. S

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam

Best view restaurant

Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)

Cactus Club Café, 1790 Beach

Salmon House on the Hill, 2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver

Best restaurant considered a Vancouver legend

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, 777 Thurlow

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

White Spot, Various locations

Best restaurant interior design

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Best restaurant atmosphere

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Best restaurant service

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Best use of local ingredients

Edible Canada, 1596 Johnston, Granville Island

Forage, 1300 Robson

Fable, 1944 W. 4th

Most romantic restaurant

Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

Adesso Bistro, 1906 Haro

Best kid-friendly restaurant

White Spot, Various locations

Old Spaghetti Factory, Various locations

Tacofino, 2327 E. Hastings

Best place for food on campus

Biercraft Westbrook at UBC, 3340 Shrum Lane, UBC

Mercante Cucina Italiana, 6488 University Boulevard

Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen & Bakeshop, 3322 Shrum Lane

Best catering company

The Lazy Gourmet, 1605 W. 5th

The Butler Did It Catering, 620 Clark Drive

Emelle’s Catering and Westside Kitchen, 177 W. 7th

Best chain restaurant

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

White Spot, Various locations

Best restaurant for people-watching

Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Chill Winston, 3 Alexander

Best restaurant for a birthday celebration

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Nomad, 3950 Main

Best restaurant for lingering over dinner

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Bauhaus Restaurant, 1 W. Cordova

Pourhouse , 162 Water

Best restaurant patio

Dockside, 1253 Johnston, Granville Island

Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations

Bridges Restaurant, 1696 Duranleau, Granville Island

Best restaurant in which to hang out on a rainy day

Burgoo, 3 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Best restaurant in which to hang out on a sunny day

Local Public Eatery, 2210 Cornwall

Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Best restaurant for a first date with somebody you met online

33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th

The Flying Pig, Various locations

Torafuku, 958 Main

Best restaurant for a 3 a.m. meal

The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Denny’s Restaurant, Various locations

Lucy’s Eastside Diner, 2708 Main

Best restaurant to cure a hangover

Denny’s Restaurant, Various locations

Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary, 1298 East Hastings Street

Joe’s Grill, Various locations

Best all-you-can-eat restaurant

Shabusen Yakiniku House, 202-755 Burrard

New India Buffet & Restaurant, 805 W. Broadway

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant, 201-1128 W. Broadway

Best hole-in-the-wall

Hawke’rs Delight, 4127 Main St

Bon’s Off Broadway, 2451 Nanaimo

Bao Down, 12 Powell

Best food truck

Tacofino, 2327 E. Hastings

Vij’s Railway Express, Mobile locations

Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mobile locations

Best food court

Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia

Richmond Centre, 6551 No 3 Rd., Richmond

Best takeout/delivery

Peaceful Restaurant, Various locations

Next Noodle Bar, 560 Robson

Bob Likes Thai Food, Various locations

Hon’s Wun-Tun House, Various locations

Best Burnaby restaurant

Anton’s Pasta Bar, 4260 E. Hastings, Burnaby

The Pear Tree Restaurant, 4120 E. Hastings, Burnaby

Hart House Restaurant, 6664 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby

Best North Shore restaurant

Arms Reach Bistro, 107C–4390 Gallant Ave., North Van

Olive & Anchor, 6418 Bay St., West Van

Canyon, 3135 Edgemont Blvd., North Van

Best Richmond restaurant

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 102-4930 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Dinesty Chinese Restaurant, Various locations

Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Best Surrey, Delta, White Rock, and Langley restaurant

Tasty Indian Bistro, 8295 120th St., Delta

My Shanti, 15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey

Central City Brew Pub + Restaurant, 13450 102nd Ave., Surrey

Best New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam restaurant

Pajo’s, Various locations

Cockney Kings Fish & Chips, Various locations

Thai New West, 424 E Columbia St., New Westminster

My Greek Taverna, Various locations

Best Whistler restaurant

RimRock Cafe, 2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler

Red Door Bistro, 2129 Lake Placid Rd., Whistler

Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar, 4222 Village Square, Whistler

Most vegan-friendly

The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

The Acorn, 3995 Main

Heirloom Vegetarian, 1509 W. 12th

Meet on Main, 4288 Main

Best gluten-free dining

The Acorn, 3995 Main

The Wallflower, 2420 Main

Panne Rizo Bakery & Cafe, 1939 Cornwall

Meet on Main, 4288 Main

Best organic dining

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

The Acorn, 3995 Main

Heirloom Vegetarian, 1509 W. 12th

Best African

Simba’s Grill, 825 Denman

Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2149 Commercial

Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant, 5-736 E. Broadway

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant , 1279 E. Hastings

Best barbecue

Gyu-Kaku, Various locations

Great Wall Mongolian BBQ, Various locations

Memphis Blues Barbeque House, Various locations

Best Caribbean

Calabash Bistro, 428 Carrall

The Reef, Various locations

Havana, 1212 Commercial

Best chicken

Homer St. Cafe and Bar, 898 Homer

Nando’s, Various locations

Phnom Penh Restaurant, 244 E. Georgia

Best Chinese (Cantonese)

Kirin, Various locations

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 102-4930 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Hon’s Wun-Tun House, Various locations

Best Chinese (Shanghainese + northern style)

Peaceful Restaurant, Various locations

Dinesty Chinese Restaurant, Various locations

Shanghai River Restaurant, 7831 Westminster Hwy., Richmond

Best Chinese (Taiwanese + other)

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, 163 Keefer

Dinesty Chinese Restaurant, Various locations

Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, Various locations

Best Continental

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Tuc Craft Kitchen, 60 W. Cordova

Bauhaus Restaurant, 1 W. Cordova

Best dim sum

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 102-4930 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Kirin, Various locations

Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant, 1132 E. Hastings

Best fish and chips

Go Fish, 1505 W. 1st

Cockney Kings Fish & Chips, Various locations

The Fish Shack, 1026 Granville

Best fish/shellfish

Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton

Coast, 1054 Alberni

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, 777 Thurlow

Rodney’s Oyster House, Various locations

Best French

Le Crocodile, 100-909 Burrard

Bistro Pastis, 2153 W. 4th

Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th

Best fries

Fritz European Fry House, 718 Davie

Belgian Fries, 1885 Commercial

Frites Vancouver, 1011 Granville St

Best Greek

The Greek by Anatoli, 1043 Mainland

Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna, 1124 Davie

Takis’ Taverna, 1106 Davie

Best hot pot

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot, 5108 Victoria

Won More, 201–1184 Denman

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, 405–5300 No.3 Road, Richmond

Best Italian

Ask for Luigi, 305 Alexander

CinCin, 1154 Robson

Anton’s Pasta Bar, 4260 E. Hastings, Burnaby

Best izakaya

Hapa Izakaya, Various locations

Kingyo Izakaya, 871 Denman

Guu, Various locations

Best Japanese

Miku Restaurant, 70-200 Granville

Minami, 1118 Mainland

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar, 2054 Commercial

Guu, Various locations

Best Korean

Sura Korean Royal Cuisine, Various locations

Damso Modern Korean Cuisine, 867 Denman

MDG Ma Dang Goul, 847 Denman

Best Latin American

La Taqueria, Various locations

Cuchillo, 261 Powell

Chicha, 136 E. Broadway

Best Lebanese

Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba, Various locations

Babylon Café, Various locations

Saj&co, 813 Davie St.

Best Malaysian

Banana Leaf, Various locations

Kaya Malay Bistro, 1063 W. Broadway

Tropika, Various locations

Best Mediterranean

Medina Cafe, 780 Richards

Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba, Various locations

Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, 1133 and 1129 Hamilton

Best Mexican

Las Margaritas Restaurante y Cantina, 1999 W. 4th

La Taqueria, Various locations

La Mezcaleria, 1622 Commercial

Best Middle Eastern

East is East, Various locations

Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, 202-1833 Anderson St., Granville Island

Afghan Chopan, Various locations

Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine, 2616 E. Hastings

Best noodles

Peaceful Restaurant, Various locations

Legendary Noodle House, 1074 Denman

Noodlebox, Various locations

Shaolin Noodle House, 656 W. Broadway

Best North Indian

Vij’s, 3106 Cambie

Indian Oven, 2006 W. 4th

Maurya Indian Cuisine, 1643 W. Broadway

Best South Indian

House of Dosas, 1391 Kingsway

Chutney Villa, 147 E. Broadway

Dosa Corner, 8248 Fraser

Best Pacific Northwest

AnnaLena, 1809 W. 1st

Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton

Bishop’s, 2183 W. 4th

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Best Persian

Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, 202-1833 Anderson St., Granville Island

Zeitoon, Various locations

Cazba Restaurant, Various locations

Best pizza by the slice

Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizzeria, 350 Robson

Nat’s New York Pizzeria, Various locations

Pizza Garden, Various locations

Goldies Pizza, Various locations

Best pizza takeout/delivery

Pizzeria Farina, 915 Main

Pizza Carano, 4241 Fraser

Pizza Garden, Various locations

Uncle Fatih’s Pizza, Various locations

Best pizzeria

Nicli Antica Pizzeria, 62 E. Cordova

Via Tevere, 1190 Victoria

Pacifico Pizzeria Ristorante, 970 Smithe

Best poutine

La Belle Patate, 1215 Davie

Fritz European Fry House, 718 Davie

Belgian Fries, 1885 Commercial

The Spud Shack Fry Co., 352-800 Carnarvon St., New Westminister

Best ramen

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, 1690 Robson

JINYA Ramen Bar, 270 Robson

Kintaro Ramen, 788 Denman

Best seafood

Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton

Coast, 1054 Alberni

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, 777 Thurlow

YEW seafood + bar, 791 W. Georgia

Best Spanish

España, 1118 Denman

The Sardine Can, 26 Powell

Cabrito Tapas-Bebidas, 2270 Commercial Dr.

Best steak

Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Various locations

Gotham Steakhouse & Bar, 615 Seymour

Hy’s Encore, Various locations

Black + Blue, 1032 Alberni

Best sushi

Tojo’s Restaurant, 1133 W. Broadway

Miku Restaurant, 70-200 Granville

Minami, 1118 Mainland

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar, 2054 Commercial

Best tacos

La Taqueria, Various locations

Tacofino, 2327 E. Hastings

Sal y Limon, 701 Kingsway

Gringo, 27 Blood Alley Square

Best tapas

España, 1118 Denman

Bodega on Main, 1014 Main

The Sardine Can, 26 Powell

Best Thai

SalaThai Thai Restaurant, Various locations

U & I Thai, Various locations

Maenam, 1938 W. 4th

Bob Likes Thai Food, Various locations

Best Vietnamese

Phnom Penh Restaurant, 244 E. Georgia

Green Lemongrass, 8180 Westminster Highway

Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro, 1184 Denman

Best wings

Wings Tap & Grill, Various locations

Library Square Public House, 300 W. Georgia

Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro, 1184 Denman

Best Chef

Mike Robbins (AnnaLena), 1809 W. 1st

David Gunawan (Royal Dinette), 905 Dunsmuir

Mark Perrier (Savio Volpe), 615 Kingsway

Best new restaurant

AnnaLena, 1809 W. 1st

The Mackenzie Room, 415 Powell

Royal Dinette, 905 Dunsmuir

Best neighbourhood for restaurants

Gastown

Kitsilano

Main St.

Best place for casual cooking classes

The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen, 540 Beatty

Quince, 1780 W. 3rd

The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings

Best professional culinary school

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 101-1505 W. 2nd

Vancouver Community College, 250 W. Pender

Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, 2725 Main Street

Best cooking store

Ming Wo, Various locations

The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings

Cook Culture, Various locations

Best specialty food store

The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings

The August Market, 3958 Main

Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Bosa Foods, Various locations

Best farmers market

Trout Lake

Nat Bailey

Kits Farmer’s Market

Best specialty grocer

Urban Fare, Various locations

Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Bosa Foods, Various locations

Best store to buy organics products

Whole Foods Market, Various locations

The August Market, 3958 Main

Choices

Best picnic supplier

Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston

Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville

Best deli

Oyama Sausage Company, 126-1689 Johnston, Granville Island

Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli, 4142 E. Hastings, Burnaby

Santa Barbara Market, 1322 Commercial

Best butcher

Windsor Quality Meats, 4110 Main

Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli, 4142 E. Hastings, Burnaby

Jackson’s Meats and Deli, 2214 W. 4th

Best seafood store

Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston

The Daily Catch Seafood Company, 1418 Commercial

7 Seas Fish Co., Various locations

Best specialty cheese store

Les Amis du Fromage, Various locations

Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Various locations

Bosa Foods, Various locations

Best grocery store café

Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Urban Fare, Various locations

Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville

Best retro café/grocer

Le Marché St. George, 4393 St. George

The Mighty Oak, 198 W. 18th

Harvest Community Foods, 243 Union

Best retro diner

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, 2095 W. 4th

Lucy’s Eastside Diner, 2708 Main

The Templeton, 1087 Granville

Best diner

Lucy’s Eastside Diner, 2708 Main

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, 2095 W. 4th

The Templeton, 1087 Granville

Best bistro

Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville

Au Comptoir, 2278 W. 4th

Medina Cafe, 780 Richards

Best comfort food

Burgoo, 3 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

liquids + solids café & market, Various locations

Romer’s Burger Bar, Various locations

Best pub food

The Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall

The Charles Bar, 136 W. Cordova

Mahony & Sons Public House, Various locations

St. Augustine’s, 2360 Commercial

Best appetizers

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Romer’s Burger Bar, Various locations

Nomad, 3950 Main

Best salads

Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods, Various locations

The Foundation, 2301 Main

Railtown Cafe, 397 Railway

Best sandwiches

The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen, 540 Beatty

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, 353 W. Pender

liquids + solids café & market, Various locations

Best soups

Burgoo, 3 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver

The Stock Market, 1689 Johnston, Granville Island

liquids + solids café & market, Various locations

Best vegetarian

The Acorn, 3995 Main

The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Meet on Main, 4288 Main

Best veggie burger

Meet on Main, 4288 Main

Romer’s Burger Bar, Various locations

The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th

Best burger

Romer’s Burger Bar, Various locations

Vera’s Burger Shack, Various locations

Cannibal Cafe, 1818 Commercial

Fatburger, Various locations

White Spot, Various locations

Best brunch

Medina Cafe, 780 Richards

Nomad, 3950 Main

Fable, 1944 W. 4th

Best breakfast

Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary, 1298 East Hastings Street

White Spot, Various locations

Catch 122, 122 W. Hastings

Best bagel

Solly’s Bagelry, Various locations

Siegel’s Bagels, Various locations

Rosemary Rocksalt, Various locations

Best bread bakery

Terra Breads, Various locations

Purebread, 159 W. Hastings

Batard Boulangerie and Cafe Moderne, 3958 Fraser

Best pastry bakery

Beaucoup Bakery & Café, 2150 Fir

Notte’s Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionary, 3150 W. Broadway

Fratelli Bakery, Various locations

Best gluten-free bakery

The Smallflower Cake & Bakeshop, 47 W. Hastings

Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery, 3385 Cambie

East Village Bakery, 2166 E. Hastings

Float On Bakeshop & Cafe, 4384 Fraser

Best desserts

Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various locations

720Sweets, 3278 W. Broadway

Thierry, 1059 Alberni

Best ice cream

Earnest Ice Cream, 3992 Fraser

Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream, Various locations

720Sweets, 3278 W. Broadway

Best gelato

Bella Gelateria, Various locations

Mario’s Gelati, 88 East 1st Avenue

La Casa Gelato, 1033 Venables St

Best frozen yogurt

Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, Various locations

Menchie’s

Pinkberry

Yogen Fruz

Best chocolate shop

Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various locations

Purdy’s Chocolates, Various locations

Beta 5, 413 Industrial

Mink, a Chocolate Café, Various locations

Best doughnut shop

Cartems Donuterie, 534 W. Pender

Lucky’s Doughnuts, Various locations

Lee’s Donuts, 122-1689 Johnston, Granville Island

Best restaurant for a working lunch

Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations

Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar, Various locations

Best eatery with live entertainment

Ten Ten Tapas, 1010 Beach

Libra Room, 1608 Commercial

Guilt & Co., 1 Alexander

East is East, Various locations

Best pre-theatre restaurant

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Siena, 1485 W. 12th

Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour

Best pregame restaurant

Library Square Public House, 300 W. Georgia

Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery, 560 Smithe

The Pint Public House, 455 Abbott

Best restaurant for watching the game

Boston Pizza, Various locations

Shark Club, Various locations

Local Public Eatery, 2210 Cornwall

Best hotel lounge

Lobby Lounge Terrace + RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place

1927 Lobby Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia

Opus Bar, 322 Davie St.

Best bar lounge

The Keefer Bar, 135 Keefer

Pourhouse , 162 Water

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, 900 Seymour

Best bartender

Matt van Dinther (Nomad), 3950 Main

H (Notturno)

Julia Diakow (Tacofino), 2327 E. Hastings

Best restaurant B.C. beer selection

Alibi Room, 157 Alexander

Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st

BierCraft Restaurants, Various locations

Best restaurant imported beer selection

BierCraft Restaurants, Various locations

Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st

Alibi Room, 157 Alexander

Best restaurant wine list (B.C.)

Edible Canada, 1596 Johnston, Granville Island

Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy

Notch8 Restaurant & Bar, 900 W. Georgia

Best restaurant wine list (imported)

Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton

Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia

Best wine bar

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, 900 Seymour

Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley

Grapes & Soda, 1541 W. 6th

Best winery/vineyard restaurant

Miradoro Restaurant, Tinhorn Creek Winery, 537 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver

Quails’ Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna

The Sonora Room, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl.

Best restaurant for cocktails

The Keefer Bar, 135 Keefer

Pourhouse , 162 Water

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard

Best restaurant for drink specials

Colony Main Street, 2904 Main

Cascade Room, 2616 Main

Granville Room, 957 Granville

Best restaurant for a stiff drink

The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, 905 Dunsmuir

Pourhouse , 162 Water

Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, Behind 212 Carrall

Best pub

Doolin’s Irish Pub, 654 Nelson Street

Bimini Public House, 2010 W. 4th

Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Dr

Best brewpub restaurant

Steamworks, 375 Water

Yaletown Brewing Co., 1111 Mainland Street

Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall, 97 E. 2nd

Best local distillery

Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street

The Liberty Distillery, 1494 Old Bridge Rd., Granville Island

Long Table Distillery, 1451 Hornby St.

Best imported beer

Deschutes

Guinness

Sierra Nevada

Best local brewery

Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island

Postmark Brewing, 55 Dunlevy Avenue

Central City Brewers + Distillers, 11411 Bridgeview Drive, Surrey

Best new brewery

Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 W. 4th

Doan’s Craft Brewing

Callister Brewing Co

Best brewery tasting room

Brassneck Brewery, 2148 Main Street

Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island

33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th

Best locally brewed beer

Granville Island Brewing – Lions Winter Ale, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island

Parallel 49 – Gypsy Tears, 1950 Triumph Street

Postmark Brewing – Blonde, 55 Dunlevy Avenue

Best B.C. beer brewed outside Vancouver

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA, 102-450 Hillside Ave., Victoria

Phillips Brewing Blue Buck, 2010 Government St., Victoria

Four Winds IPA

Best Canadian beer brewed outside B.C.

Steam Whistle Brewing

Mill Street Brewery, 55 Mill St., Toronto

Alexander Keith’s

Best B.C. wine/winery (red)

Burrowing Owl, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver

Blasted Church, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls

Le Vieux Pin, 5496 Black Sage Rd., Oliver

Best B.C. wine/winery (white)

JoieFarm Winery, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata

Blasted Church, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls

Burrowing Owl, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver

Le Vieux Pin, 5496 Black Sage Rd., Oliver

Best private wine store

Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba

Firefly Fine Wines and Ales, 2857 Cambie Street

Everything Wine

Best private liquor store

Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba

The Brewery Creek Liquor Store, 3045 Main Street

Darby’s, 2001 Macdonald

Best private beer store

The Brewery Creek Liquor Store, 3045 Main Street

Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba

My Liquor Store, Various locations

Best independent coffee shop

Revolver Coffee, 325 Cambie

Beaucoup Bakery & Café, 2150 Fir

Bump n Grind Cafe, 916 Commercial

Best coffee shop (local chain)

JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, Various locations

49th Parallel, Various locations

Caffè Artigiano, Various locations

Best coffee shop (national chain)

Tim Hortons, Various locations

Starbucks, Various locations

Waves Coffee House

Best fair trade coffee shop

Ethical Bean Coffee, 1315 Kootenay

Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House, Various locations

Revolver Coffee, 325 Cambie

Best tea house

The Secret Garden Tea Company, 5559 West Boulevard

DAVIDsTEA, Various locations

O5 Rare Tea Bar, 2208 W. 4th

Best juice bar

The Juice Truck, 28 W. 5th

Jugo Juice

The Juicery Co., Various locations

Best energy drink

Red Bull

The Juice Truck, 28 W. 5th

Rockstar

Best beer festival/event

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Hopscotch

Brewery and Beast

Best wine festival/event

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Cornucopia

Naramata Bench Wineries Spring and Fall Events

Okanagan Wine Festivals

Dine Out Vancouver

Food Truck Festival

Eat! Vancouver

Congratulations to all of my restaurant friends and for the ones that I haven’t tried yet I will do my best to add at least a few per month.

Please revel in the culinary wonderment that BC has to offer and take a look at how our food scene has changed for the better. Whether you are looking for great chain restaurants or Farm to Table or even gluten free, BC has a plethora of choices abound.

You Gotta try this!

 

 

 

Temper Pastry & Chocolates 


 BC – West Vancouver – Temper Pastry 

  The Metro Vancouer area doesn’t know how lucky they are to have so many out of this world patisserie’s and such talented chefs behind them. 

The North shore is home to Chef Steve Hodge and he is the magician behind Temper and the flavors from the great spot in West Vancouver’s Dunderave. Stop in for everything from a perfect coffee, artisan sandwiches or a VIENNOISERIE or a delectable pastry. This location has a great ambience and is a perfect spot for a healthy or sweet lunch or your morning coffee with your favorite pastry. I would say yes every time if someone asked me to go to Temper.

  
The Apple bite- warm, inviting and mouthwatering 

  

Aptly named after Chef Hodge’s little pumpkin Charlie 

   
   
Pastries, artisan sandwiches, chocolates, coffee 

As well as a great atmosphere to sit and enjoys the fresh treats of the day.

Temper is now set for the holidays with his already popular Bûche Noël is available for order in Raspeberry Cherry, Chestnut or Caramel Apple. 

There are also show pieces galore ready to wow your kids (big or small) 

  
  
Rum & eggnog truffle 

Lastly you will likely always have a friendly hello shot your way from the very cordial Chef Hodge who is born and raised in his native NorthShore (West Van) and approaches his business like the European counterparts like Chez Christophe who greet or say hi to their guests.

I say yes to Temper for your everyday or special occasion treats! 

You Gotta Try This! 


Fable Kitchen – Chef Trevor Bird


Happy Monday Fellow foodie friends,

I truly can’t believe that this blog has taken me so long to post!
I truly recommend that you get down to Fable Kitchen and try what is sure to be one of those happy shuddering culinary moments for you!

As I have mentioned before we are so very fortunate to have a culinary disneyland unfolding more and more each day in the Vancouver lower mainland. Trevor Bird – one of Top Chef Canada’s top competitors opened Fable in approx April 2012.

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The restaurant is is the perfect size and laid out in a comfortable way for you to enjoy food and drinks with friends or co-workers as well as a nice romantic dinner with your love.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to sit at the “chefs wood” then you are in for a treat.
Whether you see Chef Trevor Bird or any of his team commanding the kitchen you will see the workings of a well oiled (olive probably) kitchen machine.
You will watch the Culinary magical fun unfold right in front of you. There is a definite order to what happens from the start right to when the plate is set to come to your waiting a eyes and taste buds. I saw every plate inspected and quality checked and siting for no longer than maybe a minute before it was lovingly delivered for your enjoyment.
I was lucky enough to visit Fable a few times and happily waited for the chefs wood.
First up, was “canned tuna“. Don’t be fooled or timid about what you see on the menu. Trust your waiter or chef recommendations, you won’t be disappointed.

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Another fantastic appetizer was the halibut collar lettuce wrap
If they were out of collars, it was halibut cheeks up next. This magical twist on lettuce wraps was truly a culinary tantalizer of an appy!

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Served with butter lettuce and a perfectly balanced sweet chili sauce (housemade of course) it was the perfect tasty start to our meal.

Next up was the Steak Frites
Triple cooked potatoes, mushroom, broccolini
for $24. It was perfectly cooked to order and melt in your mouth tender served over And unbelievably mouth tantalizing black Pepper Jam- (buy some to take home, you won’t regret it I promise) 

   

 

If the flavor a that just danced across our taste buds weren’t enough it was now time for desert! Yes desert but “must try” unique offering. 

S’mores –

Yes a campfire special but done Fable style with house made brownie and marshmallows- delectably and perfectly rich. 

Lemon Meringue pie- 

Also Fable style- a perfect balance of creamy lemon, crumble and toasted Mirengue. 

   
   A perfect end to a memorable meal.

Thank you Fable & Chef Trevor Bird for a great all around experience. 
My opinion is my own and Always a reflection of my own experience and tastes. It is always meant to share my true reflections and meant with respect.

You Gotta Try This! 

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Glowbal Restaurant Group Announces James Olberg as Culinary Director & Executive Chef at COAST


Happy Thursday great Foodie friends,

Please find the media announcement from Global group via Serena PR regarding Chef Jamea Olberg joining the Glowbal Group. 

Glowbal Restaurant Group Announces James Olberg as New Culinary Director and Executive Chef at

COAST Restaurant

 

Vancouver, BC (March 26, 2015): Glowbal Restaurant Group (GRG) is delighted to announce the appointment of James Olberg as the new Culinary Director and Executive Chef at COAST Restaurant, effective April 2015. The appointment marks Olberg’s welcome return — he worked with the company from 2003-2007 as Executive Chef of the original Glowbal Grill and manager of GRG’s catering div.

  

An accomplished culinary talent, Olberg brings years of experience to the table. His career has spanned more than two decades and includes positions held in kitchens across the country: The King Edward Hotel (Toronto); Sheraton Red Deer Hotel (Red Deer, AB); Queen Landing Hotel (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and La Société, a French bistro in downtown Toronto.


Active in the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC), Olberg’s knowledge and creativity have earned him multiple medals at culinary competitions. As a member of Culinary Team Canada, Olberg earned four silver medals in the Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious international professional cooking competition in the world. In 2017, Olberg will once again join Culinary Team Canada in the Bocuse d’Or, held in Lyon, France. 


“It’s great to be back working with Glowbal Group in beautiful Vancouver,” says Chef Olberg. “What I’m most excited about are the region’s raw materials, especially its fabulous fish and seafood that have always inspired my cooking.”


“We are thrilled to welcome James back to the Glowbal family,” says Emad Yacoub, Proprietor of Glowbal Restaurant Group. “Highly skilled and graceful under pressure, he brings a wealth of experience to COAST. We are proud to be working with him again.”


Olberg will take over culinary operations at COAST from Pedro Gonzalez, the current Executive Chef. Gonzalez is leaving his COAST post to lead the kitchen brigade at the new Glowbal Grill, opening this summer at TELUS Garden.


About Glowbal Restaurant Group

Glowbal Restaurant Group is comprised of 10 restaurants: Glowbal Grill (opening 2015 at TELUS Garden), COAST Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Kitsilano, Society, Black+Blue, The Fish Shack, The Roof, Trattoria Park Royal and Trattoria Burnaby; and NOSH, the Group’s newest concept. The energy, bustle and allure of these celebrated Vancouver restaurants are what most people notice first. In addition, flawless service, exquisite wine lists, and some of the most inventive, celebrated cuisine in Vancouver define every restaurant in the collection.

 

Check out the Glowbal Restaurant Group blog for the latest news on all the restaurants at glowbalgroup.com/blogs.

18th Annual 2015 Golden Plates Readers Choice Awards – Georgia Straight 


  

Happy Wednesday great foodie friends, here is the 18th Annual readers choice awards brought to us from the Georgia Straight and really ulitmately you the readers. 

Enjoy and use this list next time you are wondering where to head out for a great meal!

Click here for the complete list

GOLDEN PLATES WINNERS

Best restaurant overall

  1. Chambar Restaurant568 Beatty
  2. Hawksworth Restaurant801 W. Georgia
  3. Vij’s1480 W. 11th

Best fine dining

  1. Hawksworth Restaurant801 W. Georgia
  2. Chambar Restaurant568 Beatty
  3. Bishop’s2183 W. 4th
  4. Le Crocodile100–909 Burrard

Best mid-price restaurant

  1. Fable1944 W. 4th
  2. Les Faux Bourgeois663 E. 15th
  3. BurgooVarious locations

Best budget restaurant

  1. White SpotVarious locations
  2. La TaqueriaVarious locations
  3. Hawker’s Delight4127 Main St

Best hotel restaurant

  1. Hawksworth Restaurant801 W. Georgia
  2. YEW seafood + bar791 W. Georgia
  3. Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville

Best hotel café

  1. Bel Cafe801 W. Georgia
  2. giovane café + wine bar1038 Canada Place
  3. Café Pacifica300–999 Canada Place

Best casino for eats

  1. River Rock Casino8811 River Rd., Richmond
  2. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver2080 United Blvd., Richmond
  3. Edgewater Casino311-750 Pacific Blvd. S.

Best view restaurant

  1. The Boathouse RestaurantVarious locations
  2. Seasons in the ParkQueen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  3. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  4. Salmon House on the Hill2229 Folkestone Way, West Van

Best restaurant atmosphere

  1. Chambar Restaurant568 Beatty
  2. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  3. Alibi Room157 Alexander

Best restaurant service

  1. Hawksworth Restaurant801 W. Georgia
  2. Bishop’s2183 W. 4th
  3. YEW seafood + bar791 W. Georgia

Best use of local ingredients

  1. Fable1944 W. 4th
  2. Forage1300 Robson
  3. Farmer’s Apprentice1535 W. 6th
  4. Edible Canada1596 Johnston, Granville Island

Best restaurant for a working lunch

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville
  2. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  3. Meat & BreadVarious locations

Most romantic restaurant

  1. Seasons in the ParkQueen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  2. Chambar Restaurant568 Beatty
  3. The Teahouse7501 Stanley Park Dr.

Best place for food on campus

  1. Mahony & Sons Public HouseVarious locations
  2. Pie R Squared6138 Student Union Blvd., UBC
  3. The Delly6138 Student Union Blvd., UBC

Best chain restaurant

  1. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  2. Earls RestaurantVarious locations
  3. White SpotVarious locations

Best eatery with live entertainment

  1. East is EastVarious locations
  2. Federico’s Supper Club1728 Commercial
  3. Libra Room1608 Commercial

Best pre-theatre restaurant

  1. Chambar Restaurant568 Beatty
  2. Homer St. Cafe and Bar898 Homer
  3. Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour
  4. West2881 Granville

Best restaurant for watching the game

  1. Boston PizzaVarious locations
  2. Earls RestaurantVarious locations
  3. The Pint455 Abbott

Best restaurant for a birthday celebration

  1. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  2. Keg Steakhouse & BarVarious locations
  3. Red RobinVarious locations

Restaurant with the hottest staff/servers

  1. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  2. Earls RestaurantVarious locations
  3. Joey RestaurantsVarious locations

Best restaurant patio

  1. Dockside1253 Johnston, Granville Island
  2. Tap & Barrel RestaurantVarious locations
  3. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations

Best all-you-can-eat restaurant

  1. Shabusen Yakiniku House202-755 Burrard
  2. River Rock Casino8811 River Rd., Richmond
  3. Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant201–1128 W. Broadway

Best hole-in-the-wall

  1. Bon’s Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo
  2. Hawker’s Delight4127 Main St
  3. Peaceful RestaurantVarious locations

Best food truck

  1. TacofinoVarious locations
  2. Mom’s Grilled CheeseMobile locations
  3. Vij’s1480 W. 11th

Best food court

  1. Metropolis at Metrotown4700 Kingsway
  2. Pacific Centre701 W. Georgia
  3. Richmond Centre6551 No 3 Rd., Richmond

Best takeout/delivery

  1. NoodleboxVarious locations
  2. PanagoVarious locations
  3. Peaceful RestaurantVarious locations

Best bread bakery

  1. Terra BreadsVarious locations
  2. Cobs BreadVarious locations
  3. Purebread159 W. Hastings

Best specialty food store

  1. Whole Foods MarketVarious locations
  2. The Gourmet Warehouse1340 E. Hastings
  3. Bosa FoodsVarious locations

Best picnic supplier

  1. Whole Foods MarketVarious locations
  2. The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen540 Beatty
  3. Oyama Sausage Company126–1689 Johnston, Granville Island

Best deli

  1. Oyama Sausage Company126–1689 Johnston, Granville Island
  2. Santa Barbara Market1322 Commercial
  3. La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial

Best seafood store

  1. The Daily Catch Seafood CompanyVarious locations
  2. The Fish Counter3825 Main
  3. 7 Seas Fish Co.Various locations

Best grocery store café

  1. Whole Foods MarketVarious locations
  2. Urban FareVarious locations
  3. Le Marché St. George4393 St. George
  4. Meinhardt Fine Foods3002 Granville

Best cooking store

  1. Ming WoVarious locations
  2. The Gourmet Warehouse1340 E. Hastings
  3. CookworksVarious locations

Best new restaurant

  1. Ask for Luigi305 Alexander
  2. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar845 Burrard
  3. Nomad3950 Main
  4. Blacktail Restaurant + Lounge200–332 Water
  5. Farmer’s Apprentice1535 W. 6th

Best new restaurant outside Vancouver

  1. My Shanti15869 Croydon Drive, Surrey
  2. Wolf in the Fog150 Fourth St., Tofino
  3. Kazu Japanese Restaurant (Burnaby)4332 Hastings St., Burnaby
  4. Wooden Spoon (White Rock)15171 Russell Ave., White Rock

Best Burnaby restaurant

  1. The Pear Tree Restaurant4120 E. Hastings St., Burnaby
  2. Anton’s Pasta Bar4260 East Hastings St., Burnaby
  3. Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby

Best North Shore restaurant

  1. Beach House at Dundarave Pier150 25th St., West Van
  2. Salmon House on the Hill2229 Folkestone Way, West Van
  3. Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Ave., North Van
  4. Fishworks91 Lonsdale Ave., North Van
  5. Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave., North Van

Best Richmond restaurant

  1. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant140-3866 Bayview St., Richmond
  2. Gudrun150–3500 Moncton St., Steveston
  3. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant102–4940 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Best Surrey, Delta, White Rock, and Langley restaurant

  1. My Shanti15869 Croydon Drive, Surrey
  2. Tap Restaurant15350 34 Ave., Surrey
  3. Central City Brew Pub + Restaurant13450 102nd Ave., Surrey

Best New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam restaurant

  1. Wild Rice122–810 Quayside Dr., New West
  2. Longtail Kitchen116-810 Quayside Dr., New West
  3. Re-Up BBQ114–810 Quayside Dr., New West

Best Whistler restaurant

  1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
  2. Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
  3. RimRock Cafe2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler

Best African

  1. Simba’s Grill825 Denman
  2. Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Dr.
  3. Red Sea Café and Restaurant670 E. Broadway

Best Chinese (Shanghainese + northern style)

  1. Peaceful RestaurantVarious locations
  2. Shanghai River7831 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
  3. Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 W. Broadway

Best Continental

  1. Le Crocodile100–909 Burrard
  2. Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville
  3. Homer St. Cafe and Bar898 Homer

Best Philippine

  1. Pinpin Restaurant6113 Fraser
  2. Max’s Restaurant3546 Kingsway
  3. Goldilocks BakeshopVarious locations

Best French

  1. Le Crocodile100–909 Burrard
  2. Les Faux Bourgeois663 E. 15th
  3. L’Abattoir217 Carrall
  4. Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville

Best German

  1. Vancouver Alpen Club4875 Victoria
  2. Bestie105 E. Pender
  3. Jägerhof71 Lonsdale Avenue, North Van

Best Greek

  1. Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek TavernaVarious locations
  2. Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 W. Broadway
  3. Takis’ Taverna1106 Davie

Best North Indian

  1. Vij’s1480 W. 11th
  2. Raga Restaurant1177 W. Broadway
  3. Indian Oven2006 W. 4th

Best South Indian

  1. House of Dosas1391 Kingsway
  2. Chutney Villa147 E. Broadway
  3. Madras Dosa House5656 Fraser

Best Italian

  1. Ask for Luigi305 Alexander
  2. Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca1133 and 1129 Hamilton St. 
  3. La Quercia3689 W. 4th

Best Japanese

  1. Tojo’s1133 W. Broadway
  2. Miku Restaurant70–200 Granville
  3. GuuVarious locations

Best Korean

  1. Damso Modern Korean Cuisine867 Denman
  2. Sura Korean Royal CuisineVarious locations
  3. Jang Mo JibVarious locations

Best Latin American

  1. Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma
  2. Chicha136 E. Broadway
  3. Cuchillo261 Powell

Best Caribbean

  1. The ReefVarious locations
  2. Calabash Bistro428 Carrall
  3. Havana1212 Commercial

Best Lebanese

  1. Nuba Restaurant and Café NubaVarious locations
  2. Jamjar2280 Commercial Dr.
  3. Saj&Co813 Davie St.

Best Malaysian

  1. Banana LeafVarious locations
  2. Kaya Malay Bistro1063 W. Broadway
  3. Tamarind HillVarious locations
  4. TropikaVarious locations

Best Mediterranean

  1. Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca1133 and 1129 Hamilton St. 
  2. ProvenceVarious locations
  3. Nuba Restaurant and Café NubaVarious locations

Best Mexican

  1. Las Margaritas Restaurante y Cantina1999 W. 4th
  2. La TaqueriaVarious locations
  3. La Mezcalaria1622 Commercial

Best Middle Eastern

  1. Afghan Horsemen202-1833 Anderson, Granville Island
  2. Nuba Restaurant and Café NubaVarious locations
  3. East is EastVarious locations

Best Pacific Northwest

  1. Bishop’s2183 W. 4th
  2. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton
  3. West2881 Granville

Best Persian

  1. Cazba RestaurantVarious locations
  2. Afghan Horsemen202-1833 Anderson, Granville Island
  3. ZeitoonVarious locations

Best Portuguese

  1. Casa Verde3532 Commercial St.
  2. Nando’sVarious locations
  3. Chefe Daniel Flavours of Portugal2268 Kingsway
  4. Portuguese Club of Vancouver1144 Commercial

Best Spanish

  1. España1118 Denman
  2. The Sardine Can26 Powell
  3. Bin 941941 Davie

Best Thai

  1. Maenam1938 W. 4th
  2. Bob Likes Thai FoodVarious locations
  3. Green Basil Thai Restaurant4623 Kingsway, Burnaby

Best Singaporean

  1. Kaya Malay Bistro1063 W. Broadway
  2. Banana LeafVarious locations
  3. TropikaVarious locations

Best breakfast

  1. Café Medina780 Richards
  2. Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary1298 East Hastings Street
  3. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th

Best bagel

  1. Solly’s BagelryVarious locations
  2. Siegel’s BagelsVarious locations
  3. Rosemary RocksaltVarious locations

Best brunch

  1. Café Medina780 Richards
  2. Fable1944 W. 4th
  3. Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary1298 East Hastings Street

Best appetizers

  1. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  2. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar845 Burrard
  3. YEW seafood + bar791 W. Georgia

Best burger

  1. Romer’s Burger BarVarious locations
  2. Vera’s Burger ShackVarious locations
  3. White SpotVarious locations

Best veggie burger

  1. The Naam Restaurant2724 W. 4th
  2. White SpotVarious locations
  3. Vera’s Burger ShackVarious locations

Best comfort food

  1. BurgooVarious locations
  2. White SpotVarious locations
  3. The Naam Restaurant2724 W. 4th

Best pub food

  1. The Irish Heather Gastropub210 Carrall Street
  2. The Fat Badger1616 Alberni
  3. The Charles Bar136 W. Cordova

Best bistro

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville
  2. Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th
  3. BurgooVarious locations

Best diner

  1. Lucy’s Eastside Diner2708 Main
  2. The Templeton1087 Granville
  3. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th

Best tapas

  1. España1118 Denman
  2. The Sardine Can26 Powell
  3. Bin 941941 Davie

Best wings

  1. Wings Tap & GrillVarious locations
  2. Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E. Georgia
  3. Earls RestaurantVarious locations

Best barbecue

  1. Memphis Blues Barbeque HouseVarious locations
  2. Peckinpah2 Water
  3. Re-Up BBQ114–810 Quayside Dr., New West

Best poutine

  1. Fritz European Fry House718 Davie
  2. La Belle Patate1215 Davie
  3. Belgian Fries1885 Commercial

Best tacos

  1. La TaqueriaVarious locations
  2. TacofinoVarious locations
  3. Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial

Best fish and chips

  1. Go Fish1505 W. 1st
  2. The Fish Counter3825 Main
  3. Pajo’sVarious locations

Best fish/shellfish

  1. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton
  2. Rodney’s Oyster HouseVarious locations
  3. YEW seafood + bar791 W. Georgia

Best pizza by the slice

  1. Flying Wedge PizzaVarious locations
  2. Uncle Fatih’s PizzaVarious locations
  3. FreshSliceVarious locations

Best pizza takeout/delivery

  1. PanagoVarious locations
  2. Pizzeria Farina915 Main
  3. Uncle Fatih’s PizzaVarious locations

Best pizzeria

  1. Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 E. Cordova
  2. Via Tevere1190 Victoria
  3. Pizzeria Farina915 Main
  4. Pizzeria Barbarella654 E. Broadway

Best chicken

  1. Homer St. Cafe and Bar898 Homer
  2. Nando’sVarious locations
  3. Zabu Chicken1635 Robson

Best sushi

  1. Miku Restaurant70–200 Granville
  2. Tojo’s1133 W. Broadway
  3. Toshi Sushi181 E. 16th

Best izakaya

  1. Hapa IzakayaVarious locations
  2. GuuVarious locations
  3. Kingyo Izakaya871 Denman

Best ramen

  1. Kintaro Ramen788 Denman
  2. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka1690 Robson
  3. Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman

Best noodles

  1. Peaceful RestaurantVarious locations
  2. NoodleboxVarious locations
  3. Legendary Noodle House1074 Denman

Best dim sum

  1. Sun Sui Wah Seafood RestaurantVarious locations
  2. Kirin Seafood RestaurantVarious locations
  3. Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant1132 E. Hastings

Best salads

  1. Cactus Club CafeVarious locations
  2. Tractor Everyday Healthy FoodsVarious locations
  3. Whole Foods MarketVarious locations

Best sandwiches

  1. Meat & BreadVarious locations
  2. Finch’s Tea & Coffee House353 W. Pender
  3. Hubbub Sandwich BlissVarious locations

Best soups

  1. liquids + solids café & marketVarious locations
  2. BurgooVarious locations
  3. The Stock Market1689 Johnston, Granville Island

Best wraps

  1. SteamrollersVarious locations
  2. The Pita PitVarious locations
  3. WrapZoneVarious locations
  4. Budgie’s Burritos44 Kingsway

Best vegetarian

  1. The Naam Restaurant2724 W. 4th
  2. The Acorn3995 Main
  3. Heirloom Vegetarian1509 W. 12th

Most vegan-friendly

  1. The Naam Restaurant2724 W. 4th
  2. The Acorn3995 Main
  3. Graze3980 Fraser

Best gluten-free dining

  1. The Wallflower Modern Diner2420 Main
  2. Graze3980 Fraser
  3. The Juice TruckVarious locations

Best desserts

  1. True ConfectionsVarious locations
  2. Thomas Haas Chocolates & PatisserieVarious locations
  3. Thierry1059 Alberni

Best ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt

  1. Bella GelateriaVarious locations
  2. Earnest Ice Cream3992 Fraser
  3. Mario’s Gelati88 East 1st Avenue

Best chocolate shop

  1. Thomas Haas Chocolates & PatisserieVarious locations
  2. Purdy’s ChocolatesVarious locations
  3. Chocolate Arts1620 W. 3rd Ave.

Best doughnut shop

  1. Cartems Donuterie534 W. Pender St. 
  2. Lucky’s DoughnutsVarious locations
  3. Lee’s Donuts122–1689 Johnston, Granville Island

Best B.C. wine/winery (red)

  1. Burrowing Owl500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  2. Mission Hill Family Estate1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  3. Painted Rock400 Smythe Drive, Penticton

Best B.C. wine/winery (white)

  1. JoieFarm Winery2825 Naramata Road, Naramata
  2. Blasted Church378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls
  3. Mission Hill Family Estate1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  4. Tinhorn Creek32830 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver

Best winery/vineyard restaurant

  1. The Sonora Room, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  2. Miradoro Restaurant, Tinhorn Creek Winery537 Tinhorn Creek Road, Oliver
  3. Terrace Restaurant1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna

Best bar lounge

  1. The Keefer Bar135 Keefer
  2. Granville Room957 Granville
  3. Pourhouse162 Water

Best bartender

  1. Shaun Layton (L’Abattoir)
  2. Lauren Mote (Uva)
  3. Cooper Tardivel (Hawksworth)
  4. David Wolowidnyk (West)

Best restaurant for cocktails

  1. Pourhouse162 Water
  2. The Bimini Public House2010 W. 4th
  3. L’Abattoir217 Carrall
  4. The Diamond6 Powell

Best pub

  1. Alibi Room157 Alexander
  2. Doolin’s654 Nelson Street
  3. The Irish Heather Gastropub210 Carrall Street
  4. The Bimini Public House2010 W. 4th

Best brewpub restaurant

  1. Steamworks375 Water
  2. Yaletown Brewing Co.1111 Mainland Street
  3. Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall97 E. 2nd Ave.

Best university/college pub/lounge

  1. Koerner’s Pub6371 Crescent Rd., UBC
  2. Mahony & Sons Public HouseVarious locations
  3. The Pit Pub6138 Student Union Blvd., UBC

Best local distillery

  1. Odd Society Spirits1725 Powell Street
  2. Long Table Distillery1451 Hornby St.
  3. The Liberty Distillery1494 Old Bridge Rd., Granville Island

Best local brewery

  1. Granville Island Brewing1441 Cartwright St.
  2. Brassneck Brewery2148 Main Street
  3. Parallel 491950 Triumph Street

Best new brewery

  1. Brassneck Brewery2148 Main Street
  2. Strange Fellows Brewing1345 Clark Dr.
  3. 33 Acres15 W. 8th
  4. Main Street Brewing Company261 East 7th Avenue

Best brewery tasting room

  1. Brassneck Brewery2148 Main Street
  2. 33 Acres15 W. 8th
  3. Parallel 491950 Triumph Street

Best private wine store

  1. Liberty Wine MerchantsVarious locations
  2. Legacy Liquor Store1633 Manitoba
  3. Marquis Wine Cellars1034 Davie Street

Best private liquor store

  1. Legacy Liquor Store1633 Manitoba
  2. Granville Liquor Store2658 Granville Street
  3. The Brewery Creek Liquor Store3045 Main Street

Best private beer store

  1. The Brewery Creek Liquor Store3045 Main Street
  2. Legacy Liquor Store1633 Manitoba
  3. Granville Liquor Store2658 Granville Street

Best independent coffee shop

  1. Revolver Coffee325 Cambie Street
  2. 49th ParallelVarious locations
  3. Matchstick Coffee RoastersVarious locations

Best coffee shop (national chain)

  1. StarbucksVarious locations
  2. BlenzVarious locations
  3. Tim HortonsVarious locations

Best fair trade coffee shop

  1. Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting HouseVarious locations
  2. Revolver Coffee325 Cambie Street
  3. 49th ParallelVarious locations

Best tea house

  1. The Secret Garden Tea Company5559 West Boulevard
  2. DAVIDsTEAVarious locations
  3. The Urban Tea Merchant1070 W. Georgia

Best juice bar

  1. The Juice TruckVarious locations
  2. Jugo Juice
  3. The Juicery Co.Various locations

Special event at the Gourmet warehouse


Happy Tuesday great foodie friends.
Wednesday October 8th 6:00-8:00 pm Caren McSherry & her wonderful Gourmet warehouse is hosting a soup tasting and book launch for the The Soup Sisters and Brothers Cookbook

Tickets include a copy of the cookbook, 6 tasty soup tastings as well as sweets, gelato and refreshments.

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Soups will be provided and served by a great line up of our local talented chefs-

Gourmet Warehouse’s Caren McSherry. Rosie Daykin – Butter Baked Goods, Daniel Wagner – Rain City Soups, David Robertson- Dirty Apron Cooking school and deli, Chef Karen – Barnaby, Chef Lesley Stowe- Lesley Stowe fine foods and gelato served by gelato master James Coleridge.

Call the Gourmet Warehouse for tickets to this great event!
604-253-3022 or purchase in store 1340 East Hastings street.

Looks to be a great event full of fun and flavors!
You Gotta Try This!

Air Canada’s Enroute Magazine 2014 Best restaurants – vote for our Vancouver stars!


Happy Wednesday great foodie friends.
It’s that time again for Enroute Magazines restaurant awards.
Support our great restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland!
Click on the link, quick register and vote for your favorite new restaurant.

EAT. VOTE. WIN.

Have you eaten at Canada’s Best New Restaurant? Vote with your fork and enter for your chance to win a trip to our gala event. Our food writer, Andrew Braithwaite, will narrow down the list to his top 10 in our November issue. Until then, you get a chance to have your say, or just read Andrew’s tips for where to find your next great meal. Here are the 30 nominees for Canada’s best new restaurants 2014*.

click here for tge link to vote

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Our shining stars are:
Ask For Luigi
Blacktail Florist
Cinara
Farmers Apprentice
Little Jumbo(Victoria)
My Shanti

#EatVoteWin

You Gotta Vote For This

Happy Canada Day to ALL!


Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian Friends !!
We hope your all enjoying Canada’s birthday with friends and family!
Eat well, get out and enjoy the sun and spend time with the ones you love!
Stay safe.

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Eat Vancouver! Food and Cooking Festival


The Eat Vancouver Food and cooking festival is right around the corner!

As in the past you will see new and innovative food products and be able to try many tasty treats.

Click here to buy tickets online

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The Food Network Celebrity Stage is where you will find your favourite Canadian chefs cooking up a storm! Watch live 45 minute demonstrations featuring such hosts and chefs as Rob Feenie, Chuck Hughes, Vikram Vij, Lynn Crawford & Ned Bell, each eager to impress and entertain the audience with their masterful techniques and charming characters. The Food Network Celebrity Stage will also feature special techniques and grilling demos from Weber Specialist,
Michael P. Clive. Check out the stage schedule, you don’t want to miss seeing ALL of these superstars!