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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

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


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

Kraft Peanut Butter -Story time

Happy Friday great foodie friends,

As Valentines approaches AOL Canada shared this fantastic Kraft Peanut Butter’s StoryTime from their StickTogether program “BeOn” editorial piece celebrating families and our busy lives.

I promise that this video from the #StickTogether campaign will warm your heart if not make you shed a tear!

Celebrate the glue that sticks us together, mom! With Kraft Peanut Butter’s fantastic campaign to help us all remember how important we are to each other and how we can so easily let life’s busy turns let time pass without realizing or recognizing how it all doesn’t fall apart. Life’s wonder in most families called mom.

Thank you Moms, Kraft Peanut Butter and AOL Canada for reminding us all to #StickTogether by helping this family share their story with us!
click here for the Kraft Storytime video



Valentine’s ideas

Hello great foodie friends,


As the days grow closer to the day of Love (albeit a little commercial) planning your valentines should come from the heart and soul rather than from something that will last for a day or two but not stand the test of the soul and the heart in your Loves eyes.

When deciding what to do don’t feel that you have to focus on something so daunting that it adds stress to your day but rather something made from Love and care.
This great molten lava cake from Food network & Patrick and Gene Neely is a start.
molten lava cake recipe – click here


Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely

Molten Lava Cakes
Total Time:
50 min
35 min
15 min
Yield:8 cakes
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2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting (optional)
6 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar.

Combine the butter, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk the flour, confectioners’ sugar, eggs and yolks, vanilla extract and almond extract in a bowl until creamy. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide among the prepared ramekins.

Bake the cakes until the tops are stiff and the edges darken, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a small paring knife and transfer to plates while warm. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Photograph by Gentl & Hyers

Recipe courtesy The Neelys’ for Food Network Magazine

Read more at:

Try this dessert and pair it with a raspberry or multi – berry coulis / sauce with some fresh berries as well topped with fresh whip cream and serve with some Prosecco.

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If if your so inclined could you prepare a wonderful dinner? If not use this dessert and the end of the night show stopper coupled with your sweethearts favourite flower! Many valentines start or end with roses, but was this great marketing by the flower industry or really truly your Valentines favourite flower? Better to know and ask if you need to!
I guess the theme of my posting is truly about doing something from the heart rather than bought at a store!
If chocolate isn’t your perfect Valentine sweet treat, why not making a Tiramisu?
Come on folks, it’s one of the most delectable Italian treats and is truly easier than it looks and I promise smiles.


Tiramisu recipe – click here

You can put the Tiramisu into any cup, dish or pan and serve it how you like but if you can find chocolate cups like these it adds a special extra touch.

Last but not least, I have included a link for those of you wanting to spread sweet love but do it as hea,thy as possible…. 8 desserts 80 calories or under

8 desserts 80 calories or under – click here

Happy Valentines to you all

The Top 12 Italian Foods in 2014 – the votes are in!

Happy Saturday great foodie friends…. The holidays are around the corner and thoughts of holiday Flavors are no doubt dancing in your brain, across your tastebuds and tummy! I know these aren’t traditional holiday flavours but aren’t Italian flavours just perfect anytime? I think so.

Thank you to Italian Living .com for posting this vote! I couldn’t look at these photos with out my mouth watering!
Love all things Italian….. Enjoy.
click here for the full article on


Per the Italian Living article:
More than 700,000 foodies and 5,00 food professionals—including bloggers, chefs, restaurateurs and cooking schools —voted for the twelve most popular Italian foods. Parmigiano Reggiano won 1st with the “King of Cheese” receiving 20% of the votes. This international contest sponsored by the nonprofit group I Love Italian Food was conducted online in November 2014, with results released in mid-December.

“This contest made us understand which of our traditional foods are the real ambassadors outside of Italy, “ comments Alessandro Schiatti, founder of I Love Italian Food. Three of the winning foods—Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico, are all from the Emilia-Romagna region, which isn’t surprising as that region has more products that are DOP and IGP ( protected designation of origin) than any other region.

Using these twelve winners, I Love Italian Food will launch a project in January 2015 called 100per100, which will ask twelve of Italy’s top chefs including Heinz Beck, Cristina Bowerman, Moreno Cedroni and Antonella Ricci to create a unique recipe for each.

And the 2014 winners are:












You Gotta Try all of these!

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.

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!

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

Smokehouse Sandwich Co


Last week I was pleasantly surprised to have a friend recommend a new eatery in Richmond that he said he found on my Facebook page?! I must have been looking around and liked a photo or something but this secret little gem must have fallen off my FoodDar but i honestly can report that WOW am I glad we tried it!
This perfect little eatery is tucked in on the quieter side of Westminster Hwy.
When you enter the restaurant the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and comfortable. The friendly faces are waiting to welcome you and recommended the days special or simply direct you to some of their fantastic tried and true favorites.



The Sandwich Board :


My friend was as interested as I was to try a few different flavors- we opted for the Samson:
A coffee covered and strawberry glazed slow cooked beef brisket- butter lettuce, red bell peppers and house aioli.
The brisket was melt in your mouth goodness and not chewy in any way.

And the Molly:
Hot smoked salmon – butter lettuce, pickled capers, fresh dill and house aioli.
The chef proudly but humbly proclaimed that One of our staff members caught this salmon yesterday from the Fraser river
Let me tell you, you could tell! Fresh, fresh, fresh!
We all know that the first key to a great sandwich is the bread ! The restaurant doesn’t even boast about the perfect bookends for the perfect ingredients but I assure you they have nailed it!

Another pleasant addition to your plate / pan has to be the house made chips in olive oil with a light sea salt.
It was also refreshing not to find any soda pop on the menu, the restaurant serves 2 house made fresh ingredient drinks – Honey, ginger and lemon (which I had and it was perfect) and Strawberry Mint both served hot or cold.
You could also get coffee and of course water.
The sandwiches were excellent. The ingredients were full of deep flavor, fresh ingredients and a perfect finish with the fresh bread.





All in all this is a big recommend in Richmond that I know once your visited you will be back for more.
The prices were reasonable and portions just right.
The owners and staff are friendly, humble and happy to receive you.

You Gotta Try This!

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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.


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


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


You Gotta Vote For This

Does what you order and what you eat say things things about you?-

Another fun read from Thrilllist! Does what we order tell who we are?
Maybe a little, take a look.
Thank you Thrillist and Kevin Alexander for the fun read.
What your Chipotle order says about you


PUBLISHED ON 7/13/2014

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Though there is clearly a lot that people don’t know about Chipotle, what we do know is that it is a regular stop for tons of folks, be they college students, office workers, or Presidents who refuse to respect the sneeze guard. But did you know that I am basically a trained social scientist who can tell EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU just by your order? Don’t believe me? Well, check this out:

A chicken burrito with just black beans and salsa
You own several hand mirrors. Sometimes, when you are running alongside a car that has just been washed, you lose yourself in your own reflection and crash into old people holding shopping bags filled with empty cans. You get mildly annoyed when the ref makes you take off your FitBit during co-ed soccer games, because your steps won’t be reflected on your chart. You occasionally do the American Psycho pose during sex.

A regular burrito “however you usually make it”
You are one of those people who fills in “Neither Agree nor Disagree” for all the answers on your cable customer feedback surveys.

A grilled steak burrito with no beans, extra rice, double guac, double cheese, double sour cream, no salsa
You own three Jake Plummer Denver Broncos football jerseys, all in the “third” color way. Your family has been the only family in your town buying Cadillac Escalades for years now.

I rolled burritos at Chipotle, and it changed me
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A half barbacoa/carnitas burrito with both types of beans, all the salsas, plus guac, cheese, and sour cream, plus all the hot sauces
You are secretly intrigued by buffets, but feel like your socioeconomic standing doesn’t permit you to admit that openly. You are one of the only people who actually uses the screen-within-a-screen function on your TV. You’re like the NAFTA of food consumption: you don’t believe in borders.

An adobo-marinated chicken burrito with roasted chili-corn salsa
So you’re the one person who gets the adobo-marinated chicken AND the roasted-chili corn salsa, huh?!?! WHAT IS YOUR LIFE LIKE?!?! YOU ARE A MYSTERY TO US ALL.

You are hip, though you like to use the word “hep” because less people are doing that nowadays. You live in a neighborhood that makes you slightly uneasy, just so you can watch people’s faces when you nonchalantly tell them your cross-streets. You read Lucky Peach before they, like, got a little bit corporate and mainstream. You own vinyl records because “the sound quality is so much better”. You are not going to be happy when you discover Taco Bell is also making these things now.

A chicken burrito, add in fresh cilantro
You live a colorful life. You go to farmer’s markets, and not just for the free samples of olive oil. You once dated one of those people whose taste buds make them think cilantro tastes like soap, and you fought so much. The sex was weirdly good, though.

A burrito with no meat, just cilantro-lime rice and extra guacamole
You’re my weird cousin who is super weird.
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Crispy tacos with chicken, cheese, and salsa
You have a fondness for Matt Christopher and Hardy Boys books. You often wear shirts with the Animaniacs on them, and call girls “icky” and “smelly” and “realistically out of your league”. You are 37 years old.

One barbacoa, one chicken, and one carnitas soft taco, each with a different type of salsa, cheese, and sour cream combination
You won “most friendly” in high school, and said hi to everyone in the hallway, including Rick. You don’t make fun of people with a ton of bumper stickers, even internally, just to yourself. You hated Lebron’s ESPN special “The Decision”, not because of its audacious, lame, and overblown premise, but more just because you felt uncomfortable that he had to choose at all. You don’t get laid a lot using online dating sites.

Steak soft tacos w/ red chili salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce
You have a (leased) sports car, with a vanity license plate. You were good at one varsity sport in high school, but it isn’t the one you tell people it was. You live life in the fast lane. Literally, you’ve gotten three tickets for speeding this year, which partially explains why you’re always eating Chipotle.

A carnitas burrito bowl with everything
With you, it’s not about what you’re spending, it’s about what you’re saving. You once bought an owl box for your backyard, just because it was 70% off, and you don’t even have a backyard. You keep a running tally in your head of all the money you’ve ever won/lost gambling, so when you lose $300 at the casino, you can still convince your brain that you’re actually up $80 from four years before. You have trouble getting loans from non-private lenders.
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A double-wrapped burrito, any style
When you leave your house, you automatically say “wallet, keys, phone” aloud three times. You don’t like riding public transportation because of people’s gross elbows and bodies and faces. The last impromptu thing you did was buy a Swiffer WetJet.

A burritodilla
It doesn’t matter who you are, because no one really seems to understand exactly what you want.

A chicken quesadilla
You’re one of those people who ends up pressing the meat down on the grill several times even after Sam Sifton SPECIFICALLY SAID not to. You also tend to leave your seat belt off even in cars where it beeps, and pretend not to notice. Actually, you may have a hearing issue.

The Kid’s Menu chicken quesadilla with chocolate milk
A kid, hopefully, or at least young enough-looking to get carded when attempting to buy cigarillos from gas stations.
The rules: dining at Chipotle
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Just chips and guacamole
You don’t like to be locked into longterm commitments. You’ve moved three times in the past year. You date casually. You own a pre-paid cell phone, which alarms your uncle, now that he finally got around to watching The Wire.

Nachos (essentially a burrito bowl, but sub out the rice for tortilla chips)
You tend to do well when watching Jeopardy, especially during foreign categories Alex Trebek enjoys annunciating. You’re a regular at a cool bar by your house. Your doctor thinks you need to stop subbing tortilla chips in for normal foodstuffs.

A sofritas burrito bowl
You’re a vegetarian, but you don’t like to advertise it, or lord it over people like Darlene did on Roseanne. WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS BOSSING AROUND DAVID HEALY?!?!

Any type of salad
You’re not real, therefore you don’t exist.

click here for the full Thrillist article
Kevin Alexander is Thrillist’s food/drink executive editor, and stopped ordering kids’ quesadillas MONTHS ago, okay? Follow him to the DMV to get a vanity license plate at @KAlexander03.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th Of July to all of our great American Friends!
July 4th is the 185th day of the year….
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Enjoy the day with family and friends…. Remember those who fought for your Independence and celebrate with great food and fun!
Share your favourite food traditions and let us know who you spent your time with!