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Dine Out – January 11 to February 4, 2018

8 Jan

 

Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 11th. Restaurants participating in Dine Out, will be offering 3 prix-fixe menus, $20, $30 or $40. Note, if you are an Aeroplan member, you get a heads up and first dibs at reservations as of January 8th.     As in past years, there are also a number of special events as part of Dine Out. We’ve set out below a few that caught our eye: 

Vancouver Brewery Tours East Van Craft Brewery & Food Tour

This tour now being offered for the 5th year in a row by Vancouver Brewery Tours is a fun one.   They’ve hand picked some of their favourite East Van breweries including Strange Fellows Brewing, Italian influenced Luppolo Brewing Co. and Columbian influenced Andina Brewing Co. Vancouver Brewery Tours will take you on a brewery tour while you taste your way through East Van’s great food scene.  The tour happen on a number of dates including:  January 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 &  February 1, 2, 3. Costs is $99.50. To learn more, or purchase your ticket(s), visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Get Crafty Main Street – Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

For one night only, Tuesday, January 30th, the Main Street location of Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is hosting ‘Get Crafty’.  You get the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and make your perfect artisan pizza.  Your evening also includes a choice of 2 starters, along with your creative pizza and the choice of 3 delish desserts.  Each course is paired with beer tastings from R&B Brewing whose founder will be on hand to share his knowledge and answer any questions.  The fun happens from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost is $40.50 which is a pretty great deal for a fun experience. To learn more, or purchase your ticket(s), visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Railtown After Dark Pop-Up Dinner – Railtown Catering 

On Saturday, February 3rd, the creative team at Railtown Catering will be hosting a pop up dinner at the Railtown Café at 397 Railway Street.   They will be transforming the  café into long table dining for 30 people.  On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail and canapés. After which you will be seated for a multi-course menu with wine pairings.  Menu includes side stripe ceviche, coconut, basil, rice cup, foie gras torchon, umeboshi, nashi pear, shiso, sesame streusel, grilled mackerel, burdock, turnip, water spinach, dashi, yuzu kosho pork ribs, maitake, scallion, ponzu, genmaicha panna cotta, quince, lemon crumb.  All sounds pretty delish to us. The pop up dinner kicks off at 6:30 pm. Cost is $107.00. To learn more, or purchase ticket(s), visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Eastside Culture Crawl – Bits, Bites, Beer & More On The Crawl

18 Nov

foodimageFor all those participating in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl which is taking place November 17- 20, 2016, we have a few thoughts on where to stop to refuel. We know from first hand experience all that walking on the Crawl makes you hungry and thirsty and the opportunity to put your feet up for a bit, is a welcome one.   With that in mind, we thought we would set out some delish spots to check out for a bite, refreshment or more.  As the Crawl covers a great deal of ground, we have set it out by geographic area. Since our experience has been to pick a general area to concentrate on and stop in at a number of artists within walking distance.

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee. Of course, for lunch or brunch, Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime. If you have a hankering for something sweet, well a couple of great options include Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, you could start with breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive. Looking for coffee? We’d hit Pallet Roasters.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has that covered off with a selection of handmade chocolate from Melt Confections on hand along with their amazing pie. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar and Turks. For the perfect sandwhich to go (and big enough for two in most cases), we recommend La Grotta del Fromaggio. While there, we highly suggest a stop into Fratelli Bakery next door. If it’s brunch you are looking for, Havana Restaurant and is one of many great spots on the Drive. Just up the street you have Biercraft which also serves brunch and a great selection of beer.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Oh and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a favourite spot for licorice lovers, the Licorice Parlour.  If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after. Les Amis du Fromage is hosting a Pop Up Shop with the Salty Cookie Company this Saturday, November 19th. So if you  have a sweet craving, we do encourage you stop by.  If you are looking for dinner after Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street.   If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option.

Clark Drive

This is a developing area which we expect will be changing more in the coming years. Right now  it’s home to Strange Fellows Brewing which is featuring Moving Art as part of the Crawl, so beer and art under one roof. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick and reasonable, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables. Of course, Yolks Breakfast at East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you and if it’s beer you are after Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which always has some great art on hand all year long.

Which every way you slice it and where you decide to Crawl, get out and see some great art!

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Social Yoga The Café Series Begins At Railtown Café Sept. 3rd

31 Aug

TheCafeSeriesIf you are an early bird and love yoga, an upcoming series of sessions with Social Yoga just might be for you.   The Café Series begins on September 3rd at Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street and runs for 4 weeks.   Classes run from 6:15 am – 8:15 am on Thursday, September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th and yes coffee is included. The class does have a maximum of 8 people so if this appeals to you, best be quick, space is limited. Cost is $100

Sunday School Wine Education Is Back At Vancouver Urban Winery

22 Jan

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Starting this Sunday, January 26th, Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School is back with some wine education classes.  This weekend’s class is “The Price is Wrong”.   They will help answer what price has got to do with it when choosing wines.  The hosts will take you through a series of blind tastings of both inexpensive as well as some more expensive wines. To keep things fair, the wines will be from the same grape and the same country, just a different price tag.   You decide what you like best, as in the end, it all comes down to taste and what you like.  Classes run from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm and you are invited to stay post class for a mix & mingle from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and available from Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue. If you can’t make this week’s class, upcoming classes include:

February 16:              France vs the New World

March 16:             Sommelier Smack Down: the Rematch (SOLD OUT)

March 30:            Sommelier Smack Down (Bonus Class Added)

April 20:               Food Fight: The Great Beer vs. Wine Showdown

May 18:                 BC vs. the World: Round III

June 15:                The Cider House Rules

For more information or to purchase tickets visit EventBrite, or email the winery at info@vancouverurbanwinery.com or call them at T:  604.566.9463.

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