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Restaurants Vancouver

Tasty Tomes

By SHERI RADFORD

Bring home the delicious tastes of CinCin Ristorante and Araxi

Bring home the delicious tastes of Araxi and CinCin Ristorante

If only you could pack your favourite restaurant into a suitcase and take it home with you. Now you can (sort of), thanks to two newly published cookbooks. CinCin: Wood Fired Cucina shares the secrets of CinCin Ristorante’s wood-oven cooking techniques, revealing how to create traditional Italian dishes using seasonal West Coast ingredients. Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes embraces the local-eating philosophy of Araxi in recipes such as seared wild scallops with cauliflower tempura or roasted beets with chickpea caponata and nasturtium pesto. The two tasty tomes are available at Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks and other bookstores, which means the mouth-watering flavours of British Columbia can linger long after your vacation has ended.

 

Taco Redux

By TIM PAWSEY

Soft and crunchy carnitas (front), lemon grass chicken burritos (left) and tater tots (right). (Photo: KK Law).

Soft and crunchy carnitas (front), lemon grass chicken burritos (left) and tater tots (right). (Photo: KK Law)

A recent arrival in Yaletown, pint-sized Tacofino is an offshoot of its ever-popular Gastown mothership. Pack in for surf-centric bites such as lingcod fish tacos, beef-brisket-barbacoa burritos, white-bean tacos and more. Traditional tequila cocktails include a margarita and a paloma. Think Tofino meets Baja–with sustainably sourced ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood.

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Convention Centre Cravings

By TIM PAWSEY

Angus prime rib beef dip, at Lions Pub. (Photo: KK Law).

Angus prime rib beef dip, at Lions Pub. (Photo: KK Law)

A wealth of options around the Vancouver Convention Centre include breakfast bites at De Dutch, pub fare at Mahony & Sons, West Coast cuisine at Cactus Club and well-picked pints at Tap & Barrel. Plus myriad flavours await just a few steps away.

Lions Pub This warm and welcoming British-inspired haunt yields good local taps and suitably pubbish fare to go along, from Scotch eggs to rarebit to mini Yorkshire puddings.

Chewies This bustling emporium adds a southern twist to all things bivalve, “steamed, stewed or nude.”

Giovane Just off the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s lobby, this self-serve Euro-cafe enjoys a well-earned rep for excellent coffee, smart paninis, perfect pasta and tempting baked treats.

Hapa Izakaya Find traditional Japanese tastes with a West Coast small-plates bent, along with the freshest of sushi, serious sake and smartly chosen wines, in a sleek ’n’ sexy setting.

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Sweet Treats at Yew Seafood + Bar

By SHERI RADFORD

Old-fashioned chocolate cake

Old-fashioned chocolate cake

It’s always a good idea to save room for dessert, but especially so at Yew Seafood + Bar. Executive pastry chef Mark Burton constantly dreams up new ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, and his ever-changing menu features new creations alongside tried-and-true favourites such as old-fashioned chocolate cake. Good thing calories consumed while on vacation don’t count.

Fabulous Fare at Fable Diner

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef Trevor Bird dishes up hearty favourites such as roast duck pancakes (front) and a pulled-pork sandwich (back). (Photo: KK Law)

Chef Trevor Bird dishes up hearty favourites such as roast duck pancakes (front) and a pulled-pork sandwich (back). (Photo: KK Law)

Fable Diner, chef Trevor Bird’s first foray into East Van, is a welcoming diner in the historic Lee building at the corner of Main and Broadway. The Top Chef Canada finalist is carrying on the ever-popular diner tradition with burgers and shakes and creative twists on the down-home theme. Fave plates roam from a trucker’s breakfast to ketchup-less cottage pie to a “West Coast toast” of avocado, smoked steelhead and horseradish, plus fancy sundaes and lemon meringue parfait for dessert.

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Gastown Spirit: La Mezcaleria

By TIM PAWSEY

La Mezcaleria serves (clockwise from top left) esquites (toasted corn), pescado frito (fried fish), chicharrón (crispy pork belly) and tostadas. (Photo: KK Law)

La Mezcaleria serves (clockwise from top left) esquites (toasted corn), pescado frito (fried fish), chicharrón (crispy pork belly) and tostadas. (Photo: KK Law)

Mexico’s revered agave gets the royal treatment at La Mezcaleria, which boasts the city’s most extensive array of authentic mezcal and tequila, plus a gamut of traditional dishes. Go for the charred citrus prawns, slow-braised Alberta short rib cazuela, Manhattan strip loin, crunchy chicharrón (whether pork belly or ahi tuna), and other irresistible share plates—not to mention the chill decor, with its cool green tiles and comfy banquettes, plus breakfast cocktails and Friday-night DJs. But, above all, don’t miss the extraordinary mezcal and tequila taster flights.

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Poké Paradise

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find Hawaiian poké in salads, bowls and burritos at Pokérrito

Find Hawaiian poké in salads, bowls and burritos at Pokérrito

Poké pilgrims say aloha to Polynesian-fusion purveyor Pokérrito, a new eatery that’s turned the tides on the Hawaiian raw-fish salad. Poké bowls, salads and seaweed-wrapped burritos put a Japanese twist on the fish dish with out-of-the-bento-box flavours like wasabi, ponzu and edamame. Build your own or choose from pre-designed dishes, like the North Shore, which tosses flame-seared tuna with seaweed salad, crabmeat, pineapple and a dollop of tangy umami sauce. Surf’s up!

Totally Thai: Pink Elephant Thai

By TIM PAWSEY

Pink Elephant Thai's modern interior. (Photo: KK Law)

Pink Elephant Thai’s modern interior. (Photo: KK Law)

Close to Robson Street, Pink Elephant Thai is hard to miss. With its broad swaths of vivid fuchsia, this smartly appointed, boldly contemporary spot lures a hip crowd for classic bites such as cashew chicken satay, green curry beef, spicy Pad Kee Mao and more. Drop by midday for good-value lunch combos, during “appy hour” for quick bites or later for a lively cocktail scene with Thai-themed martinis.

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Splashy Gala: Toast to the Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

Where better to raise a glass to ocean conservation than in the company of 50,000 aquatic animals? At the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual fundraising gala Toast to the Coast (Oct. 14, 2016), take style notes on black-tie attire at Penguin Point (no one pulls off a tie and tails like African penguins); meet rescues like Chester, a false killer whale; and go face-to-fin with a menagerie of marine life. Plus enjoy some of BC’s best wines, delectable Ocean Wise dishes, a silent auction and live music. For 10 years, the gala has helped support the aquarium’s conservation, education and research programs. We’ll drink to that.

The Must List: October/November

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for October and November 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fall colours along the seawall

Fall colours along the seawall

Admire autumn’s fiery hues at locations around the city, such as the seawall and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Sample local specialties like sushi and seafood, including oodles of fresh oysters. (more…)

10 Spots to Dine on Commercial Drive

By TIM PAWSEY

Arriva Restaurant. (Photo: KK Law)

Arriva Restaurant. (Photo: KK Law)

True to its origins, Commercial Drive is home to myriad Italian and other flavours. Discover sweet treats at Fratelli Bakery, super sandwiches and cheeses at La Grotta del Formaggio or the ultimate espresso at Prado Cafe. Dining roams from authentic plates at long-running Arriva (pictured) to oven-fired pizzas at Marcello, Lombardo’s and Via Tevere Pizzeria, which is worth the detour to nearby Victoria Drive. Tunisian and French tastes rule at romantic Carthage Cafe. Sniff out Fets for the town’s biggest single-malt offering, or check into St. Augustine’s for its impressive range of craft brews. The Drive has it all.

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French Fare at Tableau Bar Bistro

By TIM PAWSEY

Niçoise salad (front left) and steak frites at Tableau Bar Bistro. (Photo: KK Law)

Niçoise salad (front left) and steak frites at Tableau Bar Bistro. (Photo: KK Law)

Tucked away beside the Loden Hotel, Tableau Bar Bistro delivers French cuisine in a relaxed but polished setting. The menu shifts seasonally, but some stalwarts always prevail, such as grilled flat iron steak frites, free-range chicken supreme, moules frites and albacore tuna niçoise, as well as irresistible mushrooms on toast. For dessert: coconut crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and other surprises. Wines are smartly chosen, cocktails are classic, and brews range from local on tap to specialty French and Belgian.

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