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Where to Eat Vancouver

YVR Food Fest: Savour the Flavours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Sip, sample and stroll in the sunshine at YVR Food Fest.

Jun. 29-Jul. 3, 2017 For an alfresco festival that’s good enough to eat, dig into YVR Food Fest. Back for its sixth year, the five-day festival is the perfect way to explore the city’s food scene in the company of a few thousand of your closest friends. Tie one on—a bib, we mean—at events like Gather, a collaborative long table dinner (Jun. 30); a Texas-style Canada Day Cookout (Jul. 1); and the flagship Street Food Showdown (Jul. 2), featuring more than 80 food carts, restaurants and breweries in one scenic spot. Now that’s one way to keep things fresh.

A+ Activities: Our Favourite Reasons to Visit UBC

Find the best places to eat, explore and be entertained at the University of British Columbia. School may be out for summer, but this lush coastal campus is packed with hidden gems for every visitor, from orchestra aficionados and art connoisseurs to golfers and nature lovers

By CHLOË LAI

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

Art History

Fancy a bit of a scavenger hunt? This campus is a veritable outdoor gallery, featuring an ever-evolving collection of art installations just waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition is the Reconciliation Pole, a towering 17-m (55-ft) totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief. Intricate details etched into the 800-year-old red cedar tell the story of First Nations communities’ experiences before, during and after the traumatic residential school system—thousands of copper nails are hammered into the wood, each commemorating a child who died at a residential school. Other totem poles around campus include the Musqueam Post by Brent Sparrow Jr., and the Victory Through Honour pole by Calvin Hunt and Merv Child.

For contemporary art, step into the crisp white rooms of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where avant-garde artists and innovative exhibitions take centre stage. Download or print their info sheet to take a sunny self-guided outdoor art tour—and keep an eye out for the delightful Classical Toy Boat by Glenn Lewis, which isn’t on the list. If you’ve only got time for one destination, venture across Marine Drive to find the Museum of Anthropology tucked away amongst the trees. With one of the finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts in the world, as well as impressive exhibits spanning every culture from Asia to the Amazon, it’s an absolute must-see. (more…)

North of Robson: Downtown Dining

By TIM PAWSEY

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

French fare at Tableau Bar Bistro tastes as good as it looks. (Photo: KK Law)

Some of the city’s best tastes are found just a block or two off Robson Street. For elevated French bistro fare, wander north to Melville, to Tableau Bar Bistro (pictured) for onion soup, moules frites, chicken supreme and addictive mushrooms on toast in an authentic setting. A block north on Denman, Nook is a popular haunt for Italian fare with fresh pasta made daily, plus pizza, good charcuterie and smart wines. Or, for excellent ramen, head to Marutama, a bustling spot a few steps along Bidwell, where fans return for the flavourful house chicken broth and especially the tamago original bowl. Order it mild or, for purists, robustly spiced.

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Drink It All In: Vancouver’s Juice Bar Scene

Vancouver juice bars are on the rise as locals discover the benefits of these detoxifying drinks. What better way to conquer your fitness goals? Drink up and cool down with post-workout delights around the city 

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

Cold-pressed refreshment by Sexy Juice at Kitsilano's Olive + Ruby Café.

Cold-pressed refreshment by Sexy Juice at Kitsilano’s Olive + Ruby Café.

Gastown

Whether it’s a post-spin class pick-me-up you’re seeking, or hydration after an afternoon of sightseeing, Nectar has you covered. The menu features juices with seasonal flavours and specific healing properties. Some aid in digestion, promote healthy immune function, clear the skin or support weight loss, while others simply aid in recovering from a night out. All Nectar juices have been pulped and pressed using a hydraulic press to pack in nutrients. The Motivate “milkshake” steals the show with hemp seeds, chia seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, raw honey and alkaline water. Visit the flagship location on West Hastings, or stop by the cart on Granville. (more…)

Buzzing Bakery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tempt your taste buds with treats for every occasion. (Photo by Betty Hung)

Tempt your taste buds with treats for every occasion. (Photo by Betty Hung)

Love honey? Then make a beeline to Beaucoup Bakery for honey pastries that arrived just in time for spring. The bakery is all abuzz with excitement for three new creations that celebrate local, small-batch nectar from Hives for Humanity. Satisfy that sweet tooth with the buttery Honey Banana Double Baked Croissant, topped with honey caramel and crushed banana chips. For a delicately sweet treat, try the unbaked Grapefruit Honey Tarragon Cheesecake. Or indulge in the savoury Miso Honey Roasted Eggplant Flatbread, with fresh zucchini shiso salad. Trust us: it’s the bee’s knees.

Raise a Glass

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A sampler of our nation's finest.

A sampler of our nation’s finest.

What are a few of Canadians’ favourite things? North of the 49th parallel, craft beer ranks alongside hockey and maple syrup. Which is why Central City is celebrating the country’s 150th birthday with the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-Pack. Brewmasters from coast to coast captured their province in a bottle—from local Four Winds Brewing’s West Coast–style IPA to PEI Brewing Company’s Bière d’ici Honey Ale, spiked with regional honey and maritime-grown hops. It’s a taste of the True North Strong and Free, all in one convenient package. At local liquor stores.

2017 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Welcome to our 21st annual awards issue. Much more than merely a contest, Where to Dine celebrates Vancouver as a global dining destination. This is a city that validates the openness, cultural awareness and exuberant curiosity that define Canada, through acceptance and exploration of all cuisines. We salute the chefs, servers, sommeliers and restaurateurs who make this place such a food-lover’s paradise.

Critics’ Choice 

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Ancora

When it comes to the inside scoop, the concierge is your best friend. Vancouver’s Les Clefs d’Or are tireless in their search for dining excellence—and happily recommend those who consistently over-deliver.

This waterfront gem on the downtown side of False Creek blends Peruvian, Japanese and other influences with fresh West Coast ingredients. Such licence yields Aji-panca-glazed sablefish, seared scallops with pork belly, and grilled steak with yuca fries, autumn vegetables and chimichurri. (more…)

Leadership Award: David Hawksworth

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef David Hawksworth.

Chef David Hawksworth.

Few individuals have had as much impact on Vancouver’s dining scene as David Hawksworth. Arguably the city’s most high-profile chef, Hawksworth is pre-eminent as the driving force behind Hawksworth Restaurant and the recently opened, more casual Nightingale.

With the first restaurant’s launch and enduring success (Vancouver Magazine named it best upscale restaurant five years in a row), he helped cement the return of fine dining in the post-recession era. Not content to rest on his laurels, in 2013 he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition, which annually awards $10,000 to the winner and provides considerable exposure. The chef says his motivation for establishing the competition and scholarship stemmed from his time in the UK, where “there are lots of great cooks.” (more…)

Delicious Deeds

By CHLOË LAI

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

Mouth-watering salmon at Joe Fortes. (Photo: Dining Out For Life)

At Dining Out For Life, you can have your cake and let someone else eat it, too—in a manner of speaking. On Mar. 30, restaurants throughout the Lower Mainland donate 25% of each food bill to local not-for-profit A Loving Spoonful, which provides free, healthy meals and nutritional counselling for Vancouverites living with HIV/AIDS. The more you indulge, the more you help. So go ahead and order that chocolate molten cake (Dockside), praline mousse (Forage) or traditional tiramisu (Joe Fortes) after dinner. It’ll feel as good as it tastes.

The Great Indoors

The weather outside is sometimes frightful, but the indoor activities are always delightful

By SHERI RADFORD

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

2. Learn about balloons, bubbles, bodies, beavers, bears, butterflies, bugs and a whole lot more at Science World.

3. Paint your face blue and green and cheer for the home team at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game in Rogers Arena. Or do up your face in blue and white and root for the Vancouver Whitecaps at a soccer game in BC Place. (more…)

Top Teas

By SHERI RADFORD

It's tea, tea and more tea at TWG.

It’s tea, tea and more tea at TWG.

Floor-to-ceiling windows that let in an abundance of natural light, wall after wall of premium teas stored in bright yellow tins, tea-infused cocktails and mocktails—this is definitely not your grandmother’s tea salon. The flagship North American store for TWG Tea opened downtown last month, and it features more than 500 teas, along with a food menu sure to get gastronomes atwitter. Tea is infused into sauces, vinaigrettes, desserts, maracons and more, all with delicious results. Whether you’re a fan of black, green, white, oolong or all of the above, you’re sure to find exactly your cup of tea.

Happy Hour Heaven

By LUCAS AYKROYD

Cheers! Raise a glass to happy hour at Ancora. (Photo: Allison Kuhl)

Cheers! Raise a glass to happy hour at Ancora. (Photo: Allison Kuhl)

Ah, afternoons. You could take a nap, catch up on email—or party like the sky’s the limit at Vancouver’s thriving happy hours. Here are five of the best:

Ancora
M-F 3:30-5 pm
Fusing Peruvian and Japanese flavours with West Coast ingredients, airy Ancora also delights with its location, facing Granville Island across False Creek. Get comfy at the bar with an $8 barrel-aged cocktail (the Angel’s Share or the Diavolo in Manette) and fresh oysters, spicy albacore tuna rolls or sablefish croquettes with cilantro pumpkin sauce. (more…)