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Where to Eat Vancouver

Grab ‘n’ Glow: The Juicery Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda, at The Juicery Co.

Looking for a sweet treat that won’t destroy your diet? Head to The Juicery Co. for an assortment of healthy summertime goodies. The smoothie bowl (pictured above, middle) overflows with mangoes, bananas and house-made almond mylk, layered with gluten-free granola. The strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda (pictured above, left) is a great replacement for pop, as is the Botanist juice soda (pictured above, right), with its pineapple, pear, fennel, mint, ginger and lemon. The Juicery also makes its own creamsicles (which sneak carrots into the recipe), fudgesicles (made with cocoa-banana almond mylk), and fruit popsicles, using only nutritious, organic ingredients. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

5 Top Seafood Spots

By TIM PAWSEY

Fish ’n’ chips, at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

Fish ’n’ chips, at Go Fish. (Photo: KK Law)

Seafood lovers revel in superb, sustainable West Coast seafood, from Dungeness crab to freshly caught sockeye, scallops and more.

1. Go Fish West of Granville Island, this outdoor eatery serves the freshest of fish ’n’ chips, fish tacos and more, often sourced from the boats moored at the dock below.

2. Pajo’s Find fresh fish ’n’ chips on a Steveston wharf, along with other locations at Garry Point Park (Steveston), Rocky Point Park (Port Moody) and Gates Park (Port Coquitlam).

3. The Fish Counter All Ocean Wise–certified seafood—such as oyster po’boys, Pacific cod tacos and, of course, fish ’n’ chips—is the real deal at this part fish market, part diner in the heart of Main Street.

4. Pier 7 Hop on the SeaBus and head to the North Shore to feast on the seafood tower for two, with oysters, scallop salad, marinated mussels, poached prawns and snow crab legs, at this happening spot right on the harbour’s edge.

5. Fisherman’s Terrace Take the SkyTrain to Aberdeen Mall for lunchtime dim sum at this popular Richmond seafood specialist that rivals the best in Hong Kong.

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Top Notch Dining

By TIM PAWSEY

Rotisserie chicken (front) and Certified  Angus Beef rib-eye (back), at Notch8. (Photo: KK Law)

Rotisserie chicken (front) and Certified Angus Beef rib-eye (back), at Notch8. (Photo: KK Law)

The newly renovated Fairmont Hotel Vancouver lobby yields a clever nod to the hotel’s storied past as a flagship of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Notch8 Restaurant & Bar harks back to the old train throttles, where “Notch 8” equated to “full steam ahead.” Don’t miss: the beer bread (made with stout, comté cheese and plentiful mustard seeds), seafood hot pot, and rotisserie-prime-rib sandwich of generous proportions. Also of note: discreet booths and the tucked-away private room, complete with shelves of eminently perusable books.

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Get the Scoop

When temperatures rise, Vancouverites chill out with the frozen treat that’s synonymous with summer

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Soft Peaks offers an array of toppings for their delicious soft serve

An array of toppings adorn the delicious soft serve at Soft Peaks

SOFT PEAKS
The greatest testament to Soft Peaks’ popularity may be the lengthy line-ups when the shop first opened—in February. Frozen-treat purveyors (and brothers) Dan and Ken Kim introduced soft serve to Gastown, but added an artisanal twist. Organic Avalon milk is churned into creamy, slightly sweet swirls, and finished with an array of toppings: local honeycomb is a favourite, but the more adventurous opt for matcha powder, Himalayan pink salt or yuzu marmalade, for an indulgent grown-up sundae. (more…)

Great Gastown Eats: Bao Down

By TIM PAWSEY

YVR bao (front),  A Lovers’ Quarrel bao (right) and kimchi fries (back), at Bao Down. (Photo: KK Law)

YVR bao (front), A Lovers’ Quarrel bao (right) and kimchi fries (back), at Bao Down. (Photo: KK Law)

Newly landed right across from Gassy Jack’s statue, cheekily named Bao Down revels in a fusion twist on the staple of Asian street food. Served in a high-energy setting, the ever-changing and inventive baos (steam buns) range from Two Worlds Collide, with braised pork belly, crispy pork belly, hoisin, chicharon and pickled veggies, to Jaws: coconut-crusted Vietnamese catfish, kimchi tartar sauce, micro greens and Thai vinaigrette. Sandwiches roam from grilled cheese with kimchi to The Ninja Roll. But the steamed Bao Chicka Bao Bao is hard to resist.

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50 Things We Love About Kitsilano

By SHERI RADFORD

Kids can't resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

Kids can’t resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

1. The elegant, art deco–style Burrard Bridge, which marks the eastern boundary of the Kitsilano area. The region is also bounded by the ocean on the north, Alma Street on the west, and 16th Avenue on the south. (more…)

5 Alfresco Favourites

By TIM PAWSEY

Soft-shell crab and To Kill Ya martini, at Lift. (Photo: KK Law)

Soft-shell crab and To Kill Ya martini, at Lift. (Photo: KK Law)

Patio culture truly blooms in June, albeit with heaters and blankets to ward off early-summer-evening chills.

Lift Bar-Grill-View An expansive rooftop deck and lower waterside patio lure with sweeping harbour views along with progressive West Coast fare.

Gotham Downtown’s best-kept secret is a compact, discreet private garden, populated with oversized parasols to keep the martinis chilled—and a fireplace to keep the clientele warmed.

Wild Rice Hop on the SkyTrain for an easy 30-minute trip to New Westminster, where this riverside room serves contemporary Chinese-fusion fare with casual flair.

Pier 7 The SeaBus spirits you across the harbour close to this dockside North Van room, where upper- and lower-deck patios grant impressive vistas of the working port and downtown.

The Teahouse This impressively transformed, one-time officer’s mess boasts a dramatic deck overlooking English Bay, near Third Beach, on the shores of Stanley Park.

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Healthy Fast Food at Tractor

By SHERI RADFORD

Meghan and Steve Clarke in their new Tractor location,  in the Marine Building

Meghan and Steve Clarke in their new Tractor location, in the Marine Building

Meghan and Steve Clarke had never run a restaurant before—her background is marketing, while his is investment banking—so they surrounded themselves with experts when they opened the first Tractor location two years ago, in Kitsilano. Chefs designed the menu of healthy sandwiches, salads and soups, then a nutritionist reviewed everything. The end result was so popular that the husband-and-wife duo recently opened a second location, in the iconic Marine Building. Right in the heart of downtown, this larger, brighter room serves the same dishes we already know and love: Moroccan chicken stew, roast pork sandwich, kale chicken Caesar salad and more. Who knew healthy eating could be so delicious?

Best Bites on Robson

By TIM PAWSEY

An assortment of  mouth-watering North African dishes at Fez Café. (Photo: KK Law)

An assortment of mouth-watering North African dishes at Fez Café. (Photo: KK Law)

Myriad flavours contribute to the multicultural feel on the west end of Robson Street. At welcoming Fez Café Bistro, nibble on lunchtime omelettes, baba ghanoush or hummus, or linger over a dinner of couscous royale or merguez, brochettes, lentil soup, lemon sole and more. The North African decor is beautiful, with live music Friday through Saturday evenings. (No alcohol served.) Find authentic Korean at Jang Mo Jib, which means “mother-in-law’s house.” Head to Guu for lively home-style Japanese, or to Tavola for fresh-made Italian pasta and small plates.

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Pubby Plates at Steamworks

By TIM PAWSEY

Tropical tuna poke, at Steamworks. (Photo: KK Law)

Tropical tuna poke, at Steamworks. (Photo: KK Law)

Steamworks Brewing Company was so named because it shares the same steam source as the famous Gastown Steam Clock, immortalized on its labels. The beers are fresh and vary seasonally, with faves such as a refreshing pilsner or subtle jasmine IPA. Plentiful pubby plates range from seafood chowder, spinach and crab dip, and mushroom caps to tuna pokes, fish ’n’ chips, and filet mignon. All are offered in the dining room upstairs, the lounge downstairs, or outside on the bustling patio.

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Eclectic Bites at Chinatown’s Sai Woo

By TIM PAWSEY

Have a seat at the long bar at Sai Woo. (Photo: KK Law)

Have a seat at the long bar at Sai Woo. (Photo: KK Law)

A nod to a 1930s chop suey house of the same name, Sai Woo sports a long bar, cozy booths, red brick walls and a soaring ceiling. Chef Douglas Chang balances East and West with smart, often dazzling tastes, such as pork jowl with pea agnolotti and Jinhua ham broth, sablefish with lotus root, vegetarian “sausage” with crispy tofu, and irresistible Coca-Cola chicken wings. Tempting drops? The Sai Woo Sour and the Beijing Sling, as well as tall and refreshing kombucha, on tap.

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Craft Beer Circuit

Easy drinking, hoppy or just plain experimental—a bevy of brews can be found around Vancouver. Explore the options at these breweries, all just a hop, sip and jump away

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The beautiful interior at Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall. (Photo: KK Law)

The beautiful interior at Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall. (Photo: KK Law)

1. BIG ROCK URBAN This Alberta outpost’s proximity to the SkyTrain makes it an ideal starting point. On tap: the brand’s stalwart brews alongside sips such as Hollow Tree Pacific Northwest Red Ale, inspired by the Lower Mainland and developed to please West Coast palates.

2. 33 ACRES The pristine aesthetic at this brewery and tasting room is a design buff’s dream, and the perfect locale for sipping 33 Acres of Sunshine, an unfiltered white ale, or 33 Acres of Life, a smooth California Common–style beer. Refuel with food truck fare or an espresso-based bevvy.

3. MAIN STREET BREWING Tucked away just east of Main Street, this industrial heritage space serves a rotating menu of cask-conditioned beer alongside a solid selection of regular draft options such as the Westminster Brown and the Saison No. 7, with its subtle splash of pepper and citrus.

4. BRASSNECK Reclaimed wood and zany artwork line the walls, while the frequently rotating taps attempt to keep pace with even the most enthusiastic beer lover’s thirst for new and inventive brews. Nano batches keep the pours fresh and eclectic, reflected in the eight or more offerings on tap.

5. STEEL TOAD This refurbished industrial space boasts an airy mix of glass and wood, and brews that range from the authentic Yorkshire Best Bitter to the more adventurous East Coast “Nineties” IPA with spicy rye undertones. Stay for inventive bites from the menu, then hop the SkyTrain for a quick—and perhaps wobbly—exit.