By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Delicious waffles at Café Medina (Photo: Amy Ho)
Forget most important meal of the day—in Vancouver, brunch is the most important meal of the weekend. For proof, just look to the queues (rain or shine) outside the city’s hottest brunch spots. It’s worth the wait at Café Medina, famed for heavenly Liège waffles topped with milk-chocolate lavender sauce and Mediterannean-inspired brunch dishes like tagine. Perfectly poached eggs are on the menu at Yolks . Build your own eggs Benny or add them to French toast—and don’t miss the truffle-lemon hash browns. At Forage, rise and shine to capital-L local and capital-D delicious fare like corned-bison hash or duck-and-kale-topped frittata. There are no sleepy brunch staples at Jam Cafe , where red velvet pancakes are drizzled with cream cheese, and French toast is topped with fried chicken and pickled cabbage. Dishes like croque monsieur and ratatouille with eggs add French finesse to friendly Twisted Fork Bistro . Homestyle-themed Honey Salt brings a farm-to-table approach to everything from potato latkes to chicken and waffles. Try the Monkey Bread with honey bourbon sauce (and thank us later).
Mary Mackay with some of the tempting treats at Terra Breads (Photo by KK Law)
Les Dames d’Escoffier Trailblazer Award 2018
Co-Owner & Director of Product Innovation & Quality Assurance
Les Dames d’Escoffier is an organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, scholarship and philanthropy. Here’s why Les Dames recommended Mary Mackay of Terra Breads for this award: (more…)
At Five Sails, enjoy pan-seared bass piccata, vegetables and golden fingerling potatoes in a lemon-and-caper butter sauce—and, of course, the incredible view of Coal Harbour
Our annual Where to Dine Awards pay tribute to the hardworking folks who make Vancouver such a food-lover’s paradise
By TIM PAWSEY, SHERI RADFORD & JILL VON SPRECKEN
Photos by KK LAW
LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE
Five Sails Restaurant
Vancouver’s abundant dining options can overwhelm a hungry traveller, but Les Clefs d’Or always know the newest hotspots, the tried-and-true stalwarts and the hidden gems. These dedicated concierges won’t steer you wrong, and this year their top pick is Five Sails. Perched right on the waterfront, this perennial favourite expertly combines stellar West Coast cuisine with warm service and stunning views of the mountains, inner harbour and Stanley Park. Linger over poached lobster, roasted sablefish or smoked duck breast while watching floatplanes land and cruise ships depart. And make sure to peruse the wine list, which showcases selections from BC’s Okanagan region.—SR (more…)
By SHERI RADFORD
Got a foodie in the family? Part three of our five-part gift guide series is chock-full of presents for people who crave delicious swag.
A candy bento box from Sugarfina satisfies any sweet tooth. At Nordstrom or online at Sugarfina.ca. (more…)
By SHERI RADFORD
Fresh, fast, fabulous. Now that’s how we like our lunches.
For a healthy meal on the run, look no further than Starbucks. The perpetually popular coffee chain recently launched four protein-rich options for quick and easy lunches: butter-chicken wrap, egg-and-cheese protein box with apples and grapes, chicken-and-quinoa protein bowl, and (the one vegan selection) baby-greens-and-brown-rice protein bowl. Who knew fast food could be so good for you?
By SHERI RADFORD
We’re over the moon for these delightful desserts. (Photo courtesy TWG Tea)
Sep. 14 to Oct. 4, 2017 Celebrate fall with mooncakes. These sweet treats appear each year in time for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a time of gathering and thanksgiving in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. Visit TWG Tea to pick up a luxurious gift box filled with either four tea-infused mooncakes or Lotus Jade Tea paired with two tea-infused mooncakes. Word to the wise: pick up an extra box for yourself, because these gorgeous goodies are extremely tempting.
By TIM PAWSEY
Crispy cod tacos, Manhattan-style chowder and halibut ‘n’ chips at The Daily Catch (Photo: KK Law)
The city’s oceanside epicentre offers beach bites in every shape and size. For fish ’n’ chips featuring all-sustainable seafood, such as wild halibut, salmon and cod, drop by the take-out counter at The Daily Catch on Denman. Almost right on the sand, the Cactus Club concession obliges with Angus beef burgers, beer-battered Ocean Wise ling cod tacos, veggie burgers, and a panko-crusted chicken sandwich. Nearby Beach Bay Café and Patio sports a convenient location for take-out fish ’n’ chips and other handy bites. For sweet treats and the ultimate in pure fruit flavours, wander by award-winning D’oro Gelato, for handmade gelato and sorbetto based on traditional Sicilian recipes.
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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)
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…)
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.
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…)
By TIM PAWSEY
Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)
Welcome to Where’s 20th annual celebration of Vancouver’s remarkable dining scene. In just a couple of decades the city has blossomed into a culinary crossroads, a melting pot of myriad flavours, unbridled talents and influences that now shape a global destination. Our chefs, servers, sommeliers, growers, fishers, farmers and vintners share in a culture driven by sustainable, regional and seasonal sourcing—in the firm belief that the best is still to come. (more…)
By TIM PAWSEY
Pacific octopus with Tuscan beans at Cioppino’s. (Photo: KK Law)
Fueled by a wealth of flavours, Vancouver celebrates a bounty of fresh ingredients, from myriad seafood species to specialty farm-raised meats, along with winning wines. Every year, Where’s globetrotting readers weigh in on those tastes that left their mark well beyond the trip home. These accolades reinforce the city’s rep as an international culinary destination driven by diversity and a merging of influences through multicultural respect and understanding. (more…)
By JILL VON SPRECKEN
This fall, the folks at Bean Around the World are raising a glass—better yet, a mug—to 25 years of top-notch coffee with West Coast roots
Bean Around the World roasts their beans daily. (Photo: KK Law)
Some leave their heart in San Francisco, but founder Pete Boëda found his when he spotted his first coffee roaster while visiting the Golden City in 1978. Though it took over a decade, Boëda’s newfound love came to fruition when he opened a small cafe complete with in-house roaster—not a common sight at the time. Now, 22 independently owned cafes, each with their own unique style and flavour, bear the Bean Around the World name. (more…)