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Hot Dining: Eco-Friendly Green Table Restaurants

Pork rack chop with Parmesan gnocchi and bacon jus, at Hamilton Street Grill. Photo by KK Law

4 Eco-Friendly Eats


Looking for a meal that’s as good for the environment as it is for you? These Green Table–certified restaurants are sustainable from top to bottom.

1 Hamilton Street Grill Warm and friendly, this converted Yaletown warehouse is known for certified Angus steaks and great seafood.

2 Raincity Grill Across the street from English Bay beach, regional-seasonal plates are paired with wines from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

3 Commune Cafe Right downtown, this minimalist cafeteria-style spot with a hipster buzz serves all things free-range, organic and sustainable, from dawn to dusk and beyond. (more…)

13 Hot Après-Ski Options in Whistler

Baby, it’s cold outside. After a chilly day on the slopes, Whistler offers lots of activities to get your mercury rising

By Kristina Urquhart

The outdoor fire pit at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Mallard Lounge and Terrace. Photo by Randy Lincks courtesy Tourism British Columbia

Whether you’ve been slaloming down a black-diamond ski run or shopping in Whistler Village, duck into a coffee shop for a reprieve from the cold air. Locals love the beans at Lift Coffee Company and Moguls Coffee House, as well as the brews at DavidsTea—which stocks a wood-smoke-scented tea for those determined to warm up.

When a hot cuppa won’t cut it, try a roaring fire to warm your tootsies. Two fire pits at The Mallard Lounge and Terrace add a romantic ambience to live entertainment, and the leather chairs flanking the fireplace at Dubh Linn Gate make for cozy rest stops. Still feeling chilly? A heavenly spa treatment might do the trick. At Scandinave Spa, immerse yourself in warm soaking pools, sweltering saunas and steam baths. Or go for a hot stone massage, which is also offered at several village spots including Vida Spa. (more…)

Hot Dining: 4 Rooms for a Cool Yule

On a chilly evening, ask for a seat close to the fireplace in Bacchus. Photo by KK Law

These local hotels pull out all the stops to celebrate the season.
1 The Wedgewood Hotel features one of the city’s most festive lounges, Bacchus (pictured), which sports a blazing hearth and modern French, West Coast–influenced cuisine such as AAA tenderloin of Alberta beef or herb-crusted filet of Queen Charlotte halibut.
2 Fairmont Hotel Vancouver gets all decked out with a dazzling lighted roof, tree-trimmed lobby, hot toddies and a Kris Kringle Christmas Day Buffet in Griffins.
3 Four Seasons Vancouver features a holiday brunch in dazzling Yew, and every year bakes a highly coveted stöllen.
4 In the Sutton Place Hotel, Fleuri highlights the holidays with deluxe buffets both savoury and saccharine, including the much-celebrated Chocoholic bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.—Tim Pawsey

Hot Dining: 5 Hearthside Havens


The towering fireplace in the Keg Yaletown steals the show. Photo by KK Law

The towering fireplace in the Keg Yaletown steals the show. Photo by KK Law

Bolster body and soul against autumn’s bluster at these cozy and tasteful fireside escapes.

1 The Keg Steakhouse and Bar Superb steaks and more in the spiffy, multi-tiered, new Yaletown eatery, with its impressive “tower of fire” (pictured).

2 Le Gavroche Old World charm, classic plates, an impressive cellar and two fireplaces, in a turn-of-the-century West End home.

3 Bacchus Restaurant Cocktails by a roaring open fire and superlative French cuisine, against a backdrop of quiet piano music.

4 Yew Innovative West Coast flair underpinned by Four Seasons elegance, at the communal table in front of a double hearth.

5 Hart House Restaurant A welcoming fire in an elegant Tudor manor, in the heart of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park, serving traditional continental and regional fare.—Tim Pawsey