On Protesting Lame Restaurant Names and Loving Korean Cubano Sandwiches

The James Beard Awards took place last Monday. Here’s the complete list of winners, which includes Seattle’s JuneBaby as Best New Restaurant.

Get ready for all of the cannolis folks! The 8th annual Italian Day will be returning to Commercial Drive on June 10th.

In sad news for Kits, Mission restaurant completed its final service on Sunday.

Poutine or Ryan Gosling? Keanu Reeves or Nanaimo Bars? A new “Would you rather…” from Buzzfeed pits Canadian celebrities against Canadian foods.

Just in time for spritz season, a delightful guide to Italian Amaros from the fine folks at Saveur.

And here’s a wonderful alchemist’s guide to alcoholic beverages, presented in a single image.

In case you missed it, it’s time to head on over to Railtown to sample this Japanese curry dish at Dosanko.

Another ICYMI: Rangoli Bar Manager Andrew Schneider shares his favourite spots to eat and drink around town.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @medinacafe and their waffle game that’s forever on point – today, tomorrow and always!

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Punch Magazine chats with our very own Kaitlyn Stewart on the three drinks that embody her approach to bartending.

The fascinating story of one of the best Tampa-style Cubano sandwich in the world, which just so happens to be made in Korea.

Move over kale, turmeric, lemon, ginger juice. There’s a new smoothie on the block and it’s spiked with weed!

The folks at Punch sit down with vintage spirits collector Alex Bachman to talk “dusty hunting”.

“Since founding his company, Sole Agent, in 2015, his life’s work has become sourcing rare and vintage spirits for top bars and restaurants across the country, like Canon in Seattle, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco and the newly-opened Fausto, located just down the block from my apartment in Brooklyn.”

Newfoundland welcomes Anthony Bourdain and the Parts Unknown crew with open arms and some caribou tartare.

This week in “Is this really necessary?” Pepsi introduces their prototype for a self-driving vending machine.

In a follow-up to last week’s article on Vancouver’s recently-opened Escobar’s, seven members of the local Latin American community have written an open letter explaining their concerns and petitioning the owners to change the restaurant’s name. The cell phone photo below shows the boisterous protest out front of the restaurant on Friday.

Protests outside Escobar on Friday, May 11 | Photo: Submitted.

And speaking of bad restaurant names, here’s a pre-Escobar list of Vancouver’s oddest ranked by Scout readers.

While she still detests the interior, restaurant critic Alex Gill finds that four years worth of change has resulted in significant improvement in both dishes and service at Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar.

When it comes to Instagram, content is king and many restaurants are catering to a photo-happy consumer base.

Flipside: How Instagram Has Ruined Restaurants.

Grub Street on the lack of people of colour in the role of food critic and how that impacts the types of restaurants that garner recognition.

“The fact is, the handful of people who are in charge of deciding which chefs and writers are elevated from hometown heroes to national celebrities — prominent editors-in-chief, deputy editors, restaurant critics, and on down the mastheads — are white.”

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