A Look Inside the Brand New ‘Copper Spirit Distillery’ on Bowen Island

The new distillery just opened and is already attracting an appreciative crowds in the heart of Snug Cove.

La Mezcaleria Chef Mariana Gabilondo to Prepare Special Long Table Feast on Bowen Island

Bowen Island's beautiful Home Farm will host the culinary team from the popular Vancouver restaurant on July 20th.

One of BC’s Top Restaurants Set to Close Due to Massive Rent Increase

The award-winning PearTree - a fixture for 23 years - was a driving force in the development of British Columbia's culinary identity.

The Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver: Prawn and Chicken Paella From the ‘Paella Guys’

The sublimely saffron-y rice feast is one of the world's most impactful food experiences, and this stuff is straight out of a Valencian sunset.

The Dishes

Jesse Neate Does ‘The Dishes’

11 Places

We ask Jesse Neate, Retail Operations Leader for JJ Bean, to take us on a personal culinary tour of Vancouver…

‘The Keefer Yard’ Prepares to Tee Off in Chinatown

The narrow but deep vacant lot beside The Keefer Bar is currently being transformed into The Keefer Yard, an al fresco space dedicated to outdoor games and good times.

Remembering the Promising Chinatown Restaurant and Bar That Never Really Caught On

The 80-seat Juniper lasted five years at 185 Keefer Street having never fulfilled its pre-opening promise.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Hot & Sour Pork Noodle Soup at Chinatown’s Fat Mao

I like other bowls at chef Angus An's Chinatown restaurant (not to mention the roti), but this one has magic restorative powers...

We Want Some of Livia Bakery’s Canned Cherries, Blackberries and Huckleberries

The popular Commercial Drive establishment is just about to release a sweet line-up of summer deliciousness...

You Need to Try the New ‘Lee’s Honey Dip Fried Chicken Sandwich’

The new sandwich is a collab between Granville Island's Lee's Doughnuts and Commercial Drive's Downlow Chicken Shack.

East Van’s Rio Theatre Is Evidently Having Fun Working on Its Reopening Plan

As the iconic East Broadway venue shares a much needed laugh as it prepares to reopen with socially distant protocols.

Want to Eat Exceedingly Well on Your Next Camping Trip? You Need to Try This…

I took some of Chambar new 'Into the Wild' line of prepared foods camping up the Nahatlatch River this past weekend...

Five Years Ago Today, This Recently Shuttered Restaurant Got Off to an Excellent Start

Royal Dinette, launched in the Financial District in the summer of 2015, was the first local restaurant to fall during the pandemic.

TRACK & FOOD PODCAST // BC Attorney General David Eby on Making Things a Little Easier

In this episode of the podcast, Eby talks about the new restaurant and bar wholesale liquor pricing parameters and much more.

The Stretch of East Hastings St. Where Goods Are Informally Bought, Sold and Traded

"I found a Star Wars lunch box, a Public Enemy casette and a mint condition tennis racket on the Merch Block today..."

We Want One of Local Artist Christina Kenton’s Fanciful Bic Lighter Sculptures

These cases are hand-sewn, built up and painted over with intricate patterns to create elaborate dioramas of animals and objects.

Dixie’s Authentic Texas BBQ Closing Doors to Focus on Delivery, Commissary Operations

The restaurant, located at 337 E. Hastings St. on the Downtown Eastside, will serve its last seated guests on July 21st.

‘Bar Gobo’ Opening Soon on Union Street

What was once to be Harvest Noodles is now on track to be Bar Gobo, a new wine and snack bar helmed by Peter Van de Reep.

All the Things Being Listened to by The Mackenzie Room’s Antonio Cayonne

The hospitality lifer picks three important records, singles out some vital podcasts and shares several essential books on tape.

Restaurant Graveyard

Award-Winning Italian Restaurant Permanently Closes After 12 Years on Main Street

We can't blame greedy landlords or property developers for this one. Campagnolo was closed by Covid-19, plain and simple.

Five Years Ago This Week, When Vancouverites Crushed Thousands of Dumplings Outside

For this edition of Throwback Thursday we return to the south shore of False Creek in search of the Golden Dumpling...

New Taco Spot ‘Popina Cantina’ Opening Soon

It's coming to us in the original Sen Pad Thai location and is on track to open to the public in August, 2020.

Contemplating Life on a Handmade ‘Floating Island’

The big deck holds a BBQ, a herb garden, a hammock, and several other wonderful things besides (like a baby blue canoe).

Fraserhood’s Say Mercy to Launch New ‘B-Side’ Outdoor Sandwich Shop

The Italian-American BBQ restaurant at Fraser & 27th is taking full advantage of the City's new pop-up plaza program.

Remembering a Charming Fraserhood Restaurant That Was Doomed From the Start

It is a cruel facet of the human experience that sometimes young, well-loved restaurants close before their time...

Inside the Fraserhood’s Imminent Say Mercy!

The highly anticipated 60-seat Italian-meets-American BBQ restaurant concept will open to the public on January 18.

Five Cool Things We Want From Gastown’s 51 Powell’ Shop

51 Powell contains an eclectic collection of handmade and vintage items that are beautiful, useful, and often surprising...

TRACK & FOOD PODCAST // Making Sense of Weird Times With Leticia Castro of The Diamond

In our 50th episode, we get down to brass tacks with one of the most respected and hard-working hospitality professionals in Vancouver.

IT’S ON US // Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Vancouver’s Legendary Alibi Room

We know $50 won’t always cover dinner for two but it’s enough to get you started and, frankly, it's all we can afford.

Hospitality Friends to Rally for One of Their Own With Big Aussie BBQ in East Van

The feasting will include steak sandwiches, shrimp on the barbie, veggie skewers, Aussie burgers and more.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The ‘How Is This Even a Salad?’ Cobb Salad at Red Wagon

Including any kind of salad on our Comfort Food map might seem a little...er...wrong, but shut up and look at this thing.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // Snappy, All-Dressed Wieners on East Hastings

The Chicago-style 'Wrigley Field' is my go-to at 'What's Up? Hot Dog!', but no matter the condiments the star is always the wiener.

One of Vancouver’s Best Restaurants Has Finally Produced a Cookbook, and We Want It

I'm not certain which of Maenam's 100+ recipes I'm going to try and tackle first, but I expect to be both challenged and rewarded.

It Was Only in Kits for a Few Years, But This Airy Bistro Made a Delicious Impact

A contemporary of neighbours Gastropod and Fuel, Laurent and Valerie Devin's Bistrot Bistro outlasted both.

Five Years Ago Today, One of Vancouver’s Best Restaurants Was Preparing to Launch

The success of AnnaLena was unsurprisingly immediate. The characters involved and the talent assembled were just too good to really doubt.

Take a Look Inside ‘Pizzeria Grano’ — Launching This Week on Main Street

The new, plant-based pizzeria is opening in the old Don't Argue address (3240 Main Street) this Thursday, July 9th

Questions Big, Small and Pressing with Local Designer and Musician, Isabelle Dunlop

In this Q&A, the local polymath fields our random rapid-fire questions while also addressing the impact of Covid-19.

Grano Pizzeria Nears Launch on Main Street

The new, plant-based pizzeria has been in the works since Don't Argue closed at the end of last summer.

Mt. Pleasant

The View From Your Window #236

We love posting photos like this that reveal the views through the windows of our readers. We hope you'll consider sharing yours!

Superbaba Opening Soon in Mt. Pleasant

The Middle Eastern food truck concept will go brick and mortar on a busy stretch of Main Street at the end of summer.

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // ‘Roni-Cup’ Pepperoni Slices at AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

The thin layer of explosive flavour and crispy/chewy texture match all of my late night memories of New York City.

Plant-Based Amaranthus Restaurant Opening Soon in New Westminster’s River Market

The team behind New West's award-winning, upscale Mexican restaurant El Santo could launch the new eatery within weeks.

This Is Alan. He’s Currently Ranked #1 as the Worst Customer in the Lower Mainland

What kind of person pours an iced capp on the counter while physically and verbally abusing staff and customers? Alan, that's who.

Once a Local Prison, Now a Preschool and Pub

The remnants of the old BC Pen in New Westminster have come a long way in their storied history and you should know about it.

A Sneak Peek Inside the New Bufala

The new 160 seat Italian restaurant from Gooseneck Hospitality is on track to open in Edgemont Village later this month.

A Look Inside ‘Farina a Legna’ — Coming Soon to North Van

The owners of Ask For Luigi and Pizzeria Farina are joining forces with the family behind Revolver Coffee for this new restaurant.

We Want a Copy of Kaja Silverman’s ‘The Three-Personed Picture’

This is the second in a three-volume series, the first of which inspired the Capture Photography Festival's feature exhibit, 'The Blue Hour.'

CRAFT BEER ATLAS // House of Funk Is North Van’s Place of Beer Worship

For over a year now this coffeehouse by day and brewery-plus-tasting room by night has proven magnetic to devoted sippers.

The View From Your Window #227

We love posting photos like this that reveal the views through the windows of our readers. We hope you'll consider sharing yours!

Nemesis Coffee Ready at Polygon Gallery

We can expect to see the new cafe at the Polygon Gallery softly open their doors tomorrow (Friday, December 14)

Port Moody

How Tom Selleck’s Glorious Chest Hair Figured in the Branding of This Popular Local Beer

The 'Branding Vancouver' series continues with a look at The Parkside Brewery's award-winning Dreamboat Hazy IPA.

The Story Behind ‘The Bakery Brewing’ — Now Open in Port Moody

Manager Nick Andersen and brewer Sho Ogawa fill us in on what's brewing at Port Moody's new brewery on the block...

The Parkside Brewery’s Sam Payne Takes Us on a Musical Joyride

We head to Port Moody's Brewer's Row to pick Sam Payne's brain about the records that have shaped his taste in music.

Inside the Imminent Japanese Cafe, ‘Harken’

It's been a long time coming, but the new cafe aims to start serving coffee and shojin ryori-style vegan food around June 1st.

The View From Your Window #216

We love posting photos like this that reveal the views through the windows of our readers. We hope you'll consider sharing yours!

Take a Sneak Peek Inside Pallet Coffee’s Beautiful New Roastery in Railtown

After several months in the making the new facility is on track to officially open to the public this Monday, November 4th.

A 20-Year Fine Dining Legend Enters Vancouver’s Restaurant Graveyard

For much of West Restaurant's nearly 20-year run, the Toptable icon stood astride Vancouver's hospitality scene like a colossus.

The View From Your Window #204

We love posting photos like this that reveal the views through the windows of our readers. We hope you'll consider sharing yours!

Five Years Ago This Week, Inside an Almost Finished ‘Farmer’s Apprentice’

Scenes from Chef David Gunawan's multiple award-winning South Granville restaurant in the final stage of its 2013 construction.

Katharine Manson Shares Her Definitive Records

The founder of Manson Communications scoured her collective 3,000+ vinyl collection to pick her three favourite records...

On Picking Rose Petals and Witnessing Resilience With the Inspiring Leigh Joseph

We caught up with the creator and founder of Skwalwen Botanicals to talk about her hands-on processes and inspirations.

Further Afield Trips

Tripping Further Afield in Squamish With Naomi Horii

13 Places

The Restaurant Manager of the beloved, soon-to-reopen Fergie's Cafe leads the way for day of eating, drinking and exploring.

This Isn't the First Time This Part of Vancouver Has Seen a Large Homeless Encampment...

"90 years before Strathcona Park became a homeless tent city, it was home to a squatter camp known as Hobo Jungle."

How Prohibitive Zoning Laws Made Our Neighbourhoods Less Interesting

Small restaurants, cafes and shops deep within our residential neighbourhoods would be great. Too bad they're illegal.

The Writers’ Exchange Seeking Tables, Chairs, Fridge for Two New Spaces

The local kids literacy program has been able to secure new spaces, but they need some help in furnishing them...

COMFORT FOOD GUIDE // The Electric, Souped-Up Corn on the Cob at Beetbox

The effect of this treatment is bright and mildly spicy with a gentle acid tang, all up in a creamy texture reminiscent of melting butter.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If…Helicopters Kept Crowds Off Beaches During Pandemics

Police in Italy and Brazil are employing helicopters to clear beaches that have been closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Why Are Self-Isolating Vancouverites Going Out on Their Balconies and Cheering Every Evening?

"I'd love to participate in the 7pm Cheer but I live in a rural basement suite in Surrey and my landlord would think I was insane..."

Bells and Whistles Set to Open Second Location This Summer

The Gooseneck Hospitality group is on track to launch their new sports-friendly, craft beer-loving restaurant this August.

Potluck Hawker Eatery Ready to Serve Up South-East Asian Street Food in Cambie Village

The south-east Asian street food restaurant from chef Justin Cheung is set to launch July 15th on Cambie Street.

Inside the Almost Finished ‘Potluck Hawker Eatery’

Of the 'opening soon' restaurants I'm currently excited about, chef Justin Cheung's might have me salivating the most.

This North Shore Restaurant Won Big Awards (But Lasted Only Five Years)

Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008 by enRoute magazine, Fraiche was a breath of fresh, mountain air.

The Persistent Nickname of West Vancouver's Doomed Architectural Landmark

"The Pink Palace looks like Mussolini and Barbie had a baby made of cake and concrete."

Upcoming ‘Hives For Humanity’ Garden Party Will Be the Bees Knees

Meet bees and beekeepers while enjoying honey from their joint labours at this special, one-day-only fundraising event.

Yaletown

Highly Anticipated ‘Do Chay’ Eatery to Launch in Yaletown Over Long Weekend

From the new black tile on the bar to the hanging birdcages, the 50-seat Vietnamese restaurant is looking clean and sharp.

Inside Do Chay, Opening Soon in Yaletown

The menu will mirror that of its Kingsway twin, with wine and beer flowing from the marble bar's dozen or so taps.

A Sneak Peek Inside Cioppino’s Expansion

The 'Enoteca' private function rooms adjacent to Cioppino's are being renovated so as to be fully absorbed by the latter.