Hanamori Sushi is located in Coquitlam (North Road / Lougheed neighbourhood). It is awkwardly located below an apartment building in the backlane behind Insadong. The restaurant has gone under new management/ owners. The restaurant is tiny with two booths, two tables and a four seater […]
Over the years, Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar has been offering Italian dishes and Neapolitan pizza in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and other Canadian cities. We love their authentic Naples pizza – a thin, crisp crust, soft centre and fresh 100% Canadian cow’s milk mozzarella. […]
While a white Christmas can’t be guaranteed everywhere, you can be almost certain of snow on the big day in Whistler, BC. This Canadian winter wonderland boasts Christmas card scenes as standard as well as some of the best ski and snowboard opportunities in the world. Aside from snow sports, Whistler has lots to offer families and groups seeking a festive getaway. We take a look at the best events and activities to enjoy in Whistler this Christmas.
Dress like Santa and head for the slopes…(December 16th)
What better way to bring Christmas to the slopes than with the traditional Dress Like Santa Day?! The first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company dressed in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire traditionally enjoy a free lift ticket too. Upload starts at 8.00am so get down there early donning your finest Claus costume!
Sing carols at the 35th Christmas Eve Carol Service (December 24th)
The 35th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service will take place at the Westin Resort & Spa, hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers. Traditional carols, choral music and readings by community members are sure to get you in the mood.
See the Christmas lights…
Stroll through the village to check out over 280,000 lights and decorations. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs to brighten up that social media feed.
Get competitive and learn to axe throw!
Forget the board games this Christmas and give axe throwing a go instead. This quintessentially Canadian pastime sees participants throw axes at a target with the hope of hitting a bullseye. What better way to test your aim and fire up the competitive spirit? Forged Axe Throwing has all you need to get started and will provide all the training and guidance you need.
Enjoy an indulgent Christmas feast…
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a hearty dinner on the big day. Whether you opt for a traditional roast turkey dinner or feel like mixing it up, there’s an abundance of dining options from which to choose. For a classic roast, Hunter Gather offers three serving times on the big day, while Araxi, 21 Steps and Basalt are also great choices for a turkey meal with all the trimmings.
Go ice skating…
Head to Olympic Plaza to enjoy everyone’s favourite winter activity. Once the skates are off, grab a hot chocolate and soak up the atmosphere.
Watch the Fire & Ice Show…
Take the family to Skier’s Plaza every Sunday night to witness a spectacular display of ski and snowboard skills as part of the legendary Fire & Ice Show.
Ring in 2019…
Spend New Year’s Eve in Whistler and ring in 2019 in style. While there are plenty of pubs and bars for those looking to party the night away, the strolls and plazas cater for families with over six hours of entertainment, music, crafts, games, and a Fire & Ice Show.
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The other night I attended a “When Poultry Meets Wine” popup dinner at Edible Canada with Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry. The action-packed evening was filled with delicious eats featuring different poultry products, wine pairings from Ripples Estate Winery and a culinary demonstration by Chef Tobias on […]
Chef Clement Chan and the Torafuku team celebrates Torafuku’s third birthday. Torafuku translates to lucky tiger in Japanese, and tiger is the Chinese zodiac symbol for the number three. We’ve been here for their grand opening and curated private events! Now Chef Chan continues to […]
If you’re looking for refuge from the blistering heat, or in need of a refreshing cocktail on a steamy summer night, the latest drink additions from The Carbon Bar will surely do the trick. Infused with quintessential warm-weather spirits, hints of refreshing citrus and a splash of seasonal sweetness, these cocktails are the perfect antidote to the city’s most sweltering days.
The Joker and the Thief: Ungava Gin, Prevedello prosecco, elderflower, lime, honey syrup, Barkeep saffron bitters
Summer is Coming: High River whiskey, Southern Comfort, Amaro Averna, maple syrup, lemon, Rosehip hibiscus tincture
Kimono: Zubrowska Bison Grass vodka, Domaine de Canton, Grand Marnier, Peychaud’s Aperitivo, lemon, strawberries
The Carbon Bar
Cuisine: Bar, Lounge
Mon 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
99 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S1
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Mott 32 卅二公館 in Vancouver recently just launched their summer menu and we were so excited to taste test it before it was open to the public. This high end fine dining Chinese restaurant is located at Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at 1161 W Georgia […]
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana is a tiny Italian restaurant in Port Moody on 2331 Clarke Street. This local Cucina is a classic mom and pop shop that offers homemade pasta. Unfortunately, well, it is just that, “homemade” – and not particularly gourmet. In a small market it may be considered a “gem”; however, with a larger demographic and competition it can only be considered mediocre. The self pro-claimed “best Italian food in the Lower Mainland” is quite the stretch.
This Italian restaurant has been opened for many years. The decor is dated and lighting is dim. It takes no reservations. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. We came on an otherwise quiet Thursday night and waited over an hour outside before we were seated. It is terribly mismanaged and understaffed. The husband and wife team simply can not attend to their patron at a reasonable fashion despite their best intentions. After we ordered, it took another hour before our food arrived.
Caesar Salad 13.50: One oily salad and fresh crispy Romaine lettuce, cheese and Anna’s homemade dressing. This salad was bland and requires some anchovies. If you are looking for a gourmet Caesar, I’d suggest heading to Boulevard Kitchen.
Meatballs 14: This side appetizer came with four giant meatballs. Uncharacteristic of a juicy and gourmet meatball, it lacked seasoning. I would prefer Glowbal’s truffled spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage 16.75: Unfortunately I’d like to say that Rosa’s completely missed the mark on the red marinara sauce. The sausage needed some seasoning and perhaps a little kick of peppers.
Spaghetti Vongole 16.25: Despite what the photo on their website suggests, the clams did not come with shells. It was tiny morsels diced and suggests previously frozen. We chose a garlic and oil base.
Spaghetti Carbonara: This classic Carbonara tasted much like their Spaghetti Vongole – switch out the clams for bacon. It was not a creamy pasta dish filled with cream, bacon and egg yolks like Spacca Napoli.
Homemade Gnocchi 17: Traditional Gnocchi made white cream sauce we soft and pillowy. The cream sauce was nice but also not very flavourful.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana missed the mark on so many levels that it is hard to justify a re-visit given Spacca Napoli is just at up the street and Jimoco is not to far away. There are simply better food options in the Tri-Cities nowadays with better flavour profile, culinary execution and service.
And as a closing side note: Our dining experience was rudely interrupted by another patron (who probably was drunk) who mocked us by taking photos of us taking photos of our food, dancing around the tiny restaurant like a buffoon. His childish behavior was not addressed by the owners. No action was taken to put a stop to this clown. Instead, it left us accosted, saddened, and frankly a little angry that it our inconvenience was not acknowledged and that no apology was made. A restaurant that doesn’t value their customers does not value respect.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
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Earls Restaurant Group is opened its new Ambleside Beach location on May 9, 2018. The first Earls to open in BC since 2010, Earls Ambleside Beach has been conceived specifically for this West Vancouver location and demographic. The design is ‘West Coast meets California Beach’ style overlooking Ambleside Beach. This waterfront-dining destination where every table has a view!
The menu was created by Culinary Development Chef, David Wong, and will be managed day-to-day by Head Chef, Simon Zanotto, in the kitchen. Opening from 9am on weekends, Earls Ambleside Beach will tempt guests with an expansive brunch menu inclusive of new, location exclusive, menu items such as Lobster and Pancetta Pizza, Salmon Zen Bowl, and The Grilled Avocado Brunch Bowl. This location will also be the first Earls to offer a permanent plant-based menu section with seven vegan-friendly options.
Behind the bar, Beverage Director Cameron Bogue, has partnered with internationally renowned bartenders Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage of Trash Tiki (London/Toronto) to reduce the environmental impact of the beverage program and its operations. Most notably is the introduction of an innovative, five flavour, shelf-stable bottled cocktail range – the first of its size and kind in Vancouver – that will be bottled in front of guests daily. In an effort to reduce unnecessary waste, Earls Ambleside Beach is eliminating disposable plastic straws from the bar entirely.
The wine menu, curated specifically for Ambleside Beach by local wine educator and Earls Sommelier, David Stansfield, emphasizes cool local wines among iconic international producers. There will also be a rotating Reserve Menu featuring a concise selection of world famous bottles with daily Reserve glasses offered from Coravin.
If you’ve followed us on our Instagram stories then you’ve probably seen us sharing the new Brunch Happy Hour specials at Earls. $8 breakfast items between 9-11am. Full size dishes that’s worth waking up to! We suggest ordering one of each and share it Family Style!
Brunch Happy Hour Menu:
- Smoothie Bowl: Fresh blueberries, toasted almonds, banana, flax seed granola, spirulina
- Grilled Harvest Brunch Bowl: Grilled zucchini, roasted sweet potato, tomato, avocado, romesco yogurt, fried egg
- Avocado Brunch Toast: Poached eggs, smashed avocado, furikake, chili and radish
- Eggs Benedict: Two poached eggs, classic hollandaise, virginia ham, toasted baguette, served with crispy potatoes
- Chorizo and Mushroom Hash: Avocado, crispy fried potatoes, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise
- Country Breakfast: 2 eggs sunny side up, bacon, sausage, grilled avocado, baked beans, crispy potatoes, toast
- Golden Waffles and Cream: Chantily cream, maple syrup, seasonal compote
- 2-Egg Breakfast: 2 eggs sunny side up, 2 crispy bacon strips, crispy potatoes, grilled avocado
- Dim Sum Dumplings: Shrimp Har Gau, pork + shrimp Siu Mai, tobiko, soy vinegar, sriracha
ABOUT EARLS RESTAURANT GROUP
Earls Restaurants Ltd. is a family-owned operation started by Leroy Earl (Bus) Fuller and his son Stan Fuller in 1982 with its first restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta. Earls has since grown to become one of the most successful, family-owned independent restaurant groups in North America with 66 locations across Canada (56) and the US (10). Stan Fuller still serves as CEO and the brand is headquartered in Vancouver. From humble beginnings as a laid-back burger and beer joint to today, Earls offers a casual yet sophisticated dining experience within its group of independently compelling restaurant locations. While each experience is tailored to the location, Earls is committed to providing a consciously sourced, diverse globally inspired menu from quality ingredients. Its latest location, Earls Ambleside Beach, is due to open in West Vancouver on May 9, 2018.
I was invited by Earls Restaurant for a menu tasting.
Earls Ambleside Beach
Cuisine: Canadian, Pacific Northwest
Mon 11:00am – Midnight
Tue 11:00am – Midnight
Wed 11:00am – Midnight
Thu 11:00am – Midnight
Fri 11:00am – Midnight
Sat 9:00am – Midnight
Sun 9:00am – Midnight
Earls Ambleside Beach
1375 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7T 2P9
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