Tag: Drinks

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Chatime | Bubble Tea Vancouver Downtown 日出茶太

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Vancouver | Happy Hour Menu

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Vancouver | Happy Hour Menu

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Vancouver at the Sutton Place Hotel launched a new Happy Hour menu that is available from 3:30 to 5:30 pm! The new Happy Hour menu gives us a new reason to work harder and punch out at the end of the day for some delicious drinks and small-plate specials!

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Boulevard is conveniently located on Burrard Street, adjacent to Joey Burrard, Lululemon and Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver. I personally love the space Boulevard offers. It is beautifully renovated with an expansive dining room, seated oyster bar and a Parsian outdoor patio (weather permitting). It is casually elegant with a touch of sophistication. It is perfect for those business meetings and after work socialites.

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The problem with working in downtown is that sometimes I end up going to the same restaurants and bar that are two steps away from the office. We become creature of habit and forget our options. Boulevard Kitchen is actually just a brisk 5 minute walk away from Bentall 5.


Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Happy Hour Drink Menu Features:

• Russian Standard Moscow Mule, $5 (pictured above);
• Vodka, Gin and Bourbon Highballs, $5;
• Red Truck Ale, Lager and India Pale Ale by the bottle, $4;
• Granville Island Lager on tap, $5;
• Nichol Vineyard and Estate Winery Wine by the glass, $7.


Personally, I love Moscow Mules. It is so refreshing and a great way to start Happy Hour! Moscow Mules are made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s like a grown up soda!

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Meanwhile, Executive Chef Alex Chen crafted a variety of Happy Hour small-plate selections that are equally as delicious as dinner. A few items will be available throughout the day on their lounge menu or can be ordered as a side to your entree.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Happy Hour Food Menu Features:

  • Buck-a-shuck Oysters $1 each
  • Octopus Ceviche with lime, cilantro, onion, tomato, chipotle tortilla chips $10
  • Heirloom Beet Salad with hazelnut, frill lettuce, white balsamic $9
  • Clam Chowder with smoked black cod, sawmill bay clam, potato, fennel pollen $9
  • Crispy Chicken Wings with fish sauce caramel, sambal chili, pickled vegetables $10
  • Crispy Stuffed Olives with anchovy, ricotta, spiced citrus aioli $6


Buck-a-shuck oysters features a seasonal selection of west & east coast oysters. Served with fresh horseradish, Mignonette sauce, cocktail sauce and creamy white foam sauce.  The oysters are plump and juicy. And if you prefer, option for a seat at the oyster bar.

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Octopus Ceviche 10: octopus morsels with a spicy lime, cilantro, onion, tomato marinade. Served with chipotle tortilla chips. Octopus tastes a lot like calamari, just meatier. But it is important not to overcook it. Otherwise it will taste like rubber. Good thing, the octopus is ‘cooked’ in an acidic marinade without heat. So it remains tender. It is fabulous as a side or topped over tacos.

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Caesar Salad 8: anchovies, shaved parmesan, olive oil crostini. Nowadays, it is very hard to ever see real anchovies in a Caesar salad. Usually it is an emulsified, pre-mixed creamy dressing is usually used instead of a construction of an authentic Caesar salad as Julia Child describes From Julia Child’s Kitchen. So you can imagine, how excited we were when we spotted actual anchovies!

Julia Child recounts how Caesar Cardini (a San Diego resauranteur; not Caesar Augustus by the way) in 1925 made a trip south of the border to Tijuana, Mexico to avoid Prohibition-era laws and created the Caesar salad.

The original Caesar salad, according to Julia, was made with the inner leaves of a romaine lettuce, tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, garlic, and eggs that have been boiled for exactly one minute. Julia recounts how “Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl… I can see him break two eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them.

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Heirloom Beet Salad 9: This salad is as pretty as it looks. Even if you are not a fan of beets you will love this salad! Roasted heirloom beets are sweet and enhanced with a splash of white balsamic vinaigrette. It does not have that raw green tastes. Topped with frill lettuce and toasted hazelnut for texture and extra earthiness.

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Crispy Chicken Wings 10: If you are a huge fan of Portland’s Pok Pok chicken wings, than you will love Chef Chen’s fish sauce caramel and sambal chili wings with a crispy double fried batter. Served with pickled vegetables. I love these chicken wings. I love wings in general, but these chicken wings with fish sauce is robustly flavored. Tart and Spicy and goes great with beer!

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Negroni 5: can’t go wrong with an old fashion drink for five dollars!

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Crispy Stuffed Olives 6: These poppers are the perfect finger food. Olives stuffed with anchovies, ricotta and served with spiced citrus aioli. We bet you can’t eat just one.

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Clam Chowder 9: smoked black cod, sawmill bay clams, potato, leek, dill, fennel pollen. A light and creamy clam chowder that is flavorful without tasting too much like the sea. This is perfect for a chilly day or if you just prefer something light to go along with your salad.

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Korean Galbi ‘dog’ 10: Mouth watering hot dog made with American Wagyu beef, pickled cucumber, chili paste, kimchi topped with flash fried onions. So delicious!

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Fresh Hand-Cut Fries 4: What Happy Hour is complete without some crispy fries? Light and non-greasy. I just wished these were bottomless! Served with pepper aioli.

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Happy Hour at Boulevard is one of the best happy hour menu I’ve had in awhile. I love the variety and the Asian inspired fish sauce chicken wings and Wagyu beef Korean hot dog. Most of all, the prices are very reasonable! Given the location, the sophisticated bar and marble high top tables, I will definitely be a regular here! I almost feel guilty for not wanting to share this with you!

What are you doing after work? Join us for Happy Hour between 3:30 to 5:30pm.

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
URL: http://boulevardvancouver.ca/
Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pacific Northwest

Mon 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 6:30 am – 11:00 pm

845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K7
(604) 642-2900

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Classic Canadian Caesar Recipe | Walter All Natural Caesar Mix

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The Westin Grand Vancouver #POPUPPATIO Summer Poolside

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The Diamond Vancouver | Gastown Cocktails, Happy Hour & Night cap

The Diamond Vancouver | Gastown Cocktails, Happy Hour & Night cap

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Vancouver is located on the second floor at Maple Tree Square in Gastown. It is kiddie corner to Six Acres, Chill Winston and L’abattoir. The Diamond is a great place for cocktails, happy hour and night cap. The Diamond, co-owner Josh Pape also owns Wildebeest with co-owner James Iranzad. Josh Pape was a bartender at Chambar previously and James Iranzad owns Abigail’s Party and Cartel Taco.


The ambiance at The Diamond is cozy and has an old school vibe with brass, brick wall and aged windows. Cocktails and highballs are skillfully handcrafted and there is a good selection of wine and beer.

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

I welcome Absinthe, Campari, Vermout, and Bourbon during Happy Hour (on a Tuesday that feels like another Monday. Though the drinks are wonderful, though I can’t seem to say the same about the food. We ordered an assortment of Prawn ceviche, four cheese dip and some hand-cut salsa and chips. All seemed very standard, bland and felt more from a branded jar at your local grocery store. French Fries are missing from the menu and would be a great additional – especially with some homemade ketchup! Nonetheless, nothing a great tasting Bicicletta or Moscow Mule can’t forgive.



The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

Bicicletta #2 $10: Campari, Italian Vermouth, Gerwurztraminer, Grapefruit Twist. A boozy drink semi bitter but delicious. I do like an Old Fashioned finish from time to time.


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Moscow Mule $15: lime juice, vodka, ginger beer. The Diamond uses premium Absolut Vodka hence the slap in price tag. This is a perfect summer drink. It can be easily made at home too with this simple Moscow Mule Recipe.  I also recommend the Isabella: sparkling wine, mango and ginger basil. Or the Penicillin.



The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

Tricycle Grapefruit Radler: Try this sweet / sour combination of a Radler from Parallel 49 Brewing Co. Pours a cloudy peach color with bittersweet profiles of grapefruit and less apparent beer lager base. Surely I could polish a few without feeling like I’m drinking booze. 3.0% alcohol slightly more than my favorite Grapefruit Stiegl Radler.



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After a few drinks, are you grammatically correct? Cheers to a good night!




The Diamond – Cocktails & Supper
URL: di6mond.com
Cuisine: Lounges, Bar, Mexican

Mon Closed
Tue 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sun 5:30 pm – 12:00 am



6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E7
(604) 568-8272

Gringo Vancouver (Gastown) | Nacho Libre, Pink Flamingo, and Night Cap

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Juice Shop San Francisco | Best Cold Press Juice Marina/Cow Hollow

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Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Lavender Lemonade
photo: Denise L

Lavender Lemonade is a cool refreshing drink for the hot summer days when water just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, a little flavor is needed without the calories. That’s why you should try this easy recipe for a calming and refreshing beverage that can be easily stored in the fridge and impress those impromptu guests knocking at your door!


Lavender Lemonade Recipe

small handful freshly picked lavender flowers (or previously dried lavender flowers)
1 cup white granulated sugar (or reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for simple syrup)
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Wash and rinse lavender.
To make simple syrup, heat sugar and water in a small saucepan until dissolved.
Mix in fresh lemon juice. Depending on the types of lemons used (Meyer lemons are less tart than regular lemons) and adjust proportion for own sweetness preference.
Add in lavender.
Steeped lavender and chill.

Or if you prefer no sugar added.

Just steeped lavender with the lemons and chilled! Very refreshing and relaxing!
Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Reflections Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

Reflections Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

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Cuchillo Vancouver (Gastown / Downtown Eastside)

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Earls Port Coquitlam

Earls Port Coquitlam


Earls Port Coquitlam is a chain restaurant with many locations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Tho some many shun big box chains away, I unashamedly don’t mind them. I can always trust on the standards and services provided and the food really is pretty good.

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When the sun is out it seems like everyone in Vancouver is out dining on a Patio and some patios feels like I am dining on the road side (inhaling exhaust fumes and chewing on dust). The patio space at Earls Port Coquitlam is actually quite nice. It is off the side of a big parking lot, away from the smoky asphalt and has a couple gazebo seats. For the next hour (or depending on how many sangrias juggled), you too can pretend to escape the chaos and bob your head to the tunes…


Dominical Fish Tacos 12.25: two soft flour tortillas, grilled lime and coriander marinated wahoo, mango and avocado salsa, spicy valentina crema. The fish was soft and moist and nicely seasoned. The spicy valentine crema sauce reminds me of ranch mixed with some paprika (something that I can skip). And if the tortillas shells were crispy instead of soft that would be even better.


Santa Fe Chicken Salad 16.50: avocado, black beans, corn, dates, feta and organic greens, peanut lime vinaigrette, crispy tortillas (ours was fettucini), cajun spiced chicken. Lots of proteins, lean meat and complexities brings this salad to approximately a jaw dropping 800 calories according to the My Fitness Pal app. I love everything about this Southern / Mexican inspired salad and it left me satiated for the afternoon.

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Earls Port Coquitlam

5100 2850 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6K5
(604) 941-1733




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Coast Restaurant Vancouver (Downtown)

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Cache Bistro and Lounge, Vancouver (Yaletown)

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