When visiting Portland, it's fun to get out of downtown and explore the city's many laidback neighbourhoods. On a recent trip, I poked around the Central Eastside industrial area. But while the Central Eastside is just starting to make a name for itself as a culinary hub, Southeast Division Street has long been known for its fabulous restaurants.
Pok Pok drew me to SE Division in 2012, but when returned to the area last month, I was surprised to see how much it has changed. Construction was everywhere on three-storey apartment blocks, and new restaurants abound. Here are a few don't-miss spots.
One of North Vancouver's raw vegetarian joints is on the move.
But Café by Tao isn't going far. The organic and wheat-free eatery is relocating a couple blocks over, from 120-260 West Esplanade to 131 West Esplanade in Lower Lonsdale.
Tao Organics, the food product line owned by Café by Tao's Agathe Mathieu, announced the move in its latest e-newsletter:
We're so thrilled, we have started the reno of our new location for the cafe! No worries, we remain open at our current location until the end of March. We have an outstanding crew totally committed to have Cafe by Tao's new home ready by the end of March.
Environmentalist and biologist Alexandra Morton is one of the loudest voices in the fight against open-net fish farming on the B.C. coast.
Morton recently posted this video showing what happens when wild Pacific salmon and farmed Atlantic salmon are cooked side by side.
The obvious difference? The fat content.
That's not all. On her blog, Morton says there's other health risks.
Last week, I attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s International Festival Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place). It was my first time in the tasting room—although not my first time at a wine festival—and to say that the experience was a little overwhelming would be an understatement.
A company is offering to turn your favourite celebrity into sausage meat which you can consume with perhaps a nice chianti and some fava beans.
They haven't actually produced a James Franco salami yet—that would be contingent on Mr. Franco donating some of his myoblast cells for the company's lab-grown meat product—but BiteLabs is urging a wish list of celebrities including Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kanye West to get on board with this new trend in epicureanism.
To coincide with International Women’s Day, Uva Wine Bar (900 Seymour) is hosting an event on March 8 that celebrates women working in Vancouver’s hospitality industry. “Guts and Glory” will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and include networking opportunities, guest speakers, as well as food and beverages.
Considering the success that Top Chef Canada contestants from B.C. have had in the past, it’s no surprise that nearly half the competitors on this year’s Food Network Canada reality show hail from the province. Of the 14 chefs selected to be a part of Top Chef Canada season 4, six were born in B.C., and four still reside here.
Six Vancouver chefs and bartenders will be playing a game of switcheroo on March 6. “Caviar” & Cocktails at YEW seafood + bar (791 West Georgia Street) will see three chefs pairing off with three bartenders they don’t typically work with.
Five years after launching Campagnolo (1020 Main Street), owner and chef Robert Belcham is opening a 32-seat space upstairs today (February 20).
Simply named Upstairs at Campagnolo, the restaurant and bar has a separate entrance—just to the right of Campagnolo’s front door, marked only by the letter “c” and two squiggly lines—and, in many ways, its own identity.