Vancouver’s Chinatown is undoubtedly becoming less and less Chinese. A recent surge in restaurants, shops, art galleries, and real estate developments point towards a revitalized neighbourhood that’s aimed more towards 20-something hipsters, and not the Chinese folk who immigrated here in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Bestie (105 East Pender Street), a new restaurant that opened June 17, is part of this growing trend. Owners Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown have brought currywurst—a German street food favourite consisting of sliced bratwurst sausage topped with hot curried ketchup—along with sauerkraut, pretzels, and beer to their casual Chinatown eatery.
Although the third season of Game of Thrones might be over and the fourth season isn’t scheduled to hit the airwaves until 2014, fans can still get a taste of Westeros with Brewery Ommegang’s newest brew.
The brewery's Take the Black Stout, second in their series of beers designed around the hit HBO program, is inspired by the Night's Watch and will appear on discerning liquor-store shelves later this year.
To tip or not to tip? And if so, then how much? A New York-based Japanese restaurant recently reignited the debate on whether tips should be part of a server’s salary by eliminating them from their restaurant.
Sushi Yasuda, a restaurant that has operated for over a decade in Manhattan, recently updated the fine print at the bottom of bills to read: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
Instead, all employees at the restaurant receive a decent salary, vacation days, sick days, and a benefits package that includes health insurance.
A B.C. chef has done it again. Matthew Stowe of Cloverdale won Top Chef Canada season 3, following in the footsteps of season 1 winner Dale MacKay and season 2 runner-up Trevor Bird. At the end of tonight's (June 10) finale episode on Food Network Canada, Stowe beat out Quebec's Danny Smiles to take the top prize.
Amid the wave of closures of cultural and social spaces that has hit Vancouver (including Zoo Zhop and Rhizome), Little Nest is slated to close its doors in July after facing an astronomical rent hike.
But its fans aren't letting it go without a fight.
Little Nest, a beloved child-friendly eatery just off Commercial Drive on Charles Street, opened its doors in 2007.
There was no way that I was going to sample more than 350 wines in two hours, so instead, I chose to focus on new-to-me B.C. wineries when I attended Chef Meets B.C. Grape. The ninth annual wine and food fundraiser for the Arts Club Theatre took place at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre on June 5, and attendees had a little over two hours to explore 95 wineries from across the province.
I’ve never really associated the strip of Granville Street downtown known as the “Granville Entertainment District” with good food. While the high-traffic area is full of restaurants and bars, the dining options seem to veer towards cheap, cheerful, and fast—and I’m not just talking about those $1.99 pizza joints on every corner.
A B.C. chef has qualified to compete in the final episode of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada third season.
Matthew Stowe of Cloverdale, who is a product development chef for Cactus Club Café, will compete next Monday (June 10) against two other chefs for the title of “Top Chef Canada”.
Stowe was raised in Surrey and received his culinary training at New York’s Culinary Institute of America. After graduating in 2002, Stowe worked at Lutèce, a popular French restaurant in Manhattan that closed in 2004.