5 Mother’s Day Picks for 2019 That Aren’t Brunch

This Sunday, much of the world celebrates Mother’s Day. While each country & culture has its own traditions, here in North America, the 2nd Sunday in May usually includes brunch, flowers & family.

While a family meal with the matriarch is common, you might be looking for a different option to celebrate Mom. Here’s a five options for Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, in Metro Vancouver that don’t include making reservations but do included doing something with Mom.

RUN: Blueshore Financial Mother’s Day Run presented by Westin Bayshore: start the day with a 3k, 5k, 10k family fun run / walk through scenic Stanley Park, from Ceperley Field to Coal Harbour with a festival-like wrap up at the finish line or brunch at Westin Bayshore.


LAUGH: Vancouver TheatreSports celebrates Moms everywhere with its ‘mother of all Mother’s Day shows’ – MOM=WOW – a special, one-performance-only, Mom-themed show just for her at 4:00pm, after toast mom with a sip and the sunny views of the marina from the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge.

MUSEUM: Celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum, from 11am to 4:30pm, with a day packed with special activities, exhibitions and crafts planned with Moms and families in mind, top off your visit with a visit to the Ice Cream Parlour for a slice of Mother’s Day lavender cheesecake & tea.

TREES: If you’ve taken Mom for a visit to enjoy the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, enhance your own urban forest with the Vancouver Park Board Tree Sale, any unclaimed or unpurchased trees from the online sale may be purchased for cash on between 2-4pm at Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot.

MATINEE: Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) Symphony Orchestra, joined by internationally renowned pianist and VAM alumnus Jon Kimura Parker, brings its season to a close with a riveting performance of Stravinsky’s vibrant, folk-inspired Suite from The Firebird, at The Orpheum at 2pm.

Dinner In The Sky elevates your dining experience

Dinner In The Sky North Vancouver takes your dining experience to new heights.   Until July 29, 2018, Dinner In The Sky, presented by Westcoast Sightseeing, combines unique views and an exceptional dining experience over North Vancouver.

Dinner In The Sky was founded 30 years ago in Belgium and has expanded to 60+ countries around the globe. After a sold-out month-long trial last summer, Vancouver now has it’s own Dinner In The Sky experience.

Brunch, lunch and dinner rise over the scenic location at 415 West Esplanade on the North Vancouver waterfront, other locations for this summer will be announced later.  Twenty-two guests along with chefs, servers and safety officer lift off to over 100ft and take in the 360degree views from their secure, rotating, reclining seats.  Guests will enjoy a menu created by Dinner In The Sky Chef Ambassador Ned Bell.  With Chef Bell at the lead, you can be sure that the menu is going to be a masterpiece of local, sustainable quality ingredients.  VIP experiences include sparkling wine and canapes in the ground-level lounge.

Tickets for Brunch In The Sky, Lunch In The Sky, Happy Hour In The Sky and Dinner In The Sky range from $149 t0 $549, most experiences are two hours overall, with one hour in the sky.   Private packages for group experiences can also be arranged. Guests must present identification, and sign a waiver, when they check in 45 minutes prior to the lift.  Guests under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult, and must be a minimum of 4 feet 9 inches in height.
Lifts will take place in rainy weather but may be cancelled or postponed when the wind is strong or during thunderstorms.

Visit dinnerintheskycanada.com for tickets, package details and more information about Meal in the Sky options.


Tasting Plates – North Van Brunch comes November 25th

The burgeoning neighbourhood of Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver is preparing to welcome Tasting Plates for Brunch on November 25, 2017.  Start your Saturday morning with other foodies, family and friends as you take your taste buds on an exploration of the North Vancouver neighbourhood’s eateries for some one of a kind food finds.

As with other Tasting Plates events, patrons will check in to collect their Tasting Plates Brunch card and map, then set off to visit the area and see what flavours are in store.  North Vancouver diverse food scene is will certainly not disappoint as Tasting Platers dive into everything from baked goods to ice cream.

Participating establishments for Tasting Plates Brunch North Vancouver include;

Maru Korean Bistro – 125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

The Juicery Co – 254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Two Daughters Bakery – 121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream – 277 8th St E, North Vancouve

See what the local chefs and proprietors have come up with to show off their best brunch plates on November 25th from 10am to 2pm.  $30 Early Bird Tickets are on sale until November 10th, buy tickets for Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch online now.

Mother’s Day of Giving to support BC Women’s Hospital

Sunday is Mother’s Day, celebrate your Mother with Brunch or Dinner while supporting a great cause. If you haven’t already booked, check out some of the great Vancouver restaurants that are giving back to BC Women’s Hospital this Mother’s Day of Giving, May 14th.

Make a reservation now at any of the following restaurants to celebrate your mom, and the other women and children aided by BC Women’s Hospital.

Ask for Luigi
Bauhaus Restaurant
Bella Gelateria
Go Fish
H2 Rotisserie + Bar
Juice Truck
La Buca
La Mezcaleria
La Taqueria
Les Faux Bourgeois
Los Cuervos
Merchants Oyster Bar
Pizzeria Bufala
Pizzeria Farina
The Sardine Can

Each of the restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds from the day, Sunday May 14th to BC Women’s Hospital to help continue its great work in helping BC mothers and newborns get their start in life.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Yaletown Brunch Crawl 2017

Another weekend of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 means another pair of Brunch Crawls presented by Vancouver Foodster.

This weekend, East Village and Yaletown neighbourhoods were explored. We participated in the Yaletown Brunch Crawl to take a look around our home ‘hood.

Hoping the rain would hold off, we started off the morning at Rocanini Coffee near BC Place.  The coffee house offered a Rum Latter to kickstart Brunch Crawl; espresso, steamed milk and rum flavouring. I opted to have mine without espresso, as a steamed milk with rum.  A rich, soothing sip to warm the soul.



I’ve walked past Living Produce Aisle, on Hamilton Street, many times and Brunch Crawl took us to visit the unique green grocers. The Urban Cultivator outlet grows fresh microgreens for many local restaurants and merchants. In addition they serve the greens themselves for their housemade smoothies and salads, like the Green Dream and Peanut Butter Cup Smoothies and MicroGreen Salad cup they served for Brunch Crawlers.

Next, while not exactly typical for Brunch, House Special offered a plate of Vietnamese dishes. The trio were more traditional flavours than House Special normally presents but were a perfect lunar New Year offering. Congee Noir; black and white rice porridge topped with housemade Chinese donut, boudin noir sausage and house made XO sauce.  Vietnamese Festival Cake; sticky rice roulade with pork, 5-spice sausage, mung bean, cucumber, pickled cabbage & celery. Steamed Glass Dumpling; banana leaf wrapped tapioca dumpling, filled with ground pork, salted shrimp, pork crackling and red chili with nouc cham dipping sauce.

Ganache Patisserie, plated a sweet ending to the food offered for Brunch Crawl Yaletown.  The French Patisserie presented a quintet of their favourite pastries; a flaky classic croissant, croissant aux bleuet-mures (blueberry enveloped in croissant dough), Goyave Citron Mandarine (citrus cake topped with fruit), Madeline and Macaron.


To wrap up the morning Brunch Crawl, a hot cuppa tea at Teaja hit the spot.  Offering a tasting of Double Cream Earl Grey sweetened with honey and coconut milk or Vanilla Rouge, a flavoured Rooibos tea. My Earl Grey nicely closed this weekend’s Brunch Crawls.

There’s still one more weekend of Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls before Dine Out Vancouver Festival comes to a close; Robson Street/West End on Saturday and Commercial Drive on Sunday.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Gastown Brunch Crawl 2017

This year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is underway, for the last few years neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, presented with Vancouver Foodster, have been a very popular series of events.

This past weekend, Gastown Brunch Crawl got the season off and walking with a exploration of the neighbourhoods diversity.

The early start made, registration at Milano Coffee Roaters Gastown very welcome for many as they got their jumpstart with a single shot Cortado, brewed with Milano’s award-winning Suave Ricco blend.  For a second coffee injection, the Winter Zest is a citrus infused milk chocolate latte, the 2017 winner for the Vancouver Foodster Coffee Drink Challenge.

A block away from Milano, La Mezcaleria’s busy Gastown location offer two plates. A palate cleansing and refreshing opening act, a glass of Mini Tulum; orange juice, papaya, Horchata served alongside a orange and jicama salad.
The Second plate was trio of,  Tostada of Cochinita Pibil; crisp tortilla with pibil stewed pulled pork, pickled red onions, Molette Benny; a poached egg on baguette with refried black beans, pico de gallo, queso fresco and avocado salsa, Housemade Guacamole; with a white corn chip.

Darby’s Gastown was our next stop for a Breakfast Wrap that would be good served any time of day. The flour tortilla was stuffed with pico de gallo, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, avocado served with mixed greens.

As we continued our exploration of Gastown, Zero Zero Pizzeria was the next stop for another trio of tastes from their oven. Focaccia Mattina was a crisp and chewy focaccia bread breakfast sandwich filled with egg frittata, mozzarella, bacon, tomato and basil.  Two slices of crispy crust; the Pizza Vegetale is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and brocolli while con Chorizo is a tomato sauce base with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, chorizo and onions.

Lastly, Gastown Brunch Crawl wrapped with some sweet flavours, education and entertainment at Wishing Treats Caramel Studio.  The Wishing Treats team demonstrated their techniques and handmade their hard candies right in front of us. Astonishing to see the inside shapes, designs and letters formed right inside the hard candy sticks. Emojis, letters, fruit patterns and more, Wishing Treats will also make custom corporate candies too.

Gastown Brunch Crawl gave a good sampling of what the neighbourhood had to offer. On Sunday Brunch Crawl visited Kitsilano, and will be followed by visits to East Village, & Yaletown next weekend, then Robson/West End and Commercial Drive wrap up the Dine Out Brunch Crawls.

Dine out, Walk, Run to Vancouver Foodster Brunch Crawls

It’s that most edible time of year as we move into mid-January and the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  My favourite series of Dine Out Events are the neighbourhood Brunch Crawls in collaboration with Vancouver Foodster.  Brunch is a big thing in Vancouver so it makes sense to explore what the city has to offer for our leisurely weekend mornings.

Brunch Crawls take patrons on a tour around 6 different Vancouver ‘hoods to find out what the restaurants and chefs have to offer. Here’s the line up of neighbourhoods and a few of the participating restaurants;

Gastown Brunch CrawlJanuary 21 – Gastown Brunch Crawl – Milano Coffee, ZeroZero Pizza, Darby’s Pub Gastown, La Mezcaleria, Wishing Treats Caramel Studio

January 22 – Kitsilano Brunch Crawl – Silk Road Tea, Be Fresh Market Cafe, Kahve, Rain or Shine Ice Cream

January 28 – East Village Brunch Crawl – Nonna’s Table, Di Olivia,  The Gourmet Warehouse, Italia Bakery, Platform 7 Coffee

January 29 – Yaletown Brunch Crawl – Rocanini Coffee, House Special, Ganache Patisserie

February 4 – Robson Street & West End Brunch Crawl – Papparoti, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Styo Dessert

Commercial Drive Brunch CrawlFebruary 5 – Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl – Federico’s Supper Club, Cabrito Tapas, Eternal Abundance, Fratelli Bakery, The Drive Coffee Bar

Brunch Crawl tickets are on sale now through Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Individual Brunch Crawl tickets: $45, or choose three Brunch Crawls to buy a 3-pack of tickets for $120. (plus fees from Tickets Tonight)

Grab your fork and see you out there!