Picks of the Week – January 23, 2019

Can you believe we’re already at the last weekend of the first month of the new year?! Let’s see what fun is to be had in these picks of the week

Canyon Lights

Canyon: It’s the last weekend to catch the thousands of lights spread throughout Capilano Bridge Park’s Canyon Lights, lighting up the bridge, Treetops Adventures, as well as 8 of the tallest living Christmas Tree, closing Sunday

IcedVancouver Canucks play host to Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Rogers Arena

Laughs:  Join Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, Queerprov, at The Junction for improv laughter tonight.

Music: Celebrating its 100th Birthday Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Day of Music on Saturday Jan 26th with 12 hours of free music spread over 10 stages.

Arts: The second week of 15th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is in swing bringing more world-class performing arts to the city until February 3rd

VTSL Throwdown

Improv: Catch the laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, before it closes on January 27th.

Ball: Catch Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse on Saturday at Rogers Arena when they host Colorado Mammoth

Broth: The participating restaurants in the 1st Vancouver Foodster Soup Festival moves on to week three with a new set of super soups for the public to slurp and vote for their favourites.

Art: This week the Museum of Vancouver wraps up In/Flux : Art of the Korean Diaspora, looking at three Vancouver-based Korean artists.

Femme: The Cultch Femme Series continues with Power Ballad on stage at the Historic Theatre until Saturday

Circle Game photo: Emily Cooper

Joni: Experience a new take on classics songs as The Firehall Arts Centre presents Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell, until February 9th

Cocoa: The Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is warming the hearts of chocolate lovers with sips of sweet chocolate throughout the city until February 14th

Yoga: Don’t miss your chance to take part in a free Wednesday yoga class at Gateway Theatre in support of their upcoming Yoga Play.

Dine Out – Street Food City photo: Carly Whetter

Dine: Find a new fave restaurant, experience a one of a kind foodie event, sample some of the city’s multitude of food trucks, all during Dine Out Vancouver Festival, now on until February 3rd

Make a Dash for Dine Out 2019 Tickets

Since 2002 Vancouverites have been filling their winters and bellies with Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s prix fixe menu deals.  What started with just 57 restaurants has grown to become Canada’s largest food and drink festival, with 300+ restaurants, breweries, wineries, events and more to indulge.

Grand Tasting
photo: Carly Whetter

From January 18 to February 3, 2019 restaurants from South Surrey to North Vancouver welcome guests with $15, $25, $35 and $45 fixed price brunch, lunch and dinner menus.  The restaurant menus are revealed and reservations are open to the public today, January 10th,  visit dineoutvancouver.com to start your Dine Out planning.

In addition to a restaurant menus, a series of spectacular tasting events fill the days and evenings.  The events start off with The Grand Tasting, a preview launch event January 17th at Rocky Mountaineer Station. The World Chef Exchange brings chefs from San Diego, London, Sydney, Montreal and Dusseldorf to work with local chefs in their restaurants. Street Food City, the food truck fest is back for its eighth year.

Street Food City
photo: Carly Whetter

Secret Supper Soirees are are back for mysterious dinners. Food & Drink Tours of all kinds fill the festival dates. Many events are already sold out, so if you haven’t check out the Events listings and book soon.

Coming from out of town, or even if you’re local, why not make a night of it and book a night at the Dine Out Special Room Rates or a Dine & Stay package with one of the participating Dine Out Hotel Partners. 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019 runs January 18 – February 3, 2019. For menu information, restaurant and hotel reservations and event tickets visit dineoutvancouver.com

Picks of the Week – January 24, 2018

In these picks of the week, we find the last of the festive season’s celebrations wrap up and Vancouver’s winter festivals continuing.

Canyon: Take your first look of the season or return for your last visit amongst the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  before it closes for the season January 28th, 2018. 

Fest: The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival moves into its second week with plenty more picks to get out of the house on dreary winter nights for great entertainment around the city until February 4th

Eat:  Dine Out Vancouver Festival sustains our stomachs and souls with hundreds of great restaurant set menus and food events until February 4th

Pride: Up the sea-to-sky, the 26th Annual Whistler Pride is bringing one of the largest winter pride celebrations filled with colour and excitement to the resort village until January 28th.

Comedy: Tonight at Orpheum Theatre, funnyman Adam Sandler brings comedy to the stage supported by friends David Spade and Rob Schneider.

Rock: Over at the Pacific Coliseum, tonight, Queens of the Stone Age rock out with Eagles of Death Metal in support

HipHop: Swedish rapper Yung Lean & The Sad Boys bring beats to the stage at Vogue Theatre, Wednesday night

Hot Brown Honey
photo: Dylan Evans

Honeys: Fighting the power never tasted so good!  Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment at The Cultch York Theatre until January 27th

Chocolate: Sip your way around the city with the warmth of the Hot Chocolate Festival on until February 14th

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks have returned from the road to host Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena on Thursday evening

Drama: Pi Theatre, in association with PuSh Festival, presents the Canadian debut of David Greig’s play The Events, about 2011 attacks in Norway, on stage until January 28 at Russian Hall.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams Photo: Mariana Zappet and Emilano Leyva

Puppets: Presentation House Theatre and Marionetas de la Esquina reimagines the classic Sleeping Beauty in a contemporary take, performed by puppets from January 26 to February 4.

Theatre: The Arts Club picks up their season for 2018 with Topdog/Underdog playing at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 11th and Jitters at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage starts previews January 25

Pitch:  Rugby Canada takes to the pitch at BC Place to host Uruguay in Rugby World Cup qualification, Saturday afternoon

Fly: In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Fly Over Canada once again presents a double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, for a limited time, only until February 18th.

Picks of the Week – January 17, 2017

As we move into the second half of January, in the picks of the week we find last year’s Festive events ending and the new year’s Festivals beginning.

Festival: Catch the dozens of Chinese lanterns covering the 14 acre Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival  at the PNE before they go dark this weekend, January 21st

Lights: Lights at Lafarge Coquitlam’s Winter Light Festival, the largest free light display in the Lower Mainland turns the lights off this weekend, January 21st

Canyon Lights
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon: Be awed and inspired as you walk amongst the treetops of the tallest illuminated trees and much more at Canyon Lights Winter Festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  until January 28th, 2018. 

Fest: The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival gives us plenty of reasons to leave the house on dreary winter nights by heating up stages around the city until February 4, 2018

Eat: While PuSh Fest feeds your spirit, Dine Out Vancouver Festival feeds your belly with hundreds of great restaurant set menus and food events from January 19 to February 4

Hot Brown Honey
photo: Dylan Evans

Honeys: See what the buzz is about as Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat with a serving of sass and empowerment at The Cultch York Theatre until January 27

Boys: Only until January 20th, at The Cultch Historic Theatre, Black Boys explore their queer male blackness, and understanding themselves.

The Events
photo: Emily Cooper

Premiere: Until January 28 at Russian Hall, Pi Theatre, in association with PuSh Festival, presents the Canadian premiere of David Greig’s play The Events, about 2011 attacks in Norway.

Project: The topical play, The Pipeline Project, tackles the controversial topic of piplines in BC at the Firehall Arts Centre until January 20

Rock: LA based singer-songwriter BØRNS takes to the stage at Vogue Theatre on Saturday night

R&B: Toronto’s alt hiphop / r&b act, dvsn bring their Morning After World Tour to Vogue Theatre on Sunday night

Above The Hospital photo: Chris Cho

Dreams: Midtwenties Theatre Society looks at Vancouver millennials and how current pressures affect their aspirations and dreams in Above The Hospital, playing until Sunday at Red Gate Revue Stage

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports Throwdown International Theatresports Festival is continuing, until Jan 21st,  with the best of VTSL players taking on International Improv teams for improv supremacy

Ahoy: Picture yourself on deck, sailing into the open seas at the Vancouver International Boat Show, at BC Place and Granville Island, from today until January 21st.

Dine Out 2018 serves up more great food events & menus

Now that you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your Holiday indulgences, Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 is here to serve you mouth watering events and set menus.

The 2018 line up of food events has been selling fast already and now the set menus have been released for participating restaurants to start taking reservations.   Three hundred + restaurants, wineries, breweries, and suppliers from Abbotsford to the North Shore, are featuring set lunch and dinner menus at $20, $30, and $40 for the 17 day Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

In addition to the set menus, check out over 40 unique food and drink events ranging from food tours, and food trucks to specialist tastings, to international chef collaborations, secret suppers and VQA wine tastings.

A sample of just some of the events include:

The Art of Tea Gastronomy at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Vancouver – various dates.
Pop Up Ocean Wise Cafe at Vancouver Aquarium with Chef Ned Bell – 2 seating per night, various dates.
The BC VQA Wine Brunch at Hart House, Burnaby – January 20th. 
Get Shucked Up at Fanny Bay Oysters – January 22nd & 29th.
The Perfect Vegan Pizza Cooking Class at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company – January 29th
Vancouver World Chef Exchange with Chefs from Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Nashville – various dates & locations

Coming from out of town, or even if you’re local, why not make a night of it and book one a night or package with one of the participating Dine Out Hotel Partners. 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 runs January 19 – February 4, 2018. For menu information, restaurant and hotel reservations and event tickets visit dineoutvancouver.com



Dine Out Vancouver Festival – West End Brunch Crawl 2017

The 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival wrapped up this weekend and before it concluded, another pair of neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, presented by Vancouver Foodster.  This week saw a tour of Robson Street / West End Brunch Crawl on Saturday and Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on Sunday.

We stepped out on a snowy Saturday morning to take in the Robson Street / West End Brunch Crawl.  Beginning with a visit to Papparoti to pick up our Brunch Crawl registration cards and then to get the day started with Papparoti’s Brunch Crawl offering.

If Papparoti was on my way to work, I’d be starting my day this way a lot more often. They served a pair of their flavoured fresh from the oven Rollies; Coconut and Choco Banana filled. Accompanying my pastries was a Signature Karak Tea, like a light, milky chai tea. The Tea, Papparoti Pastries and a paper would be a perfect leisurely weekend morning but we had many more places to visit so off we went.

Down the street, one of our favourites, De Dutch Pannekoek House had the griddle on serving a sweet or savoury pannekoeken.  Edam and de Bakon made a meaty, melty combination for me, if sweet was in mind, a strawberry topped pannekoeken was the other option. Sweet or Savoury is always a hard decision, even harder when facing the full De Dutch menu!

On the corner of Robson and Denman, PuntoPasta introduces Brunch Crawlers to the newest addition to their menu, pizza. A natural fit for an Italian cafe, PuntoPasta offered a trio of pizza toppings; Margherita, Veggie or Carbonara. Equally at home on pasta as on oven baked dough. Served alongside was a cup of fresh brewed Lavazza Italian Coffee.

Further down Denman a collaborative effort at Ritual Vancouver, the comfort food cafe where Commodity Juicery serves their fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies.  Ritual served a rich, and flavourful dish; Yam Of Your Dreams; a roasted, sweet caramelized yam topped with hearty pulled pork.  On the side, an Upbeet Smoothie from Commodity was a blend of pineapple, cantaloupe, mango, beets, banana, coconut, ginger, dates and apple juice.

Finally, we visited Styo Dessert the waffle and smoothie cafe offered a Ham & Cheese pair with a Blueberry croissant style waffle for sweet and savoury plate.  To keep our morning energy up, an Antioxidant Berry dairy-free smoothie completed our tastes and wrapped up the Brunch Crawls for 2017.

We can’t wait until next year to see what the neighbourhoods have to offer.  If you can’t wait until then, check out some of the other Vancouver Foodster events coming up like; Pizza Palooza – February 22nd, or the 5th Anniversary Downtown Tasting Plates on March 8th.

Picks of the Week – February 1, 2017

How is it already February!? It was only just the Holidays!
While the Lunar New Year is currently in full swing, there are many other events to keep us occupied in the picks of the week…

Ride: There’s no horsing around as Odysseo by Cavalia rides its way into the White Big Top at Olympic Village until February 26

Rock: Tonight, Canadian rockers The Arkells play the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena at UBC

Pop: If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, it will be a treat to see Sting play the Commodore Ballroom tonight

Push: The 2017 PuSh Festival continues to bring international cutting edge performing arts from around the globe to venues around the city.

Stage: Opening February 2nd, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond presents You Will Remember Me until February 11.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play a pair of games at Rogers Arena this week; Thursday night against San Jose and Saturday against Minnesota

Undersea: Dive into the world of The Little Mermaid opening Friday Feb 3 at Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, on until Feb18

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 continues with round 3 hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel plays out in the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, until February 12th

Dine: The tastiest festival of the year; Dine Out Vancouver Festival gets underway Friday, offering hundreds of events and restaurants participating in the set-price menu options, until February 5th

Kicks: Cheer on the Canadian Senior Women’s Soccer Team as they play host to Mexico on Saturday afternoon at BC Place