5 Hotel Restaurants to find Christmas Dinner To Go

There’s just one week until Christmas Day. On top of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you might not want to spend Christmas day prepping and cooking.  Why not leave the work to someone else and order your Christmas feast?

Here’s a few locations around Vancouver that will prepare your Christmas dinner for you, so you can just reheat, eat and enjoy the company of family and friends…plus the eventual turkey coma.

Globe at Fairmont Vancouver Airport:  $399 (8-10 guests)
Available December 24 & 25, deadline to order Friday December 21, 2018.
Turkey To Go includes:
Fraser Valley Slow Roasted Turkey
Sage Infused Gravy
Local Cranberry Relish
Traditional Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes
Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Orange Essence
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls & Creamery Butter
Saje and Cranberry Stuffing
Pastry Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pumpkin Seeds and Cranberry Chantilly
Visit fairmont.com/vancouver-airport-richmond for details and ordering information

Notch 8

Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: $399 (8-10 guests), including $25 gift certificate to Notch 8
Available December 24 & 25, deadline to order Thursday December 20, 2018.
Notch 8 Christmas Dinner Turkey To Go includes:
Whole Roasted Fraser Valley Turkey
Date & Turkey Sausage Stuffing
Honey Glazed Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Orange Relish
Pan Gravy
Artisan Bread, Creamery Butter
Spiced Pumpkin Pie & Madagascar Vanilla Chantilly
Visit notch8-dining.com for details and ordering information

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver: $395 (10-12 guests)
Available December 23-26, deadline to order, noon Thursday December 20, 2018, while supplies last.
Sutton Place Christmas Turkey To Go includes:
18 lbs roasted turkey (whole or sliced)
Herb stuffing
Seasonal vegetable medley (baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, zucchini)
Traditional mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce and gravy
Assorted dinner rolls (12)
Cranberry cheesecake
Visit suttonplace.com for details and ordering information

H2 Restaurant

H2 Restaurant at Westin Bayshore: $200(6-8 guests) / $275(10-12 guests)
Available December 22-26, deadline to order, Thursday December 20, 2018.
Festive Turkey Take Out includes: 
Slow Roast Rossdown Farm Free Range Turkey
Fig & Brioche stuffing
Honey roasted winter vegetables
Buttered carrots and spouts
Buttermilk pomme purée
Sage pan gravy & house cranberry sauce
optional festive sweets are also available to add-on
Visit h2restaurant.com for details and ordering information

Copper Chimney at Executive Le Soleil Hotel: $32 / person
Available for pick up December 24, deadline to order Thursday December 20, 2018
Holiday Turkey-To-Go Package includes:
Turkey Roulade
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Wild rice stuffing
Heirloom carrots
Whipped potato
Cranberry gastrique
Bourbon barberry gravy
Wild mushroom velouté with crème fraiche
Pear & Ginger spiced pudding
Visit Copper Chimney on Facebook for details and booking instructions

Drop your pants at Pants Off Vancouver!

Now’s your chance to be a superhero! Thursday October 11th, drop your pants in support of Prostate Cancer Canada, at Pants Off Vancouver – Superhero Edition.

Join your friends and neighbours in this unique fundraiser to support and wrap up Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Prostate Cancer is the most cancer amongst Canadian men, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. While most Canadians will know at least one person in their lives who has been affected by Prostate Cancer, there is still much more to be done to educate and research the disease.

Pants Off Vancouver soars sky-high to provide an uplifting, entertaining evening, at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel’s Vista 360. Men and women alike will check their coats, and pants, to gain access to the scenic 19th floor space.  Guests are encouraged to wear their favourite superhero gear, after all, superheroes are no strangers to their underwear being on display. Everyone will enjoy an evening of music, comedy, food & drink, plus hear some inspirational stories from survivors and researchers & doctors at the forefront of the fight against Prostate Cancer.

Drop your pants and raise awareness at Pant Off Vancouver Thursday October 11, 2018 in the Vista 360 room at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street.

Tickets for Pants Off Vancouver are on sale now at www.pantsoff.ca.vancouver, Early Bird Tickets are just $65 until Friday (eligible for a $25 tax receipt).

 

Cocktails, Canapes & Croquet make for a ‘wicket’ day at Fairmont Empress

Where better than the iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria to host a leisurely garden party and croquet tournament.

On August 26, 2018, don your best summer garden party, cricket-friendly attire and join MC Joe Perkins of CTV Vancouver Island as the Fairmont Empress brings the beloved pastime to the front lawns of the restored grand hotel.  Just as the hotel has gone under a $60+million rebirth to bring new life to the hotel’s rooms and interior spaces, the social scene is returning to the hub of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  Like the social affairs of the colonial era, the verdant front lawns of Fairmont Empress, have been transformed to roll out a civilized Croquet tournament. The lush flower gardens Victoria is famous for, bloom around comfortable lounge seating, as the participants and guests enjoy culinary treats and craft cocktails from the Fairmont Empress team of chefs and bartenders, creating an ‘only in Victoria’ afternoon.

No experience is required to participate in the tournament, croquet attire consists of grass friendly footwear (flats, sandals, or wedges, no heels on the lawn), a sun hat to shield your eyes, and your smartest summer outfit to  impress and intimidate the competition. Prizes are awarded for best dressed croquet team.  If you don’t want to play, spectator tickets are available also.

Register, on Eventbrite, as a team (two people), or as a single to be paired with a teammate at the event:
$89 per person plus tax & gratuity after August 1, 2018 at 5pm (must be 19+ to attend)

Included in ticket price:

  • Pimm’s Welcome cocktail
  • Passed canapes, finger tea sandwiches, sweet bites.
  • Access to social lawns including lounging, games, food and cash bar
  • Minimum of two rounds of croquet play on the front lawns of The Empress

 

22nd Annual Where to Dine Awards Announced

Earlier this week, Where Vancouver Magazine presented their 22nd annual Where to Dine Awards at D/6 Bar and Lounge in the Douglas Hotel.

Attendees mixed and mingled with the finalist over delicious bites from the Parq Vancouver restaurants; D6, Honey Salt, BC Kitchen, 1886, Mrkt East and The Victor. Then as man-about-town Fred Lee hosted the ceremony, Where magazine presented the 2018 restaurants selected where to dine in Vancouver and Whistler.  Where readers were asked to select 22 of the 29 awards with the remaining selected by the magazines critics and editors.

The Where To Dine Awards went to;

READERS’ CHOICE – VANCOUVER

Vikram Vij received the first award of the afternoon

Indian: Vij’s Restaurant
Chinese: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
Japanese: Miku Restaurant
Asian: Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Latin: Cuchillo
Italian: Savio Volpe
Patio: Cactus Club Cafe
Pub Fare: The Irish Heather
Beer Experience: Parallel 49 Brewing
Seafood: Blue Water Cafe
Food Cart: Japadog
West Coast: Coast
French: Le Crocodile
Steak: Gotham Steakhouse & Bar
European: Bauhaus
Brunch: Twisted Fork Bistro
Fine Dining: Hawksworth Restaurant
Dessert: Thierry
Hotel Dining: Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

READERS’ CHOICE – WHISTLER

Casual Dining: Caramba! Restaurante
Après-Ski: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
Fine Dining: Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

CRITICS’ CHOICE

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar received the Sustainable Seafood Award, presented with BC Seafood Alliance, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre went to  for best exemplifying the practices of sourcing, serving and promoting sustainable species outlined under the Ocean Wise Program.

Five Sails Restaurant received the Silver Service Award, presented by members of Les Clefs d’Or BC, for consistently delivering the ultimate guest experience: an exceptional combination of food, service and hospitality.

Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cage received the Leadership Award for his impact on Vancouver’s dining scene.

Mary Mackay of Terra Breads received The Les Dames d’Escoffier Trailblazer Award recognizing her long-time commitment to excellence.

Where Vancouver food editor Tim Pawsey presented The Salmon House on the Hill with the Editor’s Choice award.  Botanist as Vancouver’s Best New Restaurant,  and Hunter Gather as Whistler’s Best New Restaurant.

To check out more details on all the winners of the Where To Dine 2018 list, pick up a copy of the May edition of Where Vancouver Magazine.

6 Restaurants for Last-Minute Christmas Dinner

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s hard to find the time to spend quality time with your loved ones, even more so if you spend all day in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner.

Globe @ YVR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many restaurants are now doing all the work for you and preparing Christmas dinner to go or to dine-in.  All you need to do is book, show up, sit, eat, and enjoy.  Freeing up your precious time for those important to you.

While it is late to be booking, there are still a few hotel restaurants with tables open for Christmas dinner on the evening of December 25th

Here’s a five of them that have seats available to book on Open Table (as of Dec 20th)

the apron – Westin Wall Centre Hotel – $65 / person Table d’hote menu

YEW seafood + bar – Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – $96 / per person 3 course Christmas menu

Prestons Restaurant & Lounge – Coast Coal Harbour – a la carte menu

Globe @ YVR – Fairmont Vancouver Airport : $95 / person Christmas dinner + entertainment

p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront  : $46 / person Christmas menu

or take the A Christmas Story as inspiration for your Christmas Dinner and make a Chinese restaurant your destination; like the newly opened 1886 Chinese Fine Dining – parq Vancouver.

Wherever you tuck into your Christmas meal, enjoy your holiday season!

Oak Bay Beach Hotel – a home away from home

Oak Bay Beach Hotel & Pools

For 90 years, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has stood overlooking the waters off the Victoria suburb. The current luxurious property is the third hotel to occupy the position after the original was destroyed by fire and the replica closed in its old age.  Since reopening in 2012, the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel was rebuilt to an elevated standard and has won accolades for its service ever since.

For a recent family gathering in Victoria, we wanted to stay out of downtown Victoria and Oak Bay Beach Hotel provided a perfect home, away from home for the weekend. Even though the new hotel is larger it still retains much of the old world charm of the original property.  In fact, the new property retains many original architectural elements and furnishings from the original, including windows, bricks, beams. The original doors of the hotel were reinstalled as the entrance to Kate’s Cafe, the hotel’s cozy, neighbourhood coffee house.  The Snug Pub, was Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub and is still welcoming locals and visitors for a pint and good grub with stunning views over the beautiful gardens and seaside outdoor spa pools.

Our sumptuous corner suite featured stunning views from all sides over Oak Bay Marina and over the pools, looking out to the Chain Islets. We didn’t witness any first hand but pods of Orca has been known to frolic offshore to the thrill of guests.  The suite’s double aspect meant guests can enjoy views from the bedroom and the spacious living room while sitting by the fire. We could make coffee or tea in the kitchenette and enjoy watching the sunrise from the one of the two balconies.  The large bathroom, featured a soaker tub, stand-up surround shower, double basins, heated tiled floors and separate WC.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s location is ideal for a peaceful excursion out of downtown Victoria. There’s not really any need to leave the resort but when you do, Oak Bay and Estevan Villages are close at hand with many shopping and dining options.   We had the pleasure of driving an Acura TLX for the weekend which made the road-trip a driving joy.  The Acura TLX made smooth work of the open highway from Vancouver to Victoria, then hugged the winding coastal roads around Greater Victoria.  The comfort and space of the vehicle was great for the family visit too, having plenty of room to take extra family members out for brunch or lunch. The luxury of the Acura TLX matched the luxurious surroundings of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

After getting a taste of the beautiful property and experiencing the excellent customer services we look forward to returning for another stay at Oak Bay Beach Hotel.  With so much else to do on our weekend, we didn’t get a chance to make use of the hotel’s pools, spa or take in much of the dining options.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel is located at 1175 Beach Drive in the Oak Bay suburb of Greater Victoria. Call 250.598.4556 or visit oakbaybeachhotel.com for information and reservations.

Hotel Calipolis – Sitges, Spain

On our recent vacation to the UK, we took a few days out to get some sun in Sitges, Spain, a quaint beachfront town on the Costa Barcelona.
Renowned for it’s 17 beaches, for our first visit we wanted to stay on the beachfront and selected Hotel Calipolis, and we’re pleased we did.

Hotel Calipolis; Sitges, Spain

Located centrally along the Passeig Maritim, Hotel Calipolis is a spacious, modern hotel, with plenty of amenities to make any stay more than comfortable.  Even though you won’t be spending a lot of time in them, the bright rooms, mostly with water views, are large and comfortable. The big balconies connect guests with the fresh air, retractable screens filter the beaming Mediterranean sun to allow the windows to be open all hours.

From the sumptuous breakfast buffet in the Mirador Restaurant, full of fresh local flavours and breakfast staples to the sunny, pool-side Terrace Bar the Hotel’s five restaurants, bars and lounges keep guests satiated throughout the day.  Passeig Maritim is filled with restaurants so there’s plenty of dining and drinking options nearby when you want to venture away from Hotel Calipolis.

The Hotel’s many meeting rooms were busy during our stay, businesses taking advantage of the quieter shoulder season to have conferences and meetings away from the big cities.  The small but well equipped fitness centre lets you get a workout before meetings or hitting the beach, across the street.  If, like during our stay, the wind picks up at the beach, move to the sheltered but sun-filled pool deck to work on your tan.

The Hotel’s location, 15 minutes walk from the train station, allowed us to easily explore the town’s central streets and the beautiful beach promenade.  Being about 30 minutes by train from Barcelona-El Prat Airport, and 40 minutes from the heart of Barcelona city centre, makes a visit to the City easy too.  We look forward to making another, and longer, visit to Sitges and Hotel Calipolis will be on top of our accommodation options.

Hotel Calipolis is located at the corner of Av Sofia and Passeig Maritim in Sitges, Spain.

Visit hotelcalipolis.com for more information.