Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Options

With just days to go until Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s hard to juggle a busy work and home week as well as plan to cook a bit meal for friends and family. Why not take some of the pressure off? Leave the cooking to someone else so you have more time to spend giving thanks for those gathered around the table.

Here’s a few places that will do the preparations for you this year;

Fairmont Vancouver Airport :
Fraser Valley Slow-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order by October 8th by phone: 604-248-3281 or email
Pick-up on October 13th and 14th.

Sutton Place Hotel :
Thanksgiving Turkey To-Go
Dinner for 10-12 $375 (plus optional add-ons)
Order by noon October 8th by phone 604-682-5511 ext. 34
Pick up October 11th to October 14th

Hendricks Resto-Lounge at Westin Grand :
Thanksgiving Turkey Take Out
Dinner for 4 $240 / Dinner for 8 $450
Order by October 8th by phone 604-647-2521
Pick up October 12th to October 14th

Hawksworth Catering at Bel Cafe Kitsilano :
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order 3 days in advance of pick up by phone: 604-605-3325 ext 1 or online

H2 Rotisserie & Bar at Westin Bayshore :
Rossdown Farm Turkey Take-Out
Dinner for 6-8 $250 / Dinner for 10-12 $325
Order by email

Whether you order from one of these, or go out to have dinner out, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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


Damso Modern Korean Restaurant

Damso_2014-08-22, 19 26 53On the 800 block of Denman Street in Vancouver’s West End, is Damso Modern Korean Restaurant, a small, stylish restaurant serving its own take on Korean cuisine.

Billy and I randomly choose Damso one evening after an aborted attempt to visit another more traditional Korean restaurant.  Damso was a pleasant surprise, the tiny spot has barely room for more than a couple dozen patrons, but its bright interior and simple decor make it appear spacious.

The cocktail menu includes a small selection of Asian and local beers, wines and a selection of Korean liquor and cocktails.  Billy suggested we try the Yogurt Soju on the menu, a unique Korean cocktail of Soju, yogurt drink and 7-Up/Sprite. Although it sounds slightly odd to my Western palate it made for a light, fresh tasting pre-dinner drink.

For our meals we started with Topokki with Chicken,  a dish of rice cakes and chicken in a flavourful, spicy sauce.

As an entree I choose the Lettuce Wraps; a big plate of grilled pork belly and saanjang sauce with crispy lettuce leaves to wrap it in. The hearty pork belly and spicy sauce contrast nicely with the cool greens.

Billy choose a Spicy Tofu Soup; a stone bowl of light broth, filled with vegetables, tofu, pork (chicken and beef are also options) served with rice.  The slices of chili peppers ensured the soup was as hot as the stone bowl kept the temperature.

Everything we ordered was nicely presented and flavourful, there were many more items on the menu we look forward to trying on a future visit.

Damso Modern Korean is located at 867 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604.632.0022

Chef Vij is a Dragon In The Garden

Next month, join renowned Chef Vikram Vij at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for a one-night-only fundraising soiree. Guests will be treated to a menu created by Chef Vij that is inspired by the world-class garden.  The evening will include live entertainment, cocktails in the garden and a silent fundraising auction. The proceeds of the evening go towards the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s educational and community programs.

Dragon In The Garden takes place from 7:30-10:30 on September 13, 2014 at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall Street.

Tickets are on sale now for $80 including Garden Admission, Dinner, Welcome Beverage and Entertainment. Cultural Dress optional.

Winemaker’s Dinner at The Fairmont Empress

FairmontEmpress_2013-10-13, 7 15 22This Friday, July 11th, The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria will welcome renowned artist Robert Bateman and Summerhill Pyramid Winery for a 5-course winemaker’s dinner.

Benefitting the Robert Bateman Centre’s education program the dinner will offer guests the first opportunity to sample Summerhill’s new organic 2010 vintage “Grasslands” red wines. The collection of three 100% organic reds crafted by winemaker Eric von Krosigk, features a high-resolution reproduction of an original Robert Bateman painting on the label. 
The five-course menu from Executive Chef Morgan Wilson will be led by Summerhill CEO Ezra Cipes and Proprietor Stephen Cipes.  The artist will be speaking during the dinner and will be available to sign bottles purchased at the event.
After the dinner the “Grasslands” collection will be available for purchase direct from Summerhill Pyramid Winery. 

A Winemaker’s Dinner with Robert Bateman takes place at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria on July 11, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm.  Reservations are available for $150 per person (including a $75 donation to the Robert Bateman Centre’s education program).

For Reservations or more information, contact the Hotel at 250.389.2727
If coming from out of town, ask about the special room night for dinner guests. For visitors from Vancouver take advantage of The Fairmont President’s Club discount for Helijet passengers. 

Dine Out 2014 – Bistro Sakana

The 2014 edition of Dine Out Vancouver Festival is well underway with the first weekend seeing restaurants and events filled with Festival goers.  This year I start the Festival off with Billy (@billyforce) and Mary (@maryinvancity) at Bistro Sakana, in Yaletown. I’d only ever been for lunch and know it’s a great spot for quality sushi. Happily it is a participant in Dine Out and from the constant stream of patrons coming in and out of the doors it was a popular inclusion.  This was Billy & Mary’s first visit and none of us were disappointed.

Bistro Sakana-18 50 23 Executive Chef Etsuko has carefully chosen a selection of menu items to highlight Bistro Sakana’s fine blend of Japanese, Italian and French style cuisine.  Everything on the menu stimulates all the senses, the plates are presented beautifully to stimulate the eye, the flavours stimulate the palate with many layers of flavour, and scents to stimulate your sense of smell.
The $38 three course menu starts with Wild Sockeye Salmon Miso Chowder – a hearty, but light broth with a hint of miso and cream topped off with chunks of Sockeye.

Bistro Sakana-19 18 30The beautifully plated main included five tastes; Wild Sockeye Jalapeno Aburi & Toro Red Chili Aburi Hakozushi – fresh, perfectly torched, bite full of flavour, Caprese Roll – like its namesake salad, tomato, bocconcini & pesto with scallop sashimi accented with balsamic reduction, Crunchy Filo Scallop & Prawn – light & crispy, filo wrapped prawn and scallop with miso hollandaise sauce, Ahi Tuna Tartare – ahi tuna, fresh house-made guacamole, mango & yuki sauce served with a crispy nori slice to wrap it in.  We also added on their unique Caterpillar Roll – crab, smoked salmon, cucumber with brown rice wrapped in fresh, creamy avocado.

Bistro Sakana- 20 17 44During the meal we sipped on their signature cocktails; Geisha Girl – pineapple juice, blackberry liquer & vodka and The Salty Samurai – grapefruit juice, ginger, & vodka.  The meal was then topped off with Oka San’s Rich Chocolate Brownies – bites of warm dark chocolate brownies served with chocolate sauce and vanilla bean gelato, a great treat to wrap up an excellent meal. And a great way to start of 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.



Bistro Sakana is located at 1123 Mainland Street, in Yaletown.
Open for lunch weekdays and dinner Monday – Saturday, closed Sundays & Holidays.
For reservations phone 604.633.1280 or email
Follow @BistroSakana on Twitter or Facebook


Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – JD Farms Turkey

For most families, the Holidays includes gathering around the table to carve their Christmas turkey.  While there seems to be an abundance of cheap ‘utility grade’ frozen birds on sale, they are often damaged and taste bland. While you might not imagine there would be a difference, the taste of the season comes from a naturally grain-fed, ethically raised turkey, free from medications and by-products can really elevate your Christmas dinner.JDFARMS When you’re shopping for your Christmas turkey, look for a local bird like one from JD Farms in Langley. Knowing where dinner comes from is more important to many families than ever, locally grown and raised products have soared in popularity.  For 30 years, JD Farms has been supplying Vancouver and Fraser Valley retailers with great tasting fresh turkeys. Each of their turkeys must pass strict guidelines before being offered for sale to consumers.
Find JD Farms turkeys at quality meat shops and grocery stores throughout southern BC.  If you’re in Langley, stop by their Bistro and Deli to pick up your fresh turkey and some of their other great freshly made deli products.

JD Farms Bistro & Store is located at 24726 – 52nd Avenue, Langley, BC.