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!

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 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 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 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 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

West Village Cafe creates a community

Tucked into a shopping complex in Surrey, the recently opened West Village Cafe is an urban oasis in a suburban sea of chain store conformity. Even as you enter the bright, contemporary, cafe you are aware that you’re in for something good.

Arriving on a Sunday morning, West Village Cafe was bustling and alive with groups of friends and families socializing, studying and sipping a great smoothie, or coffee while digging into their brunch or lunch dishes.  Owners Paul and Jas, and their staff greet guests with friendly and fast service, creating a comfortable, welcoming room. Even though almost everything is housemade the small kitchen turns out food in a rapid pace, comparable to the fast food restaurant.  Paul, Jas and Chef Tim Cuff have created a menu which offers a diverse selection of Breakfast/Brunch, Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, and their speciality Rice Bowls, along with Grab-n-Go baked goods and drinks.  Ingredients have been carefully selected from local sources and the freshness is reflected in the taste.

My meal of the Turmeric, Cous Cous & Grapefruit Salad, with one of best classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches was comforting and fresh. The AntiOxidant Smoothie and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Energy Seed Bar were a tasty, healthy combo to take on the road back to Vancouver.   West Village Cafe may be out in Surrey, (we wish it there was one near our Yaletown neighbourhood) it’s definitely now on our list of places to visit on a day out and a place to meet with friends in the area. 

West Village Cafe is located at #160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey BC
Visit to check out the menu and more information then make a visit in person.

Dine Out 2015 – Morocco West

This week we were privileged to experience a preview of Morocco West‘s Dine Out Festival Vancouver menu.  With the $28 set menu Chef Nour presented a cross section of the tastes Morocco West is known for, rich in flavours and beautifully  presented as always.

Starters included a Morocco West Trio or hummus, zaalouk and lentil salad with house-made bread (vegetarian – V) or Wild Salmon Cake with pineapple salsa, pomegranate vinaigrette and balsamic reduction (gluten free – GF).  The trio highlights the great tastes expected from Morocco West, especially one of the best Hummus in town.  The crispy salmon cakes were complemented by the freshness of the pineapple salsa

There is three very different but amazingly flavourful main course options;

Ras-el-hanout Braised Lamb Shank with tomato rice stuffed roasted pepper, edamame puree and sauce chasseur (GF); a fall-off-the-bone shank that perfectly warms up a winter day. 

Roasted Chermoula Chicken with saffron couscous, red wine braised cabbage, carrots, squash and raisin jus, is a dish brimming over with flavours, all of which work together to satisfy your palate.

Finally, Moroccan Cauli-Taktouka, a cauliflower, tomatoes, sweet peppers, chickpeas, olives and herbed-gnocchi (V), as a non-vegetarian this rich and hearty stew-like dish is more than satisfying, flavourful and filling. 

Desserts were a choice of Sweet Rice Bastilla, cinnamon, raisins, almonds, rosewater creme anglais (V) or Persimmon Crumble with housemade ice cream & mulled wine syrup (V). Again, two very different dishes; the Bastilla was everything expected from a middle eastern dessert, the warmth of honey and the fragrance of the rose water stimulates all the senses.  The Crumble caps a meal with fresh, warm and cool sensations all at once.

Make your Dine Out reservations for Morocco West now, you won’t be disappointed and you defintely won’t go away hungry!

Taste Of Yaletown is underway!

PrintFor the next two weeks, October 16 – 30, many of Yaletown’s restaurant will be welcoming patrons to the 10th annual Taste of Yaletown.

Yaletown chefs will be creating unique menus, special tastings, and their own creative innovations for the Taste of Yaletown fixed prices of $25, $35 & $45.  Menus can have any combination of food and drink pairings or tastings.

Taste of Yaletown Menus are listed now so if you haven’t already, make your reservations to ensure you don’t miss out on the seating you’re hoping for.

Vancouver Foodster – Tasting Plates Main Street Edition

tastingplate_main_st_x250Now for the Main Event!  Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates events shifts over to Main Street for it’s May 14th edition.

Tasting Plates : Main Street Edition will take place from 6pm to 9pm on May 14th.  As with the rest of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates participating restaurants will serve up a taste from their menus for Tasters to experience the variety and flavours of Main Street. During the evening, meet new and old friends with like-minded love of food as well as getting to know the Main Street restaurateurs.

Check-in at the to-be-announced starting location for your Tasting Plates card to learn the rest of the participating restaurants and eat your way along the neighbourhood.  Share your experience with others by tweeting your experiences throughout the event, mention @vanfoodster @tastingplates and use the hashtag #TastingPlatesYVR

Early Bird tickets for Tasting Plates : Main Street Edition are on sale until April 22nd via Eventbrite, for just $25 before Advance tickets begin $40 on until April 23, $50 after. (plus Eventbrite fee)

Find The Bottleneck on Granville Street

The Bottleneck

A disused storage space underneath the famed Commodore Ballroom has been transformed into one of Granville Street’s newer and unique dining venues, The Bottleneck.  Nearly hidden between retail shops and the Commodore’s doors, entering The Bottleneck the brick and wood interior create a warm and inviting room, as welcoming for a business lunch as for after work cocktails.
The Bottleneck kitchen has created a great quick lunch menu including sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads. The evening menu features light bar snacks like Crispy Chick Peas and Chorizo Meatballs or  heartier Spring Salmon or Flat Iron Steak. The bar turns out some great classic cocktails and beers but their forte is an amazing Caesar that’s a meal to itself.The Bottleneck Located at 870 Granville Street, The Bottleneck is open from 11:30-6pm weekdays for lunch, and Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6pm-2am with live music and events including  Wednesday night Trivia.  The space is also available for private hire for parties and special events.
Find out more about The Bottleneck online or on Twitter @BottleneckVan and Facebook