Vancouver Foodster Best Chicken Wings Challenge – Recap

From June 8 – 29, Metro Vancouver restaurants offered their own unique entries into Vancouver Foodster’s Best Chicken Wings Challenge.

Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like to highlight either an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish for their entry.

In the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge, seven chefs plated their take on chicken wings, resulting in a great diversity of flavours to sample.  The wings were served at nine different eateries from all across Metro Vancouver, from Langley to North Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Best Chicken Wings entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Best Chicken Wings.  A panel of media judging, including myself, was also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Sabai Thai’s flavourful Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings came out on top of both lists. Visit vancouverfoodster.com to find out the top three winners from each category.

The entries of the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge were (in random order);

Maru Korean Bistro – North Vancouver
Koritalian Snow Wings – crispy, sous vide cooked, parmesan topped wings

 

 

Preston’s – Downtown Vancouver
Comox Chicken Wings – dry rubbed or wet sauces classic whole wings.

 

 

 

House Special – Yaletown
Food Court Wings – wings two ways; hoisin and five spice flavoured served as a food court two item special with rice and veggies.

 

 

 

 

Ban Chok Dee – Maple Ridge & Langley
Massaman Dragon Wings – elaborately presented under a coconut smoke-filled glass cloche, a stuffed wing with rice berry and more in massaman curry

 

 

 

U & I Thai – Cambie Village & Mission
Red Wings with Thai Herbs – mildly, spices dry wings on a slaw of green papaya

 

 

 

 

Storm Crow Tavern – Commercial Drive
Rick’s Elusive Szechuan Sauce Wings – wet and sticky, szechuan sauce coated wings with a sharp spice cooled by the sour crema

 

Sabai Thai Restaurant – Guildford, Surrey
Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings – crispy, mildly spicy, wings served with a sweet dipping sauce and coconut rice.

 

 

 

 

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks 50th Anniversary

This year, 2017, marks 50 years since Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks began to protect the region’s important natural spaces and ecosystems. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the regional parks system is encouraging visitors to pick up a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport, explore the parks, collect stamps, earn rewards and possibly win prizes.

This stretch of fine weather is the perfect time to visit the Regional Parks system, with 14,500 hectares over 23 regional parks, 3 regional parks reserves, 2 ecological conservancy areas, and 5 regional greenways there’s plenty of spots to explore.  To participate in the Regional Parks Passport, get a paper passport by mail or download the digital version from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Then visit any of the hundreds of events listed in the passport to collect stamps.  Throughout the year there is a vast variety of events, from the Bedford Channel Paddle at Brae Island Regional Park in the Fraser River near Fort Langley, or the Meteor Shower Watch at Aldergrove Regional Park along the Canada/US border, to Nature Walks in the Campbell Valley Regional Park or Music in the Park at Capilano River Regional Park.

The Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Passport program runs all year long allowing for plenty of time to visit and collect stamps.  After 5 stamps, earn a limited edition Regional Parks sticker, 10 stamps earns a 50th anniversary commemorative badge plus entry to win a Parklands Foundation Headlamp. At the 15 stamp level, earn a 50th anniversary commemorative pin plus entry to win a Parklands Foundation Sun Shelter.

Visit Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system online for more information on the passport program.

Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

One Week until Dining Out For Life 2017

Next Thursday, March 30th, 2017, do good by dining out. Dining out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the annual Dining Out For Life from White Rock to Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

It’s easy as ABC,  book a table on March 30th at places like Ask For Luigi, Burgoo,  Charlie’s Italian or any of the dozens of restaurants from White Rock to Whistler and places in between. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants in your area who in turn donate 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Time

You’re almost out of time to get your shopping done, however you already possess one of the best gifts anyone can give. Give is a little bit of yourself, the gift of your time will make a difference in someone’s day.

Take an elderly friend or relative out for their grocery shopping or make a meal for them.
Offer to babysit for your friends who are parents and let them have a night out on the town.
Spend time with your family members at one of their favourite concerts or sporting events, even if it’s not your cup of tea.
The best present can be your presence.

Metro Vancouver’s Make Memories Not Garbage program has a great list of suggestions on how you can make memories of your own.

12 Days Of Christmas Gift Ideas – Day 12

What do you buy the person who has everything? Perhaps they don’t need anything material, instead, why not wrap up DineOutVancouvermemories and give them a service. You can get a gift card for almost everything, from their favourite restaurant or a day at the spa. Check out Dine Out Vancouver for some great promotions and unique events for the Foodie on your list.
You may even like to make your gift personal and budget friendly by offering your own time for home or garden work, baby sitting or running errands.  Giving lessons or activities to loved ones can be a great way to ‘go green’ this year.
Metro Vancouver has a great Christmas campaign to help you “Create Memories, Not Garbage“. It gives lots of great ideas for green gift giving for everyone on your list.