YVR opens Canada’s Largest Pay-As-You-Go Lounge

YVR2 3After an extensive, five-month renovation, Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has entered a new era with the re-opening of its flagship International Departures Lounge. 035_PlazaLounge[10] Conveniently located after security in the airport’s International Departures area the 6,700 square foot lounge is the largest per-per-use lounge in the county.


The lounge, designed by leading Hong Kong designer Kinney Chan of Kinney Chan & Associates, features different zones to provide international travellers with a unique variety of experiences. This makeover is an integral part of YVR’s ongoing strategy to build on its reputation as a premier global gateway. The airport boasts more flights (46 per day) to and from China than any airport in North America. The newly renovated lounge is open to passengers from all airlines, and gives access to its five-star amenities including posh seating areas, work stations, napping rooms and various dining options including a new made-to-order Noodle Bar.


Start voting! Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Poutine Challenge

vf_poutine_webAlmost everyone has their favourite Poutine place, whether it’s a posh high-end plate or a hot, container of take-out  Vancouver Foodster’s Poutine Challenge is back for a third year. This year’s challenge features 12 restaurants in Vancouver and Richmond and runs until Feb 28th.

Participating restaurants are showcasing their own specially created Poutine, made just for this limited time challenge. The public is invited to visit any of the participating restaurants, order the poutine dishes and then vote for which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge. When choosing, diners are reminded to keep in mind the challenge criteria; originality, creativity, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly, taste.

Spanning a diverse cultural range, from Buckstop on Denman, Calabbash Bistro in Gastown or Vij’s Rangoli on the West Side to American Grille and Pier 73 in Richmond, the full list of participating restaurants can be found on at VancouverFoodster.com/Poutine-Challenge  

Vancouver Foodster’s Eggs Benedict Challenge

VanFoodsterEggsBennyThey say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so this must be one of the most important food challenges. Vancouver Foodster is encouraging you to get out and tell everyone where your favourite breakfast is found with Vancouver Foodster’s Eggs Benedict Challenge.
Restaurants from all over the city have entered their eggs benedict into this challenge, most have created a special eggs benedict just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their eggs benedict on their menu until April 21, 2013.

Head out and order any or all of the eggs benedict’s in this challenge, then decide who has created your favourite eggs benedict creation.

Remember to share your experiences on Twitter and Instagram throughout the challenge, and tag @vanfoodster and include the hashtag #EggsBenedictChallenge

Keep in mind these points to help you judge your favourite eggs benedicts – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

The nine participating restaurants are:

In Vancouver

Catch 122 – 122 West Hastings Street

Darby’s Pub – 2001 Macdonald Street

Dockside Restaurant – 1253 Johnston Street

House Guest – 322 Water Street

The Bibo – 1835 W 4th Ave

The Gramercy Grill – 2685 Arbutus Street

Lift Bar and Grill – 333 Menchions Mews

In North Vancouver

Pier 7 Restaurant – 25 Wallace Mews Road

In Richmond

Tapenade Bistro – 3711 Bayview Street

Lunch at Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse – Steveston

Dining on the River

I was taken out to lunch recently to Mandalay Lounge and Steakhouse in Steveston. I rarely venture out to the quaint riverside village in Richmond but I’m glad we did, tucked in behind some other restaurants and shops Mandalay Lounge has a great location right on the riverside boardwalk.  Boats come and go from the nearby docks, providing a backdrop to a pleasant atmosphere.
A varied menu meant there was something for everyone at lunch. As expected from a venue on the waterfront, seafood is plentiful throughout the menu; Moo Shu Crab Cakes, Spicy Tuna Sashimi, Pacific Seafood Chowder and Mandalay Prawns are amongst the starters. Follow them up with a main course of; Steak & Frites, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib Burger, Chicken Mushroom Tagliatelle or Wild Salmon. A nice touch for the busy lunch crowd are the Mandalay Express Lunch Rice & Noodle Bowls, a selection of 6 Asian inspired bowls prepared quickly and easily for your lunch break. Two of my friends ordered the Thai Red Curry Seafood bowls, nicely seasoned and full of seafood.  My other friend has the Wild Salmon, a nicely cooked fillet served with rice and vegetables. My Chicken Mushroom Tagliatelle was rich and full of chicken and meaty mushrooms in a nicely seasoned sauce. Add a glass of wine from the nicely choosen wine list and you’ve got a great afternoon on the shore.

Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse is located at 140 – 3900 Bayview Street, Steveston, Richmond, BC (behind Hog Shack Restaurant)
Phone (604) 628-2500 for information and reservations

Tourism Richmond reveals “Richmond Foodie Blogger”

Tourism Richmond announced today that popular Vancouver-based blogger Lindsay Anderson has accepted the highly coveted
“Richmond Foodie Blogger” job as part of the award-winning organization’s 365 Days of Dining campaign.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay to our team,” says Tracy Lakeman, CEO of Tourism Richmond. “Lindsay has an
engaging personality and a special way of capturing her online audience and holding them with her every word. Her
passion for all things food is palpable, and her broad culinary experience will bring a unique perspective to the blog. After
an extensive, global search to find a blogger who will immerse themselves within our culturally-diverse community and
share Richmond’s story through the amazing culture and cuisine – we are whole-heartedly convinced that Lindsay is the
one. Now we invite the world to follow her unique adventure.”

On her personal blog, www.linds-eats.blogspot.com, Anderson’s signature writing and photography style has won her an
impressive following of online fans who have actively and enthusiastically rallied behind her throughout the 365 Days of
Dining initiative – in March, Anderson launched an online photo campaign where supporters from across the world
championed her food blogging skills through 277 photos from six continents, 29 countries and 131 cities. She also
produced a clever and enormously creative time-lapsed video as part of her campaign to earn the attention of Tourism
Richmond. The video received 1,192 views on YouTube in just 72 hours. Both the video and the 277 photos can be
viewed at http://lindsshouldeatrichmond.squarespace.com, a blog Anderson created specifically for her application.
Anderson also received an impressive 3,366 public votes on the Tourism Richmond Facebook page, nearly 1,000 votes
ahead of her closest competitor.

“This is my dream job,” gushes Anderson. “To combine my love of food, writing, photography and my eclectic culinary
experience – and get paid for it? It’s incredible. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of the community and
to eat my way through Richmond over the next 365 days.”

Anderson’s first day on the job is Wednesday, June 6, 2012. In order maintain the blog’s authenticity, Anderson will
determine the content with minimal input from Tourism Richmond. Follow her foodie adventures in Richmond at

Learn more about how Tourism Richmond selected Lindsay for her new job and what the position entails visit  www.365daysofdining.com

Celebrating 80 years of YVR

In the 1930’s renowned aviator snubbed Vancouver for a stop over as there was “no fit field to land on”.
This spurred on the city of Vancouver to begin construction of a small wood-framed administration building and control tower on the relatively undeveloped Sea Island in Richmond which opened on July 22nd 1931.
Vancouver Airport has seen and been part of the growth and development of not just the city but the entire province of British Columbia over the past 8 decades.  Connecting the world to Vancouver and beyond has been instrumental in growing trade, manufacturing, tourism and commerce in BC.
From a humble 1930’s single runway and small building, to Royal Canadian Air Force base and a Boeing manufacturing plant during World War II, the dawn of the Jet Age and “International Airport” status in the 60’s and expansions through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, YVR grew at an amazing pace. Landmark events like taking in thousands of passengers stranded by airspace closures after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks up to welcoming the world for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and then the unprecedented processing of a record 37,000 departing  passengers after the closing of the Games have secured Vancouver International as a premier global airport as confirmed by SkyTrax naming YVR number 1 airport in North American numerous times.

To help recognize and celebrate these achievements YVR is holding an open house with a weekend of activities planed.  Musicians, DJs, caricaturists, balloon artists and mascots are some of the family friendly activities located in the International (near “The Jade Canoe: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii” sculpture) and Domestic (in the Public Observation Area) terminals. A historic photo gallery, starting in International, takes you through the history of the Airport and on a walk through the terminals.  Look out to the airfield each day at 11am and you’ll see demonstrations of the firefighting and emergency trucks standing by at YVR each day.  Also take the free shuttle to the South Terminal and you can see the Vintage Aircraft on display.

The YVR Open House continues Saturday July 23 from 10am to 3pm.  Grab the Canada Line and check out a slice of history.

What’s on Wednesday – April 7-9, 2011

Another weekend is coming up! What are you going to do?
Here’s a few choices that I think are pretty cool.

Thursday April 7, 2011
– All-girl Belgian Choir “Scala & Kolacny Brothers” are at Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
– “Riverdance” is burning up the stage in Vancouver at Queen Elizabeth Theatre until April 10th
– Over in Victoria, world fusion band Dehli 2 Dublin are playing at Sugar Nightclub
– George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer is at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Theatre through to April 17

Friday April 8, 2011
– Julio Iglesias is singing ‘to all the girls’ at River Rock Casino in Richmond
– The hilarious Wayne Brady is at Red Robinson Theatre at Boulevard Casino Coquitlam
– “Bright Eyes” bring their indie/folk to Commodore Ballroom
– Get your hip-hop on in two different venues: At Five-Sixty there’s fun and charity with Japan Disaster Relief Benefit with Lighta & Friends and at The Colbalt go for some hip-hop drag queen fun at Hustla,

Saturday April 9, 2011
– “The Knocks” from NYC are playing Lucky Bar in Victoria
– Julio Iglesias gets knickers in a twist in Coquitlam at Boulevard Casino’s Red Robinson Theatre
– There’s good time’s and dancing in Five-Sixty at Progression ft local fave DJ’s Dready, Quest & Jeffrey Michael
– ‘Another Home Invasion‘ continues through April 23rd at Arts Club Theatre Revue Stage

Sunday April 10, 2011
– The beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding is at Venue
– Brit Band Foals are at Commodore Ballroom