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Spot Prawn Festival

The weather did not stop Vancouverites from coming together to celebrate the opening of BC Spot Prawn season at the 11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Held annually at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf on Granville Island, this is a festival that is not to be missed! Not only can you taste the first BC Spot Prawns of the season at the Spot Prawn Boil, you can purchase these sweet and succulent prawns that have just hauled up from the ocean from the fishermen who caught them right off their boats. You can’t get much fresher prawns than that! Now, spot prawns are some creepy little buggers, but they are incredibly delicious and are one of the prized delicacies of the sea in BC. From looking at them, you can tell they are spot prawns from their white spots on their tail and their thin white stripes on their shells. They are also quite large in size- actually the largest from all prawns from the BC coast. In terms of taste, spot prawns are definitely sweeter than …

Fall For Local Spring Pop-Up Shop

If you are always on the hunt for new and interesting foods, decor and entertaining supplies like I am, local markets are the place to be. Vancouver has a few rotating markets that are held throughout the year such as Got Craft, Refresh, Etsy, and Make It, plus there is a whole swath of seasonal farmers markets across the city. All of these markets are always incredibly popular, and their popularity is a great sign that these markets are here to stay. I mean hey, who doesn’t like to shop for wonderful (and very unique) hand-crafted items, all while supporting local artists and the local economy?  I definitely do- and have really tried to support local since moving to Vancouver. While all of our local products are amazing in their own right, I really tend to appreciate them a lot more since I (most-likely) got to chat with the actual person who made them and hear their story behind it! Now that is something that just doesn’t happen too often nowadays, but regardless I am happy that we are …

What’s In Season: Spring

After the long and dreary winter we had this year, I am so happy that spring has finally arrived in Vancouver! If you look around the city, you can see that the tell-tale signs of spring have started popping up all over the place. The daffodils and crocuses have bloomed, the rhododendrons and cherry blossoms are on their way, the birds have started singing again, and we have already had a few days of +10°C weather. Some Vancouverites are even ahead of the game and have busted out their shorts and skirts and have already started enjoying patio season. No, I’m not kidding. But after having suffered through 5 major (and really uncommon) snowstorms this winter, I really can’t blame them for taking advantage of our nice spring weather. I myself have been enjoying the start of spring as well. While I may not be outside in my shorts sipping sangria on a patio, I have been busting out some spring cleaning and doing some major re-organizing. I honestly cannot tell you how happy I …

Vancouver Sugar Cookies

This Valentine’s Day I am celebrating my seven year anniversary. No, this anniversary is not with a special person, rather with a place- and that place is Vancouver, British Columbia. I fell in love with the city of Vancouver and the west coast in 2010 from watching the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Apart from the amazing athletes and that final Men’s hockey game (what Canadian will ever forget that?), my breath was completely taken away by the beauty of the city and its surrounding environment. From the snow-capped mountains to the sparking ocean and the lush forests to the Glass City, I fell completely in over my head, out-of my-mind in love with the city’s urban yet wilderness-like vibe. This was all complete infatuation. I never visited the city before let alone the west coast of Canada. I had fell in love with the city just from watching the Olympic coverage on TV and from the deep, soulful tourism commercials that were shown between events (way to go Destination BC- they worked). In 2010, I …

Dine Out Vancouver Festival ’17

Cooking is underway in restaurants throughout Vancouver. Fresh pasta is being made, meat is being braised, soups are simmering, and veggies are being meticulously chopped. But, today is not just any regular day of service for 284 restaurants in our lovely city, today marks the first day of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017. Over the next 17 days, select restaurants will be taking local, national, and international foodies on a culinary adventure, celebrating Vancouver’s culinary scene. While Vancouver is known world-wide for it’s West Coast seafood and sushi, there are many more aspects of the food scene that are coming forward in this years festival. Many Vancouver restaurants are focusing on sustainability and local foods (yay!) and of course, fusion and true Canadian cooking (ever tried seal meat before?) are on every chef’s and foodie’s radar. Sponsored by Tourism Vancouver, this festival offers people the chance to get out and enjoy the local food and talent we have in our city. During this event, Vancouver restaurants offer three-course lunch and dinner menus at three price points: $20, …