Entries from August 2008

Whistler Cornucopia Tickets Available

August 31st, 2008 · No Comments


Tickets to Whistler Cornucopia are now for sale on their website. Cornucopia, Whistler’s autumnal tribute to wine, food, and all things excess, has long been an Eat Vancouver favorite. If you plan to go, I’d reserve tickets sooner rather than later, as it’s actually one of those events that does sell out quite quickly.

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Tags: Food Events · Wine

Shanghai River

August 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Target 6: Shanghai River

Address: 110-7831 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Phone: (604) 233-8885
Menu photos: Page 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11
Price: $6.50 for eight baos

Visit date: May 30th, 2008
Visit time: 2 PM

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Tags: Chinese · Xiaolongbao

Dine Italia

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

An Eat Vancouver reader wrote in to tell me about Dine Italia, an early Autumn event that puts Vancouver’s Italian restaurants in the spotlight by offering prix fixe dinners. The release is as follows

Welcome to our third edition of “Dine Italia” a special celebration of Italian food & wine.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce invites you once again to visit the Lower Mainland’s favourite restaurants to enjoy a delicious three course Italian dinner ranging from $20-$50.

This celebration starts September 1-15th.

Enjoy this unique opportunity of taste authentic italian cuisine in the most renown restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

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Tags: Food & Wine Deals · Food Events · News

FigMint’s On The Wood

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Sounds like a good chance to try a whole bunch of different things at a reasonable price. That’s always fun, right?

Press release below.

FigMint Presents

The fourth in a new monthly tasting series at FigMint
Once a month, Thursday nights 6pm to 7:30pm
16 seats along the bar – $25 per person
Also available as a group booking in the private room in FigMint, minimum 12 people

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Tags: Food & Wine Deals · News

Vancouver Bartender Wins a Mixology Challenge

August 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Below is a press release describing Shaun Layton’s recent victory at a mixology contest. Layton is a bartender at George Ultra Lounge in Yaletown.

I went to George a couple of times and while I must say they do cocktails the right way, they are dead expensive. And the clientele has an unmistakeably douchy aura about them. But besides that, thumbs up. The cocktail (full recipe below) actually sounds very good.

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Tags: News

Sarpino’s Pizzeria

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

In a haze of packing, kayaking and last minute shopping, my brother and I found ourselves famished at 3pm on West Broadway and Fir. A whole bunch of places were closed until dinner and we didn’t feel like going to Earl’s, so we stopped into this new pizzeria that was having some kind of soft opening. The pizzas they were selling by the slice had clearly been around for a time, but we decided to have a go anyway. It’s a chain restaurant, but it seems like a pretty nice family runs this franchise. I paid with a $50, and the owner’s daughter gave me change for a $100. So there’s always the chance you could get a really good deal there (I kid).

Anyhow, for the first day, the pizza was alright, if a bit thick for my taste. But they seem like good people, and they just sent me the following email, and menu. Could be worth a shot.

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Tags: Italian · News

Mojito Madness at Figmint

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Following this brief interlude, stay tuned for a press release about Figmint‘s new mojito series. Because when reading about mojitos, it’s best to listen to The Submarine’s new upbeat hit, You, Me and The Bourgeoisie. And let’s face it, I’m always right.

Now, when I’m entertaining in the summer, I often go the old BC-fruit mojito route. It’s a real crowd-pleaser, and I get to break out my muddler to boot. But can you really call something a mojito if it’s not simply lime, mint, sugar, rum and club soda? I’m thinking we need some new names for these, especially my new classic BC cherry mojito (the tart cherries leave less chance of an oversweet product). How about: The Chancellor?

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Tags: News


August 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

(604) 875-3312
Address: 500 West 12th Ave

But Anyway
a restaurant review

By Jason Chin
Eat Vancouver writer
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

** and 1/2 (of four stars)

It can’t be easy to maintain a successful hotel restaurant. Besides all of the other difficulties inherent in running a profitable standalone restaurant, there is the small task of feeding a hotel. For instance, there are few fine dining restaurants that have to worry about a breakfast service every morning, but hotel restaurants do. And then there’s the small matter of room service, conference center catering, and providing a watering hole for weary tourists and business travelers. But to attempt all of this while also being nestled snuggly the post-apocalyptic war zone that is Cambie street? It’s probably needless to say that Figmint, the restaurant in question, is not in an altogether enviable position. Not to mention the fact that Figmint is located in the Plaza 500 Hotel, not exactly a household name and a building that looks more like an apartment building than a hotel.

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Tags: Modern Canadian

Technical Problems

August 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Hello Folks. I am sorry to report that we have experienced a catastrophic backup failure and are in the midst of resurrecting eatvancouver.net. Please check back and we should be in full swing in short order.

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Medina Café: Now Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch

August 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This just in, Medina Café, Chambar‘s waffley counterpart, is now serving a full breakfast and lunch, as well as brunch on weekends. Breakfast and lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm. Brunch is 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. It’s a date! Find the menu –> here < --.

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Tags: European · News