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On Monday, September 25, 11 professional barchefs and four apprentice bartenders competed at the 2017 MADE WITH LOVE Vancouver Regional Competition. The professionals were competing for a spot to represent the region at the Nationals next year.

2017 MADE WITH LOVE Vancouver Regionals2017 MADE WITH LOVE Vancouver Regionals

At the event, not only were the barchefs trying to win the judges’ heart, but they were also trying to impress every event guest. We were given two “dogtag” necklaces, to vote for our favourite barchef and apprentice bartender.

2017 MADE WITH LOVE Vancouver Regionals2017 MADE WITH LOVE Vancouver Regionals

We got to sample each cocktail, along with some canape pairings.

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The official Dine Out Vancouver may have ended on Feb 5, 2017, but some restaurants have decided to offer the Dine Out menus just for a few more days.

Vancouver Aquarium Pop-up Restaurant 2017 Dine Out

Vancouver Aquarium Pop-up Restaurant 2017 Dine Out

Here are their respective extended end date and menu (some are from their own websites; some are from the Dine Out Vancouver website which may get taken down any day now):

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Dine Out Vancouver is back! Running from January 20 to February 5, more than 280 restaurants are offering prix fixe menus and more than 100 food-themed events are planned over this 2-week period.

Beach Bay Cafe

The 3-course dinner are priced at $20, $30 or $40. Some restaurants are also offering a lunch menu, which could be at a cheaper price point. The menus are now live and reservations are open. Pretty excited about some of the participating restaurants this year. After perusing the menus, here are our suggestions, based on past experience as well as menu attractiveness:

$20 Suggestions

  • Banana Leaf (our review)
  • Butcher & Bullock
  • The Fish Shack (our review) – price reduced from $30 last year
  • Gyoza Bar
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread
  • TAPshack
  • Timber

$30 Suggestions

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If you follow me on Instagram, you would see in my IG Stories that yesterday I received a pretty neat surprise at lunch. Tourism Richmond delivered some freshly made dumplings from a number of Richmond restaurants. Why, you ask? There’s now a Dumpling Trail in Richmond!

Dumplings for Lunch

Dumplings for Lunch

The Dumpling Trail is a self-guided tour of 15 restaurants in Richmond that serve up a wide variety of dumplings.

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On August 10, the popular Pirate Pak Day returns to White Spot! This is the only day of the year when the adults get to order their own Pirate Pak. For each Pirate Pak sold on that day, White Spot will donate $2.00 to Zajac Ranch for Children.

White Spot will be serving a limited menu on August 10. The Adult Pirate Pak menu has changed slightly this year; you’ll have 5 options: the Legendary Burger, Bacon Cheddar Burger, Mediterranean Chicken Burger, Sriracha Portobello Veggie Burger or Sriracha Goat Cheese Turkey Burger. They are served in a pirate boat, and come with bottomless fries, coleslaw, a soft drink, a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate “gold coin”. Not a burger fan? There will also be a selection of other sandwiches, entrees and salads for you to choose from – just order the boat on the side!

Joyce @ Pirate Pak Day 2015

Joyce @ Pirate Pak Day 2015

I have been a fan of this charity initiative. The longest I waited was 1.5 hour just to order my own Pirate Pak. If you have never participated before, now is your chance! I’m giving away two $25 gift cards to White Spot so you can bring a date with you on Pirate Pak Day. Yes, two chances to win!

5 Ways to Enter

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Arnold Bread recently launched four varieties of premium bread in British Columbia and Alberta. We were sent a couple loaves to try, and the possibilities with this product are endless!

With the No Small Potatoes Country Potato Bread, we made Toast with a delicious pistachio spread. We also made some PB& J and Grilled Cheese with it. There’s a hint of sweetness in the potato bread. While it’s good on its own, it also makes a good canvas for rich and bold flavours. I actually thought the bread reminded me of potato chips but Mr. said I was crazy!

Arnold Bread Grilled Cheese

As for the When It Grains, It Pours 12 Grain Bread, the texture of the bread is perfect for sandwiches. Not only did we make HLT Sandwiches (ham, lettuce, tomatoes) for picnic…

Arnold Bread Sandwich

…we also made our own Oyster Po’ Boy Sandwich at home! The nutty flavours in the grain worked so well with meat and veggies.

Arnold Bread Oyster Po' Boy

Are you tempted to make your own creations with these delicious bread? We have partnered up with Arnold Bread to give away an awesome #Breadie Prize Pack valued at $100.

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The contest is now closed. Thank you all for entering! Congratulations to Montserrat and Anita on winning the two pairs of tickets – have fun!

On March 30, Tasting Plates will take place in the Marpole neighbourhood, along Granville Street between 67th and 74th. The Tasting Plates series give you an opportunity to discover gems in different neighbourhoods. This is the first time Tasting Plates is held in this area, so I’m quite intrigued by what Marpole has to offer.

Tasting Plates

The map is your ticket to all Tasting Plates participating restaurants

Want to join me? This could be your lucky day as we are giving away two pairs of tickets (each pair is valued at $120) to Tasting Plates Marpole on March 30!

4 ways to enter

  1. Leave a blog comment below and suggest a restaurant that we should try next (1 entry)
  2. Visit our Facebook page and Like/Comment on the post related to this contest (1 entry)
  3. Follow @vanfoodies on Instagram, Like the contest photo, and Tag a friend who may be interested in this event. (1 entry per each friend tagged, maximum 5 friends)
  4. Follow @vanfoodies on Twitter, retweet any of the related tweets (there will be at least one) and/or tweet the following (1 entry per eligible tweet)

Contest Deadline: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 3:00pm. Two winners will be chosen at random and contacted within a day. You must be a resident in BC to be eligible to win. Good luck!

For more information about Tasting Plates Marpole, or to purchase tickets, visit tastingplatesyvr.com

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