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Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 21st season! Running from January 20-February 5, 2023, 366 restaurants are offering prix fixe menus between $20 and $65 (side note: this was up from $20-$59 last year). Now that we’re settling into our new “normal”, I think more people would want to do this again this year. However, with the increasing food costs that we have been experiencing, I have my doubts about the value and attractiveness of these menus.

As per previous years, I took the time to review the menus and here are what caught my eyes, based on past experiences (Dine Out or otherwise), Google review (if it’s a restaurant that I’ve never been), as well as menu attractiveness (e.g. value for the money, choice of ingredients, creativity in the menu, enough options for two people, etc.). Also keep in mind that I curated the list based on my preference (as you know, I’m a meat lover and I’m biased against chicken and salmon) and my way of thinking, so it may not necessarily suit your taste. But hopefully this gives you a place to start.

Because of the arbitrary prices, I have organized my list into Brunch/Lunch and Dinner. You will find a link to the menu, as well as listed price, to help you make decisions. Remember, my recommendations are for that specific menu and specific location(s) only, even though the restaurant may have other locations and menu options. If you have been to any of them, let me know what you think!

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On Nov 24, 2022, five Vancouver chefs competed at Great Kitchen Party‘s Vancouver Regional Qualifier held at Westin Bayshore. Vancouver was the final stop of nine competing cities across the country, spotlighting talented chefs from St. John’s, Newfoundland to the west coast of British Columbia. Each region’s gold medal-winning chef earns the privilege of competing for national honours at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa on February 3-4, 2023.

The five competing Vancouver chefs were:

  • Sandy Chen – Archer
  • Scott Korzack – Bacaro
  • Vish Mayekar – Caffè La Tana, Pepino’s
  • Bobby Milheron – Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro, Maxine’s Cafe & Bar
  • Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun – Maenam Restaurant
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Canada’s first-ever, full-service Milk Bar is now open at Nordstrom CF Pacific Centre! I was one of the few lucky ones to get the first look.

Milk Bar Nordstrom Vancouver - Counter

Located on level one near the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station, Milk Bar will delight customers with their full menu, including the beloved Compost Cookie®, Cereal Milk® Soft Serve, Birthday Cake, Cake Truffles and Pie. In addition to the grab and go offering, the shop will also offer cookie deals, cookie tins and Christina Tosi’s brand-new cookbook titled All About Cookies.

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Announced on Oct. 27, 2022, eight Vancouver restaurants were selected to earn the one-MICHELIN-Star distinctions, 12 received Bib Gourmand designations, and 40 were named as Recommended eateries.

“Our teams of inspectors genuinely savoured their dining experiences in Vancouver,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “They were very impressed with the city’s gastronomic dynamism. The selection – from Stars to Bib Gourmands to the Recommended spots – are all appealing in their own authentic DNA, and very diverse offers. They all can be very proud of their entry in the MICHELIN Guide family, as we’re pleased to highlight them to our community of foodies and travellers.”

Published on Main, June 2020

The 8 one-MICHELIN-Star Vancouver restaurants are:

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Live spot prawn season opens on May 6, and BC Live Spot Prawns & Seafood is now accepting pre-orders of live spot prawns for home or office delivery across Greater Vancouver or pick-up at Ladner Wharf.

Customers can go to the BCLSPS website at bclivespotprawns.com to to place a pre-order for live spot prawns. In-person pick-ups are available at Ladner Wharf starting May 7, everyday until the end of the season.

Alternatively, BCLSPS is proud to continue offering its delivery service four days a week. With a minimum of 10lb per order, customers can have the live spot prawns delivered to their home or office – it’s a great option to share with colleagues and friends. BCLSPS was the pioneer in introducing home delivery of live spot prawns during the COVID pandemic so customers could enjoy the tasty delicacy in the safety of their own homes.

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