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Taste of Yaletown will be running for the 9th year from Oct 16 to Oct 27, 2013. A record 30 restaurants will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price, flexible menus of $25, $35 and $45, restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events.

Also new this year is the introduction of lunch features. Select participating restaurants will also be offering a lunch menu and diners can hop on and off the FREE Yaletown Lunch Trolley running between Downtown Vancouver and Yaletown on Thursdays & Fridays (October 17, 18, 24 and 25). This will make a great option for a pre-weekend express lunch.

Here are some lunch break facts (or myths, you be the judge) that were provided to me in a media release:

  • Just one in five employees take the traditional hour-long lunch break (well lucky them, my lunch break is only 30-minute long!), and the majority of workers take less than 30 minutes.
  • Skipped lunch break time adds up to 16 extra full workdays per year.
  • Desks and keyboards often harbour high levels of bacteria (sometimes even more than toilet seats) – why do we all insist on eating lunch at our desks?!
  • Moving around during work hours helps prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (from prolonged poor posture) and potentially deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be caused by long periods of sitting.
  • Eating whilst continuing to check emails, etc. can lead to ‘mindless eating’ or over eating.

Click here to check out the list of participating restaurants and their respective menus. And here is the list of special events that take place during Taste of Yaletown.

For more information about Taste of Yaletown, visit the Yaletown BIA’s website.

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For a team lunch, KB, AM, MP (yes a new member!) and I headed over to the p2b Bistro at Renaissance to grab a bite. It was one of my suggestions for lunch because I remembered the nice environment when we attended the Blue Ribbon Classics Menu launch last year, and the food was decent for a hotel restaurant.

Food

Turns out at lunch p2b offers a “In 30 under $20” menu, targeting business professionals with very little time to eat. It’s a two-course prix-fixe lunch menu (including coffee or tea) for $19, with a promise that you will be out the door within 30 minutes. Although we weren’t really in a hurry to finish lunch in 30 minutes, $19 is too good of a deal to resist. And yes, in the end, we all ordered from this menu.

Each table receives some Cheese Herb Bread. It looks really good, nice and puffy. We were wondering if it’s baked or fried, and as soon as we bit into it (or tried to rip it apart), we immediately knew that it’s fried. You can never go wrong with fried dough, but it did get a bit heavy after a few bites. The tomato chutney was a bit tart and helped cut through the grease in the fried bread.

Cheese Herb Bread

Cheese Herb Bread

For appetizers, I chose the Tender Baby Spinach Salad. It’s a standard affair with spinach, tomatoes and bocconcini cheese. The cheese is really soft, lacking the spongy texture that I usually taste in bocconcini, so I was slightly taken aback. (more…)

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