Canadians love their single-serve coffee pods, to the tune of over 1.5 billion brewed in homes and offices annually. Unfortunately, most of those pods are ecological dead-ends, ultimately filling up our dumps and landfills. With China’s ban on North American recyclable imports now in effect, […]
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Homer St. Café and Bar, in partnership with the Whisky Wisemen Society will continue its monthly Takeover Series collaboration with J.P. Wiser’s Whisky. The ongoing series will see a different distiller or brewer commandeer Homer St. Café’s bar and kitchen for a week every month, […]
Vancouver’s restaurant scene is set to expand its cultural mix with the opening of Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery, a beautifully designed eatery nestled in the heart of East Vancouver’s newly revamped Port Town community opening in December.
Juxtaposed between old world recipes and exciting new flavours, Aleph’s menu melds both together – bringing a refreshing sense of tradition and innovation to its 1889 Powell Street address. With a comfortable modern atmosphere that pays homage to regional heritage, Aleph will make new friends feel old and old friends feel welcome.
As a rich culinary and ethnic oasis, Aleph will be a place where communities come together to break bread, offering guests a relaxed atmosphere where every dish has a story – often a very personal one. The name itself draws from the first letter of a multitude of Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Phoenician, Persian and Urdu (to name a few). In that sense, Aleph is a true point of intersection: serving a diverse community as a unique gathering place, restaurant, bakery, café and bar.
Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery draws both its identity and innovation from the traditional culinary staples of this beautiful and contentious region of the world. Aleph offers an eating experience that transcends the Middle East’s national borders with a menu that employs the use of the freshest ingredients from local markets and regional suppliers, adjusting its menu to BC’s ever-changing seasons and utilizing the regions traditional use of robust and aromatic spices, fresh produce, characteristic abundance of olive oil and lemon to create something truly unique. Drawing inspiration from the Levant’s “mezze style shared eating traditions, Aleph’s menu will showcase staples in Middle Eastern cuisine, with items like whipped creamy hummus, baba ghanouj, Shakshuka and Manaeesh flatbreads prepared a la minute on a traditional Saj oven imported from Lebanon. With a skilful hand, Aleph will lace the brightest flavours of the Middle Eastern palate to create ubiquitous staples to both liven and tantalize the palates and appetites of guests. Aleph brings something forever new, intentional, and delicious to Vancouver’s discerning diners.
Aleph is owned and operated by husband-wife team, Haitham El Khatib and Fiona Hepher. The young entrepreneurs share a combined background in gastronomy, risk management, health and wellness and advertising. Upon meeting in Dubai in 2014, they moved back to Fiona’s hometown of Vancouver where Haitham attended Northwest Culinary Academy. Haitham, of Palestinian and Lebanese descent, lived and worked throughout the Middle East prior to his arrival in Vancouver. Upon landing on Canadian soil he was faced with the harsh realities of immigrating to a new land and felt a strong sense of displacement, eventually finding connection through volunteering to help refugees. It was during this time that the concept for Aleph was born.
“As soon as I moved here, all these questions of identity started coming up. I started asking myself where home really was and what it meant to me. I realized that for me, home is a place that never really existed but combined influence from Palestine, Lebanon, Dubai and Iran. This is when I realized how similar the food was and still is in most of these countries, and so I decided to create a place out of their similarities rather than focusing on their differences… something I hope Vancouver will embrace too”– Haitham El Khatib, Owner at Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery
Aleph strives to create unity through simple, honest and flavourful food by inviting the surrounding community to break bread in a cozy yet intentionally curated space.
“The premise behind our food is that it is unedited and there is not a lot of cooking involved in the process of creating our dishes. If you look at Middle Eastern cuisine, you may notice there are many elements with quite loud flavours. We’re trying to do something slightly different at Aleph by combining these flavours in a new way to embrace authenticity while allowing room for creativity.” – Haitham El Khatib, Owner at Aleph Eatery.
When: Aleph is set to open the doors to its bright, airy and inspiring space in mid December 2017.
Where: 1889 Powell Street (within the historic Hamilton Bank Building), Aleph features seating for 22 and is nestled along a bustling corridor of popular local businesses (industrial shops, factories, craft breweries, coffee roasters, warehouses, restaurants, offices and private homes).
GOOSENECK HOSPITALITY’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘BELLS AND WHISTLES’ OFFICIALLY OPEN IN EAST VANCOUVER New Beer Hall Offers Extensive Craft Beer Selection, Ballpark-inspired Fare, Interactive Games Room and Big-League Sports Action Vancouver’s burgeoning Fraserhood/Cedar Cottage district welcomes a brand new beer hall and casual dining concept with […]
Soirette’s new 2017 Mooncake Collection recently just released and is perfect for sharing and gifting during the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4th, 2017. The unique collection of Snow Mooncakes, featuries a wonderful selection of fresh fruit, refreshing teas and French couverture chocolate. Made entirely from scratch […]
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) is proud to announce the 13th annual Taste of Yaletown (TOY), a popular community-based event that invites the public to try a variety of dishes from 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood. From October 11 to 27th, Vancouver’s top chefs will feature special 3-course meals themed around ‘pairings and sharings’. Restaurants will offer exclusive featured menus, innovative pairings, and special menus with set prices of $25, $35, and $45.
Continuing with last year’s success, the chefs will offer the same approach of communal dining experience with sharing plates and pairing options. As Yaletown continues to be a premier dining hub, there are many longstanding restaurants who continue be a part of Taste of Yaletown year-after-year. Brix and Mortar, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Bistro Sakana, Hurricane Grill and WildTale Coastal Grill are among some of the many returning restaurants who offer delectable tastes and a fresh array of dishes.
In addition to those returning, new restaurants have also joined the event completing the overall experience and adding extra twists. From spicy yet zesty tastes of a North Pacific Mexican restaurant, social atmospheres with signatures cocktails, to a nouveau Canadian Bistro – the two-week dining event has new flavours that everyone will enjoy.
With 26 Yaletown restaurants offering special menus and pairings for a limited time, Taste of Yaletown is the perfect time to celebrate and savor Vancouver’s best dining district, try new restaurants, revel in the longstanding classics and pre-book reservations for holiday parties.
“As a longstanding community event, Taste of Yaletown continues to bring people together by experiencing exquisite culinary options,” states Annette O’Shea Executive Director of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. “The sharing and pairing menu was a huge success last year as it perfectly connects people together to enjoy a meal together and showcases our local chefs talents, and we’re excited to have the community come out and try Vancouver best restaurants. ”
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is dedicated to supporting business in the neighbourhood, but also committed to giving back to the community. For the 13th year in a row, Yaletown will be making a donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Taste of Yaletown has raised over $115,000 in efforts to support the local community since the event began in 2004.
The list of participating restaurants for Taste of Yaletown 2017:
- Banter Room
- Bistro Sakana
- Brix and Mortar
- Cactus Club Café Yaletown
- DD Mau
- The Distillery Bar + Kitchen
- Earls Yaletown
- Flying Pig
- The Greek by Anatoli
- Hapa Izakaya
- House Special
- Hurricane Grill
- The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
- La Pentola
- Lime and Moon Pie Company
- The New Oxford
- The Parlour
- Provence Marinaside
- Simply Thai
- Urban Thai Bistro
- West Oak Restaurant
- Yaletown Brewing Company
- Yaletown L’Antipasto
Please visit https://yaletowninfo.com/event/taste-yaletown-2017/ for menu details from each restaurant and join the conversation online using the official Taste of Yaletown hashtag: #TOY2017.
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‘TACOFINO OASIS’ now open in downtown Vancouver at Bentall One Buildling. Latest Addition to Family of Restaurants Offers Tacofino’s Signature Baja-inspired Fare, Express Burritos To Go, Local Craft and Import Beer and Cocktails. Tacofino welcomes the newest member to its growing family of restaurants today when […]
Beat the dog days of summer at AnnaLena with the newly introduced happy hour daily from 5pm to 6pm – a curated selection of hand made cocktails, beers and wines. Happy hour is an appetizing way to try AnnaLena’s world class cocktail program, led by Bar Manager Kevin Brownleee, […]
NEW BEER HALL AND RESTAURANT CONCEPT ‘BELLS AND WHISTLES’ TO OPEN IN VANCOUVER’S FRASERHOOD THIS SEPTEMBER
Latest Addition to Gooseneck Hospitality’s Expanding Restaurant Roster Features 150 Seats, Wrap-Around Patio, Casual Fare and Local Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktails Exclusively On Tap. The team behind such award-winning restaurants as Wildebeest, Bufala and Lucky Taco — is set to unveil a brand-new casual dining and beer hall concept when it opens the doors on Bells and Whistles at 3296 Fraser Street in the burgeoning Fraserhood district this September.
Open for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks seven days a week with seating for 150 guests in its 3,000-sq.-ft. dining room and wrap-around heated outdoor patio, Bells and Whistles is the latest venture for Gooseneck, which includes respected restaurateurs James Iranzad and Josh Papeas well as new Bells and Whistles co-partner and longtime Gooseneck employee Nick Miller.
With a menu comprising homespun, locally and ethically sourced dishes designed by Wildebeest Executive Chef Alessandro Vianello, Bells and Whistles will serve up burgers, tacos and fresh salads, ballpark-inspired fare like chili and garlic fries, as well as a selection of soft-serve ice cream flavours.
Boasting a full bar that offers a rotating selection of notable craft and import beers in addition to ciders, cocktails and wine all available exclusively on tap, Bells and Whistles brings together the best of the local brewery scene as well as one-of-a-kind creations like imperial stout floats and citrus-forward IPA soft-serve beer pairings and slushie concoctions such as frozen radlers.
Designed by Milltown Contracting and Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative, Bells and Whistles also features an interactive games room that offers Skee-Ball, hoops and foosball tables with complimentary Happy-Hour plays, floor-to-ceiling windows with plenty of natural light and big screens showing live local and international big-league sports action.
“Our mission is to bring a restaurant that is anything but ordinary to the Fraserhood,” says Miller. “We’ve gone to great lengths to design an out-of-the-box, approachable space and we’re excited to introduce a whole new concept not only to the area, but to Vancouver as a whole.”
Further details regarding Bells and Whistles will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information on Bells and Whistles or to stay up to date on its latest developments, go to www.bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca.
ABOUT BELLS AND WHISTLES | Located in the heart of the burgeoning Fraserhood district of Vancouver, Bells and Whistles is a casual dining and beer hall concept that offers up 3,000-sq.-ft. of space with seating for 150 in its dining quarters, heated wrap-around outdoor patio, interactive games room and big screens showing the best local and international big-league sports action in the city. The latest project from the team behind Gooseneck Hospitality, which has also opened such award-winning restaurants as Wildebeest, Bufala and Lucky Taco, Bells and Whistles brings together the best of the local brewery scene as well as import beers, craft ciders, cocktails and wine exclusively on tap and a menu of homespun, locally and ethically sourced dishes such as burgers, tacos, salads and ballpark-friendly fare like chili, garlic fries and hot dogs.
Bells and Whistles
Cuisine: Beer, Pub
3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC
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Noodlebox Canada announces a guest feature recipe series, slated to launch in all twelve stores across BC and Alberta on August 8th. Known for fresh food wok-cooked with flame, Noodlebox has partnered with three local influencers to create feature dishes, each available for a week-long run this August. The guest feature series kicks off August 8th with Bulgogi Beef Bibimbap by Alberta author and food writer Julie Van Rosendaal (@DinnerWithJulie), followed by a vegan dish of savoury Thai Kaju Curry by plant-powered author Dreena Burton (@DreenaBurton). The third week highlights a tangy Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup by Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett of Vancouver’s The Food Gays (@FoodGays).
The guest recipe series launches August 8th with Bulgogi Beef Bibimbap, a Korean-inspired rice bowl by Calgary-based food broadcaster and author, Julie Van Rosendaal of @DinnerWithJulie. A hearty and flavourful stir-fry, the Bibimbap makes the most of regional ingredients, with thinly-sliced, marinated beef seared in a hot wok with Noodlebox’s signature mix of fresh Asian greens and red pepper, all topped with a fried egg, and drizzled with a spicy mango chilli sauce.
Then from August 15th–21st, try Dreena Burton of @PlantPoweredKitchen’s Thai Kaju Curry, a creamy, plant-based vegan dish with vibrant colour and flavour. Made with a healthy house-made sauce of blended cashews, tomato, coconut milk and Thai red curry, emboldened with ginger and lime, it’s flame-cooked with fresh local vegetables and served with rice noodles and scattered with crunchy sprouts.
Return the following week from August 22nd–28th, to taste Soto Ayam, an Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup by bloggers, food stylists and photographers the @FoodGays. Their take on Soto Ayam features rice noodles in a tangy broth of chicken stock, garlic, ginger, and lime and topped with bright cilantro, crispy fried onions, sprouts and green onion.
Noodles and rice bowls are always highly customizable, with a choice of proteins available for most dishes. Noodlebox cooks are also happy to adjust the spice levels to your taste buds, and the menu suggests a range of choices, from mild (a little heat) to medium/hot (now it’s officially spicy) to scorching hot (guaranteed to burn.) Noodlebox kitchens can accommodate many allergies or dietary restrictions, with several delicious and satisfying choices for gluten-free and vegan diets.
Take yours to go, or if you’re eating in, wash it down with a selection of bottled or on-tap drinks, like a craft beer from your favourite local brewery. If you’re visiting Noodlebox’s Homer Street Vancouver location, pair any dish with a fresh pour of kombucha from locally-based Healthy Hooch, also fresh on tap.
ABOUT THE INFLUENCER PARTNERS
Julie Van Rosendaal has been a lifelong food enthusiast, and has enjoyed a love of cooking since she was a toddler. She is the author of seven best-selling cookbooks, and for ten years she has been a food columnist for CBC Radio One’s Calgary Eyeopener. Julie is a sought-after food writer, contributing to Western Living magazine, and is the food editor of Parents Canada. An eater of all things delicious, Julie lives, works, cooks, and bakes in Calgary.
A vegan for almost 20 years, Dreena Burton is the author of five cookbooks, and is the mother of three plant-powered kids (#weegans). Passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, with a loyal following and reputation for reliable, wholesome recipes.
Adrian and Jeremy are two Vancouver-based guys who are obsessed with food, photography, and social media. Their blog was launched in 2012, and has grown to become a rich resource of healthy and indulgent recipes, lifestyle finds, and travel and restaurant experiences. They are sought-after for their colourful, delicious recipes and have had their work featured in online publications including Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, Gusto TV, the Vancouver Courier, VITA, The Province, and The Feed Feed.
The Westin Bayshore’s H2 Rotisserie & Bar salutes Vancouver’s upcoming Pride celebration with a sheet so fresh you might be tempted to slap it. H2’s Chef Caitlin Mark, a proud member of the LGBTQ2+ community, has created a Fresh Sheet: Pride Edition, available during dinner for two weeks, July 27 – August 10. The colourful three-course meal […]
LA MEZCALERIA LAUNCHES NEW BRUNCH, LUNCH AND COCKTAIL MENUS La Mezcaleria has refreshed the brunch, lunch and cocktail menus at both locations, keeping staple menu items on offer while introducing additional, authentic Mexican dishes and drinks. The lunch menu sees traditional Mexican plates like Tostadas and […]