Vancouver is one good-looking city. You have the ocean to one side, mountains on the other and so much good eating and drinking in between. Blessed with milder weather, it can definitely embrace eating and growing local more than any other province in Canada. Here’s a curated list of places to eat and drink in Vancouver right now just in time for all those holiday parties – part 1. I had to break it up into two parts because the post was getting too long! 1. Prestons Restaurant at The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Start the day right with a delicious breakfast at Preston’s with their new regional executive chef Shelly Robinson (@Foodwork). She won Chopped and I can see why. The revamped brunch menu is out of this world! I loved the lil ‘wat’ smocked sockeye salmon, spinach puree, beet pearls on bannock or if you want something sweet, try the gluten-free quinoa waffle stack with avocado espuma (Spanish for foam) and fennel marmalade. Here’s the recipe for those wonderful waffles. 2. Beaucoup Bakery @Beaucoupbakery
Here’s the perfect spot for a light breakfast, mid morning pick-me-up, or mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or any time pick-me-up. French trained pastry chef/owner extraordinaire Jackie Kai Ellis serves up fabulous French treats that’s good for any time of the day. Her specialty is croissants, try the vanilla-bean version if you can, but her delectable desserts are just as good. They are almost too pretty too eat – almost. Jackie contributes to our site, don’t you know. Be sure to check out her tips on throwing the perfect pastry tasting party. 3. Edible Canada @ediblecanada
Located In Granville Island Market (another requisite stop for any food lover), Edible Canada is a culinary tourism company with retail store and bistro aimed at promoting local food and highlighting Canadian cuisine. Kick off your meal with the most delicious Maple Bacon Caesar and tuck into their menu of Canadian Comfort Classics. From Gulf Island Mussels Chowder, Wild Mushroom Omelette to Quebec Duck Poutine – you can’t miss at this popular spot. We have the recipes to that out-of-this-world Maple Bacon Caesar and Quebec Duck Poutine. You are welcome. Be sure to check out the retail store attached to the bistro. I picked up some award-winning artisanal chocolate from Beta 5 @beta5chocolates – To.Die.For.
Then it’s off to The Settlement Building for craft beer and wines on tap. Be sure to try some signature dishes at the Belgard Kitchen like that yam gnocchi with lamb sausage ragu. Lucky for us Chef Reuben Major has shared the recipe.
There are so many dinner options in Vancouver and there’s one to suit everyone’s palate. Head to The Parker, a sexy and sustainable restaurant, serving all vegetarian fare located on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown (this area is definitely starting to develop). Start your veggie meal off right with a Vancouver Cocktail and enjoy the intimate space (just 9 tables and an open kitchen that uses hot plates!). 7. Hawksworth Restaurant @HawksworthRest
You can’t go wrong with a meal at Hawksworth Restaurant – a definitive dining destination (how’s that for alliteration). I had seen the place during its construction phase and I was super excited to see and eat here. Chef David Hawksworth is one of the best chefs we have in Canada – in my humble opinion. He works magic with seafood and you can too with this dungeness crab pasta and chili recipe from Chef David himself. And he’s a do-gooder on top of it all. Read about the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship.