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Dine Out Vancouver - The Topic (2008-)


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Much better to visit one of the Farmers' Markets (Trout Lake being a particular favourite) where you can connect with actual producers. Too much of GIM is just retail.

A good point Mark - they really should include a Farmers' Market tour as part of DIV. Hopefully there will be, it just hasn't been posted yet.

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He was a wise man who invented beer." - Plato

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The earliest farmers' markets will barely be open then and DIV is much later than normal this year due to the Olympics.

I take your point Mark, but Trout Lake is a long way from where I live while GI is just a short hop away. I frequent the West End Farmers' Market in season but there is still all the rest of the year. For me GI has charms beyond the market itself, not the least of which is proximity and coffee from JJ Bean - no good coffee at the West End market. In fact awful coffee. I know lots of people on GI and always enjoy my morning visits.

GI used to have a pretty good farmers' market on Thursdays, in season, but that has really dwindled. I'm still hoping for a resurrection.

Cheers,

Anne

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For me GI has charms beyond the market itself, not the least of which is proximity and coffee from JJ Bean - no good coffee at the West End market. In fact awful coffee. I know lots of people on GI and always enjoy my morning visits.

JJ Bean, AND an on-Island roaster, too, near Performance Works.

btw, there is a JJ on Davie, east end; and a new mini-kiosk at the CBC on Hamilton.

GI used to have a pretty good farmers' market on Thursdays, in season, but that has really dwindled. I'm still hoping for a resurrection.

I wonder if some of the farmers who used to head to GI on Thursdays were at Thornton Park on Wednesdays last season. For the folks who come from farther away (i.e., Cawston), having the extra day between mid-week and weekend markets may be a much-needed field day (or rarely, rest day).

Karen Dar Woon

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Thanks for the JJ tips Karen, but there's nothing west of Burrard. I live in a coffee wasteland.

As for the farmers' market folk migrating to Wednesdays at Thornton Park, you could well be right. I am well aware of the pitfalls to farmers in participating in these markets, but selfishly I want to be able to access the good stuff in close proximatey to where I live.

For me GI has charms beyond the market itself, not the least of which is proximity and coffee from JJ Bean - no good coffee at the West End market. In fact awful coffee. I know lots of people on GI and always enjoy my morning visits.

JJ Bean, AND an on-Island roaster, too, near Performance Works.

btw, there is a JJ on Davie, east end; and a new mini-kiosk at the CBC on Hamilton.

GI used to have a pretty good farmers' market on Thursdays, in season, but that has really dwindled. I'm still hoping for a resurrection.

I wonder if some of the farmers who used to head to GI on Thursdays were at Thornton Park on Wednesdays last season. For the folks who come from farther away (i.e., Cawston), having the extra day between mid-week and weekend markets may be a much-needed field day (or rarely, rest day).

Cheers,

Anne

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Going off topic is usually the only way I can get anyone to say anything around here.

:laugh: Agreed barolo - the Vancouver forum seems to have lots of viewers but few commenters. Maybe we need more controversy? I'll have to think up a new controversial topic...

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The earliest farmers' markets will barely be open then and DIV is much later than normal this year due to the Olympics.

I take your point Mark, but Trout Lake is a long way from where I live while GI is just a short hop away. I frequent the West End Farmers' Market in season but there is still all the rest of the year. For me GI has charms beyond the market itself, not the least of which is proximity and coffee from JJ Bean - no good coffee at the West End market. In fact awful coffee. I know lots of people on GI and always enjoy my morning visits.

GI used to have a pretty good farmers' market on Thursdays, in season, but that has really dwindled. I'm still hoping for a resurrection.

I agree with all you say. I enjoy my cycles to GI; but the market is 90% retail. Whilst Trout Lake is a summer market, Wise Hall is the East Van winter market. Some truly great organic producers of fruit, veg, bread and cheese. All local(ish) and no retail.

For the avodance of doubt, and to bet back on-topic, I am all in favour of DOV. Anything that gets people out of chain restaurants and into proprietary ones is good in my books.

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Get out your knives, forks, chopsticks, and spoons - the Dine Out Vancouver 2010 list has been announced. DOV runs from Monday, April 26 to Thursday, May 6.

I've copied the list of 207 restaurants below. Although most places take reservations, I've noted the few that don't.

A nice feature they've added this year is a map that you can browse for different types of cuisine. You can check out menus and also search by neighbourhood, menu price, and cuisine type here

Dine Out Vancouver 2010

A Kettle of Fish Restaurant

Abigail's Party

Al Porto Ristorante

Amarcord Ristorante Italiano

American Grille

Aqua Riva

Arms Reach Bistro

Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant

Au Petit Chavignol

Azia

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

Banana Leaf in Kitsilano

Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine

Banana Leaf on Denman (Reservations not accepted, first come first served)

Baru Latino

Beyond Restaurant and Lounge

Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Bistro Pastis

Bistro Sakana

Blarney Stone

Boathouse Restaurant - English Bay

Boathouse Restaurant - Horseshoe Bay

Boathouse Restaurant - New Westminster

Boathouse Restaurant - Port Moody

Boathouse Restaurant - Richmond

Boathouse Restaurant - White Rock

Boneta

Bridges Restaurant

Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

Burgoo Bistro Lonsdale (Reservations not accepted, first come first served)

Burgoo Bistro Main Street (Reservations not accepted, first come first served)

Burgoo Bistro west 10th (Reservations not accepted, first come first served)

C Restaurant

Cafe Carthage

Cafe Il Nido

Cardero's Restaurant

Carmichael's Restaurant

Carver's Steakhouse and Lounge

cassis bistro

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Central Bistro

Chambar Belgian Restauant

Charm Modern Thai

Chilli House Thai Bistro

Chutney Villa

Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano

CinCin Ristorante + Bar

Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge

Coast Restaurant

Cobre Nuevo Latino Cuisine

Copper Chimney

Coza! Tuscan Grill

Cru

Darby's Pub

db bistro moderne

Dinner Cruises.com

Diva at the Met

DiVino

Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Company

Don Francesco Ristorante

Doolin's Irish Pub

EBO Restaurant

Elixir Bistro

Federico's Supper Club

Figmint Restaurant and Lounge

Five Sails Restaurant

Fleuri

Fogg n' Suds Robson

Fortune House Seafood Restaurant

Fresh Restaurant & Lounge

Globe@YVR

glowbal grill steaks and satay

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Gramercy Grill

Granville Room

Griffins - The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Gusto di Quattro

Gyu Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant

Hamilton Street Grill

Harold's Bistro & Bar

Hart House Restaurant

Hell's Kitchen

Hermitage Restaurant

Herons Restaurant & Lounge

hidden

Highlander Resaurtant

IL Giardino Restaurant

Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Inlets Bistro & Lounge

Irish Heather Gastropub

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

Kerkis Greek Taverna

Kingston Taphouse & Grille

Kirin Mandarin Restaurant

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

Kirin Seafood Restaurant (Richmond)

La Terrazza Restaurant

La Vallee

Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

Le Bistro Chez Michel

Le Gavroche Restaurant

Lift Bar Grill View

Lux Restaurant and Bar

L'Altro Buca

Manhattan Restaurant at Delta Vancouver Suites

Marias Taverna 4th Ave

Marias Taverna Denman

Market by Jean-Georges

Marmalade Kitchen & Bar

Maurya Indian Cuisine

Medley's Restaurant

Mi Bistro & Bar

Migz BBQ on Broadway

Miku Restaurant

Milestones Grill + Bar English Bay

Milestones Grill + Bar Kitsilano

Milestones Grill + Bar Park Royal

Milestones Grill + Bar Robson

Milestones Grill + Bar Yaletown

Mistral French Bistro

Monk McQueens Waterfront Restaurant

Mosaic Bar & Grille

Moustache Cafe

Northlands Bar and Grill

nu restaurant + lounge

Nyala African Couisine

Octopus' Garden (Reservations not accepted, first come first served)

Oru

Osteria Napoli

Ouisi Bistro

O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar

p2b bistro & bar

Piato Estiatorio

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Players Chophouse

Prestons

Provence Marinaside

Provence Mediterranean Grill

Q4

Raincity Grill

Red Door Pan Asian Grill - Granville

Red Door Pan Asian Grill - Park Royal

Reflect social dining + lounge

regional tasting lounge (r.tl)

Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Kitsilano

Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Lynn Valley

Salam Bombay

Salathai Thai Restaurant on Burrard

Salt Tasting Room

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge

Scoozis Mediterranean Bar & Grill

Seasons in the Park Restaurant

Seawall bar & grill

Section (3) Restaurant

Shaughnessy Restaurant

Show Case Restaurant

Sip resto-lounge

Smileys Public House

Social Gastown

Society Dining Lounge

Steamworks Brewing Company

Stonegrill Restaurant

Szechuan Chongqing Seafood Restaurant

Thai House Restaurant

Thai Spice Restaurant

the apron

The Beach House Restaurant

The Brasserie Bistro

The Calling

The Fish House in Stanley Park

The Flying Tiger

The Italian Kitchen

The Keg - Caesar's

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The New Bohemian

The Observatory

The Ocean Club Restaurant & Lounge

The Old Spaghetti Factory - Gastown

The Point Restaurant & Tapas

The Reef Restaurant Commercial Drive

The Reef Restaurant Main Street

The Refinery market.style.eatery

The Salmon House

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

The Smoking Dog Bistro

The Teahouse

The Westward Ho! at the University Golf Club

The William Tell restaurant

Tomato Fresh Food Cafe

Trafalgars Bistro

Tramonto

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

Urban Thai Bistro

Water St. Cafe

Watermark on Kits Beack

West Restaurant + Bar

Wild Rice

Yagger's Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar

Yaletown Brewing Co.

Yew restaurant + bar

Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

Zakkushi Dining on Main

Zen Japanese Restaurant

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He was a wise man who invented beer." - Plato

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That is quite a list.

IIRC, the number of restaurants is down from last year.

Because of the timing of DOV, I think some of the people have stayed out.

We started our menu this week. I like to start early just to get things sorted out in the kitchen....placement, amount needed etc. Every year I think I know how much of each item I will need and people surprise me and order the other.

This year the surprise is more Goat cheese and white balsamic vinegar salad over the soup.

Had I thought about the time of year a bit more rather than year's gone by menus, I would have known this.

On the positive side, halibut is in season and we are featuring it on the menu.

Neil Wyles

Hamilton Street Grill

www.hamiltonstreetgrill.com

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Because of the timing of DOV, I think some of the people have stayed out.

We started our menu this week. I like to start early just to get things sorted out in the kitchen....placement, amount needed etc. Every year I think I know how much of each item I will need and people surprise me and order the other.

Neil do you mean people have stayed out because it's taking place later than last year and so they don't need the boost in business?

That's great that you offer the DOV menu a bit early. In fact, if a restaurant doesn't do that, the first few days might be a bit chaotic unless they're offering regular menu items.

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He was a wise man who invented beer." - Plato

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