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carrot and ginger soup at Heirloom

The pre-show dinner I enjoyed at Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant may have just changed my attitude about vegetarian cuisine. Enjoying fish and shellfish, meats, specially charcuterie, and having an aversion to the texture of many  grains and beans I have tended to avoid places serving only vegetarian foods.

But checking out Heirloom's menu on line, I thought it looked really different and interesting enough for me to try it out. Glad I did because the flavour and creamy texture of the ginger-carrot soup-of-the-day alone was fantastic enough for me to want to make a return visit to try more menu items....

Mushroom and bacon pizette

The Settlement Building on Dunlevy Street in the Railtown district east of Gastown, is home to the Vancouver Urban Winery and the Belgard Kitchen, as well as Fresh Tap, Postmark Brewing and the Roaring Twenties Wine Co.

This was my first visit and I was really happy to have found a restaurant that is only a 5 minute walk  away from the Firehall Arts Centre for a pre-show supper.  I liked the high ceilinged, light and airy atmosphere and our server was friendly and efficient.

Vegetables on the teppanyaki grill

The Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver, with its knife-twirling chefs and teppanyaki grills, has been an iconic Vancouver restaurant  since 1968. I have wonderful memories of watching my kids sitting transfixed by the juggling antics of the grill chefs and then practically inhaling  each morsel of the perfectly grilled vegetables.
 

Wanting a light pre-show supper, protein-based with flavourful fresh salads or vegetables, we chose Portobello Restaurant before going to see Underneath the Lintel at Pacific Theatre. Our needs were perfectly satisfied though we had to conscientously (and sadly) decline their delicious bread.

For our salad we picked the insalata di pomodoro - sliced fresh tomatoes full of flavour, red onions and fresh basil with vinaigrette dressing.

Among our family dine-outs over the holidays, a dinner at Black+ Blue Restaurant was an unexpected stand-out. Normally appreciating the high quality of the Glowbal Group's local restaurants, we were surprised by a sequence of negative reviews of Black+ Blue Restaurant on a popular bar-and-restaurant guide and decided to check it out for ourselves.

In summary, we enjoyed excellent service,  excellent food, and a comfortable warm ambience. The sound and the table spacing was such that we could talk comfortably among ourselves. The background music was fine other than the occasional song that made me want to break into a...

Lolita's South of the Border Cantina
1326 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 696-9996

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Until now, despite rave reviews about the food from friends who live in the neighborhood and frequent this cantina, I have foolishly avoided joining them for fear that I would be subjected to dishes flavoured with the dreaded cilantro. But finally others in our group...

Pourhouse Restaurant
162 Water St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 568-7022  or Reserve Online

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I grew up in a small hotel where from time to time, the chef would prepare...

Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar
2118 Burrard St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 736-2220    or reserve online

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A single thin crust pizza accompanied by two fresh salads was the perfect quantity of food for three petite gals to share  for a casual supper before a movie....

Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E.15th Ave.,
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 873-9733

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Eating the most tender duck confit at a little cafe in the Mirepoix market while on a food-writing course in France almost 8 years ago remains one of my favorite food memories. I have heard great things about the duck confit at Les Faux Bourgeois and this French restaurant has been...

Havana Restaurant and Theatre
1212 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC. Ph: (604) 253-9119

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When seeing a play at the little Havana theatre tucked into the space just behind the Havana restaurant and bar, I like to get there early and indulge in some good Cuban cuisine.
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