Foodies Unite!


I’m looking forward to this…

Dine Out Vancouver Festival is about community, collaboration, and sharing Vancouver’s culinary story.

Along with the Wines of British Columbia, and a host of other Community Partners, Tourism Vancouver is proud to continue to showcase Vancouver’s culinary talent as well as the many different culinary and cultural experiences that only a city like ours can offer.

It all started with an idea. A group of food and wine enthusiasts got together with the team at Tourism Vancouver back in 2002 and pitched the idea of a fixed-price menu deal to get Vancouverites out and into restaurants during a normally slow time of the year. Fifty-seven restaurants jumped on board and from that stellar yet humble beginning, Dine Out Vancouver Festival has grown into Canada’s largest food and drink festival.

Today, the festival is a promotional umbrella that brings together hundreds of chefs, more than 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers and more for a month of dining, food-forward virtual events and experiences designed to give culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city. Dine Out Vancouver Festival also includes special hotel offers to help make an overnight Dine Out experience both safe and relaxing.

For 2021, we wish our out-of-Province and International friends could join us, but unfortunately for now, non-essential travel into Canada is not permitted and not recommended into and within British Columbia. BC Residents, let’s do our part by continuing to follow current public health orders.  Stay local and support local, with your immediate household or bubble in accordance with the latest guidelines.

Runs February 5 – March 7, 2021.

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Feel-good Friday: Cruising

And perusing all the lovely boats in Coal Harbour over a beautiful Vancouver weekend.

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Seeking something… boat1…like going on a big Safariboat3

This is the perfect parking spot


but I settled for this instead


and parked myself here for the better part of an afternoon20140928_115633

I hope this weekend is as good as last!

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Photos: d. king


Re-Fresh Friday: Relaxation & Adventure

The two best combinations that strike a perfect BALANCE.englishbay

Summer, I will surely miss your warmth.fromferryboat2

OTHER THINGS I WILL MISS are the long days, everyone is more friendly, the casualness of flip flops, all the neighbours I never get to see the rest of the year, sitting outside on any great deck in the city, picnics, sunsets, sunflowers, warm evenings, Drinking Rosé (yes, you can drink it after but it’s not the same), bumping into people you know while riding a bike, riding my scooter with a warm breeze and not having to wear a jacket (yes, I can ride it after but it’s not the same), camping in Oregon (yes, I mean it!), meeting for breakfast at the sailing club, sitting outside at the neighborhood bar/restaurant but mostly bar if truth be told around the corner where everyone knows your name (including the ones you don’t want to know) and especially not having to carry an umbrella.  I’ll stop here.  Jericho

Unfortunately the Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon (the company responsible for turning so many of us into clones) didn’t make the cut because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped although the scenery around Stanley Park was breathtaking and I managed to cross the finish line arm in arm with my sister.  That was special since I lost her in a crowd of 10,000 people within the first 10 minutes and met up with her again halfway through.  And I’m thankful that I didn’t get trampled on when I stupidly turned around to pick up her water bottle which fell out of her fanny pack.  20140611_143704

It’s too fast and too soon but we have something to look forward to.  Come on, what’s the best thing about Fall besides all that beautiful foliage falling to the ground….the CLOTHES!  So come on folks, Cheer up.BurrardbridgeMahonyandSons

Have a great long weekend. Meet back here in SEPTEMBER….which means Monday.

Solong to Summer
Solong to Summer

I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st….but it’s not the same.

photos (except for the bicycle): Debbie King





City Scene – it takes more than two to Tangoo

Like the dance,Tangoo is a metaphor for moving in a meaningful way across ones city. It embodies effortless and meaningful movement while always knowing the next step.

Tangoo’s mission is to make Vancouver a more fun and connected city.

Tangoo is the brainchild of Sauder School of Business alumni Henry Heeney and Paul Davidescu with one purpose in mind; to help Vancouverites get the most out of their evenings. The goal was to design a perfect evening out with a blend of distinct people & places, authentic food, stiff cocktails, and ultimately, great memories. Henry and Paul dreamed up the concept of Tangoo after visiting beautiful Barcelona and realizing that Vancouver’s social scene needed a boost. They had to find a way to ease the pain of disastrous last-minute group planning and the difficulty with meeting new people around the city. They succeeded!

Tangoo made the Globe and Mail’s TOP TEN Vancouver Attractions.

Cheers everyone!
Cheers everyone!

By being a part of a Tangoo evening you’re treated like a VIP where everything is taken care of beforehand so you get to enjoy a hassle-free night out.   I’ve enjoyed two Tangoo evenings so far and look forward to many more.  It’s a great way to meet new people, experience the best of Vancouver venues with drinks, appies, dinner, transportation (if required by limo, taxi or ferry boat depending on your location) and ending up at a popular nightclub.  Most places are within walking distance of each other which makes for easy access.  They offer Gastown evenings, or places in Yaletown for example and are expanding to more and more locations like the recent West End & Granville Island. They seek out the drinking and dining gems of Vancouver with groups of 30 or more seated within the same location for easy conversation.

The view at Ten Ten Tapas - our location.
The view at our location – Ten Ten Tapas.
Friends Georgina, Rosa, handsome Paul & me.
Georgina, Rosa,  Paul & me at Ten Ten Tapas

HOW TO Tangoo: It’s easy & for everyone – just select a night and venue from their calendar & book online which takes care of your 3-course meal and two drinks with tax & tip already included in the final price.  How nice is that?

Plan your next weekend out at: https://tangoo.ca/