Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island on January 20

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, there are also walk-about type events, such as Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island.  I participated in a similar event a few years ago on Granville Island and it was a lot of fun.  It is an easy walk to all the participating venues.  I really enjoyed the Artisan Sake, made here using rice grown in the Fraser Valley!  There is also beer, distilled spirits, food and chocolates.  Will I see you at the event?  All the participating venues and artists are described below, along with a link to buy your tickets.  I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.


Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery and discover more around the island.

Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, bike or moped.

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Participating restaurants and establishments

include some of the Granville Island’s best including:


artisan sake maker

Artisan Sake Maker

1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @ArtisanSake 


Establishment: Sake Winery

Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake. Our brand name “OSAKE” is widely recognized as “Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium sake” and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.

Handcrafted in our artisan studio located at Railspur Alley on Granville Island, Osake is the first “fresh premium”Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours.


dockside restaurant


Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston St, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatDockside 


Cuisine: Restaurant and brewery

Located on the shores of False Creek, Dockside Restaurant in the Granville Island Hotel offers a wide range of superbly prepared classic dishes in an award-winning setting like no other.

Combining a menu which emphasises sustainable Ocean Wise seafood with panoramic views of downtown and Yaletown, Dockside Restaurant is an iconic West Coast destination 12 months of the year. Whether guests enjoy the views through floor-to-ceiling windows or on its patio, named “Best in Vancouver” five years in a row, a visit to Dockside Restaurant is always memorable.

Granville Island Brewing 

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @granvillebeer


Establishment: Brewery

Our Brew Story

In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery and our iconic Lager. It wasn’t long before we were adding more new and unique West Coast inspired beers to our lineup.

Over the years, we’ve become more than just a local brewery. We also focus much of our efforts towards ongoing community investment, including sponsorship and charitable support of community organizations and more. We’re just as proud of that as we are about what we put in our bottles.


Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver

Twitter: @TLDistillery


Establishment: Distillery

Established in 2010, The Liberty Distillery is a true craft artisan distillery located in the heart of historic Granville Island.  Selecting only the best British Columbia organic grains, The Liberty Distillery carefully ferments, then triple distills in traditional copper pot stills to produce hand crafted spirits with character and distinction.

Traditional, classic, quirky, knowledgeable and fun; TLD’s enthusiastic team invite you to step back in time at their 110-year old Saloon Bar to taste Classic Old Fashioned cocktails, or to enjoy one of their Signature creations.  Uniquely crafted drinks range from the familiar to the astounding, but always show the beauty of their artisanal spirits.



Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro

1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @tracksbistro


Establishment: Cafe and bistro

Off the Tracks is a Granville Island original, providing the best of local talents, whether it is roasting beans to their absolute perfection, crafting a perfect cup of coffee, or creating the most mouth-watering House Salad on the entire island. We want to showcase the best of our local community and what it has to offer.


bon macaron

Bon Macaron

(Located during the event inside New Leaf Editions)


Twitter @BonMacaronVic

Cuisine: Patisserie

After delighting customers in Victoria, Bon Macaron Patisserie decided to take a leap and tackle the Vancouver market with a brand new location in Kitsilano and one in Granville Island Public Market! With over 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the most creative sweet & savoury, everyone will find something to their taste! All of our macarons are naturally gluten-free and we make a number of dairy-free options as well.







(located inside Granville Island Brewery during event)

Twitter: @Chocolatas1 


Establishment: Chocolatier

More restaurants/establishments may be added


Participating Artists






New Leaf Editions Is a collaborative printmaking studio specializing in traditional and contemporary print media.

New Leaf was established by Peter Braune in 1986 to work with artists seeking new forms of expression. The goal of a collaboration is to offer artists the ability to explore new forms of image making using print media. New Leaf has worked with many locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Services provided by New Leaf include: copper and zinc etching, photo-etching, relief printing, lithography, letterpress, and steel facing. We have also been working with architects and designers to etch images into all kinds of metal. These projects range from commercial to residential, all custom made pieces.

New Leaf invites community participation into the world of printmaking by co-ordinating the BIG PRINT PROJECT (check out our last Big Print Project on youtube) and the Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition (BIMPE). For more information check us out at, or look up New Leaf Editions on facebook.

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Barbara Arnold, Artist

Studio 206-1656 Duranleau Street

T: 604-760-4465

Dutch artist Barbara Arnold invites you to her working studio and gallery. Her abstract and representational mixed media paintings are an explosion of texture and intense colour generating an organic energy and tension that flow across her wood panels. She also offers private, semi private classes in her art studio and accepts commissions. Visit the studio on the second floor to see her work and have a chat with the artist.  Find out more about Barbara Click here!

Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects 

1333 Railspur Alley

T: 604.669.9663

Dalbergia represents the work of Federico Méndez-Castro. A confluence of craftsmanship with the graphic elements of pure forms. Fine furniture, sculpted objects and accessories in wood are created with one purpose: enhancing the poetry of space. Balance, simple lines and clear shapes find their ways in Federico’s work. The one of a kind is the standard for this Artisan.

More artists may be added

Purchase the Club Amuse-bouche tickets; in addition to the food and beverages tasting, and visiting the resident artists, you will also receive a Canvas, use of paint supplies and guidance from one of our resident artists as you paint your own masterpiece.


Purchase tickets here 


$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included

Registration: Granville Island Hotel -this is where you will show us your tickets and will pick up your Dining Passport Map Cards

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, or walking.

Ticket price includes tasting plates and/or cups at each of the participating restaurants throughout the event.

This event takes place during the Dine Out Festival 2016 presented by Tourism Vancouver.

Chez Christophe chocolate bear

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition – A Season to Enjoy

It’s the Christmas holiday season, and you are thinking about what to get friends and family?  Something to eat or drink is always nice.  I attended Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition this past week, courtesy of Vancouver Foodster, and I thought that gifting from these places would be nice.  If you do not know where Burnaby Heights is located, it is centered around Willingdon Avenue and Hastings Street in Burnaby.  Here is a map for you.

What Did I Enjoy?

Well what did I enjoy from each of them?


They had a choice of 3 coffees.  I went for the Spanish Latte as I never had it before.  It is a latte that has a bit of condensed milk added to it.  So you have to like sweeter coffee.  With my latte I tried a macaron, a mini croissant, and a chocolate mint cookie.  I really liked the macaroon and the croissant.  There is a wide range of cookies at Caffe Divano to try.

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies


By the time I reached Cioffi’s I had been to 4 other places and was getting quite full.  They provided us with a plate containing:

  • Penne with a turkey bolognese sauce
  • House made meatball slider
  • Tuscan chicken sausage

All their food was very good.  I in particular I really liked the Tuscan chicken sausage.  It had a nice spice to it and was not dry.  I’d like to try it sliced into a tomato sauce and served over spaghetti.

Cioffi's penne chicken sausage and meatball slider

Cioffi’s penne chicken sausage and meatball slider


Right next door is Cioffi’s Deli, where you can purchased sliced meats, cheeses, breads, and various Italian groceries.  Their tasting plate included:

  • Crostini with goat cheese and quince jam (V)
  • Prosciutto and bocconcini skewer
  • Mixed olives (V)
Cioffi's Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini

Cioffi’s Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini


Stan’s Pizza Joint was the last stop and by then I was really full, but there was 3 slices of pizza yet to come:

  • A slice of our Cheesy Garlic or Pesto Cheesy Bread (V)
  • 2 different slices from our variety of Specialty Pizza’s being made at time of visit (will also offer a (V) option)
  • A slice of yummy dessert pizza and creamy vanilla dip (V)

When I was there I received the cheesy garlic bread, a BBQ Chicken pizza slice, and a third slice which I think was their Joint Full Load.  The owners seemed quite busy so had no time to chat with them and find out about that third slice.  The BBQ Chicken pizza was quite good.  The pizza has a thicker crust and lots of cheese, so quite filling.

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection


Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, this is the place for you.  It is full of dessert items and beverages for you.  I can imagine that it would be super busy and popular in the summer.

We were treated to miniature versions of:

  • Butterscotch Sundaes with Whipped Cream and Spiced Walnuts  (gluten free) (V)
  • Chocolate-Covered Candy Cane or Eggnog Ice Cream Cones (V)
  • Frostbites Cranberry Spice Soda  (non-dairy, gluten free) (V)

I didn’t have the ice cream cone as I was already stuffed, but I did have the sundae and the soda.  The sundae had real ice cream and it was very good, so you will probably see me drop by Glenburn in the summer.  I also liked the decor which reminded me of the TV show “Happy Days”.

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain

Glenburn Soda Fountain


Posh Pantry is not a restaurant, but does offer cooking classes at the back of their shop.  The front of the shop has interesting kitchen items, and right now lots of holiday related serving utensils.  Maybe you would like to give someone the gift of a cooking class?  You may want to find out what Posh Pantry has to offer.

The tasting plate consisted of:

  • Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wild Mushrooms
  • Root Vegetable mash

The beef was shredded so looked very similar to pulled pork, and probably would taste really good on a bun and served with a side of coleslaw.  The root vegetable mash was a nice change from mashed potatoes.  I did enjoy this dish.

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash


I saw in the latest Burnaby Now newspaper that Yo Sushi was voted the #1 Japanese sushi restaurant in Burnaby.  And I must concur that their food is very good, as well as the presentation on the plate.  On my plate was:

  • Red Dragon Roll (V)
  • Tuna Tatataki Salad (V)
  • Kamikaze Roll (V)

The Kamikaze Roll (on the left in the picture) had a tempura shrimp and I think crab meat, similar to a California roll.  My favourite was the Tuna Tataki Salad.  The tuna had a slight sear on it, and went very nicely with the salad, and was nice and light compared to all my other dishes this evening.  The Red Dragon roll was also very good.  All their food was very good. FYI, Yo Sushi has a 1 year anniversary discount on food this week.  Here are the details:

On Dec 16(Mon) to 21(Sat) / every day AFTER 5:00 pm

  1. Dec 16 (Monday) : 50% off
  2. Dec 17 (Tuesday) : 40% off
  3. Dec 18 (Wednesday) : 30% off
  4. Dec 19 (Thursday) : 20% off
  5. Dec 20 (Friday) : 10% off
  6. Dec 21 (Saturday) : 10% off
Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad

Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad


I’ve heard good things about Chez Christophe for a while, so I was eagerly anticipating visiting his shop, and I was not disappointed.  This Chocolaterie and Patisserie has of course wonderful chocolates and pastries to tempt you.  Walking into Chez Christophe you see the selection of goodies in front of you to choose.  It reminded me of being back in France.  Chef Christofe is a very nice, friendly person, who spent time to talk with me, and showed us the back of the shop where he makes all this chocolates and pastries.  They open at 8am on Tuesday to Saturday and close at 6pm.  I hear that their croissants and pan au chocolate sell out quite quickly each morning, so I will show up at 8am one day soon and then have a big cup of coffee at Caffe Divano.

The tasting plate contained:

  • Mini Douceur Canadienne (V)
  • Macaron (V)
  • Cannelle Noisette Truffle featuring our fine Swiss chocolate available exclusively through us! (V)

All three of these were delicious, but I think my favourite was the cannelle noisette truffle. It was light and creamy inside.  I enjoyed the cinnamon and hazelnut flavours, married with the chocolate.  Recommended.

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

A few parting photos of me enjoying my coffee at Caffe Divano and the carolers that roamed about for Tasting Plates.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for the event and the invite.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano