Golden Plates 2022: Chambar co-founders aim to provide community connections

Restaurants have been around for so long that they are usually taken for granted. Most patrons probably take just enough time to peruse the menu and soak up the atmosphere, but not enough time to wonder why these institutions matter. As Vancouver restaurateur Karri Green-Schuermans points out, restaurants do more than just serve food to … Read more

Mauro Martina plans to take EPO Global Breakfast Co.

Chef Mauro Martina learned at an early age to appreciate the farm-to-table movement. For the first five years of his life, he was raised by his grandmother in the small town of Copertino, in southern Italy, where the local food culture became, as he describes it, part of his DNA. “We went shopping every day,” … Read more

Golden Plates 2022: Italy in the lead with Drive delicatessens

Vancouver’s Commercial Drive seems to have always had “Little Italy” as an alternative nickname to most people’s grasp: The Drive. The fact that annual Italian Heritage Month celebrations are back in the former East End neighborhood cements this continental identification on a regular basis now, but the name Little Italy, historically, has been applied to … Read more

Golden Plates 2022: The Georgia Straight Celebrates 25 Years of Culinary Excellence

This marks the 25th year that the straight georgia released its annual Golden Plates issue celebrating Vancouver’s food and drink scene. Every year the Straight asks readers to vote for their favorites across a wide range of categories. The results are compiled and presented in various boxes scattered throughout this week’s issue. Over the past … Read more

As tourists return, locals reflect on the future of Vancouver’s Granville Island

People enjoy the sun on Vancouver’s Granville Island pier on May 8.Jesse Winter/The Globe and Mail On a sunny spring weekend, the square in front of Vancouver’s Granville Island Market is bustling. A crowd has gathered around Quinn Beasley on his unicycle, watching him teeter precariously as he jokes and pedals. There are people like … Read more

Sarah Leamon: With so many pressing public issues, can BC residents really afford a glorious new museum in Victoria?

A recent announcement from our provincial government is causing a lot of controversy, and for good reason. Last week, Premier John Horgan and Tourism Minister Melanie Mark unveiled a grand plan to replace the famous Royal BC Museum with a new museum. Horgan said the new, state-of-the-art monument will showcase the experiences and perspectives of … Read more

BMO says ‘scum is coming out’ of Canadian housing market with rising interest rates

A “bubble” market exists when the value of an asset becomes inflated or overvalued. This condition could lead to a bubble that eventually bursts, bringing down the house. Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO, says the Canadian housing market is “frothy”. However, with interest rates rising, Kavcic sees some of the excitement starting to fade. … Read more

Tim Louis: It’s time for Dr. Bonnie Henry to stop flattering

Has Dr. Bonnie Henry decided to abandon science, choosing instead to rely on public opinion to make policy decisions on COVID? On March 11, 2022, Dr. Henry eliminated the mandatory wearing of masks in most public spaces. Offering no evidence that it was safe for people to stop wearing masks and emphasizing that it should … Read more

Vancouver Park Board Relaunches Alcohol in Parks Pilot Program for Another Summer

Last year’s popular pilot program allowing Vancouverites to drink alcohol in select Vancouver parks has been brought back for another summer. At its May 16 meeting, the park’s board approved draft bylaw changes needed to support the relaunch of its 2021 Alcohol in Parks pilot program. The regulation was officially adopted on June 17. The … Read more

Aphrodite’s Cafe Returns to Market with Reduced Asking Price of $249,000 for Vancouver Spot at Kitsilano

In February of this year, the Straight reported a listing for a Vancouver restaurant in the Kitsilano neighborhood. This is the restaurant that is part of Aphrodite’s Café & Pie Shop business. Aphrodite’s started in 2003 as an organic bakery at 3598 West 4th Avenue across from Banyen Books and Sound. He gained a loyal … Read more