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5 Foods You Absolutely Must Try On Your Next Trip To Victoria, B.C.

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Just a scenic ferry ride away, our province’s capital is a gem of a city located on an island that boasts a mild climate, unrivaled parks and beaches, and a thriving arts community. From Surrey, the Tsawwassen ferry terminal is approximately 30 minutes away – among the call of the gulls, the big boat belches and the waft of salty sea air, a sense of adventure awakens as soon as you arrive.

Whether you are going to Victoria for a romantic weekend getaway, a solo retreat, or a family vacation, you are going to need to eat! Thankfully, this city-with-small-town-vibes offers some amazing culinary experiences.

Listed below are just 5 foods you absolutely need to bite into during your stay – let us know if you’ve tried any of these, and of course, tell us where we should take our appetites on our next trip across the Salish sea!

1. New York style cheesecake at Frankie’s Modern Diner

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Baked from scratch, this towering, fruit-topped slice of heaven will catch your eye as part of an impressive display of homemade desserts in the restaurant’s fridge – conveniently located just behind the reception area so that you can pick out your sweet treat before you even know what you are having for lunch or dinner!

2. Battered Cod & Fries at Barb’s Fish & Chips Floating Seafood Restaurant

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Named one of the top 10 seafood spots by the sea in North America by Sunset Magazine, this floating restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf is a multiple winner of the Best in the City award – and your tastebuds won’t refute that. Insider scoop: if you aren’t a fan of fish but end up at Barb’s with your seafood-loving family, their chicken strips are also something to write home about!

3. Kalamari & Spanakopita Dinner at Millo’s Greek Restaurant

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Family owned and operated for almost 4 decades, this award-winning restaurant offers an extensive menu of all your Greek favourites as well as some Italian dishes, too. Because you can choose two sides as part of your dinner you can have the best of everything if you come up with a game plan with your partner: pictured above is a shared portion of the spankopita and kalamari dinners with Greek-style lemon potato, and salad. Not pictured above are the rice and vegetables also consumed off my husband’s plate!

4. Capricciosa Verde Pizza at Pizzeria Prima Strada

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Pizzeria Prima Strada came highly recommended by my Instagram friends who responded to my query of places I must take my family. In addition to the fascination we all seem to have of watching pizza dough being stretched and topped and then placed in a woodfire oven, we were equally enthralled by the Italian named pizzas and unique toppings. The pie above has a basil pesto sauce and perfectly roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts and red peppers.

5. Chocolate Dipped Cone at Chocolats Favoris

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And last but certainly not least – especially because this is the ONLY location in Western Canada – you must try this chocolate/candy/ice cream bar located right in downtown. In particular, ask for a vanilla soft serve cone dipped in one of their 12 specialty chocolate sauces (we tried Cookies ‘n Cream, Hazelnut Crunch and Salted Caramel). This isn’t your typical dipped cone; this is basically a chocolate-bar-thick coating that hardens into absolute perfection. You’ll be thinking about it long after it’s gone!

 

Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

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Uber Eats Reveals BC’s Top Comfort Foods

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Over the last two months, Uber Eats has helped connect Canadians with their go-to dishes from their favourite restaurants.

Whether it’s to help support local businesses, or taking a break from dinner duty, hungry British Columbians have continued to order their favourite meals for takeout and delivery with Uber Eats. As British Columbia prepares to transition to Phase 2 and the re-opening of restaurants, we looked at the most commonly ordered items.

Comfort food tops the most-ordered food items list British Columbians have been placing over the past few weeks*:

  • Miso Soup
  • Butter Chicken
  • California Roll

But how do BC’s cravings compare to the rest of Canada? Turns out Canada’s favourite foods are really diverse. Here are the top ten most-ordered food items Canadians have been enjoying:

  • Butter Chicken
  • Poutine
  • Miso Soup
  • Pad Thai
  • Naan
  • Fries
  • Bubble Tea
  • Edamame
  • Shawarma
  • Onion Rings

*Data is based on orders placed on Uber Eats between March 16-May 10, 2020.

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3 Liquor Delivery Options in the Fraser Valley

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Shake up your self-isolation routine with the delivery of your favourite liquor, right to your doorstep. To support customers during this difficult time, many liquor retailers have created new options to safely distribute their products. In response to COVID-19, we have seen a rise in mobile ordering and the availability of liquor through mobile platforms. For those of us who live outside of Vancouver, finding accessible ways to try new products is a great addition to our extra time at home. These three methods of delivery are a great way to change up your beverage options for your next zoom happy hour.

1: LIQR

LIQR is a virtual store experience that offers a huge selection of beer, wine, spirits, and even mixers to craft your own cocktail. Available as an app for both Android and IOS, LIQR is a fast and easy way to order your favourite products at retail prices. Unlike many delivery services, LIQR operates with free next-day delivery and offers loyalty rewards for customers.

Owned by Joseph Richard Group (JRG), the LIQR app offers $10 at any JRG establishment when you order $25 or more. LIQR sells a wide selection of craft beer and premium liquor, for those who are looking for unique offerings. The app currently delivers exclusively to the Fraser Valley region with plans to expand into the Vancouver region soon. Download the app today and start shopping for this weekend’s beverage of choice.

2: Delivery Networks

There are three original delivery apps, Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, and Ubereats, which have been expanding their services to include the delivery of alcohol. These apps offer quick, one-day delivery but at a higher price, once delivery fees are factored in. As COVID-19 progresses, many restaurants have been able to include beer and wine on their take-out menus. This lets them offer more of their business than just the food service alone.

These apps offer a wide variety of locations to choose from. Pricing varies depending on the store you choose to order from.

3: The Bar Cart

For the prestigious cocktail drinkers, a new online service called Bar Cart is now available and can ship right to your door. Bar Cart offers premium craft cocktail kits for those who want more than just a cold beer. All kits come complete with everything you need – alcohol, custom

mixers, and garnish. Everything is delivered to your door, all you have to do is add ice! The menu showcases the Lavish Liquid signature cocktails along with classics you know and love. The Bar Cart is a great option for those who don’t mind spending a bit extra on their order.

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Support Our Surrey (SOS): Asia Restaurant

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Our latest local business to be featured in Support Our Surrey is Asia Restaurant, located at the north-west corner of 156th Street and Fraser Highway (15551 Fraser Highway, Unit 4) in Fleetwood.

A family owned business since 1989, it has provided local residents with authentic Chinese dishes (it really reminded me of a comforting home cooked meal when I dined there, shortly after moving into the neighbourhood). You can check out their wide variety of dishes here , and bonus, they also serve dim sum!

I spoke with owner, Mr. Fung, and while a predominantly family-run business, their staff has expanded over the years to 10 people. Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, Mr. Fung and his wife, along with their two remaining employees, have been busy trying to maintain the operations of their business, and continue to provide the great service to their customers that they are known for.

You can visit their website here for more information, but please note some important updates/information, below:

  • Hours of operation: 11am-8pm (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Dim sum is only available for pick-up, and can be ordered between 11am-3pm
  • 10% off for pick-up (minimum order over $15.00)
  • free delivery with minimum order of $19.99 plus taxes (within 3 miles, after 5pm)
  • available through DoorDash
  • can call to order at 604-583-6828

We look forward to visiting the Fungs at their restaurant again, and hopefully see their staff back at full-force, when we return to normalcy. In the meantime, let’s continue to support our local businesses – I’ve been having a huge craving for dim sum and know where I’ll be ordering from this Victoria Day long weekend.

Everyone – please continue to stay safe and look out for one another!

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Molson Coors provides 20,000 meals to healthcare heroes and now invites Canadians to help

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In honour of International Nurses Day, Molson Coors Beverage Company in Canada will be providing 20,000 frontline healthcare workers with a meal of their choosing to thank them for their tireless work in fighting COVID-19 and creating a better tomorrow.

In coordination with hospitals, gift card codes for SkipTheDishes are being offered to frontline healthcare workers at hospitals in communities where Molson Coors brews: Mount Sinai Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital in Ontario, Montreal General Hospital in Quebec, Chilliwack General Hospital in British Columbia, Health Sciences Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick.

Molson Coors is now inviting the public to send meals to healthcare heroes too, through a GoFundMe page which will collect funds for meals beyond the initial pledge of 20,000. Already, SkipTheDishes has raised the meal count by 2,800, donating $70,000 to existing efforts. Canadians can share a meal by donating at this link; every $25 raised will provide a meal to a frontline healthcare hero. The GoFundMe page will collect donations from today until May 31, after which meal codes will be distributed proportionally to the hospitals.

“Our founder John Molson built the first public hospital in Montreal out of the desire to help those in need and make his community a better place,” said Fred Landtmeters, President of Molson Coors Canada. “Canadian healthcare workers are selflessly caring for those in need to create a better tomorrow for all of us. While we can’t help these heroes on the frontline, we can certainly thank them with the gesture of a meal.”

Beyond thanking the frontline, these contributions also serve to help the restaurant industry. With establishments closed for dine-in services, home delivery has a heightened role to play for restaurant owners and consumers alike. Having a meal as the value exchanged provides a role for restaurants to play in this gesture of appreciation.

“We’re proud to support Molson Coors on a program that not only thanks healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to fight COVID-19, but also helps our restaurant partners facing unprecedented hardships.” says Rob Payne, Vice President, National Partnerships at SkipTheDishes. The meals for healthcare heroes program is the latest in a series of COVID-19 relief efforts from Molson Coors which has included support to communities of small businesses, freelancers and artists in Canada.

Previous and ongoing initiatives also include offering repurposed trucks and drivers to help transport non-perishable and/or medical supplies, donating 10% of their craft breweries’ curbside pickup and delivery revenue to the Bartender’s Benevolent Fund, and matching a significant donation to the Centraide du Grand Montréal (United Way).

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JRG and Krause Berry Farms Host Local Product Pop-Up Shop

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After a successful week working in partnership with a local nursery, Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is inviting an additional local business to sell their products at their locations. Last week, JRG made headlines after teaming up with Darvonda Nurseries to host a pop-up garden center in the parking lots of its restaurant locations.

Darvonda Nurseries suffered the loss of a major wholesaler following the event of COVID-19. After a successful week of sales, JRG has extended the opportunity to include another local business – Krause Berry Farms.

JRG’s CEO, Ryan Moreno grew up in the local community and has been a regular visitor of Kraus Berry farms over the years – treating his children to waffles and taking part in berry picking. As a result of COVID-19, Krause Berry Farms has had to make the difficult choice to close its doors, despite berry season looming in the not-so-distant future.

Ryan reached out to Krause Berry Farms to see if there was a possibility to collaborate. The call couldn’t have come at a better time given the impending berry season and the closure of Krause Berry Farms, which has resulted in a loss of revenues.

“We have recently launched some of our basic family DIY meal kits and with more coming, the team and I had discussed some great family dessert ideas. Growing up in the Fraser Valley it’s hard to think of family dessert especially in the summer, without thinking of some of the delicious offerings from Krause Berry Farms! Given the economic climate at the moment as a result of COVID-19, it was a no-brainer to reach out and see how the family and team at Krause Berry Farms was holding up through all of this.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO of JRG.

Beginning this Saturday, April 18th, JRG will be partnering with Krause Berry Farms to offer pies, jams, preserves, and frozen berries at the same JRG locations where the Pop-Up Garden Centers are located. Frozen goods will be stored in the restaurant freezers and other products will be showcased on display at the entrance of each location and sold out of the stores, staying mindful of health precautions and safe social distancing.

Fresh berries will be added in the coming weeks as the berry crops ripen. In a joint statement from Krause Berry Farms and JRG, they said, ‘It’s with great excitement and pride that we announce another great community partnership.

As of Saturday, April 18, 2020, The Joseph Richard Group is launching pop-up shops at a number of our locations in partnership with Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery! Growing up in the Fraser Valley, Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery has always been something that has been synonymous with Summer and more importantly, community!

Community coming together for fresh waffles, berry picking in their fields, or sharing some of their delicious pies, jam, syrups etc. We are proud to be offering guests in our communities the opportunity to purchase these amazing products closer to their home at our pop up locations at this time.

We hope that these delicious offerings will bring a piece of that community feeling into all of your homes like it always has for all of us.

Krause Berry Farm Products will be sold at all Pop-Up Garden Centre locations from 11 am to 8 pm, every day. Locations for the pop-up stores include:

  • Townhall Public House Langley
  • Townhall Public House South Surrey
  • Edith+Arthur Public House
  • Townhall Public House Maple Ridge
  • Townhall Public House Abbotsford
  • Townhall Chilliwack
  • The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar
  • Townhall Public House Coquitlam

About Joseph Richard Group:

Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is a Canadian based hospitality group of companies. The guest experience is the guiding principle. With top-quality offerings, a notable culinary team, and a genuinely kind-hearted service team, you can always expect the best!

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