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9 reasons to go to the Int’l Summer Night Market

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1510501_10153234245179462_2764349340813366958_nThe air is filled with the aromatic mix of soy, sesame, spices, frying oil, grilling meat and the high-pitched shouts of hawkers. Clouds of smoke waft above the dozens of small stalls that make up the International Summer Night Market (ISNM) in Richmond’s Vulcan Way, all brightly lit, sitting under coloured signs, beckoning individuals to try freshly made dumplings, piping hot bowls of noodles, barbecued squid tentacles, to sweet delicacies like deep fried oreos or nutella covered waffles on a stick.

1962880_10153345995864462_7553938704217714694_nGoing to the night market is the perfect place to experience a bustling atmosphere with the smells and tastes on offer from various competing stalls. From cheap clothes, watches, pirated CDs, fake labels, footwear, cute phone tech gear and everyday items, any night market is definitely a place to bargain.

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So with summer almost coming to an end, you’ve probably gone to one night market out of a couple few in the lower mainland. But why take the time to go to the International Summer Night Market in Vulcan Way, Richmond? Check out our top 9 reasons below to head there before time runs out:

1. Free Admission
Why pay an extra $10 for your family to enter a night market on top of what you would already be spending inside? Well here, admission to ISNM is free for everyone!

2. Free Wi-Fi
Upload all your foodie images and the great fun you’re having on Instagram without worrying about your data plan. Now you can stay connected all night long and get your friends to wish they were out hanging with you instead of wasting their summer nights away. #CityFreeWiFi

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3. Free Street Parking
Taking your vehicle? There’s convenient free parking on Vulcan Way. That’s a second way you’re keeping your costs low for the night.

4. Free Shuttle Buses
Want to save gas but lack energy? Many people assume that commuting to Richmond is stressful and time consuming. Don’t worry, simply get off at Bridgeport Canada Line Station and get picked up by their free shuttle bus that comes every 15 minutes. Still think think the idea of transit is intimidating? They’ve even created a video to help you get there!

5. You can bring your grandparent or your child.
Because teens and young adults are always looking for chaos, you can always find them and their crew at any night market. But, although the energy here is instant and intense, it’s still the one night market that we consider to be most family friendly. It’s busy, but not overcrowded, giving you only two minutes to wait for your favourite rotato. Have your grandparent or child with you that might be getting tired? Don’t worry because there are many seating areas (also under covered) where they can relax and enjoy entertainment.

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6. Free giveaways
Because who doesn’t love any freebie – one that you actually have the likes of winning, and one you’d actually want?! Check out Facebook and Twitter to win a new game every day!

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7. Their entertainment is actually entertaining. 
From pizza eating contests, to bellydancing and smooth jazz covers of your favourite R&B jams, you’ll find yourself actually stopping in front of their main stage to see the latest event.

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Also, save the date on August 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for round 1 of the Summer Knock-Out Urban Dance Competition that will feature BC’s top 16 dance groups competing for the grand-prize package valued at $5000!

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8. They’re taking fun to a whole new altitude – literally.
Move over Playland – this night market offers some legit attractions!

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9. It gives back to the community.
And if those reasons don’t convince you enough, this one will. The ISNM not only provides you with a multi-cultural experience, but it most significantly, gives back to the community. This year, their goal is to raise $100,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital alone. Oh, and did we mention that they were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Award for outstanding contribution to communities and charities? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having a good time for a great cause.

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About International Summer Night Market

The ISNM is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event and is recognized as a world-class landmark attraction in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. With over 30,000 visitors each week, the ISNM is one of BC’s largest community events each year. ISNM is open until September 27, 2015.

12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
(Behind the Home Depot)
Operating Hours:

Regular Hours
Friday | Saturday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00PM – 10:00 PM

Long Weekend Hours
Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Holiday Monday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Please visit www.summernightmarket.com for more information or visit their social media channels at:
Facebook.com/iSNMofficial
Twitter.com/iSNMofficial
Instagram.com/summernightmarket

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This Surrey restaurant is serving up “monster burgers”

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Fab Burgers Inc. makes some of the best burgers in Surrey (@fabburgersinc / Instagram)

Located in the heart of Newton is Fab Burgers Inc., the home of Surrey’s “monster burgers.” What is a monster burger you may ask? Well, it’s about as intimidating as it sounds. 

Fab Burger Inc. has six monster burgers on their menu, and one of their most famous ones is the Fab Meaty Muncher which comes with breaded crispy chicken, a beef patty, chicken bacon, cheddar cheese, purple slaw, pickles, tomatoes, an onion ring, and their signature FAB sauce. It’s piled high and requires some maneuvering to be able to take a bite. 

 

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If that’s still a little too small for you, you can order their Sweet Temptation Burger which comes with three patties of your choice of chicken or beef (yes you heard right, three patties), topped with lettuce, sauteed onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and finished with barbeque sauce. It’s the biggest burger on their menu and definitely deserves the name “monster burger.”

But don’t worry, they also serve regular-sized burgers for those who don’t have a monster appetite. The Flamin’ Nacho Burger is a fan favourite and has a beef patty topped with fresh salsa, onions, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, nacho chips, and topped with cheddar cheese.

 

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If burgers aren’t your thing, Fab Burger Inc. also sells other foods like Chicken and Waffles and BBQ Lamb Chops which are marinated with their in-house blend of seasonings and sauces and served with fries, coleslaw, and a drink.

 

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So whether you’re craving a monster burger, or just want something on the smaller side to eat, Fab Burger Inc. has it all. Be sure to visit the next time you’re craving a good burger. 

Fab Burger Inc.

Address: 7320 King George Blvd #108

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These are the best places to get coffee in Surrey

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Whether you go to cafés for the atmosphere, food, or coffee, we’re sure there's a café on this list you’ll love. (@coffeemonster_official; @west_village_cafe / Instagram)

You can only drink so much Starbucks before you get sick of it. That’s why we’ve made this list of the best coffee shops in Surrey so you can switch it up. Whether it’s because of the great atmosphere or unique drinks, these are the best places to get coffee in Surrey. 

 

Coffee Monster

If you’re a student in Surrey then you need to visit Coffee Monster. It is the best place to get some late-night studying done. Every table has access to an outlet and it’s open until 10 pm. Plus, they have some delicious drinks like their Spanish Latte which you can order hot or iced. 

 

Bandra Cafe

 

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Bandra Cafe is one of the first Indian-style cafes in the Greater Vancouver area and has some exceptional drinks and eats to show for it. Bandra Cafe tries to copy the vibe of the area in Bombay with the same name by creating a similar atmosphere by having “dark wooden chairs and white table tops” and also by selling “dishes like salli chicken, kheema pan and mawa cake.” This is definitely a very unique cafe that you need to visit. 

 

West Village Cafe

If you’re looking for one of the trendiest cafes in Surrey, then West Village Cafe is the spot for you. With a very clean and minimalistic interior and some fancy food to eat, this might be the fanciest café in Surrey. Not only does West Village Cafe serve your coffee shop classics like lattes and pastries, but they also serve alcoholic drinks and food like tacos, a chimichurri salmon and vegetable bowl, local craft beer on tap, and more! If you’re feeling extra fancy you should head in for one of their Bailey’s coffees. 

 

Espresso Cafe

 

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Espresso Cafe is located in the heart of Newton and has a very homely atmosphere to it. From the fireplace to the home-style baked goods, there is so much to love about Espresso Cafe. We’d recommend ordering one of their filo spinach feta pastries which are delicious. They have an always expanding menu and plenty of specialty drinks on rotation so be sure to visit Espresso Cafe. 

 

The GrassRoots Cafe

The GrassRoots Cafe is a student-owned and operated café located on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey campus. They serve “alcoholic beverages and KPU brewed beer on tap, delicious food, snacks, coffee drinks and healthy alternative options such as vegan and gluten-free meals.” They also host a bunch of different activities like slam poetry, movie marathons, and more! Plus, if you’re a KPU student you can get a 5% discount. 

 

Prairie Cafe

 

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When a café has been around since 1949, then you know it has to be good. Prairie Cafe offers some classic vintage breakfast and coffee. They do classic American breakfast as well as Asian dishes like chicken Teriyaki, wonton soup, and chicken pan-fried noodles. If you’re looking for a blast from the past then you need to visit Prairie Cafe. 

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You need to visit this new Surrey Mexican restaurant

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Salsa and Guacamole serve delicious Mexican classics (@salsa_andguacamole / Instagram)

Located directly under the famous Old Surrey Restaurant is Salsa and Guacamole, Surrey’s new Mexican restaurant. 

If you’re looking for some authentic Mexican delights in a chic and modern atmosphere, then this is the place for you. We’d recommend trying their chilaquiles, which is a recreation of the owner Paola Hein’s grandmother’s recipe. They’re corn tortilla chips dipped in either red or green salsa with melted Tex-Mex cheese and sour cream on top. 

You also can’t go wrong with ordering one of their tortas, which is a sandwich made of a Portuguese bun with the option of chicken or beef and sour cream, cheese, guacamole, mustard and beans. It also comes with a small side of their tortilla soup. 

If you’re not feeling like eating a huge meal, you can opt to just go for drinks at their “Cantina.” Like any good Mexican restaurant, they have an assortment of tequila, but they also have some more interesting creations. We really like Jo’s Margarita which comes with just a touch of tajin. They also make delicious carajillos which are coffee-based drinks mixed with liquor 43 and a splash of milk (the milk is optional). 

But no night of Mexican food is complete without an order of churros, and Salsa and Guacamole does some of the best in Surrey. You can have your churros filled with either Nutella or dulce de leche. While it’s not the most traditional take on churros, you have to admit it’s delicious. 

Salsa and Guacamole got its start as a business selling salsa and guacamole (as the name suggests). But now they’ve expanded to include a wide range of foods, and promise to keep adding to their menu. 

You won’t be disappointed by this new local Surrey restaurant, (we promise) so be sure to try it soon. 

Salsa and Guacamole

Address: 13483 72 ave, Surrey

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Car-Free Day makes its way to Surrey

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There will be plenty of delicious food, music, and family-friendly activities (Josh Howard / Unsplash)

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities. 

Stores that are located alongside 137 street will open up patios onto the street, while there will also be plenty of other vendors and food trucks like Gary’s Kettle Corn, Tornadopotato, Wakwak Burgers, Japadog, JJ’s Hot Cobs, Taco’N Todo, The Little Snowflake Factory, Lemon Heaven, and Roasted Revolution.

This year’s event will host performances by Ashleigh Ball, daysormay, Meltt, NADUH, The Jins, Peak, Á’a:líya, Tess Anderson, DESTINEAK, Vancouver Street Dance Festival, City Entertainment, Robin Reddy Show, Mom Bop, Matt Hen, and more!

 

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There will also be family fun activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting alongside some more grown-up activities like a beer garden.

Car-Free Day is organized by Translink and aims to educate people on the future of transportation. As the name suggests, people are encouraged to take transit, bike, walk, car-share, car-pool, or use other methods of electric transportation. There are bike racks on the sidewalk to park your bike but there will be no street parking for those who choose to car-share or car-pool. 

Car-Free Day takes place Saturday, June 11 from noon until 8 pm.

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These are the best patios in Surrey for summer

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These places are perfect to grab a drink and appies while enjoying the sun (@salylimonsurrey; @dominionsurrey / Instagram)

Summer is quickly approaching, and that means patio season is almost upon us. But don’t worry, you don’t need to head over to Vancouver to enjoy some great restaurant patios, Surrey has plenty of great places. So here’s our list of the best patios in Surrey for the summer.

 

Sal y Limón

 

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Taco Tuesday anyone? Sal y Limón serves up all of your favorite Mexican foods like tacos, tortas, chimichangas, quesadillas, and burritos. They have a large outdoor patio for you to bring your whole family or friend group out. 

 

Clove — The Art of Dining

If you’re looking for some fine dining in Surrey that also has a patio, look no further than Clove. They take “inspiration from India’s ancient cooking methods” and incorporate it with a “modern flare.” If you want to treat yourself, then this is the place for you. 

 

The Sunflower Cafe

The Sunflower Cafe is one of those places that has been there forever but is still a hidden gem. At first, there doesn’t appear to be a patio but if you head on out through the back door you’ll enter this beautiful little garden area with some seating. Grab a coffee, one of their pastries, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. 

 

Crescent Coffee House

If you’re looking to switch things up instead of visiting Sunflower Cafe you can head over to Crescent Coffee House. They serve your typical cafe eats alongside hot and cold coffee beverages. Their patio isn’t as nice as Sunflower Cafe but they do have plenty more drink options like their iced beach berry teas. 

 

The Roadhouse Grille

The Roadhouse Grille is an old-school restaurant known for its homestyle cooking. They’ve been in the neighbourhood since 1997 so you know the food has to be good. This is the type of place where you need to try their specialty King George Burger that comes with mozzarella cheese, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a pickle all served on your choice of bun. Their patio also has a glass roof so you don’t have to worry about the weather either.

 

Hooked Fish Bar

With a patio right alongside the water, Hooked Fish Bar is a very popular destination for patio-lovers. They serve delicious seafood like fish tacos and mussels. Be sure to book a reservation in advance because this spot fills up quickly on the weekend when it’s nice out. 

 

Dominion Bar + Kitchen

Dominion is known for its “New Canadian” dishes and drinks, which can be best described as elevated pub food. We’d recommend ordering a couple of appetizers like their calamari or Korean fried cauliflower with a couple of drinks to share among your friends. They’re also open for brunch so if you’re looking for a patio-breakfast date then this is the place. 

 

My Shanti

 

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If you’ve ever wanted to dine in a garden, then My Shanti should be your next patio destination. Their patio is filled with plants and is the perfect spot to hit up with your friends. So the next time you’re craving some Indian cuisine, be sure to visit My Shanti.

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