May 24th, 2016

By Vancity Buzz

With a collection of secluded, enclosed, and elevated outdoor spaces in the city, we’ve complied a handy list of the best hidden patios in Vancouver to hit up when the sun is shining bright.


With a collection of secluded, enclosed, and elevated outdoor spaces in the city, we’ve complied a handy list of the best hidden patios in Vancouver to hit up when the sun is shining bright.


Photo courtesy of Forage

Photo courtesy of Forage

This popular farm-to-table restaurant on Robson Street is home to a cute and cozy concealed patio. Boasting picnic-style furniture, Forage’s inviting outdoor space will make you feel like you’re out in the wild.

Address: 1300 Robson Street
Phone: 604-661-1400
Twitter: @forageVancouver

Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Photo courtesy of Gotham Steakhouse

Photo courtesy of Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Surrounded by lush green plants, Gotham Steakhouse offers diners an urban garden oasis to retreat to on warm, sunny days. The eatery’s south-east facing patio gets plenty of golden rays just in time for its 11:30 a.m. opening.

Address: 615 Seymour Street
Phone: 604-605-8282
Twitter: @GothamVancouver


Photo courtesy of Minami

Photo courtesy of Minami

Small, intimate, and surrounded by a beautiful garden, the patio at this revered sushi restaurant is a delightful open air space to sit out on and enjoy the delicious offerings served up. Creative and packed with flavour, Minami’s sushi is sure to leave patrons feeling truly satisfied. The patio is open for late night bites, business lunches, small parties, brunch, or a night out with your special someone.

Address: 1118 Mainland Street
Phone: 604-685-8080
Twitter: @MinamiYaletown


Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross / Vancity Buzz

With no tell-tale signs to remind you you’re in Vancouver (no mountain or ocean view), it’s easy to forget exactly where you are when you step foot onto this beautifully laid-out, hidden patio at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Reminiscent of outdoor spaces found in L.A., New York, and Miami, the newly-remodelled Reflections Lounge, surrounded by soaring buildings, is the ideal urban oasis. With its own private elevator to the fourth floor, it can be tough for some to find on their first visit, so simply ask the hotel staff to point you in the right direction.

Address: 801 West Georgia Street, 4th floor
Phone: 604-673-7043

Cafe Il Nido

Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz

Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz

If you’re looking for a secluded place to enjoy a summery glass of wine and a light bite downtown check out Cafe Il Nido. Although the unassuming spot is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street, the eatery offers a quiet, leafy sanctuary to unwind in.

Address: 780 Thurlow Street
Phone: 604-685-6436

The Narrow Lounge

You’d be forgiven for walking straight past this hidden gem. Located in Mount Pleasant this unmarked bar (watch out for the red light which signals that the bar is either open or closed), is home to a welcoming backyard patio. With strung up lights and shady trees this hideaway patio is the perfect place to chill on a sunny afternoon.

Address: 1898 Main Street
Phone: 778-737-5206

The Westin Grand – Pop Up Patio

You’ve probably walked by Homer and Robson more than a few times, but missed the patio perched a couple of floors above street level at the Westin Grand Hotel. It’s all based on good weather and good timing, which is why it’s called Pop-up Patio. During the summer months, on Thursdays and Fridays only, it becomes a patio party with a pool side terrace, live DJ, BBQ bites, and crafted cocktails and beers. As always the pop-up patio is weather dependent but is projected to be up and running by mid May.

Address: 433 Robson Street
Phone: 604-602-1999
Twitter: @TheWestinGrand


Photo courtesy Pronto

Photo courtesy Pronto

A peaceful spot tucked away at the rear of the restaurant, Pronto’s patio is a fantastic space to retire to. Enjoy a taste of sunshine and fresh air on this warm-weather hidden gem, while digging into a plate of the eatery’s handmade gnocchi.

Address: 3473 Cambie Street
Phone: 604-722-9331
Twitter: @prontocambie

Kingston Taphouse & Grille

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the street, but the independently owned and operated, Kingston Taphouse and Grille boasts a fantastic inner courtyard that seats around 30 people. Sandwiched between two large TELUS projects on Richards Street, the Kingston’s palm tree laden patio is an urban oasis in every sense of the word.

Address: 755 Richards Street
Phone: 604-681-7011

Vij’s Restaurant

Photo courtesy Vij's

Photo courtesy Vij’s

Slated to open in June, the rooftop deck at the new Vij’s on Cambie going to be a real game changer, not just for the restaurant itself, but for the neighbourhood. Head up to the top of this quirky Cambie Street restaurant and sip drinks and snacks surrounded by a sky-high “fence” of lights; this is in part what gave the new flagship its nickname, Vij’s Lantern. Make the patio your destination, or hang out there waiting for your table in the main dining room.

Address: 3106 Cambie Street
Phone: 604-736-6664
Twitter @EatDrinkVijs

Adesso Bistro

Nestled among the trees in a residential neighbourhood on Haro Street, about a block and a half past Denman, Adesso Bistro offers patrons a secluded al fresco dining experience. Tucked out of the way, it’s no wonder that people are surprised when they stumble upon this little beauty. Flaunting beautiful hanging flowers, the bistro’s 50-seat patio is the perfect place to perch oneself on a summer evening, whilst tucking into an antipasti platter. Reservations for the patio are required.

Address: 1906 Haro Street
Phone: 604-568-9975 (Reservations required for patio seating)
Twitter: @Adesso_Bistro

The Wicklow Pub

Situated along the seawall in False Creek, The Wicklow Pub boasts one of the sunniest patios in Vancouver. West-facing, the upstairs back patio is where you’ll find a seat to plonk yourself on as you soak up some summer rays or watch a perfect sunset with a cold one in hand.

Address: 610 Stamps Landing
Phone: 604-879-0821
Twitter: @thewicklowpub

Roof Garten

A new outdoor pop-up patio restaurant has recently opened Downtown. Hidden above the city, Roof Garten (located at the junction of Smithe and Granville Streets) offers patrons a unique dining and cocktail experience. Exclusively running for one summer only, the elevated space features beautiful lush green and wooden details, lounge seating, a scattering of tables and chairs, and a long wooden table centre piece.

Address: 670 Smithe Street
Phone: 604-782-2352
Twitter: @RoofGarten

Giardino Restaurant

Umberto Menghi’s Giardino Restaurant is home to a beautiful hideaway, 80-seat garden patio. With the eatery’s red-tiled roof, stoned exterior, and lush garden, diners will feel as though they’ve been transported to Tuscany.

Address: 1328 Hornby Street
Phone: 604-669-2422
Twitter: @GiardinoVan 

Jamie Oliver is heading to the World Health Assembly. What do you want him to ask?

May 20th, 2016

Jamie is heading to the World Health Assembly to meet health ministers from around the world on Monday. What do you want him to ask?

‪#‎foodrevolution‬ ‪#‎WHA69‬ ‪#‎DoANutrition‬

 Chef Marilyn’s Question/Comment
Its wonderful to eat more vegetables, however, with modern intensive agricultural methods,  minerals are being stripped from the soil leaving the vegetables stripped of much needed minerals for healthy brain and body growth.  Perhaps include support for organic farming that enriches the soil.
In the meantime, include magnesium and/or multi vitamins in your child’s (and adults) and/or organic or homegrown diet to make up for lost minerals only obtained thru healthy dirt.
Jamie Oliver's photo.
Jamie Oliver

Hey guys I’m going to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday to meet with Health Ministers from all over the world.

Tell me what YOU want me to ask them and what you’d change to stop child obesity and undernourishment.
‪#‎WHA69‬ ‪#‎DoANutrition‬

Help Support Fort Mac – Breakfast in Bed Cookbook $5

May 12th, 2016

I bought mine!

There are some really good recipes in this online cookbook.


Chef Marilyn

by Bite Club

A 20 page ebook of recipes and ideas for breakfast in bed, to support family togetherness (and weekends eating breakfast under the covers) and the thousands who have lost or been displaced from their homes in and around Fort McMurray due to wildfire. For the moms, the kids, the dads, the sisters and brothers and cousins, the strangers and friends – we all need to eat, and feel comforted and loved.

100% of funds will go to the Calgary Food Bank ( toward Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief. They’ve already sent support to Athabasca and Lac le Biche, and anticipate much more in the coming days, weeks and months, all across Alberta.

Surrey Food Bank Breakfast Fundraiser, a huge success!

May 9th, 2016

Thank you to my wonderful community members who joined  me again this year to fill up two tables honouring our less fortunate  neighbors.

  Mayor Linda Hepner and her husband Alan McMillan who care deeply for our community and it’s heartwarming to witness it first hand, along with Sean Hodgins President of Century Holdings,  Sarah Atkinson, President of PlanVan, Shelly Appleton-Benko, Vice President of Odlum Brown, Alison  MacLean, President of Tomboy productions, Tina thygesen of Century Group, Lesley Yeun of Century Group, Bill Degroot of BC Cancer Society,  Beverley of Burnsbog Conservation Society, Kelly Rayter, Solicitor at City of Surrey and the 700 other Top Drawer Community members that came out at 7 am!


from left- Alan McMillan, Hon. Mayor Linda Hepner, Marilyn Pearson, Sean Hodgins



Alan McMillan, Hon. Mayor Linda Hepner, Hon. Peter Fassbender MLA, Sean Hodgins, Shelly Appleton Benko


Beautiful continental breakfast provided by Surrey Food Bank and their sponsors


Tim Bailey Past President of Surrey Food Bank Board of Directors


Executive Director of Surrey Food Bank Marilyn Hermann


from left- Marilyn Pearson, Sarah Atkinson, Shelly Benko, Sean Hodgins, Tina Thygesen, Hon. Mayor Linda Hepner, lots of firefighers in the background! Huge supporters of the Food bank

Worst invite ever!!  Best experience ever!

If you wish to Donate or volunteer…

About those strawberry Husks…

May 2nd, 2016


Strawberry Vinegar

once you have hulled your organic strawberries, keep the husks/ stems and stuff them in a clean jar…I threw a few sliced strawberries in there too

fill jar with organic apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

let stand on counter for one week

strain and return strawberry vinegar to bottle and refrigerate

Strawberry Vinaigrette 

8 ounces fresh or frozen organic strawberries ( or blueberries)

a couple leaves fresh mint or basil, optional

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons strawberry vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

blend in blend, refrigerate


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