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SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 | CAREN'S WEEKLY RESTAURANT REVIEW - CIOPPINO'S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL

2018 Sep 21st

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill - 1133 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6My restaurant today is a departure from what we have been covering all summer. My good friend Pino the executive chef and proprietary king of Cioppino’s in Yaletown is our pick.Pino has created a little bit of Italy in his beautifully appointed room on Hamilton Street. The winner of Gold Medal Plates, Van Mags Chef of the Year, and restaurant of the year are just a few of the many awards bestowed upon this dedicated chef.Ou
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 | CAREN'S WEEKLY RESTAURANT REVIEW - VIJ'S RANGOLI

2018 Sep 14th

VIJ's RANGOLI - 1480 W 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1L1Located at 11th and Granville in Vancouver, it occupies the original Vij’s space. They have moved to a larger space on Cambie and Rangoli has taken up this more casual and late night dining. I always enjoy sharing plates to get the real feel of the food. We started with the pakora’s and Mogo fries then worked our way through the menu. The obvious and most ordered item is the Lamb Popsicles, they never disappoint, as they lay smothered in a d
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SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 | CAREN'S WEEKLY RESTAURANT REVIEW - CACTUS CLUB

2018 Sep 7th

Cactus Club - various locations in Vancouver.I know you all know the ins and outs but are you aware of the smoking happy hour specials.It runs Monday to Saturday 3-6 and again 9 to closing. I was going to the 7 movie so this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. We tried the mini burgers, 2 styles crispy chicken and beef. Both on a squishy soft bun loaded with a great sauce, lettuce etc. Wait, $4.00 each, then to make it even better bring on the truffle fries and again $4We loved them so
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AUGUST 31, 2018 | CAREN'S WEEKLY RESTAURANT REVIEW - LA MEZCALERIA

2018 Aug 31st

La Mezcaleria 2 locations 68 E. Cordova in Gastown and 1622 Commercial Drive, East VanSince 2013 Mezcal has been serving diners true authentic Mexican fare inspired by the different regions in Mexico. Sharing, family style is the best way to enjoy the dishes. One of the house specialties is the Quesito Fundido, a molted cheese fondue served ina volcanic stone bowl topped with your choice of salsa. The chips are addictive to say the least, made in house. I encourage you to try the Amigos Flight,
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AUGUST 24, 2018 | CAREN'S WEEKLY RESTAURANT REVIEW - DOWNLOW CHICKEN SHACK

2018 Aug 24th

Today's restaurant pick is back on the drive, 905 Commercial to be exact DL Chix Shack... or Down Low as the owners, Doug Steven and Lindsey Mann refer to their brainchild. Both are chefs in their own right. They have re-created the delicious fried chicken made famous in Nashville. Who knew that Nashville is the birthplace of this spectacular, crunchy, spicy chicken, classically served with pickles, sauce, slaw, on white buns. Open wide they are big. Upon opening earlier this year, the demand wa
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