Maria Tallarico

Correspondent

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Maria Tallarico is a correspondent who lives in Vancouver and covers the city as well as food and wine for Forbes Travel Guide. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tallarico began her publishing career as an intern for an author and New York University professor in New York City and has since written for several lifestyle and travel publications, including BCLiving.ca and FASHION magazine. She holds an Editing Certificate from the Simon Fraser University writing and publishing program and is the managing editor of Canada’s online lifestyle magazine VitaminDaily.com.

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    What are the best vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver?

    No meat? No problem. Vancouver has plenty of upscale vegetarian options.

    The Parker has a well-edited vegetarian menu (with clearly marked gluten free and vegan options), with ingredients sourced from BC farms and producers. The chickpea fries and meat-free take on the Korean Bi Bim Bap bowl are surefire crowd pleasers.
    Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant in the South Granville specializes in fresh and inventive dishes like the Smoked Tofu Banh Mi (a veggie take on a Vietnamese tradition) and a seasonal Rhubarb Crumble with cashew cream. Organic ingredients are used as much as possible, and Heirloom works extremely closely with Vancouver suppliers to source their produce, baked goods and desserts.

    Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial Drive is home to an incredibly popular brunch and some of the  most robust and tasty Mexican dishes in the city. Inventive offerings include the Wolf & Goat tacos with purple cabbage and pinto beans and the Stella burrito with spinach and butternut squash.
  • On May 30
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    What are the best bakeries in Vancouver?

    Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe opened this year to the delight of French-baking aficionados. The rotation of buttery, fresh and delicious desserts is incredible: lavender brownies, double baked almond croissants and pain au chocolate are just a few of the mouth-watering offerings.
    Butter Baked Goods & Cafe is a mix of old-fashion favourites done in a modern, aesthetically delightful way. Colorful cupcakes topped with sprinkles, fluffy house-made marshmallows and childhood treats like the peanut butter sandwich take nostalgic favourites to the next level.
    Giovane at the Fairmont Pacific Rim does triple duty as a bakery, cafe and deli. Sticky cinnamon buns topped with cream cheese frosting, sugar buns filled with custard and the popular apple galette are packaged in sleek boxes make for easy take out (if you can manage not to take a bite before getting out the door.)
  • On May 30
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    What are the best bakeries in Vancouver?

    From macarons to almond croissants, Vancouver's bakery scene has taken a decidedly French turn in the last few years. Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe opened this year to the delight of French-baking aficionados. The rotation of buttery, fresh and delicious desserts is incredible: lavender brownies, double baked almond croissants and pain au chocolate are just a few of the mouth-watering offerings.
    Butter Baked Goods & Cafe is a mix of old-fashion favourites done in a modern, aesthetically delightful way. Colorful cupcakes topped with sprinkles, fluffy house-made marshmallows and childhood treats like the peanut butter sandwich take nostalgic favourites to the next level.
    Giovane at the Fairmont Pacific Rim does triple duty as a bakery, cafe and deli. Sticky cinnamon buns topped with cream cheese frosting, sugar buns filled with custard and the popular apple galette are packaged in sleek boxes make for easy take out (if you can manage not to take a bite before getting out the door.)
  • On May 30
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    What are the best places for high tea in Vancouver?

    Those hoping to raise a pinky at a traditional afternoon tea can find many a spot to enjoy a cuppa in Vancouver. The 4-star Forbes Travel Guide rated Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver has high tea with a twist  of Asian influence. At Xi-shi, traditional bites like raisin scones with clotted cream are complemented by custom blended teas, like the Splendid Oolong, a rare Taiwanese varietal.
    The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's high tea is steeped in tradition.  Cucumber sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and strawberries with Devonshire cream are on offer daily, as well as little extras like a glass of Moet & Chandon and Children's Bubblegum Tea and PB&J sandwiches for the little ones in the group.
    Urban Tea Merchant takes high tea seriously - there is even a tea concierge on hand to help with selection and custom blends. With white tablecloths and three-tier presentation, it's quite a delightful way to spend an afternoon. For variations of taste and appetite, Petite Tea Service and the Signature Sweet Plate are also on offer.
  • On May 28
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    Where are the best cocktails in Vancouver?

    Artisanal cocktails are flourishing in Vancouver - one can hardly take a sip of their drink without experiencing a sprig of roof-top grown mint or a dash of bitters from a small-patch producer. Choosing the best cocktails spots is no easy feat, but we can start with literally the best - David Wolowidnyk, who beat out thousands of spirit slingers to take the title of World's Most Imaginative Bartender at a competition held in Marrakech and hosted by Bombay Sappihre. Wolowidnyk plies his trade at Forbes Travel Guide 4-star rated restaurant West Restaurant, where his inventive cocktails have attracted a loyal (and quenched) follow.
    Over at L'Abbatoir in Gastown, the room (a mix of glass, steel, refurbished wood and French finishings) and West Coast-influenced French plates are elevated by the stunning cocktail menu: Slaughterhouses (cognac, sugar, elixir, vegetal, organ oils, aromatic bitters) and the Banana Daquiris (Jamaican rum, bannne de Brasil, fresh lime, Ardbeg 10yr) are happily raised by the hip clientele.
    The Keefer Bar in Chinatown is definitely the cities edgiest answer to posh cocktails. The Apothecary-style drinks are meant not just to swill, but also to soothe - ingredients like chilli syrup, housemaid fruit water and hibiscus rose honey syrup go perfectly with the unique atmosphere and Asian-inspired small plates menu.
  • On May 28
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    What are the best rooftop bars in Vancouver?

    With the abundance of wet weather, can you blame Vancouverites for getting excited over a little sun? When the sky turns from grey to blue, look for these rooftop patios to be packed with al fresco diners.

    Reflections Lounge in the soon-to-be-rated Rosewood Hotel Georgia is open for the most outdoor-friendly months of the year during spring, summer and early fall. A swishy outdoor bar located on the fourth floor of the hotel, the feeling is upscale lounge, the cocktails are refined and the menu of hot and cold bites (octopus and white bean salad, manchego cheese croquetas) are perfect for sharing - along with a bottle of dry white wine.

    Joe Fortes, a classic steak, seafood and chop house, is always packed with locals and one of the few notable restaurants in the Robson Street shopping district area. Its lush rooftop patio is best described as eco-urban:  white umbrellas, a green living wall, an outdoor fireplace and sleek potted plants set the perfect atmosphere for afternoon wine and oysters.

    The Keg, a popular group of steakhouses in Western Canada, has gone where no restaurant has gone before - a rooftop patio in condo-dense Yaletown. The space has the feeling of a living room you never what to leave: plush couches, plenty of fireplaces and constant stream of young professionals winding down after work.
  • On May 28
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    What are the best sports bars in Vancouver?

    When Canadians say "sports bar" they by-and-large mean, "Where is the hockey game playing?" Downtown, Red Card and Shark's Club are always sure bets to be showing the game (we jest when we say just hockey: soccer and football are also popular) and filled with jersey-wearing diehards, particularly for the home teams (the Canucks, White Caps and Lions). Commercial Drive on the east side of town is lined with Italian coffee shops - Cafe Napoli, Cafe Calabria, Cafe Roma- that overflow with football (soccer to North Americans) games. No matter how early the match, you can expect a loud and boisterous crowd and plenty of espresso to match the energy.
  • On May 28
    Maria Tallarico answered the question: Maria Tallarico

    What are the best rooftop bars in Vancouver?

    With the abundance of wet weather, can you blame Vancouverites for getting excited over a little sun? When the sky turns from grey to blue, look for these rooftop patios to be packed with al fresco diners.

    Reflections Lounge in the 5-star Forbes Travel Guide rated property Rosewood Hotel Georgia is open for the most outdoor-friendly months of the year during spring, summer and early fall. A swishy outdoor bar located on the fourth floor of the hotel, the feeling is upscale lounge, the cocktails are refined and the menu of hot and cold bites (octopus and white bean salad, manchego cheese croquetas) are perfect for sharing - along with a bottle of dry white wine.

    Joe Fortes, a classic steak, seafood and chop house, is always packed with locals and one of the few notable restaurants in the Robson Street shopping district area. Its lush rooftop patio is best described as eco-urban:  white umbrellas, a green living wall, an outdoor fireplace and sleek potted plants set the perfect atmosphere for afternoon wine and oysters.

    The Keg, a popular group of steakhouses in Western Canada, has gone where no restaurant has gone before - a rooftop patio in condo-dense Yaletown. The space has the feeling of a living room you never what to leave: plush couches, plenty of fireplaces and constant stream of young professionals winding down after work.
  • On May 1
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    What are the best concert venues in Vancouver?

    Vancouver’s live music scene has a venue for every type of concertgoer. Rogers Arena is the big stadium with big screens, state-of-the-art sound and luxury sky boxes. But there’s also a big, big stadium – BC Place – and only the most elite -  and popular – acts (think Madonna, The Rolling Stones) can fill those many, many seats (anything less than a sell out and the sound suffers). The Vogue Theatre (home to a recent show by His Purpleness, Prince) and The Orpheum Theatre are small enough to feel intimate, but there can still hold 1,000+ seats for the former and around 3,000 for the latter. When it comes to a club venue, The Commodore has seen some of the biggest acts in the world, including U2. But it’s not just the music that makes it famous – there “horsehair” dance floor (yes, lined with horse hair) and it puts a bounce in the room - literally.
  • On May 1
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    What are the best places to spot celebrities in Vancouver?

    For those hoping for an A-list sighting in Vancouver, there are spots that seem to attract stars in town shooting films (a common occurrence in Hollywood North). So, where to start? Hotel lobby bars are a great place to start (especially high-end, Forbes Travel Guide rated properties like the Four Seasons Vancouver and Shangri-la Hotel, Vancouver). Although luxury hotels maintain the strictest confidence when it comes to their guests, order a glass of wine at the bar and keep your eyes peeled for familiar faces. (And if the celebs never show up, at least you’ve had a great glass of wine.) High-end shopping also seems to attract the big names, so perusing the racks at Holt Renfrew or the luxury shops on Alberni Street are a good bet. For restaurants, try the best names in the city, like the star-rated Hawksworth, the amazing Italian spot Cioppino’s and the lovely Blue Water Café.
  • On May 1
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    What are the best day trips near Vancouver?

    Slipping out of Vancouver for a day is easy – a world-class mountain resort, a major US city and a quiet island are each just a few hours away. The Sea-to-Sky Highway is a direct route to Whistler Village – in the winter, skiing rules the mountain (Whistler and Blackcomb) and attracts powder seekers from all over the world, and in the summer there are plenty of outdoor activities including zip lining, hiking and lakeside suntanning. Going south is simple, too; a quick trip past the border (be sure to bring your passport) and take the 2.5 hour highway drive straight into Seattle, where a visit to famous landmarks like the Space Needle and Fish Market are highly recommended. For a little island hopping, book a ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and a day-trip friendly city with plenty of shopping, a wax museum and beautiful gardens.
  • On May 1
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    What are the best festivals in Vancouver?

    Vancouver’s festival scene goes all year, but summer and fall are particularly busy times. The Vancouver International Film Festival screens hundreds of flicks from countries all over the world, with a heavy Canadian contingent and engaging roundtable discussions and screenings. Those that enjoy and outdoor festival will love the Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes free bike and walking tours and a haiku contest. Reading and writing are a focus of The Vancouver Writer’s Festival, a very popular October event that hosts readings, panels, interviews and poetry slams, while oenophiles mark their calendars for the Vancouver International Wine Festival which hosts tastings, wine dinners at the city’s finest restaurants, seminars, brunches and a gala evening with luxury silent auction. During the dog day’s of summer, a waterfront park is transformed into a playhouse to host the Bard on the Beach Playhouse Festival. Kitsilano’s Vanier Park is home to tents that serve as a theatre (with the picturesque mountains as a natural backdrop) and audiences are mesmerized year after year by the outdoor performances of the Bard’s famous work.
  • On April 30
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    What’s happening this weekend in Vancouver?

    With spring in full bloom, the first weekend of May is a busy one. On Friday night (May 3), the Vancouver Canucks will play game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. A sell-out is guaranteed and look for many bars and restaurants will be packed with jersey-wearing fans (seats at sports bars tend to fill up early, especially for a weekend game). For a naughtier night, the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver is hosting the 8th annual burlesque festival while downtown the DOXA Documentary Filmmakers attracts a cerebral group of cineophiles. On Saturday, May 4, superhero lovers will delight at Free Comic Book Day. The name really does say it all – shops all across North America give free comic books out to visitors. The revered but short-on-time Waldorf Hotel is hosting a Quattro de Mayo party, the Terminal City Rollergirls are strapping on the roller skates for a spirited match and there’s a artisanal desserts for all at the Baker’s Market Vancouver (60th and Fraser). On Sunday, joggers will lace up for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the marquee event for Vancouver’s running community. This year, participation has swelled as runners both experienced and novice show their support for marathons across North America.