About Joann

Joann Pai is an acclaimed food and lifestyle photographer based in Vancouver. As a contributor of Eating in Vancouver & the World she enjoys being a part of her community and supporting local businesses. Visit Joann’s website and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram @hootlicious, and Twitter @hootlicious.

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Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria Hosts An Evening With Roberto Caporuscio

On July 13th, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria on Commercial Drive hosted an evening with world-renowned Neapolitan pizza chef Roberto Caporuscio. On his first visit to Vancouver, Roberto presented unique Neapolitan pizza creations from his wildly popular Kesté Pizza & Vino and Don Antonio by Starita Pizzeria in New York City. The fantastic evening included a demonstration […]

MadeWithLove National Mixology Competition Vancouver Finals

On Monday, July 8 2013, the MadeWithLove National Mixology Competition held its Vancouver finals at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. For the well organized occasion, over 250 eager participants enjoyed an entertaining evening of culture and creativity while tasting original cocktails specially created by eleven mixologists selected in last April’s regional qualifiers. Of […]

Strike Kitsilano – ChineseBites Signature Dishes Tour #10

On July 3rd, ChineseBites hosted the 10th Signature Dishes Tour dinner at Strike restaurant on West Broadway in Kitsilano. This newly opened Taiwanese eatery is the only one of its kind in the neighborhood, but is set to open a larger location in Richmond in mid July. Open for lunch and dinner, Strike offers a […]

Reflections Outdoor Restaurant & Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia has re-opened Reflections, an elegant al fresco rooftop bar and lounge, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Located on the hotel’s fourth floor and surrounded by the storied walls of the 85-year-old historic building, Reflections embodies Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ guiding principle, “A Sense of Place” with locally sourced menu ingredients, classically-inspired […]

Suika Izakaya – VANEATS.ca #SupaSUIKA Dining Package [PREVIEW]

When the awesome team over at VANEATS.ca invited us to preview their latest “SupaSUIKA” dining pass from Suika Izakaya, we didn’t hesitate to take them up on their offer. They’ve provided previous Suika packages a couple times in the past few years (seen here) so we were eager to taste what this new special entails. […]

Koko Monk Handmade Chocolates Tasting Event

Koko Monk by Levni Chocolates held an exclusive chocolate tasting night to mark the recent launch of Koko Monk’s first retail store. Paul Dincer, owner and chocolatier, shared his new direction of post-modern chocolate making with a select group of media in a blind tasting journey of exotic and extraordinary combinations. Paul’s chocolates are delicately […]

Dishcrawl Vancouver: Silk Road Dishcrawl on Commercial Drive

Last week we were invited to preview Dishcrawl Vancouver’s first event on Commercial Drive: The Silk Road Dishcrawl. It was a gastronomic adventure that allowed us to visit restaurants representing tastes of Silk Road countries spanning three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe. The journey took us on an international food tasting tour featuring Indian, […]

Sakura Westcoast Tea Service & Private Tea Tasting at The Urban Tea Merchant

The Urban Tea Merchant in downtown Vancouver is the exclusive Canadian Distributor for TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand in the world. Its exquisite Boutique & Tea Salon on Alberni Street features TWG teas and accessories along with aromatic tea infused patisseries and delicious gourmet meals. We were kindly invited by The Urban Tea […]

Nosh Kitsilano – Spring Menu Preview

Nosh is a modern eatery with a casual and welcoming vibe. A relative newcomer to the Vancouver food scene, Nosh opened its doors a couple months ago next to Caffe Vergano 1882 (West Broadway & Trafalgar) in the space that was previously occupied by Kitsilano’s popular Mistral French Bistro. Created by mother and son owners, […]

Intimate Tea Tasting Experience at O5 Tea Bar Kitsilano

Nestled in the heart of Kitsilano, O5 Tea Bar serves quality rare teas hand picked by passionate owner and tea hunter, Pedro Villalon. “O” stands for the obsession with Origin: Pedro travels around Asia sourcing teas from small farms in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and the Himalayas. “5” represents nature’s elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind […]

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