One million probiotic cultures per gram sounds like a lot. That's the amount of the healthful stuff you'll ingest when eating frozen yogurt made from powdered mix. But when eating fro-yo made from fresh yogurt, as it's made at Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, you'll be consuming as many as 700 million probiotic cultures per gram. It's an astonishing increase, one that's complemented by other conscientious methods: Most of Qoola's products are fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.
Qoola's low-calorie concoctions helps patrons feel better about indulging a bit at the toppings bar, where they can opt for lighter scoops of fresh fruit and flax seeds, or go all-out with crumbled candy bars and chocolate sauce. As committed to the health of the planet as it is to the health of its customers, Qoola uses biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable containers and utensils, and keeps its facility bright and sparkling with energy-efficient lighting and natural cleaning supplies. Qoola also proudly gives back to the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Oliver Twist Pub has provisioned patrons with to-go and bar-side libations alongside feasts of eclectic pub fare. Inside the welcoming two-storey pub or on the open-air patio, patrons sup on hearty burgers, steak, and seafood, or pastas and rice bowls inspired by cuisines from around the world, washing down meals with frosty brews on tap. As the Canucks complete blind passes and flawless toe loops and football and baseball players battle it out on the nine HDTVs, the air buzzes with the excitement of nighttime activities ranging from karaoke and DJ sets to poker tournaments and music bingo.
Oliver Twist’s attached liquor store equips on-the-go customers with a full range of lottery prizes, wines, liquors, and a walk-in chilled beer cave that mimics the Neanderthal frozen brew palaces of the Ice Age.
It’s hard to tell what’s more awe-inspiring: a 150-inch high-definition TV screen ablaze with a heated sports game or a 6-ounce beef burger patty towering with bacon, danish blue cheese, and blue-cheese mayo. Great Bear Pub lures patrons into its dark-wood restaurant with both of these treats, along with four other signature burgers, more than 20 craft beers, and a slate-stone outdoor dining area lined with televisions of its own. Patrons dig into internationally inspired eats, such as jamaican steak bites and cheese-stuffed pierogi, or stop in for a quick lunch that's prepared and presented in less than 10 minutes. The sophisticated pub also hosts live entertainment six nights a week, and sits alongside its own liquor store to ensure dry pint glasses don’t stage political revolts.
The sounds of a live mariachi band conjure a colourful, festive image, so it’s no surprise where El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant—with its multicoloured tablecloths, bold red walls, and green ceilings—got its name. Inside this vibrant eatery, a master chef plates authentic fare such as sizzling chicken and beef fajitas and whole fried tilapia spiked with the perfect blend of Mexican seasonings. At the bar, a veteran mixologist incorporates real limes, strawberries, and mangos into decadent margaritas and daiquiris, and nine kinds of Jarritos wash down crumbs or double as perfume in a pinch.
A vivid mural covers a corner of Baci Ristorante, colouring the wall in European street scenes that, when paired with a menu of rich pastas and fine wines, evokes the spirit of Italy. Live music and dancing furthers the convivial atmosphere wherein guests can thumb through a large menu of Italian favourites at lunch or dinner. In addition to à la carte pizzas, seafood dishes, and appetizers, Baci Ristorante creates prix fixe group menus that sate larger parties or a single hungry strongman on his night off.
At Los Compadres, meals ensue within the dining room's green and red-orange walls while guests savour familiar staples of generously portioned Mexican cuisine. Flat-screen TVs display UFC fights and musicians serenade the eatery's occupants with live music and bird calls on weekend evenings. The owners decorate the menu with colourful descriptions of chorizo folded into melted cheese and chocolate-tinged mole sauce glazed over corn enchiladas.