Three generations after John Taves bought his first plot of land in the 1930s, grandson Loren Taves and his wife Corinne still keep the family farm running. At Taves Family Farms Applebarn, guests can navigate the expanded Corn Quest Maze, greet lovable critters at the petting barn, or tour the grounds on a hayride. A zipline lets thrill-seekers soar above the farm, and down below, edible ammo flies at non-ziplining targets from the corn gun and pumpkin cannon.
Already home to more than 150 loose-leaf tea blends, Aromatica Fine Teas and Soaps’ shelves are also stocked with colourful teapots, hand-crafted soaps, and all-natural skincare products. At the blending bar, staffers help craft custom blends from black, green, white, and herbal teas, and also educate sippers about tea folklore, health benefits, and history during Exploring Tea classes. Handcrafted by owners Kim and Karen, biodegradable castile soaps gently scrub skin with natural ingredients, including essential oils of grapefruit, lavender, basil, and lemongrass as well as restorative green-tea extract.
Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken, founded in South Africa in 1987, brings Portugal's peri-peri flame-grilled chicken to the Vancouver area with only the bare minimum of laser lights and smoke-shrouded, two-way mirrors. Discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa in the distant days of maritime exploration, peri-peri is a fiery chili pepper that adds a kick of capsaicin to any cuisine, clucker-related or not. Nando's fresh chicken breasts luxuriate in their peri-peri marinade for 24 hours, resulting in dishes with a slate of Scoville-scale-scorching spice levels—mild lemon and herb, medium, hot, and the daredevil-only extra hot. Step up to Nando's counter to order from the menu of sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads, and peri-peri chicken. Enjoy a grilled-to-order peri-peri half-chicken with a side ($11.39) such as spiced rice or hearty coleslaw, or bite around basted bones with a dozen peri-peri chicken wings with a side ($9.99). Nando's also sports peri-peri chicken breast sandwiches or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), chicken or veggie whole wheat wraps with a side ($8.49–10.79), and veggie burgers or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), as well as salads and salad meals ($3.99–$9.99) for lovers of leaves of lettuce.
Burgers. Steaks. Bacon. Steaks wrapped in bacon. Since 1997, Clancy's Meat Co. has made mouths water with its selection of fresh and frozen meat products. The company debuted in Langley, British Columbia, but quickly expanded across Vancouver and most of Canada, adding ready-to-eat side dishes and desserts to its repertoire. Franchised locations continue to pop up thanks to the company’s ability to self-fertilize and its easy-to-love mission: to make nutritious, satisfying meals simple for busy homemakers. To keep up with the needs of its health-conscious consumers, the company continually builds upon its selection of organic and preservative-free products, too.
Per The Chocolate Apprentice, Shelley Wallace waitressed at the Four Seasons for 10 years, serving high-profile figures such as Bill Gates. Craving a career change, Shelley asked to visit the chocolate factory that a customer said he was closing. Upon stepping into the factory, looking down at the production floor, inhaling the chocolaty aroma, and watching Violet Beauregardes roll around in their pen, she was sold.
Since then, Shelley's ideas have come to life with the help of her crew of trained chocolatiers, who create award-winning bars, bites, and seasonal treats from all-natural, sustainable ingredients. The team crafts signature truffles with flavours such as bubble gum and orange, and fills frog-shaped truffles with caramel and raspberries.