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.
Meinhardt Fine Foods, an esteemed epicurean destination, provides potential connoisseurs with the skills needed to stabilize a satisfying meal. The two-hour cooking classes focus on pastry, savoury, or seasonal dishes, and dining is included in every course. The experienced instructors impart techniques on sautéing, dicing onions with willpower, and hypnotizing dinner parties into thinking you made them a delicious meal. Small class sizes ensure you'll get plenty of attention from the chef, creating an encouraging atmosphere for culinary discovery. Sample the fruits of your labour before perusing Meinhardt's stacked selection of specialty goods. On the same visit as your class, you'll get 10% off any groceries of your choosing, as well as a one-time 10% discount on corporate catering and a complementary jar of Meinhardt jam.
According to Green Earth Organics, the term “certified organic” means “the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards which are verified by an independent state or private organization.” Therefore, as a delivery service that carries a selection of certified organic products, Green Earth Organics gets its inventory from farms and processing facilities that have been scrupulously inspected and tested. There are many reasons the staff at Green Earth says shoppers should go organic—from better flavour with no chemicals to protecting farm workers and a future generation. They make it easy for consumers to make the switch by supplying organic meats and produce, canned soups, and condiments. They fill small, medium, or large bins with such weekly produce as strawberries, green chard, mangoes, and russet potatoes. They also carry a selection of environmentally friendly products and organic toiletries.
Green Earth goes one step further in saving the earth by easing car-exhaust emissions by delivering groceries to the home or turtle shell. The service also reduces the use of plastic bags and saves customers the time spent finding a parking spot and waiting in line at the grocery store.
Capstone Tea & Fondue was founded in 2005 with the intention of filling a niche: a restaurant where diners gather not only to eat but to socialize in between sips of health-conscious beverages. Today, Capstone's modified teahouse continues to host conversations over steaming pots of fondue and elegant English afternoon tea. Edible creativity inspires savoury and sweet fusions, as diners use long-stem forks to push aside miniature pool floats and dunk seasonal fruits, fresh pastries, and french bread cubes into lagoons of melted cheese and chocolate. Wholesome potions share the menu's spotlight, including flavoured and herbal teas and lattes.
The chefs at Red Pagoda Bistro stock platters with savoury tastes of Asia, including spring rolls, chicken and pork brochettes, and vermicelli salad. Diners also hover over steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho, known to clear the respiratory system faster than a fledgling comedian clears a banquet hall.