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Vancouver restaurants call out reservation no-shows
'It's a big problem, the impact is massive,' says restaurant owner who lost $2,000 on Valentine's Day

Vancouver restaurant owners are mounting a call for more courtesy from customers, citing an increasing number of people making reservations, but then not showing up.
Brandon Grossutti, owner of Pidgin Restaurant on the Downtown Eastside, said his restaurant has been fully booked for Valentine's dinner, but when the big night arrived, 20 of the 100 reservations didn't show up.
""We did a very special menu. So our normal prix fixe is only $55, but on Valentine's, we do it for $100 with more premium ingredients,"" he said.
""So just the cost of food alone, we lost $2,000. Bring in alcohol sales and things like that, it could be as high as $3,000.""

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Vancouver strata blocks Moby Dick franchise from opening over 'offensive' name, lawsuit alleges
Fish and chips restaurant named for famous novel says strata council deemed branding and signage inappropriate

A Vancouver business is suing its strata corporation for refusing to allow the opening of a Moby Dick fish and chips franchise location, due in part to an "offensive" word in the restaurant's name. According to a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court, L&H Trading Corp. leased a commercial property on Denman Street in Vancouver's Coal Harbour, where it previously operated The Change, an Asian fusion restaurant.
L&H hit hard financial times in early 2016, so, in May, it sold its restaurant business to Moby Dick, a fish and chips restaurant in White Rock named for the famous novel by Herman Melville about a giant white whale.
But just before Moby Dick was to take over the property, court documents allege the building's strata council refused to allow the restaurant to open for a number of reasons — one of which was the restaurant name contained the word "dick," an "offensive term."

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‘They’re used to eating scorpions’: Angelina Jolie and her kids eat insects—should you?

“Crickets, you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas,” Angelina Jolie told BBC News. Jolie demonstrated how to remove tarantula fangs: “See the hard part where you have the teeth? Take the fangs out.” And by whipping up a stir-fried snack of scorpions and spiders for a BBC News reporter, she and her children caused a bit of a stir. In Western countries, there’s often a “yuck factor” to overcome, and some find eating bugs to be unfathomable. But in fact, many of the world’s cuisines include insects. From butterflies and moths to beetles and ants, and grasshoppers, crickets and cockroaches, bugs are a sustainable source of protein.

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Report of ‘plastic rice’ served at Vancouver restaurant unsubstantiated: health authorities

A video alleging ‘fake plastic rice’ from China was served at an Asian restaurant in Vancouver has received attention on social media, but the concerns have been found to be unsubstantiated by local health authorities.
The YouTube video showing a takeout dish from an East Vancouver restaurant allegedly containing plastic rice surfaced online, causing many to wonder about the validity of the claims.
But Carrie Stefanson with Vancouver Coastal Health told Global News their Environmental Health unit has looked into the claims.
“We have confirmed that the rice at this restaurant is from an approved food supplier,” Stefanson said. “There was nothing found to support the social media allegations.”
Meanwhile, Canadian Food Inspection Agency says they have not received any consumer complaints related to plastic in rice either.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigates all complaints regarding the contamination of food with extraneous material and relies on consumers to report any potential concerns.
‘Fake rice’ stories have been circulating in the media since last month. Nigerian authorities seized 2.5 tons of what was believed to be fake rice in December, but the country’s health authorities have not released their investigative report yet. It’s believed the rice was smuggled into the country from China.

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DALINA is Chinatown’s latest addition, which recently opened on December 3rd.
The vision for DALINA is one that combines the traditions of an Italian café, with the familiarity of a neighbourhood corner store. Redefining these two classic experiences, this new take on the neighbourhood grocer comes complete with all of your daily necessities, contemporary and fresh Italian meals, and traditional northern Italian coffee. "

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