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B.C. Wines: Unsung Players in Rise of Vancouver’s Culinary Scene

By |January 9th, 2011|

As you can see from elsewhere here, and from the crescendo this week of the on-line buzz surrounding the live launch of this year's 200 plus menus, Dine Out Vancouver has more than earned its place as the country's biggest restaurant promo of its kind. Now while you will hear plenty about deals on meals, [...]

BC Pioneer John Bishop Marks 25 Years with Classics Redux Menu

By |January 6th, 2011|

It should have come as no surprise. But John Bishop's 25th anniversary celebrations were as understated as the man himself. Just before Christmas, on December 14th, 2010—25 years to the day when Bishop’s first opened—it was almost business as usual in the modest, west-side Vancouver room that still holds considerable sway in the [...]

Belly’s Budget Best: 20 Under $20 Wines—Easy on Your Holiday Wallet

By |December 19th, 2010|

This is the time of year when a lot of people who don’t buy wine very often find themselves standing in front of liquor store shelves scratching their heads. Here’s a grab-bag of good value labels we’ve featured during the past several months as ‘Belly’s Budget Best’ picks in our various columns.  You’ll [...]

Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks: A Favourite for Last Minute Gifts

By |December 18th, 2010|

Our column in Friday's Vancouver Courier offers up some handy, bookish suggestions for fun stocking stuffers, as well as a few more serious offerings that explore the culture of culinary foraging, both here in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. One unexpected perk of research: seasonal treats that Vancouver's Books to Cooks lays on [...]

Farewell, Sweet Abalone. Again.

By |December 11th, 2010|

Over the last few years, we’ve been moved by the compelling story of the gradual revival of West Coast Pinto Abalone, driven by the efforts of the Bamfield Community Huu ay aht Abalone Project. Funded in part by Environment Canada and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre—this was an outreach pilot project aimed at reintroducing [...]

Backyard Vineyards VQA Brut: BC’s Newest Bubble Brims with Promise

By |December 9th, 2010|

Looking for a special bottle for that hard to please wine geek in your life?  Yesterday we sipped a glass of the first vintage sparkling wine to (officially) come out of the Fraser Valley. Maybe we really weren’t expecting much.  But came away very pleasantly surprised.  More to the point, if there was [...]

Vancouver’s D-Original Sausage: Missing Link to Old World Taste

By |November 25th, 2010|

Just like a lot of people, we have a weekly habit of dropping by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Not only does ‘Alice ‘n Alison’s’ boast the city’s most extensive (and best maintained) cheese selection but the chances areeven if it’s not cheese related but savoury and tastes good (and especially if it’s [...]

First Tastes of Portugal: Fried Little Fish and Tentacles

By |November 10th, 2010|

Two hours after landing in Oporto, we’re hot on the trail of two essentials: sardines and octopus. Oh—and wine! Well, that’s not too hard to find around these parts. Nor are the first two. Down a narrow side street, not far from our hotel, in the centre of the old town, we discover [...]

Cactus Club Roll Out: Latest Tastes from Chef Rob Feenie, FCA

By |November 7th, 2010|

A few tastings come around each year which we consider ‘don’t miss’ dates. Some are pretty obvious, such as when Penfolds senior winemaker Peter Gago comes to town, or Yalumba’s irrepressible ambassador Jane Ferrari. However, it might surprise you learn that another worthwhile event on our calendar has turned out to be the [...]

Excuse Us … But How Does Flatulence Figure Into Your Diet?

By |October 24th, 2010|

Even though Vancouver prides itself on being a forward thinking dining scene (and has no end of choice and variety to prove that point), introducing new tastes and ingredients can still be a challenge. Just ask Mark Hills. He’s the founder of Hills Foods, which has been single-handedly elevating The Game Game in Vancouver since [...]

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