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Getting to the Meat of the Matter at the VanMag Awards

By |April 14th, 2011|

As far as we know, everyone seems to have survived yesterday's Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards relatively unscathed. It is, unquestionably, the industry insider’s event of the year.  And even though we’re usually tearing our hair out by the time judging deadline rolls around, being as objective as possible, we think this year’s results [...]

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Features Chile in 2012

By |April 13th, 2011|

We’re still scrambling to catch up on myriad Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival experiences (maybe it’s time to come up with a niftier handle?) that we’ll distill down and share in coming weeks. Out of 30,000 bottles, we figure did more than our share of tasting. The big news (and worst kept secret) [...]

All-Star Alumni Mark 15 Years at Vancouver’s Diva at the Met

By |March 11th, 2011|

One of Vancouver’s flagship restaurants, Diva at the Met celebrated its 15th anniversary last night with a gala dinner (benefitting Big Brothers) that featured an extraordinary array of culinary talent. The hotel business is by nature a mobile affair, where personnel—including those in food and beverage—move around frequently.  Hence it was [...]

What’s Red on the Outside and Green All Over? Vancouver’s Commune Café

By |March 4th, 2011|

Vancouver’s been abuzz this past week with speculation concerning the imminent closure of what was supposed to be the long running extension of iconic lumiere and dbBistro,  on March 13th. It’s a sad development, considering the role that lumiere has played in Vancouver’s culinary ascendance. We won’t ruminate too much—except to say that the [...]

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 [...]

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