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6 Good Reasons to Drink (More) Tea

By |November 20th, 2015|

Tea is on my mind this week, following a chat and tasting with tea ambassador Louise Roberge. As president of the Tea Council of Canada, Roberge knows a thing of two about tea. Not only that but she was recently proclaimed Tea ‘Man’ of the Year at a prestigious global convention in China. Tea [...]

Timber: a Cheeky Salute to Canadian Cuisine

By |November 16th, 2015|

Timber is the latest undertaking by the crew behind Forage restaurant, in the spacious Listel Hotel quarters that used to be O’Doul’s. The saga behind long running O’Doul’s demise, Forage’s ascent, and now the arrival of  Timber has a few twists but here’s the short version. When O'Doul's was shuttered, the (accountants’) idea was that [...]

Joe Fortes Marks a Milestone

By |November 11th, 2015|

Joe Fortes: pulling out all the stops They threw a heck of a party last night at Joe Fortes—and rightly so. Hitting the 30 year mark in a dining city as fickle as Vancouver certainly merits an occasion. There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate, so I thought it worthy of a [...]

Bodega on Main: A Worthy Salute

By |October 13th, 2015|

Patatas Bravas and Gambas—tapas mainstays for over 40 years Some restaurants just strike a chord. That’s very much the case with Bodega on Main, which has recently arrived almost right beside Campagnolo. I’ll admit that I went to check it out with a mix of trepidation and curiosity. After all, the original La Bodega was the [...]

Four Good Reasons to Dive into Supermarine

By |August 20th, 2015|

Supermarine: A new and original seafood spot for Kits A Chat with James Iranzad... James Iranzad co-owns Supermarine with Josh Pape After I wrote my piece on Supermarine (1685 Yew St., Vancouver, 604-739-4677) for the Courier, I thought it would be interesting to find out what’s behind James Iranzad and Josh Pape’s [...]

Cheese Maven Alice Spurrell Retires

By |August 11th, 2015|

Alice Spurrell (rt.) hands over the reins of Les Amis du Fromage to daughter Allison (l.) Tim Pawsey photo I’ve always figured it’s my role to bring attention where it’s due. That can be challenging from an in-box cluttered with way too much inconsequential stuff. But this week an announcement popped up from [...]

Red Racer + Dix Redux = Good Brews News

By |July 30th, 2015|

  Red Racer Restaurant has landed—with a few taps to go along... The Big Brews News of the month is that Central City Brewing’s much anticipated Red Racer Restaurant has landed in downtown Vancouver, in the old Dix BBQ & Brewery spot. (871 Beatty St.) And, no surprise, there’s a whole raft of Red [...]

Giardino: Umberto’s Latest Almost Open

By |June 16th, 2015|

Umberto: You'll be impressed, Updated: Now Open. See below...   Giardino is just about ready to welcome its first, lucky guests. And judging by the number of enquiries on this site, there is no more highly anticipated event on the culinary calendar than Umberto Menghi’s return to Vancouver. In the past couple of [...]

Unwrapped: Beach Bay Café and Patio

By |June 4th, 2015|

Beach Bay's fresh feeling and bright interior, across from iconic English Bay The wraps are off Beach Bay Café and Patio, across from English Bay, in the West End of Vancouver (1193 Denman St., 604-685-7337). I was in for an informal meeting and wine tasting and—while the restaurant is still very much in [...]

5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

By |May 29th, 2015|

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant 1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over the years, I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Vancouver Island’s wine scene. I’ve always had huge admiration [...]

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