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Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $18 Picks

By |January 12th, 2015|

Dine Out at Cannibal Café ... Dine Out is here again already? Boy, how this little post-holiday, pre-tax time doldrums promo has grown in its 13 years. What used to be purely a discount dinner fest has blossomed into a metro-wide food and wine celebration that truly reflects a level of diversity and [...]

Michel Jacob’s Le Crocodile Celebrates 30 Years

By |December 7th, 2014|

Rob Feenie and one-time mentor Michel Jacob (courtesy le Crocodile) It’s a fact of life. People just have to ask me: “What’s your favourite restaurant?” It's always tough to answer because, as a rule, I don't play favourites. "It depends," I'll say ... Chances are it might be the ‘flavour of the month:’ [...]

Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially [...]

Goodbye Raincity Grill & C: Agents of Real Change

By |November 17th, 2014|

Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005 Raincity closes Whatever the circumstances, I was saddened by last week’s shuttering of long-running Raincity Grill and, not that long before, of C Restaurant, owned by Harry Kambolis. In the fickle world of dining there are any number of reasons as to why restaurants come and [...]

Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

By |October 10th, 2014|

Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture [...]

Smoke & Oak: Ribs ‘n Riesling at Wild Goose

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Smoke & Oak overlooks this dramatic panorama Last week—on yet another glorious Okanagan summer’s day—we found ourselves on the patio at Wild Goose. Nothing unusual about that. But this was the first time I had managed to get back to check out Smoke & Oak Bistro, which they launched late last year. Some [...]

Thai Cuisine by Montri: The King of Thai Returns

By |August 7th, 2014|

One of those few I consider a Vancouver ‘original, ’ Montri didn’t just ride the wave of Thai cuisine in the 1980s, he was a key player in bringing it into the mainstream.

Faubourg Paris’ Franck Point: Croissant Crusader

By |July 27th, 2014|

Faubourg Paris' Franck Point: croissant crusader Franck Point is fanatical about croissants. In fact you could call him a ‘croissant crusader’ and he likely wouldn’t object. Point is the man behind Faubourg Paris, those pretty swish looking, chandelier-trimmed artisan bakery-bistros popping up all around town (there are three so far, all busy), where you [...]

First Bites at Vancouver’s Fat Badger

By |June 15th, 2014|

The Fat Badger: making good use of a familiar space I knew when I walked into The Fat Badger (1616 Alberni St., Vancouver) for the first time that it would stir my emotions. After all, there are few buildings in Vancouver with which I have a stronger connection than this West End house on Alberni [...]

Hail Mary: Making the Most of Adversity

By |May 23rd, 2014|

The View's Hail Mary white blend. More than just a wing and a prayer Yesterday’s BC Bloom spring release tasting yielded up a wealth of wines, especially in the category of decent white blends, which I’m gearing up for summer. (We also judged a whole bunch of them at the All Canadian Wine [...]

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