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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 [...]

Vancouver’s upstairs Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen adds a different dimension to West End dining

By |May 8th, 2014|

Taas, a tasty starter plate of grilled lamb with puffed rice, garnished with fresh cilantro, Tim Pawsey photo (Updated May 8, 2014) Upstairs restaurants (i.e. those without any significant street level presence) can be notoriously challenging. In a business where 'location, location, location' is everything, you can count one hand those in downtown [...]

Yak & Yeti: Hitting the Himalayan High Notes

By |April 11th, 2014|

Yak & Yeti Momos and Lamb Kebab I’m intrigued when restaurateurs open a second location. Often as not the reasons are pretty straightforward: As in “If it works here, why not there?” However, the thinking behind Yak & Yeti Bistro (2958 West 4th. Ave., 604-428-4422) is a bit different. It’s the other half [...]

The RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim: Vancouver’s First All Ocean Wise Sushi Bar

By |March 14th, 2014|

Fairmont Pacific Rim Rawbar dragon and motoyaki rolls I’m always annoyed intrigued by people who scoff at the idea of Vancouver becoming a truly  “green city.” Maybe it’s just so much an entrenched part of the Canadian psyche: a feeling that progress and innovation always have to come from outside. Much in the [...]

Chinese Restaurant Awards: 2014 Diners Choice Winners

By |March 10th, 2014|

  Landmark Restaurant's Geoduck hotpot (CRA supplied)  Just announced: the winners of the 2014 Chinese Restaurant Awards, Diners’ Choice, as tabulated from 19,612 ballots. The Chinese Restaurant Awards have grown from small beginnings into a hotly contested process that focuses a much needed spotlight on the top Chinese tastes in Metro Vancouver. The awards [...]

No Time Like the Present to Jump on Wagon Rouge

By |February 20th, 2014|

  Bistro Wagon Rouge serves French classics in a cosy setting Wagon Rouge is one of those places where, if I lived in the ‘hood, I’d be every day. And, apparently, it's where a lot of people already are. My intro to the unfettered Gallic offshoot of Brad Miller’s popular Red Wagon diner [...]

Victoria’s Steamship Grill: a Tasty Nautical Nod

By |February 12th, 2014|

I’m a bit of a history buff, especially where buildings, food and art intersect. That thought crossed my mind when I looked out of our window from Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific to see the stunningly refurbished and restored Steamship Terminal.  The majestic, Francis Rattenbury designed structure dates from 1924, when it was built to serve as [...]

The Roof at Hotel Vancouver Re-Opens as a Pop Up

By |February 4th, 2014|

The Roof is back! Martinis too, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, March 25th, 2014... From the announcement: "…It’s official – The Roof is now open!   After several unexpected delays, the doors swung open this morning.   Thank you for your patience and on behalf of the team at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, we look forward [...]

Wild Rice Closes Groundbreaking Original

By |February 2nd, 2014|

Andrew Wong & chef Stu Irving (who went on to open Cobre). Hmmm, sure took some awkward pics in those days! Wild Rice, Andrew Wong’s trend-setting downtown room at Vancouver’s Pender and Carrall streets, has closed. Wong has decided to focus his energies entirely on Wild Rice Bistro at River Market, in New Westminster. I’m [...]

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