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1789 Restaurant & Lounge Now Open

By |August 18th, 2013|

1789 Sometimes the address is the smartest way to go ... It's official! The space formerly known as Samson's Squeeze is now open, as 1789 Restaurant & Lounge. When it comes to naming your restaurant,  just picking the right number can be the simplest solution. After all the kerfuffle surrounding the choice of [...]

The Rain at Grain Stays Mainly on the Pane

By |August 9th, 2013|

 Grain’s slide-away wall brings Burrard Street right inside A breath of fresh air Regional cuisine is not what first used to come to mind at The Hyatt Regency Vancouver. However, all that has now changed. The main floor bar (just off the lobby, overlooking Burrard near Melville) has been convincingly reinvented and remodeled [...]

West End’s Celebrated Delilah’s (almost) Re-emerges as Café Delilah. But Now Will Not.

By |August 5th, 2013|

"Unforeseen and challenging circumstances" mean that "Delilah's" will not be resurrected after all. UPDATE: This from the restaurant's Facebook page... Due to unforeseen and challenging circumstances, the owners of this restaurant's Facebook page, Daryle Nagata and Paul Puratich, will be shutting down this account and its associated Twitter and Instagram feeds as of [...]

BC Riesling Deal Alert: Peller Estates VQA Private Reserve Dry Riesling 2011

By |August 2nd, 2013|

 Peller Okanagan (Similkameen?) Dry Riesling A few insiders will know that Peller Okanagan Dry Riesling heralded in this year's garlic crop! If you move really quickly you can buy Andrew Peller Private Reserve (VQA) Dry Riesling for just over $11 at BC Liquor Stores.  Believe me, as they say “while stocks last”, it’s [...]

Belly’s Budget Best: Seven Summer Sippers

By |August 2nd, 2013|

In sippers, Picpoul Rules This unique wine is always on our Go-To summer 'fridge' list   There’s no rhyme nor reason to this list. Just a few decent and, above all, pretty wallet friendly whites, perfect for value-driven summer sipping. You can pin this one to the fridge!  We’re also working on a [...]

Chicha Brings Vibrant, Modern Peruvian Cuisine to Vancouver

By |July 12th, 2013|

Chicha: tasty, healthy and novel plates A Chicha highlight: quinoa salad with red onion, mango and avocado plus jalapeño and Haucatay dressing Chicha, 136 East Broadway, between Quebec and Main, 604-620-3693. Open for dinner nightly; for lunch maybe in the fall.   Even after more than a few years in this business, I [...]

Chef Hamid Salimian bids farewell to Diva at the Met

By |May 17th, 2013|

Chaf Hamid Salimian: on the move TP photo It's been only a matter of weeks since we were raving about Chef Hamid Salimian and his remarkable Persian inspired tasting menu at Diva at the Met. But Chef Hamid is on the move.  June 4th, 2013, will be his last day at Diva before he leaves [...]

5 Reasons Why, Even in the Rain, this Cactus will Soon be Flourishing

By |May 7th, 2013|

Last night we dropped by Cactus Club Coal Harbour to check it out on what more than passed for a spectacular Summer's afternoon. Here's what we found, inside looking out from that "giant dormer" mentioned further on ... Essentially, at the the push of a button, the entire wall of windows slides aside to bring [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By |April 20th, 2013|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Tapping In: Wine on Tap Continues to Pour It On

By |April 17th, 2013|

Image courtesy Tidings.ca There’s plenty going on at Vancouver Urban Winery these days—including wine on tap at Gastown’s soon to be open TUC Craft Kitchen. They’ve even re-purposed a couple of vintage fire extinguishers as part of the deal! Tap & Barrel kegs Yesterday we were tasting Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse [...]

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