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Vintners Brunch: Wrapping Up 2013 Wine Fest (for Some) in Style

By |March 12th, 2013|

Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre—a spectacular setting, TP photo For many people, the Vintners Brunch—for all intents and purposes the closing event —remains the highlight of their Vancouver International Wine Festival week. And that’s now even more the case, given the spectacular setting in the new convention centre overlooking Vancouver's harbour and North [...]

Colby Red: A Good News Wine Story with Real Heart

By |March 7th, 2013|

Daryl Groom: serious passion for a cause that's close to home, Tim Pawsey photo When I interviewed Daryl Groom a couple of weeks ago, it was first and foremost to talk about Colby Red. However, how could I hang with Daryl Groom and not talk about his remarkable career, which saw him emerge [...]

Belly Up to Que Guapo: A Bargain Taste of the Barrio

By |February 22nd, 2013|

Que Guapo - it means "You're handsome!" I’m always looking for ways to re-live last fall’s visit to Argentina, and to remind me of my first visit to Buenos Aires—a truly remarkable city that's not just big (Greater BA is home to 12.8 million) but amazingly diverse and culturally fascinating. Here’s a wine that's [...]

Selbach at Sun Sui Wah: A Great Way to Welcome Chinese New Year

By |February 16th, 2013|

Johannes Selbach: loess is more, Tim Pawsey photo Warning: This post is NSFNRL (Not Safe For Non-Riesling Lovers) ...  I’m not sure what it is but the last couple of times I’ve been lucky enough to break bread with Johannes Selbach, it’s been in a Chinese Restaurant—which makes absolute sense. That’s because Selbach [...]

From Tapas to Tostadas: Vancouver’s The Mexican Trips the Right Fandango

By |February 15th, 2013|

The Mexican partners: Roger Creixams, chef Ana Vander and Claudia Roma, TP photo Something about the shifting scene of the restaurant business intrigues me. And, believe me, it is always shifting. Restaurants come and go, and usually their owners go with them—although sometimes owner and surroundings stay put, and the change comes from [...]

Will Roaring Twenties Wines Leave Cellared in Canada in the Doldrums?

By |January 23rd, 2013|

Fresh Tap kegs: pouring into popularity As you may have noticed by now, Dine Out Vancouver is in full swing. The feeding frenzy that first took flight over a decade ago has grown somewhat, from a cluster of well-priced prix fixe menus to a region-wide food and beverage celebration that boasts foodie events [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By |January 17th, 2013|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

Blue Water’s Frank Pabst Celebrates Sustainable Seafood with Unsung Heroes

By |January 16th, 2013|

Blue Water Café's periwinkles with saffron aioli, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, Jan 17, 2013. It’s a long way from British Columbia to Cornwall, in the South West of England. But, beyond the stunning scenery—which is in some ways quite reminiscent of Canada’s west coast—there are some other similarities. That beautiful part of the [...]

12 Newbies in 2012 That Made Vancouver’s Dining Scene Even Better

By |December 18th, 2012|

Siena: braised lamb filled ravioli, Tim Pawsey photo One of the hazards of writing “Best of” / “Year End” lists is that you’re guaranteed to miss one (or more)—even more likely if you’ve been waging a kleenex demolition derby against the lurgy sweeping through Vancouver these days. That said, here’s a greatly expanded [...]

Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By |December 17th, 2012|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

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