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The Roof at Black+Blue: Emad Yacoub Unwraps Another Stunner (Video)

By |April 13th, 2013|

  Black+Blue's Emad Yacoub with B+B exec chef Jason Labahn, TP photo I’m never really surprised but I am often amazed by what Emad Yacoub gets up to. He's the dynamo behind Vancouver’s ever-expanding Glowbal Group. Come April 25th, Yacoub will take things at Black & Blue Steakhouse to the next level—literally—when he officially opens  The [...]

Les Dames Bid Addio to Umberto Menghi at Star Studded Soirée

By |April 2nd, 2013|

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announces An Evening in Tuscany to Celebrate Umberto Menghi  When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Dinner Where: Hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter and Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver Tickets from Eventbrite Details from Les Dames d'Escoffier... Following the long table format, a beautifully decorated Italian inspired [...]

Umberto Menghi to Close Celebrated Il Giardino After 37 Years

By |April 2nd, 2013|

A cosy corner and bastion of good taste for Vancouver's movers and shakers. Image supplied. UPDATED, April 2: If you couldn't get into Il Giardino before it closes (and even if you could), here's a great way to say 'Thank You' to Umberto for all he's done for Vancouver over the years. BC's Les [...]

Diva at the Met Chef Hamid Salimian Redefines the Tasting Menu

By |March 24th, 2013|

A small but seriously addictive "snack", crispy chicken skin, TP Photo I’m feeling just a tad guilty because I’ve spent the last few days thinking about chef Hamid Salimian’s amazing Persian-inspired tasting menu that he rolled out for us the other evening. Guilty, because the timeline for this menu is short. It runs [...]

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 [...]

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