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Vancouver’s Chowder Chowdown: It’s Time to Make Chowder Our Own

By |November 22nd, 2013|

Chowder Chowdown - Ocean Wise spoons await Ocean Wise spoons await the crowd UPDATED: Nov 16, 2014   Chowder Chowdown goes this Wednesday... Full details here Read about last year's event: When the dust settled at this year’s Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Chowdown, the undeniable big news of the night was that Forage chef [...]

Fable Kitchen: the Perfect Spot for Bubbles and Lunch

By |November 6th, 2013|

  Fable Kitchen - plenty to crow about! Kits hotspot Fable Kitchen (1944 West 4th. Ave., Vancouver, 604-732-1322) is now open for weekday lunch. We had a sneak preview the other day—and a chance to test drive several of chef Trevor Bird’s plates, some new, some borrowed from the evening list.  The array of tasty [...]

A Frozen BC Blueberries Bonanza—and a Big Win for The Oakwood!

By |November 1st, 2013|

Chef Mike Robbins' visually stunning—and delicious—savoury blueberry perogies and pork belly carried the day for the Oakwood Canadian Bistro I didn’t have to think twice before accepting an invitation to commit the best part of a day to judging the first annual Frozen BC Blueberries Chefs’ Invitational. After all, for a guy who’s [...]

Good Tastes with Cono Sur winemaker Matias Rios at Nuba

By |October 26th, 2013|

  Matias Rios explains Cono Sur's new single vineyard range UPDATED: No thanks, not for wine, anyway! Last night I got a chance to re-taste the Cono Sur Viento Mar Block 21 Pinot Noir 2011 mentioned below. I'm sorry, I don't care how casual and 'friendly' they are, these kinds of [...]

First Tastes at Yaletown’s Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar with Wines of Roussillon

By |October 22nd, 2013|

  They had me at the Steelhead pastrami ...   Newly landed Good Wolfe (1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-428-1043) has been on my radar for some time but I just hadn’t managed to get there until a couple of weeks ago. It’s not that I deliberately dodge new opening shenanigans. But the reality [...]

No Shortage of #SkillsnSpills at Crazy BC Hospitality Foundation Fundraiser

By |October 21st, 2013|

Triumphant! Yaletown Distilling Co. takes top honours Updated: This year's event: Date:    November 9th, 2014 Time:   1.00 to 5:00pm Location: Hellenic Community Center - 4500 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC Tickets: By donation at door     From last year... It was a fun time yesterday at the first annual Skills ‘n Spills fundraiser for the [...]

Languedoc Rocks Vancouver By the Glass — Win a Wine Bar Crawl!*

By |October 12th, 2013|

    * Tweet or FaceBook a selfie in one of the four participating wine bars, featuring Languedoc wines (you can grab a coaster, or hold up your wineglass), post it with the hash tag #LanguedocVan, and enter to WIN one of four $100 Gift Certificates to one of the wine bars.   The Hired Belly [...]

A Tale of Kale: One of the Healthiest Cookbooks Ever …

By |September 13th, 2013|

UPDATE: Congratulations to Queen of Kale Sharon Hanna! A Tale of Kale—The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood—won the 2013 Taste  Canada Single Subject Cookbook Award. “It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious.” “The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.” – The jury Sharon Hanna, Joe Lederer photo [...]

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 [...]

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