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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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