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Brews News: Poring over Tastes from Pioneering Portland in Vancouver

By |October 19th, 2012|

Good pints and more ... We’ve waxed poetic (and otherwise) over the years about what used to pass for a pub in Vancouver. Having been eclipsed for so long by Victoria (which benefitted maybe just a tad from being the seat of political and bureaucratic power), Vancouver is finally coming into its own. [...]

Great First Tastes at La Pentola della Quercia, in Vancouver’s Opus Hotel

By |October 11th, 2012|

Minestrone: a steaming bowl of seasonally appropriate goodness, TP photo We’re always intrigued when a leading hotel decides to work with a celebrated restaurant–as opposed to running its own in-house operation. We watched with interest over the last couple of years the machinations surrounding the pop-ups at Opus Hotel, which were often entertaining [...]

Cozy and Tasty on The Drive: Tunisian Treats at Carthage Café

By |October 9th, 2012|

A warm and welcoming interior .... Updated, March 31, 2014.  I committed The inexcusable sin the other night, by arriving late for a reservation which in itself allowed too little time to dine properly before heading off to the York Theatre. In my mind I had thought it would be easy to order [...]

Vancouver’s Fable Kitchen: Worth Waiting for the Best Seat in the House

By |October 6th, 2012|

Fable Kitchen canned tuna—it's a showstopper, TP photo For some reason I missed posting about Fable Kitchen (1944 West Fourth Ave., 604-732-1722), which I covered in my Vancouver Courier column some weeks ago. What was interesting about this review is that we went on a crazy, busy evening and, as a result, had to [...]

Vancouver’s España: Great Tapas and More. Raising the Bar by English Bay

By |September 26th, 2012|

Neil Taylor (l) and Ed Perrow pull the wraps off what promises to be a West End hotspot, TP photo What's the first thing you do (besides laundry) when you get back home after 24-hours of flying? Go out to dinner, of course! We had just a one night “stopover" in Vancouver between [...]

The Odd Bits are Back—Especially at Gastown’s Wildebeest

By |September 7th, 2012|

Wildebeest owners James Iranzad (l) and Josh Pape: serious, house butchered meats on the menu—and good wines too, TP photo As a young teenager, I was lucky enough to visit France a few times, thanks in great part to a determined French teacher, who strongly suggested I should get a pen-pal. After several [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By |August 23rd, 2012|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel Proves Quality Keg Wines Are Here to Stay

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Tap & Barrel: wines on tap and dazzling downtown views, Tim Pawsey photo We owe a debt of thanks to Blasted Church’s Brent Hayman for being the first to give us the heads up on the burgeoning tap wine business, earlier this spring.  He introduced us to Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten at Vancouver [...]

Sea Cider House Rules: An Elixir Redefined on BC’s Saanich Peninsular

By |July 26th, 2012|

Sea Cider: a wide range of styles, Tim Pawsey photo My first encounter with real cider happened at a relatively youg age. Not long after my 16th birthday, in a misguided attempt to beat the summer heat, I downed an ice cold pint of draught Somerset scrumpy—which was probably around 8 percent ABV, [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By |July 15th, 2012|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

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