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Zagat Encore: Believe me. Le Crocodile and Bishop’s are “still a thing”

By |January 23rd, 2012|

Last week it was fun to see people’s reactions to the latest Zagat Survey. As the Vancouver editor, I’m deeply involved in sorting through the immense amount of data that goes into compiling the reviews and, hence, the final scores. What might not be apparent to the casual observer is that no review gets past [...]

When the Good News is All Garbage: Composter is a Game-changer

By |January 17th, 2012|

  Calling all restaurateurs! When it comes to how you dispose of your garbage, if you have even the slightest hint of a social conscience (and from my experience most do), this one’s a game-changer. What if you could forget about filling that dumpster with all kinds of garbage every day, reduce your [...]

Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By |January 16th, 2012|

eTap burger: worth a bite, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, August 27th, 2012. Sadly, Dale Mackay has had to close both Ensemble and Ensemble Tap. Here are the pertinent excerpts from today's press release... “I learned quickly that opening a restaurant in the heart of Vancouver is something I should have done after building my business [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By |December 20th, 2011|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Taking the LEED: Cactus Club Readies English Bay for March 2012 Launch

By |December 8th, 2011|

As a long time West Ender, I like to think I have a vested interest in what happens at English Bay. For me, it represents the very heart of the city. In a way, it’s the ‘essence’ in Vancouver’s quintessence. To put it mildly, there was quite the kerfuffle when Cactus Club landed [...]

Having a Ball at Bel: Hawksworth Mini-Bites at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

By |December 2nd, 2011|

The buzz at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel is mainly all about Hawksworth, and rightly so. But now newly unveiled "little sister" Bel Café, named after chef David Hawksworth's wife Annabel, and which wraps around the corner of Georgia and Howe, is also causing a stir. We found time for a bite the [...]

Montreal Smoked Meat (at least the really good stuff) Comes to Vancouver. At Last!

By |November 23rd, 2011|

For a city too long deprived of seriously good smoked meat, the good news is that Dunns (just opened up the street from the Orpheum stage door) makes amazing smoked meat sandwiches. No question about that. A pretty good Reuben, too. I had a fun chat with owner Elliot Kligman at last week’s [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By |October 30th, 2011|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

Tales of Tawny Port, Marmalade and Lawn Roller Stiltons at Les Amis du Fromage

By |October 24th, 2011|

A sure sign that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner is the seasonal deluge of wine tastings, including not a few Port and Sherry offerings. The other night we went to one with a difference, put on by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Full disclosure: I’m a longtime friend and [...]

On Vancouver’s Robson Street, (and on West Broadway) Everything Old is Nu Again

By |October 5th, 2011|

It’s a tasty irony indeed that Nu Greek Robson (542 Robson St., Vancouver) is right next door to Japadog (530 Robson St.)  Somehow the notion of having a direct descendant of the city’s original souvlaki mainstay side by side with east-meets-west hotdog heaven adds up to perfect bookends: a capsule of Vancouver’s ethnic [...]

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