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The Champagne Charlie Chronicles: Riding the Rails Around North America

By |September 23rd, 2013|

Everyone says it looks like we're getting married here but Richard Carras (left), who helped put it all together, is just showing us where to sign on the contract! The best laid plans ... My good intentions to document a few memories of In the Footsteps of Champagne Charlie have been derailed by [...]

In the Footsteps of Champagne Charlie: 20 Years On

By |September 1st, 2013|

In the Footsteps ... the night before The Night They Invented Champagne! A slightly younger Tim & Heather toast the next 100 days on the roof of Hotel Vancouver - Jack Wong photo Hard to believe, but exactly 20 years ago today, on September 1, 1993, my wife, Heather, and I embarked on “In [...]

From Touriga to Tannat, Moon Curser Delivers the Goods

By |August 18th, 2013|

Some years ago, I visited an upstart little winery in Australia by the name of Yellow Tail, along with an enthusiastic group of Aussie and Kiwi wholesalers. We shared a casual lunch at makeshift tables in the warehouse (they’d expanded so fast there was no reception room), along with several local growers, who had been [...]

The Sex Lives of Vegetables: What Carrots & Co. Really Get Up To

By |April 12th, 2013|

Edible Bouquet by Elaine Savoie of Hornby Island If you’re a regular visitor you know this site is concerned almost entirely with food and drink, which is why we think you should hear about a unique, (almost) all Canadian concert, The Sex Lives of Vegetables—and other Delicious Distractions, April 20th, 7.30 p.m. at [...]

Changing it Up: Less Words. More Images. But Not Always …

By |February 19th, 2013|

QWERTY-O-DODO - TP Photo I’m thinking of trying something different for this blog: making it more visually driven. I know some people appreciate the “longer read” which I still occasionally manage. However, judging by the stats, nowadays more people are drawn to imagery than to text. I’m also just as inclined to snap [...]

Single Cask Single Malt: You May Just Want to “Dab it Behind Your Ears”

By |February 3rd, 2013|

Single malt always gets my attention. Eric and Allura Fergie, the convivial owners of Vancouver's Fets Bar & Grill, have been after me for some time now to drop by and check out their new bar—which is certainly  impressive. After all, with some 360 whiskies on offer, how could it not be—except, perhaps, when viewed from [...]

Be Careful Opening that Bubble—Even More So with a Sabre!

By |December 28th, 2012|

Sumac Ridge founder Harry McWatters sabers a bottle of Steller's Jay with a ski, pre 2010 Winter Games (Updated Dec 14, 2013) Last year the New York Times ran an interesting piece that explored the history of the Champagne cork. It wound up with a quick lesson on how to sabre. The only [...]

R.I.P. Diane Loomer

By |December 11th, 2012|

Diane Loomer, CM Like many Vancouverites, I was truly saddened when I awoke this morning to the news that Diane Loomer passed away last night. As visionary choral director and composer Loomer touched a lot of people in her remarkable career, unquestionably highlighted by her founding of Chor Leoni and co-founding of Elektra, [...]

Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks: So Much More Than a Book Store

By |September 8th, 2012|

Barbara-Jo McIntosh: a truly welcoming touch, Tim Pawsey photo It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Vancouver’s Books to Cooks  (1740 West 2nd. Ave., 604-688-6755). We’ve followed Barbara-Jo McIntosh’s progress since she pulled the wraps off the original Yaletown location on September 7, 15 years ago this past week. In 2005, Barbara-Jo upped [...]

Vancouver Icon Bishop’s Celebrates the Season with Harvest Table Dinners

By |September 8th, 2011|

Not to pour cold water on Dine Out Vancouver’s impressive record, but we’ve always wondered why so many people wait for January to roll around, when there are other worthy dining deals on offer at all times of the year. Case in point: Bishop’s Harvest Table dinners (September 13th through October 20th), where [...]

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