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Breaking Bread with Clos du Soleil at Tavola

By |March 21st, 2014|

    A ground-breaking collaboration: Marc du Soleil, made by Long Table Distillery, TP photo The Hired Belly has attended more than few winemaker dinners. But some remain etched in my memory. The very first was when Howard Soon (now Peller Estates’ chief winemaker, then Calona Vineyards’) dropped by the original Raintree, in [...]

The RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim: Vancouver’s First All Ocean Wise Sushi Bar

By |March 14th, 2014|

Fairmont Pacific Rim Rawbar dragon and motoyaki rolls I’m always annoyed intrigued by people who scoff at the idea of Vancouver becoming a truly  “green city.” Maybe it’s just so much an entrenched part of the Canadian psyche: a feeling that progress and innovation always have to come from outside. Much in the [...]

The Fish Counter: Vancouver’s Go-To Sustainable Seafood Store Opens on Main St.

By |December 9th, 2013|

The Fish Counter: warm and welcoming, and already popular The Fish Counter (3825 Main St., Vancouver, 604-876-FISH [3474]) is the latest endeavour from celebrated Canadian Chef Robert Clark, with business partner Mike McDermid, long time fisheries expert, marine biologist and former program manager at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Fish Counter's Mike McDermid [...]

Waste Not, Want Not: Concerned about wasteful consumption, local chefs go whole hog

By |November 29th, 2013|

Unless you’re a regular overnight visitor to Vancouver’s higher end hotels, chances are you’re not aware of the Essential Vancouver. It’s the sister publication to monthly WHERE magazine, with whom I've enjoyed a much-valued relationship over many years. I’ve also been lucky enough to write for the Essential Vancouver since its inception. It’s a stunningly [...]

Paxton & Whitfield: A Slice of the Past (and Present)

By |September 19th, 2013|

Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street On my way across London to Heathrow the other day, I had a little time to spare so I decided to  check out my old neighbourhood, St. James, where I used to work. Well, actually, it was really an excuse to drop by Paxton & Whitfield, at 93 Jermyn St., [...]

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 [...]

Milano Coffee Roasters Redux: Columbia Lounge and Tasting Bar

By |July 1st, 2013|

 Milano Roasters: Guitar & Beans Brian Turko's passions for music and coffee merge, often when he's roasting This week I discovered another side of Milano Coffee Roasters. They were having an open house at their Eight Avenue and Columbia Street location (156 W 8th Ave, 604-879-4468). This is where all the roasting and [...]

Espresso Done Right by the Flight at Vancouver’s Milano Lounge (Video)

By |May 15th, 2013|

 Espresso's Reigning Couple Brian and Linda Turko: serious about espresso at every level I’ve learned to treat espresso with respect. It doesn’t take much to get me buzzed! My cup of choice, when I drink coffee (which isn’t every day), tends to be an Americano. But I love espresso ‘neat’—especially when it’s done [...]

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 [...]

Bella Gelateria’s James Coleridge Named an Ace Bakery Artisan

By |March 30th, 2013|

Bella Gelateria's James Coleridge No half measures in James Coleridge's gelato conquering world, Tim Pawsey photo We’re big fans of Bella Gelateria. In part it’s because we never know what the extraordinarily talented James Coleridge will get up to next. Another reason: if you walk by his always-busy storefront at the corner of Vancouver’s Burrard and Cordova, no [...]

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