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Mayor Gregor Taps One for the Team

By |May 8th, 2011|

Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson is one of the most polished and enlightened politicos around. But he gets extra points in our book for (a) officially proclaiming Vancouver Craft Beer Week and for (b) showing up to tap a keg of Collaboration Ale. Not only that, he did it cleanly and nobody [...]

What’s in a Name? If You’re BC’s Principal Grape Growing Region, Plenty

By |April 26th, 2011|

We're still sorting through our notes from this year's South Okanagan Banée. But this was the major news... Here's our column as it appears in this weekend's North Shore News: Over the last six months, the South Okanagan Wineries Association (SOWA) has been on the quest for a new identity. While organizations often [...]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance: Victoria’s Empress—Still Looking Good

By |April 23rd, 2011|

Coming back to—Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is a bit like catching up with your old aunt, who you haven’t seen for a few years. She’s aged a little more (haven’t we all?) but that last little nip and tuck of a facelift seems to have quite helped quite a bit. Victoria waterfront showing the hotel [...]

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery: Raising the Bar on Okanagan Dining

By |April 18th, 2011|

We finally made it to recently unveiled Miradoro, the new restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, in Oliver, BC. We’ve been watching the progress (admittedly, slow at times) of this latest South Okanagan addition with interest, in part because it’s a collaboration between our long-time friends Manuel Ferreira (who owns Vancouver’s Le Gavroche) and Ken [...]

Hired Belly Newly Elevated to Sainthood. Well, almost!

By |April 9th, 2011|

My dear friend Elaine Savoie is a remarkable woman and very gifted artist (as well as a kick-ass organic gardener) who paints (among many things) wonderfully offbeat icons—ever so slight variations on the traditional Middle Ages style, inspired by her Catholic upbringing. Her work is extraordinarily detailed, vivid and full of life. ... [...]

What’s Red on the Outside and Green All Over? Vancouver’s Commune Café

By |March 4th, 2011|

Vancouver’s been abuzz this past week with speculation concerning the imminent closure of what was supposed to be the long running extension of iconic lumiere and dbBistro,  on March 13th. It’s a sad development, considering the role that lumiere has played in Vancouver’s culinary ascendance. We won’t ruminate too much—except to say that the [...]

ZAP Turns 20 in San Francisco – Jan 29 Maybe You Should be There!

By |January 7th, 2011|

With Golden Gate Bridge in the background, and a wealth of wine within, not a bad place to taste, Tim Pawsey photo ZAP may well be the most fun you can ever have at a wine tasting ... We’ve been to a few tastings in our time but nothing quite compares with ZAP—the no holds [...]

Farewell, Sweet Abalone. Again.

By |December 11th, 2010|

Over the last few years, we’ve been moved by the compelling story of the gradual revival of West Coast Pinto Abalone, driven by the efforts of the Bamfield Community Huu ay aht Abalone Project. Funded in part by Environment Canada and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre—this was an outreach pilot project aimed at reintroducing [...]

Vancouver’s D-Original Sausage: Missing Link to Old World Taste

By |November 25th, 2010|

Just like a lot of people, we have a weekly habit of dropping by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Not only does ‘Alice ‘n Alison’s’ boast the city’s most extensive (and best maintained) cheese selection but the chances areeven if it’s not cheese related but savoury and tastes good (and especially if it’s [...]

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