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Vancouver’s Sardine Can: Packing ‘em in Already, Just Like in Madrid. Almost!

By |June 1st, 2012|

Glancing around the room at Sardine Can (26 Powell St., 604-568-1350), I realise that I recognise just about everyone here. One sure sign a newbie has it made is when industry ‘insiders’ pack in from the word go. Then again, I’m not surprised. Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart (Pied à Terre, La Buca, [...]

Cactus Club at English Bay. Quintessential Vancouver?

By |May 17th, 2012|

The first time I came to Vancouver was for my sister’s wedding. Like so many, I was immediately smitten by the city and its spectacular setting. Friends had lent us their 40's era apartment, which overlooked Kits Beach, and I slept in the living room. When I woke up and looked out the [...]

Wine Festival Vintners Brunch Food & Wine Smackdown: Lift Ascends

By |March 8th, 2012|

Most people know the Wine Festival’s Vintner’s Brunch as the festival’s flagship food and wine event. It usually sells out within minutes of tix being available—even more so now that it’s held in the dazzling surrounds of the new Convention Centre West, with its sweeping ocean-mountain vista. Few realize that beyond [...]

Why the food at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre is, well, unconventional

By |March 6th, 2012|

We reckon we’ve eaten our fair share of meals on the rubber chicken circuit. But I don’t know why I’m even saying that here, because the food at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre is just about as far removed from standard convention fare as you can possibly imagine. Last week's Vancouver Playhouse International [...]

The Haggis Match: What to Drink (as opposed to sip) on Burns Night

By |January 25th, 2012|

For just a moment—horrors!—the wine geek within had me pondering what to drink with Haggis. A crisp, clean Riesling perhaps? Or, how about a rustic red, maybe a budget Syrah, to pick up on all those gamey sheep bits? Thankfully, at this point, common sense (or my Scottish grandmother, from the Great Beyond) [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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