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BC Liquor Control & Licensing Branch Lays its Heavy Hand on Charities

By |October 27th, 2012|

  Ah, the joys of spontaneous journalism! Our column in this weekend’s North Shore News went to press too late to acknowledge the BC Government’s action—or rather statement of intended action—to modify the use of a Special Occasion License for charity auctions of wine or other alcohol. According to CTV, the minister responsible, the Honourable Rich [...]

Vancouver’s Le Parisien: a Worthy Tribute to the Original Café de Paris – Fall Menu update

By |October 27th, 2012|

Mmmm! Smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Just mildly addictive. TP photo Updated Oct 23, 2012. It’s not unusual for new restos to tweak things as they go along but we’re more than intrigued by Le Parisien’s just launched “petits plats”—a definite nod to Spanish tapas, with some excellent tastes from chef [...]

Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel Proves Quality Keg Wines Are Here to Stay

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Tap & Barrel: wines on tap and dazzling downtown views, Tim Pawsey photo We owe a debt of thanks to Blasted Church’s Brent Hayman for being the first to give us the heads up on the burgeoning tap wine business, earlier this spring.  He introduced us to Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten at Vancouver [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By |July 15th, 2012|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

BYOB for BC? It’s Just a Matter of Time. (Updated) – It was!

By |May 25th, 2012|

McWatters Chardonnay with Local Lounge seared tuna ... but shouldn't you be able to take it anywhere? Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED - JULY 19, 2012... Well, that was quick. The BC Government has approved BYOW (as in Bring Your Own Wine). Read the full release here The program is optional: i.e. No restaurant [...]

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 [...]

Wines of Argentina presents Dish ‘n Dazzle – May 16th

By |May 9th, 2012|

Taste superb food and wines, have some fun & support a worthy cause! As regular visitors may know, we're involved with the BC Hospitality Foundation. This charity provides last chance financial assistance for people in the hospitality and associated industries who are coping with hardship arising from a serious health-related condition. If this sounds a bit [...]

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 [...]

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