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Brews News: Poring over Tastes from Pioneering Portland in Vancouver

By |October 19th, 2012|

Good pints and more ... We’ve waxed poetic (and otherwise) over the years about what used to pass for a pub in Vancouver. Having been eclipsed for so long by Victoria (which benefitted maybe just a tad from being the seat of political and bureaucratic power), Vancouver is finally coming into its own. [...]

Great First Tastes at La Pentola della Quercia, in Vancouver’s Opus Hotel

By |October 11th, 2012|

Minestrone: a steaming bowl of seasonally appropriate goodness, TP photo We’re always intrigued when a leading hotel decides to work with a celebrated restaurant–as opposed to running its own in-house operation. We watched with interest over the last couple of years the machinations surrounding the pop-ups at Opus Hotel, which were often entertaining [...]

Cozy and Tasty on The Drive: Tunisian Treats at Carthage Café

By |October 9th, 2012|

A warm and welcoming interior .... Updated, March 31, 2014.  I committed The inexcusable sin the other night, by arriving late for a reservation which in itself allowed too little time to dine properly before heading off to the York Theatre. In my mind I had thought it would be easy to order [...]

Vancouver’s Fable Kitchen: Worth Waiting for the Best Seat in the House

By |October 6th, 2012|

Fable Kitchen canned tuna—it's a showstopper, TP photo For some reason I missed posting about Fable Kitchen (1944 West Fourth Ave., 604-732-1722), which I covered in my Vancouver Courier column some weeks ago. What was interesting about this review is that we went on a crazy, busy evening and, as a result, had to [...]

Vancouver’s España: Great Tapas and More. Raising the Bar by English Bay

By |September 26th, 2012|

Neil Taylor (l) and Ed Perrow pull the wraps off what promises to be a West End hotspot, TP photo What's the first thing you do (besides laundry) when you get back home after 24-hours of flying? Go out to dinner, of course! We had just a one night “stopover" in Vancouver between [...]

The Odd Bits are Back—Especially at Gastown’s Wildebeest

By |September 7th, 2012|

Wildebeest owners James Iranzad (l) and Josh Pape: serious, house butchered meats on the menu—and good wines too, TP photo As a young teenager, I was lucky enough to visit France a few times, thanks in great part to a determined French teacher, who strongly suggested I should get a pen-pal. After several [...]

Baru Latino: A Spicy Slice of South America on Vancouver’s West Side

By |July 9th, 2012|

Baru Quinoa salad, Tim Pawsey photo Our review of Baru Latino in last week’s Courier has a pretty upbeat tone to it. That’s maybe not surprising, considering the occasion was a birthday party with family and friends. But there’s more to this piece than meets the eye. First impressions are everything. Isn’t that how the [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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