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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 [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By |August 23rd, 2012|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Perfect Pairings: German Riesling (and more) Rules at Vancouver’s Bao Bei

By |May 2nd, 2012|

We’re still stoked about last week’s German wine pairing dim sum, presented by the German Wine Institute with Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee, at Vancouver’s Bao Bei, Tanis Ling’s groundbreaking Chinese room. As we’re tight for time, here’s our North Shore News story (below) to bring you up to speed. In summary, [...]

Time to Get a-Head: Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2012 Looms large

By |April 12th, 2012|

Calling all hopheads: Tickets go on sale at midnight tonight for Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 18-26) Can it really be a year already since the last VCBW? Already, VCBW has quickly become one of the town’s hottest tickets. Last year many events sold out faster than you can say ‘cheers!’ What’s driving [...]

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