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Sipping in Style at Le Crocodile with Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (Video)

By |October 19th, 2013|

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle with the latest from Grand MarnierOccasionally, people have accused me of being biased towards French cuisine. I don’t think I am—I love just about all cuisines.  But I do admit, having being raised in pre-culinary aware England, that my awakening to serious food came through early trips to France. This is a [...]

Languedoc Rocks Vancouver By the Glass — Win a Wine Bar Crawl!*

By |October 12th, 2013|

    * Tweet or FaceBook a selfie in one of the four participating wine bars, featuring Languedoc wines (you can grab a coaster, or hold up your wineglass), post it with the hash tag #LanguedocVan, and enter to WIN one of four $100 Gift Certificates to one of the wine bars.   The Hired Belly [...]

Paxton & Whitfield: A Slice of the Past (and Present)

By |September 19th, 2013|

Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street On my way across London to Heathrow the other day, I had a little time to spare so I decided to  check out my old neighbourhood, St. James, where I used to work. Well, actually, it was really an excuse to drop by Paxton & Whitfield, at 93 Jermyn St., [...]

Time Estate Winery Unveiled by BC Wine Pioneer Harry McWatters (Video)

By |June 9th, 2013|

Time Estate founder Harry McWatters Time Estate Winery founder Harry McWatters with architect's model, Tim Pawsey photo   I never thought I’d use Harry McWatters’ name in the same sentence as Jim Croce’s.  But there I was, walking home from the official launch of the BC pioneer’s new winery, Time Estate Winery, quietly [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By |April 20th, 2013|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Hock Rocks! Riesling and Other Perfect German Wine Pairings at BCLS

By |April 7th, 2013|

  UK Wine Merchants Berry Bros. 1896 price list gives Hock its due, TP photo Germany's in the spotlight at BC Liquor Stores this month, which found us digging in our archives  for this weekend's North Shore News column... With spring our thoughts turn once again more to white wines and lighter fare, which [...]

Les Dames Bid Addio to Umberto Menghi at Star Studded Soirée

By |April 2nd, 2013|

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announces An Evening in Tuscany to Celebrate Umberto Menghi  When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Dinner Where: Hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter and Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver Tickets from Eventbrite Details from Les Dames d'Escoffier... Following the long table format, a beautifully decorated Italian inspired [...]

Diva at the Met Chef Hamid Salimian Redefines the Tasting Menu

By |March 24th, 2013|

A small but seriously addictive "snack", crispy chicken skin, TP Photo I’m feeling just a tad guilty because I’ve spent the last few days thinking about chef Hamid Salimian’s amazing Persian-inspired tasting menu that he rolled out for us the other evening. Guilty, because the timeline for this menu is short. It runs [...]

Road 13 Vineyards & Joy Road Catering Team Up for a Not-to-be-Missed Epicurean Dinner

By |March 20th, 2013|

Locally sourced and impeccably paired ... TP photo If you’re a regular visitor here, you’ll know that one of the best meals we enjoyed last year was a lunch that blended the talents of Joie Farm and Joy Road Catering. Joy Road returns to Vancouver on April 3rd, this time for a dinner [...]

Rosé Smackdown: Two of the Okanagan’s More Serious Wine Guys Go Toe to Toe

By |March 13th, 2013|

David Scholefield (left) and Michael Bartier—No fun at all ... TP photo Rosé has a long and sometimes less than illustrious history in BC, which is one reason why, no doubt, messrs. Bartier and Scholefield (aka BS Wines) have elected to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and duke out their stylistic differences. [...]

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