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Vintners Brunch: Wrapping Up 2013 Wine Fest (for Some) in Style

By |March 12th, 2013|

Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre—a spectacular setting, TP photo For many people, the Vintners Brunch—for all intents and purposes the closing event —remains the highlight of their Vancouver International Wine Festival week. And that’s now even more the case, given the spectacular setting in the new convention centre overlooking Vancouver's harbour and North [...]

Belly Up to Que Guapo: A Bargain Taste of the Barrio

By |February 22nd, 2013|

Que Guapo - it means "You're handsome!" I’m always looking for ways to re-live last fall’s visit to Argentina, and to remind me of my first visit to Buenos Aires—a truly remarkable city that's not just big (Greater BA is home to 12.8 million) but amazingly diverse and culturally fascinating. Here’s a wine that's [...]

Grasping the Nettle (with Care): How to Put a Delicious Spring in Your Step

By |February 21st, 2013|

Foraging: a great excuse for a walk in the woods, Tim Pawsey photo Depending on where you are, chances are it’s almost Spring—which means that nettle season is here! If you know how to handle nettles they can be the most delicious and beneficial of ingredients. Perfect nettle territory: woods and streams are your first clue, Tim [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By |January 17th, 2013|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

Blue Water’s Frank Pabst Celebrates Sustainable Seafood with Unsung Heroes

By |January 16th, 2013|

Blue Water Café's periwinkles with saffron aioli, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, Jan 17, 2013. It’s a long way from British Columbia to Cornwall, in the South West of England. But, beyond the stunning scenery—which is in some ways quite reminiscent of Canada’s west coast—there are some other similarities. That beautiful part of the [...]

Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By |December 17th, 2012|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By |November 15th, 2012|

Another winner from Okanagan Crush Pad A few weeks ago we dropped byEdible Canada at the Market(1596 Johnston St. 604-682-6681) for a post theatre, late night bite. (Somehow a trip to Chile in between derailed our good intentions to post about it sooner.) It’s also been a while since we wrote at length about Edible Canada but [...]

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 [...]

Joie and More Joie: Joie Farm Reserve Wines Bump it Up a Notch

By |October 1st, 2012|

Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn ... to the next level, TP photo Time to catch up on some housekeeping. Here's our column from the North Shore News a couple of weeks ago. As you can tell, we're a big fan of Joie Farm (and—full disclosure—a longtime friend of Heidi and Michael.) The piece [...]

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 [...]

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