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The Haggis Match: What to Drink (as opposed to sip) on Burns Night

By |January 25th, 2012|

For just a moment—horrors!—the wine geek within had me pondering what to drink with Haggis. A crisp, clean Riesling perhaps? Or, how about a rustic red, maybe a budget Syrah, to pick up on all those gamey sheep bits? Thankfully, at this point, common sense (or my Scottish grandmother, from the Great Beyond) [...]

Canned Budget Bites by the Book: Moving Well Beyond Sardines on Toast

By |January 24th, 2012|

A few weeks before Christmas we dropped into Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks to take a peek at what’s hot in the culinary book world. And, as usual, we wound up picking up a couple of things that would make fun gifts—but somehow we forgot to give them away. One was Len Deighton’s French [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By |December 20th, 2011|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By |November 15th, 2011|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By |October 30th, 2011|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

Tales of Tawny Port, Marmalade and Lawn Roller Stiltons at Les Amis du Fromage

By |October 24th, 2011|

A sure sign that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner is the seasonal deluge of wine tastings, including not a few Port and Sherry offerings. The other night we went to one with a difference, put on by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Full disclosure: I’m a longtime friend and [...]

Okanagan Winery Helps Hatch a Bird of a Different Feather: Napa’s Plume is More Than Just Plucky

By |October 12th, 2011|

Two long established wine families have reached across the border to produce a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stewart family, which owns Quails Gate Winery in Westbank, BC, and the Zepponi family of Sonoma, California, have a history of similar if distant beginnings, in that their forebears settled and started farming at around the [...]

Vancouver Icon Bishop’s Celebrates the Season with Harvest Table Dinners

By |September 8th, 2011|

Not to pour cold water on Dine Out Vancouver’s impressive record, but we’ve always wondered why so many people wait for January to roll around, when there are other worthy dining deals on offer at all times of the year. Case in point: Bishop’s Harvest Table dinners (September 13th through October 20th), where [...]

Edible Canada at the Market: A Tasty chat with Eric Pateman

By |August 18th, 2011|

The other day we checked out Edible Canada at the Market, the new, all-things-very-culinary-Canuckish bistro on Granville Island, that opened—appropriately—on Canada Day. As it turned out, getting there proved to be half the fun. I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to take the ferry across False Creek–especially on a perfect summer’s [...]

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine Yields a Wealth of Local Flavours

By |July 26th, 2011|

Off-leash and delicious Dogfish at The London Chef, Tim Pawsey photo  Taste 2012 runs July 19-22. Read about last year's below—then book this year's here!   We’re just back from Victoria, where we took in a couple of days at Taste Victoria—the very successful food and wine celebration organised by culinary tourism maven Kathy [...]

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