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5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

By |May 29th, 2015|

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant 1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over the years, I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Vancouver Island’s wine scene. I’ve always had huge admiration [...]

Why the Where to Dine Awards are Different

By |April 30th, 2015|

Sashimi platter at Miku, photo: KK Law One of the highlights of my year are the WHERE to Dine Awards. They were handed out this week at a superb party at Boulevard Vancouver, hosted by WHERE, and emceed by the inimitable Fred Lee. As Food & Wine editor, I get to hand out [...]

Sai Woo, Vancouver: Chinatown Rising

By |April 21st, 2015|

Sai Woo's long bar makes the most of the expansive room One of the challenges of this gig is finding the time to return to those places that impress the first time around. It takes no shortage of smarts to open a restaurant right, to hit the ground running and not miss a step. I’m [...]

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

By |March 12th, 2015|

Nose to Tail at Campagnolo Roma Dramatic pig skull presentation at Campagnolo Roma makes the point I’m both intrigued and reassured by the resurgence and resilience of nose to tail dining. I’m a big fan of the whole beast movement, for any number of reasons. I’m intrigued because it really is a nod [...]

Amici Miei, a Flavour-packed Family Italian

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Amici Miei owners Marcella and Manrico I love it when I discover new little places with a whole lot of heart. There’s no question that’s the case at Amici Miei Cucina Italiana (1114 Denman St. 604-563-6610), in Vancouver’s West End. Owners Manrico Serpente  and Marcella Gentile told me they came to Vancouver last [...]

4 Sustainable Tastes at Vancouver Aquarium

By |February 22nd, 2015|

No, they weren't on the menu. But isn't everyone mesmerized by jellyfish? There's something very reassuring about walking into Stanley Park on a perfect, almost Spring evening. This night was spectacular. A crystal clear partial eclipse of the moon was framed by a cascade of brilliant stars, Venus and Jupiter. I was on my way [...]

4 Great Reasons to Fall in Love with Nettles

By |February 16th, 2015|

Nettles, freshly cut. Put them in the crisper and they'll keep for at least a couple of weeks. Or dry them. My love affair with Stinging Nettles is a relatively recent occurrence. When I was growing up, in England, it seemed they were everywhere, including at the bottom of our garden. It was [...]

Goodbye Kits Kitchen: Brian Fowke moves on

By |February 1st, 2015|

Brian Fowke... Time to move on.  Tim Pawsey photo Fresh daily proponent Brian Fowke says it's time to move on from his cherished Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which will now become AnnaLena ... This from today's mail: "I have just put my chef's knife down for the last time at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. With [...]

Drinking in Dine Out in Style

By |January 19th, 2015|

Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most [...]

Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $28 Picks

By |January 13th, 2015|

Baru Latino: Dine Out is about the undiscovered Dine Out’s $28 category is the most hotly contested, with some 133 options—of which quite a few are chains—though worth checking out. What you won’t find mentioned below are restos who seem to have a tough time charging moderately for wines, or for, whatever reason, [...]

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