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It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

By |July 5th, 2014|

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around we’ve ‘graduated’ to Pimm's no. 6, and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t seem quite as ‘Pimmish’ as no. 1., [...]

Waste Not, Want Not: Concerned about wasteful consumption, local chefs go whole hog

By |November 29th, 2013|

Unless you’re a regular overnight visitor to Vancouver’s higher end hotels, chances are you’re not aware of the Essential Vancouver. It’s the sister publication to monthly WHERE magazine, with whom I've enjoyed a much-valued relationship over many years. I’ve also been lucky enough to write for the Essential Vancouver since its inception. It’s a stunningly [...]

A Remembrance at L’Arc de Triomphe: More Than Meets the Eye

By |November 10th, 2013|

L'Arc de Triomphe looms large, at the west end of Les Champs-Elysées When I spend time in France, occasionally, some profound emotion takes hold, often when I’m least expecting it. When I was growing up in England, “The War” came up regularly, if fleetingly, especially when my parents’ friends came to visit. It [...]

The Honda Coupe / Painted Rock Shifting and Sipping Post. Just Kidding!**

By |October 8th, 2013|

Honda Accord Coupe V6 Navi at Painted Rock Sleek lines in front and behind I have to confess, I had a tough time giving back my sleek Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 Navi, which I was lent for the other week’s Okanagan trip, prior to the BC Wine Awards judging. This is one [...]

No Roughing it in Osoyoos: Watermark Hits the Mark and More

By |September 27th, 2013|

The view from Watermark Resort: An ever changing panorama I’ll admit it: when I’m in full-on writing mode, I’m a bit of a home-body, which can be challenging on the road. All the more reason why I’m very happy to be ensconced in the Watermark Beach Resort, in Osoyoos, in southern BC. Yes, [...]

The Champagne Charlie Chronicles: Riding the Rails Around North America

By |September 23rd, 2013|

Everyone says it looks like we're getting married here but Richard Carras (left), who helped put it all together, is just showing us where to sign on the contract! The best laid plans ... My good intentions to document a few memories of In the Footsteps of Champagne Charlie have been derailed by [...]

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

By |September 19th, 2013|

Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street Paxton's, for the cultured cheese lover On my way across London to Heathrow the other day, I had a little time to spare, so thought I’d check out my old neighbourhood, St. James, where I used to work. Well, actually, it was really an excuse to drop by [...]

In the Footsteps of Champagne Charlie: 20 Years On

By |September 1st, 2013|

In the Footsteps ... the night before The Night They Invented Champagne! A slightly younger Tim & Heather toast the next 100 days on the roof of Hotel Vancouver - Jack Wong photo Hard to believe, but exactly 20 years ago today, on September 1, 1993, my wife, Heather, and I embarked on “In [...]

BC Politicians Mull Legalising Wine on the Beach

By |July 15th, 2013|

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania. Used because it's what comes up when you google "wineglass on the beach" and is way prettier, anyway. You have to hand it to our provincial government. No time like a summer semi-heatwave (that’s as close as we get in Vancouver) to raise the spectre of—gasp—legalising the consumption of alcohol [...]

5 Reasons Why, Even in the Rain, this Cactus will Soon be Flourishing

By |May 7th, 2013|

Last night we dropped by Cactus Club Coal Harbour to check it out on what more than passed for a spectacular Summer's afternoon. Here's what we found, inside looking out from that "giant dormer" mentioned further on ... Essentially, at the the push of a button, the entire wall of windows slides aside to bring [...]

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