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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 [...]

Blue Water Café Unsung Heroes: the 10th Anniversary Edition

By |January 16th, 2014|

Unsung Heroes creator, and Blue Water executive chef, Frank Pabst It was a decade ago that Frank Pabst rolled out his first Unsung Heroes seafood festival. Interestingly, at the time, it was considered to be not only cutting edge but a risky proposition. Pabst served ingredients such as sea urchin, jellyfish and poached [...]

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 Tale of Kale: One of the Healthiest Cookbooks Ever …

By |September 13th, 2013|

UPDATE: Congratulations to Queen of Kale Sharon Hanna! A Tale of Kale—The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood—won the 2013 Taste  Canada Single Subject Cookbook Award. “It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious.” “The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.” – The jury Sharon Hanna, Joe Lederer photo [...]

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 [...]

Long Table: Craft Distilling (Finally) Comes to Vancouver

By |February 23rd, 2013|

First sips of Vancouver's Long Table gin and vodka, Tim Pawsey photo Today marks a truly auspicious occasion in the sometimes mirky history of Vancouver's liquor trade. Long Table Distillery officially opens its doors—marking the launch of the city’s first distillery in several decades. The path to pulling the wraps off the converted [...]

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 [...]

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