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McWatters and Time March On — to Penticton

By |April 25th, 2016|

Harry McWatters is like the venerable Energizer Bunny... Every time you think he might be done, he keeps on going. And it’s usually well ahead of the curve.

McWatters Sells Time Estate Land, Building

By |April 2nd, 2016|

When Harry McWatters (pictured above in 2013) announced on April 1 that he had sold his beloved Sundial Vineyard and still unfinished new winery I wasn’t all that shocked. I knew it was no April Fool's joke. I had visited the site just last month and was surprised to see just how far behind it [...]

Il Giardino to Re-Open: Umberto Menghi’s Iconic Room to Rise Again

By |January 30th, 2014|

Il Giardino, Umberto’s much lamented restaurant, which he closed last spring to make way for redevelopment, may well resurface just up the street. It appears that once Umberto realised just how much Il Giardino really meant to people he wasted little time in seeking out a new home for his flagship, long running room. I’ve [...]

BYO = Brew Your Own: Moonshine Beer in Bag Home Brewing Unveiled in U.K.

By |November 27th, 2013|

Hops in a bag at home? No worries! Never at a loss to navigate their way around high liquor taxes, the Brits are at it again. This time with the seemingly ingenious and cleverly named Moonshine home brewing bag. Just add water and wait! I wonder if and when (or if ever) this [...]

Vancouver’s Loss is Saskatoon’s Gain: Dale MacKay Opens Ayden Kitchen & Bar

By |November 19th, 2013|

Ayden Kitchen & Bar boasts a talented team led by Dale MacKay This hard-hitting, exposé of a blog is mainly about Vancouver and BC’s scene but occasionally addresses topics “beyond”—in this case Saskatoon. But there’s still a very definite Vancouver connection. One of Canada’s brightest culinary stars, Chef Dale MacKay officially pulled the [...]

1789 Restaurant & Lounge Now Open

By |August 18th, 2013|

1789 Sometimes the address is the smartest way to go ... It's official! The space formerly known as Samson's Squeeze is now open, as 1789 Restaurant & Lounge. When it comes to naming your restaurant,  just picking the right number can be the simplest solution. After all the kerfuffle surrounding the choice of [...]

West End’s Celebrated Delilah’s (almost) Re-emerges as Café Delilah. But Now Will Not.

By |August 5th, 2013|

"Unforeseen and challenging circumstances" mean that "Delilah's" will not be resurrected after all. UPDATE: This from the restaurant's Facebook page... Due to unforeseen and challenging circumstances, the owners of this restaurant's Facebook page, Daryle Nagata and Paul Puratich, will be shutting down this account and its associated Twitter and Instagram feeds as of [...]

Quails’ Gate Welcomes Nikki Callaway as New Winemaker

By |July 24th, 2013|

Nikki Callaway and "Olli" New Quails Gate winemaker Nikki Callaway and her dog, Olli Quails Gate has announced that Nikki Callaway will take over the reins from Grant Stanley as winemaker. (Stanley left Quails Gate this spring to join 50th Parallel.) Callaway is no stranger to Quails Gate. For the last five years [...]

R.I.P. Peter Lehmann, “Baron of Barossa,” 1930-2013

By |July 23rd, 2013|

Margaret and Peter Lehmann, around the time of their 2011 Vancouver visit When the French (and others) talk about “terroir” they’re generally referring to geography, soil type, grapes—but also the human element. Wine, after all—above all—is very much about people. It’s a fact of which we’re constantly reminded, especially when a legend in [...]

Chef Hamid Salimian bids farewell to Diva at the Met

By |May 17th, 2013|

Chaf Hamid Salimian: on the move TP photo It's been only a matter of weeks since we were raving about Chef Hamid Salimian and his remarkable Persian inspired tasting menu at Diva at the Met. But Chef Hamid is on the move.  June 4th, 2013, will be his last day at Diva before he leaves [...]

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