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Victoria’s Steamship Grill: a Tasty Nautical Nod

By |February 12th, 2014|

I’m a bit of a history buff, especially where buildings, food and art intersect. That thought crossed my mind when I looked out of our window from Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific to see the stunningly refurbished and restored Steamship Terminal.  The majestic, Francis Rattenbury designed structure dates from 1924, when it was built to serve as [...]

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

By |September 19th, 2013|

Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street On my way across London to Heathrow the other day, I had a little time to spare so I decided to  check out my old neighbourhood, St. James, where I used to work. Well, actually, it was really an excuse to drop by Paxton & Whitfield, at 93 Jermyn St., [...]

Cherry Blossoms: On the Brink of Spring

By |March 7th, 2013|

Cherry tree redux ... UPDATED, March 17th, 2016 In case you were wondering just how early spring has sprung, here's 'my' cherry tree today, a good two weeks ahead of schedule... Also, just as I mentioned below, other people were there taking pictures. I love this cherry tree, which at some point suffered a catastrophic [...]

Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver: Looking Forward to Next Year

By |March 21st, 2011|

The English wrote the book on gin - Tim Pawsey photo We’ve been taking stock of last week’s cocktail infused days, sifting through images and notes from Tales of the Cocktail—the New Orleans success story brought to Vancouver by TOTC founder Ann Tuenneman. Kudos to the contingent of savvy folks behind the Canadian [...]

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