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Maji: Bridging Richmond’s Ocean Wise gap

By |March 1st, 2017|

Maji offers more than a passing nod to Ocean Wise. In the best of all possible worlds, every restaurant I walked into would adhere to Ocean Wise. I know that to realize such a dream may take a while. Ongoing over-fishing, by-catch and compromised habitat threaten seafood stocks that we continue to take so much for granted. Vancouver Aquarium’s game changing [...]

Thierry’s Rendez-Vous Film Fest Returns

By |December 10th, 2015|

In full sabreur regalia, Thierry recreates a moment that many may recall from the restaurant Chatting with a friend over lunch the other day, we were reminiscing about some of the more colourful characters who have brightened Vancouver’s restaurant scene over the years. Many are no longer with us. But one who is [...]

Joe Fortes Marks a Milestone

By |November 11th, 2015|

Joe Fortes: pulling out all the stops They threw a heck of a party last night at Joe Fortes—and rightly so. Hitting the 30 year mark in a dining city as fickle as Vancouver certainly merits an occasion. There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate, so I thought it worthy of a [...]

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 [...]

The Roof at Hotel Vancouver Re-Opens as a Pop Up

By |February 4th, 2014|

The Roof is back! Martinis too, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, March 25th, 2014... From the announcement: "…It’s official – The Roof is now open!   After several unexpected delays, the doors swung open this morning.   Thank you for your patience and on behalf of the team at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, we look forward [...]

Wild Rice Closes Groundbreaking Original

By |February 2nd, 2014|

Andrew Wong & chef Stu Irving (who went on to open Cobre). Hmmm, sure took some awkward pics in those days! Wild Rice, Andrew Wong’s trend-setting downtown room at Vancouver’s Pender and Carrall streets, has closed. Wong has decided to focus his energies entirely on Wild Rice Bistro at River Market, in New Westminster. I’m [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

By |January 10th, 2014|

Another Haywire first! How about toasting The Year of the Horse with a brightly adorned bottle of Okanagan Pinot Noir? While several BC wineries have turned their attention to Hong Kong and the broader mainland Chinese market in the last couple of years, few have pursued the significant Canadian Asian market here at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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