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Sai Woo, Vancouver: Chinatown Rising

By |April 21st, 2015|

Sai Woo's long bar makes the most of the expansive room One of the challenges of this gig is finding the time to return to those places that impress the first time around. It takes no shortage of smarts to open a restaurant right, to hit the ground running and not miss a step. I’m [...]

Amici Miei, a Flavour-packed Family Italian

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Amici Miei owners Marcella and Manrico I love it when I discover new little places with a whole lot of heart. There’s no question that’s the case at Amici Miei Cucina Italiana (1114 Denman St. 604-563-6610), in Vancouver’s West End. Owners Manrico Serpente  and Marcella Gentile told me they came to Vancouver last [...]

6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

By |February 4th, 2015|

Sun Peaks - great skiing plus plenty more ... Sun Peaks—Canada's second largest ski resort—yields a wealth of fun and activities in a pristine alpine setting. However, there's a lot more here than you might imagine once you get off the slopes and trails.   1. Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival The [...]

Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

By |October 10th, 2014|

Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture [...]

Thai Cuisine by Montri: The King of Thai Returns

By |August 7th, 2014|

One of those few I consider a Vancouver ‘original, ’ Montri didn’t just ride the wave of Thai cuisine in the 1980s, he was a key player in bringing it into the mainstream.

Vancouver’s upstairs Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen adds a different dimension to West End dining

By |May 8th, 2014|

Taas, a tasty starter plate of grilled lamb with puffed rice, garnished with fresh cilantro, Tim Pawsey photo (Updated May 8, 2014) Upstairs restaurants (i.e. those without any significant street level presence) can be notoriously challenging. In a business where 'location, location, location' is everything, you can count one hand those in downtown [...]

Yak & Yeti: Hitting the Himalayan High Notes

By |April 11th, 2014|

Yak & Yeti Momos and Lamb Kebab I’m intrigued when restaurateurs open a second location. Often as not the reasons are pretty straightforward: As in “If it works here, why not there?” However, the thinking behind Yak & Yeti Bistro (2958 West 4th. Ave., 604-428-4422) is a bit different. It’s the other half [...]

No Time Like the Present to Jump on Wagon Rouge

By |February 20th, 2014|

  Bistro Wagon Rouge serves French classics in a cosy setting Wagon Rouge is one of those places where, if I lived in the ‘hood, I’d be every day. And, apparently, it's where a lot of people already are. My intro to the unfettered Gallic offshoot of Brad Miller’s popular Red Wagon diner [...]

Siena: Vancouver’s South Granville Enjoys a New Rising Star

By |November 26th, 2013|

  UPDATED, April 16, 2017. Change of ownership. UPDATED, NOV 26TH, 2013... Siena Offers Granville Shoppers 15% Off! (from the release) Siena Restaurant is getting in the holiday spirit by rewarding South Granville merchant shoppers with a 15% discount when they show a purchase receipt. Step outside the mall and take a walk down South [...]

First Tastes at Yaletown’s Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar with Wines of Roussillon

By |October 22nd, 2013|

  They had me at the Steelhead pastrami ...   Newly landed Good Wolfe (1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-428-1043) has been on my radar for some time but I just hadn’t managed to get there until a couple of weeks ago. It’s not that I deliberately dodge new opening shenanigans. But the reality [...]

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