Five Foodie Treats

A selection of my favourite foodie treats in no particular order that I have tasted recently and where to find them. 1)Churro Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwich House-made sugary churro filled with a large scoop of Pistachio ice cream for a…

Sundae Challenge Winners 2016

The Vancouver Foodster Sundae Challenge was a huge success featuring 8 sundae creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their sundae creation from August 4-28, 2016. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite…

APERO KITCHEN AND WINE BAR

1735 Marine Drive, West Vancouver Tel: (604) 921-2583 Web: https://aperokitchen.wordpress.com Twitter @apero_kitchen Advice: Reservations suggested, open nightly after 3pm. Specializing in Mediterranean flavours with a focus centred in Italy, Owner/Chef Haymo Elzenbaumer has created a wonderful menu filled with delicious…

Bon Appetit Dinner at Showcase Restaurant

Dining at a long table, it was a spectacular 8 course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Jesse Hochhausen and Executive Sous Chef Westley Feist with Poplar Grove Wine pairings. Matthew Holler of Poplar Grove Winery dined with us, his knowledge…

Grey Goose Pairing Dinner with Chef Jamie Kennedy

Recently, I attended a wonderful media dinner with a select group of media that featured Celebrity Chef Jamie Kennedy who created a spectacular dinner with a seafood emphasis to pair with Grey Goose Cocktails. The Boulangerie Bleue cocktails were designed…

Tasting Plates Westend 2016

On Wednesday August 24, we presented another tasting tour of the Westend neighborhood featuring a great selection of restaurants along Davie and Denman Streets. Registration took place inside Marquis Wine Cellars. Marquis Wine Cellars and Vera’s Burgers Our Tasting Cup…

First Taste of TAKO

With it’s focus on Korean style-Mexican food with a twist, TAKO is serving up tacos, quesadillas, burrito’s, along with rice cakes, tortilla chips and poutine. You will also find beer, cold brew coffee and other beverages. Owned by Kathy and…

Yen Do making Pho for over 30 Years

Yen wasn’t interested in cooking while growing up in South Vietnam. It was only after she moved to Canada her love for cooking developed, she first lived in Prince George and then settled in Vancouver in 1986 with her husband….

New Dishes, New Menu at Torafuku

Chef Clement Chan invited me in to try his new menu of which it featured many new dishes. 1st dish: Miso Corny was juicy and full of flavours, Hickory smoked corn, miso butter, togorashi. 2nd dish: Taco Time Smoked pork hock,…

KUMA IZAKAYA

1233 Hamilton St, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-1177 Web: http://www.izakayakuma.com/ Twitter: n/a Advice: Reservations suggested. Open lunch and dinner daily. Specializing in Japanese fusion, this notable Izakaya is run by Chef Hyun Woo Kim who trained at a culinary school in…

VERIFOOD PASTA CAFÉ

1795 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-559-0300 Web: https://verifood.net/ Twitter: @Verifood_ Advice: Counter Service, eat-in, take-out Specializing in traditional Italian, this popular Westend cafe serves up house-made pastas with a variety of fillings and sauces, available in 2 sizes, regular and…

New Dishes at Ban Chok Dee in Maple Ridge

Ban Chok Dee recently opened their 2nd restaurant in Maple Ridge, I was invited to taste a selection of new dishes from Executive Chef Parinya Lopston’s menu. 1st dish: Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad) – A Refreshingly light medley of flavours…

Interview with Giuseppe Cortinovis

Vancouver is home to some of the best chefs in the world, many have worked for the top chefs and restaurants around the world as well as around the city. Dishing with the Chefs is a series of Interviews with some…

ROCKY POINT ICE CREAM

2800 Murray Street, Port Moody Tel: (604) 492-3119 Web: http://rockypointicecream.com/ Twitter: @RPIceCream Advice: Counter service. Established in 1997, this ice cream parlour has been serving customers for over 19 years, founded by Jamie & Yvette Cuthbert. Here it is all…

Touring The Parkside Brewery

Vern Lambourne & Sam Payne started their brewery in June of 2016 as the latest addition to Brewer’s Row in Port Moody. Located across the street from Rocky Point Park and between Yellow Dog Brewing and Moody Ales. Sam toured…

First Taste of Gabi & Jules

With it’s focus on whole pies or pie by the slice, Gabi & Jules bakery has recently opened in Port Moody. Owned by Lisa and Patrick Beecroft, the bakery and the pies are named after the couple’s two daughters, 4-year-old…

HUGOS TACOS CHURROS

7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond Web: http://hugoschurros.com/ Twitter: @Hugoschurros Advice: Counter Service. Located inside the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall near the Vancouver Airport, is this Mexican taco and churro spot run by Daniel Garcia. Located on the Southern side of…

Feast of Fields Celebrates 50 on Sept 11

One of my favourite foodie events of the year is about to celebrate their 50th. This year FarmFolk CityFolk’s, Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 11th at Laurica Farm and Fraser Common Farm (combined venue)….

KOZAKURA

280 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-720-3145 Web: http://www.kozakuragastown.ca/ Twitter @kozakuragastown Advice: Reservations for the bar only, between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Specializing in Kappo-style Japanese cuisine that originates in the Osaka area of Japan, Chef Keith Allison takes a nod from…

Fin To Tail at the Vancouver Aquarium

Last night I attended a one of a kind event which I hope is repeated again and again, presented by Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium. The event emphasized how to cook sustainable seafood from Vancouver’s hottest Ocean Wise® chefs….

Mixology Night on the Pier

Celebrating the rebirth of cocktail culture, The Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver added a spectacular new event into the mix, a Mixology Night on the Pier. This exciting new culinary event featured 8 of the city’s top bartenders, along…

Montes Wine Tasting and Lunch at Forage

Montes Wines began in 1987 in Chile with their two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise…

Maria-Elena making Mexican dishes for over 25 Years

Maria-Elena and her daughter Greysy de la Rosa have been cooking, making all the sauces and other dishes at Patron Tacos & Cantina for the past 5 years. They are the heart and soul of the restaurant, creating and implementing…

First Taste of Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen

Serving it up old school, Chef/Owner Nitzan Cohen is making his own delicious pastrami, in fact his deli is the only one making it’s own pastrami on the Westcoast North of Portland, he brines the meat for 10 days, then…

First Taste of Caffe Mangia

Situated in a beautiful heritage house, owner Marvin Chu has created an Italian style eatery reminiscent of the North Burnaby area in which he was raised. Now open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday, there is seating inside as…

JAM CAFÉ

556 Beatty St, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-1992 Web: http://jamcafes.com/vancouver/ Twitter: @JamCafeYVR Advice: No reservations. Open Daily 8am to 3pm. This is breakfast central and it’s one of the hippest in the city, consistently serving up some of the best breakfast…

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