Category: Parties & Events

First Taste of Chickpea: the Restaurant

Owners Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani successfully launched their Chickpea foodtruck over a year ago which took the city by storm, they have now expanded their offerings with their new 100% plant based restaurant located on Main Street. Here they…

Indian Summer Festival Gala 2017

On July 6th, I attended the annual energetic spicy gala, this year’s culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Chef Vikram Vij featured his friends mostly non-Indian restaurants cooked up their version of the Indian dishes focussing on this…

First Taste of Umaluma Gelato

With his entrepreneurial spirit and exuberant passion, owner and founder, Ian Bruce spent 18 months of R & D as well as more time on his vision of creating Canada’s first organic, 100% plant based gelato shop. He opened shop…

Summer Tasting Menu at Bauhaus Restaurant

It has been awhile since I had the Tasting Menu at Bauhaus, the Executive Chefs Tim Schultechef and David Mueller launched their summer tasting menu which I had a chance to try. I enjoyed their collaborative 6 course menu ($99)…

Joy of Feeding 2017

It was another glorious day at the 6th annual Joy of Feeding event that I attended on Saturday June 24 at UBC Farm. This is an incredible food loving event that featured 13 multi-cultural home cooks serving up their recipe…

New Menu, New Dishes at Cibo Trattoria

Chef de Cuisine Josh Gonneau, has launched a new menu filled with wonderful new dishes celebrating Italian cuisine. 1st dish: Albacore Tuna Crudo shaved fennel, pickled radish, orvieto olive oil wonderful flavours! 2nd dish: Chitarra al pesto, stinging nettle pesto,…

New Menu Tasting at India Bistro

It has been several years since my last visit to this popular West End bistro with it’s Northern Indian cuisine focus. 1st dish: Peshwari naan – one of my favourite breads here, it is a white leavened bread stuffed with…

Bauhaus Restaurant Celebrates 2 Years

Last night I attended the 2nd year anniversary celebration at this notable Gastown restaurant owned by Uwe Boll and Natalie Boll. Recent newcomer to the team includes Executive Chef Tim Schulte who has come from Germany, joining Executive Chef David Mueller…

Summer Menu Tasting at TUC Craft Kitchen

Chef Roy Fleming has launched an impressive menu for summer at his Gastown eatery which explores old world and old school recipes with a modern twist. 1st dish Lamb Dukkah seared lamb patties, white bean hummus, Moroccan relish, sesame &…

First Taste or Mukja Korean Cuisine

I had a chance to try a couple of dishes in this recently opened Korean restaurant owned by Kim Jic in the Kitsilano neighborhood. Built and designed the place themselves, the restaurant seats 74 people inside and they hope to…

Tasting Visit to The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge

The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge is known for its deliciously old-school vibe, I finally had a chance to visit this Chinatown lounge/eatery with its quirky ‘60s décor, focus on authentically spirited cocktails and appetizing eats. I enjoyed the…

Spring Menu Tasting at Restaurant 62

It has been a few years since my last visit to Chefs Matthew Nichols and Jeff Massey notable Fraser Valley restaurant. They pride themselves in offering seasonally changing innovative dishes using as much local ingredients as possible. 1st dish: The…

Riceberry Rice Tasting Dinner at Sala Thai

The other night I attended a tasting of this new superfood Riceberry, organized by the Thai Trade Centre here to promote Riceberry from Thailand locally. Riceberry rice has become the most popular whole grain rice amongst the health-conscious in Thailand….

Chocolate Challenge 2017

On April 27, I attended the Annual Chocolate Challenge fundraiser at Gourmet Warehouse; where many of top chocolatiers in the city were showcasing their chocolate creations for all to try and vote. First place winner was Thomas Haas of Thomas…

18th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition

On March 22nd I attended the 18th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition held at the Hyatt Regency. I was fortunate to be one of the invited media judges for the second year in a row to judge the table presentation of…

Tasting Natural Wines at Burdock & Co

After their recent Platinum award for Wine Program Excellence at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Burdock & Co has decided to celebrate the season. This Spring they are featuring their selection of orange and pink wines only, with a fresh…

L’Éclair de Génie Opening

Yesterday I was fortunate to attend the media preview tasting of this a Paris, France-based pastry shop that specializes in éclairs. This is the first North American location on Vancouver’s fashionable Robson street, and they are hopeful to open more…

First Taste of La Churreria

Co-owned by wife Adriana Orta and her husband Mazen Adas; they have recently opened the first Churros bar in Vancouver’s Westend neighborhood. The couple also own Los Amigos Taqueria across the street, at their three-year-old restaurant they began selling churros…

Science of Cocktails

The 2nd annual Science of Cocktails fundraiser took place on February 9 and this was quite the event featuring some of the city’s most talented bartenders, along with partnering chefs showcasing the science behind preparing modern cocktails and cuisine.  Largest…

Tasting Brunch at Heritage Asian Eatery

I visited for brunch recently with my friend Zahra to enjoy some delicious Asian dishes with a dash of fusion. 1st dish: Peking Duck Benny Bowl 2nd dish: Shiitake Mushroom Benny Bowl 3rd dish: Green Onion Pancake with Duck Roll…

Tasting Brunch at Bao Down Snack Bar

I visited for brunch recently with my friend Nick to enjoy some delicious Filipino fusion dishes with a twist. 1st dish: Longanise Corn Dogs, old school with banana ketchup & mustard. 2nd dish: Longanisa Grilled Cheese in a pandesal, with…

Hendricks Resto-Lounge Opening

On February 28, I attended the opening party for the new Hendricks Restaurant in The Westin Grand Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Overlooking the hustle and bustle of Vancouver’s Library Square, Hendricks Resto-Lounge is a 98-seat, contemporary twist on classic West…

First Taste of Mon Paris Pâtisserie

With it’s focus on exquisite French pastries with a contemporary twist, Parisian-trained Chef Elena Krasnova has recently opened her first standalone shop in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighborhood. Complete with a 600 square foot open-concept kitchen, the clean and simple design of…

New Pizzas Tasting at Novo Pizzeria

As one who appreciates a great tasting pizza, I was happy to lend my palate to taste some of Chef Carmine’s new pizza creations at Novo Pizzeria in Kitsilano, here is the run down. 1st dish: Novo Filetti Pizza with…

New Cocktails, New Dishes at El Santo

Last week I had the pleasure to partake in a media tasting of the new cocktails and dishes on their Winter Feature Sheet. As this is one of my favourite Mexican restaurants in the city, I was happy to venture to…

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