Category: Tastings

Tasting New Dishes at Chi Restaurant

It has been awhile since my last visit to Chef Le Chi and her restaurant in Kitsilano, my friend Sylvia Talbot and I enjoyed a wonderful catchup over these delicious modern Vietnamese dishes. 1st dish: Lemongrass Beef Jerky Papaya Salad…

Chef Meets BC Grape

I recently attended Chef Meets BC Grape at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, this was a wonderful event and one of the largest annual celebrations of BC VQA wines and local food with 94 BC wineries sharing their new spring…

Spring Patio Tasting on the Dockside Restaurant Patio

I recently attended a celebration of spring, held on May 24 on the beautiful patio behind the Granville Island Hotel. This annual event celebrated spring with a tasting of appetizers from the chefs at Dockside Restaurant along with a tasting…

Portland at The Benson with dinner at Palm Court

My last stay at this historic hotel was about 25 years ago when it was owned by the Westin brand, fast track to present day The Benson is part of the Coast Hotels family. Built in 1912, renovated recently, we…

New Dishes, New Chef at Juniper

It has been over 1-1/2 years since my last visit, with new Executive Chef Warren Chow leading the kitchen, I visited recently with my friend and podcast co-host Zahra Alani to try several dishes from their new menu. 1st dish:…

Tasting New Dishes at Fable Kitchen

It has been a couple of years since my last visit to Chef Trevor Bird’s notable Kitsilano restaurant, I had the pleasure to dine there a few nights ago to explore the restaurant once again and try some of the…

Pescetarian Tasting Menu at Ancora

Chef Ricardo Valverde has put together an incredible tasting menu which I experiencd the other night, this Pescetarian menu is on until the end of March available Sunday – Thursday. The menu is $59 per person, with wine pairings extra,…

Valentines Tea Set Menu at TWG Tea Salon

I indulged in their Valentines Tea last week with a little pre-Valentine’s day tasting pleasure. Executive Chef Cliff Hohl has designed a wonderful menu to pair with the TWG teas to celebrate this special day. Bain de Roses Tea Cocktail…

New Dishes Tasting at Viet House Restaurant

Executive Chef John Nguyen invited me in to try some of his chefs specialty dishes. 1st dish: Duck Confit Mantou – these were delicious soft mantou bun filled with flavorful duck confirt and pickled vegetables, served with crunchy fries. 2nd…

New Dishes Tasting at Water Street Café

It had been over 20 years since my last visit to this iconic restaurant in Gastown, After almost 30 years the original owner had retired, then ownership changed in November, now run by two industry veterans; Eli Brennan and Chef…

New Coffee Drinks and Treats at Caffe Artigiano

Last week Caffe Artigiano launched some new coffee beverages for the holiday season along with some new treats from local Bjorn Bakery which are to be available beginning in January. Chef Dawn Doucette has paired up with Caffé Artigiano’s Director…

New Menu Tasting at La Quercia

After almost 10 years Chef Adam Pegg has reinvented his restaurant, renovated, now has a printed menu with many pasta selections, all pastas are made in house daily, as well are their are many new dishes and some old favourites….

New Dishes Tasting at El Santo

With new Executive Chef Sam Fabbro now head of the kitchen at this restaurant which just celebrated it’s 2 year anniversary, I had the pleasure to revisit to taste some of chef’s new dishes. 1st dish: Queso Panela & Asado…

New Dishes Tasting at Cactus Club Cafe

Chef Cory Vitiello is the Cactus Club Director of Culinary Development, some of his newly created dishes were featured along with some of Chef Rob Feenie’s new dishes at a dinner recently. Sommelier Sebastien Le Goff paired some incredible wines…

Tasting at the New Prospect Point Cafe

After a $3.5 million renovation completed in late summer, the iconic Prospect Point café located at Prospect Point in Stanley Park re-opened. Once operational, I had a chance to taste thru the menu and try some of their new dishes….

Fall Menu Tasting at Bacchus Restaurant

Chef Montgomery Lau had recently launched his fall/winter menu, Lawrence and I had the pleasure to try several of these fall inspired dishes. Sommelier, Tereza Roux had provided some guidance in selecting the perfect British Columbia wines to pair with…

Tasting Brunch at The New Oxford

Chef Sarah Stewart recently joined The Donnelly Group who runs The New Oxford as well as many other restaurants and bars across the country; she joined Executive Chef Alvin Pillay. I enjoyed a taste of their newly launched brunch menu…

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)…

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…

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 &…

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….

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…

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