Category: Tastings

Menu Tasting at Touhenboku Ramen

Visited for the first time recently to experience the menu offerings at this ramen focussed restaurant in the Westend. I was invited along with a group of media to try many of the selections. 1st course: A sample of appetizers…

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,…

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…

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…

New Dishes at Black Rice Izakaya

Chef Young Shin invited me in to try some of his new dishes which are now available on their nightly features menu. 1st dish: Endive in the basket with Seafood tartar and honey yuzu playful as the endive becomes the…

New Menu, New Dishes at Patron Tacos & Cantina

I enjoyed a catch-up dinner with friend and Chef Pedro Gonzalez while talking about Mexican culture and the dishes his mom had made for him while growing up in California. We shared a variety of dishes, some new, some not…

Summer Menu Tasting at the Seawall Bar & Grill

Visited for the first time recently to experience the dinner menu offerings at this restaurant with an amazing view of the Coal Harbour marina and the local mountains. They also boast a beautiful outside patio at this restaurant adjacent to…

EBO Restaurant Summer Tasting Menu

Chef Keith Pears prepared a 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings focussing on the British Columbia Okanagan region wines. I recently interview Chef Keith Pears who is the creative genius behind these wonderful dishes. 1st course: Yellowfin Tuna with…

Specials + Spirits Tasting Menu at House Special

Having visited a few times since opening, I was invited back to preview a special 4 course tasting menu that they are featuring for a limited time over the summer starting on July 22. Nick Carey’s “Apocalypse Now” New York…

GAMBERO ROSSO Tre Bicchieri 2016 Tasting

It was a special fete to attend the Masterclass where these award winning Italian wines were presented for tasting. A selection of whites and reds these were the top wines of the recent vintage poured here in Vancouver, this presentation…

Johnsonville Sausage Tasting with Chef Mark McEwan

I could never pass up an invitation to chat with notable celebrity Chef Mark McEwan, especially when he was back in our city where some delicious pizza was part of the affair. As Johnsonville Sausage Canadian pitchman, Chef Mark McEwan…

New Dishes, New Cocktails at Juniper

Visited recently to taste some of Shaun Layton’s new cocktails and Chef Sarah Stewart’s dishes on their Summer menu. 1st cocktail: Villanova cocktail with gin mare, Fever Tree tonic water, orange marmalade, orange bitters, fino, so refreshing and light. 1st…

New Dishes, New Cocktails and Exile Bistro

Visited recently to taste some of the new cocktails and dishes on their Summer menu. 1st cocktail: Emerald Lake Cocktail with Gin, maple, lime, fresh water blue-green algae; unique white froth on top comes from the shaking of the blue-green…

Spring Menu Tasting at El Camino’s

Visited recently to taste some of the new cocktails and dishes on the Latin forcussed spring menu. 1st cocktail: Super refreshing Classic Margharita with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Cointreau and a salted rim 1st dish: Papas Chorreadas, their version of…

Spot Prawns Tasting at Vancouver Fish Co.

A few weeks ago I tasted some of the spot prawn offerings on their spot prawn menu at this Granville Island abode. Rock fish Tempura with grilled spot prawns and mint aioli Maple Walnut Spot Prawns Spot Prawns Platter for…

A Taste of Italy at Sciue’

On May 26, I attended an Italian Networking & Tasting Event at Sciue’ downtown where they prepared a variety of dishes using made in Italy products. The Extraordinary Italian Taste project is a campaign to promote food products that are…

A First Taste of Haida Wild

Dirty Apron Cooking School recently played host to a media/chefs tasting of some fairly new seafood products from Haida Wild. At each of the 4 chef stations I had a chance to sample their salmon and other products as well…

Tasting Brunch at La Brasserie

La Brasserie recently re-launched their popular weekend brunch service, I had a taste of some of their notable dishes. The Chicken Mornay Crepes and the potatoes with their homemade ketchup were delicious pairing perfectly with a glass of fresh orange…

Joe Fortes Lunch Menu, New Dishes

Executive Chef Wayne Sych launched his spring / summer lunch menu recently and I was invited to taste some of their new dishes as well try some old favourites. 1st dish:   Tomato & Beet Salad fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes,…

Tasting Brunch at WildTale

Recently starting up a weekend brunch service, I gave this one a whirl trying some of their dishes and juice combo over brunch on the patio in the heart of Yaletown. The Ginger fresh juice with carrot, ginger and lemon…

Tasting New Dishes at Drew’s Catering

I was recently invited to dine at the Chef’s Table to try some new dishes off of Chef Andrew Munro Drew’s Catering spring menu. Canapes Scallops in a roasted piquillo sauce with morel mushrooms Duck Breast with balsamic shallots on…

Wonderous Halibut Dishes to Start the Season

As Halibut is one of my favourite fish, I am always quite excited to try some of the dishes that the creative chefs in and around our city have prepared, here are some that I have tried since the season…

New Dishes, New Chef at Bacchus

I was fortunate to have dinner with Hotel Manager Glenn Eleiter to experience and preview Executive Chef Simon Bolsover’s new menu. I always thought food writers had great untold stories that was until I dined with a hotel manager, we’ll…

Spring Menu, New Dishes at Brix & Mortar

I was fortunate to have dinner on the inside patio with Executive Chef Chris Bisaro on his night off the other night as I tried several new dishes from his recently launched Spring menu which focusses on modern Canadian cuisine…

Celebrating the Spirits at BC Distilled

On March 26th I attended BC Distilled that featured over 23 distilleries from across British Columbia, it was mostly small-batch distilleries and many of them were new. I was looking forward to another round so to speak, after last years…

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