Category: Tastings

Desserts To Go at Wild Sweets

Wild Sweets by Dominique & Cindy Duby recently launched a premium desserts selection that combine their chocolate with crème brulee, chocolate mousse and other fine elements. The desserts can be ordered online through their website for pickup at their Richmond…

Temper Chocolate and Pastry Holiday Preview

I visited Pastry Chef/Owner Steven Hodge for a holiday season preview to taste some of their newest chocolate and pastry creations. Steven Hodge has gotten creative with his seasonal chocolate sculptures to capture the holidays and crafted a handful of…

Chocolate Arts Holiday Preview

I sat down with head chocolatier Greg Hook to learn preview their holiday collection for this years season. From bite-sized stocking stuffers to show-stopping centerpieces, Greg Hook and his team employ their signature combination of artisanal techniques, attention to detail…

Exploring Spanish Food and Drink at Salida 7

Ever since I visited Barcelona, I have always longed for more tapas, dishes with the flavours of Spain. Salida 7 opened in Vancouver a couple of months ago, serving dishes that originate in the Gerona region of Spain along with…

A Taste of the Holiday Season at Urban Tea Merchant

I had taste of the Christmas season at Urban Tea Merchant recently where they launched their new TWG teas for the holiday season. I tasted some tea inspired canapes as well as some of the teas from this line-up of…

Bambudda Fall Menu Tasting

Visited last night to taste some of Chef Curtis Luk’s new dishes, he is the new Executive Chef of the restaurant, I was excited to take a whirl through his menu, as well as the new cocktail menu by Bartender…

Omakase Tasting at Raw Bar

My friend Chef Takayuki Omi joined me for an Omakase tasting menu (Chefs choice) on his night off. He guided me through this 100% Ocean Wise certified sushi bar explaining each of the pieces and noting the origin of each….

Experiencing Table D’Hote at Jules Bistro

My friend Gin and I dined together the other night at this always charming Gastown French eatery. I had the Bistro Salad, a bowl of mixed greens, roasted cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts, red onion and dijon dressing; Gin enjoyed a…

Fall Menu Tasting at Famoso Pizzeria

I was invited back to taste some of their new dishes and pizzas which were recently added to the menu for the fall season. 1st dish: Korean Bbq Pork Pizza – slow roasted bbq pork, Korean bbq sauce, fior di…

Taste of Yaletown at Hapa Izakaya

Last night I ate my way through each course of the 3 course optioned Taste of Yaletown menu. Their offering is broken down into 3 courses where diners choose 1 of the 3 dishes in that course. My friend Jonathan…

The Abbey Fall Menu Tasting

Visited The Abbey last week to taste some of their new dishes, I was joined by my friend Alyssa Dawson to share these dishes. 1st dish: Crudo of sustainable seafood, spicy ponzu 2nd dish: Duck Rillettes 3rd dish: Grilled Chicken,…

Earls Restaurant Fall Menu Tasting

Last week I attended a media tasting of the new dishes on the fall menu that were developed by their chefs collective, David Wong, Dawn Doucette and Hamid Salimian. Asides from my favourite dishes below,  Dawn showed off some of…

Summer Menu Tasting at The Bibo

Visited The Bibo last week to taste some of Chef Danilo’s new dishes and try some of Chef Marco’s new Pizzas! My friend Felix Yau joined me to share these dishes. 1st Dish: Zucchini quite the delicious presentation, local zucchini…

Tasting Cheesecakes at Trees Organic

In to taste some of the cheesecakes that I have yet to try, the list grew and before I knew it I was tasting 5 different cheesecakes. 1st Cheesecake: Mango Splash Cheesecake  Feature cheesecake with mango mixed in the cheesecake….

Fish House Summer Menu Tasting

I was invited to taste some of their new dishes off their summer menu. The Hot Platter which I shared with my friend. I loved the Dungeness Crab Cakes, Mussels in the curried cream corn, Chili spiced Calamari and the…

Tasting Brunch at Jules Bistro

Last Saturday I was joined by my friend Kenji Maeda for brunch at this classic French bistro located in the heart of Gastown. We sat inside peering out the open window with the view of their patio and the nearby…

Tasting Brunch at Chicha Restaurant

Further exploring Peruvian cuisine, I tasted my way through a sampling of the new brunch menu at Chicha Restaurant. Chef Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flock have created a wonderful selection of dishes to enhance our love of their Peruvian restaurant….

Lobby Restaurant Summer Menu Tasting

Executive Chef Joel Green launched his summer menu recently and I was invited to taste some of their new dishes. Alaskan Weathervane Scallop Ceviche as the Amuse Beautiful tasting trio of Rangeland Bison Carpaccio with truffle scented rocket greens, Yukon…

Tasting Summer Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges

Yesterday I kicked off summer in style on the patio of Market at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown Vancouver, joined by my friend Kenji Maeda. Bubbles, Beats & Brunch takes places every weekend all summer long featuring an array of flavourful…

Tasting Brunch at Calabash Bistro

Executive Chef Cullin David and his team launched their brunch menu this spring which I had the pleasure to try when I interviewed Zahra Alani in my Celebrity Brunch Interview. I then dined for a media tasting to try more…

Summer Menu Tasting at Famoso Pizzeria

I was invited to taste some of their new dishes and pizzas which were recently added to the menu. 1st dish: Ricotta Gnudi with eggplant caponata 2nd dish: The Catalan Pizza topped with roasted gala apples, spiced raisins, toasted pine nuts, sautéed…

Afternoon Tasting at Temper Pastry

Last week I revisited one of my favourite chocolatiers and pastry shop in West Vancouver. Chef Steve Hodge is a creative wizard concocting new pastries, chocolates and desserts that fill his pastry case. My friend Chef Felix Yau joined me…

Spring Menu Tasting at Joe Fortes

Executive Chef Wayne Sych launched his spring menu recently at Joe Fortes and I was invited to taste some of their new dishes. 1st dish: King Crab Tempura – smoked bacon, fresno chile, sweet soy 2nd dish: Peppercorn Ahi Tuna…

Sakura Japanese Tea Ceremony at O5

  To celebrate spring and the coming out of all the cherry blossoms around the city, O5 Rare Tea held a unique tea ceremony featuring their special Sakura Tea (made of cherry blossoms).   This was a tea ceremony after…

Tasting Brunch at Mamie Taylors

Executive Chef Tobias Grignon and his team launched their Southern American style brunch menu this weekend and my friend Julius and I shared a selection of dishes. I have eaten dinner in the past and it’s great to see them now offering…

Blending for Gold at Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters have been have won three Gold medals awarded by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters in Italy. I had the pleasure to attend a media tasting recently where owners Brian and Linda Turko talked about each of…

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