Category: Tastings

Tasting New Desserts at Trafiq Café

I tasted my way through some of their new dessert and baked goods creations recently at this popular cafe bakery on Main Street. 1st Creation: Trafiq Chocolate Toblerone with vanilla Creme on top, caramel milk chocolate in the middle & dark…

Akakuro-Buta Tasting Tour around Vancouver

Up until a few days ago I had no idea what Akakuro-Buta was other than knowing that it was a type of pork. I had an opportunity to meet Christopher Ng of Wingtat Game Bird Packers during a media tasting…

Menu Tasting at Blue Canoe

Chef Danilo Ibarra invited me in to taste some of his Latin inspired dishes which he has added to his menu at Blue Canoe Restaurant in Steveston. Since I love Latin flavours and haven’t dined at the Blue Canoe in…

Artisan SakeMaker Sake Release Tasting

On January 15, I attend the  Fraser Valley Junmai Sake – Series Two release tasting which also celebrated Artisan SakeMaker’s 7th Anniversary. These sake are part of the regional Osake series made from 100% organically grown sake rice in Abbotsford, BC.  Series…

Taste BC 2014

After missing this event for the past few years, I attended the latest one which was held last night, a fundraiser put on by Liberty Wine Merchants with proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital – Oak Tree Clinic. This time…

Fall Menu Tasting at Le Parisien

I revisited recently to taste their Fall/Winter Menu, I tried some of the new dishes. 1st dish Crispy Pork Belly 2nd dish Smoked Chicken Liver & Fois Gras Parfait 3rd dish Cheese fondue with side salad 4th dish Chorizo Wrapped…

Brunch on The Roof of Black + Blue

Last weekend I was invited to taste some of the new menu items on the weekend brunch menu on The Roof. Months ago they installed a moving canopy that enclosed the stunning patio and beautiful roof top kitchen. It was…

Fall Menu Tasting at Mosaic

I was into Mosaic at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver to taste their Fall Menu, I tried some of the new dishes Chef Thomas Heinrich has on the menu. 1st dish: Chestnut Apple Bisque 2nd dish: Fall Salad 3rd dish: Butter…

Fall Menu Tasting at Joe Fortes

Executive Chef Wayne Sych launched his fall menu recently at Joe Fortes and I was invited to taste some of their new dishes.  1st dish: Lobster Bisque – atlantic lobster, brandy, cream 2nd dish: Truffle Parmesan Fries 3rd dish: Braised…

Fall Menu Tasting at Sol Sun Belt

Visited Sol Sun Belt Cookery last weekend to taste many new dishes of their fall menu from Executive Chef Abdel Elatouabi joined by my friend Rob Kemp who shared them all with me. 1st dish: Vegan Antipasto hummus, roasted eggplant,…

Cook Hall Menu Lunch Tasting at Market

Atlanta’s famed Cook Hall is being featured in Vancouver at MARKET by Jean-Georges through to October 31, 2013. I had the opportunity to enjoy some dishes during lunch last Friday that was prepared by Cook Hall’s Executive Chef David Gross…

Languedoc Wine Bar Crawl

Last week I took part in an exciting tour with some other invited media guests around the city that wined and dined us at four of Vancouver’s top wine bars. Travelling by a bus limo we made our way around…

Fall Menu Lunch Tasting at Market

I was into Market at the Shangri-la Hotel to taste their Fall Menu last week, I tried some of the new dishes Chef Chef De Cuisine, Montgomery Lau has on the menu. Freshly baked rolls selection First dish was the…

French Tasting Menu at Mosaic Bar and Grille

Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich creates a different 5 course tasting menu each month, I have tasted some of his others, this time he invited me in to taste his new French Tasting Menu. 1st Course: Fois Gras Parfait with apple,…

Valrhona Chocolate Reception at Secret Location

Last week I had a chance to taste some of the new chocolates in the Valrhona line of chocolate products alongside many of the city’s invited pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Pastry Chef Kira Desmond and her team created some sweet…

Welcome Concierge a Night of Festivity at Francesco’s

Last night I attended Welcome Concierge a night of dining, music and festivity at Francesco’s. This enjoyable evening was hosted by the team of Francesco’s for many of the city’s hotel concierges. The room has undergone renovations over the past…

Tasting Brunch at Homer Street Cafe

Last Sunday I was invited to the kick-off of weekend brunch and to indulge in any or all of the brunch items that my heart and stomach so desired! It was nice to find some different menu items on this…

La Pentola Tasting

Having dined at La Pentola previously, there were many new dishes that I wanted to try and did so on this visit.  1st dish: Souffle di parmigiano, zucchini crudo 2nd dish: Heirloom Tomato Salad 3rd dish: Polenta gnocchi, cheese fonduta,…

Cook The Vote

Last night I attended a fabulous event called Cook The Vote hosted by PiDGiN Restaurant in Gastown that featured bites from Vancouver’s enRoute magazine Best New Restaurant nominees. Vij’s Railway Express, Acorn, Heirloom, Burdock & Co., Wildebeest, PiDGiN & Espana…

Summer Menu Tasting at Mosaic Bar and Grille

Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich invited me in to taste his new dishes from his Summer menu as well as his Chinese tasting menu. Bar Snack: Lotus Root Chips with chinese spices 1st dish: GBE Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad 2nd dish:…

Tasting more Peruvian dishes at Chicha

Having dined at Chicha restaurant previously, there were many more dishes that I wanted to try and did so on this visit. 1st dish Pulpo y Chorizo – octopus, chorizo, Peruvian black olive aioli, basil and aji pepper mash 2nd…

Summer Desserts Tasting at Ganache Pâtisserie

Chef Peter Fong invited me in for a tasting of his new desserts in his summer 2013 collection. From Left to Right in photo: 1st dessert Paris-Brest Amande ($5.95) updates the classic choux-based pastry with a multi-layered filling of 70%…

Summer Showcase Beta 5 Desserts Tasting

Since I love desserts, and love everything that Adam Chandler and his team does out of their pastry kitchen I tasted my way through some of their baked goods, chocolates and dessert creations that are in their summer line-up! 1st…

Palki Restaurant Tasting in North Van

I was invited in to dine with a group of media recently at Palki Restaurant in North Vancouver to taste some of their dishes. 1st dish: Meat Samosas – Deep fried pastries filled with minced meat, onions, cilantro and green peas…

Spring Tasting at Cafe Pacifica

I was invited in to dine with a group of media recently to Café Pacifica to taste Executive Chef Bob Wiles Spring Menu where I had a chance to try some of his new dishes. Canapes: Tuna Tataki Compressed Watermelon…

New Dishes Tasting at House Guest

A couple of weeks ago I dined at House Guest to try some of Executive Chef Jimmy Stewart’s new dishes off his Spring menu. My friends Thor Diakow, Andrew Sosa, Chelsea Hobbis and Cassandra Anderton joined me to sip and…

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