Category: Culinary Adventures

from restaurant tours to feasts.

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…

A Yakitori Feast at Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ

Executive Chef Hiro Amano guided me through a tasting of multiple courses of the yakitori focussed menu. The preparation of Yakitori involves skewering the meat with kushi, a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards,…

BAUHAUS Tribute to Marco Pierre White

On January 22, I attended one of the nights where Michelin-starred Chef Stefan Hartmann and his culinary team paid tribute to Chef Marco Pierre White inspired by their respective culinary style. Chef Marco Pierre White wasn’t present, his respective style…

Meat at Hopcott

Last week I attended a wonderful dinner at Hopcott Farms in Pitt Meadows which was the perfect setting to showoff their recent expansion of their store and facilities. This unique dinner featured farmers and local producers products from the Pitt…

An Indian Feast at Tasty Indian Bistro

To celebrate their 4th Anniversary, owner Inder Saini and his Manager Harman Basutta welcomed me and some other guests to indulge in quite the feast. This was a first time visit for me to this expansive restaurant that seats 230…

Sunday Discovery Dinner at Grapes and Soda

Last Sunday I enjoyed the Emilia-Romagna theme dinner in this Discovery Dinner series which Chef Ron Shaw who offered up a 4 course selection of small plates. Each Sunday night throughout the fall they have been offering up a different…

Harvest Dinner at Mt Lehman Winery

Last night I attended a wonderful dinner at a long table inside the barrel room at Mt Lehman Winery in Abbotsford. This unique dinner featured farmers from the Abbotsford area who supplied all the ingredients for the chefs to create…

UBC Centennial Harvest Feast

On Thursday September 24, I spent the evening at UBC with 1,000 guests seated under an enourmous tent that was located outdoors on the main mall of campus. This exceptional dinner was the 2nd annual as well this year it…

Joy of Feeding 2015

On Saturday September 19, I spent the evening at UBC Farm enjoying the extravaganza that featured 16 multi-cultural home cooks serving up their recipe of choice to the hundreds of people in attendance. I loved the Beer and Cheddar Fondue…

Grain Purveyor Dinner Collaboration with Annabelle Choi

Last night I attended a wonderful dinner at one of the coolest eateries in the city, Dock Lunch. It was a pop-up themed one night only dinner by Chef Annabelle Choi who did all the cooking along with Grain founders…

Indian Summer Festival Gala at the Roundhouse

On July 9th, I attended the energetic spicy gala, it was another culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Vikram Vij held at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This was the first day of the annual Indian Summer festival that…

FundeLentil Tour around Vancouver

From Vancouver to Halifax, 24 restaurants across Canada are serving mouth-watering signature lentil dishes as part of a cross-Canada competition throughout the month of June ending on the 30th. Eat. Vote. Win. I had a chance to try some of…

Alberta Ate Chef Collaborative Dinner

On May 5th, 2015 Alberta Culinary brought five of the top Alberta chefs to the Edible Canada Bistro in Vancouver. I was fortunate to attend this stellar dinner featuring a special course and pairing that each of these fine chefs…

Canadian Flavours Gala

On April 30, I attended this wonderful event that celebrated Canadian chefs from across Canada with wines from the Naramata region of BC. Each chef prepared a dish to pair with one of the wines, and served their dish to…

Exploring Filipino food at Max’s Restaurant

Last week I joined other media friends for a feast of Filipino dishes tasting our way through the many different offerings of Max’s Restaurant. The restaurant opened in Vancouver in 2012 and is currently one of four locations in Canada, the…

Celebrating Halibut Season at Coast Restaurant

BC Halibut season is in full swing, a couple of days ago, I visited Coast Restaurant where Chef Pedro Gonzalez prepared a couple of his new Ocean Wise Halibut dishes for me to taste. Tomato Crusted Halibut on a bed…

Chinese New Year Dinner at Bambudda

To celebrate Chinese New Year, my friend Ivan joined me for a celebration dinner with symbolic dumplings, a menu that was specially created by Chef Curtis Luk. The focus of our meal was to indulge in each of the five dumpling…

Chef Rob Feenie Battle Crab Dinner

In 2005, Feenie became the first Canadian to win on the popular television show Iron Chef America by defeating Chef Masaharu Morimoto. To celebrate this fete 10 years ago, a reunion menu was orchestrated by Cactus Club Restaurants of which…

The Boil at Pier 7 Restaurant

Last night I experienced The Boil, joined by my friend Stephanie Stewart this was an exciting dining experience for two. Taking note from The Boils on the East Coast (Atlantic), this experience is all about the seafood, fresh seafood that…

Making Pasta at Novo Pizzeria

Chef/Owner Carmine Paradiso makes all his own pasta in his restaurant in Kitsilano the same way his family made it where he grew up in Italy. Carmine took me through the process of making 5 different pastas in his kitchen….

Bangkok Street Food Journey at U & I Thai

My friends Katherine Hawrysh, Stephanie Stewart and Michelle Hondl joined me for a culinary feast of Bangkok Street Food with Chef UI Rajomit. This 10 course meal was a chance for all of us to learn about Bangkok Street Food…

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…

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….

Dinner by Bayan Pop-Up Dining Experience

Last night I dined at a communal table with several people that I didn’t know at first, along with my friend Jordan Rogers who joined me, there was Ed Lau whom I knew from my blogging circles. As people were…

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…

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