Category: Culinary Adventures

from restaurant tours to feasts.

Fish & Chips: Untraditional Challenge

While I was doing my Traditional Fish & Chips quest, I had a curiosity about how the ethnic eateries around the city would prepare Fish & Chips in their style of cooking. I challenged several restaurants and their chefs to…

The Best Fish & Chips in Vancouver

The restaurants for the best fish & chips in Vancouver are the ones that have been making this dish for quite some time. There are so many variables that come into play with fish & chips around the city and…

A Quest for the Best Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese defines comfort food at many restaurants  throughout North America, some go the traditional route with a basic dish of Macaroni noodles and sauce and others jazz them up with different shaped noodles, some add lobster, and other…

Noodlemania in Richmond

On November 30 I took part in a tasting tour ‘Noodlemania’ Dine Around Richmond event to a few restaurants specializing in Noodles. The 3 places that I visited on this tour which was hosted by Tourism Richmond, all were Asian…

Flavours of Italy Gala

On November 18th I attended the Flavours of Italy Gala tasting & dinner held at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel. This 8th annual dinner event was hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce Western Canada and featured over 100 Italian wines…

Chef Chris Mills James Beard Experience

Last Thursday October 28, I had the pleasure of dining at a special dinner held in Joey Burrard’s Wine Room with a group of about 55 media who were invited for The James Beard Experience by Executive Chef Chris Mills….

Seafood in Steveston

On September 30, I dined at three different restaurants in Steveston with a group of media to taste a variety of different seafood dishes as well as a few others at some notable restaurants. This Steveston Village tour was organized…

A Quest for the Best Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns or Cinnamon Rolls are a staple snack at cafes and bakeries throughout North America, there are bakeries and cafes that boast their buns to be the best and there are chains that specialize in the one and only…

An Evening at the Italian Opera Buffet

Last Saturday evening I dined at Café Pacifica inside the Pan Pacific Hotel for their Italian Opera Buffet. I was invited by the Pan Pacific to come and experience their Italian Opera night, it was a discovery of sorts for…

Moon Cakes at Pan Pacific Vancouver Brunch Sept 19

I took part in a media tour and tasting the other day, led by Pastry Chef Hans Pirhofer at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver where he and Executive Chef Daryl Nagata made their specialty Moon Cakes. These Moon Cakes are…

Pizza Adventure and the Toppings

I happened upon putting together an article about pizza after I  was invited by one restaurant to sample some of their new pizzas, which then followed by another inviting me in to try some of their pizzas which are now…

Smokin’ Sundays Barbeque at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk, international barbecue champion and best selling cookbook author is cooking up a smokin’ all you can eat bbq all summer long every Sunday from 11am – 4pm on the outdoor patio at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The…

A Quest for the Best Green Onion Pancakes

I am sure that you can find Green Onion Pancakes on many Chinese restaurant menus around the city. Green Onion Pancakes is a favourite comfort food for many. My quest was to find the most unique and tasty Green Onion Pancakes. In ranking order, these are…

Poisson D’Avril at Provence Marinaside

In for dinner with friends on April 1st specifically to partake in their Poisson d’Avril festival of fish celebration. At one point early in the evening I discovered that someone had put a paper fish on my back and that…

A Quest for the Best Onion Rings in Vancouver

I am sure that you can find Onion Rings on many restaurant menus around the city. Onion Rings is a favourite comfort food for many. My quest was to find the most unique and tasty Onion Rings. In ranking order,…

A Canadian Food and Wine Spectacle

Last month I attended a wonderful event that showcased our areas notable chefs along with vintners and their foods and wines. The event took place on February 14th during the Olympics in Vancouver at the BC Pavillion. Chef John Bishop…

Eats and Drinks at Olympics Ontario House

I met Chef Ryan Cain today who heads the Opus Catering team that has created the menu and is in charge of the kitchen at Ontario House. The menu at Ontario House has actually been developed with the input of…

Experience an Aboriginal Feast during the Olympics

Kanata Cuisine and Nk’Mip Cellars has teamed up to offer an Aboriginal Feast with Wine Pairings for 14 nights during the Olympics at the Native Education College’s Longhouse. The evening starts off with a traditional welcome song that greets people…

Saxony House Culinary Delights at the Olympics

I met Head Chef Matthias Groschupf today at Saxony House where he described some of the menu items being served during the Olympics. The menu in Vancouver is the very same menu that they offered for the Olympics in Torino,…

Taste the Food of Atlantic Canada House

I had the pleasure of meeting Revanna Powell, a Culinary Student in her 2nd year at The Culinary Institute of Canada in PEI. She is in a 2 year culinary arts program that is affiliated with Holland College in Charlottown….

Dutch Specialties at the Olympics Heineken Holland House

I met Executive Chef Karel Van Tiel yesterday at Heineken Holland House where he guided me through a tasting of some of their Dutch specialties. Not only did they bring their entire chefs team from Holland to Vancouver, they also…

Culinary Treats at the Olympics House of Switzerland

I met Chef Beda Zengg yesterday at House of Switzerland where he cooked up some of his culinary delights from Switzerland for me to taste. We are fortunate to have some fine Swiss Chefs in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics…

Celebrate Year of the Tiger at Wild Rice

Wild Rice has been offering a special Chinese New Year menu since they opened over 9 years ago and each year they have created wonderful menus. This year they will be celebrating the Year of the Tiger and they have…

An Indian Tasting Dinner at Jolly’s

I dined with a group of media friends recently at Jolly’s, a wonderful restaurant in Kitsilano that is a purveyor of fine Indian cuisine. Although we had a select menu, we were often surprised to see more and more dishes…

Ocean Wise Mystery Tour

I was invited to take part in the amazing Ocean Wise Mystery Tour on January 21st , a unique event to celebrate 5 years of the Ocean Wise program. The event was kicked off with a champagne reception at the…

A Quest for the Best Grilled Cheese in Vancouver

I am sure that you can make your own Grilled Cheese at home and I am sure you can find a Grilled Cheese on many restaurant menus around the city. The Grilled Cheese is a favourite comfort food for many….

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