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The BEST Falafel List

There are many falafel places in the city, some are great and others are just ok. I have to admit that I have not been to every place that serves Falafel in the city, from the ones that I have…

Long Table Series at the Irish Heather

The Long Table Dinner series was created by Sean Heather the owner of the Irish Heather, Sean had what has turned out to be a truly great idea. This idea has turned into one of the most successful dinner events…

Hungarian Winemakers Visit Vancouver

I had the great pleasure of being invited to lunch at Joe Fortes to dine and meet with Robert Koczuba (Winemaker at Torley) and ILona Kallay (Export Director at Torley) along with their importers to learn about their HUNGARIA Grande…

Interview with Jay Jones

Pourhouse | Vancouver Had an inspiring talk recently with Jay Jones who is one of the top bartenders in Vancouver and one of the founding partners of the new public house/restaurant Pourhouse in Gastown. What drew you to restaurants and…

Behind the Scenes with Thierry Busset

In Part Two of my interview with Thierry Busset we go Behind the Scenes with him into his kitchen where he creates all the desserts for CinCin. I spent an afternoon with him recently and watched him make his Coffee…

Interview with Colin Turner

CinCin | Vancouver I understand you won 2nd place in Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Yes, what a fantastic competition! I had such a great time, and really enjoyed the opportunity…

Chocolatiers in the City

Our region boasts a number of chocolatiers who make some fine chocolates. Here are some of my favourites in and around Vancouver. Chocolaterie De La Nouvelle France 198 East 21st Avenue Vancouver Tel: 604-566-1065 Web: www.chocolaterienouvellefrance.ca Neighborhood: Main Street Favourites:…

Interview with Thierry Busset

Thierry Busset | Vancouver Vancouver is home to some of the best pastry chefs in the world, many have worked for the top chefs and restaurants around the world as well as around the city. Star Pastry Chefs is a…

Bartender: Colin Turner

Colin Turner is the Bartender at CinCin on Robson in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “The Hybrid”. Ingredients: 2 oz Beniamino Moscato Grappa…

Bartender: Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is the Bartender at Pivo/Lux in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Black Tuskan”. Ingredients: 1 oz Kaluha liquer 1 oz Van…

Bartender: Sarah

Sarah is the Bartender at Dive at the Met in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th she competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. Her featured drink was called “Mile High”. Ingredients: Whistler Brewing Weissbier 3/4 oz…

Bartender: Kris Jensen

Kris Jensen is the Bartender at The Refinery downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at his bar. His featured drink was called “Taco Bell”. Ingredients: 1.5 oz chipolte & ancho chili infused reposado…

Bartender: Danielle Tatarin

Danielle Tatarin is the Bartender at DB Bistro on Broadway in Kitsilano.  On August 17th she competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. Her featured drink was called “Mountain Julep”. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Tart Cherry…

Bartender: Sam Bawden

Sam Bawden is the Bartender at The Crime Lab in Coal Harbour overlooking Stanley Park. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “No Name”. Ingredients: One oz…

Bartender: Jonathan Smolensky

Jonathan Smolensky is the Bartender at Brix Restaurant in Yaletown. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Après Flip”. Ingredients: 4 oz Whistler Weissbier secret brew 3…

Bartender: Kyle Lane

Kyle Lane is the Bartender at Regional Tasting Lounge (RTL) in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Bubble Beer”. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz tanqueray…

Interview with Shaun Layton

George Ultra Lounge | Vancouver I understand you won Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Would you consider yourself a Bartender or a Mixologist or both? And why? Definitely a Bartender!!  I’m…

Bartender: Trevor Kallies

Trevor Kallies is the bartender at the Granville Room on Granville in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Citrusly Speaking”. Ingredients: 2 thick slice…

Bartender: Cassidy Crowe

Cassidy Crowe of SIP Resto Lounge on Granville in the heart of downtown Vancouver. On August 17th she competed in the Mixologist Competition held upstairs from Sip at The Refinery. Here featured drink was called “The Geisha” Ingredients: 1 oz…

Bartender: Josh Pape

Josh Pape is one of the Bartenders and Co-Owners of The Diamond in Gastown. On August 17th he competed in the Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. He created his featured drink in advance but named it impromptu in front…

Bartender: Solomon Seigel

Solomon Seigel is the Bartender at his own place called Solomon’s in Victoria. On August 17th, he was the only participant from Victoria to compete in the Mixologist Competition. His featured drink was called the “Lavender Haze” Ingredients: 1 part…

The Bartenders

Features the top bartenders who have competed in championships locally or nationally or has created a buzz around Vancouver.

Farmers Markets around Greater Vancouver

Shopping for fresh, local vegetables and fruits at the Farmers markets has always been the best way to support your community. Vancouver is blessed to have a great organization called eatlocal.org that is the umbrella organization for Vancouver Farmers Markets….

Snacking on Chocolate

There is always time for chocolate and at XOXOLAT at 2391 Burrard Street in Vancouver you will find a wide selection of imported chocolate bars, this shop has brought international chocolate culture to Vancouver. If you are looking for an…

Interview with Wendy Boys

Lumiere Restaurant | Vancouver Wendy has spent the past 10 years working with chocolate. She started her company (Desire Chocolates) while in school in Calgary to basically fund going to culinary school, (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). She then went…

Interview with Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Sumac Ridge Winery | Summerland I understand Sumac Ridge is launching a new wine called Tribute, can you tell us how this new wine was named? Tribute was created to honour world-class athletic performance as it takes centre stage at…

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