Richard’s Favourite Dishes

My friends have been asking what my favorite dishes are at these restaurants, rather than repeating this information to each person who asks, I have put together a list which is subject to change as I find more great dishes…

Mission Hill Family Estate’s Vintage Affair

Mission Hill Wines poured 6 wines including their Oculus, Quatrain and unveiled their Compendium at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 8th. This elegant evening featured inspired signature canapés by Four Seasons Executive Chef Oliver Beckert. Mission Hill Wines is…

DOT DESSERTS

  UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 5556 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-327-6368 Web: http://www.dotdesserts.ca Advice: You need to order the Big Doe Parfait at least one day in advance. Japanese style parfaits is the specialty at this neighborhood dessert emporium…

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2010, Get Ready

New Zealand and Argentina the theme at largest wine festival to date The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will mark its 32nd year with a celebration of the wines of Argentina and New Zealand and a global focus on rosé….

Q4

UPDATED 2013 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2611 West 4th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-734-4444 Web: www.q4restaurant.com Advice: Bring cash or credit as they don’t take debit. I joined a group of friends for pasta night, well that wasn’t exactly the reason for…

The BEST Espresso Macchiato

There are many cafes in the city, some have great drip coffee, ambience and great baristas, however, this list is about which café has the best and consistently the best Espresso Macchiato (Espresso with a minimal amount of steamed milk…

CAFE CREPE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2861 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-488-1326 Web: n/a Advice: Breakfast served daily to 3pm. This Parisian creperie doesn’t only serve amazing crepes, you will find my favourite savoury crepe, Tuna with Swiss Cheese ($7.50) without…

The BEST Taco List

Tacos have been gaining quite a following in Vancouver. I have been eating tacos at many of the Mexican restaurants in the city and here is my list of the Best Tacos in Vancouver. #1 goes to La Taqueria 322…

Celebrate the Great Wines of Argentina

This event held at the Sutton Place Hotel showcased 49 wineries from Argentina and featured many of the finest Malbecs, Syrah, and other red and white wines from their region. Many of these wines are already available in Liquor Stores…

LA QUERCIA

3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver Tel: 604-676-1007 Web: http://www.laquercia.ca/ Advice: Make an advance reservation. Outstanding food, Italian without the tradition, this is a foodie place that is intimate and small with great service, a good old world wine selection and…

Sonoma in the City

Wines from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Carneros were poured at the Trade tasting in Vancouver September 24th, since the region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnays this was the highlight here along with some Zinfandels. This…

JOE FORTES

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-669-1940 Web: www.joefortes.ca Advice: Ask for a table upstairs or in the corner if you wish privacy. Valet your car as their isn’t much parking on Robson or nearby. Outstanding fish selections and service made…

Trees Organic Coffeehouse Opening

September 22nd marked the “grand opening” all-day tasting party of the newest location of Trees Organic Coffeehouse in Yaletown at 1391 Richards Street. There were free samples of organic coffee, cheesecake, muffins, scones and sandwiches. Voted “Vancouver’s Best Cheesecake” by the…

BIG CITY CUPCAKES

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2206 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-736-8881 Web: http://www.bigcitycupcakes.com/ Advice: Craving a cupcake …… It is all about the cupcakes here, from the different icing tops to the fillings to the cutesy names. I had…

Naramata Bench Wine Tasting

The wineries of the Naramata Bench region of the Okanagan held a “Simply Red” tasting extravaganza to members of the media and trade at Goldfish Pacific Kitchen in Yaletown on September 22nd. Some of the wineries represented included Laughing Stock,…

CANTEEN MITRA

3034 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-874-9820 Web: n/a Advice: Cash only. Ask for whole wheat pita, if you don’t want hot sauce make sure you tell them. The Chicken Shawarma wrap ($6) is a lunchtime favorite of mine made with…

North American book launch of “A Boy After the Sea”

Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks was the venue for this very special launch of a beautiful cook book, authored by Kevin Snook with contributions from high profile chefs across the world (including Vancouver’s own David Hawksworth) on September 17th. North…

LA TAQUERIA

322 West Hastings Street ,Vancouver Tel: 604-568-4406 Web: http://www.lataqueria.ca/ Twitter: @LaTaqueriaYVR Advice: Join the line-up to place your order. Cash only. I love Mexican food and am always quite excited to learn of a new Mexican restaurant opening in the…

The BEST Challah List

There are many bakeries in the city that bake this Jewish bread. Challah is often eaten on Friday night to celebrate the Sabbath as well as for other Jewish holidays. You may want to get some Challah from one of…

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…

THE SHEBEEN WHISK(E)Y HOUSE

210 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-688-9779 Web:  http://www.irishheather.com/gallery.php?id=shebeen Advice: Open nightly Tues – Sat, you won’t find an entrance on the street-front as they are located to the rear of The Irish Heather. Located in the back behind The Irish Heather,…

Feast of Fields at UBC Farm

Feast of Fields was organized byVancouver’s FarmFolk/CityFolk Society and held on Sunday September 13, 2009 at UBC Farm in Vancouver. It was a beautiful day of fun, food, drink and sun, here are some photos from the day of festivity…

TWO CHEFS AND A TABLE

UPDATED 1/2/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 305 Alexander St, Vancouver Tel: 778-233-1303 Web: http://twochefsandatable.com Twitter: @2chefsandatable Advice: Make an advance reservation. Go for one of their wine & dinner events or beer & dinner events and treat yourself to something extraordinary….

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