EL CENTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1232 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-688-9200 Web: not yet Advice: They offer takeout but they don’t have takeout menus, ask the owner for a menu. Complimentary bowl of tortilla chips are served with a red…

POURHOUSE

162 Water Street, Vancouver Tel:  604-568-7022 Web: http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/ Twitter: @pourhouse_van Advice: If you are thinking of dining at their Chef’s Table (holds 6 people), one seating each night and must be booked at least 48 hours ahead, although since it…

Halloween Treats

What better way to celebrate the holiday than to pick up a treat for yourself or more treats for your friends or for your friends kids or for your kids. Here are some treats that caught my eye to help…

LA TERRAZZA

1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-899-4449 Web: http://laterrazza.ca Advice: Attend one of their winemaker dinners and have yourself a wonderful experience. I have had some outstanding meals here including one of their winemaker dinners which was an extraordinary experience. You…

Celebrate Los Muertos at Zocalo

One of the most joyful and popular holidays in Mexico is ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). The fiesta, which traces its roots back to the indigenous Aztec and Maya cultures, was originally celebrated in August. After the Spanish…

Behind The Scenes at Pourhouse

Bartender and Co-Proprietor Jay Jones takes me behind the bar and into the kitchen on a tour of their Gastown restaurant. My ‘Behind The Scenes” tour began a month before opening over an Espresso with Jay at Smartmouth Café in…

West Coast Chocolate Festival

I attended the opening night of this chocolate festival’s events which was the ‘Salon du Chocolat’. The event featured a sampling of chocolate, wines, beers, scotches, liqueurs, and teas. Some of the notable vendors included: Xoxolat  www.xoxolat.com Rubens Chocolates  www.rubenschocolate.ca…

Vancouver Cooks 2 Book Launch Party

The Dirty Apron Cooking School was the host of the book launch party held on October 14, 2009. “Vancouver Cooks 2″, the new cookbook from the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, has been released and is available at Barbara Jo’s…

TWISTED FORK BISTRO

1147 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-0749 Web: http://www.twistedforkbistro.ca/index2.php Twitter: @TwstdForkBistro Advice: If you go between 6pm-7pm Mon – Sat –order the Blue Fence special for $25. I first sampled their food at Feast of Fields a few weeks ago and…

Interview with Kyle Straw

Caffe Artigiano | Vancouver I had a talk recently with Kyle Straw who is one of the top Baristas in Vancouver, he won the Western Canadian Barista Championship in August 2009, I asked him to create some latte art and…

BRIX

1138 Homer Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-915-9463 Web: www.brixvancouver.com Twitter: @brixvan Advice: Must try is their thin crust pizzas on their late night menu. Romantic, I always feel as I am in a secluded and intimate place when dining here as…

BANANA LEAF

1096 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-683-3333 Web: www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com Advice: Write your name on the chalkboard to get a table. This is my favourite Malaysian restaurant in the city and it is also my favourite location I like it for their…

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…

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