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….

YEW RESTAURANT

791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-9333 Web: http://www.fourseasons.com/vancouver/dining.html Advice: Go early for breakfast, make a reservation for lunch or dinner. Sit in one of their booths. I wish that I could live here and dine from breakfast, lunch and…

Cotes du Rhone Tasting Dinner

On Thursday September 10th, Two Chefs and a Table played host to an educational evening of wines from the Cotes Du Rhone region of France, paired with foods created by Two Chefs and a Table. Certified Wine Educator Mireille Sauvé…

MACFALAFEL

3685 W 10th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-739-4403 Advice: cash only. This west side spot has some delicious chicken shawarma around and they have great hours from lunch thru late night daily. I had the #9 Chicken Shawarma plate ($5.99) with…

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…

LITTLE MEXICO CANTINA

#150 – 3131 Chatham St., Richmond Tel: 604-272-5123 Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/index.html Advice: Mild or spicy – you choose. Expect to wait a bit for a table at dinner on weekends. Located in Steveston area of South Richmond, my friend Sherri took…

GORILLA FOOD

101- 436 Richards Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-722-2504 Web: www.gorillafood.com Advice: cash only, the closest atm is a block away in Harbour Centre mall. If you are looking for RAW food in Vancouver then Gorilla Food is the place to go,…

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…

CHAMBAR

562 Beatty Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-879-7119 Webs: http://www.chambar.com Twitter: @chambar Advice: Make an advance reservation thru Open Table, try to get a table towards the rear of the restaurant. This is a long time favourite restaurant of mine and I…

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…

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-569-1402 Web: www.lastortas.ca Advice: Taking it to go, do yourself a favour and call ahead With a line-up out the door at this gourmet Mexican sandwich shop I knew that I had to try it….

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…

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