Creme Brulee Quest

Vancouver is beloved by many, for reasons as diverse as the array its attractions, and the global composition of its visitors. Besides the obvious aesthetic, climatic and recreational allure of this favoured destination, recently I discovered something culinary that sets a standard the ‘Creme…

MOJA COFFEE

1412 Rupert Street, North Vancouver Tel: 604-983-6652 Web: http://www.mojacoffee.com/ Twitter: @mojacoffee Advice: Closed Sundays. Use a google map or gps to find them. Located within the city’s reach is a gem that is worth your discovery, Moja Coffee a roaster…

GOLDFISH PACIFIC KITCHEN

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-689-8318 Web:  www.goldfishkitchen.com Advice: Make reservations for lunch and dinner. With a menu that is asian inspired, this sleek room offers up a wonderous aray of tasty dishes and amazing…

SIP RESTO LOUNGE

1117 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-7474 Web: www.siplounge.com Twitter: @SIPLoungeVan Advice: Sit up a front at the kitchen bar if your are dining solo and want to watch some kitchen action. Love the vibe of the room, with the open…

Contest: Win a copy of Vancouver Cooks 2

A second helping of recipes celebrating the B.C. food scene, served up by 70 well-known and emerging chefs Five years after Vancouver Cooks, which sold more than 13,000 copies, the Chefs’ Table Society returns with over 100 new recipes from…

ZIPANG SUSHI

3710 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-708-1667 Web: n/a Advice:  closed Mondays. Finding a sushi place in the city is as easy as pie, but finding an awesome and creative place for fresh sushi is harder to come by in certain…

GLOWBAL Prime Rib Sundays

I had no idea that I was going to enjoy a feast when I joined Raj Taneja (fellow food writer), Sophia Cheng (pr communicator) and Shinsuke JJ Ikegame (urban mixer) for Glowbal’s Sunday Prime Rib night. We first sat at…

Contest: Win a copy of Vancouver Cooks 2

A second helping of recipes celebrating the B.C. food scene, served up by 70 well-known and emerging chefs Five years after Vancouver Cooks, which sold more than 13,000 copies, the Chefs’ Table Society returns with over 100 new recipes from…

Chinese Restaurant Moveable Feast

I was honoured to be invited to the Chinese Restaurant Awards Moveable Feast on December 8th that included various members of the media along with some publicists and Stepanie Yuen who were on hand to explain each of the dishes…

SALSA & AGAVE

1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver Tel:  604-408-4228 Web: n/a Advice: Take out is always an option if there are no available seats. No reservations. One of the best authentic Mexican restaurants in the city, this casual restaurant is not large by…

Piato 1st Anniversary Party

I spent the night of December 3rd at Piato Estiatorio, enjoying their wonderful greek cuisine, indulged with grilled pita and hummous and tzataki for dipping, loved the mini lamb burger and other appies. Complimentary wine was served along with appies,…

ATITHI

2445 Burrard street, Vancouver Tel: 604-731-0221 Web:  http://www.atithi.ca/ Twitter: @eatindianatithi Advice: Their online menu seems to offer different items than the restaurant menu, if you like a dish that you don’t see in the restaurant just ask. I am happy…

Hub Opening

Hub Restaurant and Lounge held their grand opening party on Tuesday December 1st. They featured complimentary food and drinks from their food and cocktail menus including lobster wings, poutine, bruschetta and their already popular pazookie for dessert. Located in the…

SEASONS IN THE PARK

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver Tel: 604-874-8008 Web: http://www.vancouverdine.com/seasons/home.html Advice: If you wish to have your salmon cooked well done just ask, they are very accommodating regarding substitutions, we had the linguine substituted for the fettuccine and omitted the bacon in…

Cafe Muse Opening

Café Muse held their Grand Opening Party on Thursday November 26th. Guests were treated to Caffe Umbria coffee and espresso, Dao Tea offered samples of their green tea and the chef from Anduccis cooked up fresh pasta with chicken and…

MICHI-SUSHI

  UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1513 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 604.736.4244 Web: www.michi-sushi.com Advice: Order 3 as it is the best value. Taking sushi to the next level, instead of grabbing a six pack of sliced sushi at the…

Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown

The 2nd Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 25th. This sold out event saw hundreds of people sampling many or all of the ten chowders…

THE TEAHOUSE

Ferguson Point, Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver Tel: 604.669.3281 Web: http://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse Advice: If you are having a starter and an entrée you may want to skip ordering an extra side, save room for the Molten Chocolate dessert. The Teahouse had always…

Interview with Chester Carey

Chester Carey | Vancouver What is a Certified Cicerone™? It is neither a pasta dish nor an Italian porn star. The Cicerone website has an entire page explaining this but I will try to summarize. Effectively a Certified Cicerone™ has…

2009 Sortilège Cup Winners

The 2009 Sortilège Cup competition for professional mixologists was held on November 23 & 24th at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The Winner of the Gentlemen’s Competition on November 23rd was Simon Kaulback of Boneta who’s winning cocktail was the “Centre…

AUTUMN BROOK GALLERY

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1545 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Tel: 604-737-2363 Web: www.autumnbrook.ca Advice: They serve Brunch only on Saturday and Sunday. This is a great place for brunch within an art gallery. Not only is the food absolutely…

A Night with Theo Chocolate

Joe Whinney, CEO and founder of Theo Chocolate spoke at The Refinery on November 20th about his journey and his company. Theo Chocolate is a fair-trade, certified organic bean-to-bar chocolate producer in Seattle. They were one of the first to…

Interview with Spencer Viehweger

JJ Bean | Vancouver I sat in on a Coffee Cupping session with Spencer at JJ Bean recently and talked with him about coffee and cupping and his role in JJ Bean and the community. What lead you to joining…

The BEST Hot Chocolate

Finding the best Hot Chocolate is all about comfort and bliss, there are places that serve Hot Chocolate, then there are places that create exceptional Hot Chocolate. This list is about the places that make exceptional Hot Chocolate: #1 goes…

SOCIETY

UPDATED 1/2/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1257 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-629-8800 Web:  http://www.society-grg.ca Advice: Ask your server for drink and food suggestions and have fun. A dining lounge that is upbeat, sophisticated, fun and glam with great food and drink…

Hopscotch

One of the largest festivals of its kind in Vancouver, this Grand Tasting brought together a full spectrum of companies showcasing the top brands in the business from Scotch to Whisky to Beer and more. This is the 13 annual…

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