Posts Tagged ‘West Vancouver’

Beachside Concessions in West Vancouver

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I took myself on an excursion a couple weeks ago to Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver to visit The Smoke House which is located inside the park towards and above the beach. This beachside concession is unlike any you have seen in and around Vancouver, it has a large beautiful patio surrounded by tall evergreens. There is seating on the outside patio as well as inside the café/concession. Here they smoke their own meats and serve up brisket sandwiches and a whole lot more daily.

Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone

Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone

My mission was to try the Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone served in a glass mason jar, Wowza! It was quite a treat to sit on their beautiful patio at the wooden picnic table surrounded by tall evergreens above the beach hearing the waves hitting the shore.

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My roving lunch started off with dessert here before I headed off to their other location Dundarave Beach Café located on the beach in Dundarave Village.

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This concession sells a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and salads all home-made along with fries and other sides. Their burgers and meats are supplied by Dundarave artisan butcher Sebastian & Co. You will also find beverages both hot and cold to round off your outside beachside dining experience.

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

My mission here was to indulge in their delicious Quinoa Black Bean Burger with teriyaki grilled pineapple, and apple fennel coleslaw, Kimchi slaw, with chili lime fries!

You can get more info about The Smoke House and Dundarave Beach Café which are both run my Fox Foods by tollowing them on twitter @foxfoodsvan as well follow them on Instagram to be tempted with their dishes and treats.

By: Richard Wolak

Sebastian & Co

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2425 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 925-1636


Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sebastian Cortez

Sebastian Cortez

Sebastian Cortez is a trained professional chef-turned-butcher who once worked for renowned Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy. Wanting to broaden his knowledge about food, he decided to study the art of butchery. After working as head butcher in Toronto, Sebastian moved west to settle down and open his own Artisan butcher shop in Dundarave Village, West Vancouver.

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Sebastian takes his inspiration from the artisan butcher shops of Europe and South America. His passion for food and fine meats is clear the moment you step into his shop. He takes great pains to prepare immaculately frenched racks of lamb, beautifully tied standing rib roasts, and perfect dry-aged steaks that taste even better than they look. With his chef’s background, he is happy to offer cooking tips or suggest different ways to prepare your favorite cuts of meat.

40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak

40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak

I enjoyed a 40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak that I pan fried at home, along with some of his local, house-made charcuterie, including bresaola, salamis, smoked meat, pastrami and bacon. I have also used his own brand of dry rub and salt.

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They also offer a cold case featuring prepared foods, meat pies along with tins of their house rubs, barbq sauces and more. From Tapenades and chutneys to crackers and biscuits along with fine imported olive oils and local and imported balsamic vinegars.

You can follow them on Twitter @SebastianAndCo and on instagram

Review by: Richard Wolak

Trattoria Park Royal Opening

Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy

Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy

On Friday May 9th, I attended the opening of Trattoria in West Vancouver, the newest restaurant from the Glowbal Group. Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy, who comes to the new location from the original Trattoria, oversees a menu showcasing casual Italian fare.

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Trattoria boasts an expansive dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a sunny rooftop patio, plus cozy patio-seating out front the entrance of the restaurant. Designed by BOX Interior Design, the 3,650 square-foot space features an open kitchen concept, butcher block-style tables, warm aged-wood paneling, and polished concrete floors. Stand-out design elements include a wine barrel-backed bar and wine bottle chandeliers – large-scale lighting fixtures custom-made using more than 100 wine bottles.

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis is the head pizza maker who recently emigrated from Italy to Vancouver to head the pizza operation at Trattoria Park Royal.

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Guests were treated to white and red wine, beer and cocktails as well as a delightful array of Italian eats including some of their popular flatbreads, my favourite was the Potato Cheese Flatbread along with Risotto Balls and more.

Part of the exciting expansion project at West Vancouver’s popular Park Royal shopping centre, Trattoria is located on the exterior of Park Royal South. Staying true to the Trattoria brand that GLOWBAL has nurtured since opening the first location in 2008, guests to the new space can look forward to traditional Trattoria cuisine, inspired wine selections and friendly service, enjoyed in comfortable surroundings.

Trattoria Park Royal is located at 757 Main Street, Park Royal South in West Vancouver

By: Richard Wolak

Food & Fashion at Fraiche

Chef Jefferson Alvarez (L) & Fashion Designer Kim Cathers (R)

Last week Fraiche Restaurant hosted a wonderful evening of delicious canapés by Chef Jefferson Alvarez and his team.

Duck Confit with fois grais

Prawn Sushi

Mushroom Popped

My friend Kenji Maeda joined me as we ate the delicious canapés and watched the team in the kitchen platting there beautiful food.

Kdon by Kim Cathers

Kdon by Kim Cathers

Kdon by Kim Cathers

We then watched the fashion show that featured Kim Cather’s fall collection of Eco woman’s fashions. Fashionistas and their food loving friends enjoyed the fashion show and delicious canapés and wine throughout the evening.

kdon by Kim Cathers is a fresh line of clothing that is inspired by the earth created with the joy of imagination and finished with precise hand detailing. Kim designs with an innovative style, and is giving Eco fashion a new, strong voice.

Fraiche Restaurant is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Photos Credit: Kenji Maeda

Celebrate Argentina & Chile Wine at Fraiche Oct 2 & 9

Fraiche Restaurant presents a Wine Series featuring Argentina on October 2nd and Chile on October 9th. You have an opportunity to taste and compare at two special evenings, featuring 5 course menus prepared by Chef Alvarez.

Winemaker Alberto Aruzu

Tuesday October 2nd at 6:30pm, meet Winemaker Alberto Aruzu of Bodega Luigi Bosca in Argentina, learn about their wines over a 5 course dinner paired with 5 of their wines.

Winemaker Francisco Baettig

Tuesday October 9th at 6:30pm, meet Winemaker Francisco Baettig of Vina Errazuriz in Chile, learn about their wines over a 5 course dinner paired with 5 of their wines.

Tickets are $95 for one evening or $150 for 2 evenings, for reservations call 604-925-7595

By: Richard Wolak

2nd Annual Best of the West

Last week I attended this wonderful event for the 2nd year in a row hosted by the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver along with House Wine. Again the event was filled with wonderful bites from many of West Vancouver and the North shore’s restaurants as well as BC Wine for guests to sip.

Duck Rilette and Saskatoon berry mostarda tart by Fraiche

Roast Suckling Pig with mashed potatoes by La Regalade

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Pan Seared Spring Salmon, chanterelle mushroom and bacon saute and pea shoots by Pier 7 Restaurant

Prawn Jalepeno Wrap with asian slaw and chili mango drizzle by Zen Japanese Restaurant

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Louis Gervais Fine Foods and Catering

Mesquite smoked, Pemberton Valley flat iron steak by Louis Gervais Fine Foods

The setting for this event is beautiful, it was held on the pier on the water at Ambelside, guests were treated to delicious food from restaurants that included, Fraiche Restaurant, Beachside Forno, Pier 7 Restaurant, Carmelo’s, Restaurant Chez Michel, Zen, Mangia E Bevi, Larson Station, The Observatory Restaurant, La Regalade, Dundarave Fish Market Restaurant, Dale Ferris Catering and Louis Gervais Fine Foods.

The delicious food, wine and the trio playing jazz made for a beautiful evening on the pier!

By: Richard Wolak

Fraiche Celebrates 1 Year Leap Anniversary

Chef Jefferson Alvarez (L), Chef Wayne Martin (M), Manager Phil Reigh (R)

On Tuesday February 29th, I attended the 1st year Leap Anniversary (that’s 4 years) Party at Fraiche Restaurant in West Vancouver. Guests mingled over glasses of red and white wine, savoured bites by Chef Jefferson Alvarez. Guests included Chef Wayne Martin who was the opening chef of the restaurant 4 years ago.

Serving Scallop Tartare

Serving Crispy Pork Skin

Passed around bites included Scallop Tartare, Lamb Merquez, Fennel Pannacotta with kelp caviar and crispy pork skin.

Paul Chalmers (co-owner)

Paul Chalmers (co-owner) spoke and recognized their Executive Chef Jefferson Alvarez as well as their Manager Phil Reigh.

Fraiche Restaurant is located at 2240 Chippendale Rd, West Vancouver, BC and online at

By: Richard Wolak

Brunch: Jay Brazeau at Fraiche

Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.

For my ninth brunch in this series, I was joined by Actor Jay Brazeau at Fraiche Restaurant in West Vancouver talking acting, life and more!

Jay Brazeau

Jay Brazeau is an actor, director, and writer who has been in over 215 roles in his career thus far. Last year I saw him in the film “Fathers and Sons” , he recently joined me for the Brunch at Fraiche in West Vancouver on a beautiful sunny day, we sat at the corner window with a spectacular view of the whole city.

Jay grew up in Winnipeg, went to Toronto he wanted to become a comedian, he ended up performing at Yuk Yuks and was on the same bill as Howie Mandel and Jim Carey. He then returned to Winnipeg and did animation, then decided to give Vancouver a try and came out West. He knew no one, but got involved with the Vancouver Theatre Sports league. After doing improv with Vancouver Theatre Sports this opened him up to not saying no and going forth in acting.

When did you begin your acting career?

I was 19 years old and I walked into a theatre workshop and asked to be an actor. I was then thrown into “Wacky this Fuddlejake “. Always ended up hanging out, you have to hang out to get the parts. My father took me to movies in Winnipeg, and I loved it. I was then cast in 3 plays – 1) Cyrano 2) Christmas Carol and 3) Creeps

What was your favourite role you ever played in a film?

“Father and Sons ” there was no dialogue, they only mapped out a light story to give guidance.

What were your most recent films?

  • “Living in a Car “
  • “Brothers and Sisters “
  • “Duke “

What was your favourite role you ever performed in a play thus far?

  • “Cyrano ” in Pittsburgh
  • “Drowsy Chaperone ” in Vancouver – originators felt really great about our production.

Did you always want to be an Actor?

No I wanted to be a cartoonist as a kid, doodled like crazy, always wanted to express myself in an artistic way.

Do you ever get nervous?

I get nervous when having to talk in front of an audience as myself, I love to play other roles.

What do you do in your spare time?

  • Used to collect ugly lamps, going to garage sales to find the lamps.
  • Playing scrabble with my neighbor Alex
  • Writing
  • Watching “Breaking Bad ” tv series

Chestnut Chorizo Soup

Traditional Eggs Benedict

Vegetable Omelet with wild mushrooms

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Jay and Richard both had the Chestnut Chorizo Soup ($9), then Jay had the Traditional Eggs Benedict ($16) and Richard had the Vegetable Omelet with wild mushrooms ($15). For dessert, Jay and Richard both had the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($9) with vanilla ice cream.

What is your favourite food?

  • Eggs Benedict
  • Rice Pudding

What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?

  • Paros in Burquitlam (Greek –off North Road –owned by Alex – my neighbor)
  • Bons off Broadway
  • Brazza in North Van for coffee

Have you acted in the theatre production of “Hairspray” more than once?

I did the original musical production of it in New York. You are probably wondering how this happened, I came out to New York for the audition and spent the day in New York, then they called me back to audition again. I got the part and then was part of the Broadway production in New York. Then in 2010, I played the same role in the Stanley Theatre production in Vancouver.

What was it like to star in the trilogy of Carl Bessai films where your role was unscripted?

I was only in the last two “Fathers & Sons” and “Brothers & Sisters ” –Before the film I was able to combine film and theatre experience, it was a life changing experience for me.

Is there a role you wanted to play that you didn’t get after auditioning? If so, what was the role and in which play or film?

“Death of a Salesman ” 17 years ago when I had one son, I want to revisit this play again now that I have two sons.

How does a Canadian Actor make it in the film industry?

  1. If you are young you move to the USA
  2. If you are old you find a project that you can do here, then move to the USA, then come back to Canada
  3. You seek out Directors like Carl Bessai or Mina Shum

How many productions (films or theatrical) will you act this year?

  • “Old Love ” as Director
  • “Bah Humbug! ” as Actor
  • “Cat Came Back ” with Fred Penner –theatrical production

How did you get casted in the 21 Jump Street tv series?

It was a Steven Cannel production and they hired local actors for many of the film parts, it was very interesting doing this show.

Do you have any memorable films?

“Were No Angels” with Robert Deniro, Sean Penn and Demi Moore – I learned so much on that show. I was originally scheduled for 26 days and in the end it become 46 days.

Is there a Director you want to work with?

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Larry David
  • Abneszia Holland
  • Ann Wheeler

How many agents do you have?

I have one agent in Toronto for Films & Commercials and two agents in Vancouver, one for Film & Theatre and the other for Commercials.

Tell me about your current production “Old Love”

I am currently directing “Old Love” about middle aged people in their 50s, the play stars my wife and Vince Metcalfe and it is being performed at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver.

What is next for you?

I have a play in the works “Fortune and Son” (4 generations of fathers and sons)

What would you like to do in the future?

  • I would like to work with my son on a project.
  • Would like to do a small film
  • Would like to do a murder mystery
  • Find a summer to work with Christopher Gaze in “Bard on the Beach”
  • I want to direct a Musical
  • I want to work with Electric Company
  • I dream to work with Len Carey again

What would you tell a want to be actor?

Always know your audience.


Style: a La Carte

Attire: Smart Casual

Time: Sunday 10am – 3:00pm

Fraiche Restaurant

2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver


For Reservations, please call 604- 925-7595

Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

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