Category: Tastings

Summer Menu Tasting at Famoso Pizzeria

I was invited to taste some of their new dishes and pizzas which were recently added to the menu. 1st dish: Ricotta Gnudi with eggplant caponata 2nd dish: The Catalan Pizza topped with roasted gala apples, spiced raisins, toasted pine nuts, sautéed…

Afternoon Tasting at Temper Pastry

Last week I revisited one of my favourite chocolatiers and pastry shop in West Vancouver. Chef Steve Hodge is a creative wizard concocting new pastries, chocolates and desserts that fill his pastry case. My friend Chef Felix Yau joined me…

Spring Menu Tasting at Joe Fortes

Executive Chef Wayne Sych launched his spring menu recently at Joe Fortes and I was invited to taste some of their new dishes. 1st dish: King Crab Tempura – smoked bacon, fresno chile, sweet soy 2nd dish: Peppercorn Ahi Tuna…

Sakura Japanese Tea Ceremony at O5

  To celebrate spring and the coming out of all the cherry blossoms around the city, O5 Rare Tea held a unique tea ceremony featuring their special Sakura Tea (made of cherry blossoms).   This was a tea ceremony after…

Tasting Brunch at Mamie Taylors

Executive Chef Tobias Grignon and his team launched their Southern American style brunch menu this weekend and my friend Julius and I shared a selection of dishes. I have eaten dinner in the past and it’s great to see them now offering…

Blending for Gold at Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters have been have won three Gold medals awarded by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters in Italy. I had the pleasure to attend a media tasting recently where owners Brian and Linda Turko talked about each of…

Spice Market Menu Tasting at Market

New York’s famed Spice Market has been featured at Market thru April 18 with a special tasting menu. Inspired by the street food Jean-Georges enjoyed while travelling in Southeast Asia, the menu was created for a fun and flavourful culinary…

Tasting Brunch at West Oak

Executive Chef Tim Cuff and his team launched their brunch menu last weekend and gave it a whirl trying several of their dishes. These were my favourite of the dishes that I tried which are now available on their brunch…

New Dishes at Pier 7

I revisited recently to taste some of Chef Michael Mikoda ‘s new dishes on his spring Menu with my friend Nikki joining me. 1st dish Ahi Tuna Tataki 2nd dish: Tomato and Buffallo Mozzarella Salad 3rd dish: Cauliflower Scallop Risotto 4th dish:…

New Dishes at La Mezcaleria

I always look forward to tasting the new dishes these chefs create at this Mexican eatery on the Eastside, I recently tasted some of their newest creations. 1st Dish: Tamarind Squid Barbequed squid, with sweet soy and tamarind marinade, garlic peanuts,…

Tasting New Desserts at Trafiq Café

I tasted my way through some of their new dessert and baked goods creations recently at this popular cafe bakery on Main Street. 1st Creation: Trafiq Chocolate Toblerone with vanilla Creme on top, caramel milk chocolate in the middle & dark…

Akakuro-Buta Tasting Tour around Vancouver

Up until a few days ago I had no idea what Akakuro-Buta was other than knowing that it was a type of pork. I had an opportunity to meet Christopher Ng of Wingtat Game Bird Packers during a media tasting…

Menu Tasting at Blue Canoe

Chef Danilo Ibarra invited me in to taste some of his Latin inspired dishes which he has added to his menu at Blue Canoe Restaurant in Steveston. Since I love Latin flavours and haven’t dined at the Blue Canoe in…

Artisan SakeMaker Sake Release Tasting

On January 15, I attend the  Fraser Valley Junmai Sake – Series Two release tasting which also celebrated Artisan SakeMaker’s 7th Anniversary. These sake are part of the regional Osake series made from 100% organically grown sake rice in Abbotsford, BC.  Series…

Taste BC 2014

After missing this event for the past few years, I attended the latest one which was held last night, a fundraiser put on by Liberty Wine Merchants with proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital – Oak Tree Clinic. This time…

Fall Menu Tasting at Le Parisien

I revisited recently to taste their Fall/Winter Menu, I tried some of the new dishes. 1st dish Crispy Pork Belly 2nd dish Smoked Chicken Liver & Fois Gras Parfait 3rd dish Cheese fondue with side salad 4th dish Chorizo Wrapped…

Brunch on The Roof of Black + Blue

Last weekend I was invited to taste some of the new menu items on the weekend brunch menu on The Roof. Months ago they installed a moving canopy that enclosed the stunning patio and beautiful roof top kitchen. It was…

Fall Menu Tasting at Mosaic

I was into Mosaic at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver to taste their Fall Menu, I tried some of the new dishes Chef Thomas Heinrich has on the menu. 1st dish: Chestnut Apple Bisque 2nd dish: Fall Salad 3rd dish: Butter…

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