CKNW Radio Food Segment with Richard Wolak

Richard Wolak is featured as a monthly (and sometimes more often) guest on The Jill Bennett Show on CKNW 980 AM talking food, restaurants and more! You can listen to past shows here (most recent at the top).

July 5, 2024

All You Can Eat Restaurants around the city

June 7, 2024

New Restaurants and a Donut Shop

May 3, 2024

Dishes for Spring

April 5, 2024

Sushi Masters

March 1, 2024

Some new Eateries in Vancouver

February 2, 2024

Lunar New Year Experiences

January 5, 2024

Dine Out Vancouver Events and Experiences

December 1, 2023

Some new cafes and restaurants in Vancouver

November 3, 2023

Feature on Victoria

October 6, 2023

Michelin Awards

September 1, 2023

Some new restaurants in Vancouver and beyond

Vivace on the Drive

Toloache Mexican Kitchen

Ramen Kounotori

The Bay Gibsons

August 4, 2023

Talking about some diverse restaurants in the Westend

VanLove Sushi & more

Latin Square

Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen

Bombay Kitchen

July 7, 2023

Date Night (and day) restaurant experiences!

Five Sails — fine dining, tasting menu

Acre — fine dining, afternoon tea

L’abbatoir –chefs tasting menu

Missing Chopsticks – fine dining, tasting menu

BCD Culinary Academy – cooking class

June 2,2023

 Some new Restaurants that I have eaten at in Vancouver and Richmond 

Tagine Moroccan Arabic restaurant –51 W. Hastings Street — instagram @taginegastown

Missing Chopsticks — 13880 Wireless Way #130, Richmond — instagram @missingchopsticks

Mum’z Rasoi & Bar — 1480 W. 11th Avenue — instagram @mumzrasoiandbar

Little Karp – 8631 Alexandria Rd #130, Richmond — instagram @littlekarprichmond

Bombay Kitchen — 1061 Denman Street –instagram @bombaykitchenondenman

May 5, 2023

Feature on Tofino

April 7, 2023

Some new restaurants that have opened in the past few months that I have eaten at 

Wildlight Kitchen and Bar

-107-5380 University Blvd, Vancouver –- Instagram @wildlightrestaurant

Tamaly Shop

– 2525 Main Street, Vancouver— instagram @tamalyshop

Gastronomy Gastown

–62 East Cordova Street, Vancouver — instagram @gastronomygastown

Momo Hut

— 6372 Fraser Street, Vancouver — instagram @momohutfraser

Taco’N Todo

–6196 Fraser Street, Vancouver — instagram @tacontodo10

Sempre Uno

— 1 Lonsdale Ave, North Van — instagram @sempreuno


–1007 Main Street, Vancouver — instagram @machete.mhf

March 24, 2023

Exploring the city’s Asian and Latin American restaurants and learning more about the foods within those cultures!

Asian restaurants

Crab Hot Lau (Northern Vietnamese)  2141 Kingsway 1-1/2 years ago

Crab spring rolls, Crab noodle soup, Vietnamese hot pot

Win Win Chick-N (Filipino) 8197 Main St, — opened a few years ago

Fried Chicken, Filipino style macaroni

Genki Eki (Japanese) 693 W Broadway,–opened within the past year

Build your own noodle bar, Oden (fish cakes), Takoyaki (Japanese fried snack with ocotopus)

Latin American restaurants

Maizal RMF (Mexican) 2815 Main St,– opened about 6+ years ago

Tortillas from scratch in-house. Mole chicken tacos, and Plantain, Carnitas and Asada tacos, Empanadas, Tortilla soup, Horchata and Churros.

Union Latinos Foods (Colombian) 1149 Granville St,- opened 2 years ago

Empanadas, Arepas, many of the entrees come with plantain, beans and rice

Tamale Shop (Mexican) 2525 Main Street – opened a month ago (actually opened 2 years ago in commissary)

Tamales –savoury and sweet, made from scratch; also has tacos, tortas and more

Brazilliant cafe & catering (Brazilian) 552 Seymour St, — opened a month ago

  • Cheese balls, Brigadeiro aka large chocolate truffle), Coxinha with various savoury fillings,

Taco’N Todo (Mexican) 6196 Fraser Street  — opened 2 months ago

They have all the Mexican favourites – I had the Sopes with chicken; they also offer

Enchiladas, Molettes, burritos, flautas, quesadillas, tacos and more.

La Bakeria (Mexican bakery) 417 Industrial (commissary based) — open 1 year ago

Conchas – plan and filled

March 3, 2023

Vancouver restaurants that have been around for a long time that I have eaten at recently.


— 12 years

Coast restaurant

— 20 years


— 12 years +

Sun Sui Wah

–35 years

Ban chok dee thai — Langley

— 10 years +

Lift bar & grill

— 17 years

Via Tevere Pizza

— 10 years+

Jam jar

— 9 years

Shaughnessy Restaurant

–40 years

February 3, 2023 New restaurants that have opened in the past couple of months

Mann & Co Bakeshop — 13411 71A Avenue, Surrey — instagram @mannandcobakeshop

Lemon Fusion Kitchen –575 West Georgia Street — instagram @lemon_fusionkitckenandbar

Brightside –3040 W. Broadway — instagram @drinkbrightside_

Pindi Dhaba – 10252 City Pkwy #100, Surrey — instagram @pindidhaba

Momo Factory — 1143 Davie Street — instagram @momofactorycanada

Zubo Ramen — 869 Hornby Street – instagram @by.zubu

Novella –– 2650 Main Street—-instagram  @novella_coffeebar

January 6, 2023 Women owned and run Restaurants that have opened within the past few years around Metro Vancouver!

  1. Crab Hot Lao

2141 Kingsway, Vancouver

Owned by Cherry

  • Genki Eki Noodle Bar

693 W Broadway, Vancouver

Owned by Gigi

  • Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy #102, Langley

Owned by Parinya

  • Ofra’s Kitchen

1088 Denman St, Vancouver

Owned by Ofra

  • Nostos Taverna

3162 W Broadway, Vancouver,

Owned by Eleni

  • Viet Family

1431 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Owned by Ling and her mother

  • The Modern Pantry

2232 Marine Dr Unit 102, West Vancouver

Owned by Kendall

  • Vanilla Bean Bake Shop

11900 Haney Pl #101, Maple Ridge

Owned by Taylor

December 9, 2022 Festive Dining Experiences

Holiday Afternoon tea at Notch 8 Restaurant  

Shaughnessy Restaurant Festival of Lights menu  

Apertivo at Armani Afternoon Tea at Holt’s Cafe  

Reflections Winter Terrace 

Holiday Lunch Buffet at Showcase Restaurant  

Holiday brunch popup at Modern Pantry  

December 2, 2022 International Restaurants in Vancouver

  • Union Latino Foods – Colombian
  • Saba Foods– Yemeni
  • Ofra’s Kitchen — Israeli
  • Cayenne Bistro & Grill — East African/Indian fusion
  • Zarak on Main – Afghan
  • Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant Yaletown – Moroccan
  • Baby Dahl Roti Shop – Trinidadian
  • Arabesque Cafe & Bakery– Syrian

November 4, 2022 New Restaurants

Local Pizzaiolo – Kitsilano

Planted Love Truck

Archer Dining — Downtown Vancouver

Impostori Trattoria – South Granville

Mount Pleasant Vintage and Provisions –Mount Pleasant

Afuri Ramen and Dumplings _- Mount Pleasant

Eva Schnitzelhaus – Victoria

October 28, 2022 Michelin Awards

Feature on the restaurants in Vancouver that received a Michelin start

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