West Coast Chocolate Festival

I attended the opening night of this chocolate festival’s events which was the ‘Salon du Chocolat’. The event featured a sampling of chocolate, wines, beers, scotches, liqueurs, and teas. Some of the notable vendors included: Xoxolat  www.xoxolat.com Rubens Chocolates  www.rubenschocolate.ca…

Vancouver Cooks 2 Book Launch Party

The Dirty Apron Cooking School was the host of the book launch party held on October 14, 2009. “Vancouver Cooks 2″, the new cookbook from the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, has been released and is available at Barbara Jo’s…

TWISTED FORK BISTRO

1147 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-0749 Web: http://www.twistedforkbistro.ca/index2.php Twitter: @TwstdForkBistro Advice: If you go between 6pm-7pm Mon – Sat –order the Blue Fence special for $25. I first sampled their food at Feast of Fields a few weeks ago and…

Interview with Kyle Straw

Caffe Artigiano | Vancouver I had a talk recently with Kyle Straw who is one of the top Baristas in Vancouver, he won the Western Canadian Barista Championship in August 2009, I asked him to create some latte art and…

BRIX

1138 Homer Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-915-9463 Web: www.brixvancouver.com Twitter: @brixvan Advice: Must try is their thin crust pizzas on their late night menu. Romantic, I always feel as I am in a secluded and intimate place when dining here as…

BANANA LEAF

1096 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-683-3333 Web: www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com Advice: Write your name on the chalkboard to get a table. This is my favourite Malaysian restaurant in the city and it is also my favourite location I like it for their…

Richard’s Favourite Dishes

My friends have been asking what my favorite dishes are at these restaurants, rather than repeating this information to each person who asks, I have put together a list which is subject to change as I find more great dishes…

Mission Hill Family Estate’s Vintage Affair

Mission Hill Wines poured 6 wines including their Oculus, Quatrain and unveiled their Compendium at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 8th. This elegant evening featured inspired signature canapés by Four Seasons Executive Chef Oliver Beckert. Mission Hill Wines is…

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2010, Get Ready

New Zealand and Argentina the theme at largest wine festival to date The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will mark its 32nd year with a celebration of the wines of Argentina and New Zealand and a global focus on rosé….

The BEST Espresso Macchiato

There are many cafes in the city, some have great drip coffee, ambience and great baristas, however, this list is about which café has the best and consistently the best Espresso Macchiato (Espresso with a minimal amount of steamed milk…

CAFE CREPE

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2861 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-488-1326 Web: n/a Advice: Breakfast served daily to 3pm. This Parisian creperie doesn’t only serve amazing crepes, you will find my favourite savoury crepe, Tuna with Swiss Cheese ($7.50) without…

The BEST Taco List

Tacos have been gaining quite a following in Vancouver. I have been eating tacos at many of the Mexican restaurants in the city and here is my list of the Best Tacos in Vancouver. #1 goes to La Taqueria 322…

Celebrate the Great Wines of Argentina

This event held at the Sutton Place Hotel showcased 49 wineries from Argentina and featured many of the finest Malbecs, Syrah, and other red and white wines from their region. Many of these wines are already available in Liquor Stores…

LA QUERCIA

3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver Tel: 604-676-1007 Web: http://www.laquercia.ca/ Advice: Make an advance reservation. Outstanding food, Italian without the tradition, this is a foodie place that is intimate and small with great service, a good old world wine selection and…

Sonoma in the City

Wines from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Carneros were poured at the Trade tasting in Vancouver September 24th, since the region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnays this was the highlight here along with some Zinfandels. This…

JOE FORTES

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-669-1940 Web: www.joefortes.ca Advice: Ask for a table upstairs or in the corner if you wish privacy. Valet your car as their isn’t much parking on Robson or nearby. Outstanding fish selections and service made…

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…

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