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June 2011

the mind is determined but the body- not so strongAfter a couple of weeks of working out to dance music in my gym, and a planned dance lesson that had to be canceled because of the downtown crowds for Game 7, I finally walked back into the ballroom for a dance lesson. This is the first time I have been back since October 3rd, two days before my stenosed spine decided to finally compress my sciatic nerve so severely that I felt like I...

spiced beef tartareC Restaurant,
2-1600 Howe Street,
Ph: (604) 681-1164 or Reserve Online

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I was invited to lunch by an out-of-town friend, and thought that the patio at C Restaurant would be a perfect place to take him to. It is several years since my last meal at C, which was a recruitment dinner for a potential new hire.  I was keen to see what changes had occurred.


My wicked Sangria got things goingIt was the turn of Margaret and her sous-chef Marilynne to prepare the food for the next SASSY Supper Club gathering.  Margaret, who had become familiar with Spanish cuisine when her daughter spent some time in Spain, decided on a Spanish theme.

appie assortmentThe idea of the SASSY suppers was for a group of us to try out new or family recipes in...

Antipasto Misto - part of the dishItalian Kitchen
1037 Alberni Street,
Ph: (604) 687-2858 or Reserve Online

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We were going to be treated to a Mother's Day brunch at Italian Kitchen but at the last minute, had to cancel due to illness. So we were very happy to be able to reschedule to a later date. There were five of us who arrived for the Sunday lunch.


veal, rabbit & duck terrine with apple and rhubarb preservesThis week I attended an special benefit event hosted in a private home  as a fund raiser for Blackbird Theatre's upcoming production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." Godot is scheduled to run from December 27 to January 21, 2012 at The Cultch.

Blackbird Theatre  is a professional Vancouver theatre company that is dedicated to staging classic works. In their words, their mandate is "to present Canadian interpretations of classic plays to contemporary audiences." With...

Me plus IPod - about to start listeningDog of Your Understanding - a PodPlay
Written by Jan Derbyshire, Music by Yawen Wang
the voices of Peter Anderson and James Fagan Tait
Produced by Neworld Theatre with Screaming Weenie Productions
PodPlays created by Neworld Theatre with
Playwrights Theatre Centre
Production partner: CBC Radio One

Vancouver, BC:  I just experienced my first PodPlay. If you are wondering what exactly a PodPlay...

chilled avocado soup with rare-seared scallopKitsilano Daily Kitchen
1809 West 1st Ave.,
Ph: (604) 569-2741 or Reserve Online

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As the choice for a pre-show dinner, before heading off to opening night of The Merchant of Venice at Bard on the Beach, I was eager to try Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which had recently been recommended to me by another Foodie friend.

The "daily kitchen"...

watermelon saladMilestones Grill and Bar Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street,
Ph: 604-684-9111

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We were walking back from Tinseltown, or as it now known, Cineplex Odeon International Village, where we had just seen "Midnight in Paris." To my surprise, not having been much of a fan of Woody Allen movies, I actually loved the film.

phyllo shrimp...

Richard Newman and Lindsey Angell. Photo by David CooperThe Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rachel Ditor,
Bard Mainstage, Vanier Park,
June 15 to Sept 23, 2011

Vancouver, BC: Of all the Shakespeare plays I have seen I find The Merchant of Venice to be among the most compelling yet certainly the most disturbing to watch. While taking into account the likelihood that the play's reception by a contemporary...

Dungeness crab salad in buttermilk crepesDiva  Restaurant and Bar at the Metropolitan Hotel,
645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Phone (604) 602-7788  or Reserve Online

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For our pre-show dinner, before seeing Bridge Mix 2011, a site specific theatre production at the Metro Parkade on West Pender, we went to Diva at the Met Restaurant.

It was a pleasant twenty minute walk to Granville and Howe, and we...