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October 2011

The Cast of Asymmetry. Photo courtesy of realitycurve theatre.Asymmetry by Rick Robinson
Directed by Stuart Aikins,
A Reality Curve Theatre Production
Havana Theatre
October 25 - 30, 2011

Vancouver, BC: I was procrastinating by reading Facebook posts instead of getting on with my writing, when I happened to see a Theatre at UBC post with a link to an Urban Rush interview video of Stuart Aikins and Jerry Wassermann talking about the play Asymmetry. This is a first...

West Side Story
Music by Leonard Bernstein
At the dance. Photo by Tim MathesonLyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins
Directed by Ken Cazan
Conducted by Leslie Dala
Choreographer Tracey Flye

Vancouver, BC:  Only an opera purist would fuss about whether West Side Story is opera or musical theatre. I remember a similar controversy when VO did Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin more than a...

Meg Roe,Laara Sadiq, Ming Hudson, Rachel Aberle, Sarah Donald. Photo by David Cooper.The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood,
Directed by Vanessa Porteous,
Arts Club Theatre Company
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Oct 20 to Nov 20, 2011

Vancouver, BC: I loved the tag-line for this show - The Untold Story of the Original Desperate Housewife".  But do not let this mislead you into thinking this is in any way a television style comedy-drama. The Penelopiad is an exquisitely narrated re-imagining...

Beach Oysters - Photo Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co.Oysters, Cheese and Sauces - who knew these things but chefs, fishmongers and dairy people?

I was reviewing my to-do list of items I  said I would follow up on from previous stories.  In reverse chronological sequence, these are three of the items.

1. Oysters: After recently eating oysters at Cork and Fin, I was curious about the effect of different methods of cultivating oysters.
2. Cheese: Our recent tasting of Soft-ripened...

One of the Stilton wheels on tray with dried fruit Growing up in South Africa I often enjoyed fortified wines such as sherry and port as an aperitif before or after a meal.  These days I  tend to associate port with pampering, perhaps because on long flights in executive class, port is usually offered after dinner, together with a cheese plate.  I have never thought to question what type of port was being served on these occasions - just savored the richness...

Golden coloured 2005 botrytis affected SauterneAbout twelve years ago I took a basic certificate course on wine and wine tasting, and became fascinated with the history and science of winemaking. On trips to the US, South Africa and Australia, and  visits to our Okanagan wine country [ (A Taste of the South Okanagan) and (Destination Kelowna)] I enjoyed visiting wineries and vineyards, and amassed quite a collection of tasting glasses from vineyards all over the world.

Sometime after I began...

Read Island and Sawmill Beach oystersCork and Fin
221 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 569-2215 or Reserve online at OpenTable

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lobster saladHappy hour oysters? When a fellow oyster-loving friend invited us to join her for the happy hour oyster special at Cork and Fin in Gastown, how...

Cibo Trattoria
900 Seymour Street,
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604)  602-9570  or Reserve online at OpenTable

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I met a foodie friend for supper at Cibo before going to see the wonderful Tosca Cafe at the Vancouver Playhouse.  The food was really great but the lighting was poor and unfortunately my food photos don't reflect how good the food  was.

irresistible focacciaThe first hint of the...

Italian dinner for seven awaitsAfter trying out recipes from a Tagine cookbook and a Cake cookbook , the next supper adventure for the SASSY Supper club was to try the recipes from Italian SENSATION! (cucina). This is a coffee table-perfect work of love for all things Italian, written by a Vancouverite, who has cooked Italian family dinners most of her life.

Seven members of the SASSY Supper Club picked a range of recipes from the book, encompassing seafood, chicken,...

chicken livers in MarsalaLa Buca
4025 MacDonald Street
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 730.6988

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potato, truffle and marscapone ravioliLa Buca is a little gem of a Italian restaurant in the neighborhood of Arbutus Ridge. Although I have been a fan of Andrey Durbach's food since way back when he had Etoile on Hornby Street,...

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