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“Taste" fine foods and wines in restaurant reviews in my home base of Vancouver, on international travels on land and on cruise ships. Explore wines from boutique wineries in British Columbia, and the Pacific North-West, or around the world.

taramosalata

he Greek by Anatoli
1043 Mainland Str., Yaletown
Phone (604) 979-0700

Among the many Mediterranean dips like humus and tsaztiki, my two favorites are taramasalata and babaganoush. I've experimented with making my own taramasalata but it just does not compare with the one from The Greek by Anatoli. Picking up a takeout container of taramasalata has become my current guilty pleasure.

CroqueMonsieurBennie

Provence Marinaside, 1177 Marinaside Crescent

With the plethora of awesome restaurants within walking distance of my home, I generally don't go twice to the same place within a few weeks, and I had just recently enjoyed a Kampachi dinner with friends, at Provence Marinaside. But my family visitors wanted to do brunch, and I had not had brunch at Provence in ages. So off we went, 5 adults, two kids and a baby in stroller.

Helpfully they accommodated us with a table where we could have the stroller alongside without impeding the wait staff, and baby was angelically well...

kampachi carpaccio

Provence Marinaside
1177 Marinaside Crescent
Vancouver
Ph: (604)  681-4144

Two years ago I was in Honolulu for a dance competition and took advantage of my brief time there to check out a small sample of the local restaurant scene (Fine Food in Honolulu). I love the simplicity and freshness of raw fish in its myriad forms whether called sashimi, crudo or carpaccio, marinated as in ceviche, or dressed with other ingredients as in poke, so my eyes inevitably sought out the sashimi options on the menus. At home one of my favorite sashimi choices has always...

Spotprawns
TenTen Tapas
1010 Beach Avenue, on the sea wall
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 689 -7800
 
What a great way to end a fun birthday day … Fresh from a 3 hour Hustle workshop (think Saturday Night Fever! but not the line dance), I strolled along the False Creek sea wall to a small restaurant overlooking the water, to share tapas and wine with friends and listen to cool jazz.  
Glazed salmon
Carderos Restaurant
1563 Coal Harbour Quay, Although I have frequently eaten at the other restaurants in the Sequoia group, The Sandbar, The Teahouse and Seasons in the Park, this was my first time dining at Carderos. Our reservation was for 5:45 PM but the patio was already very busy so we opted for a small, but comfortable two seater booth inside. 
Both of us were tempted to try the soup special, an Arctic Char and Leek Chowder. I wanted to see the portion difference between a cup and bowl so while my friend sensibly ordered the cup, I opted for
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