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Review From The Cellar

“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.

Sablefish

I love eating the grilled fish from the fresh fish sheet at Sandbar so it is crazy that the memory that sticks with me from our Mothers' Day dinner was not the perfectly cooked Alderwood-grilled, miso-marinated Sablefish, but the potatoes that I got as a substitute for the regular rice accompaniment. The sablefish was delicious but it was the texture and smoothness of the potatoes that kept me having just one more bite, till - so much for my carb-restricted eating plan - my plate was empty.

Milos Special

Estiatorio Milos
125 West 55th St., New York.
Ph:  (212)-245-7400

Taramasalata, the piquant fish roe dish, is a favorite Greek meze of mine, and one of the tastiest versions I have had was at the Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas. So when I discovered that the New York Estiatorio Milos was a short walk from the Manhattan Movement and Dance Center where we were to attend the Dance Gallery Festival Best of 10, that was my first choice for a pre-show dinner.

Smoked Sturgeon: Lift Bar and Grill

At the 12th Annual ChefmeetsBCGrape event, 9 of BC's top restaurant chefs created small plates, each paired with a BC wine for the sipping and supping pleasure of the very large crowd in attendance. As well there were 80 different wineries offering tastings. Jointly hosted by the British Columbia Wine Institute and the Arts Club Theatre Company this was a fund-raiser for the Arts Club.

The chefs were competing for the "Best Dish" and the "Best VQA Pairing" awards, as determined by a panel of local judges. This year saw the introduction of the "Consumer's Pour & Pair Contest" by...

Beef burek

Balkanika
691  9th Avenue, Manhattan, New York
Ph: (212) 974-0300

One objective of our New York Week with Kids was to introduce them as many different cuisines as possible. Balanika was our choice for Balkan/Mediterranean cuisine and it proved to be an excellent choice.

 

Gorgonzola fondue

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street
Yaletown

To entertain a visitor from Calgary who, like a true Albertan, enjoys a great steak, I chose the Hamilton Street Grill for dinner. It's a ten minute walk from my downtown apartment but on searching my reviews, it has been quite a while since I dined there.

Ironically, although a great steak dinner was in our plans, the gorgonzola fondue and mushroom tart on the starter menu caught our attention and almost simultaneously we both said "let's sample the appetizer menu rather than just having steak."

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