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grilled asparagus with goat cheeseRauDZ Regional Table

1560 Water Street,

Kelowna, British Colombia

Ph: 250-868-8805

When I was asking for suggestions for "don't miss"  restaurant experiences in Kelowna,  the name that kept coming  up was RauDZ, so I decided that we would find our way there for supper on  Monday evening, the first full day of our Kelowna experience. The restaurant does not have a reservation system but I was told  that if we got there early there...

Chef Butters To set the stage- or perhaps I should say - to set the table - for the "supping" aspect of our Destination Travel: Kelowna I arranged to meet Chef Rod Butters at his restaurant, RauDZ, on Water Street, on the first morning of our visit. An icy wind was blowing through the streets of downtown Kelowna and by the time we arrived at the door of the restaurant we were chilled. Chef Butters invited us in and promptly offered to...

pear mosaic with chocolate cake and mousseLupo Restaurant and Vinoteca
869 Hamilton Street,
Vancouver. BC
Ph: (604) 569-2535 or Reserve Online

I have now enjoyed two excellent meals at the revamped Lupo Restaurant and this review reports on both of them.

The last time I had dined at that location was before there was a change in ownership last July. Julio Gonzalez Perini who ran Villa Del Lupo in the Heritage house on Hamilton Street for many years, sold...

enough saidAt last, 23 days from the date post-marked on the envelope, my registered letter has been delivered and signed for in New York.

The Canada Post tracking form still shows neither its arrival in the US nor the fact that it has just been delivered. Despite the information on the screenshot from the Canada Post tracking form. Updated daily. Hmmm... ...

Its a double magnum!A few days ago a friend and I joined a large roomful of Bard on the Beach supporters at the Pan Pacific Hotel. The occasion was a breakfast fundraiser for the company's educational programs. While we enjoyed  fresh fruit salad, Eggs Benedict, pastries and coffee, Artistic Director Christopher Gaze invited the four set and costume designers for the 2010 season to tell us about their concepts for the Mainstage and Studio Stage productions.

On the Mainstage, comedy...

It must have been post-Olympic nationalistic lunacy that made me walk into a Canada Post Office to send a letter by registered mail to the US. Why else would I utilize the "services" of a Corporation who expend more effort on advertising their politically correctness than they do on providing service?

I handed in a letter to go by registered mail to New York on April 3rd. The 4th was Easter Monday- that's a holiday in Canada so the 5th would...

gravlax and greensWilliam Tell Restaurant
765 Beatty Street,
Vancouver BC
PH: (604) 688-3504 or Reserve Online

There is a plethora of excellent restaurants within a short walk of the Vancouver civic  theatres complex (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and The...

roll sushi platterYuji's Japanese Tapas
2059 West 4th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC
Ph: 604) 734-4990

We were going to see Paradise Garden at the Stanley Theatre and decided to check out Yuji's about a ten minute drive from theatre. Although it was just before 6 PM, we managed to get a parking spot almost outside the restaurant. It helps if your companion has great parking karma - which he does!

I was not sure what to...

crispy green beansP.F.Chang's China Bistro
61 Fortune Drive,
Irvine, CA
Ph: (949) 453-1211

P.F. Chang's China Bistro (Irvine Spectrum) on Urbanspoon

For our last dine-out with kids at family friendly restaurants in South Orange County before I head back to Vancouver, we decided on P.F. Chang's China Bistro at the Irvine Spectrum Mall.

As usual we got there early, around 5 PM but already there was a 35 minute wait for inside tables....

sinfully delicious garlic breadMangia Bene Ristorante
27281 La Paz Road,
Laguna Niguel, CA
Ph: (949) 831-0140

Mangia Bene Cucina on Urbanspoon
Why you may wonder would I choose a plate of garlic bread as the primary picture for Mangia Bene? it's because it is simply the most sinfully satisfying garlic bread ever - and the servers keep the supply coming until you beg them to stop.

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