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The calm before the class arrivesWhat better way to spend a rainy Vancouver Sunday afternoon than learning cooking techniques and taste tips at a cooking class with a group of friends?

With wine paired to drink as we tasted each course  - and sipped between courses - it was a relaxed and satisfying way to wind down the weekend.

Ten of us assembled to learn from Chef Hilary, how to make a velvety cardamom-flavoured carrot soup, smoked salmon croquettes,...

Bison Striploin with potato gratinDivino Wine Bar
1590 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 258-0005 or Reserve Online

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We were planning to see a play at The Havana theater. Having enjoyed several pre-show meals at Havana Cafe in the past year, I wanted to explore some of the other pre-show options on Commercial Drive. Within...

banana spring rollsRed Door Pan Asian Grill
2996 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 733-5699 or Reserve Online

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We were going to see August: Osage County at the Stanley Theatre and decided to see what Red Door was offering for Dine Out Vancouver.  The restaurant is very conveniently located for both the Stanley Theatre on...

squidLe Gavroche Restaurant
1616 Alberni Street
Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-3924 or Reserve Online

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I was invited by friends to meet for dinner at Le Gavroche. It had been years since I last ate there and the restaurant had been on both our lists of places to dine. Dine Out Vancouver 2011 gave us the impetus to do it.

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French onion soupThe Keg Steakhouse and Bar at Granville Island
1499 Anderson Street
Vancouver 
Phone: (604) 685-4735 or Reserve Online

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We were going to see Floating at the Granville Island Revue Stage. My companion was "craving steak" so we decided to visit the  Granville Island Keg  for a pre-show dinner. Like many Vancouver restaurants,...

the Latin BurgerHavana Cafe
1212 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC:
Ph: 604-253-9119

Havana Cafe on Urbanspoon

We were heading off to an 8 PM show of Sensation of Magic at the Havana Theatre, so we thought we would get supper at the Havana Cafe before the show. They don't take reservations, but the person on the phone said that if we were there by 6:30...

Kelly Urbanoski and Curtis Webb at Joe Fortes RestaurantOne of the best aspects of writing for ReviewFromTheHouse.com is the chance it affords me, from time to time, to interview people who are committed and passionate about their work. Some such as professor Errol Durbach, Bard artistic director Christopher Gaze or playwright Emil Sher, work in theatre. 

Others like Kelowna chef Rod Butters or Vancouver Foodie Tours operator, Michelle Ng, work in the food industry.

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Michelle Ng of Foodie ToursCharming, articulate, bursting with energy and passionate about food - those were my immediate impressions of Michelle Ng as we sat down to chat about her new venture, Vancouver Foodie Tours.

I was caught up in her enthusiasm as Michelle explained her Foodie Tours concept to me: 

The tours are for passionate foodies who want to sample the best restaurants  and cafes in town. Each tour lasts approximately 2 and a half hours. In this...

Chef Romy Prasad explains a technical pointFederico's Supper Club
1728 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver
Ph: 604-251-3473 or Reserve Online

I have been on the hunt for places to "dine and dance" in Vancouver but this seems to be a rare entity these days. Federico's Supper Club is one of those few places that has a dance floor, albeit not large.

The evening when a group of us decided to check out this restaurant turned out to...

Blair Baldwin welcomes winetasters with a tasting glassIn spring, summer, fall and winter in British Columbia's stunningly beautiful Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society organizes a Festival to celebrate wine, food, culture and a wide range of summer and winter outdoor activities.

I was in Kelowna for the May 2010 Spring Wine Festival and met with Christina Ferreira and Blair Baldwin of the Society to learn about the origin and current festivities of these Wine Festivals.

  This year is...

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