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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.

Caramelized Brussel sprouts
  1. Some time ago I had the pleasure of reviewing a very special cookbook, written and compliled by  Dancing Chef, Natasha MacAller. The book was called Vanilla Table. As it happened, Natasha was visiting Vancouver, and I met with her at the Granville Island Hotel. The links to  my review of Vanilla Table and my interview with the dancing chef, are shown below.

At the time, Natasha mentioned that together with her colleague, Chef Anne Conness and her team, they would be opening a restaurant called Sausal, a short drive from LAX airport. Most of my west coast flights are into...

cheeseccake in a cup

The Wonderful Women Vancouver Network held our first fall social event on Tuesday evening this week, previous annual events having been held in the spring. The location for our Wonderful Women Welcome Winter event was the Lounge and Bar at the Granville Island Hotel. Amanda and I took our water ferry across to Granville Island and met Cathy, our co-organizer, to get set up and meet the staff who would be facilitating the event.


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.


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
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...