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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...

rotisserie chicken

The challenge: Oven roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken, which is better? I acquired a Deni Vertical Rotisserie a while ago - it's a long story - but had not got around to using it. My daughter pointed out that she had happy childhood memories of my oven roasted chicken dinners and wondered how rotisserie roasted chicken could possibly be better. We had two organic free range chicken to cook so voila- this was a perfect time to compare the two methods.

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...

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...

Gorgonzola fondue

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street

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."

Lamb lollipops with butternut squash puree

Cabrito - Tapas Bebidas

2270 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, V5N 4B
Ph: (604) 620- 7636

Thanks to my friend hearing that on Sunday evenings Cabrito features flamenco music, we set off to Commercial Drive on a cold rainy night to try this new restaurant. We were so glad we did because the food was excellent, the service warm and friendly and we enjoyed the music.

The food is served tapas style - meant for sharing. Our server suggested 4 to 6  dishes for two people. We initially ordered four but ended up ordering a fifth, which turned out to...

Spectacular mountain view from the patio

Yesterday I faced down another fear and crossed a challenge off my "to conquer" list. I realize that those hardy souls who commute daily for an hour or more to get to work will think I am a real wimp but honestly the last time I set off  to drive solo to a distant destination was about twenty years ago... and that journey ended in a minor catastrophe from which I was saved by a gang of Hells Angel's bikers. That's a story for a later post.

I have never been partial to deep crust pizzas or pizzas with a thick doughy crust but thin crust pizza or flatbreads with interesting topping combinations make for a light, quick and easy-to-share meal.

Before heading to Main Street's Fox Cabaret for a show a group of us wandered round the corner to Eight½ Restaurant Lounge for a light pre-show supper,  and their thin crust pizzas just hit the spot.

Wild mushroom truffle omelette

Serving brunch seven days a week  from 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays and from 9 AM on weekends! For many restaurants 10 or 11 AM signals the "mandatory" time for switching from breakfast menu to lunch menu. So I was impressed when I learned that I could order an omelette even though I was only meeting my friend for lunch at Catch 122 at 1:45 PM. And the omelette I ordered turned out to be something special...


Culmina Saignee - a delicate rose

The Culmina Family Estate Winery in Oliver in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley was founded by Don and Elaine Triggs with their daughter Sara, in 2007. A year earlier,  the well-known Jackson-Triggs Winery founded by Allan Jackson and Don Triggs had been sold to Vincor International. As Don quipped "he was not a golfer and retirement didn't suit him" and he wanted to get back to the wine making that he was so passionate about. The Triggs' objective for their new family winery was to marry rigorous scientific study and oenological research with the art of winemaking to produce great wines...


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