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Food & Drink

November 11, 2018

 The camper bar at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler.

For the 2018 rendition of Cornucopia, Whistler’s 22nd annual celebration of food and drink, I was only able to make it for one night because of conflicting plans next week. (Note to self: check calendar before doing any November scheduling!)

But if you’re going to do it, do it right, right?

The Four Seasons Resort in the Upper Village is Whistler’s only five-star...

October 1, 2018

 The Salmon Sushi Salad at David Hawksworth's Kitsilano Bel Cafe. 

Last week was a busy one for eating out—in between writing, taking boys to swimming/soccer, teaching classes, and getting my youngest son re-started on piano lessons--and starting myself again after, oh, three decades!--I hit three new places. Nothing daring in terms of food offerings but a trio of solid options. 

A little while back Hawksowrth Group op...

September 20, 2018

The main dining area at Mott 32 Vancouver. 

I just had my first dining experience at Mott 32 Vancouver.

I know… It took a while. It opened in early 2017.

I admit it: I couldn’t bear the thought of stepping foot inside Trump tower, the building out of which Mott 32 operates. Aside from the lease, however, the restaurant is completely independent from the business that bears the 45th’s name, and deserves to be treated as such.

I hav...

August 29, 2018

Earlier this summer, I was overjoyed and honoured to get an email from Vancouver's Brad Bodnarchuk, asking if I'd join him on his weekly Half a Dozen Hospitality podcast.

Surely, he had the wrong address?

Even if he did, he nevertheless graciously invited me to his home recording studio in East Van to have a conversation about food, dining, Vancouver's restaurant industry, and more--even personal hapiness and what motivates peop...

August 8, 2018

The evening could not have been more gorgeous: as the sun beamed during its langourous descent, a fresh breeze swirled off the ocean just steps away, feelings of community and awe whirling in the air along with it.

The inaugural feast at Ambleside Landing on unceded Coast Salish territory started with song and a blessing, a traditional welcome by the Chinook Song Catchers. The group, headed by Marissa Nahanee (Maykw C...

July 17, 2018

With so many restaurants opening up all the time in Metro Vancouver, it can be a challenge for to stand out. One approach that seems to be gaining popularity in the region is the concept of “concept restaurants”.

Every restaurant has a concept, whether it’s tacos, fried chicken, or omakase. But of course not every restaurant is a concept restaurant. The latter take a theme and weave it into every aspect of the place, from the d...

July 11, 2018

This morning I had the opportunity to appear on BT Vancouver (Breakfast Television) to talk about poke (or poké, though you would never see the accent over the in Hawaii, where the dish was born). 

Host Tara-Jean Stevens has a background in theatre and radio and was so welcoming and helpful.

We talked about the dish itself and how it has evolved in North America to include rice, quinoa, and/or lettuce and all sorts of toppings,...

July 10, 2018

I had the pleasure of being part of the judging panel for the inaugural Cocktail Invitational, sponsored by Stoli Canada, at the Vancouver Westin Bayshore's H Tasting Lounge recently. 

Seven bartenders from Vancouver and Whistler offered their take on a drink inspired by Stolichnaya Elit Vodka. Distilled in Latvia, the spirit is exceptionally smooth with hues of vanilla and grains. 

Sitting at the bar with fellow judges (who inc...

June 28, 2018

There’s music playing and a whole lotta fun and feel-good vibes, especially when people start reclining their chairs back and even doing a the “wave” among those who don’t mind feel as if they’re going to falling backward from so high up off the ground.

There’s lunch, dinner, brunch, and even late-hour happy hour experiences, with prices starting at $149 per person.

Dinner in the Sky was founded in Belgium over 30 years ago and...

June 23, 2018

I was so happy to see the Berry Mobile today at Whole Foods Market!

Berry Mobile Fruit Distribution is a true farm-to-market company. It sources fruit and veggies from B.C. growers, with all of its produce being CanadaGAP-certified. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices, and certification means that companies meet strict food-safety standards.

The company also pays its fruit pickers living wages, which really ought to be...

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