Pacific Theatre presents  VALLEY SONG by Athol Fugard 

  VALLEY SONG by Athol Fugard  originally produced by The Gateway Theatre  March 24-April 8, 2017 Pacific Theatre presents Valley Song by Athol Fugard, an inter-generational tale that brings the nation-wide social changes of apartheid to one family. Playing Mar 24-Apr 8 8pm Wednesdays-Saturdays with 2pm matinees all Saturdays and Sunday, Apr 2 at Pacific Theatre,…

Chefs Shine at #GoodFrance 2017

  Chefs whose love of food dates back to their childhood brought their unique styles and passion for French cuisine to this year’s #GoodFrance global event on March 21. Chefs from more than 2000 restaurants in five continents prepared a multi-course dinner that paid homage to French cuisine. In Vancouver, Bistro Pastis, Le Crocodile and…

SOMETHING’S FISHY AT PROVENCE THIS APRIL

  From April 1st through 30th, join Provence Marinaside as it celebrates its ninth annual Poisson d’Avril. In France, ‘Poisson d’Avril’ (April’s Fish) is a one day affair corresponding to our April Fool’s Day filled with whimsical pranks and games (background & history) . “Poisson d’Avril is an opportunity to welcome spring with a bit…

EASTER FEASTING: RAILTOWN CATERING MAKES CELEBRATING EASY THIS APRIL WITH EXCLUSIVE EASTER TO-GO PACKAGE  

  Ready-Made Meals Include Choice of Honey-Glazed Ham, Lemon-and-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb and Full Complement of Side Dishes Available in Both Ready-To-Eat, Ready-To-Bake Options for Easter This Easter, let Railtown Catering make entertaining friends and family the least of your concerns with the company’s popular Easter To-Go package, available for pickup or delivery on Sunday, April 16. Offered…

Experience the Best of the West Coast with Magnolia Hotel & Spa and Loden Hotel 

  Explore Vancouver and Victoria in award-winning style   Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by exploring the Best of the West Coast during a dual-destination package with Vancouver’s Loden Hotel and Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa. Through this unique and exciting partnership, guests will enjoy a combined four-night stay with the ‘Best of the West Coast’…

CLEARED FOR LUNCH: FARMER’S APPRENTICE REVIVES ITS POPULAR WEEKDAY LUNCHTIME MENU FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY BEGINNING MARCH 21

Acclaimed South Granville Restaurant Marks Start of a New Season by Adding Lunch Service to Its Signature Lineup of Locally Sourced, Organic Locavore Fare   As spring has sprung, so too has regular lunch service at acclaimed South Granville locavore restaurant Farmer’s Apprentice, which revives its midday menu Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting…

CheckMate Merlot

A month or so after having the opportunity to sample CheckMate’s Chardonnay wines, I was invited to a Gastown restaurant for the launch of their 2013 Merlot. A group of invited guests gathered in a private room at L’ Abattoir. After a bit of socializing and a brief audiovisual presentation, where (former) principal Ingo Grady…

 Hardline Productions Weaves Riveting Tale of First Nations on the Front Lines in WWI Drama _– REDPATCH –

  Drawing on extensive research, world premiere production aims to enhance understanding of First Nations’ contributions to Canadian efforts during World War I Hardline Productions presents Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver’s historical drama REDPATCH, April 12 – 16, 2017 at Studio 16. Opening on the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the moving production follows…

GET CHOCOLATE HOPPY 

  Chez Christophe unveils bunny line-up of new Easter treats with part proceeds benefiting BC SPCA   Starting March 18, 2017 a brigade of bunnies is hopping over to Burnaby Height’s Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie (4717 Hastings Street) to ensure chocolate is the only kind of rabbit being gifted during Easter. Pastry chef and owner Christophe Bonzon…

VO PRESENTS THREE NEW OPERA PRODUCTIONS AND BOLD PROGRAMMING AT THE INAUGURAL VANCOUVER OPERA FESTIVAL April 28 to May 13, 2017

    Otello, Dead Man Walking and The Marriage of Figaro Vancouver Opera feature superb singers, stunning designs. Vancouver Opera Festival will be a wide ranging celebration of the vocal arts, designed to appeal to diverse audiences, all set conveniently in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Programming also includes a new commissioned video art installation by award-winning…

Bistro Pastis Chef Mike Mikoda Embraces Classical French Cuisine for #GoodFrance March 21

  Chef Mike Mikoda is still relatively new at the helm over at Bistro Pastis, but his love of classical French cuisine has inspired him throughout his 15 year career. And he’s excited to have the opportunity to showcase his interpretation of time-honoured dishes at the third Annual #GoodFrance event on March 21. “I appreciate the…

Limitless Laughs Abound in Western World

  Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvisers will have plenty of opportunity to demonstrate their lightning fast wit as they play the ‘Hosts’ to audience ‘Guests’ in Western World opening April 6 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Inspired by the popular HBO series Westworld, this improvised parody relies on audience suggestions to set the…

#TasteofThursday Yarrow Meadows Duck Curry with Potato Rösti By Felix Zhou, Chef, Heritage Asian Eatery

  This week’s #TasteofThursday recipe is a prize winner! Courtesy of Chef Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery straight from his exciting win at the 4th Annual Curry Cup.   Yarrow Meadows Duck Curry  Ingredients 750g Yarrow Meadows Duck Legs  12 cloves Garlic 6 Shallots 1 medium piece Ginger 4 Lemongrass Stalks 12 Kaffir Lime…

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler 

  Canada-themed menus and spa treatments celebrate all things Canadian Oh Canada! Nita Lake Lodge celebrates the nation’s 150th birthday this summer with special Canadian winemaker dinners, themed menus and spa treatments. Situated on Nita Lake, amongst some of BC’s most beautiful scenery, the Lodge offers the perfect surrounding to wish Canada a happy birthday…

Rah Rah for Riesling

  When you order, ‘a glass of white wine’, chances are you’ll be served a chardonnay, as these days, it tends to be synonymous with white wine. However, there was a time, before the late 1970’s when Riesling was THE white wine. And for good reason: Riesling tends to pair with a wide variety of…

Celebrate Spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 19-23

  Sixth annual festival dishes up delectable oysters, remarkable craft beers, memorable wines, and the joy of winter’s end The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 19-23. The festival offers the perfect opportunity to dive into spring with outstanding dining experiences, tastings of oysters from around the world, and glasses…

Wednesday Wine Reviews

2015 Cliffhanger Red Moraine Penticton, BC $17.50 This is a blend of Merlot and Malbec. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Bright red berries, red currants, strawberry jam, brambles along with hints of earth and spice. Good balance. The bright fruit carries through onto the palate followed by a medium finish. Serve with a T-bone steak,…