Hup Holland Hup! World Cup Fever

  Hup Holland hup! Netherlands fans have World Cup fever and to keep his countrymen fuelled, Holland-born chef Paul Mon-Kau is sharing his favourite Dutch snack recipes. Mon-Kau, owner of The District Restaurant Group in North Vancouver, notes that when taking in the game at a typical Dutch pub or “bruin café”, deep-fried snacks and peanuts…

Vancouver Fashion Design: U.T.F.L. interview

  Vancouver is a place with many talented people and the Uwi twins, Lévi and Reuben, are definitely part of the group. I met up with the local fashion designers and talked about their motivations and ideologies. Having their first collection be featured at The Hudsons Bay Company, their success has only motivated them to launch…

Zintimate

  The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) invited me to an Zintimate trade tasting at Hawksworth Restaurant’s York Room in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.   They limited the event to 75 guests per hour for two sessions, one at 1:30 and the other at 2:30; a wine version of speed dating.  There were…

Vintage Cruiser Ride

The Vancouver  Wheelmen Vintage Cruiser Ride will bring out the treasures of bicycles in Vancouver.  Vintage bikes are cool, elegant with detailed craftsmanship and just a pleasure to see on the road. If you have 1974 bike or older  check out The 7th Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage-Only Cruiser Ride July 5 from 12 – 8 starts…

Faubourg Paris celebrates Canada Day

Indulge your summer sweet tooth! July is an extra-special month for Faubourg Paris due to two holidays close to its heart: Canada Day (July 1) and Bastille Day (July 14). A French-focused Canadian company, Faubourg relishes the opportunity to celebrate both countries with mouthwatering feature flavours, available for a limited time only. Canada Day specials, available today and tomorrow at…

THE FRENCH OLIVE OIL. A BRIEF LOVE STORY.

The olive oil we carry from Le Cooperative de Clermont L’Herault is a field blend, and is an AOC.  It will have the AOC varieties in the blend… from memory that will be a mixture of aglandau, picholine, lucques, verdale and possibly negrette. In the massive freeze of ’56, many or most olive trees and…

Summer Social Media Slow Down

  As the warm, sunny weather of summer approaches, everyone is scattering from their homeland to go on holidays, take a beach vacation and just get some overall R&R. So where are we going with this? You’ll notice that people switch into vacation mode, which could mean fewer eyes on social media, less attention on…

Who’s in YOUR CLOSET?

    Most people outgrow the desire to name inanimate objects. As children, we name our stuffed animals, dolls, and sometimes our shoes & dresses.  Some adults continue to do so. I’ve recently overheard a young women calling her #ChristianLouboutins, Pricilla, while her friend chatted about ‘’ Betty’’[referring to her  #Docle&Gabbana jumpsuit] about as emotional…

The Power of Mistakes

    “From error to error, one discovers truth” ~ Sigmund Freud   The best things in life are mistakes; they shake our world and show us how to live our truth. I’ve been stumbling through mistake after mistake along my journey and I have uncovered parts of my soul I normally wouldn’t have had…

Famed international shucker “Oyster Bob” Skinner

“OYSTER BOB” SKINNER JOINS ALL-STAR TEAM AT BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR, OPENING SOON Famed international shucker “Oyster Bob” Skinner is the latest industry veteran to bolster the ranks of an already talented roster assembled at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, which is set to open at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver in mid-July. “Oyster Bob”, who…

Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge Award Winners 

  The Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge was successful featuring 6 flatbread creations in this challenge from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their flatbread on their menu from June 4-26, 2014. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process…

Black Hills Estate Winery newest vintages

  Black Hills Estate Winery is pleased to release the newest vintages for our “Cellar Hand” tier of wines. In fact, the 2012 Cellarhand White just won the Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships.As you may know, the grapes for these wines come from the same hand-tended vineyards carefully managed by their Vineyard team on Black Sage…

HUNT FOR THE CITY’S NEXT TOP DESIGNER

VANCOUVER HOME + DESIGN SHOW ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL HUNT FOR THE CITY’S NEXT TOP DESIGNER  Three local interior design hopefuls will compete for the title of Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded, October 16-19, 2014 at BC Place Stadium  Cutthroat creatives, take note! The Vancouver Home + Design Show today announced the second coming of Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded in…

Navy horns to quell pirate uprising at Ships to Shore

The Jolly Tars ensemble, part of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, will use their sweet sounds to quell a pirate uprising at Ships to Shore Steveston from Sunday, June 29 through Canada Day. The Jolly Tars will be performing twice daily on June 29 and 30 along the Steveston waterfront, where they’re sure to encounter the roving…

NEW RESTAURANT WOLF IN THE FOG OPENS IN TOFINO, BC

Chef Nick Nutting leads the pack with bold ingredient-driven dishes New restaurant Wolf in the Fog opens today, capturing the raw vitality of the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island: inspired by the people, the place and the product. Menus focus on fresh, wild food and pay homage to Tofino’s fishermen and foragers – taking the ocean-to-table and forest-to-fork…

Announcing the Arrival of Baby Bub

The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer.   Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier…