Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24

“Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24 weekend, based out of Black Hills Estate Winery Join Black Hills Winemaker Graham Pierce and a group of 30 other wine & cycling lovers for a very special weekend in the South Okanagan. Enjoy riding through the beautiful Okanagan vineyard country by day and tasting…

Gray Monk Winery

Gray Monk, the original Scenic Sip winery, is one of BC’s best known. The west facing slopes along Camp Road provide good air drainage and capture the sunlight reflected from the lake below.  Situated at approximately 50° north latitude, the vines need to capture whatever warmth they can.  Gray Monk pays homage to their location…

The Gloves are Off for a Rosé Smack Down

Happy Wine Wednesday! It’s time for our 2nd annual Rosé Smack Down! Michael Bartier and David Scholefield are once again defending their favourite rosés. Michael Bartier is on team Haywire while David Scholefield is putting up a fight for Bartier Scholefield. Here’s what they have to say about their favourite rosés:     Michael Bartier on the Haywire Rosé: Wine should be…

An Afternoon Refined: Tea at the Xi Shi Lounge

Regarded as one of the four legendary beauties in Chinese history, Xi Shi was so stunningly beautiful it was said that when she washed her silks by the river, the fish saw her charming reflection would forget how to swim and sink to the bottom.  True to its namesake, the Xi Shi Lounge at the…

Put a Spring in your step with tantalizing Easter treats at Bel Café

Bel Café offers Easter classics and new macaron flavour just in time for Easter. Hop over to David Hawksworth’s BelCafé and indulge in Easter treats and new spring sweets, including the Apple Pie macaron, lime and coconut cake, dark chocolate caramelized hazelnuts and milk chocolate-covered almonds. Get them before they’re gone, a seasonal treat that won’t be around for…

La Dolce Vita

Harbinger. An omen, foreshadowing, sign of things to come.  The word came coming to mind as we sat in Spokane’s Nectar Tasting Room on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying a glass of very nice Northwest Cellars wine after a tasting of seven reds, served by the winery owner himself, Bob Delf. We love Nectar. It’s a…

Odd Society Spirits Win Gold and Silver

East Van Vodka Takes Home Multiple Awards from the  2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition The 14th annual San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition officially announced their 2014 winners yesterday. Odd Society Spirits received multiple awards for their East Van Vodka,taking home gold for package design, and silver in the vodka category. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as one of the…

CONTEST Win 2 tickets to Dish n’ Dazzle May 1

We’ve joined with BC Hospitality Foundation to bring you this great contest! Contest starts on Monday, April 14 and ends at midnight on Sunday, April 20. Dish ‘n Dazzle returns on Thursday, May 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in the  Park View Terrace. The BC Hospitality Foundation  and  Wines of New Zealand present a spectacular night of food, wine and…

Enjoy a gourmet Mother’s Day with Faubourg Paris

Vancouver’s trio of Parisian boulangerie pâtisseries catering to sophisticated gourmands, and amateur epicures alike, have some suggestions just in time for Mother’s Day.  With Mom’s big day fast approaching, it’s time for devoted descendants to make plans to pamper their beloved matriarch. Heavenly High Tea  Faubourg Paris sets itself apart from cookie-cutter contemporaries with handcrafted, authentic Parisian delicacies created…

12 Reasons Why You’ll Be Happier in a Smaller Home

Recently clients of mine bought a smaller home even though they could afford something much larger.  I sat down and asked them to list all of the reasons why they wanted a smaller house. Easier to maintain. Anyone who has owned a house knows the amount of time, energy, and effort to maintain it. All things being…

What’s your pairing for Oysters?

  This year at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival the question of what pairs best with oysters will be addressed in the second annual Oyster Wine Competition and the first Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition. Winemakers and brewmasters have until April 17 to submit entries into the respective competitions that will be held at…

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale: Same Time Next Year?

The 19th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale tapped out Saturday bolder and brighter than ever leaving craft beer enthusiasts wondering what’ll they do to top it for the 20th Anniversary in 2015? One of the elements that sets this beer festival apart from many is that it is run by the non-profit society, Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, with part…

Vancouver Foodster presents the 1st Creme Brulee Challenge

After a successful Mac and Cheese challenge comes more comfort food and the focus this time is on dessert, here is our 1st Creme Brulee Challenge featuring 9 restaurants and bakeries in Vancouver that runs from April 11-30, 2014. Participating restaurants are showcasing Creme Bruilee dishes that were specially created just for this challenge and all…

Vancouver Foodster launches the 1st Burger Palooza

For all the burger lovers! We invite all those who love meat to tantalize their taste buds at several restaurants throughout downtown Vancouver! This afternoon tasting extravaganza goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates. Touring several restaurants guests will have a chance to eat all types of burgers (which may include beef, bison, pork, lamb, chicken, and more), with…

Creme Brûlée Challenge April 11 – 30

The Vancouver Foodster Creme Brulee Challenge running April 11-30, 2014 at restaurants all over Vancouver!  You taste & vote!     Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite creme brulee creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. After you have tried each of the…

CONTEST – Win 2 tickets to YVR Foodies @ Seventeen89

We’ve gotten together with YVRFoodies to throw a contest, we’re offering two tickets to YVR Foodies @ Seventeen89 Restaurant on May 4 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) The May event is going to be the best one yet with a jam-packed event full of inspiring speakers, engaging performers, and of course some delicious food at Seventeen89. Co-owner and Chef…

YVR Foodies @ seventeen89 Restaurant May 4

Sunday, May 4, 2014 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 1789 Comox Street Vancouver, BC (Formerly known as the restaurant Original Tandoori Kitchen in Denman Place Mall), Vancouver, BC (map) The May YVR Foodies event will be at the elegant Seventeen89 in Downtown Vancouver. The May event is going to be their best one yet with a jam-packed event full of inspiring speakers, engaging performers, and of…