Celebrating Diwali @RonWilsonVan

  As a relative newcomer to Vancouver (just over 2 years) I’ve come to love the rich cultural diversity of my new hometown. No matter the community I always feel welcome and how can you not enjoy a festival that celebrates light over darkness? So in honour of Diwali my modest offering is the perfect…

Holiday Shopping, Culinary Presentations and The North Pole at the 7th West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

  One of Canada’s leading holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace, returns for its seventh year on November 21, 22, and 23, 2014 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together holiday gifts from around the world, jewelry and accessories, toys, specialty…

Drink one of B.C.’s best by @RonWilsonVan

  I’m excited to be offering my review of the wine that just topped the field in the annual B.C. wine awards. This is the Platinum award winning See Ya Later Rover. This is from one of my favorite wineries located in Okanagan Falls. Rover is 98% Shiraz with just a splash of viognier. But…

SIXTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TULALIP TICKETS ON SALE

  Award Winning Wine and Food Weekend available for purchase through Ticketmaster   “Buy early; get in,” says Tulalip Resort Casino President/COO Ken Kettler.  He is referring to the line of disappointed Taste of Tulalip fans that were unable to enjoy the award-winning November weekend of wine, food and tradition, as the 2013 event sold out…

Tasting Plates in Yaletown

    The Yaletown iteration of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates took place on Wednesday night, highlighting some incredible local eateries and their speciality menu items. It was chaotic at the event registration … as many of the Tasting Plates participants arrived at roughly the same time.     To help avoid the congestion, I grabbed my…

Chocolatier Unveils Latest Lineup of Delectable Offerings Perfect for Holiday Gifts and Gatherings

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR THOMAS HAAS’ SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS TREATS AND CONFECTIONS   With the holiday season just around the corner, Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie is set to mark the occasion by unveiling new holiday-themed signature confections, festive gift boxes and sweet stocking stuffers. This year, Thomas Haas has added several new items to his seasonal lineup including Tannenbaum, a delectable…

Odd Society Spirits Releases Limited Edition Oaken Gin

  This Wallflower Reaches Mighty New Heights with Oak   Odd Society Spirits is set to launch a limited release of Wallflower Oaken Gin on Friday, October 17, 2014. Aged in American white oak rye casks for 5 months, this specialty spirit is sure to wet any gin aficionado’s appetite. With just over 300 bottles available,…

Wine School is back in session

  VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY PRESENTS SUNDAY SCHOOL: THE #400 SERIES   After a sobering summer break, The Settlement Building’s Vancouver Urban Winery is back for its fourth series of wine-soaked Sunday School seminars. The Fall/Winter semester of drinking in school commences on October 26th with BC vs. the World: Round 4. Additional classes run on November 16th – Sommelier Smackdown IV: the Grudge Match – and December 14th – The Price Is Wrong!…

Tourism Victoria Names BC Hospitality Foundation as First Official Charitable Partner

  Tourism Victoria is pleased to announce the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) as its first official charitable partner. Tourism Victoria will provide access to various marketing channels and work with the Foundation to find new and innovative ways to enhance its profile within the hospitality industry. “Tourism Victoria is proud to be working with the BC Hospitality Foundation…

The Internal Compass

  At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn   Within each of us there lies a compass, which spins and turns in ways that we are able to feel if we learn to tune in to it, with…

An evening of haute couture at Faubourg Paris

  Last week Franck Point, owner and Master Artisan for Faubourg presented A Fashion Love Affair pairing artisanal French delicacies with haute couture. The evening was a smashing success and I had a wonderful time. The fashions were beautiful and the cuisine superb. Best of all you can still enjoy the wonderful offerings of Faubourg.      …

Brain Hack: How to Remember Names

  Do you ever catch yourself at an important executive meeting and for the life of you can’t remember the person’s name sitting across from you? You try to wait and listen for cues or any indication of another individual calling that person’s name, but to no avail – it never comes up. We’ve put…

Wine Wednesday

I always like offering a great deal on Wine Wednesday. Partly because everyone likes a bargain but also because newcomers don’t have to shell out big bucks to find out if this wine is for them. Woodbridge Chardonnay is from the sure hands of Robert Mondavi. The name Mondavi is one of California’s most recognized…

Wine review by @Sam_thewineteacher

2008 I Greppi (Bordeaux Blend) Bolgheri Greppicante Italy $29.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 Garnet red in colour with hints of brick and medium plus intensity.  Dark fruit and secondary aromas of leather, tar, earth and toast.  Well balanced.  Layered flavours echo the nose with a medium long finish.   2009 Bordeaux Chateau de la…