Chef Rob Feenie joins #Taste of Thursday top chefs

Chef Rob Feenie, Executive Chef, Cactus Restaurants Ltd.   The driving culinary force behind Cactus Restaurants Ltd., the award-winning collection of 26 casual fine dining restaurants in BC, Alberta and Saskatoon, Rob Feenie is also one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated chefs. At Cactus Restaurants Ltd., Chef Feenie leads the culinary team, blending his…

Exploring the Cowichan Valley

Wow! I’ve been living and loving the Island life for 10 years now. Yet, I’ve seen so little of our island. Sure I want to explore Vancouver Island, but I figured why wait? Why not get started in my own back yard; the Cowichan Valley? My first planned outing was to the Duncan Farmer’s Market…

Wine Judging – a new Continuing Studies program

Capilano University is offering a new Continuing Studies program in the new year, taught by yours truly.  I think you will find it very informative and enjoyable.  Hope to see you there. Introduction to Wine Judging NEW Ever wonder why some wines are better than others?  Join us for an introduction to the process of…

La Pentola offers seasonal sips and festive family-style dining

Ring in the New Year at OPUS Hotel’s award-winning restaurant The holidays are in full swing at Yaletown’s La Pentola. Seasonal menus, spirited cocktails and a warm inviting atmosphere make for a fun and festive holiday dining experience: ramping up to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. La Pentola is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas…

SmartyPantz to launch in the heart of Gastown in early 2015

Escape Room puzzles and challenges arrive in downtown Vancouver   SmartyPantz, Downtown Vancouver’s first Escape Room, is set to launch mid-January in the heart of Gastown. Occupying 3200 square feet across three Heritage buildings at 289 Abbott Street, SmartyPantz is raising the bar for the Escape Room experience with film-level room decor and start-to-finish interactive…

2015 BC Home + Garden Show announces five favourite features

Five Favourite Features:  BC Home + Garden Show announces shortlist of can’t-miss experts, events and exhibits    Top exhibition of all things landscaping and home improvement to hit BC Place Stadium, February 18-22, 2015 Enhance your home, inside and out! The 42nd annual BC Home + Garden Show will up the home improvement ante from February…

Perfect for holiday dining

For years my Joie Farm favorites were Noble Blend and Rose. Now I’ve added Chardonnay and the beautiful red blend PTG. Short for Passe Tout Grains. This is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay and is familiar if you were visiting Burgundy. Joie has a deft touch as evidenced by their popularity and…

La Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

When you stand in front of the shelves at a wine shop does your eye automatically search out your favourite varietals? Merlot? Cab Sauv? Chardonnay? Or one of the Pinots—Noir or Gris? Or perhaps you prefer, as so many do, Bordeaux blends. It’s easy to fall into purchasing patterns, searching out the safe and certain…

BC Wine Program Pairing with Asian Cuisine Expands

Celebrate Year of The Sheep with Haywire Lunar Wines Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013 features an artistically designed Chinese character of the “sheep”, crafted by Haywire Winery to welcome the Year of the Sheep in 2015 and to pair perfectly with Asian cuisine. Isabel Wu Photography With the dynamic Asian dining culture in Vancouver…

Wine Wednesday Review by Sam_theWineTeacher

2011 Chardonnay (Reserve) Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $29.99 Gold Medal Tasted 2014 12 Rich lemon yellow in colour with medium plus intensity.  The nose is complex with aromas of caramel, tropical fruit, honey, toast and butter with a hint of citrus.  Very well balanced with unctuous mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  A long,…

Red, White and Drunk All Over Book Review

Natalie MacLean’s book, Red, White and Drunk All Over is one of the best wine books I’ve ever read.  Her book is humorous, informative and covers a range of topics from the importance of real estate (terroir) – “location is everything”, to the diverse approaches to making wine, the mystique of champagne, the competitive aspects…

TACOFINO’S NEW “TACO BAR” BRINGS BOLD NEW FLAVOUR TO GASTOWN IN EARLY JANUARY

Flagship Location to Feature Tacofino’s Celebrated Mexican-inspired Fare, Patio, Full Bar and Lounge and Separate Take-Out Entrance The West Coast’s beloved Tacofino is set to serve up its signature brand of eclectic, Mexican-inspired cuisine in downtown Vancouver this January when it officially unfolds its new flagship Taco Bar in a fully restored heritage space in historic Gastown. Located in…

Odd Society Spirits Set to Release Bittersweet Vermouth 

Odd Society Spirits Deliver Both the Sweet and the Bitter With a grain-to-glass philosophy and a craft distillery designation, all spirits served at the Odd Society Spirits Cocktail Lounge are legally required to be created onsite. In order to expand their portfolio of spirits and liqueurs while elevating their already strong cocktail program, Odd Society Spirits obtained a…

A Magical Ride to the North Pole

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Fly Over Canada, and want to get into the holiday spirit, I highly recommend you visit the Christmas edition. Join Santa and his elves as you fly across Canada, and make a magical stop at the North Pole. Cheerful holiday decor greets you when you arrive, and…

TIME Estate Winery great gift idea!

Does your list includes the most difficult to buy for during the holiday season? No worries we’ve got you covered, even if… “I’ll be happy with whatever I get” “I really don’t need anything” “Thanks, another tie” “These florescent socks sure stand out” “Well if I lose a few pounds it will fit perfectly” “That…

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

There is nothing more romantic and stunning than a million “stars” shining through raindrops that trickle off your umbrella. Yes, Vancouvers rain season is back but that shouldn’t stop you from  embracing the beauty of the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It’s been 30 years and they’re still going strong! Take a stroll through…

Two New Eateries Join the Downtown Kelowna Core

  Debuting early in 2015, downtown Kelowna will welcome two new eateries in the Prestige Hotel on Abbott Avenue across from City Park and Okanagan Lake.   The Revival Group (formerly Twisted Tomato Group) have unleashed their creativity with two distinctive and unique spaces.  Working hand in hand with the talented team at Prestige Hotel…

L’Epicerie Makes Festive Feasting Easy Peasy

FRENCH STYLE FESTIVE FEASTING AVAILABLE IN YOUR OWN HOME   During this season of celebration, people naturally want to entertain family and friends at home. Cue the Mel Torme or Nat King Cole soundtrack, light the fireplace and pour the egg nog. Between the demands of work, household, family duties and the added pressures of gift-buying…