TASTE WASHINGTON! – so worth the trip!

On Sunday March 30 I was Seattle bound for TASTE WASHINGTON! My first trip down to a wine tasting event that has been running for 17 years. Taste Washington! is the largest single region wine and food event in the United States. Featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and over 65 Pacific Northwest Restaurants…

Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen

Whenever I am up touring in the Kelowna or Lake Country wine regions, I usually reserve a night to dine at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen on the northern shore of Ellision Lake, just north of the Kelowna airport.  To get there, turn east at the blue and white sailboat on highway 97. Ricardo’s features Italian décor…

70s-inspired decor from MOE’S Home Collection

Can you dig it? AMC’s Mad Men, everyone’s favourite 60s drama, is stepping into the 70s with its final season premiering thisSunday, April 13. Whether you’re rooting for Don to forsake his reckless ways or cheering on Megan’s pursuit of Hollywood stardom, this last look at the Draper’s lives promises scandal, intrigue and stylish interiors. MOE’S Home Collection,…

Jillian Harris and Erin Cebula Kick Off Tourism Vancouver’s Celebrity Instagram Takeover Series

Picture-perfect selfies meet stunning scenic shots: Jillian Harris, co-host of HGTV’s Love it or List it Vancouver, is the first in a series of local ambassadors who will “take over” Tourism  Vancouver’s official Instagram feed, Inside_Vancouver. A trained interior designer with irresistible charisma and style, Jillian quickly captured hearts on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and now runs a successful…

Summerhill Leads the Way for Low Sulphite Wines in BC

Summerhill Leads the Way for Low Sulphite Wines in BC Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Canada’s premier family-owned certified organic and biodynamic winery, is pleased to present their 2013 Ehrenfelser, the first BC wine made with the use of a nitrogen generator for the purpose of reducing unnecessary sulphite addition in winemaking.   According to Summerhill winemaker Eric von Krosigk,…

CONTEST – Win 2 tickets to Minoru Chapel Opera May 7

We’ve gotten together with the City of Richmond to offer two free tickets to the Wednesday, May 7 performance Mozart to Strauss at Minoru Chapel Opera. Richard Strauss (whose 150th birthday is this year) is quoted as saying that Mozart was his greatest influence. In this concert, four opera excerpts will examine this relationship and…

Preventing Identity Theft

  Identity theft can cause you huge headaches, but having your house sold without your knowledge is among the worst kind of outcome that can result. Take steps to prevent identity theft and fraud by: Checking your credit reports (www.equifax.ca, www.transunion.ca), credit card and bank statements regularly for inconsistencies, unknown charges and unauthorized credit inquiries…

Rollingdale Ten Year Vertical Tasting

I attended “10 Years on: A Rollingdale Tasting 2004 – 2013” at The Hamilton Street Grill last week.  Rollingdale is an unassuming farm gate organic winery in West Kelowna owned by Steve and Kirsty Dale.  It lies on the western shore of Lake Okanagan just a short drive from downtown Kelowna.  They use organic practices…

GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!

Or in this case getting there, and back, was worth the trip! This past week I attended Taste Washington! for the first time. One of our experienced wine writers, Karl “mywinepal” mentioned this wine tasting event and I was intrigued. But more about my time at Taste Washington! in a future article. This was a…

Minoru Chapel Opera Mozart to Strauss May 7

Opera di Concertisti: Mozart to Strauss   The final performance of the spring season of the City of Richmond’s Minoru Chapel Opera series is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   Richard Strauss (whose 150th birthday is this year) is quoted as saying that Mozart was his greatest influence. In this concert, four opera excerpts will examine…

Homage to the KING of FASHION

Even the most diehard, dedicated fashion floral fans, can’t deny that JIMI HENDRIX holds the torch for being the first to push, if not invent this look during the mid 1960’s. Year after year, the major fashion houses design similar military jackets, blouses, flare velvet pants,  from Balmain, to Dolce & Gabbana, Ana Sui and…

Bicycle Vancouver Meetups

The Vancouver Bicycle Meetup Group is another great group to keep your eye on.  You must register for this group.  They have bicycle meetups in various parts of the lower mainland.  All communication is done online and with a cell phone in emergencies, they will send you a very detailed email about the rides. The duration,…

Wine Reviews courtesy of Sam Hauck

Here are some suggestions for your weekend trip to the local wine store: 2011 Tinto (Malbec, Syrah, Bonardo) La Posta Cocina Mendoza, Argentina $17.99 Silver medal Tasted 2014 01   This is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. Garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of plum,…

Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers new getaway for the guys

Victoria’s leading boutique hotel is Made for Men this spring Mad Men’s Don Draper returns on April 13th, whiskey in hand, for the final season of the hit TV show about the roller coaster lives of advertisers in the 1960s. If watching the devious doings of Draper – the famously hard-drinking alpha male – makes you appreciate the hard-working man…

BARD ON THE BEACH CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY

PLAY & SPECIAL EVENTS TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1ST Bard on the Beach celebrates its 25th anniversary season in Vanier Park with two of Shakespeare’s best loved productions. Tickets for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival go on sale April 1, 2014  in advance of Vancouver’s signature summer theatre festival, which returns to its seaside home in Vanier Park from June 11 to September 20, 2014.   “We are very excited…

Easter springs up at Bel Café

The spring season isn’t complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny! Chef Wayne Kozinko is helping out once again by creating beautiful hand-crafted Easter treats and our online ordering makes it easy to select and purchase.     Hop to Bel Café this Easter for a delicious array of holiday treats and new spring sweets. Starting from April 7th, you…

BRIGHTEN UP EASTER BRUNCH WITH RAINBOW EGG CUPS

Elegant Le Creuset keepsakes liven up holiday traditions Le Creuset introduces their new rainbow-coloured egg cups gift set just in time for Easter. Perfect for gifting or for presenting eggs for brunch, the colourful cups are charming keepsakes to brighten up holiday breakfasts and family gatherings. The Rainbow Set of 6 Egg Cups (MSRP $49.99) comes in an elegant…