Beyond hearts and flowers

Celebrated chocolate-artists and pastry chefs, Dominique and Cindy Duby of Wild Sweets are back with their delectable sugary treats for Valentines Day. Chocolates make the most traditional gifts for this occasion however; there is nothing traditional about these creations that are made with combinations of subtle flavours and sublime textures. Valentine ‘Harp & Heart’ cocoArt…

CONTEST open to Singles or A Couple WIN tickets to a Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting “It’s Science!”

Wine Adventures Magazine blends science with wine for a delicious social psychology experiment on LOVE. Enter to win a ticket, or a pair of tickets to Wine Adventures Magazine special “scientific” Wine Tasting. To enter leave a comment on this post telling us if you are a single male/female, age range 19-29, 30-39,40-49,50-59,60+ or let…

Spain’s wines deliver great value

It’s been less than a year since I started compiling a broad selection of wines for my site www.cheapandcheerful.ca. The goal is always to find a wine that overdelivers for the price. The Alceno 12 Messes from southern Spain is a case in point. It’s a dark ruby red blend of the Monastrell grape (Mourvedre…

Celebrate Love Lakeside This Valentine’s Day at Nita Lake Lodge 

Get ready for romance with special culinary, engagement and spa delights With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Whistler’s Nita Lake Lodge is the ideal romantic backdrop to make your sweetheart swoon complete with breathtaking lakeside views, culinary indulgences and relaxing spa treatments. Recently awarded the accolade of being one of the Top 25 Romantic Hotels in…

Something sweet is in store at Faubourg this Valentine’s Day

Tired of the standard box of Valentine’s chocolates? Go gourmet this Valentine’s Day with handcrafted delicacies from Faubourg Paris, guaranteed to please palates and hearts alike. Known for their irresistible culinary creations, Faubourg’s expert pastry chefs have taken it upon themselves to ensure this year’s romantic revelry takes the cake.   Spoil your one-and-only with the following scrumptious goodies and watch their…

Curry Cup returns to Vancouver

Vancouver’s Curry Cup Returns Tickets Now on Sale for The Chefs’ Table Society of BC 2015 Curry Cup The News The much-awaited second annual Curry Cup competition presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia  returns as eight acclaimed BC chef teams compete for the ultimate Curry Cup Championship on March 3, 2015 at the Heritage Hall…

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Celebrates Indigenous Cultural Expressions

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Continues Legacy of Traditional Stories, Songs & Dances for Artists and Audiences    New educational opportunities for youth and emerging artists  nurture future generations at eighth annual festival     Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) present an unforgettable six-day celebration of the Indigenous…

Vancouver’s top culinary experts to take centre stage in the first ever BC Home + Garden Show Master Series

The city’s foodie elite will heat things up on the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage, February 18-22, 2015 at BC Place Stadium     Foodies, take note! Vancouver’s top culinary talent, including chefs, fishmongers and the finest sommeliers, are poised to set palates ablaze at the BC Home + Garden Show, happening from February 18-22, 2015…

Eat, Drink and Cozy Up to Your Favourite Person This Valentine’s Day at L’Abattoir

Whether Valentine’s Day is something you loathe or love, it still provides a perfect excuse to treat yourself to a great evening out. This year, L’Abattoir, Gastown’s much-loved French-inspired restaurant, will be offering a special set menu in its private dining room. Chef Lee Cooper has designed a three-course menu, which will include classic dishes…

#Taste of Thursday recipe by Chef Alex Chen, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Pan-Roasted Octopus with Marcona Almonds and Sherry Vinaigrette Served with Maple Butternut Squash by Alex Chen, Executive Chef, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar   Yields 6-8 servings  Sherry Vinaigrette:  3 shallots, diced 2 tbsp grainy mustard ½ tsp kosher salt 3 tbsp sherry vinegar (available at gourmet food stores) 1 tbsp honey ¼ cup olive oil 1…