Experience Haida Gwaii at Ocean House Eco-Lodge

It took two years of work but it is now ready to go to Haida Gwaii.  Ocean House is an eco-cultural floating lodge that was created to meet the growing interest in Haida culture. Their cultural guides will take guests on excursions to ancient Haida village sites as well as their resident artist will share … Read more

A Fantastic Fill at the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

  The last day of Dine Out Vancouver, Sunday Feb 5, was a Brunch Crawl for me on Commercial Drive.  Quite luckily it did not snow that day.  Just crisp air to make your cheeks rosy and ready for something warm to drink and eat.  Commercial Drive fit the bill.  Below are a few comments … Read more

Taking the Duncan Totem Pole Tour

  Following my High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria; checking off a bucket list item, I decided to take my courtesy Ford Escape up Island to Duncan, BC, to do their Totem Tour Walk.  There are 40 totem poles in the downtown core of Duncan, with each pole having a descriptive plate about … Read more

My Bucketlist Adventure – Enjoying Royal High Tea at The Empress

  We all have bucket list items.  Some are big, like a trip to Tuscany in Italy, while others are more achievable such as going skiing in Whistler, or eating sashimi for the very first time.  One of my bucket list items for a long time has been to have High Tea at the Empress … Read more

What is on Your Canadian Bucket List?

  Robin Esrock has visited every corner of the earth as far as I can tell.  For over a decade he has searched for one-of-a-kind, bucket-list worthy experiences around the world, from picking Ceylon tea in Sri Lanka to cage diving with crocodiles in South Africa to seeing the Northern Lights in the Arctic.  He … Read more

New Starlet Seafood Restaurant Shines for ChopStick Festival

  The kick-off of Vancouver’s inaugural Chopstick Festival is 2 weeks away, starting on October 15 and running for two weeks.  A selection of lower mainland Chinese restaurants have been preparing their dishes for people to try during this event.  The event works similar to the highly successful Dine Out that happens in the Jan-Feb time-frame … Read more

Getting Ready For ChopStick Festival at Chuanxi Plain Hotpot

The hotpot table with our ingredients to add to the broth.

  From October 15 to the 30th, 2016 over 30 Chinese restaurants will be featuring their unique dishes to us here in the Lower Mainland in what is known as the Chopstick Festival.  To get the word out about the participating restaurants, there have been media dinners, one of which I recently attended at Chuanxi Plain … Read more

Savouring White Wines from Taste Washington

Seattle is only a 3 hour drive from Vancouver.  Many Canadians go down for soccer or NFL football games at Century Link Field.  But you can also go down for wine tasting.  Every year around the first week in April is Taste Washington, held at Century Link Field. Taste Washington brings together over 225 wineries, 70 … Read more

Reds that Sparkle at the Vancouver International Wine Fest

My first introduction to sparkling red wine was a sparkling Shiraz from Australia many years ago.  It was quite surprising at that time, and was a nice pairing with Thanksgiving turkey.  Fast forward to the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016. Italy is the theme country, with it’s wide range of indigenous grapes and wine styles. … Read more

Quelle Surprise! Dostana Gewurztraminer 2012

Have you ever tried any wines from Kalala Organic Estate Winery?  It is one of my favourite, and still fairly unknown, organic wineries located in West Kelowna. They try to show people that you can produce very good wines from organic grapes, at a reasonable price.  One of their labels is called “Dostana”, which means “friendship,” and … Read more

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