It’s not a gimmick, it’s good wine @RonWilsonVan

The first time I saw a bottle of Norma Jeane Merlot on a wine store shelf I walked right by. I’d never thought of screen icon Marilyn Monroe as a symbol of a good wine. Apparently I was wrong. Turns out Norma Jeane wines have turned into a cult classic and this merlot sells out each year. … Read moreIt’s not a gimmick, it’s good wine @RonWilsonVan

Wine Review @RonWilsonVan Refreshing and Reliable

  It’s Friday and I have the original no-brainer wine pick for the weekend. Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse has been a favorite of mine for years. I just tasted the 2012 vintage and it delivers the goods once again. This is a complex blend of almost every white varietal grown in B.C. From pinot gris … Read moreWine Review @RonWilsonVan Refreshing and Reliable

Make a Date at Wild Rice this November

There’s lots going on at Wild Rice this month and we are so excited to share the news with you.   Tuesday Date Nights Join us on the next four Tuesdays (Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25) for a very special dinner. Whether it’s ‘grown-up time’ away from the kids, a romantic date, or catch … Read moreMake a Date at Wild Rice this November

Whistler Brewing Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary

BC-owned craft brewery toasts milestone with anniversary party, limited edition Session Red Ale   This month Whistler Brewing Company, one of the originators of the BC craft brewing movement, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  To mark the milestone, the company is launching a limited edition Session Red Ale and hosting an anniversary party to coincide … Read moreWhistler Brewing Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary

BC Wineries Report Success at Farmers’ Markets

The first season of selling local wine, beer and spirits at farmers’ markets in British Columbia was good for consumers, vendors and the markets. Starting in June, BC Farmers’ Markets offered sales of locally-made wine, beer and spirits, following the provincial government’s move to modernize liquor laws. These changes came as the result of Parliamentary … Read moreBC Wineries Report Success at Farmers’ Markets

Vancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

  This is our first Big Melt Challenge featuring 6 restaurants and delis in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver, that runs from November 4-30, 2014.   Participating restaurants and delis are showcasing Big Melt creations that were created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these establishments during the challenge … Read moreVancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

Cressey’s Revolving Door Inspires Others to Give Back to Local Community 

Over the past months, Cressey Development Group has connected the community of Southeast False Creek through Revolving Door, a series of events ranging from art shows, food centric social ventures to educational technology endeavours. Empowering event organizers to contribute to the changing community, Revolving Door has raised over $2,000 for local causes and now, in … Read moreCressey’s Revolving Door Inspires Others to Give Back to Local Community 

Frontier Luxury Flooring brings sexy back to the flooring industry

The relationship between house and homeowner is akin to a steamy romance – think of the roof as the umbrella of trust that shields inhabitants from storm and strife, and the floor as the bedrock of desire on which true intimacy is built. Hector Cabrera, owner of Frontier Luxury Flooring and self-described “flooring matchmaker,” acts … Read moreFrontier Luxury Flooring brings sexy back to the flooring industry

Wine pairing for “Taste of Thursday” Citrus Cured Hamachi

Thanks to our wine writer @RonWilsonVan for his suggestion of a wine pairing for our inaugural “Taste of Thursday” recipe submitted by Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. The flavours in Chef’s creation call for the perfect food wine and to me that’s rose. I’m recommending Road 13 Honest John’s Rosé. This … Read moreWine pairing for “Taste of Thursday” Citrus Cured Hamachi

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

Citrus Cured Hamachi with Hearts of Palm, Crème Fraîche and Yuzu Vinaigrette     Yields 2 servings Yuzu Vinaigrette 2 tbsp g Kikkoman Ponzu Sauce 2 tsp yuzu juice (available at Fujiya) 1 small shallot, diced Black Pepper 1 tbsp olive oil Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Ingredients: 1 cup kosher salt … Read moreTaste of Thursday by Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Announcing the launch of “Taste of Thursday”

MyVanCity.ca is very pleased to announce our new weekly feature “Taste of Thursday”. We have recruited some great BC Chefs who will provide us with unique recipes to share with our readers. Whether you’re a gourmand or a gourmet you are going to enjoy this new weekly feature. Each week a different chef will publish … Read moreAnnouncing the launch of “Taste of Thursday”

Vancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

This is our first Big Melt Challenge featuring 6 restaurants and delis in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver, that runs from November 4-30, 2014.   Participating restaurants and delis are showcasing Big Melt creations that were created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these establishments during the challenge period … Read moreVancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

Creating impact with your social campaign

Recently, Taco Bell made a bold statement. They went dark on their Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram profile. Did they completely shut down their social media? …not exactly. In a world where we’re inundated with posts, tweets and likes – Taco Bell was doing the opposite of a typical social campaign to announce the … Read moreCreating impact with your social campaign

Wine Wednesday goes Italian @RonWilsonVan

One of my happiest wine memories was an incredible al fresco dinner in Rome with a group of journalists who loved to work hard and play hard. We began our evening with a salad of tuna and olives accompanied by Ruffino Pinot Grigio. This medium bodied white is made from grapes from two of Italy’s best known … Read moreWine Wednesday goes Italian @RonWilsonVan

Colour – The BC VQA Fall Release Tasting / Chef Meets Grape

    Every fall, winemakers from BC travel to the Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place to pour their latest wines.  From 2:00 until 5:00 people who work in the industry, in wine stores, liquor stores, restaurants, hotels and pubs come to sample wine and find out about the new offerings.  This year marked the … Read moreColour – The BC VQA Fall Release Tasting / Chef Meets Grape

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_TheWineTeacher

  2012 Minervois Chateau Millegrand Languedoc, France $17.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 10 This wine is a blend of syrah, carignan, grenache and mourvedre.  Garnet-black in colour with medium-deep intensity.  Aromas of black fruit, black pepper and a hint of dark chocolate on the nose.  Well balanced with firm ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the … Read moreWine Wednesday review by @Sam_TheWineTeacher

Le Creuset Celebrates Enduring Design and Shared Memories This Holiday Season 

  Iconic Cookware Gift Selections for Epicurean Enthusiasts, Wine Lovers, Home Cooks, and Professional Chefs   Preeminent French cookware brand Le Creuset makes the perfect partner this holiday season with inspired selections from the iconic collection known for eye-catching designs and a rich legacy of quality craftsmanship. Le Creuset presents a superb selection of gifts … Read moreLe Creuset Celebrates Enduring Design and Shared Memories This Holiday Season 

Bittered Sling Unveils a Bold New Look for its Award-Winning Lineup

BITTERED SLING UNVEILS A BOLD NEW LOOK FOR ITS AWARD-WINNING LINEUP OF COCKTAIL BITTERS AND CULINARY EXTRACTS   Redesigned Gift Pack 2.0 Inspired by Birth of “Cocktail Culture” Era, Appearing on Retail Shelves in Time for Holiday Gifting  Continuing to provide an inspired twist to cocktail culture across North America and beyond, Vancouver-based Bittered Sling has … Read moreBittered Sling Unveils a Bold New Look for its Award-Winning Lineup

BARD ON THE BEACH AND MEI GROUP FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO BRING YEAR-ROUND SHAKESPEARE TO BC AUDIENCES

  Starting November 8, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and MEI Events International Inc. will present Shakespeare fans in British Columbia with a unique, all year round opportunity to see ten incredible Shakespeare productions. During fall and winter, fans will get to enjoy the drama, laughter and magic of six wildly popular Shakespeare productions … Read moreBARD ON THE BEACH AND MEI GROUP FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO BRING YEAR-ROUND SHAKESPEARE TO BC AUDIENCES

Executive Chef Appointed for RauDZ Creative Concepts, Kelowna

Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao of RauDZ Creative Concepts, multi-award winning restaurant owners and operators, have announced the appointment of Brock Bowes as Executive Chef for RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar • bites in Kelowna, BC.     Bowes comes to RauDZ Creative Concepts from wrapping up the season at Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Winery in Oliver, BC. … Read moreExecutive Chef Appointed for RauDZ Creative Concepts, Kelowna