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My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – Red Wines

[To view photo gallery, scroll to bottom of page and click on “View as Full Site”]   My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – Portuguese and Spanish Red Wines   I blame Malbec for the reason why my list doesn’t contain any red Spanish wines as I’ve grown to …

Savour Spain
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Recap of Savour Spain Vanwinefest Event

[To view this photo gallery, go to bottom of this page and click on “View as Full Site”] … Eating and Drinking My Way Through Spain at Savour Spain   Is there anything better than spending time in Spain where you can truly savour all that she has to offer from $2 cavas and …

Provence
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Review of Provence Sweet Sixteen Menu

    Most 16 year olds are awkward, standing on the brink of discovering their special skills and mission in life. But this isn’t the case at Provence Marinaside as there’s no awkwardness in how the meals are executed from the fresh bread basket with its accompanying olive tapanade, fish …

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VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview

    VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview As someone who adores Spanish Wine and seafood, it gave me tremendous pleasure to be invited to the VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview at Blue Water Cafe. So the following are the wines I absolutely adored at the  VanWineFest.ca. …

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Its Slurping Time Again – My 2018 Noodlemania Review

I came, I saw, I slurped it all 2018 Noodlemania Review Every time I attend Noodlemania I bring three things with me – an appetite, tupperware and most important of all,  elastic-waisted pants because I know that by the end of the Noodlemania event, I’ll be waddling home from the sheer …

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My Review of Spade on Commercial Drive – not just another pretty hipster cafe

My Review of Spade on Commercial Drive – not just another pretty hipster cafe   20 years ago, Commercial Drive was the place to be if you wanted a real Italian experience from an espresso from Coffee Calabria (complete with young virile Italian stallion baristas), piping hot thin crust …

Rocky Mountain Flatbread
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My Review of New Plant Based Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

[To view this on a phone, scroll to bottom of page and then click on “View as Full Site”]     My Review of New Plant Based Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread  I’m not vegan, but you’ll often find me at vegan restaurants due to my dairy allergy. So when Rocky Mountain Flatbread …

Tasting Plates Yaletown Brunch
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The Breakfast of Champions at Tasting Plates Yaletown Brunch – My Review

  [If viewing on a phone, scroll to end of page and click on “View as full site”]   The Breakfast of Champion Dishes at the Tasting Plates Yaletown Brunch – My Review   Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe 1207 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 633-9989 …

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Bistro Louis Gervais Reaffirms my Love for French Chefs – My Review

    Bistro Louis Gervais reaffirms my love for French Chefs – My Review I started my love affair with French chefs at the very tender age of 15 when I took the very first pay cheque I earned from working at my parents’ Chinese Western restaurant to dine at a French restaurant …

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Hold the Chinese – My Review of Chinatown Tasting Plates

    When I was a child, my parents used to drive us to Vancouver from Calgary and then we spent all our time in Chinatown as it used to be the place to be if you wanted authentic Chinese cuisine. Over the years, Richmond has become the new Chinatown due to its ever-growing Chinese …

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Tasting Plates UBC – My Review

{To view this photo gallery on mobile, go to the end of this blog post and click on “View As Full Site”] .. A million years BC which in this case means a million years Before Computers when I went to the University of Calgary,  there was literally only a handful of coffee shops and …

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Two Rivers Meats is every Carnivore’s Wildest dream Come True

    Two Rivers Meats is Every Carnivore’s Wildest Dream Come True Scheduled to open in mid October, I predict that Two Rivers Meats – The Shop, a 2,500 square-foot industrial space which is adjacent to the company’s newly renovated North Vancouver headquarters, will prove to …

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Ten Reasons Why Bubbles are a Girls Best Friend at The Wine Bar

I’ve been a fan of The Wine Bar ever since it opened its door in January of 2013 with its vast selection of 50 wines on tap and assortment of tapas starting at $5. But hold on to your Versace handbags because honey, bubbles are a girl’s best friend at The Wine Bar and here’s 10 …

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2017 North Van Tasting Plates Review

I live in Richmond and my only mode of transportation is transit, and I find that it’s so easy to get to the North Shore via a short Seabus ride.  So I’m always too happy to say yes, yes, yes oh yes when the media invite to the North Van Tasting Plates arrives in my in box. And the …

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21st Annual Where To Dine Awards

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COMPLETE ALBUM   21st Annual Where to Dine Awards April 2017 Where Vancouver’s 21st annual Where to Dine Awards were handed out to local restaurateurs during an afternoon event at Glowbal restaurant, hosted by man-about-town Fred Lee. Each year, Where magazine asks readers to …

Garagiste North
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2017 Garagiste North Wine Tasting Notes

One of my favorite wine tasting events is the Garagiste North Small Guys Wine Festival which features small lot wine producers in B.C. – proof that small quantities can produce the best quality of wine as I never fail to find some fabulous wines at this festival. Of late though, I’ve …

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There’s nothing fishy about the WildTale Happy Hour

There’s nothing fishy about the WildTale Happy Hour If there’s anything I like better than happy hour, it’s a seafood enhanced happy hour where you really get more bang for your buck. And at the WildTale Happy Hour, it’s easy to go bang bang. … ., WildTale changes up …

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Winning Pairings at the Vanwinefest Vintners Brunch 2017

[To view photo gallery on mobile, scroll to end of post and click on “View as Full Site”]   Sometimes the best value events at the Vancouver International Wine Festival are not necessarily the cheapest, but the ones where the best of food and wine come together in one exclusive …

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Crab Park Chowdery Offers Chowders and Soups at Affordable Prices

Unlike Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi whose rigorous rules had customers quaking as they proceeded down the line in their quest for that golden bowl of soup at the end of the rainbow, the Crab Park Chowdery is a casual small eatery in Gastown seating less than 20 and the only rule is here that you …

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Tasting Plates Fifth Anniversary – My Review

As a foodie I’m not sure if it’s more of a pleasure to discover hidden gems at Tasting Plates events organized by Vancouver Foodster aka Richard Wolak or to discover new dishes at old restaurants I love. At the Tasting Plates Fifth Anniversary event it seemed to be the best of downtown …

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PICA Kitchen Party at Vanwinefest – My Tasting Notes

[To view on mobile, scroll to end of page, and click on View as Full Site] Several years ago when I wasn’t a blogger and I actually purchased a ticket to the Tasting Room at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, it was such an overwhelming experience as I literally tried to taste each …

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Canadian Wines at the 2017 VanWinefest – My Recommendations

  ….).. According to a press release I received from the Vancouver International Wine Festival, at the 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival which featured Canadian wines, this year’s dishwashers will have dealt with 82,000 wine glasses plus countless plates, cups and …

Mon Paris
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Confessions of a Sugarholic at Mon Paris Patisserie – My Review

.. Hello my name is Dianne and I’m a sugarholic. I love all things sweet and will eat anything with sugar in it from sweet wines, milk chocolate treats, freshly baked flaky pastries to ooey gooey decadent desserts. And I’m ashamed to say that I once spent more money in bakeshops than …

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25 Wines under Twenty Five Dollars – My 2017 Recommendations

[If viewing on mobile, scroll to end of post and click on “View full site’] Being fabulously frugal means I hardly ever pay more than $25 for a bottle of wine except for the occasional splurge when I really want that expensive bottle of bubbly or French pinot noir. So I’m always …

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I Heart Bubbly Party – My Recommendations

[To View this Photo Galley on Mobile, scroll to end of post and click on View as Full Site]   Like a typical Asian girl, I love all things sparkling be it from the bling bling I wear around my neck, my fingers and my toes or the bedazzling are you blind yet sequins tops and stilettos. So is …