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March 19 – Crime Lab Restaurant Opens For Lunch

crimelabrestaurantCrime Lab Restaurant in Coal Harbour will be open for lunch starting Tuesday, May 19, 2009. Come relax on our waterfront patio and check out our new menu during the long days of summer.
The Crime Lab is known as a fantastic spot for an intimate dinner or a late-night frolic with friends. With its sleek and funky décor and an action-packed martini list, it has become a favourite haunt among the downtown crowd. By day, however, we offer an unrivalled patio with a fantastic view of Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains.
Crime Lab Restaurant will open for lunch just in time for our guests to enjoy the warm weather and seasonal refreshments. The Crime Lab has a reputation for providing great food at a reasonable price, and we’re sure our new lunch menu will win us new friends, offering such enticing bait as
o Halibut Taco (beer-battered halibut with Serrano peppers, salsa, cilantro and chipotle aioli served with organic greens)
o Baked Veggie Quesadilla (cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, scallions and bell peppers served with yam fries
o Chipotle Prawn Wrap (poached prawns, avocado, tomato, lettuce & chipotle aioli served with organic greens).

Crime Lab Restaurant
100-550 Denman Street, Vancouver
Open for lunch daily from 11:30 am starting Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stella’s on Cambie


Stella’s opened its second location on Cambie at 17th this week (May 11, 2009). Located in the old Tomato Cafe space, this restaurant is bound to be a hit now that the Cambie construction is over and the road has opened up. Similar to the Stella’s on Commercial Drive, Stella’s does tapas and mussels in a variety of ways, but there are also mains such as the seasonal halibut and the AAA Angus steak. The room is comfy with a bar area and high tops, snugly seats by the fire and a room that one could settle into for a night of dining and wining. Two courses can be had for $22 and three for $29, making this a rather reasonably priced night out. Great beer selection and cocktails that impress. Also does lunch and brunch and I was thrilled by the free wireless.

3305 Cambie at 17th
Phone: 604 874 6900

Andre McGillivray, Steve DaCruz and Anthony Sedlak opening the corner suite bistro de luxe in July 2009

Andre McGillivray and Steve Da Cruz have formed their own company, pistol star restaurants inc. and with Chef Anthony Sedlak – the popular host of Food Network’s The Main – will open a new restaurant named the corner suite bistro de luxe in Vancouver this July 2009.

The restaurant will be founded upon a back-to-basics approach with contemporary twists in both the cuisine and restaurant design. Sedlak’s menus will be French at heart done in a modern perspective and delivered at a bistro price range. With the corner suite bistro de luxe McGillivray, Da Cruz and Sedlak plan to offer a smart, eclectic, and innovative restaurant with the intention of livening Vancouver’s independent downtown dining scene.

the corner suite bistro de luxe will serve lunch from noon until 5:00 pm and dinner until 1:00 am Monday through Saturday, closing at midnight on Sundays. Located on the corner of 850 Thurlow Street, the room will have 130 seats total, with 90 in the dining room and 40 in the bar. The restaurant will be owned and managed by McGillivray and Da Cruz, both of whom have operated some of Vancouver’s most successful restaurants. McGillivray was instrumental in the formation of the wildly popular Boneta; Da Cruz has managed and tended bar while creating some of the most coveted cocktail lists in the city. And Sedlak – who is a Vancouver native and earned his stripes at The Observatory and La Trompette before winning the Food Network’s Superstar Chef Challenge and becoming host of The Main – is excited to bring his comfort cooking out from behind the camera and back to the plates of diners.

The restaurant is anticipated to open July 1st, 2009.


Twenty-five year old Anthony Sedlak obtained his first job as a busboy at Lupins Café – one of the restaurants atop Grouse Mountain – at the age of 13. He was very quickly promoted to a line cook position at the mountain’s main kitchen. By 16 Anthony was working at the resort’s flagship dining room, The Observatory, where he made his way from 2nd cook to 1st cook and then Chef de Partie. At the same time, Anthony also completed the Culinary Arts Program at Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver and a four-year BC Chefs’ Apprenticeship through Vancouver Community College.

Next, the just turned 20-year-old Sedlak joined the team at La Trompette in West London. Though he joined the restaurant in a junior role, Sedlak worked his way up to the position of Executive Sous-Chef in just one year. The time in London would prove to be a pivotal experience for the young chef, with late night hangouts with the crew from Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay’s all part of an 18-hour day’s work. Following two years at La Trompette, Sedlak returned to Vancouver and accepted a Sous-Chef position at The Observatory.

In 2006 at just 22 years of age, Sedlak was selected to represent Canada at the Hans Bueschken World Junior Chef Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand, where he took silver medal honours. Later that same year, Anthony was one of six participants selected to compete in Food Network’s Superstar Chef Challenge. Anthony was a natural in front of the camera as well as in the kitchen, and he won the competition.

Since 2007, Anthony has traveled between Vancouver and Toronto to film the Food Network series, The Main. With filming now wrapped for the 2009 season, the corner suite bistro de luxe will bring Anthony back to his hometown of Vancouver, and into his own restaurant kitchen.
Andre McGillivray moved to Vancouver in 1991 with a few years of restaurant experience under his belt. His first day in the city, McGillivray landed a position at the newly opened CinCin restaurant, where he stayed and worked the bar for the next eight years. After CinCin, Andre held a number of managerial positions at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants, namely Lucy Mae Brown, Lumiere, Feenie’s, and Chambar. In 2006, Andre returned to Lumiere and Feenies as General Manager, and followed with a position as Maitre’D at the renowned Le Crocodile.

Deciding that 18 years of experience running other people’s restaurants was enough, Andre opened his own restaurant, Boneta, in June of 2007. Boneta became one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed and talked about restaurant openings of that year, and the restaurant earned numerous awards and accolades locally, nationally, and internationally.

It was at Boneta that McGillivray first worked with Steve Da Cruz, and the two became friends quickly. In late 2008, McGillivray and Da Cruz left Boneta, but remained in close contact. The friendship would prove to be serendipitous. In April of 2009 the two formed a partnership under the name pistol star restaurants inc. and their first restaurant, the corner suite bistro de luxe, will open in July 2009.


Steve Da Cruz honed his skills in many New York restaurant bars including; Ristorante Brunelli, The York Imperial, Anju, Ruby Foo’s Times Square, Mona’s, The Tupelo Grill, Time Café, Fez, and City 75 at the Rockefeller. From the top of the Algonquin Hotel to a basement with Tony Bennett and an underground speakeasy, Steve earned his stripes behind the bar, and then some.

Over the last two years Steve has consulted for and managed the bar program at some of Vancouver’s most exciting and beautiful restaurants including Boneta, Chill Winston, and Gastropod. Founded upon his love for the classics, Steve is dedicated to the unearthing of long lost recipes and modernizing them with the finest of techniques. His encyclopedic knowledge of spirits and their amazing stories is a point of pride.

Steve’s personal and program accolades have been many including being nominated as Bartender of the Year in several local media outlets. As well as being partner in pistol star restaurants inc. Da Cruz has also pioneered a new presentation format for classic
cocktails, “The Genuine Article”, a study that contains over 100 recipes.

2004 Geyser Peak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #343467

Geyser Peak is the third oldest winery in California, founded in 1880 in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Today the region is known for Cabernet Sauvignon. This particular Cab has a whack of fruit on the nose and palate. Aromas of blackberry and cocoa. A flavourful wine with blackcherry, spice and vanilla flavours. Time in the bottle has softened the tannins. I am drinking this wine when we BBQ steaks and top with a red wine reduction and a sprinkling of blue cheese.

The Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley Park Vancouver

On Ferguson Point in Stanley Park you will find a Vancouver landmark – The Teahouse. Currently know as the Sequoia Grill, the Teahouse will drop the title and become The Teahouse once again; all in time for their 30th anniversary on May 14. The setting here is idyllic. There are Ocean views from almost every seat in the room. On a recent visit the service was more than attentive without infringing on our privacy and the food was cooked perfectly.
Janey McGuire (past owner of West Van’s Beachside Café) has recently been appointed the Teahouse Manager and Chef Carol Chow heads up the kitchen (you may know her from The Hart House in Burnaby). Their combined talent ensure the restaurant runs smoothly.
This is a great place to impress visitors. The menu sticks to the mainly to the traditional, but Chow adds international flavours to the usual suspects, giving more adventurous diners something more exotic.

May 6 +

This week on Good Life Vancouver

In the news

  • Stanley Park’s Teahouse Revivial,
  • A California classic Cab Sauv from Geyser Peak
  • Mother’s Day Suggestions

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  • Epic Sustainable Living Expo
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Make Mom’s Day: Celebrate her at Opus Vancouver and Elixir

Moms are marvelous. And the Opus Hotel and Elixir are going to help make sure moms know it, with the Pamper thy Mother package, and specially-created Motherís Day brunch, this Motherís Day, Sunday, May 10th. Give mom pampering to meet her every wish at stylish, intimate, and luxurious Opus, and vibrant Elixir.

Pamper thy Mother
The day begins, at check-in, with a cheery morning welcome for mom and her new favourite kid: Divine treats and sunny fresh flowers. Spend the night in a chic and contemporary designed Superior Double guestroom with two luxurious queen beds. Reminisce over old memories and create new ones during a renowned Facilious facial at Skoah Spa. Next day, savour every tempting morsel of the Motherís Day Brunch served up at the vibrant, French Bistro Elixir. Take advantage of complimentary valet parking and a late check-out: Explore chic and happening Yaletown to momís heartís content. For reservations call 1.866.642.6787.

Mother’s Day Brunch
A sumptuous treat on the second day of the Pamper thy Mother package, Motherís Day Brunch is also a delight on its own. Celebrated chef Don Letendre created the specially-designed menu, featuring divine dishes served in two courses ($29.50) or three ($36.50). Features include French Toast ëPanetoneí with cherry and white chocolate butter and bourbon maple syrup; a warm, soft pretzel with Toulouse sausage, sweet mustard, and assorted pickles; herb-crusted marinated sable, with lentils and sautÈed chanterelles; and Pavlova with passion fruit curd or fresh berries or Valrhona Chocolate Truffle Cake with coconut sorbet. Served with momís choice of wines and bubbles by the glass, specialty coffees, infused Muzi teas, or her choice of fresh pressed juices, each combination creates truly indulgent taste sensations. Motherís Day brunch is served from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Reservations are recommended; space is limited.

Let the Opus Hotel and Elixir help make the most of mom on her special day.

OPUS HOTELS Uniquely stylish and always fresh, Opus Hotels redefine the boutique experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service. Comfortable guestrooms feature vibrant colours, spa bathrooms and lifestyle-inspired dÈcor schemes. Located in fashionable Yaletown, Vancouverís Opus Hotel is home to vibrant Elixir and the dramatic Opus Bar. Opus Vancouver has been named one of the worldís top hotels by readers of CondÈ Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazine with Opus Bar voted ìVancouverís Most Popular Nightspotî by Zagat Guide. For information and reservations in Vancouver and Montreal call toll-free 1.866.642.6787 or visit

French Bistro meets Yaletown chic in ELIXIR. Chef Don Letendre specializes in classic French cuisine, crafting innovative dishes from the freshest regional and seasonal ingredients. Choose a room to suit your mood: bustling Bistro, airy Garden Room or plush Velvet Room. Open early-morning to late-night, Elixir provides friendly, attentive service in a vibrant atmosphere popular with savvy travelers and discerning locals alike. Elixir is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, for lunch daily and dinner nightly. To view current menus or for more information call 604.642.0557 or visit