Feast BC – Tofino 2011

During the month of May and into the first week of June, Tofino/Ucluelet is hosting Feast, a multi-venue celebration of all good things food and wine related in the area.  I headed up for week one, Salmon Week, and due to the fact I unfortunately have to work for a living, I couldn’t stay for…

Whole Foods Shucks Oysters for Valentines Day

As Valentines Day neared the increasing talk of oysters drove me into a frenzie, and the craving led me to Whole Foods.  Whole Foods carries oysters regularly, but has stocked up on them and will even shuck them for you for Valentine’s Day. I picked up some Fanny Bay, Kushi, Effingham and Kumamoto to slurp…

Escape to Victoria

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, Vancouverites begin dreaming of warmer spots.  There is, however, an easier way to get away from the hustle and bustle that takes merely a leisurely BC Ferries journey to arrive at.  It’s the perfect time to head to Victoria, a  city where you can park the car at your hotel and walk the downtown core.  Finish (or start) your…

Legacy Liquor Store Grand Opening

While most of Vancouver was busy complaining about the cold and worrying about the soon to fall snow, members of the liquor community were checking out the opening for the newest and biggest BC private liquor store, Legacy Liquor Store in the Millenium Village.  While the Village itself is having rather noticeable problems selling the…

Hyatt Gingerbread 2010 – Winners Announced

The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver is home to the annual gingerbread contest (exhibit runs until December 26), an event where culinary schools, high schools and corporations compete to craft the best gingerbread house.  Points are given for originality, level of difficulty, overall appearance, and attention to detail.  I have judged for the past two years…

Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown – Nov. 24

Who will reign supreme in this year’s Seafood Chowder Chowdown, this Wednesday at the Vancouver Aquarium? Check out some shots from last year’s event and get your tickets asap as they are almost sold out.  Pictured here is Go Fish, last year’s winners. Tickets are $40 (non-members) and $32 (members) 12 of BC’s top Ocean…

Chilling out in Harrison

I have been out to Harrison in the summer for the Slow Food Cycle tour, and for romantic summer weekend getaways, but fall and winter also beckon me to this conveniently close getaway.  Last year we escaped in October for a night at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and ended up staying for two, and this October I returned solo for a…

Yellow tail Reserve Tasting

I’m always up for a wine tasting that involves big Ozzy reds, so when Yellow tail rolled into town to show off their reserve line, I was keen to taste.  I understand the consumer friendly regular Yellow tail line’s appeal, but for my palate, I find there is too much residual sugar in the bottle,…

Growing Chefs! Raises Over $12,000 at “From Farms to Forks” Gala

Children’s urban agriculture program set to expand to more schools than ever in 2011  Food Pictures Below! Growing Chefs!  announces that their sold-out annual fundraising gala From Farms to Forks: A Harvest Kitchen Party raised over $12,000 for their 2011 school program. Hosted at the Dirty Apron Cooking School on Monday night (October 25, 2010), seventy-five food…

Cupcake Challenge 2010

Photos and Editorial by Gillian Guilmant-Smith – Is it ever possible to have too much of a good thing?  Well, this premise was put to the test at Vancouver’s first Cupcake Challenge held on June 20th at the Roundhouse Community Centre.  Butter cream ruled the day as guests sampled tasty treats from local cupcakeries Bon…