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What’s Good June 22 +

What to do in Vancouver this week

The sun may not be shining bright, but there’s a lot to do both inside and out. It’s another busy week in Vancouver!

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Wine Wednesday at Provence Marinaside

Wine Wednesdays have become ‘a thing’ – a wonderful way to get over the mid-week hump and slide into the weekend. Yaletown’s Provence Marinaside has always been a favourite gathering spot on Wine Wednesdays with its gorgeous patio overlooking the False Creek Marina, its impressive wine list (145 wines-by-the-glass, 48 on tap) plus Tappy Hour with wine and food specials from 3-5 p.m.

Just when you thought Wine Wednesdays couldn’t get any better than this, Provence Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia has brought a new dimension to guest enjoyment by adding music to the experience. From 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, enjoy the contemporary Jazz/Latin Jazz/Blues sounds of the Hip Pocket Quartet. Hip Pocket is composed of Adam Rohrlick (electric guitar/ tenor saxophone), Kristian Alexandrov (keyboards), Brent Gubbels (acoustic bass) and Joel Fountain (drums/ vocals).


MANGIA VANCOUVER! Pasta Boy Peter makes Homemade Pasta June 25

Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks join Mangia Vancouver! You may not have an Italian Mamma, but now you can learn to make Pasta like one! Peter Ciuffa, Cook at Savio Volpe, Artisan Pasta Maker at Pasta Famiglia, & sometime Actor, brings his stories & Mamma’s pasta recipe to you. Cost: $25, limited to 14 guests. http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/


Joy of Feeding – June 25

Saturday, June 25, 2016 5 – 8 pm | Rain or shine!

This unique inter-generational, international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm celebrates home-cooked dishes from around the world. Vij’s, Terra Breads, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services bring together fifteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds—from Egypt to Switzerland to Turkey and beyond—to offer a taste of their favourite recipes. Showcasing culinary traditions from around the world, Joy of Feeding was created by Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants to celebrate whole foods, culture and cooking.

COST: $55 for guests 13 and over Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Meet the cooks, and learn more about the event. UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC (See Map) kirsten.armour@ubc.ca or 604.827.5831.

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Fanny Bay Oysters Opening – June 23

Opening June 23, 2016 at 762 Cambie Street in Downtown Vancouver’s Stadium District, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will bring a bounty of fresh, tide-to-table fare to the heart of the city, offering seating for 50 (including 16 at its oyster bar) and a full bar, as well as a shellfish market where patrons can purchase top-quality, take-home catches such as live, shucked, fresh and frozen oysters and clams, scallops, shrimp and prawns. Part of the Taylor Shellfish Family of Farms, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch as well as daily happy hour specials.


2nd ANNUAL GIN FESTIVAL June 15th – June 29th2016

Ginapalooza, a uniquely Canadian, multi-city gin festival, celebrates for the second time in Vancouver on June 15th thru to June 29th 2016. Having launched first in Toronto, then in Montreal and Calgary, Ginapalooza now moves westward to celebrate in Vancouver throughout this spring/summer season.

For two weeks, locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to navigate the streets of Vancouver to satisfy their palate with more than 40 signature GinapaloozaVAN cocktails.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s top cocktail venues and paired them with 14 of the most incredible local, national and internationally renowned gin brands to create some of the greatest gin cocktails consumers will ever taste.

There will be ongoing prize giveaways; Ginaplooza’s signature Gin Sip & Socialize pop-up tastings; a nationally held contest to win the Grand Prize Trip for Two to Tour Beefeater’s Distillery in London UK; and, the opportunity to bid on artwork to raise #YMMFire Funds in support of Albertans affected by the wildfires.

Simply pick up a complimentary G-PASS at any of the participating venues starting on Wendesday, June 15th 2016 and follow the signature G-PATH for an experience that’s truly ginspirational!  


Uniquely Canadian, Ginapalooza is the first of its kind in the world!

A nationwide, multi-market festival that celebrates the spirit of gin paired with supporting local artisans, emerging businesses and entrepreneurs!

Ginapalooza was born out of a desire to support Canada’s exceptional gin distillers along with internationally renowned gin brands; support emerging artists; and, kick-off the spring and summer seasons with a celebration that brings the nation together – one cocktail and a cheers at a time.

The focus is simple: entertain, educate and connect communities across Canada through the art of the craft and the spirit.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s most sought-after gin brands, paired them with 14 of Vancouver’s most popular venues, and shaken up more than 40 signature, never-before-tasted, gin cocktails crafted by a select handful of Vancouver’s most-talented bartenders!

Just follow our HOW-TO-PALOOZA instructions to enjoy an experience that’s truly ginspirational!


14 of Vancouver’s Most Popular Cocktail Venues:

  • Ancora
  • Annalena
  • Beach Bay Café
  • The Belmont
  • Boulevard
  • The Cascade Room
  • Clough Club
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Juniper
  • The Keefer Bar
  • Prohibition
  • Royal Dinette
  • UVA
  • YEW



There will be ongoing Prize giveaways, including the Grand Prize Trip for Two to London – the birthplace of Gin – for a private tour of Beefeater London Dry Gin‘s Distillery!


Cookbook – Butter Celebrates

Butter Celebrates – Rosie Daykin Shares her Fabulous Sweets

Butter Celebrates, is bakery owner Rosie Daykin’s second cookbook (Butter Baked Goods was released in 2013) and this time she is sharing a year of celebratory recipes. From Valentine’s Day to New Year’s and everything in between, Daykin has recipes for every festive occasion.

If you define celebrations as time with family and friends, full of laughter, love, witty toasts, good music, general chaos and delicious food, as Daykin does, you’ll love this book and the anecdotes that make both a great resource for baking,  and an entertaining read. Full of pretty pictures that inspired me to not only update my tableware, but also get back working on my journey in food photography, Butter Celebrates leads aspiring and advanced bakers through the seasons.

From Heart-Shaped Raspberry Pop Tarts for Valentines Day, Bunny Buns for Easter, and Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts at Halloween, you’ll likely want to bake many of these delicacies out of season.

There’s also a well written section on tips for entertaining, a list of necessities for baking and some ‘gentle reminders’, a list of tips to keep in mind when baking.

Butter Celebrates

For more on Rosie Daykin and Butter Celebrates, check out this interview on CBC’s North by Northwest with Sheryl Mackay.

We recently enjoyed these Brownies and I think they’ll be another batch on the go soon!

Butter Celebrateses

Irish Whiskey Brownies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup dark cocoa
2 1⁄2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
4 large eggs
1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
MAKES:  16 bars

YOU WILL NEED:  1 (9- x 9-inch) baking pan, buttered and lined with parchment paper

STORAGE:  These brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. On a large piece of parchment paper, sift the flour and cocoa. Set aside.
3. In a double boiler, or a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt 2 cups of the chocolate chips and the but- ter, and whisk to combine. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before whisking in the whiskey (that’s fun to say!). Set aside.
4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and salt until very pale yellow.
5. With the mixer running on low speed, add the melted chocolate and beat to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the dry ingredients and beat again until well combined.
6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the remaining cup chocolate chips.
7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until the brownies are firm to the touch.
8. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan before cutting.

Nigella in Vancouver with Books to Cooks


NIGELLA is coming!

  • The Vancouver Club

Nigella Lawson has a new book out and Barbara Jo and her store, Books to Cooks, is hosting her in Vancouver to celebrate; “Simply Nigella”.

The event will be held at the Vancouver Club.  It will begin at 6:00 p.m. with an interview where guests will be seated in the ballroom.  After, guests will be served a glass of wine and a few nibbles while they queue for a personalized copy of Nigella’s book.

Cost of this event which includes the book: $75.00.

There is a dinner for 30 guests after the event in the Georgian Room.   Nigella will not be able to join this festive table.   These guests will have reserved seats for the interview, be first in line to have their books personalized, then retire to the Georgian Room for a sumptuous meal, cooked from “Simply Nigella”.

Cost of this special repast will be $150.00 and will include the interview, reception, book and meal paired with wine.

CBC’s Sheryl Mackay interviews NIGELLA LAWSON

  • Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks Inc.

Please join us in shop this afternoon for tea with Nigella.   Sheryl MacKay will interview Nigella about her new book, “Simply Nigella”.

Cost of this event is $50.00 and includes a cuppa and a signed copy of “Simply Nigella”.

Les Dames Summerdine – A Few Seats Left + Online Auction

On Wednesday, August 12th join Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine . This fundraiser takes place at thirty different restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues across the province.


While most venues are sold out, seats in Vancouver can still be bought at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, where Chef Jennifer Peters of Nextjen Gluten Free will create a gluten free dinner.

Gluten-free pate choux filled with chicken liver parfait and glazed with a beautiful Moroccan spiced sour cherry jam from Dame Lee Murphy at Vista  D’oro 
Smoked Salmon Pate on Molasses Bread
Tomato Buratta Salad with Crispy Herb Pita
Dungeness Crab and Crepe millfuille
Organic Beef Flank, Wild mushrooms, Cavaletti Pasta
Pistachio Jelly Roll, Cherries and Pistachio sorbet

Wild Rice

Nearby in New Westminster at Wild Rice. It’s a quick sky train ride away too, don’t you know?

Amuse BLT, house smoked bacon chip, slow roasted cherry tomato, lettuce
Kale Caesar Tofu cashew dressing, fried chickpeas, house brined olives and red onion
Poached Egg 6 minute organic egg, taro nest, baby lettuces, beet foam
Free Range Pork F.V. tenderloin, leek ash, apple ginger jus sphere, arugula emulsion, pickled carrot
Crème Brulee Strawberry rooibos infused crème, basil cookies


Siena Restaurant on South Granville 

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho parmesan crisp, pickled cucumber, saffron oil
Burrata Salad fresh figs, prosciutto, candied walnuts, UBC greens, masi balsamico
Grappa-marinated Sable Fish cauliflower puree, wilted UBC kale, potato and chive croquette
Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta fresh raspberries, almond cantuccini


Edible Canada – NOW SOLD OUT

Gazpacho – sumac, cold pressed canola, Vancouver island salt
Spot prawn – summer succotash, wild boar nage, sorrel
Agnolotti dal Plin – goat butter, borage, truffle
Heritage cap of beef – mustard green salsa verde, new crop potato, collards
East van roasters chocolate delice – stone fruits, crispy crunch, caramel ~
Two Rivers Meat co.
Organic Ocean Seafood
Hazelmere organic farm
Hannah Brook farm
Inner City urban farm
East Van Roasters

left bank

Left Bank

tuna tartar, avocado, sesame, rice  crackers
scallops and prawns, farro risotto, beurre blanc, herb salad
braised short ribs, pomme puree, honey yams, natural jus
fresh fruit parfait, raspberry sorbet, fresh fruit, GF shortbread


Nicli in Gastown

Oyama Sausage Co salumi and The Farm House cheeses
with flatbread and BC cherry tomato jam
Chilliwack corn, Jolly Meats bresaola,
Hannah Brook Farm frilly endive,
The Farm House country blue
Pizza”Bianca di Prosciutto e Rucola”:
Fresh garlic, basil, Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala,
The Farm House fermiere, Oyama Sausage Co Prosciutto,
Barnston Island Herbs arugula
Pizza “100-mile Marg”:
Roasted local tomato sauce, The Farm House fermiere,
Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala, basil
Dolci “Peaches and Cream”:
Local honey panna cotta
with fresh Okanagan peaches and sage shortbread

Nicli Next Door

Nicli Next Door

Bread Sourdough and house-made butter
Antipasti: Antipasto board of salumi, cheeses, pickled vegetables
Primi: House-made tagliatelle with a primavera of summer vegetables
Secondi: Braised rabbit over creamy polenta with grilled asparagus
Insalata:Local greens, fennel, radish, elderflower vinaigrette, grana padano
Dolci: Cannoli, whipped ricotta, local fruit

summerdine local

In the Okanagan you can dine lakeside at Local Lounge and Grill, or…


among the vineyards at Hester Creeks Terrafina Restaurant. (menus pending).



Victoria’s Spinnakers is doing CRAFT BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS!!!

Chermoula marinated burnt eggplant Tree Island yogurt labneh pearls. pairings:  Stoneboat Piano Brut / Cascadia Dark Ale

Gulf Island shellfish a la basquaise The Whole Beast’s chorizo sausage, Dragonfly farm’s slow roasted tomatoes, Westwind farm’s grilled peppers
pairing:  Da Vin Foch Rose Sangria / Original Pale Ale

Aloo palak gone West Coast Wilbury farm’s hazelnut masala, roasted Haliburton farm’s new warba potatoes,  Eaglepaw Organic’s kale, fried house made paneer pairing:  Church & State Viognier / India Pale Ale

Yarrow Lake Duck Confit Moonstruck’s Blossom’s blue cheese croquettes, Saanich Organic’s pea emulsion, smoked Salt Spring Island shiitakes pairing:  Rocky Creek Pinot Noir / Bing Bang Theory

Choux dumplings, Saanich Organic’s blueberry & earl grey ice cream, lavender caramel sauce pairing: Sea Cider Black Applejack / Dunkleweizen

Hotel Grand Pacific Summerdine

and…The Mark at the Grand Pacific Hotel….NOW SOLD OUT!

Amuse Bouche
Milk Curd, Peas, Mint & Bean Salad, Guanciale, Pea Soup
First Course
Cold Smoked Salmon Ikura, Cucumber, Pickled Mustard Seeds,
Dill Yogurt Dressing
Main Course
Souse Vide Pork Loin Pork Cheek Tortellini, Corn Purée, Zucchini, Battered Apple Ring, Apple Cider Butter Sauce, Buttermilk Foam
Almond Brown Butter Cake Lavender Infused Cream, Fresh Berries,
Honey Tuille
Selection of Macarons, Truffles and Gelées

Multi-course dinners are  just $79 per person for dinner, including BC VQA wine pairings! www.lesdames.ca for purchase.

Les Dames Summerdine Auction

Les Dames are also hosting an on-line auction, now open and closing on the evening of Summerdine (August 12th) at 11:59 p.m. The auction prize is an Okanagan Weekend Get-Away for Two including:  two-nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort with a bottle of Bella Rosé Sparkling Wine in your room, dinner at Salted Brick, followed by cocktails at 27. Approximate retail value is $800. Auction link here. 

Les Dames Summerdine is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship and community outreach programs of Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter.  “This year we awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to women of all ages and backgrounds so they could begin or further their education in the fields of culinary, beverage or hospitality.

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter produces events to raise funds in support of these endeavours.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on Les Dames Summerdine: www.lesdames.ca  and Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC / event hashtag #LDSummerdine

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International: www.idei.org

Yotam Ottolenghi Plenty More with Books to Cooks

plenty morePlenty More in Store

  •   Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks

Here we present another opportunity to see Yotam Ottolenghi before he jets off to another appearance. Yotam will record a CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club interview with Sheryl MacKay here in the shop, all about his new book, Plenty More.

Chef Brian Skinner, a local chef who is well known for his vegetable creativity, will prepare sample of a recipe from the book for us all to taste after the taping.

Cost: $60, includes a pre-signed copy of Plenty More.


Lesley Stowe’s Desserts from My Kitchen Book Launch

  •   Equinox Gallery Books to Cooks celebrates the the launch of Lesley Stowe’s new book, Desserts from My Kitchen.

The net proceeds for this evening will be donated to Project CHEF, a hands-on, curriculum-based school program that teaches children and families about healthy cooking and eating. This delectably social evening will include live music and an auction of the “Cake Walk” desserts – the perfect opportunity to pick up a sumptuous creation for your weekend dinner party.

Cost: $75, includes a personalised copy of Desserts from My Kitchen and refreshments.

Yotam Ottlonenghi Plenty More

yotO-eventSponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Congregation Beth Israel and the Israel Consulate General of Toronto and Western Canada and hosted in partnership with Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.

On Tuesday Oct 21 7:30pm
Host: Simi Sara, CKNW radio host
$60, includes copy of Plenty More and light reception
Buy tickets online >> or by phone 604-257-5111

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world’s most beloved culinary talents whose very name has become a cooking style. The Israeli-born chef, restaurateur and TV personality has become the most fashionable and modern of cookery writers whose flavourful twists on Middle Eastern food have converted millions world-wide since Ottolenghi: The Cookbook – co-written with fellow Jerusalem native Sami Tamimi – was first published in 2008.
Now, learn more about Yotam as he appears in conversation with talk show host and foodie, Simi Sara. You’ll receive a signed copy of his latest book, the hotly anticipated Plenty More and enjoy tasting some brand new recipes as continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original approach.

More here

Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life – As Seen on Global TV December 13, 2014

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to sort out your gift list. If you’ve got a food lover to please chances are one or all of these ideas will bring squeals of joy once pulled from under the tree. Some great stocking stuffers and host/hostess gifts too!



Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay made in the traditional champagne method.  Shuck some oysters and your night is almost complete.

single malt whisky


Locally made Whisky from Urban Distillers.  Unique because it contains part of an oak barrel.  Leave the wine to age more (each week would equal 6 mos in the cask) or drink now.


OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet) CAJETA. Canada’s only traditional Mexican caramel spread made with BC Goat’s Milk. In Vanilla, Espresso and Rum!

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Terra Breads Pecan Fruit Crisps and house-made sauces and spreads $5-$10.

Presidents Choice

President’s Choice Mixing Bowl and Measuring spoons ($10/$6). Perfect for that college kid. Set them up with some tea towels and baking mix while you are at it.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  Gorgeous colours, even heating, great for slow cooking and dishwasher safe. $150 at Williams & Sonoma. $255 BUT THIS WEEK 25% off until SUNDAY December 15, 2014

cocoa nymph

Cocoa Nymph’s new confections line. One of Vancouver’s BEST Chocolatiers has crafted everything from English toffee to chocolate  espresso local Agassiz hazelnuts. These are the bomb for sweet lovers!  $9

parallel-49-ugly-sweatercraft beer cookbook

Ugly Sweater Beer by Parallel 49. Great milk stout pair it up with The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook for an excellent host/hostess gift. Beer $15.75 at Legacy Liquor. Cookbook Books to Cooks $29.95.

Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient Monthly Subscription box from Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned – foodie extraordinare!  Online 3 month subscription $150. Not just food, but recipes and ideas.  Expand that culinary repertoire.


Victorinox Knives from www.swissarmy.com $42 Ergonomic Swiss Classic handles. Set includes two serrated knives, two straight edge knives and a mini wood block. Perfect for the countertop.


Vitamix – I have one and my goal is to make flour in it this year because it even grinds grain.  Williams and Sonoma 300 series $675.29

metropolitan chef

Metropolitan Chef rubs – make any meal flavourful. Edible Canada $3.95 Perfect stocking stuffer or in a food basket.

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Gorgeous maple or walnut chopping boards/serving trays from Kate Duncan $75-$180.

tea cup

Tea cup/brewer from Treasure Green Tea Company in Chinatown – Vancouver’s oldest tea company.Throw is some tea and you are set.

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian cookbook for all types of eaters from a woman who’s books taught me to cook when I was young, the talented Mollie Katzen. Full of vegetable recipes that will please everyone $45 Books To Cooks.


From the foraging chef, Bill Jones, this excellent mushroom foraging and feasting cookbook. If you are in Duncan be sure to look him up and attend a class of his or head out foraging.  Mushrooms are hip and healthy. $29.95 Books to Cooks.

Lynn Crawford at Forage Restaurant

at-home-with-lynn-crawfordLynn Crawford comes to us with another book, this time featuring recipes she likes to cook at home.  I am very tempted to try many of these trendy and retro recipes myself; our Lynn is obviously influenced by the best from eras past and present. GLV

We are very pleased to pair Lynn with Forage, a new-ish eatery in town, one that relishes the cooking traditions of the past and offers a casual and amiable atmosphere for their guests.

On Wednesday, October 16th, we will welcome Lynn to Forage Restaurant at the Listel Hotel on Robson Street.  The time for this reception is 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The cost will be $75, which includes refreshments and a personalized copy of Lynn Crawford Cooks at Home.

Please call the shop at 604-688-6755 to purchase tickets for this event.

If you are unable to join us this evening, Trail Appliances is hosting a cooking demonstration on October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Call 604-434-8711 for more information or to purchase tickets for this event.

Mollie Katzen at The Farmer’s Apprentice with Books to Cooks


I learned to cook with Mollie Katzen’s books!  This event will be epic! I am there.  GLV

Mollie Katzen was the first celebrated cookbook  author to cross our threshold at Books to Cooks, sixteen years ago.  We were a mere three weeks old, not ready to host a grand event, but we made her lunch, and hoped to see her again when we could honour her work properly, and share herself with our community.  Finally, the opportunity has been presented, and tonight we celebrate Mollie’s newest publication, The Heart of the Plate.

When Mollie cooks, she wants as much space on the plate as possible for her beloved garden vegetables.  Tonight, we will gather at a new restaurant in our neighbourhood, The Farmer’s Apprentice, where chef/owner David Gunawan will prepare dinner, a heavenly vegetable meal, to honour our desire for plant-based diets, original ideas, and to share a table with Mollie Katzen.

This will be an intimate dinner, only 24 places at the tables available.

Cost: $135 includes a personalized copy of The Heart of the Plate, dinner, and wine.

Please telephone 604.688.6755 to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant (map)
1535 West 6th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C.