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Chang An Vancouver 品味長安 | Chinese Fine Dining

Chang An Vancouver 品味長安 | Chinese Fine Dining

Chang An Vancouver 品味長安 is Chinese fine dining restaurant in Vancouver’s waterfront. It is one of the first of several high end Chinese restaurant to open in Vancouver. Chang An is brought to you by the China Folk Restaurant from Beijing renowned brand dedicated in […]

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa | Honeymoon Getaway

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa | Honeymoon Getaway

  Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is a short 1.5 hour drive away from Vancouver and just 3 hours from Seattle. We often don’t think about coming here and don’t realize that is actually quite convenient. We were invited by Harrison Hot Springs Resort […]

3 Of Canada’s Top 10 Restaurants in Vancouver | 50 Best Restaurant in Canada

3 Of Canada’s Top 10 Restaurants in Vancouver | 50 Best Restaurant in Canada

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We all know we are spoiled here in Vancouver. But did you know that 3 Of Canada’s Top 10 Restaurants are in Vancouver? According to Vacay.ca and a panelist of culinary professionals and critics have complied a list of Top 50 Restaurants in Canada!

 

2014 Vacay.ca Judges Academy include Chefs Vikram Vij, David Hawksworth, Connie Desousa, Patrice Demers, Michael Howell, Marc Lepine, etc. The judges themselves were not allowed to vote for their own restaurants.

 

3 Of Canada’s Top 10 Restaurants are in Vancouver

 

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2014 Top Restaurant in Canada: Raymonds in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Looks like everyone will be rushing to these restaurants to see how good it really is. Better call and make reservations now!

bon appetit!

Zest Japanese Cuisine Vancouver (Arbutus Ridge) | Upscale Japanese Fine Dining

Zest Japanese Cuisine Vancouver (Arbutus Ridge) | Upscale Japanese Fine Dining

The drive towards UBC on West 16th and MacDonald Street is like a road trip. Zest Japanese Restaurant was recently crowned Best Upscale Japanese 2014 award by Vancouver Magazine. We were intrigued. Plus Dave needed to find a darling place to take me for my birthday dinner. Zest Japanese is […]

Diva at the Met, Vancouver (Downtown)

Diva at the Met, Vancouver (Downtown)

  Diva at the Met located inside the Metropolitan in downtown Vancouver doesn’t always come to mind when choosing a place to eat (well, for us anyways).  It doesn’t hit 90% plus on Urbanspoon (which I don’t quite understand either) and Yelp’s only sitting at 3.5 stars […]

Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver (Downtown) – Brunch

Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver (Downtown) – Brunch

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Hawksworth Restaurant, for the second year in a row wins Restaurant of the Year 2013 in the category for Best Upscale plus Chef of the Year (2x) for David Hawksworth, The venue is beautiful. It is romantic and charming with their giant chandelier in the Pearl Room. The Roaring Twenties would approve. If you’ve been to dinner here, then you will also want to try their Brunch menu.

 

Dave took me here for my birthday brunch. It was so nice to spend a day chillaxing by the window cushion bench, people watching and just soaking in everything.

 

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Started the meal off with a Caesar: a heated concoction, well salted rim and nice dense tomato juice.

 

 

 

Hawskworth Brunch

 

Pacific Sablefish Benedict 19: Two perfectly yolks that oozes out onto the creamy sablefish as you slice it open. Served with  glazed asparagus, tomato, fine herb hollandaise.

 

 

Hawskworth Brunch

 

 

Crunchy Duck Salad 22: Sliced duck meat tossed with a variety of spring greens and coated lightly with spicy tamarind, bean sprout, cucumber, taro. The salad is dry and never soggy.

 

 

What did I ever do to be so spoiled? Life is good (strikethrough), fan-effing-tastic! Especially when dining at Hawksworth Restaurant!

 

 

Hawksworth on Urbanspoon

 

 

 

801 W Georgia St Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
(604) 673-7000

 

 

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Terrace Restaurant Mission Hill Winery Estate, Okanagan (Summerland) BC

Terrace Restaurant Mission Hill Winery Estate, Okanagan (Summerland) BC

Enjoy a breathtaking view on high overlooking the shores of  Lake Okanagan in Westbank’s Mission Hill Family Estate while sipping on wine in an upscale romantic restaurant. This is one of the wonderful escapes while touring the Okanagan wineries. After the tour through the Mission […]

Fraiche Restaurant West Vancouver | Chef Campaign

Fraiche Restaurant West Vancouver | Chef Campaign

  Rewind back to May 2012 after our suave dining experience at Fraiche Wednesday Wine Series: Okanagan Crush Pad evening  courtesy of Miss604, we were delighted to be back after winning an exclusive 3-course meal pass during their Fraiche Restaurant West Vancouver with Chef Campaign from Vaneats. […]

Fraiche Restaurant Wednesday Wine Series x Miss604, West Vancouver

Fraiche Restaurant Wednesday Wine Series x Miss604, West Vancouver

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Fraiche Restaurant offers one of West Vancouver’s ultimate dining experiences while overlooking breathtaking panoramic view of downtown Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Bridge, Port Metro Vancouver, etc. It is undoubtedly one of Vancouver’s most romantic restaurant with a killer view, for sure to seduce even the most hard to please guests. It is no wonder that Fraiche recently won gold at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards as Best North Shore 2012. Executive Chef, Jefferson Alvarez (whom you may remember from DiVino Wine Bar on Commerical Drive) offers delicious West Coast inspired menu with a global flare and unique flavours. The chef’s selection of ingredients and techniques has much to do with his travels and inspirations from his creative mind.

 
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The Menu Degustation: Adventurous  125 pp | Conservative 95 pp | I suggest wine pairings +50

 

Over the summer, the restaurant offered a series of Fraiche Wednesday Wine Series events and we were fortunate to be invited to participate in their Okanagan Crush Pad evening. Thanks to Miss604 we were delighted to indulge with Haywire’s Master Winemaker Michael Bartier while he discuss the wines pairings. Each course was matched up with a wine from Haywire Winery and Bartier Scholefield Wineries (part of Okanagan Crush Pad). 95 pp (tax and gratuity not included)

 

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Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris was served during the reception. A light and with stony and peachy aromas, slightly citrus on palate, with a creamy finish.

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Before the dining event started, hors d’œuvre were served: Serrano ham with apple, Elk Tartare, Short Ribs Tart, Spot Prawns and Cherry tomatoes, etc. Bite sized and full of flavours. My favourite was the Elk Tartare: it was not gamey and super tender.

 

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Burrata Salad: Heirloom tomatoes. Fresh! A refreshing and appetizing starter served with fresh cheese and seasoned with herbs. The colors of the tomatoes were beautiful. Paired with Bartier Bros. “the Cowboy” 2010.

 

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Duck Liver Parfait with amarena cherries. A delightfully smooth foie gras goes well with the acidity of the cherries and diced apples. The acidity breaks up the fat of the liver nicely. Paired with Bartuer-Scholefield Rose Table Wine 2010.

 

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Bison Carpaccio with quail egg and horseradish cream. A lightly seasoned and thinly sliced bison is tender and not gamey. The horseradish cream initially I would’ve thought to pack a punch but was rather airy and complimented well with the quail egg. The bitterness of the arugula salad helps to reduce the heaviness (however we thought it was a little too much as it buried the meat underneath). Paired with Haywire Pinot Noir 2010

 

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Peppercorn Flat Iron Steak glazed with madagascar peppercorn sauce. This relatively unknown cut has started to take restaurants by the storm. A relatively tender cut of meat from the shoulder of the cow with a deep, rich flavour which makes it perfect on its own. The intense flavour matched with a heat from the peppercorn is delicious. (Too bad my piece was slightly over cooked) Served with asparagus, fingering potatoes and carrots. Paired with Bartier Scholefield Red Table Wine 2008.

 

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Sticky Toffee Pudding: My favourite of the night! The warmth from the cake to the melting toffee and flavoured butter is sinful. Oh mon dieu! I have to come back here again for more! Paired with Blandy’s ‘Duke of Clarence’ Madeira.

 

Although the drive is slight out of the way, but where else can you enjoy such a beautiful view of Vancouver’s skyline?

 

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Fraiche Restaurant on Urbanspoon

 

 

 

 

2240 Chippendale Road West Vancouver, BC V7S 3J5
(604) 925-7595

 

 
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Hawksworth Restaurant Vancouver Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

Hawksworth Restaurant Vancouver Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

Hawksworth Restaurant Vancouver Rosewood Hotel Georgia: She is beautiful, elegant and classy. You know she will treat you right and entertain you with fine cuisine. You know she will serve you her best wine. She is like the perfect wife – playful, sophisticated and divine. Hawksworth Restaurant […]

ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver | Spot Prawns

ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver | Spot Prawns

It’s a glistening and sparkling cube from away. The sparkling new Fairmont Pacific Rim located across from the Vancouver Convention Centre in Waterfront Downtown. Home to where Bella Gelateria Handcrafted Gelato, Giovane Winebar and of course ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver. It is a […]

Bar & Boeuf Montreal | Bistro Gourmand Old Montreal

Bar & Boeuf Montreal | Bistro Gourmand Old Montreal

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When in Montreal there are so many choices between Find Dining, Street Food, Latin Quarter and of course Poutine. Through the streets filled with old buildings overflowing with character of Old Montreal it’s hard not to fall in love with such an amazing city. But how one falls in love cannot be merely measured with buildings, it is the smell and taste of its food that embeds memories… provides an emotional comfort zone.

 
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We arrived at this city feeling somewhat like an idiot we decided to dine at Au Pied du Cochon featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Quebec episode of No Reservation. How could we be so careless not to have made reservations. How could we be so careless to leave our stomachs empty of calories and fat from duck, poutine au foie gras, due de foie gras and Pied de cochon, or PDC farci au foie gras? Such oversight left us wandering the streets of Rue McGill hand in hand until we arrived at Bar & Boeuf Bistro Gourmand. The name repeated itself as we passed by. I suddenly remember that a colleague recommended this place during one of my conference meetings.
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Bar and Boeuf Montreal restaurant Instanomss nomss bistro gourmand

Bar and Boeuf Montreal restaurant Instanomss nomss bistro gourmand

Bar and Boeuf Montreal restaurant Instanomss nomss bistro gourmand

Bar & Boeuf is a trendy, upscale fine dining restaurant at the heart of the financial district. Two floors of casual elegence and chic environment. We shared a table downstairs and began studying the menu. Menu’s are seasonal and changes from time to time. Be sure to update yourself at their website.

 

 

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BEEF TARTARE 14: Grilled croutons, niçoise and served with an oyster? Wow. I’ve seen quail eggs but never before oysters. This is nice and of course even better when paired with wasabi pea puree –  fancy and quite light.

 

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EUROPEAN BASS 26: Cauliflower puree with a perfectly seared fish. This was a safe dish. I’m not sure why we didn’t order the Veal since it is served with foie gras sauce. This would’ve been a nice replacement to Au Pied du Cochon… actually scratch that. How could it replace it?
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SUCKLING PIG 23: Slices of cochon with iced parsnips, sweet potatoes, and tunips. Suckling and juicy.

 

 

We came here early before the crowds gathered. The service was friendly and prompt. We departed quickly to roam Vieux-Montreal for a romantic stroll towards Notre Dame down Rue Saint Paul O.

 
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Bar & Boeuf on Urbanspoon

Bar & Boeuf Montreal
URL: http://www.baretboeuf.com
Cuisine: Bistro, Fusion, Wine Bar

Hours

Mon Closed
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun Closed

Fine-dining restaurant etiquettes | The not so obvious

Fine-dining restaurant etiquettes | The not so obvious

Before I even start, I want to state that this is not a post on eating utensil positions, napkins, and the course delivery. This post is about respect, and simple mannerism. You can also say that this is a rant post, whatever the case. I […]

Araxi Restaurant Whistler | Fine Dining British Columbia

Araxi Restaurant Whistler | Fine Dining British Columbia

Whistler is a beautiful place away from home yet closely accessible within the day. A beautiful scenic drive during the summer months thru the North Shores on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. On the way you can stop at Squamish for some delicious Caesar at The Watershed […]