Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

Sunset Organic Bistro, Kelowna

Summerhill Pyramid winery was named Canadian Wine Producer of the Year 2009 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, England. Eric von Krosigk is the talented winemaker who has worked in the Okanagan for years and, with Summerhill’s owners,  Stephen and Wendy Cipes, founded the...

Absinthe Café, Ottawa

Chef Patrick Garland’s Steak Frites have been dubbed as one of the city’s 101 must-try-before-you-die ‘tastes’ by Ottawa magazine. I’d say that it’s not just the steak that’s important in this busy, with-it restaurant.  Garland and his dynamic sous chef, Shawn Marsh,...

Klondike Kate’s Restaurant and Cabins, Dawson City, Yukon

The gold rush of 1898 was a wild time in Dawson City. Its legacy is some great old architecture. Much of Dawson City is a National Historic Site on the banks of the Yukon River, the third longest river in North America which flows northwest from the Coastal Range mountains of northern British...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience.  They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

The extraordinary sensual beauty is overwhelming. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as it was years ago for me, the Olympic Mountains are awash in pink and blue and purple. The sea calls. Sooke Harbour House, and its visionary innkeepers, Frederique and Sinclair Philip, bought a small 3 bedroom...

Savour in the Garden, St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick

Chef Alex Haun is a someone to watch and to dine with.   He has been lured away from his great personally-run restaurant to open Savour in the Garden, the small dining space in Canada’s Garden of the Year 2013, Kingbrae. “I first decided I wanted to be a chef when working in the kitchen at...