Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver
Jun29

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. Is there any other restaurant that has its very own duck press? (below left) In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at Rideau Hall by then Governor General Michaelle Jean and her husband...

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micro bar • bites , Kelowna, British Columbia
Jun25

micro bar • bites , Kelowna, British Columbia

The culinary cousin to RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites.  Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!” No fancy stemware here.  The creatively simple approach continues with a pared down bar and food menu, and the launch of barrel-aged hi-balls, with international beers and wines all offering guests a...

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Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia
Jun15

Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia

Chef Ronald St Pierre and Tricia St Pierre have created Locals, a very real culinary destination in the Comox Valley. My friend, Jeremy Ferguson wrote the following in the Globe and Mail: “Courtenay’s claim to fame comes through a different passion: It wants to be foodie capital of the island. Assembling and showcasing the produce of the ultra fertile Comox Valley, it has accumulated considerable credentials.” “Courtenay’s proudest...

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L’Abattoir, Vancouver
Jun04

L’Abattoir, Vancouver

L’Abattoir is arguably one of the most solidly creative and award-blessed restaurants in British Columbia. Lee Cooper is the soft-spoken chef with a boyish demeanour who not only grew up in the restaurant business, but flourished in it.  As a young man he worked in his dad’s A&W franchises in Nanaimo, a city in the heart of Vancouver Island, learning systems and the adrenalin rush that is so much part of the industry....

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The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.
May10

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

The Wickaninnish Inn was the long time dream of the McDiarmid family and is located in an area that is now an official UNESCO World Biosphere.  It is also, according to the readers of Travel & Leisure North America’s premier travel magazine, the #1 Western Canadian Resort 2016; and a Platinum Circle Member 2016 according to Condé Nast Traveler’s readers.!  BRAVO! On all three sides of the inn there is the...

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