The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario
Jul10

The Wooly, Guelph, Ontario

Until recently the word ‘local’ meant a pub where beer drinkers gathered to quaff frosty (or sometimes room temp) beverages and solve the problems of the world.  In Guelph, Local = The Woolwich Arms, a pub/restaurant located in a 115 year old, beautifully restored Victorian home. Known far and wide as the ‘Wooly’, the pub has been selling locally crafted beers and foods since 1990. The Wooly is a city landmark and it was...

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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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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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Ruffino’s Pasta Bar and Grill, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Jun15

Ruffino’s Pasta Bar and Grill, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where he’s been, Chef Ryan Crawford has celebrated Food Day Canada every year since its inception; once to the point of nearly getting arrested for doing a pop up restaurant at midnight on the main street of Niagara-on-the-lake. Named as one of the best new restaurants in Canada, by Enroute magazine, Backhouse continued to celebrate all that Canada has to offer till he decided that a more casual approach was in order....

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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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