21 Jul 2017

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

When we were growing up, we knew the most lovely couple. They lived with their lovely kids in a lovely house with lovely dogs who ate lovely oven-baked biscuits. Not so lovely was the family’s vegetable of choice: brussels sprouts. On special Sundays and workaday Wednesdays, with roast beef, chicken,

14 Jul 2017

Sugar Balloons And Rich Caramels

‘And then again,’ Grandpa Joe went on speaking very slowly now so that Charlie wouldn’t miss a word. ‘Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the

09 Jul 2017

Hamburger Macarons

Rosie Daykin is known for her creativity, risk-taking and impeccable taste. She had it as a magazine-featured interior designer, she has it as a cook-book author and she has it as the mastermind and owner of Butter Baked Goods. One sweet area in which Daykin has distinguished herself is the filled cookie.

04 Jul 2017

Bitter Almonds

Amaretto – ‘little bitter’,  the liqueur you might know from the Amaretto Sour, The Godfather, Blueberry Tea – is reputed to be the result of a surprise romance between a 16th Century artist and his widow Madonna muse. In 1525, Bernardino Luini  was brought in to paint frescoes for Santa

18 Jun 2017

Platform 7 3/4

If redheaded families are dispatching young wizards into the walls, we muggles cannot see it. We can enjoy the train station vibe at Platform 7 Coffee, be it the stop on East Hastings or the next one West on Broadway. From the arched ceiling fixtures to the four-person booths, candied donuts and spill-proof

04 Jun 2017

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

“What do you prefer, madam: an open or a closed coffyn?” “And what about the legs? Should we leave them hanging off the side for easy carrying?” These are not the questions of an old British madman. These are the questions of an old British pie-maker. The ‘coffyn’ was the

14 May 2017

Blackberry Port Cider + Scot Pine

Happy Mother’s Day to Mums and those celebrating their Mums. If you’re looking for a local tipple to end your Mother’s Day dinner, consider Black Applejack from the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse on the Saanich Peninsula, north of Victoria. Sea Cider was founded by Kristen Needham, Cidermaster and sixth-generation farmer.

11 Apr 2017

13 Canadian Food Inventions

If you are hiking in the deep woods and want to avoid a grisly bear encounter, the advice is clear: make lots of noise to let them know you’re coming. Avoid areas with fresh bear tracks and droppings. Keep your pets at your side and leave the bacon and fish fries

09 Apr 2017

Fusion Fritters

You will find splendid examples of fusion in Vancouver: in food, drink, music, art, fashion. Yesterday, we took cover from the rain – rain, rain, go away – with lunch at Minami in Yaletown. Minami – ‘a beautiful wave’ –  is the creation of Siego Nakamura, who named this second location after

07 Apr 2017

Sakura Doughnuts

As you celebrate the Vancouver cherry blossoms, you might want to dash down early to Lucky Doughnuts to try a limited edition Sakura treat. They make a few each day and will stop this year’s bunch once they run out of ingredients. This ode to our pink streets is a Bismarck filled with