17 Nov 2017

Warm Sesame Bagels

Here’s a satisfying Vancouver afternoon. Take a walk along the seawall from Granville Island, by Vanier Park, along the beach, up to Kits Pool. It’s a pleasant stroll, but you deserve a post-exertion treat. Circle back to Siegel’s Bagels on Cornwall and order a Montreal-style bagel to go. Are there

14 Nov 2017

Freudian Sips

‘While writing a prescription for a woman who was especially weighed down by the financial burden of the treatment, I was interested to hear her say suddenly: ‘Please do not give me big bills, because I cannot swallow them.’ Of course she meant to say pills.” Here is Sigmund Freud

31 Oct 2017

Something Good To Eat

Happy Halloween. 👻 The 2017 news loop might already have you eating your way through the mini-chocolate bars. On October 31st, when night falls, you are contractually obligated to do so. What’s your favourite mini-Halloween treat? According to a 2016 CBC poll, the winners were: 1. Kit Kat 2. Reese’s Peanut Butter

29 Oct 2017

Frozen S’mores

In 1927, Loretta Scout Crew published the first known recipe for s’mores in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Well, she actually called them ‘Some Mores’. Readers were directed to get 8 sticks, along with: 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands broken

22 Oct 2017

Gastown Delicious

Ginger Plantains, Jambalaya and Biscuits, Frijoles Charros, Miso Barley Bowl, Bourbon Sombrero, Strawberry Swirl Milk Popsicle. These are some of the more than 100 recipes you will find in The Gastown Foodie – the latest offering from Brad Hill’s Foodie Cookbook series. The recipes are gleaned from 37 eateries across Gassy Jack’s

17 Oct 2017

Black Forest Cake

Chocolate, sour cherries, sponge cake, kirsch, whipping cream, dark chocolate curls. What’s not to like? Black Forest cake – or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte –   gets its name from Schwarzwälder Kirsch, a sour cherry liqueur distilled in Germany. Some say that the inspiration for this 16th Century sweet came from the Bollenhut, a heavily

03 Oct 2017

Pear Brandy

It’s not all about Flashy Cousin Apple. The low key Pear has also had its time at the top of the fruit stand. A prescription dated back to 2750 BC had but three ingredients: pears, thyme and figs. The doctor was to mash the pears, figs and thyme together until

24 Sep 2017

Cookie Classics

Which of these cookies would you choose? a. Oatmeal chocolate chunk b. Dutch shortbread c. Meringue d. Icebox fruit square e. Plain oatmeal f.  All of the above The correct answer is f, of course. Cookie Monster congratulates you on your cleverness. But, if someone less enthusiastically blue is making you

08 Sep 2017

Richmond Night Market

Night markets are a fun way to discover artisans, chefs and foods you won’t find easily on your average day in the city. Above, photographer Steven Wei has taken a beautiful shot of the Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong. In Metro Vancouver, we can dine and dawdle at the Richmond Night

25 Aug 2017

Mini Meringues + Lavender Coffee Ice Cream

When life gives you egg whites, make mini meringues. Well, that’s what they do at La Glace – the new ice-cream parlour on 16th near Macdonald – and it’s a good life choice. To create La Glace’s creamy French style ice-cream, chef and founder Mark Tagulao needs a whole lot of cream and egg