03 Feb 2019

Apple Rosemary Loaf

With its bold fragrance, hearty growth and ancient roots, it’s no wonder that rosemary is the subject  of so many superstitions. ‘At weddings,’ Mrs. M. Grieves wrote in A Modern Herbal, ‘it was entwined in the wreath worn by the bride, being first dipped into scented water. Anne of Cleves,

20 Jan 2019

Hot Chocolate Festival ’19

Dr. Francisco Hernandez, Royal Physician to Philip II of Spain, believed that he had just the thing to treat fever, liver disorders, intestinal pain, colic and even poisons. The cure was hot chocolate, he said. ‘When pepper was added, it had an agreeable taste and warmed the stomach and perfumed the

11 Jan 2019

From Guilt-Free Chocolate Mousse to Churro Balls

“If you have a second dessert stomach” – Check! –  “this guilt-free chocolate mousse will definitely fill it.” So says Brad Hill – publisher and photographer behind the latest volume in the Foodie series: the Plant-Based Foodie Vancouver. This offering of delicious recipes from popular Vancouver restaurants follows his neighbourhood-based cookbook

25 Dec 2018

Artful Feasting

Merry Christmas 🎄 and Happy Holidays to those who have celebrated Chanukah and are looking forward to the 2018 holiday break! May your  holidays feature more time with people you love, old and new traditions, and much delicious food. Whether you are prepping the kitchen, the table, or your stomach, here is

23 Dec 2018

Holiday Chocolatiers

Who can take tomorrow, Dip it in a dream? Separate the sorrow And collect up all the cream? The candyman can. The (nice kind of ) candyman can. If Willy Wonka is still in retirement and Charlie is busy fighting off Veruca, Vancouver is a good place to look for

16 Dec 2018

Sipping Violets – 2019 Canadian Restaurant Trends

At the start of 2018, Restaurants Canada – a national, not for profit association –  asked 430 chefs about the menu items and cooking techniques that were gaining popularity in their professional kitchens.     Now, as Restaurants Canada prepares for their huge 2019 Trade Show, they report out on

30 Nov 2018

GI Holiday Sweets 2018

Fancy a holiday treat? The twinkly lights are up at Granville Island; go in the dark if you can. Bakers and potion-makers have responded with all sorts of delicious sweets to bring on a festive mood. • @ ChocolaTas • @ Olde World Fudge • @ Stuart’s • @ Terra

16 Nov 2018

Dark Chocolate Fudge

If you make it to Christmas At Hycroft, be sure to go back to the Coach House to check out the homemade goodies from the Hycroft Kitchen Creations Team. You’ll find all manners of yummy fudge – dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peppermint chocolate, butterscotch, maple. You can also bring home

04 Nov 2018

Love Potion #27

Take 4 ounces of pimpinella root. 3 3/8 drachms of essence of vanilla. 21 1/3 pints of fine Batavia arrack. 32 drops of oil of cassia-buds. The brewing of cocktails has long been a fun hobby for mad scientists, particularly those with a flair for names. Duke of Norfolk Punch.

26 Oct 2018

The Sweet Smell of Victory

If you a) have a sweet tooth and b) are indecisive, do your homework. Study the menu, consult your taste buds. The lines are long enough; no one will thank you for dawdling. Small Victory was launched 2014 in Yaletown by Qasim Nathoo, soon after he graduated from business school.