13 Sep 2015

Bâtard Cookies

There has been a lot of talk about bâtards lately: Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, Bash on Reign. For the fictionally dispossessed seeking refuge, Vancouver now has a safe haven. Bâtard Boulangerie is up and blossoming at Fraser Street near East 23rd. ‘People say we’re old fashioned. We hope

09 Aug 2015

Mr. Lee’s Donuts

It is easy to get caught up in the new new thing: square donuts, bacon donuts, ice-cream donuts, wedding cake donuts, crispy cronuts. But, meanwhile, it is the classics that continue to dominate. Kids and adults still seek out these top-selling donuts, according to Datassential MenuTrends. Here, in Vancouver, Lee’s Donuts

05 Jul 2015

Afternoon Tea

A British tea in British Columbia? Victoria is the first place that comes to mind, with the Fairmont Empress as the ultimate example. ‘Steeped in tradition since 1908,’ they say. Afternoon tea at the Empress offers hand-made scones, bite-sized pastries, tea sweets and the tea, of course, offered in a

20 Jun 2015

Dads & BBQ

Now that Father’s Day is upon us, the tongs, hickory chips and blazing Texas sauces are hogging store displays. If you play the free association game, any mention of men or food quickly triggers words related to meat and barbecuing. Experts debate the whys. An ancient connection to successful hunting quests and

14 Jun 2015

The Crème de Cassis of Odd

For a sweet-toothed lightweight, alcohol is best if it comes in drams and tastes like adult dessert. The Crème de Cassis from Odd Society Spirits is a dangerously suitable candidate. It goes down like the perfectly fresh fruit kick you get at the end of a gourmet meal served on

07 Jun 2015

Jamaican Patties

For the supertaster picky fuss eater that I was as a child, family visits in Jamaica were a dining challenge. Curried goat, jerk chicken, plantains? No thank you. Ackee and saltfish, mannish water, callaloo? Noooo thank you. Morning, noon and night, I relied on the Jamaican patty to soothe my

23 May 2015

Le Marché St. George

When you talk to local creators about where they have sold their wares or where they like to hang out, it’s amazing how many mention Le Marché St. George. This is an utterly unique café and general store and it is located in the middle of a residential neighbourhood at East

16 May 2015

Rodney Graham’s Limeade Pie

When Liberty Bakery on Main closed, there was some panic. It was a neighbourhood fixture, a reliable place to dash in for a sweet treat. Gunnar and Liberty Gustafson had run their family bakery for years and years. Closed for renovations, the sign said, but the closure dragged on. Was that

16 May 2015

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Some of you might remember the first time you ate bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Unexpected, odd, then quickly delicious. After too many imposter balsamics, it is jarring when you taste the real thing, imported from Modena, Italy. Modena has been using its Trebbiano grapes to make balsamic vinegar since the

09 May 2015

Mum Treats

For many of us, thoughts of Mum include the rituals around our favourite baked treats: the special trip to the store to buy the ingredients, the love and care in the mixing, the tantalizing smells, the impatient waiting and the scrumptious payoff when the goodies were finally pulled, cooled and ready