22 Nov 2019

Plantain Chips + Johnny Cakes

Plantain chips and Johnny Cakes. That’s how we start our lunch, soaking up the colours and scents of the Caribbean. A dear friend and I are at The Reef on Main Street to celebrate our parents – three West Indian by birth, one in spirit. The green plantain chips are

12 Nov 2019

Deep, Dark Chocolate Fudge

It’s Holiday Craft Fair season, and one of our favourites – Christmas at Hycroft in the gorgeously decorated Macrae mansion – is on this weekend, from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, the 17th. After winding upstairs and downstairs through the manse, admiring all of the artisanal creations, be sure to

26 Oct 2019

Chang, Rogen + The Jelly Donut

“I never thought of the jelly donut as a perfect food,” says famed Momofuku chef, David Chang. At least, not until he tastes a hot out of the fryer, freshly sugared and jelly-pumped donut from Lee’s Donuts in Granville Island. “That’s tremendous,” he oohs. “I love textural contrast. You get

30 Aug 2019

Muscadine Ice Cream

It’s a good 2019 summer season for La Glace ice cream on 16th near Macdonald. Vancouver Sun readers just crowned this Kits ice-creamery – launched in 2017 – as ‘Vancouver’s Best Ice Cream.’ To create La Glace’s creamy French style ice-cream, chef and founder Mark Tagulao needs a whole lot of cream

18 Aug 2019

Savage Rose

How does this cocktail sound? In Bloom, created from Pisco, Aperol, Raspberry, Rose, Grapefruit and Lemon.  In Bloom even comes with its own quote. ‘ Be as broad as the Earth, find yourself with open arms and you shall not be limited.’ This Flowers + Trees cocktail is one on

30 Jul 2019

Salted Rose Caramel Cardamom Hot Chocolate

For all those who agonize over which flowers to put in this corsage or that bouquet, the Victorians offer guidance. Inspired by floral symbolism in Turkey, Queen Victoria’s charges created book after book outlining the Language of Flowers. In her 2011 recreation of these early guides – A Victorian Flower

12 Jul 2019

Bitter Orange Negronis

It’s a battle between the Count and the General. Who invented the Negroni? Drink historians tend to come down on the side of the Count. Count Camillo Negroni was a rodeo clown who gambled and taught fencing once his days in the Wild Wild West were through. Word has it

14 Jun 2019

Let Rosie Feed You

If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find no shortage of temptations at Butter Bakery on 37th and Mackenzie. The sweets on display – cookies, cakes, loafs, cupcakes – are endlessly tempting. What’s it going to be today? Birthday Cake sandwich, Ginger snap, Snickerdoodle, Bajillionaire Bar, Butter tart Bar, Black Bird cake?

28 May 2019

Jamaican Bananas + Gin Fizz for Satchmo

“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine,” Louis Armstrong said, “I look right into the heart of good ole New Orleans. It has given me something to live for.” At the heart of Satchmo’s New Orleans was delectable food. He ‘never forgot the aromas of the

12 May 2019

Desserts For Mum

Happy Day to all those who are celebrating being mothers and having mothers. And a peaceful day to those who are spending the day thinking of beloved mothers passed. For those venturing into the kitchen to say it with homemade sweets, here are a few beautifully instructive videos. . Box