Restaurant Reviews

    Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

    Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio-diverse garden… while enjoying ...

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    Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

    Although Alden & Harlow opened in January 2014, I felt bad that I hadn't dined there until very recently. And now that I've dined there, I feel like I've cheated myself out of some excellent meals, and I promise myself to frequent this restaurant more often. As I mentioned yesterday, I recently dined there with a Chilean winemaker and I also attended another wine tasting ...

    4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

      hiredBelly.com - - 4 readers - Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture that’s engulfed the rest of Vancouver and environs has all but by-passed this tr ...

      HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - A couple weeks ago, I visited HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar with some colleagues and once again, against my normal rule of not ordering the same dish at the same place multiples times, I ordered the Seafood Risotto, again. This one one of my favorite dishes of 2013 and after enjoying it again on my last visit, it ...

      Red Heat Tavern: The Food & Drinks (Part 2)

      The Passionate Foodie - - 3 readers - How does food taste cooked in the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven? Red Heat Tavern, located in Wilmington, opened in March 2014 and is owned and operated by the Burtons Grill restaurant group. It is easily accessed from Route 93, or you can get there via Route 129. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and on both times when I visited, the restaurant was very busy, a ...

      Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one at Patisserie Kouign Amann was THE one to try.

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      … Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio…

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    • HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      …. The Seafood Risotto is made with Riso Venere, Lobster, Sea Scallops, Shrimps, Sea Beans, Sweet Corn and Mascarpone. The black rice contrasts gorgeously with the rich orange broth and perfectly-cooked seafood. Beautiful dish by Chef Peter Larsen. Double yum – a must have at this Hudson Riverfront elegant establishment. Cheers, Veronqiue …

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    • Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

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      … While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one…

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      … While on a business trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Sfixio, an incredible restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. I found this little gem with a non-descript façade from some fellow food writers who’d discovered it and claimed it’s the best Italian food they’ve outside of Italy. I arrived…

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