Juniper, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Juniper, a relatively new (opened in the winter of 2015-16) establishment was anticipated for several reasons, the first being the arrival of Executive Chef Sarah Stewart with her backpack of credentials and secondly the entrance of the other team member, Shaun Layton, who is the...

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market, Vancouver

For the decades I’ve traveled the east coast of Vancouver Island, I’ve wondered why there wasn’t an oyster bar just like this one where oyster aficionados  can slurp an authentic taste of the ocean to their hearts content.  In June of 2016, Vancouver got lucky with the opening of...

Timber, Vancouver

Dedicated locavore chef – Chris Whittaker of Forage – is solidifying the West End as one of Vancouver’s most dynamic foodie neighbourhoods with his new restaurant in the high-ceilinged iconic space next door to Forage on Robson at Jervis. The new restaurant is called Timber, and the...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience.  They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna

Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer. Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart Family, the name Stewart being synonymous...

Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...

Vineyard Terrace Restaurant @ CedarCreek Winery, Kelowna, British Columbia

When the wines a vintner makes are spectacular, showcasing them in a restaurant setting just makes sense. The Vineyard Terrace Restaurant is the seasonal culinary centrepiece of the winery. CedarCreek Winery was one of the original wineries in the Okanagan and one of the first 8 in British...