Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver

Historically the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) played a formidable role in defining great food in all of Western Canada.  From 1891, when the three White Empresses of the Pacific set sail to the exotic ports of the Far East right up till World War II, land and sea were intimately connected. The...

Globe@YVR, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, Vancouver

As the Empress and Hotel Vancouver were links to the rest of the world during the era of trans-Pacific ocean liners, the Vancouver Airport Hotel provides a similar elegant stop over prior to jetting off into the sunset. And the Globe@YVR, the hotel’s exceptionally good restaurant, is a great...

The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  This is Tofino, more specifically, The Wickaninnish Inn, the long time...

Café Medina, Vancouver

It’s been called “Vancouver’s hottest brunch spot”(Kim Mah: Real Weddings) and “A superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene.” (Mia Stainsby: Vancouver Sun).  And little wonder. Chef Jonathan Chovancek has cooked in all the right places from Sooke Harbour...

The Great Room @ Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, British Columbia

Chef Ian Riddick’s career in Canada is long and rich.  But nothing could really have prepared him for the magnificence of having access to the ingredients of a coastal rainforest, particularly in working with the extraordinary bounty of local seafood. “You would think that would be...

Joy Road Catering, Penticton, British Columbia

Specializing in Okanagan Valley – sourced food and wine, Joy Road Catering’s co-owners, Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith, observe: “From our inception selling pastries at the farmers’ markets, Joy Road has primarily used local ingredients for the simple reason that fresh...

Campagnolo & Campagnolo Roma, Vancouver

Its name translates to “country bumpkin,” but Campagnolo’s impressive accolades don’t exactly reflect the restaurant’s humble name. Named Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2010, one of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine’s 50 Hottest New Restaurants,...