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Gung Hei Fat Cho!! Without the Chinese Food

by Canucklehead 01.26.2014

Chinese New Year will be on January 31st this year, and Chinese families will gather en masse to feast on groaning tables of food and loudly wish each other good wishes for the coming year. This is the busiest time of the year for Chinese Restaurants and places like Kirin, will have special menus with […]

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The Weekend Cook – The Multicultural Roast Pig

by Canucklehead 01.02.2014

I think it’s a pretty obvious statement to make that Vancouver is Multicultural – but I can tell you from first-hand experience our local multiculturalism runs deeply in way that only perhaps Los Angeles can match. It’s not just the “usual” mixing of people in neighbourhoods, but how people connect and build lives with loved […]

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Weekend Cook – Aged Eggnog

by Canucklehead 12.20.2013

A few months ago – I was reading through my issue of the Art of Eating (which is singularly excellent – you should seriously subscribe to it) when I read an article on aged eggnog. And I mean AGED – for up to a year. WTF!? You mix up eggs, dairy, sugar, and booze and […]

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Maenam – James Beard Dinner Redux

by Canucklehead 07.11.2013

I needed a breather. Even though I exist on the outer periphery of the whole food media thing – it amazes me how short the news cycles have become. Instant Yelp reviews, gossip at the speed of light, everyone aiming for insider information. And with Eater now hiring for Vancouver correspondents, things are only going […]

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King Crab – They’re Here!!

by Canucklehead 03.03.2013

People have been emailing me for a few weeks now. “When are Chinese restaurants starting their King Crab specials?” “Isn’t it time for King Crabs?” “I want my King Crab – where are they?” It used to be like clockwork, one go around with King Crabs in the late fall, then another just after Chinese […]

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Pidgin – Minding the Gap

by Canucklehead 02.13.2013

Lots of restaurants get pre-opening buzz. I remember when Chambar was still putting the final touches on its interiors, eGullet BC was a riot of anticipation and excitement. When Hawksworth finally opened, the city breathed a collective sigh of relief that one of the big guns of local dining was finally returning to the kitchen […]

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Road Trip – Young Victoria

by Canucklehead 11.25.2012

A few weeks ago I was seriously burnt out from my day job (do you know hard it is to get the caramel into a Caramilk bar?!) and I really needed a break. I decided to head over to Victoria to get some quiet time. Plus I LOVE the ferry rides. While those who regularly […]

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Forbidden Fruit

by Canucklehead 11.06.2012

Does anything taste sweeter than something that is illicit? Even the word ‘illicit’ sounds exciting – a world of secret knocks, speakeasies, and dens of iniquity. Where there is a haze of unidentifiable smoke, and women speak in gravelly Lauren Bacall voices – hoarse from too many pleasures. Added to the off-limits list which includes […]

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La Pentola – A Neighbourhood Goes to Pot

by Canucklehead 10.30.2012

(picture via Flickr Commons) When Yaletown first started coalescing together as a neighbourhood in the 90’s, there was such a sense of civic excitement. Visions of Soho danced in everyone’s head – cool and urban, sophisticated yet gritty. Beautiful brick buildings being turned into soaring spaces. We would all have our own warehouse loft spaces! […]

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Wildebeest – A Breed Apart

by Canucklehead 09.06.2012

The first time I tasted David Gunawan’s food at West it was like a light bulb went off in my head. This guy could seriously cook. Big natural flavors amplified by precise technique and smart cooking. So while there have been a number of new restaurants and cheffy side projects in Vancouver – it was […]

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Sea Harbour – Gilt Edged China

by Canucklehead 08.15.2012

Sea Harbour’s approach to Chinese food has always been about that extra bling, the additional flourish, the showy ingredient that speaks to ambition and aspiration. The restaurant has recently moved to the River Rock Casino reflecting its high roller food and clientele. The room is certainly glossier with golden mirrors and soaring ceilings. The food, if […]

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The Weekend Cook – BC Spot Prawns

by Canucklehead 05.21.2012

Okay – I am not telling you anything new by saying spot prawn season is upon us. But HOLY SHIT – SPOT PRAWN SEASON IS UPON US!!! I cannot think of a local seafood more universally beloved. Everyone has them on their menu (the wok seared soy prawns at Sea Harbour are fucking genius). What’s […]

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