Vancouver Sun

Tue, Apr 02, 2013

With the Times of India Film Awards coming to town this week, now is the perfect time to share the spice-rich cuisine I had the good fortune to experience while visiting the historic and opulent region of “The Golden Triangle” of Rajasthan, India last month.

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Tue, Feb 05, 2013

Nathan shares Chinese potsticker recipes that he used to help prepare with his dad and now shares with his niece and nephew.

Sunday marks Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Snake. It’s also called the Lunar New Year and is considered the beginning of spring, or the Spring Festival.

Whatever name you call it, the highlights of the two-week festival are the numerous culinary banquets that bring family and friends together to celebrate the Chinese calendar’s most important event.

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Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Here are seven wonderful and simple soup recipes by Vancouver chefs, starting with my mother’s shredded chicken and ginger congee, which is ultimately my favourite comfort soup.

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Mon, Dec 17, 2012

One of my favourite parts of the festive season is the glorious array of sweets and desserts that are offered at the end of the sumptuous holiday meal.

As a young child I always marvelled that wonderful scene in the beloved 1951 production of A Christmas Carol (with Alastair Sim, of course), when Mrs. Crachit brings to the dining table a flaming plum pudding. “Wow, a flaming cake”, I thought to myself, “how cool is that?”

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Wed, Dec 05, 2012

Caviar has always been considered a luxury treat. Ancient Persians believed caviar had healing properties. Ancient Roman and Greek fishermen had a ready supply of caviar, but it was still a delicacy for the very rich and powerful, considered to be a gift worthy of a king. King Edward II of England took this to heart and made it law that all caviar was to be given to him. Czar Nicolas II of Russia was more benevolent, allowing fishermen to pay their taxes in caviar.

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The end of August I visited for the first time, the Emerald Isle, otherwise known as Ireland. Green and lush, I was impressed with the cornucopian bounty of the markets, the freshness of the local and seasonal seafood and products, not to mention the superb rich dairy, from the splendid Read More
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
The first time this legendary French-born chef visited Vancouver was in 2003. The famed chef/owner of the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and Le Gavroche, Michel was visiting a couple months ago for the 4th time and was in town promoting his new cookbook Essence of French Cooking. Showcasing over 100 recipes, Read More
Thu, Dec 10, 2015
Michelin, one of the most coveted and influential international restaurant guides, that originated in France in 1931 with a star rating system, has had a strong history of making a restaurant a culinary institution worthy of global attention or simply putting it on the culinary map. Many rationalize otherwise, thinking Read More
Fri, Nov 13, 2015
Being on the coast where seafood is supreme, we drive to the legendary Moran’s Oyster Cottage. Located a short distance down the coast from Galway in The Weir, Kilcolgan, this 7th generation family-run restaurant is housed in a traditional thatched cottage that dates back over 250 years. We’re in the Read More
Sun, Oct 25, 2015
One of my favourite dim sum desserts is the egg yolk custard steamed bun. Visiting Taipei last October, I was impressed with this delicacy at the impressive Yen Restaurant on the 31st floor of the W Hotel Taipei. Read More
Fri, Sep 04, 2015
One of my favourite Australian cities…Sydney. Visiting this international city in May 2015, I ventured to some of the latest restaurants, had an educational architectural tour and stayed in one of their newest boutique hotels. Read More
Fri, Sep 04, 2015