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High tea these days is so expensive! Most places are now charging at least $50 per person, and that’s considered “affordable.” I cringed when some afternoon tea menus are priced at $60 or more and that just feels like a lot of money to me. So when my friend CC told me about this $70 tea set at Tsujiri, I naturally assumed it’s $70 per person. But no, it’s $70 for two!! Can it be too good to be true?!

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Hello 2023!! 2022 is a wrap and there’s so much to be grateful for and to celebrate. With things returning to a new normal, I had the pleasure of discovering a lot of new places last year. Many are worthy a repeat visit and of them all, here are my 10 favourite bites/sips. Now keep in mind this list is about the specific item listed, because one can’t possibly like everything at every single place. These dishes just really stood out for me. Interestingly, only a couple of these places were hosted tastings. The rest were paid out of our own pockets. Also remember, restaurants rotate their menu on a regular basis so what I had listed here may not be available anymore (and I will try my best to specify below), but I’m sure you would find something you like if you decide to visit these restaurants sometime soon.

And without further ado, in no particular order, here are the 10 items:

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When I went to Cornucopia in Whistler, I had the pleasure to attend a few seminars to zero-in on certain aspects of food and wine. One of my favourite sessions was Ohh La La, where we sipped and learned about 10 French wines that cost CAD$37 or less. Besides BC wines, I have always been a big fan of French wines. I love me some bold Bordeaux blend, and French Viognier was one of the first wines I fell in love with. I was really excited about attending this seminar, facilitated by wine experts Christine Campbell and Dr. Damien Wilson, who have both lived in France before.

Here are the 10 wines we tried, ranging from sparkling to rose, to white to red. I will highlight the ones I enjoyed the most.

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On Nov 24, 2022, five Vancouver chefs competed at Great Kitchen Party‘s Vancouver Regional Qualifier held at Westin Bayshore. Vancouver was the final stop of nine competing cities across the country, spotlighting talented chefs from St. John’s, Newfoundland to the west coast of British Columbia. Each region’s gold medal-winning chef earns the privilege of competing for national honours at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa on February 3-4, 2023.

The five competing Vancouver chefs were:

  • Sandy Chen – Archer
  • Scott Korzack – Bacaro
  • Vish Mayekar – Caffè La Tana, Pepino’s
  • Bobby Milheron – Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro, Maxine’s Cafe & Bar
  • Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun – Maenam Restaurant
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Canada’s first-ever, full-service Milk Bar is now open at Nordstrom CF Pacific Centre! I was one of the few lucky ones to get the first look.

Milk Bar Nordstrom Vancouver - Counter

Located on level one near the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station, Milk Bar will delight customers with their full menu, including the beloved Compost Cookie®, Cereal Milk® Soft Serve, Birthday Cake, Cake Truffles and Pie. In addition to the grab and go offering, the shop will also offer cookie deals, cookie tins and Christina Tosi’s brand-new cookbook titled All About Cookies.

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