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The 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival has come to an end, and we were invited to cover two events. We’ll spend the next two posts to give you a recap. First of all, a glimpse of the International Tasting Room. There were various sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We went to Thursday evening one; apparently it also tends to be the most “tame” session of all.

Wine Tasting

As I always say, I’m no wine expert and I don’t have the trained palate for it. It’s something I would love to explore more, though. With that caveat, I will list out some wines that we enjoyed at the tasting room while feeling all overwhelmed in the presence of the 178 booths there.

Inside the International Tasting Room

This year’s theme country was France with a global focus of Bubbly. We spent a good amount of time in the French wine area.

VIWF featuring French Wines

There was a fun quiz in the event program that helps you identify the types of French wines you would most enjoy. Guess what, I’m all over the map. I suppose it’s because I enjoy different types of wine depending on the food I’m having, the occasion, the weather, my mood, and every other factor that you can blame on. There really isn’t a go-to wine for me, per se.

We probably stopped by a good 15-20 tables in the French area. Here are our highlights: (more…)

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Earlier this year I visited the Faubourg in Kerrisdale for the first time, and learned that they were opening a new store in downtown. Well, time flies. A few months later, the new Faubourg on Hornby has opened its door and I of course had to swing by to check it out.

As soon as I got there, I immediately saw the patio and it reminded me of the cafes in Paris, France, where the seats all face out. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of Faubourg’s patio, but here’s one from Paris just to get an idea:

Cafe facing out in Paris, France

Cafe facing out in Paris, France

Then I walked inside and the decor is pretty similar to the Kerrisdale location. In the back there’s a projector screen playing what seems like black-and-white French films; on another side of the cafe there are paintings of the upper class enjoying some pastries. Elegant and classy. This could be a nice, quiet place to read your favourite book, but it could also be somewhere bustling with lots of chit-chats and coffee meet-ups.

Food

If you read the Kerrisdale post, you know I liked their products. This time around, for a coffee meeting I grabbed myself an Almond Croissant along with a cup of Iced Latte on a hot summer day. (more…)

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On a crisp, chilly fall day, I walked a couple of blocks over to the Ze Bite truck. I was craving for a nice stew.

Ze Bite

Ze Bite

Food

The truck focuses on delivering the taste of France in one bite. Naturally, I went for a French classic, Boeuf Bourguignon. Imagine the steaming hot beef stew – the thought of that already started to warm me up.

I was quite excited when my order was ready. (more…)

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For 3 weeks, I disappeared from Vancouver to go travel a little in Europe. We went from country to country, then flew back home.

This isn’t a review for particular restaurants, just some of the foods I took photos of.

In no particular order, we stopped in Copenhagen, Denmark. Or in their spelling, it’s something like Kobenhaven or something. It was a really long day, which included a ride through the canal area. While the others were shopping on Stroget Road, I sat down and enjoyed my chicken crepe which was surprisingly good.

Hunger... must stop for crepe! Why a crepe? 'Cause it was there. Don't worry, I bought some butter cookies of course!

In France, we had lunch on a boat going down the Seine River which went through a part of Paris. It was super warm in there, as it was sunny and the entire boat was covered in glass. The food was just alright, probably because it was so busy, but I enjoyed the wine… too much. I love my chardonnay though.

This was the boat we were on for lunch, went down the Seine River.

Wine tasting? Oh sure, I'll just have a sip..

And of course, I had to try a crepe. (more…)

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