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A new small plates trend at The Stormcrow Tavern

In Restaurant, Vancouver and Region by Lenore Newman1 Comment

Vancouver can be a frustrating town from a culinary standpoint, as its extremely over-inflated real estate values lead to high rents for restaurants, which can stifle the kind of variety and experimentation that makes a great culinary city. The constant flow of new restaurants tends to pretty much mirror the glass and exposed brick, West Coast fusion model that has …

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Sno-balls come to Vancouver

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In my travels, I am always looking for interesting food techniques and trends that I think would work well in Vancouver. Food and cuisine remain highly regional, despite the impact of globalization. Innovations tend to spread only slowly, leaving the travel for cravings that can only be met in certain places, usually places far from home. I was thus really …

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Fun in the sun at the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

In Street Food, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

It’s hard to recognize Vancouver during these sultry days of summer. Often described as a “no-fun city”,  we are enjoying an explosion of street festivals and other chances to enjoy this urban landscape of ours. After all, there has to be some reason we are all living in tiny but very expensive shoebox housing! This weekend was a great example; …

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Blueberry Lassi

In Cuisine, Restaurant, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Response to the debate with Pierre Desrochers has been wonderful, and it has raised a few really interesting questions, including a number of inquiries as to whether I believe we should only eat local food, and whether I agree we should stick to local food traditions and preparations. I may get around to posting a long answer at some point, …

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The donut goes local

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It’s no great secret that I am a fan of donuts. The local bakery in my home town made orange twists; sugary, greasy, yeast-raised figure eights. I can still taste them even though the baker is long dead. We would sneak out of school in those pre-Tim Horton days for a quick illicit sugar fix. Since then I have built …