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It's a Filipino Fiesta at Pinpin

Ask any Filipino where to go for the best Filipino food and they’ll answer you with one word repeated twice: Pinpin. Pin—what? Yes, that’s right, that one strange onomatopoeic word sums it all up.

In Town for the Olympics? Try My List of Medal-Worthy Dishes

For all you visitors out there, I’m hosting my own Olympics and giving out gold, silver and bronze medals for my favourite dishes all over Vancouver. It’s a pretty random assortment that spans all ty

Forget Flowers: Nothing says LOVE like Chef Kev’s Creations

It’s the time of year when singles cower and smug marrieds call in the “get out of jail free” card known as the babysitter; and when candy hearts and Hershey’s kisses are ingested in alarming proporti

Dairy Demystified: In Which I Learn How to Make Cheese at the Urban Ashram

In the beginning, Tomas Hicks, founder of the Urban Ashram, was simply moved by the urge to understand the process of how things are made. He picked up a book, Wild Fermentation, experimented with ma

Croissants to die for and other French pastries: Plaisir Sucré serves poetry in a pan on Arbutus

It was Robert Browning who coined the battle cry of bread junkies everywhere: “If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” I am not ashamed to admit that I am a

Three Things That Make Me Go Mmmm… at Aberdeen Centre

Here are a few outstanding things that make me go “mmm…” at Aberdeen Centre’s Food Court. If there’s anything you feel I’ve missed, feel free to log in to Vancouver Observer and leave a comment!

Sweet Start for the New Year at San Fran’s Tartine

Let me be clear: this is not the Tartine in Vancouver. Yes, the first week of the New Decade finds me exploring the culinary delights of our neighbouring city south of the border.

Thanh Long in San Francisco: My Version of the Last Supper

The restaurant that I’m writing about today is my last supper restaurant. While it’s not in Vancouver, it does fulfill all of the above tenets: it is intimately entwined with my childhood memories of

Cocoanymph: Wonder and Whimsy

It’s getting down to the wire with Christmas shopping. The malls are packed and if you’re like me, you’ve got maybe 50% of your shopping accomplished. A great gift idea? Hand pick a box of chocola

Tandoori Palace— Definitely Fit For A King

N., pl., hole in the wall: A small, very modest, often out-of-the-way place.
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