Charles Macurdy

Charles was born and raised in Vancouver. For over a decade, he worked as a chef before leaving the industry to attend university. Charles has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UBC. He has written on a range of culinary topics, such as food trends and cooking to restricted diets, and has published numerous original recipes. He has also written extensive criticism, covering television, film, and music, with a particular focus on television comedy as a developing art form. His most recent work is as a culture critic and humorist in his blog, The Red Couch Report. Charles is committed to fostering respectful, intelligent, and rational democratic discourse. Failing that, he is prepared to supplement the conversation with jokes.

Bread 101

There is something just plain impressive about serving a room full of people a freshly-baked loaf of bread, especially one you made yourself from scratch. When I have friends over, I'll often make...

Come back to beans with this recipe

When you think of beans, what comes to mind? Chances are, not many dishes spring to the front of your thoughts. Beans of every description have fallen out of the regular rotation in the average North...

Cauliflower Season Puree Recipe

This year’s cauliflower are coming in, and they’re as big, delicious, and plentiful as the blueberries and cherries. That means, like the blueberries and cherries, they’re cheap this year, With that...

Grilling with vinegar

Often, as a vegetarian, I find that people at the barbecue come over for grilled meat. This is to be expected. It is also no problem at all. You don’t need a whole range of sauces and condiments...

New Grand View is a Rare Find

In this city, it’s hard to believe that there are so few places like the New Grand View restaurant at 4181 Fraser Street. This Szechuan-style Chinese eatery features an entire section of the menu...

Centro

In the past, I have thought about the idea of writing a book on how not to open a restaurant. If I ever did, there would be a chapter on places like Centro. Located downtown, kitty-corner from the...

Ordering vegetarian in omnivorous Van

So, you want to go out for dinner and eat vegetarian. Aside from avoiding Gotham and the Keg, there are a few things you need to know before you order. Assuming you don’t have the luxury of eating at...