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A great client of ours, The Cannery Seafood Restaurant, is hosting a Wine Makers dinner on Friday November 21st, showcasing the award winning wines of Red Rooster.

“Wine Maker and Guest Speaker Karen Gillis will delight guests as she introduces her awarded wines each complimenting the five courses prepared by Cannery’s Executive Chef Wayne Sych. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a fabulous BC winery, meet with the Wine Maker, and enjoy a relaxing evening by the waterfront.”

The set menu sounds delicious including pistachio crusted goat cheese, seared Baja scallop, Ahi tuna carpaccio, duo of beef and chocolate tower for dessert.

For more information and to make your reservation contact Alana Gee at (604) 254-9606 or info@canneryseafood.com.

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Also, if you’re craving a glass of wine and a seaside view on a Tuesday of any week you can enjoy both for a fraction of the price; wines are chosen by Beverage Manager Sandy and sommelier Darren and offered at 25% off. You can see what they’ve chosen to include in these ‘Cannery Cellar Tuesdays’ here.

Happy dining!

A warm welcome to our new client and new Yaletown restaurant Tequila Kitchen!

Scot Roger, food stylist, and I had the pleasure of photographing some of the tasty and delicious dishes from their menu, that made me feel like I was eating in Mexico again. I love that. Laura, her son and Chef Claudia have put their heart and soul into this place, and we were happy to give them a little boost.

Pollo en pipian verde © 2008 Jackie Connelly

above: Pollo en pipian verde © 2008 Jackie Connelly

Drunken Lamb © 2008 Jackie Connelly

above: Drunken Lamb © 2008 Jackie Connelly

Participating in the Taste of Yaletown event (see previous post for event details and a few more photos), Tequila Kitchen is a new(er) restaurant to the local scene, they opened just about 7 months ago. If you haven’t tried their menu yet, this reduced price dining event would be a great opportunity to do so. For $25 Tequila Kitchen is offering:

Appetizer
Sopa de Tortilla

(rich tomato and dry chile soup with thin totrilla crisps, avacado, cheese and cream)
-or-

Queso Pundido Altequila

(melted cheese flambéed with tequila, tomato, onion and cilantro)
-or-
Ceviche de Pescado

(lime-marinated halibut with cucumber, serrano chile, onion, cilantro and tomato)

Entrée
Manchamanteles

(Pork and fruit in a blend of chiles)
-or-
Camarones al Tequila

(Shrimp flambéed in a creamy tequila sauce)
-or-
Pollo en Pipian Verde

(Chicken breast in a green pumpkin seed mole sauce)

Dessert
Caramel Crepes toped with Mexican caramel sauce and walnuts
-or-
Walnut Praline served with ice cream and milk and topped with Mexican chocolate

Happy dining!

Vancouver’s very own Commercial Drive neighborhood is featured in the Good ‘Hoods section, August issue of West Jet’s in-flight literature Up! Magazine, and we are proud to have shot all the restaurants, parks & quirky stores showcased…so be sure to give it a read if you’re flying West Jet this month!

It was 2 days of cruising around The Drive, as the locals call it, in the sun and chatting with the laid back store-owners and restaurateurs of the area. It’s gigs like this that make me love my job.

I’ll post the article spread soon, but for now here are some of the individual shots.

Enjoy!

This particular foodie interview is actually a foodie-bevvie combo, of a wonderful client of mine John Hunt, Manager of Firefly Fine Wines and Ales.  He is a self-proclaimed wine, beer and food geek, who loves to cook and entertain, play hockey, golf, curling, and holds music as a passion. I had the pleasure of photographing his store interior, and only at that point was introduced first-hand to the incredible variety of product they have available.

If you haven’t strolled by, read on to for a ‘free wine tasting’ invitation. Yes that’s right, free…wine…mmmm. And trust me, John as your host combined with an Enomatic Wine Tasting Machine it’s well worth it.

Enjoy!

© 2008 Firefly Fine Wines and Ales

© 2008 Firefly Fine Wines and Ales

Is there a certain food or dish or drink that reminds you of home?

If it is a food- Raisin Pie!….does anyone even know that this exists? It’s a prairie thing having grown up in Saskatchewan…just try and order this in a restaurant….most of the younger generation have never heard of it.

What is the ideal ‘John beverage’ ?

Tough question for me…in our business we get exposed to a ton of products and there is a lot to like. I suppose what started it all was Oregon Pinot Noir a lot of years ago…I long for one of the old style Pinots that they used to make…you could taste the dirt the vines were grown in right inside the glass.

What do you recommend for someone looking to try something new that can be found at Firefly?

The Enomatic Wine Tasting Machine…only the Italians can do it this good and with great style. We always have 8 bottles going in the machine….”try before you buy” is our motto with the machine….you must come by and taste (it’s free by the way)….just seeing the machine blows most people away.

Without naming any names and being possibly one of the most up-to-date people in the city on what new beers & wines are out there, what words do you have to describe the beverage menus in the majority of Vancouver restaurants at the moment?

In the upper to mid end restaurants excellent….lots of attention to pairing and trying to create products that work with the menu…beyond that those offering food should consult a sommelier….the time spent doing that will pay big dividends and it’s not about high priced products…it’s about choosing products that really work with the menu and being creative in choosing….don’t be afraid of “Spec” products…after that get the government out of the way so the customer can choose what he wants from around the world….we’re tired of being told what to choose by people who know nothing about customer service.

I was in Duthie Books on 4th Avenue yesterday shopping for a new book, and was amazed at the number of non-fiction (and even a few fiction) food related books out in print. It seems our eating local, sugar-less, carb-less, gluten-less and raw eating regimes that have recently reached the mainstream have also exploded a wide array of books on various related topics. They seem to range from informative, to provocative, to even somewhat accusatory.

© 2008 Jackie Connelly

I fully subscribe to the importance and relevance of all of these eating plans, and doing the research to discover what is right for your body; as a woman I am constantly striving to curb my sugar cravings and eat more naturally sweetened foods; I discovered I was lactose intolerant at age 16 so am constantly aware of dairy-alternatives; and at age 24 developed a wheat sensitivity deduced from 6 sinus infections in one year plus stomach issues so I have gone through the trials of spelt, kamut, and other non-wheat carbs. Plus a client recently lent me The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel following which I eradicated the many, many soy products I was eating on a daily basis. So, if anyone is open and wiling to promote the mainstreaming of knowledge as it relates to food and choosing an eating plan that works for your individual health and your individual beliefs, I’m all for it.

I thought I’d hunker down and read a few of these new books (a long 13hour flight in the summer travel plans coming up soon…a post in the coming weeks will share more) , but I wanted to see if anyone has reviews, thoughts, even friends thoughts, on any of them? Here’s a few that I’ve seen…

The 100 Mile Diet: A year of local eating by Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon (Random House Canada, 2007). (The US edition is titled Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally). From keeping current on the local food & farmers market scene here in Vancouver and on the web, I am familiar with this pairs quest. The 100 Mile Diet is an experiment that these two authors went through: for one year they would eat only food produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver home. And then they put pen to paper.

Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada by Adria Vasil (Random House Canada, 2007). Though this book isn’t solely food-based, there are interesting sections including: ‘The Most Helpful Services’ noting several green general stores and local, organic food delivery; and ‘The Most Current Information’ which includes sub-sections on sustainable seafood, meat and veggie choices, and buying pesticide- free food.

Formula for Health by Paul Nison. My food stylist Scot Roger recently reviewed this book for The Epoch Times (July issue), and after having listed to Mr. Nison speak at the Raw Food Health Lecture, was surprised to hear him say that it’s not just about the food. Scot explains “In his latest book Formula for Health Nison shows us that the beginning signs of disease are laziness and constipation, while the leading causes of disease are overeating and under sleeping…The key to health is to make the body work less to get more…this is where the raw food lifestyle comes in. Eating high quality food that is raw, ripe,
fresh, organic and alive is the key to unlocking the power inside all of us.”

In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, 2008). This book caught me just by the cover photo: a crisp, obviously local head of lettuce (from the yellow ‘organic’ twist-tie), wet leaves with a perfect white to green gradient, with deep purple ends. This book is essentially Part 2 of Pollan’s work, picking up where his previous The Omnivore’s Dilemma left off. Pollan writes about the relation between the industrialization of our food supply and the degradation of the environment; the question of what to eat from the perspective of health; what the giant markeing machine has to do with it all, and comes to a seemingly simple conclusion: “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. From what I’ve read about it Pollan seems to write less about his opinion surrouding these food issues, but more to let the facts speak for themselves.

And there are so many more…An Apple a Day by Joe Schwartz, Slow Food Nation by Alice Waters, The End of Food by Thomas F. Pawlick, Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel, Bottomfeeder by Taras Grescoe…and the list goes on. (Fabulous titles I might add.)

Have you read any of these? Or any others you can tell us about? What are your thoughts?

Happy eating and happy reading…J