Ruby Red Chocolate

Ruby Red Chocolate

There's a new chocolate in town:  say hello to Ruby red. 80 years after the introduction of white chocolate, Zurich-based chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut Group has unleashed a new object of lust for chocoholics.  Ruby red chocolate is naturally pink-hued,…

Planta Burger

Planta Burger

Toronto vegans may finally have a burger joint to call their own with Planta Burger. Planta Burger, the spin off to Yorkville's vegan-chic Planta, is launching in Toronto’s financial district after Labour Day.  The new gourmet food and quick service destination is…

Canada’s Best Food Emoji?

Canada’s Best Food Emoji?

Every language reflects the preoccupations of its creators. So, just as Inuktiitut has a dozen words for snow, the emoji alphabet boasts pictograms for bento boxes, rice balls, shaved ice, fishcake with swirl, oden and dango…but nothing for foie gras,…

India: The Colours (and Food) Of Rajasthan

India: The Colours (and Food) of Rajasthan

Aaaah, India!  This land of rich contrasts and endless wonders leaves visitors stunned, humbled and closer to humanity. Rajasthan is known as the “Land of Maharajas and has a glorious history and architecture from forts and palaces to timeless local villages.…

Canada’s Best Italian Restaurants

Canada’s Best Italian Restaurants

Isn't Italian the best kind of comfort food? If you're looking for love, Italian-style, start with the top five Italian restaurants across Canada from our 2017 list. At Vancouver's Savio Volpe (No. 40)  you'll find silky bagna cauda and retro garlic bread…

Happy Birthday, Champagne

Happy Birthday, Champagne

Thank you, Pierre Pérignon (aka Dom) for discovering champagne on this day in 1693. According to legend, the Benedictine monk/hero was wine-making and couldn’t get rid of  pesky, unwanted bubbles.  When he tasted his accidental creation he reportedly said, “Come quickly!…

Perfect Food Day:  Vancouver

Perfect Food Day: Vancouver

Jacob Richler shares his perfect food day in Vancouver. According to the sandwich board parked outside B-movie director Uwe Boll’s upscale German restaurant, Bauhaus, on W. Cordova St. in Gastown, their Friday lunch features a nearly unbeatable special of a…

Last Day: Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure

Last Day: Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure

At half past nine, out on the west coast of Langara at Lacy Island, after two-and-a-half hours on the water I got my first strike of the day. And while I was playing that one, on the other side of…

Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure: Day Three

Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure: Day Three

The fishing is slow but steady today. My boat landed 3 Chinooks by lunchtime. The daily tally was twenty-five. No Tyees (30 lbs +) among them, but there were plenty of big fish in the mid-to-high twenties. Slowly but surely…

Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure: Day Two

Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure: Day Two

Canada's 100 Best EIC Jacob Richler is on location at the West Coast Fishing Club's annual David Hawksworth and Friends Culinary Adventure. The fishing is picking up. The morning was flush with Coho. And after lunch, Chinook were taken by…

David Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure

David Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure

Canada's 100 Best EIC is on location at the West Coast Fishing Club. Jacob Richler.  Our helicopter touched down on the West Coast Fishing Clubhouse landing pad at 1:30 pm – and after a quick lunch, we are kitted up…

Every Day Is Ice Cream Day

Every Day is Ice Cream Day

My collection of ice cream machines includes a century-old Swedish-made Husqvarna, which consists of metal drum attached to a hand-crank set over a wooden bucket. From the early noughts, there’s a Cuisinart that pairs an electric motor to a gel-filled…

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