You Need to Try the Pancetta-Wrapped Salmon with Corn Succotash at the Mackenzie Room

The sous vide salmon was wrapped in Berkshire pancetta. Get it while you still can!

Clarified Milk in a Cocktail? Studying Big Sips of ‘Yes Whey’ at Botanist (for Science!)

It combines rum, brandy, stout, lemon and clarified milk to create a surprisingly rich cocktail.

Fried Pork Rinds with Maple Syrup and Montreal Spices at St. Lawrence

They are the perfect balance and sweet and salty with great texture and not greasy after-palate. Just straight up tasty.

You Need to Try Andrew Schneider’s ‘Strange Animal’ Cocktail at South Granville’s Rangoli

You need to try this simultaneously refreshing yet complex sipper.

Chef Hector Laguna’s Ridiculously Good Spring Salmon at ‘Botanist’

This plated masterpiece from Botanist saw a perfectly cooked piece of Spring settled in a corn froth with morels and leeks...

Take a Long Sip of this Made-For-Summer ‘Raspberry Changeling’ from Brassneck Brewery

Like those long, lazy days at the beach and those warm nights under the stars, Raspberry Changeling is only around for a short while. Take advantage!

Get this Soft Serve Sundae with Dulce de Leche and Caramel Popcorn in the West End

In weather like this it's important to know where your closest source of good ice cream is. This is one of our go-tos in the West End.

Gently Fizzed ‘Ri-Kyu’ Kombucha Cocktail At Grapes & Soda

A light yet complex cocktail with a touch of effervescence from the kombucha.

The Timely ‘Campfire’ Cocktail At Nomad On Main Street

This is a deliciously spicy little number of Eagle Rare bourbon, dry gin and dry vermouth complicated by ginger syrup, Angostura bitters and charred citrus. The potent, aromatic mix is then poured into a smoke filled rocks glass for the win.

Cheeseburgers, Beer And Freedom From Bullshit At Parallel 49

You don't have to be long immersed in Vancouver's food and drink scene to remember a time when mention of a food truck operating inside a brewery would seem a ridiculous fantasy. Perhaps in Portland, you dreamers. But here? The no fun nabobs at City Hall would laugh the idea off the permit track.

Hawksworth’s Korean Fried Cauliflower Next To A French 75

Given its consistency, its textural trip (crisp to soft) and its bright flavour kick that keeps on kicking, I reckon the KFC is one of the most satisfying of the countless snacky share plates currently on offer in Vancouver...

Portable Pad Thai From Angus An’s New ‘Sen Pad Thai’

The counter-service eatery is located in the Net Loft section of the island, with a menu loaded with Pad riffs (eg. Pad Ki Mao, Khao Pad, Pad Ga Pao, Pad Pu Sen Chan, among others).

Summery Mint & Pea Tagliarini At ‘Osteria Savio Volpe’

Few things confirm summer's arrival more convincingly than these two ingredients, their bright flavours sending the signal loud and clear to my brain.

Longtail Kitchen’s Curry With Prawns & Pepper Squid

Bring a friend and share the hell out of it with some palate-feisty pepper squid and then mop the rice studded remains up with freshly hand-pulled roti -- an affordable (not to mention Skytrain-accessible) holiday on a tray!

Gastown’s PiDGiN Makes Fried Mantou Buns Very Happy

Rather than stuffing the eggplant with its best friends (garlic, onions, tomatoes, various spices), they make a spread of it with miso and garnishes the resulting smear brightly with marinated tomato and olive oil.

South Africa’s Blankbottle 2015 ‘Moment Of Silence’

Seek and taste now, because there’s every assurance this exact wine will never be again. For the better. Crazy good value for this level of everything.

Pork & Goat Cheese Ravioli Icarus At ‘Cibo Trattoria’

Everything about the dish reminded me of what I'd just been writing about -- of spring being hesitant of summer, of all the attempts and feints towards the real thing.

The Final St. Lawrence Pop-Up Preview Before Opening

If the dinner I enjoyed last night was any indication of what Vancouverites can expect of the 45 seater when it opens in June, I think we're in for a real treat...

Hummus In Delicious Variety At South Granville’s ‘Jamjar’

You set yourself up for few surprises when you dig into a dish with a recipe that is almost a thousand years old.

‘Sons Of Vancouver’ Coffee Liqueur — Launches Today

Without naming names, I can tell you this is NOTHING like that coffee liqueur that Mom spikes her morning cup of coffee with over the holidays...

Going Off The Comfort Food Deep End At ‘Ruth & Dean’

Put Ruth & Dean solidly in the 'must try' column on your next Victoria visit. Bonus: excellent cookies and cakes of legend.

Niepoort ’14 Dialogo From The Douro Valley In Portugal

Youthful raspberry, blackberry, wild blueberry, thorns ride a juicy and jubilant palate, brought back to earth by earthy, savoury and youthfully fierce, fine tannins...

Cadeaux Bakery’s Superb S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

The magic starts with two soft Belgian chocolate chip cookies. These are dreamy in and of themselves, but when you connect them by loading up the space between with a creamy nugget of decadent chocolate ganache hidden by a ring of toasted Swiss meringue...

Joe Pizza’s Return Includes New, Improved ‘Al Taglio’ Pies

I always find it useful to try the weird stuff first when assessing a pizza joint for the first time. Why? Because while big, bold flavours can help mask shitty doughs and thin sauces, they also test the reach of good doughs and great sauces...

Locally Distilled ‘Lohin McKinnon’ Single Malt Whisky

On the nose, I was right away taken back to the Highlands. Notes of stone fruit, vanilla and the charred American oak of the barrel hit the senses. On the palate, there were silky layers of honey, candied citrus and a subtle, peppery finish.

Brandy-Soaked Mincemeat Pies From The Pie Shoppe

The mincemeat tarts are 100% vegetarian and loaded up with apricots, raisins, dried blueberries, figs, prunes, dates, candied orange and grapefruit, apples, cranberries, a spice mix that includes ginger, close, nutmeg and cinnamon, and a whole lot of Clovis brandy

Locally Made ‘Brine Adams’ Pickles Cut Like A Knife

I just enjoyed my first Brine Adams pickle this afternoon (with a grilled gouda and red wine prosciutto sandwich) and it was crunchy and fragrant with a long, pleasantly dilly aftertaste...

The Sneaky Good Fried Chicken At Kitsilano’s ‘Lucky Taco’

The $6 beauty starts with a gluten-free El Comal tortilla, which stands firm to a sweet and spicy onslaught of crunch, chew, repeat.