On Sommeliers Behaving Badly and Restaurants Getting Sexually Suggestive

Table for two please! For the first time since it’s opening in 1994, Vij’s is now offering the option of making a reservation.

For all you home cooks out there, there are three new cookbooks on the market from some of Vancouver’s favourite food folks, including Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett of The Food Gays.

From “Best Reason to Line Up” to “Best Bargain Cocktails”, The Georgia Straight shares some Vancouver food and drink favourites for 2018.

Using data from the CDC, Mel ranks fast food burgers by how unhealthy they are.

Apparently, we are currently witnessing the fall of American cheese, and if Bloomberg is to be believed, it’s the fault of Millennials.

Alright cookie lovers! Kevin Pang of The Takeout took on the onerous task of blind taste testing all of the store-bought chocolate chip cookies and he’s ready to report his findings!

Calling all drink enthusiasts! Thrillist has shared their picks for the 10 best drinking cities in America and the one-two punch of great beer and cocktails has Portland coming in at number 7.

The story of Dr. Rachel Berrie, a prolific master blender of scotch who has worked with some of the biggest names in the single malt world.

If you’ve tasted scotch in the past few years, chances are you’ve enjoyed a whisky whose organoleptic personality she’s created, including single malts from Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Glendronach, BenRiach, Glenglassaugh, and Glen Garioch. As a master blender, she anticipates how particular casks of whisky will mature, which ones should be blended together (if at all) and when the time is right for bottling.

If you find yourself flying internationally, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these rare whiskies popping up at duty free shops around the world.

Campagnolo Upstairs barman Peter Van de Reep shares his picks for the best places to eat and drink around town.

The sad, tragic case of the guy who stole a million dollars in fine wines from the Goldman Sachs executive he worked for.

Would you be surprised to learn that TGI Fridays actually played a significant role the modern day cocktail revival? True story!

This week in WTF!?: The bizarre trend of fast casual NYC restaurants using over-the-top sexually suggestive imagery on their instagram accounts.

Check out the Little Caesars-DiGiorno conspiracy theory that took over Twitter last week.

In the wake of a truly terrifying climate change report from the IPCC, Munchies shares some suggestions on how to make your diet more sustainable.

Remember those kids that ate glue in grade school? Yeah, well Senior Advisory to the president Stephen Miller was one of them.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @eatheritage because we are careening towards prime soup season and this bowl looks divine


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The curious case of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley and the shocking experiments he conducted in the name of food safety.

“Wiley basically goes out and recruits other people at the USDA, especially young clerks, to volunteer to dine very dangerously. The idea of The Poison Squad was that these young men would get three free meals a day, seven days a week – all of them paid for by the U.S. government…..The only catch is: You have to agree that half of you at any given period in this experiment are going to be given capsules that contain suspect food additives. And these did include formaldehyde, and the cleaning product Borax, and salicylic acid, which we know from aspirin.”

Consider drinking coffee for a cause this week. On October 17th, all Blenz locations across the province will donate the proceeds from their drip coffee to breast cancer research.

Atlas Obscura shares the strange case of one of the largest bee heists in American history and its connection to California’s annual almond harvest.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the sommelier scandal that everyone in the industry was talking about this week. Ouch.

And if you want to dive a bit deeper into the details of said scandal, Eater gives you the who, what, when, where, why and how.

Executive Chef Aaron Surman of Lucky’s Doughnuts shares the three albums that embody his musical tastes.

NPR on the Wild Salmon Caravan that made its way through Vancouver this past week.

“….the caravan is not just a celebration — it’s a call to action. Although the natural salmon population cycle contains predictable dips, in the last three years, the Fraser River has seen some of the lowest numbers of salmon returns in its recorded history — “abysmal,” says Mike Lapointe, chief biologist of the Pacific Salmon Commission.”

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