On Dinosaur Restaurant Critics and How Politicians Gain from Hospitality Experience

It’s Aries season and the Bon Appetit’s food horoscopes for March are going retro with some old school diner-based predictions.

In case you missed it, the owner of the Irish Heather and Salt Tasting Room is opening a new restaurant and bar in what used to be the Vancouver Stock Exchange.

So much beer-based news this week! First up, in anticipation of the upcoming movie, Sony Pictures Television has been hinting at the release of a Breaking Bad-inspired German-style lager.

Next: The wellness beer. Is this just a great marketing ploy or does the promise of electrolytes and refueling properties actually hold true?

“Recovery beers, which are brewed with sea salts, electrolytes, and other ingredients to help you refuel, first gained popularity among the hardcore athlete set. It’s no secret that endurance athletes have always looked forward to celebrating with a delicious beer at the finish line — but as craft beers have gotten stronger and stronger, many such athletes have found that the whole “will run for beer” thing takes too big a toll on their tired bodies.”

Finally, something tells me that this new Lucky Charms-inspired IPA out of Virginia is a one-and-done kind of situation.

It’s a shame that no one told this 7-year-old who was selling hot chocolate to fundraise for the border wall that cocoa actually comes from Mexico. It’s a hell of a thing, irony.

Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson will be opening a seafood-focused restaurant in Montreal this June as part of the city’s new Four Seasons Hotel.

Korsha Wilson asks us to consider why restaurant criticism is a profession made up of mostly white men and how the restaurants most recognized might look different if the profession was more diverse.

“The homogenous old guard, focusing its coverage on fine or “elevated” dining — and the select restaurants outside of those spheres that it has chosen to hold up in order to maintain the pretense of a fair shake — while often disregarding everyday Caribbean, Asian, South American, Mexican, and African restaurants, sends distinct messages to white readers (here are places you’ll like) and readers of color (your spaces don’t deserve coverage beyond a cheap eats section). Restaurant criticism is fundamentally cultural criticism and just as our society isn’t a monoculture, our restaurant critics shouldn’t reflect one.”

We’re just over one month out from the final season of Game of Thrones but it might be worth snagging a box of GOT-themed oreos now because, ya know, winter is coming.

After a fire destroyed Fergie’s Cafe last spring, owners Jake and Jessamy Freese are rebuilding with gusto.

In the latest edition of How To Cook Vancouver, Maciel Pereda attempts to recreate Homer Street’s famed rotisserie chicken.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @dibepperestaurant and the sexiest corner seat in town to enjoy a glass of wine and some pasta:

Just a reminder that if you suck as a manager, you might just suddenly lose your entire staff. There’s plenty of precedent, but the latest walk-out was at this Sonic fast food restaurant in Circleville, Ohio.

“Warning: Due to terrible management, the whole store has quit…”

This Hong Kong restaurant owned and operated by two Canadians is a favourite among chefs near and far, The New York Times reports.

YVR is getting a culinary upgrade as some of our most renowned dining and drinking spots are set to open airport outposts.

While you may have a nostalgic soft spot for the McRib, the RibWich from the folks at Belles and Whistles looks like quite the upgrade. Dig in!

The James Beard Awards announced their semifinalists for 2019. Check out the full list of nominees here.

How one wine expert is calling BS on the dinner pairing. The Takeout reports:

“We need to get over the notion that food and wine grew up together. Food and wine matching is pseudoscience full of metaphors and misunderstandings.”

There’s no getting behind former Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz in his bid for the presidency but the cafe’s new foodshare policy is nevertheless a program worth supporting.

Important reminder from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the “unskilled labour” of bartending and waitressing isn’t actually unskilled at all.

The Mai Tai turns 75 and to celebrate The Daily Beast attempts to solve the mystery of its original creator.

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