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Executive Chef David Hawksworth & Hawksworth Restaurant: Cutting Edge Design is as Dazzling as the Food

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Hawksworth Restaurant is an homage to a bygone era where food, service and cutting edge design converge to create an unparalleled sensory experience. Billie Holiday’s soothing vocals create the vibe. Gazing up at the Art Deco-inspired gilded rosettes strewn across rich chocolate mahogany and marble interiors of The Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver, Canada, it’s difficult to imagine Executive Chef David …

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Searching for La Dolce Vita? Experience Gold Medal Plates Supporting Olympic Athletes

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“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, ‘Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. It’s the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of the rigorous two-day, 2015 Gold Medal …

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Chef Vikram Vij – The Raja of Restauranteurs

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Chef Vikram Vij is charming the birds from the air and the fish from the sea. Dressed in a burgundy kurti tunic, tight black slacks, sockless in leather slippers, bejeweled fingers moving constantly to emphasize a point; his blue eyes behind stylish black horn-rims are as beguiling and distinctive as his success story. Perhaps the unusual colour is only a …

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Hanging Out With Hersch at Kitchen On Main St.

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Hersch (Herschel Miedzygorski) really missed his true calling in life- he should have been a comedian instead of a restauranteur. Like Katz’s Delicatessen, the setting for the famous fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally or Monk’s Diner on Seindfeld, you can also find love at Kitchen On Main St. – over meatballs! “I grew up in the ‘borsht belt’ of Vancouver …

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A Night at the Vancouver Aquarium – Where Marine Life Watch the Humans Dine!

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Like pulsating exotic flowers, thousands of poisonous jellyfish whirl about in a silent dance; inquisitive penguins are as dapper as the nattily attired male guests, peering at each other through the glass and white belugas, ghostly apparitions, nonchalantly glide by cocktail dresses as colourful as a coral reef. The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Gala fundraiser was a splashy affair raising funds to …

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Will That Be A Sculpture With Your Chardonnay? Okanagan Wineries Are Pairing Public Art With Sipping To Enhance All The Senses

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The old adage wine, women and song has been around since the 13th Century and translates from almost every language. While music and concert series are de rigeur at  Okanagan wineries – from local talent serenading on the patio to Grammy Award winners like Tony Bennett performing at Mission Hill Winery’s Amphitheatre, public art, including sculpture, art exhibits, even film, is a growing trend …

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ChocXO Chocolatier & Café Explores Kosher Treats

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Artisan chocolate makers, Richard Foley and Wade Pugh may not exactly agree with fellow Vancouverite, singer Sarah McLachlan’s lyrics that “love is better than chocolate.” The entrepreneurial duo have collaborated to open ChocXO Chocolatier and Café in Richmond, B.C. and Southern California,  based on their love for making chocolate and the artisan approach to small batch production. Pugh’s love affair with chocolate …

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Global Entrepreneur, Ruth Tal Converts Foody Trends Into FRESH Healthy Living

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Twenty-five years ago people laughed at Ruth Tal. Now she is called a “pioneer” and “visionary“ for making vegan, vegetarian foods and juicing so delicious they’re a hit even with mainstream diners at her four  fresh Toronto restaurants and global locations. Tal’s journey sounds like a variation of an Eat, Pray, Love script (minus Julia & Javier.) At a crossroads in her life, …

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Olive Oil – The Nector Of Gods, Celebrities & Mere Mortals

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Mythology tells us that in ancient Greece, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and Poseidon, the god of the sea, were bickering over who should rule the roost. To settle the dispute, – winner take all – they decided to hold a competition to decide who could come up with the most impressive gift to mortals. Poseidon (forever the drama queen) plunged his trident into …

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Costa Rica’s Award – Winning Sibú Organic Chocolate Connects Tradition To A Sweet Future

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Those who subscribe to the aphorism that it’s the journey, not the destination in life that’s most meaningful, either have a lot of Frequent Flyer Points or have obviously never been to Costa Rica! Chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez Amón and George Soriano took a chance on both to follow their dream. How then, you might ask, did two Jewish entrepreneurs find …