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  1. FYI - the reason for my post is that I am thinking of opening a Villa Based cooking school in the Okanagan Valley (BC's Wine Region) next spring and I want to visit a couple of other schools this fall and winter to see what they are doing. A Google search has revealed very little in terms of what I am looking for. I have no relationship with Umberto's Villa mentioned. Thanks for your help! Cheers, Eric
  2. I am for the inside scoop on the best destination vacation cooking schools in the world. I know Umberto's villa in Tuscany is amazing, but does anyone else have any other favorites elsewhere in the world? Napa, Asia Pacific, France, Canada, etc.? I am looking for places that have onsite luxury accommodation, hands-on cooking classes, local market and winey tours, etc. Your guidance is appreciated! Cheers, Eric
  3. La Grotta Del Fromaggio on Commercial has salt cod in the back fridge.
  4. Hi - here is the rundown from my trip a couple of weeks ago... Be sure to go and check out Red Fish, Blue Fish. It is run by two guys who opened and ran Go Fish for Gord Martin here in Vancouver, and they have improved on the original. The fish tacos and seafood burgers are amazing! Some of the other places I check out that I would recommend include: Brasserie L’Ecole – 1715 Government Street, Victoria (250) 475-6260 http://www.lecole.ca - still the best fries and beer in Canada Café Mela – 748 Humboldt Street, Victoria (250) 33-0288 - awesome little cafe for traditional afternoon tea - ski
  5. I had lunch there yesterday and tried a few different things with a colleague. The corn and cilantro soup was disappointing as it was cold and lacking flavor, but the tortilla soup was much better. The Octopus ceviche was very good, as was the ahi tuna with chipotle mayo on a tortilla. We were a little disappointed to not have received a wine or tequila list, so sadly we both ended up drinking lemonades. The room itself feels like it is waiting for something else to arrive - it is very sparse and almost empty feeling, and the tables need something to liven then up. Considering it was only th
  6. Southern Okanagan * Borrowing Owl - the best food in the area hands down * Passetempo - great breakfasts and a great place to stay (Spirit Ridge) * Home Hardware in Osoyoos (Cooking Classes and Kitchen Supplies) - I am not kidding! Dolci Deli - across the street from HH, with great food by a husband and a wife who are both master pastry chefs * Hester Creek Villas - the best accommodation in the Valley (but just behind Burrowing Owl) * Taste of India - awesome Indian food and would be a great fit for your budget night. Plus the food pairs amazingly well with BC wines. Central Okanagan * Fresc
  7. I picked up the Lemon yesterday and went back today (Milk Man at Granville Island is $4.05), and bought Apple Pie and Marzipan Orange. Both are fantastic but I would give the edge to the Apple Pie.
  8. I would suggest Paprika or Stage (both owned by the same fellow) as they are two of the best in the area. For a great "locals" place, check out Red Fish, Blue Fish down on the waterfront from fantastic cheap seafood. I will be over in Victoria in the middle of March researching an article I am doing on the best 52 hours of food in the city, so I will be able to give you more up to date details after that trip. Cheers, Eric
  9. I second the recommendation for Araxi. They always do an amazing job with cocktails, and they even have outstanding non-alcoholic ones (as my pregnant wife recently found out). I have also enjoyed some great cocktails in the lounge at the Four Seasons. Have fun! Eric
  10. I just read that the Cannery has turned their lounge into a Chowder Bar. I have not been in to check it our yet, but I have high hopes!
  11. Shameless plug...but we are carrying Thomas's Stollen at our Granville Island location (along with his chocolates, hot chocolate, chocolate bars, sparkle cookies and more).
  12. Go talk to Mark or Deborah at the Granville Island Tea Company in the public market. They have at least a couple dozen green teas of varying qualities. And if they do not have what you are looking for (which I doubt) they will know where to send you.
  13. I am always looking for these too as they make the best pies, but they are usually only found back east. That being said, I did just come across a new cider house in Sidney on Vancouver Island that is making a cider out of them, and all the apples are sources locally, so someone one the Island is growing them. Try calling Sea Cider Cidery and they might be able to tell you where you can find them. I have been meaning to do this, but have not had time, so if you find anything out, please let me know. Cheers, Eric
  14. We carry them down at Granville Island and I am shocked at how many bars we go through. That being said, I am not a huge chocolate fan, and even I find the 73% crunchy bar with the nibs in it amazing and highly addictive. However, I still think his sparkle cookies are the best chocolate indulgence.
  15. I would second the recommendation for Bearfoot (but bring your platinum card). That being said, Melissa Craig is one of the most talented chefs in the country hands down, and her food alone is worth the price. A great wine list, but a little heavy on the markups. I personally have never had a bad meal at Araxi, and they serve great local cuisine. The room can be romantic is you get the right table and the service is always outstanding. Rim Rock and Les Gros are both fairly plain and not exciting, but both offer very well executed food and have comfortable rooms. The Mountain Club and Elemen
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