Posts Tagged gastronome

A weekend in Vancouver BC, with photos!

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

A whirlwind trip to Vancouver BC was in the cards for last weekend. Not having more than a vague idea of where we were staying we embarked on the 6 hour drive up with no itinerary and no commitments. I packed my camera, of course, as I knew there would be some great photo opportunities.

We tackled BC like we tackle Portland and any other city we visit: we ate and drank our way through with reckless abandon. Ok, maybe “through” is a bit of a misnomer, as we seemed to gravitate to the Gastown district for 3 of our 6 meals in the city. We dined at L’Abbatoir, Irish Heather, and Salty Tongue… and drank at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House (which had Compass Box’ first bottlings of the Oak Cross and Peat Monster, so naturally I had to imbibe in the Oak Cross). All places stellar in their own right, even if the latter three of the four share a common kitchen.

In between our dining excursions on Saturday we ran about the Vancouver Aquarium, and found our way to three lighthouses: Port Atkinson, Brockton Point, and Prospect Point. The latter two light houses are found on the sea wall of Stanley Park which is also home to the Aquarium.

Out of 461 photos I shot over the course of our trip between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, only 17 were really worth sharing. I’ll admit, however, that I am surprised there were even 17, as I was having lighting issues: either too little with too much motion, or far too much back-light from mid-afternoon sun. In either case, I hope you enjoy some of the following colour and light-corrected images I captured… as always, click the thumbnail to get to the larger attachment page, and again for an even larger version:

 

 

 

A few pictures of dinner, Feb 14th , 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

Jean came home with two amazing looking slabs of Kobe beef after her normal Sunday grocery shopping trip. Having never made Kobe at home before, I took the opportunity to ogle the meat and snap a few pics while Jean made dinner Monday night.

She also made a redwine reduction sauce with a 1/2 cup of Orin Swift’s “The Prisoner”, one of our favourites and the bottle I chose to pair with the steaks.

You’ll see from the pics below how gorgeously marbled the Kobe steaks were, and how we like them a bit on the rare side 😉 Amazing is the best word I can come up with to describe this confluence of gastronomic superstars. The steaks were absolutely worth every penny. mmmm