San Francisco Eats – SF International Chocolate Salon

San Francisco is home to many great food, wine and beer festivals. This year I had the chance to enjoy the one day San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on my visit to Japantown at Hotel Kabuki. This year’s Chocolate Salon featured over 25+ chocolate, wine, tea, and other chocolate related vendors, and chocolate themed seminars. It is a chocolate lover’s…

San Francisco Eats – Hitachino Beer & Wagyu

Nest is best! Hitachino Nest Beer is a craft brewery created in 1823 in Hitachi, Japan, located in the Ibaraki prefecture outside of Tokyo. I’ve been a huge fan ever since being introduced to Hitachino Nest’s White Ale beer in California during a work trip. It’s hard to find Hitachino beers in Vancouver, so I take…

The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 11 to 19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2017 festival features 180 wineries from 16 countries participating in 54 events. In celebration of our nation’s 150th birthday, the festival features Canada as the theme…

Ladies’ Getaway at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Needing a break from the city, two of my girlfriends and I took an overnight trip to Whistler this weekend. Driving up Sunday, we arrived to the beautifully rustic Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  As Whistler Blackcomb has not officially opened for the winter ski season (opens this week, November 23), the hotel was buzzing with anticipation of…

Italian Wine and Cheese at Porto Cafe

Here in Vancouver, we’re blessed with fantastic wine. I say this from the point of view of a college student on a budget, so when I say fantastic, I mostly mean affordable, varied, and easy to appreciate. But last Tuesday I got the chance to sample some truly amazing wine, in every sense of the word….

Kamei Royale Grand Opening Celebration

Kamei Royale hosted its grand opening celebration on June 23rd at its new location at 1066 West Hastings Street, a few blocks down from where it was before on West Georgia. Their grand opening party treated VIP guests and local foodies to an evening of Japanese entertainment and sampling of its menu. Sushi, oysters, bite-sized appetizers on crackers, wine,…

SF Adventures – The Meritage Resort & Spa

A weekend in San Francisco isn’t complete without a visit to the Napa Valley. Day 3 included a short drive around Oakland, followed by some shopping stops in Emeryville and Vallejo before reaching Napa. We were invited to stay at The Meritage Resort & Spa, one of the largest resorts in the Napa Valley. Situated on…

Wine Review: Young Brute Red Blend 2014

From The Casella Family of Southern Australia comes a new red blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that can only be described as “juicy”. If you’re looking for an affordable, BBQ-on-the-deck summer red, you’ve found it. This unpretentious Aussie is easy to drink, fruity (Lots of berry and cherry aromas) and offers a palate full…

Why not? – Quidni Estate Winery

Tucked in the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley, you’ll find a beautiful new winery by name of Quidni Estate Winery. Founder Marty Gunderson, who actually didn’t know much about wine-making, decided to partake in an adventure to open a winery to bring good people together through outstanding wine because… why not? The word “quidni” means “why…

Chill Winston Summer Menu #BeyondthePatio

I had the opportunity to taste Chill Winston‘s summer menu items through an intimate dining experience with other fellow food bloggers, hosted by owner Jordan Stewart and PR specialist, Tanis Fritz (@tanist2). It was a fun night of cocktails, wine, and delicious food! Starting the night at the bar, we were introduced to two delicious…

Enjoy a Sip of Summer with this Sangria Recipe from Viva Diva Wines

The weather is getting colder, but with this cocktail from Viva Diva Wines, we can hold on to summer for just a little while longer! Ingredients: 2 Parts Viva Diva Peach Moscato 1 Part Malibu Coconut Rum .5 Part Triple Sec 1 Splash Peach Orchard Punch Directions: Stir Rum and Triple Sec in with Fresh…

Embrace the Darkness with Apothic Dark

Days are getting darker, weather is getting colder. As we head into the winter season, Apothic Wines has created a new wine that will make you want to embrace the darkness. Apothic Dark is the “must have” wine of Winter. This seductive blend of Petite Sirah, Teroldego and Cabernet Sauvignon, has a smooth and layered…