Food

Harry McWatters. (Photo submitted)

Spill that Wine: B.C. winemakers owe debt of gratitude to McWatters

“Without VQA the world wouldn’t know we made wine here at all.”

  • Oct 31, 2019
Harry McWatters. (Photo submitted)
Brothers Andrew and Mike Eubank, Courtney Eubank, Sandy Chapman and Jack Eubank have created Cliffside Brewing Company, Nanaimo’s newest microbrewery, which opened with six recipes on tap Friday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Family opens new downtown Nanaimo microbrewery

Cliffside Brewing Company opened Friday with six recipes on tap

Brothers Andrew and Mike Eubank, Courtney Eubank, Sandy Chapman and Jack Eubank have created Cliffside Brewing Company, Nanaimo’s newest microbrewery, which opened with six recipes on tap Friday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Mini 3 Musketeers are the perfect Halloween treat, for 2019 and every other year. (Philip Wolf photo)
Mini 3 Musketeers are the perfect Halloween treat, for 2019 and every other year. (Philip Wolf photo)
Bar manager Jayce Kadyschuk at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel has a perfect way to help customers remember what cocktail they had last time, or listing their current “off-the-cuff” request: a handy back-of-coaster list for ingredients. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

BEHIND BARS: Cocktails from fresh and approachable to spirit forward

Atmosphere and a wide range of cocktails – including your own – at Clive’s in the Chateau Victoria

Bar manager Jayce Kadyschuk at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel has a perfect way to help customers remember what cocktail they had last time, or listing their current “off-the-cuff” request: a handy back-of-coaster list for ingredients. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Vancouver Island mushroom picking not a sport for amateurs

Vancouver Island mushroom picking not a sport for amateurs

Mushroom festival co-organizer Terry Taylor shares tips, safety advice for would-be mycologists

Vancouver Island mushroom picking not a sport for amateurs
Gladstone Brewing Company recently picked up to awards at the BC Beer Awards. Photo by Alexandra Stephanson

Gladstone nets beer awards, eyes expansion in the new year

The Courtenay brewery won two awards at the BC Beer Awards this month

Gladstone Brewing Company recently picked up to awards at the BC Beer Awards. Photo by Alexandra Stephanson
Start living in your shell: Chef Dez on cooking shellfish

Start living in your shell: Chef Dez on cooking shellfish

The final entry of a three-part series on shellfish, this article will…

Start living in your shell: Chef Dez on cooking shellfish
Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot

Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot

Restaurante la Tortilla Mexicana’s hearty, spicy sauce works well over enchiladas, writes Allan Reid

  • Oct 20, 2019
Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot
Shrimp cocktail: Chef Dez best practices for cooking prawns

Shrimp cocktail: Chef Dez best practices for cooking prawns

This is the second in a three-part series from columnist Chef Des addressing shellfish.

  • Oct 20, 2019
Shrimp cocktail: Chef Dez best practices for cooking prawns
Lobster in a pinch: Chef Dez on preparing crustaceans

Lobster in a pinch: Chef Dez on preparing crustaceans

Dez offers the first in a three part series on shellfish.

  • Oct 17, 2019
Lobster in a pinch: Chef Dez on preparing crustaceans
Chef Dez: comfort bisque to warm your soul

Chef Dez: comfort bisque to warm your soul

Fat Free Sweet Potato Bisque is the perfect way to pacify our fall food desires

Chef Dez: comfort bisque to warm your soul
Two Salt Spring Island Apple Festival-goers peruse the more than 400 apples on display at Fulford Hall at the 2018 event. (Gloria Bell/Salt Spring Island Apple Festival)

Salt Spring Island Apple Festival marks 20th year

Ciders, foods and hundreds of varieties of apples to be showcased

Two Salt Spring Island Apple Festival-goers peruse the more than 400 apples on display at Fulford Hall at the 2018 event. (Gloria Bell/Salt Spring Island Apple Festival)
CHEF DEZ: Cooking boring you? Open a cookbook

CHEF DEZ: Cooking boring you? Open a cookbook

Chances are you have a kitchen and you probably plan to continue to eat the rest of your life

  • Sep 22, 2019
CHEF DEZ: Cooking boring you? Open a cookbook
Andrea Nauta puts on her apron at the start of episode one. Photo by Geoff George

Vancouver Island woman firing up her oven for The Great Canadian Baking Show

Andrea Nauta auditioned for the show before but was lucky second time around

Andrea Nauta puts on her apron at the start of episode one. Photo by Geoff George
The Poutine With Purpose Crawl is happening on Sept. 24 (Black Press File Photo)

Poutine With Purpose Pub Crawl supports local charity

Enjoy a pub favourite while helping to feed local kids

The Poutine With Purpose Crawl is happening on Sept. 24 (Black Press File Photo)
Enrico Wineries is hosting a ‘Puppies and Prosecco’ event to help fundraise for the Victoria Humane Society and Peaches for Pets (Facebook/ Enrico Winery)

Puppies and Prosecco raises funds for Greater Victoria animals

Enrico Winery is fundraising for the Victoria Human Society and Peaches for Pets

Enrico Wineries is hosting a ‘Puppies and Prosecco’ event to help fundraise for the Victoria Humane Society and Peaches for Pets (Facebook/ Enrico Winery)
The beef burger and fries at Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi are comfort food, but exotic enough to be worthy of the Agrius-level price tag, writes Monday restaurant reviewer Allan Reid.

ALLAN REID: Paul’s undergoes a culinary face lift

The team behind Fol Epi/Agrius revamping dated motel restaurant in its seventh decade

  • Sep 18, 2019
The beef burger and fries at Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi are comfort food, but exotic enough to be worthy of the Agrius-level price tag, writes Monday restaurant reviewer Allan Reid.
Satnam Dheensaw, whose family owns Gobind Farms in Central Saanich, here seen with his four-year-old daughter Simria, says 2019 has been a bumper year for strawberries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

Satnam Dheensaw, whose family owns Gobind Farms in Central Saanich, here seen with his four-year-old daughter Simria, says 2019 has been a bumper year for strawberries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)