Dine Out Review: Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

This probably would have been more timely a couple of weeks ago when folks still had a chance to visit during Dine Out Vancouver, but since I regularly write about arts that have been obsolete for a couple hundred years now I think it’s pretty clear that “topical” is not really my thing.  Anyway, one of the two restaurants I was able to attend this year was the virtually brand new Catch 122 Cafe Bistro in Gastown.  A large focus of this review will be on the dessert course, being as that’s my area of expertise, though I will certainly talk about the meal as a whole and indeed the whole experience. Continue reading

The Case For Books

There is a magical little shop I know.  A tiny place where you can go and lose an hour or two without trouble and oft times come away with a belly full of tea and sweets.  The place is Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks and I seldom leave without at least one new cookbook tucked under my arm.  Needless to say, I have a fairly extensive collection; many I have bought myself, many were gifts and many more I inherited from my grandmother.  It’s my own private Library of Alexandria. Continue reading

Montreal

Here I am in Montreal, the first time I have been in a city with more than a century or so of history. A history in which the arts of battle I’ve spent years studying were actually practiced. True, rumours persist that in Victoria it is illegal to accompany a Lady after dark down Government Street without your sword, but here is different. Montreal has an actual sword history. There were battles and no doubt duels that happened in this area and perhaps on the very streets I now tread. I almost feel naked without a sword of my own. Sadly, however, despite being a pacifist by nature who would never draw a sword except in the most extreme cases of defence of myself or my honour I was not permitted to bring one. And I have to say, airport security was not very polite when I tried to explain it to them. Continue reading