Let’s Make it (My Way): Locals Restaurant

Locals Restaurant in Courtnay is one of the best places I have dined.  Even on my last visit, when I went in with a highly critical eye, the whole experience was damn near flawless.  So let me get this out of the way right now.  The title of this piece refers to my plan to recreate one of the desserts from Locals with a mind towards my style and preferences.  However, and I can’t stress this enough, Locals does everything well, in fact I will do a quick review of the whole place first so as to make it clear that my intentions are to neither bash their desserts nor claim that I could do better than their own patisserie. Rather I wish to put my own spin on a dessert that I truly enjoyed.  Think of it as a loving homage. Continue reading

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