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The Irish Heather Pub Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

In the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown lies The Irish Heather Pub. A staple that is known for their extensive selection of Whisk(e)y, the Heather (as locals refer to it) is also a gastropub serving up some of the finest pub grub in town! And really, calling the food at the Irish Heather pub grub isn’t fair to the creative, modern and refreshing twists that they’ve put on many of their dishes.


Ever since I visited Scotland as a kid, the Scotch Egg has been one of my favourite pub snacks! The Irish Heather Pub steps this classic up by using a nearly hard-boiled free-range egg (the yolk is still a stitch runny), then wraps the egg in fresh and delightfully spiced sausage meat, finally encrusting the ball in Panko bread crumbs for a nice little crunch ($8). While it was complemented nicely with their Guinness wholegrain mustard spread, I typically like my scotch egg with a higher ratio of sausage to egg.


We also started with their Chicken Liver Pâté ($8) which came with a house made compote, and baguette crostini. This is a must-have! The buttery and smooth, yet light, texture of the pâté with their rhubarb compote on crostini was essentially the grown-up version of PB&J. We could’ve eaten a few more jars of this one. Easily. (more…)

Salt Tasting Room – Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

Vancouverites always look forward to seeing what culinary delights are on offer during Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest food and drink festival. For 17 days every January, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city will be dishing up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the Vancouver.

Tucked away on Blood Alley in Gastown, Salt Tasting Room emits a warm feeling from the welcoming staff and exposed brick walls – which makes it a great escape from the winter weather. Salt is a dining experience for those who enjoy, or are just simply curious about, pairing their food and drink. It also tends to be a place you might go after dinner for nibbles with your drinks. With their tempting selection of artisanal cheeses, small-batch cured meats, and a dynamic array of wines, beers and sherries, you’ll be drooling after a quick glance at their chalkboard listing all their current offerings.

Here comes the hard part – assembling your own tasting plate ($16)! The knowledgeable staff at Salt are happy to take that burden off your hands. Alternatively, visiting Salt during Dine Out narrows down your choices and turns the experience into a 3-course evening ($28). (more…)

Weekend Brunch: L’Abattoir – Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

L’Abattoir knows that Vancouverites can’t get enough of their French twist on West Coast cuisine, so starting this December, General Manager Paul Grunberg is now indulging our love for brunch. The exposed brick walls with essential 90’s R&B playing in the background was the perfect setting to escape a cold, crisp Vancouver Saturday morning in winter.


My brunch date was running a bit late so my server started me off with some French-pressed coffee from JJ Bean and a currant scone filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The scone was wonderfully crunchy and sweet on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. I was a little worried I would fill up on the scone, but the clotted cream was surprisingly light while still having a lovely rich texture to it.


Once Ashley arrived, we were ready to start with a couple of cocktails. As you do at brunch. The Bourbon Cinnamon Toast Milk Punch ($8) was an absolute hit! A creation of cereal infused cream, bourbon, Becherovka, cinnamon and cocoa bitters. In Ashley’s words: “I can never have cereal without Bourbon. Ever again.” I was feeling a little bubbly, so I ordered the Spanish Steps cocktail ($8) which feature a gin-base and finished off with strawberries and rosé bubbles, I wanted nothing more than Spring to come early so I could spend all day drinking them on a patio. (more…)