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Best wine you've had under $15

Just discovered this wine last week...2007 Vina Antigua from Argentina. $10 Canadian! Rich, full bodied, tabacco notes, liquorice with berries. So good!

Oct 19, 2012
Quinne Davey in Wine

Fat-free greek yogourt in Vancouver

Nope - if you find it let me know. I have been dying to try Fage that everyone talks about in the US. They are just bringing Greek yougurts into stores now I am noticing - but like you the 15 - 18% fat is more for an occasional dessert treat - and to be honest it is actually too thick to enjoy on it's own.

Most of the FF or low fat yougurts I find here are just too runny. I have on occasion strained the yougurts as the only option to get it low fat and thick.

Pastry chef coming to Vancouver

Have to second everyone that there unfortunately are no good ice cream places here in Vancouver. Gelato yes - real ice cream no.

This isn't a breakfast place - but a great place for tea or to pick up sweets....Our favorite place for dessert pastries is 'Nottes Bon Ton' - Vancouver institution. French-Italian bakery that has been around since 1926. They do buttercream like you would not believe. Real stuff.


Good reasonably priced dinner in downtown Vancouver?

Bill -

So if I understand you... you are looking for 3 things:

1. A place near Granville Island for lunch (yes it will be busy on a Saturday - but if you aren't taking your car there it will be fine)
2. A place for an anniversary dinner within walking distance from your hotel
3. A place for breakfast with pastries near your hotel

Here are some thoughts:

1. There are a lot of great places in Granville Island - you can't go wrong. My favorite thing to do is buy a few items in the market and then have a picnic outside (bread, cheese etc). If you would prefer a sit down meal and if it is nice weather Bridges has a great patio (personally I haven't eaten there in years - but it seems to do quite well. Also 'Sandbar' is a nice place to have lunch. Check out their websites for their menus and prices.

2. Since you are in a very central location with the Hotel Vancouver you should have no trouble finding a place to eat dinner. I am not sure what you mean by 'reasonably priced' as everyone has their price points...but The Italian Kitchen comes to mind. Should be a good place for picky eaters and it is very close to your hotel.

Another Italian one on Robson Street which is very popular is Cin Cin but it is a bit more expensive

(On a side note 'Banana Leaf' is a wonderful Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver but the two locations are too far from your hotel.


3. If all you want for breakfast is a coffee and a muffin - I love Cafe Artigiano which has fantastic coffee - there is one close to your hotel. It also has breakfast pastries and a yougurt parfait that is wonderfully thick and creamy. 763 Hornby Street.

Hope that helps and have a great trip!

Hotel Vancouver
, Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

Italian Kitchen
, Vernon, BC V1T, CA

Ricotta and Honey Tart

Making this as we 'speak'...very excited to give it a try!

May 29, 2010
Quinne Davey in Recipes