Sweet Dreams are made of Pizza and Chocolate on Valentine’s Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Chocolate and pizza are two staples nobody should be without.  Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Here is a press release by Rocky Mountain Flatbread about their Valentine’s Day offering.  There is nothing about wine in the press release but they do have BC wine.  Here is the link to their Drinks page in Kitsilano. Enjoy.


Vancouver, BC – Sweet dreams are made of pizza and chocolate on Valentine’s Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread! Chef Oliver Zulauf has created a delicious 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu with handmade raw chocolate pairings from Koko Monk Chocolates.

Everyone – including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diners – will have tons of choices on this nut free menu which is offered at $30 per person (plus tax and gratuity):

Begin with the golden song of a Brunette Bangle (a curry and coconut infused chocolate) and choice of traditional salad (fig & goat cheese, basil & blackberry, or fresh herb salad), melt in your mouth BC mushroom caps, or house made soup.

Pucker up your lips for your First Kiss (a to die for sour cherry and raspberry infused chocolate) and enjoy any hand-crafted Traditional Flatbread pizza or featured organic pasta made with seasonal veggies and local meats.

Wind down your evening with dessert – your choice of the signature Rocky Mountain Flatbread warm double chocolate brownie, apple cinnamon crumble (vegan) or baked cheesecake with gluten free toasted coconut crust.

Valentine’s Day with Kids:
Rocky’s Valentine’s Day Kids Menu comes paired with chocolate too! This three-course menu is offered for $13.50 per child (plus tax and gratuity).

  • Starter:  Drink or Veggie Monster Bowl paired with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Mains:  Mozza Pizza or Pasta paired with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Desserts: Warm Double Chocolate Brownie with House Made Ice Cream or One Scoop of Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

Reservations Recommended!
Call Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street at 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Call Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano at 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Bottega Gold Prosecco for Valentines Day

Bottega Gold Brut Prosecco

Bottega Gold Brut Prosecco

Have you been thinking about what sparkling wine you can buy for your Valentine without breaking the bank? Champagne may have first popped into your mind, but maybe you could also consider Italian Prosecco? Prosecco is generally made, lighter bodied and maybe a bit off dry, making it a fun indulgence to share with friends and family.

I recently received a bottle of Bottega Gold Brut (BC $24.99) to sample.  It comes in a very striking gold coloured bottle, making it look very special for a special day like Valentine’s Day.

In the glass this wine is pale lemon in colour.  A light intensity nose of flowers and citrus, with a hint of lime in the background.  This one is dry on the palate with medium plus acidity and light body.  Agressive, medium sized, creamy bubbles.  Citrus, apple, a hint of lime, and some lemon rind on the palate.  Medium length.  Overall a straight forward wine to enjoy with friends.  It should pair well with crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, goat cheese, and a fresh fruit salad.

If you are interested, here is the website for the Bottega winery to get more info on this wine and their other wines.

Spoil Your Valentine at Bistro Pastis

Valentines and wine

Valentines and wine

Is your spouse or significant other tired of the same old Valentine’s day card or chocolates?  Why not spoil him/her with sensual French cuisine?  Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano has this wonderful menu.  Check it out!

Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu

Salmon Tartare
Horseradish, Buckwheat Blinis
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Truffle Butter Sauce, Sage Leaves
Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Chateau Gaudrelle
Lobster Napoleon
Potato and Herb Tuile, Saffron and Corn Purée, Julienne of Vegetables, Tarragon Emulsion
Chardonnay Mȃcon Solutré-Pouilly Joseph Burrier
Roquefort Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Thyme and Bacon Potato Gratin, Root Vegetable Mousseline, Red Wine Jus
Château les Paruades 2009
Chocolate Timabale, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Pineapple Flambée
Pistachio Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly Lapierre Réserve

$42 Wine Pairing Optional

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039

A Valentines Day Chocolate Cocktail

Valentine’s Day is just a little over 1 month away.  Have you started to plan how to pamper your significant other.  Of course a nice dinner and cocktails would be appreciated.  But what cocktail to mix?  How about one that uses chocolate?  Here is a recipe I recently recived in my email.  Give it a try and hopefully your evening will be full of romance.

A Valentine’s Day dinner, Iceberg Vodka’s Chocolate Seduction is sure to impress with rich chocolate and coffee highlights in this drink made for two.

Chocolate Seduction Cocktail

Chocolate Seduction cocktailIngredients:
2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 oz. nut liqueur
1 oz. chocolate liqueur
Fine grated bittersweet chocolate

Combine Iceberg Vodka and liqueurs in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into two cocktail glasses. Top with chocolate.

Score Big Amour Points – Dine Out At Bistro Pastis

Valentines and wine

Valentines and wine

French cuisine and wine brings out the romantic in all of us.  With Valentine’s Day this week, Bistro Pastis has a special menu for you and your spouse or significant other.  Check out the details.  The rack of lamb looks really good.  So does the raspberry dark chocolate tart.  Don’t forget to have a bottle of bubble too. Enjoy!

In France, ‘love’ is an art celebrated every day. Practice really does make perfect and there is no one better at it than the French. However, even if you’re not French, you can pretend you are on St. Valentine’s Day.

Whisking the ‘love of your life’ off to Paris for dinner, while bound to win you brownie points, will definitely empty out your wallet. An equally romantic and more cost effective solution is bring them to Bistro Pastis for a flirtatious ‘diner pour deux.’

Our special Valentine’s table d’hote will transport you to France in the bat of an eyelash – five courses for only $75 with an optional wine pairing for $45 available only on Thursday, February 14th – St. Valentine’s Day.

Reservations: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Joyeux Saint Valentin

Amuse Bouche
Smoked Salmon Pavé, Herbed Goat Cheese


Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Terrine
Toasted Brioche, Mȃche Salad, Pomegranate
Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue


Lobster Tortellini
Tomato and Mint, Corn Nage
Chardonnay Mȃcon Solutré-Pouilly Joseph Burrier


Roasted Rack of Lamb, Braised Lamb Shoulder
Peas, Ricotta Gnocchi, Preserved Lemon
Domaine de Nizas Languedoc


Raspberry Dark Chocolate Tart
Whipped Mascarpone, Spiced Honeycomb
Sparkling Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc

$75.00 / Person
Wine Pairing 45.00

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039


Celebrate Valentines Day at Vicino Pastaria and Deli

Have you thought about what to do for Valentine’s Day?  Taking your significant other out for dinner should be on the top of the list (unless you prefer to cook a dinner), but where to go?  One place may be Vicino Pastaria and Deli in Gastown.  They sent me this information which I am passing along to you.  Pick a nice Chianti and you will be set for a wonderful dinner.  Enjoy!


Vicino Pastaria Room Overview

Vicino Pastaria Room Overview

(Vancouver) – It’s an accepted fact that Italians are amongst sexiest and most romantic people on the planet – they can even claim St. Valentine (San Valentino) as one of their own. Italians are also great cooks who appreciate flavourful food, simply prepared from the freshest, most exquisite ingredients. On the Sagra of San Valentino, chic couples, from Milano to Roma, Venezia to Genova, stroll cobblestone streets arm in arm, in search of small neighbourhood restaurants in which to celebrate the day with a seductive dinner.

You don’t have to go as far as the Via Veneto to celebrate Valentine’s Day Italian-style. In Vancouver’s own little corner of old world charm, Gastown (recently named one of the top four hippest hoods in the world), sitsVicino (‘neighbour’ in Italian), an unpretentious restaurant that is very serious about serving beautiful food at reasonable prices. In honour of San Valentino, Executive Chef Chris Picek has created a special five-courseMenu Compreso that pays homage to the arte and amore of eating and living well. It is only available on Thursday, February 14.

Seduction begins with the first spoonful of the Stuzzichino (starter) of leek and roasted garlic soup with crispy duck skin. Next up is the Antipasti (‘before pasta’) course of baked ricotta with caramelized endive, blood orange and fennel pollen dressing. Italians don’t eat pasta on its own as we do, pasta is just one of many courses in a meal and this dinner is no exception. The Pasta course is orzo served with sautéed with Yellowfoot Chanterelles. For the Primi there is a choice betweenRoasted Pork Chop with pepperonata and red wine butter or Ling Cod, with crushed potato, olive tapenade and leek sauce.  Now, if you really want to dine like an Italian, this is the point at which you insert an optional cheese (Formaggi) course. However, if that seems like too much, then linger over Dolci – a rich chocolate spice cake.  Raise a glass or two of vino (Vicino is now licensed), to San Valentino, and end with an espresso.

Then stroll arm and arm over Gastown’s cobblestone streets and imagine you’re in the Brera. What happens after that is up to you.

Menu Compreso: $55 for five courses.
Optional Formaggi:  $10

Where We Are

68 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1K2
604-336-0042 / www.vicino.ca

Valentines Day – Treat Your Sweetie at Burrowing Owl Winery

Are you and your spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend wine lovers?  Why not visit Burrowing Owl Winery in the Okanagan and have a getaway and celebrate Valentines Day at the same time?  They have some package deals for Valentines Day as well as other times you just want to get away and relax.

This info about their packages just came through my email today.   Enjoy!


Burrowing Owl Winery Special Package Deals

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – This spring Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is offering visitors three tempting specials. There’s never been a better time to plan your stay at this world-class wine country destination!


Valentine’s Day ‘Dine & Stay’ Package – Tuesday, February 14 2012

from $99 per person includes:

  • A romantic dinner for two at the Sonora Room  Restaurant
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Add $40 for the “Sweetheart Package”, which includes a bottle of Burrowing Owl wine, long-stemmed red rose, rose petals, and chocolates waiting in your private room


Winter Getaway Package – from $126 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

  • A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast

Spring Blossom Package – from $145 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

  • A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast
  • Package available Monday – Wednesday


For more information, or to make your reservations, please call 1-877-498-0620 ext.3.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: Recently named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine the winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert.

Burrowing Owl Guest House:  The winery guest house is nestled in the vineyard and has 10 tastefully-appointed rooms, each with a private deck and fireplace; There is also a 25 metre pool and all-season outdoor hot tub.  The Cellar Lounge is excellent for business meetings and special events.

Sonora Room Restaurant:  Opened in 2004, the winery restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the culinary team is to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers of local organic produce, fresh, seasonal fruits and artisan breads and cheeses. An exclusive wine list is changed regularly to include a selection of Burrowing Owl library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. And, the wine selection is enhanced with alternate premium Okanagan wines chosen to complement the menu.


Township 7’s Taste the Stars Valentine’s Affair!

Still thinking of what you can do memorable with your significant other for Valentine’s Day?  Something wine-related is always good.  Township 7, located in Langley, has two special seminars you might want to attend.  The first event about how to make a “champagne” style sparkling wine is FREE, while the other is a seafood and wine pairing at a reasonable $30 per person cost.  Here are the details.  Have a great Valentine’s Day celebration!

Saturday, February 12th, Seminar 1 & 3 PM, Dinner 7-10 PM

Join Township 7 for their Taste the Stars Valentine’s celebration on Saturday February 12 at their picturesque winery in Langley, just a 45 minute drive from Vancouver. For the first time this year, they are holding special seminars on méthode champenoise winemaking and sabrage, chocolate making, and seafood/wine pairing. Enjoy a decadent, entertaining and informative time and participate in the traditional French style of crafting champagne with Township 7 winemaker Bradley Cooper and proprietor Mike Raffan, learn how to make delectable truffles by Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, and what pairs best with oysters on the half shell with 1 Fish 2 Fish. Partial proceeds from the Valentine’s activities will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The Delicate & Mad Art of Methode Champenoise

Discover how traditional handcrafted champagne is made in France and join Township 7’s proprietor and winemaker in the fun and sometimes messy and challenging process of dégorgement, then adding the dosage and corking of sparkling wine!
Complimentary winemaker seminars at 1 and 3 pm.

Taste the Stars Evening at Township 7

Impress your paramour and indulge your senses with an early Valentine’s celebration of fine wine, paired with raw oysters and seafood canapés. Enjoy live music by the popular local band, We Play for Wine, while you taste your way through two rooms featuring seafood delicacies by 1 Fish 2 Fish, enjoy winemaker Bradley Cooper’s discussion of wine food pairings and complete your visit in our romantic chocolate room with Jacqueline Pearson of White Rock’s Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, rolling dark chocolate truffles.

$30 per person (grazing/non-seated)
21152 16th Avenue
Langley, BC V2Z 1K3

Free Valentines Chocolate and Wine Pairing in Kelowna

If you live in the Kelowna area, you may be interested in trying this wine and chocolate pairing event. Two great things on their own, and even better together. Plus it is in time for Valentines! Here is the announcement, by Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. Enjoy!

You are cordially invited to attend our Complimentary Valentines Chocolate and Wine Pairing Event.

Come and sample a wonderful handpicked selection of Roger’s Chocolates paired with our award winning wines.

Date:   Saturday, Feb. 12th, 2011

Time:  11:00 – 5:30 (or until we run out of chocolate!)

Price:  No Charge

Location: Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, 2845 Boucherie, Rd, West Kelowna

No RSVP required.

Valentines Day Celebrations with Hester Creek Winery

Are you a romantic person like me?  Like to do something nice with your partner for Valentines day?  How about this weekend get away at Hester Creek Winery in the Okanagan.  Their details are below.  Enjoy!


  • Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Valentine’s at Hester Creek Estate Winery

    Give the gift of Valentine’s at Hester Creek Estate Winery

    Saturday, February 12th, let romance be the order of the day. Celebrate the Valentine in your life with a dine & stay weekend at ‘The Villa’ at Hester Creek. Saturday evening, enjoy a multi-course dinner designed and prepared by Chef Roger Planiden. Hester Creek Estate award winning wines are skillfully paired with local and seasonal flavours intended to inspire an evening to remember. The incredible artistry of classical guitarist William Leggott creates the perfect mood for this intimate evening. Later, retire to one of our Deluxe Guest Suites, unrivaled in the South Okanagan for their dedication to quality and excellence. Each suite is beautifully appointed with the utmost attention to detail. As well, a delicious breakfast awaits you in the morning. Make this a truly romantic weekend get away by adding a second night to your stay.

    Valentine Menu
    Prepared by Chef Roger Planiden

    Truffle Scented Celery Root Veloute with Dungeness Crab
    2008 Pinot Gris

    Pan Seared Scallop Cucumber and Apple Slaw Sherry Gastrique
    2008 Pinot Blanc

    Raspberry Sorbet

    Roasted Tenderloin of Beef Wrapped in Pastry For “Two”
    Filled with Forest Mushroom Duxelle and Arugula with Sauce Bernaise
    Libraried 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Chocolate Trio
    Bitter Chocolate Brule, White Chocolate Soup, Warm Chocolate Pudding
    2007 Reserve Merlot
    Dinner reception: 6:30 pm
    Dinner served 7:00 pm
    Cost: $455.00 per couple includes one night in a deluxe “Villa” suite, dinner, live music, wine, & gratuities.

    Limited seating available.
    For reservations, please contact, thevilla@hestercreek.com or call 250-498-4435