Provence Family Favourite Tomato Tarte is the this week’s French Food Made Easy Kit

Every year I look forward to growing tomatoes in my garden and then making a tomato tarte and enjoying it with a salad and a nice glass of white BC wine (or a rose as described below).  You don’t have to wait for the tomatoes to ripen in your garden to enjoy this dish.  Provence Marinaside has assembled the ingredients and instructions on how to make this dish.  Below is the information from Provence Marinaside.  Enjoy.


(Vancouver, BC) – This week Provence Marinaside is pleased to present a Quaglia family favourite for the seventh French Food Made Easy Kit  – classic Fresh Tomato Tarte with mixed green salad dressed with Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)

Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)

The kit is available for $40 and comes complete with everything you need to make this dish at home plus a half baguette:
  • Pastry dough
  • Flour
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Olives Olive Oil
  • Basil
  • Salad Greens
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chef Alessandra Quaglia demonstrates how easy it is to reproduce this dish at home in your own kitchen in this short instructional video.
With each new kit, Wine Director Joshua Carlson suggests a featured BC wine pairing to complement the dish and this can also be ordered for an additional fee. This week’s wine pairing is Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé. This wine is available for an additional $30.
There are now a total of seven French Food Made Easy kits (Prawns Provençal, Fennel-Crusted Lois Lake Steelhead, Oven-Roasted Half Chicken Provençal, Duck Confit, Albacore Tuna, Lamb Sirloin and Tomato Tarte) and two Cocktail Kits (Moscow Mule and Caesar). All are available through Provence Marinaside’s website along with Provence’s Takeout Menu of prepared dishes and Chef Sheldon’s Online Grocery Store for individual ingredient items such as meats, dairy, baking supplies and other miscellaneous items.
Provence also offers delivery service for those living in the downtown area (postal codes V6G, V6C, V6E, V6Z, V7Y, V7X, or V6B). The delivery service is available for an additional $10 charge with a minimum $50 order. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up or delivery by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144 or ordering online. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits are available between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
Bon Appetit!

Provence’s Second French Cooking Made Easy Kit Features Lois Lake Steelhead

Do you crave going to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown but are self-isolating.  How about trying Provence’s latest French Cooking Made Easy Kit?  The press release is below.  Bon appetit.


(Vancouver, BC) – The public have spoken. In a social media poll conducted this past week, the public voted 65 percent that Provence Marinaside’s next French Cooking Made Easy Kit should feature Lois Lake Steelhead. Runner up was Provençal Roasted Half Chicken. Both are signature dishes of the restaurant.
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kits consist of the recipe for the selected dish plus enough ingredients to make two servings.  The Fennel-crusted Lois Lake Steelhead kit will be available for take-out from the restaurant starting Monday, April 6. This kit includes:
  • 2 filets Lois Lake Steelhead
  • Fennel seeds
  • Oil for cooking
  • Virgin sauce ingredients (tomatoes, garlic, lemon, basil, olive oil)
  • Saffron potatoes
  • Snap peas

demo video featuring Chef Alessandra Quaglia in her Vancouver home kitchen shows you how easy it is to make this dish using the kit.
With each new kit, Wine Director Joshua Carlson suggests a featured BC wine pairing to complement the dish and this can also be ordered for an additional fee. “We believe in supporting our local wine producers to help them and help the BC economy,” says Carlson.  This week’s wine pairing is Laughing Stock Pinot Gris for an additional $25.
French Cooking Made Easy Kits were first introduced by Provence on March 26 as a way of helping people cook at home during social isolation. The first kit, Prawns Provençal, has proved so popular that it will remain available on an ongoing basis.
These kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Take-out Menu of prepared dishes.
Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Take-out Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
 Bon Appetit!

Provence Marinaside Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit

If you have ever eaten at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and crave to enjoy their food again during the COVID-19 crisis, why not let them help you cook their dishes?  Here is their latest announcement. Bon Appetit!


Provence Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit
(Vancouver, BC) – Since we are all at home self-isolating, why not take the time to hone your cooking skills? Starting this Thursday (March 26), you can cook some of Provence Marinaside’s iconic Provençal dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kit consists of the recipe for the selected dish of the week plus enough ingredients to make two servings. The kit also includes half a French baguette.  Each week Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia will post a demo video to Provence’s website of the selected dish and Wine Director Joshua Carlson will suggest a wine pairing to complement the dish which can be ordered to accompany the kit for an additional fee. Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Takeout Menu of prepared dishes. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
This week’s dish is Prawns Provençal.  For an additional $35, you may wish to add a bottle of Upper Bench Chardonnay 2018 The Prawns Provençal kit will be available this Thursday through Sunday, March 29 with a new kit available on Monday, March 30. 
Bon Appetit!

Veuve Clicquot Launches “Yelloweek” In Vancouver

Are you a lover of French Champagne and of the arts?  If so, one of these Veuve Clicquot events may be of interest to you.  Read and enjoy!


Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Vancouver, May 21, 2014 — Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce the Vancouver launch of Yelloweek, a festival-style ‘tribute to creativity’ showcasing gastronomy, arts, fashion and lifestyle.

Taking place from May 22-24 inclusive, Vancouverites are invited to explore and enjoy a series of creatively-inspired events spanning several categories, including: Yellow TABLE, Yellow BY THE GLASS, Yellow NIGHT and Yellow CONTEST.

Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloweek was created as a tribute to artists and artisans who push the boundaries of their respective creative fields every day much like Madame Clicquot did in her time. Overcoming countless obsta- cles, la veuve (the widow) Clicquot became one of the most successful women entrepreneurs of the 19th century and built a worldwide luxury brand, founded on artisan practices and uncompromising quality.

“Yelloweek reflects the legendary qualities of the Maison and the ‘joie de vivre’ the brand is known for around the world,” said Stephane de Meurville, general manager of Moët Hennessy Canada. “Festival-goers will experience the true essence of the Veuve Clicquot world – taste, innovation, glamour, refinement, celebration, heritage and zeste de folie.”

Events taking place throughout Vancouver include:

Yellow TABLE: an exquisite series of Champagne pairing dinners at some of Vancouver’s most iconic and innovative restaurants, including: Brix, Reflections and Oru

Yellow BY THE GLASS:Special Veuve Clicquot pricing will be offered at various restaurants, including: Reflections and Pacific Rim

Yellow NIGHT: an unforgettable late-night party at Cabana featuring DJ Marco Petralia will embody the zeste de folie spirit of Veuve Clicquot

Yellow CONTEST: an opportunity to take home a little piece of sunshine. Coal Harbour Liquor Store and Legacy Liquor Store will be offering a chance to win a beautiful Veuve Clicquot bicycle

For more information and a complete listing of Yelloweek events, please visit Facebook: Veuve Clicquot semaine Yelloweek / Twitter: @Yelloweekcanada #Yelloweek


Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the Champagne industry, as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and of premium quality. These values, set forth by the extraordinary Madame Clicquot, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Happy Hour and Two Year Anniversary Specials at Le Parisien

Le Parisien LogoQuality French food from Le Parisien in downtown Vancouver’s West End.  Their latest 2nd Anniversary menu and specials.  Enjoy!


Le Parisien’s 2nd Anniversary celebration continues with $20-or-less dinner entrees and our ongoing Live Music Thursdays. We’ve also introduced Happy Hour. Between 5PM and 7PM, beer, high balls and appies are 50% off; glasses of house wine only $4. There’s no better way to end the workday or start the evening.

Fresh local ingredients, the sounds of French and gypsy-folk music, the aromas of classic French cuisine; it’ll be easy to imagine that you’re on the Left Bank of Paris.

Reservations recommended: 604-687-1418 /

Regular menu mains are $20 or less
Live music Thursdays at 6:30PM and 8:30PM
30% off our wine list on Sundays and Mondays

Regular Menu Mains

Arugula, Parmesan, Hazelnuts Brown Butter Sauce

Mussels, Manila Clams, Prawns, Pacific Cod, Braised Fennel, Saffron Tomato Broth

CATCH OF THE DAY $19 (try with a rose wine)
Ratatouille, Fingerling Potato, Arugula, Olive Niçoise

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN $18 (rose works here too)
House made Spaetzle, Dates, Mint and Orange Jus

BEEF BOURGUIGNON $18 (try with a Pinot noir)
Red Wine Braised Beef, Bacon, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Cavatappi Pasta

DUCK CONFIT CASSOULET $19   (I love cassoulet!)
Duck Confit, Smoked Bacon, Toulouse Sausage, Braised Cannellini Beans

Pomme Frites, Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce

Le Parisien
751 Denman St. Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6 | Tel: (604) 687.1418

Bistro Pastis Celebrates 15 Years of French Fare With French Flare

In case you are up for some French food and support a great cause, why not try Bistro Pastis‘ 15th Anniversary Dinner menu?  Press Release below.


Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

(Vancouver, BC) – Fifteen years goes by in the blink of an eye, yet it is a long time in the restaurant world.  On May 7, 1999 John Blakeley opened Pastis on a quiet strip of West 4th in Kitsilano. The only other restaurant in the area was the iconic Bishop’s.  During the intervening years, Bistro Pastis has seen a lot of change – both within the restaurant itself and in the neighbourhood.  Pastis morphed from fine-dining to Bistro Pastis – a cosy and casual neighbourhood bistro, John Blakeley was knighted by the government of France and is now a Chevalier, and a vibrant restaurant scene sprung up along W.4th Avenue – attracting diners from across the city. During the 15 years, some of Vancouver’s finest chefs have headed the kitchens at Bistro Pastis – Dino Renaerts, Brad Miller and Tobias Grignon are all Pastis alumni.

To celebrate, John Blakeley has invited the aforementioned chefs along with current Executive Chef  Spencer Watts and Pastry Chef Heather Rumsby to join him in creating a very special anniversary dinner on May 7th.  Starting with Cocktails and Canapes at 5:30 p.m., guests will then sit down to a six-course dinner complete with wine pairings – each course designed by one of the five Bistro Pastis chefs plus a course designed by Mr. Blakeley. Mr. Blakeley also created the wine pairings to complement each course. Bistro Pastis wishes to thank the following wine agents, food distributors and suppliers for their generous support of this event: A & B Rentals, Charton Hobbs, Continental Importers, Fresh Point, Grady Wines, Liberty Wines, Mark Anthony Wines, Ponderosa Mushrooms, Select Wines, Seven Seas, and Trimpac.

This very special dinner is priced at $160 pp including wine pairing, taxes and gratuity with proceeds going to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are essential and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-731-5020.

For those of you who cannot join the restaurant on May 7th for its birthday dinner, Bistro Pastis is offering diners a special gift. From May 8th through June 8th, Bistro Pastis is giving a 25 per cent discount off the price of dinner (food and wine). “It’s my way of thanking our guests for their patronage over the years. Bistro Pastis really has become a family where staff and customers have come to know one another. To have thrived 15 years in Vancouver’s restaurant scene is a testament to the loyalty of our guests. It is a privilege to be able to thank them,” says John Blakeley.


Cocktail and Canapes
Brad Miller, 2002 – 2008
Terrine de Campagne Wagon Rouge,
Pickled Vegetables, Celeri Remoulade
Rosé Domaine l’Orangeraie Pays d’Oc
John Blakeley, May 7th 1999 – present
Ma Surprise
Côtes du Rhône White Ogier
Tobias Grignon 2011 – 2013
Seared Scallops, Boudin Noir, Cabbage Roll,
Apple Chutney, Pickled Fennel
Petit Chablis ‘Champs Royaux’  William Fevre
Dino Renaerts 2001
Pan Roasted Haida Gwaii Halibut, Spring Pea Risotto,
Morel Mushrooms, Bacon Crisp, Lemon Beurre Blanc
Pinot Noir Valmoissine Louis Latour
Spencer Watts 2014
Butter Poached Suckling Pig Rack,
Black Truffle Potato Cake, Cherry Brown Butter
Vacqueyras Domaine Perrin  
Heather  Rumsby 2011 – 2014
Chocolate Soufflé, Tangerine Crème Anglaise
Pineau des Charentes

Le Parisien Celebrates Second Anniversary with Food, Wine and Song

Have you had the chance to enjoy the French food at Le Parisien in the West End downtown?  If not, their 2nd anniversary is upcoming, and they will be offering a special dinner menu.  Details are below.  Enjoy!


Charcuterie Platter

Charcuterie Platter

Celebrate our second anniversary with us from Friday, April 11through May 15. For the past two years, we are proud to have been welcomed so warmly into the West End community and we are always excited to get to know new people. So whether you’re a regular customer, or you’ve just been meaning to check us out, join us this Friday and be the first to try our new dinner menu featuring all main courses for $20 or less.

We’re also excited to present our new Spring Wine and Dine Menu value-priced at only $69 for two. Enjoy three courses of French bistro favourites: Charcuterie, Roasted Free-run Cornish Hen with Frites and a Dessert of your choice. All complete with a bottle of house red or white from Calona Vineyards , $69. For the Wine and Dine Menu Executive Chef Alexander Carriere has carefully selected local seasonal ingredients to feature in classic dishes from his favourite bistros in Paris.

Cornish Hen & frites

Cornish Hen & frites

What else is new at Le Parisien?  We pleased to present Live Music every Thursday night. We’ll be showcasing new local artists with music styles ranging from jazz through folk and more Next week, on April 17, we’ll be featuring  Pepper Really, a French vocalist who will be performing some original songs plus covers of popular French tunes. There are two sets a night at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

So come join us through mid-May as we celebrate our second anniversary with great food, wonderful wine and entertaining music. It can’t get more French than that!

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

Chez Christophe chocolate bear

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition – A Season to Enjoy

It’s the Christmas holiday season, and you are thinking about what to get friends and family?  Something to eat or drink is always nice.  I attended Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights Edition this past week, courtesy of Vancouver Foodster, and I thought that gifting from these places would be nice.  If you do not know where Burnaby Heights is located, it is centered around Willingdon Avenue and Hastings Street in Burnaby.  Here is a map for you.

What Did I Enjoy?

Well what did I enjoy from each of them?


They had a choice of 3 coffees.  I went for the Spanish Latte as I never had it before.  It is a latte that has a bit of condensed milk added to it.  So you have to like sweeter coffee.  With my latte I tried a macaron, a mini croissant, and a chocolate mint cookie.  I really liked the macaroon and the croissant.  There is a wide range of cookies at Caffe Divano to try.

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies

Caffe Divano latin latte with assorted cookies


By the time I reached Cioffi’s I had been to 4 other places and was getting quite full.  They provided us with a plate containing:

  • Penne with a turkey bolognese sauce
  • House made meatball slider
  • Tuscan chicken sausage

All their food was very good.  I in particular I really liked the Tuscan chicken sausage.  It had a nice spice to it and was not dry.  I’d like to try it sliced into a tomato sauce and served over spaghetti.

Cioffi's penne chicken sausage and meatball slider

Cioffi’s penne chicken sausage and meatball slider


Right next door is Cioffi’s Deli, where you can purchased sliced meats, cheeses, breads, and various Italian groceries.  Their tasting plate included:

  • Crostini with goat cheese and quince jam (V)
  • Prosciutto and bocconcini skewer
  • Mixed olives (V)

Cioffi's Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini

Cioffi’s Prosciutto skewer olives and crostini


Stan’s Pizza Joint was the last stop and by then I was really full, but there was 3 slices of pizza yet to come:

  • A slice of our Cheesy Garlic or Pesto Cheesy Bread (V)
  • 2 different slices from our variety of Specialty Pizza’s being made at time of visit (will also offer a (V) option)
  • A slice of yummy dessert pizza and creamy vanilla dip (V)

When I was there I received the cheesy garlic bread, a BBQ Chicken pizza slice, and a third slice which I think was their Joint Full Load.  The owners seemed quite busy so had no time to chat with them and find out about that third slice.  The BBQ Chicken pizza was quite good.  The pizza has a thicker crust and lots of cheese, so quite filling.

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection

Stans Pizza Joint pizza selection


Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, this is the place for you.  It is full of dessert items and beverages for you.  I can imagine that it would be super busy and popular in the summer.

We were treated to miniature versions of:

  • Butterscotch Sundaes with Whipped Cream and Spiced Walnuts  (gluten free) (V)
  • Chocolate-Covered Candy Cane or Eggnog Ice Cream Cones (V)
  • Frostbites Cranberry Spice Soda  (non-dairy, gluten free) (V)

I didn’t have the ice cream cone as I was already stuffed, but I did have the sundae and the soda.  The sundae had real ice cream and it was very good, so you will probably see me drop by Glenburn in the summer.  I also liked the decor which reminded me of the TV show “Happy Days”.

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain caramel ice cream sundae

Glenburn Soda Fountain

Glenburn Soda Fountain


Posh Pantry is not a restaurant, but does offer cooking classes at the back of their shop.  The front of the shop has interesting kitchen items, and right now lots of holiday related serving utensils.  Maybe you would like to give someone the gift of a cooking class?  You may want to find out what Posh Pantry has to offer.

The tasting plate consisted of:

  • Braised Beef Short Ribs with Wild Mushrooms
  • Root Vegetable mash

The beef was shredded so looked very similar to pulled pork, and probably would taste really good on a bun and served with a side of coleslaw.  The root vegetable mash was a nice change from mashed potatoes.  I did enjoy this dish.

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash

Beautiful ladies at Posh Pantry preparing plates of Braised Short Ribs and Root Veg Mash


I saw in the latest Burnaby Now newspaper that Yo Sushi was voted the #1 Japanese sushi restaurant in Burnaby.  And I must concur that their food is very good, as well as the presentation on the plate.  On my plate was:

  • Red Dragon Roll (V)
  • Tuna Tatataki Salad (V)
  • Kamikaze Roll (V)

The Kamikaze Roll (on the left in the picture) had a tempura shrimp and I think crab meat, similar to a California roll.  My favourite was the Tuna Tataki Salad.  The tuna had a slight sear on it, and went very nicely with the salad, and was nice and light compared to all my other dishes this evening.  The Red Dragon roll was also very good.  All their food was very good. FYI, Yo Sushi has a 1 year anniversary discount on food this week.  Here are the details:

On Dec 16(Mon) to 21(Sat) / every day AFTER 5:00 pm

  1. Dec 16 (Monday) : 50% off
  2. Dec 17 (Tuesday) : 40% off
  3. Dec 18 (Wednesday) : 30% off
  4. Dec 19 (Thursday) : 20% off
  5. Dec 20 (Friday) : 10% off
  6. Dec 21 (Saturday) : 10% off

Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad

Yo Sushi with 2 sushi and tuna tataki salad


I’ve heard good things about Chez Christophe for a while, so I was eagerly anticipating visiting his shop, and I was not disappointed.  This Chocolaterie and Patisserie has of course wonderful chocolates and pastries to tempt you.  Walking into Chez Christophe you see the selection of goodies in front of you to choose.  It reminded me of being back in France.  Chef Christofe is a very nice, friendly person, who spent time to talk with me, and showed us the back of the shop where he makes all this chocolates and pastries.  They open at 8am on Tuesday to Saturday and close at 6pm.  I hear that their croissants and pan au chocolate sell out quite quickly each morning, so I will show up at 8am one day soon and then have a big cup of coffee at Caffe Divano.

The tasting plate contained:

  • Mini Douceur Canadienne (V)
  • Macaron (V)
  • Cannelle Noisette Truffle featuring our fine Swiss chocolate available exclusively through us! (V)

All three of these were delicious, but I think my favourite was the cannelle noisette truffle. It was light and creamy inside.  I enjoyed the cinnamon and hazelnut flavours, married with the chocolate.  Recommended.

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe selection of pastries for sale

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

Chez Christophe macaron truffle and Douceur Canadienne

A few parting photos of me enjoying my coffee at Caffe Divano and the carolers that roamed about for Tasting Plates.  Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for the event and the invite.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

Christmas carolers at Cioffis

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano

MyWinePal with his latte and cookies at Caffe Divano

Celebrate Father’s Day at Le Parisien

In case you are wondering what to do with your dad on Father’s Day, why not enjoy some tasty food at Le Parisien downtown?  Enjoy that steak with a red Bordeaux blend or an oaked, buttery chardonnay.

Details below.


Come join us on Sunday June 16th to celebrate Dad. We’re offering a free freshly baked croissant for ‘Dear, Old Dad’ for Brunch and for dinner he’ll be able to choose from four premium cuts of steak and sauces at great prices that will surely put a smile on the ‘the old man’s’ face.

Reservations essential: 604-687-1418 or

Father’s Day Specials


6 oz flank steak, $21.00
7oz strip loin, $26.00
8oz ribeye, $27.00
6oz beef tenderloin, $28.00

parisienne : black pepper sauce
bordelaise: shallots and red wine jus
stilton butter