Blue Water Cafe Vancouver

Blue Water Cafe Vancouver

On my third night in Vancouver we visited the Blue Water Cafe. When I heard that this restaurant was on the agenda I did a bit of checking, and the Blue Water Cafe has a very good reputation and a menu that I could not wait to try, the great wine list did not hurt either!

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Hawksworth Vancouver

My hosts, Lou and Ken, had arranged for dinner at Hawksworth in The Hotel Georgia. Hawksworth has been recognised as one of the best restaurants in Canada, so was really looking forward to it!

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Whilst it is an upmarket restaurant, they don’t have a formal dress code (thankfully). It is also not a big place, so booking is a must. The menu is not huge, but it is interesting and was more than enough for me!!!!! The wine list was interesting, had a few surprises on it, one of which I selected for the table (thanks Ken for letting me do at least something!). Read more

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Whilst I was in Vancouver I stayed with friends, Lou and Ken, who planned an interesting couple of days, with just the right balance of touristy stuff and relaxing. The first tourist destination was Grouse Mountain.

Grouse Mountain is about 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver and, at its peak, 1,231m high. There a 4 chair lifts, 1 magic carpet and 26 ski runs. To get to the lodge and chair lifts you take a cable car called the Grouse Mountain Skyride.

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The first leg of my holiday was on CX734, Singapore to Hong Kong, it was a standard economy flight, where nothing interesting happened, unlike my business trip of the previous day when we had a special guest in the economy cabin from Perth to Singapore of QF71. A blind gentleman had bought his very well-behaved seeing-eye yellow Labrador on board. For the entire 5 hour flight the dog never made a sound or moved from their spot in seat 4D-F. This was a first for me!


CX888, Hong Kong to Vancouver, was a totally different story to CX734. Firstly the Pier First Class Lounge is in a different league to the DNATA Lounge in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport. A great place to wait for a flight and enjoy a beverage or three (although I do prefer the Wing, you are right in the middle of aircraft operations and it has very different feel about it, will need to go back to HK and take a few photos).

Next up was the flight.

I was lucky enough to have accumulated enough points to be able to book a First Class seat for the 11 hour flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver. My seat was 1a. On some Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aircraft there are 6 First Class seats, which are sort of between a seat and suite. Read more

Wine, Words & Wednesday, No. 119 — The Armchair Sommelier

Today’s words come from Jack Stuart, retired winemaker at Silverado Vineyards in Napa Valley. I’m in the throes of my WSET Diploma studies, so these words resonated with me, and reminded me of something very important. The full quote, for reference (and Latin buffs) is this: Fine wine is food for the table; it’s meant to be […]

via Wine, Words & Wednesday, No. 119 — The Armchair Sommelier

Just had to post this, no truer words spoken!! Thanks to the Armchair Sommelier!

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