Monthly Archives: May 2008

Province column: The Lower Mainland may have fine upscale eateries, but where’s the beef?

Monday, May 26, 2008

It’s celebration time these days for gourmands in British Columbia.

According to a ranking published earlier this month by Food & Wine Magazine, Vancouver is one of the 10 best restaurant cities in the world.

That puts our West Coast metropolis in the same league as such culinary heavyweights as Tokyo, Paris and London.

But it doesn’t end there.

At least two jet-setting celebrity chefs based in Manhattan — Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud — are reportedly setting up shop here as well.

Even Britain’s Gordon Ramsay, the short-tempered chef who dishes out trash talk on his weekly reality television program, is considering the Lower Mainland for a future restaurant opening.

All of this should add up to, well, salad days for Vancouver’s dining scene. But in my view, all is not well in what some proudly refer to as “Canada’s culinary capital.” Continue reading


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Province column: It feels like we’re being taken for a ride with this bridge roller-coaster

Call me old-fashioned, but I still consider $63 million to be a whole lot of money — even in an era of billion-dollar mega-projects, million-dollar condominiums and $1.35-a-litre gasoline.

So I was both surprised and disturbed to recently hear that this staggering sum of cash would be required to retrofit the Burrard Street Bridge in a bid to improve some cycling and walking lanes.

The reasoning goes that the expanded lanes will improve biker safety and security on the bridge — encouraging folks to junk their car keys or transit passes in favour of a 10-speed or a hip cruiser.
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Legacy Sakura on Powell Street

As part of the new City of Vancouver plan to redevelop Oppenheimer Park in the downtown eastside (and adjacent to the historic Japantown), “legacy sakura” (cherry blossom trees) are going to be removed to make way for a new field house.

This is not just any tree-clearing program, mind you. The memorial sakura trees were planted back in 1977 by first-generation Japanese Canadians to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Canada’s first-recorded Japanese immigrant. Adding more weight to the proceedings is the long relationship the Nikkei community has had with Oppenheimer Park.

Somewhat ironically, the parks board participated (and sanctioned) the planting three decades go. Today, however, they insist that the sakura trees have outlived their life span.

Hence the rise of the The Coalition for Saving the Legacy Sakura of Oppenheimer Park, which consists of various Japanese Canadian organizations committed to preserving this important part of Vancouver’s heritage.

Canadian Nikkei - Save the Legacy Sakura

Sign the petition here 


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