Monthly Archives: December 2015

Recipe – roasted brussels sprouts, cranberries, pancetta

serving size – four



20 brussels sprouts – cut in half
2 oz pancetta – cut up or diced small 1 garlic clove – crushed and minced 1 oz dried cranberries
1 to 2 cups of chicken stock
1 pinch dried chili
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
to taste kosher salt and pepper


1) In a large cast iron pan add the olive oil and bring to a medium heat.

2) Place the brussel sprouts on the cut side down, add the pancetta, cook the sprouts to golden brown then turn over.

3) Add the cranberries, garlic, chili and cook for 1 min.

4) Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, reduce the stock down to a glaze at which point the sprouts should be cooked

5) Add red wine vinegar and season to taste

6) Serve immediately

Covenant House Vancouver Sleep Out

You may or may not know that I slept on the street last month to raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver on Drake and Seymour.

We met at 7:30pm and listened to moving stories from people who use the House and we found out how they ended up there. I was given a letter upon entering and was asked to be the first speaker. It was from someone that came to the House and the letter told their story. I had to give it back to them: despite my hardened exterior I knew that if I started reading this I wouldn’t be able to get through it without choking up.

We got changed at 10pm and I had two giant cups of warm tea  – things that you’re not going to have the option of doing if you are homeless. I put my cardboard down at 10.30pm and had a good long look around the alleyway. ‘Piece of cake’, I thought, ‘I’ll be asleep in no time with all these clothes I have on.


Fjallraven on West Broadway had heard what I was doing and gave me a jacket, toque and gloves – that was super kind of them and I literally don’t think I could have done it without all of these clothes. It was at least -1C and I heard rumours of it being -3C. I was wearing long johns, two pairs of socks, two shirts, fleece and boots etc but I didn’t sleep a wink last night: not one second.


My head was itchy from the toque that I had on and I could feel my face freezing as I lay down in the alley, looking up at the stars. I’d put earplugs in, which I thought were my secret weapon, but they didn’t block out the sirens, trucks, horns and people shifting around. What stressed me out most were my feet – they were very cold and at noon today they still feel cold.


I just wanted it to end but it was only 2:10am as the wind blew over the cardboard that I was using as a wind block and the brutal sub-zero air whipped across my face. I thought about the kids that end up on the street: they probably come from a home with a lot of issues and they have not been equipped to handle day-to-day life. They probably have never been loved like you or I and have made some choices in life that haven’t worked out.


We see them all the time in Vancouver but it’s almost like they don’t exist: we walk around them or look the other way. I, like most people, have thought ‘just get a job!’. Some of the kids at the House need to deal with mental health issues, addictions or need a break from step-fathers or mothers who themselves have all kinds of problems. Some have been in foster care all of their life: thankfully there are foster givers in the world but I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to grow up like that.


I only spent one night on the street and came to the conclusion that in this weather I would lose my mind within 48 hrs and make some REALLY bad choices to survive. The people that take the youth in at Covenant House do amazing work. There are 126 people that work there: please find a way to help them out.


Finally I would like to sincerely thank everyone that donated to sponsor me and would like to thank Fjallraven for the warm clothes and Covenant House for inviting me to do this.

Thank you,

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Holiday gifts for all

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Christmas is almost here and there is no better way to ring in the most joyful time of year than with lovingly made treats from Pastry Chef, Wayne Kozinko. Bel Café offers classic Christmas delights such as vanilla shortbread ($14 for box of 12), eggnog lattes ($5.50) and peppermint macarons ($2 each).


Indulge in more traditional holiday pastries such as Christmas cake ($17), linzer cookies ($14 box of eight) and milk chocolate, chestnut and caramel entremets ($6.20 small / $40.00 large). Catch the eye and satisfy the sweet tooth of holiday party guests with one of Bel’s edible and decorative macaron trees. These 20-piece trees add a unique twist to ordinary Christmas décor and are priced at $55. Say cheers to the season at Bel with house-mulled cider ($4), bourbon-spiked cider ($9) and eggnog with spiced rum ($9).


Get into the holiday spirit with Bel Café’s seasonal menu favourites and delicious Christmas treat offerings. . For large corporate orders, contact Prices include tax.


Welcome LA’s trailblazing Chef Sang Yoon


Hawksworth Restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has partnered with Tourism Vancouver to bring Los Angeles’ Chef Yoon of fine-dining Lukshon for a restaurant takeover as part of Dine Out Vancouver.

The five-course feast take place within Hawksworth Restaurant’s Pearl and Art Rooms on January 21 and marries both chefs’ love of local ingredients and fresh, creative South East Asian flavours with a wonderfully West Coast twist. Asian influenced dishes appear alongside SoCal ingredients such as Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, for a taste of contemporary Canadian meets Californian cuisine.



santa barbara sea urchin crispy black rice, jalapeño, peanuts, barrel aged nuoc mam

lobster cocktail “herb curry”, hearts of palm, lime cells, coconut snow

“thai beef salad”  lime chile jerky, smoked tongue, cucumber gelee, watercress soup

squab breast  foie gras, chestnut dumpling, star anise chicory soil, tumeric cauliflower

coconut dark chocolate “rocks”  coconut sand, cocoa crumble, passion fruit

substitutions and modifications are politely declined for this event


$195 per person – all inclusive pricing (dinner, wine, tax, gratuity and Tourism Vancouver fee)

please email or call 604.673.7000


Celebrate at home with Hawksworth Catering

Planning a party at home for the holidays? Hawksworth Catering can help you make it a seasonal success, whether you need some creative canapés for a small get-together or a full-scale feast for a big family event. Customized catering can cover everything from cool cocktail parties, to delicious dinner menus or a lunchtime soiree. Let Hawksworth Restaurant help you at home during the holidays with any last-minute parties you’re planning with family and friends.

No event is too big or too small – services are available to suit your venue and budget, email or call 604.605.3325 ext 1 for more information.

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