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Mark Mounce is a retired Vancouver police detective working now as a Private Investigator and Executive Protection Specialist at Lions Gate Risk Management Group. He provides us with a chronicle of his 2018 European excursion
Freedom to lunch at fine restaurants is one benefit of having a flexible schedule. Diners enjoy fine experiences and occasional bargains. Scott Kidd’s CANYON in Edgemont Village was a recent treat. Chef Kidd has worked in BC’s best restaurants, including Sooke Harbour House and Bishop’s. After long service as Executive Chef of Lift Bar and Grill in Coal Harbour, Kidd opened Canyon. He brought experience, skill and dedication to local ingredients and sustainable foods…
Brunch at Chef Faizal Kassam’s West Vancouver restaurant was enough of a success that a visit to sample the dinner menu was mandatory. Terroir Kitchen specializes in sharing plates, which someone called posh tapas. This is an informal dining style that allows diners to experience edibles not on their usual list of choices. It also encourages conversations about culinary successes or failures.
Chef Faizal Kassam describes his cuisine as sustainable, local and organic. He styles it after rustic fare of Southern Europe. Freshness and regionality are key. Terroir Kitchen’s menu reflects that commitment and Vancouver Magazine found execution was superb. In 2018, that respected observer of BC’s fine dining places, rated Terroir Kitchen as best on the North Shore.
Diners suffering a twinge of guilt about consuming butter and egg yolks might assuage that feeling by asking for a smoothie made with kale, spinach, pear, banana, almond butter & apple juice. If guilt’s not your thing, try a glass of bacon infused bourbon, fresh orange and lemon juice, smokey BBQ sauce, pickled onion and celery. Maybe even two, because life is short.
Four fundamental elements of the universe –– earth, air, fire and water –– combine to create a fifth. What is it? Of course, single malt Scotch whisky, distillations of Scotland’s riches into the world’s greatest drink. The product of one distillery, a single malt has its own distinctive flavour, influenced by unique constituents, not blended with other spirits into endlessly repeatable homogeneity.
Travel here may not for be everyone. Some may prefer fast-paced modern cities to indolent peregrinations through historical sites. However, for those seeking a compounded sense of civilization, art and history, matched with exceptional value, Languedoc-Roussillon is an, easily accessible treasure.