Category Archives: travel

The “un-edited” version: Toronto & BarChef

One of the coolest experiences in a bartender’s career is the ability to reach beyond the bar. You may be lightning fast with your head down during a Friday night well service, or you might be the best at pumping … Continue reading

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The Chef’s Last Supper

Original story can be viewed at http://www.urbandiner.ca As you walked in through the front doors, the hostess would greet you, find your reservation, and in the background you couldn’t help but notice the bar in full swing, making the finest … Continue reading

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I like liquids better anyway – BarChef – no food please!

Taken from its original location http://www.urbandiner.ca The BarChef June 2, 2009 at 11:05 am · Similar Stories in Cocktail Culture, Lauren Mote, Talking Points As a continuation of my cocktail adventures in Toronto a few weeks ago, I met up … Continue reading

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A day at the farm

by Lauren Mote As soon as I started at the Refinery, and figured out how to use my email program, the first email I opened was a congratulatory note from Angelina at Vista D’Oro Vineyard down in Langley. Apart from … Continue reading

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Mixology Adventures: Part 2 – The Seminar

by Lauren Mote Vail Colorado, day 2. The purpose of this seminar, was to collect the some 200 participants in the Mixology Summit, lock them in room with nothing but each other, booze and Steve Olson – now that’s something … Continue reading

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Mixology Adventures: Lauren is una’vail’able right now.

by Lauren Mote When I got off the plane in Denver, i was dying to run outside and breathe the frosty air.. but I could only run for about 30 seconds – the pressure and the elevation are pretty high … Continue reading

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Mixology Adventures: Part 1 – The Flight

by Lauren Mote My current adventure finds me wandering through the security gates, a “shoeless jane” if you will, smiling while waiting for the xrays (and xray operators) to realize that my wallet holds plastic cards, rather then plastic explosives. … Continue reading

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Cafe Brio

by Lauren Mote Historically, I cannot stand Dine Around (Victoria), or “Dine Out” as Vancouver would have it (Winterlicious and Summerlicious as Toronto would publish). For me, as I am in the restaurant industry, I look at this “cheap eats … Continue reading

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The Little Cheerful Cafe

by Jessica Grajczyk As a breakfast expert, whenever I travel, it is my duty to try the quirkiest, kitschiest, most-loved-by-locals, non-franchised restaurant in which to enjoy breakfast and report back to you. I do this so you don’t have to … Continue reading

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Bearfoot Bistro

by Lauren Mote Arriving into the most well known mountain city in Canada, where does a group of foodies on a day trip escape for dinner? There was really only one choice, in fact you could say we travelled through … Continue reading

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