Hot Sheet – June 2015
Hot Spot – Provence Marinaside
A few weeks ago we headed down to False Creek overlooking the seawall and the harbor; a location which has been part of the allure for the longtime dining favourite, Provence Marinaside, who recently celebrated 18 years. The goal was simply a light lunch and to check out the newly-renovated restaurant which includes a spectacular new wine wall. “This is the future of any wine you don’t have to age,” Owner & Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia says referring to the wall as we sample some of the 48 wines on tap. In addition they also offer over 100 wines by the glass and will open any bottle if you purchase three glasses.
During lunch, which included mouthwatering meatballs, spaghettini with sliced tomatoes and olive oil, warm goat cheese salad and a selection of simplistically superb deserts, Chef talked about the new look. “The wine wall has been getting great reaction from our regulars and new customers,” he said, “and we’re proud that we support local with the wine as well as the food.”As for the new look, Chef Quaglia collaborated with local Interior Designer Trine Hendrikson. The result: the appearance of a restaurant look you’d come across travelling through parts of Europe and the popular patio only enhances this classic spot. With lunch complete, Chef was off to run the restaurant. The afternoon was capped off with a cold beer at the eleven seat Provence bar.
www.provencevancouver.com 1177 Marinaside Crescent (604)681-4144
Hot Sip – 2011 Seven Stones, Row 128 Merlot
From the Similkameen Valley comes this wonderful wine and a big congrats to Seven Stones owner George Hanson and his team. After sampling the bottle which went very well with a steak dinner, we met up with good friend and media colleague Terry David Mulligan, host of “Tasting Room Radio”, which airs Saturdays at 10am on TSN 1410 www.tastingroomradio.com to get his thoughts on the wine. “It’s well worth the chase – especially at that price,” Mulligan tells The Hot Sheet. “It has a beautiful texture in the mouth, with aromas of black cherry, mint, and black olive.”
Hot Retro – ‘The Colbys’
Salacious, opulent and powerful – that describes ‘The Colbys’, a spin-off of the television phenomenon that was ‘Dynasty’. Featurinnmg an all-star cast, ‘The Colbys’ explores the lives and love of an enormously wealthy California family who will stop at nothing to maintain power and control of their empire. See all 49 episodes in a 12 disc set from www.shoutfactory.com
Hot Read – ‘Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls’
The Hot Sheet attended this important book launch and had a chance to chat with Kristal Barrett-Stuart, who along Kristin Van Vloten, brought together well-known women like Erin Cebula, Tamara Taggart, Fiona Forbes, Victoria Duffield, and Jillian Harris, asking them to write about the struggles they dealt with as young girls. The inspirational result: Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls.
“The goal of The Sparkle Project BC is to inspire and equip young girls to lead healthy, self-confident, and successful lives,” says Barrett-Stuart, a singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and mother of a young daughter. If the positive vibes and dedication at this book launch was any indication, the impact will be huge. And the additional good news: partial proceeds from the sale of the book will fund bursaries for young girls who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams.
Hot Sound – Wes Mack
Calgary born but now calling Vancouver home, Wes Mack is coming off a tremendous run with back-to-back country radio hits and winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s coveted Discovery Program. Now comes this talented artist’s major label debut. “I like this EP because I was able to get a couple of tracks on it that were literally the first things we recorded as early as 2012, up to stuff we would have been working on earlier this year,” says Mack. “As my first release, I wanted it to cover the past few years of what I’ve done. It feels about time to have something out there.” Add to that an opening spot on the Shania Twain tour and everything’s coming up Wes Mack.
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