Tuna Poke — Anejo
I love the tequila-focused cocktails at Anejo. Now that it’s springtime (If I say that, warm weather will come, right?) there is nothing better than having a few Tequila Negroni’s on the patio here while enjoying some of this poke. Refreshing and perfect for sharing with some friends. Mmm, I’m craving some right now. C’mon warm weather! Appear!
— Dan Clapson, contributing food editor, @dansgoodside
Black Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Polpettes – Boxwood
This week I was fortunate enough to try out the new spring menu at Boxwood. The best bite of the evening would have to go to the black bean and shiitake mushroom polpettes. Essentially they are like meatless meatballs; the texture is as close as I have come to ground beef as a vegetarian. Finished with an arugula pesto and lebneh (a thick, strained Greek yogurt of sorts), I could have skipped it as an appetizer and ordered 5 plates for my main instead!
— Mallory Frayn, contributor, becauseilikechocolate.com
Natura Tasting Menu – Q Haute
At Q Haute Cuisine, dinner is a journey – a time to relax and amble along Chef Michele Aurigemma’s path of discovery. We enjoyed ‘Natura’, a 9-course tasting menu lasting 150 minutes. Each intricate part of every dish has been carefully crafted, the attention to detail is astonishing. Shown is the starter course of Hummus lollipop, Lemon cones, savoury biscuit and edible river rock – each a surprise! Underneath on the left is Q’s homemade raisin bread with their beet butter and herb butter, and in the centre are Gruyere cheese gnocchi with anise flavoured new season tomato broth – superb melting little cheesy pillows. On the right the dish is simply described as ‘Aromatic venison on the forest floor’ – so understated! A meal at ‘Q’ is an adventure and an occasion that you won’t forget in a hurry!
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
CedarCreek 2013 Rosé
Sunshine brings thoughts of rosé, and a good one is versatile enough for most anything – from a smoky brisket to grilled salmon. I judged the 20th annual Best of Varietal Awards and was smitten by what I learned later was the CedarCreek 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé. Delicate and savoury, it can handle your best BBQ; a delicious match for summer meals. Can’t find the 2013? Try an older vintage – it should hold up.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting