March 25, 2012: Last Dinner at Refuel!

This was the message that greeted diners on Refuel's final night of service last evening.  Akemi and I showed up for our 6:00 p.m. reservation to find the place packed.  We were greeted by the friendly staff, then welcomed by the ever-affable Katherine who informed us it would be a big curtain closer on account…

March 14, 2012: A farewell to Refuel! I rundown my Top 16 Most Memorable Meals!

Well, this is sad: Refuel closes; Top Chef Canada contestant takes over space.  Refuel, formerly Fuel, one of my favorite Vancouver dining destinations is closing its doors.  Owners Tom Doughty and Rob Belcham will no doubt remain as busy as ever what with two of their other restaurants, Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma, doing brisk business and…

March 18, 2011: The Meal To End All Meals!

I remember when I first started watching Iron Chef (the original Japanese version), being mightily impressed with the creativity and effort that went into the various dishes.  I would sit back on my couch and envy the lucky judges who were granted the opportunity to sample the varied culinary masterpieces.  And I'd think: "Wouldn't it…

March 3, 2011: Gauntlet! The dish on that super-secret restaurant! And lunch at Refuel!

I was in the office today to watch the Day 1 mix of episode #220, Gauntlet.  And what a mix it was!  We had a grand total of two notes, and they were mere looping issues. Carl, who also had two notes, emailed them our way this morning.  They were: "31:00  Music cue over this…

August 5, 2010: Creative spam! Dinner at Refuel! Paul Croteau Confections! Another Masked review! Another SGU season 2 teaser! More from the Atlantis archives!

Whenever a spam comment manages to find its way into my moderation queue, I'm always quick to trash it.  But this one I couldn't help but set aside because it was refreshingly unique.  It doesn't pretend to be anything else but a straightforward link dump.  With a twist: I’m currently being held prisoner by the…

April 30, 2010: Finally! Ellen Kushner drops in! Cynthia leaves! Dinner at Refuel! And – some mailbag!

Success!  I finally completed a first draft of episode 10, Resurgence.  It's a little rough, granted - but it'll do.  I'll spend the weekend revising it and deliver it on Monday.  Normally, it takes me about an hour to write the fifth act (usually in a white heat, coming off the momentum of the fourth…

April 18, 2010: The Greatest Chocolate Party Ever!

Every April, I hold something called a Chocolate Party, an annual event in which I gathered some fifty of my closest friends, feed them dinner, then try to kill them with massive amounts of chocolate.  Over the years, this event has grown, from a modest get-together at my home to a gastronomic blow-out at Fuel…

February 18, 2010: Disaster denied or simply delayed? ReFuel! And Bathtime for Bubba!

I feel like I'm a character in one of those Final Destination movies.  The reason?  Well, way back when I was in fourth grade, I was helping my gym glass set up the trampoline.  At one point, a section of the equipment clamped down on my fingers but I was able to quickly slip my…