Ataula: Sublime Call ‘To the Table’ (Portland, OR)

I'll say it right off. Ataula is the best tapas restaurant my wife and I have ever been to. Not only was the food consistently sublime but the wait staff was above reproach and the tab less than we expected to pay for such quality. Ataula is somewhat hidden away on a quiet side street of Portland's... Continue Reading →

Bin 941: Still Great After All These Years (Vancouver, B.C.)

A spinach salad is kind of like something you feel you should eat in order to get your greens for the day. Not glamorous or exciting, just—healthy. That was our thinking anyway—and maybe a nod toward St. Paddy's Day when we wanted to quaff beer instead of drinking an artificially green cocktail (even if it was a house... Continue Reading →

La Bodega Restauranté (Vancouver, BC)

The venerable La Bodega has been serving Spanish cuisine since 1971. In a city that doesn't have many Spanish restaurants, the quality of the food remains good, though nothing we had could be described as extraordinary. The place is dark, as seems to be the case in most Spanish restaurants we've ever been. A good... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour (Whistler, BC)

For upscale tapas dining, you can't go wrong by dining at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour in Whistler. On the outskirts of Whistler Village, it features locally produced foods in a menu that changes frequently. We arrived early to beat the expected crowd, which never materialized. Perhaps it was the season. We didn't complain though, because... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Saffron (Walla Walla, WA)

With the demise of 26 Brix, Walla Walla was left with one fewer great kitchen. The economics of running a fine dining restaurant in a town of Walla Walla's size must be daunting, though the prospect of drawing in the university crowd and the growing number of winemakers in the valley is surely what drives... Continue Reading →

Bin 941 Tapas Parlour (Vancouver, BC)

Since its opening in 1998, Bin 941 has been wowing its customers and critics alike with its approach to tapas-style dining, Pacific Northwest-style. The emphasis is on sharing small plates, a formula that worked so well that other Vancouver restaurants started to adopt the trend. Our good friends took us here several years ago because... Continue Reading →

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