Do you work for the CBC?
No, I am a full-time freelance journalist who sells content to the CBC. The CBC does not pay my expenses I incur while gathering or producing the content, and reserves the right to cancel my shows at any time without cause or compensation.
What are your favorite restaurants in Vancouver?
That's an incredibly subjective question, as I have favourite restaurants from all across the price spectrum and all across styles, such as Japanese, or seafood. Generally speaking, the restaurants that are featured on my shows or mentioned on my websites have my stamp of approval because I've had great meals there on a consistent basis. Eventually this website will have a growing list of places I think are worth visiting.
How do you stay so slim?
I wouldn't call myself slim by any means. There's definitely some extra poundage around my waistline I need to do something about. But considering the fact that I eat for a living, I guess I'm not doing too bad.
Are you a food critic /restaurant reviewer?
Not really. Although I have reviewed restaurants in the past and will be doing one review a month on my Pacific Palate program, I consider myself much more a journalist than a reviewer. Most of the stories I produce are about passionate people in the food and beverage industry who have interesting stories to tell.
Do you have a good recipe for........?
I do have a large collection of cookbooks, but I can't respond to every person who asks for a recipe using Jerusalem artichokes or tomatillos. I hope to set up a recipe and ingredient forum on this website so people can help each other out. In the meantime, when I'm looking for a recipe in a hurry, I go to www.epicurious.com or just Google the name of the dish, or main ingredient.
If I invite you to come to my restaurant, will you do a story about me?
The short answer is no. The long answer is maybe. There has to be a solid, interesting reason why I want to talk about your restaurant on my program.
Can I advertise my product or restaurant on your programs or website?
The CBC tries to be very careful about not appearing to be promoting or advertising a business, and they don't accept paid advertising on radio, anyway. There is space available on this website, however, for advertising. Contact me to discuss terms.
Is organic food really better than non-organic food?
That's a big question. There's no doubt that growing crops and raising animals organically is easier on the environment. I try to shop organically as much as possible, but to me, fresh and local is better than organic shipped from far away. Some organic foods definitely taste better than non-organic. I've even converted to Heinz organic ketchup because it tastes better than their regular ketchup. With some foods it's hard to tell, so let your budget, ethics and taste buds be your guide.