Thursday, October 20, 2005

$ense and Sensibility

Candied beetroot chips topped with Albacore tuna tartare, yam fritters drizzled with maple syrup, creamy Salt Spring Island organic goat cheese encrusted with poached peppercorns and served with delicate Raincoast Crisps.

Is your mouth watering yet? Tonight our senses received quite the delight at the opening reception of Bowen Island landscape artist, Ian Fry's new works - A Taste of the Earth held at the Pair Bistro in Point Grey.

As a jazz trio played to a buzzing crowd, we sampled many wines presented by the Mark Anthony Group. We were pleasantly impressed by a lovely 2002 Shiraz from Mission Hill, while the Chardonnay was a perfect companion to the Cortes Island oysters on the half shell.

Simultaneously, our sights feasted upon a gallery of original paintings. As we reached the top of the crickety stairs of this charming bistro, we were captivated by an oil on canvas - Dolphin and Girl. Sadly, there aren't enough pesetas in my bank account to add this original to my collection of Dogs Playing Poker...sigh.