Absinthe at Jules Bistro in Vancouver and some News

GREAT NEWS! Tremendous thanks to everyone that nominated me towards the Foodbuzz awards.

I’ve been nominated for 4 categories:

  • Best Overall Blog
  • Best Photography Blog
  • Best Visual Blog

and under Superlatives:

  • What blogger would you most like to take to dinner?

I’d be honored and grateful if you would take a minute to vote for me here .

I’m absolutely blown away, considering that I started my blog in mere April and am up against some big names. This would never happen without you! xoxo

It’s plain to see that I adore Vancouver but have dodged from writing about its restaurants. That’s because my passion lies in cooking so I leave the shop-talk to other dedicated bloggers. A list of my favorites are at the end of this post.

Even so, I understand why people take interest in what I eat from day to day. After all…

If you are curious about where and what I eat, please follow me on Twitter (GourmetFury) for the live-feed of my dining (mis)adventures.

In order to share my most memorable moments, I’ve created a Travel category with the various destinations listed. After sorting through my snapshots, I’ll periodically relate my experiences here.


Absinthe at Jules


A random stroll around cobble-paved Gastown led to a late evening spent sipping on delectable absinthe at Jules, a quaint French bistro.

I’m an avid wine lover. I’m also what many call a “double fister”, a term I find utterly appalling in contrast to the beauty of simultaneously sipping a cocktail alongside du vin. (ok, so it’s not always this refined… )

So naturally, I asked for a glass of wine to accompany the absinthe. Our delightful host, Michael, warned that once the aromatic elixir pervades the palate, all other tastes will be distinguished.

I ordered one regardless out of curiosity (although I’ve been called belligerent more than a handful of times… just this week alone).

He was right. The viridescent distillate conquered my senses and rendered all competition futile.

Mystique aside, absinthe is a truly artful drink; from its preparation, to the moment the herbs permeate the senses, to the conversation it stimulates, enjoying absinthe is a distinct experience.

It is no surprise that the Green Faerie never lost her allure after the repeated waves of prohibition.

Jules Casual French Bistro
216 Abbott Street
Vancouver, BC

Jules Casual French Bistro on Urbanspoon

Vancouver Foodies Lineup:

Eat Vancouver

Ethnic Eats

Ho Yummy

Vancouver Foodster

Vancouver Slop

  1. October 06, 2009 by jenn (Bread + Butter)

    Ah, the green fairy. It’s been a while since I’ve had that. It’s really tempting right now.

    Congrats on your nominations.

  2. October 06, 2009 by Evan

    i had no idea Jules was doing absinthe. i’ll be back there tout de suite.

  3. October 06, 2009 by Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    After a VERY bad experience with waaay too much of the green fairy years ago in Paris, I can’t touch the stuff! Love your pictures though! And congrats on your nominations! Are you going to be there…

  4. October 06, 2009 by Marillyn @ just-making-noise

    Congrats!! Love your blog and you deserve those nominations!!

  5. October 06, 2009 by Miranda

    Congrats. i voted for you. love your site.

  6. October 06, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    @Evan: Wanna go sometime this week?

  7. October 06, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    @Jenn @Marillyn Thank you :) You are too kind!

  8. October 06, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    @ Miranda: I really appreciate it! Thank you!

  9. October 06, 2009 by Mel (admin)

    @Mardi: Uhoh… I wonder what happened… But thank you. I might not be able to make it… planning to go to Paris myself around that time :)

  10. October 06, 2009 by Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Oh Paris! I am there this December. Re: SFO – Want me to pick up your awards when you win????

    Re: the green fairy – you DON’T want to know!!!!

  11. October 06, 2009 by theUngourmet

    Congrats on your nominations!
    This drink looks amazing! It’s been a while since I’ve gone out on the town I guess. I’ve never seen this before.

  12. October 07, 2009 by ValleyWriter

    Congrats on your nominations! Your photos are truly fantastic!

  13. October 07, 2009 by Cajun Chef Ryan

    Congratulations on the FoodBuzz awards! And your images are always fab!

    CCR =:~)

  14. October 07, 2009 by Jessica

    congrats on the nominations! You totally deserve it and I’ll say it again, you take the most amazing photos! I look forward to coming here whenever you put up a new entry

  15. October 07, 2009 by wasabi prime

    Congratulations on your many nominations! Best of luck to you! I love the absinthe post. There’s a couple of places in and around Seattle that serve it and prepare it in either the traditional French or Bohemian styles. I really like Kubler as a brand; it’s Swiss, but it’s got a lighter anise flavor and not as strong as the others.

  16. October 07, 2009 by Cookin' Canuck

    Congratulations on your nominations! You deserve it!

  17. October 07, 2009 by Nicole

    I’m so glad you were nominated and that I was able to discover your blog through it. Can’t wait to check out more!

  18. October 07, 2009 by sippitysup

    Hello and congratulations! I am nominated in the same category, but I wanted to say “Hello” and say good luck. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside you! GREG

  19. October 07, 2009 by Debi (Table Talk)

    Congrats on your nominations–I enjoy your blog/style and wish you the best!

  20. October 08, 2009 by Chris and Amy

    Our first encounter with the green fairy was in a very dark bar in Prague. Needless to say, we came home with a couple of bottles, including one that had a large beetle inside it. Gotta love that.
    And congrats on the nominations!

  21. October 08, 2009 by Stumptown Savoury

    I’ve never tried absinthe, but after reading this post I’m going to have to find some and give it a try.

    Congratulations on your nominations. You deserve it, and got my vote(s).

  22. October 08, 2009 by degan

    such beautiful photos! congratulations and thanks for the mention!

  23. October 08, 2009 by Michelle

    Hi there!! I found your blog from the foodbuzz nomination and after lookin’ through, I can TOTALLY see why you were nominated for “Most likely to be taken out to dinner”! hahaha

    I love all your foodie adventures, especially those Chinese recipes. I grew up in Hong Kong before coming to the US, so it’s so comforting to see that you have stick-to-the-roots, traiditional recipes like the dumpling one! :)

    I look forward to reading more and congratulations!! I’m so glad I found your blog!!!!

    P.s. A completely unrelated note, but I’m hosting a ZenSoy pudding and soy milk giveaway, so hope you stop by if you’re interested! :) Happy hump day!!

  24. October 08, 2009 by Stoo

    Voted – good luck hon :)

  25. October 08, 2009 by Hélène

    Congratulations! I just voted. I’m on Vancouver Island and wanted to encourage you. Good luck :)

  26. October 09, 2009 by Divina

    Congratulations on your nominations. I’m actually thrilled for you. :)

    I’ve been missing my life in Vancouver. I used to live there for 2 years but back where I belong . Hope to back there soon. Just don’t know when. So, your adventures in trying out new restaurants there has become a my adventure.

  27. October 12, 2009 by Jackie at

    Congratulations on your nominations on Foodbuzz. I just discovered your website through the Foodbuzz award page. You have a beautiful site!

  28. October 31, 2009 by Steve

    I was all ready to vote you as the blogger I’d most like to have dinner with….and its closed? Is that temporary, or am I late? Congrats….it was great meeting you earlier this year and reading your wonderfully varied takes on food.

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