Yak & Yeti Momos and Lam Kebab

I’m intrigued when restaurateurs open a second location. Often as not the reasons are pretty straightforward: As in “If it works here, why not there?” However, the thinking behind Yak & Yeti Bistro (2958 West 4th. Ave., 604-428-4422) is a bit different. It’s the other half of Gurkha Kitchen—a room we don’t get to nearly […]

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Malbec Harvest

No doubt you’ve already marked your calendar for Malbec World Day, which you surely must know is April 17th. And, in case you haven’t guessed, this celebratory salute to Argentina’s favourite grape was dreamed up by, well , Argentina. Wracking my brains, I can’t recall any other variety that has its own international (even if […]

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Brian Fowke as forager. Not so rare, this time. Tim Pawsey photo

Updated, April 3rd, 2014. Kitsilano Daily Kitchen is celebrating its fourth birthday, so I decided to refurbish this post in its honour … and rerun the original piece, whose Courier links are now dead.  You have to hand it to Brian Fowke, who jumped into the local, seasonal movement early. And persevered.   From today’s […]

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Marc du Soleil

    The Hired Belly has attended more than few winemaker dinners. But some remain etched in my memory. The very first was when Howard Soon (now Peller Estates’ chief winemaker, then Calona Vineyards’) dropped by the original Raintree, in Vancouver, to pour his wines. (To this day, Howard, who never met a mic he […]

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Brent Marris - the man behind The Ned

The last time I met Brent Marris—the man behind Marlborough’s The Ned, The Kings series, and a whole lot more—was almost exactly 20 years ago. He was part of a New Zealand trade mission that came to Vancouver. At the time, Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc was in the early stages of its remarkable ascent and the […]

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Lisa Martella, Executive Director, A Loving Spoonful and Sheena Sargeant, Executive Director, Friends For Life

  It’s quite a milestone: Dining Out for Life turns 20 this year. One thing I’ve learned covering food and wine over the years: No other industry is as generous as the hospitality sector. If there was a way to tally up volunteer hours and value of labour and goods donated, I’m sure the restaurant […]

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Fairmont Pacific Rim Rawbar dragon and motoyaki rolls

I’m always annoyed intrigued by people who scoff at the idea of Vancouver becoming a truly  “green city.” Maybe it’s just so much an entrenched part of the Canadian psyche: a feeling that progress and innovation always have to come from outside. Much in the same way that nobody used to recognise Canadian talent without […]

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Landmark Restaurant hotpot

   Just announced: the winners of the 2014 Chinese Restaurant Awards, Diners’ Choice, as tabulated from 19,612 ballots. The Chinese Restaurant Awards have grown from small beginnings into a hotly contested process that focuses a much needed spotlight on the top Chinese tastes in Metro Vancouver. The awards are divided into two parts: the Diners Choice, […]

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Vintners brunch winner Joe Fortes scallop ceviche, with Nautilus Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc

Vintners Brunch, to the lucky crowd who book it soon enough, is one fun party. And why not? After all, it’s the major closing event of the Vancouver International Wine Festival; and a laid-back wrap-up for many of the wine industry people who have been working hard all week.  Yet, behind-the-scenes there’s now a growing […]

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vancouver International Wine Festival flutes

Next week’s Vancouver International Wine Festival will be one of the most well attended  in the festival’s 36 years. How come it’s so popular? There are a couple of key reasons: Arguably North America’s most important combined consumer and trade wine gathering, it’s a great opportunity for wineries to meet their customers face to face—in […]

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