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About Tim Pawsey

Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of British Columbia, Canada. Tim’s hallmark is seeking out and recommending value wines from BC and around the world that offer quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy restaurants that live up to their promises—and often over deliver. Readers depend on the Hired Belly for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” picks to help them find the right wine for the occasion. He writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo. His columns are frequently picked up by major newspapers across Canada. Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is frequently invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others. Tim has traveled to taste in many of the world’s leading wine regions, most recently in Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.

Terrific First Tastes at Tacofino Tacobar

By |July 29th, 2016|

TACOFINO OPENS IN YALETOWN (Updated, July 29, 2016) Latest from the folks at Tacofino (see below) is a cute and compact Yaletown addition, at 1025 Mainland St., Vancouver. At a media preview the other night there was no shortage of great tastes, with many faves from the main Gastown menu on offer. It should be [...]

Nightingale: Hawksworth Latest Truly Sings

By |July 6th, 2016|

Nightingale is the latest undertaking from David Hawksworth, Vancouver’s acclaimed culinary star. Hawksworth first arrived on the scene when he opened West Restaurant. At the time he was a virtual unknown. The West Van raised chef had been busy polishing his skills elsewhere. He worked in such esteemed kitchens as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons [...]

BC Lieutenant Governor Wine Awards Spotlights Newcomers

By |June 22nd, 2016|

The just concluded BC Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wines is surely one of the most unique competitions anywhere. I'm not aware of any other judging that starts out with over 500 wines from 132 wineries and manages to single out a mere dozen for recognition. (The similar, Ontario LG Awards, modeled on [...]

Mister Does it Right: Annals of Ice Cream

By |June 21st, 2016|

A visit to Yaletown's newly minted Mister reminded me: I don't often get to frequent ice cream parlours and similar dens of blissful decadence. However, I do know good ice cream when I taste it. That's partly because a summer holiday highlight when growing up was to indulge in a '99'. These ice cream cornet [...]

Chefs for Oceans: Here’s to ‘Yew,’ Ned Bell

By |May 30th, 2016|

Updated: Chef Ned Bell joins Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Here's the full release: PASSIONATE SUPPORTER OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD CHEF NED BELL JOINS VANCOUVER AQUARIUM’S OCEAN WISE CULINARY TEAM VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eleven years ago, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre sharpened its focus on protecting the world’s oceans by tackling its biggest issue: overfishing. Now nationwide, [...]

Wine by the Glass: 5 Reasons to Visit Provence

By |May 9th, 2016|

Provence Marinaside epitomizes the blossoming of Vancouver’s food and wine culture —especially in matters of wine. As anyone who travels knows, especially when it comes to wine by the glass, this city is well ahead of most. This popular restaurant on Vancouver's False Creek north shore draws on a combination of storage techniques. They include [...]

McWatters and Time March On — to Penticton

By |April 25th, 2016|

Harry McWatters is like the venerable Energizer Bunny... Every time you think he might be done, he keeps on going. And it’s usually well ahead of the curve.

Kiwi Connections: The Great Tiki Tour in Vancouver

By |April 23rd, 2016|

The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour comes to town on May 5th—which is the perfect time of year —with a wealth of styles and tastes from around NZ

Malbec: King for a Day…and More

By |April 13th, 2016|

Malbec World Day (April 17th.) is again fast approaching—yet one more reminder of the value to be found from the South American producer. While it’s true Argentina has built its reputation on Malbec, what might surprise you is that the grape’s popularity is relatively recent. In fact, we can probably, in part, thank Michel Rolland [...]

Cabrito: Contemporary Spanish tapas on The Drive

By |April 8th, 2016|

Cabrito Tapas & Bebidas is a refreshing newcomer on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. Laid-back and lively, it offers some different, more local twists on tapas.

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