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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.

Australia Excels at Vancouver International Wine Festival

By |March 1st, 2015|

Wine Australia and Savour Australia theme region at VIWF The wine world always makes for an exciting place. It’s perpetually in flux—no matter where you look. Barely a decade ago, you might have been excused for thinking that Australia was all about two things: Yellowtail and Shiraz. In fact, sometimes it seemed it [...]

Amici Miei, a Flavour-packed Family Italian

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Amici Miei owners Marcella and Manrico I love it when I discover new little places with a whole lot of heart. There’s no question that’s the case at Amici Miei Cucina Italiana (1114 Denman St. 604-563-6610), in Vancouver’s West End. Owners Manrico Serpente  and Marcella Gentile told me they came to Vancouver last [...]

4 Sustainable Tastes at Vancouver Aquarium

By |February 22nd, 2015|

No, they weren't on the menu. But isn't everyone mesmerized by jellyfish? There's something very reassuring about walking into Stanley Park on a perfect, almost Spring evening. This night was spectacular. A crystal clear partial eclipse of the moon was framed by a cascade of brilliant stars, Venus and Jupiter. I was on my way [...]

Vanessa Vineyard: Similkameen’s Rising Star

By |February 20th, 2015|

Similkameen Valley, looking east from Vanessa Vineyard (Howard Soon photo) (Updated 20/02/16 with 2013 reviews) Vanessa Vineyard is at the eastern end of British Columbia's stunning Similkameen Valley.  The place (which reminds me a bit of New Zealand's Gibbston Valley) is extraordinarily beautiful. But the other thing about the Similkameen that’s truly striking—and unavoidable—is [...]

JoieFarm Founders Go Separate Ways

By |February 18th, 2015|

JoieFarm founders Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn in easier times My good friends Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn, founders of JoieFarm—one of the Okanagan's most successful wineries—are going their separate ways. I have immense respect for these two people, what they've built in JoieFarm, and everything else that they've brought to the Okanagan. [...]

4 Great Reasons to Fall in Love with Nettles

By |February 16th, 2015|

Nettles, freshly cut. Put them in the crisper and they'll keep for at least a couple of weeks. Or dry them. My love affair with Stinging Nettles is a relatively recent occurrence. When I was growing up, in England, it seemed they were everywhere, including at the bottom of our garden. It was [...]

The Case for Fruit Wines and Chocolate

By |February 13th, 2015|

Forbidden Fruit's remarkable Cerise d'Eve, from the Similkameen Valley I’ve never been all that crazy about wine with chocolate, well, not entirely. In fact most of the time there’s little that appeals to me about matching a Cab with a piece of even good dark chocolate, whatever anyone says. OK, Port can be [...]

16 Oceans Cocktails to Float your Sustainable Boat

By |February 6th, 2015|

Yew's Oceans cocktails, such as this 'Glacial Snout" , are some of the most innovative we've seen I’ll confess: I haven't always been a huge fan of cocktail and food pairings. However, there was a time a short while back when it was all the rage. And for some it still is. Not [...]

6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

By |February 4th, 2015|

Sun Peaks - great skiing plus plenty more ... Sun Peaks—Canada's second largest ski resort—yields a wealth of fun and activities in a pristine alpine setting. However, there's a lot more here than you might imagine once you get off the slopes and trails.   1. Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival The [...]

Goodbye Kits Kitchen: Brian Fowke moves on

By |February 1st, 2015|

Brian Fowke... Time to move on.  Tim Pawsey photo Fresh daily proponent Brian Fowke says it's time to move on from his cherished Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which will now become AnnaLena ... This from today's mail: "I have just put my chef's knife down for the last time at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. With [...]

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