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In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Pig is Still Flying High

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 30th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews|

TFP mussels and clams – the perfect wet weather foil One spot that’s an easy lure for lunch—particularly when it’s raining cats and dogs—is Yaletown’s The Flying Pig (1168 Hamilton St, 604-568-1344). There’s just something about this place, from its easy going ways and cosy room with a great buzz to the quality [...]

Rooting Around at Forage Yields Ultimate in Porcine Pampering

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 29th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Restaurant Reviews|

Pork hock and bacon terrine. We were hooked, umm hocked ... TP photo We finally managed to get into forage last night for a serious meal. And believe me, it was serious. Chef Chris Whittaker was showcasing pork from Gelderman Farms (Abbotsford) with Audrey and Jerry Gelderman in attendance. Think Porkapalooza—and then some. [...]

Forage Chef Chris Whittaker Sweeps Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 22nd, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise|

Forage chef Chris Whittaker basks in Chowdown glory, with the original painting (included in his prizes) used for the contest promo, TP Photo Just a day after Forage officially opened, chef Chris Whittaker has been crowned Chowder Chowdown Champion at the Vancouver Aquarium’s keenly contested annual sustainable seafood celebration. Whittaker’s dish wowed not only [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best|

Another winner from Okanagan Crush Pad A few weeks ago we dropped byEdible Canada at the Market(1596 Johnston St. 604-682-6681) for a post theatre, late night bite. (Somehow a trip to Chile in between derailed our good intentions to post about it sooner.) It’s also been a while since we wrote at length about Edible Canada but [...]

Vancouver Listel’s Chris Whittaker Goes Even Greener with Forage

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 9th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Sustainable|

Forage Chef Chris Whittaker. Vancouver's greenest chef? Reinventing a legendary room is never easy but when the Listel Hotel decided to close long running O'Doul's, the move afforded no shortage of opportunities. In 10 days or so they'll pull the wraps off forage (1300 Robson St, 604-684-8461), a smaller and considerably more casual [...]

Vancouver’s Le Parisien: a Worthy Tribute to the Original Café de Paris – Fall Menu update

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:32+00:00 October 27th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites|

Mmmm! Smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Just mildly addictive. TP photo Updated Oct 23, 2012. It’s not unusual for new restos to tweak things as they go along but we’re more than intrigued by Le Parisien’s just launched “petits plats”—a definite nod to Spanish tapas, with some excellent tastes from chef [...]

Great First Tastes at La Pentola della Quercia, in Vancouver’s Opus Hotel

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:32+00:00 October 11th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Dining, Restaurant Reviews|

Minestrone: a steaming bowl of seasonally appropriate goodness, TP photo We’re always intrigued when a leading hotel decides to work with a celebrated restaurant–as opposed to running its own in-house operation. We watched with interest over the last couple of years the machinations surrounding the pop-ups at Opus Hotel, which were often entertaining [...]

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