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Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best|

eTap burger: worth a bite, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, August 27th, 2012. Sadly, Dale Mackay has had to close both Ensemble and Ensemble Tap. Here are the pertinent excerpts from today's press release... “I learned quickly that opening a restaurant in the heart of Vancouver is something I should have done after building my business [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 December 20th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Sustainable|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Having a Ball at Bel: Hawksworth Mini-Bites at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

The buzz at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel is mainly all about Hawksworth, and rightly so. But now newly unveiled "little sister" Bel Café, named after chef David Hawksworth's wife Annabel, and which wraps around the corner of Georgia and Howe, is also causing a stir. We found time for a bite the [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 30th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Ocean Wise, Wine|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

Tales of Tawny Port, Marmalade and Lawn Roller Stiltons at Les Amis du Fromage

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 24th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

A sure sign that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner is the seasonal deluge of wine tastings, including not a few Port and Sherry offerings. The other night we went to one with a difference, put on by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Full disclosure: I’m a longtime friend and [...]

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