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On Vancouver’s Robson Street, (and on West Broadway) Everything Old is Nu Again

By |October 5th, 2011|

It’s a tasty irony indeed that Nu Greek Robson (542 Robson St., Vancouver) is right next door to Japadog (530 Robson St.)  Somehow the notion of having a direct descendant of the city’s original souvlaki mainstay side by side with east-meets-west hotdog heaven adds up to perfect bookends: a capsule of Vancouver’s ethnic [...]

In Vancouver, BC, Chef Meets Grape. And Sustainable Pink Salmon too

By |September 28th, 2011|

Updated. April 13th, 2012. Here's a pretty solid endorsement of properly handled FAS salmon: Vancouver chefs salute FAS salmon Maybe it's a tipping point. A few things occured to me concerning the winner we picked at last week’s Chef Meets Grape Small Plates Challenge, organised by the BC Wine Institute. First of all, congrats [...]

Milan ‘The Tomato Man’ Comes to Town. A Lot.

By |September 8th, 2011|

One sure sign harvest is here: numerous Vancouver sightings of Milan Djordjevich—aka ‘The Tomato Man’—who owns Stoney Paradise organic tomato farm. Not only does Milan farm and do all the work which that entails but he also drives about 4 1/2 hours each way from Kelowna, BC to Vancouver, twice a week, to [...]

Vancouver Icon Bishop’s Celebrates the Season with Harvest Table Dinners

By |September 8th, 2011|

Not to pour cold water on Dine Out Vancouver’s impressive record, but we’ve always wondered why so many people wait for January to roll around, when there are other worthy dining deals on offer at all times of the year. Case in point: Bishop’s Harvest Table dinners (September 13th through October 20th), where [...]

Provence Rosé: the Perfect Pick for Late Summer Sipping

By |August 20th, 2011|

Nothing tastes like your own, super ripe tomatoes on baguettes rubbed with home-grown garlic, Tim Pawsey photo The Hired Belly recently harvested his garlic—a sure sign that summer is slowly but surely on the wane. However, all is not yet lost. Besides, we’ve long been long convinced summer actually extends well beyond the [...]

Edible Canada at the Market: A Tasty chat with Eric Pateman

By |August 18th, 2011|

The other day we checked out Edible Canada at the Market, the new, all-things-very-culinary-Canuckish bistro on Granville Island, that opened—appropriately—on Canada Day. As it turned out, getting there proved to be half the fun. I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to take the ferry across False Creek–especially on a perfect summer’s [...]

Summerhill Winery: Boxed in by Slow Moving BC VQA Regulations

By |August 15th, 2011|

Is it just a storm in a wine glass? Or is there more to this than meets the eye? Summerhill Winery (besides being infatuated with shapes Cheopic) is well known for its penchant for all things organic and environmental, so it came as no surprise to hear that the view-kissed East Kelowna winery, [...]

Vancouver’s Gord Martin Dumps Bin 942 in Favour of Second Go Fish! (Now closed)

By |July 1st, 2011|

Gord Martin took a 2004 gamble with Go Fish and won, Tim Pawsey photo Updated: Please note: this location is closed. But the original outdoor location is still thriving ...   One of the rewards of taking too many photos is that eventually you can always find a reason to use at least [...]

PICA’s Bistro 101 Bumps it up a Notch on Granville Island’s Waterfront

By |June 28th, 2011|

The Hired Belly has decided there are probably two very good reasons why he doesn’t live closer to Granville Island. One is the proximity to nearby Les Amis du Fromage. The other is the newly renovated Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute for the Culinary Arts–or PICA as it’s known. Last night we dropped [...]

When the lens speaks louder

By |June 27th, 2011|

One of our few regrets, we never seem to have enough time to get the photograph we really want. Images are becoming even more crucial these days, especially in the more visually driven on-line world. We like this shot of winemakers Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann for any number of reasons, none the [...]

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