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Fresh | Local | Wild: Taking it to the Street with Taste, Vancouver Style

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 20th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise|

We can’t get over how easy it is to grab a quick bite on Vancouver streets these days. Heading down to the Wines of Chile trade tasting last week, we realised we’d need some pre-sipping sustenance. The answer? How handy! Almost across the street from the Fairmont Pacific Rim (well, at Hastings & [...]

Nothing Like a Little Languedoc to Get Your Roussillon — Hey Waiter! There’s Garrigue in my Wine!

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Travel, Wine|

We had an excellent tasting recently with the folks from Languedoc and Roussillon. It’s a region that gets surprisingly little attention, especially considering the character of the wines and the value they deliver at most price points. Over the years, however, I think the entry level wines in particular have suffered from being [...]

Sustainable Spot Prawns Rule in Vancouver—at Least Until End of June

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 May 12th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

Is it possible there’s anyone in Vancouver who still doesn’t know it’s Spot Prawn season? Probably not. Even in the pouring rain, some 1100 or more of the faithful showed up last Saturday to the Fifth Annual Spot Prawn Festival for their first taste of the 2011 catch. The Chefs Table Society prawn [...]

WHERE Vancouver Announces 15th Annual Where to Dine Awards

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise, Sustainable, Travel|

WHERE Vancouver (to whom the Hired Belly supplies considerable calorific content) yesterday unveiled the 15TH Annual Where to Dine Awards. The well attended (and well-run) event was hosted in superb fashion by Blue Water Café, who, as usual, catered to their industry peers with an array of seafood towers, sushi and more, not [...]

Getting to the Meat of the Matter at the VanMag Awards

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Top Drops|

As far as we know, everyone seems to have survived yesterday's Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards relatively unscathed. It is, unquestionably, the industry insider’s event of the year.  And even though we’re usually tearing our hair out by the time judging deadline rolls around, being as objective as possible, we think this year’s results [...]

All-Star Alumni Mark 15 Years at Vancouver’s Diva at the Met

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 11th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Top Drops, Uncategorized|

One of Vancouver’s flagship restaurants, Diva at the Met celebrated its 15th anniversary last night with a gala dinner (benefitting Big Brothers) that featured an extraordinary array of culinary talent. The hotel business is by nature a mobile affair, where personnel—including those in food and beverage—move around frequently.  Hence it was [...]

What’s Red on the Outside and Green All Over? Vancouver’s Commune Café

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 4th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Sustainable, Uncategorized|

Vancouver’s been abuzz this past week with speculation concerning the imminent closure of what was supposed to be the long running extension of iconic lumiere and dbBistro,  on March 13th. It’s a sad development, considering the role that lumiere has played in Vancouver’s culinary ascendance. We won’t ruminate too much—except to say that the [...]

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