Gastown’s Bitter: Sweet Destination for a Perfect Pint

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Beer, Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Sustainable|

Encounter with a perfect pint, Tim Pawsey photo If there’s one thing the Hired Belly finds hard to resist it’s a decent pint, particularly when it's properly poured, and at the right temperature.  I’m sure it’s one of the many very sound traits inherited from my dad—who I still sorely miss. Growing up, beer [...]

Why the food at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre is, well, unconventional

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 6th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

We reckon we’ve eaten our fair share of meals on the rubber chicken circuit. But I don’t know why I’m even saying that here, because the food at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre is just about as far removed from standard convention fare as you can possibly imagine. Last week's Vancouver Playhouse International [...]

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 [...]

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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 5th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 September 28th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

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 [...]

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