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Gastown’s Bitter: Sweet Destination for a Perfect Pint

By |March 23rd, 2012|

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 |March 6th, 2012|

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 [...]

Periwinkles, Seaweed, Sardines and Sea Cucumber: Unsung Heroes Return to Blue Water Café

By |February 22nd, 2012|

Regular visitors will know we’ve recently developed a bit of a thing for sardines. We’ve found some pretty good canned filets, that do just fine for our pissaladierre recipe. But nothing comes close to the fresh caught fish. A heads up: this is the last week for chef Frank Pabst’s Unsung Heroes Festival, [...]

When the Good News is All Garbage: Composter is a Game-changer

By |January 17th, 2012|

  Calling all restaurateurs! When it comes to how you dispose of your garbage, if you have even the slightest hint of a social conscience (and from my experience most do), this one’s a game-changer. What if you could forget about filling that dumpster with all kinds of garbage every day, reduce your [...]

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

By |December 20th, 2011|

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 [...]

Taking the LEED: Cactus Club Readies English Bay for March 2012 Launch

By |December 8th, 2011|

As a long time West Ender, I like to think I have a vested interest in what happens at English Bay. For me, it represents the very heart of the city. In a way, it’s the ‘essence’ in Vancouver’s quintessence. To put it mildly, there was quite the kerfuffle when Cactus Club landed [...]

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

By |December 2nd, 2011|

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 |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 [...]

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