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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 [...]

A Tasty Adieu to Harry Potter

By |July 15th, 2011|

The Hired Belly’s better half is lovingly referred to as Partner in Calories, who, for many years, has been making cameo column appearances. It was 'P-i-C' who first turned us onto Harry Potter, dragged our initially cynical self to the very first movie; and has since shared her passion for J.K. Rowling's truly [...]

At Just Launched Okanagan Crush Pad, it’s All About the ‘Eggs’

By |May 24th, 2011|

The wraps are off at Okanagan Crush Pad, whose future has now been officially ‘hatched’. Literally. When Haywire Winery arrived last year, we said: “One thing we know for sure. Christine Coletta never does anything by half measure.” No kidding. Haywire announced then that it would build a winery in time for the 2011 [...]

Hired Belly Newly Elevated to Sainthood. Well, almost!

By |April 9th, 2011|

My dear friend Elaine Savoie is a remarkable woman and very gifted artist (as well as a kick-ass organic gardener) who paints (among many things) wonderfully offbeat icons—ever so slight variations on the traditional Middle Ages style, inspired by her Catholic upbringing. Her work is extraordinarily detailed, vivid and full of life. ... [...]

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

By |March 11th, 2011|

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 |March 4th, 2011|

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 [...]

Vancouver’s D-Original Sausage: Missing Link to Old World Taste

By |November 25th, 2010|

Just like a lot of people, we have a weekly habit of dropping by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Not only does ‘Alice ‘n Alison’s’ boast the city’s most extensive (and best maintained) cheese selection but the chances areeven if it’s not cheese related but savoury and tastes good (and especially if it’s [...]

Cactus Club Roll Out: Latest Tastes from Chef Rob Feenie, FCA

By |November 7th, 2010|

A few tastings come around each year which we consider ‘don’t miss’ dates. Some are pretty obvious, such as when Penfolds senior winemaker Peter Gago comes to town, or Yalumba’s irrepressible ambassador Jane Ferrari. However, it might surprise you learn that another worthwhile event on our calendar has turned out to be the [...]

Former Vincor CEO Don Triggs & Elaine Triggs Move Up on Okanagan Winery

By |May 12th, 2010|

Don and Elaine Triggs: busy planting their Golden Mile vineyards - Tim Pawsey photo Newest vineyard above Golden Mile is one of the South Okanagan's highest yet It’s just over four years since then Vincor CEO Don Triggs concluded the deal that saw the company sold to global wine giant Constellation. While Triggs [...]

Hear BC Winegrowers John and Lynn Bremmer on BC’s Wine History

By |April 27th, 2010|

“When the hybrids were gone and vinifera started producing ... the government started smiling ... and wine-writers started writing things like, ‘It’s OK!’"   —John Bremmer South Okanagan Banée honorees John and Lynn Bremmer don’t hold back as they talk about the birth of the modern BC wine industry: Topics include: the days of [...]

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