Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 30th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Ocean Wise, Wine|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

Okanagan Winery Helps Hatch a Bird of a Different Feather: Napa’s Plume is More Than Just Plucky

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Two long established wine families have reached across the border to produce a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stewart family, which owns Quails Gate Winery in Westbank, BC, and the Zepponi family of Sonoma, California, have a history of similar if distant beginnings, in that their forebears settled and started farming at around the [...]

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 [...]

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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 September 8th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise, Sustainable, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Feds Farmers’ Loan Actually Funds Imported, Not ‘Canadian Wine’

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 September 7th, 2011|Wine|

'Government of Canada Invests in New Technology for Canadian Wine', ... says the headline. Really? Not so fast. The key words here are ‘Canadian wine.’ Andrew Peller Limited has received a $1.04 million interest free federal loan to upgrade (and effectively double) bag-in-box production at its wholly owned Calona Vineyards subsidiary in Kelowna, and at Andrew [...]

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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 August 18th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Travel|

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 [...]

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine Yields a Wealth of Local Flavours

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 26th, 2011|Ocean Wise, Travel, Wine|

Off-leash and delicious Dogfish at The London Chef, Tim Pawsey photo  Taste 2012 runs July 19-22. Read about last year's below—then book this year's here!   We’re just back from Victoria, where we took in a couple of days at Taste Victoria—the very successful food and wine celebration organised by culinary tourism maven Kathy [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 5th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

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