In Praise of Spitting: Random Thoughts on Wine Judging

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 2nd, 2011|Top Drops, Wine|

In anticipation of next week’s BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence announcement, we thought we’d revisit this column about wine judging that ran in the North Shore News a while back. Some folks have moved on to other things but ... well, you’ll get the gist.   Sometime this summer, when you were [...]

Vancouver’s Gord Martin Dumps Bin 942 in Favour of Second Go Fish! (Now closed)

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 1st, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

Gord Martin took a 2004 gamble with Go Fish and won, Tim Pawsey photo Updated: Please note: this location is closed. But the original outdoor location is still thriving ...   One of the rewards of taking too many photos is that eventually you can always find a reason to use at least [...]

When the lens speaks louder

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Belly's Budget Best, Top Drops, Wine|

One of our few regrets, we never seem to have enough time to get the photograph we really want. Images are becoming even more crucial these days, especially in the more visually driven on-line world. We like this shot of winemakers Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann for any number of reasons, none the [...]

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 [...]

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery: Raising the Bar on Okanagan Dining

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 April 18th, 2011|Top Drops, Travel|

We finally made it to recently unveiled Miradoro, the new restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, in Oliver, BC. We’ve been watching the progress (admittedly, slow at times) of this latest South Okanagan addition with interest, in part because it’s a collaboration between our long-time friends Manuel Ferreira (who owns Vancouver’s Le Gavroche) and Ken [...]

What Makes the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival So Special, Anyway?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Top Drops|

Here at Hired Belly’s lavish corporate headquarters, we’re resting up in preparation for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 28-April 3)—one of the longest running and most successful wine events on the continent. If you live in Vancouver and drink wine but have never been (for shame!), there’s no time like the [...]

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