In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Pig is Still Flying High

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 30th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews|

TFP mussels and clams – the perfect wet weather foil One spot that’s an easy lure for lunch—particularly when it’s raining cats and dogs—is Yaletown’s The Flying Pig (1168 Hamilton St, 604-568-1344). There’s just something about this place, from its easy going ways and cosy room with a great buzz to the quality [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best|

Another winner from Okanagan Crush Pad A few weeks ago we dropped byEdible Canada at the Market(1596 Johnston St. 604-682-6681) for a post theatre, late night bite. (Somehow a trip to Chile in between derailed our good intentions to post about it sooner.) It’s also been a while since we wrote at length about Edible Canada but [...]

Vancouver’s Le Parisien: a Worthy Tribute to the Original Café de Paris – Fall Menu update

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:32+00:00 October 27th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites|

Mmmm! Smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Just mildly addictive. TP photo Updated Oct 23, 2012. It’s not unusual for new restos to tweak things as they go along but we’re more than intrigued by Le Parisien’s just launched “petits plats”—a definite nod to Spanish tapas, with some excellent tastes from chef [...]

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 [...]

Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best|

eTap burger: worth a bite, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, August 27th, 2012. Sadly, Dale Mackay has had to close both Ensemble and Ensemble Tap. Here are the pertinent excerpts from today's press release... “I learned quickly that opening a restaurant in the heart of Vancouver is something I should have done after building my business [...]

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 [...]

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