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Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By |December 17th, 2012|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

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

By |November 30th, 2012|

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 [...]

Belly’s Best: A Bevy of (Well) Under $20 Portuguese Table Wine Deals

By |November 29th, 2012|

Portuguese table wine's old image is long gone, Tim Pawsey photo Three reasons propelled me to this week’s Wines of Portugal Seminar and lunch at Vancouver's Wildebeest: 1. Portugal’s table wines still don’t get the respect they deserve. 2. Barb Philip MW and husband Iain  are not only some of the nicest people [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By |November 15th, 2012|

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 |October 27th, 2012|

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 [...]

Colour Me a Cab: Winelover Louise Wilson’s Crayons Come in Handy

By |September 12th, 2012|

Louise Wilson's cool idea to colour your approach to wine When time (between wine) permits, The Hired Belly does like to dabble in the odd book review. But it’s been at least a couple of years since he pulled out his crayons for a colouring book. What have crayons and Cabernet in common—Aside [...]

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 [...]

Canned Budget Bites by the Book: Moving Well Beyond Sardines on Toast

By |January 24th, 2012|

A few weeks before Christmas we dropped into Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks to take a peek at what’s hot in the culinary book world. And, as usual, we wound up picking up a couple of things that would make fun gifts—but somehow we forgot to give them away. One was Len Deighton’s French [...]

Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By |January 16th, 2012|

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 [...]

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