Fresh | Local | Wild: Taking it to the Street with Taste, Vancouver Style

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 20th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise|

We can’t get over how easy it is to grab a quick bite on Vancouver streets these days. Heading down to the Wines of Chile trade tasting last week, we realised we’d need some pre-sipping sustenance. The answer? How handy! Almost across the street from the Fairmont Pacific Rim (well, at Hastings & [...]

Nothing Like a Little Languedoc to Get Your Roussillon — Hey Waiter! There’s Garrigue in my Wine!

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Travel, Wine|

We had an excellent tasting recently with the folks from Languedoc and Roussillon. It’s a region that gets surprisingly little attention, especially considering the character of the wines and the value they deliver at most price points. Over the years, however, I think the entry level wines in particular have suffered from being [...]

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 [...]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance: Victoria’s Empress—Still Looking Good

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:40+00:00 April 23rd, 2011|Travel|

Coming back to—Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is a bit like catching up with your old aunt, who you haven’t seen for a few years. She’s aged a little more (haven’t we all?) but that last little nip and tuck of a facelift seems to have quite helped quite a bit. Victoria waterfront showing the hotel [...]

What’s Red on the Outside and Green All Over? Vancouver’s Commune Café

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 4th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Sustainable, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Could You Become a Zork Dork?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:42+00:00 January 24th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

Last week we spent a couple of enjoyable and informative hours with Shingleback winemaker Jahn Davey, from Australia's McLaren Vale. Wines tasted ranged from Shingleback 06 D-Block Shiraz (sequel to the celebrated 05 Jimmy Watson award winner) to value-based workhorse Red Knot Shiraz (BCLS $19.99) and Cabernet. The nicely designed Red Knot package comes [...]

B.C. Wines: Unsung Players in Rise of Vancouver’s Culinary Scene

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:42+00:00 January 9th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Top Drops|

As you can see from elsewhere here, and from the crescendo this week of the on-line buzz surrounding the live launch of this year's 200 plus menus, Dine Out Vancouver has more than earned its place as the country's biggest restaurant promo of its kind. Now while you will hear plenty about deals on meals, [...]

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