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 [...]

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 & [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Getting to the Meat of the Matter at the VanMag Awards

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Top Drops|

As far as we know, everyone seems to have survived yesterday's Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards relatively unscathed. It is, unquestionably, the industry insider’s event of the year.  And even though we’re usually tearing our hair out by the time judging deadline rolls around, being as objective as possible, we think this year’s results [...]

Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver: Looking Forward to Next Year

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 21st, 2011|Spirits|

The English wrote the book on gin - Tim Pawsey photo We’ve been taking stock of last week’s cocktail infused days, sifting through images and notes from Tales of the Cocktail—the New Orleans success story brought to Vancouver by TOTC founder Ann Tuenneman. Kudos to the contingent of savvy folks behind the Canadian [...]

All-Star Alumni Mark 15 Years at Vancouver’s Diva at the Met

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 11th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Top Drops, Uncategorized|

One of Vancouver’s flagship restaurants, Diva at the Met celebrated its 15th anniversary last night with a gala dinner (benefitting Big Brothers) that featured an extraordinary array of culinary talent. The hotel business is by nature a mobile affair, where personnel—including those in food and beverage—move around frequently.  Hence it was [...]

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