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Les Dames Bid Addio to Umberto Menghi at Star Studded Soirée

By |April 2nd, 2013|

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announces An Evening in Tuscany to Celebrate Umberto Menghi  When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Dinner Where: Hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter and Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver Tickets from Eventbrite Details from Les Dames d'Escoffier... Following the long table format, a beautifully decorated Italian inspired [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By |January 17th, 2013|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

Blue Water’s Frank Pabst Celebrates Sustainable Seafood with Unsung Heroes

By |January 16th, 2013|

Blue Water Café's periwinkles with saffron aioli, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, Jan 17, 2013. It’s a long way from British Columbia to Cornwall, in the South West of England. But, beyond the stunning scenery—which is in some ways quite reminiscent of Canada’s west coast—there are some other similarities. That beautiful part of the [...]

Monk’s Hands Habit to Mahony’s at Stamps Landing

By |December 1st, 2012|

Look for a summer 2013 opening ... UPDATED,  After extensive renovations, Mahony and Sons at Stamps Landing is now open ... details   Vancouver landmark Monk McQueens has been taken over by Mahony & Sons, who will turn the long running restaurant and oyster bar on False Creek’s south shore into their third location. [...]

Great First Tastes at La Pentola della Quercia, in Vancouver’s Opus Hotel

By |October 11th, 2012|

Minestrone: a steaming bowl of seasonally appropriate goodness, TP photo We’re always intrigued when a leading hotel decides to work with a celebrated restaurant–as opposed to running its own in-house operation. We watched with interest over the last couple of years the machinations surrounding the pop-ups at Opus Hotel, which were often entertaining [...]

Zagat Encore: Believe me. Le Crocodile and Bishop’s are “still a thing”

By |January 23rd, 2012|

Last week it was fun to see people’s reactions to the latest Zagat Survey. As the Vancouver editor, I’m deeply involved in sorting through the immense amount of data that goes into compiling the reviews and, hence, the final scores. What might not be apparent to the casual observer is that no review gets past [...]

On Vancouver’s Robson Street, (and on West Broadway) Everything Old is Nu Again

By |October 5th, 2011|

It’s a tasty irony indeed that Nu Greek Robson (542 Robson St., Vancouver) is right next door to Japadog (530 Robson St.)  Somehow the notion of having a direct descendant of the city’s original souvlaki mainstay side by side with east-meets-west hotdog heaven adds up to perfect bookends: a capsule of Vancouver’s ethnic [...]

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

By |June 20th, 2011|

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 |April 28th, 2011|

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 [...]

Getting to the Meat of the Matter at the VanMag Awards

By |April 14th, 2011|

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 [...]

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