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Rodney Strong at brix Highlights Sonoma in the City

By |January 28th, 2014|

Alexander Valley, in the heart of Sonoma County Next week Sonoma County Vintners descend on Vancouver in force with a full slate of events and a score of winemakers pouring tastes from across the region. (For a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Sonoma public tasting, SUBSCRIBE to hiredBelly.com by entering your [...]

Blue Water Café Unsung Heroes: the 10th Anniversary Edition

By |January 16th, 2014|

Unsung Heroes creator, and Blue Water executive chef, Frank Pabst It was a decade ago that Frank Pabst rolled out his first Unsung Heroes seafood festival. Interestingly, at the time, it was considered to be not only cutting edge but a risky proposition. Pabst served ingredients such as sea urchin, jellyfish and poached [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014 #VIWF – Headed for a Sell-Out

By |January 13th, 2014|

In recent years, the array of food and wine events have become a big draw for VIWF (David Niddrie photo) The Vancouver International Wine Festival is already on the horizon (Feb 24th to March 2nd).  Hard to believe! This is by way of a heads-up that tickets are going fast! As of now, a [...]

8 Do’s and Don’ts for 2014 Dine Out Vancouver—Including Let’s Do Dine Out Lunch

By |January 12th, 2014|

Yes, you can Do Dine Out Lunch, such as Edible Canada's delicious porchetta sandwich Dine Out adds up to a whole lot of tasty fun that can save you a bundle of money—especially if you do your homework. But there are some ground rules—that can really make it a better experience for everyone [...]

10 Sure Bets: The 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Short List

By |January 8th, 2014|

Dine Out Vancouver: It's about food and wine UPDATED, Jan 16, 2014. The Trouble with Dine Out Lists... Is that you're guaranteed to miss not only a few worthy restos but likely many. So be it. However, here, in random order (i.e. as I think about them or hear about them from reliable sources), is [...]

Time to Sip the Slopes for The 16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

By |January 6th, 2014|

Sun Peaks Village is truly accessible, Tim Pawsey photo I’ll confess: I’m not exactly a champion of winter sports. There was a time when I used to pretend to downhill ski. That was before I “graduated” to cross-country—back in the days when mohair was big. And I’m not talking about sweaters. More recently [...]

Vancouver’s Chowder Chowdown: It’s Time to Make Chowder Our Own

By |November 22nd, 2013|

Chowder Chowdown - Ocean Wise spoons await Ocean Wise spoons await the crowd UPDATED: Nov 16, 2014   Chowder Chowdown goes this Wednesday... Full details here Read about last year's event: When the dust settled at this year’s Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Chowdown, the undeniable big news of the night was that Forage chef [...]

A Frozen BC Blueberries Bonanza—and a Big Win for The Oakwood!

By |November 1st, 2013|

Chef Mike Robbins' visually stunning—and delicious—savoury blueberry perogies and pork belly carried the day for the Oakwood Canadian Bistro I didn’t have to think twice before accepting an invitation to commit the best part of a day to judging the first annual Frozen BC Blueberries Chefs’ Invitational. After all, for a guy who’s [...]

The Medal Counts: 2013 BC Wine Award Results

By |October 3rd, 2013|

A tough job but ... Yes, I know, there should be a way more sexy pic here. But that’s all there is: a down and dirty get it done, direct from the action shot that exposes the gritty reality of judging the morning’s first flight. We had planned to have all kinds of [...]

The Beautiful South: Wines of South Africa, Chile and Argentina

By |August 28th, 2013|

The Beautiful South Salta, Aconcagua and Robertson are just a small part of the big, Beautiful South Next month in London, they’ll pull the wraps off “The Beautiful South”, a two day tasting extravaganza (September 11, 12) that brings together South Africa, Chile and Argentina in a major collaboration. Even though the countries [...]

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