Wine Festival Vintners Brunch Food & Wine Smackdown: Lift Ascends

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 8th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Most people know the Wine Festival’s Vintner’s Brunch as the festival’s flagship food and wine event. It usually sells out within minutes of tix being available—even more so now that it’s held in the dazzling surrounds of the new Convention Centre West, with its sweeping ocean-mountain vista. Few realize that beyond [...]

Tasting Diversity – Speed dating wine-style with some of Chile’s best

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Another Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival done! But what an action packed week, with an amazing array of events, most of which went off without a hitch. Kudos to the tireless Playhouse team, to the legion of unsung volunteers who make this thing work, and especially to Wines of Chile, for truly raising the [...]

Why the food at Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre is, well, unconventional

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 March 6th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

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 [...]

Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Returns with a Delightfully ‘Cheeky’ Launch

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:36+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Beer, Cocktails, Top Drops|

Vancouver’s classiest cocktail salute is back with a vengeance this week. Judging by the weekend pre-show and first day’s activities, it promises to far outshine last year’s inaugural event, which was impressive—even more so considering it was the first run. Where cocktails and bartenders mix, even the most functional of activities is likely [...]

Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Returns to Vancouver in time for Valentine’s

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Cocktails|

It’s just a couple of weeks until Tales of the Cocktail on Tour rolls into Vancouver, Feb 12-14, to no doubt repeat its highly successful inaugural show from last March. Not familiar with this pretty awesome salute to the wood? Read all about last year's here. This year’s program is greatly expanded. From the 2012 release: [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

In Vancouver, BC, Chef Meets Grape. And Sustainable Pink Salmon too

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:38+00:00 September 28th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

Updated. April 13th, 2012. Here's a pretty solid endorsement of properly handled FAS salmon: Vancouver chefs salute FAS salmon Maybe it's a tipping point. A few things occured to me concerning the winner we picked at last week’s Chef Meets Grape Small Plates Challenge, organised by the BC Wine Institute. First of all, congrats [...]

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine Yields a Wealth of Local Flavours

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:39+00:00 July 26th, 2011|Ocean Wise, Travel, Wine|

Off-leash and delicious Dogfish at The London Chef, Tim Pawsey photo  Taste 2012 runs July 19-22. Read about last year's below—then book this year's here!   We’re just back from Victoria, where we took in a couple of days at Taste Victoria—the very successful food and wine celebration organised by culinary tourism maven Kathy [...]

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 [...]

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