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 [...]

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 [...]

What Makes the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival So Special, Anyway?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:41+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Top Drops|

Here at Hired Belly’s lavish corporate headquarters, we’re resting up in preparation for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 28-April 3)—one of the longest running and most successful wine events on the continent. If you live in Vancouver and drink wine but have never been (for shame!), there’s no time like the [...]

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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