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B.C. Wines: Unsung Players in Rise of Vancouver’s Culinary Scene

By |January 9th, 2011|

As you can see from elsewhere here, and from the crescendo this week of the on-line buzz surrounding the live launch of this year's 200 plus menus, Dine Out Vancouver has more than earned its place as the country's biggest restaurant promo of its kind. Now while you will hear plenty about deals on meals, [...]

ZAP Turns 20 in San Francisco – Jan 29 Maybe You Should be There!

By |January 7th, 2011|

With Golden Gate Bridge in the background, and a wealth of wine within, not a bad place to taste, Tim Pawsey photo ZAP may well be the most fun you can ever have at a wine tasting ... We’ve been to a few tastings in our time but nothing quite compares with ZAP—the no holds [...]

First Tastes of Portugal: Fried Little Fish and Tentacles

By |November 10th, 2010|

Two hours after landing in Oporto, we’re hot on the trail of two essentials: sardines and octopus. Oh—and wine! Well, that’s not too hard to find around these parts. Nor are the first two. Down a narrow side street, not far from our hotel, in the centre of the old town, we discover [...]

Play it Sam! Languedoc Helps Vancouver’s Hollywood Turn 75

By |October 23rd, 2010|

Last night we went to one of the more interesting wine tastings we’ve attended in recent times. The occasion was a 75th anniversary pre-screening reception, before a Hollywood Theatre double bill featuring The American and Casablanca. When we arrived, the compact and cozy lobby was packed with people enthusiastically tasting a selection of AOC wines [...]

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival 2010 – BC Wine Awards Announced

By |October 10th, 2010|

Followers of BC's burgeoning wine industry will be interested in the results of the 2010 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival judging. The Hired Belly participated in the newly named BC Wine Awards, on one of the best panels we’ve judged with to date, run by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, and including: Benoit Beaudet, [...]

One Taste-filled and Very Sustainable (Seafood) Day in Victoria, BC

By |July 19th, 2010|

We were already pretty impressed with the Inn at Laurel Point, having checked in to a room with sweeping views of Victoria’s outer harbour against a stunning backdrop of Juan da Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountain Range beyond. Heading to the provincial capital (just across the strait from Vancouver) is always a [...]

Spot Prawns: the Still Tasty Sequel—with a Nod to Cornwall

By |May 24th, 2010|

Spot Prawns are here! Last night’s dinner found us foraging on Chinatown’s Gore Street (Vancouver, BC). There we were lucky enough to pick out a couple of pounds of spot prawns with change from a $20 bill. These guys were so fresh some were jumping right out of the shallow tank! Once home, we enjoyed [...]

BC Spot Prawns Have Foodies Hopping

By |May 20th, 2010|

BC Spot Prawns—in season for just about eight weeks - Tim Pawsey photo This is the time of year (May through June) when the whole of Vancouver (and just about everywhere else on the BC coast) goes crazy for Spot Prawns. That should come as no surprise. Get ‘em fresh off the boat [...]

Hear BC Winegrowers John and Lynn Bremmer on BC’s Wine History

By |April 27th, 2010|

“When the hybrids were gone and vinifera started producing ... the government started smiling ... and wine-writers started writing things like, ‘It’s OK!’"   —John Bremmer South Okanagan Banée honorees John and Lynn Bremmer don’t hold back as they talk about the birth of the modern BC wine industry: Topics include: the days of [...]

Behind the Scenes at the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival

By |April 26th, 2010|

On the judging panel at Vintners Brunch: a slam dunk winner! Every year one of the first Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival events to sell out is the Vintner’s Brunch, held on the final day. Lots of folks get a group together and buy a table, to sample tastes from some of the city’s [...]

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