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Hail forage! Where Caesar Rules!

By |January 28th, 2014|

The well foraged Caesar, TP photo If you're a regular visitor here (and if you're not, why not subscribe?!) You'll know that I have a lot of time for what goes down at forage. (1300 Robson St., Vancouver, 604-661-1400) Right now they're in the midst of Dine Out madness—serving upwards of 200 customers [...]

Legendary Hy’s Encore: of Cheese Toast, Steak, Whisky & Whispers

By |January 28th, 2014|

Hy's Encore: Over 50 years is pretty impressive in a place as fickle as vancouver The Hired Belly is happily ensconced at Hy’s Encore, cosseted in the city’s most cherished culinary time warp.  On the rare occasions I get to Hy’s, I hunker down in a cozy banquette and marvel at such an [...]

Dazzled by the dumplings at Lin. Again!

By |January 23rd, 2014|

Six delicious little juicy packets You will no doubt be horrified to learn that the Hired Belly can be fickle, even, occasionally, weak-willed—especially when it comes to certain foods. Nevertheless, I’ve learned over the years that the path of least resistance is usually the most prudent course of action. The other day I [...]

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 [...]

Reconnecting with La Regalade, West Vancouver’s Authentic French Bistro

By |December 1st, 2013|

La Regalade's classic style has made it a West Van fixture Update: CLOSED Vancouverites are notorious for not crossing bridges, which may be one reason why I don’t get to West Vancouver’s La Regalade more often. Four of us made it there the other night, to be rewarded by a wealth of rustic [...]

Waste Not, Want Not: Concerned about wasteful consumption, local chefs go whole hog

By |November 29th, 2013|

Unless you’re a regular overnight visitor to Vancouver’s higher end hotels, chances are you’re not aware of the Essential Vancouver. It’s the sister publication to monthly WHERE magazine, with whom I've enjoyed a much-valued relationship over many years. I’ve also been lucky enough to write for the Essential Vancouver since its inception. It’s a stunningly [...]

Siena: Vancouver’s South Granville Enjoys a New Rising Star

By |November 26th, 2013|

  UPDATED, April 16, 2017. Change of ownership. UPDATED, NOV 26TH, 2013... Siena Offers Granville Shoppers 15% Off! (from the release) Siena Restaurant is getting in the holiday spirit by rewarding South Granville merchant shoppers with a 15% discount when they show a purchase receipt. Step outside the mall and take a walk down South [...]

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 [...]

Vancouver’s Loss is Saskatoon’s Gain: Dale MacKay Opens Ayden Kitchen & Bar

By |November 19th, 2013|

Ayden Kitchen & Bar boasts a talented team led by Dale MacKay This hard-hitting, exposé of a blog is mainly about Vancouver and BC’s scene but occasionally addresses topics “beyond”—in this case Saskatoon. But there’s still a very definite Vancouver connection. One of Canada’s brightest culinary stars, Chef Dale MacKay officially pulled the [...]

Fable Kitchen: the Perfect Spot for Bubbles and Lunch

By |November 6th, 2013|

  Fable Kitchen - plenty to crow about! Kits hotspot Fable Kitchen (1944 West 4th. Ave., Vancouver, 604-732-1322) is now open for weekday lunch. We had a sneak preview the other day—and a chance to test drive several of chef Trevor Bird’s plates, some new, some borrowed from the evening list.  The array of tasty [...]

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