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 [...]

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 [...]

Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best|

eTap burger: worth a bite, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, August 27th, 2012. Sadly, Dale Mackay has had to close both Ensemble and Ensemble Tap. Here are the pertinent excerpts from today's press release... “I learned quickly that opening a restaurant in the heart of Vancouver is something I should have done after building my business [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 December 20th, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Sustainable|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Having a Ball at Bel: Hawksworth Mini-Bites at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:37+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

The buzz at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel is mainly all about Hawksworth, and rightly so. But now newly unveiled "little sister" Bel Café, named after chef David Hawksworth's wife Annabel, and which wraps around the corner of Georgia and Howe, is also causing a stir. We found time for a bite the [...]

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