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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:19+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Belly's Best Bites|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:19+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Restaurant Reviews|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:19+00:00 January 16th, 2014|Dining|

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 [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:19+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Another Haywire first! How about toasting The Year of the Horse with a brightly adorned bottle of Okanagan Pinot Noir? While several BC wineries have turned their attention to Hong Kong and the broader mainland Chinese market in the last couple of years, few have pursued the significant Canadian Asian market here at [...]

10 Sure Bets: The 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Short List

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:19+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Uncategorized|

Dine Out Vancouver: It's about food and wine UPDATED, Jan 16, 2014. The Trouble with Dine Out Lists... Is that you're guaranteed to miss not only a few worthy restos but likely many. So be it. However, here, in random order (i.e. as I think about them or hear about them from reliable sources), is [...]

The Fish Counter: Vancouver’s Go-To Sustainable Seafood Store Opens on Main St.

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise, Sustainable|

The Fish Counter: warm and welcoming, and already popular The Fish Counter (3825 Main St., Vancouver, 604-876-FISH [3474]) is the latest endeavour from celebrated Canadian Chef Robert Clark, with business partner Mike McDermid, long time fisheries expert, marine biologist and former program manager at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Fish Counter's Mike McDermid [...]

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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 December 1st, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Restaurant Reviews|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:20+00:00 November 29th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:22+00:00 November 26th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Dining, Restaurant Reviews|

  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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:22+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise|

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 [...]

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