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

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:22+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|

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 | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 November 6th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Restaurant Reviews, Wine|

  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 [...]

A Frozen BC Blueberries Bonanza—and a Big Win for The Oakwood!

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 November 1st, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

Chef Mike Robbins' visually stunning—and delicious—savoury blueberry perogies and pork belly carried the day for the Oakwood Canadian Bistro I didn’t have to think twice before accepting an invitation to commit the best part of a day to judging the first annual Frozen BC Blueberries Chefs’ Invitational. After all, for a guy who’s [...]

Good Tastes with Cono Sur winemaker Matias Rios at Nuba

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 26th, 2013|Belly's Budget Best, Sustainable, Wine|

  Matias Rios explains Cono Sur's new single vineyard range UPDATED: No thanks, not for wine, anyway! Last night I got a chance to re-taste the Cono Sur Viento Mar Block 21 Pinot Noir 2011 mentioned below. I'm sorry, I don't care how casual and 'friendly' they are, these kinds of [...]

First Tastes at Yaletown’s Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar with Wines of Roussillon

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 22nd, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews|

  They had me at the Steelhead pastrami ...   Newly landed Good Wolfe (1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-428-1043) has been on my radar for some time but I just hadn’t managed to get there until a couple of weeks ago. It’s not that I deliberately dodge new opening shenanigans. But the reality [...]

No Shortage of #SkillsnSpills at Crazy BC Hospitality Foundation Fundraiser

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

Triumphant! Yaletown Distilling Co. takes top honours Updated: This year's event: Date:    November 9th, 2014 Time:   1.00 to 5:00pm Location: Hellenic Community Center - 4500 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC Tickets: By donation at door     From last year... It was a fun time yesterday at the first annual Skills ‘n Spills fundraiser for the [...]

Languedoc Rocks Vancouver By the Glass — Win a Wine Bar Crawl!*

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:23+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Wine|

    * Tweet or FaceBook a selfie in one of the four participating wine bars, featuring Languedoc wines (you can grab a coaster, or hold up your wineglass), post it with the hash tag #LanguedocVan, and enter to WIN one of four $100 Gift Certificates to one of the wine bars.   The Hired Belly [...]

1789 Restaurant & Lounge Now Open

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:24+00:00 August 18th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

1789 Sometimes the address is the smartest way to go ... It's official! The space formerly known as Samson's Squeeze is now open, as 1789 Restaurant & Lounge. When it comes to naming your restaurant,  just picking the right number can be the simplest solution. After all the kerfuffle surrounding the choice of [...]

The Rain at Grain Stays Mainly on the Pane

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:25+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

 Grain’s slide-away wall brings Burrard Street right inside A breath of fresh air Regional cuisine is not what first used to come to mind at The Hyatt Regency Vancouver. However, all that has now changed. The main floor bar (just off the lobby, overlooking Burrard near Melville) has been convincingly reinvented and remodeled [...]

West End’s Celebrated Delilah’s (almost) Re-emerges as Café Delilah. But Now Will Not.

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:25+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites|

"Unforeseen and challenging circumstances" mean that "Delilah's" will not be resurrected after all. UPDATE: This from the restaurant's Facebook page... Due to unforeseen and challenging circumstances, the owners of this restaurant's Facebook page, Daryle Nagata and Paul Puratich, will be shutting down this account and its associated Twitter and Instagram feeds as of [...]

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