Vintners Brunch: Wrapping Up 2013 Wine Fest (for Some) in Style

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:27+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre—a spectacular setting, TP photo For many people, the Vintners Brunch—for all intents and purposes the closing event —remains the highlight of their Vancouver International Wine Festival week. And that’s now even more the case, given the spectacular setting in the new convention centre overlooking Vancouver's harbour and North [...]

Selbach at Sun Sui Wah: A Great Way to Welcome Chinese New Year

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:28+00:00 February 16th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Johannes Selbach: loess is more, Tim Pawsey photo Warning: This post is NSFNRL (Not Safe For Non-Riesling Lovers) ...  I’m not sure what it is but the last couple of times I’ve been lucky enough to break bread with Johannes Selbach, it’s been in a Chinese Restaurant—which makes absolute sense. That’s because Selbach [...]

From Tapas to Tostadas: Vancouver’s The Mexican Trips the Right Fandango

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:28+00:00 February 15th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Restaurant Reviews|

The Mexican partners: Roger Creixams, chef Ana Vander and Claudia Roma, TP photo Something about the shifting scene of the restaurant business intrigues me. And, believe me, it is always shifting. Restaurants come and go, and usually their owners go with them—although sometimes owner and surroundings stay put, and the change comes from [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Belly's Best Bites, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Restaurant Reviews, Top Drops|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

Blue Water’s Frank Pabst Celebrates Sustainable Seafood with Unsung Heroes

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 January 16th, 2013|Dining|

Blue Water Café's periwinkles with saffron aioli, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, Jan 17, 2013. It’s a long way from British Columbia to Cornwall, in the South West of England. But, beyond the stunning scenery—which is in some ways quite reminiscent of Canada’s west coast—there are some other similarities. That beautiful part of the [...]

12 Newbies in 2012 That Made Vancouver’s Dining Scene Even Better

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 December 18th, 2012|Beer, Belly's Best Bites, Belly's Budget Best, Restaurant Reviews, Wine|

Siena: braised lamb filled ravioli, Tim Pawsey photo One of the hazards of writing “Best of” / “Year End” lists is that you’re guaranteed to miss one (or more)—even more likely if you’ve been waging a kleenex demolition derby against the lurgy sweeping through Vancouver these days. That said, here’s a greatly expanded [...]

Rooting Around at Forage Yields Ultimate in Porcine Pampering

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 29th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Restaurant Reviews|

Pork hock and bacon terrine. We were hooked, umm hocked ... TP photo We finally managed to get into forage last night for a serious meal. And believe me, it was serious. Chef Chris Whittaker was showcasing pork from Gelderman Farms (Abbotsford) with Audrey and Jerry Gelderman in attendance. Think Porkapalooza—and then some. [...]

Forage Chef Chris Whittaker Sweeps Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 22nd, 2012|Belly's Best Bites, Ocean Wise|

Forage chef Chris Whittaker basks in Chowdown glory, with the original painting (included in his prizes) used for the contest promo, TP Photo Just a day after Forage officially opened, chef Chris Whittaker has been crowned Chowder Chowdown Champion at the Vancouver Aquarium’s keenly contested annual sustainable seafood celebration. Whittaker’s dish wowed not only [...]

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