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Thai Cuisine by Montri: The King of Thai Returns

By |August 7th, 2014|

One of those few I consider a Vancouver ‘original, ’ Montri didn’t just ride the wave of Thai cuisine in the 1980s, he was a key player in bringing it into the mainstream.

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living 

By |August 6th, 2014|

Provence Food and Wine ... some pretty irresistible dishes Yes, it’s a none-too thinly-veiled promo for Provence. Never mind! I love this cookbook that was doing the rounds at about the same time as the recent B.C. Wines from Provence spotlight. Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living (by François Millo and [...]

5 (More) Reasons to Drink German Riesling

By |July 24th, 2014|

Riesling is very much on our radar this summer. Well it always is, but even more so thanks to Wines of Germany’s ’31 Days of German Riesling’ promo, now on across Canada. Drop by any participating resto* and you might just win yourself an all expense paid trip to Berlin—and likely a few slurps of [...]

(Bending the) Riesling Rules with Martin Tesch

By |July 6th, 2014|

Dr. Martin Tesch   A multi dimensional tasting They say that wine always tastes better with the winemaker. I’m inclined to agree, especially when it comes to someone like Martin Tesch, who dropped by Vancouver last week. Then again, I happen to know they show just as well without him. It’s not hard to [...]

5 Good Reasons to Re-think (and Drink) Portugal

By |June 1st, 2014|

Portugal's stunning Douro Valley. These days, though, there's a whole lot more to Portugal than Port. Portugal is back in the table wine game with a vengeance. No better proof of that than a recent Vancouver  visit by a couple of score of key producers. Judging by the excitement in the room the [...]

Winning Wines at The Osoyoos Oyster Festival

By |April 26th, 2014|

Osoyoos beach from the Watermark Resort The Osoyoos ‘Oyster’ Festival? Seriously? I must admit, I was just a tad surprised when I first heard of the idea. After all, burgeoning bivalves is maybe not the first thing that come to mind when you consider the sandy (rock free), shores of the South Okanagan’s [...]

Breaking Bread with Clos du Soleil at Tavola

By |March 21st, 2014|

    A ground-breaking collaboration: Marc du Soleil, made by Long Table Distillery, TP photo The Hired Belly has attended more than few winemaker dinners. But some remain etched in my memory. The very first was when Howard Soon (now Peller Estates’ chief winemaker, then Calona Vineyards’) dropped by the original Raintree, in [...]

Vintners Brunch: Ceviche, Gelato and Meurette Meet their Match

By |March 4th, 2014|

Joe Fortes scallop ceviche, with Nautilus Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc Vintners Brunch, to the lucky crowd who book it soon enough, is one fun party. And why not? After all, it’s the major closing event of the Vancouver International Wine Festival; and a laid-back wrap-up for many of the wine industry people who [...]

Rodney Strong at brix Highlights Sonoma in the City

By |January 28th, 2014|

Alexander Valley, in the heart of Sonoma County Next week Sonoma County Vintners descend on Vancouver in force with a full slate of events and a score of winemakers pouring tastes from across the region. (For a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Sonoma public tasting, SUBSCRIBE to hiredBelly.com by entering your [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014 #VIWF – Headed for a Sell-Out

By |January 13th, 2014|

In recent years, the array of food and wine events have become a big draw for VIWF (David Niddrie photo) The Vancouver International Wine Festival is already on the horizon (Feb 24th to March 2nd).  Hard to believe! This is by way of a heads-up that tickets are going fast! As of now, a [...]

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