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8 Do’s and Don’ts for 2014 Dine Out Vancouver—Including Let’s Do Dine Out Lunch

By |January 12th, 2014|

Yes, you can Do Dine Out Lunch, such as Edible Canada's delicious porchetta sandwich Dine Out adds up to a whole lot of tasty fun that can save you a bundle of money—especially if you do your homework. But there are some ground rules—that can really make it a better experience for everyone [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

By |January 10th, 2014|

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 |January 8th, 2014|

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 [...]

Time to Sip the Slopes for The 16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

By |January 6th, 2014|

Sun Peaks Village is truly accessible, Tim Pawsey photo I’ll confess: I’m not exactly a champion of winter sports. There was a time when I used to pretend to downhill ski. That was before I “graduated” to cross-country—back in the days when mohair was big. And I’m not talking about sweaters. More recently [...]

10 Fizzy Faves for the Holidays: Hired Belly’s Best Bubbles

By |December 14th, 2013|

Champagne flutes await at Cornucopia Bubbles forever!    © Tim Pawsey photo  Over here at HB's swank, granite and glass adorned, soaring corporate HQ, we’ve been busy popping a few corks, drafting our list of go-to holiday bubbles. Sparkling wines (and Champagne for some a few  most occasions) are a must-have this time of year. [...]

The Must-Have Value List: 2014 Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards

By |December 3rd, 2013|

  The rosé flight. Every home should have one! I’m working on a redesign for hiredbelly.com wine recommendations, which will include all of the Belly’s Best selections as they run elsewhere. It’s time consuming but I think will be worth the wait and effort. In the meantime, here’s a link to the best [...]

Lake Sonoma Wines: Cross-Border Co-Pro Promises to Deliver

By |November 18th, 2013|

Tony Stewart and Dan Zepponi celebrate their latest joint venture, overlooking Lake Sonoma (image supplied) The other week I had a chance to catch up with Quails Gate CEO Tony Stewart. We’ve followed Quails Gate almost since day one, and can just about track every achievement made over the years—and there have been [...]

Good Tastes with Cono Sur winemaker Matias Rios at Nuba

By |October 26th, 2013|

  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 |October 22nd, 2013|

  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 [...]

Sipping in Style at Le Crocodile with Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (Video)

By |October 19th, 2013|

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle with the latest from Grand MarnierOccasionally, people have accused me of being biased towards French cuisine. I don’t think I am—I love just about all cuisines.  But I do admit, having being raised in pre-culinary aware England, that my awakening to serious food came through early trips to France. This is a [...]

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