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 [...]

Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:30+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best, Hired Belly's Best Wines, Wine|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:31+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Belly's Budget Best|

Another winner from Okanagan Crush Pad A few weeks ago we dropped byEdible Canada at the Market(1596 Johnston St. 604-682-6681) for a post theatre, late night bite. (Somehow a trip to Chile in between derailed our good intentions to post about it sooner.) It’s also been a while since we wrote at length about Edible Canada but [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Beer, Belly's Best Bites|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 July 21st, 2012|Travel|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:33+00:00 July 15th, 2012|Belly's Best Bites|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

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