Belly’s Best Bites

Edible Canada Bistro: A Seal of Approval

January 24th, 2017|0 Comments

One thing I’ve learned about Eric Pateman: he doesn’t do anything by half measures. The dynamo behind Edible Canada rattled a few people last week by putting seal on his Granville Island bistro’s Dine Out [...]

Dine Out Vancouver: Much More than Menus

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Dine Out Vancouver has transformed the dining landscape in the city. And this month marks 15 years since the first Dine Out took flight. Joy, from Vancouver Foodie Tours, brings treats from Terra Breads [...]

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Terrific First Tastes at Tacofino Tacobar

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

TACOFINO OPENS IN YALETOWN (Updated, July 29, 2016) Latest from the folks at Tacofino (see below) is a cute and compact Yaletown addition, at 1025 Mainland St., Vancouver. At a media preview the other night [...]

  • Nightingale Pacific Halibut ceviche

Nightingale: Hawksworth Latest Truly Sings

July 6th, 2016|1 Comment

Nightingale is the latest undertaking from David Hawksworth, Vancouver’s acclaimed culinary star. Hawksworth first arrived on the scene when he opened West Restaurant. At the time he was a virtual unknown. The West Van raised [...]

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Mister Does it Right: Annals of Ice Cream

June 21st, 2016|1 Comment

A visit to Yaletown's newly minted Mister reminded me: I don't often get to frequent ice cream parlours and similar dens of blissful decadence. However, I do know good ice cream when I taste it. [...]

  • Chefs for Oceans founder Ned Bell and lobster sandwich

Chefs for Oceans: Here’s to ‘Yew,’ Ned Bell

May 30th, 2016|2 Comments

Updated: Chef Ned Bell joins Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Here's the full release: PASSIONATE SUPPORTER OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD CHEF NED BELL JOINS VANCOUVER AQUARIUM’S OCEAN WISE CULINARY TEAM VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eleven years ago, Vancouver [...]

Cabrito: Contemporary Spanish tapas on The Drive

April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Cabrito Tapas & Bebidas is a refreshing newcomer on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. Laid-back and lively, it offers some different, more local twists on tapas.

Osteria Savio Volpe: One Smart Fox Indeed

February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Any menu that leaves you wishing you could just order the whole thing is a sign that something good’s afoot.

People to Know: Grandview Woodland Food Connection

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Grandview Woodland Food Connection’s impact encompasses almost every facet of nutritional awareness, from seed programs to nutritional mentorship through community kitchens, gardening workshops, and more.

Thierry’s Rendez-Vous Film Fest Returns

December 10th, 2015|0 Comments

In full sabreur regalia, Thierry recreates a moment that many may recall from the restaurant Chatting with a friend over lunch the other day, we were reminiscing about some of the more colourful [...]

6 Good Reasons to Drink (More) Tea

November 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Tea is on my mind this week, following a chat and tasting with tea ambassador Louise Roberge. As president of the Tea Council of Canada, Roberge knows a thing of two about tea. Not only [...]

Timber: a Cheeky Salute to Canadian Cuisine

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Timber is the latest undertaking by the crew behind Forage restaurant, in the spacious Listel Hotel quarters that used to be O’Doul’s. The saga behind long running O’Doul’s demise, Forage’s ascent, and now the arrival [...]

Joe Fortes Marks a Milestone

November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Joe Fortes: pulling out all the stops They threw a heck of a party last night at Joe Fortes—and rightly so. Hitting the 30 year mark in a dining city as fickle as [...]

Bodega on Main: A Worthy Salute

October 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Patatas Bravas and Gambas—tapas mainstays for over 40 years Some restaurants just strike a chord. That’s very much the case with Bodega on Main, which has recently arrived almost right beside Campagnolo. I’ll admit that [...]

Four Good Reasons to Dive into Supermarine

August 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Supermarine: A new and original seafood spot for Kits A Chat with James Iranzad... James Iranzad co-owns Supermarine with Josh Pape After I wrote my piece on Supermarine (1685 Yew St., [...]

Cheese Maven Alice Spurrell Retires

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Alice Spurrell (rt.) hands over the reins of Les Amis du Fromage to daughter Allison (l.) Tim Pawsey photo I’ve always figured it’s my role to bring attention where it’s due. That can [...]

Red Racer + Dix Redux = Good Brews News

July 30th, 2015|2 Comments

  Red Racer Restaurant has landed—with a few taps to go along... The Big Brews News of the month is that Central City Brewing’s much anticipated Red Racer Restaurant has landed in downtown Vancouver, [...]

Giardino: Umberto’s Latest Almost Open

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Umberto: You'll be impressed, Updated: Now Open. See below...   Giardino is just about ready to welcome its first, lucky guests. And judging by the number of enquiries on this site, there is [...]

Unwrapped: Beach Bay Café and Patio

June 4th, 2015|2 Comments

Beach Bay's fresh feeling and bright interior, across from iconic English Bay The wraps are off Beach Bay Café and Patio, across from English Bay, in the West End of Vancouver (1193 Denman [...]

5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant 1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over [...]

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Why the Where to Dine Awards are Different

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Sashimi platter at Miku, photo: KK Law One of the highlights of my year are the WHERE to Dine Awards. They were handed out this week at a superb party at Boulevard Vancouver, [...]

  • Sai Woo pea agnolotti with Chinese Jinhua ham broth

Sai Woo, Vancouver: Chinatown Rising

April 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Sai Woo's long bar makes the most of the expansive room One of the challenges of this gig is finding the time to return to those places that impress the first time around. It takes [...]

  • Nose to tail Smoked bison shanks with beets, pistachio and balsamico, paired with rich and dark but not sweet, Dive Bomb Porter

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Nose to Tail at Campagnolo Roma Dramatic pig skull presentation at Campagnolo Roma makes the point I’m both intrigued and reassured by the resurgence and resilience of nose to tail dining. I’m a [...]

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Amici Miei, a Flavour-packed Family Italian

February 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

Amici Miei owners Marcella and Manrico I love it when I discover new little places with a whole lot of heart. There’s no question that’s the case at Amici Miei Cucina Italiana (1114 [...]

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4 Sustainable Tastes at Vancouver Aquarium

February 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

No, they weren't on the menu. But isn't everyone mesmerized by jellyfish? There's something very reassuring about walking into Stanley Park on a perfect, almost Spring evening. This night was spectacular. A crystal [...]

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4 Great Reasons to Fall in Love with Nettles

February 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Nettles, freshly cut. Put them in the crisper and they'll keep for at least a couple of weeks. Or dry them. My love affair with Stinging Nettles is a relatively recent occurrence. When [...]

Goodbye Kits Kitchen: Brian Fowke moves on

February 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Brian Fowke... Time to move on.  Tim Pawsey photo Fresh daily proponent Brian Fowke says it's time to move on from his cherished Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which will now become AnnaLena ... This [...]

Drinking in Dine Out in Style

January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long [...]

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Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $28 Picks

January 13th, 2015|1 Comment

Baru Latino: Dine Out is about the undiscovered Dine Out’s $28 category is the most hotly contested, with some 133 options—of which quite a few are chains—though worth checking out. What you won’t [...]

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Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $18 Picks

January 12th, 2015|3 Comments

Dine Out at Cannibal Café ... Dine Out is here again already? Boy, how this little post-holiday, pre-tax time doldrums promo has grown in its 13 years. What used to be purely a [...]

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Michel Jacob’s Le Crocodile Celebrates 30 Years

December 7th, 2014|5 Comments

Rob Feenie and one-time mentor Michel Jacob (courtesy le Crocodile) It’s a fact of life. People just have to ask me: “What’s your favourite restaurant?” It's always tough to answer because, as a [...]

  • Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff

Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

December 2nd, 2014|1 Comment

Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what [...]

  • Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005

Goodbye Raincity Grill & C: Agents of Real Change

November 17th, 2014|7 Comments

Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005 Raincity closes Whatever the circumstances, I was saddened by last week’s shuttering of long-running Raincity Grill and, not that long before, of C Restaurant, owned by [...]

Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

October 10th, 2014|3 Comments

Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the [...]

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Smoke & Oak: Ribs ‘n Riesling at Wild Goose

August 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Smoke & Oak overlooks this dramatic panorama Last week—on yet another glorious Okanagan summer’s day—we found ourselves on the patio at Wild Goose. Nothing unusual about that. But this was the first time [...]

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Thai Cuisine by Montri: The King of Thai Returns

August 7th, 2014|1 Comment

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.

Faubourg Paris’ Franck Point: Croissant Crusader

July 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Faubourg Paris' Franck Point: croissant crusader Franck Point is fanatical about croissants. In fact you could call him a ‘croissant crusader’ and he likely wouldn’t object. Point is the man behind Faubourg Paris, those [...]

First Bites at Vancouver’s Fat Badger

June 15th, 2014|2 Comments

The Fat Badger: making good use of a familiar space I knew when I walked into The Fat Badger (1616 Alberni St., Vancouver) for the first time that it would stir my emotions. After all, [...]

Hail Mary: Making the Most of Adversity

May 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

The View's Hail Mary white blend. More than just a wing and a prayer Yesterday’s BC Bloom spring release tasting yielded up a wealth of wines, especially in the category of decent white [...]

Vancouver’s upstairs Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen adds a different dimension to West End dining

May 8th, 2014|1 Comment

Taas, a tasty starter plate of grilled lamb with puffed rice, garnished with fresh cilantro, Tim Pawsey photo (Updated May 8, 2014) Upstairs restaurants (i.e. those without any significant street level presence) can [...]

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Yak & Yeti: Hitting the Himalayan High Notes

April 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Yak & Yeti Momos and Lamb Kebab I’m intrigued when restaurateurs open a second location. Often as not the reasons are pretty straightforward: As in “If it works here, why not there?” However, [...]

  • Fairmont Pacific Rim Rawbar dragon and motoyaki rolls

The RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim: Vancouver’s First All Ocean Wise Sushi Bar

March 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Fairmont Pacific Rim Rawbar dragon and motoyaki rolls I’m always annoyed intrigued by people who scoff at the idea of Vancouver becoming a truly  “green city.” Maybe it’s just so much an entrenched [...]

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Chinese Restaurant Awards: 2014 Diners Choice Winners

March 10th, 2014|0 Comments

  Landmark Restaurant's Geoduck hotpot (CRA supplied)  Just announced: the winners of the 2014 Chinese Restaurant Awards, Diners’ Choice, as tabulated from 19,612 ballots. The Chinese Restaurant Awards have grown from small beginnings into [...]

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No Time Like the Present to Jump on Wagon Rouge

February 20th, 2014|0 Comments

  Bistro Wagon Rouge serves French classics in a cosy setting Wagon Rouge is one of those places where, if I lived in the ‘hood, I’d be every day. And, apparently, it's where [...]

  • The Roof, Hotel Vancouver, Tim Pawsey photo

The Roof at Hotel Vancouver Re-Opens as a Pop Up

February 4th, 2014|0 Comments

The Roof is back! Martinis too, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, March 25th, 2014... From the announcement: "…It’s official – The Roof is now open!   After several unexpected delays, the doors swung open this [...]

  • Wild Rice: Andrew Wong and Stu Irving

Wild Rice Closes Groundbreaking Original

February 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Andrew Wong & chef Stu Irving (who went on to open Cobre). Hmmm, sure took some awkward pics in those days! Wild Rice, Andrew Wong’s trend-setting downtown room at Vancouver’s Pender and Carrall [...]

Il Giardino to Re-Open: Umberto Menghi’s Iconic Room to Rise Again

January 30th, 2014|4 Comments

Il Giardino, Umberto’s much lamented restaurant, which he closed last spring to make way for redevelopment, may well resurface just up the street. It appears that once Umberto realised just how much Il Giardino really [...]

Hail forage! Where Caesar Rules!

January 28th, 2014|2 Comments

The well foraged Caesar, TP photo If you're a regular visitor here (and if you're not, why not subscribe?!) You'll know that I have a lot of time for what goes down at [...]

Legendary Hy’s Encore: of Cheese Toast, Steak, Whisky & Whispers

January 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Hy's Encore: Over 50 years is pretty impressive in a place as fickle as vancouver The Hired Belly is happily ensconced at Hy’s Encore, cosseted in the city’s most cherished culinary time warp.  [...]

Dazzled by the dumplings at Lin. Again!

January 23rd, 2014|1 Comment

Six delicious little juicy packets You will no doubt be horrified to learn that the Hired Belly can be fickle, even, occasionally, weak-willed—especially when it comes to certain foods. Nevertheless, I’ve learned over [...]

Blue Water Café Unsung Heroes: the 10th Anniversary Edition

January 16th, 2014|1 Comment

Unsung Heroes creator, and Blue Water executive chef, Frank Pabst It was a decade ago that Frank Pabst rolled out his first Unsung Heroes seafood festival. Interestingly, at the time, it was considered [...]

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

January 12th, 2014|2 Comments

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 [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

January 10th, 2014|3 Comments

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 [...]

10 Sure Bets: The 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Short List

January 8th, 2014|7 Comments

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 [...]

  • In Vancouver, The Fish Counter's Mike McDermid (l) and Robert Clark are fully committed to sustainable seafood

The Fish Counter: Vancouver’s Go-To Sustainable Seafood Store Opens on Main St.

December 9th, 2013|2 Comments

The Fish Counter: warm and welcoming, and already popular The Fish Counter (3825 Main St., Vancouver, 604-876-FISH [3474]) is the latest endeavour from celebrated Canadian Chef Robert Clark, with business partner Mike McDermid, [...]

  • La Régalade lamb sirloin with beef bourguignon tureen and potato side dish

Reconnecting with La Regalade, West Vancouver’s Authentic French Bistro

December 1st, 2013|1 Comment

La Regalade's classic style has made it a West Van fixture Update: CLOSED Vancouverites are notorious for not crossing bridges, which may be one reason why I don’t get to West Vancouver’s La [...]