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  • Cloud 9 - Still impressive

Cloud 9 Closes: Time’s Up for Dining in the Sky

September 29th, 2017|2 Comments

Cloud 9 is (or was) the City of Vancouver’s loftiest restaurant. On September 30th it will close forever. And the giant turntable in the sky, which since 1973 has brought pleasure to so many, will [...]

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Parksville Untapped: a Celebration of Island Suds and Sips

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Parksville Untapped is firmly rooted in its Island surroundings. Nine years ago a collaboration between two prominent Vancouver Island resorts laid the foundation for Parksville Uncorked. Much of Parksville's appeal lies in its breathtaking [...]

Kiwi Connections: The Great Tiki Tour in Vancouver

April 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour comes to town on May 5th—which is the perfect time of year —with a wealth of styles and tastes from around NZ

Malbec: King for a Day…and More

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Malbec World Day (April 17th.) is again fast approaching—yet one more reminder of the value to be found from the South American producer. While it’s true Argentina has built its reputation on Malbec, what might [...]

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, [...]

  • SoCIAL Lite: taking a solid shot at the lucrative cooler business

SoCIAL Lite: A Sin-free (and Tasteful) Cooler

July 21st, 2015|2 Comments

SoCIAL Lite: taking a solid shot at the lucrative cooler business I’ve never been a cooler fan. I can’t really say why, except that I don’t like sweet drinks. It wasn’t always like [...]

This week: Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) 

May 25th, 2015|0 Comments

El Peloton de la Muerte returns for this year's competition... Vancouver’s premium liquor culture continues to surge and grow in popularity. The biggest to date so far, the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila [...]

‘Foragin’ craft gin flights of fancy

May 20th, 2015|1 Comment

A close look at gin ... Leave it to forage to come up with a unique gin tasting option... The ever inventive and regionally driven Vancouver restaurant has unveiled a flight of three [...]

  • Cider newbie BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder

Cider House Rules: BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder

March 25th, 2015|3 Comments

A new cider from the Okanagan Cider is one of BC’s relatively undeveloped opportunities. However, that may be about to change, with the arrival of a new cider, Broken Ladder, made by BC [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Yew Oceans Glacial Snout

16 Oceans Cocktails to Float your Sustainable Boat

February 6th, 2015|1 Comment

Yew's Oceans cocktails, such as this 'Glacial Snout" , are some of the most innovative we've seen I’ll confess: I haven't always been a huge fan of cocktail and food pairings. However, there [...]

  • ChocolaTas orange infusion with Macallan 12 Year Old... Mmmm!

Perfect Pairings: ChocolaTas, Whisky and Wine

December 17th, 2014|0 Comments

  ChocolaTas: Looking as good as they taste UPDATED, Sept 9th, 2015 CHOCOLATAS OWNER WIM TAS NAMED TOP ARTISANAL CHOCOLATIER There is plenty of gold for ChocolaTas THE NEWS Master Chocolatier Wim Tas, [...]

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Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

October 15th, 2014|4 Comments

Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I've participated. The idea was [...]

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30 Days of IPA: Time to Hop On

August 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Fat Tug and a whole lot more ... I’m intrigued by the notion of the “public palate”—the way in which ‘normal’ people grow into and adopt new ideas and tastes, as opposed to [...]

It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

July 5th, 2014|0 Comments

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around [...]

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, [...]

Make Mine with Mezcal: Tequila Expo Shakedown

June 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Shea Hogan's Mezcal based Death Squad Sour (Shameful Tiki Room) Mezcal can be mildly mesmerizing. Over the years I've learned to treat certain spirits—from single malt Whisky to Absinthe and more— with a degree of [...]

  • The Book of Kale & Friends - authors Sharon Hanna and Carol, photo by Alison Page

Green Leaves Redux: The Book of Kale & Friends

May 9th, 2014|0 Comments

The Book of Kale & Friends - authors Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope, photo by Alison Page Beyond the Kale? The Hired Belly is pinching himself. I can't quite believe I've turned into [...]

  • Mezcal is in the spotlight at this year's International Tequila Expo

Agave Week: Time to Taste Tequila and Meet Your Mezcal (Video)

April 17th, 2014|2 Comments

"Mr. Mezcal" Eric Lorenz and an array of Mezcal Updated, April 9, 2014. This year's Vancouver International Tequila Expo runs May 26-31. Full details here: Much more to come soon...   When we [...]

  • Marc du Soleil

Breaking Bread with Clos du Soleil at Tavola

March 21st, 2014|0 Comments

    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 [...]

  • Steamship Terminal on Victoria's Inner Harbour

Victoria’s Steamship Grill: a Tasty Nautical Nod

February 12th, 2014|0 Comments

I’m a bit of a history buff, especially where buildings, food and art intersect. That thought crossed my mind when I looked out of our window from Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific to see the stunningly [...]

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 [...]

5 Stout Walks on the Dark Side: Any Porter in a Storm

January 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Central City's Imperial ... you might want to share Often as not, the best tastings are spontaneous and even unstructured. The other night I got together with my great friends and neighbours R [...]

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 [...]

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Books to Cooks Redux: The Holiday Season Hot List

December 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Books to Cooks - Marmite and a whole lot more! Here I am again at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. I can't help it. I'm a creature of habit. Besides, I can only take so [...]

  • Odd Society bottle and glass

Odd Society Spirits: Riding the Crest of BC’s Craft Distillery Boom

December 4th, 2013|2 Comments

Craft distilling blossoms: Odd Society's smart Powell St. tasting bar Sitting at Odd Society’s long black bar, it’s not hard to be impressed—even if a little surprised—that this polished operation has popped up [...]

  • Broker's Gin founders martin and Andy Dawson in bowlers with brollies

Broker’s, Brollies and Bowlers: The London Dry Taking the Gin World by Storm

November 29th, 2013|0 Comments

The Broker's Brothers  Martin & Andy Dawson... If the hat fits ... Andy Dawson is sitting at the bar in Gerrard at Sutton Place. Between measured sips of her Moét, the woman at [...]

  • Moonshine Drinks UK unveils bag in box brewing

BYO = Brew Your Own: Moonshine Beer in Bag Home Brewing Unveiled in U.K.

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Hops in a bag at home? No worries! Never at a loss to navigate their way around high liquor taxes, the Brits are at it again. This time with the seemingly ingenious and [...]

Vancouver’s Loss is Saskatoon’s Gain: Dale MacKay Opens Ayden Kitchen & Bar

November 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Ayden Kitchen & Bar boasts a talented team led by Dale MacKay This hard-hitting, exposé of a blog is mainly about Vancouver and BC’s scene but occasionally addresses topics “beyond”—in this case Saskatoon. [...]

A Remembrance at L’Arc de Triomphe: More Than Meets the Eye

November 10th, 2013|1 Comment

L'Arc de Triomphe looms large, at the west end of Les Champs-Elysées When I spend time in France, occasionally, some profound emotion takes hold, often when I’m least expecting it. When I was [...]

  • The roof, Hotel Vancouver

The Champagne Charlie Chronicles: Riding the Rails Around North America

September 23rd, 2013|4 Comments

Everyone says it looks like we're getting married here but Richard Carras (left), who helped put it all together, is just showing us where to sign on the contract! The best laid plans [...]

In the Footsteps of Champagne Charlie: 20 Years On

September 1st, 2013|3 Comments

In the Footsteps ... the night before The Night They Invented Champagne! A slightly younger Tim & Heather toast the next 100 days on the roof of Hotel Vancouver - Jack Wong photo Hard [...]

From Touriga to Tannat, Moon Curser Delivers the Goods

August 18th, 2013|1 Comment

Some years ago, I visited an upstart little winery in Australia by the name of Yellow Tail, along with an enthusiastic group of Aussie and Kiwi wholesalers. We shared a casual lunch at makeshift tables [...]

R.I.P. Peter Lehmann, “Baron of Barossa,” 1930-2013

July 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Margaret and Peter Lehmann, around the time of their 2011 Vancouver visit When the French (and others) talk about “terroir” they’re generally referring to geography, soil type, grapes—but also the human element. Wine, [...]

BC Politicians Mull Legalising Wine on the Beach

July 15th, 2013|1 Comment

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania. Used because it's what comes up when you google "wineglass on the beach" and is way prettier, anyway. You have to hand it to our provincial government. No time like [...]

The Sex Lives of Vegetables: What Carrots & Co. Really Get Up To

April 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Edible Bouquet by Elaine Savoie of Hornby Island If you’re a regular visitor you know this site is concerned almost entirely with food and drink, which is why we think you should hear [...]

Long Table: Craft Distilling (Finally) Comes to Vancouver

February 23rd, 2013|2 Comments

First sips of Vancouver's Long Table gin and vodka, Tim Pawsey photo Today marks a truly auspicious occasion in the sometimes mirky history of Vancouver's liquor trade. Long Table Distillery officially opens its [...]

Grasping the Nettle (with Care): How to Put a Delicious Spring in Your Step

February 21st, 2013|2 Comments

Foraging: a great excuse for a walk in the woods, Tim Pawsey photo Depending on where you are, chances are it’s almost Spring—which means that nettle season is here! If you know how to [...]

Changing it Up: Less Words. More Images. But Not Always …

February 19th, 2013|2 Comments

QWERTY-O-DODO - TP Photo I’m thinking of trying something different for this blog: making it more visually driven. I know some people appreciate the “longer read” which I still occasionally manage. However, judging [...]

  • Single Malt, Single Cask—a tasting with a difference, TP photo

Single Cask Single Malt: You May Just Want to “Dab it Behind Your Ears”

February 3rd, 2013|3 Comments

Updated: January 19, 2018 So, it seems BC Liquor & Licensing Control doesn't share Eric and Allura's appreciation for Single Malt ... As of yesterday: Eric advises (via Facebook): "At 10 am three government agents [...]

Be Careful Opening that Bubble—Even More So with a Sabre!

December 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Sumac Ridge founder Harry McWatters sabers a bottle of Steller's Jay with a ski, pre 2010 Winter Games (Updated Dec 14, 2013) Last year the New York Times ran an interesting piece that [...]

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

December 18th, 2012|0 Comments

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 [...]

R.I.P. Diane Loomer

December 11th, 2012|1 Comment

Diane Loomer, CM Like many Vancouverites, I was truly saddened when I awoke this morning to the news that Diane Loomer passed away last night. As visionary choral director and composer Loomer touched [...]

Monk’s Hands Habit to Mahony’s at Stamps Landing

December 1st, 2012|0 Comments

Look for a summer 2013 opening ... UPDATED,  After extensive renovations, Mahony and Sons at Stamps Landing is now open ... details   Vancouver landmark Monk McQueens has been taken over by Mahony & [...]

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