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Parksville Untapped: a Celebration of Island Suds and Sips

By |February 27th, 2017|

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 waterfront En route from The Beach Club Resort to Tigh Na Mara, the woman piloting the luxurious SUV shuttle [...]

Red Racer + Dix Redux = Good Brews News

By |July 30th, 2015|

  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, in the old Dix BBQ & Brewery spot. (871 Beatty St.) And, no surprise, there’s a whole raft of Red [...]

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

By |March 12th, 2015|

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 big fan of the whole beast movement, for any number of reasons. I’m intrigued because it really is a nod [...]

30 Days of IPA: Time to Hop On

By |August 1st, 2014|

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 the geekery into which most of us food and wine types fall—because we’re immersed in it every day. A story [...]

Gastown’s Bitter: Sweet Destination for a Perfect Pint

By |March 23rd, 2012|

Encounter with a perfect pint, Tim Pawsey photo If there’s one thing the Hired Belly finds hard to resist it’s a decent pint, particularly when it's properly poured, and at the right temperature.  I’m sure it’s one of the many very sound traits inherited from my dad—who I still sorely miss. Growing up, beer [...]

Dale MacKay Folds Ensemble and Ensemble Tap

By |January 16th, 2012|

eTap burger: worth a bite, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, August 27th, 2012. Sadly, Dale Mackay has had to close both Ensemble and Ensemble Tap. Here are the pertinent excerpts from today's press release... “I learned quickly that opening a restaurant in the heart of Vancouver is something I should have done after building my business [...]

Why Red Card in Vancouver is All Fired Up for the World Cup of Soccer

By |June 13th, 2010|

We’ll be honest. When it comes to watching sports, we’re one of the first to jump on the proverbial bandwagon. We don’t have time to watch much in the way of TV, so whether it’s ice-hockey, football or championship tiddlywinks there’s just one rule: don’t bother—except for a playoff game or other serious [...]

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