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Michel Jacob’s Le Crocodile Celebrates 30 Years

By |December 7th, 2014|

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 rule, I don't play favourites. "It depends," I'll say ... Chances are it might be the ‘flavour of the month:’ [...]

No Time Like the Present to Jump on Wagon Rouge

By |February 20th, 2014|

  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 a lot of people already are. My intro to the unfettered Gallic offshoot of Brad Miller’s popular Red Wagon diner [...]

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

By |December 1st, 2013|

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 Regalade more often. Four of us made it there the other night, to be rewarded by a wealth of rustic [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By |April 20th, 2013|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Fighting Winter’s Ills with Pot au Feu at Vancouver’s Bistro Pastis

By |December 13th, 2012|

Pastis pot au feu—one of many reasons to lunch here... The Hired Belly is a push-over for hearty, winter dishes, such as the pot au feu at Bistro Pastis, (2153 West 4th Ave., 604-731-5020) which we more than did justice to last week, when the winter rains were sluicing through Vancouver; and flu was [...]

Vancouver’s Le Parisien: a Worthy Tribute to the Original Café de Paris – Fall Menu update

By |October 27th, 2012|

Mmmm! Smoked chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Just mildly addictive. TP photo Updated Oct 23, 2012. It’s not unusual for new restos to tweak things as they go along but we’re more than intrigued by Le Parisien’s just launched “petits plats”—a definite nod to Spanish tapas, with some excellent tastes from chef [...]

Cozy and Tasty on The Drive: Tunisian Treats at Carthage Café

By |October 9th, 2012|

A warm and welcoming interior .... Updated, March 31, 2014.  I committed The inexcusable sin the other night, by arriving late for a reservation which in itself allowed too little time to dine properly before heading off to the York Theatre. In my mind I had thought it would be easy to order [...]

WHERE Vancouver Announces 15th Annual Where to Dine Awards

By |April 28th, 2011|

WHERE Vancouver (to whom the Hired Belly supplies considerable calorific content) yesterday unveiled the 15TH Annual Where to Dine Awards. The well attended (and well-run) event was hosted in superb fashion by Blue Water Café, who, as usual, catered to their industry peers with an array of seafood towers, sushi and more, not [...]

Vancouver’s L’Abattoir: Gastown’s newest destination

By |August 27th, 2010|

Tuned up heritage bar and dining lounge adds up to historic district's latest lively lure L'Abattoir's bar has a real buzz—and great tastes too, Tim Pawsey photo Walk into Gastown’s newest star, L’Abattoir (217 Carrall St., 604-568-1701) and the first person you’ll likely meet is Shaun Layton, who runs everything bar-wise here.  Shaun is [...]

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