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Actor Darcy Hinds Boxed up a Feast at Afghan Horsemen Restaurant!

16 Jan


(Darcy Hinds, Brian Grant, Kj Appa (Riverdale)


Get Cooking with the Stars (  was in the kitchen of glamorous Afghan Horsemen Restaurant; rich with history, culture and scrumptious food. The award winning restaurant has been in Business for over 45 years and is the first Afghan Restaurant to open in Canada.

Actor/Boxer Darcy Hinds (Riverdale, Supernatural, See, Xmen) was in top form cooking up a storm with Host Laurie Belle and Chef Meir while chatting about his recent role on the hit tv series Riverdale.

Afghan Kitchen Shot

National Boxer/Actor and Stuntman Hinds shared a reflective moment about his time with Luke Perry and KJ Appa (Archie Andrews) on the riverdale Set and told us about his upcoming Boxing Championships.

Luke Perry Kj Appa

(Darcy Hinds, Luke Perry, Kj Appa (Riverdale)

Afghan Owners with Laurie

Host Laurie Belle had the pleasure of learning more about this award winning restaurant and its history from the owners: Zaher Nasiri, Razia Nasiri, and co-owner Seyar Najib and Chef Meir.80010930_2196522673782596_8202393687885308210_n

Afghan MealAfghan Kitchen Shot 2

The Episode was directed by Vivek Sharma (Extreme Productions) and has some twists and turns as the cast enjoyed Belly Dancing and Middle Eastern Delights.Later the cast worked off the meal at the EastSide Boxing Club as Darcy took to the ring with fellow castmate (Riverdale) Brian Grant.



Get Cooking with the Stars is a nationally syndicated celebrity cooking show. A few liquids and stars secrets are sure to be spilled as we cook and chat with celebrities at the hottest eateries,wineries and artisan spots. Host Laurie Belle in a dress by blushing boutique


Maestro Fresh Wes Raps at “My Shanti” Get Cooking with the Stars~

17 Oct

Juno Award Winning Canadian Rapper/Actor Maestro Fresh Wes along with Dragons Den Chef  Vikram Vij and host Laurie Belle on  Get Cooking with the Stars (CHEK TV, NOVUS) The Episode was filmed at My Shanti with Chef,Owner and Dragons Den’s Vikram Vij.

Coach Fresh Wes in the kitchen

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Maestro Fresh Wes and Host Laurie Belle


Thank you to our sponsors for Get Cooking with the Stars, TV Host Laurie Belle:Dress by Blushing Boutique, Hair Champers Salon, Makeup by Saneeta (Blanche Macdonald) and Lesley Diana (The Promotion People), Lloyd Talent, Pizzazz International Models and Dynacor Gold Mines.




Chef Wes cooking up delicious Indian Cuisine and telling Laurie about his time meeting Canada’s Former Prime Minister Jean Cretien,  new Album Coach Fresh (Mr.Evans) and the magnitude of his Juno Awards, and TED Talks.

The recipe of the day that the trio cooked up is Vij Family’s Chicken Curry
(From Vij’s Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram Vij & Meeru Dhalwala) soon to be seen in Get Cooking with the Stars Series Celebrity Cookbook by Laurie Belle.


Restaurant Magnate Vikram Vij Telling our host all about his new book VIJ, his start in the restaurant Industry, Dragons Den, and how thrilled he was back when Pierre Trudeau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited his restaurant.



Wesley Williams aka Maestro, Maestro Fresh-Wes is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor.  Wes has been coined by Exclaim Magazine, as the “Godfather of Canadian hip hop and now we aptly name him, Maestro Chef Wes! Check out his dish below: Looks Delicious, Chef Wes! Thanks Vikram Vij for your expertise in the kitchen.


Get Cooking with the Stars (Leftcoast TV)  features international celebrities Featuring Canadian Icon Late Alan Thicke, Riverdale’s Locklyn Munro, Scfi Queen Amanda Tapping, BC Lions Geroy Simon,(Planet of the Apes) Aleks Paunovic, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor- Whitecaps Captain Jay Demerit, New York Comedian Darryl Lenox, Gene Simmons (KISS), Japanese Ambassador Chef Tojo.

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Metanoia Magazine captured the Day’s events, along with Peace Arch News, Langley Times, Leftcoast TV, and Cloverdale Reporter.

Watch for our Series Celebrity Cookbook, Celebrity Dining featuring the seasons Stars, chefs and their recipe. Get Cooking with the Stars airs CHEK, NOVUS weekly.  Follow us on Twitter @leftcoasttv, Instagram and our website

Currently Get Cooking with the Stars is finishing season 2 gearing up for Season 3.





Sizzling with Langleys Hidden Thai Gem: Ban Chok Dee

20 Jul
Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

I was Thrilled to visit Ban Chok Dee and meet the lovely, talented Chef Parinya. She shares her passion and love for Thai cooking with me. I immediately labelled Ban Chok Dee as “Langley’s Hidden Thai Gem”. I was invited as Celebrity Guest Host to the Thai cooking class.  I really enjoyed cooking outside on the patio. What a great idea for a Bachelorette party or just for a fun girls day out! The ambiance is inviting and the outdoor seating is so urban Chic. Add to this a nice bottle of white wine or  refreshing Sangria and you have a recipe for success!

Parinya with wine


Seating Ban Chok Dee

Laurie hard at work

As Celebrity Host of  Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars(Gene Simmons, COCO Rocha, Shannon Tweed,Darryl Lenox, ) I’ve cooked alongside some amazing chefs such as TOJO, Chef Parichat (Pink Elephant Thai), and Daniel Craig (haha, Not James Bond, but Chef Dan Craig formerly of EBO Restaurant). I Recently met and traded Cooking secrets with Miss Vicki of Miss Vicki’s Chips.

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle


Gene Simmons with Laurie Belle at TOJOS


Football Hero Geroy Simon with Chef TOJO and Host Laurie Belle

Ban Chok Dee : Chef Parinya

We made four scrumptious dishes: Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao and Panang Curry,  I started off cooking Tom Yum Goong with Black Tiger Prawns, mmmm.  I will certainly be adding this recipe to my cookbook. We used  Galanga Root, Lime juice, tomatoes, Tom Yum Paste, lemongrass (Gives such a yummy aroma), red onion, fish paste, mushrooms, and cilantro.

Orange Dish of ingredients

All the ingredients were fresh from T&T Supermarket, Hen Long Market, and Asia Market. I love this soup as it is so healthy yet brimming with flavors and so light. YUM!

Here is my finished product: I am proud to say I received an A for this one!


Tom Gai

We then moved onto the Panang Curry. I used fresh slices of beef, Panang Curry Paste, Coconutmilk, lime leaves and Thai small eggplant (Pictured below), green and red peppers and sugar to season.

Green beans longeggplant

What’s fun about Thai Cooking is you can tailor the amount of SPICE and coordinate with various meats. I enjoy very SPICY, so this type of Cuisine absolutely appeals to me.

My next favorite dish that was featured was: Pad Kra Pao with Chicken

. Thai Chicken dish

You simply assemble chicken breast, onion, green and red peppers, Fresh Thai Red chilli, Soya, Long green bean, Oyster Sauce and Holy Basil Leaves, so fragrant, so tasty. There are two types of Basil used in Thai Cooking: HolyBasil (Kra Pao, and Sweet basil (Hora-Pa).

Basil Leaves on ice

Did you know that Thai Ingredients work as fantastic Beauty products too. Lime Juice is wonderful for your hair, and Turmeric is great for your skin. Just simply grate turmeric in a stone dish and apply to your face. VOILA! Instant face brightener.

I finished with the famous Pad Thai. SO simple to make but uses up to 19 ingredients. It does have a few steps to it, and sure does rely on timing.

Pad Thai ingredients

It was a great experience visiting Ban Chok Dee and cooking with the engaging Chef Parinya. You will Enjoy learning authentic Thai Dishes in a fun and informative cooking class. Try some of the excellent Wines they have on hand and embark on an unforgettable Thai Experience.

Chicken Pad Kra Pao


Host Laurie Belle enjoying the fruits of her labour

You can follow me for more adventures on Leftcoasttv/twitter, and for more information on Chef Parinya and Ban Chok Dee

“Get Cooking with the Stars” television series launches fall season

27 Sep

“Get Cooking with the Stars” television series launches fall season at
Red Carpet Launch Party at the Howe Street Art Gallery on October 20th

This season’s celebrity guests include April Telek, Jennifer Spence, Amanda Tapping, Adrian Holmes, BC Lions’ Geroy Simon, Marke Driesschen, Darryl Lenox

For immediate release, September, 2012 Vancouver, BC – Leftcoast TV ( together with Ahmad Badawi-Camelvision Productions ( are pleased to announce their Hollywood-themed Red Carpet launch of the new season of the television series, “Get COOKING with the STARS” The series host Laurie Belle will also play host of the event on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 6:00pm-10:00 pm at the stunning Howe Street Art Gallery

The evening’s celebrities in attendance will include actors April Telek, Jennifer Spence, Ben Ratner, director Katrin Bowen, fashion designer Rozemerie Cuevas (Jacqueline Conoir), Olympic Athlete Nikola Girke, Stockholders cast,(Kristian Messere, Rowland Pidlubny,Beau Daniels),BeautyNight Founder Caroline Macgillivray, BC Lions, The Travel Guys, Vernard Goud, and prestigious Leo Awards organizers Sonny Wong, and Walter Daroshin. Guests will enjoy culinary cuisine, cocktails, entertainment by DJ Myles Bigelow and International Singers (Sayde Black, Karen Holness), as well as featurettes from the “Get COOKING with the STARS” series.

Tickets for the exclusive event can be purchased for $40 each at Partial proceeds (20%) of the ticket sales will be donated to Beauty Night Society http://www.beautynightorg. Beauty Night Society builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty.

About “Get COOKING with the STARS”

“Get COOKING with the STARS” is hosted by the charismatic Laurie Belle, also the talent of Leftcoast TV. Laurie has degrees in both Business and Communications, as well as a Master’s degree in Education. The multi-faceted TV personality is also a model and actress. Laurie has graced the pages of many magazines, billboards, and TV shows. She has interviewed Hollywood heavy- hitters such as Gene Simmons, Coco Rocha, Shannon Tweed and Amanda Tapping; as well as covering internationally renowned events including VIFF, VFW, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and the LEO Awards. Laurie is currently developing the second season of “Get COOKING with the STARS”, whose first season aired on SHAW TV and airs currently on NOVUS in Vancouver and New Fall Airtimes Victoria (Shaw). The show invites actors and celebrities to join Laurie and chefs at restaurants throughout the lower mainland to share their latest productions with Laurie and learn recipes from some of Canada’s finest chefs.

“Get COOKING with the STARS” episodes have included world renowned chefs such as Hidekazu Tojo (Tojo’s), Genarro Iorio (Le Terrezza),Chef Parichat (Pink Elephant Thai), Vikram Vij, Chef Daniel Craig (EBO Restaurant) and David Rocco (Food Network’s “Dolce Vita”).

These prestigious chefs with our Host are joined by a wide variety of entertainment industry stars, including LEO Award winning actresses Amanda Tapping (Stargate, Sanctuary) and April Telek (Amazon Falls); LEO Award winning director Katrin Bowen (Amazon Falls); LEO Award nominated actress Jennifer Spence (Alcatraz, Continuum); Fashion Designer Rozemarie Cuevas (JC Designs); the CFL’s all-time receiver Geroy Simon (B.C. Lions); CTV personality Marke Driesschen; Karen Holness (Fringe, Smallville), John Marshall Jones; and famed New York Comedian Darryl Lenox (Blind Ambition, HBO). The next season promises more exciting stars, chefs, and gorgeous locales.

“Get COOKING with the STARS” generous show/event sponsors include Bella Garnet Hair, Crown Limousines, EBO Restaurant, Chef Dan Craig, Xfour Xoxolat Chocolate Martini,and Nancy Perreault Collections. Gift bags filled with goodies from “Smell This” aromatherapy shop, Pink Elephant Thai, and Sugarbaby Aprons will be presented to the first 100 guests.

Businesses/corporations interested in sponsoring and/or contributing please contact: Zia at: or Samantha at: ,

For Media Wall opportunities or to interview Laurie Belle, contact:

To book Laurie Belle contact Agent: Lissa Lloyd (Lloyd Talent)

Press/Media Registration:

CTV’s Marke Driesschen on “Get Cooking with the Stars”

2 Apr

CTV Weathercaster Marke Driesschen joins Host Laurie Belle and world class Chef Hidekazu Tojo of TOJO’s on a fun episode of Get Cooking with the Stars!
This episode airs on SHAW TV Vancouver Channel 4 on April 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM and again on Wednesday April 4 at 1am, Thursday April 5 3:30am and Saturday April 7 at 3pm.

Thank you to:
The Promotion People
Blushing Boutique
Ach Makeup Artistry
Necklace: Earth Essence by Tamara Ryan
Dale Rollings Photography
The Traveling Stylist

The Stars Come Out for Shelley Klassen Blushing Boutique Spring 2012 Fashion Show

23 Mar

March 21, 2012 – The Shelley Klassen Blushing Boutique Fashion Show at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Shelley’s show was amazing and the clothes were gorgeous! The show dazzled the crowd!
Visit Blushing Boutique, located at 579 Richards St., downtown Vancouver, BC.

Host Laurie Belle and singer-songwriter and friend Sara Lynn attended the glamorous event.

Pictures below from Dan Poh Photography
Thanks to Nancy Perreault

Karen Holness  in Street Cat Designs, Laurie Belle, and Sara Lynn
Laurie’s dress by Shelley Klassen, Sara Lynn’s dress by Jacqueline Conoir

Shelley Klassen and Laurie Belle.
Laurie’s dress is by Shelley Klassen. Jewelry by Earth Essence Jewelry

Actress Rebecca Marshall.  Bag by Kinsey and Mimi

Jacqueline Ryan

Sara Lynn  and Laurie Bell

Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago & Katrin Bowen from RAOR to star in “Get Cooking with the Stars”

19 Mar

(Photos courtesy of Lesley Diana / The Promotion People)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago and director Katrin Bowen of “Random Acts of Romance”, will be appearing on entertainment show, “Get Cooking with the Stars”.

Vancouver, British Columbia (Monday, March 19 2012) – “Get Cooking with the Stars”, is pleased to announce that the stars and director of the film “Random Acts of Romance” (RAOR) will be featured in an upcoming episode.

Host Laurie Belle will be joined by actress Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Zak Santiago (Amazon Falls, Robson Arms) and indie filmmaker Katrin Bowen.

Random Acts of Romance (RAOR) is described as “a relationship comedy about intense characters in extreme relationship situations — and the crazy and obsessive behaviors that spring from this thing called love.” Santagio and Tapping star as Matt and Dianne, a married couple who met in college when Dianne was Matt’s teacher. The movie explores the struggles they have in their relationship and the interconnected theme of the people that get in between their marriage. Tapping’s character, Diane, meets a millionaire named Richard, who is in love with his stalker Lynn. Meanwhile, Santiago’s character, Matt, has already fallen in love with someone else. RAOR is a hilarious feature with dynamic characters that we can all identify with.

The film is directed by Katrin Bowen and written by Kevin McComiskie, Jillian Mannion and Katrin Bowen. For more information about the movie, visit their official website RAOR is scheduled to release in the summer of 2012.

Check out this episode of “Get Cooking with the Stars” with Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago, and Katrin Bowen to air in May on Shaw TV Vancouver and Novus Channel 4.

For the latest episodes, weekly airtimes on SHAW TV channel 4 are on Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 1:00 am, Thursdays at 3:30 am and Saturdays at 3:00 pm. Daily broadcasts on Novus Channel 4 at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, 3:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.

Upcoming episodes include guests Canadian Olympic Windsurfer Nikola Girke, the Vancouver Canucks, CTV Weathercaster Marke Driesschen, Geroy Simon of the BC Lions at TOJO restaurant, Jennifer Spence (SGU Stargate Universe, Alcatraz), famed comedian Darryl Lenox  at Lolita’s Restaurant, actress Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, CSI Miami), and fashion designer RozeMerie Cuevas of Jacqueline Conoir.


“Get Cooking with the Stars” is the flagship show of Leftcoast TV ( Guests have included Gene Simmons, TOJO, supermodel Coco Rocha, comedian Darryl Lenox, politician Hedy Fry. “Get Cooking with the Stars” takes viewers behind the scenes of renowned restaurants, sharing cooking tips and techniques from Canada’s finest chefs, while highlighting celebrities’ careers and charitable causes. Entertainment with a twist!  “Get Cooking with the Stars” is produced by Camel Vision Productions, directed and produced by Ahmad Badawi. Nancy Perreault, a Vancouver-based fashion designer, is one of the featured stylists for Host Laurie Belle (Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars).


“Get Cooking with the Stars” is hosted by Canadian television host and multifaceted talent Laurie Belle. Laurie is an experienced TV personality, model, and actress, appearing on TV, movies, commercials, billboards, music videos and magazines. She is now developing “Get Cooking with the Stars,” in her roles as Host and Producer. She has degrees in Business, communications, and a Master’s degree in Education.

For more information about the show, or to schedule an interview with Laurie, please contact:
Leftcoast TV Media Relations –