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Grand Opening Dailey Cycle Kitsilano

GLV is helping spread the word about the free classes on Grand Opening Day April 11!

Take a studio tour and try a complimentary new Dailey Cycle class. I’m book for 2:30 pm so see you there! 

Dailey Method Vancouver owners Jey and Karen Wyder warmly invite you to the Grand Opening of their second Vancouver studio in the city’s fitness mecca, Kitsilano, on Saturday, April 11 from 8 am to 5 pm. 

The studio features a new offering – the Dailey Cycle – which includes 30 minutes spent on high-performance Schwinn Carbon Blue bicycles, followed by 30 minutes of upper body toning, core strengthening and stretching. With The Dailey Method’s signature focus on alignment and form, this class delivers a balanced, full-body workout resulting in a high calorie burn.

Their studio is located at 1735 West 4th Avenue, just east of Burrard Street on the north side, upper level. 

The 3000-square-foot location features two spacious studios, showers and an athletic-wear boutique.

The Dailey Method’s signature barre classes and Dailey Cycle classes will be offered all day. To book a complimentary class in advance, email kits@thedaileymethod.com. A list of April 11 classes is at: http://www.thedaileymethod.com/studios/vancouver-kitsilano/class-schedule/.

To go to April 11, scroll down to Schedule and click the orange Next button.

See you on the cycles!

Ryu Sushi Main Street

Those familiar with Main Street know there’s a ton of sushi spots to choose from, but not all are created equal. Recently we ventured into Ryu Sushi and sampled some of their creations.

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When we called to book the table there was some difficulty getting the time slot we wanted, as we were told they were too busy for the time we wanted, but we went in as a walk in and there were only two other tables. On the second visit, however, we were welcomed as though we were old friends, and I thought perhaps there was a bit of a language barrier initially, and will definitely be back, reservation or not.

Ryu Gyoza

We sampled some gyoza. The was a bit thick for my liking, and I like them more browned, but the pork stuffing was tasty.

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Sushi rolls are the way to go here. We’ve tried the Green Dragon Roll, Firecracker Roll and Dynamite topped with salmon.

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The deep fried tuna is coated in seaweed and the fish is super fresh. The fried rolls never greasy and the portions and provide good value.

I always switch the salmon to wild salmon and like to wash my sushi down with a nice cold Asahi or Kirin, and I suggest you to the same.

Ryu Sushi
3079 Main St Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604.558.2668

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Healthy Family Expo 2015

The second annual Healthy Family Expo is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

The dynamic team of local moms and businesswomen behind the Healthy Family Expo know that raising a family in a more eco-friendly and healthy way can seem like a daunting task for parents, so they’ve created an event that introduces parents to ideas that are easy to implement. Parents can shop, sample healthy food & drinks, test-drive hybrid vehicles, win $10,000 in grand prizes (including a one-year lease on a Toyota Prius), and learn about small steps to healthy, active, eco-friendly living from more than 100 exhibitors. To keep the kids and pre-teens busy, this year’s Expo features the Lower Mainland’s largest Active Kid Zone, including a climbing wall, giant hamster ball racetrack, bouncy castle, run bike zone, Bobs & LoLo shows, fitness classes, and more.

Tickets are available online at www.healthyfamilyexpo.com/tickets, at Whole Foods Markets and London Drugs or at the door. Kids under 12 are free. For more information about the Healthy Family Expo, visit www.HealthyFamilyExpo.com.

WHAT:         Healthy Family Expo, a day of food, fun and play
WHEN:         Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
WHERE:      Vancouver Convention Centre (East)
WHY:           Learn about the best of healthy, active, eco-friendly life

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CONTEST CLOSED #GIVEAWAY 2 Tickets to Healthy Chef Competition – Wednesday, March 25th  

Congrats to Sum – Winner winner!

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Competition and Creativity with big dash of Healthy Benefits

For 16 years the Healthy Chef competition has been challenging groups of BC based culinary schools, hotels and restaurants to gather their fruits, herbs and vegetables, square off against each and create fantastic plates where the produce is the star.

On Wednesday, March 25th The British Columbia Chef’s Association (BCCA) and the British Columbia Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) will again collaborate for a common cause: to anchor in people’s minds that healthy foods and delicious foods can be one and the same.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as the guests arrive at their table, they receive an envelope that lets them know whose gourmet dinner and desert they have been selected to enjoy. It will differ from most everyone else at their table. That is what makes this event so engaging.

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Hosted by CTV’s Marke Driesschen, the evening continues with music, light entertainment, silent and live auctions and culminates with the Awards Ceremony.  Judged by panel of certified chefs from the BCCA, the properties vie for awards in a variety of categories including Best Entrée, People’s Choice and the Healthy Plate Award. Participating restaurants include:

  • e.b.o Restaurant Delta Burnaby Hotel Conference Centre, Grand Villa Casino – Chef Keith Pears
  • Vancouver Community College – Chef Colin Gill
  • Art Institute of Vancouver – Chef Daniel Riviere
  • River’s Edge Restaurant – Sandpiper Gold Course, Pretty Estates Resorts – Chef Jonathan Cee
  • Burnaby Central High School Ace-It Program – Chef Stephen Wade
  • Mosaic Grill/Grain Tasting Bar – Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Chef Jeff Szombaty
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant – Sous Chef  Sherwin Batac
  • Tivoli’s Restaurant – Chef Cory White
  • Torafuku – Chef Clement Chan

Ticket includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, a swag box of fresh produce to take home, entertainment and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $90.00. Available at BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcmpa.com. You can also visit the www.BCPMA.com website at: http://bcpma.com/about-us/events/healthy-chef-competition/2015-2

#BCPMA #foodiesYVR #foodies

CND Nails

Spring Into Spring and Nail Your Nails

This spring the CND™ Garden Muse Collection has arrived colours reminiscent of floral spring gardens. I dropped my usually very nude nails and went a little bolder with some sparkly pink. I even got some fish net-like stamps done. I’m not usually a fancy pants nail person, but it’s been fun living on the wild side these past couple weeks.

Garden Muse Lineup ShellacTry the Garden Muse salon Shellac in Beckoning Begonia, Hot Pop Pink, Wisteria Haze, Lost Labyrinth, Water Park, Butterfly Queen. They now even have a home kit to remove the shellac so you don’t have to head back to the salon, or, chew off the polish and ruin your nails like I do. I know I’m not the only one.

Garden Muse Lineup VINYLUX

Try it at home with Vinylux and change your Garden Muse manicure every week with Beckoning Begonia, Crushed Rose, Wisteria Haze, Lost Labyrinth, Reflecting Pool, or Butterfly Queen. The  Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat and dries solidly in just 8.5 minutes. Good for a week and no formaldehyde in either!

If the spring colours do inspire gardening, so be it, but just be sure to cover up those now beautifully decorated hands with some equally appealing gardening gloves.

 

 

 

16th Annual Healthy Chef Competition – Wednesday, March 25th  

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Competition and Creativity with big dash of Healthy Benefits

For 16 years the Healthy Chef competition has been challenging groups of BC based culinary schools, hotels and restaurants to gather their fruits, herbs and vegetables, square off against each and create fantastic plates where the produce is the star.

On Wednesday, March 25th The British Columbia Chef’s Association (BCCA) and the British Columbia Produce Marketing Association (BCPMA) will again collaborate for a common cause: to anchor in people’s minds that healthy foods and delicious foods can be one and the same.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as the guests arrive at their table, they receive an envelope that lets them know whose gourmet dinner and desert they have been selected to enjoy. It will differ from most everyone else at their table. That is what makes this event so engaging.

Four Willows

Hosted by CTV’s Marke Driesschen, the evening continues with music, light entertainment, silent and live auctions and culminates with the Awards Ceremony.  Judged by panel of certified chefs from the BCCA, the properties vie for awards in a variety of categories including Best Entrée, People’s Choice and the Healthy Plate Award. Participating restaurants include:

  • e.b.o Restaurant Delta Burnaby Hotel Conference Centre, Grand Villa Casino – Chef Keith Pears
  • Vancouver Community College – Chef Colin Gill
  • Art Institute of Vancouver – Chef Daniel Riviere
  • River’s Edge Restaurant – Sandpiper Gold Course, Pretty Estates Resorts – Chef Jonathan Cee
  • Burnaby Central High School Ace-It Program – Chef Stephen Wade
  • Mosaic Grill/Grain Tasting Bar – Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Chef Jeff Szombaty
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant – Sous Chef  Sherwin Batac
  • Tivoli’s Restaurant – Chef Cory White
  • Torafuku – Chef Clement Chan

Ticket includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, a swag box of fresh produce to take home, entertainment and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $90.00. Available at BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcmpa.com. You can also visit the www.BCPMA.com website at: http://bcpma.com/about-us/events/healthy-chef-competition/2015-2

#BCPMA #foodiesYVR #foodies

Accept the #HappyActs Challenge Issued by Live Happy Magazine

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C’mon Get Happy, Vancouver

Live Happy magazine has joined The United Nations with its own mission to lead a global movement to make the world a happier place with the #HappyActs Challenge, which invites everyone, including residents in the lower mainland, to spread a little joy in honor of International Day of Happiness (March 20) through random acts of kindness and share them online.

#HappyActs are small acts – with a big impact that can make someone’s day a little brighter. A hug, a kind word, or helping a neighbour.

On March 20, participants can help bring about change by posting these small acts of kindness, as well as inspiring others to post their #HappyActs, at one of more than 35 Happiness Walls around North America, including the Richmond Center shopping mall.

Additionally, to further spread the joy and element of giving back to their community, Live Happy will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters* for every person that accepts the #HappyActs Challenge.

HOW:                     Accept the #HappyActs Challenge by visiting: www.happyacts.org

  • Share as many #HappyActs as possible by March 20 via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter
  • Visit a Live Happy Happiness Wall (For a complete list of cities, visit org)
  • Businesses and individuals can create their own happy walls. Visit happyacts.org for details
  • Live Happy will give random surprise gifts of happiness to participants leading up to March 20. The more #HappyActs that each person shares online, the better chances they have to win

WHERE:                 Richmond Center 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC,

WHEN:   March 20, International Day of Happiness9:30 am-9:00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: WWW.HAPPYACTS.ORG

DINING OUT FOR LIFE 2015

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On Thursday, March 26, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • Over 110,000 meals per year delivered to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • 60+ support therapies ranging from therapeutic massage to naturopathy, music therapy to yoga
  • End-of-life care to people in their own homes

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HIV/AIDS IN BC: In 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada — with over 25% residing in British Columbia. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside maintains the highest HIV prevalence in the Western world, reaching as high 27%.
While new infection rates in B.C. have thankfully decreased, advanced therapies mean people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and the number of people who depend on the services of Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful continues to grow.

Dine out on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and make it a day to remember.

Why not invite your friends to dine out as well?

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Vancouver

March 17 falls on a Tuesday this year, but that needn’t keep you raising a pint or two in celebration of Irish luck.

The Irish Heather

“No Cover, No Green Beer, No Plastic Clover” is the mantra at the Irish Heather as they celebrate their 19th St. Patrick’s Day since opening the Irish Heather’s doors in Gastown. The decor, prices, menu and beer will be the same as always and there definitely be no green beer. Also check out Sean Heather with Fiona Forbes “7 Questions” with Sean Heather at The Irish Heather to get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s day!

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day the Big Lou’s Butcher Shop way

If you’d rather spend St. Patrick’s Day at home and are in the mood head down tos Butcher Shop and pick up some housemade Irish specialties perfect for your stews. They’ve got fresh batches of Irish Breakfast Sausages and Steak & Guinness Sausages in the cooler.
Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is open 7 days a week at 269 Powell St. in Railtown.

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The Gramercy Grill

Enjoy Irish Coffee, Green Beer & Irish Inspired Dishes

Appetizer
Grilled Blood Sausage $13 with white bean puree, tomato and cider jam, red wine jus
Baked Oyster $12 3 pc of Baked Oyster with Kale and bacon, tomato and basil mayo

Main
Corned beef and Cabbage $26 braised corned beef and cabbage with Colcannon potatoes. Hot mustard and consommé
Marinated Steelhead $24 marinated and roasted steelhead filet in Irish whiskey and honey, shredded potato and Thyme, light red wine jus

‘May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness comes through your door’

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Oyama Sausage

The luck of the Irish comes to Oyama for St. Paddies.  Enjoy favorites such as Beef Guinness Sausage, Beef Stout and Onion Sausage, Irish Spring Chicken Sausage, Irish Potato Leek Sausage and many other selections.

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The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

Reconnect with your Irish roots or be an honorary Irishman this St. Patrick’s Day at The Blackbird where there’s Irish Lunch/Dinner features along with $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and $6 Guinness beer.

Bella Gelateria

Satisfy your sweet tooth with some Vanilla and Mint Gelato down at Vancouver’s tastiest gelato option at 1001 West Cordova Street and 1089 Marinaside Crescent

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Baguette and Co.

Greening up their Eclairs 3273 West Broadway and 1102 Davie Street

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Soirette Macarons

Bailey’s for St. Patrick’s Day.

All Donnelly Group Locations

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Sidecar Kitchen + Bar

Sidecar Kitchen + Bar

When you think of Vancouver’s Granville Entertainment District, great dining doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Sure you can grab a decent burger and there’s plenty of wing deals and lots of booze, but until recently I didn’t head to the strip looking for a true quality meal. So what changed? I discovered Sidecar at 1163 Granville Street were Chef Jason Zimmer has brought unique twists to a variety of familiar and not so familiar dishes.

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Sidecar is owned by veteran club and restaurant owners Dave Kershaw and Chris Jackson, who also own the  Manchester Pub on Broadway and the Cabana Lounge . The drive behind Cabana and Sidecar was to introduce later night venues for those over 30.  Chef Zimmer’s experience includes culinary stints on Vancouver Island working at a number of restaurants, hotels and clubs. He’s created a menu that ranges from items such as lamb lollipops, duck confit gnocchi, to perogies with pork and salt and pepper squid. Finishing up with his Granville St. beignets is mandatory as is  sipping on at least one of Jason’s homemade Chimichurri Sidecar Caesars or a classic cocktail, such as the Gin-Gin Mule.

The restaurant opened in December 2013 and features vintage decor, a 30 foot bar, photos of 1920’s gangsters and DJ’s that play a mix of music from  the past 30 years.

Sidecar Saturdays

After dinner service the room is  transformed and low lounge tables and benches are  brought in and dancing is encouraged. I turn into a pumpkin if I stay out late, so I’ve yet to experience the transformation, but I have happily dined in the earlier hours of the evening when it’s less busy. I have semi-old lady syndrome, so prefer early outings, having already spent far more than my fair share of time in the district over the past few decades.

Arriving rather early on a fortunately less busy evening,  we were able to spend a bit of time chatting to the rustically charming Chef Zimmer while we sampled our way through some of the menu.

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Sidecar Squid

First up we had some cripsy squid tossed in Szechuan peppercorns and roasted sea salt with spiced smoked onion aioli. The squid was nicely tender and crisp with just enough zing to set our taste buds mildly on fire.

Sherry and Ginger Tiger Shrimp

A dish of tiger shrimp came swimming in a densely flavoured sherry sauce with and had an equally welcome spicy kick. Bread may have been used to soak up the remainder of the sauce.

Duck Confit Gnocchi

For mains I highly suggest the Duck Confit with is cured in sea salt and fresh thyme, and served atop a pillowy  gnocchi tossed with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, sweet peas, butter, duck broth gravy and topped with shaving of Manchego cheese. Pretty close to excellence here, perhaps a little more crunch on the skin would have perfected the dish.

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The Lamb Shank is another must. Ideal comfort food here. It’s slowly braised in Merlot wine and lamb stock with fresh herbs and fennel and then served with a perfectly cooked wild mushroom and barley risotto. Love that Zimmer used barley instead of rice. Wish more chefs would venture out to alternative grains.

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AND the finale. Granville Street Beignets are made fresh to order, tossed in cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar and served with both a Grand Marnier chocolate sauce and Bulleit Bourbon Butterscotch dip that I had to refrain from licking right out of the serving dish.

Great drinks, wine on tap, craft beer and attentive service rounded out our evening and duck and lamb sandwiches were had the very next day as portions are generous!

 

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