Wedding Registry at Best Buy

What’s The Best Gift – Best Buy

What to buy for the bride and groom who have everything? We’ve asked for Best Buy Gift Certificates and think this is a very smart idea. We don’t feel comfortable asking for straight out cash (it’s not for everyone) and rather than do a registry, we simply included the following on the invite “While it’s not necessary to bring a gift, we are working on renovations and replacing our kitchen appliances and would appreciate a gift card to Best Buy. ”  They’ve also got a great online registry here – Best Buy Wedding Registry should you go that route and if you need ideas, start with their Starter Registry. Oh the things you can get at this store; everything from speakers to dishwashers and everything in between.

So what’s on our “registry”. We have some needs that must be met. First up some new kitchen gadgets (when a food writer is marrying a chef, that’s kind of a given) and then some luggage for all those trips we’ve got planned! Here’s our favourite Best Buy items on our shopping list right now.

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KitchenAid Food Processor – 11-Cup – Onyx Black $269.99

We used to have one of these and it’s our favourite processor because it does all sorts of cool tricks.  The large bowl is super handy and makes short work of slicing veggies, grinding nuts, kneading dough, and more.  It has a variety of options for speed and the ExactSlice system with an external lever that lets you switch from thick to thin with a simple slide of the lever is very handy. More info.

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KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus with Peel, Core and Slice Stand Mixer Attachment

Spiralizing is all the rage and I’ve been making zucchini noodles and more with my hand held one, so it’s time to kick it up a notch with the real deal. This one peels, cores, and slices and attaches to our stand mixer.  5 blades that allow for 9 combinations of slicing, peeling, coring, and spiralizing and it works with all KitchenAid stand mixers and includes a 2 spiraling blade, 2 slicing blades, and 1 peeling blade. $219.99. More info.

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Vitamix A3300 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender – Pearl Grey Metallic $649.99

Vitamix has just released this new fab sleek, stylish, and feature-packed, blender that makes short work of smoothies, soups, peanut butter, and even grinds grain. It comes with Variable Speed Control and Pulse blending, and also features a programmable timer, touchscreen controls, and hardened laser-cut blades. Be sure to take a Vitamix Cooking Course at Cook Culture to get the most out of this kitchen staple. I just took one and have so many more ideas of how to use this awesome machine. More info.

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Vitamix 32 oz. Dry Grains Container $195.95

In addition to the container it comes with, we do need this dry grains container from to help prepare homemade breads and cereals. Sporting a 32oz. capacity with clearly marked measurements, this container grinds whole grains into fresh flours, mixes batter, and even simulates the kneading process to prepare dough for baking. Homemade bread here we come! More info.

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Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster Oven 1 Cu. Ft. – Stainless Steel $599.99 

Yes we have an oven and a microwave, but we often have something in both, so we do need this excellent addition to the kitchen. You can bake cookies, proof dough, or even airfry your favourite meals in this air convection toaster oven. This countertop oven can roast a large roast, air-fry crispy French Fries & snacks and dehydrate a wide range of healthy foods.  More info.

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Samsonite Pinsky 21.5″ Hard Side 4-Wheeled Carry-On Luggage – Pink $169.99

Of course we need new luggage in a variety of sizes and I adore this Samsonite Pinsky luggage. It’s lightweight and strong, and has a push-button locking handle, and four 360-degree spinner wheels. Fully lined interiors and zippered compartments will keep my belongings secure. More info.

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Swiss Gear Tannensee 3-Piece Hard Side 4-Wheeled Expandable Luggage Set – Chili $399.99

We both need our own set for longer trips, so this one’s for Michael. Since it’s red we won’t miss it coming off the luggage carousal and it has expandable design so he can add any gifts or things such as growlers and beer that he tends to want to take home. Each luggage is equipped with 4 spinner wheels and a retractable handle, so we can zip around hotels, airports, and city sidewalks. More info.best buy samsonite2

Samsonite Tech Series 3-Piece Hard Side 4-Wheeled Luggage Set – Green – Online Only $599.99

I have to have green so these ultra-durable hard-sided luggage pieces are perfect and as I am away a lot, the fact that they are put through rigorous tests to ensure long-lasting strength and reliability is key. They’re each equipped with 4 spinner wheels, a must for any traveler and a locking handle. More info.

We’re super excited to add to our kitchen and will, of course, be posting our culinary and travel adventures with these new items that we may just be lucky enough to pick up one or two of if those gift certs materialize!

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Carrot Romesco

Pork Tenderloin and Carrots Pack a Nutritional Punch

This was one of the best things I’ve made this year. Take from Bon Appetit, I changed a couple things around and we had the tastiest meal, and full of nutrition too.  Be sure to use local pork and know where your meat comes from. For more on pork, check out Passion for Pork, the website for Western Canadian Pork.

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Ingredients

4 SERVINGS

¼ cup almonds
1½ pound small carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise if larger
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large pork tenderloin (about 1½ lb.)
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
2 cups spinach

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes; let cool.

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Increase temperature to 450°. Toss carrots with 1 Tbsp. oil on another rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until softened and browned, 15–20 minutes; let cool slightly. You may want to roast your potatoes at this time too; they take a little longer.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and black pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 10–15 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and roast pork until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145°, 8–10 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Pulse almonds, garlic, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a food processor to a coarse paste. Add pepper flakes, one-fourth of carrots, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. water. Process, adding more water as needed, to a coarse purée; season romesco with salt, black pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

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Toss greens with remaining carrots and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a large bowl; season with salt and black pepper. Serve pork with romesco, salad and roast potatoes.

Cha Le Tea Merchant: Fine Chinese Teas Steeped in Tradition

Yaletown Cafe + Shop introduces premium line of high quality, single origin teas from China

In February we check out the then new Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe + Shop and sampled some very high quality teas and tasty prawn, tuna and ricotta toast. Cha Le (pronounced chah•luh), which translates to “Happy Tea,” features upwards of 20 high-quality, handpicked teas for retail sale in large tins and small boxes,  as well as a full-service tea cafe serving a rotating list of proprietary teas, blends, tea lattes, herbal infusions and a small bites menu.

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They’ve even partnered with Beta5 Chocolate to make beautiful tea-infused chocolates.

CHA LE TEA MERCHANT
Imported directly from independent tea farms throughout China’s tea-growing provinces, Cha Le Tea Merchant’s husband-and-wife owners, Charlie Zhang and Sue Wang, have selected two dozen of the finest black, white, green, oolong and pu’er teas representative of the best of a given region. Examples include:

• Edge of the City A rare, smokey black tea grown from ancient trees by the owners’ family friend high in the mountains over Sue’s native city of Chongqing.

• Moonlight Beauty 2009 This mellow, aged white tea from Simao in Yunnan Province that gets its name from its unique leaves, which are white and downy on one side, smooth and black on the other.

• Maofeng This internationally recognized green tea is cultivated on Anhui Province’s Huangshan Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cha Le’s Maofeng is especially handpicked to deliver a sweet tea with no bitterness.

• Cinnamon Rock Tea Grown semi-wild in rock cracks high on a mountain in the Fujian Province, this woody oolong tea expresses a cinnamon-like flavour. Tea from the other side of the same mountain, Narcissus Rock Tea, has a floral flavour profile reminiscent of narcissus blossoms.

• Aged Shou Pu’er Coin 2007 Processed in 2007, this aged pu’er, (named after Pu’er City in Yunnan Province this fermentation technique was invented), uses top-grade golden buds pressed into mini cakes. The earthy flavour and aroma mellow and become silkier over time, much like wine.

 

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CHA LE CAFE
While Cha Le teas are steeped in tradition, the Yaletown Cafe is not your typical Chinese teahouse. Gone are the antique teapots, replaced by a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled glass vacuum brewing system that customizes temperature and brewing times for each individual tea to ensure optimal results. Most teas can be prepared and steeped to perfection within 90 seconds, less than the time it takes to make an espresso latte.
Designed by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc., the café space is maximized with full walls of custom millwork shelving and a central tea bar where customers can watch the show of their teas being brewed into ceramic mugs thrown by Vancouver Island-based ceramics artist Rachel Saunders or in eco-friendly to-go cups. A tranquil and comfortable seating nook with eight seats is also available for a more tranquil experience.

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Cha Le is open seven days a week, 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

1207 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Vancouver, BC V6B 6k3
604-339-9989

SOCIAL MEDIA
Instagram: @chaleteamerchant
Twitter: @ChaLeTea
Facebook: /ChaLeTea
Website: www.chaletea.com

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Vancouver

Cinco de Mayo Parties Around Town

Cinco de Mayo is is a celebrates the Mexican Army‘s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. While the French weren’t so lucky, Vancouverites are this year, as there’s a few pretty fantastic events around town. I’ve also included a recipe for pork tacos should you want to celebrate at home.

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Casa de Amigos on Robson

On Friday, May 5, 2017 (5 pm to 11 pm) and Saturday, May 6, 2017 (3 pm to 11 pm), at Robson Square (Plaza Level), Wet Ape Productions and Buena Onda of Savoury Chef Catering will host Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican fiesta recognized worldwide.

Enjoy traditional street food and drinks. live entertainment, and a wide array of signature Tequila cocktails and your favourite Mexican cervezas. Bring cash for the street market,  hear Mariachi bands, watch traditional folk dancers, and Luchador wrestlers, and more. Wear your green, red, and white proudly and celebrate! 19+ event. Tickets $18.95

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Camino’s

El Camino’s is opening early on Friday, May 5th to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy Cazadores Tequila tasting from 3 pm; food specials; Cazadores cocktails; and live music starting at 8:30 pm. No cover. No reservations.

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Cinco de Mayo with Bassos Rancheros, Mr. Pablo, Kut and percussionist Daniel Ruiz

Friday, 8 p.m. | Arts Club Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St., Granville Is.

Tickets and info: $12 at the door thebackstagelounge.com
Basscoast breakfast favourite Bassos Rancheros serves up steaming hot Latin grooves for a dance-off fiesta with special guests. Salsa dancing, cervasa and tequila!

Cinco De Mayo at Big Rock Urban Brewery

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 11:00

FREE ENTRY to our all-day celebration with Mexican-inspired food, cocktails, and entertainment including all-female Mariachia band Las Estrellas, pinatas, prizes, and more!

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ROAM’s Cinco de Mayo exhibition  May 5

Meet the artists and sip some sangria at ROAM Gallery –  155-555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver May 5 from 4 to 7 pm

Cuban Pulled Pork Tacos with Guava Glaze, Sour Orange Red Cabbage-Jicama Slaw and Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle Mayonnaise:
Sour Orange, Red Cabbage and Jicama Slaw:

Special equipment: Roaster box with probe thermometer, such as La Caja China; sufficient charcoal to cook pork butt for 4 to 5 hours (about 30 pounds)

Guava Glazed Pulled Pork:

For the pork: Using a paring knife, make small slits over the entire surface of the pork. Put the pork in a large roasting pan or bowl. Combine the oil, oregano, garlic and a big pinch of salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub into the slashes. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.

Whisk together the guava jelly, mustard, orange and lime juices in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the roaster box according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Sprinkle the pork liberally with salt and pepper and put fat-side up on the rack over the roasting pan in the roaster box. Cook for 1 hour, flip, and cook another 2 hours. Glaze the top with the guava mixture, flip, glaze again, cover the box and cook another 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork is about 195 degrees F. You can check the meat occasionally to make sure the glaze on the top of the meat isn’t burning, so you can add sufficient charcoal to keep the box hot without burning the glaze. Total cooking time will be between 4 and 5 hours. Remove the pork, tent lightly with foil and let rest 15 minutes. Pull the pork into bite-size pieces and toss with more of the guava glaze.

Lay the warm tortillas on a flat surface. Smear some Chipotle Mayonnaise on each one. Fill the center with some of the pork, some of the Sour Orange, Red Cabbage and Jicama Slaw and top each with some cilantro leaves. Fold over and eat.

Chipotle Mayonnaise:

Whisk the mayonnaise, pureed chipotles en adobo and lime juice together until smooth.

Sour Orange, Red Cabbage and Jicama Slaw:

Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, honey and sugar in a large bowl. Add the jicama, onions, cabbage, carrots and cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day on 5 May

Raise a  Glass of Sauvignon Blanc This Friday

One of my favourite grapes in Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps because it goes so well with my favourite food, oysters! This year International Sauvignon Blanc Day takes place on 5 May 2017. We’ve partnered with the New Zealand Winegrowers  to assist with a social media campaign to raise awareness of the day and encourage consumers to celebrate the country’s flagship wine.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a $1.3 billion dollar export earner, massively contributing to the success of New Zealand wine overseas! This Friday you can choose to purchase a bottle and sip at home or join one of the restaurants participating in a special promo for Sauvignon Blanc.

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Celebrate Int’l Sauv Blanc Day this Friday May 5th with Wildtale in Yaletown at 1079 Mainland! They are offering 1 doz oysters and a bottle of Invivo Sauvignon Blanc at half price – $35.00 All Day!!

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The Flying Pig

Head to Yaletown, Olympic Village or Gastown where The Flying Pig will be offering our Two Tracks Sauv Blanc for Happy Hour at $7 per glass on Friday from 3 – 6pm on May 5.

Follow the activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtags #SauvBlanc and #nzwine.

  • Sauv Blanc accounts for around 85% of wine exported from New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Sauv Blanc exports are worth over $1.3 billion annually.
  • New Zealand wine exports have reached a record high and now stand at $1.61 billion up 3% for the year end February 2017.
  • New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and is New Zealand’s 5th largest export good.
  • The industry is working towards a goal of $2 billion of exports in 2020.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 2 Edition

What to do in and around Vancouver?

We just had the most perfect wedding and are up in Kelowna on our honeymoon, installed at the Manteo Resort and about to do get up to some  more fun this afternoon! There’s a lot going on in  here and in Vancouver and and so we’re suggesting you might like to do a bit of both! We’re back Friday so may get to some Cinco de Mayo events, but I am doing the half marathon and the snout to tail dinner for sure!

NZ Wine Tiki Tour May 4

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Annual New Zealand Wine Fair
Audience: Public
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Venue: Terminal City Club
Street: 837 West Hastings St.
Town/City: Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6, Canada

Kiwis love setting off on a Tiki Tour. It’s a trip where you take the scenic route, sidetrack a little, linger and experience new things. We invite you to join us on the Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour. An evening of meandering, digressing, indulging and awakening the senses. Who knows where, what or whom you’ll discover! What we do know is there will be amazing New Zealand wines, fascinating people and memorable photo opportunities.

Pinot Noir Counter – Let us take you on a journey of taste, and experience how terrior and
winemaking results in the many unique styles of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

It’s time to escape and explore! Charity: Friends of We Care

Snout to Tail Dinner With Third Street Foods Vancouver

There’s been a shortage of pork events in Vancouver, but thankfully Third Street Foods is remedying this with their Snout to Tail Dinner On May 7th, complete with beer pairings from Strange Fellows Brewing! 

May 7th at 433 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

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Tickets $65
Menu whole animal; Snout to Tail.
7 courses with beer pairings
Menu developed by Chef Kai Leitner
Event hosted by Jesse Leitner and beer pairings picked by him as well.
6-8pm Sunday May 7th

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Patio Launch at the Table at Codfathers – Kelowna May 3

Guess who catered our wedding? Chef Ross Derrick from The Table at Codfathers! Luckily we are still in town for this one! Patio Party Time!  Wednesday May 3rd! 5 pm – 9pmish

Buck a Shuck Oyster Bar
$ 10 Fish n Chips
$ 10 Seafood Steamers
$ 10 1/2 Pints of Prawns
$ 4 Fries and aioli
$ 3 beers
$ 5 Caesars
$ 5 Wines

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Camino’s

El Camino’s is opening early on Friday, May 5th to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy Cazadores Tequila tasting from 3 pm; food specials; Cazadores cocktails; and live music starting at 8:30 pm. No cover. No reservations.VCC646_KG_8790_4c300-lpr

May 4-6, 2017 The Health & Sports Expo

The Health & Sports Expo is a free three-day event to kick off marathon week! I’m not going to miss this one, AND I’m also running the half marathon. Head down to checkout all the latest health and sports products, May 4-6, at Vancouver Convention Centre West – you can win amazing prizes including Whitecaps tickets from BMO, Seahawks Training Camp VIP passes, Saucony Shoes, Air France flights to Paris and more! There will be tons of giveaways and free samples from over 120 brands. It’s free, fun and where you want to be!

You don’t have to be a runner to attend. This event is free and open to the general public. Race participants will also pick-up their race bib, timing chip and tech shirt here.

Be sure to leave plenty of time to check out this free event that features new prize giveaways daily!

2017 EXPO HOURS
  • Thursday, May 4, 5pm-8pm
  • Friday, May 5, 11am-8pm
  • Saturday, May 6, 10am-6pm
LOCATION click here

Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3, Canada

 

tft double vancouverFor the second year in a row, Mealshare is inviting guests to paint the town orange and dine out for a cause during its ‘Tonight for Tomorrow’ initiative on Wednesday, May 10, to help the Vancouver-based non-profit social enterprise raise some much-needed funds for its mission to end youth hunger.

During the exclusive, one-night-only event, 15 participating restaurants and counting will partner with Mealshare. For every one dollar a patron spends on food at one of these participating restaurants that evening, one dollar will be donated to Mealshare. To mark the occasion, a number of major Vancouver landmarks like BC Place, City Hall, TELUS World of Science and more will be illuminated orange to show support for the second-annual event.

Participating restaurants to date include:

  • Anatoli Souvlaki
  • Bauhaus
  • The Bayside Lounge
  • Brix & Mortar
  • The Emerald
  • Fable (lunch only)
  • The Greek by Anatoli
  • Jamjar Commercial
  • Jamjar South Granville
  • The Mackenzie Room
  • The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
  • Pidgin
  • The Portside Pub
  • Sai Woo
  • Tuc Craft Kitchen

Mealshare regularly partners with hundreds of restaurants in eight cities across Canada that support the charity’s ‘buy-one, give-one’ model, allowing guests who order a Mealshare-branded item on the menu to provide a complimentary meal to youth in need at no extra cost to them. For each featured meal sold, participating restaurants contribute financially to Mealshare, which forwards the funds to its network of partner charities to purchase the groceries and ingredients needed for a meal. The result: buy one, give one — a meal for a meal.

With the help of 14 Vancouver partner restaurants, Mealshare marked the end of its milestone ‘Road to One Million’ meals campaign last November, which counted down to the one-millionth meal the charity has helped serve to youth in need across Canada since its inception in 2013. The non-profit is planning a major expansion this June, by adding over 20 new Vancouver establishments to the Mealshare family of restaurants, including Jamjar South Granville, The Dirty Apron and Bao Down.

For more information about Mealshare, visit www.mealshare.com, become a fan of /MealshareTeam on Facebook and follow @MealshareYVR or @MealshareTeam on Twitter and @mealshare on Instagram.

The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour – Vancouver

New Zealand Wine Hits Vancouver May 4

I was born  in New Zealand and have returned to explore Hawkes Bay, but have yet to tour the entire country’s wine regions! But now’s the chance as the country’s wineries are coming to you in Vancouver! Take a tiki tour, a trip where you take the scenic route, sidetrack a little, linger and experience new things.  On May 4th take the Tiki Tour with New Zealand Wine, an evening of meandering, digressing, indulging and awakening the senses. Who knows where, what or whom you’ll discover! What we do know is there will be amazing New Zealand wines, fascinating people and memorable photo opportunities.

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Annual New Zealand Wine Fair
Thursday 4 May 2017 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

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Pinot Noir Counter – Take a journey of taste, and experience how terrior and winemaking results in the many unique styles of New Zealand Pinot Noir. It’s time to escape and explore!

Charity: Friends of We Care

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Participating Wineries
Astrolabe Wines
Ara Wines
Babich Wines
Blind River
Borthwick Vineyard
Brancott Estate
Catalina Sounds
Cloudy Bay
Crowded House
Giesen Group
Greywacke
Huntaway
Kapuka
Lawson’s Dry Hills Wines
Loveblock Vintners
Marisco Vineyards
Matua Wines
Nanny Goat Vineyard
Nobilo
Oyster Bay Wines
Sacred Hill Vineyards
Saint Clair Family Estate
Sophora
Spy Valley Wines
Stoneleigh Vineyards
te Pa Family Vineyards
Villa Maria Estate
Whitehaven Wine Company
Wither Hills

Participating Breweries
NZ Pure Lager

Photos from last years event can be found here.

Post event report for our last event can be found here.

Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival

Okanagan hails the delicious, delightful return of Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Festival, May 5 – 7

We just returned from the Osoyoos Oyster Festival and had a marvelous time, and they just don’t seem to stop the party down there! Next up is Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest on May 5 – 7 and we are wondering if maybe we shouldn’t stop in for the night on the way back to Vancouver! This weekend-long culinary celebration features some of Western Canada’s best chefs.

blackhillswinery 1Devour launches on Friday, May 5 at Black Hills Estate Winery where Chef Michael Howell will co-hosts a cocktail party with celebrated Vancouver chef Ned Bell, with silent films as a backdrop. Saturday afternoon, Watermark Beach Resort hosts an Ocean Wise Chowder Smackdown, with chefs vying to be voted Chowder Champion. Chef Bell – a champion of sustainable seafood in Canada – will lead a team of hungry judges. Saturday night marks the Gala, a five-course dinner at Watermark Beach resort where five top chefs – from Wolfville, Calgary, Vancouver and Osoyoos – each create a dish inspired by one of six shorts about food.

michael howellAlexandre Lampron’s film, Lobster Fishing, for example, will precede Chef Michael Howell’s Lobster Salad Roll, featuring Nova Scotia lobster, paired with wines from Nova Scotia’s Domaine De Grand Pré Winery, Jost Vineyards, Luckett Vineyards and Mercator Vineyards.

The dinner, served with Okanagan wines from Maverick Estate Winery, Church & State, Covert Farms and Kismet Estate Winery, will also include Watermark Executive Chef Adair Scott’s sweet onion fritter with locally-foraged stinging nettle purée (inspired by the film Daylily Fritters directed by Aube Giroux); birchbark smoked Okanagan sockeye salmon (inspired by the film Slow Food in Canada, directed by Kevin Kossowan) prepared by Calgary’s Chef Paul Rogalski, of Rouge; beef short rib with bean puree and “seco à la norteña jus” (inspired by the film Why This Road: Dan Portelance, directed by Ben Proudfoot) prepared by Chef Ricardo Valverde of Vancouver’s Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio; a dessert that marries rhubarb, bay leaf, mascarpone, yuzu and hazelnuts (inspired by the film Loss of Taste, directed by Luca Nestola) by Chef Julian Bond of Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA); and a plate of Nova Scotia and BC cheeses, selected by chefs Howell and Scott and introduced by Hannah Cheesman’s short comic film, Cheese.

Guests enjoy each of the films, curated by Devour’s managing director Lia Rinaldo, then savour the dish and the wine(s) with which it’s paired, leading to stimulating conversations and a truly memorable evening. Insights provided by the participating chefs and winemakers round out the experience.

watermark beach resortSunday’s event is the Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring a buffet prepared by PICA’s Chef Julian Bond and his visiting culinary students, as well as Watermark’s Chef Adair Scott – all perfectly paired with sparkling wines. Short films will be screened and an awards ceremony will anoint the People’s Choice Awards to Best Film, Best Dish and Best Wine from Saturday’s Gala Dinner.

May is shoulder season in the Okanagan, which means it’s easing from spring into summer, and walking off all these outstanding meals is a pleasure. Devour! Osoyoos vacation packages are available at a variety of local hotels and resorts (including Watermark Beach Resort, Walnut Beach Resort and Green Gables Beach Resort), starting at $859 per couple, which include two nights’ accommodation, tickets to all four events, and a customized wine tour with tastings at Nk’ Mip Cellars, Church & State and Young & Wyse. To book event tickets and vacation packages, visit: destinationosoyoos.com/package-events/devour-festival-packages.

Devour! Osoyoos Food Film Fest:

Friday, May 5
Launch Party at Black Hills Estate Winery
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: $110 (includes shuttle service to and from the event from Watermark Beach Resort).

Saturday, May 6
Ocean Wise Chowder SmackDown at Watermark Beach Resort
12:30 to 2:30 pm

Tickets: $20.

Gala at Watermark Beach Resort
6 to 11 pm

Tickets: $149 (includes dinner, wine pairings, taxes and gratuities, and shuttle service to and from this event from set locations).

Sunday, May 7
Bubbles Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Tickets: $45 (includes brunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling wine tastings, and taxes and gratuities).

About Devour! The Food Film Fest 
Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicentre of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest runs October 25 – 29, 2017. devourfest.com

What’s Good This Week April 26 Edition – Vancouver Events

Vancouver Events We Recommend This Week

Currently nestled in the Naramata Bench, we are enjoying our stay at Quidni Estate Winery and are very reluctant to leave! We’ve had some great food here and tasted some amazing wine and beer, so stay tuned for a Penticton/Naramata travel edition. We’ll be up in Kelowna for the next little while arranging our wedding (3 more sleeps), but if we were in Vancouver, there’d be a few things we’d check out.

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Stuffed Pasta from Scratch with Chef Romy Prasad At Well Seasoned April 29th

If you haven’t been to Well Seasoned in Langley you are seriously missing out. An amazing place to shop for all thing culinary and they’ve got some great classes this spring. Chef Romy Prasad is teaching pasta skills this Saturday!
You will be rolling pasta like a pro after this class! Once you have the basic technique down, you can create your own filling and sauce combinations. Let the FUN begin!• Roasted butternut squash ravioli with sage butter
• Portobello mushroom & spinach tortellini with a red pepper tomato sauce
• Cheese filled tortellini with porcini mushroom and pecorino sauceCall to book now: 604.530-1518 or email askachef@wellseasoned.ca
https://wellseasoned.ca/collections/cooking-class-vouchersabbotsfordMillions of multi-coloured tulips set to amaze at
BLOOM – THE ABBOTSFORD TULIP FESTIVAL
Until – May 7

Tickets available online at abbotsfordtulipfestival.com
Visit website daily for updates on the status of our blooms!

Get ready to tiptoe through millions of tulips and be amazed by all the colour in the country at BLOOM – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located just an hour outside of Vancouver, BLOOM is the ultimate springtime experience offering visitors a chance to marvel at 10 acres of rainbow-coloured fields and enjoy some wholesome springtime fun. The festival is scheduled to run from April 10th to May 7th, daily from 9:00 am to dusk.

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company Hosting Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for East Vancouver’s Hop Circuit Open House, April 30th from 1pm to 5pm

On Sunday, April 30th, Parallel 49 Brewing Company is participating in East Vancouver’s Brewery District Hop Circuit Open House. From 1pm to 5pm, Parallel 49 Brewing Company will be offering self-guided brewery tours and hosting a beer garden behind their brewery (between Triumph St and Pandora St.), with Parallel 49 Brewing Company brews available for purchase. Minors will be allowed in the brewery as part of the self-guided brewery tours.  Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room is still undergoing renovations and will not be open to the public during Hop Circuit.

This is the second year Parallel 49 Brewing Company has participated in Hop Circuit, an event dedicated to uniting Vancouverites and the “Yeast Van” community. Popular brews like Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Craft Lager and Bodhisattva Dry Hopped Sour will be on tap.

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Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) presents Western World

We’ve seen this and it’s absolutely hilarious! Head to the Improv Centre on Granville Island and check out Western World, inspired by the HBO series Westworld.

Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? Where do they come from? What roles do they play? Where is Western World?” are typical of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the first half, Guests help craft the story-line that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.

Join VTSL for an evening of ‘laughs without limits’ Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm from April 6 through May 13 at VTSL’s home, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets on sale now.

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Strange Fellows Brewery Dinner with  Tobias Grignon at Chicha – May 3

Super fun chef collaboration and beer pairing with Chicha restaurant, Strange Fellows Brewery and guest chef Tobias Grignon.

Tobias Grignon is currently the executive chef/ owner of Rabbits Foot Supper Club and chef at Edible Canada. He was formerly the opening and executive chef of Mamie Taylor’s and has been on the popular Food Network Chopped Canada.

Chicha Chefs, Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook will be collaborating with Tobias on a five course menu and each course will be paired with a beer from Strange Fellows Brewery.

Wed, May 3, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Chicha Restaurant
136 East Broadway Vancouver, BC

The Menu

Reception with light snacks starts at 6.30pm
Penelope the Tart passionfruit sour cocktail
Rockfish ceviche- clams, cilantro, sweet potato, aji panca – Strange resemblance wild Saison
Crispy octopus- purple potato, cucumber, mizuna, amaranth, ponzu –
Strange Fellow’s pilsner
Pork belly and yuca, pickled ramps, puffed quinoa, spiced apple –
Guardian white ipa
Roast duck, broken duck leg empanada, rasins, pinenuts, plantain and parsley – Reynard oud bruin
Charred figs and rhubarb, bread and brandy ice cream, puffed cancha – Coup de foudre new world wild ale

Tickets are $76.00 plus taxes and gratuity CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS/

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Sip & Savour at Wine For Waves

Be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases. On April 28, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise offerings, meet top B.C. winemakers, and bid on silent auction items including exclusive Naramata wines and wine experience packages.

All proceeds will benefit Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

April 28, 2017 | 7 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

$110 + GST TICKETS Buy Now

 

Fly, Stay and Play in Comox

Comox is Just a Quick Flight Away

I am so very fond of traveling to Vancouver Island and do so at least several times a year. One of my favourite reasons to go is always the BC Shellfish Festival and I am looking very forward to it again this year. Last year I flew over for a day for quick visit as well, and managed to get in a whale watching tour, dinner at Locals an overnight and even a tasting and tour at Shelter Point Distillery. With Harbour Air you are there in less than an hour, so I may just have to repeat this this season!

Harbour Air

Easy peasy to jump on Harbour Air from Coal Harbour and it’s a gorgeous journey even on a cloudy day.

The Old House Hotel and Spa

We were picked up and transported to the Old House Hotel & Spa provided by Ambassador Shuttle Service. The hotel offers roomy accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, soaker tubs and has Oh Spa on the property, as well as an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and lush historic gardens, all at a reasonable price.

After a quick freshen up we wandered over to Locals Restaurant, right on the property where Chef Ronald Pierre prepares uber local foods from Vancouver Island producers. Love the local Tannadice Farms pork and super fresh seafood here.

That next day we headed out on the Big Animal Encounter Tour with Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures  and cruised the waters in search of marine animals in Desolation Sound. We immediately saw whales and then stopped for a BBQ and cruised the day away in style, running into several more whales, seals and wildlife; truly a special adventure.

Heading back to shore we were just in time for the Happy Hour Tour and Tasting at Shelter Point Distillery. Shelter Point Distillery, is the second single malt distillery in Canada and one of only a handful of distilleries that grow their own barley and distill on the same site. We ripped out into the fields and did a tasting outside.

Shelter Point Distillery

I even had to pick up a bottle for Michael before we headed back to the float plan and back home to Vancouver.

Don’t miss this year’s BC Shellfish Festival…..

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