What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada

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Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now

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Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

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Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

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Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

Loblaws CityMarket In-Store Dietitian Consultations

Keep Cardiovascular Health Top Of Mind And Stay Healthy With Loblaws CityMarket

I’ve been a little more liberal with my food choices since I completed my weight loss challenge, but I’m still keeping healthy eating a priority.  Recently I met up with Brittany Thomas, one of the in-store dietitians available at local Loblaws CityMarket. I live right by the Arbutus store, so it’s super convenient for us to pop in there for groceries, and this time for some additional shopping advice.

The dietitians offer one-on-one consultations tailored to your health needs, can provide heart-healthy recipes, do cooking demos, and can assist you with food choices to help you eat healthy, maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Most of us know that lifestyle changes and improved nutrition can help with prevention of cardiovascular disease, but sometimes we need a little bit of help with strategies. I know I do.

For my consultation, we decided to best use the time to review new items in store that would help me eat well at home, a sort of what’s on trend tour of Loblaws CityMarket.Loblaws CityMarket

First up Skyr (pronounced “skeer”),  my new go to yogurt! It has even more protein than Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy, high in protein, fat-free and lactose-free. I’ve been mixing up berries and a sprinkle of granola for breakfast, made into a tzatziki for a dip for chicken souvlakia and using it to top fruit for a healthy dessert.

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Next up we ventured to the bread aisle for a look at breads that are made with the edition of legumes, way more nutrition in each slice.

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In the frozen section there’s kale, all prepped and ready for your smoothies, I often buy fresh and it gets old before I remember to use it. Plus, lots of berries for dessert, muffins and smoothies too.

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Back in the dairy section the Happy Planet grass-fed milk is available. Grass-fed products have a healthier ratio of 3:1 (omega 6: omega 3), as well as lower levels of saturated fatty acids, and total fat in general.  AND they taste so much better.

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Quick cooking grains are ready in 10 minutes.Loblaws CityMarket

The local section is a great place to find innovative local products. This hot sauce adds flavour without calories, fat or sugar.

You can email Brittany Thomas at brittany.thomas@loblaws.ca to book a free appointment and for more information on food that help to support good cardiovascular and general health. When you book your consultation, mention that you heard about the dietitian services on Good Life Vancouver.

**Loblaws provided a gift card so I could healthy-shop in exchange for this post. Thanks!

Father’s Day Gifts For Cool Dads

Unique Father’s Day Gifts

Whenever we ask our Dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he says socks, and we listen, but we know that there are some Dad’s out there that really don’t want or need another pair of socks, so we’ve sussed out a few other things that sophisticated Dads might appreciate. Here’s a few culinary gems as well as some suggestions should Dad need some pampering.

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You may have seen some behind the scenes cooking at our house as we’ve got this magical device and recently Michael just made some ribs that were to die for! Sousvide is a culinary technique in which vacuum-sealed food is immersed in a water bath and cooked at a very precise, consistent temperature.  The SousVide Supreme water oven has made it easy for any home cook to use this cooking technique! The pictured promo package includes everything Dad needs to start cooking sous vide today, including the SousVide Supreme water oven, a vacuum sealer, 2 rolls of pouches, and Easy Sous Vide cookbook. Save $100 by using promo code “Dad” 

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Up Dad’s cocktail game with the  SodaStream’s FIZZI! The SodaStream FIZZI allows Dad to conveniently transform tap water into sparkling water at home, at the touch of a button, without electricity.  FIZZI Black Sparkling Water Maker SodaStream.

 

all cladAll-Clad BBQ Tool Set 

Take Dad’s BBQ game up a notch with the All-Clad 4-piece grilling set. Each piece is made with premium stainless steel and comes in a metal carrying case – perfect for those who take pride in what they grill at home or on the go.

pastaPhilips Compact Pasta Maker

Make delicious pasta in a quick, easy and healthy way. The Pasta Maker’s seamless and compact design with smart, built-in storage makes it easier to keep on the countertop or store in a cabinet.

  • Enjoy fresh, homemade pasta in just 18 minutes with the Pasta Maker’s fully automatic mixing, kneading and extruding, guaranteeing superior texture and taste
  • The unique design stirring bar ensures flour is mixed evenly for a smooth, consistent outcome
  • Featuring three shaping discs – spaghetti, penne and fettucine – the possibilities are endless as to what you can make

$279.99, available at Hudson’s Bay and Amazon.ca

project skinProject Skin MD® Refining Treatment for Men

Project Skin MD® provides medical-grade treatments on South Granville and CF Richmond Centre Mall. This particular treatment is specifically designed to target a male’s most common skincare concerns, including ingrown hairs brought about by shaving and will help Dads of all ages achieve healthy, younger-looking skin. Your Dad will receive a targeted facial featuring a carefully selected combination of SkinCeuticals products, followed by a cutting-edge exfoliation technique called dermaplaning for the upper face.  50 minute treatment available for $120.

truefittTrufiitt and Hill BOTANICAL GROOMING RANGE

Head to the world’s oldest barbershop for the gift of grooming this Father’s Day.  Pick a few products from the new line, the Authentic No. 10–a botanically based formulation. How about the NO.10 FINEST SHAVING CREAM, enriched with Willow Bark, Borage Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Oil to provide optimum results. Dad can then lather up for a smooth and comfortable shave, while also moisturising and softening his skin. $32.00.

UBC Food Services Recipe Demos – The Tuna

UBC Food Services Chef Steven Yzerman From UBC Food Trucks Recipe For Tuna Atop Slaw

Last week I ventured out to UBC to visit my husband Mich just to make sure he’s behaving at work. Okay, not really, it was actually to witness a food demo that UBC Food Services, the department he works for. I know he’s generally well behaved, and I don’t need to check up on him, but it was fun to see him at work again.

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Chef Steven Yzerman is in charge of the menus for the food trucks out at UBC and they’re just switching up the menus for the summer and adding a few lighter things, such as this tuna atop coleslaw. It was super delish and a perfect starter for a nice summer meal on the patio. It will be on the School of Fish Food Truck starting next week, but I nabbed the recipe so you can make it at home too. I’m hoping Michael took some notes too and it appears on our dinner table soon! We’ve been buying our fish lately at F.R.E.S.H. on Broadway near MacDonald, or straight from the docks at Fishermen’s Wharf on Granville Island.

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INGREDIENTS
12 oz Albacore tuna belly removed
2 oz fresh cilantro – chopped
pinch of freshly ground coriander seeds
red chili & salt to taste

CITRUS PONZU
8 floz gluten free soy
4 oz brown sugar
4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
4 oz mirin

TATAKI SLAW
8 oz cucumber
8 oz diakon
8 oz carrot
2 oz green onion
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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Firmly roll Albacore tuna loin in coriander herb spice
2. Sear in skillet on high heat to desired degree – chill
3. Thinly slice tuna
4. Mix vegetables with lime
5. Plate slaw and top with tuna, garnish with remaining ponzu and cilantro

School of Fish Food Truck UBC

School of Fish Food Truck UBC

If you are out there I’d suggest hitting up the School of Fish Food Truck for their fish tacos as they’re full of flavour!

My Bachelorette – A Day at Spa Utopia and An Overnight at The Pan Pacific Hotel

Checking out the Pan Pacific Club Floor Rooms With My Ladies

It’s been so much about the wedding lately that I still have to catch up on writing about lots of adventures I had before the big day. I was sick with a terrible flu just before what was supposed to be the girls weekend at Whistler, so had to cancel that journey, and we had to rethink how to celebrate my last days of being single (not that I was heading into some sort of terrible married life or anything!). Thanks to the Pan Pacific Hotel I had a gift cert for a night’s stay, so Tess and I booked one of the newly renovated rooms on the Pacific Club floor, which had plenty of room to invite a few other pals for pre-dinner wine sipping and appies in our room.

The Pan Pacific Hotel bills the club floors as a “hotel within a hotel”, as they have access to the Pacific Club Lounge, complete with stunning views, a private check-in and check-out, personalized concierge services, complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, an honour bar and many other amenities!

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The rooms are modern and spacious, ours had a King bed and a pull out couch, a little bar and sink area where we laid out our wine, some cheese and crackers we brought from home and also a couple of the the tasty bites from the lounge’s complimentary appie selection. They are designed with an elegant feel with hues of blues and grey, with warm sandy tones against a dark maple.  Wish we could have stayed longer, but I actually was eager to get home to Michael in the morning. I miss that man when I’m away, big sap, I know.

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We met up at Spa Utopia, the spa conveniently located right in the hotel, in the early afternoon to fully prepare and pamper for the evening ahead. I signed up for the Skin Regimen Body Scrub,  an anti-aging body treatment the is designed to oxygenate and nourish the skin, stimulate circulation and collagen production. The scrub left my skin velvety smooth and it definitely feeling tighter. I need all the anti-aging I can get these days. The treatment was so relaxing I almost fell asleep several times.

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I also got a blow out and a make up application and I really felt my best when I was done. The hairdresser was so quick taming my unruly curls (I really hate when I have to sit still forever) and the make up artist really did some magical things with contouring and accentuating my eyes. Why can’t have these ladies visit me daily? Some of my friends got pedi’s and others also went for the massage I did and were equally pleased. I wish I’d arrived earlier to thoroughly enjoy the lounge, steam room and pools, but I was rushing through life once again so missed this. Make sure you don’t! They even serve wine after your treatment.

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Looks it’s me with Rosana, Nanci and Maria!

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We headed up to our room at the Pan Pacific Hotel for some pre-dinner fun and then out to Hy’s Steakhouse for dinner, meeting up with a few more ladies. Great food and service here, I hope we weren’t too loud as there were a few of us and we were seated in the middle of the room! Yikes.Hy's

I had to have the steak tartare, as it’s one of the best in the city and love the wine list here, going for a bottle of the La Frenz Chardonnay, right from the Naramata Bench.

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I got back to the room a little before Tess and unfortunately star-fished the bed, so thank god for the couch, as I can’t be moved apparently! We had a nice breakfast before checking out even met some interesting people over coffee in the lounge. A most excellent adventure indeed.

What’s Good This Week(end) June 2 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver

This week has been a bit crazeballs! I’ve had a ton of client work and then events and more events that I just had to go to. Thankfully the weekend is slowing down, at least for me, but there’s a few things I wouldn’t miss.

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VCBW Beer Festival | Saturday, June 3, 2017 | PNE Fairgrounds

The eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival is back at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on June 3 and 4 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, featuring 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders. In addition to Canada’s largest selection of craft beer and cider offered in one place, the VCBW Festival features art installations, live music, DJs, food trucks, market stalls, brewing demonstrations, a games area with pinball and foosball, a pop-up barber shop, and more. Named ‘Vancouver’s Best Beer Event’ (Georgia Straight Golden Plates, 2013–2017) and ‘Social Event of the Year’ (2016 Golden Owl Awards). Tickets include two drink tokens (more can be purchased at the festival for $1.50 each) and a 4 oz. souvenir taster mug. Website: vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

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ROSE TASTING JUNE 3

June is Rosé month and Wines of Provence kicks-off this celebration with a free tasting of Provence Rosés at the 39th & Cambie Signature Liquor Store (5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC) on Saturday, June 3 from 2-5pm.

This free tasting features Wines of Provence Rosés from appellations including Côtes de Provence, Côteaux Varois en Provence and Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Provence-inspired canapés will be provided by Chef Dino Renaerts of Bon Vivant Catering Group to showcase the art and beauty of Provence.

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Casper Nap Tour

On its second year, the Casper Nap Tour will bring to life a truly Canadian theme in celebration of the country’s 150th Anniversary of the Confederation. From a Muskoka Chair rest area to a Tuck-in shoppe turned pre-nap pit stop, Casper is crafting an inherently Canadiana experience just in time for summer. The Casper Nap Tour will be travelling across the country, setting up roadside in four select cities: Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Beginning its journey in Vancouver (June 2-4; 800 Seymour St.) Stop in for a Nap. https://www.caspernaptour.com/

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BC Greenhouse Veggie Days

BC Greenhouse Veggie Days will be held May 26-June 3.  It’s a time to promote buying local and celebrating the fresh, nutritious veggies that can be found in our own backyard.

Head out to a greenhouse farm tour on Saturday, June 3 for a look ‘behind the glass’.  Visit one (or more!) of the following greenhouses between 10-2:

SUNNYSIDE GREENHOUSES  1119 176 St, Surrey (map)
WESTCOAST VEGETABLES 3975 46A St, Delta (map)
TOPGRO GREENHOUSES 1110  264 St, Langley (map)
RANDHAWA FARMS 33677 Hallert Rd, Abbotsford (map)

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BC Greenhouse Veggie Days celebrates the annual springtime arrival of locally grown greenhouse veggies from BC’s 42 Greenhouse Growers located throughout the Lower Mainland. During the long, dreary winter months our greenhouses are full of activity as new seedlings mature into ripe crops. The fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and more are harvested and arrive in stores with the spring.

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Craft Beer Weekend – Thursday, June 1st to Sunday, June 4th

Craft ales, lagers, stouts, and pilsners each impart a unique flavour to sausages.  Oyama celebrates Vancouver’s Craft Beer Week with a variety of handmade beer-infused bratwurst and salami. Granville Island.

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Taste Ocean Wise Seafood at Bauhaus

Every seafood item at Bauhaus, including the Tasting Menu’s local Spot Prawns and Sablefish, is recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise as sustainable and ocean-friendly!

National Iced Tea Day Cocktail With Teapigs

Celebrate National Iced Tea Day with Real Tea-infused Cocktails

Every day is National something or other day and June 10th just happens to be National Iced Tea Day.  I’ve kind of forgotten about iced tea as I don’t like those sugary versions, but I’m definitely going to make it at home and use it in some summer cocktails! Iced tea has a history dating to the 1870s when recipes first appeared, we’re told. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes.  Iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations.  The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.  Who knew?

In honour of ice tea we have a very refreshing and boozy version made with my favourite teapigs tea, Darjeeling Earl Grey. Thanks for the delivery teapigs, really enjoyed this one!

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Iced teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey North Course

To celebrate National Iced Tea Day, and for all of your summer party needs, enjoy the Iced teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey North Course, developed by Canadian Whisky Ambassador, Colin MacDougall. Inspired by Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming summer golf season, it’s a delicious yet unique take on the classic Arnold Palmer. This recipe serves one.

Glass: Collins Ice: Cubed
Garnish: Lemon wheel & bitters

Ingredients
6oz. teapigs darjeeling earl grey (1 tea temple) (chilled) 1 oz. Simple syrup
1.5 oz.   Lemon juice
1 oz. Lot40 Canadian rye

Method: Start by brewing a cup of teapigs darjeeling earl grey tea. Steep it for approximately 3 minutes. Remove tea temple and chill tea before use. In a tall Collins glass, add 6oz. (¾ of a cup) of the chilled tea. Next, in a shaker, combine the rest of the ingredients, shake and pour over the chilled tea. To serve, garnish with a lemon wheel and few dashes of bitters.

Featured Tea: teapigs darjeeling earl grey
The exotic, floral tones of Darjeeling tea are balanced with the sunny citrus taste of bergamot.

How to make simple syrup: Pour equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water will make 1 ½ cups of simple syrup once dissolved. Stir the simple syrup and place the saucepan over medium heat. Heat ingredients until dissolved.

Introduced in Canada in 2014, teapigs was created in England over 10 years ago by two passionate tea lovers who met working at a really big tea company. After spending years learning about (and drinking) tea, they realized there was an incredible world of quality teas out there that simply weren’t getting the attention they deserve. And so teapigs was born.

National Iced Tea Day

The team at teapigs is committed to ensuring every sip is full of flavour. Which means a commitment to tea of the highest quality: whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and whole flavours. Each leaf, herb and flower has been handled gently and with love, to maintain every drop of precious flavour.

What makes teapigs even more unique is the tea temple – a roomy, biodegradable mesh bag that offers all the space whole leaves need to infuse properly. The best part? No need to agree on one teapigs flavour to brew, everyone can have their own cuppa! teapigs products are available at select grocery retailers across Canada and online at teapigs.ca.

Expand Your Ingredient Repertoire With The Taste Box

The Taste Box Monthly Subscription Box

A few months ago I received a The Taste Box filled with some wonderful honey, and fragrant Saigon Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean and Baking Spice and I’ve cooked up a few tasty things since then. The Taste Box is curated by Jenni Hallihan and Matt Walkera, super foodies that want to elevate your homemade food by sending you a monthly box of great ingredients and some tips and recipes. Each month you’ll receive a curated box with 3-5 gourmet ingredients that are a little beyond the usual.

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They asked me to pass on the deal that you’ll receive 50% off your first Taste Box when they become a member.  You can cancel or skip a box anytime.

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The June Box theme is “Fire Up The Grill” Barbecuing is also about trying new things and this collection of sauces and rubs is sure to inspire your creativity and elevate any cookout. Recieve 50% off the first Box

 

 

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DOES YOUR DAD LOVE TO COOK?
This year, give him a culinary experience he won’t soon forget! 3 month & 12 month Memberships Available At A Special Father’s Day Price. Buy here.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 23 Edition

Events In And Around Vancouver

Hope y’all had a great long weekend if you got one. Michael worked all weekend sadly, as did I, so we stayed in Vancouver, but I did get out for an 8 km run through Shaughnessy on Sunday, took some strolls along West 4th and West Broadway and checked out some shops, visited with Tess, Jennifer, my sister and nephew and had another amazing dinner at Chicha. What did you get up to? Any new restaurants, beers or wines we should know about? Comment below if you’d like to share! This week there’s a ton to do food and drink-wise for all, and then we’re headed up to Naramata for the opening of our friend Victor Bongo’s new restaurant https://naramatainn.com/ambrosia-restaurant-lounge/ along with his wine launch at Serendipity Winery. I’ll be insta-storing that and more adventures so tune in and I’ll try to be entertaining. Summer is here! Well for now.

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Exploring Pacific Ocean with 46 South Fish CO at Heritage Asian Eatery – May 23 6pm

If you’ve been hanging out with us in person or online, you’ll surely remember the NZ Oysters that we often rave about! They’re brought in by our pal and fellow New Zealander, Mark Urwin. He also sources lots of other great sustainable NZ Seafood, such as the Hiramasa Yellowtail Amberjack and he’s partnered with Chef Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery for a dinner featuring this divine fish.

The menu is created using the whole fish to showcase the versatility, purity, texture, and flavour of the Hiramasa.  $35 per person excluding taxes and gratuity http://bit.ly/2pFDZLs

Hiramasa Sashimi, cucumber, tomato concasse, yuzu
Hiramasa Tartar, mustard emulsion, pickled onions, coal oil
Hiramasa Ceviche, lime, coriander, crispy shallots
Citrus cured Hiramasa Tataki, wasabi tobiko, ponzu sauce

Torched Hiramasa, yuzu beurre blanc, chives
Seared Hiramasa, white dashi, kombu seaweed, pickled shiimeji
Smoked Hiramasa, crispy potato, ginger yogurt

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ChefmeetsBCGrape May 25, 2017

13th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape is Western Canada’s most exciting wine and culinary event—featuring the largest Grand Tasting of BC VQA Wines and a celebration of the best culinary talent in the Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver food scenes.

Award-winning chefs and BC winemakers will come together to bring a taste of BC Wine Country to each city. More than 85 BC wineries will pour over 350 award-winning Wines of British Columbia at Vancouver’s walk-around tasting featuring “pop ups” of the city’s hottest restaurants and chefs serving their signature dishes in small plate portions.  Tickets https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised-event/412001/420962

 

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Low Country Seafood Boil at Mamie Taylor’s – May 23

Seafood lovers are in luck this week! Why can’t I be two places at once? Join the crew at Mamie Taylor’s for a Top Drop Low Country Seafood Boil, featuring spot prawns, lobster, dungeness crab, potatoes, corn, okra, cajun spices and an array of other delcious things to tuck into, while enjoying incredible wines and the company of the principals from the following international wineries:

Herdade do Esporão – Alentejo, Portugal w/ Pedro Vieira, Sales Manager
Fattoria Colmone Della Marca w/ Giovanni Meschini, Owner
Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery w/ Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker
Gramercy Cellars w/ Greg Harrington MS, Founder/Winemaker

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/low-country-seafood-boil-at-mamie-taylors-tickets-34278265214

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Barbarian’s Feast at The Cascade Room, May 29th

The dinner, presented buffet-style in the age-old tradition of the groaning board, will feature an 80 lb. whole roasted pig from Gelderman Farms in Abbotsford, in addition to irresistible offerings from Two Rivers Specialty Meats, including sausages, roast beef, turkey wings, game hens, and pork ribs. Sides will be served up as well, including potato salad, luscious greens and grilled corn on the cob and dessert is fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

They’ll be whiskey tastings, and two casks of Jim Beam-infused Main Street Brewing Ale, and two special cocktails for the event, plus local band Garran will entertain the crowd with Celtic-themed music.

Each guest will receive a BBQ apron embroidered with logos from Jim Beam, The Cascade Room and Main Street Brewing, along with a pewter goblet and custom fork to use for the feast and take home.

Barbarian’s Feast Monday, May 29 7 pm
Tickets: $99 (includes all food, beverage, taxes and gratuity)
Purchase online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/barbarians-feast-tickets-33854418477

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On until the prawns are gone! Start your meal off with the cool and refreshing Cucumber Gazpacho ($15) with poached BC spot prawns, or the Yellow Campari Tomato Salad ($15) with grilled BC spot prawns! Mains include BC Spot Prawn Poêle ($45) topped with crispy BC spot prawn headsm, Halibut and BC Spot Prawns ($45) or the BC Spot Prawn Duo ($45) with grilled and Provençal style prawns with tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons tossed in olive oil. View Full Menu

Chicha Spot Prawns

Spot Prawns at Chicha Restaurant

As mentioned, we had yet another great meal at Chicha along with one hell of a tasty Margarita. They’ve got a spot prawn trio dish that’s a must right now with prawn ceviche and tempura battered spot prawns with nori and wasabi aioli. Always a must is their octopus and chorizo skewers and at least one type of Causa (a whipped, seasoned potato dish).

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 17 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? We highly recommend Dish n Dazzle, there’s some new rice to be tried and much more!

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Dish ‘n Dazzle May 18

You know by now that the 2017 Dish ‘n Dazzle spectacular is returning to the Convention Centre on Thursday, May 18, 2017, this year featuring Wines of Chile. TICKETS

The 2017 event will feature new premium Chilean wines served alongside plates prepared by Vancouver’s celebrated chefs and restaurants. Infused with live music and a vibrant atmosphere, the signature cocktail competition returns to wow the crowd with Chilean-themed offerings, created just for the evening. Also included is the famous raffle and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind goods and experiences. The BC Hospitality Foundation looks forward to welcoming you back for a spectacular night of food, wine, cocktails and music, presented by the BCHF and Wines of Chile.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:30PM – 9:30PM
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Thai Riceberry Tasting Week Starts May 15

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week in Vancouver

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week is organized by the Thai Trade Centre in Vancouver.

Why Riceberry is making its mark on the superfood list. Where to enjoy a Free Sample of this delicious nutrient-packed rice?

Boost your health with Thai riceberry at any of nine “Thai Select” restaurants in Greater Vancouver this May 15 – 21.

Nutty in flavour and fragrant, this purple-pigmented rice is packed with antioxidants such as carotenoid, gamma oryzanol and Vitamin E. Its chewy texture is akin to that of brown rice.

The new brown rice variety is a creation of Thailand’s Kasetsart University Rice Science Center.

Riceberry Benefits

  • Rich in Antioxidants and 0mega-3
  • High in Fibre and Bran Oil
  • Help Lower Risk of Diabetes

Enjoy a Free Sample of riceberry starting May 15. Riceberry supplies are limited, so visit the nearest Thai restaurant listed below soon.

VANCOUVER

Sala thai  102-888 Burrard St,
Sawasdee Thai 4250 Main St.
Take Thai Home Restaurant 1736 Commercial Dr.
Thida Thai Restaurant 1193 Davie St.
U & I Thai 3364 Cambie St.
Urban Thai Bistro 1119 Hamilton St,
LANGLEY
Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine 20563 Douglas Crescent
NEW WESTMINSTER
Thai Box 2Go 110-418 6th St.
SURREY
Sabai Thai 10391-150th St.

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