Pop Up Ted Baker Audio One Piece Vancouver at Experience Headphones

headphones2TODAY! Experience Headphones has gained a North America-wide exclusive to world renowned designer’s Ted Baker Audio Collection. Check out the Ted Baker Audio Collection along with holiday shopping event with local scarf designer and home decor creator Krista McKenna of One Piece Vancouver at the Experience Headphones boutique store on November 22, 2013

The time has come for holiday shopping! Handmade treats from One Piece Vancouver like Peruvian Wool Blankets and Super Wash Merino Wool Infinity Scarves, Hand Poured Soy Candles and Organic Spa Soaks while previewing the exquisite line of new products created by Ted Baker and the rest of the collection of luxury headphones carried by Experience.

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Exclusive gift sets pair luxury headphones with the incredibly well crafted and locally made merino wool infinity scarfs by One Piece Vancouver- only available while supplies last.

Where: Experience Headphones, 3057 South Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3J9

Hashtag will be #ExperienceXOnePieceVan. Please share on your social media channels! @OnePieceVan & @Experience_headphones

 

Chef Ned Bell Takes The Win At The Chowder Chowdown

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Chef NED Bell of YEW wins Both people’s choice and the title at 2014 vancouver aquarium ocean wise chowder chowdown and we’ve got the recipe below!

The Vancouver Aquarium was the site of a fierce battle last night, when 14 top Ocean Wise chefs from British Columbia ladled out their best work for guests and judges at the 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. The competition, which featured ocean-friendly seafood chowders served with local beer, was all in the name of sustainable seafood. The evening’s victor was Ned Bell of Yew Restaurant, who was crowned by both an esteemed judging panel as the 2014 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Champion, and by event guests as winner of the People’s Choice award.

Chef Bell wowed both judging panel and guests with the recipe for his flavourful and super-local “Chowda,” featuring Ocean Wise smoked black cod with Okanagan apples, Chilliwack corn and Fraser Valley honey. Past two-time chowder champion, Chris Whittaker of Forage, won the award for Best Beer Pairing by dishing up his Smoked Sablefish and Chanterelle Mushroom Chowder alongside ale from R&B Brewing Company.

“The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is not only a must-do on the city’s fall event calendar, but it brings the community together to celebrate sustainable seafood and raise funds to support the Ocean Wise program,” says Ann-Marie Copping, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise manager. “The popularity of the Chowder Chowdown demonstrates how the sustainable seafood movement is strengthened by the chefs, suppliers, producers, and consumers who choose Ocean Wise. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The seventh annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown showcased 14 Ocean Wise chefs who joined the sustainable seafood movement by competitng head to head in a friendly competition with their original, ocean-friendly seafood chowders, served with local beers. The diverse ingredients of the chowders ran the spectrum, from Ocean Wise honey mussels to wild Pacific albacore tuna. A list of participating chefs and their bios can be found here.

Ned Bell, YEW Seafood & Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver 

Oceanwise Smoked Black Cod  ‘Chowda’
Okanagan Apples, Chilliwack Corn, Fraser Valley Honey

Recipe: 4-6 ppl

For the Chowder Base:

1 Liter Organic Avalon Dairy 35% Cream
2 tbsp butter
½ cup Okanagan White Wine
½ cup apple juice
1 onion, diced
1 Yukon Gold potato, steamed, peeled and diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ cup Chilliwack corn
1pc Okanagan apple
1 tbsp white peppercorns
3 tbsp sea salt
4tbsp Fraser Valley Honey

Method:

-sauté the onions and celery in the butter.
-add the salt and peppercorns.
-deglaze with the wine, and cook out for a few minutes
-add the cream and juice, simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree all the ingredients in a Vita Mix Blender and cool.

To Assemble the Chowder:

Warm the soup up with the smoked black cod, this will allow the cod to cook gently and add flavor. Add the fresh raw corn, the potato, and raw diced apple. Drizzle the soup with the Fraser Valley Honey and garnish with a few fresh pieces of raw Okanagan apple.

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Flashdance

Flashdance The Musical recently came to town and brought back memories of leg warmers, ripped sweatshirts, and the dance classes I took in the 80’s. Most of the cast of Flashdance is almost too young to remember the original movie, but they certainly did their research and pulled off the era’s dance moves very believably. Flashdance was one of my favourite movies during my pre-teen years. What more could one want in a film than dance, romance, a little sex and some welding?

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While in town a few members of the cast joined Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Clubs  to teach one of the dance numbers and I dropped in for a quick interview and a few quick dance moves.

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Caste member Katherine Roarty studied every single role in the musical and can cover if anyone takes the night off. She hails from Pittsburgh where the story takes place.

Brandon Stonestreet came to dancing a bit late (age 14), but he soon landed roles touring and left school to pursue his dream.

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They put us through a warm up before teaching the class a routine. I soon realized how much I needed better drastically increase my physical activity, if I ever wanted to keep up with the crew, even only after the warm up.

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The instructors were joined by fitness reporter Natalie Langston, who had mastered the routine earlier.

Thankfully Steve Nash Fitness has many classes to assist me in this endeavor and I’m going to be partnering with them soon for a series on fitting fitness into a busy life. I’ll need some cheering so I will be hoping to have some of you join me along the way.

In the meantime you can get a free 10 day pass here. See you at the club!

Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013

Haywire-LunarWhiteAnother great wine for food with a touch of spice is the Haywire Lunar White in which the winery blends Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Viognier to create a harmonious bottle of noodle-worthy wine. You’ll find aromas of peach, tropical fruit, and floral notes and similar fresh flavours along with pink grapefruit, lychee and some zippy acidity. Great with seafood.

pH: 3.66 | TA: 5.90 | RS: 4.70 | Alc %: 12.9
SKU: 538793 | Price: $19.90

Haywire Lunar New Year Red 2012

Haywire-2012LunarRedWe recently celebrated Lunar New Year with dim sum and sipped on this wonderfully paired Haywire Lunar Red. Made from Gamay Noir grapes and a touch of  Syrah, this wine has aromas of plum and raspberry along with some chocolate and spice. On the palate there is jammy raspberry and red currant flavours along with soft tannins, spice and juicy acidity.

pH: 3.92 | TA: 5.50 | RS: 10.0 | Alc %: 12.6

SKU: 738781 | Price: $22.90

 

BC’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Week Celebrates Italy’s Finest Cheese In Vancouver & Whistler Restaurants

parmesanOne of the world’s most important consortiums, Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano (The Consortium of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese), Italy’s ‘King of Cheese,’ is proud to announce the first Parmigiano-Reggiano Week in British Columbia, a celebration of the world-famous, northern Italian cheese, taking place at select Vancouver and Whistler restaurants between November 17th and 23rd, 2014.

Ten of the premier restaurants in British Columbia will be offering special Parmigiano-Reggiano inspired dishes for guests to enjoy. Whether grated over a slice of fire-roasted pizza, delicately sprinkled inside a piping hot lasagna, or as a central ingredient in a pasta primavera, guests of these ten restaurants will be reminded why Parmigiano-Reggiano is king.

The following restaurants will be participating in BC’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Week:

British Columbia’s Parmigiano-Reggiano Week comes on the heels of the highly successful third annual Parmigiano-Reggiano Night, which took place in 188 restaurants and thousands of homes across Italy on October 25th. Parmigiano-Reggiano Night was created in order to educate Italians about the one-of-a-kind nature of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the 3,500 farms that produce it.

For more information about Parmigiano-Reggiano Week, visit www.parmigianoreggiano.com.

About Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

Established in 1934, Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano (The Consortium of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese) protects Parmigiano-Reggiano hard cheese by certifying that the production of each wheel of cheese adheres to a strict process, ensuring the highest quality. According to European law, only PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena and Mantova can be labeled as “Parmesan.”  Each wheel of authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is aged for a minimum of 12 months, and reaches peak flavour at 24 months. For more information, visit www.pargmigianoreggiano.com.

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Hawkers Market November 15

This Saturday marks the last Hawkers Market for 2014! If we were in town we’d be there, but you have no excuse not to be.

5 Things you Absolutely need to EAT!

#5 – Gluten Free Doughnuts
Love Doughnuts, Hate Gluten these are for you!
#4 – Oysters Galore on the “dim sum” cart
Oysters, Oysters, Oysters with Spicy pepper and winter radish kimchi, Preserved lemon and horseradish, and prosescco foam.
#2 – Juno Kim 
Steak sliders on house made sourdough with cold smoked flank steaks, black garlic purée, caramelized onions, Bleu Bénédectin cheese.
#2 – #Booze!
The Dickies Ginger classic Whiskey Dick, Odd Society Moscow Mule and 33 Acres of Darkness.
We got you covered for #Booze!
#1 – Juno Kim 
Chicken liver parfait cracker with caramelized onion crackers, horseradish crème fraîche, pickled radish, micro arugula

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DJ Sets and Musical Interludes by Claire Mortifee & DJ CITO
By purchasing tickets you are making a commitment to helping new, local emerging food entrepreneurs start their businesses and change the future of food in Canada!

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Kelowna’s Hot Holiday Home Tour

hot holiday homesArtist Suzanne Anderton will showcase her artwork during Hot Holiday Homes in the “Old World Elegance Home” mentioned below. Suzanne is not only a very talented artist, but also my mother, and we are therefore extra thrilled to announce the tour.

Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns:  Six homes, dozens of designers, hundreds of ticket holders and thousands of Christmas ornaments

As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes.  This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging their own collections of décor and ‘insider’ knowledge of their homes to bring out the seasonal spirit, while others have embraced the opportunity to work with professional designers who bring a trained fresh eye to the project.

The décor teams from Expressions, Fresh Approach, Lemon Garden Design, JANUS Design, along with décor from Urban Barn, Target, Rona, Beachcomber, Bylands, Art Knapp and others have created beautiful homes to help you discover your own festive style.

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The homes on the tour include:

  • A newly renovated, beach-theme-inspired home with soft blue and green colours and driftwood accessories bringing Christmas to the shores of Lake Okanagan.
  • Constructed in 2009, this two-time Tommie Award winning home is a large three-story Tuscan with an amazing 180-degree view of Kelowna, Lake Okanagan and neighbouring vineyards. The homeowner keeps the interior design simple and clean with refurbished antique furniture.
  • Located in the heart of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area, this small home has been lovingly restored to its 1939 roots capturing the elegance and charm of the era.
  • An award-winning 1930 heritage home decorated by the homeowner and her daughter features a staggering twenty-five trees many filled with re-imagined salvaged items.
  • An early 1950’s character home that has retained may of its original features filled with revived, re-used and recycled antiques and special finds.
  • Perched above the hills of Kelowna, this gorgeous 5500 square foot home fuses Old World elegance with state of the art conveniences. – Anderton’s work will be here.

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The holiday spirit will be throughout these amazing homes with entertainment, food & beverage samplings, along with artists and artisans with seasonal products for sale.

Organizers have adjusted the tour schedule for Hot Holiday Homes this year making the tour one day only, Saturday, November 15, but opening the doors at 1:00 pm to allow guests to start earlier, stop for a late lunch or early dinner and continue their tour, or to tour more comfortably in daylight hours.  As always ticket holders are welcome to tour the homes in any order that they wish.

Tickets are available for $42 before November 1 and $47 after at Art Knapp, Bylands, Expressions, Green & Bear It, and Rick’s Garden World or online at www.hotholidayhomes.ca  Groups can save 10% on 10 or more tickets.  Ticket holders also receive exclusive discounts at participating shops & restaurants.

You can learn more about Hot Holiday Homes at www.hotholidayhomes.ca or follow them on twitter,facebook and pinterest at @hotholidayhomes

Artist Debra Martin will also be showcasing her artworks, be sure to look out for her newest paintings.

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Buckstop BBQ

If you are a fan of a proper classic BBQ, be sure to check out Vancouver’s Buckstop as they are serving up some damn delicious fare. This authentic BBQ spot smokes all in-house so be prepared to leave with the aroma of meaty goodness lingering in your hair; you may not ever want to wash it out!

This West End spot has a southern saloon vibe and is best visited on a rainy night where you can huddle up inside with bunch of pals and share a feast. Dark wood is big here in the long narrow room, which has bar and window seating, as well as the series of tables tightly positioned along the left side of the room. You’ll get to know your dining companions here, so be sure to bring some good ones.

It’s already a neighbourhood favourite, but many cross town to visit, as it’s that good. Buckstop is owned by Fiona Grieve, who tolled in various restaurants and bars until she saved enough money to start her own place; a huge bravo to her! Although the kitchen was set up by a former pro BBQ chef, she’s now often in charge of manning smoker as well as tending the bar and front of house, and handles it all in stride.

Everything is house-made here including the chipotle ketchup and chutney, and they’ve got a nice selection of craft beers which are essential for this style of fare. And thankfully there’s a descent bourbon list and some cocktails that are equally appropriate.

We had the SocialShopper Dealwhich is a classic American barbecue feast for two people, including fried dill pickles, a pulled pork sandwich, a smoked chicken leg, St. Louis pork ribs, navy beans, Kennebec fries, hush puppies, cornbread and honey butter. (value $57 – costs merely $28-$30 depending of the day of the week)

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To start the hush puppies, cornbread and deep-fried pickles made a tasty appearance and we had to hold back as we were warned of the upcoming feast; not an easy task. We eventually failed and finished the pickles.

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The platter is stacked full of flavourful smoky and tender chicken, a saucy and fully stuffed pulled pork burger, super crisp fries just screaming out for that chipotle ketchup, baked beans, pork rips and a side of coleslaw. This was a killer way to sample at least a few items, but we’ll be back to check out the mac and cheese, brisket, venison burger, buttermilk calamari and WAY more. There’s also this amazing brunch menu that we’ll definitely try on a day we’ve need the sustenance, although the menu has a few less dense items and even has a vegetarian scramble.

Great value even without the Social Shopper deal, but grab one while you can as it’s half price. There will be some leftover for late night snacks if you split this between two, but our leftovers certainly didn’t make it til the morning.
Buckstop Website
833 Denman St Vancouver, BC
604.428.2528

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Vancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

Six restaurants and delis are showcasing Big Melts for Vancouver Foodster’s Challenge from North Vancouver to Burnaby.

Pictured above the Grande Melt from Cioffi’s Burnaby - so worth the drive!

Some entries include:

Jacksons Meats & Deli The Top Dawg $9.25
Description: Toasted Ciabatta Bun with Aged White Cheddar, Nathan’s NY Hot Dog, Jackson’s House Made Chorizo Chili and Jackson’s House Made Aged Provolone Cheese Sauce
2214 West 4th Avenue

Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery Monsieur Fondu $9.50
A version Croque Monsieur. Local caramelized onions deglazed with Riesling, See You Later Ranch – Okanagan Valley (Estates Wine Shop). Garlic confit with local rosemary and thyme. Praha ham (Oyama Sausage Co.) with a mornay sauce featuring Gruyere and Emmental cheeses (Benton Brothers). Our creation is completed with a torch to gratin a finishing layer of gruyere cheese on top of our organic sourdough Country Bread.
3686 West 4th Avenue

The Meatery The Duckwich $12.99
Description: Coffee cured and braised duck legs with Triple cream brie, Herbed orange aioli, Pickled onions, Arugula, Fennel slaw on Cranberry nut sourdough.
3108 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver

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More here: Vancouver Foodster’s Challenge 

Winners announced December 1, 2014.

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