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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

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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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Science Odyssey Canada May 12 to 21

Ten days of discovery and innovation

I just came back from a Field Trip yesterday to help spread the news of a pretty cool Science Festival and got up to some very fun things on this day trip. Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Canada and it starts officially today!  We started out a Science World with a lovely lunch and then set out to SFU where we tested out a hyper/hypobaric chamber, simulating diving to 150, tried on a bionic, energy-harvesting exoskeleton and meet some rare birds that have three very specific types of males that all mate differently . We then toured the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard and then headed back to Science World for a social and a tour of the new feature exhibit, Made in Canada, all things invented in this fine country. Get a little curious and join in on some of the events!

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Into the Hyper/Hypobaric Chamber at SFU
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Made in Canada at Science World

Be curious!

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Have fun with your students: http://bit.ly/2pPZCIT

Science Rendezvous – May 13

 
Over 300 free events will take place in 30 cities across Canada for the 10th edition of Science Rendezvous on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Described as Nuit Blanche for the sciences, Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science festival. This year’s festival will celebrate 10 years of Science Rendezvous and 150 years of Canadian science.

Science Rendezvous continues its tradition of partnering with research and community organizations to give the public one-of-a-kind experiences: Explosive stage shows, 3D viewers, non-Newtonian fluid, encounters with live animals and tours of labs, observatories and even a brewery.

All events are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

For more information about Science Rendezvous events in your city visit: http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/event‐sites/

This year’s Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

NOT OFFICIALLY PART OF – There is a cost but thought I’d add this as then you can go see the exhibit I mentioned above. Science World at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver, British Columbia – Meet a Scientist 10-2 pm on May 13 and 14! Connect with local scientists, researchers and other science professionals! Engage in hands-on activities and conversation to develop a better understanding about what these scientists and researchers do. More info.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus (11am – 3pm)
KPU Langley will be transformed into a family-friendly science festival where the public will get a chance to participate in hands-on experiments, magic shows, tour high-tech patient simulator nursing labs and the state-of-the-art craft brewing lab (19+). Check out the robots, dancing fire display, face painting and walk the campus labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day.

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby campus (11am – 3pm)
Discover the seemingly bizarre behaviour of gases and how they fit in our natural world at the science magic shows. Celebrate International Astronomy Day with tours of Trottier Observatory, astronomy presentations and astronaut photo shoots. Come get your hands on hundreds of other exciting activites including Let’s Talk Science’s game show, Science Chase, liquid nitrogen ice cream making, molecular viewers and more.

Let’s Talk Science with the University of British Columbia – The Old Barn Community Centre (10am – 2pm)
Join UBC’s Let’s Talk Science for a hands-on day of science discovery. Make edible DNA and DNA bracelets, and finish the day off with slime.  Discover the future of touch screens, the foldable technology, and a glimpse into the future.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – May 11 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? Lots! We are back in town and settling back in from our honeymoon and have plans to hit the Spot Prawn Festival on Saturday for our 2 week anniversary celebration (joking). There’s a ton of Mother’s Day Celebrations and I did an entire post here, and have some gift suggestions and a GIVEAWAY for a Philips Airfryer here, you can join Daniel Sedin and Canuck Place for a Blanket Fort or try out some new menu items at Lift.

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Spot Prawn Pop Up at Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Wise® Executive Chef Ned Bell and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter are kicking off spot prawn season with this first-ever collaborative dinner at Vancouver Aquarium’s Pop-Up café.

Join these top Vancouver chefs for a decadent five-course dinner with wine pairings as they put the spotlight on sustainable spot prawns.

Menu

Chilled Marinated Spot Prawns
Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa, Spicy Crema
Chef Robert Clark
Sea Star Vineyards – Stella Maris, North Pender Island BC

Spot Prawn and Razor Clam Soup
Brown Butter, Lime, Smoked Vancouver Island Sea Salt
Chef Ned Bell
Road 13 – Chenin Blanc, Oliver BC

Spot Prawn Ravioli
Cowichan Pasta Co, Peas, Asparagus, Ricotta
Shaved Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil
Chef Ned Bell
Sumac Ridge – Un-oaked Chardonnay, Summerland BC

Sake Poached Spot Prawns
Roasted Northern Coho, Spring Radish, Black and White Sauce
Chef Robert Clark
Tantalus – Juveniles Pinot Noir, Kelowna BC

‘Sugar Kelp’ Chocolate Mousse
Blood Orange Marmalade
Chef Ned Bell

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Spot Prawn Festival

11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival organized by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.

Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm at  Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8

  • 11:00 am the Spot Prawn Boil service begins
  • 11:00 am demonstration cooking stage opens
  • 12:00 am Spot Prawn boats arrive to the wharf

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Lift Has a New Menu

Executive Chef Soojin Park has just released a new menu at Lift, one of the most scenic restaurants in the city and highlights include:

Ahi Tuna – with mascarpone stuffed piquillo, summer vegetables and fennel marmalade
Mahi Mahi – with Hawaiian salsa, beurre blanc, carrot puree, roasted fingerling potato and vegetables
Pork Ribeye – with plum vinaigrette, onion velute, mashed potato, red wine jus

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Canuck Place to host Vancouver’s largest blanket fort at their “Best Day Ever” event 

On Saturday, May 13, Canuck Place will transform the corner of Seymour and Georgia with the construction of Vancouver’s biggest blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet. Event attendees will enjoy interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights (like Earnest Ice Cream and Mom’s Grilled Cheese), and family-friendly games and activities. There will also be special appearances by Daniel Sedin and beloved Fin. Ever celebrates the favourite ways that Canuck Place families spend time together, from quieter moments spent in the Canuck Place Hospice gardens to exciting adventures on recreation therapy outings. Join us on Saturday to reflect on and share how you would spend your best day ever.

Event:                   Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Date:                     Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:                    11:00am to 3:00pm

Location:             Outside TELUS Garden at 510 West Georgia Street (corner of Seymour and Georgia) in Vancouver, BC

Hashtags:          #BestDayEver #CanuckPlace
 
Daniel Sedin will be on-site at the fort and available for photos between 11:00am- 12:00pm to launch the event:

  • 11:00am – 11:05am: Ribbon cutting with Canuck Place child Charlie-Anne
  • 11:10am – 11:20am: Candid photos inside the blanket fort
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Photos and autographs with fort attendees

Fin will be there from 12:00-1:00pm and available for photos.

May 13 – EAT GRAIN pop up shop at MAIN STREET BREWING 12-6pm

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Join EAT GRAIN for a FLOUR SHOP pop-up! Freshly milled flour has been available to orrder for select restaurants around the city, and now it’s available to you at the launch of Vancouver’s first micro flour mill with a pop-up shop!

There will be selection of freshly milled flours, along with sourdough bread and baked goods made exclusively with EAT GRAIN flour.

Mother’s Day To Do’s In Vancouver

Where to Treat Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the busiest day for restaurants in the year, so make sure you get organized and book a table soon. AND! Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, Suzanne and my mother-in-law Bev, if you two were in town I promise we’d take you out!

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The Westin Bayshore brunch feature on Sunday, May 14

What better way to say “Thanks, Mom” than brunch at the Westin Bayshore’s new H2 Rotisserie & Bar where the rotisserie keeps slowly turning, transforming chicken into the divine dish that is H2’s signature.

The brunch features all kinds of other items Moms are sure to adore, as well as games and contests for children, gifts for all mothers, special Mother’s Day cocktails, and live music. And because Moms are always thinking about other people, at this event, children under the age of five eat for free, and The Westin Bayshore is donating 5 per cent of its Mother’s Day brunch sales to the BC Women’s Foundation.

Mother’s Day at H2 Rotisserie & Bar
The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver Sunday, May 14 Menu and more details:
Two seatings: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Cost: $70 per adult, $35 for children 6 – 12
Reservations: 604.682.3377
dimsumSai Woo Dim Sum Brunch & Bubbles and a A 2 hour Chinatown Walking Tour

Join local Historian Judy Lam Maxwell  for a dim sum brunch and bubbles and then a walking tour through Vancouver’s Chinatown. Call 604-568-1117 or doyou@saiwoo.ca for reservations $75 pp.

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Mother’ Day at Well Seasoned in Langley

Join Well Seasoned for Brunch! Mother’s Day brunch class starts at 11 AM. Mimosas’s and Duck Confit…need we say more?  View the full menu here! Still looking for the perfect gift? Why not get Mom a beautiful gift basket? or a cooking class voucher? cooking class calendar here.

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Celebrate Mom with Bauhaus & BC Women’s Hospital Foundation

Bauhaus will be donating 5% of food sales on Sunday, May 14th, so you can treat Mom and help women and babies across British Columbia. Enjoy a 3 course menu for the event, available only this Sunday.

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Bubbles and Oysters for Mom this Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 14
WildTale and The Flying Pig (Gastown, Yaletown, Olympic Village) are offering the following to all Mom’s on Mother’s Day, during brunch hours:

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Brunch Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
Mother’s Day promo: Half-Price 1 dozen Chef’s Choice Oysters
Half-Price bottles of Prosecco and $20 GC (valid May 15 – June 15)

The Flying Pig
Brunch Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
Mother’s Day promo: Complimentary glass of Prosecco for every Mom

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Mother‘s Day Brownies at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

In honour of Mother’s Day, Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be treating all the moms who visit our Vancouver restaurants for lunch, brunch or dinner to a complimentary warm double chocolate brownie! ​

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In honour of Mother’s Day, Cibo Trattoria will be offering an extended brunch service from 8 am to 3 pm. The new a-la-carte brunch menu features a variety of sweet and savoury dishes including classic breakfast fare (whole grain and nut granola, vegetable frittata, panettone French toast) and seasonal Mother’s Day specials such as spaghetti carbonara with house-cured lamb bacon and Triangle Sound halibut with parmesan polenta and asparagus.

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Dirty Apron Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed For Two Kit

Pick up your pre-ordered* Breakfast in Bed For Two Kit ($115) on Saturday, and surprise mom first thing on Sunday morning! The gourmet kit includes Belgian Waffles served with seasonal fruit compote and fruit salad, a mini bottle of Noble maple syrup, a decadent Mink ‘Girls Favourite’ Chocolate Bar and mimosa fixings- a small bottle of organic Villa Teresa prosecco and Chaser’s orange juice. And to make you look really, really good, the kit also includes a beautiful small succulent plant as well as a Rifle Paper Co. Greeting Card.  *Pre-orders only- all orders will need to have been placed by 3pm on Friday, May 12th. Availability only while quantities last. In-store pick-up on Saturday afternoon, May 13th.  Pre-Order Now

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Mother’s Day at Wildebeest

At brunch, Wildebeest will serve her delicious avocado toast, thick-cut bacon, bone marrow & eggs, fresh oysters, mimosas aplenty, and their watermelon negroni slushie. For dinner, seared scallops, bison carpaccio, line-caught halibut, and a bone-in ribeye that’s considered by many to be the very best steak in Vancouver. With excellent wines, beers, and award-winning cocktails to pair, Mom will be thrilled. Tables available at www.wildebeest.ca.

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
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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