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What’s Good This Week June 20 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver This Week

It’s the first day of summer and I’m feeling rather out of sorts for some reason. It’s actually the kind of weather I like today, so that can’t be it, although I know a lot of my friends would be happier with a little more sunshine. However, I’ll soldier through and maybe I just need a night at home or a hug or something. As for my recommendations, there’s lots this week. I’ll be heading off to Chase to a Bison Ranch and catching up with what’s new in Kamloops this weekend, so stay tuned on social for reports on my journey.

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Art in The Vines June 25

Did you know my talented mother is an artist? She and many others are presenting Art In The Vines on June 25 from 12- 5  at Impressions Art Show on 925 Crawford Rd. at Deb Martin’s Vineyard.  Have a glass of wine and find some amazing original art priced at ‘event’ options.

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Cibo Chianti Dinner – June 21

The famed wines of Tuscany take centre stage on the longest day of the year when General Manager and Wine Director Mark Taylor plays host to a four-course Chianti Dinner at Cibo Trattoria on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will pair a rustic four-course Italian-inspired feast from Chef de Cuisine, Josh Gonneau, with an array of Chianti and an overview of the region and its wines courtesy of Taylor.

Pesce Marinato e Fagioli Bianchi
cured halibut on cannellini beans with charcuterie stuffed olives, dressed rucola
Le Rote Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012
Pappardelle al Ragú di Cinghiale e Funghi
wild boar and mushroom ragu, preserved tomato
Fattoria di Rodáno Chianti Classico ‘Vigna Viacosta’ 2010
Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Agnello Due Volte
grilled peace country lamb loin, Tuscan spice braised lamb belly, potato purée, cipollini agro dolce
Rocca delle Macìe ‘Riserva di Fizzano’ Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Budino di Panna Biologica
organic crème fraîche panna cotta, fruit preserve, almond biscotti
Vin Santo del Chianti, 2008, Rocca delle Macie

 $89 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 604-602-9570.

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Deep South Meets Down Under at Mamie Taylor’s – June 20

Mamie Taylor’s Restaurant is teaming up with Australia’s Alpha Box & Dice winery for a Deep South Meets Down Under Winemakers Dinner on Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm.

The intimate evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Dylan and Justin Fairweather, whose laid-back Aussie attitudes and love for the unusual led to the founding of Alpha Box & Dice. The brothers’ winery won internationally acclaim for its “The Alphabet of Wine” — the construction a different wine style to represent each letter of the alphabet. (In case you’re wondering, they’ve just put the finishing touches on number 17.)

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Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest – June 24

Here’s where I am headed (sadly solo). Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest with Chef Chris Whittaker, Forage Restaurant & Timber Vancouver, and his colleagues Alex Chen of Boulevard, and Robert Belcham of Campagnolo, who will be delivering a bison BBQ experience like no other. Local chef Jared Summers, from Jack Sams, Quaaout Lodge, will also share his creations. Celebrate the best flavours the Shuswap has to offer.

Located in beautiful Turtle Valley, just 6km east of the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax, we are a short 25 minute drive to Salmon Arm, and one hour drive to Kamloops. To learn more visit www.turtlevalleybison.ca, or call  1.780.231.5007 Tickets HERE! 

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Strathcona Street Party June 24 – 11am to 6pm

Strathcona and Vancouver Mural Festival join forces for a vibrant street party to kick-off the summer season. Nine massive murals will come to life on Cordova as you can enjoy local food, the beer garden, live music, family friendly activities, and your favourite Strathcona businesses.

Live Mural Painting & Graffiti Jam
Beer Garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week
All Ages Hip Hop Jam w/ Ninth Wave Radio
Chapel Sound DJS
A Giant Full-Building Wrap-Around Mural @ CBR
Longboarding Demos & Sprint Bike Challenge
Food Trucks

FREE + All Ages + Good Times More Info

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Joy of Feeding – UBC June 24

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Joy of Feeding: a unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world. Joy of Feeding is a roaming feast where you can sample from 13 cooks from 13 countries in the fields of the UBC Farm. Chefs from Vij’sCacao, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services have brought together home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Cameroon to Colombia, Indonesia to Iran and beyond – to offer a taste of their favourite recipes.   What will you do at Joy of Feeding? Roam from cook-to-cook, and back again. Learn about the home cooks’ cultures. Connect with your local, sustainable food community. Kick up your heels to live music. Take a guided tour of the UBC Farm. Buy fresh, organic UBC Farm produce. Enjoy local craft beer and wine, available for purchase (must be 19 or older). Check out interactive booths featuring children’s activities and local culinary culture – kids welcome! All the recipes will be available here on our website, so you can recreate your favourites at home.

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Metropolis at Metrotown Launches Virtual Reality 360 degrees Exhibit to Celebrate Canada’s 150th

Head to Metrotown for a Metropolis contest – $1,000 grand prize/$250 weekly 

We partnered with Metrotown to bring you some news on this exhibit that sounds like a pretty cool way to get to know Canada! And they’re easy to get to via sky train too! Thinking we’ll head out and try to nab that grand prize too!

From June 12 to July 3, Metropolis at Metrotown will be hosting Canadian Compass: Adventures in Every Direction, an interactive, virtual reality 360° exhibit that takes shoppers on a cross-country adventure and allows them to experience the sights and sounds of Canada’s iconic landscapes.

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The free exhibit, which takes shoppers on a 2-minute journey from the crashing waves of Niagara Falls to the rugged Rockies, to Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, is open to the public daily from 12pm-7pm in the Grand Court.

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During the 3-week exhibit, shoppers will have plenty of opportunities to receive free Canada 150 giveaways and snap selfies with Canada’s iconic landscapes. Visitors can donate and print digital postcards on the spot at Metropolis’ photo booth, with all proceeds being donated to Burnaby Community Services (http://www.bbyservices.ca/). In addition, all proceeds from the Metropolis Express train will be donated to Burnaby charities.

Shoppers are also encouraged to drop by one of Metropolis’ contest kiosks to enter for a chance to win a grand prize $1,000 shopping spree or one of three weekly prizes of a $250 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card.  More details can be found here: http://ow.ly/YIc930cBqA3

*Post brought to you by Metrotown.

Where To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Events For You And Dad For Father’s Day

It seems people tend to plan a little further ahead for Mom, but good old Dad doesn’t seem to mind more last minute plans. I’m still getting emails on events that aren’t yet sold out, so here’s a few for you should you not have decided on where to celebrate your Father this Father’s Day. Sadly mine is in Kelowna, and Michael’s on the Island, so we’ll have to celebrate and give hugs later, but we’re still crashing Chef Juno Kim’s event, and going farther-less. Hope no one minds, but the deal was too good!

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 Chef Juno Kim’s 6-course menu for Father’s Day

We just bought tickets to this even though we are going fatherless as it sounded so good! Sunday, June 18th there’s still room at 1:15 pm for brunch at Field & Social. Inspired by staff meal and dim-sum style feasts, Chef Juno Kim will be creating a tasty 6-course menu meant to be shared and served as the dishes are ready. His cuisine focuses on using high-quality, ethical ingredients with bold flavours and balance in mind. Doug Stephen of Merchants Workshop will be tending the bar with a limited, but thoughtful menu.

Sourdough tartine with coppa, grilled beets, pickled carrots, goat cheese
Cucumber medley with buttermilk, leek ash, prosciutto oil
Triple cooked potatoes with cheddar espuma, egg yolk gel, nasturtiums
Crêpes with 63° egg, rhubarb, pickled ramps, crispy cheese bits
Fresh chorizo with Easter egg radish, spring herbs, prosciutto gremolata
Macerated early summer fruits with spruce tip yogurt, toasted rice tuile, white chocolate

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Well Seasoned BBQ Class June 18th, 2017 12:00 PM

Learn BBQ skills with House of Q while sipping on three of BC’s local brewing companies – Dogwood Brewing, Red Arrow & Raven’s Moon, who will be featured as BBQ Brian grills up a paired menu that includes :

  • Carne Asada Tacos,
  • Chicken Lollipops with a Raspberry Glaze
  • Savoury Stuffed French Toast – and yes it involves BACON…and the BBQ.

Seating is limited. Buy your voucher online, or call the store 604.530.1518 to reserve your space!

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Glass House Estate Winery & Well Seasoned

Father’s Day Weekend: June 17th & 18th 12PM-6PM.

The Glass House Estate Winery is located in South Langley, and is a perfect setting for a Sunday afternoon with the important men in your life! Well Seasoned will be cooking up a delicious feast all day long! Spend a delicious day with Dad at Glass House Estate Winery enjoying local food, sipping fantastic local wine and hopefully soaking up the Fraser Valley sunshine!

Grilled Wild BC Salmon with a Summer Salad of Quinoa, Fresh Herbs & Vegetables with Grilled Focaccia Bread – or -Grilled, Sliced Alberta Sirloin with Blue Cheese Butter served with Chopped Vegetable Salad with house made BBQ Ranch Dressing and Grilled Focaccia Bread (Vegetarian Options also available) &Homemade Cheesecake with Fresh Berries for Dessert.
For the kids (under 10): Bonetti’s All Beef Hotdog, Kettle Chips and Juice

Join us at Glass House for this special event! Tickets are $40 per person and must be pre-purchased.

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Father’s Day at Flying Pig and Wild Tale

Father’s Day Brunch Special at The Flying Pig: Steak and Eggs – 5oz “AAA” Sirloin, 2 Free Run Eggs, hollandaise, hash browns and toast — $18

Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner at The Flying Pig: 
Slow roasted “AAA” prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and au jus — $30 per person

Three locations:  168 Hamilton Street, Yaletown, 102 Water Street, Gastown, 127 West 2nd Avenue, Olympic Village,
www.theflyingpigvan.com

Father’s Day Brunch Special at WildTale: Braised Beef Short Rib Benny with Lobster hollandaise $17.50

Surf & Turf Sunday for Father’s Day Dinner at WildTale:
28-day-aged “AAA” beef, creamy mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and au jus, with one of the following: Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or our Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo — $24.95 per person

1079 Mainland Street, Yaletown www.wildtale.ca

Drink special at all restaurants: Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch – $6 glasswildebeest3

Treat Dad to an epic meal at Wildebeest!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and Wildebeest is the restaurant your dad wants to be taken to this Sunday, June 18th – brunch or dinner! At brunch, we’ll serve him delicious house-made sausages & thick-cut bacon, bone marrow & eggs, cocktails aplenty, and our already-famous Wildebeest brunch. For dinner, we’ll spoil him with bison carpaccio, seared scallops & pork belly, roasted elk loin, 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, there’s really no better way to celebrate and spend some time with your dad.

Father’s Day Brunch served from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Dinner service starting at 5:00 pm.

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Dads Rule the Roost at H2 Rotisserie & Bar on Sunday, June 18

The Westin Bayshore’s vibrant new H2 Rotisserie & Bar is giving props to Pops by launching its Sunday Supper Series on June 18 with a Father’s Day Feast. This family-friendly meal will be featured every Sunday from 5:30 pm onward. Each Father’s Day Feast is designed for two people for $27 per person:

Starter: H2’s signature cheesy bread.
Main: full rotisserie chicken with jus, buttermilk and chive mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and roasted carrots.
Dessert: dessert plate, featuring potted chocolate mousse with cookie crumble, house-made s’mores, gelato and salted caramel popcorn cheesecake.

Dad, and his adult kids might enjoy a flight of four 5-oz. craft beers for an additional $9 per person, or a choice of three 3-oz. pours of BC wine for $16.

H2 Rotisserie & Bar The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver 1601 Bayshore Drive Reservations: 604.691.6966 or online.

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

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!

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!

Find an event close to you: http://bit.ly/2pPQHHq
Do science with your children: http://bit.ly/2pf6CLt
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
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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.