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What’s Good This Week – V. Oct 4 +

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are lots for ways to be thankful, give to others and treat ourselves this week!

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus – Until October 9

Held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.

The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST! Located in Downtown Vancouver on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle seats up to 1,000 revellers. Choose from one of nine sittings, including a very special edition of Duelling Arts, to help celebrate the fruits of the season. Tickets

  • Yummy Foodies
  • Oyama
  • S’wich Cafe
  • German Pizza
  • Artisan Bake Shop
  • I Love Chocolate
  • German Crafts & Foods

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Snacks For Kids Fundraiser – Proceeds from Dinners at all Flying Pigs and WildTale – Oct 5

100 percent of proceeds from dinner food sales at WildTale Restaurant in Yaletown as well as its sister restaurants, the Flying Pig locations, will go toward this important cause Oct 5 dinner. Firefighters themselves will be on hand to greet guests. Vancouver Firefighters Charities provide nutritious snacks to Vancouver kids in need throughout the school year.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier FREE WINE TASTING!

On Friday, October 7 from 5pm-6:30 pm Les Dames d’Escoffier will be pouring our Dames White and Red all paired with cheese and charcuterie at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street. Dame Mireille Sauve will be on hand to discuss the wines AND update us on the new rose she is currently fermenting. DAME Jennifer Schell’s latest cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker, BY THE SEA , and third cookbook to date, will be available with a generous $10 going to our scholarship funds. AND I’ll be there too.

Eat Vancouver! Food Trends Tasting Class featuring Jackie Ellis, Denise Breyley, Sarah Stewart and Robertson Allen – Oct 5

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Jackie, Denise, Sarah and Robertson will share their top food trends with panel moderator Lindsay William-Ross, answer your questions, and then invite EAT! guests to taste some of their favourite hidden gems found throughout the Pacific Northwest and meet the producers who so passionately make these unique products. Pinnacle Hotel Oct 5 7-9 pm -$35

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12 Kings Pub – CRAFT BEER – October 7

OCTOBER IS CRAFT BEER MONTH and I wish to god I could drink all the beers!

CATEGORY 12 BREWERY TAP TAKEOVER
WHERE: 12 Kings Pub, 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
WHEN: OCT 7 @ 7pm

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Cocktails at Chambar

For well over a decade, Chambar has built its reputation not only as a destination restaurant famous for its Belgian and North African influenced cuisine, but as a cocktail destination that has attracted and nurtured some of the city’s top talent. Step in and try the newest cocktail excellence from Philippe C. Grandbois, the new Creative Director of Mixology.  568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, B.C. www.chambar.com / (604) 879-7119

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Mulan in Vancouver – October 15

Mulan the Musical is coming to Vancouver, with a spectacular live performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  Mulan is an exploration of adventure and victory that follows one girl’s determination to save her family. Expressing themes of loyalty and devotion through a captivating combination of dance, martial arts and music, Mulan tells the story of a young girl who takes the place of her ill father to fight in the army but must disguise her identity and serve as a man. Set in a time where a male from every family was conscripted to join the Chinese army, Mulan follows the courageous adventures of the main character as she sets out to prove her allegiance to both her family and China.

What’s Good This Week? – Sept 21

Events in and Around Vancouver

Fall is coming fast here in Vancouver, and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the harvest!

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Old Fashioned Wednesday at Prohibition

Cozy up at Prohibition to celebrate one of the world’s most famous whiskey cocktails, the Old Fashioned, every Wednesday between now and November 23. Each week, both traditional and creative interpretations of the classic cocktail will be on special for $10 CDN, alongside live bluegrass music and all-American food features such as wings and truffle fries.

Two feature Old Fashioned cocktails will be on special every week, showcasing bourbons from Collingwood, Woodford, Jack Daniels, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniels 150th anniversary edition. Special cocktails include the World’s Best Bourbon Old Fashioned with Woodford Bourbon, gomme, Angostura Bitters, lemon and orange swath and Hoshizake ice cubes; and the Inception Old Fashioned, inspired by Prohibition’s signature Inception Negroni. Wednesday (8:30pm until 12:30am) 604.673.7088 or visit prohibitionrhg.com

Sour Days of Summer arrive at The Blackbird on September 22nd

For craft beer fans, sour beers will remembered as the taste of summer 2016.  Whether the sours were lambics, goses, wild yeast-fermented ales, or sour fruit beers, these tart brews were the must-drink beers of the year.

The Blackbird Public House will bring this delicious summer to a close with “Sour Days of Summer”, a celebration of sour beers, on September 22nd.  Breweries like Parallel 49, Phillips, Driftwood, Fuggles & Warlock, and Moody Ales will be on hand pouring their signature sour beers this one night only event. Each $30 ticket includes  a 4oz sample of each sour beer being poured. Full pints will also be available for purchase while quantities last.

The sour beers start pouring at 6:00PM and the event runs until 9:00PM when the last sour days of summer come to an end. Tickets for this event are available at www.eventbrite.com www.donnellygroup.com

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Sunday Supper Series at La Pentola – September 25

Forest floors are sprouting beautiful mushrooms and we can’t get enough of them. Join La Pentola for their supper series featuring a multitude of locally foraged fungi and a local Venison. Chef Travis McCord and his team will feature a BC raised deer and some super interesting creations using giant puff ball mushroom, colorful lobster mushroom and the delicate cauliflower mushroom. Imagine the richness of a sausage stuffed Quail, a mouth watering agnolotti with cacao and marsala butter, braised wild boar belly, a gargonelli with rabbit and pancetta ragu and venison neck agnolotti. The feast is paired with medium to hearty wines from Spain, Portugal and Northern Italy. $65 per person. $45 for wine pairing Call 604.642.0557   

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High Tea On The High Seas With Pacific Yacht Charters – Sunday, September 25, 2016    12:30pm and 4:00pm seatings

Join Pacific Yacht Charters for an elegant afternoon aboard the Pacific Yacht to celebrate the Vancouver visit of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Sip Prosecco, or the Queen’s favourite – Gin on the Rocks – and enjoy traditional Dockside High Tea fare prepared by Pacific Yacht Charters Executive Chef Mardy Ra and team.  Savoury and sweet delights await including tea sandwiches, devilled eggs, roast mushroom pastries and a selection of dainty freshly baked pastries. It’s a chance to bring out your fancy hats, fascinators, Morning coat  or even your kilt and sporran. $75.00 per person – Seatings available at 12:30pm or 4:00pm

Includes: High Tea delights, one glass of Prosecco or sherry, live streaming video of the Royal Visit events in Vancouver, entertainment, and more celebrations!

Reservations required. Please call Carisa, Pacific Yacht Charters, at 604-689-1227 or email info@pacficyachtcharters.com

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Fancy a Cuppa? Elevenses served in Loden lobby September 24 to October 1

The Loden Hotel will raise a teacup and adopt the oh-so-British tradition of Elevenses in the lobby from Sept. 14-Oct. 1. Bunting sporting the British flag will be draped from the lobby walls, and guests are invited to pose for a Royal selfie with a life-sized cutout of Will and Kate.

Each day during the Royal visit, from 11am to 2pm, polite conversation will be made about the weather and pinky fingers will be extended over hot cups of TWG Tea and proper British biscuits. When it comes to bedtime, knackered guests can embrace their inner Brit by requesting a London turndown service, which includes a room with a touch of British décor, a souvenir Brown Betty teapot, British TWG Tea and English sweets.

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Feast on the Fraser Sept 23 Opening Night

Feast on the Fraser is kicking off on September 23rd, 2016 in the River Market! For only $45 you can get a taste of the next 9 days to come – including food from Wild Rice Bistro, El Santo, Longtail Kitchen, MATCH Eatery, Tre Galli, and your choice of a drink from Steel & Oak or Pacific Breeze Winery. With delicious food, drinks, and live entertainment, this night is a mini Feast on the Fraser under one roof!

Feast on the Fraser is a 10 day culinary experience showcasing the Best in New Westminster’s food, culture, arts, and entertainment. For more information visit www.feastonthefraser.com. This event is brought to you by Tourism New Westminster and flavoured by the Fraser Valley.

What’s Good This Week August 16 +

What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

So strange to believe we are half way through August and most of the way through summer! What’s up this week? There’s rum, garlic, cheese rolling and more. AND Will we see you at Diner En Blanc?

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The Cascade Room Presents the Main Street Cup, August 16

The Cascade Room and Mount Gay Rum present the inaugural Main Street Cup Cocktail Challenge on Tuesday, August 16th. Taking place at The Cascade Room, the concept is simple: bartenders from various Main Street-based bars and restaurants will create an innovative cocktail using Mount Gay Eclipse Rum and vie for a pair of coveted “Mount Gay Red Jackets.”

In addition to The Cascade Room, the following Main Street-based bars and restaurants will compete in the challenge: Caffé Barney; El Camino’s; The Five Point; The Nomad; The Reef, and possibly more.

Main Street Cup, Tuesday, August 16, 6 pm
The Cascade Room 2616 Main Street thecascade.ca

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Value Village – I Give a Sh!rt Event August 17, 2016

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the  Vancouver Aquarium Rethink Clothing Exhibit. See the Rethink Reuse Website for interesting stats/trends on the impact of clothing on the environment.Diner En Blanc

 

Diner En Blanc

Dying to know where this will be!!!! At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Sold out.garlic

Metro Vancouver Garlic Festival August 21

Culinary Fare. Fresh Local Garlic. Farmers Market. Family Fun.

Highlights for festival goers include:

  • Family friendly fare from 12 local restaurants
  • An expanded farmers & garlic market
  • Live music
  • Cooking demonstrations for the whole family
  • A “kid’s zone” with tons of fun food and farm-themed activities

August 21rd 10am – 3pm Terra Nova Rural Park Rain or Shine

All proceeds from the festival go to supporting The Sharing Farm in our mission to grow fresh healthy produce for families in need. More information. 

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Great Canadian Cheese Festival August 20

Wheeling back in to Whistler on August 20th, the Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is set to celebrate the ninth installment of this fun-hearted, cheese-chasing extravaganza.

Dairy Farmers of Canada with B.C. local and Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell to cultivate and share recipes showcasing Canadian cheeses, inspired by the Festival.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival will see costume-clad, cheese-loving Canadians chasing an 11-pound wheel of British Columbia-produced Aged Farmhouse Cheddar cheese down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. The first male and female contestant to cross the finish line will be rewarded with one of the coveted wheels of Canadian cheese and two Whistler Blackcomb season ski passes.

Lentil Zucchini Risotto

Zucchini Pesto:

2 cups (500 mL) green zucchini, grated and seeded
1/2 cup (125 mL) Natural Pastures’ Aged Farmhouse or Canadian Aged Cheddar, shredded
1 tbsp (15 mL) toasted pine nuts or walnuts, optional
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest, grated
1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cracked black pepper

 

Risotto:

4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, divided
1 shallot, diced
1 cup (250 mL) Arborio rice
Sea Salt, to taste
1/3 cup (80 mL) white wine
1 can (540 mL) canned lentils, drained and rinsed
1 cup (250 mL) small yellow zucchini, diced and seeded
3/4 cup (180 mL) Natural Pastures’ Aged Farmhouse or Canadian Cheddar, divided
3 tbsp (45 mL) chives, chopped and divided

 

Zucchini Pesto:

In a food processor, combine zucchini, cheese, nuts, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper; process until smooth but not a complete puree for texture.

Risotto:

In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a simmer; keep warm.

In a large shallow pot or deep skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat; sauté shallot for 1 minute. Stir in rice and salt; sauté for 1 minute. Add wine and cook until absorbed.

Add ½ cup (125 mL) of the broth, stirring until most is absorbed. Add more broth, ½ cup (125 mL) at a time, stirring until broth is absorbed before making the next addition, until you have added a total of 3 cups (750 mL) of broth.

Stir in lentils and continue to add remaining broth, ½ cup (125 mL) at a time. Simmer, stirring until rice is tender and creamy and slightly firm to the bite, adding additional broth or water if necessary. Season to taste with salt.

Stir in yellow zucchini and cook stirring until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in half ½ cup (125 mL) of the cheese, half of the chives and remaining butter. Serve with Zucchini Pesto and sprinkled with remaining cheese and chives.

What’s Good This Week August 11

What’s good this week in and around Vancouver

Tonight’ (August 10th) the night for our Les Dames d’Escoffier Summerdine dinner, which we’ve been going wild about so I am sure you all already know. Our group raises funds for women’s education as well as Project Chef and Growing Chef, two amazing programs that teach children about food in their classrooms. I’ll be live tonight from Pacific Yacht Charters so stay tuned for some magical food pics and insights (well at least attempts at the pics, but the food will be magical).

What else are we recommending this week? Well Champagne for one.

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio Champagne Menu til Sept. 21

In celebration of its one-year anniversary Ancora has created a menu curated by the restaurant’s acclaimed sommelier team all based around Champagne.  The exclusive menu highlights five distinct styles of Champagnes available by-the-glass or bottle, and showcases France’s finest sparkling wines produced by top family growers and prestigious estates. Selected to cover a range of styles from leaner to fuller, guests can also try a flight of three, 3-ounce glasses from the Champagne houses of Thiénot, Moutard and Mandois ($43).

To complement the Champagne celebrations, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde has added a new selection of dishes to the menu to reflect the summer season.

To try the exciting new dishes or enjoy the feature summer Champagne menu (served now until September 21), visit ancoradining.com or call 604.681.1164 to book now.  Ancora is also up for Enroute best new restaurant of the year.  http://eatandvote.com/en/

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Lululemon Seawheeze Sunset Festival – August 13

Guess who’s doing the Seawheeze again this year? Slowly, but surely I shall get this done! Although the half marathon may be sold out, this year’s Sunset Festival still has tickets! Get ready for an evening of outdoor yoga, music, tasty food and a brew (or two).
What’s happening at the Sunset Festival?
– you and your buddies dancing the night away to live performances by Chromeo, Dear Rouge and YoungBlood
– a sunset yoga practice led by Global Yoga Ambassador, Stephanie Snyder with thousands of your new friends
– a licensed venue and gourmet grab-and-go food for purchase
– stellar sunset views overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park
For more details please see SeaWheeze.com

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Bard on the Beach Merry Wives of Windsor – til Sept. 24

I just sent my parents to this and they were blown away with the humour and talent in this show.  Set in 1968 in Windsor, Ontario where English ex-pat Sir John Falstaff is hunting for a solution to his money troubles. He sends an identical love letter to two wealthy housewives, hoping to seduce them – and enjoy their fortunes – with no clue that they are best friends! When they discover his scheme, these merry wives set Falstaff up for some hilariously sweet revenge. Don’t miss this one! Tickets

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Berries at Joe Fortes

Get your fill of BC Berries at Joe Fortes with their famous Pavlova topped with beautiful local blueberries, strawberries & raspberries. Or try othe August feature, a Blueberry Frangipane prepared by the pastry team available until  August 22nd.

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Tacos at Tacofino in Yaletown

Tacofino brings its celebrated brand of California-inspired cuisine with a new counter-service restaurant, bar and patio in the heart of the Yaletown district at 1025 Mainland Street.

Tacofino in Yaletown serves up its trademark lineup of fresh, eclectic tacos and burritos and an array of housemade cocktails and local craft and import beer selections in a refurbished space that features Eighties-inspired, SoCal surf-punk décor. Get your taco on.

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Fried Chicken at Juke

Fried Chicken, Chicken Strips, Pork Ribs, plenty of sides and more at 182 Keefer Street at the newly opened Juke Restaurant Bar and take out spot. The dishes look amazing and I’ll be there asap!

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Lobster at The Keg

Go old-school and hit the patio at the Keg on Alberni and you won’t regret it. LOBSTER GRATINÉE with Oven-baked lobster with garlic, herbs and melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses or BACON WRAPPED LOBSTER – Succulent Atlantic lobster wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon served with a zesty martini cocktail sauce. Don’t miss CRISPY LOBSTER TACOS Tossed in crispy rice, golden fried lobster on warm tortillas with cabbage slaw and cilantro.

What’s Good This Week August 4+

Vancouver Events

Well I’m a little behind this week as a stupid summer cold has slowed me down, but I’m hoping the worst is over as there’s no time to be sick! This week we are prepping for Les Dames Summerdine happening next Wednesday, Meet the Rancher at Hopcott in Pitt Meadows, which makes a nice little drive, there’s cider to be had at Orchard and the Sea and far more!

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Orchard & the Sea – August 5, 6, 7

Head to Gastown for artisan cider and hand-crafted small bites from Chef Jefferson Alvarez at 55 Powell Street 6-11 pm this weekend As I did my food tours the past few weeks I wish I’d had time to stop into Birds and The Beets for this pop up! Perhaps this weekend! Orchard and the Sea

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Hopcott Farms Meet the Rancher – August 6

Hopcott Farms is celebrating 10 years this August at Hopcott Meats and has two months of fun-filled events to share. This weekend Meet the Rancher includes a charity BBQ for Alisa’s Wish, live music, free coffee and product samples, and activities for all ages. With an ever-growing number of people concerned about where their foods come from, Hopcott Meats has responded with an opportunity to ‘Meet your Rancher’ where the public is invited to stop by and learn from the ranchers who raise their meat.

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Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker August 7

On August 7th Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker on beautiful Fraser Common Farm, and Laurica Farm. Tour the two farms, all the while learning more about them, and foraging. Then enjoy dinner you helped to forage ingredients for. This event is an annual fundraiser for the ongoing educational programs of Fraser Common Farm. Get tickets here!

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Experience Delta Farm And Culinary Tour August y

Join us on Sunday, August 7th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when a select number of Delta farms, gardens, orchards and vineyards swing open their gates to welcome the public in for a peek and a taste of what life is like on the farm in one of the most significant agricultural communities in all of B.C.  Details

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Les Dames Summerdine – August 11

Dine for a cause this coming Wednesday. $79 gets you an amazing dinner and wine pairing. Ticket available at Notch 8 at Hotel Vancouver, Chicha Peruvian on East Broadway, Arc at the Fairmont Waterfront, Nicli in Gastown, Kaya Malaysian (8 dishes) and Boulevard at The Sutton Place Hotel. TICKETS  Funds go to scholarships to women in wine and food and children’s school programs.

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Tomato Fest at Provence August 2-31

It’s the 7th Annual Tomato Fest. Take advantage of our exclusive 3-course menu ($55) and optional wine-pairings ($22) that highlight fresh, in-season and locally-grown heirloom tomatoes. Click for details

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Lobster at the Keg – Until August 28

Sample steak and lobster, whole lobster, lobster tails, lobster tacos and more at the Keg until August 28th. Details

 

What’s Good This Week July 27

What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

It’s a little too hot for me these days in Vancouver and I’ve got the fan blasting in my ear in an attempt to remain coolish. This week you might be catching the fireworks, watching some Improv (I’m actually on stage – yikes), eating some Canadian Food or catching up with BC’s beer scene. Don’t forget to celebrate PRIDE and sample some tasty pride-themed treats!

Food Day Canada

 

Food Day Canada

What are you doing on July 30, 2016? We know you always choose a ton of Canadian food products when shopping and dining out, but on this day it’s a must as it’s the official Food Day Canada. This special day is a chance for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks, and for us that means local pork will be on the menu.

On West Coast there are many restaurants that you can head to for a special Food Day Canada Menu. Restaurants in Vancouver include Burdock, Campagnolo, Bishops, The Fish Counter, West, L’Abattoir, Forage, Royal Dinette, Timber, Cafe Medina, Juniper, Boulevard and more.

Since I’m the BC and Alberta Pork Ambassador, I’ve sussed out some of the menus where you can sample local pork.

Fable Kitchen – Pork and Scallop – Seared corn chowder, clams and truffle oil

West – Duo of Fraser Valley Porkbraised pork cheek, crispy pork belly, Swiss chard, bone broth

Araxi BC Surf and Turf – Fraser Valley Pork Belly with Island octopus, heirloom tomatoes and basil pistou

Cafe Medina – Food Day Canada Frittata – Skillet frittata of spicy smoked pork sausage with locally-grown leeks, potatoes, red spring onions, sweet corn and brie cheese.

Boulevard – Smoked Paradise Valley Pork Shoulder, Creamy Polenta, Zuchini, Pea Tip Salad, Chicharrones

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Firecracker July 28

On July 28 I am the guest! Yikes! Come see me make a fool of myself (as usual). Special Guest Cassandra Anderton – Good Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Our all-female show featuring some of the best improvisers in Canada. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable, uproarious and sure to spark your funny bone.

Watch out Vancouver as we light a fuse to Vancouver’s comedy scene – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs. Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers. It’s a different improv experience from mixed-gender casts – women take more risks and play on the edge more when they play with only other women. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious. As in all VTSL productions, audience suggestions play a huge role in determining and driving the improvised action.

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Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Festival July 30/31

July 30th, 2016 Town Centre Park, South Field, Coquitlam

Welcome to the 1st. Annual Coquitlam Kinsmen International Craft Beer Festival 2 Days – July 30th & 31st, 2016 (BC Day Long Weekend) at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park – South Field This festival is brought to you by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam as part of the official Coquitlam 125th Anniversary Celebrations, and looks to become one of the West Coasts must see yearly events on the ever growing craft beer circuit. Tickets

Pride Weekend Treats – Get Out and Sample Some! lucky's layers of pride doughnut 2 (photo credit lucky's doughnuts)

Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride’ doughnut

Lucky’s Doughnuts has partnered with local charity A Loving Spoonful for their second-annual pride-inspired doughnut. All proceeds from the sale of these beautifully crafted, vanilla bean-glazed rainbow treats will help ALS offer healthy meal programs to men women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Lower mainland. You can get your hands on one (or two, or three!) of these between 11am and 2pm at the BMO on Denman Street on Pride Day (July 31) while supplies last.

            What: Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride doughnut
            When: Sunday, July 31 from 11am-2pm (while supplies last)
            Where: BMO Denman St. branch (958 Denman St.)
            Cost: minimum $5 donation

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Chambar’s “La Diversité”

Vancouver’s favourite Crosstown haunt has specially crafted a refreshingly bubbly cocktail to accompany the numerous Pride celebrations on July 31. An effervescent blend of gin, Fernet Branca and house-made herbal rhubarb grapefruit soda, La Diversité is a little sweet, a little bitter and a whole lot of fun.

            What: Chambar’s “La Diversité” Pride-themed cocktail
            When: Available during Pride weekend (July 30 – August 1)
            Where: Chambar Restaurant (568 Beatty St.) Cost: $14

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Pride Week Rainbow Cocktails

Boulevard’s Beverage Director J.S. Dupuis will be featuring a festive  “rainbow of cocktails” for Pride Week. Their pride cocktail menu has a drink in every colour:

  • Cosmopolitan (red) – Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime. $12.
  • The Seeker (orange) – Lemon Hart Blackpool Navy Spiced, pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, lime, Angostura bitters. $12
  • Sidecar (yellow) – Hennessy VS, Cointreau, lemon juice. $14
  • Last Word (green) – Gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, lime. $14
  • Blue Hawaiian (blue) – Vodka, Blue Curaçao, pineapple. $12
  • Aviation (purple) – Gin, Maraschino, Violette liqueur, lemon juice. $14

            What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s rainbow cocktails
            When: Available during Pride Week
            Where: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard St.)
            Cost: $12-$14

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Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne”

All Pride Week, Basil Pasta Bar’s Davie Street location will be serving up – wait for it – phallic-shaped pasta. The penne dish is made with Alfredo sauce, veggies and your choice of protein. As for the garnish? Pieces of penis-shaped pasta. $1 from each “Naughty Penne” dish will go to Vancouver Pride Society.

What: Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne” Pride pasta
When: July 24 – 31
Where: Basil Pasta Bar (636 Davie St.)
Cost: $9.69

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Beach Bay Café ‘Pride Collins’ Cocktail

Beach Bay Cafe & Patio’s award-winning Bar Manager Adrian Lindner is introducing a new Pride-themed cocktail that they’ll be mixing up during the festivities on July 31. The aptly named Pride Collins is a summer-forward sipper made with rhubarb, lemon shrub, gin and soda – best enjoyed al fresco overlooking the water on Beach Bay’s bustling patio.

            What: Beach Bay Café’s “Pride Collins” cocktail
            When: Sunday, July 31
            Where: Beach Bay Café (1193 Denman St.)

What’s Good This Week

What’s Good This Week – Events in and around Vancouver

We’re back from the Okanagan and had about the best trip ever there. Scouted out our wedding location, had some amazing meals at home and out, visited new breweries, cideries and wineries and got some good family time in with not even one argument. Now it’s time to unpack, prep for Deighton Cup, and get back to it in Vancouver.

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July 16 Deighton Cup

Outfit planning has commenced and now I just need jewelry and a hat. Thank god for Jeweliette and Hive Mind Millinery (and there’s still time for you too!).

This year, The Deighton Cup is excited to open up the entire Marquee and Concourse as one complete VIP experience. Attendees will be given full inclusive access to traditional areas hosted by The Deighton Cup in years past including the Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, picnic area, cigar lounge & Veuve Clicquot champagne stage. Tickets!

New for 2016, we’re excited to announce an increased amount of space for derby-goers, festival activations and interactive attendee areas. Additionally, the entire festival grounds will be exclusive to Deighton Cup ticket holders only as well as an increased number of food tents throughout the entire venue.

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Until September 24 Merry Wives of Windsor

This is one of the best shows we have seen in a very long time. Who knew you could laugh so hard at Shakespeare. It’s 1968 in Windsor, Ontario and English ex-pat Sir John Falstaff is hunting for a solution to his money troubles. He sends an identical love letter to two wealthy housewives, hoping to seduce them – and enjoy their fortunes – with no clue that they are best friends! When they discover his scheme, these merry wives set Falstaff up for some hilariously sweet revenge.

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Saturdays – Beta5 Ice cream Socials
Eat Ice cream and win a $25 gift card

Eating sundaes just got a little sweeter with our weekly social media sundae photo contest!

Come by the Saturday ice cream social, and snap a photo of our feature ice cream social sundae. then, post it on your instagram, facebook, or twitter feeds with the #beta5icecreamsocial hashtag by sunday at 6pm, and you’ll be entered into our weekly contest for a $25 gift card to the shop. ICE CREAM SOCIALS ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY FROM 1-5PM, ALL SUMMER LONG

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July 16 MARQUIS WINE CELLARS & BLASTED CHURCH ARE GOING TO THE CHAPEL TO CELEBRATE GAY MARRIAGE

A match made in heaven, Marquis Wine Cellars and Blasted Church are proud to team up to promote not only new wines, but also gay marriage. On Saturday July 16, 2016, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. they will do just that with a miniature chapel set up outside the Marquis Wine Cellars’ Davie Street address. The chapel will invite bystanders to partake in their very own mock wedding ceremony officiated by a Blasted “Minister”. Guests that take a “wedding” photo and post to select social media channels using hashtags specified on the event date, will be entered to win many great prizes. Additionally, each participant will be given a “marriage” certificate which will entitle them to a day-of discount of 10% off participating wines from Blasted Church.

For more information on the event, please visit marquis.nationbuilder.com.

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July 14 – Celebrate Bastille Day At The French Table

Herve Martin, your host and owner of The French Table has assembled a special dinner this Thursday, July 14th in honour of Bastille Day. Come join us for a festive celebration to liberté.

APPETIZER Vichyssoise Or Salad of duck giblet confit with lardons
MAIN COURSE Pan seared flank steak with caramelized shallots , baby green and pommes frites Or Pan seared Coho salmon with a walnut and herbs sauce , spicy lemon risotto
DESSERT Selection of cheese Or Rhubarb tart

$45 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

Call 604-689-3237 or use the contact form here to reserve your table.

July 7-16, 2016

What’s Good In July

It’s July and Vancouver is hopping! Here’s What’s Good In July in and around our fare city!

I can’t believe it’s July already, meaning we are half way through 2016! How’s your year going? I am overdue for a break and will be taking a few days off next week. However, that won’t mean I’m off the internets, so do tune in to our social feeds for some insight into what’s good in the Okanagan these days!

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July 7 – Britannia School Garden Fundraiser 

On Thursday, July 7th from 5-9, the Britannia Secondary sports field, next to the garden will be transformed into a lovely garden party. This year we are taking the annual fundraiser right to the garden where the high school & elementary, preschool gardening programs take place

Enjoy a gourmet meal of local fare, including veg and non-veg entree, salads, corn on the cob, nugget potatoes and more! PLUS, homemade pie and ice cream for dessert. Family friendly event with games and activities for all ages, live local music, a storyteller for the kids, a juice bar with homemade ginger beer (non-alcoholic), lemonade, kombucha and ice tea. Plus, we have over 50 items donated by East Van merchants, services, breweries, restaurants and cafes and more for the Silent Auction.

It’s going to be a great evening, with money going to a great cause- teaching East Van kids about the joys of gardening and of community Money raised will also go to supporting the Eastside Family Place “Little Sprouts” summer gardening and food skills program, and also all the way to the SEGA Girls School  in Tanzania, whose garden is twinned with the Britannia Secondary School

MENU  Fraser Valley free range, slow cooked pork shoulder,  Local assorted stuffed vegetables with rice, pumpkin seeds, spinach & feta cheese, Bean and cilantro salad,  Kale and cabbage coleslaw,  Corn on the cob with chipotle butter, Homemade gluten free cornbread, Medley of roasted nugget potatoes tossed in fresh herbs, Pie and ice cream for dessert.

PLUS 5 local performers (music & story-telling), Picnic games and activities for children and adults, Silent Auction from 50+ area merchants
Tickets $30; Kids 6-12, half price; under 6, free

Tickets are $30 for adults, half price for ages 6-12 and under 6 are free. Tickets can be bought at the Britannia Community Centre front information desk, register by phone 604-718-5800 (1),  or gwfcnetwork@gmail.com. We are excited to announce that the Commercial Drive Scotiabank branch is offering MATCHING funds, so your $30 will turn into $60!  https://www.facebook.com/BritanniaSchoolGardenFundraiser/

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July 9th – Pop-up truffle brunch with The Modern Pantry

Now if we were in town, we’d be here! Tickets are only $35 for a three course meal prominently featuring truffles and drinks.  Here’s the menu rundown: Tickets

Summer vegetable and truffle tart
Poached egg on brioche with truffle cream
Truffle and berry parfait
Juice
Coffee and tea

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July 11 – Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session  

Music will fill the atrium at Woodward’s for the inaugural Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session on Monday, July 11. From 6 – 8 pm, an incredible line-up of local musical artists will gather to tickle the ivories and raise their voices in support of Keys to the Streets, a three-year old program that places painted pianos on the streets of Vancouver for everyone to encourage play over the summer. Info here.

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July 16, 2016 All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat Summer BBQ

– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

My friends at Chicha are cooking up a storm and we’ll be heading there after the track! There will be plenty of grilled assorted anticuchos (Peruvian street meat style skewers), costillos de cerdo (Peruvian aji panca chili bbq sauce baby back ribs), Pan Con Chicharron sliders (crispy pork belly and caramelized yam sliders), Peruvian style marinated grilled chicken…and just about anything else you think of fit for the BBQ!

Lots of great additions to the grilled meats; corn on the cob, a variety of salads, signature ceviche, empanadas and other signature Chicha dishes…and picarones (Peruvian style donuts made with pumpkin and sweet potato served with spiced honey and pisco raspberry couli)!

DJ’s spinning, lots of great local craft beer featured, lots of cocktail specials! Starts at 2pm and will go late! Bring your summer party vibes and your appetite…you are going to need both!

Chicha Restaurant – 136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W2 – View Map
– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

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July 11 – The Greasy Spoon Vol 17. Featuring Chef David Gunawan of Farmers Apprentice tickets A Better Life Foundation

We’re excited to announce July’s Greasy Spoon dinner is hosted by Chef David Gunawan from Farmers Apprentice.

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!

The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month, which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four-course meal to remember.

Who we’re supporting:

Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause, which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

ABLF: A Better Life Foundation supports the marginalized populations of our city by providing stable meals and the opportunity for upward mobility through training and employment.

WHEN Monday, July 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4 – View Map

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July 16 Deighton Cup

We wouldn’t miss this one. Not sure what we’ll wear this year, but last’s years dress thankfully came in handy for a picnic segment I did last week! Horses are rounding the bend, as the sounds of champagne bottles pop in the distance. Grab your finest fascinator & best silk bow tie, it’s time for a good old fashioned day at the races. Bet on the ponies & see where your luck takes you – shake your tickets harder ladies & gentlemen! It’s time to be entertained at the sport of the kings.

This year, The Deighton Cup is excited to open up the entire Marquee and Concourse as one complete VIP experience. Attendees will be given full inclusive access to traditional areas hosted by The Deighton Cup in years past including the Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, picnic area, cigar lounge & Veuve Clicquot champagne stage. Tickets!

New for 2016, we’re excited to announce an increased amount of space for derby-goers, festival activations and interactive attendee areas. Additionally, the entire festival grounds will be exclusive to Deighton Cup ticket holders only as well as an increased number of food tents throughout the entire venue.

July 15 Kaya Malay Bistro to Honour Dogs 

In honour of their much loved family dog Maya, who was tragically hit by a car and passed away, the Kwan family has chosen to both  celebrate and say goodbye on July 15 at their restaurant Kaya Malay Bistro (1063 W Broadway) with a fundraiser for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) from 6pm to 10pm.

Admission is by donation ($5 minimum) to attend the event. Reservations can be made at kayamalay.com or by calling (604) 730-9963.

Recommended is the option of a three-course dinner for $35.00, and for an additional $5, pair Haywire Lunar wines, which were generously donated by Okanagan Crush Pad owner and long time PADS supporter, Christine Coletta.The evening will include live music, complimentary Southeast Asian tapas, and a 10% off Kaya discount card.

What’s Good June 22 +

What to do in Vancouver this week

The sun may not be shining bright, but there’s a lot to do both inside and out. It’s another busy week in Vancouver!

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Wine Wednesday at Provence Marinaside

Wine Wednesdays have become ‘a thing’ – a wonderful way to get over the mid-week hump and slide into the weekend. Yaletown’s Provence Marinaside has always been a favourite gathering spot on Wine Wednesdays with its gorgeous patio overlooking the False Creek Marina, its impressive wine list (145 wines-by-the-glass, 48 on tap) plus Tappy Hour with wine and food specials from 3-5 p.m.

Just when you thought Wine Wednesdays couldn’t get any better than this, Provence Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia has brought a new dimension to guest enjoyment by adding music to the experience. From 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, enjoy the contemporary Jazz/Latin Jazz/Blues sounds of the Hip Pocket Quartet. Hip Pocket is composed of Adam Rohrlick (electric guitar/ tenor saxophone), Kristian Alexandrov (keyboards), Brent Gubbels (acoustic bass) and Joel Fountain (drums/ vocals).

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MANGIA VANCOUVER! Pasta Boy Peter makes Homemade Pasta June 25

Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks join Mangia Vancouver! You may not have an Italian Mamma, but now you can learn to make Pasta like one! Peter Ciuffa, Cook at Savio Volpe, Artisan Pasta Maker at Pasta Famiglia, & sometime Actor, brings his stories & Mamma’s pasta recipe to you. Cost: $25, limited to 14 guests. http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/

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Joy of Feeding – June 25

Saturday, June 25, 2016 5 – 8 pm | Rain or shine!

15 COOKS. 15 COUNTRIES. ONE DELICIOUS DAY.
This unique inter-generational, international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm celebrates home-cooked dishes from around the world. Vij’s, Terra Breads, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services bring together fifteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds—from Egypt to Switzerland to Turkey and beyond—to offer a taste of their favourite recipes. Showcasing culinary traditions from around the world, Joy of Feeding was created by Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants to celebrate whole foods, culture and cooking.

COST: $55 for guests 13 and over Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Meet the cooks, and learn more about the event. UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC (See Map) kirsten.armour@ubc.ca or 604.827.5831.

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Fanny Bay Oysters Opening – June 23

Opening June 23, 2016 at 762 Cambie Street in Downtown Vancouver’s Stadium District, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will bring a bounty of fresh, tide-to-table fare to the heart of the city, offering seating for 50 (including 16 at its oyster bar) and a full bar, as well as a shellfish market where patrons can purchase top-quality, take-home catches such as live, shucked, fresh and frozen oysters and clams, scallops, shrimp and prawns. Part of the Taylor Shellfish Family of Farms, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch as well as daily happy hour specials.
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2nd ANNUAL GIN FESTIVAL June 15th – June 29th2016

Ginapalooza, a uniquely Canadian, multi-city gin festival, celebrates for the second time in Vancouver on June 15th thru to June 29th 2016. Having launched first in Toronto, then in Montreal and Calgary, Ginapalooza now moves westward to celebrate in Vancouver throughout this spring/summer season.

For two weeks, locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to navigate the streets of Vancouver to satisfy their palate with more than 40 signature GinapaloozaVAN cocktails.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s top cocktail venues and paired them with 14 of the most incredible local, national and internationally renowned gin brands to create some of the greatest gin cocktails consumers will ever taste.

There will be ongoing prize giveaways; Ginaplooza’s signature Gin Sip & Socialize pop-up tastings; a nationally held contest to win the Grand Prize Trip for Two to Tour Beefeater’s Distillery in London UK; and, the opportunity to bid on artwork to raise #YMMFire Funds in support of Albertans affected by the wildfires.

Simply pick up a complimentary G-PASS at any of the participating venues starting on Wendesday, June 15th 2016 and follow the signature G-PATH for an experience that’s truly ginspirational!  

What is GINAPALOOZA?

Uniquely Canadian, Ginapalooza is the first of its kind in the world!

A nationwide, multi-market festival that celebrates the spirit of gin paired with supporting local artisans, emerging businesses and entrepreneurs!

Ginapalooza was born out of a desire to support Canada’s exceptional gin distillers along with internationally renowned gin brands; support emerging artists; and, kick-off the spring and summer seasons with a celebration that brings the nation together – one cocktail and a cheers at a time.

The focus is simple: entertain, educate and connect communities across Canada through the art of the craft and the spirit.

We’ve taken 14 of Vancouver’s most sought-after gin brands, paired them with 14 of Vancouver’s most popular venues, and shaken up more than 40 signature, never-before-tasted, gin cocktails crafted by a select handful of Vancouver’s most-talented bartenders!

Just follow our HOW-TO-PALOOZA instructions to enjoy an experience that’s truly ginspirational!

WHERE TO GINAPALOOZA:

14 of Vancouver’s Most Popular Cocktail Venues:

  • Ancora
  • Annalena
  • Beach Bay Café
  • The Belmont
  • Boulevard
  • The Cascade Room
  • Clough Club
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Juniper
  • The Keefer Bar
  • Prohibition
  • Royal Dinette
  • UVA
  • YEW

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

There will be ongoing Prize giveaways, including the Grand Prize Trip for Two to London – the birthplace of Gin – for a private tour of Beefeater London Dry Gin‘s Distillery!

 

What’s Good This Week June 8

Events in and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Lot’s to do this week including Global Wellness Day, drinking Negronis, eating French Food, celebrating Picasso and heading out to the Arts Club Theatre for Billy Elliott.

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Billy Elliott at They Stanley until July 10, 2016

We saw this extremely fun-filled and well done musical last night and adored it. It’s a must. Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. It’s 1984 and County Durham’s coal miners are set to go on strike when 11-year-old Billy finds his way into Mrs. Wilkinson’s ballet class following his boxing lesson. Enthralled with dance and showing inherent ability, Billy is encouraged to audition for the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, but he fears the reactions of his father and brother, who are both wrapped up in the escalating strike situation. The astounding winner of 10 Tony Awards, this global musical phenomenon is a theatre experience that will stay with you forever. Tickets.

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Happy Hour Burger and Beer at Homer Street Cafe $12

The burger is an All BC burger, with all ingredients raised or grown in BC: pasture-raised beef, lettuce, a thickly sliced tomato, and melted cheese on a toasted bun. Until the end of July, the full size burger is paired with a Budweiser beer for $12. Happy Hour at Homer St.  happens Monday-Friday, from 2:30pm-5pm.global wellness

 

In honor of Global Wellness Day this Saturday, June 11th, Rosewood Hotel Georgia will be hosting hatha-style yoga session and healthy menus at the newly refreshed Reflections: The Garden Terrace. The programming is part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ brand initiative to promote healthy living and to help guests embark on a healthier lifestyle. More details.

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Market by Jean-Georges 11 June to 29 June | Fernande Olivier | From the Rose Period to Cubism

Vancouver’s arts enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as it introduces Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, from 11 June to 2 October 2016. As the hotel partner for this milestone exhibition, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating Picasso’s bold innovations, and similar to the exhibition, looking beyond the artist to the six women who influenced his life and art. The hotel is presenting a series of inspired dinner tasting menus at Market by Jean-Georges, titled The Muses Dinner.

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Bistro Pastis Normandy Menu Until July 3

Bistro Pastis is touring France with theme menus. Until July 3, the menu includes recipes for some of owner John Blakeley’s mother’s her favourite dishes including crepesand Kig-ha-Farz.  There’s also frog legs, blood sausage, tripes, porc rillettes, and trout in papillote with a camembert sauce to be enjoyed.  Santé!

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Negoni Week – June 6-12, 2016

Negroni Week takes place at various venues across BC and the world from June 6-12, 2016, with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Several restaurants and bars in Vancouver have designated the BC Hospitality Foundation as their charity of choice, including The Cascade RoomCinCin Ristorante + BarDistillery Bar + KitchenNotch8 at Fairmont Hotel VancouverShameful Tiki RoomSienaTimber, and Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar.

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