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CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway $375 – 2 Tickets Fire Whisky World Chef Exchange Dinner at Timber Feb 1


Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner.

AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375+ scroll down to enter. CONGRATS DAWN!

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here.

Fire + Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, is a project initiated and produced by Tourism Vancouver, and supported by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel. The exchange shares Vancouver’s culinary story with the world, and brings the world’s great restaurant cities closer together by sharing ideas, experiences and talents through collaborative dining experiences.


* All Inclusive – includes welcome cocktail, multi-course homestead dinner, whisky cocktail pairings, tax, gratuity and ticketing fees.

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#Contest Closed Giveaway – Family Pass for the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge


Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park rings in the holiday season with a brand new twinkling feature!

Congratulations Marie!

Until January 8th you can head to the Canyon Lights to check out the new light feature this year, ‘Fireflies’. Fireflies is an interactive lighting display in the rainforest. Using magic flashlights, guests can awaken waves of tiny lights that glimmer and twinkle like fireflies and then venture onto the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon has been transformed into a world of festive lights and dazzling visual enchantment. Lights will illuminate Capilano River and the canyon’s cliff face. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall and growing!) and search for the glowing owls in the Snowy Owl Prowl. The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! Visitors are invited to sing-along to carols with the holiday band, decorate gingerbread cookies, make Christmas crafts and take family photos throughout the park.

We have a giveaway for a family pass to the park!

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Canyon Lights will donate partial proceeds from admissions to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund for fire and burn education in schools throughout British Columbia. To date, Canyon Lights has donated over $222,000 for this worthy program. In addition, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will continue hosting 12 community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, North Shore Disability Resource Centre, Covenant House, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals, Ronald McDonald House, BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, Family Services of the North Shore, Harvest Project, Special Olympics BC, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland and Kids Up Front.

Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano operates a free shuttle to and from Canada Place.

For general information, including the shuttle schedule, please visit or call 604.985.7474.

Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 11:00am – 9:00pm daily *except Christmas Day when the park is closed.

#ContestClosed Brockmann’s Chocolate Celebrates 30 Years Chocolate Giveaway

Brockmann’s Chocolate – Making Chocolate in Canada for 30 Years

Contest now closed! CONGRATS TO LIESA!

I’ve been working with Brockmann’s Chocolate to spread the chocolate love and to let you all know that they’re a local, family-run company that’s been making chocolate in Canada for the past 30 years. We have a giveaway for a chocolate basket as an extra bonus and it’s been hard not to eat all the chocolate so I had to wrap it up! (Enter at the bottom of this post.)

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The truffle chocolates are available in bulk at Save On Foods and I’ve been stuffing them into little gift bags, adding to bigger gift baskets and giving away a chocolate here and there to those who’ve been nice! Perfect for the holidays.

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My friend Karen keeps some wrapped up by the door in case she needs a quick gift for someone that stops in.

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The Brockmann family has been creating delicious chocolate recipes for over 80 years, and is now celebrating 30 of those years of chocolate making in Canada with the recent release of two brand new truffle flavours, salted caramel and dark sea salt truffles, just in time for the holidays.

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The tradition began in the 1930’s in Munich, Germany with Willy Brockmann, a master confectioner, and his son Norbert followed in his footsteps and brought Brockmann’s Chocolates to Canada in 1986.  The family run business now includes a third generation of chocolatiers is still guided by Willy’s faithful commitment to quality, using only the freshest, tastiest ingredients in everything they produce.

Brockmann’s Chocolates produces both their Truffini truffles and their Crunchetti snacking chocolate in Delta, BC, making their chocolate a brand in line with many’s commitment to buying local. Learn more at:


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Premium dark, milk and white truffles available in gift boxes and foil wrapped bulk chocolates in 11 flavours that appeal to the choosiest chocolate fans. Pick your favourites from the bulk section of your local fine foods retailer.

Traditional Flavours: Cappuccino, Canadian Maple, Hazelnut Praline, Classic Milk, Lime Coconut, English Mint, Double Dark, Orange and Raspberry. Newest flavours this year: Salted Caramel and Dark Sea Salt truffles

Find Truffini at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, London Drugs, Safeway, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, Thrifty Foods, and Nesters.

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The Brockmann’s latest creation, ‘Crunchetti’ is a line of premium snacking chocolate. These crunchy, bite-size clusters are made in small batches with toasted almonds and blended with fine-quality chocolate.

Crunchetti flavours are available in Dark, Milk and White Chocolate with Cranberries – each one designed to be the perfect snacking chocolate for your daily indulgence Find them at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, Choices, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, and Nesters.


  • Made in BC
  • Natural ingredients
  • Preservative free
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • Gluten free
  • Certified Kosher

#Brockmanns30yrs #BCBuyLocal

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Tsawwassen Mills Telus Giveaway

Start Checking Off Your Holiday Gift List with a Telus Giveaway

Let’s start the week off with a giveway to get you into holiday mode. I just returned from Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and I’m launching into the holiday season with bells on. Thanks Telus for this package.


The bag ($200 value) includes the following items:

  • Drop Scale
  • Tangram Jump Rope Medium
  • Mad Catz Lynx Mobile Wireless Controller
  • Bosign Tablet Stand
  • Crayola Colouring Book (Frozen, Avengers)

About the TELUS Connected Experience Concept Store 

Have you been to Tsawwassen Mills? When you do, be sure to check out the new Connected Experience concept store where you can touch, test and play some of the coolest connected devices on available today.

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Designed with today’s digital lifestyle in mind, this concept store has more than 1,000 specially curated products to help enhance consumers’ increasingly connected lives ranging from smartphones and tablets to connected home, audio, toys, fashion and health and wellness products and connected devices.

Key features include:

  • Spacious store footprint measuring 2636 sq feet
  • Curated product selection, include connected home, headphones and speakers, toys and health and wellness, featuring key brands including Nest, Sonos, Beats, and Fitbit to name just a few
  • More than 1,000 products available, increased from less than 200 products in the previous store design to help you personalize your mobile experience
  • 10 charging stations and 5 wireless charging locations throughout the store in case your phone needs extra juice to get through your shopping day
  • Interactive sound bar experience for comparing the best in Bluetooth speakers
  • More than 100 live demo products to test and play with
  • Customers can book a complimentary TELUS Learning Centre session with our expertly trained Learning Centre Experts who provide one on one counsel to our customers to help them learn how to use their new mobile devices and connected products to maximize their use

Visit the TELUS Blog to read more about the new TELUS Experience and take a virtual tour of one of our new concept stores.

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Thanks to Josh Rimer for this Pic of the Giveaway. Read more about his Telus Experience here.

To win!

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#Giveaway 2 $35 Gift Cards+ Stocking Up For Holiday Cooking With Kin’s Farm Market

Holiday Cooking is made easy with Kin’s Farm Market

Last week I started doing Thanksgiving prep for our annual dinner and stopped in at Kin’s Farm Market in City Square.

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I picked up a big bag of mostly local produce; I did have to grab a couple California peaches, but the apples, squash, grapes, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant are all coming in from local farms.

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Don’t miss the local Okanagan Pink Grapes on special right now. I’ve been eating them by the bunch.

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Windset Peppers, big and small are also a great value, cut them up for spaghetti sauce or stuff them with rice and veggies.

I picked up at big bag of goodies for just over $35 and we now have 2 $35 Kin’s Farm Market gift certificates so you can do the same. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer up a why to use up some of that leftover turkey. Just add a wee bit more mayo if your turkey is a little dry. White and dark meat mixed works best in this and feel free to put a scoop on your salad greens, spread it atop crackers or use as sandwich filling.

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Turkey Waldorf Salad

2 cups left over turkey torn in pieces
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 TBSP Cranberry Sauce (if you have it)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup seedless grapes, halved crosswise
1 apple cut in small cubs
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (3 ounces)
3 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, and mustard and add in turkey and remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.

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CONTEST CLOSED Cocktail Art #Giveaway 2 tickets $150+


High-Concept Design Meets Haute Cuisine at Fourth Annual Dinner by Design – Cocktail Art #Giveaway

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The fourth annual Dinner by Design, presented by The Social ConciergeCosentino Group and new title sponsor Kabuni, in partnership with IDSwest, is where Vancouver’s twin passions for fine dining and even finer design come together. Two tasteful and tasty nights (September 15 and 16, 2016) will benefit Interior Design Program scholarships at the Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver(VCAD).

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In keeping with the event’s mandate to foster the next generation of design stars, students of the benefiting VCAD Interior Design Program will be tasked with creating a bar and lounge under the mentorship of designers Jamie Banfield, Meaghan Jones of Sherwood Cabinetry and Monica Jeffers.

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The collection of tablescapes and room sets and the student-designed lounge will serve as the backdrop for Thursday, September 15th’s, Cocktail Art to showcase Vancouver’s world-renowned cocktail culture. An all-star bar team will concoct a series of signature cocktails, each one conceived to push the limits of mixology. Canapés will be provided by an enviable roster of some of the city’s top restaurants and caterers.

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Location: Harbour Events Centre (750 Pacific Blvd.)

For ticket and event information, please visit
Partial proceeds to benefit the Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver.

Facebook: /DinnerxDesign
Twitter: @DinnerxDesign
Instagram: @dinnerxdesign

CONTEST CLOSED Win Tickets to MadeWithLove Cocktail Competition August 22

 MadeWithLove at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Contest Closed – congrats to Lesley S.

MadeWithLove™ and GLV have a contest this weekend. We are offering the chance to live the Regional Final at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, on Monday August 22nd.

14 bartenders are getting ready to compete at MadeWithLove™ shout out! The finalists will present exclusive cocktail recipes to impress the jury and the public. Judges and attendees will have the challenge task to taste and evaluate the cocktails based on originality, creativity and savour.

Celine Ann Marie – Parlour
Katie Ingram – L’ABATTOIR
Melissa Logie – Fairmont Waterfront
Graham Masters – Guilt & Company
James White – Freelance Bartender

Riley Arnold – Fanny Bay Oysters
Peter Johanson – Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Félix Vallières – 86’d events

Reece Sims – Whiskey Muse
Chelsea Rose Schulte – Secret Location
Jasmine Radu – UVA

Alice Danielle Hudon – Secret Location

Lauren Maxwell – Chambar

Alex Duerst – The Shamefull Tiki Room

Mia Glanz – Odd Society

The barchefs needs you to win their spot in the National Final; one winner in each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Vancouver at the National Finals held in May 2017. The cost of the ticket allows you to taste ALL the competing cocktails and enjoy unique food pairing

“MadeWithLove™ in Vancouver is now becoming a big thing. We can feel the atmosphere and ambiance getting bigger every year, explains Pierre-Olivier Trempe, MadeWithLove™ Founder. We feel privileged to have such talented bartenders in Vancouver that provide a great experience to each of us.”

Key information:
August 22nd 2016 from 6 PM
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Early bird pricing (until August 8th): 45$ / Pre-sale tickets: 55$ / At the door: 65$
Tickets available on our website

To feel the atmosphere of MadeWithLove™, watch that video!
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About MadeWithLove™ –
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ mission is to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 70 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
Thanks to our precious partners :
 1800 Tequila / Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Skyy Vodka / Ungava Gin /  Wild Turkey



Come share a cocktail with me  during an amazing event! Win 2 VIP passes. Contest closes Sunday night.

To win:
– Like the MadeWithLove™ Facebook page
– Comment your post / article with your favourite cocktail


CONTEST CLOSED #GIVEAWAY 4 tics to Firecracker Improv Vancouver Theatresports

Firecracker! Explodes on Improv Scene

Watch out Vancouver as Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) lights a fuse to Vancouver’s improv comedy scene shattering that it is presently, a male-dominated art form. We’ve got 2 sets of tickets for this giveaway, one for July 21, with the one and only Rebecca Bollwitt on stage, and one for July 28, when I, yes, I, Cassandra Anderton, will be on stage (if I don’t faint first).

Starting Thursday, July 21 and running every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m., VTSL presents Firecracker – Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. “One of VTSL’s mandates is to increase the diversity in our company, and in the improv world,” states Executive Director Jay Ono. “I am very proud of the fact that VTSL’s ensemble includes very strong female improvisers. In addition, almost 50 percent of our Rookie League and Improv Comedy Institute (ICI) are women. This is an exciting time for the development of the art form thanks to these amazing improvisers – they rank among the best anywhere.”

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Through the medium of improv comedy, Firecracker! will explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver. Themes such as dating and romance, career and work/life balance, female friendships and body image will all be examined through the audience suggestions motivating the improvisers’ wicked wit.

The first three shows will honour a special female guest whose stories of their life, work and achievements will inspire the performance. We are delighted to have the following guests join us for these inaugural shows.

  • July 21: Rebecca BollwittMiss 604, Blogger/Social Media Maven,
  • July 28: Cassandra AndertonGood Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
  • August 4: Briana BuckmasterActress, Sheriff Donna on Supernatural

Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Opens July 21 and runs every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m. at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets, priced at only $10 at the Box Office (slightly higher online) are on sale now at For more information on Firecracker!, updates on special guests, or other VTSL productions, check the VTSL website

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway Chocolate-Filled Basket from Chocolats Favoris

Chocolats Favoris opens in British Columbia

Chocolats Favoris, the artisan chocolate shop and creamery opened it’s newest location this month in Victoria, B.C and we are celebrating with a chocolate giveaway!

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Chocolats Favoris a unique chocolate destination: a station dedicated to dipping soft-serve ice cream in one of 12 exclusive chocolate flavours, including Original Milk, Dulce de Leche, Cookies and Cream and Salted Caramel, canned chocolate fondue that customers can bring home to enjoy with family and friends, and a huge counter of chocolate (fine chocolate and bars).

About Chocolats Favoris

Chocolats Favoris was founded in 1979 in Lévis, Canada, located just outside Québec City. For over 36 years, the company has carved an enviable reputation for its exceptionally high-quality artisanal chocolate as well as its ice-cream dippings made out of pure, real chocolate and offered in 12 unique flavours. In 2013, Québec businessman Dominique Brown stepped down as President of Beenox, an internationally renowned video game studio, to inject his creativity and ambition into building a unique brand and concept of chocolate shops.

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CONTEST CLOSED Secret Garden Tea Company – High Tea For Two Giveaway

The Secret Garden Tea Company is Expanding and Celebrating with a Giveaway For High Tea For Two

For two decades, the Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale has been offering a tranquil haven for Vancouverites to enjoy a spot of tea and delicious fresh-baked treats with friends and family.

WINNER- Congrats to Jill K!

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The First High Tea Served

Co-owner Kathy Wyder’s grandma was the inspiration for the tea room after lamenting there wasn’t one in Kerrisdale. So Kathy and a friend opened the tea room’s doors in October 1995. Since then, staff have poured countless cups of steaming tea in elegant china and served elegant sweets and scones, along with breakfast and lunch to anyone who simply want a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Secret Garden Tea Company Owners Kathy Wyder and Erin Wyder

Growing demand for a quiet, old-fashioned afternoon tea spurred the decision to move from its current home on West Boulevard to a larger location at 2138 West 40th Avenue. They will be able to serve more traditional high tea to customers later this summer when it opens, but the traditions you have come to love will remain the same.

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The larger Secret Garden will allow for milestone events and large gatherings such as bridal showers, birthdays and other celebrations in their customers’ lives.

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In honour of the move we are doing a giveaway for 2 for an afternoon tea. Tea Includes.

  • Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
  • House Caesar Roast Beef on Mini Croissants
  • Smoky Caramelized Bacon on Petit Kale Muffins
  • Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream
  • Tea Cake Slices
  • Tangy Mini Lemon Curd Tart
  • Summery Upside Down Nectarine Cake with Salted Caramel Whip
  • Chocolate “Peanut Butter Cup” Tart
  • Pot of premium tea

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