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Contest Closed #giveaway 2 tickets to @pushfestival – Don McGlashan – Sunday, Jan. 22



1) Leave a comment on this post naming a venue where the Push Festival takes place

2) Follow @goodlifevan on Twitter

3) Post the following to Twitter 

RT AND Comment on for #giveaway 2 tickets to Don McGlashan @pushfestival @goodlifevan 




Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Theatre Conspiracy and North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University.

January 22, 2012 7:00pm
Club PuSh at Performance Works
1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island

New Zealand’s Don McGlashan has an impressive musical career that spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam and art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to the platinum-selling and internationally acclaimed band The Mutton Birds and film scores for filmmakers such as Jane Campion and Toa Fraser, to his more recent ventures as a solo artist. Awarded the Living Legend Award by the Mayor of Auckland, McGlashan is hailed as a visionary songwriter and “consistent wonder” (New York Magazine).

Tickets $24
Tickets Tonight | 604.684.2787 Service charges apply to phone orders
Eligible for PuSh Pass access

Tickets are also available for purchase in person at
Zulu Records, 1972 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

About the Festival

PuSh presents acclaimed local, national and international artists and showcases contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, starting and original. The Festival runs January 17 – February 5, 2012!

The annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over 20 days each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and various hybrid forms of performance. It attracts acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work.

In a spirit of innovation, the PuSh Festival engages and enriches audiences with adventurous contemporary performance, while promoting cultural exchange and development.

The Festival showcases contemporary work that is visionary, genre-bending, startling and original. Outreach activities promote a sense of shared curiosity and renewed appreciation for the role of contemporary art in everyday life, while the Assembly networking event provides practitioners unique opportunities for skills enhancement, increased profile and touring in Canada and abroad.

Contest Closed #giveaway 2 tickets to Taste BC

Congrats Diane!

To win:

1) Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite BC Wine AND

2) Follow @goodlifevan on Twitter

3) Post the following to Twitter 

RT AND Comment on to enter to win #giveaway 2 tickets to Taste BC @goodlifevan @taste_bc 

Liberty Merchant Company is ready to pour it on for BC Children’s Hospital

Every January for 18 years, Liberty Wine Merchants hosts a fundraising event to start the bar high for the new year. Liberty is once again recruiting British Columbia’s finest food and beverage purveyors for Taste BC: a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic.

BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic provides specialized HIV care for infected women, pregnant women, partners, children and youth, and support services for affected families. Thanks to the generosity of companies like yourselves, the event has raised a collective total of $186,336.00 since 1995 to benefit the Oak Tree Clinic.

The 18th annual celebration of local food and drink takes place January 24, 2012 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Guests will taste, sip and experience BC’s finest wine, beer and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from our best local restaurants. Along with excellent food and drink, attractions include live music, door prizes, and a silent auction that rivals any other. Silent auction items include luxury items, local experience packages, destination packages and delicious products made by British Columbia’s own.

Taste BC  is an event that is not to be missed. Help support the Oak Tree Clinic while enjoying the finest B.C. has to offer. Tickets are $49.99 and available at Liberty Wine Merchant stores. For the most up-to-date information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Taste BC proudly sponsored by 100.5 the Peak, CTV, Edible Vancouver, Metro News, and Precision Graphics.

About Liberty Merchant Co.

Established in 1986, Liberty Merchant Co. is the parent company of Liberty Wine Merchants, the largest chain of private wine stores in Western Canada. Liberty imports more than 400 exclusive and affordable wines and spirits, all hand-selected from over 120 of the world’s top wine producers. Liberty Wine Merchants carries 5,000 wines through five locations in Metro Vancouver,  along with its original location in Point Roberts, WA.

For additional information on Liberty Merchant Company, please visit

CLOSED! #Contest #Win $50 Dutch Pannekoek House Gift Certificate

Closed – Congrats RON!


2) Follow @dedutch, @goodlifevan

3) comment on this post as to your fav breakfast Pannekoek

Additional winning opportunities:

De Dutch Pannekoek House is currently running a Savoury vs. Sweet competition on their Facebook page at: Over the coming weeks there will be several polls of different savoury and sweet pannekoek toppings going head to head! Each vote in one of the polls is an entry to win a $500 De Dutch gift card, which will be awarded December 24th.

As well, there is a 25% off January Pass available to anyone on Facebook that enters the competition. All month long during January 2012, you can use the pass with your personalized coupon code to get a 25% discount while dining at De Dutch (only one pass may be used per dining experience).

Contest Closed Edgewater Casino #giveaway $25 Splash Bistro Dining Certificate

Contest Closed – Congrats to Katherine!


2) follow @casinoedgewater and @goodlifevan 

3) comment on post as as to your favorite casino game

Last week we took Edgewater Casino up on an offer to check out the slots and sample some of the food at Splashes Bistro.  Without a menu online, we didn’t know what would be in store, and were pleasantly surprised with a good selection of Chinese and Western foods.


My friend ordered and enjoyed his steak and onion rings and I tried the fried rice which was full of veggies, egg and fried pork. We also ordered some noodles, dim sum and sticky rice to go.  While the bistro setting is rather plain and cafeteria like, you will be able to grab some good food at great prices if you’re out for a night at the Casino.  Splash Bistro food service is also available on the casino floor at all slot machines. Simply hit the “CHANGE” button and a server will arrive to take your food order. Splash Bistro offers 24/7 food serivce and a selection of alcoholic beverages available until 3am on Friday and Saturday.

We played also played some slots and won $39, so would have left with the $139 we started with, but decided drinks were in order, so had a few at the onsite VUE Bar and Lounge.  Not a bad night at all!

Good luck with the contest!

$2.99 breakfast special from 7-10 a.m everyday.






Contest Closed! #Giveaway #win Memphis Blues BBQ Celebrates 10 years

Congrats to @t4iw4n33z  – James on the win

Slide show – Catching up with Memphis Blues BBQ House

$100 + Package includes

1 x Memphis BBQ Sauce, 1 x Memphis Carolina Mustard, 1 x Memphis All Purpose Rub, 1 x Memphis Brisket Rub, 1 x Memphis T shirt, 1 x $50 Memphis Gift card

To win complete 4 steps:

1) RT

2) follow @goodlifevan @MemphisBBQHQ on twitter

3) like



Has it been 10 delicious years already?   It was in September of 2001 that local boys George Siu opened the doors of the first Memphis Blues Barbeque House onBroadway Avenue inVancouver.  The dazzling duo has gone on to serve tens of thousands of happy customers from all across the globe, winning dozens of awards, and garnering citywide and national acclaim – all in the name of spreading the juicy gospel of succulent, slow-roasted Southern baah-bee-cue.

The passion-fueled restaurant was an innovator from the start, and continues to be to this day.  Their first taste of recognition in their home city was winning the ‘Best New Casual Restaurant’ Award from the prestigious Vancouver Magazine, the first year after they opened.  Indeed, they were the first casual self-serve restaurant in the city with a sophisticated twist to what is now a celebrated, but reasonably-priced wine list, recognized by Wine Access Magazine as being one of the ’50 Best Wine Restaurants in Canada’ three years in a row.  Memphis Blues also boasts one of the most extensive Bourbon selections in the city!  Numerous other awards followed, including nods from the Georgia Straight, the Westender, North Shore News,Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Magazine, Wine Access, En Route Magazine, and many, more.

In their 10th year of mouth-watering service, George and Park are preparing for further adventures.  After the successful issue of their best-selling cookbook, Memphis Blues Barbeque House – Bringin’ Southern BBQ Home (Whitecap Books, 2008), the pair are preparing to release a series of unique Memphis Blues Rubs and Sauces (to be available at the restaurants this Winter), and are planning a series of interesting menu additions, including a yet-to-be-named food challenge to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Vancouver in the next few months.

With its roots in Vancouver, you can now satisfy your cravings for their signature pulled pork, falling-off-the-bone ribs, hearty beef brisket, flavourful deep-fried catfish (did I also mention their amazing cornbread, baked beans, creamy homemade slaw…?) at not just one, but SIX family-owned locations across BC.  A new store is set to open in downtownVancouverbefore Christmas, and further expansion is planned forAlberta,Saskatchewan, andManitobain the coming months.  Memphis Blues has also extensively grown their catering division, and are a sought-after partner for weddings, corporate events, and more.  Now let’s eat!

As they famously said many years ago, “this is messy food folks.  Dive in and eat with your hands.”


#Giveaway – #Contest #Win Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar – CONTEST OVER


Care to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Rogue Wet Bar?  MUST DO BOTH!

1) Follow and RT

2) Comment on this post as to what item you’d order if you won the cert.

My review of Rogue below…..



Also note a great gift cert deal on now at Rogue. 










Last summer, Rogue Wet Bar moved into Waterfront station replacing Transcontinental.  Rogue offers a more casual menu; Transcontinental’s hipper, younger cousin.  The interior is spacious with two dining levels and large windows, and the patio provides views of passersby in the summer.  It’s just out of Gastown, on a main transit route, dictating the crowd is a varied one.

Owned by Eli Gershkovitch, who also owns Steamworks and the liquor store there, the original menu featured a pay what you want feature, but although the special is over, prices remain quite reasonable.

The drink list here is what first drew me in with plenty of local craft beers such as Tree Brewing, R and B, Driftwood and Central City and most wines under $10 a glass; many of them also local.  Cocktail fans could traipse through the past and present menu and enjoy anything from an old school Sidecar (remy martin vs, cointreau, fresh lemon juice) to the Cougar Juice (smirnoff red label vodka, peach schnapps, triple sec, fresh orange juice, raspberry), by the glass or pitcher, a risky choice for any female around my age.  There’s a drink special every day such as $4.50 mojito’s and $14 jugs of 1516 lager Monday and everyday $2.50 makes any highball a double.

I’d eaten there last summer for lunch and enjoyed the Baja fish tacos and a crispy chicken sandwich, and recently we returned for dinner on a cool fall night.

Rogue - Vietnamese Tacos
Rogue - Albacore Tuna Tataki

Feeling rather starved, we order some wine and got to menu decisions rather quickly.  Vietnamese tacos ($10.99) and Albacore tuna tataki ($13.49) were easily agreed upon. The “tacos” were actually pillowy soft steam buns filled with flavourful pork, and tasted authentic and fresh.  The tuna was seared with a mango miso coulis and a citrus soy marinade and was fresh and flavourful; an edamame salad made a nice textural contrast.

Rogue - Macadamia Nut Halibut
Rogue - Steak with peppercorn sauce

Onto mains, the macadamia-crusted halibut ($23.99) was a generous and tasty portion served alongside some steamed seasonal veggies and our steak was cooked medium rare as per order and was a flavourful example of what beef should taste like.  The peppercorn sauce was almost, but not quite, superfluous.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion

My dining companions have to be dessert eaters, because I usually end it a dinner, or continue on with perhaps one more drink, but the Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion ($7.49) had me begging for another bite.  This decadent layering of espresso chocolate cake, chocolate peanut butter ganache, peanut butter mousse, and peanut praline, was too tantalizing to resist.

CLOSED – Lesley Stowe Raincoast Cookie and Cookbook #giveaway #win

CONTEST CLOSED – Congrats @lradage for winning @goodlifevan Lesley Stowe prize pack!
RT,  follow AND comment on this post to enter to #win Lesley Stowe’s Cookbook along with 3 of each of here new cookies.  

Comment should be – where is your favourite place to buy Lesley Stowe products.

Earlier this fall Caterer and Chef Lesley Stowe launched her delicious, healthy cookies.  Now’s your chance to try each flavour and get a copy of the cookbook.

Canada’s Cracker Queen expands business to introduce new all-natural Raincoast Cookies

Lesley Stowe Fine Foods’ products are now available in more than 4,000 stores across Canada and the United States

Following successful expansion in the US and widespread availability in more than 4,000 stores across North America, Lesley Stowe, the creator of Raincoast Crisps, is adding a new addition to her specialty foods product family with today’s launch of Raincoast Cookies—a new line of all-natural, gourmet cookies.

Lesley Stowe Raincoast Cookies

What began as a small Vancouver catering business 25 years ago, Lesley Stowe Fine Foods has grown into a team of 60 employees with unprecedented 20 per cent year-over-year growth.

Like the signature Raincoast Crisps, the new cookies are available in a variety of flavours packed with all-natural ingredients including chicory root, flax seed and chia, and are fully manufactured and distributed from the company’s 20,000-square-foot facility in Richmond, BC.

“We built Lesley Stowe Fine Foods on the guiding principle of never compromising the quality of the ingredients or the integrity of the brand,” says Lesley Stowe, founder and CEO. “Our Raincoast Cookies stay true to that promise—they are baked in small batches with only the finest ingredients. It took us a couple years to bring them to market, but we think it was worth the wait.”

Available in three varieties—Apricot Ginger and Slivered Almond, Cranberry Hazelnut, and Chocolate Cherry Pecan to start—Raincoast Cookies are sold at fine food retailers throughout BC, including Urban Fare, and will be coming soon to Whole Foods Market. They are high in fibre and protein, and provide a healthier alternative to other snack foods on the market.

“More than ever, consumers are looking for great-tasting, well-balanced snacks to accommodate their busy lifestyles, which is why we created the Raincoast Cookie,” says Stowe. “We are very fortunate to have a strong and loyal customer base that continues to grow, and this has allowed us to expand across North America and now offer this delicious new product line.”


The Raincoast Cookie will initially be distributed in BC and then rolled out more broadly across Alberta and Ontario by the end of the 2011. More product information is available at

About Lesley Stowe

Lesley Stowe is a Parisian-trained chef who began her catering company 25 years ago in Vancouver. A culinary pioneer, Lesley helped to develop and refine the palettes of Vancouverites with her specialty fine foods store. The store’s success, combined with Lesley’s ability to predict and capitalize on food trends, resulted in the creation of Raincoast Crisps – a revolutionary snack food beyond compare. Also the author of her own cookbook, the Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Cookbook, Lesley is a regular contributor to other popular cookbooks including The Girls Who Dish series.

CONTEST CLOSED V-day Chocolate and Ice Cider #Giveaway

I couldn’t let Valentines Day slide by without giving something sweet away.  Up for grabs this time is a hatbox of assorted all natural locally made Hagensborg Truffle Pig Bars and a bottle of decadent, delicious Okanagan made Ice Cider from Raven Rigde Cidery.

To win comment on this post as to your favourite dessert is and which restaurant or bakery in British Columbia serves it and RT this post on twitter (link below) @goodlifevan.

CONTEST CLOSEDGroundhog Day #Giveaway


The weather is dreary, so I though I’d brighten up your day with a #giveaway in the hope that the groundhog will soon come out, and stay out.  Groundhog day is February 2 this year and according to the folklore if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, it will leave its home and winter will soon end.  If it is sunny, however the groundhog will retreat and winter will continue for six more weeks.  We’ll draw on Feb. 2.

What you’ll win:

Terra Breads – $20 gift card

Sonoran Estate Winery – bottle of Ehrenfelser Icewine

Gone Crackers – 3 boxes crackers including new Morrocan Spice

Libre Tea – Amazing tea glass

Chatelaine – Modern Classics Cookbook

Okanagan Ice Wine Cheese Plate – courtesy of Thompson Okanagan Tourism

Starbucks Coffee – Coffee Mug, To go Mug, and Coffee


1) RT this on twitter (@goodlifevan) 

2) On this post on comment as to your favourite British Columbian summer patio you just can’t wait to sit on

3) AND on the Goodlife Facebook Fan Page tell me what your favourite British Columbia summer destination is.

Happy Groundhog Day. Let’s hope he stays