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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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BC Strawberries #Contest


BC Strawberries U-Picking Right at The Farm

Is there anything better than fresh strawberries? Well there’s a few things that come close, like fresh strawberry waffles, strawberry cake, strawberry sauce for pork chops and strawberry jam! But the whole process of picking your own strawberries out at the farm is really where it’s at.

Strawberries came early this year and we had to act quickly to ensure we got our share. There’s still lots out there, but they won’t last for long! There’s always the later crop too should you miss out on the first one. Sometimes the everbearing even go until October.

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The BC Strawberry Growers Association has 13 participating in their get fresh campaign this year, and they’ve got a great contest where you can win some very cool prizes.

1. Take a photo with BC strawberries! (on the farms, in a restaurant, at home)
2. Post your photo to your favourite social network using #bcstrawberries
3. Verify your social media entry here.

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This past weekend we headed out to the farm to pick some strawberries of our own and I’ve been creating a few items with our loot! Gotta love this Honda Civic Coupe, we even passed the very same one on the road and waved! Thanks for the sweet ride Honda Canada!

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After fueling up on strawberry waffles and sampling some strawberry wine, we headed out into the fields.

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My pals Mary Sheridan from Van Bits and Bites, and my pal Tess , joined me! Amazing ladies that made for a super fun super fun day as we also visited several wineries in the area, a cidery and a cookshop for some cooking supplies. More on the whole experience in another post.

Strawberry Sauce for BBQ Pork Chops

1 cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced;
1/4 of a large red onion
1/8 cup of olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 pork chops

Brine Pork in a mixture of 1/3 cup salt to 3 cups water for an hour or so.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium-high heat, and cook the garlic and onions for 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so.
Add the balsamic vinegar and ½ cup of the sliced strawberries, and bring to a boil. Puree in blender.
Marinate the pork in half the sauce for 3 hours.
Preheat BBQ and BBQ pork chops until just done. So easy to overcook so be careful. I’m not giving specific times as all BBQ’s and pork chop sizes will vary.

Reheat the remainder of the sauce and add the other 1/2 cup of strawberries and serve over pork.

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Another use for strawberries? Cupcakes. We spotted these at Well Seasoned. 

#Giveaway $100 MEC GC Entry for Easter Seals Camp Challenge and Waterfront Adventure

A Camp For Adults Raising Funds for Easter Seals

Adventure. Fun. Memories. The Easter Seals Camp Challenge, British Columbia’s only charity sports camp for adults, is back for its second year on Saturday, June 11 at 10AM to Sunday, June 12, 10AM at Camp Squamish. And we are giving away:

  • $100 MEC gift card
  • 2 tickets for a Sea Vancouver waterfront sightseeing adventure
  • Fundraising minimum ($100/person) waived for a team of up to 4 people

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Teams earn points for participating in a series of challenges and compete for the title of Camp Challenge Champions, then take part in afternoon lawn games, volleyball, tie dye, swimming, a campfire, and an optional camp-out. It’s the perfect kick-off to summer – and a seriously memorable way to help send over 800 kids and young adults with disabilities to a week-long camping experience at one of three Easter Seals accessible camps. To register, donate or learn more about the Easter Seals Camp Challenge, visit, and @CampChallengeBC. #CampChallengeBC

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June 11, 2016, 10AM – June 12, 2016, 10AM
PRICE: No registration fee
VENUE: Camp Squamish
41015 Government Road, Squamish, BC

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For more information on the event and details on how to register, please visit or email

Arnold Bread Giveaway – Enter to #Win Bread, A Toaster and Gift Certs!

We partnered with Arnold for an Arnold Bread Giveaway, with Gift Certs and a Toaster too!

Premium bread company named Arnold is available in four delicious varieties that include tasty ingredients like hazelnuts, potatoes and oats, each loaf is baked with love – so no artificial colours or flavours. Enter through Rafflecopter below for the Arnold Bread Giveaway!

One of the simplest ways to enjoy this premium bread? Toast! Artisanal toast, a trend that started in San Francisco has made its way across the border and is popping up on menus everywhere. Prepared with a multitude of savory delicacies, sweet spreads and unexpected ingredients, toast has become the coolest thing since sliced bread.

Arnold Bread Giveaway

We are giving away a $100+ prize pack!

  • A $50 grocery gift card
  • No Small Potato’s Arnold Bread  Loaf
  • When It Grains, It Pours Arnold Bread  Loaf
  • Tailor made recipes from two prominent Vancouver chefs – Chef Trevor Bird and Josh Gale – for a little inspiration
  • Arnold coupons for their family and friends

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For an amazing turkey club sandwich recipe head over to our friends site, The Food Gays! Recipe here. Photo by Food Gays too!

#Giveaway $200+ Coffee Grinder – Salt Spring Coffee Turning Twenty #ssc20years

Celebrate Salt Spring Coffee Turning Twenty and Win a $200+ package of Coffee, Mugs and a Premium Coffee Grinder

We’ve been visiting Salt Spring Island for over twenty years and still remember when the Island’s coffee company roasted their beans with a modified popcorn popper from their home. Salt Spring Coffee was founded April 25, 1996 by Mickey and Robbyn Scott, and now supplies 1,200 cafes, restaurants, grocers, and independent food stores with its premium single origin, small lot and coffee blends.

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Salt Spring Coffee is still an organic macro roasting company, but is now based in Richmond, BC. Owner Mickey McLeod is committed to being fair to farmer and to environmental sustainability and travels the world to meet with farmers to ensure these standards are upheld.

In addition to organic whole bean coffee, the company has a Cold Brew alternative. It will introduce two new Cold Brew coffee flavours this year to  select grocery stores in B.C including all Choices Markets and Donald’s Markets. Cold Brew is the result of Salt Spring Coffee steeped in water at room temperature for 15 hours, and then bottled using a double filtration process to provide a smooth, clean result – best served cold. Starting this fall, consumers will be able to purchase Salt Spring Coffee in more grocery stores, restaurants and cafes across Canada.

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To celebrate their 20 year anniversary we’ve partnered with this awesome coffee company to give you the most premium of coffee grinders along with mugs and coffee to ensure you’re having the best cup of in your home.

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Win $1,000 Visa Gift Card with Vancity Credit Union

Vancity Credit Union is working on their new advertising campaign and you could be a part of it!

Last month we worked on the #VancouverIStay campaign, asking what people love about Vancouver and why they stay in this city, despite the challenges. Now Vancity Credit Union also wants you to tell them (and us) what it’s really like to live here.

As a local credit union, they want to listen to what local people are saying and help find solutions. Create a 30 second video answering any number of questions that they have. Think of it as your own personal diary cam. It doesn’t have to be super slick or polished, just honest and real.

Vancity will feature some of the video clips in their new advertising campaign, where they’ll show and share what it’s really like for people faced with the challenges of living in the Lower Mainland day in and day out, and what solutions people may have found. 

Make sure you tell us why you’re not giving up by completing this sentence: “I’m not giving up because….”

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By submitting your video you will also be entered in a weekly draw to win a $1,000 Visa* Gift Card.

Here are the thought starters:

Go through the topics and speak to the ones that matter most to you; snap some video at home or while you’re out and about facing these issues – it’s up to you!

Housing affordability:

  • What do you think about the real estate market here in Vancouver?
  • What bothers you the most about what people are saying about it?
  • What challenges do you face when it comes to home ownership or renting?
  • What impact does the housing market have on your lifestyle? Or how does it affect your personal finances or financial stability?

Environmental sustainability:

  • Is there anything we can do that will actually make a difference to the environment? What efforts do you make to lessen your impact on the environment?
  • Do you think it makes a difference?

Social inclusion:

  • How inclusive are we really around gender, sexual orientation, race, beliefs, etc.? Why do you feel that way?


  • What do you love about living here? If things are so bad, what keeps you here?
  • What is missing in your community to make it more affordable, environmentally friendly, or inclusive?
  • Have you found any creative ways to make living here more affordable for yourself? 

Is there hope? Make sure you tell us why you’re not giving up by completing this sentence:

  • “I’m not giving up because….”

How to submit.

Post it to your Twitter account and tagging the video with the hashtag #DontGiveUp and Vancity’s Twitter account @vancity. If sharing your video via Twitter, you must be a follower of Vancity on Twitter.

Or post it to your Instagram account and tagging the video with the hashtag #DontGiveUp and Vancity’s Instagram account @vancitycu

Or visit and upload the video there with the hashtag #DontGiveUp

Thank you for taking the time to do this, we look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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*Vancity approached us after they heard of #VancouverIstay for assistance in promoting this program. #sponsored

CONTEST CLOSED Fraser Valley Food Show #Giveaway Brunch For 4!

The Fraser Valley Food Show April 1-3 – Brunch and More Up For Grabs

Congrats Colleen T.!

This weekend we’ll be attending the Fraser Valley Food Show at the Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC Website

A celebration of the abundance of local foods produced in the Fraser Valley and beyond – sampled and sold by over 125 merchant all under one roof with celebrity cooking presentations, edible garden demonstrations, artisan outdoor living market, gluten-free cooking presentations, sausage competition, wine. beer, spirits tasting and food pairing seminars, cheese tasting seminars, local restaurant showcase and butchering technique demonstrations. Click here for a lists of the vendors.

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On behalf of Passion For Pork and the Fraser Valley Food Show we are giving away:

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  1. Brunch for four on Saturday morning  with Chef Nicole Mackie who will be demonstrating the recipe on the main stage at 10:30 April 2 and you will be served the dishes following! Rumour has it there’s baked eggs, smoked salmon and fennel salad and a bruleed grapefruit on the menu.
  2. 4 beer branded glasses
  3. 4 Fraser Valley Food Show tickets
  4. 40 taste tokens
  5. Parking Pass
  6.  Saturday morning Peoples Choice Sausage Tasting – front of the line access!

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#Giveaway $100 #GiftCerts for BIG SMOKE BURGER

Big Smoke Burger Opens in Burnaby

On February 15th, Big Smoke Burger, the gourmet burger franchise will open Burnaby location at Simon Fraser University and we have 2 $50 gift cards to giveaway!

Located Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus (8901 University High Street, Cornerstone Mews) they will also be celebrating the grand opening, Big Smoke Burger will be giving away vouchers to guests for a free 4oz burgerthroughout opening day. Vouchers will be valid from February 15th to March 16th.

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The SFU menu features customer favourites like the Lamb Burger fresh lamb, cilantro-feta spread, lettuce and tomato), grilled-to-order AAA Canadian beef burgers along with some welcome additions. Menu items exclusive to the SFU location include the Good Morning Breakfast Sandwich (free-range local eggs, smoked Canadian cheddar, AAA locally sourced beef) and the Wake n’ Bacon Breakfast Sandwich (fried egg, bacon, smoked Canadian cheddar on an English muffin). Big Smoke Burger’s second location will also offer a weekly selection ofCartems Donuts, $4 pints of local craft beer and freshly brewed coffee on demand.

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Big Smoke Burger is recognized for using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. The lamb, chicken and organic beef used in their popular burgers are sourced from Two Rivers Specialty Meats in BC and all Canadian AAA beef is also purchased locally. Big Smoke Burger’s sides and sauces are all made in-house, including hand-cut French fries made from Canadian potatoes and beef and lamb patties hand-pressed daily.

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Big Smoke Burger invites locals to stop by Burnaby’s next go-to burger destination on Monday, February 15th to pick up a voucher for a free 4-oz burger valid at their next visit.

About Big Smoke Burger: 

Founded in 2007, Big Smoke Burger is a gourmet burger concept founded in Toronto, Canada by Mustafa Yusuf. Serving handcrafted burgers and hand-cut fries made in-house daily, Big Smoke Burger’s commitment to burgers is based on going back to basics, and sourcing the freshest ingredients to deliver the best possible product. Burgers are made fresh every day from ground chuck, grilled to perfection, and topped with signature sauces and toppings – all to create a unique burger experience. Big Smoke Burger has grown to include franchise opportunities and has locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Denver, New York City and the Middle East.

Big Smoke Burger Burnaby is located at 8901 University High Street, Cornerstone Mews and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 778-379-0091 for more information.

Twitter:         @bigsmokesfu
Facebook:    Big Smoke Burger
Instagram:   @bigsmokesfu
Hashtag:      #BigSmokeBurger 

CONTEST CLOSED Dailey Method #Fitness $900 worth! 3 mos + 1 mos PASS #Giveaway


Well I’ve wrapped up another challenge as of Monday (Subway #committofit) and so I’ve been looking for something else to keep me moving in the right direction! We’ve teamed up with Dailey Method Studios where I’ll be working out at for the next few months and I’ll will be chatting about the studio and my progress here once a month so I am held to account! The great news for you is that Dailey Method Studios are providing one of Good Life Vancouver’s readers with a very cool prize to start the new year off right!image1

This giveaway will be a three-month unlimited pass to both studios in Kitsilano and Dunbar (value: $675), and as a sweetener, they’ve have added an extra one-month pass ($225) for a friend of the winner. We all know the buddy system encourages people to stick to their exercise programs so you’ll get to bring a friend for at least the first one! We will draw Dec. 15 so you can get planning for the new year. 

The studio is also doing a 30-day and 60-day Challenge with a prize of a $1000 gift certificate to Vancouver’s new Nordstrom’s. Participants qualify if they come 3 x a week for 30 days, so they have until Nov 11 to sign up and participate for the grand prize.

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More about Dailey Cycle – Dailey Cycle raises the barre among health-conscious Vancouverites 

The Dailey Method’s Kitsilano studio has proven to be a hit with Vancouverites who love both the barre-based stretching and core-conditioning workout and the new Dailey Cycle, a hybrid class of cycling plus the studio’s signature workout.

Demand hasjey and karen wyder 2015 been so strong since the second studio opened in April that Dailey Method Vancouver owners Jey and Karen Wyder (pictured above)  have added more of its high-end Schwinn bicycles. There are seven more, bringing the total to 18. There are more classes and teachers, too.

The class has you spend 40 minutes on the bicycle, then 20 minutes doing upper-body toning, core conditioning and stretching that the Dailey Method is known for. With its focus on alignment and form, this class delivers a balanced, full-body workout.

For information or to try out a class, visit:

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway Total Anti-Aging Gift Set ($275)

Congrats Maria B! If you’re a beauty maven, then you know the holidays are one of the best times of the year – because it means beautifully packaged gift sets featuring the latest must-haves. Whether buying for yourself or others, gift sets are a great way to try new products or purchase your favorites. AND we’ve got a #Giveaway of a Total Anti-Aging Gift Set ($275) to get you or a friend ready for 2016!

Nerium International introduces two limited-edition holiday gift sets featuring their innovative skincare products that contain SIG-1273® – a powerful, patented new anti-inflammatory molecule. SIG-1273 was created over 20 years of research at Princeton University. It’s a huge development in skincare because it’s actually able to mimic the skin’s own natural age-fighting mechanism. With daily use the result is a radiantly gorgeous complexion.

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  • 24-Hour Skincare Gift Set ($165) – Includes the Age-Defying Night Cream, Optimera ™ Formula and Age-Defying Day Cream, Optimera ™ Formula, both clinically proven to reduce many signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture and sagging skin.
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  • Total Anti-Aging Gift Set ($275) – Flawless skin from head-to-toe with the Age-Defying Night and Day Creams, Optimera ™ Formula plus the BRAND NEW Firming Body Contour Cream, Optimera ™ Formula, which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling for a taut and sleek physique.

We are doing a giveaway for 2 lucky winners!

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