Mission – Hand Crafted Spirits TSN1410 with Joe Leary

Hand Crafted Spirits Radio Show Checks Out Barteneder Marc Smolenski at Mission in Kitsilano

We’re doing some radio again thanks to Joe Leary and TSN1410 on a new show called Hand Crafted Spirits. My segment will involve checking in with a local craft-spirit using bartender along with Joe to find out what’s been shaken and poured in our favourite spots.

Hand Crafted Spirits

The first week we visited Marc Smolenski at Mission Restaurant in Kitsilano, a spot Michael and I recently headed to for date night. Smolenski’s cocktails were so great that night, we had him choose a few more seasonal drinks for this segment and he whipped up a blueberry-based and raspberry-based drinks made with Sid’s Vodka. Such well-balanced drinks with just the right amount of boozy-ness to fruit. I preferred the Blueberry and Joe the Raspberry-version; that worked out well!

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Here is the audio of the show below.

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15ml / .5oz Blueberry Puree (Fresh Richmond BC Blueberries Blended and strained through a sieve)
15ml / .5oz Appletons White Jamaican Rum
15ml / .5oz Aperol
5ml / 1tsp Elderflower infused SIDS Vodka
15ml / .5oz fresh pressed citrus
.5g citric acid
15ml / .5oz 2:1 / 2oz simple syrup

Shake and double strain into a coupe glass.
Top with 60ml Cava or other sparkling wine
Garnish with fresh blueberry and sorrel on a cocktail pick

Everyday Sunshine #3 

15ml / .5oz Raspberry Puree (Fresh BC Raspberries Blended and strained through a sieve)
15ml / .5oz SIDS Vodka
15ml / .5oz Aperol
5ml / 1tsp Giffard Creme de Peche Liqueur
15ml / .5oz fresh pressed citrus
.5g citric acid
15ml / .5oz 2:1 / 2oz simple syrup

Shake and double strain into a coupe glass.
Top with 60ml Cava or other sparkling wine
Garnish with fresh raspberry on a cocktail pick

Food Day Canada July 30 AND Twitter Party July 26

Food Day Canada is a chance for all Canadians to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks

Guess what GLV readers? I am the Food Day Canada Ambassador for Vancouver and am helping with a twitter party – on  July  26th from  5:30  p.m.  to  6:30  p.m.  PDT,  join  the  FoodDayCanada Twitter  Party  at TIMBER on 1300 Robson Street. Join us for drink specials and Canadian food specials and tell  us what  Canadian–grown  foods  you  love.   Follow  @FoodDayCanada  and @goodlifevan using  the  official  Hashtags  #FoodDayCanada  #CanadaISfood.   I’ll be tweeting from @VanFoodTour @GoodLifeVan and @PassionForPork to help celebrate Canadian Food! Food Day Canada will be asking questions and when  you answer you’ll be entered to win some amazing prizes such as a Kitchen Aid Mixer! Pictures below are from Locals in The Comox Valley, one of the Food Day Canada Participants.

Examples are:

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Q3 Using  the #FDC149 list, what’s the most Canadian dish that you could possibly cook/bake/ serve to show that #CanadaISfood?  #ShopLikeACdn #FoodDayCanada

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Q6 Our dairy farmers work hard to earn their Blue Cow logo.  What are YOUR fave Blue Cow (100% Canadian milk) products/brands? #CanadaISfood #FDC149 #ShopLikeACdn #FoodDayCanada

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Q8  Caring for our lakes, rivers, oceans = sustainable fishing.  What fish/shellfish will grace your #FoodDayCanada table? #CanadaISfood  #FDC149 #ShopLikeACdn

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Q10 It’s not  #FoodDayCanada without … (fill in the blank) #CanadaISfood  #FDC149 #ShopLikeACdn #FoodDayCanada

Food Day Canada will be celebrated on July 30, 2016. This special day is a chance for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks.

Restaurants in Vancouver include Burdock, Campagnolo, Bishops, The Fish Counter, West, L’Abattoir, Forage, Royal Dinette Timber, Cafe Median, Juniper, Boulevard and more.

And this year, in celebration of Canada’s 149th Year, Food Day Canada is launching Shop Like a Canadian”: a free online grocery list with 149 ingredients that we produce in Canada.

Well-known foods like flour (of all sorts) and tons of dairy products made the list, but there are also dozens of local contributions such as Montreal-made couscous, Taber-refined sugar, and cider vinegar produced in the owners’ orchards. There’s also VQA wine and craft beers from coast to coast and award-winning cheeses from small fromageries all across Canada, according to a Food Day Canada press release.

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Food Day Canada has partnered with more than 250 Canadian restaurants. “Our Food Day Canada chefs understand that local ingredients are fundamental to our dynamic food culture. They are Canada’s real brand advocates. On Saturday, July 30, they will be creating their own hyper-local menus, with ingredients often so specific to their region that they cannot be replicated even a few dozen miles away,” says Stewart.

And on July 30, Food Day Canada is also inviting everyone to share their food stories on social media. Food Day Canada has created a special page on its website, FoodDayCanada.ca, and Canadians are encouraged to share their food images on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FoodDayCanada or #CanadaISfood and it will appear on the FDC website.

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Food Day Canada partners include the University of Guelph, Pulse Canada, All-Clad Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, KitchenAid Canada, Taste and Travel Magazine, and, the chef community of Canada.

What’s Good This Week

What’s Good This Week in and Around Vancouver

We are well into July, which means into the second half of the year! Time is flying by this summer. Last week’s Deighton Cup was a grand success and this week we are heading to a White Caps Game, Vancouver Theatresports newest show, Firecracker, checking out the newest hot spot in town, Fable on Broadway, and starting a new radio segment on spirits with Joe Leary and TSN1410 with the first recording at Mission with bartender Marc Smolenski. What else is up you ask?

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Firecracker! July 21 and 28

Get ready for some fun folks. First up this week in an improv with Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 and then me, Cassandra Anderton on July 28th! YIKES! TICKETS You can also WIN tickets here.

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 with an all-female cast, resulting in stories told from a uniquely female perspective. The ensuing comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious.

Through the medium of improv comedy, Firecracker! will explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver with audience suggestions inspiring the improvisers’ wicked wit. The inaugural 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 performances.

  • July 21: Rebecca BollwittMiss 604, Blogger/Social Media Maven,
  • July 28: Cassandra AndertonGood Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator

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Samsung #galaxylife Installment at Waterfront Centre – July 19/20

Experience the #GALAXYLIFE through an interactive setting.  #GALAXYLIFE, a 60 x 60 installation at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, brings the latest tech and innovation from Samsung Canada to life in a fully immersive setting that showcases how these products integrate into any lifestyle. Where: Waterfront Station, 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver

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Tasting Plates Fraserhood – July 20

Journey through the Fraserhood neighbourhood sampling Vancouver Foodster’s restaurant picks, tasting and sipping along the way.

Some of the Participating Restaurants:Straight outta Brooklyn, Nammos Estiatorion, Commodity Juicery, CHomp Vegan Eatery, Fairy Cakes, The Main Street Honey Shoppe Tickets $55 per person after July 17, 2016.

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Herbs For Stressful Times – July 19

De-stress naturally a Homestead Junction in East Van! Stress, especially over the long-term, has widespread impacts on the body, mind and spirit. There are many herbs that can help balance the body’s stress response and ease symptoms like tension, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue. From a holistic radical herbalist perspective, this workshop will explore how stress can affect body systems, and how herbs and lifestyle changes can help shift us towards body repair and emotional healing.

Participants will leave with a custom herbal tea they will blend themselves. Tickets 

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 www.tickets.vtsl.com For more information on Firecracker!, updates on special guests, or other VTSL productions, check the VTSL website

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

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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BC Place Menu Update

BC Place and BC Lions Announce Enhanced Food and Beverage Concepts for 2016

Truth be told I’ve not been to many football games, but I was game when I was invited down to sample some new menu items from Chef William Tse and his team and check out the new craft beers now available.

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The impressive “Beast of Fire” kitchen featuring a rotating selection of butchery-style roasts that are carved-to-order. We sampled prime rib. I also learned that someone had made off with a prime rib, the whole roast, at one of last year’s games. I just sampled a bite, but was tempted to grab and go!

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Fans can also enjoy a super-huge “Big Event” Triple-Patty Burger that includes 6 strips of Applewood-smoked bacon (I didn’t get through much of this!), Fish Tacos (my favourite), a Foot Long Hotdog, Foot Long sausage with house made chili, and Sriracha Chicken Poutine and more.

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Around the stadium you’ll find the Thirsty Pigeon premium beer stands which now have a wider range of beers including more than 30 beers and ciders from British Columbia and around the world.

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For the 2016 Lions season, BC Place is introducing “Warm Up Specials”, allowing fans to enjoy discount prices on snacks and drinks up to 30 minutes prior to kick-off. Fans who arrive early can enjoy rotating specials such as 2-for-1 hot dogs, 50% off select Beast on Fire snacks and $6 select beers.
Check out these new offerings at BC Lions home games, as well as all other upcoming BC Place events including the Whitecaps FC season and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

or more information about BC Place, follow on Twitter @BCPlace and visit the website at www.bcplace.com

For more information about the BC Lions, follow on Twitter @BCLions and visit the website at www.bclions.com

About BC Place
BC Place Stadium is the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in the province of British Columbia. An architectural signature for the province, BC Place hosts sports, exhibition and entertainment on a year-round calendar of live events. BC Place is proud to be home to the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Sprucing Up At The Glamoury

Looking For A One Stop Shop For Make Up and Hair? The Glamoury Delivers On Glam!

Over the years I have got a bit better at make up application and hair doing, but it’s not really my forte. I really do need serious help in this department and was super excited to discover a new one stop shop for hair and make-up right in Yaletown, The Glamoury.

The Glamoury

The Glamoury

The room is gorgeous, lavish decorated NS designed by Ste Marie (Homer Street Cafe, Meat and Bread, Savio Volpe). Creative design firm Glasfurd & Walker (Meat and Bread, Wilfred, Boboli) led all creative direction for The Glamoury with both firms collaborating to create a space which blends art deco with a contemporary aesthetic.

The Glamoury

The ladies at the Glamoury can produce a plethora of looks for you, whether you want to go with a look that’s all “Bardot” all about the smoky with the “Smoke Show” or are “All About the Lips”. The are many looks to choose from and of course the stylists will then personalize for you.

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VOILA! GLAM!

Once you’ve slipped into your satin robe you fill out an experience card allowing you to tailor the experience. Are you in the mode for peace and quiet, or do you want to chat? They review look options and the team magically transports you to a more Glamorous time.

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The owner, AJ Woodworth,  has assembled a knock-out team from from Vancouver’s top beauty talent who have worked with brands including Charlotte Tilbury and NARS. She also created a house line of Glamoury makeup that is made in Canada, and The Glamoury’s makeup kits are a mix of industry picks such as MAC, Makeup Forever, Anastasia, and NARS.

Signature offerings at The Glamoury include a full 45-minute makeup application and specialty blow out. Also available are a range of touch up services for both hair and makeup.

The Glamoury is open from 7 a.m. until late and on weekends from 10 a.m. until late.

Brunch at Wildtale

Where to Brunch in Vancouver? We suggest Brunch at Wildtale

I’d love to go for brunch every weekend, but unfortunately I seem to be stuck in front of my computer far too often eating leftovers or toast with peanut butter and pickles; an odd combo but a good one. Once in a while I do get to go out for a treat, and I must say this day was pretty cool, as I got my hair done and I had an amaze meal.

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First up, thanks to Blo for my blow-out. I went for the Victory Rolls again. I love my hair when it’s straight and not the usual crazy curls.

Then off to Wildtale to meet up with some pals for a media brunch. Wildtale opened last spring and is owned by John Crook and Erik Heck, restaurants veterans and owners of Flying Pig. (Brunch is great here too, check out my post here). The restaurant is heavy on the seafood with a bit of a southern touch.

You might go for a Caesar, but I opted to sample a Fresh Start, a smoothie made from green apple, fennel, honeydew, kale and lime. Can’t have booze all day every day. Believe me, it’s not good.

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As the official pork ambassador for BC and Alberta Pork,  I of course had to sample the Maple Glazed Bacon with rosemary and thyme syrup.

Wildtale Brunch

Wildtale Brunch

I chose a Chopped Salad as well as the Oyster Po’ Boy, since we were sharing so I didn’t have to take on the whole dishes myself. The salad was a tasty combo of veggies, cheese and shrimp, and the Po’ Boy was plush with those crispy deep fired oysters I love, with plenty of tartar sauce and a ton of wonderful fries.

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I also had to have the baked oysters, and was super pleased I made that choice. Never enough oysters, I say.

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Others ordered up Crab Benny, Fried Beefsteak Tomatoes with basil aioli, chicken and waffles and a smoked salmon benny on a perfect pan-fried potato rosti and there was a definitely generally consensus that the kitchen was on its brunch game.

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Some wacko also thought we should have dessert, but I thought I’d burst if I had anything more. I remember when I was scolded by an editor when I went to a restaurant to review it, and didn’t sample the desserts, but this is my site now, so I can do whatever I want. Right? :o) In any case you can see they have some wonderful items on the sweets side, and I do remember having an amazing banana cream pie here last spring; click for that write up is here. 

Wildtale
1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9
(604) 428-9211
Weekdays: 11 am – Midnight
Saturday: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday: 10am – 11pm
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm and 9-Midnight every day at the bar and in the lounge

*Brunch was on Wildtale
**Featured Image by James Chung of Hellovancity – thanks for this!

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.

Good Life Vancouver is all about the good life in and around Vancouver and often far beyond!