Hallow Night Spritz Cocktail

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Gin, who doesn’t love it? Why not mix up something with a Canadian Gin in this Hallow Night Spritz cocktail from Ungava Gin!

Taking its name from the expansive unspoiled region bordering Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, Ungava Gin is made from a combination of rare arctic plants and herbs that are harvested by hand during the short summer season and then infused in the spirit.

Hallow Night Spritz         


Ungava Gin – 30 ml
Aperol – 30 ml
Simple syrup – 15 ml
Soda water – 90 ml
Cherry – 3

Yields one portion.


-Load chilled glass with ice, alcohol, syrup then soda.
-Garnish with cherry.
-Finish with long straw.

Halloween on Main Street

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If you are looking for more treats than tricks this Halloween,
The Cascade Room, The Union, El Camino’s and Charlie’s Little Italian are all featuring their Halloween promotions on Saturday, October 31 — with lots of delicios food & drink specials.

Instagramers can also win by dressing up and snapping a picture with one of the restaurants’ scary drink specials (‘shocktails’) and then posting to Instagram, tagged with the corresponding ‘shocktail’ hashtag for each restaurant (i.e #elcaminosshocktails, #unionshocktails, #charliesshocktails, etc.). The restaurants’ followers will vote on the best costume and the winner will receive a $75 gift certificate for a Cascade Company restaurant.

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GUY-FAWKES-TOBERFEST:   A Fanciful Un-Holiday for the Late Autumn blues

We love RE-Up BBQ and are saddened to hear that a member of their team is having some serious medical issues. BUT, you can help by atteding this feast and entering a meat draw with funds going to the family in need.

At the Guy-Fawkes-toberfest Re-Up will cure your Autumn blues with sausages, sauerkraut and sides, even a dessert or two! Steel and Oak Brewing Co will be providing the beers as well. Another New West business we love!

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As a child we’d host Guy Fawkes parties and throw Mr. Fawkes onto the fire. A very strange way to spend an evening, but then again he did try to blow up the parliament buildings! There won’t be a bonfire or sacrifice, but I guarantee they’ll be BBQ!

7:00pm Thursday, November 12th
at River Market in New Westminster

TICKETS: $30 pp — every last penny goes to our staff member in need (see below).
Kids 5-12 are $10 and teens 13-18 are $15. GREAT family friendly event.
includes plenty of delicious food served family style, dessert, your first beer, great company, music and a surprise or two.

MEAT DRAW: A raffle for a a giant basket of Re-Up BBQ smoked meats and bacon too. ALL money raised will go straight to the family!


What’s this all about? Re-Up BBQ invented a late fall holiday that they’ve called Guy-Fawkes-Toberfest where you can come as you are, or masquerade if you wish! There will be sausages, sauerkraut and sides, even a dessert or two! Steel and Oak Brewing Co will be providing the beers. All of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause.

From Re-Up BBQ:

Last week, one of our staff and a New West local came to us (after about 9 months of medical issues and severe difficulty working) to break the news that he has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He and his wife are both students and they are raising a beautiful toddler girl. Given that he hasn’t been able to work much as the disease is in an active phase, and his wife is supporting him while trying to raise a kid and finish her masters in social work, the family is challenged with finances.

Upon hearing this news, we are pledging to donate 100% of ticket sales and meat draw money directly to the family to furnish them with 2-3 months of rent and bill payments. We hope this will allow them to concentrate on building new habits, eating right and taking a moment to breathe. They are a smart and resourceful family who have been hit by a bump in the road. Let’s all rally together and make sure they can rise to the challenge that greets them instead of getting buried in bills they can’t handle at this time.


Halloween Salad

Spooky Avocado Recipes

While we are not fully in Halloween Mode (apart from a plastic bat on the fireplace and the finding of Michael’s devil horns) I am still thinking I may at least whip up a few things tomorrow in honour of the occassion. I may even dig out my witch costume if I get motivated.

Since we are due for an Avocados From Mexico fix and have a few of these fruits hitting the sweet, ripe spot, I am thinking some Halloween-themed avocado treats.

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Found at Cooking Canuck Devilish Avocado Eggs. I’ve been meaning to make these for a while now and since I have a half a red pepper in need of use, this devlish version will work.Halloween Guacamole

Found at You Wash I’ll Dry Halloween Guac fully styled!

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And while not exactly spooky, these tacos look oh so tasty and they’ve got the holiday-themed colours down, so why not? Thanks Camille Styles for these pumpkin tacos.

Halloween Salad

Finally from Healthy Cafe a Salad with Avocado, pumkin, beets and feta!

Do you have any favourite Halloween recipes that include our friends the avocados? We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Taste of Yaletown

There’s still three more nights to enjoy Taste of Yaletown!

We’ve checked out a few spots and there’s still time for you to do so!

Featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings abound! Either $25, $35, or $45.

A portion of profits from each meal served during Taste of Yaletown is donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began, Taste of Yaletown has raised over $100,000.

Provence Marinaside – $45bouillaibaisse wild mushroom ravioli w prawns

West Oak – $35
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Romers Burger – $25romers

West Coast Seafood Poutine

#Modifry with McCain #SuperFries

McCain Fries Deserve More Than Just Ketchup

While we love a good french fry dipped in ketchup, or even  better with a little aioli, we decided to kick it up a notch and go for a slightly more posh topping for a recent dinner party!

We featured Ocean Wise seafood in this “Seafood Poutine” and even kept our choices very local. Our McCain #SuperFries Crinkle Cut fries got a decadent topping of “gravy” made with sour cream and tuffled goat chesse, then some Dungeness crab, smoked salmon, caviar, capers and parsely.

McCain fries are made with Canadian potatoes, canola oil and sea salt, and cook up crispy in about 20 minutes in a 425 degree oven.

We served them up in a little Chinese take out type of container, and they were devoured in mere minutes. We’d prefer that Canada was known for this type of true Canadian poutine!

West Coast Seafood Poutine

West Coast Canadian Seafood Poutine

1 package Crinkle Cut Extra Crispy McCain #SuperFries
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Salt Spring Truffled Goat Cheese
100 g crab legs
100 g smoked salmon
1/8 cup caviar – we love sturgeon caviar (Divine Caviar from the Sunshine Coast)
1/8 cup capers
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

Bake the fries according to package instructions. Mix sour cream and goat cheese together. Cut up salmon and crab into small pieces. Divide fries into 6 portions into small containers such as the Chinese take out we used or large ramikens, top with sour cream and goat cheese mix (saving a few tbsp for final plating), then sprinkle salmon, crab, and another dollop of the sour cream mix ontop and then top with caviar. Sprinkle capers and parsley around the caviar (keeping the caviar solo). ENJOY!

Check out other Modifry™ recipes: 

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by McCain Foods Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCain Foods Canada.

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Fitness Fridays – The Dailey Method and Ice Breaker – GLV Spruces Up

Continuing GLV Spruces Up with The Dailey Method Studio

Well it’s been a week since I started Dailey Method Barre and Cycle Classes and I’ve now been five times and have the stickers to prove it! (I’m also in the photo above, but WAY, WAY in the back – I swear).

Keeping accountable is the way to go, as I’ve signed up for their 30 and 60 day contest to hit three classes a week! The prize is a $1000 Nordstrom GC, and YOU could still do the 30 day competition until the Dec. 11 start date. ALSO – Don’t forget the amazing giveaway I’ve got going for a 3 month pass to The Dailey Method AND a 1 month pass for a friend = one great prize worth over $900 dollars! ENTER HERE.

I did two Barre and three dailey method (cycle spin and floor work) classes and can’t say I loved every minute of them, because there were some damn difficult times out there, but I was always glad I’d done the class and am feeling way better physically and mood-wise.

I’ve discovered a few things. 1) Even a couple drinks the night before make it HARDER (duh) 2) If my belly gets any bigger I won’t be able to squeeze between the bikes to get to mine, so either I have to arrive early to get the outside bike or keep this fitness thing going 3) I can actually do some ab work and not completely die 4) 40 mins on the cylce sometimes feels like a lifetime 5) Nicer workout clothes make me stronger (I swear!) and 6) I can always keep going, but I sometimes have to go at my own pace and rest a LITTLE!

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This week I’ve found I perform far better in a nice breathable top (see item 5) ) and I’ve managed to wash and dry my favourite once (laundry not being my forte) so I’ve had two good days in this crazy good purple one from Ice Breaker.  They’ve got it in XL which is where I am at right now. Some of the other workout clothes I admire don’t quite fit….YET!

So my next class is Sunday (October 25) at 10:00 a.m. in Kitsilano on 4th just west of Burrard and there’s still some spots left as of now. I tell ya if I can do this, YOU CAN. Friends please come sweat with me, I promise there’s a towel in it for ya and a coffee after.

AND enter the giveaway for a chance of 3 months of your own.

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TEDxVancouver 2015

TEDxVancouver 2015 is coming! Saturday, November 14, 2015

Link to purchase tickets: http://tedxvancouver.com/countdown/

9:00AM-5:30pm at the theatre at Rogers Arena  800 Griffiths Way Vancouver Tickets: $99.00

TEDxVancouver returns for its seventh edition and will be the largest TEDx event in the city’s history! This year’s theme is ID – a unique focus on the conceptions and realities of individual identification. Who are we? Who am I? Who will I be? This year’s speakers will help answer these questions and share in the discovery of individual identification. Speakers include John Herdman, Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Soccer team, and Dr. Garth Webb, the inventor of the revolutionary Ocumetrics Bionic Lens.

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October 21 – Restaurants for Change

It’s TODAY! Dine at JamJar, Burdock & Co and My Shanti and support healthy food and food security. Restaurants for Change supporting food security!

Restaurants for Change is an annual fundraising event that brings together some of Canada’s best restaurants to create change in our food system.  On October 21, 50+ of Canada’s best restaurants will donate proceeds from their dinner service to support healthy food access and empowering food programs in low-income communities across Canada, and push for a fairer and healthier food system. 

Join in and show your support by making a reservation at a participating restaurant in your city. See you on October 21!

Canadian Beef

Canadian Beef #GIVEAWAY with Hopcott Farms

Canadian Beef #GIVEAWAY with Hopcott Farms for a $100 GC to the storefront!

Thanks to all for the votes! I had thrown my hat in the ring Canadian Beef Ambassador, but didn’t read the rules properly (girl has to slow it down!), so have had to withdraw for now, although I’ll still be rooting for keeping it local and Canadian Beef.

I am still rewarding all my readers and voters with a giveaway! I have joined forces with one of my favourite CANADIAN BEEF producers, Hopcott Farms, to give readers a $100 Gift Certificate to their butchery and storefront in Pitt Meadows.

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Hopcott Farms

Hopcott Premium Meats sources meat and produce from local farmers, and is home to a butchery that crafts amazing sausages, premium meat cuts and a vast variety of well price and top quality meat. They partner with three BC beef farmers to bring the best of Canadian Beef to you!


Please shop local and BUY CANADIAN BEEF and please keep your eye out for some more work with Canadian Beef Farmers and I! Good luck to all the remaining ambassador competitors!

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