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Vancouver Foodster presents the Big Melt Challenge

Six restaurants and delis are showcasing Big Melts for Vancouver Foodster’s Challenge from North Vancouver to Burnaby.

Pictured above the Grande Melt from Cioffi’s Burnaby - so worth the drive!

Some entries include:

Jacksons Meats & Deli The Top Dawg $9.25
Description: Toasted Ciabatta Bun with Aged White Cheddar, Nathan’s NY Hot Dog, Jackson’s House Made Chorizo Chili and Jackson’s House Made Aged Provolone Cheese Sauce
2214 West 4th Avenue

Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery Monsieur Fondu $9.50
A version Croque Monsieur. Local caramelized onions deglazed with Riesling, See You Later Ranch – Okanagan Valley (Estates Wine Shop). Garlic confit with local rosemary and thyme. Praha ham (Oyama Sausage Co.) with a mornay sauce featuring Gruyere and Emmental cheeses (Benton Brothers). Our creation is completed with a torch to gratin a finishing layer of gruyere cheese on top of our organic sourdough Country Bread.
3686 West 4th Avenue

The Meatery The Duckwich $12.99
Description: Coffee cured and braised duck legs with Triple cream brie, Herbed orange aioli, Pickled onions, Arugula, Fennel slaw on Cranberry nut sourdough.
3108 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver


More here: Vancouver Foodster’s Challenge 

Winners announced December 1, 2014.

Beer Festival Alert Lamplighter Public House

holiday beer festThe Lamplighter Public House & Gastown Beer Society present ‘A Very VCBW Non-Denominational Beer Festival’

Vancouver Craft Beer Week and the Donnelly Group’s Lamplighter Public House & Gastown Beer Society are proud to announce the first in a new series of jointly produced satellite events. ‘A Very VCBW Non-Denominational Holiday Beer Festival’ will take place at Studio East (1480 Francis Street, Vancouver) from 6:00pm to 11:00pm on December 5th, 2014. “If we had it our way, every week would be Vancouver Craft Beer Week. And nothing gets us in the mood for quality craft beer more than a classic & traditional non-denominational festive holiday celebration.” joked Donnelly Group Marketing Director Damon Holowchak.

Twenty beloved breweries will showcase their winter beer wonders in the intimate setting featuring music artist Mark Woodyard, and a to-be-named food truck favourite. Participating breweries include:

• Parallel 49
• Bomber
• Driftwood
• Russell
• Longwood
• Fernie
• Deep Cove
• Yellow Dog
• Old Yale
• Spinnakers
• Steamworks
• Moon Under Water
• Red Truck
• Steel & Oak
• Dageraad
• Odin
• Four Winds
• Copper & Theory
• Brassneck
• Bridge

$49 (+ Taxes & Fees) ticket includes entry, entertainment, ugly sweater contest, ‘Grandma’s Living Room’ photo boot, and all beer samples. Tickets can be purchased via Ticket Zone at ticketzone.com/VCBWHolidayBeerFestival


How To Make Bitters at The Modern Bartender

How cool is this? On Tuesday, 25 November 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM join the The Modern Bartender for a night of “How to make bitters?”. In coalition with the proprietor of The Apothecary Bitters Company, Cole Benoit, they’ll take you through the history of bitters and how you can create amazing bitters at home.

The Apothecary Bitters Company’s NEW WINTER SEASONAL bitters will launch this night; be the first one to try this by itself and in a cocktail made by Mr. Benoit himself.

Learn the history of bitters, how to make bitters, and learn how to craft 3 original cocktails all using The Apothecary Bitters.

Tickets are $25  and can only be purchased in person in the store or on eventbrite. With a maximum capacity of 25 people this will sell out fast, grab yours asap.

Bring a front seat mentality because you’ll have the opportunity to ask the Master Bitters Maker questions after the presentation!

sales@themodernbartender.com / 604 684 1747.

10% off everything in store this night only!

Have questions about How To Make Bitters? Contact The Modern Bartender

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

Congrats Jeannie!

One of Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the 7th annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace, will be held on November 21, 22, and 23 at the TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre. From books, food, toys, fashion, and beauty to home decor steals, you’ll be sure to satisfy all of your holiday shopping needs at the show. Guests can learn from culinary presentations and take cardio and Zumba workshops on the Home for the Holidays Stage, or get a free Christmas photo with the family at The North Pole BC.

gift basket xmas show

In honour of the show we are giving away  4 tickets and a gift basket from Kidd Brothers/Western Sage Honey toward a contest.

Event details:

Friday November 21, 12pm-9pm
Saturday November 22, 10am-6pm
Sunday November 23, 10am-5pm
TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5
Information and tickets: www.westcoastchristmasshow.com
Tickets: $6 adults ($5 online), $5 seniors ($4 online), Free for children 16 & under

To win….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Twitter: @westcoastxmas
YouTube: WestCoastXmasShow


Avenue Q Returns to the Arts Club Theatre

This is a most excellent show that you can not miss seeing or re-seeing as the case is with us! Playing from November 20, 2014–January 3, 2015 at the  Granville Island Stage.

Our review here.

IN BRIEF Arts Club Theatre Company’s Avenue Q at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street) from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015 (MEDIA OPENING: November 26). Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm (please note special performance times for the week of December 22 on our website). Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com.

THE BROADWAY MUSICAL FOR ADULTS Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton (Jeremy Crittenden), a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” in 2004 (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score), and the 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Avenue Q is part felt, part flesh, and packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.


“The music is playful, the lyrics are outrageous, the script is hilarious, and the characters are delightful.  Underneath its colourful fur, a big, boisterous heart beats. Avenue Q is the perfect musical comedy…unless you are under 14 years of age,” said director Peter Jorgensen. “After a 12-stop, B.C.-wide tour, I’m thrilled to be bringing our hit production back to the Granville Island Stage where our 2013 run was held over three times!”

Warning: Full puppet nudity and other vulgarities will induce laughter. This is a puppet show. However, this is not your kids puppet show as it sneaks a peek at raucous sexual congress, failed childhood stardom, excessive drinking, moving in and out of a slummy neighbourhood, investing, mix-tapes, cute creatures doing bad things, singing boxes, getting laid off, finding your purpose, getting fired, getting re-hired, ruvving someone but wanting to kirr them, exotic dancing, erotic dancing, exotic erotic dancing, homosexuality, racism, pornography, masturbation, interracial marriage, interspecies relationships (monsters and humans), roommates, coming out of the closet, coming out of your apartment, getting ahead in life, going to college, pan-handling, wishing you were back in college, coming out of your shell, and recycling.

Avenue Q

avenue-q-327-500Playing at the Arts Club Theatre Company from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015, Avenue Q is the far wittier adult version of Sesame Street.

What seems initially as a rather childish musical will make you glad you left the children at home.  Avenue Q is a hilarious romp around serious adult issues as the musical follows she journey of Princeton, a recent college grad headed to New York searching for his purpose in life. Arriving on the scene he can only afford the multi-cultural Avenue Q where puppets/monsters and humans live side by side.  Humorously tackling politically incorrect racial stereotypes, gay shame, one night stands, alcoholism and the F word all at once, this display of master puppetry is well worth your attention.

Thankfully the show is held over once again as this is a must see.

Arts Club Theatre Company’s Avenue Q at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street) from June 20 to August 31, 2013. Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 PM, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM. Tickets are $29 to $54, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com

Playing at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Avenue Q at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street) from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015). Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm (please note special performance times for the week of December 22 on our website). Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com.


Local Tea Bar Battles Cancer

Saturday November 8th is fight day at Artisan Tea Bar. Located at 3578 Fraser Street, Artisan is prepared for an all day battle beginning at 11am to 7pm where proceeds raised from loose leaf tea sales will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Supported by allied forces, there will also be a silent auction, with fabulous prizes from many local businesses such as Graze Restaurant, JJ Bean and Charm Nail Spa, to bid on. A beautiful Stella & Dot pop up display of jewelry and other accessories will be available for  purchase, with funds to be donated.

A Vancouver tea bar owner who has had personal losses from cancer knows what other families are going through so he is organizing a day dedicated to fight this on-going battle. “Let’s do something about it!,” says Phong Vo of Artisan Tea Bar. “Not only does the foundation works towards finding a cure, but supports patients and help their families cope – a crucial human factor because this affects everyone. I want to bring awareness, especially the importance of early detection. I want  to encourage healthier choices like drinking tea because of the antioxidants which have been shown to assist in combating free radicals. Let’s do our part to contribute to ending this horrible illness.”

Numerous research have shown the antioxidants found in teas help prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular diseases. Factors such as pollution, radiation and herbicides can spawn free radicals, which are incomplete molecules that attack healthy ones resulting in damages that becomes a chain reaction.

Three great ways to donate to one great cause, so come to Artisan Tea Bar to shop for  someone special or just to treat yourself.

www.artisanteabar.com and on https://www.facebook.com/artisantea
for further details  on our Pink Ribbon Tea Event.  Artisan Tea Bar is opened from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11-6pm. Closed Monday. Tel: (604) 563-8999




Best in BC Sommelier Award

Chambar Restaurant’s Jason Yamasaki Awarded “Best Sommelier in BC” Distinction
First Annual CAPS Competition to Send One Canadian to Compete for “Best Sommelier in the World” in 2015

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in partnership with Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) has named Chambar Restaurant Sommelier, Jason Yamasaki, “Best Sommelier in BC”.

On November 3, 2014, 14 of the province’s top sommeliers gathered on Vancouver’s Granville Island for a morning of written theory and blind tasting exams. After compiling scores, the group was narrowed down to three candidates: Chambar’s Jason Yamasaki, Unsworth Vineyard’s Chris Turyk, and CinCin’s Shane Taylor. The competition then moved into a tense afternoon of Sommelierie testing including: sparkling and decantation service, food and wine pairing, wine list correction, and verbal blind tasting of 5 beverages. Principal judges, Ontario’s Bruce Wallner MS, Barbara Philip MW, and CAPS BC President, Michelle Bouffard, tabulated the final scores and declared Yamasaki the provincial winner.

In addition to being honored at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival as “Best Sommelier in BC”, Yamasaki will also represent British Columbia in the “Best Sommelier in Canada” competition in Ontario in the spring of 2015, and could potentially represent Canada at the world competition.  

Welcome to the New Site


Hello there you. I’ve just redone the site, so hang in there while I tweek things and get the settings all sorted. It’s just me on the tech side here at Good Life Vancouver so I’m doing this all solo. Will have an official launch soon which will involve many fun things, including a party and giveaways. Thanks for your continued support!


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