Donut Miss Getting Lucky Tomorrow!


Friday, June 5 is National Doughnut Day in the United States, but Lucky’s Doughnuts refuses to let Vancouverites miss out on such a sweet holiday!

The icing on top — Lucky’s Doughnuts has launched the “Baker’s Dozen Combo.” Go back in time to the neighbourhood bakeries of old and 13 doughnuts for the price of 12, handpicked by our team of doughnut experts ($30).

Rounding out the celebration, Lucky’s will also debut six new summertime flavours:

  • Pineapple Upside Downut — Lucky’s play on the classic cake is filled with pineapple curd and topped with brown sugar icing, a slice of candied pineapple and a Maraschino cherry.
  • Strawberry/ Kiwi — This classic pairing is filled with a kiwi curd and a strawberry glaze topped with a slice of strawberry and kiwi.
  • Blueberry Bismarck — Blueberry filled with a blueberry glaze.
  • Blueberry Square — A classic blueberry-filled square doughnut covered in granulated sugar.
  • Matcha —Matcha-and-white-chocolate cream-filled doughnut topped with a Yuzu glaze and a matcha drizzle.
  • Salted Caramel Old Fashioned — Classic Old-Fashioned dipped in a creamy soft caramel and finished with a sprinkle of Maldon salt.

All are available at both 49th Parallel & Lucky’s Doughnuts locations:

Mount Pleasant: 2902 Main Street               Kitsilano: 2198 West 4th AvenueSOCIAL MEDIA

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Eat Drink Play


June 18 7 pm…….A delectably artful celebration of local food, drink & performance!

Created to highlight the foodie revolution happening in the Firehall’s backyard, EAT. DRINK. PLAY. features an incredible assortment of live performances around the building, paired with the best food & drink our neighbourhood has to offer. There will be craft beer samples from Parallel 49 Brewing, small-batch spirits from Odd Society Spirits, signatures samples from more than 10 of the neighbourhood’s hottest restaurants, a silent auction bursting with prizes, and more!

PERFORMANCES –An energetic, knee slapping, toe tapping contemporary Metis jig solo by Jeanette Kotowich, street dance viewed through the contemporary kaleidoscope with OURO Collective, a cameo from Andrew Wheeler as the Honourable Stephen Harper (PROUD), an excerpt from Lascivious Something starring Kayvon Kelly and live music from the upcoming musical Love Bomb.

All proceeds from the event enable the Firehall Arts Centre to continue its mission to bring cutting edge theatre and dance to the heart of Vancouver.

Tickets: $35 regular/ $20 artists

Includes food & drink tastings and a drink upon arrival.

RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW! Space is limited.

ONLINE | 604-689-0926

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Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival

Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival is committed to giving craft beer lovers a high quality experience, centering around a beautiful venue, great breweries, and fantastic beers. What makes Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival special? Well, let’s start with the experience.

Saturday June 27 12-6 pm UBC Farm

Drinking a great beer is an intense sensory event. Look at how the colour of the beer catches the sun’s rays. Listen to the faint pop of the slowly dissipating head. Stick your nose in the glass and breathe deeply. Faint hops? A bit of fruit? Maybe some acid? Then take a sip, close your eyes and enjoy the cool breeze blowing over you. At UBC Farm, surroundings include forest, hop bines and an apple orchard.

Let’s Talk About Beer – List updated HERE

Food – TBD food vendors cooking up style focused pairings (not included in ticket – available for purchase)

1 token per 4oz serving size, poured into a beautiful custom glass. Tokens are 6 for $10.


More Information:

Designated drivers receive special wrist bands and a selection of free non-alcoholic drinks provided by the festival. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages for purchase through our food vendors. We urge you to plan ahead, drink responsibly and arrange a safe ride home. Please DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. The event is an outdoor function and will proceed rain or shine.

This event is 19+ only – no minors allowed. Two pieces of ID will be required for entry. Serving it Right Rules apply. Any person appearing intoxicated will not be allowed entry to the festival. We reserve the right to have security remove unruly or intoxicated persons from the festival at our discretion.


Italian Day Film Festival

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway – $100+ All–access passes to @ItalianDay Film Festival

CONGRATS Tammy! Contest Closed. Want a chance to see Italian classics like La Dolce Vita and Last Tango in Paris on the big screen? We have two all-access passes to the Italian Day Film Festival at the Rio Theatre ($100 value), which will be showcasing eight iconic Italian films from June 6 to 13.

The film festival will be kicking off the cultural celebrations for Italian Day on the Drive, Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, which takes over Commercial Drive on Sunday, June 14. This year’s festival puts a special focus on Italian ART, with breathtaking examples of Italian design, music, theatre, food, and activities throughout the event!

Italian Day Film Festival

EVENT: Italian Day Film Festival

Location: Rio Theatre

Dates: June 6 to 13


Celebrating more than 50 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver, Italian Day brings together the best that Italy has to offer in our own backyard. Taking place Sunday, June 14, the 6th annual Italian Day will bring together Italian music, fashion, film and more in an ART-themed celebration that will be fun for the whole family. There will also be food, displays and shopping to satisfy your craving for everything Italian including over 100 merchants and guest vendors, a line up of food trucks and carts, more than 20 restaurant patios and an array of things to see from Italian honey bees to classic cars and motorcycles.

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“Meet the Makers Expo” to Showcase Strathcona Businesses and Share Revitalization of East Hastings

The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) has announced today they will be hosting a “Meet the Makers Expo” on Saturday, June 13th from 11AM-3PM at MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova. The expo will feature innovators, makers, and entrepreneurs from over a dozen Strathcona businesses including restaurants, cafes, breweries, and locally made goods and services. The community-based event will give the public a chance to discover the area’s thriving businesses, while showcasing the future vision for East Hastings and giving the public and community a voice in the change.

This must-see event invites the public to learn about Strathcona’s businesses, a chance to meet the makers, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and be a part of the future vision for East Hastings. Strathcona has been home to many successful businesses like Yolk’s, Sunrise Soya Foods, Hootsuite, and Aritzia, and continues to be a hub for many independent mixed-use, manufacturing and retail businesses that continue to thrive. Located between Clark, Venables Street, and Gore Avenue, Strathcona provides an authentic, community oriented experience for visitors, businesses & the public.

The “Meet the Makers Expo” will be hosted at MakersLabs with 18 Strathcona businesses in the sectors of restaurants, cafes, breweries, and locally made goods and services. The expo will include interactive booths, workshops, demonstrations and complimentary samples of the products that are ‘Made in Strathcona’. Bob Rennie, the leading real estate marketer in Vancouver and the marketer behind Strathcona Village (a mixed use development on East Hastings) will be facilitating a panel discussion with four Strathcona businesses to discuss the SBIA’s plans to revitalize East Hastings. During the discussion, stakeholders will weigh in on their personal connection to Strathcona and what they hope to see implemented as part of the revitalization of East Hastings.


At the event, the public will have the opportunity to learn about the community stakeholder’s vision for the revitalization of the East Hastings area, and be part of the change. From 11AM-3PM, the public will meet the founders behind the businesses, ask questions, watch demonstrations and offer input as to what they would like to see. The SBIA plans to gather input and feedback from the community that attends to create a revitalized neighbourhood in Strathcona. 

The following businesses will be participating in the Meet the Makers Expo: 


  • The Heatley
  • Ed’s Daily
  • Yolk’s


  • Casa del Caffe
  • Liquids and Solids
  • G.R.O. Roasters
  • The Butler Did It Catering


  • Postmark Brewing
  • Pats Lager
  • Bomber Brewing

Locally Made Goods and Services

  • YEW Woodshop
  • Propellor
  • Velometro
  • Homesteader’s Emporium
  • Sunrise Soya Foods
  • HFour
  • Junction Creative
  • Savoury Chef

For more information on the “Meet the Makers Expo”, list of businesses participating, or spaces available for lease, visit

Cilantro Lime Avocado Vinaigrette

Joannie Rochette’s Cilantro Avocado Dressing

It turns out that when I met with six-time Canadian Champion and World Silver Medalist Joannie Rochette that one of her favourite recipes includes Avocados from Mexico. She’s currently an ambassador for Almond Breeze, so she suggests using their almond milk in the recipe, and why not! Here’s her salad dressing, why not whip some up this weekend and be sure to add extra avocados to the salad too for an added health boost!

Joannie Rochette

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing with Avocados From Mexico

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 1 1/3 cups (325 mL)
2/3 cup (150 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
1 green onion, sliced
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh cilantro
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) lime zest
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt, freshly ground pepper and ground cumin

Dressing: In blender, combine Almond Breeze, olive oil, avocado, green onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, salt, pepper and cumin; blend until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.
Tip: For a thinner consistency of dressing, add an additional
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original.
Nutrition Facts
PER SERVING: Per 2 Tbsp. / 30 mL: Calories 40, Fat 4g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 75mg, Carbohydrate 1g, Fibre 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0.4g


Bourbon Loves BBQ

A traditional southern paring, bourbon is the ying to BBQ’s yang. The complexity of the bourbon is pronounced when paired with the smokiness of BBQ, channeling the feeling of southern warmth and hospitality.

Head to Memphis  Blues BBQ on June 20th for an afternoon of sipping bourbon and indulging in BBQ.

They’ll start the afternoon with cocktails and a history lesson on the art of bourbon making and then delve further into the complex features of different bourbons to see what makes them unique. A special BBQ pairing will delight your palate and inform on the wonders of Bourbon pairing.

$55 plus GST Space is limited. Call to book 778 919 5694

1465 West Broadway Ave
Vancouver, B.C. V6H 1H6
t: 604.738.6806    f: 604.738.6852


Joannie Rochette

Health Tips with Joannie Rochette

We met with six-time Canadian Champion and World Silver Medalist Joannie Rochette as she was visiting Vancouver this week for Stars on Ice.  With a schedule of intense training and travel, Rochette knows more than a thing of two about good eating and meal planning and shared some tips and recipes with us.

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What’s for breakfast and lunch at Joannie’s house or when she’s on the road? She’s got a sweet tooth and doesn’t deny herself certain foods, instead she works with a nutritionist and aims for balance. While she loves her Nutella, she’s varies her breakfast to also include oatmeal and smoothies. Joannie heads out for training and doesn’t have time for a proper lunch, so she whips up a smoothie with bananas, yogurt, Almond Breeze almond milk, hemp and flax seeds and fills her bag with healthy snacks to get her through the day. “Snack don’t starve”, is her motto! Joannie is now an ambassador for Almond Breeze, but she has always loved the milk and highly recommends trying the chocolate!

Dinner is usually something along the lines of a a veggie-based stir fry with a fish or meet protein, salmon is her favourite. Joannie claims not to be a very good cook, but she’s improving and was included in an athletes cookbook project with her vegan cookies made also with Almond Breeze.

Rochette was returning to Montreal after our meeting and will then head out to tour in Japan, before she takes some time off the ice to pursue a career in Medicine at McGill University. She will get a bit of skating in, but wants to focus on a variety of sports such as yoga, Pilates and roller blading. Recently she’s even taken up sky diving!

Here’s her current favourite recipes.

Almond Berry Bars
Yield: 32 Servings
Get the kids to help you make these delicious almond berry bars on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy all week! Perfect for picnics, play dates, backyard BBQ’s and anytime you need to pack a healthy snack.
3 cups (750 mL) of old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup ( 125 mL) almond flour
1/4 cup (50 mL) sorghum flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) oat bran
1/2 cup (125 mL) ground flaxseed
1/2 cup (125 mL) roasted, chopped almonds
1/2 cup (125 mL) dried blueberries
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped, dried cranberries
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) agave nectar
1/3 cup (75 mL) natural almond butter, stirred well before measuring
1/4 cup (50 mL) Almond Breeze® Original
2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly coat a 13” x 9” (3L) baking pan with olive oil cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flours, bran, flaxseed, almonds, blueberries, cranberries, and salt. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, warm the agave nectar, almond butter, and almond beverage over low heat until well blended. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add the warm butter mixture to the dry ingredients and quickly stir the mixture until it is well combined. Pat into the prepared pan. Press firmly with your hands to remove any air pockets.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes, and then cut into 32 bars. When just cool enough to handle, remove bars from the pan to a cooling rack. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for optimal freshness.
Nutritional Analysis
PER SERVING: 125 cal, 5 g fat (0.5 sat. fat), 17 g carb, 5 g pro, 3 g fibre, 0 mg chol, 40 mg sodium. % RDI: 31 mg calcium, 142 mg potassium, 53 mg magnesium, 3.4 mg vit E, 6% iron.

Cilantro Lime Avocado Vinaigrette

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing with Avocados From Mexico  (of course!)
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 1 1/3 cups (325 mL)
2/3 cup (150 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1/2 ripe avocado from Mexico, diced
1 green onion, sliced
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh cilantro
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) lime zest
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt, freshly ground pepper and ground cumin
Dressing: In blender, combine Almond Breeze, olive oil, avocado, green onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, salt, pepper and cumin; blend until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.
Tip: For a thinner consistency of dressing, add an additional
1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Original.
Nutrition Facts
PER SERVING: Per 2 Tbsp. / 30 mL: Calories 40, Fat 4g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 75mg, Carbohydrate 1g, Fibre 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0.4g

Okanagan Cheery Mint Smoothie

Okanagan Cherry Mint Smoothie
Yields: 2 servings
2 cups (500 mL) frozen cherries
1 ½ cups (375 mL) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla
½ cup (125 mL) fresh mint
2 tablespoons (30 mL) hemp
1 teaspoon (5 mL) cinnamon
Raw honey (optional)
1. Place cherries in blender topped with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla and pulse to mash.
2. Rinse fresh mint, cut off woody stems and add. Add hemp seeds, cinnamon and raw honey, if using, and blend until smooth.
Nutritional Analysis
PER SERVING: 357 Calories; 3g Fat (8.9% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 62g Carbohydrate; 10g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 143mg Sodium.

Pineapple Chiller

Pineapple Chiller
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 5 cups, 4 servings
1 cup (250 mL) Almond Breeze® Sweetened Vanilla Original
1 cup (250 mL) frozen mango chunks
1 cup (250 mL) pineapple juice
1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut water
1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice
8 ice cubes
In blender, combine Almond Breeze, frozen mango, pineapple juice, coconut water, orange juice, lime juice and ice cubes; blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
PER SERVING: Per 1-1/4 cups: Calories 110, Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 45mg, Carbohydrate 24g, Fibre 1g, Sugars 19g, Protein 1g

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus
Roasted sweet potatoes and shallots are puréed with chickpeas for a sweet and savoury homemade hummus.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
 3 shallots, peeled and halved
 4 cloves garlic, peeled
 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
 1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper
 1 can (540 mL) chickpeas, drained
 1/2 cup (125 mL) Almond Breeze® Sweetened Vanilla Original
 1/4 cup (60 mL) tahini
 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each paprika and ground cumin
 Carrot and celery sticks
 Whole grain crackers
Toss together sweet potato, shallots, garlic, 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the olive oil and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet; bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Let cool.
In food processor, purée sweet potatoes, shallots, garlic, chickpeas, Almond Breeze, tahini, remaining olive oil, remaining salt and pepper, paprika and cumin until smooth. Sprinkle with extra paprika before serving if desired.
Serve with carrot and celery sticks, and whole grain crackers.
Nutrition Facts
PER SERVING: Per 1/12 recipe: Calories 150, Fat 9g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 210mg, Carbohydrate 14g, Fibre 3g, Sugars 2g, Protein 4g
Note: nutrition information is for the hummus only and does not include vegetables or crackers.

*This post was made possible with Almond Breeze


Our Fav Bike Rides around Vancouver

Inspired by summer-like weather we have just taken our bikes into get tuned up so we can hit the roads and trails safely this summer. While many may complain about Vancouver’s bike lanes disrupting their commutes, we think it’s great that our city celebrates cycling and embraces this green means of transport no matter what the weather. There are lots of bike rental spots should you need to rent, and many events even have free bike lock up.

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Throw on a pair of sporty sandals, I’ve just found some lovelies, from Keen UNEEK Foot Wear, and they’re perfect for going from cycle to patio. Where to go when you feel like spinning your wheels? We’ve got a few suggestions.

Kits Beach to Jericho and Spanish Banks

If you are downtown the bike lanes on Burrard Street Bridge make getting from downtown to Kits Beach very simple. Cross the bridge, bike through Kits Beach, head out on Cornwall, and you’ll bike right into Jericho Beach. Stop in for some nachos and a beer at the Jericho Sailing Club and the patio and window seating provides views to the North Shore. The only problem is the envy you may feel for those out in the many boats coming and going from the club and nearby Vancouver Royal Van Yacht Club, but perhaps this is the summer you learn to sail.


Kits Beach to Stanley Park

One of our favourite summer rides takes us out from our Kitsilano home base down to Kits Beach, through to Granville Island and along the seawall past Science World onward just to the entry of Stanley Park. This part of the seawall is far less busy, even on the weekends, and we usually add a stop in at Olympic Village for a bevvy and bite at Tap and Barrel, or pack a picnic and enjoy it midway. On the way home a stop in Granville Island provides us with BBQ provisions.


Stanley Park

Not recommended on busy summer weekends during prime time, but if you get up early or cycle after dinner, the paths are far less crowded. Be sure to stay in the bike lanes on the seawall, and for an extra adventure head to the Vancouver Aquarium for a mid-cycle break, they are currently showcasing a Sea Monsters revealed exhibit. If you’re a trail lover there are bike trails through the park. Be sure to check out the rose garden and Lost Lake Lagoon for turtle and other wildlife spotting.


UBC’s Pacific Spirit Park

There’s lots of hiking and biking trails throughout the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, an awesome urban forest not far from the city’s hustle. If you’re up to it, bike out to UBC through Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks, if not, throw your bike on the bus and you’re set. Forage for mushrooms, and head into the campus for a post ride snack from one of the food trucks.


Queen Elizabeth Park

Why not grab your backpack, head to the Vancouver Farmers Market at Nat Bailey for some goodies and then spend the afternoon cycling and hanging out in Queen Elizabeth Park. The Ontario Street bike route gets you there and you can stop for a rest at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory or a bite to eat at Seasons in the Park. Be sure to check out the views as at 152 meters above sea level, it’s the highest point in the city.

Central Valley Greenway

Crazily enough I once ran the Central Valley Greenway out from Vancouver to New Westminster, but cycling it is way easier! It forms the spine of Metro Vancouver’s cycling network and roughly parallels the Millennium SkyTrain Line, starting in downtown Vancouver at Science World and traveling through Burnaby and New Westminster. Along the way you can stop on Commercial Drive, Trout Lake or Burnaby Lake and at the end you can celebrate with a stop at New Westminster’s River Market at Westminster Quay. Also along the route you’ll find Steel Oak Brewing. Need we say more?

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Hawker Fest at the Rocky Mountaineer proudly Presented by FLOOK

Saturday, 30 May 2015 from 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT) Vancouver, BC 5pm – 12:30am

50+ Hawkers…Hawking up Vancouver’s most unique food offerings!

DJ Sets All Night Long

The Steve Z’s Covering The Life Aquatic Soundtrack at 9pm

The Life Aquatic Screening 10:30pm

Visit for lineup details

Hawker Fest explores the best of Vancouver’s artisan community. FREE admission courtesy of Flook – Vancouver’s mobile marketplace. Flook is a new way to buy & sell locally in your neighbourhood. Show your downloaded Flook app at the door for free admission (download links: Apple and Google Play)