Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

House of Q’s Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

We are not waiting until official BBQ season to try Brian Misko’s House of Q’s Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs! Check him out at The Earlybird RV Show in Abbotsford at the Tradex.

House of Q’s sessions will take place:

  • Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  • Friday, February 20 at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 21 at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 22 at 1:00 PM


What says summer more than hot dogs? From the ball game to the backyard, no celebration is complete without these smoky treats that appeal to kids and adults alike. Here’s my homemade version, dressed up a bit with cheese on the inside; it’s a tribute to Chef Ted Reader, cookbook author, grilling guru and inspiration. Load up the cooked dogs with mustard, mayonnaise or barbecue sauce, and serve them topped with some Shaved Fennel and Onion Sala and a handful of napkins!


2 lbs ground pork, chicken or turkey
2 Tbsp House of Q House Rub or your favourite barbecue seasoning
6 to 8 storebought cheese sticks (or cut your own from a block of mozzarella, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese), each 1⁄2-inch × 1⁄2-inch × 4 to 6 inches
1 lb bacon, cut in thin slices (optional) 1⁄4 cup House of Q Rock’n Red BBQ Sauce or your favourite tangy barbecue sauce
2 baguettes, sliced lengthwise


In a large bowl, mix together the ground meat and rub (or seasoning) until well combined. Divide the meat into 6 or 8 equal balls.

Place 1 ball on a cutting board and cover it with a layer of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, press the meat into a thin rectangle—the thinner the better. Remove the plastic wrap and set a cheese stick in the centre of the meat, and then roll up the ground meat around it, folding in the edges to seal in the cheese. If you choose, wrap a slice of bacon around each hot dog, arranging it in a spiral pattern from one end to the other. (Depending on the size of your hot dogs, you may need more than 1 slice of bacon to wrap each one.) Roll, fill and wrap the remaining dogs, and then arrange them on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare your grill for indirect cooking on medium heat. Place a sheet of aluminum foil under the cool side to catch the bacon drippings. Arrange the hot dogs on the cool side of the grill, close the lid and cook for 20 to 60 minutes, glazing them with the BBQ sauce when the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145°F. When it has reached 165°F, transfer them to a plate.

Cut the baguettes to the same length as the dogs. Smear your favourite condiments on the bread, add a cooked cheese dog and dig in!

Companions of the Quaich


Whisky Tasting & Canapés!

Thomas Chen & Barry Dunner request the pleasure of your company at a Companions Whisky Tasting

Event Theme
Dare to compare 16 whiskies
A Blind Head-To-Head Tasting
Moderator: Jordan Cran of Legacy Liquor Store

• Blend vs blend • Blend vs single malt • Single malt vs single malt •
• Sherry cask vs sherry cask • Bourbon cask vs bourbon cask •
• Sherry cask vs bourbon cask • Peated vs peated

When & Where
Saturday, the 21st of February at six o’clock
Legacy Liquor Store  • Olympic Village • Vancouver, BC

Companions of the Quiach
140-6751 Graybar Road
Richmond, V6W 1H3
At the Door: $10 more
Reception: 5:45PM
Whisky Tasting: 6:00PM Sharp
Couvert: $135; $150: Non-Members
Seating limited to 20 Participants
Casual Attire

Please remember to drink responsibly

The Companions of The Quaich
is a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky.
A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky.
The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’.


Valentine’s Day and No Reservation? A Few Resos Left!

So you forgot to reserve that table for the big day and now you’re in big trouble. Fear not, Vancouverites, there’s still a few to be, but act quickly! This list is current as of 1:30 pm Feb. 13, 2015 and we’ll add a few more once and if we hear of them.

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Granville Island – Dockside 6:15 and 6:30 Book here

North Vancouver – El Matador 7:00 pm Book here

West End – Morroco West 7:00 pm Book here

Gastown – Blacktail 8:00 pm Book here – NOW BOOKED

Check Opentable as many have opened more up!



Grapes of Laugh

Grapes of Laugh Gala, February 19

Raise a glass to top-notch improv comedy

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) will hold its 10th annual Grapes of Laugh Gala, on Thursday, February 19. Guaranteed to beat the winter blahs, this value-packed, not-to-miss event features toast-worthy wines, delicious canapés and daring comedy, all in support of Vancouver TheatreSports’ community and youth programs.

A live improv show will showcase VTSL’s top mainstage improvisers. Local media personality Fred Lee, and Principal of Point Blank Entertainment, Howard Blank, will co-host the event.

Grapes of Laugh will also feature a live and silent auction brimming with covetable items, including:

– Dinner for two with Colin Mochrie, one of Canada’s best-known improvisers, and Jay Ono, VTSL Executive Director, at The Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island, plus — two tickets to see Colin Mochrie live in Vancouver – late August 2015

– A walk-on role on an upcoming episode of Convos With My 2 Year Old, generously offered by the creator of the popular web series, Matthew Clarke, and VTSL mainstage actor and Convos co-star and co-producer, David Milchard

– An improv workshop with VTSL’s Executive and Artistic Directors, and the opportunity to ride the bench as an improviser in a full 90-minute weekend TheatreSports™ show at The Improv Centre

– River Rock Casino Resort Package: one-night stay in a Penthouse Suite, two concert tickets, and brunch for two

– Silver Reef Casino Resort Package (WA): one-night stay in an Executive Suite, dinner for two at The Steak House, and a couples massage.

Grapes of Laugh
Thursday, February 19
Doors open 7 pm

The Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island

$50 per person (includes wine, light canapés and a live comedy show)
Tickets: Online, HERE.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year.


Fitness Fridays Get Down(ward) to Semperviva

When there is any mention of yoga in Vancouver, Lululemon Yoga Clothes  might come first to mind, but it would be quickly followed with Semperviva. Semperviva is an amazing place to practice all kids of yoga; I started the year with an excellent workshop “Detox Now – A Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Gloria Latham” and danced, sang and chanted my way to a positive start to the year.

They’ve got four locations now, luckily all very near to me in Kitsilano, and run over a dozen classes a day with everything from Kundalini to Vinyasa Power Flow, as well as hosting several workshops a month.




Far too many years back I joined their Galiano Island Retreat and highly recommend this weekend away to rejuvenate your body and mind with a weekend of yoga, hiking, meditation, and fantastic meals on Galiano. I plan on going again this fall.

In the meantime I may just join the Valentine’s Day Dance Party 7:30 pm at their City location, since my love is working. Bonus? It’s free! Hope to see some of you there.


Parallel 49 Brewing Company Launches New Beer Jerkface 9000

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Jerkface 9000 Set to Launch at ‘Jerkface Comedy Fiasco’ Event February 17th 2015

East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company is announcing the release of their brand new Dry Hopped West Coast Wheat Beer Jerkface 9000. The launch will be celebrated at ‘Jerkface Comedy Fiasco,’ an official event hosted by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at the Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar in Vancouver, BC on February 17th, 2015.

The Jerkface Comedy Fiasco will give guests an opportunity to enjoy snacks, including pizza from the Blackbird kitchen, mingle with beer lovers and taste three Parallel 49 brewing beers – including a pint of Jerkface 9000. Local headlining comedians Dino Archie, Kyle Bottom, and Graham Clark will provide entertainment.

“It’s a great time to be part of the local beer community as the landscape evolves, and we are committed to growing Parallel 49 over the next few years as we launch new brews like Jerkface 9000,” said Graham With, head brewmaster at Parallel 49 Brewing Company. “We are passionate about the process, and excited to share our new beer with everyone at the event.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and doors for media and VIP open at 5:00 PM, with general admission at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the public are $5.00 for entry, and can be purchased at the door or through Eventbrite. Media will be treated to 3 beer tickets upon entry, which can be used for any Parallel 49 beer on tap, including Jerkface 9000.

About Parallel 49 Brewing Company 

Parallel 49 Brewing Company is an East Vancouver microbrewery brewing up some of the highest quality craft beers in B.C. With a successful first year and high achievements at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Parallel 49 has recently expanded their sales into the Prairie Provinces as well as Ontario and the U.S. Their unusual but fun and cheeky named brews have become wildly popular among craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy their year round brews including Hoparazzi, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale and Old Boy. In addition, Parallel 49 offers a variety of highly anticipated seasonal beers including watermelon infused Seedspitter, pumpkin Oktoberfest Schadenfreude, Ugly Sweater Milk Stout, and many others.

For more information on their latest brews and the Jerkface 9000 launch visit their website here (

Supper Series Pentola

pentola3Butchers hold a revered spot in Italian culture. Inspired by eighth-generation butcher Dario Cecchini, (whose shop in Panzano draws crowds from all over the world) ) La Pentola has collaborated with Windsor Meats on February 22, 2015 to create sumptuous dishes reflective of a visit to the neighborhood butcher. Hosted by Chef Lucais Syme, experience the first Family Supper Series of the year, where you’ll dine family style at communal tables with your friends and neighbors. This 10+ course meal will feature a charcuterie plate, house-made sausage, slow cooked lamb leg, and stuffed pasta.

Call 604.642.0557 or email to reserve.
$55 per person. 10+ courses.

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Be Mine

Are you prepared for Valentine’s Day, or do you still need some sweet treats for the loved ones in your life? We’ve got a list of a few decadent creations you can pick up to ensure the foodies in your life love you even more!


Whether you need a four piece treat ($8.50) or a larger box or lace heart ($49.50), Chocolatas in Granville Island has a selection of gorgeous locally made chocolates just waiting for you.


West Vancouver’s Temper Pastry features 4 heart shaped chocolates; 70% dark chocolate ganache, mango martini, raspberry & lemon and strawberry caramel and a beautiful selection of chocolate heart shaped boxes filled with truffles and chocolates and our signature Valentine’s Temper Bear. You can also order one of their individual heart shaped caramel and chocolate mousse cakes.

Beta 5 cream puff

Over at Beta 5, they’ve painted their cream puffs red! Available now thru February 14th! A four-pack is ($16).vietnamese coffee: coffee + blonde chocolate cremeux  |  coffee + condensed milk chantilly raspberry earl grey: raspberry mousse  |  earl grey custard  |  vanilla chantilly dark chocolate caramel: whipped dark chocolate ganache  |  dark chocolate and caramel cremeux  |  salted caramel  |  dark chocolate salted caramel: caramel chantilly  |  salted caramel  |  flaked sea salt. Pick up at 413 Industrial Avenue.


It’s all about the pastries at West Van and Kerrisdale’s Faubourg .Wow them this Valentine’s Day with a Pink Macaron Heart, Passion Delight, Valentine’s Éclair, Milk and Dark Lipstick or Mini Marshmallows!

chocolate arts

Chocolate Arts has the gorgeous Eternity, a stacked pair of hollowed out chocolate hearts filled with 21 assorted chocolates and truffles, Paramours who prefer their sweets tempered with a dash of salt will delight in the Soul Mates duo of tiered heart shaped chocolate shells, filled with salted toffee wafers. For something a touch more whimsical, the Mi Amore hides 14 assorted chocolates and truffles within its crisp chocolate shell and is decorated with more edible red hearts.


Ganache Pâtisserie is announced two new creations for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, two versions of the traditional gâteau Concorde.  A harmony of fruit and floral accents, Saint Valentin Concorde Framboise et Rose 2015 ($28.95) layers a raspberry mousseline, lychee mousseline and rose water-raspberry gelée with layers of rose scented meringue while its top is finished with vanilla chantilly cream, crispy raspberry meringue sticks, fresh raspberries, white chocolate hearts and candied rose petals.  For the chocolate lovers, Saint Valentin Concorde Café Chocolat 2015 ($28.95) is composed of malted cocoa meringue layers, a dark chocolate coffee ganache, a malted chocolate mousse and coffee parfait while vanilla chantilly cream, crispy cocoa meringue sticks, milk chocolate hearts and malted chocolate marshmallows decorate its top.  Available in a 4″ size made for 2, both Saint Valentine Concorde Framboise et Rose 2015 and  Saint Valentin Concorde Café Chocolat 2015 will be available starting February 7th and pre-orders are strongly recommended for pickups on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th. Visit Ganache at 1262 Homer Street in Yaletown.

Tracycakes Cupcakes

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Out in Langley and Abbotsford Cookie Bouquets and Cupcakes are all the rage at Tracycakes Cafe. Order easily online for pickup!

Urban Tea Merchant

The Urban Tea Merchant might be the spot to visit should your love, love tea? The Love Me Keepsake Tin Tea is fine green tea and fragrant floral blossoms. 150g of loose Love Me Tea retails at $60.

They’re also doing a special Valentines Day Tea Feb 13-15. 

Long Table Distillery Celebrates 2 Year


This Saturday Long Table Distillery celebrates 2 years of distilling Craft Spirits in Vancouver. Celebration from 3-5 for a Happy & ‘Appy Hour from 3-5pm – open ’till 10pm. Don’t miss the limited release of their Batch #03 Bourbon Barrelled Gin in 750ml bottles.

Long Table Distillery Ltd.
1451 Hornby St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W8
T: 604.266.0177

Looking to book an event or private tour & tasting?
Please email

Wellness Show

At the 2015 Wellness Show

Find Fuel, Fitness and Fun

The 23rd Annual Wellness Show  is dedicated to helping you live a more healthy lifestyle. Check it out February 13th, 14th and 15th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building.

The show includes 300 exhibitors in all areas: whole, organic, non GMO, gluten-free health foods and snacks, cutting-edge supplements to help make you leaner and stronger, and the latest fitness equipment and exercise crazes to help you find a new, fun, and motivating workout.


In addition to our 300 experts answering your health and wellness questions, sampling options abound! In the Organic Market section, sponsored by Nesters Market, are organic apples and salads, juices and energy bars, as well as organic yogurt, milk and cream. Nibble on natural and organic cereal and granola bars, and snack on gluten-free and whole grain breads. Thirsty? Sip some Alkaline Water, Aloe Gloe Aloe Water, Be Coconut Water, Seva Maple Water, Whistler Glacial Spring Water, RISE Kombucha, Bremner Juices, or try some organic and Fair Trade coffee and teas.

There are 5 demonstration stages: try out a new, fun workout at the Fitness Demonstration Stage, learn more about how to manage wellness specifically for women at the Women and Wellness Stage, get inspired to live your very best life from the speakers at the Living Well Stage, and learn new holistic wellness techniques, hands-on at a Wellness Workshop. Finally, you can learn new, healthy recipes and cooking techniques (and sample the final product!) from notable chefs at our Celebrity Cooking Stage (sponsored by Alligga™).

The Wellness Show also features a fun play area for kids, a Natural Beauty section, featuring organic and cruelty-free makeup, skincare products and procedures, a section for folks interested in Raw Living, and an emphasis on Green, good-for-you-good-for-the-planet Living.

The Wellness Show runs Friday, February 13 (noon to 8 pm), Saturday, February 14 (10 am to 7 pm) and Sunday, February 15 (10 am to 6 pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Exhibit Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. Ticket prices are: $14.50 (General Admission), $12.50 (Seniors & Students), $6.00 (Children 6-15), and FREE (Children 5 & Under), 3 Day Passes are available for $30. Admission is available at the door, or may be purchased in advance online.
@thewellnessshow #wellness15

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