Mother’s Day Gifts – Global TV

Mother’s Day Gifts

Global TV asked us to suss out some items that won’t break the bank for Mother’s Day and we delivered!

You don’t have to cheap out when it comes to Mother’s Day! You can find some great buys around, all less than (mostly) $30. Just remember to buy something that your mother may not spoil herself with.  No ironing boards!

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Oxo French Press – 4 Cup $39 (Cook Culture) Salt Spring Coffee and Mug

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Purdy’s Mother’s Day Chocolate $21 (Purdys)

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Oxo Good Grips Hand Spiralizer $20 (Cook Culture, Well Seasoned Langley)

Presidents Choice Cheese Board $10, Natural Pastures Cheese (IGA) $10 Cuispro Cheese Slicer $19 (Cook Culture)

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Indigo Floral Tea Set $25 with TWG Tea (Urban Tea Merchant)

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Indigo Message Board $25 (Indigo)

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Indigo Pencil Case $18 and Fridge Magnets $10

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Indigo Candle $29

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Margaret Trudeau – The Time of Your Life $20 (Indigo)

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Geraniums $5 and Pot $10 (Hunter Garden Centre)

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Sons of Vancouver Amaretto $25 (Legacy Liquor)

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A Spicy Touch Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen $35 (Books to Cooks)

What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

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. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER – APRIL 26 

To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

TICKETS
Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.

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Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details

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Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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WINE FOR WAVES NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES SPRING WINE RELEASE IN VANCOUVER – APRIL 28 

The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.

 

Canadian Cheese Recipe – Cod You Believe It’s Shmoked Mac n’ Cheese

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We’ve always got some sort of Canadian Cheese in our refrigerator and pasta is never complete without a grating of a little extra atop.

Last week four top chefs and foodies from across Canada took to the stage in an attempt to create the ultimate comfort food using Canadian cheese, pasta and a little imagination.

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Alexandra Feswick, Chef de Cuisine at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, today emerged victorious in one of Canada’s highest profile culinary comfort food battles, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off.

With Mac & Cheese again as its theme, the biannual showdown took place at DFC’s Canadian Cheese Counter at the Toronto Food & Drink Market.

From BC Chef Thompson Tran from The Wooden Boat, in Port Moody, BC represented our province with the Cod You Believe It’s Shmoked Mac n’ Cheese and we recreated it at home and suggest you do the same.

British Columbia is well-known for its abundance of fresh sustainable seafood and quality hand-crafted products. Tran combined the bold, elegant and earthy flavours of smoked fish with the unctuous, sharp salty characteristics found in some of my favourite Canadian cheeses.

Cod You Believe It’s Shmoked Mac n’ Cheese

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: about 16 minutes
Baking time: 10 to 12 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

½ lb (250 g) gemeli pasta
½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine
¼ cup (50 mL) fish stock
1 cup (250 mL) milk
¾ cup (175 mL) 18% table cream
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsalted butter, divided
Grated zest of 1 lemon, divided
4 to 6 drops truffle oil
2 slices sourdough bread, cut in ½-inch (1 cm) cubes
1½ tbsp (22 mL) all-purpose flour
1¼ cup (300 mL) shredded Canadian Emmental cheese, divided
¾ cup (175 mL) shredded Canadian 4-year-old Cheddar cheese, divided
2/3 cup (150 mL) 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubed smoked BC black cod or any smoked mild white fish
½ cup (125 mL) roughly chopped cabbage
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely sliced, de-seeded serrano chili pepper or to taste
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh tarragon

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter an 8 or 9-inch (20 to 23 cm) square oven-proof baking dish.

In large pot of boiling, salted water cook pasta according to package directions, about 7 minutes. Drain half of the pasta in colander, rinse in cool water and drain; combine with remaining unrinsed pasta. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in small skillet, combine wine and fish stock; cook on high heat until half of the liquid has evaporated, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk and cream. Set aside.

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In small skillet, melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) of butter over medium heat. Add half of the lemon zest, truffle oil and bread cubes, sauté until bread is light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

In large pot, melt remaining butter over medium heat, until frothy. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in reserved milk mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 3 minutes or until thickened, whisking occasionally.

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Remove from heat; stir in ¾ cup (175 mL) of Emmental cheese and ½ cup (125 mL) of Cheddar cheese. Add drained pasta, smoked cod, cabbage, serrano chili pepper, and remaining lemon zest. Pour into prepared dish. Top with bread cubes, remaining Emmental and Cheddar cheeses. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with tarragon and a very light squeeze of lemon.

We poured ourselves a nice glass of NZ Sauvignon Blanc!

Skipper Otto’s Cortes Island Oysters #UglytoAwesome

Taking Skipper Otto’s Cortes Island Oysters from Ugly to Awesome

If you are an oyster lover, you know oysters come in all sizes and shapes. Some are best slurped fresh, right out of the shell, some dressed up with a bit of mignonette, and some of the bigger ones are better in stews or baked. Recently we were offered a sample of Skipper Otto’s Cortes Island oysters, a gnarly bunch of creatures that aren’t exactly supermarket shelf pretty as they cling to each other and are wildly misshapen. However ugly these may be deemed, they are absolutely delicious, and at $9 a dozen, an amazing deal. Fantastic recipe and looks delicious! If people are interested in CSF, memberships start at just $100 and get you $100 worth of Ocean Wise, fisherman-direct, fair trade seafood anytime throughout the year at a variety of pick-up dates and locations. Join by May 31st at www.skipperotto.ca

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They can be picked up down in Granville Island at Fisherman’s Wharf and around Vancouver. Check the schedule here.

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We decided to make a version of Oysters Rockefeller with ours, but as they were a bit clingy we started them off on the barbecue so they’d pop open and be easier to deal with. We then transferred them to a shell and topped with the spinach mixture and cheese and baked in the oven indoors.

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The result? Deliciously beautiful oysters! A bit of bread and perhaps a salad and you’ve got a meal. Don’t forget the craft beer!

Spinachy Oysters

2 garlic cloves
2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup panko crumbs

1 pound (about) rock salt
24 fresh oysters, shucked, shells reserved
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Barbecue oysters until they start to pop open and then bring into the kitchen to finish in the oven.

Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 450°F. Finely chop garlic in processor. Add spinach and green onions to garlic. Process, using on/off turns, until mixture is finely chopped. Transfer mixture to medium bowl.
Combine butter, breadcrumbs and process until well blended. Return spinach mixture to processor. Process, using on/off turns, just until mixtures are blended. Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle rock salt over large baking sheet to depth of 1/2 inch. Arrange oysters in half shells atop rock salt. Top each oyster with 1 tablespoon spinach mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake until spinach mixture browns on top, about 8 minutes.

What’s Good This Week April 19

Temperatures are rising in Vancouver, but by the weekend should cool off and we may even see some rain, so get out on those patios today and tomorrow! If you love oysters you’ll want to pack your bags for the Okanagan’s Osoyoos Oyster Festival, but there’s plenty to do around town should travel not be on the agenda.

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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable.

This year, World Champion Oyster Shucker Patrick McMurray, AKA “Shucker Paddy,” will make a special appearance to shuck fresh oysters for guests. McMurray is also owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto, ON.

Over the course of the festival, guests can sip Canadian wine, craft beer and spirits, paired with delicious oyster creations from local chefs. A number of new events are planned for this year’s festival, including an International Oyster Night, featuring internationally-inspired oyster dishes; and the Under the Sea brunch at Watermark Beach Resort. info

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Sakura Tea Service at Urban Tea Merchant

Celebrate the spring season and the blooming cherry blossoms in Vancouver with the Sakura Tea Set. Presented on a beautiful glass platter, this afternoon tea includes delightful Japanese inspired tea-infused savouries and sweets.

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The Fisherman and the Forager – Sunday, April 24th

Sunday Supper Series is at back at Pentola and feeling as light and fresh as the crisp Spring air. Local seafood and locally foraged vegetables will be the main ingredients in this month’s ‘a la familia’ Sunday Supper. Chef Travis Mccord is inspired by the fresh Spring weather to bring you mouth watering fare with Italian flare. Expect fresh fish, morels, spot prawns and hand made pastas. Look forward to a delectable dinner composed of at least 8 courses with the option to have bubbles perfectly paired by Wine Director Christopher McFadden. Call 604.642.0557   |   info@lapentola.ca

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Sample White Asparagus and German Wine at Bauhaus

Bauhaus patio is now open!  head to Gastown for by for a glass of wine, a cocktail and a bite and take advantage of our beautiful spring weather. Don’t miss the schnitzel and white asparagus with a crisp glass of German Riesling or Pinot Noir.

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Comedy and Cocktails at Theatresports 

To complement Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) improvised parody, Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, Paul Belsito, bar manager of VTSL’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, has created a trio of tasty potions inspired by the characters and locations in the popular HBO TV series.

Value-priced at $8 these special T&G (not G&T) cocktails are available only through the run of Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, April 7 – May 28.  Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. vtsl.com.

#Giveaway $200+ Coffee Grinder – Salt Spring Coffee Turning Twenty #ssc20years

Celebrate Salt Spring Coffee Turning Twenty and Win a $200+ package of Coffee, Mugs and a Premium Coffee Grinder

We’ve been visiting Salt Spring Island for over twenty years and still remember when the Island’s coffee company roasted their beans with a modified popcorn popper from their home. Salt Spring Coffee was founded April 25, 1996 by Mickey and Robbyn Scott, and now supplies 1,200 cafes, restaurants, grocers, and independent food stores with its premium single origin, small lot and coffee blends.

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Salt Spring Coffee is still an organic macro roasting company, but is now based in Richmond, BC. Owner Mickey McLeod is committed to being fair to farmer and to environmental sustainability and travels the world to meet with farmers to ensure these standards are upheld.

In addition to organic whole bean coffee, the company has a Cold Brew alternative. It will introduce two new Cold Brew coffee flavours this year to  select grocery stores in B.C including all Choices Markets and Donald’s Markets. Cold Brew is the result of Salt Spring Coffee steeped in water at room temperature for 15 hours, and then bottled using a double filtration process to provide a smooth, clean result – best served cold. Starting this fall, consumers will be able to purchase Salt Spring Coffee in more grocery stores, restaurants and cafes across Canada.

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To celebrate their 20 year anniversary we’ve partnered with this awesome coffee company to give you the most premium of coffee grinders along with mugs and coffee to ensure you’re having the best cup of in your home.

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The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour

New Zealand Wine Visits Vancouver May 5, 2016

New Zealand is my birthplace and I have returned on far too few occasions and I’m left with a gap in my heart each time of think of my home country. I miss my relatives (four generations are still living as my grandparents are in their 90’s) and all the great food and wine that occurs when we are together.

The last time I visited New Zealand I visited many cellar doors in Hawkes Bay where the majority of the extended family lives now, and have been to a few on Waiheke Island, but I have yet to venture further south to explore the many wineries that visit Canada during the spring wine tours. Fortunately the upcoming May New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour in Vancouver on May 5, 2016 provides a tour of the entire country’s wine regions.

Wineries flying over this time include those from the east, west north and south, and it isn’t all about Sauvignon Blanc , AT ALL, or even Pinot Noir. I can’t wait to sample Syrah, Pinot Gris, Gewurtz and some bigger reds.

Participating Wineries

Ara Wines
Babich Wines
Clark Estate
Invivo Wines
Marisco Vineyards
Marlborough Wine
Matua Wines
Mud House Wines
Oyster Bay Wines
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Sacred Hill Vineyards
Saint Clair Family Estate
Sileni Estates
Spy Valley Wines
Staete Landt Wine Company
Stoneleigh Vineyards
te Pa Family Vineyards
Toi Toi Wines
Villa Maria Estate
Whitehaven Wine Company
Wither Hills

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Vancouver May 6 Consumer Tickets here

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Trade Tasting Tickets here 

In addition to the New Zealand Tiki Tour, NZ Wines is celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday May 6, 2016 (and you can win through social media from May 1-May 20)

Snap, Tag and Win with #NZWine

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Celebrate #SauvBlanc Day with NZ Sauv Blanc on Friday May 6 2016. Details here.

SNAP a pic of you enjoying your favourite NZ Sauv Blanc

TAG your Instagram or Tweet with #SauvBlanc, #MyNZSauvBlanc, #NZWine and #BCLDB

WIN a $25 BCLDB gift certificate

Competition runs from 1 to 20 May 2016.

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While you are celebrating NZ Wine by drinking Sauvignon Blanc, or visiting the New Zealand Wine Tour I highly encourage you to pay some attention to Sacred Hill Winery, one I recently visited while in Hawkes Bay.  One of my favourite wines in the world (yes, the WORLD) comes from here, the Rifleman’s Chardonnay; proving, once again, NZ is way more than Sauvignon Blanc.

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I’ve stood among the vines in the Rifleman’s Chardonnay is grown, a spectacular site overlooking the white cliffs of the Tutaekuri river. The soil is a mixture of 10,000 year old volcanic ash and deep red metals overlaying limestone, creating low yields and extremely concentrated fruit flavours.  The vineyard is planted 22 year old Mendoza vines and the resulting wine is outstanding. I pray they bring it with them on the tour.

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It’s another busy week ahead! What’s Good In This Week in Vancouver?

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Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!

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Sakura & Sake at Shangri-La’s Market until April 30

We’ve welcomed Spring with open arms, and a Sakura-inspired tasting menu available now until April 30.

Guests can anticipate dishes such as Side Stripe Shrimp, with Eggplant Salad, Green Beans, Grated Daikon Momiji, and Sake Vinaigrette; or a savoury Sablefish, marinated in Sake Lees, Crispy Rice, and Edamame Purée.

Guests have the option to add on wine pairings, or sake pairings from Granville Island Artisan Sakemaker, Masa Shiroki. View the Sakura tasting menu. Reserve online, or by calling 604 695 1115.

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Sample Bella Gelateria’s Gelato di Bufala 

Vancouver’s maestro gelatiere James Coleridge from the internationally award-winning Bella Gelateria has worked his scrumptious magic again with his latest frozen culinary creation, Gelato di Bufala or water buffalo milk gelato.
Bella Gelateria’s Gelato di Bufala offers a healthier alternative with more calcium, protein, iron, less cholesterol and sodium than cow’s milk. Its silky, velvety satin, creamy texture and buttery taste is similar to the famous bufala mozzarella Italian cheese renowned in Italy.
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Sample Rhubarb Treats at Beaucoup Bakery – Until June 20, 2016

Spring’s favourite vegetable makes a sweet arrival this season as Beaucoup Bakery & Café brings rhubarb to life in three limited, new pastries and one special iced tea. From April 11, 2016 until June 20, 2016, customers can enjoy an Olive Oil Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Rhubarb Nest, Strawberry Rhubarb Croissant, and Rhubarb Hibiscus Iced Tea.

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Blossom Barge – April 16, 2016

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), presented by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, brings spring to the blue ways of Vancouver this April to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration of the city’s beautiful blooms.
Blossom Barge, presented by Tymac Launch Service, is an innovative floating installation of 36 flowering cherry blossom trees on a barge, showcasing a beautiful pink and white canopy of Shirotae, Shirofugen and Kwanzan cherry trees in full bloom.
Join in the fun on Saturday, April 16 when the Blossom Barge will parade Vancouver’s waterways before mooring at Dock 7 by Granville Island Market at lunchtime. Celebrate spring with a mini festival of free performances on the barge by Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Tetsu Taiko & Tzo’kam cross-cultural collaboration, Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Kutapira, Chibi Taiko, and the international yoyo superstar, Harrison Lee.
On its inaugural journey from Crab Park to Granville Island on April 16, the Blossom Barge will give a sail-by salute as it passes the Pier at Canada Place, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island and sails along False Creek to Science World, before returning to moor at Dock 7 at Granville Island Market.

Win $1,000 Visa Gift Card with Vancity Credit Union

Vancity Credit Union is working on their new advertising campaign and you could be a part of it!

Last month we worked on the #VancouverIStay campaign, asking what people love about Vancouver and why they stay in this city, despite the challenges. Now Vancity Credit Union also wants you to tell them (and us) what it’s really like to live here.

As a local credit union, they want to listen to what local people are saying and help find solutions. Create a 30 second video answering any number of questions that they have. Think of it as your own personal diary cam. It doesn’t have to be super slick or polished, just honest and real.

Vancity will feature some of the video clips in their new advertising campaign, where they’ll show and share what it’s really like for people faced with the challenges of living in the Lower Mainland day in and day out, and what solutions people may have found. 

Make sure you tell us why you’re not giving up by completing this sentence: “I’m not giving up because….”

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By submitting your video you will also be entered in a weekly draw to win a $1,000 Visa* Gift Card.

Here are the thought starters:

Go through the topics and speak to the ones that matter most to you; snap some video at home or while you’re out and about facing these issues – it’s up to you!

Housing affordability:

  • What do you think about the real estate market here in Vancouver?
  • What bothers you the most about what people are saying about it?
  • What challenges do you face when it comes to home ownership or renting?
  • What impact does the housing market have on your lifestyle? Or how does it affect your personal finances or financial stability?

Environmental sustainability:

  • Is there anything we can do that will actually make a difference to the environment? What efforts do you make to lessen your impact on the environment?
  • Do you think it makes a difference?

Social inclusion:

  • How inclusive are we really around gender, sexual orientation, race, beliefs, etc.? Why do you feel that way?

Solutions:

  • What do you love about living here? If things are so bad, what keeps you here?
  • What is missing in your community to make it more affordable, environmentally friendly, or inclusive?
  • Have you found any creative ways to make living here more affordable for yourself? 

Is there hope? Make sure you tell us why you’re not giving up by completing this sentence:

  • “I’m not giving up because….”

How to submit.

Post it to your Twitter account and tagging the video with the hashtag #DontGiveUp and Vancity’s Twitter account @vancity. If sharing your video via Twitter, you must be a follower of Vancity on Twitter.

Or post it to your Instagram account and tagging the video with the hashtag #DontGiveUp and Vancity’s Instagram account @vancitycu

Or visit www.vancity.com/DontGiveUp and upload the video there with the hashtag #DontGiveUp

Thank you for taking the time to do this, we look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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*Vancity approached us after they heard of #VancouverIstay for assistance in promoting this program. #sponsored

What’s Good In April

What to do in April in and around Vancouver

We’ve been busy focusing on the positive in Vancouver with the #VancouverIstay project (you’ve checked it out right?) and looking ahead to April there’s even more reason to love what Vancouver has to offer.

Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!

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World Malbec Day Tastings April 16, 2016

This year’s Malbec Word Day falls on Sunday, April 17th, but British Columbia will get a jump on the celebrations with free Argentinean wine tastings at 5 private stores on Saturday, April 16 2016.  In addition, select BCLDB stores throughout the province will offer free tastings of Argentinean wines in April.

In BC, the following private stores will host complimentary consumer tastings on Saturday, April 16.  Each store will pour at least 3 different wines, including Malbecs and Malbec blends, paired with samples of authentic Argentinean cuisine.

Everything Wine – North Vancouver, South Surrey & Langford locations – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Legacy Liquor Store – 1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver – PLUS a DJ will provide music at this lively event – 2:00 to 5:00pm
BC Liquor Stores across the province will host over 50 Malbec World Day tastings.

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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable. More info

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26 
Latest Edition of Ongoing Dinner Series Unites Like-minded Chefs To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

The fifth in an ongoing series that transforms the “ugly ducklings” of the kitchen — also known as commonly discarded scraps, off-cuts, stems and stalks — into gourmet menus with an ecological message, the latest Ugly Duckling Dinner unites a pair of like-minded chefs who share the same culinary principles of featuring fresh-daily ingredients sourced from local farms, pastures and seas.

TICKETS
Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

As Royal Dinette prides itself on placing a premium on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the Ugly Duckling Dinner menu is subject to slight changes. Substitutions are politely declined.

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Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge Until April 30

Restaurants from all over the city entered ball dishes into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their meatball creation on their menu from April 6-30, 2016. More info.

In this meatball challenge the meatballs cover various cuisines including Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian.

chicha

Chicha Launches New Cocktail Menu – April 14, 2016

Dale Styner of MoneyChalks has not only chalked Chicha’s entire wall with his art; Peruvian Nazca line themed, but also created their new cocktail list.
Party starts at 8.30pm

All Dale’s new cocktails will be $6 (2oz)
All pints on tap will be $5
Tightrope Dry Reisling $6
Anteres Carmenere $6
…and of course Jameson shots for $3

tulips

Abbotsford Tulip Festival…Until May 1, 2016

This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival–the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles.

The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall.

Dates:               March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week
Location:          36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission:      Only $5.00 per person and complimentary parking

chocolate challenge

Gourmet Warehouse Chocolate Challenge – April 7, 2016

$ 75.00

At 6:30pm – an evening of food, wine, and chocolate, to help us feed the children. The Chocolate Challenge pits 8 of Vancouver’s best chocolatiers against each other in a competition to create the best original chocolate. As our guest, you will sample and vote on your favourite creation.

In addition to chocolate, your ticket includes tastings from Tartine Tarts, Tacomio, Sebastian & Co, Terra Breads, Sundance Seafood, Earnest Ice Cream, Dry Soda and Stumptown Coffee.

100% of ticket sales, silent and live auction proceeds will be to the Strathcona Backpack Program and Project Chef.

Taste and vote on your favourite creations by:

Bearfoot Bistro, Chez Christophe, Chocolate Arts,  French Made Baking,  Gem Chocolates, Purdy’s Chocolates, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, and Thomas Haas. Tickets

the hatch winery

The Hatch Wines at Chewies – April 13, 2016

5 Courses – 5 Wines $68 Per Person  – A fun, unpretentious wine event hosted by Jesse Harnden of The Hatch, one of BC’s best new wineries & Chewie’s Exectutive Chef, Michael Knowlson. If you haven’t tried these wines then you absolutely have to, and if you haven’t heard Jesse talk about what he loves, then you are missing out! andrew@chewies.ca (604) 620-7634 More info

grape juice

Grape Juice for Big Sisters – April 21, 2016

Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver
1770 Burrard Street 5:30 – 8:30 PM TICKETS
$100 Featuring canapés by Chill Winston
with wine tastings CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS

a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket

Tamara

BjornBar Bakery Opening – April 7, 2016

Pastry Chef Tamera Clark has returned to North Vancouver from Montreal to open the BjornBar Bakery located in the Edgemont Village. BjornBar opens this Thursday, April 7th at 3053 Edgemont Boulevard. Details

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