Fraser Valley Wedding Festival

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Attendees can take an evening off from wedding planning and be inspired and delighted by the 10th Annual Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, happening Monday March 2nd, 2015, from 4-8pm at the Cascades Casino Resort in Langley, B.C.

Visitors can bring their friends, enjoy the many free samples of cake, food, and wine, and the get the inspiration needed to make sure their wedding day is extraordinary in every way. To celebrate the 10th year of the Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, all brides are entered to win a FREE wedding, and all attendees also receive a FREE swag bag upon entry.

From the smallest ceremony to the grandest event, everything needed for a perfect day is featured under one roof. Whether visitors are looking for Fraser Valley-based vendors for their wedding, or simply interested in inspiration for that special day, they will leave the show feeling inspired and amazed by the variety of options available.

If attendees are searching for that exquisite cake to top off a reception, Sugar Patisserie is a world-class bakery by a local pastry chef who has also competed in pastry competitions on the international stage. To best document the beginning of a journey together, visitors can get the opinions of experienced wedding photographers such as Stanton’s Photography, who has been in the business for over 20 years. And to learn about the countless breathtaking floral arrangements available for ceremonies and receptions, Celebrate the Moment will be on hand sharing their 25 years of experience in decorating and planning weddings.

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The 10th Fraser Valley Wedding Festival (www.fraservalleyweddingfestival.com) is happening on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 from 4-8pm at the Cascades Casino Resort located at 20393 Fraser Highway in Langley B.C. General Admission is $10 or FREE for brides, and can be purchased at the door. One dollar from every ticket sale is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FraserValleyWeddingFestival
Twitter @FVWeddingFest

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Piper-Heidsieck Named Exclusive Champagne of the Oscars

What will be in your glass this Sunday?  We’ll be sipping bubbles from the French Champagne House PIPER-HEIDSIECK, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars®! This year marks a three-year partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Founded in 1785, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses and has been a long-time supporter of cinema.

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From the early 1930s, the house has long supported the grand cinema with boldness and grandeur. In 1964, PIPER-HEIDSIECK created a tailor-made 48-liter bottle to celebrate Rex’s Harrison’s Oscar for his role in MY FAIR LADY. PIPER-HEIDSIECK works with the French Cinémathèque and the American Cinematheque and has also been the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than 20 years. 

ABOUT PIPER-HEIDSIECK

Created in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck who aimed to create a wine worthy of a Queen, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses. With a grand history, the House has been synonymous with excellence, boldness, and grandeur for 230 years. One of the world’s most awarded Champagnes, PIPER-HEIDSIECK benefits from the expertise of celebrated winemaker, Régis Camus, who has been named “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” eight times over the past ten years. 

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Chinatown’s Sai Woo Restaurant Opening March 2015

Restaurateur Salli Pateman’s New Chinatown Dining Room

Restaurateur Salli Pateman, formerly of Yaletown’s beloved Section (3), is putting the final touches on a new dining destination, Sai Woo, set to open in March 2015. Located at 160 Pender Street in Chinatown, the restaurant boasts two levels: the 113-seat upper floor is home to a dining area, bar and Chef’s Table; the 75-seat lower floor features its own bar and smaller menu, inviting guests to linger long into the evening. Building on the raw potential of the area, Sai Woo is cloaked in history; its 1930’s predecessor, Sai Woo Chop Suey, occupied the same footprint, and the contemporary version is poised to become a hub of the reinvigorated neighbourhood.

Salli and a solid team of experienced industry collaborators lead Sai Woo. Award-winning bartender Justin Anello oversees the drinks lists; Shilo Francis manages front-of-house operations; and Chef Douglas Chang leads the kitchen.

Previously of West and Bambudda, Chef Chang is passionate about food rooted in regional cuisine, but isn’t afraid to take his culinary repertoire beyond BC’s backyard. He draws from dining experiences low and high, exotic and familiar; fresh seasonal foods are combined with inspiring finds from Chinatown’s inexhaustible pantry to create cuisine that speaks firmly of Vancouver’s history and people.

Complementing Sai Woo’s dishes are beverages by bartender Justin Anello. Classics and house signatures are navigated with precision using top-shelf liquors and house-made syrups. Asian influences abound in spiked Vietnamese coffee and drinks infused with exotic fruits from neighbourhood stalls. And teetotalers take note: clever takes on nonalcoholic cocktails are given due care and attention alongside their spirited brethren.

Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds along with Anna Walentowicz of Domain Creative is overseeing all aspects of the reconstruction and design process of Sai Woo’s 6000-square-foot interior, creating a chic, modern look, while highlighting its original character. Featuring Bendtsen furniture, and lighting by award-winning designer Lukas Peet, the interior exposes original character-filled brick walls and salvaged fir flooring. The exterior maintains a low profile, inviting visitors to embrace Sai Woo’s air of mystery, and encouraging the inquisitive to seek adventure behind unlikely doors.

For more information about Sai Woo, visit www.saiwoo.ca or follow the construction process on instagram @DoYouSaiWoo.

 

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Aveda Spruce Up

Once in a while Aveda offers a promo and I jumped quickly on the complimentary Aveda Facial ($40 value) and stress fix ritual of renewal, makeup touch up, and a customized skincare consultation they offered last month. They’re always available for a consultation and if you haven’t met Spencer, at the South Granville location, I highly suggest you pop in and let him guide you through some make up tips or have him do your face for a night out.

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Spencer used the beechwood tinted moisturizer, aster dual powder foundation, raspberry tea lip gloss, golden asper trio eye makeup and a swosh of black forest mascara.

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Now the picture above isn’t going to win me any modeling gigs, but I did come out feeling pretty! If I would have just to got a picture after I got out of my workout gear, spruced up the hair and popped on a pair of my Jewliette earrings (shameless plug for my favourite jewelers), but alas, I failed at perfection once again.

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Xi Shi Chinese New Year Tea

Whether you call it Year of the Goat, Ram or Sheep, Chinese New Year is upon us and it’s worth celebrating.  Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver presents a special Asian tea as well as introducing Che Huadong, tea master and trained expert in the arts of Kung Fu Tea and Chinese Face Changing Opera.

Their tea service includes:

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Afternoon Tea Sandwiches
Char Siu Pork Puff
Sesame Prawn Toast
Green Onion Pancake and Pickled Vegetables
Dungeness Crab Salad with Jalapeño, Lime, and Cilantro Mayo

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Desserts
Blood Orange Mousse Mini
Steamed Coconut & Cream Bun
Chinese New Year
Rice Cake
Mango Pudding with Lime Meringue and Pineapple

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Scones
Tea Scones Freshly Baked – Plain, Raisin Orange
Seasonal Fruit
Preserves and Clotted Cream

$44 per person Includes your choice of loose-­leaf tea
Premium Pu’erh Tea additional $6 per person
Add a glass of sparkling wine $11
Add a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne $29

Shangri-La Hotel Opera Face Changing

Guests can view Huadong’s performances every Saturday and Sunday in Xi Shi Lounge at the following times:

·        1:00 p.m. Chinese Face Changing Opera
·        3:00 p.m. Kung Fu Tea Show*

*Guests can also enjoy shorter tableside Kung Fu Tea performances during afternoon tea service, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Xi Shi Lounge is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m, and until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The lounge is accessible through the hotel or via its direct entrance on Alberni Street. For more details on Xi Shi Lounge’s afternoon tea service, Kung Fu tea master, or live entertainment program, follow @ShangriLa_Van and #XiShiTeaMaster on Twitter and Instagram, or Like us on Facebook

Selfology Spa Salon

Selfology Spa Salon

SocialShopper Selfology Spa Deal here.

Should you not be feeling quite yourself, it may be time to treat yourself to Selfology, a spa and salon at Granville and 16th in Vancouver. Peter and Jessica Tu, the owners of this unique spot take self-care a step further and believe and practice with healing first in mind. By visiting the spa for one of their many treatments you will be nurtured and healed towards better health. Peter’s father’s unfortunate death ignited a passion in him to pursue preventative health and share this with the community. The spa hosts wellness seminars and speeches and runs a program where they give back by giving away makeovers to deserving individuals who have been to busy or distracted to stop and care for themselves.  Their mantra is to be “the best you in the best world”.

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The entry room to the salon where the hair technicians practice their art is stark white with natural wood accents. The chairs are comfortable and at the wash station these chairs even recline and massage while the hairdresser shampoos your scalp to cleanliness. I had the pleasure of meeting Kei Ishihara who treated me to a deep condition and wonderful blow out.

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Through the sliding door into the next room there is a make up consultant should you wish and several treatment rooms for you to relax and enjoy a massage, or facial or perhaps some body contouring or hair removal. The many options are listed here.

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I had an amazing relaxing organic Seaflora thalassotherapy facial and emerged with glowing skin. I also experienced the lymphatic detox massage which left me knot-free and so content I needed a nap.

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The spa sells many different skin and hair products tailored to your specific needs, I went with the Seaflora line for dry skin to elevate my skin treatments at home.  The above pictured Relaxus Salt Aroma Lamps surround the room and are also available for purchase. They not only make your room smell and look better, but also help reduce indoor pollution, and yes, I had to have one.

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This is a place where miracles seem to occur and luckily SocialShopper currently has two deals for you for:

– Option 1: $69 for 90-minute head to toe spa package for 1, including full body massage, plus organic Seaflora thalassotherapy facial (value $175)

– Option 2: $129 for 90-minute head to toe spa package for 2, including full body massage, plus organic Seaflora thalassotherapy facial (value $350)

*Selfology spa provided the treatments mentioned, but, as always, we only recommend products and services we truly love.

 

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BC Home + Garden Showcases Culinary Talent

Vancouver’s top culinary talent, including chefs, fishmongers, sommeliers, and distillers are poised to set palates ablaze at the BC Home + Garden Show, happening from February 18-22, 2015 at BC Place Stadium. Following the much-anticipated Meat & Tweet (With Beer) on opening night, the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage will host the first ever Master Series, featuring seminars and live demos from leaders in all aspects of the food industry.

CULINARY CAN’T-MISSES:

Meat & Tweet (With Beer)
February 18, 7PM-8PM

YVR Beer Tweet Up and engaged guests are will set the interwebs ablaze with BBQ and brews on opening night. Featuring brews narrated by acclaimed beer educator Rick Mohabir from Just Here for the Beer and mouthwatering barbecued bites from CRAFT Beer Market, this is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves to get social. Don’t be late, the first 50 guests to get in on the tweeting action will receive free admission courtesy of YVR Beer Tweet Up!

Just Here For The Beer Tasting Bar
Cheers to beers! All show long, join the knowledgeable crew from Just Here For The Beer up on the concourse to sample suds from a top selection of the newest and best local microbreweries while taking in the surrounding guy-friendly features. Gents, this one’s for you.

The Floform Lounge presented by Western Living
Ready to recharge? Head straight to the Floform Lounge presented by Western Living and study up on the spring’s must-have home trends with a well-deserved bevvy in-hand. Styled by local designer Christine Friend and located just steps away from the Main Stage, you can lay back without losing out on any of the action – talk about the best of both worlds.

MASTER SERIES MUST-SEES:

David Aslop
Owner, Glorious Organics

Presenting: Rethinking Weeds
Thursday, February 19 at 2:30PM

Charles Tremewen
Founder & Master Distiller, Long Table Distillery

Presenting: Small Batch Gin, Bitters & Garden Variety Botanicals Make for Great Cocktails
Thursday, February 19 at 4:30PM

Kelly Beswikerith with Omega Crunch
Author & Healthy Recipe Blogger

Presenting: Cooking with Flax
Thursday, February 19 at 6:30PM

Ned Bell presented by Organic Ocean
Executive Chef, YEW at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Presenting: Cooking with Sustainable Fish – BC Albacore Tuna
Friday, February 20 at 2:30PM

Tyler Dallner
Chef de Cuisine, Edible Canada

Presenting: Yukon-Inspired Canadian Rangeland Elk
Friday, February 20 at 4:30PM

Andy Sedlak
Head Chef, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop

Presenting: Breaking Down Pork
Friday, February 20 at 7:30PM

Taryn Wa
Executive Chef & Founder, Savoury Chef

Presenting: How to Make Malaysian Lam Rendang
Saturday, February 21 at 11:30AM

Emma and Jenna Davison
Co-owners, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters

Presenting: The Truth about Canadian Milk and Artisan Cheese
Saturday, February 21 at 1:30PM

Kurtis Kolt
Independent Wine Consultant

Presenting: A Tour Through BC Wine Country
Saturday, February 21 at 4:30PM

Lisa Simpson
Co-founder, The Liberty Distillery

Presenting: Making the Cut – What Defines Craft Spirits
Saturday, February 21 at 6:30PM

Robin Kort
Founder, Swallow Tail Culinary Adventures

Presenting: How to Safely Forage for Expensive Wild Mushrooms
Sunday, February 22 at 11:30AM

Ricardo Rosas
Head Pastry Chef, Faubourg Paris

Presenting: The Making of Macarons
Sunday, February 22 at 1:30PM

Trevor Bird
Chef & Owner, Fable

Presenting: Slow Cooked BC Spring Salmon
Sunday, February 22 at 3:30PM

Catherine and Trevor Yamamoto
Co-owners, Wheelhouse Seafoods

Presenting: How to Shuck Oysters and Eat Sustainably
Sunday, February 22 at 4:30PM

 

 

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Night At The Aquarium

A Spectacular Evening To Benefit The Conservation Of Our Oceans

Journey to an enchanting aquatic world at Night at the Aquarium—Vancouver’s most unforgettable philanthropic event of the year. Come face to face with some of the greatest mysteries of the deep while enjoying fine food, wine, exciting entertainment and incredible live and silent auctions.

We can’t wait to welcome you at this unique night dedicated to supporting the Vancouver Aquarium’s important education, research and direct action programs that affect the conservation of our oceans.

With the success of last year’s event in the stunning new space, interest for Night at the Aquarium has never been greater. Be sure to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
5:45 p.m. VIP reception
7:00 p.m. Main gala
Vancouver Aquarium

TICKETS $300

VIP PACKAGE $3,000 for 8 VIP guests
EVENT INFORMATION PAGE

INQUIRIES: 604.659.3473
NIGHTATTHEAQUARIUM
@VANAQUA.ORG

 

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Mamie Taylor’s goes South by Southwest

New brunch menu makes a run for the border

The sun may rise in the east, but Mamie Taylor’s is looking west — Southwest, that is.

At the vanguard of Chinatown’s culinary renaissance, Mamie Taylor’s was the first to bring the delicacies of the Deep South to Vancouver’s brunch lovers. Now, the regional American restaurant is setting its sights on America’s Southwest by featuring a new brunch menu inspired by the sights, sounds and flavours of the U.S. border states.

Chef Tobias Grignon’s twist on regional specialties includes the Fried Green Tomato B.E.L.T.’s thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon, fried green tomato, arugula, fried egg and baconaise layered on sourdough toast; the Chili Braised Pork Shoulder skillet featuring Mexican-style pulled pork topped with a perfectly poached egg, hollandaise and house-made salsa verde and Ham Hock Hash that’s been braised for 16 hours, shredded and combined with baby potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and homemade herbed mustard.

Mamie Taylor’s hasn’t abandoned her roots, however. Guests will still be able to order Southern favourites such as the famous Biscuit Benny with thick cut bacon or vegetarian mushroom and kale; Fried Chicken and Waffles with Bourbon syrup, red cabbage slaw and pickled jalapeño; and the Steak and Grits — the only dish in the city that boasts traditional white, hominy grits, direct from down south.

Mamie Taylor’s brunch is served from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays

 

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GRAPE JUICE WINE AUCTION 

 

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Hosted by Audi Downtown Vancouver, this fantastic annual wine auction brings Vancouver’s most refined oenophiles together to taste some magnificent wines.

Pick up some rare wine finds and network with the 300 business professionals attending the event; all the while raising much needed funds for the mentoring programs of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. This exclusive event will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Audi Downtown Vancouver with a cash bar, silent auction wine items and wine tasting stations.

What if every girl fulfills her potential? Helping girls reach their full potential through mentoring can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.

Join founding sponsors McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MAC Marketing Solutions and bid on unique and exclusive wines from around the world for a worthy cause.

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