Modern Pantry

Christmas Pop-up: The Modern Pantry

ONLY HERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Modern Pantry (originally in West Van) brings artisan foods from Europe and the USA. While completing a Masters degree in Gastronomy in Italy, the owner, Kendall, met dozens of artisan producers making incredible products and became inspired to connect people with the stories behind what we eat.

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Behind the scenes product tasting on:

Date: Saturday, 6 December 2014
Time: 11-12pm OR 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Xoxolat, 1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Reserve your spot

Campania Sauce

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria Partners with Mealshare To Feed Thousands Through Tomato Sauce Holiday Program

In the spirit of the holiday season and to show their appreciation for the communities in which they serve, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzerias across British Columbia will once again be selling their authentic Campania tomato sauce in-store from November 12th to December 31st, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Mealshare program, supplying hot meals to those in the province who need them most.

Mealshare is a Canadian social enterprise that partners with restaurants like Famoso, allowing patrons to purchase Mealshare-branded menu items, and in return, a meal is donated to someone in need. When Famoso guests purchase a jar of the restaurant’s legendary sauce they are directly helping people in the communities where Famoso restaurants are located.


Fans of Famoso’s authentic Campania tomato sauce can buy 500mL jars for just $8.00 at any of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria’s 25 locations across BC, Alberta and Ontario. In BC, guests can pick up a jar of sauce at restaurants in Abbotsford (High Street), Surrey (Morgan Crossing), Vancouver (Commercial Drive) and Victoria (Market Square).


BOKS for Elementary School Students in Canada

Reebok Canada Partners with Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Football League to Provide BOKS to Elementary School Students in Canada 

Free Morning Physical Activity Program to Commence this Fall in Elementary Schools across Canada

 Reebok Canada has partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League (CFL) to expand and enhance physical activity in Canadian elementary schools through BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success).  With a goal to enlist more than 450 schools in the next five years, BOKS, a free morning physical activity program, will launch in 10 schools this September, serving more than 400 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. An initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, BOKS is designed to get kids’ bodies moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.

BOKS aims to help improve kids’ academic performance and overall health through physical activity and nutritional knowledge. The program reinforces the Public Health Agency of Canada’s commitment to help all students meet the medically recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As part of the agreement, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing funding that will go to hiring and training BOKS staff, marketing, promotion, research and start-up equipment for schools throughout Canada.

Additionally, the CFL, which has been actively involved in Canadian communities throughout its rich history, will help raise awareness of BOKS. The CFL will provide marketing support ranging from digital, social and in-stadium assets and activations. Its players will make visits to participating schools to help students live a healthy lifestyle and excite them to get active.

BOKS was started by Kathleen Tullie and a group of moms in 2009 who were inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark, which provides compelling evidence that physical activity will supercharge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking and enhance memory in kids. Run by community volunteers, including moms, dads, teachers and anyone passionate about getting kids active, BOKS provides free training, curriculum and support for those interested in bringing the program to their school. BOKS is a 45-minute session and runs a minimum of twice a week at school.  A typical BOKS class includes warm up, a running related activity, skill of the week (i.e sit-ups), a fun game, a cool down period and a BOKS nutritional bit before the students are transitioned off to their classes.

For more information about BOKS, visit, the BOKS Facebook page or the BOKS Twitter handle.

About BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success)

BOKS, Build Our Kids’ Success, an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation, is a free morning physical activity program. BOKS was founded on the principle Active Kids = Active Minds, and was created by a group of moms after reading Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark, which states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” The goal of the BOKS program is to enhance academic performance and the overall health of kids through physical activity. The program, run by moms, dads, P.E. teachers and all other types of volunteers in local communities, is simple to implement. BOKS is currently in more than 1,200 schools around the world

Lights of Hope

Lights of Hope St. Paul’s

See the Lights of Hope display

On November 27, 2014, watch this year’s Lights of Hope display light up for the first time during a special Lights of Hope Community Celebration. This festive event features fireworks, food trucks and fun for the whole family!

What: Lights of Hope Community Celebration
When: November 27, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

After November 27, you can continue to see the display from dusk to dawn until January 12, 2015.

About the Lights of Hope display
Since 1998, we have brought attention to the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign by building a spectacular display of lights at St. Paul’s Hospital. Today, Lights of Hope is an annual holiday tradition that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to St. Paul’s to see the display, which is built by volunteers using donated materials – including 10 kilometers of lights!

According to BC Hydro, despite its size and scope, Lights of Hope uses very little energy. To operate the full display results in an energy bill of just $65 each night. A big part of this energy efficiency is the use of LED bulbs, which account for 60% of the lights. LED bulbs last for 4000 hours, which is twice as long as incandescent bulbs; and strings of LED bulbs use only 1 to 3 kilowatt hours of energy, while strings of incandescent bulbs use anywhere from 12 to 105 kilowatt hours.


Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria does true Neapolitan pizza out on Commercial Drive and recently added some innovative toppings just to mix things up on the largely traditional menu. The pizzas are all made all made with‘00’ Caputo flour and are hand-stretched and tossed. Excellent crispy and thin crusts and are then topped with tomatoes imported from Southern Italy’s Campania and often fresh fior-di-late whole-milk mozzarella along with a variety of toppings, and no matter what tops the pizza, they all end up in the Italian pizza oven for 90 seconds at 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

The atmosphere is casual at Famoso; guests order at the counter and are then served table side. Famoso’s menu includes appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, gelato and a variety of  drinks including wine, beer, cocktails, Italian coffees and sodas, and soft drinks.

Korean BBQ Pizza Famoso

We’ve been a couple times now and recently tried the BBQ Korean Pizza, but are actually fonder of the more traditional toppings, but those who like a bit of sweet BBQ flavour will enjoy the new pie.


Salads are always a must for us and liked our last choice with its combo of blue cheese and cranberries on top of romaine and also adore their meatballs. And you must end with an affogato; a scoop of Italian ice cream over espresso.

Salad Famoso

Great pizza with super friendly staff. Will be back again but will stick to their traditional pizza pies.

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
 Sunday to Thursday, 11am – 11pm
Friday to Saturday, 11am – 12 midnight

Find out more at
twitter @FamosoPizzeria

Charcuterie Forage

Holiday Lunch at Forage

Happiness and Cheer at Forage This Year

Stop in to Forage this holiday season for their excellent holiday lunch, served Monday to Friday, beginning December 1st through to December 19th. Chef Whittaker offers a four-course menu for $35, with the added bonus of house made cranberry preserve for each guest to take home. This is a meal to share as the minimum is four people and reservations are required. Check out or call 604-661-1400 for further information and to book your fun festive lunch.

We stopped in for a preview and were, as usual, blown away by Whittaker’s menu. The only problem is now you’ve got to work extra hard on your holiday meal in case it’s compared. Hopefully our chef will be up to it this year as dinner is at our house. Perhaps we should get a few tips from Whittaker beforehand. We’ll let you know how it goes!

Family Style Forage Four Course Menu

Grilled Kale Forage

Grilled kale salad with caramelized apples, roasted  hazelnuts,Golden Ears brie and honey dressing

Charcuterie Forage

Charcuterie board with cured meats and salmon,
house made pickles and IPA mustard

Roasted Turkey Forage

Roasted Fraser Valley turkey with all the festive trimmings OR

Roasted Pork Forage

Hay-smoked Pork Rack Roast with maple apple chutney (groups of 10+ people may order both turkey and pork)

Sticky Toffee Pudding forage

Sticky Toffee Pudding, ginger eggnog ice cream, Forty Creek caramel

Neal Brothers Partner with Vikram and Chuck

Vij's Delhi-licious Chips

We love kettle chips, so this spring when Neal Brothers announced a partnership with two of our favourite chefs and brought us two new flavours , we were of course eager to get our hands on a bag or two. These chips feature Vancouver chef Vikram Vij and Montreal chef Chuck Hughes for these new varieties.

Chef Vij contributed a masala spice recipe and his chip is called Vij’s Delhi-Licious, and Hughes celebrated his love of Sriracha with the Srirachup chips.

The chips are great for the holidays. Both are chock full of flavour and a there’s a little more than just a kick of spice. We are also big fans of the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for dipping and the salt and vinegar version as well.

These chips are addictive, so you’ll want to buy more than just a few bags or you’ll likely eat them all before your guests arrive.

The range contains no preservatives or artificial flavours and is priced at $2.89/142 gram bag.

Aids Vancouver

AIDS Vancouver Open House

Join AIDS Vancouver on December 1 for an Open House to celebrate World AIDS Day and officially kick-off their Holiday Grocery donation campaign.

When: Monday, December 1
Where: AIDS Vancouver, 1107 Seymour Street
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate bringing in grocery items or a with cash donation; and participate in the Red Ribbon awards

  • Formal presentation with appetizers from 11:30-1 pm.
  • Red Ribbon awards presentation to Jackie Haywood, Dr. John Blatherwick & Anne Beaufoy at 12:15 pm.
  • Table presentations from 11:30-1:30 pm on; Educate to Empower/HIV 101, Helpline, Community Outreach/Volunteerism, CHIWOS(Women living with HIV), New Face of HIV/Undetectable, Health Promotion/Prevention & The Food Bank.
  • Bif Naked & Ryan Steele meeting guests 12-1 1 pm.

Vancouver Rock Star Bif Naked and the Amazing Race Canada’s Ryan Steele will be in attendance to say hello and take selfies for donations.

Bif Naked is also donating all of the proceeds from the sale of her song Intellectual to AIDS Vancouver! Get it on iTunes today!
Bif Naked


The World AIDS Day Donation Single

Get it on iTunes now!

Come to the event and be entered into a draw for two tickets anywhere WestJet flies! The draw will be done on December 2 and advertised on, and the winner will be notified by emailed shortly after the draw.

Please check out the  website for the Wish List items they are looking to be donated, If you cannot attend, you can also make a donation ONLINE, or drop off any time before December 12th/2014. Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5S8, Canada

Charitable Registration #10668 9896 RR0001
Contact us at or 604-893-2201




Make an ordinary day extraordinary with Disney On Ice Let’s Party! They’ll be bringing more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Vancouver for one colossal party on ice!. This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE from November 26 – 30. 

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; plus traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival party and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.  Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family.

Pacific Coliseum at the PNE

Wednesday, November 26      7:00 PM
Thursday, November 27           7:00 PM
Friday, November 28                 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 29           11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 30               11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS:            Ticket prices range from $25, $35, $55 (VIP) and $85 (Rinkside)

Kids tickets available for only $15 each for select seating and performances (discount not valid for Sat. & Sunday 3:30pm shows; not valid for VIP/Rinkside seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at charge by phone at 604-757-0345 or at the venue Box Office.

Disney on Ice

Amazing Clubs

Amazing Clubs Canada

Looking for a holiday gift for those gourmet lovers in your life? Amazing Clubs Canada ships boxes from its 22 different clubs across Canada. Full of rare products from international and domestic artisans and sources, the club creates a one-of-a-kind gifting option.
With everything from coffee to candles there is certain to be something for everyone on your list. The best thing about this gift is that it keeps giving throughout the year, as the boxes arrive monthly, so you’ll always be in the good books of all your gift receivers. And if you are lucky they may even invite you by to share. 14108299676_7218483ffc_z13944846388_3b15ed3f69_zCheck out there full line up here.

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