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Uncommon Goods – Retail With A Conscience


This summer when I was searching for some sturdy portable BBQs that could be wheeled out to our local beach, or park, and wouldn’t fall apart after merely one use, I came across a super cool site, UncommonGoods, that featuring a super cool BBQ that I had to have. At the time they weren’t shipping to Canada, but they thankfully now are, and I’m thinking I may just do a little more shopping this season for some holiday gifts.

The company has been around since 1999, is based in Brooklyn, is privately-owned and features unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in “harmony with the environment” Their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers, half of what they sell is made by hand.

In addition to the BBQ that I ordered up a wine cooler a wine tote that I got some serious use out of this summer. Here’s the scoop on each of these “Uncommon Goods”.

Get Grilling

Great for our BBQ this summer as we just strapped it to our cart and wheeled to the park. It’s perfectly sized for small, spontaneous cook-outs, and we love the sleek, modern design with silicone handles that stay cool when the grill is hot. It’s easy-to clean with a chromium-plated iron coal bucket and lid, and has a nylon strap to secure all the parts for storage and transportation.  Make it a set with the Bristle Free Grill Brush.

Totes Cool

This tote is perfect for hiding wine at the beach until those pesky liquor laws change. Carry your favorite BC wine or any beverage to picnics and tailgate parties in style. The bag is sturdy, water-proof and has a false bottom that conceals a 5-liter, leak-proof, airtight pouch that holds your drink of choice, and a freezer pack to keep things chill. It also has room for cups, snacks, or other essentials, as well as a zippered compartment for valuables and a comfortable shoulder strap that leaves your hands free, to drink!

uncommon trayIf you are looking for some ideas for the holiday season, UnCommon Goods has some great ones! How about a dish that goes right from the over to the table and looks great too? Pie anyone?



uncommongoods candle

Stocking stuffers are a breeze with Uncommon Goods, just check out the flavoured popcorn flavours above and there’s lots for the of gorgeous decor to beautify your holiday home, I’m captured by the shadow candles.

**UnCommon Goods sent me the BBQ and Tote and the other suggestions are also my own.

Father’s Day Recipe Contest

Is your dad hard to shop for? Coquitlam Centre wants to help make your shopping easy!

For your chance to win a BBQ prize pack valued at $150, share your favourite recipe OR your dad’s favourite recipe on our Facebook page here: http://on.fb.me/L7em87

Feel free to include an image with your entry, really make our mouths water!

Contest closes at 4:00pm on Friday, June 15. The winner will be chosen by the judges at Coquitlam Centre.

Good luck!


2012 SWE – Rick Carl Memorial Scholarship Fundraising BBBQ

A group of long time Society of Wine Educators (SWE) members have put together a scholarship program, which annually sends deserving individuals from British Columbia to the SWE ANNUAL CONFERENCE featuring 3 days of seminars about wine,  and supports candidates for certification in the wine education fieldCheck out the conference details at:  www.societyofwineeducators.org   
To fund this worthy endeavor, we are hosting the 11th Annual SWE Rick Carl Memorial BBQ
This event is dedicated to the memory of Rick Carl, long time industry member, wine lover, and supporter of wine education.  Here are the details:

Date:                  Tuesday July 10, 2012
Time:                  6:30 pm – 10:00pm

Location:           Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park
Dinner:               Buffet BBQ Salmon and Chicken (served at 7:00pm)
Beverages:        Wine and Beer included in ticket price!
Dress:                Casual Summer
Cost:                  $39.00 (an amazing deal thanks to all the wonderful industry donations)
All Ticket purchases must be done online atwww.eply.com/SWE-BBQ
Silent Auction:  This is where we make the funds to provide the scholarships.  Dig deep and help us send someone to conference!!  All auction donations greatly appreciated (contact Dana Lee Harris – danalee.harris@shaw.ca


Wine & Beer:  Donations for our wine bar are greatly appreciated, we love to see a great cross section of wines for everyone to try, please contact Paul Watkin – paul@seacove.com
For further information, please contact:

Paul Martin          604 689-9462

Dana Lee Harris   604 986-3262

Paul Watkin         604 908-5513

Richard Carras     604 961-5446Book your tickets quickly (only 175 available) and come on out to enjoy a great evening.  Help us put something back into the industry that we all love and depend on.


  The Society of Wine Educators is dedicated to increasing wine education through professional development and certification. 

Foodists 2nd Annual BBQ Bootcamp

BBQ Lamb Popsicles Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk slices up his delicious lamb popsicles hot off the grill after being marinated in herbs de Provence, rosemary and Dijon, served with balsamic vinegar and fresh mint. 

Foodists.ca is extremely excited to present our second annual Barbecue Bootcamp featuring BBQ Champ and author, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk.

Modelled after last summer’s smash hit Foodists.ca event, we guarantee you will go home stuffed with unbelievable food, ideas, tips and a renewed passion for grilling. You will be inspired to up your outdoor cooking game after you see what Ronnie pulls off the grill! Here are all the details:

Barbecue Bootcamp

Join international barbecue champion Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk for this outdoor cooking extravaganza featuring the essentials of grilling and southern-style barbecue. The four-hour cooking and eating demonstration (actually, it’s more like a piece of smoke-infused performance art ) will include an overview of tools and equipment, rubs, sauces and marinades, techniques for quick and easy grilling and slow-smoking, plus tall tales and legends from the world of competitive barbecue. You’ll learn from Ronnie and enjoy samplings of great dishes from his bestselling book,  Barbecue Secrets DELUXE!, including:

  • Smoked Oysters with Barbecue Sauce
  • Quesadilla with Mango, Brie, and Fresh Basil
  • Planked Tandoori Salmon with Peach Chutney and Yoghurt Sauce
  • Barbecued Brisket Sliders with Slaw and Texas Red Beans
  • Grilled Tuscan Game Hens on Arugula Salad
  • Spice-crusted Pork Blade Steaks with Grill-Roasted Vegetables
  • Grilled Pineapple Spears with Cajeta Sauce

Not only is this incredible value on its own, we will be including wine tastings, pairing each of the dishes with Vincor wines,, including the classic pairing with barbecue, Ravenswood.

All attendees will receive a bottle of Ronnie & Denzel’s Natural Champions BBQ Sauce (a $10 value) and be entered in a door prize draw, and when you register you can choose to include a copy of Barbecue Secrets DELUXE! at a special discounted price of $20.

BBQ Bootcamp promises to be a celebration of gourmet backyard cooking. If you want to seriously upgrade your grilling and barbecue skills, don’t miss this.

Ronnie will have copies of his latest book (a merging of his two previous books plus many new recipes) and sauces on hand and for sale, and there will be a door prize for attendees.

WHEN: Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 11:00am to 3pm (PST)
WHERE: Private Residence, 2762 Wall St., Vancouver, BC
WHAT TO BRING: Just your appetite and possibly a notepad and pen!
TICKETS: Click to purchase tickets.

BBQ Bootcamp Steak with Gorgonzola Butter Rare beef tenderloin steak with gorgonzola butter from last year’s BBQ Bootcamp. 

Society of Wine Educators Annual BBQ Fundraiser


You are invited to join your associates in the wine and hospitality industry for an evening of food, music and good company.
A group of long time Society of Wine Educators (SWE) members have put together a scholarship program, which annually sends deserving individuals from British Columbia to the SWE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ,to seminars about wine and supports candidates for certification in the wine education field
To fund this worthy endeavor, we are hosting the 9th Annual
Salmon BBQ at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park.
This event is dedicated to the memory of Rick Carl, long time industry member, wine lover, and supporter of wine education. 
Here are the details:
Date:                    Tuesday July 13, 2010
Time:                   6:30 pm – 10:30pm
Dinner:                Buffet BBQ Salmon and Chicken (served 7:00pm till late)
Beverages:         Wine and Beer of course!
Dress:                  Casual summer
Cost:                    $35.
Silent Auction:    Donations and auction items appreciated (contact Dana Lee Harris – danalee.harris@shaw.ca )
Tickets available through:
Paul Martin         604 689-9462
Paul Watkin       604 908-5513

Dana Lee Harris 604 986-3262
Richard Carras   604 525-9463
Cash, Cheque (Preferred payable to Paul Martin)  or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) 
Book your tickets quickly (only 175 available) and come on out to enjoy a great evening.  Help us put something back into the industry which supports us.
The Society of Wine Educators is dedicated to increasing wine education through professional development and certification. As the leading international wine education organization, the Society helps wine educators gain and maintain current and reliable information and resources on wine education.

BBQ On The Bypass adds more talent to the Competition


Langley competition will mark Soo’s first ever international event on Sunday, September 19th
Organizers of B.C.’s hottest barbecue competition are pleased to announce that Harry Soo, one of North America’s most high profile barbecue celebrities will be competing in the fifth annual Well Seasoned BBQ on the Bypass on Sunday, September 19th in Langley. Soo is one of seven featured barbecue chefs on TLC’s, BBQ Pitmasters, a docu-drama TV series that chronicles the trials and tribulations of chefs competing in the U.S. circuit. This will be Soo’s first ever competition outside of the United States. He and his team mate Mark Tung, together known as “Slap Yo’ Daddy”, will be one of dozens of teams competing on September 19th for the coveted title of Grand Champion at the BBQ on the Bypass.

“We’re extremely honoured Harry has chosen our event to be his very first Canadian competition,” said Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned and organizer of the BBQ on the Bypass. “We know Harry’s presence is going to raise the bar of this competition and add to the overall excitement of our event. We fully expect crowds to gather when Harry’s fans turn out in droves to catch him in action.”

To promote his participation in the BBQ on the Bypass, Soo has created a promotional video which he has posted on YouTube. To view the video, click here.

As part of Soo’s visit to Langley, he’ll be instructing an outdoor barbeque cooking class at Well Seasoned on Friday, September 17th where he’ll demonstrate his award winning techniques and recipes for an intimate class. For more information or reservations, contact Well Seasoned at (604) 530-1518.

Soo has been competing in barbeque competitions since 2008. In just two short years, he went from barbequing on the weekends for family and friends in California to competing all over the U.S. in front of millions of TV viewers. With two Grand Champion titles already in 2010, Soo’s goal is to compete is as many contests as possible and one day place with the best of the best at the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championship in Tennessee.

The Well Seasoned BBQ on the Bypass is B.C.’s hottest barbecue competition, attracting thousands of barbecue fans and competitors every year. The event is free to the public and is a fun filled day of barbecue samples, entertainment, concessions, and competition between some of the region’s best barbeque teams. The BBQ on the Bypass is also home of the B.C. BBQ Championship and the Great B.C. Bake Off, a blue ribbon pie competition open to the public. This year’s sponsors include Global BC, STAR FM, Red Barn Group, JD Farms, Primo Grills and Sunrich Foods. For more information, visit www.bbqonthebypass.com.

The Good Life Weekly Update September 3

This weJustinek on The Good Life we refuse to let summer go! Talking BBQ with  Justin Kyllo of Smoke and Bones.  He just won the Canadian National BBQ Competition in Whistler and has some tips and treats to share.  I open a bottle of Church and State 2006 Syrah, which has a smokiness that screams BBQ and we chat about what to do over the long weekend and we take a look at The Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby.

Listen live at 4:15 pm on Wednesdays on the Joe Leary show at Buzz 1410 or listen to the podcast on the link above.

Legends of West Coast Rock Headline Morning Bay’s 4th Annual Winestock (September 4, 2009)
The Alpine Food Festival at Mount Washington Alpine Resort (September 4, 2009)
Queen Charlottes Fishing with Culinary Creme de la Creme (September 6, 2009)
Sunday at the Refinery (September 6, 2009)
Competition – Xiao Long Bao – Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings (September 6, 2009)
Trefethen Vineyards at DB Bistro (September 7, 2009)
Salt Cellars – Blowout in Blood Alley Wine List Sept 7/09: (September 7, 2009)
Salt Tasting Room’s “Salt Cellar Series” Shines The Spotlight on BC! (September 8, 2009)
BC vs. France at Cibo (September 8, 2009)
Hart House at Deer Lake Hosts California Garden Party (September 9, 2009)
Well Seasoned BBQ on the ByPass (September 13, 2009)

Industry News
Hart House Offers Three Course ($38) Steak and Lobster Dinner
Miku – George Katagai joins the team as General Manager
Irish Heather’s Long Table Series Continues
Fall Cooking Classes at Well Seasoned
Canadian launch of Villanova Wines heralds Italian culture for Canada’s tables
Connor Butler moves on
Quattro Restaurants announce ownership changes and new name

Ladies take note – It’s not the implants that’ll get ’em


Found this on Amazing Ribs – I’ve really been doing it all wrong all this time.  Screw perfume.

Amazing Ribs

If you want to attract men, skip the expensive implants and get a smoker for only a few hundred dollars. Wood smoke is a potent pheromone and you’ll have every man in the neighborhood hanging out on your porch! Click here for a buying guide to smokers (Note: I don’t sell them I just review them). Illustration by Gil Elvgren, 1958.