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What’s Good March 14 – What to do In Vancouver This Week

Vancouver Events This Week

Hard to believe we are half into March! C’mon cherry blosoms! But I think I boringly say it’s always hard to believe we are at “some particular date”, as time tends to fly by for me every day. I should try a better intro. However, back to the weather, it’s a little warmer out this week, although by the weekend it looks like temperature may cool. At least there’s not constant rain in the city so you can get out for a walk or two.  I’m doing a long run Sunday morning so say a little prayer! Here’s some suggestions to keep you occupied this week while we’re waiting for those blossoms!

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March 18 – Real Talk Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Great speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle Laporte, Brian Scudamore, and many more! Real Talk Summit is a full-day conference on entrepreneurship offering real and raw conversations on what it takes to succeed in business, profit with purpose and elevate brands. Real Talk Summit brings together entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals from across North America interested in positively impacting the world through the work that they do. The inaugural conference features a keynote by American entrepreneur, investor and Fortune 40 Under 40 influencer, Gary Vaynerchuk. Known for his direct, tell-it-how-it-is business insights, this is the first time the prolific speaker and internet personality is speaking in Western Canada. realtalksummit.com

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Blue Plate Specials – Lunch at Joe Fortes

Looking for a meal that will fill you up without breaking the bank? Joe Fortes  Blue Plate Bonanza is for you! Usually the Blue Plates are set for each day, but from March 13th to March 24th, you will be able to choose ANY Blue Plate for lunch – at just $9.95 each!  The choices are endless: Seafood Pot Pie, Thai BBQ Chicken, Panko Crusted Haddock, Crispy Fried Chicken and West Coast Fish Cakes. *Monday-Friday lunches only. While quantities last.

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February 18 – Free BC VQA Wine Tasting at

Everything Wine

On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 consumers can celebrate the taste of British Columbia with a FREE tasting of BC VQA wines at all 3 locations of Everything Wine stores in BC.  This is a fantastic chance to discover new favourites among a range of top-quality locally grown wines.

#ExploreBCWine Free Consumer Tastings

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 – 6:00pm

The event will take place at the Everything Wine stores in North Vancouver, Langford, and Surrey.  The wine bar at each location will pour up to 6 BC VQA wines, paired with bites from local purveyors who share a focus on quality:

      • Langford – Little Piggy Catering (plant-forward menus, ethical meats and sustainable seafood)
      • Morgan Crossing, Surrey  – Beast & Brine (locally raised and made meats and cheeses with a nose-to-tail philosophy)
      • North Vancouver – Oyama Sausage Co. (handmade gourmet meats, local cheeses and charcuterie)

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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish on Friday, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day at CRAFT

Grab your crew and be sure to dress in your best green attire for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day!

All Day Features:

  • $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • $6.50 O’Hara’s Irish Stout

Plus $5 Happy Hour features from 3-6pm.

Make sure to ask your server how to win O’Hara’s “Pot of Gold” giveaway! Arrive early to snag a table or reserve contacting craft.

DID YOU KNOW? Over 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day. We say, cheers to that!

#nofilter 2017

NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

Celebrate BC with White Spot

White Spot may come easily to mind if you are thinking burgers or breakfast, but the rest of the menu is also worth exploring.  This summer they’ve launched a Celebrate BC menu featuring dishes with local ingredients such as mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese, salmon, blueberries as well as their new 100% BC VQA wine list.

On until early September, you can try out their signature creations, like Truffled Mushroom Flatbread, Candied Salmon Cavatappi and Candied Salmon Spinach Salad and finish up with their Blueberry Pie.


100% BC VQA Wines

On Saturday night we stopped in to the Broadway White Spot and had a couple drinks along with some items from the summer menu.  Unfortunately we didn’t have room for the blueberry pie, which did look tempting, but we had an extra serving of the BC VQA wines, choosing the Mission Hill Chardonnay.

Truffled Mushroom Flatbread

First up I had a strawberry vanilla mojito, very refreshing, not too sweet and made with BC Strawberries as a bonus.

Truffled Mushroom Flatbread

The flatbread was topped with mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, mozzarella and goat cheese and was chock full of flavour.  The crust was nice and crisp and the goat cheese and bacon plentiful.

Okanagan Summer Salad

The Okanagan Summer Salad included a flavourful chargrilled lemon-herb chicken breast, strawberries, blueberries, red onion, goat cheese, spinach and pecans.  Loved the chicken, but the spinach was a tad wilted.

Truffled Mushroom Bigger Burger

Of course we had to have a burger with that signature Triple O sauce.  The summer version has mushrooms, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato and comes with coleslaw and fries.  We managed very little of this burger as it’s rather huge, but it’s a dressed up version of the regular mushroom burger they have and I’d order it again and omit sampling other dishes prior.

Other dished include a Candied Salmon Spinach Salad and a Candied Salmon Cavatappi with broccolini and peppers in lemon cream sauce atop cavapappi noodles.  Prices are all reasonable ranging from $9.99 fro the flatbread to $15.99 for the salmon cavatappi and blueberry pie can be added for only $3.00.  Alas we were far too full.  Bonus points also to Dan, our amazing server who was on the ball and happily and efficiently carried out his duties.

Full menu here www.whitespot.com/menu/promo/celebrate-bc

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Contest Closed #Dineout – A Sustainable Plate & Pairing Challenge

Win 2 tickets by RT and then commenting on this post with your favourite sustainable seafood.

Hosted by The Vancouver Aquarium in support of Ocean Wise January 20th at 7pm

Cost: $68,
Advanced Tickets $58: Buy before December 31st and SAVE $10!

Help kick off Dine Out Vancouver 2011 and get a sneak peek of some Dine Out Vancouver dishes! Eight DOV restaurant chefs vie for top food and BC VQA wine pairing honours in this inaugural event.

Hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium in support of Ocean Wise™; Canada’s leading sustainable seafood program, you’ll be able to stroll through the Aquarium’s galleries while sampling delicious menu items paired to BC VQA wine.

A guest panel of judges will make their selections, but you will also be able to cast your vote for your favourite DOV menu pairing in the “People’s Choice” category.

Over $1000 in Door Prizes available to be won including restaurant gift certificates and overnight accommodation courtesy of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel!