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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.

The VCBW Beer Festival presented by CRAFT Beer Market

Vancouver Craft Beer WeekStill a few tickets left for this Friday June 6 4:00-9:00pm 35 (+ taxes & fees)

After a week of amazing events it’s finally here, the event you’ve all been waiting for, the Signature Event of all Signature Event’s – the VCBW Beer Festival presented by CRAFT Beer Market! We’re going to spend an epic evening showcasing over 70 of the best craft breweries in the industry, from both local and abroad, at the amazing Olympic Village event grounds. Tickets include a commemorative VCBW taster glass & 3 drink tokens. Additional 4oz tokens are $1.25 each. Beats provided by DJ K-Tel. Confirmed participating breweries include…

  • 33 Acres
  • Angry Orchard Cider
  • Base Camp
  • Big Ridge
  • Big Rock
  • Big Surf
  • Bomber
  • Breakside
  • Bridge
  • Canuck Empire
  • Cannery Brewing
  • Central City
  • Coal Harbour
  • Creemore Springs
  • Dageraad
  • Dead Frog
  • Deep Cove
  • Deschutes
  • Dogwood
  • Driftwood
  • Elysian
  • Fernie
  • Four Winds
  • Gigantic
  • Granville Island
  • Green Leaf
  • High Mountain
  • Hilliards
  • Howe Sound
  • Hoyne
  • Lagunitas
  • Lakefront
  • Lighthouse
  • Longwood
  • Lost Coast
  • Merridale Ciderworks
  • Mill St.
  • Mission Springs
  • Moon Under Water
  • Mt Begbie
  • Muskoka
  • Ninkasi
  • No Li
  • Occidental
  • Old Yale
  • Oscar Blues
  • Parallel 49
  • Persephone
  • Pfriem
  • Phillips
  • Powell Street
  • Prohibition
  • R&B
  • Red Truck
  • Russell
  • Scandal
  • Shaftebury
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Spinnakers
  • Stanley Park
  • Steam Whistle
  • Steamworks
  • Steel & Oak
  • Storm
  • The Cannery
  • The Commons
  • Tofino
  • Townsite
  • Tree
  • Vancouver Island
  • Yaletown
  • Yellow Dog
  • Yukon

CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway Muskoka Brewery VCBW Tickets and SWAG Worth $150



Venture off the Beaten Path with Muskoka Brewery!

Muskoka Brewery and Good Life Vancouver are taking the road less traveled, and want to give you a chance to join in on our craft beer adventure. To celebrate the CRAFT Beer Market with the launch of Muskoka’s latest all-natural, refreshing IPA, Detour, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Muskoka Brewery prize pack, including:

– 2 tickets to the Vancouver Craft Beer Week at CRAFT Beer Market, Olympic Village
– Muskoka Brewery branded t-shirt for hot days
– Muskoka Brewery branded hat
– Muskoka Brewery branded mug, in case you like to drink your Mad Tom that way
– Bottle opener, for enjoying your favourite Muskoka beer with ease
– Muskoka Brewery Collectors’ Patch

Prize valued at: $150

To Win:

1) Follow @goodlifevan on twitter

2) Tweet RT to #win @GoodLifeVan @MuskokaBrewery @VCBW Tickets + SWAG = $150 http://ow.ly/xrAAY

3) Comment below – what is your fav craft beer?

About Muskoka Brewery

Nestled in the heart of Ontario’s iconic Muskoka Region, Muskoka Brewery handcrafts premium beers as unique and refreshing as the place they’re from. Founders Gary McMullen and Kirk Evans opened Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario in 1996 with its flagship Muskoka Cream Ale. Today, the brewery employs a passionate band of craft beer lovers over 60 strong, and is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in Canada with an award-winning beer portfolio and the spirit of the Canadian outdoors. Muskoka is now bringing its all-natural, unfiltered beers to Calgary. You can find the Muskoka Team at the CRAFT Beer Market on June 6 and 7 at the Olympic Village Event Grounds. Venture off the beaten path with Muskoka Brewery’s newest brew, Detour India Pale Ale. Find out more at www.muskokabrewery.com and join the Muskoka Brewery Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/MuskokaBrewery.

Last Minute Easter Brunch Suggestions

Pan Pacific BrunchIt’s almost time for the Easter Bunny to arrive, but if you’re still not sure where to brunch this Sunday we’ve got a few suggestions for you. You better hop to it and get a reso or you may be left with egg on your face.

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Easter Sunday MARKET by Jean-Georges hosts a spring-themed Easter Brunch fit for all ages. Enjoy a three-course brunch menu, live jazz band and a Kids Zone hosted by Granville Island Toy Company.  The $45.00 brunch includes items such as their Carpaccio of Beef and Smoked Mozzarella with Lime and Basil and Crunchy Roasted Halibut with Glazed Mushrooms with Green Chili. 

The Children’s Menu features kid-friendly dishes such as Nutella Crepes ($8.00) and Scrambled Eggs with Bacon ($8.00). To ensure the children don’t miss out on the Easter fun, the Granville Island Toy Company will be setting up children’s tables and toys, a bouncy castle, and coordinating a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.

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Dockside prepares for a market-themed Easter buffet on Granville Island  

Executive Chef Simon McNeil and the Dockside team have created a market- themed Family Traditions Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with a menu of themed stations inspired by the fresh foods at the Granville Island Market. Each station is packed with creations made from scratch in Dockside’s kitchen.

Guests can enjoy vegetable delights from “The Garden”, delicious meats from “The Butcher”, local seafood from “The Wharf”, fresh baked goods at “The Bakery” and classic brunch items at “The Coop”. There’s also a “Night Market” station with a wide range of Asian favourites like dumplings,  BBQ pork and duck and sticky rice.
Two seatings, 10AM and 1PM, will be offered  on Easter Sunday, April 20th and the buffet costs $54.95  for adults and $24.95 for children 6-12 (exclusive of taxes and gratuity). Reservations are required.

urban tea easterEaster Tea Service Urban Tea Merchant

Enjoy a wonderful selection of  Tea Services this Easter and celebrate with family and friends .Offering a special Brunch Tea Service, Afternoon Tea Service and Children’s Tea Service April 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. Open Easter Sunday.

Spend this Easter at CRAFT

Enjoy craft beer and an Easter Brunch Buffet with a wide variety of classic breakfast items, a carving station, a dessert station and so much more. Gather your family and friends and reserve your table today!

Kits Daily Kitchen Brunch Menu

Kits Daily has just started serving brunch but they’re already pros in the kitchen. An a la carte menu could include:

Cured Boar Bacon & Egg Bread Tarts w/ tomato salsa, sourdough, avocado, espelette aioli …$12
Roasted Squash & Pumpkin Tart w/ French feta on Mediterranean pastry …$18
Broiled Soft Eggs & Local Cured Sausage, Bacon, Pancetta & peppers à la boulangerie …$21
The Black Croque Monsieur w/ Comox brie, local cured pork, heirloom tomatoes …$24
Kedgeree-style Wild Pacific Red Prawn Salad w/ peas, boiled egg, basmati, smoked paprika …$26

Pan Pacific Brunch2Easter Sunday Brunch at the Pan Pacific Vancouver

This annual buffet includes fun activities for kids of all ages. Once they have finished eating their favorite meals from the Children’s Buffet, they can get their faces painted, check out the balloon artistry or hang out with the Easter Bunny.

This year’s buffet will include:

  • An assortment of smoked meats, European Cold Cuts and salamis at the Charcuterie station
  • A variety of salads ranging from fresh greens to our Westcoast Seafood Ceviche salad
  • Drunken West Coast Oysters with tequila lime and cilantro
  • Fresh made nigiri and sushi rolls prepared by our chefs right before your eyes
  • A carving station with Pineapple Glazed Easter Ham
  • Hot entrees that include five spice breast of duck, paella, mushroom ravioli and more
  • A children’s buffet with kid favorites such as chicken fingers and mac & cheese

$74 per person; $70 seniors, $37 children age 6-12
Complimentary for children age 5 & under
(17% service charge & applicable taxes additional)

Hopworks Urban Brewery at Craft


Portland comes to Vancouver for a beer dinner at CRAFT BEER MARKET.

Brewmaster’s Dinner – Monday, March 24

Welcome beer at 6:00pm, first course served at 6:30pm

Hopworks Urban Brewery will host the March Brewmaster’s Dinner.

Join us for an evening of beer, food, comparing and contrasting.
Executive Chef Cam McGowan will create a special four course menu to pair with our partner Brewmaster’s selection of beers.

Please note this is a set menu. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions please contact us before purchasing your tickets.

For details on all upcoming dinners please visit us online.

Central City Brewers + Distillers Brewmaster’s Dinner

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Beer and food pairing 101 and more.  An event for beer lovers.  GLV

Tuesday, January 28 Welcome beer at 6:00pm, first course served at 6:30pm

We are excited to welcome award winning brewery, Central City, as host of our first Brewmaster Dinner in 2014! Join us for an evening of beer, food, comparing and contrasting! Executive Chef Cam McGowan will create a special four course menu to pair with our partner Brewmaster’s selection of beers. Tickets sell fast! Don’t miss out on a night filled with good company, great food and local brews!

Here for details.


BEER LOVERS have something to celebrate with the opening of CRAFT

CRAFT 6On November 7 CRAFT BEER MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR  “Where everything’s on tap” opened their doors.

Located on 1st Avenue in the Olympic Village neighbourhood and housed in the historic SALT Building this purveyor of 140 beverages on tap is sure to be a big hit.

The restaurant is impressive in stature. Seating up to 480 patrons when including the mezzanine and the private dining room for up to 25. In summertime add another 50 seats on the outdoor deck.

The design and layout keep the space in perspective with seating areas dispersed about the main floor. Patrons have a choice between sitting at the bar, or in comfortable banquettes, high toppers, booths, and tables.


The keg room is an engineering marvel with almost 4 km of stainless steel and piping that delivers cold brews directly to the massive bar that sits in the center of the CRAFT BEER MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR.

I suspect that CRAFT BEER MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR will prove to be very popular with a diverse clientele from guys or girls night out to family friendly diners it is sure to please.

Featuring an excellent selection of local micro beer and imported beers that are also available as a flight that will change weekly. Brews aren’t the only thing on tap you will also find 10 white wines and 10 red wines.


The menu is extensive and would satisfy almost any appetite.  Most of the menu items are sourced locally with an eye to quality and what is in season with changing daily features. The evening I spent at CRAFT BEER MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR the food was excellent. Some of my favourites were the Tuna Poke, Thai Curry Saltspring Island Mussels, Crab Cake Sliders, and the Proscuitto Arugula Flat Bread.

Check them out in person at 85 East 1st Avenue or online at vancouver.craftbeermarket.ca

Editorial and pictures – Valerie van der Gracht