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What’s Good This Week – July 15th Editionn

What To Do In And Around Vancouver This Week

I’ve been away on assignment in San Diego and just catching up to what’s happening a little further north. We’re heading to Chicha Restaurant shortly for their BBQ, and tomorrow another BBQ at a friends house celebrating a birthday. Summer is definitely in full swing and I’ve even got a bit of a tan already! Here’s a couple things to do this week.

chicha restaurant

All You Can Eat Peruvian BBQ Chicha Restaurant 5 pm TODAY July 15

Annual “All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat” BBQ! Sample every kind of Peruvian street meat and fish bbq imaginable, ceviches, roasted corn, all of the summer bbq sides! There will be lots of local beers, wine and pisco cocktails flowing.

The party is both inside and outside. Out back we will have a giant grill, a constantly changing buffet selection, tents, areas to sit, stand, dance in under tents in the shade or out in the sun! There will be DJ’s playing music all day into the night…come join us for one fun summer all you can eat party! Tickets


PIDGIN Charity Dinner July 18

PiDGiN is proud to announce the work on a long-awaited mural by Ilya Viryachev in the alley of 350 Carrall.  To commemorate its completion, they will be hosting a dinner on July 18th benefiting RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment), more information can be found here  https://vimeo.com/137296590.

Prior to the dinner there will be an unveiling at 6:00pm, which is open to the public and dinner guests. The dinner will start at 6:30pm and will be a collaborative effort featuring PiDGiN’s Wesley Young, Kissa Tanto’s, Joël Watanabe, Ai and Om’s Douglas Chang and Nemesis’ Jacob Deacon Evans. This dinner will be unique as it also has speakers from various cultures discussing the contents of the mural and their cultural perspective about the history of the neighbourhood.  The event will be MC’d by Aaron Chapman and feature local historians John Atkins and Ali Butcher.  Speaking for RISE / ALIVE will be Scott Clark.  Tickets will be $125 per person which includes 6 courses, wine, sake and cocktails.


Renowned locavore chef, David Gunawan, will write the latest chapter in his ongoing series of collaborative guest chef dinners at South Granville’s Farmer’s Apprentice when he shares the stage with Jonathan Tam of Michelin-starred Copenhagen restaurant Relæ on Wednesday, July 19.

Featuring two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., a limited number of tickets to the multi-course dinner — which also includes an amuse-bouche and dessert as well as wine pairings handpicked by Wine Director Kieran Fearing — are available for $150 per guest including tax and gratuity.

Canadian-born Tam hopped the pond in 2007 to take on the role of Chef de Partie at renowned Copenhagen eatery Noma before opening Michelin-starred restaurant Relæ under Chef-Owner Christian Puglisi in 2010. After six years as Creative Sous Chef and Head of R&D, Tam graduated to the role of Head Chef at Relæ, which won the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2015 and 2016 and was ranked No. 39 on the 2017 List of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.


Lobster Fest Returns to Provence in July

From July 4 to 31, Provence  Marinaside offers you the opportunity to enjoy Canadian lobster prepared with French flair at its annual Lobster Festival. Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff collaborated to create a three-course menu value-priced at $62 with optional wine pairings by Wine Director Joshua Carlson for an additional $26 (or petit pours for $16).

Dinner starts with your choice of appetizer – choose either the Lobster Salad (pea puree, fresh peas, snow pea sprouts, champagne and honey vinaigrette, lobster oil) paired with a celebratory glass of Cleto Chiarli e Figli Lambrusco di Sorbara, or Baked Lobster Thermidor (creamy dijon, shallot and mushroom sauce with emmenthal cheese) paired with Chandon Blanc de Noirs.

Mains offer a dazzling three choices – two of which involve a whole lobster.

  • Traditional Whole Atlantic Lobster – your choice of steamed, grilled or sautéed Provençal style (seasonal vegetables, seven grain rice), optional wine pairing Reichsrat von Buhl Spatburgunder Rosé Trocken
  • Whole Lobster Gratin (smoked tomato, corn, wilted spinach, forbidden rice), optional wine pairing: Angels & Cowboys Rosé
  • Coast to Coast with Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Butter-Poached Lobster (gem tomatoes, bell peppers, saffron risotto), optional wine pairing: Sea Star Blanc de Noir Rosé

Dinner ends on a sweet note with BC Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake accompanied by Basil Agave Chantilly Cream. Wine Director Carlson suggests Paradise Ranch Merlot Icewine as the perfect pairing to complement.

For those with smaller appetites, all menu items are also available à la carte.

Reservations are always a good idea so you won’t have to claw your way past all the other lobster fans clamouring to take advantage of this once-a-year lobster extravaganza.

jean georges

Rose All Day Brunch At Jean Georges – All Summer

Grab your friends and celebrate the start of summer with Rosé All Day at Market by Jean-Georges. Rosé All Day is for the social brunchers, the ones that want to kick weekend brunch up a notch, with shared plates, refreshing cocktails, and live entertainment that gets everybody moving. Rosé All Day will start on Saturday, June 24, and return every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, through until Sunday, September 3.  WEBSITE


Deighton Cup July 22

We’re getting pretty damn excited about this one and can’t wait to sip a Julep or two and bet on the races! For $75

  • Daytime derby racing – Eight adrenaline pumping horseraces to enjoy & bet on
  • A delectable lunch freshly prepared by some of Vancouver’s finest chefs
  • The chance to be named The Style Stakes “Best Dressed” and have your name engraved on The Deighton Cup
  • Interactive leisure sports, picnic area, cigar lounge, live + DJ entertainment
  • Musical live entertainment TICKETS

Xi Shi Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

IMG_2233Chinese New Year may have come and gone, but until March 13, 2014 you can still enjoy afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver’s Xi Shi Lounge.

We love the modern lounge of Xi Shi and their Blue Willow China set; hanging out there on a rainy afternoon just feels right. The hotel has switched up the room a bit for the month to give it with some nods to Chinese culture and there’s even live classical piano on the weekends.


We started with the special Jasmine Blossoming Tea, which is $5 extra, although there are many delightful options from the regular tea menu. However, watching the magical manner in which the blossoming tea blooms is worth the splurge and you can enjoy many many cups from the same pot.


On the savoury tray of the afternoon tea platter the usual sandwiches had been replaced with BBQ Pork Brioche Buns  filled with tasty pork and a crunchy cabbage, a Curried Tofu Wrap and Crispy Duck Spring Rolls filled with duck, radish and carrot. The lovely Smoked Salmon Bagels were still present as well.


The scones are some of our favourites in the city and we’ve been known to pack some to go. This time these flaky, moist and buttery delights came in orange and regular this time around with the usual strawberry and marmalade preserves, and Devonshire cream.



Atop the tray was a Green Tea Opera Cake, a Coconut Rice Cake, which is more like a jelly and very delish, Egg Tarts and on the side Black Sesame Dumplings in Ginger Syrup.  We took some of these to go as the tray is filling even if you do sit and enjoy the experience over an hour or two, which is the only way to do it!


The tea available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for $38 with the Signature Jasmine Blossoming Tea available for an extra $5 until March 13, 2014.

Film Feast: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

jiro_pageEVENT ALERT! Presented by Shangri-la Hotel, Vancouver and Market
Blue Moon Theatre, Shangri-la Hotel, 1128 West Georgia

January 22 SOLDOUT , 28 SOLDOUT, 29 $58
5:00pm Cocktail, 5:30pm Screening, 7:00pm dinner

Grab your gourmet popcorn and your seat, and join the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver on a culinary journey to Japan with this inspired take on the classic pairing of dinner and a movie. The Shangri-la opens the doors to its custom private Blue Moon theatre for a screening of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”; a documentary film by David Gelb that follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi.

Following the exclusive screening, tantalise your taste buds with a four-course dinner inspired by the movie itself. This exclusive dinner has been created by Chef de Cuisine, Montgomery Lau, based on his own experiences with the Jiro family during his travels to Japan in 2013.

With only 36 seats available per screening, Film Feast is sure to be the hot ticket during the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival!

*includes welcome cocktail, Jean-Georges rosemary & sea-salt popcorn, film screening and a private 4-course dinner at MARKET by Jean-Georges. Taxes, gratuity and additional beverages are not included.

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – trailer

Arabian Nights at Shangri-La – Tea Time

1001 Nights Image for Press ReleaseUntil January 5, 2014 afternoon tea with an Arabian twist is being served in the Xi-Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver.  Skip lunch and feast instead on the sandwiches, scones and sweets offered at afternoon tea; it’s just so civilized.

The hotel lobby bar, where the tea is served, is especially appealing right now as it’s decked out with flowing fabrics from the middle east and there’s even a Merchants Market as you enter  offering hand-roasted nuts, dried fruits, spices, as well as hand-made jewelry and custom Persian rugs.  Take a break from your holiday shopping and imagine yourself far away from the rather cold climate we are experiencing of late.


The tea includes some of their regular offerings such as the decadent scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, Keens Cheddar & Tomato Chutney on Toasted Brioche, Coronation Chicken on Light Rye Loaf and Smoked Pacific Steelhead Bagel, with Herbed cream cheese. For this particular theme there is also a Homous Wrap, baklava and Turkish delight Available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for CAD$38 per person.




Arabian Nights at Shangri-La Hotel

1,001 Nights Cocktail 2At the Shangri-La Hotel they’ve turned Xi Shi Lounge into an Arabian paradise until January 5, 2014.  Sip signature cocktails, enjoy live music and dance and wander through the Merchants Market at the hotel.



Menu items include hummus, baba ghanooj, homemade pickles and spice-marinated olives, as well as falafel, tabboulleh salad, lamb kibbeh, and halloumi cheese.  _WDP6656

For sweet lovers there is Turkish coffee along with baklava and even the afternoon tea and spa treatments will be Middle Eastern influenced.

For more info check out the flyer here.

Images courtesy of Dan Poh Photography


Cook Hall at Market Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

IMG_9792Until month end (October 2013) MARKET by Jean-Georges is featuring a southern influenced gastpub menu inspired by the hotel’s Atlanta location’s restaurant – Cook Hall.

Atlanta chef David Gross stopped by for a few days to properly school Chef Montgomery Lau and his kitchen staff with tips for creating this interesting menu.

This is a menu to be shared so gather up your pals and head in for a feast of Crab-stuffed Devilled Egg, the amazing Kale Caesar Salad with it’s luscious crispy egg, or the Popcorn Shrimp with actual popcorn coated shrimp, popcorn and ranch dressing, a strange but addictive combo.  The Caveletti with sausage is addictive and the balance of sweet and spicy in the sauce that accompanies the Steelhead is addictive.

It you hit the bar side of the restaurant you can craft your own cocktails with the Cook Hall Cocktail Kit; don’t worry if you are not a mixologist, the kit comes with instructions as well as fresh herbs, house made bitters, fresh fruit, shrub syrups, alcohol, and sparkling soda water.  Don’t miss the pork belly pizza on the bar menu, but make sure to ord


The a la carte menu will be available in the dining room and the bar along with a reduced MARKET a la carte menu with Jean-Georges signature items through until the end of October.

Reservations can by made by telephone at (604) 695-1115 or via the restaurant’s website: www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

MARKET at Shangri-La Hotel Brunch

farmers market shangri-laEvery second Sunday from May 19- September 22nd MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver hosts a farmers market along with an exceptionally local and farmer-driven brunch featuring ingredients from the market.  At the market you’ll find baked goods, greens, fruit spreads and olive oil, and if you are lucky Erin Ireland’s amazing It’s to Die For banana bread.




The market is held in the plaza area Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Urban Fare (the next one is June 30).  Along with the vendors you can catch Chefs Montgomery Lau or Chef Wayne Harris at a cooking demo at noon, where they demo products from the day’s market and create a dish with samples going to the crowd.

The 3-course brunch is $29 per person and is a great way to celebrate local produce and treat yourself right on a sunny Sunday.

We headed to the brunch a few Sunday’s back and then perused the market leaving with a few goodies.



Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet Marmalade and Toasted Crushed Pistachios *Goat Cheese Royale by Happy Days Dairy


 Fresh Angel Hair with Asparagus, Morels and Shitake Mushrooms *Mushrooms from Ponderosa Mushrooms


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, Salted Caramel Ice Cream *All natural peanut butter by Monkey Butter


Gorgeous Salmon Slivers


Slowly Cooked Pacific Cod, Sweet Garlic-Lemon Broth and Sautéed Spinach



Chocolate Banana Pudding

Heading down to the market we checked out the producers and grabbed a few goodies to go.


Andrew Peller – Sample of Sandhill Estate Winery and Red Rooster wines


Cocolico – Caramels, chocolates and dessert sauces

Domenica Fiore – Organic olive oil

Eat It Up – Fruit spread and agave nectar

Glutenull – Gluten free baked goods

It’s About Pearls – Pearl jewellery


Happy Days Dairy – Goat cheeses, milk and yogurt


Hearts and Greens Produce Inc. – Microgreens

Jules + Kent Food Group – West Coast Artisan Foods

Lusso Verde – Italian fine foods and flower arrangements


Monkey Butter – All natural peanut butters


Nelson the Seagull – Artisan breads and baked goods

Péché Mignon – Artisan gourmet shortbread cookies

Ponderosa Mushrooms – Fresh and dry mushrooms

Sweet Thea – Baked Goods

The Jam Ladies – Jams, marmalade, hot pepper jelly

Shangri-La Vancouver Sparkles This Holiday Season

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver Sparkles This Holiday Season with a New Christmas Market, Festive Music, Ceremonial Tree Lighting and More

City’s five-diamond hotel set to make memories with fresh traditions.

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver adds a glistening array of new festive activities to the city’s holiday season starting on Sunday, 2 December 2012, with its debut Christmas Market followed by Santa Claus-inspired Afternoon Tea, and the hotel’s inaugural tree lighting ceremony.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on December 2nd, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in partnership with neighbouring Urban Fare, will showcase one-of-a-kind crafts, original jewelry and edible delicacies, including items to sample, on the patio of its renowned restaurant, Market by Jean-Georges.  While out on the city streets, the Shangri-La team will be handing out festive fortune cookies during the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  Inside the hotel, the culinary brigade is working with sugar and spice and all things nice to stage a new holiday event – a Children’s Afternoon Tea in Xi Shi, the hotel’s lobby lounge, with a very special piano performance.  Additionally, Market by Jean-Georges will again participate in Brunch with Benefits in support of YouthCo AIDS.

The topping off, literally for December 2nd, is the hotel’s inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  At 1:00 p.m., as the Christmas tree lights are set to twinkle, six-year-old local piano virtuosa Shuqi Li will command the keys of the hotel’s Fazioli in Xi Shi Lounge, playing holiday classics.  A children’s choir will perform following Shuqi and guests are welcome to join in a Christmas carol sing-along.

Sunday, December 2
Christmas Market
Patio of Market by Jean-Georges 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Petkov Kiwi Production – kiwi fruit
The Jam Ladies – jam and preserves
Beaucoup Bakery – indulgent baking
Dohm – spreadable soft cheese
Rootables Chips – root vegetable chips
Waterworking Microgreens – microgreens
Blackberry Hill Bakery – traditional baking
Pasta Famiglia – handmade pasta

Children’s Afternoon High Tea
Xi Shi Lounge 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$24 per Child

Created for the 12 and under set, this special High Tea includes macaroni and cheese in small pots, miniature beef burgers and sweet treats that include Chocolate Belgian Waffles and Valhrona Chocolate Pudding.  Specially-stirred Mimosa’s for the junior set will be made of orange juice and soda, plus each child will take home a “stuffie” for the holidays.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Lobby  1:00 p.m.

The 15-foot custom tree will come to life with more than 4,000 lights and aromatic, hand-crafted ornaments made by local artisans using dried oranges, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Six-year-old piano prodigy, Shuqi Li of West Vancouver, who has played twice at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, will perform on the Fazioli piano – Xi Shi Lounge.

Brunch with Benefits
Market by Jean-Georges 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$45 per Person

Market by Jean-Georges is again supporting this special initiative which will see all brunch proceeds going to YouthCo AIDS Society in support of programs for young people.

The Christmas Market will take place again Sunday, December 16th with an expanded list of vendors as Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver puts a modern twist on the traditional European Christmas markets that have brought people together since the 14th century.

Sunday, December 16
Christmas Market
Patio of Market by Jean-Georges
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sticky Spoon – jam and preserves
Take a Fancy – chocolates and truffles
French Made Baking – French baking
Jane’s Honey Bees – honey
Preserved BC Sunshine – jam and preserves
Dohm – spreadable soft cheese
Beaucoup Bakery – indulgent baking
Petkov Kiwi Production – kiwi fruit
Handmade by Claire – handmade paper and cards
The Other Eden – handmade soap
Ragged Design – handmade jewellery
Dundarave Olive Co – olive oil and vinegars
Rootables Chips – root vegetable chips
Waterworking Microgreens – microgreens
Momma Nellie’s Salsa – salsa
Blackberry Hill Bakery – traditional baking

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 75 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 30,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

From Shangri-La with Love

Martinis shaken… and stirred, in a setting worthy of Bond.

James Bond, code name 007, has captivated audiences for 50 years. On November 8th, the eve of the release of Skyfall, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating all things Bond.

Join us in Xi Shi Lounge, where we have a License to Thrill, beginning at 8:00 p.m. dressed in your best Bond-wear, be it a Bond-girl, your favourite Bond-villain or 007 himself. Afterall, You Only Live Twice.

Date: November 8

Time: 8 pm – 2 am

Ticket Price: $50

For Your Eyes Only

Bond Girls

Prizes for best male and female dress will be awarded.

– Limited edition 50th anniversary Bolinger Champagne in commemorative 007 case

– 70 minute CHI Balance Massage from CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La

Grand Prize – Bond-ing with Shangri-La. The ultimate “Bond” weekend at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver which includes two nights in a Deluxe room, Limited Edition 50th anniversary Bolinger Champagne in commemorative 007 case awaits you on arrival, daily breakfast for two at MARKET by Jean-Georges, nightly valet parking – (Aston Martin not included), and a Blue Ray “Bond” disc set.

To purchase tickets please visit:  http://ticketdriver.com/shangri-la-vanc/buy/tickets