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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.

Raise A Glass of Jameson for St. Patrick’s Day

Jameson 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Limited Edition

Pick up a bottle of the Limited Edition Jameson Irish Whisky and you’ll find it contains the same premium, internationally-adored classic Jameson Irish whiskey, but with a truly original label with a very cool story behind it. The label design illustrates the traditional Jameson family motto, Sine Metu; to live without fear – providing a way to encourage people to openly embrace new experiences, as well as steer away from the well-trodden paths in life in favour of forging your own. The Jameson St. Patrick’s Day limited edition bottle is available at BC Liquor this March.

JamesonThe Jameson Irish Whiskey Limited Edition Bottle is designed by Steve McCarthy, a Dublin based designer. The label design illustrated the Sine Metu spirit in a very Irish expression: to “chance your arm”.

This story goes that in 1492, in Dublin, Ireland, ‘Black James’ Butler and his men found themselves barricaded with heavily armed soldiers outside. On the other side of the door was Gearóid Fitzgerald who, tired of the constant fighting between the clans, decided it was time to make peace.

Fitzgerald ordered his men to cut a hole in the door before extending his hand through the gap as a token of friendship. Rather than cut his arm off with a sword, Black James shook it and the long standing feud came to an end, giving Dublin one of its most famous sayings – ‘to chance your arm’. 

Juniper Bartender, Luke Tynan has created a deliciously simple Jameson cocktail to mark the occasion. Inspired by his childhood St. Paddy’s celebrations in Ireland, his memories consisted of cans of coke, packets of Tayto crisps and watching Dublin’s parade from the vantage point of his Dad’s shoulders. Having moved away from Ireland and chancing his arm as a cocktail bartender for the past two years in Vancouver, Luke was inspired by these past experiences to create the Dublin cocktail.  This slightly dry and herbaceous Manhattan-style drink is a nod to his beloved hometown of Dublin and the thriving cocktail culture in his new home in Vancouver.

Whip it up at home throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend and beyond.

The Dublin

50 ml Jameson
10 ml Akavit
25 ml Sweet Vermouth
5 ml Cynar
3 ml simple syrup
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled nick and nora or coupe glass. Garnish with a slapped mint leaf clipped to the glass.

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail A Thorn Among Kings

thorn kings cocktailSt. Patrick’s Day calls for all things Irish. We’ll be noshing on some corned beef and cabbage, and sipping good Irish Whiskey. This Irish Whiskey Cocktail is brought to us by Trevor Kallies of Donnelly Group.

A new-style of Irish whiskey cocktail:

A Thorn Among Kings
2oz Red Breast Irish Whiskey
1oz Dubonnet
2 Dash Angostura bitters
1/4oz La Fee Absinthe (rinse the glass)
1oz cherry juice

A twist on a Blackthorn cocktail. Add all ingredients to a cocktail mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled and well mixed. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest.

 

Photo by Fred Fung

St. Patrick’s Day Tastes Around Vancouver

pot of goldSaint Patrick’s Day was traditionally a religious holiday, a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, honouring Saint Patrick. Gradually it morphed into a feast day, coinciding with the lifting of the Lenten restrictions and involving indulgent eats and the drinking of alcohol, which are restricted during Lent. These days, anything goes and although it’s not a public holiday in Vancouver, residents with and without Irish blood take the occasion seriously enough and use it as an excuse to wear green, overindulge and generally misbehave. While plenty of amateurs still think green beer is the only way to go (just say no), be a pro and do something more real this March 17.

 

Shepherds Pie

Gramercy Grill

Over on the west side the at Arbutus and 11th, The Gramercy Grill is offering up a St. Patrick’s Day Menu from Friday March 15-Sunday March 17 with items such as their minted green pea and smoked ham soup, shepherds pie, Guinness lamb stew with soda bread and braised corn beef.  Brunch here could be poached green eggs benedict with spinach and ham or Kilkenny battered fish & chips and there’s whisky and beer specials such as the local favourite Howe Sound Oatmeal stout brewed right in Squamish.

2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

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Palki’s Restaurant Commercial Drive

Think the Indian and the Irish don’t mix?  Think again.  At Palkis they are frying up beer-battered pakoras and have beer and pakora specials and have beer on tap for $3.75 a pint.  Need some green?  Try their spinach panneer.  They’ll also be playing the band Delhi to Dublin playing in the background and are also serving a Delhi to Dublin Cocktail (Irish Whiskey, Mint, Lime & Sugar) for $5.

1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

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Mix The Bakery

If you’re looking for something sweet for a St. Patrick’s Day treat, check out Mix The Bakery on West 10th towards UBC.  They’ve just revamped their menu to include all sorts of lovely sandwiches, but for the weekend their specials are the highly decorative and gift-worthy pot of gold cupcakes pictured above as well as the green tea and hazelnut opera cake and a raisin-filled Irish soda bread which is perfect with their house-made preserves.

4430 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

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Irish Heather

In Gastown the Irish Heather is the place to go for all things St. Patty’s Day as they’ve got room at the Heather’s main bar or in the back at the Shebeen Whisky Bar and are serving up classic Irish dishes such as House-Made Corned Beef & Cabbage and Bread Pudding with a local nod as it’s studded with Okanagan fruit.  They’ve also got the Long Table Series with 5 different seatings at their communal table and are serving up a 2 course meal with an Irish lager for $40.  On March 16 the Heather has a Jameson Whiskey Supper.  Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s eve?

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Raincity Grill

When you think of food for Saint Patrick’s Day, corned beef and cabbage come to mind, but at the health-focused Raincity Grill, Chef  Nicolas Hipperson will celebrate with ingredients from BC’s backyard, with nods to Irish flavours. Try Green Eggs and Ham, a dish of scrambled eggs with pork, toast and herbed potatoes, Green Fish n’Chips with house-made tartar, Irish stew with lamb cheeks, potatoes, leeks and fresh herbs, and Smoked Salmon Brioche with poached eggs, hollandaise and green salad. A two-course tasting menu is available both Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17.

1193 Denman St., Vancouver