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Weekly Goods – CandyTown, Bocuse D’Or and More

What to do in Vancouver this coming week!

Okay folks is it just me or does it seem like Christmas is coming even faster this year? I’ve already been through Christmas in November, in Jasper, and been out to Potter’s Nursery and will have a summary of that both of those adventures shortly, and now Vancouver’s streets are all full of holiday hurrah! Why fight it? EMBRACE THE SEASON. #therealsanta


CandyTown – November 26 in Yaletown

Okay is it just me or do those gingerbread men scare the crap out of you too. Almost like clowns, no? In any case the rest of CandyTown promises to be less freaky and my pals at WildTale are bringing in some Effingham Oysters to shuck and there will be festive cocktails around Yaletown, Santa,  and more!


  • “All I Want for Christmas” Gift Market
  • Free Horse Carriage Rides (in front of 1200 Pacific Blvd)
  • Visits with Santa and the Ice Queen
  • Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Live music and street performers
  • Candy Making
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Bocuse D’Or Canada Fundraiser

If you haven’t dined on Chef Keith Peters cuisine you are seiously missing out. He and his team are rocking it out in Burnaby. This fundraiser is the foodie event of the season and a chance to mix and mingle with the culinary elite of our Province. Funds go to send our Canadian Chef to the Bocuse d’Or to compete in ultimate culinary challenge! GO CHEF JAMES OLBERG! Buy Tickets

6:00 PM

Delta Hotels Marriott Burnaby, BC

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  at the Delta Hotels Marriott
4331 Dominion St, BurnabyCanape’s & Cocktails 6pm
Dinner 7pm-10pm
DJ & Dancing 10pm-MidnightCome and dine with Vancouver’s top chefs and Bocuse D’Or alumni to support Canada’s competitor James Olberg.  Attendees will enjoy an exquisitely prepared 5 course meal assembled by Delta Hotels Marriott, Executive chef Keith Pears.  Each course will be paired with carefully selected wine to compliment Keith’s unique ability to present flavours and stunning plate presentations.This is your chance to get to know some of Vancouver’s top restaurant talent.  Each table will be hosted by some of the cities hottest chefs including Victor Bongo, John Carlo, Bernard Casavant, Alex Chen, TJ Conwi, Dennis Green, Donald Gyurkovits, Lynda Larouche, Chris Mills, Patrick Quigley, Hamid Salimian, Jack Tsai, Alex Tung, Jeffery Young and Marcus Von Albrecht just to name a few.

The evening will feature an informative presentation on the highly prestigious Bocuse D’Or competition and Canada’s representative, plenty of prizes and raffels.  All proceeds will benefit Canada’s representative.TICKETS*:

Single tickets $208.25 ($199.99 + $9.25 s/c)

Table of 9 $1870($1800 + $70 s/c)

*Admission includes a chef hosted at your table, complimentary martini and 5 course meal paired with wine. Tables are selling quickly, so don’t miss your opportunity to dine with Vancouver’s top chefs.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

I love this show, especially at Christmas! We went for Halloween and will be back for this for sure! Christmas at FlyOver Canada offers guests the opportunity to experience a magical twist on the ‘Ultimate Flying Ride’. Riders will embark on a mission to help Santa Claus search for his missing elves during the exhilarating flight across Canada, and on to his magical workshop in the North Pole!

website. November 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017 | Daily from 10am – 9pm*


Sprucing Up At The Glamoury

Looking For A One Stop Shop For Make Up and Hair? The Glamoury Delivers On Glam!

Over the years I have got a bit better at make up application and hair doing, but it’s not really my forte. I really do need serious help in this department and was super excited to discover a new one stop shop for hair and make-up right in Yaletown, The Glamoury.

The Glamoury

The Glamoury

The room is gorgeous, lavish decorated NS designed by Ste Marie (Homer Street Cafe, Meat and Bread, Savio Volpe). Creative design firm Glasfurd & Walker (Meat and Bread, Wilfred, Boboli) led all creative direction for The Glamoury with both firms collaborating to create a space which blends art deco with a contemporary aesthetic.

The Glamoury

The ladies at the Glamoury can produce a plethora of looks for you, whether you want to go with a look that’s all “Bardot” all about the smoky with the “Smoke Show” or are “All About the Lips”. The are many looks to choose from and of course the stylists will then personalize for you.

The Glamoury


The Glamoury


The Glamoury


Once you’ve slipped into your satin robe you fill out an experience card allowing you to tailor the experience. Are you in the mode for peace and quiet, or do you want to chat? They review look options and the team magically transports you to a more Glamorous time.

The Glamoury

The owner, AJ Woodworth,  has assembled a knock-out team from from Vancouver’s top beauty talent who have worked with brands including Charlotte Tilbury and NARS. She also created a house line of Glamoury makeup that is made in Canada, and The Glamoury’s makeup kits are a mix of industry picks such as MAC, Makeup Forever, Anastasia, and NARS.

Signature offerings at The Glamoury include a full 45-minute makeup application and specialty blow out. Also available are a range of touch up services for both hair and makeup.

The Glamoury is open from 7 a.m. until late and on weekends from 10 a.m. until late.

Brunch at Wildtale

Where to Brunch in Vancouver? We suggest Brunch at Wildtale

I’d love to go for brunch every weekend, but unfortunately I seem to be stuck in front of my computer far too often eating leftovers or toast with peanut butter and pickles; an odd combo but a good one. Once in a while I do get to go out for a treat, and I must say this day was pretty cool, as I got my hair done and I had an amaze meal.


First up, thanks to Blo for my blow-out. I went for the Victory Rolls again. I love my hair when it’s straight and not the usual crazy curls.

Then off to Wildtale to meet up with some pals for a media brunch. Wildtale opened last spring and is owned by John Crook and Erik Heck, restaurants veterans and owners of Flying Pig. (Brunch is great here too, check out my post here). The restaurant is heavy on the seafood with a bit of a southern touch.

You might go for a Caesar, but I opted to sample a Fresh Start, a smoothie made from green apple, fennel, honeydew, kale and lime. Can’t have booze all day every day. Believe me, it’s not good.

Wildtale Brunch

As the official pork ambassador for BC and Alberta Pork,  I of course had to sample the Maple Glazed Bacon with rosemary and thyme syrup.

Wildtale Brunch

Wildtale Brunch

I chose a Chopped Salad as well as the Oyster Po’ Boy, since we were sharing so I didn’t have to take on the whole dishes myself. The salad was a tasty combo of veggies, cheese and shrimp, and the Po’ Boy was plush with those crispy deep fired oysters I love, with plenty of tartar sauce and a ton of wonderful fries.

Wildtale Brunch

I also had to have the baked oysters, and was super pleased I made that choice. Never enough oysters, I say.

Wildtale Brunch

Wildtale Brunch

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Others ordered up Crab Benny, Fried Beefsteak Tomatoes with basil aioli, chicken and waffles and a smoked salmon benny on a perfect pan-fried potato rosti and there was a definitely generally consensus that the kitchen was on its brunch game.

Wildtale Brunch

Some wacko also thought we should have dessert, but I thought I’d burst if I had anything more. I remember when I was scolded by an editor when I went to a restaurant to review it, and didn’t sample the desserts, but this is my site now, so I can do whatever I want. Right? :o) In any case you can see they have some wonderful items on the sweets side, and I do remember having an amazing banana cream pie here last spring; click for that write up is here. 

1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9
(604) 428-9211
Weekdays: 11 am – Midnight
Saturday: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday: 10am – 11pm
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm and 9-Midnight every day at the bar and in the lounge

*Brunch was on Wildtale
**Featured Image by James Chung of Hellovancity – thanks for this!

WildTale Coastal Grill

I first visited WildTale this spring and have since recommended the restaurant many times. Super fresh seafood, a good selection of oysters and a bright coastal feel make for a great meal.  There’s a semi-private space for groups of up to eighteen, and a private wine room with 34 seats, and I am always being asked about “private rooms”.

WildTale Coastal Grill

Vancouverites John Crook and Erik Heck are the co-owners of WildTale, they also own all locations of the very succesful Flying Pig. The menu is seafood-focused, and sources heavily from our West Coast, but also had items from the Atlantic and some meaty options such as the Peace River Bison Ribye Burger at lunch or the Lamb Shank at dinner.

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A recent lunch was a leisurely one, and we sampled fresh oysters, flavourful mussels, some tender humboldt shrimp, the deep fried oysters and some perfectly seared scallops.img 0603img 0596
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For dinner the grilled fish of the day is always a good choice and desserts are a must, do not miss the banana cream pie.

There are 100 seats inside and 50 seats on the heated patio, as well as bar seating should you wish to stop by for a quick drink.


Recently WildTale added Sunday Lobster Suppers that begin with seafood chowder and freshly baked rolls, P.E.I. mussels, farmer’s salads and fresh steamed lobster. For dessert, select from a freshly baked pie, mixed berry shortcake, chocolate mousse or ice cream.

WildTale Lobster Supper
Every Sunday, 4 pm onwards, starting October 11
Call 604.428.9211 to reserve your seats for dinner and pre-order your lobsters:
$50 for a 1 lb. lobster
$60 for a 1.5 lb. lobster

WildTale Coastal Grill
1079 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 428-9211

Yaletown CandyTown Cocktail Tour


Initially the suggestion of candied drinks held little appeal, but after reading through the list, I think you’ll find they sound, well, sweet! GLV

As part of the CandyTown festival, Yaletown restaurants have stepped up with candy-themed cocktails!

From 6pm until 9pm on Saturday November 23, go on a self-guided CandyTown Cocktail tour. Just ask your server for the special CandyTown featured cocktail at participating restaurants.

Lavender martini from Provence Marinaside (pictured)

Cactus Club Cafe’s Nothing But Pink Martini

The Distillery Bar & Paulies Kitchen’ North Pole Brandy Smash
Apricot Brandy, Whiskey, Cinnamon Syrup and Trio of Bitters poured over ice

Glowbal Grill’s Fuzzy Peach Elyx Mojito
Made with ABSOLUT Elyx Vodka, Giffard’s Peach, Mint, Lime, Soda, Fuzzy Peach Candy

GoodWolfe Kitchen + Bar’s Under the Mistletoe
Made with Lambrusco wine, Vodka, Vanilla-nutmeg syrup

Hapa Izakaya’s Kitty Collection
Hello Kitty
The Original – Strawberry purée, Calpis, Absolut vodka, soda

Ginger Kitty
Bacardi Oakheart, Calpis, gingerale

Oolong Kitty
Absolut Citron, Calpis, oolong tea

Sour Kitty
Cazadores Blanco, Calpis, lime, grapefruit juice, soda

Mellow Kitty
Bacardi, Bols melon, Calpis, soda

Milestones’s Mexican Hot Toddy

Minami’s Spiced Pear Sake-tini 
Made with Pear Sake, Pear juice, Cinnamon

New Oxford’s Candy Cane Lane Cocktail
Made with Hendrick’s Gin, Giffard menthe pastille, Pomegranate syrup, Bittered Sling Suius cherry bitters

Provence Marinaside and The Wine Bar’s Lavender Martini 

SOCIETY’s Strawberry Watermelon Heavenaide
Made with ABSOLUT Elyx Vodka, Strawberry Puree, Giffard’s Watermelon, Lemon Juice, Topped with Cotton Candy

Yaletown Brewing Company’s Holiday Classic
Made with Spiced rum and eggnog. Enough said.

CandyTown: Free Outdoor Holiday Festival


What: Come celebrate the kick off of the holiday season with a free outdoor Christmas festival for the whole family in Vancouver’s Yaletown.

Who: This event is organized and coordinated by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm

12:00pm- 9:00pm

– All I Want for Christmas Gift Market

– Candy Making at the Candy Hut

– Roaming Musicians and Buskers

– Christmas Tree Lot by the Yaletown Rotary Club

– Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

– Toy Drive Tent by the Donnelly Foundation

1:00pm- 6:00pm

– Visit with Santa in the North Pole

2:00pm- 7:00pm

– Live Ice Sculptures at the North Pole

6:00pm- 9:00pm 

– CandyTown Cocktail Tour

Where: Mainland Street in Yaletown, Vancouver BC

Media are invited to attend the event to film and take photographs, key interviews and candy making demos are available. Please direct all media inquiries to Tiffany Soper: tiffany@tiffanysoper.com / 604.783.0013

About Yaletown

Yaletown is Vancouver’s trendy and upscale renovated warehouse district. This fresh urban neighbourhood is just an easy walk from the centre of downtown Vancouver or a quick ferry ride from Granville Island. Yaletown’s converted heritage buildings are home to some of the city’s top fashion and design shops, as well as cutting edge restaurants and bars. Old loading docks act as giant sidewalks and create a unique setting for wandering, shopping, or lounging at one of the many outdoor patios.

About Yaletown Business Improvement Association

The Yaletown BIA is an independent non-profit association of commercial property owners and business tenants who join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the Yaletown neighbourhood. Today the Yaletown BIA is an organization capable of handling top-tier international opportunities such as the 2010 Olympics, hosting well-heeled travel writers from around the world and producing outstanding public events that attract thousands of shoppers and diners annually. For more information visit yaletowninfo.com.

Capone’s Restaurant Newsletter


It’s that time of year and do you know where you are going to host your holiday event? We still have a few dates available during November and yes…a couple of dates in December. Act fast and give us a call here at Capones and we will be sure to make your holiday festivities memorable! For parties of 25 or more, the host will receive a $50 Capones Gift Card.

New Menu ~ New Wine ListBeginning in November, Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Club will be launching our new menu and wine list just in time for the holiday season. To view our new menu please go to 

www.caponesrestaurant.net/menus/ Gift CardsTrying to figure out what to get for that hard to buy for person in your life? How about the gift of a meal with some amazing jazz to accompany it? With the purchase of any gift card at Capones of $50 or more, you personally will also be gifted with a card of 10% of your gift purchase to use anytime. It doesn’t get any better than that. Come on down to Capones and pick up your gift card. We also have a limited time only gift card for our February 2010 Events and Celebrations, ask your server for more details. Featured Recipe

Braised Chicken and Portabello Mushroom

4 free run chicken breast, skin on
8 slices of thinly cut pancetta
2 small shallots diced
2 portabello mushroom sliced lengthwise
4 cloves garlic crushed
4 sprigs fresh oregano
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup veal stock
1 cup white wine
½ cup grated grana padano parmesan
vegetable oil 4 tablespoons
salt and pepper

In a heavy bottomed skillet or pot heat vegetable oil and place chicken skin side down and place pancetta in open areas in pot with the chicken. Cook until skin has crisped and pancetta is almost cooked through. Add shallots, portabello mushrooms and fresh herbs and then turn the chicken over and cook for another 2 minutes or until mushrooms are partly cooked. Add all remaining items and cook for 20 minutes at medium low heat or until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken and serve with sauce over top and enjoy.

“Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a terrific meal.”
Harry JamesAnd where can you find both? Capones of course!

r.tl Introduces Basque and Moroccan menu for Taste of Yaletown

In celebration of the Fall/Winter season & Taste of Yaletown (October 15-31st) regional tasting lounge (r.tl) is excited to announce the launch of its new menu featuring cuisine from the regions of Basque & Morocco.

During Taste of Yaletown, each evening a guest at r.tl will enjoy a surprise ‘hot-seat’ special promotion in conjunction with the delectable offerings of the $25 prix fixe menu.  Each evening, a guest will find him/herself in a pre-selected ‘hot-seat’ via a discreet notification declaring their winning in-thanks for their patronage, with prizes ranging from dining gift certificates and spa treatments to other specialty donated items.

Think of it as ‘Hallowe’en’ trick-or-treating comes early to r.tl.

A few items from the Taste of Yaletown menu at r.tl:

  • spicy basque style beef meatballs with piperade sauce
  • oat crusted arctic char with new potato bacon mash & Makers Mark maple beurre blanc
  • saffron ice cream with toasted pistachio

r.tl anticipates a busy October and urges diners to make reservations a reservation in-advance by contacting the restaurant directly at: 604.638.1550 or reserving online at www.r.tl where you can review the entire menu for Taste of Yaletown.

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The Good Life Weekly Update September 9

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This week on The Good Life we bring in bar star Shaun Layton from George in Yaletown, who whips us up his winning cocktail made with Whistler Beer.  Let’s all pray the sunshine returns for the weekend because there’s much to do outside.  BBQ on the Bypass, Feast of Fields at UBC Farm, and the Naramata Tailgate Party just to name a few.

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.


Provence Marinaside celebrates Caribbean Feast (September 10, 2009)
Argentina Food & Wine Event at BCLDB’s Cambie Kitchen (September 11, 2009)
EAT Fraser Valley – Slice & Dice; Sip & Swirl; Bite & Swallow; Taste & Buy (September 11, 2009)
6th Annual Naramata Tailgate Party! (September 12, 2009)
Fall Wine Steam Train (September 12, 2009)
Well Seasoned BBQ on the ByPass (September 13, 2009)
Winemaker`s Dinner – Township 7 Vineyards Wines and the Ramada Plaza Executive Culinary Team. (September 13, 2009)

Big Meat Night – Brews & BBQ at the Hamilton Street Grill

September 2nd in Yaletown

It’s the dog days of summer so this month we turn away from wine to taste beer!  We are “beefing up” our format a bit and giving you a full, stick to your ribs, beer inspired dinner along with great beers from R & B Brewing. Join Chef Neil Wyles and special guests for a night of BBQ, music and great people along with local boys Rick and Barry’s R & B Brewing Beers.

Beer and BBQ tasting at Hamilton Street Grill

6:00 pm, Tuesday, September 2nd

1009 Hamilton Street, Yaletown, Vancouver

Tickets $60.00 per person includes lots of food and beer, excludes taxes and gratuity

Reservations by credit card at 604-331-1511 or hamiltonstreetgrill@telus.net

About R&B Brewing Co.

R&B Brewing (derived from a clever organization of the two founding partners’ names) is the combined hard work and lifelong goal of Rick Dellow and Barry Benson who share more than 35 years experience in the international and local brewing industry.  After spending many years installing microbreweries and brewpubs and training brewers all over the world they decided to bring their wealth of knowledge and experience home to Vancouver.  R&B Brewing produces consistent, high quality, hand crafted ales such as Red Devil Ale, Raven Cream Ale, Sun God Wheat Ale and the Hop Goblin India Pale Ale. For more information please contact R&B Brewing Co. at 54 East 4th Ave. Vancouver BC, Canada V5T 1E8, call (604) 874-2537, email ales@r-and-b.com or visit www.r-and-b.com