What’s Good August 11th Edition

What To Do In Vancouver This Week of August

Hard to believe we are hard into the second week of August. Summer’s been good to us so far, but it’s flying by and this smoky haze we have hanging over us is putting a bit of a damper on what would have otherwise been some damn fine days. We went up to the Okanagan last week  and spent some time with my Mom and Dad, visited some Summerland cideries, a brewery, and winery, and had some excellent meals at home with fresh garden produce as well as at some great restaurants. This week it’s been back to the grind and I’ve been trying to get back to my workout routine as well, so hard but I’m hoping the half marathon I am doing this Saturday will motivate me! Wish me luck getting through the Seawheeze and perhaps we’ll see you out at some of my other suggestions for the week!

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Run the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon and/or party at the Sunset Festival

Tickets for the Half are scooped up in mere seconds, but the party continues in the park as the sun is going down at the SeaWheeze Sunset Festival. On August 12, 2017 Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids will help you get your dance on with fellow fun enthusiasts. Get ready for an evening of outdoor yoga, rad music, tasty food, and a delicious brew (or two).

  • You and your buddies dancing the night away to Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids.
  • lululemon ambassador Goldie Graham leading you through a sunset yoga practice with thousands of your new friends.
  • Our exclusive “Obligatory Victory Beer” by Postmark Brewing available for purchase at the beer garden.
  • A licensed venue with other delicious bevvies and gourmet grab-and-go food for purchase.
  • Stellar sunset views from Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park.

The good news: tickets are still available! Get one here.


Check out AnnaLena Happy Hour

One of the best restaurants in Vancouver, AnnaLena in Kitsilano has just introduced a new  happy hour daily from 5pm to 6pm – with a superb selection of cocktails, beers and wines. AnnaLena’s world class cocktail program, led by Bar Manager Kevin Brownlee, and highlights include the “Los Bravos”, a combination of tequila, strawberry-black pepper liqueur, cacao, jalapeño and lime.

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Eat Some Ice Cream At La Glace on Vancouver’s West Side

Head over to the city’s newest ice cream parlour and salon de thé for chef Mark Tagulao’s decadent ice cream. The ice cream is rich and luxurious, made in the French method with cream, egg yolks, and sugar using minimal aeration. Flavours include Ganache made with dark Valrhona chocolate and Crème de la Crème infused with fragrant vanilla bean are mainstays. Limited backes may include Bananes Foster (roasted banana rum cream, toffee, and cinnamon); Matcha Noir (green tea with a black sesame swirl); and Café à la Lavande (coffee with a hint of lavender). AND there’s three vegan flavours made with house-made cashew milk or coconut milk: Chocolat à la Menthe (mint cream and dark chocolate flecks); Chocohuète (peanut butter and dark chocolate; and Coco Pandan (pandan-infused coconut cream). Visitors delight in choosing decadent in-house pastry and confection toppings for their personalized creations served in cups or cones.

Scoops are priced at $5.50 for one, $7.50 for two, and $8.50 for three. Upgrade from a standard wafer cone to a house-made waffle cone based on Tagulao’s family recipe for $1.50.  La Glace Ice Cream is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm and is centrally located at 2785 West 16th Avenue.


Feast on Tomatoes at Provence Marinaside

For the month of August (1-31), Provence Marinaside celebrates all things tomato my offering a three-course prix fixe menu! It’s a deal at $56 with an optional wine pairing priced at $25 for a different wine with each dish. T

Starters include a Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, a Tomato and Nectarine Salad or Alessandra’s Tomato Tarte, your main could be Garlic-Rubbed Lamb Sirloin,Tomato Risotto with Wild Mexican Prawns and Hokkaido Scallops or Grilled Line-Caught Halibut with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette. Dessert is a choice from Provence’s regular dessert menu.


  1. Patricia Gibb says:

    Greetings Cassandra! You’ve done well since the Writing Food course at UBC many moons ago. Congratulations! If you’re ever in Victoria, let me know and come visit our restaurant & bar – Little Jumbo on Fort Street. Great food and drink scene on the Island! Cheers, Patricia

  2. cassandra says:

    Great to hear from you! It was so long ago! Baru is still around though and still very good! I have heard great things about Little Jumbo, been meaning to check it out. Didn’t know you were involved.

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