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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Stampeding Idiots And The Terror Of Our Addiction To Hysteria

October 24, 2014 

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by Sean Orr | A different kind of blowback: Ottawa shooter lived in Vancouver’s DTES. Let’s talk terror. Not the terror of Islamic fundamentalism, but the terror of mental health that surrounds us everyday. Not politically motivated terror, but the terror of addiction…

I wonder what would happen if we spent the same amount of money that we’re going to spend fighting ISIS (and their terrible beheadings while ignoring Saudi Arabia’s equally terrible beheadings) on addiction and mental health issues instead?

And instead of a measured response, we see drummed up hysteria. Attempts are made to tie the shooter to ISIS (he read their Twitter feed!), while Justin Bourque (a white guy who had conservative and conspiratorial anti-state world views) murdered three Mounties and the word “terror” is conveniently absent from the coverage. More collective amnesia. More police state rhetoric.

As Crawford Kilian writes: “We need to spend more attention on our own social and psychological state [...]  to ditch our democratic values and institutions would be to hand victory to the thugs…”

Oh wait. It’s too late: Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online. Of course, nobody should condone a terror attack, but what if you question if it’s actually an act of terror, as I have just done? Also, does this mean every addict with mental health issues is a potential terrorist?

Meanwhile, what about the terror perpetrated against our aboriginal women? Fontaine and Gross: Two missing teens garnered two different responses. That’s not terror. That’s just isolated cases. A total fluke. No need to take any sort of collective action: Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document. Protect Canadians! Just not the ones who were here first.

We need to protect our sacred institutions, like the RCMP: RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who smoked marijuana on job, found dead.

I’m not sure how to segue out of all this so… Watch a stampede of idiots endlessly run straight into a spinning metal thing.

Just in case you were wondering where our media stands in regards to resource extraction: New video series on resources debate launches. Yup, the husband of one of Christy Clark’s closest friends and advisors.

Meanwhile, one of the candidates hoping to join Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr on City Council has an investment portfolio heavy on industrial and mining stocks: Mayor moved, Greens energetic?

But that’s nothing. Just read through mayoral candidates’ statements. Particularly the first guy:

I’ve lived a good life in Canada and refuse to watch Asian immigrants buy our lives well raise property taxes on Chinese 5% our stop party mayor and van east PM is to blow up ISIS and take our country now prefer email and texts were running for families who pay most taxes n stay here mayor meynard & stop mayor meynard

Bonus: This is what rejection looks like.

GOODS | La Mezcaleria & Chinatown’s El Kartel Pairing Up For “Dia De Los Muertos”

October 24, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | On November 1st, El Kartel, La Mezcaleria and Tribe Collaborative are bringing Mexican tradition to Vancouver with a party in honour of “Dia de los Muertos”. Tribe Collaborative endeavours to foster creative collaboration amongst local artists and companies to produce innovative events. Produced in partnership with La Mezcaleria and El Kartel, with sponsorships from Jose Cuervo and Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tribe’s first major event will take place on the iconic Mexican holiday, “el Dia de los Muertos”: The Day of the Dead.

One of the richest and most ancient traditions in Mexican culture, “el Dia de los Muertos” is observed on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov 2. This holiday is a gathering of family and friends to commemorate their deceased loved ones. Held at the freshly revamped space in the 1903 heritage building that is El Kartel’s new Chinatown location, this event will feature music by DJ Hubbz, Mr. Pablo, El Garzita and DJ Fantastico; live trumpet by Kristy Lee Audette and percussion by Daniel Ruiz; visual projections by Skunk; cinematography by Daniela Flor; and professional make-up application for party-goers that care to revel in the theme provided by Nara Vazco and Fa Mercado.

Highlights include an altar, face painting, traditional music and drinks, spooky vibes and lots of surprises! And of course, no true Mexican party is complete without the holy trinity of tequila shots, Palomas and Margaritas. Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead with a community of local creatives who continue to bring culturally diverse events to Vancouver. Dressing-up is highly encouraged but not necessary. Details after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | It Had The Greatest Bookstore In The World

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(via) Can Vancouver honestly claim to be a “world class” city without a bookstore that stops people in its tracks, ensnaring and enchanting all who enter it with the way in which it is artfully arranged? We don’t think so. The city might have a handful of bookstores worthy of mention, but none are or gobsmackingly massive or iconic (the stunning main branch of the public library notwithstanding). Chain behemoths like Chapters don’t count, and tangled labyrinths Powell’s in Portland or the Strand in New York are old hat. We believe that Vancouver should have something different and more modern like the voluminous, open-concept Livraria Culture in São Paulo, Brazil, which was designed by Studio MK27 “to encourage shoppers to stay and read the books they’ve purchased or to simply hang out with friends.” Because it’s so sexy, we easily imagine it occupying the ridiculously over-sized Victoria’s Secret location on the corner of Robson and Burrard.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | ‘Blacktail Florist In Gastown On Hunt For Experienced Host

October 23, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist and Kanaka are looking for a driven, professional, full-time lead host. A minimum of three years experience in the service industry is mandatory. We are searching for someone who is outgoing and personable and not afraid to take control of our busy room. Excellent communication skills and passion for service is a must. Experience with Open Table is a plus. Duties include managing reservations, handling guest relations and responding to emails. We pay a competitive wage and are seeking someone to join our growing family for the long term. Please email a short cover letter and resume to Nina at info [at] blacktailflorist.ca. [ Keep reading ]

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To Right Now

October 23, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; and The Gig – the “must-see show” on the horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… [ Keep reading ]

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chef De Cuisine Sought At Quails’ Gate Old Vines Restaurant

October 23, 2014 

Quail's Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd. in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 | 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery

West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Old Vines Restaurant offers a premium venue to further establish and develop your career in the culinary arts. As one of the few winery restaurants open year-round, the stage is set for our culinary brigade to showcase each season’s bounty of ingredients in an unrivaled setting. Our deeply rooted belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophies. As our Estate Winery grows, so does our culinary offerings and as such, we have an opportunity for a dedicated, passionate culinary professional to join our team as Chef de Cuisine.

Reporting to the Culinary Director Roger Sleiman, the Chef de Cuisine will be responsible for the daily operation of Old Vines Restaurant; including but not limited to menu development, ordering, inventory, performance management, human resources, hygiene and safety standards. The Chef de Cuisine will maintain Old Vines Restaurant’s high standard of quality and service and strive to not only meet but exceed in every aspect of their role. In collaboration with the Culinary Director the Chef de Cuisine will participate in all on/off-site functions, including group functions, vineyard dinners, private dinners, festivals, and Culinary offerings available through the Wine Shop located at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery.

Applicants should have successfully completed a formal chef training program & have their Inter-Provincial Red Seal, along with the Food Safe Level 2 Certificate. They should also have a minimum of 5 years of experience cooking, preferably in a fine dining establishment in a leadership position and demonstrate excellent saucier skills and complete understanding of meat and fish butchery. If this describes you then please forward your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at employment [at] quailsgate.com. [ Keep reading ]

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Deciphering The Expressive “Stag’s Hollow” Grenache 2013

October 23, 2014 

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by Treve Ring | Quietly tucked away in sleepy, picturesque Okanagan Falls, winemaker Dwight Sick and winery owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger have been planting experimental plots of European grapes not typically (or ever) seen before in BC. Ballsy a bit, brave a lot, the team realized the high potential of their site’s soils, climate and terroir and started searching other wine regions for similar conditions. They’ve since planted and successfully produced limited wines/blends including tempranillo, dolcetto, teroldego, marsanne and albariño.

And grenache; a beautiful, kickass grenache, to be exact – one that references the Rhone and the south of France while tipping its hat to Australia and Spain. And yet it somehow feels firmly rooted in the Okanagan. Canada’s first commercial grenache should pave the way for many more. Now in its second vintage, it’s even better than the highly promising inaugural 2012. Expressive pepper at first whiff, warm cedar spice, ripe red cherry, cranberry, strawberry jam and a huge whack of savoury and cracked pepper spice on the bright finish. Impressive, exciting, alluring – we want more of this in BC! I recently asked Dwight about its Message In A Bottle

Stag’s Hollow Grenache 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | $30 +35501

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I’m a Granachista. I love everything about this pure, delicious grape. I started conceptualizing this wine 10 years ago and planted the vineyard in 2006. It has been my special wine child ever since. Grenache is everything pinot noir wishes it could be and it is only a matter of time before everyone discovers its wonders.

Where are the grapes from? The vast majority of the fruit (70%) was grown at Kiln House Vineyard which is on the West Bench of Penticton. It is a special site with a warm, southern sloping aspect and it remains frost-free late into the fall (long after most of the rest of the Valley’s vineyards have been frosted out). I personally planted this site in 2006 and have managed the vineyard ever since. The balance of the fruit is grown at Hearle Vineyard on the East Bench of Osoyoos. It is a stunning growing site and the grenache vines planted there in 2010 are showing great potential for the future.

Your ideal pairing with this wine would be…? Duck confit is my favourite. I have a recipe that uses blood orange, Chinese five spice and anise in the glaze. It is a heavenly match.

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Tough call, as there are several. I’m going to single out some wines from a fresh face in the Okanagan, Dylan Roche. The single vineyard merlots he has produced for Intersection Winery are honest and delicious wines. Additionally, he and his wife have also started a new winery label of their own called Roche Wines and the Pinot Gris is unlike any other in the Valley (in a good way).

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? Wines: grenache (red, white, rosé and blends) from Rhone, Roussillon and Spain, Syrah from Washington State. Beers: I’ve been enjoying various wet hopped IPAs this fall and love Surrey-based Four Winds Brewing’s Wild Flower Saison.

MORE MESSAGES IN OTHER BOTTLES

GOODS | Summerland’s “Okanagan Crush Pad” To Celebrate Wine Tourism Day Nov. 8

October 23, 2014 

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Road in Summerland, BC | 250-494-4445 | okanagancrushpad.com

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Road in Summerland | 250-494-4445 | okanagancrushpad.com

The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad

Kelowna, BC | The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8th, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism. Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you and register for the Penticton Wine Tour Giveaway.

To celebrate this special day and the bounty of BC wine, Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery will be open on November 8th from 12pm to 5pm and will be featuring tastings of all of their sparkling wines paired with a special little treat catered by Chef Planiden’s Culinary Adventure. Okanagan Crush Pad has also gathered neighbouring wineries, a hotel, and restaurants to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine country. Get all the details after the jump. [ Keep reading ]

DIG IT | A Last Look At UBC’s 60 Year Old “Empire Pool” Before Its Total Destruction

October 23, 2014 

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by Stevie Wilson | Though it doesn’t quite fit into the traditional concept of what a “heritage” structure should look like, UBC’s Empire Pool has been a fixture of the campus landscape for 60 years. The 50-meter long outdoor pool was built for the British Empire & Commonwealth Games in 1954, and has since hosted numerous men’s and women’s swimming and diving events that have drawn large crowds from across the city. Architects Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt (including Frederic Lasserre and F.W. Urry) not only designed the pool but also the adjacent Warm Memorial Gymnasium, which opened in 1951. The firm had previously been selected as the official University architects by an international competition in 1912. 

Sadly, the 60th anniversary of the Games also marked the end for Empire Pool. Though popular with students, athletes, and the general public, the facility was permanently closed early this year due to a filtration/mechanical failure. All is not lost, however, as the historical record is loaded (particularly with photos), and a brand-new $38.5-million Aquatic Centre is poised to replace both the outdoor lanes and the adjacent 1978 indoor centre by 2016.

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GOODS | New Pieces From Hilary Druxman, Wolf Circus, Others At Gastown’s “Cavalier”

October 23, 2014 

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | It might be the time of year to layer up, but you mustn’t forget about your accessories. We wanted to keep it simple this Fall and go with understated and refined sterling silver pieces that can be paired with nearly any outfit. It’s also getting close to that time of year when you need to start thinking about holiday gifts so the shots above are a little inspiration from our latest Fall shoot featuring designs by Army of Rokosz, Catherine Hartley, Foe and Dear, Hilary Druxman, and Wolf Circus. Learn more about the shop after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

COOL THING WE WANT #447 | A Bright Red Ninja Suit That Will Repel The Sasquatches

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(via) As serial campers, we treasure a reliably warm and functional “base layer”. Accordingly, we’re digging the hell out of this Poler x Airblaster Ninja Suit. The four-way stretch Merino Wool and lycra onesie suit comes complete with hood, chest zip, thumb hook cuffs, and a crotch fly for #1 access. It’s bright and weird and the badge makes it clear that you’re not to be fucked with. There’s no way a Sasquatch would dare approach the unpredictable wearer of such an imposing garment. It’s just too dangerous! A little pricy at $189.99, but as soon as we started thinking of it as lingerie it made sound financial sense.

EVERY COOL THING WE WANT

WELCOME | The Chefs’ Table Society Of BC Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

October 23, 2014 

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We’ve invited the Chefs’ Table Society of BC to join our GOODS program as a great organisation that every member of the local hospitality trade should be a part of. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.

OTHER GREAT ORGANISATIONS

Wolf In The Fog & The Farmer’s Apprentice Lauded As Best New Restaurants In Canada

October 23, 2014 

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by Andrew Morrison | The annually anticipated list of Canada’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants is out today from enRoute magazine and it’s a one-two knockout combo for BC. The Farmer’s Apprentice in South Granville took the #2 spot and #1 went to Tofino’s Wolf In The Fog. Congrats to all who cracked the list, with a special high-five to former Vancouverite Dale Mackay and his crew at Ayden in Saskatoon for not only landing the #8 spot, but also for winning the People’s Choice Award.

Here’s the basic skinny in the words of enRoute…

On a month-long culinary journey that took noted food writer Andrew Braithwaite from Tofino, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, he discovered a group of chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs who continued to explore this country’s terroir and redefine what it means to dine out in Canada. The Top 10 restaurants in order are:

1. Wolf in the Fog (Tofino): “On the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island, where rainforest meets ocean, you stumble up a flight of stairs and into a soaring cedar-clad room above a surf shop where chef Nick Nutting leads a crew trained in the precise details of fine dining.”

2. The Farmer’s Apprentice (Vancouver): “Each small plate – more often, a bowl – conjured by owner David Gunawan is a precise jumble of textures and flavours. Digging in is a sort of black magic.”

3. Le Vin Papillon (Montreal): “Long-time Joe Beef guru Vanya Filipovic fills massive chalkboards with organic wines to run with a vegetable-focused cuisine from boyfriend and chef Marc-Olivier Frappier.”

4. RGE RD (Edmonton): “The heart of Blair Lebsack’s kitchen is a wood-burning oven that consumes birch and maple at 700oF, curing honey ham and smoking Salt Spring Island mussels or even dehydrated local milk during the off-hours.”

5. Mallard Cottage (St. John’s): “Todd Perrin spent two years restoring a heritage property in Quidi Vidi Harbour for this brilliant mash-up of fine dining and comfort cuisine on the outskirts of St. John’s.”

6. Bar Buca (Toronto): “Rob Gentile’s restaurant likes to pretend it’s a simple bar for sipping Barolo. You’re here to drink, sure, but you’re also here to eat things like tiny fried smelt dusted with fennel salt.”

7. The Chase (Toronto): Chef Michael Steh doesn’t lean on molecular trickery or audacious ingredients to wow. His food is more direct and more delightful than that, in an atmosphere that makes you want to say yes to things.

8. Ayden (Saskatoon): Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay gambled that Saskatoon was ready for lime – and lemongrass – and ginger-dusted chicken wings. Ayden isn’t about showing off Prairie cooking to the world – it’s about bringing the world home.”

9. Légende (Quebec City): Northern Quebec is the culinary hunting ground that Frédéric Laplante mythologizes at his capital-city bistro. Cornish hen gets a boreal accent from balsam fir fleur de sel.”

10. Edna (Halifax): Jenna Mooers’ North End bistro digs up treasure from the fertile soils of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and hauls it out of the brisk Atlantic waters.”

The Top 10 restaurants will officially receive their awards during the annual Canada’s Best New Restaurants Gala celebration on November 20 in Toronto.

GOODS | Trio Of Art House Horror Films To Play At The Cinematheque Over Halloween

October 22, 2014 

The Cinematheque is located at 1131 Howe Street | 604-688-8202 | thecinematheque.ca

The Cinematheque is located at 1131 Howe Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8202 | www.thecinematheque.ca

The GOODS from The Cinematheque

Vancouver, BC | Halloween gets the Cinematheque treatment with a trio of art house horror classics screening from brand-new restorations: Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre with superbly creepy Klaus Kinski as the Count; 1973 cult folk-horror favourite The Wicker Man; and David Lynch’s enduring midnight movie Eraserhead.

On October 31 and November 1, all three films will screen in special Halloween triple bills at a special price: $20 Adults / $18 Seniors/Students. To celebrate the just-announced return of Lynch’s uber-bizarre, uber-loved Twin Peaks, we encourage you to dress up as your favourite character. There’ll be refreshments, decorations, and damn good coffee. [ Keep reading ]