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LEXICON | Defining Lifer, Chinatown Gutter Puddle, No Fun Piano, Shit Turkey, & More

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The Vancouver Lexicon – our A-Z dictionary of local slang, myths, legends, and such – might appear to be complete, but we mean to keep adding to it every week. Today we aim to highlight five more localisms that everyone in British Columbia should know about. They are Shit Turkey, Wick, Lifer, No Fun Piano, Chinatown Gutter Puddle, and Chimo.

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GOODS | Pop-Up Purveyor The Chinatown Experiment Set To Rebrand On September 1

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thisopenspace is located at 434 Columbia Sreet in the heart of Chinatown | 778.839.2828 | www.thisopenspace.ca

The GOODS from thisopenspace

Vancouver, BC | Our little Chinatown storefront recently got a facelift and new signs installed. If you walked by today or have been following us online, you’ve probably guessed it by now, what used to be The Chinatown Experiment is re-launching as thisopenspace. We’re putting the final touches on the site and can’t wait to show it all on September 1st.

There’s been lots of change since we started two years ago. What was once an abandoned store is now a pop-up ready space; our flagship storefront has been transformed into over 70 pop-up concepts since September 2012. The space has been home to elopement style weddings, a café that repels cell phone signals, art exhibitions, fashion label launches, designer furniture, online retailers, and plenty more. The cool and the creative happens here, and it’s received international press coverage. The people we’ve worked to make it all happen are what keep us going.

But the flagship storefront, our idea playground, is only one part of what we do. This year, we started helping brands and artists find other temporary pop-up ready spaces around town. We’ve connected them to spaces in Gastown, South Granville, Mount Pleasant, and Fraserhood, Recently we’ve also helped clients with promotion and press for their pop-up. We’re proud to have brought new brands to Vancouver for the first time including Alberta’s Knifewear and Wheat Kids & Babies. We’ve also brought experiential strategy as part of the Niche Co Lab team to produce the first pop-up in a residential Vancouver home at Vanglo House. Growing out of the little Chinatown storefront means that we need a new brand name and identity to better represent what we do. Our new website thisopenspace.ca launches on September 1. Find out all the latest details @thisopenspace. We’re beaming with excitement and can’t wait to share it all with you next week. [ Keep reading ]

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #239 | It Had A Pop-Up Beer Garden Like Argentina

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by Treve Ring | You don’t need Google Translate to decipher the Refugio de Camping designs from IT MET Estudio, an architecture and design firm based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I, for one, would camp a helluva lot more often if my campsite featured a greenhouse and beer taps.

This 18-by-8.5 foot pop-up pop up refuge/party is designed to fold and open itself, the translucent façade (sinusoidal polycarbonate sheets, in case you were wondering) filtering in daylight and producing a lit-from-within lantern effect in darkness. Thin white metal bones and guatambu hardwood paneling can easily be disassembled, transported and reassembled as a puzzle, each part designed in order to be moved and built by anyone, anywhere.

In Buenos Aires’ hip Recoleta district, the first Refugio de Camping is perched on an urban rooftop, fully embracing the culture of alfresco drinking, transient and translucent. It doesn’t take much to imagine fitting in just about anywhere in Vancouver.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On Lookout For Pastry Chef (Maternity Leave)

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, Quails’ Gate’s Old Vines Restaurant offers an excellent venue to build or continue your career in the culinary arts. Open year-round, opportunities exist for advancement and gaining knowledge of pairing wines with the bounty of ingredients we are so fortunate to have in the Okanagan Valley. Our belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophy.

Our successful candidate will assume the position of Pastry Chef- maternity leave. This position is responsible for managing the Pastry station and supervising 1-2 Pastry Cooks. Pastry is responsible for production of all breads & pastry items, all plated desserts and special occasion items. Pastry Chef duties include but are not limited to line service, staff leadership and inspiration, inventory and ordering. Pastry Chef works amongst and in support of the ingredient inspired Culinary brigade.

Applicants must have successfully completed a formal culinary training program or have equivalent years experience in the industry. Applicants must have 2+ years’ experience in a similar leadership role, preferably in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment and demonstrate excellent line cooking skills. As business levels fluctuate throughout the year, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule.

If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to employment [at] quailsgate.com. [ Keep reading ]

HONOUR BOUND | Help DTES Kids In Need Through The Amazing “Writer’s Exchange”

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The Writer’s Exchange makes literacy exciting and accessible for inner-city kids through free mentoring and creative writing projects. We have seen first hand how they work to benefit the lives of local children, but they can’t do it without a lot of help. To date, 17 generous people have contributed $50,800 towards their $100,000 goal for the 2014/15 school year, which is to say that they’re already halfway there.

Consider what your donation could do:

- $2000 supports a class of inner-city kids and their teacher as they create a publishing project with the Writers’ Exchange.

- $1000 runs a fun summer literacy program for 12 at-risk kids, tailored for their needs.

- $500 pays for a month’s worth of healthy snacks for the 85 kids in the Writers’ Room after-school program.

- $250 covers essential writing and art supplies for a four-month workshop for 15 kids.

- $100 provides a safe space for one child to receive after-school literacy support and homework help for one month.

- $50 helps buy books that inspire kids to love reading.

We’ve still got 15 days to meet our $100,000 goal before our fall programs begin, so please take a few minutes now to join the amazing group of people who make reading and writing fun for inner-city kids, and donate today!

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GOODS | New Corbie Fieldwalker Video Documents The Essence Of “Aloe Designs”

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Vancouver, BC | Anyone who knows husband-and-wife team Caitlin and Owen Black, founders of landscape design studio Aloe Designs, has heard them describe their work, revealing their passion for what they do. But landscape design is essentially a visual expression, and the hard-working couple had been wanting to document and share their work in a way that allows people to really experience the spaces they create. Enter Corbie Fieldwalker, videographer extraordinaire. In under three minutes, he managed to capture the essence of Aloe Designs, expressing what they do and how they do it. This little video showcases some of company’s favourite projects to date. “It reminds us why we are in business for ourselves,” says Caitlin Black, landscape design consultant. “We’re truly so proud of these designs and the video shares them in such a magical way.” Press play above and learn more about Aloe Designs after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

NEIGHBOURHOODING | Out The Front Door In Chinatown With Art Director Jill Southern

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by Maya-Roisin Slater | Scout’s new Neighbourhooding series is part of our expanding HOODS project. It explores Vancouver’s myriad neighbourhoods through the eyes of the people who call them home. Jill Southern has lived in Chinatown for 5 years. She’s an art director by trade and the founder of Pender Keefer Georgia, a series of Chinatown guidebooks. We recently caught up with her on East Georgia Street, just a stone’s throw from her apartment…

What or who do you think is a defining fixture of your neighbourhood?

Chinatown streets, any given day from 9 to 6: produce bins are wheeled out to the sidewalk, trucks unload new pig carcasses and containers of fish, parking is near impossible, and the sidewalks are an obstacle course of tourists and old lady carts.

Where’s your favourite place to get breakfast?

Matchstick weekdays, Pazzo Chow Saturdays, Kam Gok Yuen on special occasions.

Tell us about your favourite hideaway…

New Mitzie’s Restaurant on Pender — a classic Chinese-Western diner with endless coffee refills, booth seating, and entertaining people-watching.

What’s the best mom and pop place in the area?

That’s the great thing about Chinatown, it’s full of mom and pop shops. Some of my favourites: Fresh Egg Mart, Golden Wheat Bakery, Chinatown Supermarket.

What sets your neighbourhood apart from other areas in Vancouver?

Chinatown looks and feels like no other neighbourhood in Vancouver. Its distinct culture and history are visible in its buildings, residents and community, while its changing identity makes it fun and fresh. This neighbourhood never bores me. I love how I can feel like a tourist in my own town.

If you could describe your neighbourhood in a haiku, how would it go?

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If you were walking through your neighbourhood while courting a lady/gentleman where would you take them to set a romantic scene?

There are a couple of rooftop parkades where, if you know your way around, you can sneak a stellar view of the city.

What’s the scariest thing about your neighbourhood?

The constant fear of getting shat on by pigeons.

What’s your favourite piece of architecture in the neighbourhood?

It’s a tie: 1. Sun Yat Sen gardens (pay the admission fee to see the best of it). 2. [Bob] Rennie’s stunning re-do of the Wing Sang building.

How do you think your neighbourhood will change and develop in the next 5 years?

It will unfortunately become less unique. New businesses and condos will continue to flow into the neighbourhood while hip, modern spots replace unfashionable, old spots. There is a lot of new growth in Chinatown, which doesn’t strike me as entirely bad or good. Chinatown has a very resilient way of dealing with change.

EXPLORE THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD

1656107_782797201749497_2092174545_n (1)Maya-Roisin Slater speaks English, and is doing her best to turn that into a career. Beyond Scout, her words and photos can be found in publications such as BeatRoute, Discorder, and Lotusland Mag. She also enjoys writing nauseating poetry, pretending that gluten-free-vegan slop is actually food, and bullying her customers at German sausage empire Bestie.

GOODS | “Postmark” Brews Limited Release Mango Belgian Wit Beer As A Summer Adieu

Postmark Brewing is located at 55 Dunlevy Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.699.1988 | postmarkbrewing.com

Postmark Brewing is located at 55 Dunlevy Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.699.1988 | postmarkbrewing.com

The GOODS from Postmark Brewing

Vancouver, BC | Postmark Brewing’s newest beer – a traditional Belgium Wit conditioned with mango puree – is the perfect summer send off (4.8 ABV). The sweetness of the mango harmonizes the wheat bitterness to create a well balanced session fruit beer for the last warm days of summer. The limited release brew will only be available at the brewery’s Growler Window and in Belgard Kitchen. Learn more about us and our home at The Settlement after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

AWESOME THING WE DRANK #678 | The Idiosyncratic Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 (Aus)

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by Treve Ring | In my line of work I get to drink taste a boatload of wines, many good, most average, a lot of plonk, and a slight few, awesome

Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 | Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia | $20 +559716

Still think all Aussie wines are cheap and cheerful? C’mon mate! It’s a new day and that thinking is as dated as foam on a plate. Australia is a place of outstanding regional diversity, wine history and talent, and if you’re not open to accepting that terroir is a renewed and serious focus, then I hereby sentence you to Yellow Tail, for life!

Tahbilk {ta-BILK} is one such winery with a lineage rivaling that of our own country. The winery and original vineyards were established in 1860, and purchased by the Purbrick family, the 4th generation of which oversees operations today. Tahbilk’s ties to the rare, French-born Marsanne grape stretches back to the 1860’s when the first grapes were ever recorded. Though those initial plantings are no longer around, the Estate still produces Marsanne from 1927 plantings – some of the oldest in the world. In fact, Tahbilk claims to have the largest, single holding of Marsanne anywhere (take that, France!). Tahbilk releases library vintages from time to time (yes, even the 1927), so if you ever see “Museum Release” on the label, just trust me and buy it.

This is an idiosyncratic wine that gains so much complexity with time that it’s boggling. While juicy and bright in its youth, your patience will be exponentially rewarded (5-20 years+). The 2010 is still a junior, opening with whiffs of lemon, white peach, light petrol, marmalade and wild herbs. A medium-bodied positively oily palate bears pear, honeysuckle, earth, lemon, thyme, and stony spice. Its well-knit rope of herbal earthiness and floral perfume, bright acid and stone fruit is capped by a lengthy finish. All this for $20 and I’m pretty cheerful.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | New “Chambar” Is On The Lookout For Experienced Line Cooks

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Chambar restaurant is looking to add line cooks to the team for both AM and PM shifts now that business is underway at the new Beatty St. location (next door to the original). All interested parties with experience should their resumes in confidence to tia [at] chambar.com. Learn more about the new location here. [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Barfing Into Fendi Bags & Affluent Kids Moving Into The DTES

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by Sean Orr | We are Tennyson’s mariners, and we’ve eaten the lotus: Vancouver is fast becoming Fat Cat City as luxury purchase opportunities pile up. If you we don’t violently vomit blood-specked rage while you read this then there is something drastically wrong with you us. “It’s kind of a high-powered game of keeping up with the Joneses — except in this case it’s keeping up with the Fendis and the Armanis”. Barf! Real, actual wealth has never needed to prostitute itself so vulgarly. What we’re seeing here instead are expensive expressions of personal insecurity…

“The edgy neighbourhood [Gastown] may once have been Vancouver’s skid row…”, the masturbatory article continues. Wrong. Skid Row is skid row. Gastown has always been Gastown. It was gentrified in the 70s, not the 2010s. ”Stylish, well-heeled Asians make up the majority of her business…” Oh, just stop it already.

Meanwhile, to our south, no one will heed this warning:

The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

Related: One Incredible Entrepreneur Saved This Struggling Neighborhood By Replacing Everyone In It With Affluent Twentysomethings

Just one year ago, East Shellwood was one of the poorest neighborhoods in America. Its public schools were buckling under budget cuts and the crime rate was steadily increasing, while property values had hit an all-time low.

Today, all of that has changed. East Shellwood is thriving, and shows no signs of slowing down. So what happened?

It all started when a community-minded entrepreneur by the name of Jackson Klemmer had the innovative idea to replace every single one of the area’s longtime residents with affluent twentysomethings. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I knew if we could just find some way to increase the cost of living so that poorer residents had no choice but to move out, we could completely revitalize the neighborhood by filling it with predominantly white twentysomethings,” said Klemmer, a real estate investor and community activist. “People said East Shellwood was a lost cause. But I never stopped believing in this place and the people who could potentially live here once we got rid of all the poor people.”

Related: Ayn Rand’s Capitalist Paradise Is Now a Greedy Land-Grabbing Shitstorm.

Meanwhile the Conservatives keep getting more….conservative-y: Peter MacKay Wears Gun Shirt From Group That Wants To Repeal Canada’s Firearms Laws. But…but…Justin wants to give your kids weed! Or, I see your true colours. Oh, and this is the responsible gun-owning veteran who uses his disability to sneak vodka into football games.

Meanwhile environmentalists are zealots who want to shoot people on Skytrains: The Paver, the Optimist, the Suspicious, the Skeptic and the Back-to-the-Lander. “We don’t need to tell you the resource debate can be loud and antagonistic”, so we need to be louder and more antagonistic.

Don’t look at it like you’re losing a glacier, but rather that you’re gaining a cool new lake! Decker Glacier lake at Whistler a sign of melt to come. Not sure if it’s on purpose, but that headline reminds me of Refused.

Bandwagon alert: Gregor does ice bucket challenge. Not to criticize the challenge, but I’d rather see him do the Rubble bucket challenge. Or the clean drinking water challenge. Or the Grimes challenge.

Vision Vancouver, NPA, Greens are neck and neck in council race, poll shows. “But city hall got low marks for transparency, homelessness and poverty, and “engaging with regular people”. Who paid for this poll? Who are regular people?

The NPA’s wedge issue? They are against bike counters: Vancouver bike lanes boast record summer cycling traffic. Talk about missing LaPointe.

Regarding the Arbutus Corridor, Bangkok proves that railways and community gardens can coexist.

Craigslist of the day: Cozy, spacious three-bedroom suite near UBC, SFU, Trinity Western, U of A, Berkely, and McGill for rent.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s “La Pentola” On The Lookout For A Pastry Chef

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | Award-winning La Pentola della Quercia is seeking a qualified pastry chef to take over the bread and pastry program. The candidate must have previous high end pastry experience, and the ability to produce focaccia, ciabatta, macarons, as well as various Northern Italian inspired creations. The successful applicant works well with minimal supervision, and will design and implement a dessert menu which can be carried out by the chefs at night. This is a permanent full time position, with both salary and benefits. Please apply with a resume to chef.travis.mccord [at] gmail.com, or in person between the hours of 2-5. [ Keep reading ]

OPENING SOON | New Location Of “Earnest Ice Cream” Coming To Foot Of Mt. Pleasant

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by Michelle Sproule | Have you ever had one of those experiences when you start thinking about how good an Earnest Ice Cream sundae is and you get so besotted with the memory of it that you get in your car and drive half way across town fully prepared to wait in a ridiculously long line up just to taste it only to realize that it’s Monday night and you have to wait all the way until Thursday before the tiny storefront opens it’s doors for service? Yeah, me too.

It’s not that they’re trying to torture us ice cream fiends. They have, it should be noted, distributed jars of their ice cream to numerous locations throughout the city where you can purchase it on any day of the week to pacify your cravings. The limited hours in the Fraserhood are out of necessity. They use that rest of the time (and all the space) to make the ice cream that will meet demand through the rest of the week.

Their smashing success has made the maintenance of the status quo impossible, so owners Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi have decided to expand. They’ve just taken possession of the old Organic Lives space at 1829 Quebec Street on the corner of 2nd Avenue, where Mount Pleasant meets Olympic Village. When it comes on line this winter, this will be their main production space, though it will have a small retail component as well, which is to say we can walk in off the street and score ice cream by the scoop. The expansion also means that both locations will eventually be open for at least 6 days a week.

Right now, plans have been submitted to the city and they are just waiting for their permits. Though significantly larger, the new design will be similar to the Fraserhood location in layout and aesthetic (white walls, wood beams, brick — an uncomplicated, product-focused environment), plus there will be windows allowing customers to look into the production facility, which will take up the majority of the floor space.

The best case scenario for their opening date would be some point in December, but early 2015 is probably more realistic. Take a look inside…

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VICTORY GARDENS | Digging The Delicious Daylights Out Of The Humbly Mighty Potato

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Who loves potatoes? We do, and their season in full force! While starch isn’t totally in vogue, this crop remains a staple worldwide, and late summer potatoes are so good freshly uprooted from the garden and made into a fresh potato salads to accompany your end of summer BBQ’s and beach picnics.

Potatoes, or Solanum tuberosum L., are actually a perennial in the nightshade family, but we harvest the tubers annually. The name comes from the Spanish patata, which is a compound of the Taino batata (sweet potato), and the Quecha papa (potato). They’re indigenous to the Andes; humans having domesticated them in southern Peru and northwest Bolivia between 8000 and 5000 BC. Today, they’re the world’s fourth largest food crop (after corn, wheat, and rice), with 1/3 being grown in China and India. There are about 5,000 varieties of potato, with 3,000 of them being found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. Wild potato species can be found throughout the Americas, from the US to southern Chile. It’s too bad that we only see a few varieties of potato in the grocery store. But if you go to the Farmers Market on the weekend, swing by the Helmer’s Organic stand and get acquainted with their wide array of potato varieties, shapes, colours, and flavours.

After the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the potato was introduced to Europe. By the 19th century, after a slow but steady adoption of the now staple tuber, potatoes played a huge role in the population boom in Europe. Alas, due to the lack of diversity in the varieties introduced (do we ever learn?), potatoes became more susceptible to diseases like blight, and this resulted in massive crop failures, the most consequential of which leading to the disastrous “Irish Potato Famine” of 1845.

Potatoes grow really when in the Lower Mainland, and they’re ready right now. And while they aren’t typically considered to be the healthiest of vegetables, did you know that just one medium-sized sucker will provide you with 45% of your daily vitamin c needs and 18% of your daily potassium? It doesn’t hurt that they’re super tasty, too. Nor variety of cooking methods and presentations is endless.

So what are you waiting for? Go get some freshly harvested potatoes – boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew – or make a tasty frittata for Sunday brunch!

THE VICTORY GARDENS ARCHIVE