by David Greig | For the uninitiated, Tales of the Cocktail (aka “Tales”) is an industry-oriented trade show specialising in the promotion and study of all matters concerning mixed drinks. It is a haven for the geeky bartender and anyone who can sit and discuss barrel charring levels and dilution/temperature ratios without fear of social ostracism, and it is traditionally held at the birthplace of the American cocktail, New Orleans, Louisiana. It is also responsible for several entries into the Annals of the World’s Worst Hangovers.
As most Scout readers are likely aware, Tales recently upped sticks and found its way to Vancouver in its first step toward a life on the road. Tales of the Cocktail On Tour Vancouver was the official moniker of what was in effect a traveling jamboree, and like so many screaming groupies, the city’s bar nerds (noted for their dramatic swoons and hurling of panties) flocked in their hundreds to worship in shrines of their own making.
It’s over now – come and gone through the Ides of March – but it’s not something that I hope to ever forget.
That this city was chosen as the first stop in a presumably long and lucrative line of road shows was a punctuation point that showed how Vancouver had arrived as a destination for drink lovers. It makes solid sense, as the multi-faceted bar scene here runs the gamut of options. Venues like The Refinery push boundaries with textures, homemade bitters and the like; Calabash serves up mainly rum-based Tiki-style libations; the ever busy Diamond plays it straight with the tastiest of old-school classics; and so on (there are to many worthwhile joints to list). That it got to be this way is a testament to the passion and drive of local bartenders and entrepreneurs who, in the face of restrictive liquor laws, decided (not long ago) that their discerning drink disciples deserved not just a handful of top notch watering holes, but many. It’s only natural that the resulting mosaic of bars, restaurants and taverns that we now enjoy captured the attention of the international cocktail community. And thus, Tales. Read more
The GOODS from Tavola
Vancouver, BC | Beginning this week, the West End’s Tavola restaurant will start hosting a “family meal” on their 16 person long table seven days a week starting at at 6pm sharp(ish). The special menu – tweeted every day at 4pm (@tavolavancouver) – will see three courses and a drink, changing every day with an appetiser, a selection of pastas, a dessert and a paired glass of white, red, bubbles or beer. The price is $30 per person. Learn more about Tavola after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bistro Pastis
Vancouver, BC | From April 5th through May 1st get in touch with your inner Ilsa and Rick and join Bistro Pastis for a journey to Casablanca to explore the cuisine of Morocco. Briefly a French protectorate (1906 – 1956); Morocco’s cuisine reflects the cross-pollination of flavours and ingredients acquired through a culinary history that includes influences taken from Arab, Iberian, Berber, Jewish, Ottoman, Spanish and French culinary traditions. Read more
This makes me ever so seriously anxious. I can deal with regular robots, no problem, but I draw the line at flying ones…
Robotics company Festo has presented numerous ingenious flying machines inspired by nature, but they have reached new heights with the SmartBird. Weighing a mere 450 grams and with a wingspan of 1.96 meters, the SmartBird mimics bird flight with surprisingly natural ease and grace. It can also takeoff, fly, and land autonomously, all while making in-flight adjustments. This robot also shirks plane-like control surfaces like flaps, instead using its flexible body to control its direction in flight.
Via Max Eddy at Geekosystem:
Seeing this, I can’t help but think of Leonardo da Vinci and how he labored to create a mechanical device that would mimic bird flight. A shame that he never could see the amazing creations we’re now capable of.
Nevermind da Vinci. What would Alfred Hitchcock say?
It may look like a hive of construction mayhem on the outside, but the interior of Ki Restaurant appears to be very nearly finished (shot taken this morning). This is the bar/lounge area at the building’s glass prow that juts toward Market in the Shangri-La.
With NATO considering a broader role in Libya, Obama maintains that an assassination of Moammar Gadhafi is out of the question. Too bad that intransigent, decades-old dictatorships only ever topple when the dictator in question is either dead or given safe passage to a Venezuelan lap dance. With the latter out of the question (hello criminal court, frozen assets, etc), it makes me wonder what NATO’s “larger” role will be. Get ready to be an accessory to murder, Canada!
The immorality of state-sanctioned killing juxtaposed, just when you thought you couldn’t loathe him and his thugs any more.
But wait? Why did the US hurl over a hundred cruise missiles into Libya at $1 million apiece, killing soldiers and airmen just following orders, when a two buck bullet would have accomplished exactly what it was that they really wanted in the first place, ie. regime change? Good ol’ Gerald Ford and his 1976 Executive Order #11905, Section 5, Article H:
No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.
Isn’t it just astounding that George W. Bush didn’t rescind that!?
When asked for his position on killing Gadhafi, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “Can I do it?”
I made that up.
Meanwhile, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad does his best to do his worst. Sigh.
Ashamed of last night’s drunken social media performance? There’s an app for that.
The thing that you never want to stop working stops working.
On paywalls and the economics of modern reporting.
Lastly, and I don’t mean to scare the living shit out of you, but radiation has spiked 1,250 times higher than normal in the waters off the Japanese coast. The story goes on to say that there is no cause to worry, so…er…don’t worry?
To follow up on the news that Scout broke last week on the coming of Ensemble, I met up with Dale Mackay off Robson yesterday at the location in the old Corner Suite space at 850 Thurlow (I realise the brand is spelled with a lower case “e” - as in ensemble – but I reserve the right to sanctimoniously ignore that in the dickish name of the English language).
He and his crew were already hard at work at the 115 seater. Take a look… Read more
Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…
Black Night live at Bonnaroo by The Dodos, from their fourth album No Color (Frenchkiss)
For their fourth outing the once three man team of The Dodos are stripped back to the two man magic that made us fall in love with their breakout album Visiter back in ’07. A lot of people had a problem with Time To Die, and I hate to lay the blame but it seems like somehow vibraphonist Keaton Snyder might have ruined the delicate chemistry of this idiosyncratic folk-wha? group. No Color benefits from a focus on memorable acoustic melodies, as well as Neko Case lending her vocals to several songs. Call it a return to form or call it a further progression down the twisted road to wherever The Dodos call home. Either way, the boys are back. Read more
This morning I beheld the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and its adjacent mixed use tower rising in the sun. Both are nearly complete. The hotel, not incidentally the future home of David Hawksworth’s eponymous Hawksworth restaurant, will sport some 155 guest rooms and suites when it opens on May 7th. Check after the leap for a look at the rooftop as well as a graphic rendering of the Prohibition Jazz Lounge (latter reminds me of the basement bar under the Old Seelbach in Louisville, Kentucky)… Read more
Photographer John Moore is no stranger to combat. As a member of an Associated Press team in 2005, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of the war in Iraq and he’s done extended stints in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, South Africa, Mexico and Nicaragua and elsewhere in the last 20 years.
Yet despite his relative comfort with being on the frontlines, Moore told the NewsHour from his hotel room in Cairo that his latest assignment -a six-week trip that took him to the uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya – might have been his most dangerous. Moore recorded the interview for us after sneaking out of Benghazi, Libya en route back to his home in Denver.
by Sean Orr | Newly minted B.C. Conservative candidate fired. And they’re off!
Meanwhile, a vote for Harper is a vote for Nickelback! Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to be a huge deterrent for most people.
Don’t let fat tax expand gov’t waistline. Maureen Bader is a waste of space. Why the fuck wouldn’t you tax things that are bad for you and cost the health care system billions of dollars? She’s so anti-tax that she’s forgotten what taxes are for.
Victims of fatal police shootings may have been suicidal: expert. You could just tell that he wanted that bullet by the way he dressed, man. He was asking for it: expert.
Fort Nelson residents keen to see ‘town bully’ get his day in court. When photos on news articles accidentally double as contemporary art.
Pro tip: If you’re going to make a satirical news story, try and make it more unbelievable than “Republicans Introduce Legislation Redefining Pi as Exactly 3“. Why? Because the majority of internet commenters think it’s real.
Actual headline: ‘Sexy noises, too much, all the time’.
Open Letter to Globe and Mail. Oh snap!
Another one bites the dust: A Vancouver nightlife institution (Lotus Hotel) is set to close. Plus W2 Storyeum closes on May 1st. So that sucks…
The GOODS from JoieFarm
Naramata, BC | JoieFarm is proud to announce that we have been chosen by the readers of the Georgia Straight as the “2011 Best BC Winery for White Wines” in their Golden Plates issue available on Vancouver newsstands today. The choice of JoieFarm as the 2011 winner, despite our limited production and distribution channels, speaks to the increasing sophistication of the BC wine consumer. We would like to take this moment to acknowledge the tremendous job done by the restaurant trade, private retailers and supporting media throughout Canada in telling our story on our behalf to the public. We would also like to thank our supporting clients and the readers of the Georgia Straight for their consideration. Read more