by Sean Orr | Insite ruling a ‘historic day’ for Vancouver, say local politicians. Not ‘us’ though. Just some local politicians. “There was a festive buzz in the air on gritty Hastings Street as Eastsiders wolfed down a free pancake breakfast to celebrate the ruling”. Oh cool! Hastings has been upgraded to just “gritty”. I guess it no longer needs to be destroyed, eh, Mr. Baron?
Clark rejects request to ‘fix’ Missing Women Inquiry. Is that an explicit admission that it’s broken?
Yes She Can: Clark’s face could have been Liberal logo. And if that’s not enough to make you gag a little, it was to be “rendered in the style similar to that of an Andy Warhol painting or American president Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster”.
Even though it’s the only way The Province would ever cover the anti-Dick Cheney protesters’ message, they claim that violent protesters ruin their message. So sitting down is now considered violent? I’m pretty sure the violent ones were those who were so intent on seeing an admitted war criminal that they got the cops to push them through a protest line. PS. I love that 9/11 was mentioned in the first few words of the editorial. It’s so retro!
Affordable housing is a hot topic for the civic election. No way! Really? That’s rad.
This Day in Vancouver: Isn’t it only fitting that the person described as “a man of grotesque, Falstaffian proportions and green-muddy, purplish complexion, with the gift of grouping words and throwing them away with volubility of a fakir” would foreshadow a city of the exact same description.
According to Mackin, the city only really got going when we built that huge white dome: A stadium reborn.
by Claire Lassam | Once again we present Scout’s weekly Food Media Omnibus, a collection of links to the local and international food stories of the day…
Even campfires are cooler in New York City. Read about it in Saveur.
The Globe and Mail shows us how to trace our food to the source, even in supermarkets.
The Georgia Straight falls in love with Thierry macarons.
The Pear Tree passes the Montecristo test.
The WE reminds us of where Canuck games and good meals mix.
The Province approves of Pizzeria Farina.
The Similkameen Valley starts to define itself in the North Shore News.
The Guardian puts in it’s two cents on the worlds first vegan strip club. Only in Portland!
The Kitchn teaches us how to make the perfect Fall drink: the Sazerac.
Bon Appetit goes back to school with some seriously good brown-bagged lunches.
Superstar chef Ferran Adria turns out to be surprisingly funny via Eater.
The Kitchen Daily provides a refresher on apples.
Claire Lassam is a baker, blogger, and freelance writer based in East Van. She has been cooking and baking her way through the city for nearly five years, working in restaurants ranging from Cioppino’s to Meat & Bread. She currently toils at the soon-to-open Cadeaux Bakery in Railtown and runs the baking blog Just Something Pretty.
UPDATE: Congrats to West staffer Benjamin on his win tonight. Enjoy the show!
On October 17th, DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Pictures Film Series is presenting the Vancouver premiere of Sally Rowe’s A Matter of Taste. The doc “plunges audiences into the cutthroat world of New York restaurant culture” as seen through the prism of young chef Paul Liebrandt. We’re going to give away a double pass to a hard-working Vancouver kitchen staffer at around 1am tonight on our Facebook page, so if you toil in whites, keep an eye out here.
Whether he was a culinary Glenn Gould, as critic William Grimes opined, or simply an enfant terrible in the kitchen, hurling ingredients together like a tantrum-driven toddler, Paul firmly divided opinion in food critics, fellow chefs, and even restaurant-goers. Director Sally Rowe began following Paul in 2000, when he was festooned with garlands and riding high. But in post-9/11 New York City, when comfort food replaced experimental fare, Liebrandt’s cuisine fell from favour. As foodies flocked back to the recognizable and understandable, Paul was reduced to flipping burgers. But just when things looked most dire, Liebrandt was hired by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent to head up the kitchen at a burnished new restaurant called Corton.
In a city where a single bad review from the paper of record (The New York Times) and its food critic Frank Bruni can spell the difference between meteoric fame or abject failure for a restaurant, a lot rests upon Liebrandt’s culinary chops. Like a real-life version of Ratatouille (albeit with fewer rats), A Matter of Taste is part suspense tale and part insider’s look into kitchen culture, with its hours of hard work and attention paid to the minutest of details. Most curiously, the film charts the course of one city’s love affair with food, and how larger events shape and change public appetite. As the entire restaurant anticipates Bruni’s review, your heart will be in your mouth!
The screening will be followed by a Skype interview with director Sally Rowe. For further information call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by the Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society. Details after the jump… Read more
by Amorita Bastaja | A bottle or two of note, something overheard and many words read…
TASTED: In Aussie class last week I sampled some of my favourite wine: aged Semillon. In its infancy, Semillon (usually coming from the Hunter Valley, but very good examples are found in the Barossa as well) is light bodied and fairly one dimensional. It exhibits lots of acidity and lemon but is something of a sleeping giant. Given a good rest, it blossoms into more than one could ever expect. Two standouts included the Tyrrell’s Vat 1 2003 and 1999 (private wine stores, around $70). The wines were balanced showing great acidity in their mature age. They tasted of caramel, butterscotch, almonds, creamy cheese and coconut. They also had a slight briny quality that I found very intriguing. Another standout, though not tasted in class, was the 2003 Rockford Semillon from the Barossa. This wine is a steal at around $40, and I spend many minutes extolling its virtues on unsuspecting customers in the store. Pair with Dungeness crab and clarified butter.
OVERHEARD: I was treated to a delicious line up of Burgundy last week from Maison Louis Jadot. Both the whites and reds were stunning (smoky and flinty for the whites, earthy and spicy for the reds) but it was the great sense of humour from the export director that stole the show. My favourite comment from his visit: “In Burgundy you are always close to somewhere famous. In fact, we are only 100 miles away from Petrus”.
READ: Beppi Crosariol debates the positives and negatives of screwcaps and corks in his latest
column for the Globe & Mail…James Halliday talks Australian market share in a recent interview…the November issue of Decanter Magazine delves into Australia’s diverse wine styles, calling it the most “under appreciated wine producing country”…China and Hong Kong now account for 60% of total export sales of Bordeaux…Sid Cross dissects the newly released 2008 Bordeaux wines available in the BC market…Mark Hicken reports that next week a Bill will be introduced that will potentially allow wine to be shipped across borders…5,500 pounds of grapes disappear under the cover of darkness in a German vineyard…and lastly, the date for the very popular Napa Valley Vintner’s tour have been announced (November 1st). Stay tuned for more details!
Amorita Bastaja is a manager at Legacy Liquor Store, the largest liquor store in British Columbia (located in the Athlete’s Village), and the Wine Editor of Scout. Her love of imbibing steered her through courses from the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and has taken her to many wine regions, including Washington State, Napa and Sonoma, Piemonte, Veneto, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Provence and all over the Okanagan Valley.
It was too soon to include this awesome food event in today’s Scout List, and since we imagine it will sell out before we get around to including it on account of its imminence, we’re giving you a head’s up well in advance. Check it out…
les amis du FROMAGE and Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca Ports invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of one of Long Clawson’s world record setting 100lb wheels of blue Stilton.The famous dairy is celebrating 100 years of Stilton cheese-making near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, England. To commemorate their centenary, we will be serving the Stilton alongside a range of outstanding Port wines from Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca, plus a selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jenny Shearman of Au Petit Chavignol. Also joining us from the winery offices in Porto, Portugal will be Jorge Ramos, Export Director of The Fladgate Partnership.
It goes down Friday, October 21st at 6:30pm. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
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The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.
The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. From our calendar to yours… Read more
Vancouverite Kevin Chong is a prolific freelance journalist (read his recent piece on revisionist Chinese fare in Walrus), a Neil Young fan, and the author of four books, the most recent among them being the novel Beauty Plus Pity. We’ve pilfered from the jacket here:
In this tragicomic modern immigrant’s tale, Malcolm Kwan is a slacker twentysomething Asian-Canadian living in Vancouver who is about to embark on a modelling career when his life is suddenly derailed by two near-simultaneous events: the death of his filmmaker father, and the betrayal of his fiancée who has left him. Soon he meets Hadley, the half-sister he never knew existed?the result of his father’s extramarital affair?and as their tentative relationship grows, Malcolm is forced to confront his past relationships with women, including his own mother, an art teacher working through her grief as well as her resentment at her son befriending her husband’s daughter.
That’s all well and good, but what about Kevin? Where does his inspiration come from? Where does he live? What does he dig? What is his least favourite smell? For answers to those and many other outstanding questions, you’ll have to read on…
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: I’m in Fairview Slopes, which is convenient but not a place where I hang out. I like the fact that I can get my dry-cleaning done right across my back lane, that there’s a 24-hour Shopper’s Drug Mart a block away, and because I live across the street from the VGH emergency room (I only notice the emergency helicopters passing overhead when I am on the phone), I feel as though I can juggle knives a little more carelessly.
Name the thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating? Chinese donuts, a deep-fried dough treats that are more akin to savoury churros. Fun fact: the Chinese name for this food item comes from a traitorous Song Dynasty government official: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtiao#Folk_etymology
Default drink/cocktail of choice? Bourbon on the rocks. When I am somewhere swish, I’ll ask them to make a bourbon Negroni (not to be confused with a Boulevardier, which is a little heavier). If I am at Legion Hall and don’t want beer, I’ll drink Wiser’s or Jameson’s on ice. Read more
Local creative firm Burnkit presents their Prototypes exhibition this weekend. The show – which focuses on design prototypes (natch) – features works by five local designers and architects: Niels Bendtsen (Bensen, Inform Interiors), Omer Arbel (OAO, Bocci), David Battersby/Heather Howat (BattersbyHowat), Barnaby Killam & Stuart Sproule (Red Flag Design) and Lukas Peet (Lukas Peet Design). You can check out some photos here. It’s all going down at their studio space in East Van (397 Alexander). General admission for the opening is Friday, September 30th from 7pm to 11pm. If you can’t make it, swing by Saturday, October 1st, from 2pm to 7pm.
The GOODS from Latitude
Vancouver, BC | Join us for an in depth Tequila tasting and informative journey into the rich culture and history surrounding the national spirit of Mexico with Canada’s National Tequila Examiner, Mr. Eric Lorenz. The afternoon event includes a guided tasting of five ultra-premium Tequilas, with a surprise Extra Anejo not found in Canada. Light appetizers will also be provided by Latitude. Details after the jump Read more
Local artist Johnny Taylor is doing an open studio exhibit of recent work done over the course of the last 9 months on the 4th floor of the Save On Meats building on Friday, September 30th (ie. tomorrow):
This is a unique studio. In it, I feel part of a community, involved in the buzz all around, the creative energies and emerging identity of this neighbourhood. That external presence had a direct influence on the energy of the work.
This work is a showcase of small scale pieces on vellum and paper.
The physical use of paint is immediate and loose, full of gesture – washes of thinned down paint, scratches and dents into the paper then filled in with wax, wax is layered up and scraped away, then more wax over top – finger swipes of thick paint, smudges of oil sticks knifed away rubbed out and done again.
Compositionally, the pieces are focused and restrained with a sketch-like quality, fusing elements of architechture and written language. Parts of the surface are left untouched and empty, drawing you in with sharp perspective lines towards deeper hushed activity.
Check the flyer for details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from CinCin
Vancouver, BC | This October, two extraordinary wineries—New Zealand’s Whitehaven Wine Company and Italy’s Dr. Antonio Moretti ‘Collezione’ (Tenuta Sette Ponti, Feudo Maccari and Orma)—will collaborate with executive chef Todd Howard for two separate wine dinners at CinCin Ristorante that celebrate both tradition and innovation. Multi-course tasting menus will complement each evening’s progression of wines, and senior representatives of the wineries will speak to the history and terroir of their estates, as well as their winemaking methods. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Dockside
Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, October 27th, Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Company at the Granville Island Hotel is celebrating 10 years of great food, views and hospitality with an Anniverdary Cask Party. Dockside will be welcoming friends old and new to sample a cask of special Anniversary Ale to be tapped at 6:30 sharp and free appetizers being served from 6:30-7:30pm. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I made mention of The Union in an “opening soon” piece for the paper many, many months ago (285 days ago to be exact), but work on it was delayed due to the typical snafus associated with brand new buildings. The restaurant, due this December (fingers crossed), is located at 219 Union St. at the foot of the new V6A building where Strathcona connects with Main St. on Union St. at the southern reach of Chinatown (next to the Jimi Hendrix shrine). The crew behind it are the same folks that brought us Habit Lounge and The Cascade further up Main, namely Nick Devine, Wendy Nicolay, Nigel Pike, David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds. Read more
by Sean Orr | Sorry for my short absence. Every year around this time I become inexplicably depressed.
Despite the fact that the VPD refused to arrest Dick Cheney (going as far as to push protesters so guests to the function could slip in), they proved that they were not adverse to roughing up American celebrities by beating up some skinny actor dude.
Sore winners: Facebook Aims to Kill One of Its Largest BC Groups. Dude, you won. Get over it. But no: “Facebook’s bloody-minded disregard for its users that’s forcing many to bail out of the giant social network”. That’s exactly what you should do then.
Doing his bit to shatter the illusion that his team are a bunch of gutless ****s, Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler chooses to pose nude for ESPN magazine. I’m totally not even going to stare at the pictures for, like, 10 minutes.
I really don’t want to take away from this tragedy, which is why I usually stay away from crime, but why does News1130 need to tell us that a recently murdered woman “could even pull off brightly covered socks and sandals”. I just don’t know why I need to know that.
Vancouver advocacy group creates ‘Yimby’ manual. Yes In My Back Yard, unless the building happens to have a fancy restaurant in it and the backyard is the DTES.
Tweet of the day: Charlie Demers (duh), “If Harper pulls the RCMP out of BC, can we make sure the new guys aren’t as terrified of immigrants with staplers?”
Sign the server wage petition.
Kelowna man launches hunger strike over U.S. apples. How do you like them apples? Oh, I guess not very much. Since, well…since you’re not even eating. My mistake.