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GOODS | “Hester Creek Estate Winery” To Host 3rd Annual Garlic Festival On Oct. 4th

September 16, 2014 

Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8 in Oliver, BC | 250-498-4435 | hestercreek.com

Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8 in Oliver, BC | 250-498-4435 | hestercreek.com

The GOODS from Hester Creek Estate Winery

Oliver, BC | Get to know garlic all over again at the third annual Garlic Festival, to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 4pm at Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver.

A member of the onion family, there are hundreds of varieties of garlic used widely around the globe for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Find out all about it when local growers share their aromatic wares at Hester Creek’s Garlic Fest. Held in conjunction with the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the festival features samples and sales of garlic and other local products; wine and food pairings from Hester Creek and Terrafina Restaurant; live, local entertainment; and much more.

Admission is by donation to the Farm to Table Lunch Program at nearby Oliver elementary school. Twice a week between October and May, students are treated to lunch made with ingredients from local farms, including plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables. “It’s a terrific program, one that we’re very proud to support,” says Mark Sheridan, General Manager of Hester Creek Estate Winery. “It promotes the use of ingredients from our local producers as well as healthy eating. It also helps raise awareness in the next generation of Okanagan Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8, in Oliver, B.C. Visit Hestercreek.com for more information about the winery, about dining at Terrafina at Hester Creek and about the Third Annual Garlic Festival. [ Keep reading ]

SCOUT LIST | 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week

September 16, 2014 


by Michelle Sproule | 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. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

TASTE | Vancouver’s newest (and possibly coolest) wine event goes down this week. Co-founded by wine consultant Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry of The Wine Syndicate, Top Drop “looks to shine a brighter light on wineries who focus on producing wines with minimal intervention, paying particular attention to expressing an honest sense of time and place in the glass, the epitome of the term terroir.” The main event – a walk-around grazing-style tasting of wines from 24 wineries as well as pours from like-minded craft breweries and perfectly paired bites from food purveyors such as Curious Oyster, Les Amis du Fromage, Moccia & Urbani Salumeria, Terra Breads – takes place at Heritage Hall Tuesday night and tickets are going fast. Visit www.topdropvancouver.com for more details, but do it quickly!
Tue, Sept 16 | Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) | $49 | DETAILS

DESIGN | There are scores of design-centric events happening throughout the city this week. From VDW: “Vancouver Design Week will turn the city into a petri dish of design process, practice, and perspectives; through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming.” Expect everything from parties to pop-ups, talks and tours, exhibits and workshops. We’re particularly interested to check out P4A (Party For Architects) at Vancouver Special (3612 Main St) on Tuesday night; “Future Livability: Boast or Bust? Can Metro Vancouver Maintain its ‘Livability Credibility’ for the Next 30 Years?” – a lecture at SFU on Wednesday night; and “Why I Design: 30+ Designers Talk With You About What They Do” at The Museum of Vancouver on Friday night.
Sept. 15 – 28 | Various locations, times and prices | DETAILS

MEDIA ARTS | New Forms Festival is on. This is the 14th year for a media arts festival that explores the convergence of music, media, performance and electronic art. Expect installations, talks and screenings as well as audio-visual performances in the Omnimax Theatre and electronic music artists pretty much everywhere.
Sept. 18-21 | Science World, Western Front, Creekside Park | $35 for 3 days | DETAILS

READ | Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of Autumn reads at the Friends of The Vancouver Public Library book sale this weekend. Thousands of discarded and gently used books go on sale starting Thursday – all of them going for less than $2.50 each. The special thing about this sale is that there will be a over 800 comic books in the mix. Pro tip: Saturday sees all books and comics half price.
Thu, Sept 18 – Sat, Sept 20 | 10am–5pm | VPL | 350 Georgia St | Free | DETAILS

COLOURS OF THE COAST | 30 artists from the IDEA (Illustration and Design) program at Capilano University Capilano University have been busy painting their impressions of Vancouver. The resulting body of work is impressive in style, talent and breadth – but don’t take our word for it, have a gander here. For an even better look at what young talent in the city is producing, head to Harbour Centre on Friday night where all original works will be on display against the 360 degree backdrop of the city in the Vancouver Lookout space. Expect live painting demonstrations, refreshments, art work, and lots of inspiration.
Fri, Sept 19 | 5-9pm | Vancouver Lookout (555 W Hastings) | Free | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE PORN | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding it’s annual Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend. Participants get to tour the interiors of 5 ‘significant’ West Coast Regional Style Modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year’s tour includes homes by architects including Ned Pratt and Barry Downs, and a Duncan McNab home with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. There will be a post-tour reception at Vancouver Maritime Museum where participants will be invited to listen to Professor Sherry McKay talk about the history of Modernism in Vancouver over refreshments. A little bit of post-and-beam appreciation, a little bit of wine and cheese – sounds like an exceedingly civilized Saturday!
Sat, Sept 20 | 1-5pm | Various locations | $85 | DETAILS

SECRET SUPPER | The Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club is holding one of their quick-to-sell-out dinners this weekend. This time around they’re joining forces with Ignacio Arrieta of La Mezcalaria to host a dinner in support of artist Angela Fama. Fama is a local photographer who is raising funds to help her realize a project (“Wabisabi Butterfly/What is Love?“) that will see her take a pop-up Boler photo studio across North America to capture micro-expressions that appear when the subject is asked about the word love. Short story: you buy a seat at a fancy Mexican dinner (in a garden if it’s sunny and in a wine cellar should there be rain) with proceeds going to fund an amazing art project.
Sat, Sept 20 | 5:30pm/8pm seatings | Location revealed @ ticket purchase | $79 | DETAILS

ICONS | Time for some Fall duds! If you’re in the market for something a little less mainstream think about taking a pocket of cash to the magical subterranean caverns of the Biltmore Cabaret this Sunday because the Icons Vintage Market is back! Swoop in and score retro clothing, flea-market finds, fancy antiques, accessories, shoes, jewellery, records, cool household items, cameras, and all manner of other curious trinkets. This is a cabaret, so the bar will be open and you have to be 19+ to enter. Shoppin’, drinkin’, and dancin’ encouraged!
Sun, Sept 21 | 11 am–5 pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward) | DETAILS

CREATE | School is still out and weather has been summery, but something in our bones tells us September is a time for settling in to do some good ol’ fashioned learning. If you’ve got that feeling but don’t have the funds or time to enrol in full-on studies, think about taking part in a one day class at Hot Art Wet City gallery. Local artist Rachael Ashe is leading an Altered Book workshop that will school you on how to transform old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Not only will you walk away inspired, but you’ll also leave with one project underway and you’ll be armed with an understanding of techniques and skills necessary to keep on going. There are only ten spots available, so snap one up here mighty fast.
Sat, Sept 20 | 12:30-4:30 pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St) | $90 | DETAILS

HIKE | Fall is a perfect time for hiking in Vancouver. Temperatures are accommodating, crowds thin out and the colours, smells and sounds of the changing seasons are captivating. Take the low road out to Lighthouse Park (doable by car, bike or bus) and wander the trails for a few hours. There is nothing quite as restorative and grounding as time out to appreciate nature. Breathe deep, smell the turning leaves, pine needles, and salt air. When you’re done, hit up Savary Island Pie Co. (1533 Marine Dr, West Van) for a piece of pumpkin pie and a latte.
Any time | Free | DETAILS

MODERN DAY NOMADS |  Lloyd Khan is an author, photographer and small and hand-built home enthusiast with a passion for unique homes and structures. Khan is in town from Marin County, California next week to promote his latest book Tiny Homes On The Move. He’ll be at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Monday night to present a slideshow of images of people “living and travelling in boats, trailers, pick-up trucks, vans and buses adapted with ingenious and often beautifully designed quarters.” Not only is the topic of creative housing alternative apropos to our city, but Khan strikes us as the kind of guy capable of filling an hour and a half easily. This is guaranteed to be a mind-expanding and inspiring evening, so don’t miss out.
Mon, Sept 22 | 7pm | VPL Central Branch – VPL (350 W. Georgia) | Free | DETAILS  

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

GOODS | Cedarcreek Releases Fall & Winter Portfolio Wines, Readies For “Starry Plates”

September 16, 2014 


CedarCreek Estate Winery is located at 5445 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna, BC | 250-764-8866 | cedarcreek.bc.ca

The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery

Kelowna, BC | Join us under the starlit Okanagan sky on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm to enjoy a tasting menu paired with our ‘Vineyard Designate’ wines. Wines that truly reflect the very soil they come from. Pairing menu is created by our Chef Jeremy Tucker who follows our Farm to Table philosophy of serving local, seasonal ingredients at their freshest. This will be a rare experience you will cherish, on that you have our word. Tickets are $75 plus tax. To purchase yours and get more information, please contact Heather Courtney at 778.738.1022 or hcourtney [at] cedarcreek.bc.ca.

A few vintages ago, we began a shift toward block-designation in our Platinum wines. We felt our vines had arrived at an age where they could really tell the story of our land. And what a story they’re telling. The difference between our Block 2 and Block 4 Pinot Noirs, made identically from grapes grown only meters apart, is so striking we had to go into the vineyard and dig ten-foot trenches to see what was down there. And you can too if you drop by our website and watch the video. It’s pretty interesting stuff. On that, you have our word. [ Keep reading ]

STAFF MEAL | Whipping Up A Mountain Of Hiyashi Chuka At Burdock & Co. On Main St.

September 15, 2014 


by Ken Tsui | In the midst of preparing for another busy night at Main Street’s Burdock & Co., the kitchen crew are working on hiyashi chuka, a chilled noodle salad and a Japanese mainstay on hot summer days.

Chef Alden Ong takes the lead, working on the salad’s dressing. As Chef Gabe Meyer begins working on the vegetables for the salad, she jokes around, saying that Ong is known around these parts as ‘the marinade master’. It’s easy to see why as he starts frying up some spices to make a flavoured oil. While he lets the oil steep, he begins making the sauce. With a dash of soy, a healthy pouring of rice vinegar, a spoonful of miso and a little bit of tahini, the dressing comes together quickly as he tastes and adjusts. Arman Roland-Khosravi, a young gun of 16, works behind Alden balancing between cooking the ramen and putting together a frittata. The crew understands that the egg is an essential topping for a good bowl of hiyashi chuka.

All the vegetables, noodles and dressing converge in one big, silver bowl. Chef and co-owner Andrea Carlson arrives just in time to set out the plates as Arman tosses the noodles in the dressing, raising the tongs well over his head to mix it through. Despite the giant bowl filled with salad, it all disappears as quickly and effortlessly as it was all made.


DRINKER | On Bottling Karaoke Courage & Booze Delivered By Models In Their Undies

September 15, 2014 


by Treve Ring | Mix one British pub owner, one rocket scientist patron, a pint of Fullers London Pride, a Go Pro HD video camera, and a lego spaceman, and what do you get? Bingo! One small step for man, one giant stride for London Pride!

D’oh! Duff beer was pulled from Aussie shelves over concerns it is too appealing to youth due to its association with The Simpsons. This setback aside, it remains the #1 beer for people of all ages in Springfield.

Once again, science has proven red and white wine is good for youIf you exercise, that is (if not, you’re SOL).

If wine didn’t encourage / enable karaoke enough, bottles of house wine at England’s Plymouth Arts Centre are labeled with lines and song titles that correlate with different musical notes. When the wine is drained to the line on the label, the tapped bottle will sound at the marked note – providing the starting key for the karaoke classic. Liquid bravery? You just need one glass to reach C and belt out Like A Virgin, while draining a half bottle will get you to D, and American Pie.

Let’s see the Apple Watch do this! Vessyl is a Smart Cup that is able to determine exactly what you’re drinking by analyzing and breaking down your beverage to a molecular level. Good reminder that the double down caramel whip pumpkin spice latte that you’re gulping has 2000 calories.

Fall travel planning? This handy infographic breaks down the price of beer around the world (tip – Ukraine is a go!)

A perfectly preserved 200 year old gin was recovered from excavations of a shipwreck in Poland. No word on whether or not the captain was drinking when the ship actually wrecked.

Sacré bleu! A new law means that French employers can now legally stop workers from drinking wine at work. I sense a revolution…

Fashion statement or drunkenness statement? Vernissage Wines new ‘bag in bag’ packaging has disguised 1.5 litres of Languedoc-Roussillon wines into a handbag that promises to be “perfect for any event be it Ascot, Henley or the BBC Proms.”

Lastly, what could go wrong? An alcohol delivery service, with underwear models, in LA.

GOODS | “The Acorn Artist Series” Profiling Artist Elizabeth Zvonar Through September

September 15, 2014 


The GOODS from The Acorn

Vancouver, BC | The Acorn Artist Series shines a light on artists in Vancouver whose work we admire greatly and wish to proliferate in our own humble way. Each month we make a new artist postcard that gets handed out to our guests who are free to frame it, mail it, or fold it into an airplane and surprise their neighbour. This month, we’re featuring Elizabeth Zvonar. In her dreams, her website has had over 1 million views. True story: rich and famous people have told her that they should have bought her work after they had already purchased another artist’s work. She also knows high people in places. A quick Q & A with her (and more) after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

LEXICON | Defining Gene Pool, Table 111, Puddle Vision, Mish, Bedroom City, & More

September 15, 2014 


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 six more localisms that everyone in British Columbia should know about. They are Mish, Gene Pool, Puddle Vision, Table 111, Bedroom City, and ScanBC.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chinatown’s “Bao Bei” Is Looking To Hire An Experienced Host

September 15, 2014 

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is located at 163 Keefer St. in Vancouver's Chinatown | 604-688-0876 | www.bao-bei.ca

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is located at 163 Keefer St. in Vancouver’s Chinatown | 604-688-0876 | bao-bei.ca

The GOODS from Bao Bei

Vancouver, BC | Bao Bei is looking for a part-time host for weekend evenings. With a no reservation policy, the host at Bao Bei must think with a strategic mind in order to manage the smooth turnover of our busy room. This is one of the most important positions at the restaurant; to be successful the candidate must enjoy working with the public and feel extremely confident while doing so. If working in a high energy, challenging, and fun atmosphere appeals to you, please drop your resumé in person at Bao Bei from Sept. 16th onwards between the hours of 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Learn more about the company after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #434 | Time Lapse Shows California’s Stunning Diversity

September 15, 2014 

(via) This timelapse showcasing California was filmed over a four year period by Hal Bergman.

“California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It’s almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it’s own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Contiguous United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It’s most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.”

Locations include (in alphabetical order) Alabama Hills, Big Sur, Bombay Beach, Death Valley National Park, Gilroy, Inyo National Forest, Jenner, Joshua Tree, Lake Tahoe, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve, Mount Shasta, Napa, Onyx, Owens Lake, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Monica, Sequoia National Forest, Venice, Weldon, and Yosemite National Park.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | South Granville’s “Siena” On The Hunt For Experienced Cook

September 15, 2014 

Siena is located at 1485 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver, BC | 604-558-1485 | www.eatsiena.com

Siena is located at 1485 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver, BC | 604-558-1485 | www.eatsiena.com

The GOODS for Siena

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for an experienced cook to join our team at Siena restaurant. You will have the opportunity to work with a strong kitchen team in a busy, quality-oriented, professional environment. Open for Dinner service only. Previous experience with Italian cuisine is an asset, but all applicants with a relevant background will be considered. Apply in person at the kitchen door between 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, or email service [at] eatsiena [dot] com with “HIRE ME” in the subject line. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. [ Keep reading ]

AWESOME THING WE ATE #922 | The First Bennywurst Brunch At Chinatown’s “Bestie”

September 12, 2014 


Those who follow us on Instagram might remember this shot from last weekend. Taken at Bestie’s first ever brunch service, it shows a “Bennywurst” (sliced pork thuringer sausage with poached egg, and a mess of first-rate hollandaise on golden hashbrowns) above a special plate of asparagus with fried egg and ham. And yes, they were both as delicious as they look. Bonus: hot Elysian coffee!

Brunch service: 11am-3pm on Sat & Sun | 105 East Pender St. | 604-620-1175 | bestie.ca


VANCOUVERITES | 4 Minutes With Nancy Bendtsen Of Gastown’s “Inform Interiors”

September 12, 2014 


by Grady Mitchell | In anticipation of the Interior Design Show West coming up September 25-28 at the Vancouver Convention Center, we met with Nancy Bendtsen from Inform Interiors to discuss the importance of design in everyday life.

Nancy’s husband, Niels, launched Inform half a century ago when he was just 19. At that time the Pacific Northwest was an epicentre for progressive design. Originally the store sold the handiwork of Niel’s father, who at 12 was pulled from school to apprentice as a Danish cabinet maker. Gradually Niels added other brands and designers, and now Inform, with its twin Gastown locations, is a touchstone of home design in Vancouver.

Like Niels, Nancy is genetically predisposed to be a design lover. When Allan Fleming updated the CN logo in 1960 – a long-overdue revamp that Marshall McLuhan declared iconic – Nancy’s mother found the sleek new lettering so alluring that she packed a young Nancy and herself into the car, drove to the nearest station, and took the shortest possible round trip, just to be on a train featuring the polished logo.

Later Nancy studied architecture at L’ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the University of Toronto. Architecture, she says, is less about schematics and flair than it is a general education. “You think over a lot of big things. It was more overall thinking; about humanity, about how people live.”

The things Nancy deems important are often small details that others overlook. “Everything you touch,” she says. “Door handles, cutlery.” Rather than a Dwell-ready house packed with curated spaces, it’s important to slowly collect pieces you truly enjoy, on both an aesthetic and functional level. “You don’t have to have a lot of stuff,” Nancy says, “just stuff you really love.”

As far as IDS West’s imminence is concerned, Nancy is excited for London-based lighting designer Michael Anastassiades, whose work she describes as “very architectural, geometric.” Rub shoulders with Nancy, Michael, and a host of other design aficionados at the Vancouver Conference Center from September 25-28 for IDS West.

DRINKER | A Refresher On The Scientific Processes Involved In The Brewing Of Beer

September 11, 2014 

(via) Joe Hanson of the web series It’s Okay To Be Smart takes a quick look at the science and history of beer with brewer Averie Swanson of Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas.


GOODS | “Odd Society Spirits” Samples And Bottles Available At Select Farmers Markets

September 11, 2014 

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits

Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits has been quietly selling their wares at Vancouver Farmers Markets since the province and the city announced liquor policy changes allowing alcohol sales at select farmers markets earlier this summer. Odd Society is sampling and selling their complete line of spirits and liqueurs including Wallflower Gin, East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis at select markets until the season ends.

With the first day of fall fast approaching, it’s easy to forget that there is still a ton of fresh seasonal bounty to be harvested and enjoyed. While searching for fresh finds at the market, don’t forget to pick up a locally crafted bottle of Odd Society Spirits made with agricultural inputs sourced solely in B.C.. You can visit Odd Society Spirits at the Mt Pleasant Market on Sunday, September 14 and Sunday, October 5, and the Yaletown market on Thursday, September 18. [ Keep reading ]