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GOODS | New “Juice Truck” On W. 5th Ave. Now Serving Summer Juice Cleanse Promo

A big pink (technically, it’s watermelon) truck on the corner of Abbott and Water Streets in Gastown (and sometimes Kits)

A big pink (technically, it’s watermelon) truck on the corner of Abbott and Water Streets in Gastown

The GOODS from The Juice Truck

Vancouver, BC | Patio cocktails, beach parties…you name it — during summer it’s easy to enjoy ourselves a little too much. It’s a good time for a full body reboot. Give your body the time to sigh and get back to square one with the Juice Cleanse by the Juice Truck. Until Sunday August 24th, they are offering a Summer Pick Up promo of 10% off all Juice Cleanses. Order any Juice Cleanse or Pick & Mix and get 10% off with pick up at their new storefront at 28 W 5th Avenue. Simply enter in the promo code ‘pickup’ during checkout. More info at www.thejuicecleanse.ca. [ Keep reading ]

SOUNDTRACKING | New Single Presages New Album By “Girlfriends And Boyfriends”

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by Grady Mitchell | Vancouver trio Girlfriends And Boyfriends have released a new, long-awaited single called A Flower. It’s a dark and plaintive track that embodies modern New Wave, complete with splashy drums, reverbed guitar, and grim, sonorous vocals.

Although they’ve developed that signature New Wave style, the band began very differently. When guitarist Pete Panovic founded it, everything was straight Brit Pop. “All the songs ended up sounding like Oasis,” he says. Bassist Grant Minor joined in 2007 in response to a Craigslist ad, and most recently Adam Fink joined after the original drummer left the band. With the lineup now solidified, they’ve dived headlong into New Wave and post punk.

They’re not the first band to revitalize a past genre, although they’re among the best to do so. Bands like The Smiths and The Cure played on the radio when they were kids, and now, decades later, they’re emulating the New Wave heroes that shaped their early tastes in music. It’s not the first time New Wave in particular has boomeranged back around, the band says, citing the slew of covers done by nu metal bands in the late 90s.

So why won’t New Wave just quit? Simple, the band says: it’s just great music. They also consider the New Wave era the golden age of producing. It hit the perfect balance point when technology allowed for a cleaner sound without completely erasing the human element, before songs were programmed to a beat and polished to death. “There was still a realness to production in that kind of music,” Grant says. To recreate that realness they linked with Vancouver producer Felix Fung, who specializes in just that.

Felix, the band’s “fourth member,” was critical to the darkness and longing of A Flower. “It’s a personal song,” Grant says, “it’s about a failed relationship. Nine out of the ten songs on our record are about failed relationships.” So what’s the tenth about? The band starts to laugh. “Social media!”

The new record is finished, though we most likely won’t hear it until early 2015. In the meantime, however, they say we can expect another single soon. To support Girlfriends And Boyfriends and explore their sound, visit their Bandcamp.

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LEXICON | Defining Social Kitchen Restobar, Craft Beard, Cheater Floor, MacBlo, & 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 six more localisms that everyone in British Columbia should know about. They are Cheater Floor, MacBlo, Social Kitchen Restobar, White Towels, Craft Beard, And Eau D’Alberni.

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GOODS | Famiglia Supper At “La Pentola” Set To Celebrate Tomatoes On August 31st

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 | On Sunday, August 31st, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family-style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer. The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats. Tickets are $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca to reserve. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Testing Tantalus Vineyards’ Experimental “Riesling Lab” 2013

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by Treve Ring | Here’s how wine geeks think: “Lessee what would happen if I took all my grape pressings leftover from the entire Riesling vintage and squeezed them together really hard to capture all the juice and good bits and then fermented it entirely with wild yeast…”

Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Lab 2013 | Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC | $19

Kiwi-Canadian wine geek and Tantalus winemaker David Paterson isn’t afraid to push – or in this case press – the envelope of experimentation. With Riesling Lab, the atypical results have proven so consistently interesting that the winery decided to slap labels on the bottles and sell them. The first Lab experiment (2011 vintage, #1) was tiny – just a handful of cases were produced. 2012’s Lab #2 was more of a purpose-driven exercise, with production bumped up to 70 cases or so. And last year, proven in method, Paterson produced 155 cases of Lab #3, sold solely out of their East Kelowna tasting room (also to a very few restaurants in Vancouver).

The playfully nerdy label is a clear departure from the norm (an indication that this ain’t your typical Tantalus wine), but the #03 Lab Results: Riesling is nevertheless a firm handshake. Pink and orange flowers, ripe peach and pear, apricot pit and a broad, solid, textured palate, amped up further through fermentation in old chardonnay-use barrels. Not shy on sugar, acidity or alcohol, the trio striking a chord that sounds like more, please. Especially at the price ($19!). Intrigued, I put the following 5 questions to Paterson…

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I originally created this wine in 2011, which was a cold growing season. I felt that the Riesling (Our biggest sku) would need some weight in a cold year and I did not want to use manufactured products to do so. I pressed all the Riesling really hard after making my original cut and took the resulting phenolic brown juice and fermented it wild in barrels. I did this to naturally oxidize out the phenolics. When it came time to put the 2011 wines together this new piece of the puzzle just didn’t fit but was really interesting and textural on its own…. so we bottled it. Since then we have made it every year and has been a really successful little wine in our tasting room with the general public and also with wine geeks because it has that different

Where are the grapes from? All the wines made under the Tantalus label come from our own 75 acre estate in SE Kelowna.

Your ideal pairing with this wines would be…? This wine is very versatile to pair with but I would say that something with sweetness and a little heat from the huge world of Asian food would go down pretty well. A classic Alsatian bacon and caramelized onion tart would be mighty fine, too.

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? When I’m not making wine, I’m golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter, so I’m drinking German and Burgundian wines.

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Blue Mountain stripe label Pinot Noir or any of their vintage bubbly wines. They are always consistently excellent from vintage to vintage and their pricing has remained low compared to the demand for their product. They are the benchmark that the rest of the Okanagan should look too when deciding pricing and quality parameters.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Blue Water Cafe On Lookout For Chef De Partie & Sous Chef

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for experienced individuals to join our team as Junior Sous Chef and Chef de Partie at Blue Water Cafe. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with exceptional seasonal products. The ideal candidate is team-oriented, motivated and energetic. He or she is a team player who works well under pressure in a dymamic and fast paced environment. Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, CIS or valid work permit is a must.

Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of B.C. Consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience. [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On CP Rail’s PR Fail & Another Old White Guy Whining About Weed

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by Sean Orr | Free Canada, Trade Harper: Canada’s wine industry may face restrictions if leaked EU trade deal is accurate. Are you sure you want to wake the beast within wine drinkers? Best comment: “Who cares a fiddlers foot about the wind industry” (sic).

Community hardens, rails against bullying: Arbutus Corridor Bulldozing By CP Rail Begins. Surprised there weren’t any concerned Kitsilanoans chained up to the bulldozers. If only it were a bike path

One way to really Save On Meats: Food supplier claims Save On Meats owner Mark Brand stiffed it on bills.

This hurts my noodle: ‘Pastafarian’ fights to wear colander in B.C. driver’s licence photo. For what it’s worth, I didn’t even have to strain myself to think of a pun for this one.

Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams. That’s Right—A Fish Cannon. Yeah, I’ll believe that when Pinks fly.

Creator of SkyTrain massacre video game defends work. Well, at least he’s not the one conflating realities: “It takes place in an actual Vancouver Skytrain…” Nope. No it doesn’t. For the record, it takes place on a computer. “Is this game going to make any money?” Yeah, because that’s what really matters. “Scott joins us today from the Main Street Skytrain Station. Scott, do you see anyone – anyone at all – there today, on any sort of rampage?” “No Mike, but time can only tell…”

Concrete crashes onto sidewalk in Downtown Eastside. Is (this Concord Pacific-owned) building now a metaphor on real estate speculation and corporate squatting?

TransLink considers changing name of Evergreen Line. Hmm, they must have seen Scout’s Nevergreen Line entry.

Old white dude writes anti-pot editorial: Legalizing dope would cost everybody. “When dope is legalized in Canada, will that mean our co-workers can get stoned on the job every day, dumping more work on the rest of us?” Hey look, just because you’re legally allowed to get drunk and pen ridiculous opinion pieces doesn’t mean the rest of us are as irresponsible as you are. Also, taxes.

Has it been a year already? The Worst of Vancouver, 2014 Edition: “Winners”.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Pourhouse” On The Hunt For Full-Time Assistant Manager

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

The GOODS from Pourhouse

Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is looking for a full-time Assistant Manager. Previous Management experience is an asset, and a passion for food, cocktails and great customer service is mandatory. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Position offers salary and benefits. Please send resumes to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. Learn more after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

HEADS UP | Last Chance To Try The ‘Nectar Juicery’ Pop-Up In Holt Renfrew’s Skybridge

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by Luis Valdizon | There’s only one day left to discover Lara Kozan and Tori Holmes’ Nectar Juicery pop-up inside the Holt Renfrew skybridge. Their juices are made from 100% organic fruits and vegetables, and sell for $10 a bottle. Take a look…

Ends August 16 | Holt Renfrew Skybridge at Pacific Centre (737 Dunsmuir) | nectarjuicery.com

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GOODS | Spectacular Lego Build To Go Down At New West’s “River Market” August 30-31

The River Market is located at 810 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, B.C. | 604-520-3881 | www.rivermarket.ca

The River Market is located at 810 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, B.C. | 604-520-3881 | www.rivermarket.ca

The GOODS from River Market

New Westminster, BC | LEGO holds a very special place in our hearts and it brings out the little kid in us all. To celebrate that little kid, River Market is holding a two day LEGO building spectacular. They are inviting the community to come together and build 18 tiles which will form together into a postcard style mosaic commemorating summer. This event coincides with the Curious Flea, their signature vintage market, which takes place on August 30th and 31st.

Since opening its doors late in 2010, River Market at Westminster Quay has encouraged a healthy sense of curiosity. The 72,000-square-foot market is divided into the Hungry Floor — with tempting tastemakers like Wild Rice Restaurant and New Westminster landmarks such as the Paddlewheeler Pub — and the Curious Floor upstairs, where visitors can try a circus class at Vancouver Circus School, learn an instrument at Music Box, take in a temporary art exhibit or rent desk space by the hour at the Network Hub. Now there are even more opportunities to play and explore and we want everyone to join us in this LEGO building adventure. [ Keep reading ]

AWESOME THING WE ATE #920 | The Big Rangeland Game Burger At Robson’s Forage

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The “Rangeland Game Burger” ($16) at Robson’s Forage comes layered with caramelized onion preserve, gooey gouda, and house-cured bacon on a spongy, responsive poppyseed bun. The patty –  a mix of bison, elk, and venison - is thick, dense, juicy, and so flavourful that it’s pronounced above the onion’s sweetness and the mustard’s pungency.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for it to be included in the “Best Burger in Vancouver” poll that we recently posted, but it deserves to be counted among the better ones. Good fries, too!

Forage | 1300 Robson Street | Vancouver, BC | 604.661.1400 | foragevancouver.com

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GOODS | “CedarCreek Estate Winery” Releases New Vintage Of Platinum Viognier

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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 | CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Platinum Viognier. Some of the 2013 Platinum Viognier was fermented and aged in a 660 litre concrete fermenter they call “The Egg.” Because concrete is porous, it acts like oak and allows the wine to breathe, which concentrates the flavours beautifully. Concrete is neutral and so imparts no flavour of its own, allowing the character of the fruit to shine. The result? 765 cases of honeysuckle and apricot-rich Viognier. Without “The Egg”, the Viognier wouldn’t be Platinum… [ Keep reading ]

DIG IT | Remembering A Piece Of Chinatown Before It’s Destroyed For A Mid-Rise Condo

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by Stevie Wilson | In 1931 the Shell Oil Company opened this auto garage at 231 East Pender St. – it’s 20th location in the province – as the Lion’s Gate Service Station. The tucked-away business was originally run by Thomas Chang, whose name will be recognized by Chinatown history buffs as the son of Chang Toy – more commonly known as Sam Kee. Chang passed away in 1953, and the business was transferred to H.H. Leong who renamed it Henry’s Service Station. In 1959, Max Goldberg Supply Ltd, a nearby business located at 424 Main St., bought the building and continued to operate it as Henry’s until it closed in the 1970s. The company continued to use it as a storage facility until 1989. The Goldberg family had significant ties to the Strathcona and Chinatown neighbourboods; in addition to their 50-year commercial tenure, Max’s son, Harry Goldberg, sat on the Chinatown Planning Committee for many years.

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Today, the building is in extreme disrepair and is already slated for demolition to make way for a new condominium project, but under the filth and graffiti remains a long-forgotten piece of Downtown Eastside history. Look closely and you’ll notice the structure’s unique Chinese-inspired architectural elements, including a curved hip roof, carved brackets in the bay corners, and similarly rounded rafter details along the exterior. In 1933, an additional fifth bay was opened on the eastern side of the station; the slightly wider design and more intact construction is still discernible. The parking lot’s uneven plane indicates where a gas pump island once sat, which also explains why the structure is set so far back in the lot. Much of this area is quickly disappearing in the wake of the G-Word, so keep an eye out for this and other forgotten sites while you still can.

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GOODS | South Okanagan Winery “LaStella” Has Released Its 2013 ‘Moscato D’Osoyoos’

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

The GOODS from LaStella

Osoyoos, BC | La Stella Winery put their Italian-style Moscato D’Osoyoos on sale on August 12th. Wine critic Anthony Gismondi not only gave it 89 points, but said this: “La Stella takes its moscato cues from Piedmont’s famed d’Asti region and in the case of the 2013 you would have to blink twice to be sure this Moscato d’Osoyoos isn’t in fact Moscato d’Asti. Light and airy, floral and riddle with orange and apricot fruit it is an impressive bottle of frizzante moscato. Light and expressive despite its eight percent alcohol it is a perfect pre-dinner pour or serve it with cakes and fresh fruit.” Just in time to enjoy a mid-summers evening with friends or brunch with family, this 2013 Moscato D’Osoyoos is on a summer case sale – now just $17! [ Keep reading ]