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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Rough Trade & The “Donnelly Group” Not Being So Bad After All

October 27, 2014 

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by Sean Orr | A chance, perhaps, to gloat: Ottawa attack highlights differences in Canadian-American media coverage. It’s pretty depressing how we get super excited whenever the media does its job properly. “There was a deplorable lack of political opportunism, and a dreadful dearth of doomsaying”.

Counterpoint: Never let the facts get in the way of a good Cronkite moment:

History. Context. Perspective. Understanding. Skepticism. Thoughtfulness. Canada’s so-called media and political “elites” abandoned them all. In their stead, we got a week-long diet of chest-thumping patriotic clichés, cheap, meaningless hyperbole and tropes that, taken together, have already manufactured widespread consent for what will surely be another assault on our rights and freedoms engineered by a cynical Conservative government.

Without further ado: MPs Pass Anti-Terror Bill. Including such fun provisions as the Philip K. Dick-sounding “preventive detention” and “investigative hearing” in which someone suspected of having knowledge of a terrorist act can be forced to answer questions. But not to worry, I pressed “Apple + F” to search the bill and found no mention of the word torture…

Mad LoVe quotes Padme Amidala, “So this is how liberty dies…to thunderous applause”: Young cadet continues to stand guard for Nathan Cirillo at Port Coquitlam cenotaph.

Meanwhile, Peter de Groot’s sister says, ‘He was executed’. Yeah, but it was to protect us, so never mind.

Moxy Frivolous: Fifty shades of Ghomeshi. Maybe he forgot that the D in BDSM stands for discipline. Maybe the lyrics to that Moxy Fruvous song should be “Once I was, the King of pain, Now I eat, humble pie”. Meanwhile, HuffPo reminds us that Liking ‘Q’ Isn’t a Good Enough Reason to Side With Jian while a ‘sex geek‘ wonders if the “don’t hate me for being kinky” defence will be used by people who perpetrate non-consensual violence.

Related: What goes on inside 8×6 isn’t the city’s business, licencing officials say.

Meanwhile in Whistler: Dumb, drunk and Dangerous: Idiots throw sleeping friend from 2nd story balcony.

Related: On the Twilight of the West.

Oh, and just in case you needed a reminder to not take a drug used in date rapes: Three people hospitalized in North Vancouver after taking GHB.

Via the Westender (with a straight face): Maybe the Donnelly Group isn’t so bad, after all. Money quote:

“…the look and feel of their pubs has always been an attempt to reflect the neighburhoods [sic] and clientele they’re serving…”

Hmm, even though it looks super realistic, Mordor isn’t a real neighbourhood.

AWESOME THING WE ATE #927 | A Puzzle Of Delicious Pork Schnitzel At “Wildebeest”

October 27, 2014 

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A shout out to one of our staple faves, the sharable pork schnitzel appetizer at Wildebeest. These salty, crunchy-to-tender morsels are really long on flavour, especially when dipped in the supplied spiced beer mustard. Available at dinner and during weekend brunch service.

120 West Hastings St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca | $9

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COOL THING WE WANT #448 | The Pop-Up Cocktail Menu From London’s Beaufort Bar

October 27, 2014 

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(via) This beautiful pop-up book is actually the cocktail menu at the Beaufort Bar in London’s super swank Savoy Hotel. Collaboratively designed by paper engineer Helen Friel and illustrator Joe Wilson, it opens up to reveal elaborate constructions of the available drinks, complete with glass-type and a list of ingredients. A great (if prohibitively expensive) idea; one seen through to gorgeous fruition.

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LEXICON | Defining Guilt Pylon, Drizzlepiss, Gasclown, Tip Boner, Citidiot & Many More

October 25, 2014 

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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, that is if they don’t already. They are Gasclown, Tip Boner, Drizzlepiss, Guilt Pylon, and Citidiot.

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GOODS | “Cannery Brewing Co.” Breaks Ground On Brewery In Downtown Penticton

October 25, 2014 

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 | CanneryBrewing.com

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 | CanneryBrewing.com

The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company

Penticton, BC | After 14 years in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton, Cannery Brewing will be moving to a new location. They are building a new brewery at 198 Ellis St. in downtown Penticton. This week, in a special ceremony with dignitaries, media, suppliers, supporters and staff, they broke ground on their new brewery building.

Patt Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing thanked those for attending the groundbreaking ceremony and for being part of their journey. She explained, “Today marks an important milestone for us as we celebrate the groundbreaking of our new brewery. We started this journey in 2000, brewing our first batch of beer on April Fools Day, 2001. We’ve come a long way in the last 14 years, brewing our 1,555th batch of beer this week. We have grown and expanded and as much as we love our current location in the Cannery Trade Centre, we’ve simply outgrown it. We are building a new brewery that will be larger and better suited to our needs. And we are thrilled to be moving to downtown Penticton.”

Patt assured attendees that although the physical location of the brewery will be changing, their name and their commitment to producing premium quality craft beer will remain the same. “We will still be the Cannery Brewing Company. The Cannery Trade Centre was our beginning and our roots. Our name will remain the same to reflect our history. And we’ll continue to produce great craft beer that will make us and Penticton proud.”

The new 12,000 square foot brewery is being designed by local architect Matthew Coady and built by Penticton-based Greyback Construction. Patt continued, “The existing building, previously ANJ Automotive Service, will become our tasting room and retail store. It will also be the location of our Growler filling station and a spot to buy beer merchandise like hats and shirts. Plus we’ll expand to have a more robust food menu than we can currently offer. In our new space, guests will be able to enjoy our beer alongside some great local food selections.” [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Stampeding Idiots And The Terror Of Our Addiction To Hysteria

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by Sean Orr | A different kind of blowback: Ottawa shooter lived in Vancouver’s DTES. Let’s talk terror. Not the terror of Islamic fundamentalism, but the terror of mental health that surrounds us everyday. Not politically motivated terror, but the terror of addiction…

I wonder what would happen if we spent the same amount of money that we’re going to spend fighting ISIS (and their terrible beheadings while ignoring Saudi Arabia’s equally terrible beheadings) on addiction and mental health issues instead?

And instead of a measured response, we see drummed up hysteria. Attempts are made to tie the shooter to ISIS (he read their Twitter feed!), while Justin Bourque (a white guy who had conservative and conspiratorial anti-state world views) murdered three Mounties and the word “terror” is conveniently absent from the coverage. More collective amnesia. More police state rhetoric.

As Crawford Kilian writes: “We need to spend more attention on our own social and psychological state [...]  to ditch our democratic values and institutions would be to hand victory to the thugs…”

Oh wait. It’s too late: Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online. Of course, nobody should condone a terror attack, but what if you question if it’s actually an act of terror, as I have just done? Also, does this mean every addict with mental health issues is a potential terrorist?

Meanwhile, what about the terror perpetrated against our aboriginal women? Fontaine and Gross: Two missing teens garnered two different responses. That’s not terror. That’s just isolated cases. A total fluke. No need to take any sort of collective action: Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document. Protect Canadians! Just not the ones who were here first.

We need to protect our sacred institutions, like the RCMP: RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who smoked marijuana on job, found dead.

I’m not sure how to segue out of all this so… Watch a stampede of idiots endlessly run straight into a spinning metal thing.

Just in case you were wondering where our media stands in regards to resource extraction: New video series on resources debate launches. Yup, the husband of one of Christy Clark’s closest friends and advisors.

Meanwhile, one of the candidates hoping to join Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr on City Council has an investment portfolio heavy on industrial and mining stocks: Mayor moved, Greens energetic?

But that’s nothing. Just read through mayoral candidates’ statements. Particularly the first guy:

I’ve lived a good life in Canada and refuse to watch Asian immigrants buy our lives well raise property taxes on Chinese 5% our stop party mayor and van east PM is to blow up ISIS and take our country now prefer email and texts were running for families who pay most taxes n stay here mayor meynard & stop mayor meynard

Bonus: This is what rejection looks like.

GOODS | La Mezcaleria & Chinatown’s El Kartel Pairing Up For “Dia De Los Muertos”

October 24, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | On November 1st, El Kartel, La Mezcaleria and Tribe Collaborative are bringing Mexican tradition to Vancouver with a party in honour of “Dia de los Muertos”. Tribe Collaborative endeavours to foster creative collaboration amongst local artists and companies to produce innovative events. Produced in partnership with La Mezcaleria and El Kartel, with sponsorships from Jose Cuervo and Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tribe’s first major event will take place on the iconic Mexican holiday, “el Dia de los Muertos”: The Day of the Dead.

One of the richest and most ancient traditions in Mexican culture, “el Dia de los Muertos” is observed on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov 2. This holiday is a gathering of family and friends to commemorate their deceased loved ones. Held at the freshly revamped space in the 1903 heritage building that is El Kartel’s new Chinatown location, this event will feature music by DJ Hubbz, Mr. Pablo, El Garzita and DJ Fantastico; live trumpet by Kristy Lee Audette and percussion by Daniel Ruiz; visual projections by Skunk; cinematography by Daniela Flor; and professional make-up application for party-goers that care to revel in the theme provided by Nara Vazco and Fa Mercado.

Highlights include an altar, face painting, traditional music and drinks, spooky vibes and lots of surprises! And of course, no true Mexican party is complete without the holy trinity of tequila shots, Palomas and Margaritas. Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead with a community of local creatives who continue to bring culturally diverse events to Vancouver. Dressing-up is highly encouraged but not necessary. Details after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | It Had The Greatest Bookstore In The World

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(via) Can Vancouver honestly claim to be a “world class” city without a great bookstore? By great we mean one that stops people in its tracks, ensnaring and enchanting all who enter it with the way in which it is artfully arranged. We don’t think so. It might have a handful of bookstores worthy of mention, but none are gobsmackingly massive or iconic (the stunning main branch of the public library notwithstanding). Chain behemoths like Chapters don’t count, and tangled labyrinths Powell’s in Portland or the Strand in New York are old hat. We believe that Vancouver should have something different and more modern — something like the voluminous, open-concept Livraria Culture in São Paulo, Brazil. Designed by Studio MK27 “to encourage shoppers to stay and read the books they’ve purchased or to simply hang out with friends”, it’s sexy as hell. Accordingly, we imagine it occupying the ridiculously over-sized Victoria’s Secret location on the corner of Robson and Burrard, which is no stranger to books in the first place.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | ‘Blacktail Florist In Gastown On Hunt For Experienced Host

October 23, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist and Kanaka are looking for a driven, professional, full-time lead host. A minimum of three years experience in the service industry is mandatory. We are searching for someone who is outgoing and personable and not afraid to take control of our busy room. Excellent communication skills and passion for service is a must. Experience with Open Table is a plus. Duties include managing reservations, handling guest relations and responding to emails. We pay a competitive wage and are seeking someone to join our growing family for the long term. Please email a short cover letter and resume to Nina at info [at] blacktailflorist.ca. [ Keep reading ]

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To Right Now

October 23, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; and The Gig – the “must-see show” on the horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… [ Keep reading ]

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chef De Cuisine Sought At Quails’ Gate Old Vines Restaurant

October 23, 2014 

Quail's Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd. in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 | 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

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West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Old Vines Restaurant offers a premium venue to further establish and develop your career in the culinary arts. As one of the few winery restaurants open year-round, the stage is set for our culinary brigade to showcase each season’s bounty of ingredients in an unrivaled setting. Our deeply rooted belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophies. As our Estate Winery grows, so does our culinary offerings and as such, we have an opportunity for a dedicated, passionate culinary professional to join our team as Chef de Cuisine.

Reporting to the Culinary Director Roger Sleiman, the Chef de Cuisine will be responsible for the daily operation of Old Vines Restaurant; including but not limited to menu development, ordering, inventory, performance management, human resources, hygiene and safety standards. The Chef de Cuisine will maintain Old Vines Restaurant’s high standard of quality and service and strive to not only meet but exceed in every aspect of their role. In collaboration with the Culinary Director the Chef de Cuisine will participate in all on/off-site functions, including group functions, vineyard dinners, private dinners, festivals, and Culinary offerings available through the Wine Shop located at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery.

Applicants should have successfully completed a formal chef training program & have their Inter-Provincial Red Seal, along with the Food Safe Level 2 Certificate. They should also have a minimum of 5 years of experience cooking, preferably in a fine dining establishment in a leadership position and demonstrate excellent saucier skills and complete understanding of meat and fish butchery. If this describes you then please forward your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at employment [at] quailsgate.com. [ Keep reading ]

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Deciphering The Expressive “Stag’s Hollow” Grenache 2013

October 23, 2014 

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by Treve Ring | Quietly tucked away in sleepy, picturesque Okanagan Falls, winemaker Dwight Sick and winery owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger have been planting experimental plots of European grapes not typically (or ever) seen before in BC. Ballsy a bit, brave a lot, the team realized the high potential of their site’s soils, climate and terroir and started searching other wine regions for similar conditions. They’ve since planted and successfully produced limited wines/blends including tempranillo, dolcetto, teroldego, marsanne and albariño.

And grenache; a beautiful, kickass grenache, to be exact – one that references the Rhone and the south of France while tipping its hat to Australia and Spain. And yet it somehow feels firmly rooted in the Okanagan. Canada’s first commercial grenache should pave the way for many more. Now in its second vintage, it’s even better than the highly promising inaugural 2012. Expressive pepper at first whiff, warm cedar spice, ripe red cherry, cranberry, strawberry jam and a huge whack of savoury and cracked pepper spice on the bright finish. Impressive, exciting, alluring – we want more of this in BC! I recently asked Dwight about its Message In A Bottle

Stag’s Hollow Grenache 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | $30 +35501

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I’m a Granachista. I love everything about this pure, delicious grape. I started conceptualizing this wine 10 years ago and planted the vineyard in 2006. It has been my special wine child ever since. Grenache is everything pinot noir wishes it could be and it is only a matter of time before everyone discovers its wonders.

Where are the grapes from? The vast majority of the fruit (70%) was grown at Kiln House Vineyard which is on the West Bench of Penticton. It is a special site with a warm, southern sloping aspect and it remains frost-free late into the fall (long after most of the rest of the Valley’s vineyards have been frosted out). I personally planted this site in 2006 and have managed the vineyard ever since. The balance of the fruit is grown at Hearle Vineyard on the East Bench of Osoyoos. It is a stunning growing site and the grenache vines planted there in 2010 are showing great potential for the future.

Your ideal pairing with this wine would be…? Duck confit is my favourite. I have a recipe that uses blood orange, Chinese five spice and anise in the glaze. It is a heavenly match.

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Tough call, as there are several. I’m going to single out some wines from a fresh face in the Okanagan, Dylan Roche. The single vineyard merlots he has produced for Intersection Winery are honest and delicious wines. Additionally, he and his wife have also started a new winery label of their own called Roche Wines and the Pinot Gris is unlike any other in the Valley (in a good way).

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? Wines: grenache (red, white, rosé and blends) from Rhone, Roussillon and Spain, Syrah from Washington State. Beers: I’ve been enjoying various wet hopped IPAs this fall and love Surrey-based Four Winds Brewing’s Wild Flower Saison.

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GOODS | Summerland’s “Okanagan Crush Pad” To Celebrate Wine Tourism Day Nov. 8

October 23, 2014 

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Road in Summerland, BC | 250-494-4445 | okanagancrushpad.com

Okanagan Crush Pad is located at 16576 Fosbery Road in Summerland | 250-494-4445 | okanagancrushpad.com

The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad

Kelowna, BC | The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8th, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism. Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Search for an event near you and register for the Penticton Wine Tour Giveaway.

To celebrate this special day and the bounty of BC wine, Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery will be open on November 8th from 12pm to 5pm and will be featuring tastings of all of their sparkling wines paired with a special little treat catered by Chef Planiden’s Culinary Adventure. Okanagan Crush Pad has also gathered neighbouring wineries, a hotel, and restaurants to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine country. Get all the details after the jump. [ Keep reading ]

DIG IT | A Last Look At UBC’s 60 Year Old “Empire Pool” Before Its Total Destruction

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by Stevie Wilson | Though it doesn’t quite fit into the traditional concept of what a “heritage” structure should look like, UBC’s Empire Pool has been a fixture of the campus landscape for 60 years. The 50-meter long outdoor pool was built for the British Empire & Commonwealth Games in 1954, and has since hosted numerous men’s and women’s swimming and diving events that have drawn large crowds from across the city. Architects Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt (including Frederic Lasserre and F.W. Urry) not only designed the pool but also the adjacent War Memorial Gymnasium, which opened in 1951. The firm had previously been selected as the official University architects by an international competition in 1912.

Sadly, the 60th anniversary of the Games also marked the end for Empire Pool. Though popular with students, athletes, and the general public, the facility was permanently closed early this year due to a filtration/mechanical failure. All is not lost, however, as the historical record is loaded (particularly with photos), and a brand-new $38.5-million Aquatic Centre is poised to replace both the outdoor lanes and the adjacent 1978 indoor centre by 2016.

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