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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #516 | Local Architect Argues To Keep The VAG Exactly Where It is

September 26, 2014 

Local firm Peter Cardew Architects just sent us an email and video link countering the already accepted and established plans for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. “How can we ensure the public supports a new VAG? Ask them.” Food for thought:

In the search for alternate sites on which to construct a new Vancouver Art Gallery there was little public participation to ensure the best site was chosen for a major public building in the city. Also, in an economic climate that is far less robust than when the idea of a totally new gallery was first proposed, it is critical that public money be seen to be wisely spent. Only through actively encouraging open dialogue about such issues can governments, the public and potential donors be assured of enthusiastic public support. This video is intended to stimulate that dialogue and that enthusiasm.

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GOODS | Underground Eatery “Farm 2 Fork” Gets Bigger & Launches New Autumn Menu

September 26, 2014 

Farm 2 Fork is an underground restaurant located in Vancouver's Gastown | 778-772-3037 | farmtwofork.com

Farm 2 Fork is an underground restaurant located in Vancouver’s Gastown | 778-772-3037 | farmtwofork.com

The GOODS from Farm 2 Fork

Vancouver, BC | It’s time to experience Farm 2 Fork again with new food, new ideas, and in the new space! In case you haven’t heard, we’ve moved into a new home It’s larger, brighter, and more stylish than before, pushing 1,500 sqft and featuring all brick walls, beautiful walnut flooring, and a very open kitchen.

And with the new season and space comes our new menu. Diners can look forward to new twists and interpretations of classics. Think local rabbit with wild mushrooms and apricots, smoked tomato soup with rich Ccèvre and Saltspring mussels, and charred rainbow trout with wild watercress and horseradish potato noodles. Full menu after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

LEXICON | Defining Hipster Checklist, Back East, Wester Van, Etsy Sue, And Subourbon

September 26, 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 Hipster Checklist, Back East, Wester Van, Etsy Sue, and The Subourbon.

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GOODS | Special Fish Fry & Trivia Night At The Irish Heather In Gastown On October 2

September 26, 2014 

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Join us on Thursday, October 2nd and play some trivia between 6:30pm and 9pm. The night will see 10 teams with 4 players per team. Successful applicants will receive a free beer upon arrival and a complimentary meal (beer battered fish & chips). To apply, please e-mail reso [at] irishheather.com and request an application form. Applicants must be 19+ years of age and have valid ID. This will be a fun night with a competitive edge! Details after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

VANCOUVERITES | Julia Kwan On Her New Film Documenting Big Change In Chinatown

September 25, 2014 

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by Ken Tsui | “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Sundance award-winning filmmaker Julia Kwan about her new documentary, Everything Will Be. Playing at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the film focuses on the past 3 years of Vancouver’s evolving Chinatown and the diverse collage of people who now call it home.

Julia grew up in Chinatown. Her parents found work folding linens at the Keefer Laundry and waiting tables at restaurants like Foo Ho Ho. “My mother was always nervous outside of Chinatown,” Julia lamented, “but put her in Chinatown and she’s in her element.” She remembers the strong sense of community when her family hopped from grocer to grocer on the weekends, shopping for provisions and running into friends along the way.

For Julia, the transformation of her childhood Chinatown is a personal ache; where the film’s inspiration finds its ignition. The documentary is a time capsule; it’s a process piece that studies the pivot when tradition meets change.

Julia was drawn by the resilience of the people in her neighbourhood, but she also acknowledges that her film captures the end of an era for Chinatown’s traditional shop culture. Some of the businesses featured in the documentary have already closed, even before the film’s release. “I really wanted to document the shifts in these people’s lives”, she says. “I wanted it to be an immersive experience and give people a feeling like they’ve been sitting on a stoop in Chinatown.”

Everything Will Be moves beyond the streets and gives the audience a unique look within the guarded cultural enclaves of Chinatown. The access and requisite trust didn’t come easy. Local Chinese herbalist Mr. Lai, whose storefront sits on East Hastings, initially refused to be featured in the film. And there were others, too. They were afraid that “it would effect their livelihood”, Julia recalls. Even the decision to hire Mr. Lai’s own daughter to work on the documentary didn’t sway him. It took more tenacity, not to mention months, but Mr. Lai finally agreed to let Julia document him and his business. “That’s the difference between fiction and documentary,” Julia says. “I feel like I’m constantly begging and asking for more.” The process was ultimately rewarding, and not only for the sake of the film. Genuine friendships have bloomed as a result.

The film also challenged Julia to work outside her comfort zone. She learned to relinquish control as a director and to recognize that amazing things happen if you are open to them. Throughout the film-making process, Julia learned how to better recognize authentic moments that will speak volumes in what audiences will surely view as an elegiac snapshot of the collective memory and legacy of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Everything Will Be screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival September 29th, October 1st and October 3rd.

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GOODS | Local Brewer To Spin Vinyl At The Acorn Tonight For “Spruce Tip Ale” Launch

September 25, 2014 

The Acorn is located at 3995 Main Street in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9001 | www.theacornrestaurant.ca

The GOODS from The Acorn

Vancouver, BC | R&B Brewing head brewer Todd Graham collaborated with 5 of Vancouver’s most celebrated chefs to produce the Chef Series. The line of 650ml limited edition bottled beers are designed to pair with food. Participating chefs were asked to choose a beer style and unique ingredients that they personally connect to. The result? Five incredibly diverse beers that reveal a little bit about each chef and pair perfectly with some of their favourite dishes.

The Acorn’s Spruce Tip Ale (the 2nd beer in the series) was inspired by Chef Brian Skinner. It’s made with locally foraged spruce tips and pairs with the restaurant’s cauliflower croquettes served with juniper aioli, which launches on the menu this week.

To celebrate, brewer Todd Graham will be playing a vinyl only set with local musician/artist extraordinaire Penny Buchner (Slow Learners). Join us tonight, between 10pm-1am Thursday September 25th, for $4 pints and croquettes, $6 cocktails, and great music! [ Keep reading ]

THE VIEW FROM YOUR WINDOW #164 | ‘A Yellow Cedar Cut For A Japanese Customer’

September 25, 2014 

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Reader M.B. | 2:30pm | Port Kells, BC | SHARE YOUR VIEW

We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. What does your view look like right now? Take a snap of it and send it in. Check out the gallery of reader submissions below… [ Keep reading ]

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Cadeaux Bakery” On Powell St. Is Looking For A Pastry Cook

September 25, 2014 

Cadeaux Bakery is located at 172 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-608-8889 www.cadeauxbakery.com

Cadeaux Bakery is located at 172 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-608-8889 www.cadeauxbakery.com

The GOODS from Cadeaux Bakery

Vancouver, BC | Cadeaux Bakery is a boutique pastry shop specializing in viennoisserie, custom cakes and desserts. We are looking for a pastry cook to join our awesome team. The ideal candidate must be passionate, dedicated and fun. He or she must be flexible and willing to work early mornings. A minimum of 1 year of experience is essential. If you are interested, please email your resume to cadeauxbakery [at] gmail.com or drop your resume off in person to 172 Powell Street. Learn more about us after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

SMOKE BREAK #1125 | Up Close With The Science Of Tattooing In Super Slow Motion

September 25, 2014 

(via) This informative short video from Smarter Every Day takes us into a tattoo shop and nerds the hell out on the process with animations and super slow mo sequences.

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GOODS | Main Street’s Campagnolo To Plate Epic “Cerelia” Autumn Feast On October 1st

September 24, 2014 

Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca

Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | Now a highly anticipated annual event, Campagnolo’s Cerelia celebrates the season end of the Main St. Station Farmers Market. Each year as the leaves start to change colour, the air begins to cool and the produce at the local farmers markets shift from summer to autumn varieties, Chef Nathan Lowey plans his menu for this epic feast. This Italian celebration of harvest will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00PM. Guests are invited to gather around communal tables and welcome fall by breaking bread with old and new friends.

Late season produce will be celebrated and sourced day of from the Main St. Station Farmers Market and a variety of artisanal purveyors in which Chef de Cuisine Nathan Lowey has built a long standing relationship. Local farms may include Sapo Bravo Organics, Stoney Paradise Farm, Glorious Organics, UBC Farms, Sole Food Street Farms, Crisp Organics, Cropthorne Farm and Icecap Organics. Tickets are $79 plus Eventbrite Service Charge (tax, gratuity and wine are included).

Dinner will be served family-style and paired with wines from local producers La Frenz and Stable Door Cellars including: Stable Door Cellars Riesling, La Frenz Viognier and La Frenz Pinot Noir. Get the full menu and all the important details after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #515 | 66 Shots That Make It Easier To Accept The Arrival Of Fall

September 24, 2014 

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It’s been tough to officially say goodbye to summer this week, so to ease our pain we’ve combed Scout’s photo archives for some of our favourite Fall photos, which we’ve arranged below for your therapeutic perusal. Too further (musically) moderate your mood to be right as rain, we recommend either Il Giardino Armonico’s treatment of Vivaldi’s L’Autunno or Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.

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GOODS | “Les Amis Du Fromage” To Host Sweet Double-Down Pop-Up On October 4th

September 24, 2014 

Les Amis du Fromage | 843 East Hastings, 604-253-4218 & 1752 West 2nd Ave, 604-732-4218 | buycheese.com

Les Amis du Fromage | 843 East Hastings, 604-253-4218 & 1752 West 2nd Ave, 604-732-4218 | buycheese.com

The GOODS from Les Amis Du Fromage

Vancouver, BC | The Salty Cookie Company and Livia Sweets join forces for a Pop Up Shop at les amis du FROMAGE in Strathcona on Saturday October 4th.

The Salty Cookie Company is the dream child of pastry chef Meredith Kaufman. Having been a pastry chef since 1999 and a mom since 2004, cookies have always been a part of her life. What started off as a hobby of dropping off cookies to friends and loved ones, turned into a full time venture.

Livia Sweets is a small pastry company steeped in nostalgia. They make high quality baked goods in small batches, by hand, daily. Baked goods include Salted Caramel Hazelnut Brownies, Classic Almond Biscotti, and Rosewater Glazed Pistachio Cakes. They take great care to use the best ingredients they can, with a focus on using local whenever possible (that means local eggs, butter, and hazelnuts).

This pop-up will showcase the talents of these two fresh start-up pastry companies. It will run from noon to 5pm at the East Vancouver location of les amis du FROMAGE at 843 East Hastings Street in Strathcona. Take this opportunity to do some sweet shopping and show some support for these new start-up businesses! [ Keep reading ]

VICTORY GARDENS | On Making Summer Last A Little Longer By Preserving Peppers

September 24, 2014 

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Summer was glorious. We have had bumper crops of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and, one of our favourite crops, peppers! Now that it’s late September (and evidently so), it’s important to consider ways to preserve such bounty, whether that be filling up the freezer, jarring jams, making pestos, fermenting pickles, or drying.

If you have pepper plants, you may not know what to do with your crop. A little goes a long way with peppers in the culinary department, after all. If you don’t grow peppers, we suggest that you get a bunch of peppers from the farmer’s market to preserve and have local pepper hotness over the winter months. If you’re not pickling your hot peppers, or want to try a couple of different preservation methods, consider drying them. If you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t fret! You can sun dry them or even dry them in the oven. Find out how after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

GOODS | Seasonal ‘La Stagione Di Caccia’ Supper At “La Pentola” On September 28th

September 24, 2014 

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 the evening of Sunday, September 28th, La Pentola della Quercia will celebrate the beginning of Italian hunting season, or La Stagione di Caccia, with a September Famiglia Supper Series dedicated to foraged mushrooms and fowl. Honour La Stagione di Caccia with a 10+ course meal inspired by the changing season. Chef Lucais Syme invites you to dine family style at communal tables with your friends and neighbors, tasting locally foraged produce and game birds, including quail, duck, partridge and squab, as well as local porcini, chanterelle, and cauliflower mushrooms. Tickets are $55 per person for 10+ courses. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call (604) 642-0557 or email info [at] lapentola.ca to reserve. [ Keep reading ]