by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | As the leaves fall from the trees, we begin to crave comfort foods, healing teas, and preserving our health over the long, wet winter. This is where our dear friend, the ancient and highly appreciated herb know as sage (or Salvia officinalis) comes in. Salvia and “sage” are derived from the Latin salvere (to save), hence referring to the healing properties attributed to this wondrous herb. Sage is the perfect autumn herb for a plethora of reasons. It pairs so well with all of our winter-y dishes; with meat, potatoes, root vegetables, eggs and, of course, turkey dinners.
Originating in the Mediterranean, sage has naturalized in many other parts of the world. Historically, it has been used for everything at some point or another – from warding off evil and healing snakebites to increasing women’s fertility. In Roman times, sage was used as a diuretic and local anesthetic for the skin. It was also widely used throughout the Middle Ages.
Sage has numerous plant-derived chemical compounds, essential oils, minerals, vitamins that are known to have disease-preventing and health-promoting properties. It’s popular as a remedy for respiratory and nasal problems (try steeping some in boiling water and then inhaling the vapours). The compounds have counter-irritant, rubefacient, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. One compound in particular, called thujone, is known to enhance concentration, attention span, and heighten the senses in general (an infusion of sage is commonly referred to as “thinker’s tea”). Sage also helps with grief, depression, waning eyesight, and dealing with free radicals.
What’s more, sage is super rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium. It’s super rich, and by that we mean it packs a much higher than your “daily intake” kind of punch. Lest we forget, it’s also delicious on its own, which is to say – altogether – that it’s undoubtedly one of our best friends.
Red Truck Beer Co. is located at 1015 Marine Dr. in North Vancouver | 604-682-4733 | www.redtruckbeer.com
Vancouver, BC | If you live in the Lower Mainland, you’ve seen them. The iconic Red Trucks delivering the ‘Freshest Beer on Four Wheels’ to your favourite establishments. And now they’re adding a new stop to their routes – your local liquor store. Red Truck Beer Company has recently launched its line of bottles and cans so that you can enjoy their “Hand-Built” and Award Winning Classic Lager, Ale and their new offering – IPA at home.
“This is a fantastic next step for Red Truck Beer Company,” says Red Truck General Manager, Jim Dodds. “Our Classic Lager, Ale and Limited beers have proven to be consumer favourites for years and we thought it was time to let our fans enjoy them at home too. Our two recent awards from Sip Northwest Magazine’s Best of the Northwest is a testament to our brewers.”
In its third annual issue, Sip just announced Red Truck Lager has won 1st place in the “Best Lager” category and Red Truck Ute ISA won 2nd place in the Session category. “At Sip Northwest, we like to think we are advocates of local,” said Erin James, managing editor of IP Publishing, publishers of Sip Northwest. “Through this extensive and taxing process of blind tasting, we have found varying results over the past three years that give us even more producers and people to cover and celebrate in the Northwest. It’s very eye-opening to the amazing beverages being produced in our region and we hope it serves as a shopping list for our readers.”
And those aren’t the only awards Red Truck has been garnering. Earlier this year, Red Truck Ale took “Best Pale Ale “ at the Fest of Ales in Penticton, and Red Truck ’46 Porter won a Silver Medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards. [ Keep reading ]
(via) Do Communists Have Better Sex? is a fascinating 2006 documentary that looked at who was more sexually liberated, the seemingly repressed East Germans or the “free” West Germans.
The documentary proposes that, for all its deficiencies, the German Democratic Republic actually put forth a remarkably progressive set of policies related to such things as birth control, divorce, abortion, and sex education — a precedent to which some non-communist countries still haven’t caught up. However forward-thinking you might find all this, it did have trouble meshing with other communist policies: the state’s rule of only issuing housing to families, for instance, meant that women would get pregnant by about age twenty in any case. We must admit that, ultimately, citizens of the showcase East Germany had a better time of it than did the citizens of Soviet Socialist Republics farther east. And if the Ossies had a better Cold War between the sheets than did the Wessies, well, maybe they just did it to escape their country’s pervasive atmosphere of “unerotic dreariness.”
by Sean Orr | Our puritanical past future? Candidate for Burnaby mayor promises to ban kissing, holding hands in public. “Perhaps I don’t know what I’m talking about, but once I’m getting in I have to figure it out…” Sounds like she’s already a seasoned politician! Best comment: “Our Grandfathers fought for us to have this freedom…” Yes, our grandfathers fought the Nazis so we could hold hands. That was pretty much it.
Oh, and they also fought so our children could wear sexy Halloween costumes: ‘Sexy’ Halloween kids costumes at Value Village anger mom. Almost as disturbing are the weird, free market mantras littering the story’s comment section, a la ”if parents didn’t buy these costumes they wouldn’t exist”.
Only 3% of Vancouver residents think they have reasonable rents or mortgages. We love Vancouver and are willing to pay through the nose to live here…er…we just don’t want to pay through the nose to live here…
Related: B.C. builds lots of housing. But you can’t afford any of it. “But how about rezoning Shaughnessy, where the average density is one-third that of Grandview-Woodlands?” Because Shaughnessy, that’s why.
I just worry that our Most City status will be affected: Vancouver ranked the most city in the world.
Never forget! This was actually the lede in one of our major daily newspapers: Heads up, guys: Those trendy man buns can cause the loss of your precious hair. Speaking of heads, that is the exact location I would prefer to be shot after reading that.
Related: Angry Yoga. “And discover the present moment, and don’t think about this town…”
And definitely don’t think about this: Vancouver residents speak out against homeless shelter. “Residents in the area say they’re going to fight what they see as a plan that transplants the Downtown Eastside to their neighbourhood”. We demand social mix in the DTES, but god forbid there be social mix in the rest of the city.
To borrow from Mark Twain: ”Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you complained about homeless shelters; but I repeat myself.”
Obviously, other jurisdictions in the Lower Mainland need to step up: Surrey soup kitchen shut down on Thanksgiving. Yeah, because if you just stop feeding the homeless then homelessness will disappear.
Meanwhile, as Burnaby takes the National Energy Board to court, Kirk LaPointe wraps his lips around their, um, pipe: NPA pushes for LNG jobs in Vancouver. What jobs? Bird cleaners?
Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish. Or, how much do you really enjoy that Starbucks latte, Terri-Lee? Because I’m about to take a dump in it…
The real drug pushers: Safeway, London Drugs and other pharmacy chains threaten legal action if cigarette sales banned.
The bubble has popped: Canucks say their sellout streak is over. One. Single. Tear.
Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com
The GOODS from Pidgin
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s PiDGiN is pleased to introduce their 5,7,5 Japanese sake and whisky flights, each accompanied by a haiku-inspired description of three premium quality liquors. Start your journey with sake, and taste the rhythmic flavours and aromas of smooth and superior varietals. Continue your poetic flight through the unique moods of limited-edition Japanese whisky, and lose yourself in the prose and verse of rare, sought-after blends. Get all the details and (enjoy some haiku) after the jump… [ Keep reading ]
Holy good goddam, jerk chicken! It sucks that Meat & Bread only makes the Caribbean staple at their new location in Victoria, but life goes on. They start with their signature bun, smear it with a tang-mellowed cilantro-lime aioli, and then load it up with jicama napa cabbage slaw, pickled red onions, roasted Rossdown chicken thigh meat that’s been jerked both on the bone and off. Great taste peppered throughout. Take a look at the new digs below (and ask them to bring it to Cambie):
$9 | Meat & Bread (Victoria) | 721 Yates Street | www.meatandbread.ca
True to its name, Whistler’s “Cornucopia” is a festival tailored toward indulgent connoisseurs of food and drink.
Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual celebration of food and drink, is set to return to the mountain and will run from November 6th to the 16th. The festival attracts countless chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, distillers, and brewers from across BC to the village for a seemingly endless battery of winemaker dinners, special lunches, seminars, soirees, tastings, and all manner of delicious events besides. That it lasts for a full 11 days is not only a testament to the breadth and depth of the festival’s excellent programming, but also evidence that Whistler itself can not be “done” in a day. There’s just too much going on, especially during Cornucopia. You can access the full program here, but you can find our picks for what shouldn’t be missed below…
Thursday, Nov. 6 | HOUSE PARTY | “Now established as one of the hottest events of the year, House Party combines live music with local foods and domestic wines. Featuring the best of ‘local’ talent in music, food and wine, we invite you to Our House; a party of epic proportions. Indulge in a BBQ from SIDECUT, home-grown vodka, micro-brewed beer and much more from our land of plenty.” This always proves to be great way to kick off Cornucopia. | DETAILS
Friday, Nov. 7 | CELLAR DOOR | “Cellar Door is a smaller, more intimate tasting featuring more than 25 wineries and showcasing more than 100 wines priced at $35 and up per bottle.” Held in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre, we imagine this event as a concentrated collection of the best and most exclusive wines that can be had during the festival. | DETAILS
Saturday, Nov. 8 | CRUSH GALA GRAND TASTING | “Mingle with friends and discover your new favourite wine among the many red, white and sparkling glasses at this flagship tasting event, held in the Ballroom of the Whistler Conference Centre.” Crush is always a glamorous blast, and with 70 vendors this year, it’s so many tasty birds with just one stone. | DETAILS
Sunday, Nov. 9 | WITH A TWIST | “Wander With a Twist, enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere and decide what works best for you. Create your own mixed drink from the large variety of options provided, listen to tips from our mixologists or taste something they have prepared, or try something about which you have always been curious. Alternatively, have the fine products featured on the rocks or neat – your choice.” It sounds like a Choose Your Own Adventure story, written with booze. Count us in! | DETAILS
Monday, Nov. 10 | BEARFOOT BISTRO LATE-NIGHT WINE MIXER | This includes “a sampling of different wines and a variety of culinary treats by Chef Melissa Craig and her team while the room beats to the vibe of Whistler’s DJs.” Where else but Bearfoot? | DETAILS
Wednesday, Nov. 12 | DINNER AT ARAXI WITH PAINTED ROCK | “Get to know the glorious wines of the Skaha Lake bench from one of BC’s most spectacular vineyards as we welcome proprietor John Skinner of Painted Rock. If you’ve tried these wines before, you know what all the fuss is about; if you haven’t don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with a BC Icon.” If you can go to just one winemaker supper over Cornucopia, let this be it! | DETAILS
Friday, Nov. 14 | NIGHT MARKET: TASTE THE WORLD | “Demonstrating the wonderful adaptability of wines, beers and liquors, attendees enjoy this fun-filled evening in a casual yet refined environment emulating a food market. Sample different beverages with cuisine to experience the magic in matching with exotic and creative fare. A truly gastronomic experience for the fun and adventurous.” Street food in a refined environment may sound a little odd, but the combo certainly makes for a more memorable evening. Expect variety! | DETAILS
Saturday, Nov. 15 | POURED | This event “encompasses an intimate tasting experience of wine, spirits, cider, beer and food. Ticket prices include your own glass to take home and five tokens that can be used for food or wine sampling.” Sounds like a fun mingler with plenty of food and wine, which is exactly what Cornucopia is all about. | DETAILS
To further wet your whistle, we’ve compiled a gallery from past Cornucopia events below…
by Grady Mitchell | All things artisanal are in high demand these days, but few craftspeople can say they’ve been at it as long as Ken Diamond. Since 2002 he’s been bent over hunks of leather in his workshop, meticulously cutting, sewing and glueing them into beautifully handcrafted pieces that are each one of a kind.
Ken took a nine month course in upholstery when he first arrived in Vancouver. After plying that trade, he moved into building sets and props for theatre and film, and it was there that he first handled leather. His upholstery background gave him a basic grasp of the work, and the rest he taught himself. And he’s still learning every day at his workbench. Although he enjoyed set design, he was less fond of the film industry. He’d always dreamt of launching his own business, and not long after he started working with leather he founded Ken Diamond.
Perhaps best known for their line of moccasins, the company also offers items that will hold your cards, cash, and secure your pants. Every piece that leaves the workshop is hand-made by the man himself, his wife Marla, and his apprentice Lukas. What machines they do use are of the old-school, press-and-punch variety. And they plan to keep it that way.
Although their popularity would handle speedy growth, Ken plans to keep things small, to continue building by hand, and to grow slowly rather than burn out. That care and patience is what makes his work so excellent. You can see it firsthand if you visit their open storefront at 756 E Powell, where you can check out the goods personally, and watch them being made just a few feet away in the back room. To learn more about Ken Diamond, visit his website.
(via) Professor Nicholas Humphrey digs into the reality and purpose of human consciousness for The Royal Institute:
Consciousness is at the core of our very existence. An intangible constant that underpins our experience of the world. But for centuries it has been the frustrating source of a seemingly impenetrable explanatory gap – it is largely a scientific mystery.
As we interact with the world, stimuli trigger physical processes in our body. Nerve cells transmit messages around the body and through the brain. But how do these physical interactions give rise to the conscious sensations we experience? Can we get conscious sensation from nerve cells alone?
In this video theoretical psychologist Professor Nicholas Humphrey asks whether consciousness could all be an illusion. Could it be a mirage constructed in the theatre of our minds? Perhaps the questions we should ask are not centred on sensations themselves, but merely on the appearance of those sensations.
And why does consciousness, in any form, exist at all? How did it evolve? The answer might lie in our social interactions. Consciousness elevates our interpretation of the world and the people around us. It alters our psychological profile and breathes joy into our experiences, and makes us value life itself.