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AWESOME THING WE ATE #925 | Sausage, Tots, And Country Gravy At Wolf In The Fog

October 15, 2014 

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by Andrew Morrison | Readers who follow Scout’s Instagram account might recognise this monster of a breakfast sandwich from Tofino’s recently opened Wolf In The Fog. The toasted bun came layered with egg, cabbage, and a pork sausage disc – all soaked in a salty country-style gravy.

It was scarfed down just a few days ago alongside some over-sized, perfectly seasoned and super crispy tater tots. The plate might seem a little pedestrian for a chef of Nick Nutting’s high caliber (he’s the biggest food nerd of his generation on the Island), but pedigrees are moot on rainy mornings in Tofino. It’s big, hot, delicious, and worth every cent of $12.

Check the place out the next time you make it over to Tofino. It’s got a casual but capable vibe that makes for a fairly accurate embodiment of the town’s hardy and house proud spirit. If I were to try to pin down a comparison in ambience, I’d liken it to the excellent Pointe Restaurant at the nearby Wickaninnish Inn (where several of the owners were once employed), only a few weeks after it had been taken over and remodelled by a renegade group of leather-loving surfers who preferred long hair and the hallucinogenic twang of The Allah-Las to staff uniforms and the piped-in sounds of the ocean (yes, they actually do that at The Pointe, and it’s pretty awesome).

I haven’t given the complete dinner menu a good going over yet (I walked in on their first service of a new menu), but everything I tasted was totally on point, including bartender Hailey Pasemko’s evocative Cedar Sour cocktail, which tasted like a really good west coast memory of a campfire gone by. Take a look at some of shots I took of the space below (taken before service).

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GOODS | Les Amis Du Fromage Hosting Les Petits Bonheurs Cream Puff Pop-Up Oct. 25

October 15, 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 | Les Petits Bonheurs started as a bakery concept between two good friends who share a love of sweets and desserts. They specialise in classic French desserts, specifically choux à la crème (cream puffs). Les Petits Bonheurs sources all of their staples locally and try to source the best ingredients for the flavour components (matcha, pistachio, fresh lemons etc) and do not use preservatives. They make everything by hand to coax out the best texture and flavour. Their treats are made on a smaller scale, that way you can always have more than one! Drop by our East Vancouver les amis du FROMAGE on Saturday, October 25 between 11am and 4pm, and indulge yourself in this “little piece of happiness”. [ Keep reading ]

DINER | First Look Inside The Brand New Location Of Tacofino In Downtown Victoria

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Tacofino has just opened their new location in Victoria. It’s been pretty awesome to see them grow from just a food truck in Tofino to operations in Vancouver, the Okanagan, and now the capital. We snuck in on opening day and met up with owners Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinson (and their awesome handful of a daughter, Lenny). They were still waiting on their liquor license, but the kitchen was fully operational. The fish tacos were as good as ever (such a dreamy dual combo of textures and tastes) and the restorative tortilla soup was darker and more complex than the first time we drooled over it years ago in Tofino. Check it out from 11am to 11pm at 787 Fort St. and remember that there’s another location – a big one in Gastown – coming our way soon.

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GOODS | “Sunday School” Back In Session On October 26 At Vancouver Urban Winery

October 15, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery | 55 Dunlevy Avenue | Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9463 | www.vancouverurbanwinery.com

The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery

Vancouver, BC | After a sobering summer break, The Settlement Building’s Vancouver Urban Winery is back for its fourth series of wine-soaked Sunday School seminars. The Fall/Winter semester of drinking in school commences on October 26th with BC vs. the World: Round 4. Additional classes run on November 16th – Sommelier Smackdown IV: the Grudge Match – and December 14th – The Price Is Wrong!

Once again hosted by professional Sommeliers, David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, Sunday School is introducing a couple of exciting formatting changes for the new semester. Seminars now take place in the afternoon, which means spilling out of class and into Belgard Kitchen for post-session snacks and Postmark Brewing beers. They’ve also moved into the back, production half of The Settlement Building, nestled comfortably among wine barrels and beer tanks.

What hasn’t changed about Sunday School is the mission statement: wine is booze. Booze is fun. Learning about it should be too. “Too often, talking about wine scares people. It seems daunting,” states Stansfield. “At Sunday School, we drink that fear under the table.” So, whether returning or a newcomer, novice or enthusiast, all are welcome, and guaranteed a good time.

“Basically, these classes are just great excuses for us to get together with a room full of people who like drinking, and talking about drinking, as much as we do,” adds Cook. “And if we can pass on some useful knowledge at the same time, even better.”

Each seminar features multiple flights of wine loosely structured around a set theme and served blind. Unlike public schools, class sizes are limited – and guaranteed to sell-out. Tickets are available through the Vancouver Urban Winery directly for $40 by phoning 604.566.9463, emailing info@settlementbuilding.com, or directly from the Belgard Kitchen, which is open daily from 11am to 11pm. Tickets are also available online through Eventbrite. [ Keep reading ]

VICTORY GARDENS | Winter Gardening Tips For Growing Your Own Food All Year Round

October 15, 2014 

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Gardening is all about getting your hands dirty, growing delicious and organic food and connecting to what we eat. This all sounds great, but what if you don’t know how? Victory Gardens has created the educational YouTube series: How To Grow An Organic Vegetable Garden, to help solve this problem.

In this episode, we cover some winter gardening basics so you can grow food all year round. This video covers the region we live in, winter vs. overwinter gardening, timing, planning and crop rotation, the appropriate varieties to grow, and how to keep your veggies warm over winter using mulch, floating row cover and hoop houses. Press play and enjoy!

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | New “Chambar” Is On The Lookout For Experienced Line Cooks

October 15, 2014 

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Chambar restaurant is looking to add line cooks to the team for both AM and PM shifts now that business is underway at the new Beatty Street location (next door to the original). All interested parties with experience should their resumes in confidence to tia [at] chambar.com. Learn more about the new location here. [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Flipping Houses & Always Believing The Person In Dreadlocks

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by Sean Orr | Hooray! Vancouver wins injunction to evict homeless campers from Oppenheimer Park. So now they can go back to sleeping on benches and under bridges!

Update: VPD to wear body cameras when ensuring campers clear out of Oppenheimer Park. Let’s hope they have a livestream…

Dichotomy City: Vancouver’s real estate boom: The rising price of ‘heaven’. “The house prices are perfect…” As cringeworthy as that sounds, it’s nice to see some honesty from the rich.

Flipping the paradigm: OneCity proposes house-flipping levy in Vancouver. Just don’t tell these guys…The Flipping Formula team is on its way.

Which leads to the Tweet of the Day:

 

To be fair however, the NPA’s affordable housing platform doesn’t mention renters once.

But hey, free parking, right? Promises, promises — main Vancouver parties ramp up their civic election campaigns. In a city that is next to impossible to find parking in, what difference does it make if it’s free?

From my cold, oily fingers: Kinder Morgan TV ads attacked as influencing city elections in BC. She obviously cares about the environment because she has dreadlocks.

RED ALERT: Guy at Fraser Institute is pretty sure he just debunked climate change science. Press Progress is my new favourite website.

Not a Nathan For You gag: Shell brings back 1984 gas prices to celebrate anniversary. You really have to admire this brilliant piece of participatory propaganda.

From the people that brought you the Hump Day Hottie: Vancouver men, please stop harassing women. Written by… a Vancouver man. I mention this because a woman on my Facebook says the exact opposite, and that complimenting a woman is not harassment. Vancouver is uptight enough as it is, we don’t need another reason to not interact with each other.

Also, it’s obvious that you should be handsome, be attractive, and don’t be unattractive.

Meanwhile, Four white Sun TV panelists explain white privilege to guy who isn’t white.

Bonus: RBC Branch On Fire Painting Likely Won’t Win RBC Contest. Genius.

GOODS | “Market” Launches New Express Lunch Service For Pressed-For-Time Diners

October 14, 2014 

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Market by Jean-Georges is located at 1128 West Georgia St. | 604-695-1115 | www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges

Vancouver, BC | Time-pressed diners shouldn’t ever have to sacrifice on quality and taste. To ensure that even the busiest of people can sit down and enjoy a good meal, MARKET by Jean-Georges has launched an Express Lunch that promises to have guests in and out in as little as a half hour.

Crafted weekly by Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau, the Express Lunch highlights cuisine inspired by the classics of Jean-Georges’ “greatest hits” with fresh, locally produced ingredients emphasizing comfort and creativity – including new flavour combinations that explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home. Guests can choose between two or three courses off the Express Lunch Fresh Sheet that includes a choice of appetizer, main and dessert. The two-course menu is priced at $27, while the three-course menu is priced at $32.

“While MARKET has always been a favourite for special meals and special occasions, we want people to know that MARKET is easy and accessible for anyone at anytime,” says Moustafa ElGayar, Food & Beverage Manager for MARKET by Jean-Georges. “The Express Lunch is a quick and easy way to enjoy a fantastic lunch.”

The first Express Lunch Fresh Sheet kicks off with menu items such as the Jean-Georges’ favourite Steelhead Sashimi on Crispy Rice and Chipotle Emulsion, Chili Oil Poached Sole served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Creamy Parsnips and Lime, and for dessert, MARKET Cheesecake served with Riesling Gelée, Poached Figs and a Concord Grape Sorbet. [ Keep reading ]

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

October 14, 2014 

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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!

DELICIOUS | Ever wondered what 54,000 lbs of apples looks like? Head out to the UBC Botanical Gardens for Apple Festival this weekend and find out! Not only will there be apples galore, but you can also expect apple pie, hot apple cider, caramel apples, apple chips, and organic BC apple juice. Master Gardeners will be available to discuss apple-related diseases and pest management with those of you who have trees at home, plus there will be trees to take home and plant in your own garden.
Oct 18 + 19 | 11am to 4pm | UBC Botanical Garden | $4 (kids free) | DETAILS

DRAW | The Stanley Park Ecology Society invites you down to the Pavilion to get creative by using the park’s taxidermy collection for a sketching session. Register in advance for “Drawing From Life and Death” so that organizers can ensure an adequate supply of charcoal, pastels and sketching paper. This event is geared toward a 16+ audience.
Thu, Oct 16 | 6-8pm | Stanley Park Pavilion (610 Pipeline Rd.) | $19 | DETAILS

COSTUME CATWALK | Don’t land yourself in the costume isle at Shopper Drug Mart at 6pm on Halloween night. There are more than enough sexy witches and bloody zombies on the block. Get creative! If you need a little help coming up with a truly impressive Halloween outfit, consider taking Value Village up on their offer to get you sorted out. The massive thrift store on Hastings will be hosting free Costume Catwalk fashion shows every Thursday at 3pm in October (complete with creepy music). These will showcase some of the wackiest outfits on the rack. Although this event is clearly geared toward people who don’t have to work during the day, it might be worth taking a late lunch for as VV also has Costume Consultants (yup, that’s a thing) available to coach you on what wig goes best with which muumuu; how to transform a sequin dress into a space suit; and which isle you can reasonably expect to score some sweet leather cowboy chaps from.
Thu, Oct 16, 23, 30 | 3-3:30 pm | Value Village (1820 E Hastings St) | DETAILS 

ART | The Equinox Gallery, located amidst a cluster of contemporary art galleries in the East Van area known as ‘The Flats’, is using its massive square footage to show off the works of local legend Gordon Smith this week. Smith’s work is impactful anywhere, but here one will be able to stand back and really take it in. It should be noted that Equinox is also a stone’s throw from Beta5 chocolate and pastry shop and there’s nothing like a cream puff to get your art appreciation rolling.
Now-Oct 25 | Tue-Sat 10-5 | Equinox Gallery (525 Great Northern Way) | DETAILS

CLASSICAL | An argument can be made for Brahms and Chopin perfectly capturing the spirit of any season, but there’s just something about autumn that seems to lend itself particularly well to the gentle drama of their music. Embrace the changing season with an evening concert that includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor performed by the VSO and conducted by Joshua Weilerstein with pianist Adam Golka.
Oct 17-18 | 8pm | Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC)| $25-40 | DETAILS

SHIPWRECKS | In 1845, two British boats headed to the Canadian Arctic to chart the Northwest Passage never to return. Many search parties were dispatched to learn the fate of Captain Franklin and his crew of 128 men, but it wasn’t until 2014 that a discovery was made. The Vancouver Maritime Museum and the HR MacMillan Space Centre have joined forces to bring Marc-Andre Bernier, chief of the underwater archaeology team for Parks Canada to give a talk about the remains of the Franklin Expedition this Thursday night (this is the dude who found the Franklin Expedition). Lost and Found: Arctic Shipwrecks and the Franklin Expedition takes place at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Thursday evening and promises to be an informative and compelling talk about challenges and triumphs of something as complicated as underwater archaeology in the chilly waters of the Canadian Arctic.
Oct 16, 7-9 pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut) | $22 | DETAILS

DUMPLINGS | Cool, damp autumn weather calls for comfort food. Homemade dumplings fit the bill. Not versed in the art of stuffing, folding or cooking the delicate bundles? No matter. The Hua Foundation is a local organization dedicated to strengthening connections with culture, heritage and sustainability and they’re hosting a series of cooking classes on how to prepare traditional Chinese dishes that are locally sourced, healthy, and “approved by Grandma.” This Saturday, they cover dumplings. Get schooled on the whole process. Extra cool bonus: you leave with a bag of dumplings. Space is limited, so don’t wait to grab tickets:  www.huafoundation.org
Oct 18 | 11am–2pm | Hua Foundation (418 East Hastings) | DETAILS
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SHOP HOP | The Gastown Fall Shop Hop happens this Thursday night. The one-night-only event offers Vancouverites the opportunity to cruise 54 of Gastown’s best shops, check out all of the new Fall wares, and be treated to great deals, in-store specials and the occasional treat (read: glass of sparkling wine).
Thu, Oct. 16 | 5pm–9pm | Various locations | FREE to browse | DETAILS

CONNECT | The Sustenance Festival is a series of fantastic food-related events held by the Vancouver Parks Board. They’re designed to connect local communities to the concept of food security. During Sustenance 2014, you can learn about wild and edible mushroom identification, take pickling and canning classes, attend gardening talks, sit in on cheese-making and gluten-free baking workshops, dance a Harvest Dance, taste tea – the works. The theme for this year’s festival is “Making Connections and Building Relationships”, so expect to get social.
Now – October 19 | City of Vancouver Community & Recreation Centres | DETAILS

SHROOMS | A modest hike in local forests can yield some delicious results but it should be remembered that going off-trail and eating mushrooms without proper identification are both very dangerous activities. So be sure to arm yourself with intel. This weekend brings two opportunities to hang out with fungi experts. Whistler and The Sunshine Coast are both hosting mushroom festivals. The Fungus Among Us Festival in Whistler happens Friday night and Saturday, while the Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival spreads itself across the entire weekend. Both festivals will bring you up to speed on how to spot edible mushrooms in the wild, which fungi to avoid and how to best prepare your mushrooms.
WHISTLER | Oct 17 + 18 | DETAILS
SUNSHINE COAST | Fri, Oct 17 – Sun, Oct 19 | DETAILS

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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.

WELCOME | West 4th Avenue’s gravitypope Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

October 14, 2014 

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We’ve invited Kitsilano retail icon gravitypope to join our GOODS program as a recommended place to slip into something more comfortable. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making Vancouver a more stylish place to be.

EXPLORE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | We Thought Earls Was Opening In Gastown

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(via) A cruel prankster in a quiet, family-oriented San Francisco neighbourhood recently put up a very convincing but entirely fake liquor license application notice on a shuttered business frontage indicating that the space was slated to become a Hooters.

Naturally, such a development would cause no small amount of consternation among the locals, which got us thinking that it might be a cruel but effective way to desensitize Vancouver’s worst NIMBYs to the threat of anything new or different.

Imagine the outrage if notices went up declaring the imminence of a needle exchange in Shaughnessey, a Prada flagship store on the DTES, a Whole Foods on Commercial Drive, or an Earls restaurant overlooking Gassy Jack Square in Gastown.

Granted, none of the above is an appropriate fit, but that’s the idea. Once people were let in on the farce(s), real conversations might replace the usual knee-jerk fury, self-righteousness and Gollum-like possessive psychosis that is the NIMBY norm in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods (for richer or poorer), and the prospect of future change could be examined more rationally with raised eyebrows instead of pitchforks.

MORE CIVIC IMPROVEMENT IDEAS

GOODS | Music Direction’s Opening Playlist For The New Gyoza Bar On West Pender St.

October 14, 2014 

Scout Series | Gyoza Bar | from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

The GOODS from Music Direction

Vancouver, BC | The crew over at Music Direction had the pleasure of working with the team at Aburi Restaurants on the music program for the recently opened Gyoza Bar on West Pender Street. The result is a savoury and optimistic mix of foot-tapping mid- and uptempo goodness to accompany their amazing gyoza and ramen dishes. Tracklist after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

DINER | “How Does It Grow” Details What It Takes To Grow White Heads Of Cauliflower

October 14, 2014 

(via) Did you know that heads of cauliflower are naturally yellow and the white ones we prefer in our supermarkets are only white because farmers cover the growing flowers (aka “curds”) with their leaves – and so block out the sun – when they are just the size of tennis balls? Nicole Cotroneo Jolly tells us that and more about broccoli’s fascinating little brother…

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | ‘Belgard Kitchen’ On Hunt For Experienced General Manager

October 10, 2014 

The Settlement Building is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | settlementbuilding.com

The Settlement Building is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 | settlementbuilding.com

The GOODS from THE SETTLEMENT

Vancouver, BC | Belgard Kitchen in The Settlement Building is looking for a rock star to join our growing team in the position of General Manager. The ideal candidate will have over 5 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry and strongly express the following qualities and skills:

-Personable and ability to drive positivity at all times
-Driven to provide amazing guest experiences
-Entrepreneurial minded and team player
-Excellent communication with customers, fellow employees, peers, and supervisors
-Ability to delegate and coach performance
-Decision making and strategic profit planning
-Passionate about the expanding food, wine and craft beer industry in BC

Please send resumes to info [at] belgardkitchen.com. [ Keep reading ]