West Side

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Vancouver’s “West Side” is a catch-all term that describes the large area west of Ontario St south of False Creek and the Cambie, Granville, and Burrard St. bridges. It includes many neighbourhoods and micro-hoods, among them Marpole, Oakridge, Southlands, UBC, West Point Grey, Shaughnessy, Arbutus Ridge, Dunbar, Fairview, South Granville, Cambie Village, Kerrisdale, and Kitsilano. It is largely affluent and almost entirely residential, save for the vast Endowment Lands/Pacific Spirit Regional Park, UBC Campus, and high streets/villages such as Cornwall, West 4th, Broadway, West 41st, Granville, Oak, Cambie, Alma, and lower Yew. It is home to some of Vancouver’s most beloved beaches (Kits, Jericho, Spanish, Wreck), institutions (Jericho Sailing Club, Zulu Records), and restaurants (La Quercia, Bishop’s).

Much like East Van, the West Side’s entirety doesn’t have a personality of its own. It’s only in its pockets and strips that its real characters emerge. Some are a little sleepy, archly conservative, and decidedly NIMBYesque, while others more relaxed and inclusive. One – Kitsilano – can claim a counter-culture past, and still – somewhat amusingly – holds on to its hippiedom despite almost impossibly high commercial and residential rents and the dwarfing ratio of BMWs to bikes, strollers to dreadlocks, boutiques to head shops, and Kenny G. to Jimi Hendrix. On the whole, the West Side often feels like it’s very (voluntarily) separate from Vancouver, but no matter – with the right breeze and length of shadow, it’s sometime the best place on earth.

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On the West Side at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the tri-colour of the Red-winged Blackbirds that hang around the ponds of Jericho Beach Park; the snot green signage at The Fringe Cafe; a shard of broken orange beach frisbee; the decrepit Hollywood Theatre facade; the “sponge-treatment Mediterranean” orange walls inside the Parthenon Supermarket; the shock of red on the top of Pileated Woodpecker’s head; a whole lot of Wreck Beach noob flesh; some rain-soaked concrete of the Museum of Anthropology; the first tee marshal’s shack at the University Golf Club; Kerrisdale Arena frontage tri-colour; the rust-coloured giant letters of the old “RIDGE” sign; the fine gravel baseball diamond at Trimble Park; the massive whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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THE ONLY WORKING FARM (UBC) WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS
QUALITY CLOTHES AT HILLS OF KERRISDALE
WHOLE WEEKENDS LOST IN THE SANDS OF KITS BEACH
SALVATION ARMY & SPCA THIRFT STORES
TEENAGERS SKIM BOARDING AT SPANISH BANKS
CHINESE TOURISTS MARVELLING AT OLD PENISES BEING BURNED AT WRECK BEACH
THE UNDER-UTILIZED ASSET THAT IS THE ARBUTUS CORRIDOR
P.D.’S HOT SHOP, SCARING LOWER MAINLAND MOMS OF SKATEBOARDERS SINCE THE 80s
FERAL RABBITS FORNICATING IN THE BRAMBLES AT JERICHO BEACH
NIMBYS AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT DOESN”T INCREASE THE VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTY
MORE ULTIMATE FRISBEE PLAYERS THAN PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY
RELICS FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN WEST POINT GREY

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BURGERS & BEERS ON THE SUNNY PATIO AT JERICHO SAILING CLUB
THE HAM & PEA PIZZA AT BUFALA
FRIES AND MISO GRAVY AT THE NAAM
VITELLO TONNATO & AGNOLOTTI DI GUIDO AT LA QUERCIA
ENCHILADAS & CHOCOLATE CAKE AT TOPANGA CAFE
KALE & CAULIFLOWER SALAD AT THE OAKWOOD
EMPTY STOMACH OMAKASE AT DAN
“ENGLISH TEACHER” SANDWICH AT THE PROFESSOR & THE PIGEON
CROWDED DIM SUM AT GOLDEN OCEAN
AFTERNOON TEA SERVICE (PROPER) AT FAUBOURG
RAINY DAY COFFEE AT MOMENTO
LEMON CHICKEN AT CONNIE’S COOKHOUSE

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- Kerrisdale is named after the former Scottish home of the McKinnon family, Kerry’s Dale, in 1897.

- During World War II there were several defenses built at UBC to ward off a feared Japanese invasion, including trios of strategically placed artillery guns.

- The Kerrisdale Arena was home to Vancouver’s first rock ‘n’ roll concert. Bill Haley and the Comets played there in 1957.

- Glenbrea Mansion in Shaughnessy was home to the Vancouver chapter of the Ku Klux Klan for just under a year from 1927-1928.

- Margaret Atwood got her start as a lecturer at UBC in the English Department.

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DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from the one and only John Bishop, owner of Kitsilano’s legendary Bishop’s restaurant and one of Canada’s greatest and most respected chefs/restaurateurs.

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Bill Hayley & The Comets – Rock Around The Clock | LISTEN | This new American music nearly set off riots when it played in UK cinemas back in the day. Seats ripped out, young people dancing wildly everywhere…we all wanted to be in a rock and roll band!

Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock | LISTEN | Everyone went wild for this young kid from Memphis. He never toured the UK where I grew up but he had the biggest fan club there. I still to this day break out with some of the songs he made so popular.

Buddy Holly – Crying, Waiting, Hoping | LISTEN | This bespectacled singer with the big blonde Hofner acoustic guitar and the sweetest harmonizing voice made me want go out and buy a guitar and form a band, which I did.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Iconic “Bishop’s” On The Lookout For An Experienced Cook

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop’s restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

The GOODS from Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s restaurant is looking for an experienced cook to become a full time member of our kitchen team. The successful candidate will have previous experience cooking in fine dining restaurants, will possess excellent organizational skills, the ability to work well under pressure, a positive attitude, and a seasoned palate. This position will demand more then 50 hours a week, and applicants should be passionate about working with local and organic food. Apply via email to Chef Ron Shaw at rjsatb [at] gmail.com or in person, Tuesday through Sunday between 2pm and 4pm (please come to back door). Read more

VANCOUVER LEXICON | Bishop’s

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Bishop’s | Restaurant | A Vancouver institution named for its owner, John Bishop, a silver-haired Welsh gentleman. Opened on West 4th Avenue in 1986, Bishop’s is famous for its love affair with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, as well as its support for local artists. It is one of the last bastions of fine dining in Vancouver. Many of BC’s best restaurant talents have worked here, among them Vikram Vij, Jeff Van Geest, Andrea Carlson, James Walt, Carol Chow, and Michael Allemeier (even Rob Feenie pulled a shift or two).

Usage: “I had dinner at Bishop’s last night and the service blew my mind.”

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Iconic “Bishop’s” On The Lookout For An Experienced Cook

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

The GOODS from Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s restaurant is looking for an experienced cook to become a full time member of our kitchen team. The successful candidate will have previous experience cooking in fine dining restaurants, will possess excellent organizational skills, the ability to work well under pressure, a positive attitude, and a seasoned palate. This position will demand more then 50 hours a week, and applicants should be passionate about working with local and organic food. Apply via email to Chef Ron Shaw at rjsatb@gmail.com or in person, Tues-Sat in between 2pm and 4pm (please come to the back door). Read more

Kistilano’s Bishop’s Celebrates 25 Years With New “Old Classics”

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

News from Scout supporter Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | “It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.” Twenty-five years (and one month) ago, John Bishop taught Vancouver about eating local, seasonal and sustainable food and in doing so, helped create a local cuisine culture. Bishop’s Restaurant first opened its doors to the public 25 years ago last month (December 14, 1985) and it is celebrating the occasion with a special prix fixe menu that pays homage to its first menu so many years ago. Priced at $49, the four-course menu includes such Bishop’s classics as Goat Cheese Salad, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lamb Three Ways and Death by Chocolate. Read all about it after the jump… Read more

Award-Winning “Bishop’s” Seeks Dedicated Kitchen Applicants

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Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Job Posting by Scout supporter Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s Restaurant is looking for dedicated individuals with a professional attitude for the positions of garde manger and entremetier. Please send resumes to bishopsrestaurant@telus.net. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

Scout Jobs: “Bishop’s” Seeking Experienced Part-Time Hostess

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop's restaurant is located at 2183 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2025 | www.bishopsonline.com

Job Posting by Scout supporter Bishop’s

The award-winning Bishop’s Restaurant in Kitsilano is looking for an experienced hostess to work Sunday and Monday evening shifts. Applicants must have a great attitude and be able to work in a strong team environment. In addition to a proficiency with computers and previous experience with the Open Table reservation system, some food and wine knowledge is preferred. Email your resume in confidence to inquire@bishopsonline.com. Find out more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

Check Out “The Bishop’s Garden” Show At The Winsor Gallery

New Alan Wood show features works inspired by the haven of restaurateur John Bishop's back garden

New Alan Wood show features works inspired by the haven of restaurateur John Bishop's back garden

News from Scout supporter Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | From May 27 to June 19, South Granville’s Winsor Gallery (3025 Granville Street) plays host to a show by famed artist Alan Wood. The Bishop’s Garden – presents a new series of wood relief sculptures, collage and watercolours, based on the haven found in a close friend’s garden. That close friend is restaurateur John Bishop and that garden is the one found in the back of Mr. Bishop’s Point Grey home.

” It seems like I’ve known Alan for ever,” says Mr. Bishop. “In the early days, my wife Theresa and I would save up to buy his work. In turn, Alan and his wife Flora started coming to the restaurant and the friendship grew over the years.”

“When Flora passed away five years ago, I started to drop by John and Theresa’s home. They were always so welcoming and kind. I’d come and sit in the back garden – it became my refuge. One evening, I came for dinner. John and his son David had arranged eight of my pieces around the garden illuminated by candlelight. It was magic. That gave me the idea to try to capture and interpret the calm and happiness I have found there. This show is the result,” says Mr. Wood. “I named the series The Bishop’s Garden because I want to honour the role played by everyone in the Bishop family in creating this special space.” Read more

“Bishop’s” To Host Thanksgiving Dinner With All The Trimmings…

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Award-winning Kitsilano restaurant to plate a prix fixe over Thanksgiving...

News from Scout supporter Bishop’s

Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s will be offering a special three course Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings for only $55 this upcoming Sunday and Monday. Their regular menu will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended… Read more

John Bishop To Lead Tour Of The Okanagan Wine Country…

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Deluxe coach tour departs from Vancouver on September 26 and returns on September 28...

News from Scout Supporter Bishop’s

photo-john-bishop(VANCOUVER) It’s a proven medical fact that sipping a moderate amount of red wine is good for your heart – it helps to reduce the amount of ‘bad cholesterol.’ The French have known for centuries that red wine is good for you – they aren’t concerned about ‘physical health’ per se, they are talking about being good for you, good for your life. A little wine promotes conviviality amongst friends and strangers, complements the flavours of food, encourages people to really enjoy a meal, causes you relax and has even been known to inspire poetry. Yes, a little wine is good for your ‘heart’ in all the senses of that word. Read more

Field Trip: On The Two Best Meals To Be Served This Summer

It’s taken us a couple of days to decompress and find the time to make sense of all the stills and clips taken while attending the two outdoor Outstanding In The Field dinners (previewed in last week’s Westender). There is something to be said for great food, great wine, and great people all tabled in devotion to great atmosphere, especially here in BC during the Awesome season. I hope some of that saying gets said in the video above and Michelle’s photo gallery below…

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Outstanding In The Field Back In BC For Two Feasts On Two Farms

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Very excited about heading up to Pemberton next month for the ultimate in traveling gastronomic roadshows, Outstanding in the Field. One of my favourite chefs in the province, James Walt of Araxi, will be prepping the five course feast. I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to make the one the very next day at UBC Farm with Andrea Carlson of Bishop’s cooking, but I’m crossing my fingers. I’ve experienced the long table at UBC before, and will always remember it as one of the best al fresco dining experiences of my life!

Full details on both and a little history on OITF after the leap… Read more

WineFest Blog #628: Bishop’s And Boneta

Still rather cobwebby this morning. It was a bit of a wild one last night… Read more

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