The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | March ushers in Spring and our most fun calendar of pop ups yet! Take a look…
March 14 – 16 | Evelyn Iona Cosmetics
The launch of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics, a new organic, natural makeup line with the mission to pay-it-forward. The pop-up boutique is an opportunity for the modern woman who care to sample and buy organic, socially conscious cosmetics, skin & hair care.
March 18 – 26 | Dreamlover Pop Up
This pop-up is presented in part by Neighbourhood Collective, a collection of the best of Vancouver’s artists, designers and makers. It features high quality, handmade products that punctuate your life.
March 22 – 23 | Shanti Ugranda Pop Up at 87. E Pender
Vancouver based NGO Shanti Uganda brings their annual warehouse sale of handmade African handbags and jewelry to a storefront space generously provided by Company’s Coming at 87.E Pender.
March 27 | “I got lost, then I got found” Solo art exhibit by Sarah Gee Miller
Sarah Gee Miller works with archival cardstock, often painted in acrylics, to make collages revealing her interest in regularity and equilibrium. Sarah is largely concerned with the implications of totemic signage and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction.
March 28 – April 3 | Obviously Chic
A pop up shop presented by women’s online retailer Obviously Chic. Hand-picked from markets in Bangkok to hidden corners in L.A, Obviously Chic brings their brand of shabby chic decor, statement baubles, and swoon worthy style to Vancouver.
This month The Chinatown Experiment is also pleased to announce our temporary pop-up at Broadway and Carolina. It’s called The Midtown Experiment.
We have a bunch of tickets to give away to Vancouver’s advance screening of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on the night of Wednesday, March 12th at International Village Cinema (7pm).
The film “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” It has an incredible cast, starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Kietel, Edward Norton, Jude law, Owen Wilson, and a great many other talents.
To win a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening, “like” Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already), follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and Instagram (if you haven’t already) and retweet the following: “I’m fixing to win tickets to The Grand Budapest Hotel’s advance screening via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-mfD. We’ll put all the names in a hat and pick four winners (four pairs of tickets). They will be contacted with the good news on the afternoon of Monday, March 10th. When notified of their victory, winners must respond by 11:59pm that evening or forfeit to another name from the hat.
BONUS: If you really want to have the odds of winning in your favour, we have two other pairs of tickets reserved for those who send us the best Instagram selfies whilst in some sort of Wes Anderson character garb (no speedos, if you please).
Staff Meal is a new column by Ken Tsui. The photo essays will detail the stories behind the family-style meals that some of Vancouver’s busiest restaurant crews get either before or after service.
by Ken Tsui | After a busy service on a Saturday night at Chinatown’s award-winning Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, executive chef Joel Watanabe cranks out one final meal. Tonight, it’s his take on tostadas, and it’s for his staff. Think crispy tortillas topped with a healthy dose of cumin seasoned black beans, tomato sauce, melted cheese, guacamole, and shredded lettuce all dressed with lime and a pico de gallo salsa. Tostadas were one of the family classics in the Watanabe household when Joel was a kid. He and his brother were hooked, both invariably asking for the treat to be a part of every birthday meal. In the spirit of sibling rivalry, they even devoured the fully loaded tostadas competitively, with Joel holding the household record of fourteen eaten in one sitting.
by Grady Mitchell | Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) will offer an escape from Vancouver’s dreary winter this Friday night with the opening reception of its newest show, Paradise. Inspired by a recent trip to Maui, curator Colin Moore (above) asked fellow artists Luis Lopa, Aaron Moran, Russell Leng, and Ben Knight for their abstract interpretations of paradise.
While each artist has developed their own signature style – Luis lives in The Philippines and incorporates that culture into his work, for example, while Ben specializes in hand-painted signage – the vibrant palettes and laid back atmosphere will channel palm-tree breezes and crashing surf. To ensure the feeling, Colin is transforming the gallery into a temporary slice of beachfront, complete with tropical plants, a hammock, and approximately 25 pounds of tropical Skittles (complimentary!).
The reception starts at 7pm and the show – a welcome hint of spring to get us through the last grips of winter - will be up through the end of March.
by Andrew Morrison | The long awaited second location of the Fraserhood’s excellent Matchstick Coffee Roasters is on the verge of opening at 213 East Georgia St. in Chinatown (the same block as Phnom Penh and Mamie Taylor’s). If all goes according to plan, they could open as soon as this Wednesday.
So what can we expect? First and foremost, it should be noted that this Matchstick will be licensed. They’ll be serving five beers and one cider (all on tap) in addition to their own coffee line up. On opening day, we’ll see Four Winds’ pale ale and porter, Hoyne’s pale ale and pilsener, Moon Under Water’s IPA, and Merridale Cider.
They’re also upping their food game with – get this – a toast bar. They’ll be using their in-house, naturally leavened organic bread and spreading slices with plain butter, walnut butter, seasonal preserves, tapenades, and chutney. Oh, and cinnamon toast, because when you have a toast bar, there has to be cinnamon toast (it’s in the rules). They’ll also be baking their own croissants and making their own granola, plus they’re working on perfecting a hash as we speak. The lunch menu will see all of the above (if there’s any of it left), plus sandwiches of both vegetarian and meaty persuasion, the latter employing cured meats from Drew Driesson of D’Original Sausage Co. on Main Street.
And dinner! They’ll be doing dinner, too, with Mac & Cheese (with or without bacon), meat and cheese boards, and a variety of savoury flatbreads. The food program is being run by the Ballymaloe-trained Annabelle Choi, who is back home after toiling at Tartine and Craftsman & Wolves in San Francisco. According to Choi, the food at Matchstick is meant to “underscore and reinforce the connection between coffee and community.”
Their communal philosophy clearly comes across in the design on the cavernous space, which can seat upwards of 80 people in cozy window nooks and on little red stools that front a series of shared wooden tables. The massive beech plank table in front of the giant map of South America is particular awesome, but my favourite detail is the black wood cladding of the bakery and one of the walls at the front by the door. It looks painted black from afar, but if you get up close (or spy the shots above), you can see that they were toasted.
They’ll be playing their hours by ear to start, but I’m told the ballpark is around 7am to 9pm. Cross your fingers for Wednesday and take a closer look at the interior below.
by Andrew Morrison with photos by Luis Valdizon | The iconic Luke’s Drug Mart in Calgary is set to open its pop-up Lukes General Store within the always curious confines of Chinatown’s charming Space Lab (126 E Pender St) tomorrow. The pop-up comes complete with a Stumptown Coffee and products from Malin + Goetz, Baxter of California, Juniper Ridge, Mast Brothers, and more. It’s essentially a miniature version of what Luke’s does in Calgary, minus all the drugs.
And honestly, they couldn’t have chosen a better spot for it than Space Lab. Filled with character vintage items that are often as odd as they are rare and beautiful, it’s one of our favourite shops in town. Add the smell of coffee and the taste of chocolate to it and it starts to border on the irresistible.
For the grand opening, which opens to the public at 8pm and runs until 11pm tomorrow, Johnny De Courcy and The Death Rangers will be playing a live set and Trevor Risk (Ice Cream Social/Come Friday) will be on hand to spin vinyl indie pop until he’s told to stop. Attendees can also expect beer from 33 Acres to balance out the free flow of quality coffee pulled by expert baristas. Good times and weird finds!
You should know about this opening that’s going down at Catalog Gallery this Saturday at 7:00pm…
“Sophia Ahamed is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist living in Vancouver BC Canada. She is a young creative who has worked internationally on a wide rage of projects and has had her work featured in various publications such as Color Magazine, Semi-Permanent and Design is Kinky just to name a few. Her illustrative work is a balance between hand drawn, digital renditions which creates beautiful contrasts of colour and depth through out each piece.
Her current collection of illustrative works demonstrates a valuable connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. No matter who we are or what we are, we as human beings are built the same. We have all gone through moments of happiness, of loss, of despair and of triumph. It is said that what we truly desire in life in happiness. But only through pain can we begin to understand what happiness really is and allow our selves to feel it without hesitation.
Science has given us the ability to understand our own minds and bodies. Art has given us the ability to communicate these findings with others. The goal is to create a different kind of healing process, one that stems from the artist and to the viewer.”
Catalog Gallery is on the 2nd floor of Tinseltown Mall. In addition to Ahamed’s work, you can expect music, beer and fun times.
The GOODS from The Modern Bartender
The Modern Bartender is excited to announce it’s next evening event. On Thursday, February 27th, we will bring you “Exotic Ports O’ Call – History of the Tiki Cocktail”. We’ll be doing up several samples of vintage, nearly impossible-to-find recipes such as the original “Cobras Fang” and regaling all with some of the fascinating history like who really invented the “Mai Tai”. In addition, ticket holders will get first dibs on our inaugural 50% off table which is full of treasures and deals like you won’t believe. This evening will run from 7pm to 9pm. It’s $20 a head with a maximum of 25 seats. Get your tickets through the Eventbrite here. Learn more about The Modern Bartender after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bestie
Vancouver, BC | We’re excited to announce a special event featuring beer from a very interesting and important German microbrewery. The Freigeist Tap Takeover will be held at Bestie on Wednesday February 12 starting at 6pm. Freigeist is the experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle, which strives to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving and updating Germany’s unique, historical beer styles.
For the first time ever in Canada, (and for one night only!) we’ll be pouring three different Freigeist taps. The Bestie kitchen will be serving up brand new food and dessert specials designed to pair beautifully with the beers. Adam Henderson of Copper & Theory, the agency responsible for bringing Freigeist to BC, will be in attendance pouring steins, talking beer, and generally being handsome. Don’t miss this chance to raise a glass of these extremely rare German microbrews!
No tickets required. The event is open to everyone 19+ but seating is limited. First come, first served. Good times and great beer guaranteed! Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | January was a fantastic month! Blumin Warehouse, Sincerely Slow, and our pop-up workshops were huge successes thanks to your support, Vancouver. February provides opportunities to hide from the winter doldrums and experience some of Vancouver’s finest emerging artists. From a Ben Barber solo exhibition and an art + design show to a Spanish inspired tapas gallery cafe, there’s plenty popping up on Columbia St. this month. Take a look after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bao Bei
Vancouver, BC | Feeling lucky? If not, Bao Bei is here to stuff your face with tasty morsels that bring long life, strength, prosperity, happiness and, of course, good luck between Jan. 22nd and Feb. 1st. Maybe you don’t believe in that kinda thing but it certainly doesn’t hurt to treat your mouth to the delicious foods of good fortune and get your Chinese New Year started off on the right hoof (ha!).
The night is first come first serve, although the family table is available for 2 seatings each night for groups of 8 – 12. The Special Chinese New Year Menu costs $35 per person. The regular menu will also be available. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC | Opening day for our second location at 213 East Georgia Street is only a few weeks away and we’re looking for people who are interested in joining our team! We’re looking for cafe, bakery, and roastery employees for both the Georgia and Fraser locations. If you are passionate about excellent coffee, great food, and treating people well, please bring a résumé in to our Fraser location and ask for Courtney or Alex. We look forward to meeting you! Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | Andrew Wong officially announced this morning that he will soon finish up at the original downtown location of Wild Rice. The trailblazing restaurateur opened the socially and environmentally conscious “Modern Chinese” eatery at 117 West Pender St. off Abbott St. back in 2001, serving ethically sourced cuisine informed by his heritage and pairing it with local wines and original cocktails. The spirit of the restaurant (a founding member of Ocean Wise and Green Table) will, of course, continue to live on at its new location in New Westminster’s increasingly awesome River Market. The restaurant officially closes its doors on January 31st.
With Wong’s announcement out of the way, we can now tell you that he accepted an offer from restaurateurs Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart (see The Sardine Can, La Buca, Pied-A-Terre) before Christmas. The well respected pair take possession on February 1st and are joined in ownership this time around by Michel Durocher, who has been part of the company since long before he started managing The Sardine Can (back to the old Parkside days).
Together, they hope to transform the 2,500 sqft space into a cheffish gastropub/tavern of serious sway. We can expect a darker, woodier, warmer aesthetic, which is to say that it it won’t look remotely the same as Wild Rice when it open this Spring (they’re crossing their fingers for April/May). “It’s a complete overhaul,” says Stewart. The only thing that they’re keeping is the length of the bar. When I asked Durbach for points of conceptual reference, he mentioned the Dominion and Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal and The Spotted Pig and Minetta Tavern in New York. Think 90 food primary seats and a menu of classics that have been amplified by good ingredients and furrowed brows of creativity. Though nothing about the place is really set in stone just yet, Durbach likes the idea of spinning high quality fish and chips, chicken karaage, an assortment of salads, perfect Côte de Boeuf (inspired the mainstay at the recently closed Boneta), toulouse bangers with whipped potatoes and craft beef-infused onion gravy, and so on. Durbach also says that he’d like to try and make the best burger in town, so you know…fancy, but not too fancy.
With the new Chambar re-opening in their new location just up the street at the same time and rumours of new eateries slated for the old Chambar location and the soon to move Medina next door, this looks like a solid pick-up from Durbach et al. Crosstown, it seems, is going to have a little renaissance (again).
They don’t have a name for the restaurant just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s set and update our readers as things progress because this is one to keep an eye on. In the meantime, there’s still time to pay your respects to Wild Rice and sneak in another delicious bowl of Rossdown chicken Kung Po.