Reader T.R. | High above Mt. Pleasant | 8:00am | 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 our all-time reader submissions below… Read more
The GOODS from YEW restaurant + bar
Vancouver, BC | Thursday, March 6 marks a culinary collaborative to remember at YEW seafood + bar as some of the city’s best mixers and makers participate in this spirited “Caviar” & Cocktails event. YEW seafood + bar’s own top toque, Ned Bell and lead bartender, Justin Taylor play host for this ‘mix and match’ multi-course event. Joining Ned and Justin in this fun and friendly collaborative are West Restaurant’s celebrated Executive Chef Quang Dang and award-winning mixologist David Wolowidnyk, as well as internationally-acclaimed Bittered Sling proprietors Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote. All offering premiere experiences to Vancouver diners and imbibers, YEW, West and Bittered Sling make up a fierce collection of Vancouver’s brightest culinary masters. Coming together in the ‘spirit’ of collaboration, these eminent chefs and illustrious bartenders will show guests what diverse pairings their magnificent minds can come up with when outside their comfort zones and put to the test.
For the first three of six courses, traditional alliances will be off the table and intriguing ‘one night only’ teams created between bartender and chef: Ned and David; Jonathan and Justin; and Quang and Lauren. The final three courses will reunite each restaurant’s respective colleagues. All in all, this will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the vibrant potential of creative culinary combinations. Cocktail creations are supported by local craft distillery Okanagan Spirits. Okanagan Spirits is an internationally acclaimed craft distillery featuring a unique selection of specialty spirits. Made from 100% BC fruit, and without additives, chemicals or artificial flavours, these fine spirits have won numerous awards domestically and internationally.
Emceed by well-known Vancouver television personality and songstress Dawn Chubai, the “Caviar” & Cocktails event will be one to remember, bringing stars together to ignite their passion and embrace their diversity in a culinary collaboration like no other.Tickets are priced at $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity and are exclusively available for purchase on Eventbrite. Read more
The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | MARKET by Jean-Georges will be launching an exclusive new Winemaker’s Series this month kicking off with the respected Caroline Frey from Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château La Lagune on February 27. With a wide variety of wineries from around the world including Cannonball Wine Company and Louis Roederer Champagne, the series will offer something for everyone and all tastes. “At MARKET, our wine program is equally as important as our culinary program,” says David Auer, Restaurant Manager at MARKET by Jean-Georges. “Our Winemaker’s Series is a great way for us to offer our clients a fun and educational evening where they can learn first hand about some of the amazing wines from around the world.” Details on the MARKET Winemaker’s Series can be found after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is currently seeking a hard working and passionate individual for a Chef de Partie position. Minimum of 4+ years of fine dining kitchen experience is required. This position is for either AM or PM, depending on experience and will suit someone with a desire to grow and learn in a fast paced and dynamic work environment. Please respond with a cover letter detailing why you would be the right fit for the position and a resume outlining your experience. Read more
Dig this restoration job of a photo taken of Coal Harbour in 1895 by r/vancouver user stumo, who writes:
“In the foreground, several residential streets can be seen. Note that the streets are dirt with ditches at the side, and the sidewalks are wooden. In the middle of the photo, several houses are under construction. The railway tracks that ran along Vancouver’s waterfront are just barely visible on the right (east).
Across the water on the left (west) is Deadman’s Island, still heavily timbered at this point. There is a single building on the left (west) side of the island. This may well be the smallpox hospital that opened in 1895.
Behind that is what is now Stanley Park. The rightmost (eastern) portion had been logged in 1886, and there’s a small golf course just on the other side of Deadman’s Island (not visible). The buildings along the shorefront on the right are various shanties and cabins, possibly the remnants of the lumber camp located on that spot earlier. These were removed over the next few years.
And beyond that is the sparsely-populated North Shore. I believe that smoke plume is from a sawmill, and that there are log booms visible as well.”
In a follow-up email, he explains how he did it:
“I restored and coloured the image using the open source program GIMP on Windows. All told, it probably took 20 to 30 hours or so, but that’s been spread over a year or two. The colour choices for the buildings were based partly on the darkness of the building in the B&W (IE dark is usually red or brown), but I also looked at a few restored Vancouver heritage buildings to get an idea how they were painted. But as I said, the colour choices are completely imaginative, as are the restored portions (like the bottom left corner of the plate, which had broken off). I’m not completely certain where this is. I’m sure that I’m on the right east-west coordinates, and I think that the intersection is what is now Hastings and Thurlow, but I’m not certain at all. The text accompanying the image at the Vancouver Archives said that it had been taken at Burrard and Dunsmuir, and that fits with my Google Earth recreation to see if the North Shore mountains lined up, but I’m still not 100% sure of it.”
Either way, it’s a superb job. Click the picture above to enlarge it, and click here for the B&W original.
UPDATE: stumo just sent over this update, and the sightline image below: “The photo was almost certainly taken from the first Hotel Vancouver on Granville Street, and the intersection visible is Burrard and Eveleigh. The closest modern intersection is Dunsmuir and Burrard, as Eveleigh no longer connects to Burrard due to the Bentall Centre.”
The GOODS from Forage
Vancouver, BC | Upon completion of its first very successful year, Forage has big plans for year two. The goal to source local products and support local business is always at the forefront and so we have great news: a complete schedule of Forage Dinners for 2014 and a little something red to start off February and The Year of the Horse. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | To celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, the Hotel Vancouver will be transforming its main floor lobby and lounge to the tune of $12 million. Construction begins this month and won’t be completed until the Autumn. With both the 900 West bar and Griffin’s eatery shuttered during this time, hotel guests will need to bend elbows somewhere, so they’re turning the long forgotten but once mighty 15th floor restaurant and bar known as The Roof into a pop-up.
You’ll be forgiven if you’ve never heard of the place. The 5,200 square foot space opened in 1939 and. It enjoyed a very long run as one of Vancouver’s most magnetic establishments. It was the “it” spot, the Chambar or Wildebeest of its day.
The CBC used it as a “happening” studio during service, and the one and only Dal Richards, aka “The King of Swing”, was the resident band leader from 1940 through to the mid-60′s. It was where the city’s swish set went to see and be seen as they got their Saturday night drunks on.
Its popularity fizzled out after its last renovation in the 1970′s (yes, those are straws coming out of the pineapple in the photo above), and it’s been pretty a ghost restaurant since the 1990′s, opened only for the occasional private function. That a gem commanding such incredible views of the city exists high in our skies but not in our modern cultural landscape always seemed a crime to me ever since I first toured it four years ago, almost to the day. Here are my notes from way back when…
“ The pillars are crassly mirrored, the ceiling is hung with strange yellow and dark grey blocks, and the carpet can best be described as “crab blood blue”. There’s an odd, sunken bar on one side that could probably fit thirty bums, but it sports a bar top that only comes up to the guests’ knees. The kitchen is massive, and though in dire need of some TLC, it’s where the old bones of the hotel shine the brightest (many of the fittings looked to predate the Second World War). But it was the view that impressed the most. The north and south vistas were breathtaking…
We stood there for a while [my friend Owen Lightly and I], wondering what it must have once been like. It had been a quiet tour, done mostly by flashlight as our guide couldn’t find the switches, but we could nevertheless imagine the space filled with the dapper in the halcyon days of my grandmother, well before rock ‘n roll. If those walls could talk I would have pulled up a banquet chair (the horror!) and opened a bottle. I would have paid to listen…
And so it sits there, almost totally dormant, maybe whispering quietly to itself little reminders of where our food and restaurant scene once was between evenings filled with insurance salesmen trying to get laid at their annual staff party and playing host to the Bobs and Graces of this town celebrating their 75th wedding anniversaries.
I know we’re staring an economic apocalypse in the nostrils at the moment, but that won’t stop me from hoping the times will one day warrant its renovation and reincarnation. With so many new hotels popping up downtown (Voya, Moda, etc) and long-established ones revamping their food and beverage programs (Yew, Hawksworth, etc), you’d think the Hotel Vancouver would be keen on doing something better than Griffin’s, its tired old tourist trap on the main floor. Even when dark, empty and severely hamstrung by its ugly 70′s prom dress, “The Roof” offers far more personality, history, and romance.
Just imagine what a few million dollars could do in there…”
Indeed. It’s undergoing a complete overhaul as we speak. When it opens – within a week or two (don’t let the pictures fool you, they’re nearly done) – it will be with a completely new kitchen serving 100 dining room seats – complete with wing-backed chairs and cozy banquettes – and another 50 at the exquisitely odd sunken bar (it’s low to the ground so as to maximize guest sight lines). There’s also a grand piano; guests can anticipate live entertainment on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Chef Cameron Ballendine is at the helm, and he’ll be plating predominately old school classics like prime rib with Yorkshire puddings, porterhouse steaks, creamed spinach, French onion soup, and much more. “We have menus for The Roof that go back to 1939, so we have lots of ideas,” Ballendine says.
The selfishly sad news is that once the main floor is done with its construction this Fall, this gem will revert to its special occasion status. I imagine that it will be reborn as one of the best and most sought after private party space in the city, but it’s just not the same if you can’t just take the elevator up for a Manhattan and a tune or three. One day…
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is looking for a front of house manager to join their team. Requirements are a minimum of five years senior management; proficient verbal and written skills; and strong organizational, project management and time management skills. We’re looking for a driven, highly organized and motivated individual with a sharp eye for fine details and a keen sense of leadership who can maintain their composure under pressure. The successful applicant will also have advanced knowledge of food and wine, a strong knowledge of POS systems (Micros preferred), and be able to manage and exceed guest expectations. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and extended medical and dental after a probationary term. Come be a part of one of Canada’s top restaurants! Read more
The PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Owner operators: Peter K | Jeff S | Min S
About Timbertrain Coffee Roasters
Let us tell you a story about Timbertrain Coffee Roasters when it was just a dream. It began with three guys living our separate lives in Vancouver. We worked hard in our chosen fields like many others, but were on career paths that didn’t quite resonate with us. If only we felt as keenly for our work as we did for quality specialty coffee. We spent most of our down time tasting, coffee house hopping, researching, and planning vacations at coffee farms. A little excessive for just a hobby, perhaps. Compelled by our passion and interest, we began to talk about what it would be like to live out our dream of making and sharing quality coffee. Well, those conversations didn’t stop, and we quit our day jobs.
So, we quit our jobs. We started brainstorming our idea in the summer of 2012 and all of our conversations and dreams turned into a plan. A terrifying risk-taking plan that began with some shakily signed resignation letters. But the more we researched, the more passionate we felt about our dream. We wanted nothing at that point than to build our own coffee roasting company, where we could control the details, quality, and experience of coffee tasting and share it with customers and friends.
Here are the reasons how we are different from the rest:
We take the artisan approach in the roasting process. No fancy tools or hardware; we labour and ache over our technique.
We have the luxury of being a micro roastery, which means we can pay attention to each step of the process and can adapt quickly to changing our process when we need to. Is this a good thing? Yes, because we will never let you taste coffee that we are not ecstatic about.
We value feedback. We are always learning, and we’d have it no other way. Conversations with you, our customer, is our first source of information.
And just in case we haven’t taken it far enough – we will be seeing the farmers next. We are planning a tour of our supplier’s coffee farms so we can extend our research into the environment our coffee beans have thrived in. We want to work with the farmers to better understand their approach and see where they can incorporate the farmers’ technique into Timbertrain’s approaches to roasting. We want to share this experience with you, and we hope to, when you come to visit Timbertrain Coffee Roasters.
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters Team
From the creators of Bill You Murray Me?, Drop it Like it’s Art, the Steven Seagallery, and Zig – a – Zigallery comes the one, the only, Happy Little Clouds. It’s a new art exhibition celebrating the artistic style and unique spirit of the man famous for saying “we don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents”: Bob Ross!
The show itself goes down Saturday, February 22, at the Fall Tattoo & Art Gallery (644 Seymour Street), but if you have a bit of time on your hands and some Bob Ross-fuelled inspiration to channel, you can still get involved. To submit a piece to this show, check out their Facebook page for details. Basically, as with their past ventures, organizers are looking for some quick and dirty art work. They aren’t stuck up about it; they will accept anything from painting and drawing to short stories or papier mâché sculpture, as long as it is Bob Ross-centric.
Mark your calendars now for opening night. Not only will there be some good people, amusing art and cheap booze (a good time if it stopped right there), but you can also expect a show of remixed excerpts from Bob Ross’s show the Joy of Painting AND this may be your only opportunity to ever see a live perm that will be painted by a Bob Ross look a like. Door donations will be going to the Positive Women’s Network, an organization for women with HIV in BC.
After wading through a pool of some 75 architectural firms from 16 countries following and open request for qualifications, The Vancouver Art Gallery has just named five of them as finalists for the design of its highly anticipated new home at West Georgia and Cambie. They are New York giants Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects of Toronto, and our fave of the lot, SANAA of Tokyo. According to the release that the VAG sent out this morning, they will be conducting “in-person interviews with each of the finalists in the coming months” and they expect to announce a final decision before the start of summer:
“The new museum building will allow the Vancouver Art Gallery to better serve its visitors, more fully realize the international reach and range of its mission and program, and will provide an international platform for local and regional artists. The new building will offer dedicated space for the Gallery’s growing collections, expanded indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces for its dynamic exhibitions, and new educational facilities that will allow the museum to dramatically increase its educational and public programs.”
Granted there are no designs to get excited about yet, but after salivating over our keyboards going through the portfolios of each firm all morning l0ng, we’ve ranked them in the order of our preference below (accompanying text via the VAG). It’s a pretty kickass short list. Once you’ve finished your own perusing, be sure to add your two cents in the poll at the bottom of the post.
1. SANAA is a Tokyo-based collaborative office, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. With all projects based on careful study of the context, program, and client objectives, their works range in scale from master planning, to educational and cultural facilities, to product and furniture design. Recent and notable projects include: Louvre-Lens Museum in France; the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland; New Museum in New York; the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. SANAA has been awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Golden Lion, and the Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan, among other awards. [image credit: Iwan Baan]
2. Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are sensitive to the site, geography, and cultural context creating projects that are highly specific to their place and program brief, from small-scale private projects to large-scale public and cultural facilities. Recent and notable projects include: the Tate Modern in London; the Schaulager in Basel; the de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; and M+ in Hong Kong. Led by five Senior Partners—Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, and Stefan Marbach—and based in Basel, Switzerland, the firm has been awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, and the Praemium Imperiale.
3. Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, DS+R is led by three partners: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro. Completed projects include: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign and expansion of the Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, and the School of American Ballet; the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, the first new museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. Projects in progress include: the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles; the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the MoMA Expansion in New York City; and Culture Shed in New York’s Hudson Yards Development. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were the first architects to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, awarded for their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.
4. KPMB Architects is considered one of Canada’s leading architectural studios and has led the design for major cultural public projects throughout the country, including Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto, as well as the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Its work has been honoured with twelve Governor General Medals, Canada’s highest honour for architecture, and has been recognized internationally by the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Urban Land Institute.
5. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects is a New York-based firm providing architectural, master planning, urban design, and interior design services to municipal, institutional, and private clients in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on buildings for museums, schools, and non-profits. Notable projects include: the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; the American Folk Art Museum in New York; The Phoenix Art Museum; the Asia Society in Hong Kong; and the new US Embassy Compound in Mexico City. Williams and Tsien are recipients of awards such as the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Brunner Award, and the New York City AIA Medal of Honor, among others.
350 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T1
The People Who Make It Happen
Lucais Syme, Chef & Co-owner
Gillian Book, Chef & Co-owner
Cinara is a 40 seat restaurant located on the corner of Homer St. and West Pender in the Victorian Hotel. With a European approach to cuisine, owners Lucais Syme and Gill Book use the best available ingredients to deliver interesting and satisfying dishes to be enjoyed either al la carte or as a tasting menu designed for the table. The wine program ranges from a seasonally changing list of 40 labels to the top wines of the old world which have been collected over the years. Cinara is a comfortable setting with a mix of old world and modern to be enjoyed for a brief stop or a whole evening.
Cinara is also open for breakfast, serving all house-made dishes. Offering sprouted grain bread, house cured salmon, and our own cream cheese, Cinara offers a style of breakfast unique to Vancouver.
The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar & Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | Raise a glass, make a toast to Auld Lang Syne and usher in the New Year in fine style at Vancouver’s chic Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar this Dec. 31. An elegant enclave for both aficionados of casual, rustic Italian cuisine and wine and spirit connoisseurs, Cibo and Uva will play host to a pair of unique New Year’s events that allow guests to either savour a multi-course tasting menu at Cibo or celebrate in true New Orleans fashion with a Mardi Gras-styled bash at Uva.
At Cibo Trattoria, Executive Chef Faizal Kassam and General Manager/Sommelier Steve Edwards will treat guests to a decadent, five-course gala menu. The first seating, which begins at 5 p.m., is $89 per person and features limited à la carte options as well as the exclusive New Year’s Eve menu with wine pairings also available. The second seating, which begins at 9 p.m., is $109 per person and features the festive NYE menu as well as a house-made aperitif upon arrival, party favours and Champagne toast when the clock strikes twelve.
Meanwhile, at adjacent Uva Wine Bar, revelers will be able to kick up their heels and partake in an unforgettably indulgent, New-Year’s-by-way-of-New-Orleans celebration complete with Mardi Gras beads, southern-inspired cocktails by Bar Manager Lauren Mote and passed midnight party treats for $40 per guest. Entertainment will be provided by the brassy, sultry and jubilant stylings of the James Danderfer Trio, which will transport listeners back to the small, 1930s jazz cabarets of New Orleans and Chicago with timeless tunes reminiscent of the Benny Goodman and Jelly Roll Morton trios. Read more