The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Hidden Charms is pleased to announce a very special performance. Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers after a lengthy hiatus are returning to the stage to perform – for one night only – the iconic Byrds album Sweetheart of the Rodeo in it’s entirety. Now hear it live and in the flesh as the Rangers rev it up. Post LP performance will feature the usual assortment of Rangers barroom rockers and honky tonk hits to round out the night on the dance floor. Learn more after the jump… Read more
Never Heard Of It is a new series that explores Vancouver’s many informal hole-in-the-wall eateries.
by Ken Tsui | Sitting down for lunch at the highly aromatic Panaderia Latina Bakery means you voluntarily surround yourself with canned peppers, chili sauces, South American sodas, and display cases loaded with cakes, pastries and meringues held together with enough dulce de leche to induce a serious contact sugar rush. It’s no small wonder that hungry diners get the anticipatory shakes when they watch the Chilean mother and daughter duo crank out the goods in the small kitchen. But before indulging in a slice of densely rich tres leches, flakey milhoja, or the granddaddy of Chilean desserts, torta hojaldra, temper your sweet tooth with a satisfyingly messy chacarero (a monstrous Chilean beef sandwich loaded with green beans and tomato) that arrives hot off the grill, or at least with a freshly baked empanada. All of the traditional Latin savouries and sweets are made daily from scratch, and everything is brought to the table with pride by people who make you feel right at home.
Panaderia Latina Bakery | 4906 Joyce Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-439-1414
On March 22nd, Rain City Chronicles, Ken Tsui and Bestie join forces to celebrate all things German with DAS LEXIKON!
Through storytelling and supper, Das Lexikon is a fun-filled night of German appreciation infused with Krautrock, German beer, entertaining stories inspired by German vocabulary handpicked by Rain City Chronicles and a delicious bratwurst dinner by Bestie. And what better place to have it unfold than the Vancouver Alpen Club, an institution with a century’s worth of local German history.
After staging a memorable two night pop-up restaurant in a school cafeteria this past November for Rain City Chronicles’ “Tales from Public School” show series, edible pop-up producer Ken Tsui continues his partnership with Rain City Chronicles for Das Lexikon. In working with Lizzy Karp, the event transforms a culturally treasured space into a playful and energetic experience unlike any other in the city.
Rain City Chronicles, Vancouver’s premiere storytelling night, are pairing a diverse roster of Vancouverites with a collection of unique German words that spark captivating stories. From tales inspired by moments of “schadenfreude” (the pleasure derived from someone’s misfortune) to “waldeinsamkeit” (forest solitude), the evening revels in the idiosyncrasies of the German language.
With a casual, friendly and fun approach, the local German street food wunderkinds of Chinatown, Dane Brown, Clinton McDougall and chef Colin Johnson will serve up their take on the traditional German supper. Bestie’s dinner for Das Lexikon is a unique menu that celebrates the fundamentals of German comfort food, served one night only and created exclusively for the event. And yes, vegetarians are welcome.
Filling one of Vancouver’s most unique spaces with word nerds and bratwurst devotees, Das Lexikon will be a raucous, hilarious and delectable night out. Storytellers, musical guest and menu details to be announced the week of March 10, 2014. Get tickets and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo Roma
Vancouver, BC | On Wednesday, March 12, chef de cuisine Joachim Hayward will prepare a family style feast for the offal-curious paired with two unique cask conditioned beers created by R&B’s head brewer Todd Graham especially for this event.
Campagnolo ROMA started Quinto Quarto in 2011 with the intention of honouring the Roman tradition of cooking offal. Quinto Quarto literally means the fifth quarter and refers to the less desirable cuts of meat from an animal. These dinners pay homage to the butchers of Rome’s Testaccio district who kept the fifth quarter for themselves and initiated this style of cooking.
Nose-to-tail dining at its best, Quinto Quarto offers a rare opportunity to thoroughly enjoy the odd bits. Diners can expect crispy pig’s ears with preserved green tomatoes, Fraser Valley duck cooked three ways including duck heart tartare, Pacific octopus, lamb neck, bone marrow, seasonal vegetables, white chocolate with caramelized crackling, and of course, soft serve ice cream and more. Tickets are $79.50 inclusive of dinner, cask beer, tax and gratuity. Guests will sit at communal tables and take part in this traditional family-style meal. Get all the delicious details after the jump… Read more
A visit to the brand new Basho Japanese cafe at 2007 East Hastings St. today saw a Veggie Lunch Set that blew our socks off. It included a cup of thick yam soup; a delicious, lightly dressed (tofu?) green salad with walnuts; a pickled vegetable, broccoli, cucumber, carrot, and avocado rice bowl; a steaming cup of light and simple green tea; and an assortment of matcha cookies. Not bad for for $10.50! If this is the first time you’ve heard of this place, take a click here or browse through the gallery below.
Basho | 2007 East Hastings | 604-428-6276 | www.bashocafe.com
by Chuck Hallett | And you thought 2013 was a big year for breweries. 2014 is off to a bang, and not quite two months in we’re already welcoming the opening of our second local brewery (the first was Black Kettle of North Van in early January). Now, crouched at the starting blocks in East Van and awaiting their official Friday opening, we have Bomber Brewing.
Bomber Brewing, with it’s connection to BierCraft via founder cum brewer Don Farion, joins Vancouver’s two other existing brewery/restaurant duos: Brassneck/Alibi Room and Parallel 49/St. Augustine’s. Between those two examples, Bomber is a bit closer to Parallel 49 in terms of both beer styles (session-able beer sold by the six-pack), and in terms of raw location (1488 Adanac).
You read that right. Eschewing the rapidly growing, painfully hip and increasingly crowded Mount Pleasant/Brewery Creek neighbourhood for the more industrial confines of East Strathcona, Bomber is the first to open of three planned breweries clustered around Venables and Clark.
They join relative veterans Powell Street, Parallel 49, Coal Harbour and actual veteran Storm Brewing a short distance away to form a tight, walkable pod of breweries that some are already calling Yeast Van.
Tucked deep in the belly of their warehouse at 1488 Adanac is a cosy, darkened tasting room in which plentiful use of natural wood and stone contrast sharply with the cold, brightly lit steel fermenters on the other side of a large glass window, in which the beer is made. It’s a great place to whittle away an afternoon, or four.
Bomber opens Friday February 14th 2-7pm for growler fills (1 & 2 L) and six-pack/bottle sales, with the tasting lounge following shortly on Monday February 17th with their regular hours of 11am-11pm. Beer lineup at launch will be their IPA, ESB, Stout and Belgian Blonde (Blonde in growler fills only).
by Andrew Morrison | Foreign Restaurant Porn looks at covet-worthy restaurants from parts afar and uses them to plug holes – geographically or conceptually - in Vancouver’s own restaurant landscape. This week we’re dreaming about Namnam, an 88 seat Singaporean eatery in Copenhagen, and wishing it was located in the Fraserhood. We’ve gotten word that a developer is looking into retro-fitting the 3,000 sqft Excel Tire Centre at 615 Kingsway and is currently on the lookout for a restaurant/lounge tenant. That’s the same block as Los Cuervos, Les Faux Bourgeois, and Matchstick Coffee, and right across the street from the very photogenic Black Lodge.
Why do we want this? Well, chiefly because “build-to-suit” opportunities that are tucked away in our neighbourhoods don’t come around every day, and we can imagine in our minds eye an outdoor patio with hanging lights in colourful lanterns strung across it high above the tables (explore above for the visual). Go ahead, close your eyes and imagine it. Smell the beef rendang and proper laksas mingling in wafts on warm summer nights and taste the cold bottles of Tiger beer. We’ll settle simply for an operator who gives a damn, but c’mon…a Namnam-esque joint with reasonable price points would just kill it here.
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Valentine’s Day is coming up, and nothing bleeds romance like soul music. With that, the Biltmore has put together a nice little thing with our friends from the neighbourhood, The Cascade Company. Dinner for two, followed by dancing for free! Take that special someone out to one of their fine restaurants and make sure to get a receipt, then roll on over to The Biltmore and slide on in, on us, and get close to the sweet sounds of The East Van Soul Club. Learn more after the jump… Read more
4712 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2K7
Telephone: 604.428.4200 | Email: info [at] christophe-chocolat.com
Web: www.christophe-chocolat.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am to 6pm | Closed Sunday/Monday
Christophe Bonzon, Co-Owner & Executive Pastry Chef
Jess Bonzon, Co-Owner
About Chez Christophe
The story of Chez Christophe is a story of love and passion – your Artisans love for sharing his creations and a little bit of his Swiss origins by introducing you to a small taste of Switzerland. Christophe Bonzon discovered chocolate at the age of ten when he was helping his mother make chocolate truffles as a gift for Christmas. Since then the passion for sweet food never left him. Christophe is a Swiss trained “Confectioner” or in more familiar terms Pastry Chef/Chocolatier. Alongside chocolate another of his passions is creating artistic sculptures with sugar. For the meticulous Christophe, his art lies in “the freedom of creativity and my passion for creating artistic sculptures with sugar and chocolate – the opportunities to transform are endless.”
Christophe’s resumé is studded with a decade full of intense apprenticeships and coursework in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland and in France. Amongst many other institutions he has studied under some of Europe’s grand masters at Zurich’s Chocolate Academy, and at l’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France. Various professional postings followed, including as pastry chef at Confectionary Schneider in Switzerland, followed by Choux Cafe in Western Australia. Christophe worked as an Executive Pastry Chef at one of the finest French Pastry Shops in Perth.
More recently Christophe was the Executive Pastry Chef at the award-winning CinCin Restorante in Vancouver, Canada. Christophe is a firm believer that you are constantly learning throughout your life for the learning curve never ends.
Local food industry veterans Miju Kawai and Hiroshi Kawai are aiming to open a darling little Japanese cafe this week or the next with their daughter, Moeno. The 16 seater is called Basho, which means “place” in Japanese. It’s located at 2007 East Hastings St., just a block east of Victoria Drive.
Hiroshi and Miju are lifers. They owned a neighbourhood lunch spot in Yokohama before moving to Canada to open North Van’s Kokoro eatery in 1994. After selling it nearly a decade later, they opened Hiroshi’s Sushi Creations on Oak Street in 2005 (it’s now called Tokiwa).
Inspired by the neighbourhood coffee shops that they loved and hung out in on adventures in Tokyo and Berlin, the Kawai’s want Basho to be a den of coziness with small personal touches that give off genuine warmth. Almost everything in Basho is handmade by the family, from the furniture and stained glass by Hiroshi to the pottery, quilts and knits by Miju and the aprons and wood carvings by Moeno. All the plates, cups, and dishes were either sourced from local thrift stores or made by hand. The music is all vinyl.
In addition to Japanese sencha, genmaicha and bancha, Basho will be steeping 3 black teas, 1 rooibos, and 1 herbal tea, plus coffee from Hand Works Coffee Studio. For food, there will be lunch sets of salads, sandwiches, and rice bowls, not to mention house-baked sweets. Expect matcha flavours, Japanese style crème caramels, and mochi.
As it stands now, they’re just one permit away from unlocking their doors. When they get the green light, the hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. In the meantime, you can follow them and stay up to date on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
We think it’s safe to say that just about everyone who knew about the coming of The Fish Counter on Main St. were expecting it to serve the very best fish and chips in town when it opened last month. We also think it’s safe to say that that is exactly what everyone has been getting. Salmon, halibut, ling cod, pacific cod, oysters — every one of the options hums in the deep fryer and sings in the mouth with dollops of pickly tartar sauce and generous squirts of lemon juice. The side saddle fries are excellent, too, especially when tarred with malt vinegar and feathered with salt. It’s all Ocean Wise, of course, as the two owners – Rob Clark and McDermid (the straight-faced chef and knife-wielding biologist pictured above) – are the sustainable seafood program’s two founders. Go score a two-piece and be golden!
The Fish Counter | 3825 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-876-3474 | www.thefishcounter.com
We’ve invited the Fraserhood’s excellent Earnest ice Cream to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to indulge with family and friends. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a sweeter place to be.
by Andrew Morrison | Foreign Restaurant Porn looks at covet-worthy restaurants from parts afar and uses them to plug holes – geographically or conceptually - in Vancouver’s own restaurant landscape. This week we’re drooling over the stained glass and tile-decorated Fleischerei Bar in Leipzig, Germany. It’s a gorgeous 40-50 person stand-up sit-down watering hole that I think would suit the Riley Park neighbourhood well (roundabout the 4300 block of Main Street in a space similar to Lifetime Collective‘s).
Why? Because it’s pretty, for starters, and that train station-style bench is a dead ringer for the one at Don’t Argue. What’s more, it would be nice to have a few liquor-forward (not liquor primary) establishments in our neighbourhoods. I’m not talking about the kind of gargantuan steroidal shit show bro-pubs that Vancouver is now completely over-run by, but rather small cloisters of craft where nearby residents could come together for a pint of beer, a dram of whisky or an Old Fashioned cocktail without having to drive downtown (or be pressured to order dinner). No televisions. No shitty satellite radio station. Just a little style with a massive oak bar serving up honest to goodness drinks. (photos)