Have you ever looked at a map of Vancouver and noticed that the outline of the city looks a lot like a thumbs up? Vancouver born-and-raised artist Justin Longoz has taken the map and turned it into the perfect symbol for a city we all love and sometimes just need a reminder about what makes it so great. Justin’s ‘Cool City, Bro’ T-shirt celebrates Vancouver’s laid back vibe that make it one of the coolest cities in the world. The shirt promises to be a great way for Vancouverites to show off their civic pride this summer. The best part? Justin will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this limited edition tee to Megaphone Magazine, which works to provide homeless and low-income Vancouverites with a voice and an economic opportunity.
We have four of these Cool City, Bro t-shirts to give away to our followers on Twitter & Instagram. To win, simply Tweet or Instagram a photo of your thumb up in front of a local landmark. It could be the VPL (above left), a farmer’s market (above right), at City Hall (below right), or just about anywhere. Use your imagination! Include @ScoutMagazine and the hashtag #coolcitybro, and consider yourself entered. As a grand prize, one winner will also get a unique stylized drawing print of their photo done by Longoz (he’ll also be picking the winners). The contest ends at 11:59pm on July 1st, Canada Day.
This project was produced with the kind assistance of the Vancouver Foundation through a DTES Small Arts Grant, and the shirts were printed locally at The Hive Printing. The tees will be available online at coolcitybro.com; at our booth at the newly revamped Chinatown Night Market (where we’ll be this Saturday and every second Saturday night after that); and at these eight outstanding Vancouver small businesses who have generously agreed to carry the shirts at their stores for only $20:
The GOODS from Tacofino
Vancouver, BC | Tacofino Commissary is delighted to welcome Gino Di Domenico to the Tacofino family. Gino brings a wealth of hospitality management experience to his new role at the Commissary, located at 2327 East Hastings, in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. After graduating from Concordia University, Gino was floor manager at the Ristorante Otto in the prestigious W Hotel in Montreal. Upon moving to Vancouver, he moved into assistant management positions with the Steamworks Brewing Company as well as the Spectra Group of Great Restaurants. Most recently, Gino helped open Vancouver’s first VPN-certified Neapolitan pizzeria – Nicli Antica Pizzeria – in Gastown. He was General Manager there for the past 2 1/2 years where he was loved and respected by staff and public alike (the feeling was mutual). “I am excited to be joining the Tacofino family, and about becoming a member of this growing and vibrant neighbourhood here in Hastings Sunrise,” says Gino. Read more
The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | BETA5 Chocolates, chosen as one of North America’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in 2012, is on the hunt for driven pastry cooks and chocolatiers. Positions are full-time, with a competitive compensation package. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of relevant experience in a pastry kitchen, and a strong working knowledge of basic recipes and techniques. Please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence email@example.com, before June 30 to apply. Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver-based photographer Angela Fama and The Acorn Restaurant (3995 Main Street) have locked hands for an exciting project on Main Street during Car Free Day, Sunday, June 16th, 12pm – 7pm. Fama will be parking her mobile studio/1970’s Boler in front of the restaurant where she will be capturing portraits of willing participants. Select photographs from the day’s session will be included in an exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver as part of the Capture Photography Festival throughout October. Fama was chosen, along with three other local photographers (Lincoln Clarkes, John Goldsmith and Brian Howell), to present work in conversation with legendary Vancouver post-war street photographer, Foncie Pulice, who is the subject of a full-scale exhibition on view at MOV from June 6 – January 5, 2014.
As part of The Acorn’s ongoing commitment to supporting art and artists in Vancouver, the collaboration with Angela Fama will extend to The Acorn Artist Series, where upon the restaurant will print 1000 complimentary postcard prints for customers during the month of October in conjunction with the Capture Photography Festival. The Acorn will be open from 12pm onward for Car-Free Day, offering light snacks and refreshments. Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo Roma
Vancouver, BC | Parallel 49 is located “a stones throw” away from Campagnolo ROMA in the rapidly emerging brewery district of Vancouver’s East Village. These two neighbours have partnered up to present a collaboration dinner honouring craft beer. On Thursday, June 27th at 8:30PM, diners will gather at the communal tables in ROMA to share a 4 course dinner – served alla famiglia style – paired with beers from Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Chef Nathan Lowey will be also using the beer (or ingredients from each beer) in the preparation of many of his dishes. Tickets are $61.50 + Eventbrite service charge (includes tax, gratuity and beer) and can be purchased here. Menu and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo Restaurant is thrilled to welcome back their neighbours for the summer; the farmers and purveyors of The Main Street Station Farmers Market. The Main Street Station Market at Thornton Park opened on Wednesday, June 5. The market runs from 3PM until 7PM every Wednesday until October 2 and is located just steps away from Campagnolo Restaurant. The chefs from Campagnolo will be at the market every week picking the freshest ingredients of the day and creating Market Wednesday features, available for dinner service at Campagnolo Restaurant starting at 5pm. Read more
As most of our readers have likely already heard, kid-friendly and super successful Commercial Drive restaurant Little Nest is closing next month. Why? Because their landlord – Mr. Greedy – raised their rent by a ridiculous 50%.
On the heels of the recent announcement came the understandable beating of fists and rending of garments – over 2,000 people rallied around a Facebook page called Save Little Nest, volunteering little notes of best wishes and frustrated last rites – but since it doesn’t look like owner Mary Macintyre is going to open up in another location, the movement to save the eatery has now shifted into one looking to honour and celebrate it with a final expression of appreciation.
This so-called “Love-In” is set to take place at (and outside) the restaurant at 1716 Charles St. this Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. In addition to free coffee (donated by Ethical Bean) and a whole whack of kids’ activities, there will be a giant nest constructed a la minute by community members – “a hand-made, one-of-a-kind structure that’s safe and big enough for kids to play in.” The organizers are looking to raise awareness and a troop of of volunteers, as well as enough money to help fund the day’s many supplies. If you’re interested, click here, learn more, and get involved.
On a personal note, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mary and her crew at Little Nest for making wholesome, quality dining with small children such a unique pleasure. The net gain of Little Nest for the city of Vancouver is the example that they set. They put up a high, delicious bar. Let’s hope that it’s bested, often, and that present and future landlords can better resist the urge to gouge small businesses right out of the communities that they help to build.
We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s new La Mezcaleria to join our GOODS section as an awesome place to spend an evening. 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 goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a tastier place to be.
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | They are here for a good time, not along time; B.C. Spot Prawns arrived in May and they are usually not available past the first or second week of June. Chefs Robert Belcham and Ted Anderson have added one more B.C. Spot Prawn Boil date to the roster, June 5. You sit at a communal table and share in a massive boil of B.C. spot prawns, Sawmill Bay clams, house-made chorizo sausage and seasonal vegetables. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves and dig-in kind of affair. R&B Brewing Co. is making a cask conditioned beer to pair with the spot prawns, and the beer is included in the price of a ticket. In addition, you are encouraged to bring your own wine selections with no corkage fee attached, or you can choose from the incredible reserve list of rieslings available for an additional cost. Details after the jump… Read more
Holy sugar-rush! Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery in Burnaby Heights does a good job at delivering on their name. Highlights of a recent visit included Funky Monkey ice cream (that’s a banana base with fudge brownie pieces and a caramel swirl for $4), a tall chocolate malted ($7) and a chocolate sundae ($5.50). We also made off with a brown bag of candy (fizz, bazooka bubble gum and something called “mallow cup”). Bzzz…
Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery | 4090 Hastings St. | DETAILS
We’ve invited award-winning cheesemongers Les Amis du Fromage to join our GOODS section as a top drawer food store. 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 goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Curtis Luk is on the hunt for an assistant. The right candidate would have two to four years of experience cooking as well as knowledge of Entremet & Garde Manger. Are you looking to make the next step toward a Sous position? We can offer a competitive salary, a great team and atmosphere, and the classic cocktail of your choice at the end of your shift. Please drop us a line with your resumé via our website theparkervancouver.com. Read more
We love good ceramics. Great food can definitely show up to the table on take-out cardboard and still taste awesome, but when served on beautiful handmade plates the entire experience is elevated. In Vancouver we’re lucky to have some very talented artists who deliver on this score, and a particularly talented one of them, Gailan Ngan, is having a sale at her Strathcona studio this coming weekend. So Hustle down to Gailan’s East Georgia studio to buy some of her beautiful work at up to 40% off. Seconds will also be available. See you there!
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, 2 | 12-4pm | 884 East Georgia Street | DETAILS