OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “La Mezcaleria” On Commercial Dr. Is Hunting For FOH Staff

October 21, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | We are looking to fill serving and hosting shifts. Aside from the characteristic duties of their positions, every one of our staff members helps with all aspects of customer service, from food-running and customer billing to general customer interaction and other duties that help keep our customers satisfied and the restaurant operating efficiently. Expect industry standard salaries, tips and industry-leading discounts on restaurant products on or off-duty, as well as on-shift food and drink benefits aside from mentioned discounts. We are a busy and popular Mexican Bar & Grill in the heart of Commercial Drive and have a great team already in place. Please send your resume via e-mail to alex [at] lataqueria.ca with “FOH staff” in the title. Read more

GOODS | “Odd Society Spirits” All Set To Release Special Oak-Aged Gin October 17th

October 16, 2014 

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits

Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits is set to launch a limited release of Wallflower Oaken Gin on Friday, October 17th. Aged in American white oak rye casks for 5 months, this specialty spirit is sure to wet any gin aficionado’s appetite. With just over 300 bottles available, Odd Society Spirits’ Oaken Gin is guaranteed to sell out quickly.

The oak softens the floral notes of its Wallflower comrade while awakening bright citrus flavours with hints of caramel and offering a subtle woody undertone. An extremely versatile gin, it is recommended to be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, with tonic or incorporated into a classic cocktail like the Negroni. Oaken Gin is available in 375ml bottles and priced at $28 at the distillery (prices will vary at private liquor stores throughout Vancouver).

In honour of the Wallflower Oaken Gin’s debut, Odd Society Spirits will be celebrating at the distillery’s cocktail lounge from 1pm – 9pm on Friday, October 17 with featured Oaken Gin cocktails, plus the Tacofino Food Truck will be joining the festivities at 5:30pm. Read more

VANCOUVERITES | Five Minutes With “Hobo Woodworks” Owners Lenny & Sam Clemens

hobo-woodworking-1262

by Grady Mitchell | ”Wood has spirit in it,” says Sam Clemens, one half of the duo behind Hobo Woodworks. Along with his brother and business partner, Lenny, Sam imbues the old spirit of reclaimed wood a new life through the finely crafted goods they build in their East Vancouver workshop.

The Hobo philosophy was largely influenced by their parents, who came up to Canada in the 60s from Southern California as part of the DIY hippy movement of that era. His mother worked as a cocktail waitress until they could afford their first hide, at which point they began their leather working business. Growing up in the Slocan Valley, the boys played with saws and hammers, and learned to live by the work of their own hands.

Before launching Hobo in 2012, Sam and Lenny built sprawling mansions for West Van millionaires. Disenchanted with that work, the brothers started their own venture, something more aligned to the values instilled in them as lifelong west coasters.

Now they use only local, responsibly and sustainably sourced materials. As a result, every Hobo piece is a beautiful hybrid of new and reclaimed wood. As word got out, people have started bringing them leftover wood (one guy even bringing a load of well-loved timber during our visit). It’s natural for people to stop by. When the workshop’s garage door slides up it becomes a storefront. The Hobo boys hope to make their workshop a community hub where friends and passersby can drop in to chat anytime, and see their process firsthand. They can also, if they ask nicely, ride the back room mini-ramp or hone their archery skills.

To learn more about Hobo Woodworks, check out their site.

OTHER INTERESTING VANCOUVERITES

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “La Mezcaleria” Is Currently On The Lookout For Support Staff

October 10, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for a busser. Aside from the characteristic duties of the position, our support staffers also help with customer service, food running, customer billing, general customer interaction, and other duties that keep the restaurant operating efficiently and our customers satisfied. We are busy and popular Mexican Bar & Grill in the heart of Commercial Drive and have a great team in place. We offer industry standard salaries plus tip-outs and industry-leading discounts on restaurant products on or off-duty, as well as on-shift food and drink benefits aside from mentioned discounts. Please send your resume via e-mail to alex [at] lataqueria.ca with “support staff” in title. Read more

GOODS | Hastings’ “Chez Christophe” Rolls Out “Revisited” Pumpkin Tarts For Autumn

Chez Christophe is located at 4712 Hastings St. in Burnaby, BC | 604.428.4200 | www.christophe-chocolat.com

Chez Christophe is located at 4712 Hastings St. in Burnaby, BC | 604.428.4200 | www.christophe-chocolat.com

The GOODS from Chez Christophe

Burnaby, BC | Fall is here and so are the pumpkin treats. Burnaby Height’s Chez Christophe, 4712 Hastings Street, has launched its seasonal creation, a “revisited” pumpkin tart, just in time for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. Using only fresh, local pumpkin, Chef Christophe Bonzon has created an original delicate tart with savoury pumpkin undertones, featuring light cinnamon and dulcey chocolate cream, and topped with spicy gingerbread cubes. Available in single individual servings for $5.50 each or larger party sizes ranging from $16 to $35. To order, contact 604-428-4200. For more information, please visit www.christophe-chocolat.com or click after the jump… Read more

HONOUR BOUND | Head Out To The New “Hastings Park Winter Market” On Sundays

4814801294_9988df8fa7_b

The Hastings Park Winter Market, located at the PNE Fairgrounds, launched today! The new market will run every Sunday from 10am to 2pm until November 30th as part of a 9 week trial run, so get out there and check it! It’ll feature many of the regular summer vendors offering a broad selection of winter produce, seafood, meats, and dairy, plus lots of artisanal prepared foods. Bonus: food trucks!

—————————————————————
Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.

VANCOUVER LEXICON | East Van Calamari

IMG_7800

East Van Calamari | Detritus/Litter | The left-over elastic rings of spent latex condoms that litter alleyways across East Vancouver. A misnomer, as it is hardly a phenomenon exclusive to one specific area of the city.

Usage: “Um, dude…I think you have some East Van Calamari stuck to the bottom of your shoe…”

explore-the-lexicon

AWESOME THING WE ATE #923 | Proper Pizza & Polpette At East Van’s “Via Tevere”

September 18, 2014 

IMG_4106

Together with a sparse handful of precious pizzerias around town, Via Tevere in East Van follows a long list of strict Neapolitan pizza-preparation rules that has landed the eatery the much-prized “Vera Pizza Napoletana” certification. This, for starters, means they employ a wood-burning oven – and a lovely, light blue-tiled one at that – baking at around 800 degrees. They also use all the proper ingredients, everything from “00″ flour and San Marzano tomatoes to fresh basil, bufala mozzarella, and Fior di Latte cheese. The results are uniformly delicious; raised-edged pies with only the slightest of fire-blasted char. They easily “libretto” (fold, like a book), and famously suck at traveling (no VPN joint that we know of would ever dare to deliver). Pictured above is a beautifully char-pimpled sausage and rapini pizza; the polpetta della Nonna (meatballs in tomato sauce); a tiramisu slab, and a pizzaiolo working his magic.

1190 Victoria Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604.336.1803 | www.viateverepizzeria.com

MORE AWESOME THINGS WE ATE

GOODS | “Odd Society Spirits” Samples And Bottles Available At Select Farmers Markets

September 11, 2014 

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits

Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits has been quietly selling their wares at Vancouver Farmers Markets since the province and the city announced liquor policy changes allowing alcohol sales at select farmers markets earlier this summer. Odd Society is sampling and selling their complete line of spirits and liqueurs including Wallflower Gin, East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis at select markets until the season ends.

With the first day of fall fast approaching, it’s easy to forget that there is still a ton of fresh seasonal bounty to be harvested and enjoyed. While searching for fresh finds at the market, don’t forget to pick up a locally crafted bottle of Odd Society Spirits made with agricultural inputs sourced solely in B.C.. You can visit Odd Society Spirits at the Mt Pleasant Market on Sunday, September 14 and Sunday, October 5, and the Yaletown market on Thursday, September 18. Read more

OPENING SOON | Lebanese Eatery “Jamjar” Set To Open On Commercial Dr. Next Month

IMG_5828

by Andrew Morrison | A new casual Lebanese eatery called Jamjar is opening for lunch and dinner soon on Commercial Drive off East 7th Avenue.

Its the brainchild of Fadi Eid, who has been working on the project since April with designer Adrienne Kavanagh. Eid comes to Vancouver from Lebanon by way of Abu Dhabi. The hospitality management grad has been working in the trade since his teens, having gotten his start toiling in his uncle’s bakery (of late he’s been working front of house for the Fairmont).

The restaurant’s communal, casual concept will see home-style Lebanese food served in sharable “mezze” fashion (eg. falafel, labneh, mjadra, makanik), with equal focus paid to flat breads (“saj”), traditional stews, and a variety of flavoured humus and dips (eg. beet, avocado-cilantro, etc.). The latter will also be sold in branded jars that customers can re-use by bringing them back for refills at a discounted price. The restaurant’s flat bread, flavoured olive oilsm and spices will also be retailed. You can read a draft of the menu here. Lunch will change daily, but the dinner card will be more or less fixed.

To pair with the food, the short bar will be serving local beer and wine, as well as cocktails employing Mediterranean herbs and Levantine spices.

I’ve included Kavanagh’s design renderings with the image set below. The models make it look super clean and modern, but she’s found some cool pieces at Scott Landon Antiques to give the 32 seat space some character, and you never know what an open kitchen can do to the feel of a place when it pumps out the intoxicating aromas of exotic spices and freshly baked breads.

Opening day at Jamjar (2280 Commercial Drive) is set for the end of September.

ALL ANTICIPATED OPENINGS

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #513 | A Look Inside The (Almost Finished) “Red Truck Brewery”

IMG_5807

by Chuck Hallett & Andrew Morrison | There’s a reason breweries are located in industrial districts. Brewing beer is, at its heart, a result of light industry. It’s a chemical manufacturing process what converts a standard set of input ingredients (barley, hops, yeast and water) into an end product. It differs from producing wood pulp only slightly, and most of that is because the end product is that magical elixir we call beer.

Smaller breweries often play down the technical aspects of beer production simply because they can. Polished concrete countertops and wood-panelled tasting rooms are sexier than the industrial patchwork of tanks, pipes and coolant they conceal.

Once you bust past a certain size, though, the process of actually making beer takes centre stage, as well it should. This is the case with Mount Pleasant’s newest craft brewery: Red Truck. The company has expanded out of their 3,600 hectolitre micro-brewery on the North Shore and into a 40,000sf, 25,000hl facility directly on the spot where the old Brewery Creek emptied into the now-filled False Creek Flats. The added capacity is already allowing them to crank out a steady stream of packaged lager, IPA and pale ale, along with (soon) the odd limited bomber release of something more interesting.

This is a cavernous warehouse of a brewery, with a forest of gleaming 2 storey tall fermenters dotting the snazzily tiled floor. Piping interconnects and steel cat walks criss cross left and right, and a control station on a 2nd floor outcrop monitors the whole operation like it’s some sort of fermentation DJ booth.

Capping off the whole operation is a fully restored vintage red delivery truck, which is suspended from cables above the heads of the workers below. Waxing and washing it is a task that will presumably fall to the interns.

New_Brewery_3D

Still to come on the sunny south-side of the building is a retail kiosk and growler station, plus the highly anticipated 70 seat old school Red Truck Stop diner, which will serve burgers, hot dogs, wings, liquor and plenty of booze in addition to beer. Bonus: a sun-drenched 40 sat patio — a feature not allowed under the more popular Brewery Lounge license.

The numbers above might seem huge but in reality they really aren’t. The 60hl brewhouse is the next logical step for a growing craft brewery, and a 25,000hl/year production target doesn’t even crack the top five list for BC. For comparison, Deschutes Brewing in Oregon’s annual production is just about 750,000hl, proving it is possible to make delicious beer in large quantities.

As mentioned up top and made evident in the images below, the brewery is already making beer. They’ve had their state of the art bottling and packaging line whirring, plus the machine that goes bing has gone bing. There’s not that much left on site to do save for cladding the building’s exterior, finishing/furnishing some of the offices and conference rooms (installing AV, etc), and giving the whole thing a good once over with a broom and a hose.

It’s more complicated than that, of course, but you get the point. They’re close. Hours aren’t yet set in stone, but 10am to 10pm might be right. We’re crossing our fingers for it to be part of our lives by Christmas or New Years.

* Correction: the draft published yesterday stated that Red Truck was owned by the Mark James Group. This was incorrect and we apologise for the error.

EVERYTHING SEEN IN VANCOUVER

GOODS | Semlin Drive’s New “Pallet Coffee Roasters” Expanding Hours Starting Sept. 2

Pallet Coffee Roasters is located at 323 Semlin Dr.| Vancouver, BC | 604.255.2014 | www.palletcoffeeroasters.com

Pallet Coffee Roasters is located at 323 Semlin Dr. | Vancouver, BC | 604.255.2014 | palletcoffeeroasters.com

The GOODS from Pallet Coffee Roasters

Vancouver, BC | We’ve had plenty of requests about expanding our hours and so we are happy to say that as of September 2nd we’re going to make it happen. We will be expanding our weekday hours to 8am to 5pm, and on weekends – both Saturday and Sunday – from 9am to 5pm. We’re looking forward to serving you. Learn more about Pallet after the jump… Read more

OPENING SOON | “Los Cuervos Taqueria” Set To Expand Next Door In The Fraserhood

IMG_4792

by Andrew Morrison | Good news, taco lovers. Los Cuervos Taqueria is set to expand into the old Che Baba yoga studio space next door. The Fraserhood eatery has been in possession of the umbilically-attached 600 sqft address since it opened last year, but it had to jump through several laborious permit hoops to get this green light. The expansion will effectively double Los Cuervos’ seating capacity to 50. The design toes the line of the original, but it does have some unique flourishes, such as a new bar and light fixtures made out of cedar reclaimed from an old shed that they dismantled at the back of the property. As far as offerings are concerned, barman Mark Gunther (Biltmore, Minami) is being brought on board to amplify the drinks card (more agave-centric cocktails), while the menu, I hope/imagine, will remain loaded with all manner of out of the ordinary taco creations. The launch is set for mid-September (fingers crossed). Take a look…

EXPLORE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

GOODS | Bry Webb & Ramones Pizza Party Double Bill At ‘The Biltmore’ On August 14th

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward St. in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents a special summer double bill on Thursday, August 14th. In the sweetest deal of the summer, you are invited to enjoy Bry Webb (of the Constantines) for a special ‘Pay What You Can’ early show, with guests Olenka & the Autumn Lovers (Webb is on tour in support of his highly lauded new album, ‘Free Will’). Doors 7pm. RSVP on Facebook here. And then at 9:30pm, get set for the Tribute to the Ramones Pizza Part in celebration of the life and times of Tommy Ramone (RIP) and the entire Ramones crew. The Ramores, Slow Learners and Desolation Sound will play, and it just wouldn’t be a Ramones’ party without pizza. Come early to chow down on some choice slices. RSVP on Facebook here. Playbill/details after the jump. Read more

Next Page »