This gallery of Alley Chairs can be found in our new HOODS section. It was curated by Nicole Arnett, an invaluable friend to Scout. It documents (invents) the dramas that explain the abandoned alleyway chairs and sofas of East Van.
by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Are you feeling adventurous about your veggie garden this year? Want to grow some weird shit this season? One culinary herb we love that isn’t seen in most gardens is, well, lovage, or, botanically speaking, Levisticum officinale.
As mentioned in previous articles, when a plant bears the name “officinale”, it indicates that the plant has medicinal properties. Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic or drunk to stimulate digestion. Lovage apparently has the one of the top highest quotients of “quercetin”, a flavinoid. Don’t ask us what this means on a molecular level, but this mythic substance acts as a bronchodilator for asthmatics and as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the release of histamines and other allergic chemicals in the body. Crazy!
Lovage is easy to grow, prolific (but stays fairly centralized), and one plant will do you for the year. The leaves are quite pungent, and have an aroma and taste similar to celery. Lovage blooms umbels of yellow in late spring and is a perennial, coming back every year. It’s abundant, available until frost, and literally requires no work despite offering multiple benefits!
With the shift towards warmer temperatures, lovage has abruptly started bursting out in the garden and is now officially in season. It is one of the first signs of green to emerge in the veggie garden scene come spring. We welcome it the same as one would welcome tulips and daffodils.
The culinary uses of the lovage leaf as an herb are endless, but it’s especially great when small dosed in a salad. One of our favourite early spring mixes consists of mustard greens, kale, chervil, purslane, kale flowers, and a wee bit of lovage. This mixture of goodness is hard to come by, even at the farmers market; you might have to grow your own or go to a restaurant with good, local sourcing.
Other culinary uses for this wonder herb include lovage pesto, as a chiffonade garnish, and as a base for mirepoix or soup stock. We dry and freeze our lovage in the Fall to get us through the winter. The root is also edible, and the seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel.
Conclusion: lovage is super versatile, so try growing it this season!
Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they’ve hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.
The GHOST HOOD series dovetails with the new HOODS section of Scout (launching on Monday)
by Stevie Wilson | In conversations about Mount Pleasant these days, the old “Brewery Creek” moniker is being increasingly employed on account of all the new breweries that have arrived in recent years. But what exactly is the significance of the name? It’s important to note that although it’s generally thought of as synonymous with the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the “Brewery Creek” distinction refers to a particular stretch of waterway that was integral to the growth and economic development of the area. Long before white settlers arrived, this expansive region was a popular harvesting location for First Nations. It would later become an important economic sector for new businesses thanks to its flowing natural resource.
The patch of land that became known as Mount Pleasant was originally shrouded in dense, dark rainforest. The creek that drained this forest into the salty waters of False Creek sat at the bottom of a large ravine that was open to the sky. It offered an abundance of flowers, berries, and other plants used by First Nations for medicine and food. The (now lost) waterway began near where Mountain View Cemetery is located today. Water flowed downhill just west of modern-day Fraser Street to a marshy, dammed area near 14th Avenue (Tea Swamp Park). From here, the creek flowed down the Mount Pleasant hillside, following a northeastern path alongside a First Nations trail (near where Kingsway cuts across Main Street), and continuing into the eastern waters of False Creek (which have since been filled in) near Terminal Avenue.
In 1867, the creek area in Mount Pleasant became Vancouver’s first piped waterway, delivering water by flume to Gastown – then the center of the city – and the boilers at Captain Edward Stamp’s Mill near the foot of Dunlevy (later known as the Hastings Sawmill).
The Brewery Creek region was defined by its open landscape, its distinct flora and fauna, and the numerous businesses that followed the path of the waterway – including several slaughterhouses, the nearby Vancouver Tannery, and an assortment of local beverage-makers that used the creek to power their water wheels: the San Francisco Brewery (later known as the Red Star Brewery), Mainland Brewery, Landsdowne Brewery, Lion Brewery, and the Thorpe & Co. Soda Water Works. Read more
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | The 14th annual San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition officially announced their 2014 winners yesterday. Odd Society Spirits received multiple awards for their East Van Vodka, taking home gold for package design, and silver in the vodka category. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as one of the most respected spirits competitions in the world. Products are evaluated by leading spirits professionals and are judged blind, making this annual competition one of the most reputable and recognized competitions in the spirits industry.
Thirty-nine spirits experts convened at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco for the 14th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition March 20 through March 23, 2014. Distillers and importers from 63 countries submitted 1,474 spirits into 89 different categories. The packaging portion of the competition was judged independently and took place in a single day. A panel of four distinguished graphic and packaging design professionals awarded 78 medals for excellence in design from 201 packaging entries.
“It is an absolute honour to have our vodka recognized in multiple categories at such a prestigious competition,” says Gordon Glanz, Founder and Distiller of Odd Society Spirits. “Being able to compete on an international level is thrilling. Being awarded for our packaging as well as our spirit is overwhelming.”
The East Van Vodka recipe was perfected by Distillers/Co-Owners Gordon Glanz and Joshua Beach, while the package design was created by the brilliant team at Cause + Affect. East Van Vodka was created as a tribute to East Vancouver, where the distillery is located. Made from 100% malted barley grown in Prince George, East Van Vodka is distilled in custom-designed European-made copper stills and proudly blended with purified Vancouver tap water. The whimsical label features artwork of an owl named ‘Cornelius’ sporting a mustache, pipe and naval uniform, illustrated by local artist Shwa Keirstead. Read more
We’ve invited East Van’s small batch Odd Society Spirits to join the Wine & Spirits section of our GOODS program as a recommended local distiller of fine things to put in your mouth. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making British Columbia a more discerning (and occasionally intoxicating) place to be.
The GOODS from Tacofino
Vancouver, BC | Tacofino is proud to be working with Food.ee to bring our fresh, locally sourced, 100% Ocean Wise, fast “slow” food to people in offices. We understand that you’re busy working in the afternoon and maybe just can’t get away, but you sure are dreaming of a hot and delicious lunch. You’re probably not the only one – your coworkers probably are, too. So, what to do? Get in touch with Food.ee. For a nominal fee, they promise to deliver a restaurant-quality meal to you and your party right at a specified time.
So if you just can’t get away from that pile of paperwork to head down to our White Lightning food truck to get yourself a chicken karaage burrito, or if you just really need that Chocolate Diablo cookie to get you through the afternoon, Food.ee is your saviour! Bonus: if you order online – delivery is free. White Lightning’s menu can be found on the Food.ee website, along with ordering instructions. Read more
Delivered piping hot in an impervious molcajete bowl (made from volcanic stone bowl), the queso fundido with chorizo at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive is a delicate but delicious operation. If you bring children to it, they will require assistance. The best way to eat it, according to managing partner Ignacio Arrieta, is to fork it out in coalesced globules (that might burn a hole through lesser metals) and smear it onto the provided tortillas which you then mount with guacamole and squirt with chile de arbol salsa. Pair yours with either a Michelada or a Margarita, and have yourself a very swell evening.
1220 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca
The tasting lounge is open: Thursday, 1PM through 7PM; Friday and Saturday, 1PM through 9PM; and Sunday, 1PM through 6PM. Tours of the distillery are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4PM.
Gordon Glanz, Founder & Distiller
Miriam Karp, General Manager
Joshua Beach, Production Manager & Distiller
About Odd Society Spirits
Odd Society is a small-batch craft distillery in the heart of East Van. Housed in a converted motorcycle garage on Powell Street, Odd Society Spirits is well situated in a happening craft liquor community, with neighbours including Powell Street Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Storm Brewing, Coal Harbour Brewing and Bomber Brewing. The area is also quickly becoming a hot dining destination with popular restaurants Bistro Wagon Rouge and Kessel & March popping up just steps away from the distillery. Dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue.
Founder and Distiller Gordon Glanz holds an MSc in brewing and distilling from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland where he experimented with distilling whiskey using raw grains and commercial enzymes before studying under the masters at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown.
Now back in his home town, Gordon is applying his penchant for experimentation and knowledge of tradition within the Odd Society, which he operates alongside his wife and partner, Miriam Karp, and good friend Joshua Beach.
What’s in a Name? The name ‘Odd Society’ reflects an interest to use their spirits and distillery as a way to bring together a diverse collection of creative and unique people. They wanted to make a home where guests could feel comfortable revealing their inner oddness.
The Odd Society is about experimentation, embracing change and celebrating individual and collective oddities.
This philosophy extends to their ideas about distilling. Just as any successful society is made up of a variety of distinct personalities in concert, they want each of their spirits to create a cast of unforgettable characters. From the subtle and discrete Wallflower Gin to the raw and untamed Mongrel, their family of spirits is meant to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the Odd Society community.
Scout Magazine, Andrew Morrison – Awesome Thing We Drank
Vancouver Courier, Cheryl Rossi – Odd Society Sets Up In Brewery District
North Shore News, Tim Pawsey – Small-Batch Distiller Sets Up Shop
Wallpaper Magazine, Hadani Ditmars – Enter The Odd Society
The Vancouver Sun, Randy Shore – Odd Society’s First Product Is A Natural Grain ‘Sipping Vodka’
Beatroute, Sarah Bauer – A Fresh Crop of East Van Craft
Globe and Mail – On The Job With A Vancouver Distiller
PrevailPrevail, Prevail – Inner Spirit
Vitamin V Daily, Maria Tallarico – That’s The Spirit
Montecristo, Kimberly Budziak – Odd Society Spirits’ Crème de Cassis Royal Lineage
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | We looking for dynamic and highly motivated experienced servers. This is a great opportunity to be a part of our family. Located in the hub of Commercial Drive, La Mezcaleria is an authentic Mexican restaurant with a vivacious energy and the drive to succeed. We are seeking strong servers who will work late nights Fridays/Saturdays and are flexible to cover shifts when needed. If you have a passion for Mexican food and want to be a vital part of our team, please send your cover letter and resume to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Spanish is an asset. Serving it Right-certified and 3+ years experience. Lear more about La Mezcaleria after the jump… Read more
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
Hastings-Sunrise is an ethnically diverse working class neighbourhood that stretches from Clark to Boundary Road and from Nanaimo to the waterfront. It’s marked by its dizzying array of ethnic restaurants and independent shops, large and heavily utilised parks, large house lots, and a family-anchored sense of community. East Hastings is its main commercial and transport artery.
In Hasting Sunrise at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the sidewalk fruit stand tricolour in front of Donald’s Market; the hard plastic turquoise slide in Pandora Park; the awning of Red Wagon; the neon “boot” signage above Dayton’s Boots; the green branding and shimmer flags above the J.J. Motor Car lot; Church’s Chicken tri-colour; slate awning at Gourmet Warehouse; summer sky at dusk from a Playland rollercoaster; good pair of jeans score at Value Village; mosaic frontage of the Star Tile building.
PEOPLE EATING DEEP FRIED FOOD AND THEN GOING ON RIDES AT PLAYLAND
OLD GUY TENNIS GAMES IN PANDORA PARK
22,000 SQFT (TEMPORARY) COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THE 2500 BLOCK OF EAST HASTINGS
THE OLD REGULARS IN THE RED BOOTHS AT MASTER CHEF CAFE
CHERRY BLOSSOMS MATCHING THE PINK SPIRE OF THE ST. DAVID OF WALES CHURCH
WEEKEND BRUNCH LINE-UPS AT THE RED WAGON CAFE
THE HASTINGS AND LEESIDE SKATEPARKS
SORRENTO BARBERSHOP’S BEAUTIFUL TYPEFACE
THE BENCHMARK COMMUNITY GATHERING AREA AT KAMLOOPS AND EAST HASTINGS
KITSCH AND COLLECTIBLES AT THE MAD PICKER
EAST PENDER ‘S TREE “BOULEVARD” BETWEEN VICTORIA DRIVE AND TEMPLETON DRIVE
FUNDIDO TATER TOTS AT TACOFINO COMMISSARY
CHINESE BBQ CHICKEN THIGHS FROM SY FARM MARKET
WELSH RARE BITS FROM THE BRIGHTON
PALESTINIAN MUJADARRAH AT TAMAM
CLASSIC ROMAN-STYLE (EGG & GUANCIALE) SPAGHETTI CARBONARA AT CAMPAGNOLO ROMA
PAIN AU CHOCOLATE AT EAST VILLAGE BAKERY
DEEP FRIED CRAB AND SEAFOOD CONGEE AT JAMES ON HASTINGS
BBQ PORK WONTON NOODLE SOUP AT PENNY RESTAURANT
THE “SOPA DE PATA” AT EL PULGARCITO
PATTY MELTS AND $4.95 BREAKFASTS AT THE SLOCAN
LOOSE TEA FROM THE SMALLEST TEA HOUSE IN BC
LAKSA & ROTI FROM LAKSA KING
POLISH FARMER’S SAUSAGE FROM POLONIA SAUSAGE HOUSE
SCOTCH PIES FROM RIO FRIENDLY MEATS
REUBEN SANDWICHES AT RED WAGON CAFE
CHERRY WOOD-SMOKED BACON FROM WINDSOR MEATS
- The Hastings Townsite, as it was originally known, didn’t join the City of Vancouver until 1910 – twenty-four years after incorporation.
- Prior to the launch of Rogers Arena in 1995, Hastings-Sunrise was the home of the Vancouver Canucks. They played at the Pacific Coliseum at Hastings and Renfrew. The iconic building witnessed two (ultimately unsuccessful) runs to the Stanley Cup Finals by the Canucks, first in 1982 against the New York Islanders, and again in 1994 against the New York Rangers.
- The city’s first road, hotel, wharf, post office, and museum, among other distinctions, were established in the Hastings-Sunrise area.
- The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) was established after residents lobbied for more “wholesome” area attractions other than the Hastings Racetrack.
- Hastings St. got its name not from the 1066 Battle of Hastings but from the original Hastings Townsite, which was named in honour of Admiral George Fowler Hastings, a 50 year veteran of the Royal Navy.
- In early 2012, the Hastings North Business Improvement Association saw fit to rename the core 12 block stretch of East Hastings as “The East Village”. They did this autocratically without consulting residents or non-HNMIA member businesses, and City Hall gave them permission to hang banners declaring the “rebrand” from lamp posts. The move was/is widely considered to be imperious folly, with next to no one using the new name. The area will forever be known as Hastings-Sunrise.
- The sheltered, DIY Leeside Skatepark under the Cassiar Connector was named posthumously for its original DIY builder, local artist/skateboarder Lee Matasi, who was shot to death in 2005.
- In 2012, the Hastings North Business Improvement Association attempted to rebrand a large section of the Hastings-Sunrise Area as the “East Village”.
- The Hastings Racetrack is rumoured to have used old cars from the PNE Demolition Derby to level the 19-foot slope difference when it was renovated in 1965.