We’ve invited East Van’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company to join the Breweries section of our GOODS program as an excellent supplier of local craft beer. 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 the neighbourhood a much more refreshing one.
by Ken Tsui | It’s early in the afternoon at Commercial Drive’s La Mezcaleria and Chef Alexander Cruz is getting ready to feed his crew after hours of preparations for the coming dinner service. Today, he’s making chilaquiles. “It’s a Mexican lunch classic,” says excited co-owner Ignacio Arrieta, who can’t wait to dig in himself.
Cruz begins by putting a big pot of red guajillo pepper sauce on the stove. As it begins to heat up, he whisks a big bowl of eggs, pouring them into a satisfyingly sizzling hot pan before folding in a healthy dose of refried beans. Meanwhile, bar manager Pablo Schor is making fresh orange juice, Arrieta is setting the table, and the rest of the night’s staff begin to trickle in for the staff meal.
With the sauce now bubbling, Chef Cruz ladles it over each plate and nestles big spoonfuls of refried beans next to crispy totopos (corn tortillas) before garnishing them with sour cream, raw onion, cheese, and fried eggs.
Chef Cruz calls his duo of cooks out of the kitchen as everyone gathers around the table to eat and crack a few jokes. Once the crew mops the last of the guajillo pepper sauce from each of their their plates with bits of bread, they hop back to work preparing for the evening’s onslaught.
The People Who Make It Happen
Mike Sleeman, Owner
Anthony Frustagli, Owner
Nick Paladino, Owner
Scott Venema, Owner
Graham With, Owner & Head Brewmaster
Michael Tod, Owner
About the Business
Parallel 49 Brewing Company is an East Vancouver microbrewery brewing up some of the highest quality craft beers in B.C. With a successful first year and high achievements at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Parallel 49 has recently expanded their sales into the Prairie Provinces as well as Ontario and the U.S. Their unusual but fun and cheeky named brews have become wildly popular among craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy their year round brews including Hoparazzi, Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale and Old Boy. In addition, Parallel 49 offers a variety of highly anticipated seasonal beers including watermelon infused Seedspitter, pumpkin Oktoberfest Schadenfreude, Ugly Sweater Milk Stout, and many others.
Visit Parallel 49’s East Vancouver tasting room and liquor stores across the lower mainland to purchase 12 and 6 pack bottles. Growlers are also available for purchase at the brewery. For more information on their latest brews visit the website here.
PRESS & Accolades
“The Parallel 49 Brewing Co. opened on Triumph Street a year ago, and has bubbled up as vigorously as the 30 or so weirdly named beers from its six 5,000-litre and eight 10,000-litre tanks. Weird? How about Banana Hammock? Salty Scot? Lost Souls? Hoparazzi? Ugly Sweater? Schadenfreude? The latter word refers to the pleasure in seeing others fail. That certainly wouldn’t apply to Anthony Frustagli, Nick Paladino, Mike Sleeman and Scott Venema, who own the St. Augustine’s restaurant and craft-beer mecca, and Michael Tod and Graham With who joined them to found Parallel 49.” – Malcolm Parry, The Vancouver Sun
“It’s always exciting to see a new craft beer maker pop up in Vancouver; it’s even more exciting to see a brewery push boundaries, take risks and create new and interesting flavour combinations. Expect to see bold choices coming from Parallel 49 in the future.” – Ryan Tessier, Vancity Buzz
“Having an understanding of the science of brewing has almost certainly enabled Parallel 49 to achieve consistency in its product, even with the brewery in a state of near-constant expansion.” – Jan Zeschky, The Province
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret has a fresh set of cocktails to whet your appetite this spring. Pair the refreshing Pimm’s Cup with the always reinvigorating Ice Cream Social: Rock n Roll Dance Party (Friday May 16) to wash away the work week, or the Hemingway Daiquiri with the literary lyrics of Waxahatcheee with guests Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, and Needs (Friday May 23). We’ve got something on the menu for everyone, musically and otherwise. Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Tonight is East Van Soul Club; both a two-man DJ crew (SlimRoy and Jonny Was) and also a vinyl-only monthly dance party operated by these aforementioned soul obsessives. Sounds cover the spectrum of 60s soul regions and styles, blazing with Motown and Stax chart-toppers and raiding a decade full of criminally-unheard rarities with cuts out of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and everywhere in-between. Tracks that you know will fuel the party, interspersed with floor-fillers you’ve never heard before but can’t possibly understand why not. Check out the event on Facebook for details on how to get 2-for-1 entry. Read more
The GOODS from Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC |We are hiring for our Fraser and Kingsway location. If you are passionate about excellent coffee, great food, and treating people well, then we should talk! We offer competitive wages, extensive training, and lots of room for advancement. There is a full-time barista position available immediately. Please drop off your resume in person and ask for Alexandra (emailed resumes will not be accepted). We look forward to meeting you! Read more
The Shack Art Collective is a cool little East Van gallery located in a refitted residential garage deep in East Van. We love the spirit behind this collective. It puts action to the idea of encouraging emerging artists to show their work by creating a space and cultivating a community of support to aid them in the development of their work.
This Saturday, co-curators Niki and Paris are re-opening the Shack after a winter hiatus with ‘Troublesome Waters’ – a show of recent works by artist Mark Hall-Patch. It’s part of a continuing series of watercolour paintings marked by a narrative theme related to ambiguous figures and landscapes. (“One of the themes that continues throughout the present body of work is the cultural fascination with the failure of the Free Spirit movement or failed utopian colonies of the past.”)
So put a little cash in your pocket for art (and a drink) and enter through the alley to check out this cool little gallery and the artist exhibiting within.
Sat, May 10 | 7pm | Shack Art Collective | 4364 Prince Albert (enter through alley) | DETAILS
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | This month brings the most dynamic line up yet with a series of eight pop-ups across two locations including Chinatown Experiment at 434 Columbia St. and the temporary Midtown Experiment at 585 E. Broadway a block west of Fraser St. Vancouver’s pop-up activators are excited to welcome back some familiar faces and to introduce new pop-ups this month. Grab a pen and start marking your calendars; you simply cannot miss out.
Open now – May 3 | Citizen Grace (585 E. Broadway)
Local online women’s fashion retailer Citizen Grace is back with their first pop-up of 2014 and they have exclusive new pieces at their pop-up store that are not yet released online. Open 10am – 8pm daily.
May 1 – 7 | An Improbable Friendship (434 Columbia St.)
Yuri Padal and Michael Mahoney are proud to exhibit their abstract paintings for a one-week exhibition. Their opening reception is Friday, May 2 from 5-9pm with live music. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 7pm.
May 5 – 11 | Black & Yellow presents: The Incubator (585 E. Broadway)
Once hosted at The Waldorf Hotel, Black & Yellow gallery is back and led by gallery director Allison Mander-Wionzek. The Incubator is a one-week pop-up gallery and event series dedicated to fostering community and motivating young female artists and cultural practitioners by creaming opportunities for mentorship, networking, education, and exposure. They will be open 12 – 5pm each day. Follow along @incubatevan #girlongirl.
May 9 – 11 | Kerri Pfeifer Mother’s Day Floral Shop (434 Columbia St.)
The backyard florist is having a three-day pop-up for Mother’s Day! Bring your mom down to Chinatown for a stroll through Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhood and surprise her with flower’s from this pop-up florist. Mom will love you for it.
May 13 – 18 | Bingo Bill Exchange (585 E. Broadway)
Fresh from a buying trip to the women run co-operative workshops of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Bingo Bill Exchange is back for their second pop-up. The beautiful cushions, ottomans, wool felt carpets, jewelry, and more will adorn the space for six-days only with partial proceeds benefiting the Hope in Shadows photo project of the DTES community. Opening reception Tuesday, May 13 6-9pm.
May 20 | Billy James Fashion (434 Columbia St.)
Local fashion designer Natasha James is all set for her first solo pop-up after a successful collaborative effort with local favorites Hey Jude last summer. This is one-
night only. Don’t sleep on it.
May 20 – June 1 | East Side Flea Midtown Pop Up Shop (585 E. Broadway)
That’s right. All the goodness of East Side Flea will be available in a brick & mortar shop. With 25+ revolving vendors, you can expect a kick-off party, workshops, demonstrations, and a record listening station. Follow along @eastsideflea and #esfpopup for more info. Open daily 11am – 7pm.
May 21 | Make Art Not Cancer (434 Columbia St.)
A one-night only gallery and art auction with all proceeds going to this year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.
May 23 – June 4 | Kate Duncan presents ADDRESS (434 Columbia St.)
ADDRESS is a collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, horticulture, as well as artwork and sculptural vessels by designers from Vancouver, Calgary, and New York. The two-week pop-up will feature the fine furniture by Kate Duncan, as well as works by Troy Moth, Allied Maker, Le Fil Rouge Textiles, Golem Designs, and many more. This is what’s hot in interior design and home décor right now. Open daily 11am – 7pm.
After several years of pop-up events and temporary locations, The Found & The Freed has finally found a fixed address: 706 Victoria Drive. That’s the old Scott’s corner store on the corner of Victoria and East Georgia, so it has great character. We recently stopped by on their first day of operations and found the place predictably full of interesting bits and bobs, including an ancient alligator’s head, a collection old and beautiful Vancouver-centric pennants, a stuffed California Quail, and all manner of other vintage fascinations besides. It was great to see owners/curators Ainsley McIntyre and Lindsay Burke in such a terrific location. It really does suit them. Take a closer look below. Hours: 12pm-7pm Thursday & Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday.
The GOODS FROM EARNEST ICE CREAM
Vancouver, BC | Earnest Ice Cream is looking to fill a number of positions in both the front and back of house for our Fraser Street shop. We are looking for people who are eager to be a long-term part of our kick-ass team and are passionate about local food, sustainability, and generally making the world a better place. We offer a fun, positive work environment, room for growth, competitive wages, benefits for employees, and a profit sharing program. Read more
We’ve invited East Broadway’s cocktail-centric, modern Peruvian-themed Chicha to join the Restaurant section of our GOODS program as an excellent place for flavour and fun. 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 the neighbourhood a tastier one.
The Writers’ Exchange is a local program that offers inner city kids a place where they can learn to love the craft of writing. The Writer’s Exchange used to be run out of classrooms across East Vancouver, but this past Fall it opened a public space at 881 East Hastings. Here, kids gather after school to learn about reading, writing and the versatility of their own imaginations in a safe environment – all for free.
The literacy superstars who run the show, namely Sarah Maitland and Jennifer MacLeod, are aiming to ensure that every Vancouver child has the opportunity to build the literacy skills necessary to access a world where anything is possible. That’s a pretty great vision and we think our city will be a better place for it. But stuff like this doesn’t happen unless community pitches in to make it happen.
And that’s where you come in…
TIME | Volunteer some time! A few hours one day of the week would make a huge difference. Giving kids a familiar and supportive mentor is a key part of what the success of The Writer’s Exchange has been built upon. “As a volunteer mentor, you can help with reading, creative writing projects, literacy games and cool crafts, or support a small group of kids during in-school book-making programs. Help us make literacy fun and accessible for kids!”
DONATE | If you don’t have time, maybe you have a little food or money that you wouldn’t mind contributing. Healthy snacks or cash donations are accepted with appreciation. The Writer’s Exchange also loves books and art supplies.
TECHNOLOGY | The Writer’s Exchange is looking for donations of Apple Computers. We know a lot of our readers are Mac users, so if you or your office or organization are looking at refreshing your hardware any time soon, please consider donating your old computers to The Writer’s Exchange. Macs are great for creating stop-animation videos, processing photographs used for some of the books that the children create and are generally easier for newbies to learn on. Anything after 2005 can be refurbished and used by these kids.
Connect with Jennifer or Sarah at The Writer’s Exchange here.
PS. Once upon a time, a burrito was born. He was sitting around in the freezer until someone put him in the microwave. The burrito never felt so alive. — Crissy, age 9
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.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Are you vivacious, energetic, organized, and confident? We need you! Our Host is the first face of La Mezcaleria and therefore incredibly important to us. You will represent our brand, our family and our vibe. This is a demanding position. Are you up for the challenge? 2+ years of experience is a must, and Spanish is an asset. Please send your resume and cover letter to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
(via Dezeen) It’s been over a year since David and Susan Scott launched their own firm, Scott & Scott Architects, but they’ve only recently completed their studio headquarters on the ground floor of their 1911 home off on 19th Ave off Main Street. They’ve clad the floor and walls with Douglas Fir planks which they’ve treated themselves with a mixture of Canadian whisky and beeswax (watch the video below). A rear workshop is divided from the main space by a functional storage hide/wall. David and Susan also designed the tables themselves using galvanised steel frames and hand-stitched leathers. Floor to ceiling window frontage invites the neighbours to look inside, but it also allows the architects to work with plenty of light (there are glass pendant lights hanging from the ceiling to add more in the evenings).