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…
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
Head to the Rio Theatre on August 21st to take in the Vancouver premiere of A Film About Coffee, the new documentary that is being celebrated by coffee wonks the world over. Bonus: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters will have a crew on hand dispensing unique heirloom varieties of coffee. Via our friends at the Rio: “The movie has been selling out screenings this summer around the world, from Portland to NYC to that place called New Zealand, so we’re stoked to bring it to Vancouver.” Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at 8pm. Tickets and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits, makers of the award-winning East Van Vodka and Wallflower Gin, is looking for an enthusiastic lead bartender to join their team at the distillery’s cocktail lounge. The lounge offers high quality, well executed cocktails showcasing spirits distilled in-house. A strong background in bartending, cocktail creation, plus a passion to provide exceptional customer service while proudly representing the Odd Society brand is a must! Duties include educating and selling Odd Society products to the public, as well as liaising with the local bartending community. Get the details and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
by Ken Tsui | Mr. Red Cafe has only been open in Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood for a few months now but it’s already being praised as a rare taste of what Northern Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. It starts with Pandan jasmine tea, which is served unsolicited as soon as diners sit, giving them a soothing first sip of the eatery’s approach to hospitality. It continues with dishes like xoi xeo ga (sticky rice with chicken pate) and their banh mi pate, a vietnamese sub loaded with meatloaf, cucumber, carrot and a healthy spread of chicken pate topped with crispy shallot.
The pho is also a great standby. They trade the flavour crutches like sugar and MSG for time, heat, and bones, and for a little extra zip to the broth, they replace the archetypal southern Vietnamese squeeze bottle of hoisin for an addictive rice vinegar steeped with chilies and garlic – a traditional northern Vietnamese condiment.
Rose, the incredibly sweet owner, works out front in the unassuming dining room. She loves to talk about the food her husband Hong cooks in the kitchen. The pair keep themselves busy by making everything in-house to ensure quality. From the chicken pate to the three different stocks they craft from scratch daily, they pride themselves in being purists who deliver the same authentic flavours found in the food stalls of Hanoi. It all combines for a place that always makes you feel welcome with honest cooking and genuine service from hands-on owners who are passionate about sharing their cultural roots through food. If you’d never heard of it until now, pay them a visit and enjoy.
Mr. Red Cafe | 2234 E. Hastings St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-710-9515 | No Website
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria on The Drive is open every Friday and Saturday night until 2AM offering their cocktail list, appetizers and a full taco menu. A variety of meat, vegetarian, and vegan tacos can be enjoyed while listening to local DJs spinning great vibes. The new summer cocktail list includes new favourites like the Lavender Pisco Sour and classics like freshly squeezed lime margaritas. New additions at the bar also include local craft beer from 33 Acres, Parallel 49, Four Winds and Merridale Cider and now features carefully selected handful of wines by the glass. Take a look at the musical line-up after the jump… Read more
by Ken Tsui | Before chefs Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook kick-off another fully booked dinner service at Mount Pleasant’s Peruvian-inspired Chicha eatery, they step aside to make way for general manager Kumiko Umeno, who will be putting together the night’s staff meal with her mom, Sayuri, as back-up. Together, they’re making mizutake and freshly folded gyozas for the team.
Mizutake is a Japanese chicken noodle soup – a comforting classic and exactly what the team needs before a busy night. As the chicken gently simmers in a traditional dashi stock, Kumiko and Sayuri fold gyozas with Shelome, who jumps in to help. Everyone has a good laugh when the chef’s first few dumplings look more like pierogis than gyozas, but with a bit of coaching from Sayuri, Bouvette quickly gets the hang of it.
When the chicken is almost ready, Kumiko drops enoki, tofu, cabbage and daikon into the bubbling broth and gives it all a stir. As the soup comes back up to a simmer, Kumiko adds udon while Sayuri pan fries the fresh gyoza. As the udon and first batch of gyoza finish cooking, Kumiko mounds shaved daikon into each bowl, flavouring it with soy, yuzu and spicy togarashi before ladling the restorative soup over it all.
Kumiko brings it all out to the hungry crew, who patiently wait in the dining room. The gyozas are scooped up quickly but Sayuri has the motherly foresight to pack some away, “the crew is going to need a late night snack after service,” she says while closing the lid of the box with a smile.
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | It’s the quiet ones that often take you by surprise. Shy and demure while awaiting the opportune moment for its official debut, Wallflower Gin by Odd Society Spirits is now the belle of the ball and is available on shelves at many of Vancouver’s finest cocktail bars and private liquor stores.
Almost all of the world’s gin is made with a neutral grain spirit, but distillers Gordon Glanz and Joshua Beach wanted to create a stand-alone gin crafted from the grain up. Wallflower Gin is made from 100% British Columbia grown barley and a distinctive combination of west coast and international botanicals. It is distilled in small batches in a unique copper-pot still that combines two great gin-making traditions: maceration and vapour extraction. The result is a balanced spirit that is luscious and aromatic yet light and refreshing.
“Because we make our gin from scratch, we have a greater understanding of each ingredient,” says distiller Joshua Beach. “Making this gin took a great amount of research, patience and care as we wanted to distinguish the delicate nuances of each floral component.”
With intense notes of rose, elderflower and lavender as well as subtle undertones of cranberry, juniper and orange peel, Wallflower Gin can be sipped straight or enjoyed in an impeccably crafted cocktail. Both gin aficionados and novices alike can start experimenting with their own 750ml bottle of Odd Society Spirits Wallflower Gin available at Odd Society Spirits’ distillery and cocktail lounge, and select Vancouver private liquor stores, restaurants, bars and farmers markets. Recipe for Odd Society Spirits BC Bramble after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited the soon-to-open Pallet Coffee Roasters on Semlin Drive (at East Hastings) to join the Coffee section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to source a cup of the dark stuff. Scout previewed the space just last month, so click here for some background. 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 thank them for their support and for making Hastings-Sunrise a more caffeinated place to be.
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About Pallet Coffee Roasters
At Pallet Coffee Roasters quality, traceability, & transparency always come first. We source in season coffees from only exceptional producers to show that everyone can get a nice cup.
To create anything delicious, the most important part is starting with simply good ingredients, and coffee is no different. Before we add a new coffee to our offering, each potential coffee has to meet our own benchmarks through multiple cupping & tasting sessions in regards to flavour, sweetness, and most importantly cleanliness. Coffees that are not specialty grade are out of the question.
We like to roast each coffee as delicately as possible to their sweetest level, taking into consideration their origin and terroir, the varietal, and processing style. The result unlocks true flavours, rather than flavours imparted by the roasting process. Coffee from different regions and origin have specific flavour characteristics of their own and we want to show these coffees in their best form.
Our roastery & coffee shop is tucked in the quaint East Village area in East Vancouver, on Semlin drive, bordering the diverse industrial & residential area. Mainly a production space, the coffee shop & tasting room lets us showcase our current offering, and at the same time visitors can see our roaster in action and the overall coffee roasting process.
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits is thrilled to announce that cocktail veteran Matt Cooke has joined the team as full-time Brand Ambassador and Bar Manager. With over a decade of cocktail experience, Cooke contributes experience, knowledge and creativity to the distillery’s cocktail lounge and brand.
“Matt Cooke is a welcome addition to the Odd Society team,” says Proprietor and General Manager, Miriam Karp. “He brings with him passion, drive and a wealth of knowledge about Vancouver cocktail culture.”
Holding a degree in engineering specializing in chemistry, complemented by a comprehensive understanding for cocktail creation and bartending, craft distillation is a natural curiosity for Cooke. He is a past director of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association’s B.C. Chapter, and has spent the last year as the senior bartender at Tableau Bar Bistro.
“As a bartender, working at a craft distillery like Odd Society Spirits is a dream realized,” says Cooke. “From grain to glass I have input, developing ideas for cocktails before the spirit is even finalized.”
As Brand Ambassador, Cooke will create and maintain an advanced cocktail program utilizing all products made onsite by Odd Society Spirits. Acting as an extension of the distillery, he will fulfill multiple roles including lead bartender and sales representative, educating local restaurant and bar staff about Odd Society Spirits. Read more
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria’s family is growing and is now offering 2 positions on our team! We need an incredible Bartender and a vivacious Host. Both are full time positions and are needed immediately. These positions are demanding and are key elements to our family. We need organized, passionate and tenacious personalities who will represent our brand with pride and love. Are you up for the challenge? 3+years experience required, spanish an asset. Please send your resume & cover letter, with topic heading referring to position you are applying, to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
by Grady Mitchell | Kingsgate Mall will always be a shopping centrepiece in Mount Pleasant, but for the month of June it’s pulling double duty as a creative hub, too. For her residency with the Western Front artist’s centre, Casey Wei has launched Kingsgate Mall Happenings, a month-long schedule of events in the mall including concerts, public forums, curated conversations, comedy, poetry readings, dance, karaoke, and even tarot readings.
Rather than disappear into dusty archives during her residency and conduct research, Casey chose to make a more public-facing and dynamic project. Although a mall seems an unlikely place to stage art, the response from Kingsgate management was enthusiastic from the get-go.
Casey and her crew have set up a small lounge in the centre of the mall comprised of some broken-in leather couches, a column of three TV monitors, and a rack of zines and schedules. This is a sort of command centre from which she’ll orchestrate and host the month’s events. Casey is still open to adding acts. You can get in touch with her via Kingsgatemallhappenings@gmail.com.
To check out the event schedule and learn more about Happenings, check out the website.
The GOODS from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Vancouver, BC | With summer just around the corner, the team at Parallel 49 Brewing Company has been busy bottling their thirst-quenching brews for patio season 2014. Welcome summer! Adding another craft brew to their seasonal lineup, the East Vancouver brewery is excited to introduce their newest fruity flavour, Tricycle, a refreshing lager blended with ruby red grapefruit juice.
Along with Tricycle, Parallel 49 will be bringing back some craft beer fan-favourites including Banana Hammock, a hefeweizen brewed with wheat, Pilsner malt and German hops with aromas of banana and cloves. And their much-anticipated Belgian style Witbier, Seedspitter, which boasts an effervescent watermelon aroma and crisp dry finish. The craft brewery has also brewed a lager version of their year round Hoparazzi, making it crisp and refreshing for those long, hot summer days in the sun.
“We always get excited about launching our seasonal beer,” said Graham With, head brewmaster at Parallel 49, “Nothing beats sipping on a cold craft beer on a hot summer day and our line-up of seasonal brews are crisp and refreshing.” Details after the jump… Read more