The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Looking for a way to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? La Mezcaleria is proud to announce our upcoming tasting with partners Chocolaterie Nouvelle France and Celestial Tequila at Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village on Saturday, November 2nd from 2 to 6pm. Featuring custom cocktails by La Mezcaleria Bar Manager Kelly Ann Woods using La Chocolaterie’s hot and cold drinking chocolate, house fermented Tepache (made from pineapple) and silver, reposado and anejo tequilas from Celestial. And in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, we will have an elegant Katrina (think white face, flowers, skeleton-like) on site with whom attendees can be photographed while enjoying libations. Read more
Meat tastes better on a stick, and beer tastes great with BBQ. Come enjoy Meat & Beer: Summer BBQ Tasting with Cicerone and Filmmaker Craig Noble on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30 – 9:00PM. It’s an odyssey through meats on a stick from Asia, the Middle East and South America, all paired with classic beer styles from across the world. Six sticks, six beers, BBQ, and beyond refreshing lager. And to top it all off, a sneak peak at Craig’s new craft beer documentary CRAFT will be screened (watch a short clip below).
The GOODS from Legacy Liquor Store
Vancouver, BC | Legacy Liquor Store is seeking an Events Coordinator! This is an exciting position where your unique skills can really shine, but a demanding position that requires superb organizational skills, attention to detail, strong product knowledge and an appetite for excellence. A background in restaurant service would be most beneficial. This position is approximately 3-4 days per week and requires flexible availability. If you are able to maintain accuracy under pressure, multi-task different situations pleasantly and professionally, and take pride in reliability and customer service, then we’d like to hear from you via aaron [at] legacyliquorstore.com. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | Watching the Dragon Boats trying to park is the next cool thing. The races in False Creek are always fun, but they pale in entertainment value when lined up against their own end game: parking. Grab a sandwich at Terra Breads or Food Cart Fest (if it’s a summer Sunday) nearby and have a quiet laugh as the many vessels (and paddlers) do their damnedest to navigate back to their docks without colliding into one another. It’s like Tetris but it’s played with oars.
The GOODS from Legacy Liquor Store
Vancouver, BC | Join Whistler Brewing Brewmaster Matt Dean at the Harvest Table & Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday, August 3rd from 4-10PM for a guided tasting of Whistler’s beer portfolio; catch the bus to Nat Bailey Stadium and enjoy a complimentary Whistler Beer and all you can eat BBQ; then watch the Vancouver Canadians take on the Hilsboro Hops and wrap up the evening with fireworks. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday! Tickets are only $60 and can be purchased in-store or online here. Read more
The GOODS from Dockside
Vancouver, BC | With the arrival of its first shipment of refillable “Growler” bottles, Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company in the Granville Island Hotel is pleased to join the Growler revolution that’s taking place all across BC.
Starting immediately, craft beer lovers will be able to take Dockside’s signature brews home with them in one of two different reusable and resealable 2L bottles. The two style of bottle on offer are the classic ”Brown Jug” Growler with a twist-off top and a Deluxe Growler with a mechanical swing-top closure.
The Brown Jug Growlers will be sold for $10 and Swingtop Growlers for $20 and entitle the buyer to a discounted first fill for $10. Subsequent fills and fills for craft beer fans who want to bring their own Growler in will be available for the regular price of $14.
“We’ve been talking about Growlers for some time and we’re really excited to be launching them,” said Eugene Vassilev, Director of Food & Beverage Operations. “We’re proud of our brewing program and think it’s high time that our fans are able to take home signature brews like our Jamaican Lager, Railspur IPA and Johnson St. Pilsner to enjoy at home.” Read more
by Andrew Morrison | This past Sunday saw the first reincarnation of Food Cart Fest in its new location. It was awesome, though there is with room for improvement. I’d love to see more seats, for example, and a mighty big beer garden featuring all our local craft breweries (keep dreaming, sunshine), but really, the only real hassle were the line-ups. The interest from the public was a lot more than I think the organisers anticipated, so the queues at some of the food trucks were longer than I had patience for. We’re talking 30 people deep at some of them.
I’d eaten at most of the trucks assembled and knew there wasn’t a dud among them (Roaming Dragon, Tacofino, Mogu, etc), so my happy solution was to visit the one with the shortest queue. That’s what I suspect a lot of other people did, too, presumably with equally delicious results. Sitting down on the curb with my two kids and munching on delicious Jerk Chicken, Snapper, and Pulled Pork tacos from Feastro (why it had the shortest line up is beyond me), we soaked the place us with broad smiles. This is Vancouver street food, not crappy fast food. It’s definitely worth waiting for!
Ernesto Gomez, one of the event’s organisers, came by for a chat, and he, too, seemed to be amazed at the turnout. “We’re hopefully going to try and get more trucks for next time,” he told me. While he’s at it, it would be awesome to include a couple more non-food vendors, too (there were some, selling vintage duds, records, and such). I didn’t want to leave, even after I was full, so the inedible distractions were a big plus. Alas, it’s a “food first” gig, so no big deal there.
Really, I was just thrilled to see it again. I dug Food Cart Fest hugely when it was in the back parking lot of The Waldorf, so it was great to see it writ even larger like a laager next to False Creek, and never mind the few raindrops. The place was packed with happy munchers, friendly dogs, little kids, and – bless them – at least some of the food vendors had simplified their menus so they could turn and burn like champs.
And the really cool thing? It’s on again this Sunday and the next, and the next, and the…you get the idea. The weekly event is now part of our landscape, ours to enjoy with napkins and drool. See you there!
Happens every Sunday until September 22 (14 weeks)
215 West 1st Avenue | 12pm to 6pm
Admission is $2 (max charge for families is $5)
Children 13 and under get in free
Scout is a proud sponsor of Food Cart Fest. We’ll be seeing you there!
by Stevie Wilson | It can be a beautiful thing when modern architectural visions and history combine, and the Vancouver Salt Company’s old building on False Creek (Olympic Village) is a case in point. Thanks to its crisp, polished finishes and bold color scheme, the Salt Building could easily be mistaken for a brand new structure leaning on our city’s penchant for industrial design. The truth, however, is that this spot is the real deal featuring a long history that reflects much on our city’s changing industrial landscape and operations.
Built circa 1930, the original 13,000 square-foot space served in partnership with the Bay Area salt trade in San Francisco, whereby unrefined salt was shipped to Vancouver for secondary processing and extraction. The Vancouver Salt Company was at this time owned by Leslie Salt Refining Co. of Newark, California. Later, in 1970, it would come under the control of Arden Vancouver Salt Co. Ltd. and subsequently Domtar Ltd before it fell into disrepair prior to the 2010 Olympics. The structure features a complex roof truss system bearing weight onto numerous columns, with a large clerestory of windows brightening the long stretch of working space. In 1954, the demand for salt became so great that a northern expansion was completed by Wright Engineers Ltd to accommodate new equipment.
The building is one of the only remnants of the strong industrial history of False Creek, which featured sawmills, steel fabrication plants, logging sites, foundries, shipbuilders and various other businesses dependent on a close proximity to rail and water shipping avenues. The salt processed here was a key component of the fishing trade in Vancouver; many food industries relied on this product to help preserve their own.
The structure has been subject to numerous architectural changes to accommodate the evolving nature of industries along the waterfront. Loading docks, new conveyors, and other modern changes coincided with new methods of shipping, improvements in technology, and increases in product demand. In the late 1980s the building served as a recycling and paper-shredding plant under Belkin Paper Stock Ltd. Decades later, it now operates as a center for the False Creek community, and is apparently the future spot of a new 350-seat “mega” craft beer pub (because of course).
It’s one of the only buildings in the city with LEED Gold certification (that’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for us laypeople), and the architects of its most recent transformation (Acton Ostry) stayed true to the buildings’ roots in an effort to preserve its cultural and historical aesthetics. It boasts Heritage B designation by the City, meaning that it’s a legally protected structure, and has been the recipient of many awards, particularly in Planning Excellence and Green Design. Back in 2002, the building was shortlisted among the Vancouver Heritage Society’s Top Ten Endangered Sites, so it’s a relief to see it reborn – even if it was for the purpose of an “athletes’ living room”. Check it out the next time you’re on a walk or a ride by. Soon you just might be able to enjoy a nice pint inside, too.
[carousel image courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects]
Stevie Wilson is an historian masquerading as a writer. After serving as an editor for the UBC History Journal, she’s decided to branch out with a cryptic agenda: encouraging the people of Vancouver to take notice of their local history and heritage with You Should Know, a Scout column that aims to reveal to readers the many historial things that they already see but might not undertstand.
The GOODS from Dockside
Vancouver, BC | Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company in the Granville Island Hotel is holding a Crusts & Casks fundraising party on Monday, June 24th. Dockside staff member Craig Ludtke as he prepares for the Aprons for Gloves charity boxing tournament. The event will be held in Dockside’s lounge from 6-10pm and will feature two casks brewed by Craig, draw prizes and with great prices on Dockside’s forno oven pizza and in-house brewed beers.
The special casks for the event are a dry-hopped Railspur IPA with Chai Spices along with a Haupenthal Hefeweizen spiced with cloves, ginger and tropical fruits. For this special event, all Dockside’s pizzas will be offered for the special price of $10 each (regular $15-18) with $2 from each pizza being donated to support Craig’s fundraising. All of Dockside’s craft beers will also be speciallypriced at $5 with $1 from each being donated by Dockside.
Tickets for Crusts & Casks are $10 and include a sleeve from each cask and a ticket for draw prizes. They may be purchased through http://crustsandcasks.eventbrite.com. Direct donations to Craig’s fundraising site can also be made here. Read more
The GOODS from Kale & Nori
Vancouver, BC | On March 6th, Kale & Nori’s popular Bittered Sling Bistro returns to Legacy Liquor Store for a third season. Each month, guests are engaged with a different spirit – both artisanal and multi-national – and their ability to pair with stunning combinations of flavours with the right Bartender at the stick. With interactive monthly themes and scorecards, this will prove to be Bittered Sling’s best season yet. Presented at the Legacy Liquor Store’s beautiful Harvest Table and hosted by Kale & Nori’s award-winning Mixologist Lauren Mote and Chef Jonathan Chovancek. This is Vancouver’s longest running and biggest cocktail and food-pairing competition, offering a high level creative event for apprentice and veteran bartenders across British Columbia. Details after the jump… Read more
(via Design Boom) “Installed near the Bir-Hakeim bridge [in Paris], the conception is formed out of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – developing in space with an arch-like form. Designed entirely of light materials, the project crosses the Seine at a specific point; it can of course adapt to larger or smaller dimensions at other sites [my italics].”
How many fewer people would commute by car across False Creek’s three bridges if a fourth was built and it was a giant trampoline? Who wouldn’t want to
safely hilariously bounce across it? This being Vancouver, helmets would be mandatory, but it would still be the best rush hour ever! Look into it, Gregor et al. Earn your money today.
by Andrew Morrison | One of the seemingly silliest press releases ever to land in my inbox dates back to the Fall of 2007, when NU Restaurant on the False Creek seawall (now closed) saw fit to let the media know that they’d changed their chairs. Ooh, right? Big fucking deal. But it was a big deal, at least kind of. These were some pretty controversial chairs, brother, at least as controversial as chairs can be (well, almost).
I personally found the original ones attractive (I love me some turquoise), but they were wickedly, infamously uncomfortable to a lot of people, and though I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that they eventually forced the restaurant to close in a roundabout way, the effect that they had on so many spoiled asses was nonetheless more negative than positive, and Rule #3982 in the restaurant handbook clearly states that you never want your chairs to steal the show from your cuisine.
Anyway, imagine my surprise while eating my lunch on my deck a few minutes ago when my neighbour came carting out truckloads of them into the street. “Are those the chairs from NU?” I asked, dumbfounded. “Yup, I’m getting rid of them.” he replied, lifting one of the last into a truck. A part of me wanted to take one off his hands for a museum piece, but good sense prevailed. Where they’ll eventually end up, I do not know. But behold, Simba! The circle of life!
News from Scout supporter Nu
Vancouver, BC | The Greek Easter feast at Georgia Kambolis’ house in West Vancouver has been a yearly tradition for foodies and media who’ve been lucky enough to get an invitation. With Nu’s winter rebranding as a Greek restaurant, Georgia and her son, restaurateur Harry Kambolis, decided to open things up a bit. This year, the event has been pushed to late June, to coincide with Vancouver’s 21st Greek Day on Broadway, and everyone’s invited.
From 4pm onwards on Saturday, June 25th, Nu will serve lamb roasted on spit and a generous buffet of Greek dishes: spanakopitas, charred octopus, dolmades, keftedes, kota, baked pastitso, and calamari. The afternoon and evening of feasting is only $25.00.
“We Greeks are famous for our hospitality, and for our parties,” says Georgia Kambolis. “I’m very excited to be hosting this get-together, this time, right on the water. Read more