GOODS | Gastown’s “Notturno” Plates And Pours New Dishes And Drinks For The Cold

November 17, 2014 

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | Shorter (and colder!) days leave us reaching for some of our fall favourites like pork and veal polpette with San Marzano tomato sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano and potted chicken livers with a Marsala gelatina. And what better way to wash it all down than with The Witch & The Rose (a delicious blend of Four Roses Bourbon, Strega Italian aperitif, Fino dry sherry, anise-infused honey, and a house mix of orange bitters and rose water)? Fall never tasted so good! Learn more about the menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Rare, Acclaimed Beans From “The Barn” Arrive At Revolver Coffee In Gastown

November 14, 2014 

Revolver Coffee is a cafe located at 325 Cambie in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4444 | revolvercoffee.ca

Revolver Coffee is a cafe located at 325 Cambie in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4444 | revolvercoffee.ca

The GOODS from Revolver Coffee

Vancouver, BC | We’ve just added another roaster to our line up at Revolver: The Barn. Some savvy travellers may have already had a taste of The Barn on their summer trip to Berlin, where they are quickly making a name for themselves not just in Europe but internationally as well. You’ll be hard pressed to find a cup of The Barn anywhere else in Canada, making it another rare and precious addition to the shop. The Barn coffee is available now to take home by the bag or to enjoy in-house on both the brew and espresso bar. Read more

GOODS | “Blacktail Florist” To Host Special Dinner Paired With Single Pot Still Whiskies

November 14, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist is excited to host whiskey lovers for an evening of hidden Irish treasures. On November 18th at 7pm, four premium whiskies will be sampled for the first time in Canada; each of the four chosen liquors were imported directly from Ireland for this special event and will be accompanied by a one-time-only four course tasting menu by Executive Chef Geoff Rogers. Dishes are designed to complement and counterbalance the historic and comforting whiskey flavours of Ireland.

The evening’s featured whiskeys are Pot Still Irish Whiskies, a style made from both malted and unmalted barley which is triple-distilled in traditional copper pot stills. The method is commonly known as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey, and these varieties boast complex flavours and a true taste of Irish magic.

Guests will be warmly greeted in true Irish fashion—with a drink! After enjoying a complimentary Jameson Select Reserve cocktail, guests begin their journey through the evening’s main event. For those new to the charms of whiskey or wishing to expand their knowledge, the evening will be guided by a whiskey expert, Midleton Distillery-trained and Jameson Brand Ambassador to BC, Simone Kelly.

The Single Pot Still Dinner is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). This includes a four-course meal paired with samples of four whiskies. Only 26 tickets will be sold to correspond with the 26oz in each bottle, so interested parties should move quickly to secure their spot. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.ca. Whiskey breakdown and details after the jump… Read more

STAFF MEAL | A Big, Belated Thanksgiving Feast For The Crew At Gastown’s Bambudda

November 13, 2014 

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by Ken Tsui | Before Curtis Luk and his kitchen crew gear up for another night at Gastown’s Bambudda, they’re celebrating a late Thanksgiving, Bambudda style. “We didn’t really get a chance to celebrate,” says Curtis, “so we’re making up for it tonight.”

To build the menu, the kitchen team draws from their childhood Thanksgiving experiences. Chef Justin Ell replaces the traditional turkey with a pair of chickens stuffed with ‘nduja sausage; Chef Luk shares his aunt’s guarded recipe for sweet and sour pork; Tim Wong spends the afternoon cooking Chinese BBQ spare ribs; and Chef Zach Somjen ties the holiday theme together with his family’s classic dessert, a whopping sweet potato pie.

The cooks spend the afternoon leisurely preparing their dishes while tooling their usual service prep. In the final hour before the first customers arrive, Justin pulls the chickens out of the oven and stuffs them with soft boiled eggs marinated in chilis, black vinegar, and XO sauce, while Chef Somjen puts a torch to his pie’s marshmallow top and Curtis adds to the decadence by frying up cronuts with some leftover dessert dough. “This is how chefs get fat”, he laughs, tossing them into the fryer.

As the dishes come out of the kitchen, owner Ray Loy brings out a stack of plates and cutlery for the feast and the spread of food begins to look like a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated traditions that ring true to the Thanksgiving experience inside a Chinese-Canadian household. The crew takes a minute to snap photos before grabbing individual plates and enjoying – together – their much deserved (if belated) Thanksgiving.

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GOODS | Gastown’s “Cavalier” To Host Anne Sportun Collection Launch On November 29

November 12, 2014 

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, November 29th, Cavalier will be hosting an open house to launch its newest collection. Join the guys between 12pm and 8pm to check out the latest goods and keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner. The collection features exquisite, handcrafted, and one of a kind pieces created by Toronto designer Anne Sportun. Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #521 | First Look At “Lukes General Store” On West Hastings St.

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by Andrew Morrison | I took a peek inside the imminent Lukes General Store at 49 West Hastings last night (between Acme Cafe and Save On Meats). It’s a huge step up from their old pop up digs in Chinatown. It’s small, to be sure, but they’ve managed to cram a lot of cool stuff in there without making it feel cramped. The impossibly high ceilings help. Immediately catching my eye was the vinyl collection, which is pretty awesome for a limited selection, and the Chronograph, which you’ll read about below. First, here’s an excerpt from our first story on Lukes, which was published back in August. It’ll give you the basic skinny of what we’re looking at:

“Vancouver has been really great to us”, says owner Gareth Lukes, whose family has operated Calgary fixture Lukes Drug Mart since 1951.” We love being here. There is so much great energy in this city right now and great communities with a lot of interest in the products and experiences we offer.” The move to the larger, fixed address will allow Lukes to broaden their retail offerings and table a cafe experience featuring donuts from nearby Cartem’s Donuterie and coffee from the Bay Area’s highly regarded Four Barrel. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, it’s the outstanding stuff they brew at San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. This will be the first time their beans will see retail action in Canada. For the shop’s shelves, Dry Goods Manager Veronika Rezucha (formerly of Lark on Main) will be bringing in bars from Mast Brothers Chocolate and products from Malin + Goetz Apothecary, Baxter of California Shaving, Juniper Ridge, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and McClure’s Pickles (to name just a few). Music aficionado Shaun Cowan, formerly of Scratch Records, is on board to manage the store’s vinyl selection.

Everyone involved (as far as I could tell) was on hand last night, stocking the shelves and putting the finishing touches on things. That includes coffee pro Laura Cummings, who was tinkering with the espresso machine, project manager Aaron Schubert, Shawn Mankowse of Calgary’s Wreck City Collective (the crew responsible for the dreamy “Chronograph” light installation above the espresso bar), and Sara Sheridan, whose origami firm Along Came The Fold designed the stunning light fixtures above the communal table.

Regarding the Chronograph, which is the major talking point in the store (until you’re faced with a Four Barrel coffee and a Cartem’s donut), the artist’s statement says it’s “a large scale analog light clock created [...] It uses light and projections to show the passage of time as well as highlight found and reclaimed objects from East Vancouver. The clock serves as a tangible marker for a changing neighbourhood, and a reminder of our unfaltering future, forever influenced by ghosts of the past.”

It’ll be a cool little shop/cafe when it officially opens, which is tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 8th). The Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm, and from 10am to 5pm on the weekends.

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GOODS | “Blacktail Florist” Launches New Menu, Adds New Lunch Option To Gastown

November 6, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist launches its new lunch menu, available now from 11:30am to 2:30pm from Monday to Friday. Thoughtfully crafted by Executive from farm-to-finish, the noontime menu is a welcome addition to Gastown’s lunch scene, offering comforting favourites with innovative twists and fresh daily features.

Guests enjoy lamb burgers with sour cherry relish and fresh arugula; porchetta with anchovy mayo and greens; and house made soups and pastas, all prepared fresh daily. For those seeking adventurous selections, there’s an ox tongue pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut and house mustard, or BC tuna niçoise served with in-house pickled green beans, new potatoes and egg. For a snappy mid-day meal in under an hour, Blacktail offers a fortifying three-course lunch to satiate and speed you on your way. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Blacktail Florist Is On The Lookout For Dedicated Kitchen Staff

October 31, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist, nominated as one of enRoute’s best new restaurants in Canada, is located at the entrance to Gastown. We serve regionally inspired cuisine using the freshest ingredients possible. We are currently looking for talented, dedicated and hardworking chefs and cooks to join our kitchen team. The desired candidates will possess a working knowledge of meat fabrication, sauces, garde manger preparations and many other culinary skills. This is a full time position to start immediately. Wage will be negotiated. Please forward your resumes to info [at] blacktailflorist.ca. Read more

GOODS | “Notturno” Prepares To Serve Two Special White Truffle Dinners In November

October 30, 2014 

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | November is when white truffle season goes full bloom. To celebrate, Nottturno will host its highly anticipated White Truffle Dinner. For two nights only – November 10 and 11 – guests can enjoy Chef Bill Robitaille’s nine-course white truffle tasting menu, complete with wine pairings from Ben DeChamplain. A limited number of seats are available each night for this epic celebration that is sure to please both truffle newbies and aficionados, so reserve your spot today! Tickets are $375, wine pairings included (taxes and gratuity not). To purchase yours, please call 604-720-3145. Take a peek at the White Truffle Dinner menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | New Prix Fixe By Chef Curtis Luk And New Cocktails At Gastown’s Bambudda

October 29, 2014 

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

The GOODS from Bambudda

Vancouver, BC | Bambudda is ringing in the Fall/Winter season with a $32 prix fixe menu from Chef Curtis Luk along with a new cocktail list. We’ve added a sentimental favourite, the Suffering Bastard – scotch, gin, lime, house made ginger syrup – to our classics. Additions to our house list include the Post Opium – rum, passionfruit, kaffir lime bitters and a warm white chocolate apricot brandy float, as well as the Powell Street Sour – smoky scotch, lemon, Cab Sauv float with house vermouth air. Reservations can be made at bambudda.ca. Learn more after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #927 | A Puzzle Of Delicious Pork Schnitzel At “Wildebeest”

October 27, 2014 

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A shout out to one of our staple faves, the sharable pork schnitzel appetizer at Wildebeest. These salty, crunchy-to-tender morsels are really long on flavour, especially when dipped in the supplied spiced beer mustard. Available at dinner and during weekend brunch service.

120 West Hastings St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca | $9

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | ‘Blacktail Florist In Gastown On Hunt For Experienced Host

October 23, 2014 

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

Blacktail Florist is located at 200-332 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | www.blacktailflorist.ca

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Blacktail Florist and Kanaka are looking for a driven, professional, full-time lead host. A minimum of three years experience in the service industry is mandatory. We are searching for someone who is outgoing and personable and not afraid to take control of our busy room. Excellent communication skills and passion for service is a must. Experience with Open Table is a plus. Duties include managing reservations, handling guest relations and responding to emails. We pay a competitive wage and are seeking someone to join our growing family for the long term. Please email a short cover letter and resume to Nina at info [at] blacktailflorist.ca. Read more

GOODS | New Pieces From Hilary Druxman, Wolf Circus, Others At Gastown’s “Cavalier”

October 23, 2014 

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | It might be the time of year to layer up, but you mustn’t forget about your accessories. We wanted to keep it simple this Fall and go with understated and refined sterling silver pieces that can be paired with nearly any outfit. It’s also getting close to that time of year when you need to start thinking about holiday gifts so the shots above are a little inspiration from our latest Fall shoot featuring designs by Army of Rokosz, Catherine Hartley, Foe and Dear, Hilary Druxman, and Wolf Circus. Learn more about the shop after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s PiDGiN Now Pouring Poetic Flights Of Japanese Whisky & Sake

October 20, 2014 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s PiDGiN is pleased to introduce their 5,7,5 Japanese sake and whisky flights, each accompanied by a haiku-inspired description of three premium quality liquors. Start your journey with sake, and taste the rhythmic flavours and aromas of smooth and superior varietals. Continue your poetic flight through the unique moods of limited-edition Japanese whisky, and lose yourself in the prose and verse of rare, sought-after blends. Get all the details and (enjoy some haiku) after the jump… Read more

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