SEEN IN VANCOUVER #507 | Previewing The Restaurant Rumble (Fraske v. Chromik)

The second episode of their Aprons For Gloves’ Restaurant Rumble preview series has dropped. It sets up the anticipated showdown between Sarah Faske and Andrea Chromik. The fights take place in Gastown on July 23rd. Click here for details and to score tickets to the Livestream parties.

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GOODS | Chef Wesley Young Tables New Menu Of Summer Flavours At “Wildebeest”

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Wildebeest restaurant has launched its summer menu. Executive Chef Wesley Young brings the heat this season with a fresh, well-balanced line up of dishes that draw heavily from the Pacific Northwest’s rich and varied agricultural largess.

Available for the next few months, the menu features well-rounded midsummer fare with a focus on lighter proteins and the reciprocity of crisp flavours and varied textures. Diners can expect to taste dishes such as pan-roasted halibut with oyster mushrooms, an egg yolk glaze, seaweed, and dashi; oyster ‘Blumenthal’ with poached razor clam, rhubarb ‘snow’, and croutons; Fraser Valley rabbit with butter-poached white asparagus, fava beans, and peas; and rainbow carrots with a stinging nettle ‘cassoulet’, summer squash, and mustard flowers.

Dessert tempers the season’s torrid temperatures with offerings of yoghurt sorbet with walnut praline, macerated strawberries, and edible flowers, and toasted hazelnut ice cream with sorrel mousse and fresh strawberries.

From the bar hails the latest incarnation of the restaurant’s rotating frozen cocktail feature: a bright and heady tequila-watermelon slushie, just in time for the inauguration of Wildebeest’s recently launched Happy Hour. From 5-7pm daily, cool off with boozy slushies and Parallel 49 ‘Tricycle’ Radler for just $5 a pop. To view the full menu, visit www.wildebeest.ca. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Pourhouse” Is Looking For A F/T Manager & P/T Bartender

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

The GOODS from Pourhouse

Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is searching for an experienced full-time manager. Applicants must possess strong leadership skills and most importantly be passionate about food and cocktails. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Position offers salary and benefits. The restaurant is also looking for an experienced part-time bartender. If you are hard working, committed, great with people and have a passion for cocktails, apply now. Evening and weekend availability is a must. For both positions, please send resumes to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. Read more

DINER | Behind The Scenes At “L’Abattoir” From Its Construction Dust To Opening Day

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It was four years ago today that Lee Cooper, Paul Grunberg, and Nin Rai opened their critically acclaimed Gastown eatery L’Abattoir at 217 Carrall Street (the original Irish Heather location). Take a look below for behind the scenes images taken during construction, training, and on opening day…

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HONOUR BOUND | “Restaurant Rumble” To Be Screened Live At Parties Across The City

Are you excited for the Aprons For Gloves’ Restaurant Rumble on July 23rd? So the hell are we. Even though it’s now sold out, you can still catch all the action with your friends in Gastown (Portside), Chinatown (Fortune Sound Club), or on the Granville strip (The Bottleneck). Yup, all three venues are throwing special Livestream viewing parties and they’re going to be awesome. Click on the links above for tickets and details. Bonus: watch the new Restaurant Rumble preview video!

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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #504 | A Cool Thing Happened Five Years Ago Today In Gastown

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On July 9th, 2009, the restaurant community in Gastown was significantly smaller than it is now, but the amount of good will and camaraderie within was very high. To wit, during the construction of Pourhouse – five years ago today – young restaurant owners and staff from across the DTES gathered in the mess of the construction site to put the bar in place, together, and anoint it in ceremony as a family. We were lucky enough to catch it on video (above)… Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest’s “Underbelly” Set To Welcome Jura Legends For Big Wine Supper

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, July 24th at 7:00pm, enjoy a Gallic staycation at Gastown’s Wildebeest with a five-course menu paired with wines of the Jura from Domaine André and Mireille Tissot. Join Wine Director Brook Delves and Sommelier Justin Everett as they host and speak to Tissot’s tipples at this unparalleled long-table dinner in Underbelly, Wildebeest’s intimate subterranean wine bar. Chef Wesley Young elevates the senses with a classic five-course menu inspired by French mountain cuisine in harmony with some of the region’s choicest biodynamic wines. Importer That’s Life Gourmet will also be in attendance. Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Details and menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Notturno” Serving Up New Plates And Cocktail Features For July

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 | “Fare la scarpetta” or “to do the small shoe” is an awesome Italian saying that basically means taking a small piece of bread and mopping up any leftover sauce on your plate. Okay, so the translation may not be the best (small shoe?) – but we guarantee the rich tomato sauce with our braised pork ribs and scarpetta will have you licking the plate clean. And to top it all off, try it with the only Compliment you’ll need – a July cocktail feature with Akavit, gin, and Maraschino. Get a full read of the menu after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s PiDGiN On The Lookout For An Innovative Line Cook

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 | PiDGiN is on the lookout for a line cook to join their talented and tight knit back-of-house team. Candidates must be innovative, hard-working and able to endure long hours, and have a passion for plating high-quality French-Asian cuisine. Requirements include a culinary school background or previous experience working the line in a fast-paced restaurant. We only put the best behind our stoves! Want to join the Pidgin team? Submit your application in confidence to resumes [at] pidginyvr.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

DINER | Gastown’s Irish Heather Welcomes Back Families With Changes To Liquor Laws

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The Irish Heather is one of the first liquor primary venues in BC to receive approval today for their application to the liquor board allowing minors to dine with their families in the popular Irish pub.

The Irish Heather is thrilled to welcome back families. Owner Sean Heather recalls how for the first 10 years of the Irish Heathers life, it’s original license allowed families. A switch to a liquor primary license coupled with a move to a new location 7 years ago made it impossible to entertain families.

“When we originally opened the Irish Heather with a restaurant license, we used to have regulars bring their kids and incredibly popular Sunday lunches for families. It was overall a completely different daytime environment, similar to what you would find in Ireland. Since operating with a liquor primary license, we have had to turn away countless disappointed customers hoping to dine with their kids over the years” says Sean Heather.

The Irish Heather will be launching a new kids menu next week, and plans to offer incentives to boost family business. Kids under 10 years old will eat for free from 11:30am to 7:00pm, along with plans to bring back the popular family Sunday lunches. Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Blacktail Florist” Gets Set For Inaugural Brunch Service Saturday

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 | Newly opened Blacktail Florist launches its brunch menu on Saturday, June 28, 2014. A welcome boost to Gastown’s brunch scene, the mid-day menu––offered on Saturdays and Sundays––offers both sweet and savoury selections to satisfy every palate, and boasts our region’s finest bounty and freshest handpicked ingredients.

Blacktail Florist’s brunch menu is inspired by wild seasonal products and humble ingredients. Featuring only the best local free-range chicken eggs, sustainable meats, and just-picked fruits and vegetables, the menu offers fresh perspectives to familiar dishes. Start with savoury and enjoy corned beef skillet with cheddar, green onions and potatoes roesti or a peameal bacon and poached pear benny. Satisfy your sweet tooth with French toast, rhubarb, hazelnuts and maple syrup or crêpe Genieve with strawberry, brie and mint. To round out the menu, guests can enjoy classic brunch cocktails with new twists, like a Caesar with house-made clamato, horseradish and fresh pressed celery juice. Read more

LOOKCITY | On The Hunt For Awesome Hats At The New “Hastings Hattery” In Gastown

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by Robyn Yager | Wearing a hat requires confidence. To many of us, the addition of a topper to our everyday attire can feel entirely foreign, but when done right they can add a little extra personality to every outfit.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Rachelle Cashato, head of Hastings Hattery (no pun intended), one of the newest arrivals to the western edge of Gastown and a descendant of The Granville Island Hat Shop, a retail store that doubles as a studio where hat enthusiasts can customize, alter, repair, and personalize their existing hats. Here’s what she had to say about how hats fit in your personal style and what we can expect when on the hunt for the perfect one at Hastings Hattery.

How do hats fit into personal style? Hats are really the defining accessory in personal style. Most of the people I have worked with over the years have a relationship with their hat. It becomes an old friend, a companion. It gives on the ability to express themselves in a way that no other fashion accessory does. I think our personal style is developed as we experience life and typically your hat is along for the ride.

For someone looking to start wearing hats, what kind of tips would you recommend to them to find the perfect one to suit their style? The basics are to find something that compliments one’s features. Making sure that you are wearing something you reall love and feel confident in will only accentuate your existing style. The nice thing about our new space is that we offer full restoration and custom work, so even if someone has a hat that they haven’t committed to wearing, we can often help find a way to adjust it and make it really work for them, so sometimes its not even about buying new, just working what you already have.

Hats can be a really tricky accessory – it can either pull a look together or totally throw it off. Why would you say hats are so dramatic in this sense? Drama is relative; 80 years ago you couldn’t walk down the street and see someone NOT wearing a hat. It’s all about confidence. Wear what you want and you will feel as comfortable as you do in your pj’s.

Do you have any favourite hat brands that you think do it really well? Any Canadian brands? Aside from all the amazing hats we make in our own studio here, I love Akubra – their Sydney is my go to hat; you can it in so many ways, and Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute from New York. We have a lot of Canadian talent: Magill and Canadian Hat in Montreal, and Lilliput in Toronto.

Are there any particular styles of hat that you see as a trend right now? What do you think will be a trend in the next few seasons? Toppers, traditional and non-traditional – either super classy or very eccentric allowing for a lot of for personalization. I also have a lot of people bringing in hats they received from parents or grandparents that have sentimental value. We restore old hats to be worn so they can be enjoyed. We are also going back to personalized embossing on interior hat bands. We have a machine from the late 1800′s that we have had refurbished, embossing in gold leaf. It lets you put your own stamp on your hat, literally.

Hastings Hattery is located at 157 West Hastings Street (follow them on Instagram). Their sister store, Granville Island Hat Shop, can be found at 4-1666 Johnston Street at the Netloft.

- Photo of Rachelle Cashato by Anita Alberto.

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AWESOME THING WE ATE #919 | A Sweet Summer Camp Dessert At “Blacktail Florist”

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Chef Jimmy Stewart and his kitchen team at Gastown’s good-looking Blacktail Florist share a knack for playful, tweezery presentations, but the high premium they put on light-hearted aesthetic exactitude never comes at the expense of taste. There are many dishes of evidence (ahem, pop rock-sprinkled salmon belly in dilly endive), but the one that tripped us out the most deliciously was a dessert: cedar campfire-flavoured cream and condensed sweet potato puffs that spread out over a landscape of decadent malted milk crumbs littered from on high with smoked salt, cranberries and (what looked to be) cornflowers. It was a combination of combinations that we never knew combined, and in doing so superbly it closed a meal that killed from the first bite.

Blacktail Florist | 200-332 Water Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-699-0249 | blacktailflorist.ca

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