GOODS | Gastown’s “Bambudda” Hideaway Lands Curtis Luk As Its New Executive Chef

October 15, 2014 

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

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

The GOODS from Bambudda

Vancouver, BC | Bambudda’s Ray Loy is pleased to announce the appointment of Chef Curtis Luk (formerly of Top Chef Canada Season 2, Fable Restaurant, and, most recently, The Parker) as head chef at the Nouveau Chinese restaurant.

“It’s a perfect match,” says Luk of his new position. “Ray and I were both born in Hong Kong. We both grew up in Canada—in my case Ontario and in Ray’s right here in Vancouver. Because of that, we share a similar Cantonese culinary foundation, as well as an appreciation of Western techniques.”

“Cantonese restaurants were the first type of Chinese cuisine to come to Vancouver,” says Loy. “With Curtis at the helm, Bambudda will continue to reinvent classic Cantonese cuisine with a fresh spin. No one is able to embody that spirit quite like Curtis.”

Chef Luk’s constantly evolving menu, served family-style, places an emphasis on melding traditional flavour combinations with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Pork Belly with Taro is served with a sauce of Red Fermented Tofu and Lime. The Salt and Pepper Humboldt Squid is pan-seared and served with a house-made sauce of Szechuan White Peppercorns and Shallots. The Pork Dumplings (gaau) are paired with a Watercress Sauce and Pickled Ginger Salad.

Vegetarian diners will continue to be tempted by Bambudda’s vegetarian and vegan offerings such as Crisp Tofu with Sichuan Pepper, Wood Ear Mushrooms and Kale; Double Cooked Eggplant with Seasonal Vegetables and Crispy Rice Noodles and Roasted Kobocha Squash served with locally harvested Sea Lettuce.

Head bartender Tarquin Melnyk’s inventive cocktail list features in-house infusions of rose hip, citrus, clove, cardamom, green tea and rhubarb that pair perfectly with Chef Luk’s creations.

Bambudda offers a quintessentially Vancouver dining experience where East meets West in new and delightfully unexpected ways. Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Pourhouse” To Serve Up Special Thanksgiving Supper On Sunday

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

The GOODS from Pourhouse

Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse will be plating a very special Thanksgiving feature this coming Sunday night (October 12). Guests can enjoy delicious roast turkey served with mashed potatoes, sautéed brussels sprouts and butternut squash accompanied by homemade cranberry sauce and gravy for $26 (while quantities last). Rhett Williams recommends pairing the meal with one of the featured fall cocktails. Try the Haddonfield – a festive mix of overproof bourbon, aged mezcal, dry curacao, local stone-ground cider and house-made apple bitters. Sunday night will also feature Live Jazz from the John Howard Trio from 7-10pm. Reservations are recommended. Read more

GOODS | “Cavalier” Back From Saarbrücken With New Treasure Trove Of Nivrel Watches

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

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

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | The watch you wear speaks volumes about your style. It can act as a genuine timepiece or as an accessory to just about any outfit. Starting at $500, the Nivrel collection has styles that can be worn with almost any outfit. Watch connoisseurs of all kinds will appreciate the sophisticated movements and style that has been ever-evolving since 1936. Having recently travelled to Germany, we stopped in Saarbrücken to visit the Nivrel factory and we made sure to pick up some limited edition, one-of-a-kind timepieces. Come in and take a look! Read more

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week


by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

ORPHAN THANKSGIVING | Feeling down about the sad can of soup that’s starting to look like it might be your ThanksgivingDinner this year? Don’t. It doesn’t have to be like this! On Saturday, October 11th, our good friends at Here There are hosting Orphan Thanksgiving, a semi-secret dinner party dedicated to celebrating the ones who always get left behind. Dinner will be a big help-yourself-style spread of the Thanksgiving classics. Think roasted turkey, porchetta, autumnal roasted vegetables, sweet potato mash with candied nuts, gratin of blue russian potato and cauliflower, shaved apple and fennel salad, brioche stuffing, and two types of pie. There will also be a cash bar selling holiday cocktails and a stereo playing solid gold jams. It’s all going down in a fun, cozy, dinner party environment where all you’ll need to worry about is what you’re thankful for…
October 11 | 7pm | Undisclosed Location | $40 | DETAILS

CONNECT | The Sustenance Festival is a series of fantastic food-elated events held by the Vancouver Parks Board. They’re designed to connect local communities to the concept of food security. For Sustenance 2014, you can learn about wild and edible mushroom identification, take pickling and canning classes, attend gardening talks, sit in on cheese-making and gluten free baking workshops, dance a Harvest Dance, taste tea – the works. The theme for this year’s festival is “Making Connections and Building Relationships”, so expect to get social.  Events go down at community centres all over the city.
Now – October 19 | City of Vancouver Community & Recreation Centres | DETAILS

GIG | Angus and Julia Stone take the stage at the Vogue this Friday. The brother-sister folk duo are swinging in to town from Australia. Fingers crossed that Angus throws in a track or two from his recent solo album, Broken Brights. Tickets are going quickly, so you might need to try Craigslist.
Fri, Oct 10 | doors 7pm, show 8pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St) | DETAILS

KIDS | Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats, oh my! Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats – discover the critters who live in Stanley Park at night on a candle lit walk with Stanley Park Ecology Society peeps. This kid-friendly program departs from the Stanley Park Miniature Train park each half hour, 6:30-8:30pm on Thursdays and 6:30-9pm, Fri-Sun. Lanterns provided!
Now through October 31 | Various times, various days | DETAILS

LUNCH | Gastown’s much-loved L’Abattoir restaurant is now open for lunch, and there was much rejoicing. Chef Lee Cooper has put together a day time menu that offers two or three course tastings as well as a la carte choices. We recently sat at the bar for a mid-afternoon serving of pasta stuffed with squash, sage, mushrooms – a perfect excuse to skip out of work. Oh, and they do cocktails, like, really really good cocktails.
Lunch is available from Monday to Friday (11:30am – 2:30pm) | DETAILS

COOK | The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is coming up (October 17-16). You can get into the spirit by taking a South Asian cooking class at The Roundhouse in Yaletown. Expect to learn about traditional cooking techniques and where to source ingredients in Vancouver. Chipati, roti, lentils and stews – build up your dossier of comfort food recipes for the winter ahead!
Sat, Oct 11 | 2-4pm | Roundhouse Community Centre (183 Roundhouse Mews) DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | Skip the cologne-soaked versions for authenticity’s sake and guzzle some German pints in celebration of Oktoberfest at The Alpen Club this weekend. They’ve always done it right. From classic German Schlager Songs to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, it’s just the real deal. The club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.” Jawohl!
Oct 10 + 11 | 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

FASHION | Lauren and Lyndsey of local clothing company Hey Jude launch their Fall/Winter 2014 pop-up this week. Veterans of the vintage pop-up scene in Vancouver, this pair owns the intersection of classic and contemporary, structured and bohemian. Expect to see silk and wool, rich tones, and monochromatic neutrals. This season of design-inspired vintage will include items for both men and women. The juiciest pieces always fly off the hangers first, so consider hitting the shop on opening night (Thursday, Oct, 8) for a shop + social (6-9pm).
Now – December 22 | 11-7pm Daily | 196 Kingsway (@ 10th Ave) | DETAILS

OCEAN | The Marine Biology team at Nature Vancouver have arranged for a few representatives from The Plastic Oceans Foundation to give a talk about the plague of plastics in our oceans on Wednesday night. We all know it’s a serious problem, but sometimes sitting down to listen to experts tell you just how serious it is can be the kick in the pants that jumpstarts some extra action. Get involved. Keep your beaches and the oceans clean!
Thurs, Oct 9 | 7:30pm | Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 W. 49) | DETAILS

WATCH | This is the last week of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Screenings continue through Friday and there are still some great films to catch. Narrow things down by browsing by series (organizers have classified films into a number of series such as Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. For a little more direction – have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now through Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

DINER | Seven Awesome Eateries That Don’t Do Brunch, Even Though They Really Should


Come the weekend, we’ve got it pretty good. And it wasn’t too long ago that Vancouver was a bit of a brunch wasteland overseen by an irregular army of greasy spoon same-sames. Then along came Abigail’s Party in Kits, and later, Cafe Medina, which changed the game completely. The persistent line-up out front showed restaurateurs of a certain calibre that brunch was a saleable “thing”; that it didn’t necessarily mean a monotony of eggs benedict, buckets of hollandaise, and hungover campers drinking bottomless cups of shitty coffee.

Today, all the cool kids are doing it: Wildebeest, Mamie Taylor’s, Tableau, Chambar, Homer Street Cafe, The Oakwood, Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Burdock & Co., Farmer’s Apprentice — they’re all on board, and then some. The question today is, who isn’t on board? More to the point, who should be? We’ve given it some thought and drafted a short wishlist of seven that you can pick from. Though all are worthy of consideration, you can only pick one…

Which ONE of the following restaurants should serve brunch?

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GOODS | Gastown’s “Irish Heather” Getting Ready For Long Table Thanksgiving Dinners

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

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

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The ever-popular Long Table Series is back with two special dinners for Thanksgiving weekend. The Irish Heather brings together those who share a common love for food and create a comfortable, affordable dine out hosting up to 50 people at their 40-foot long table, for a satisfying and social dining experience.

The kitchen will be dishing up Thanksgiving Pot Pie made with a delicious stew of dark and white meat and vegetables. It’s served with a layer of stuffing and cranberry sauce on top, plus mashed potatoes with gravy on the side and a select beer. At $18, it remains one of the most delectable, fun, and affordable full meals in the city.

The Thanksgiving LTS dinners will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 13 at 7pm on the Irish Heather’s long table. To reserve, e-mail reso [at] Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria To Launch New “Happy Hours” Special Today

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 |

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova in Vancouver, BC | 604-669-6985 |

The GOODS from Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Vancouver, BC | A happy result of the recent modernizing of BC’s liquor laws has been the introduction of ‘Happy Hour’ throughout the province’s beverage and dining establishments. Bill McCaig, owner of Nicli Antica Pizzeria is very happy to announce that as of Monday, October 6th, Nicli Pizzeria will be offering a “Happy Hours” special daily from 3pm to 5pm.

Enjoy 50% off the price of a classic Margherita Pizza (regular $13) and 50% off tap beer. Tap beers currently available include Italian favourite Peroni Nastro Azzurro ($7), plus local craft brews Phillips Blue Buck ($6), Driftwood Fat Tug IPA ($6) and Parallel 49 Old Boy ($6). On-tap offerings are subject to change.

“It’s a great way to unwind late in the afternoon and we look forward to celebrating the ‘Ora Felice’ with our patrons.” says McCaig. Learn more after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Milano Coffee” On The Hunt For A Production Coordinator

Milano locations can be found at 156 West 8th Avenue | 36 Powell Street | 849 Denman Street |

Milano locations can be found at 156 West 8th Avenue | 36 Powell St. | 849 Denman St. |

The GOODS from Milano Coffee

Vancouver, BC | Milano Coffee is in need of a Production Coordinator for its Wholesale Division. We are looking for someone who loves coffee, customer service, knows their way around a computer, and is capable of some physical work. The job is fast-paced with always lots going on so the individual must be flexible multi-tasker who is open to going with the flow. To learn more details contact Linda at info [at] Read more

GOODS | Blacktail Florist Introduces New Team, New Menu, New Theme For “Kanaka”

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

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

The GOODS from Blacktail Florist

Vancouver, BC | Autumn is upon us, and with the change in season, Blacktail Florist announces its new fall menu and the reinvention of sister establishment, Kanaka—located below the restaurant—which is transforming into an innovative test bar. Guests are offered a special glimpse into the mind of Executive Chef Geoff Rogers as he uses the space as a culinary playground, creating out-of-the-box dishes inspired by off-cut meats and our region’s bountiful harvest.

Staying true to its playful nature, Kanaka re-launches today as an exciting new space. Open Wednesday to Saturday, this subterranean lounge functions as an arena for exploration where Chef Rogers will push his creativity, to produce new one-of-a-kind menu items like jalapeno cheese puffs; a pig snack plate with chicharron, ear, bacon and tail; and headcheese with ballpark mustard.

Upstairs, Blacktail Florist’s seasonally-inspired menu is thoughtfully nurtured from farm to finish by Chef Rogers and his team. Honing his culinary skills over the last decade at notable and award-winning restaurants such as Calgary’s Muse, River Cafe, Market, and Vancouver’s Fable, Chef Rogers applies both traditional and modernist methods to his cooking, incorporating elements of whole animal butchery and preserving his own produce. Guests can expect to taste expertly-crafted fall plates as diverse as Rangeland bison tartare with kale purée and spelt cracker; Farmcrest chicken breast with corn pudding, glazed heirloom carrots and purée; and Albacore tuna crudo with pork belly, tonnato sauce and bonito flakes.

Blacktail Florist is also pleased to announce barman and craft distillery expert Arthur Wynne – previously of The Union, Cascade Room, and UVA – will be leading the bar. In harmony with the kitchen, Wynne has created a unique cocktail list featuring only local craft spirits. Guests can enjoy a rotating list of classic and original cocktails made with regional flavours from distilleries such as Odd Society Spirits, Deep Cove Distillers, and The Liberty Distillery. Read more

GOODS | New Food & Cocktail Menus Gives Nod To Fall’s Arrival At Gastown’s Notturno

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

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

The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | October’s new menu celebrates the arrival of Autumn Italian-style with a variety of new fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, not to mention rice pudding with Italian brandy and orange crema for dessert. And what better way to toast the arrival of Fall than with whiskey? This month’s cocktail features have you covered from North America to the British Isles. Take a look at the new menu and cocktail additions and learn more about Notturno after the jump… Read more

GOODS | La Buca, The Abbey, Pied-A-Terre, Sardine Can Prep For Game & Shroom Fest

September 30, 2014 


Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart’s 9th annual Wild Game & Mushroom Festival runs October 15 to November 2

The GOODS from Pied-a-Terre, La Buca, Sardine CanThe Abbey

Vancouver, BC | Now in its ninth year, the Game and Wild Mushroom Festival takes place October 15th to November 2nd with three or four course prix fixe menus at La Buca and Pied a Terre, and daily chalkboard specials at Sardine Can and The Abbey.

Chef Andrey Durbach celebrates fall with special menus at all four restaurants featuring wild, local mushrooms, deliciously rich game meats, and other speciality foods. “This is my favourite season to cook,” Durbach says. “It’s the best time of the year for mushrooms and it’s also traditionally hunting season. It’s a time of year we turn our attention to foods that are deeply satisfying.”

The fest is a chance to taste the rich, earthy flavours of freshly picked in-season mushrooms—including chanterelle, matsutake, porcini, and black trumpet—and rarely featured game such as red deer, wild boar, and elk.

For the first time, the newly opened The Abbey joins La Buca, Pied a Terre, and Sardine Can in the annual foragers’ and food lovers’ extravaganza, with each restaurant offering unique menu items and wines to accompany them.

La Buca will feature a delectable three and four-course menu for $52 and $60 respectively. Highlights include mustard and black pepper crusted carpaccio of elk; taglierini with butter, sage, truffle, and porcini secchi; grilled venison, soft gorgonzola polenta, quince preserves, and marsala wine; and osso buco with wild mushroom risotto.

Diners at Pied a Terre, which offers a three-course menu for $52, can look forward to an assiette of red deer three ways: roast loin, grilled sausage, and braised cheeks; roast quail stuffed with foie gras and brioche; wild mushroom bouillon with quenelles of pheasant and oloroso sherry; and a frisée au lardons with wild boar bacon, poached duck egg, and mushroom crouton, among many other standout dishes. Sardine Can and The Abbey will feature extensive Game and Wild Mushroom fresh sheets. “B.C. is one of the best mushroom regions in the world,” Durbach says. “These foods also pair beautifully with intensely flavourful wines.” Read more

WELCOME | Gastown Charmer “Six Acres” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

September 29, 2014 


We’ve invited Vancouver’s excellent Six Acres to join the Restaurants section of our GOODS program as a recommended place for a sip and a bite. 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 Vancouver a more delicious place to be.


GOODS | Underground Eatery “Farm 2 Fork” Gets Bigger & Launches New Autumn Menu

September 26, 2014 

Farm 2 Fork is an underground restaurant located in Vancouver's Gastown | 778-772-3037 |

Farm 2 Fork is an underground restaurant located in Vancouver’s Gastown | 778-772-3037 |

The GOODS from Farm 2 Fork

Vancouver, BC | It’s time to experience Farm 2 Fork again with new food, new ideas, and in the new space! In case you haven’t heard, we’ve moved into a new home It’s larger, brighter, and more stylish than before, pushing 1,500 sqft and featuring all brick walls, beautiful walnut flooring, and a very open kitchen.

And with the new season and space comes our new menu. Diners can look forward to new twists and interpretations of classics. Think local rabbit with wild mushrooms and apricots, smoked tomato soup with rich Ccèvre and Saltspring mussels, and charred rainbow trout with wild watercress and horseradish potato noodles. Full menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Special Fish Fry & Trivia Night At The Irish Heather In Gastown On October 2

September 26, 2014 

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

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

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Join us on Thursday, October 2nd and play some trivia between 6:30pm and 9pm. The night will see 10 teams with 4 players per team. Successful applicants will receive a free beer upon arrival and a complimentary meal (beer battered fish & chips). To apply, please e-mail reso [at] and request an application form. Applicants must be 19+ years of age and have valid ID. This will be a fun night with a competitive edge! Details after the jump… Read more

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