The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s award-winning L’Abattoir restaurant is looking to hire a part-time host\hostess for 2 to 4 shifts a week. Duties include taking reservations, email communications and the effective management of guest needs. The successful candidate can expect a positive and professional working environment, a competitive wage and tips. Apply in confidence via email with resume attached to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Milano Coffee
Vancouver, BC | The holiday season is officially underway in Vancouver and with it comes the task of checking off the shopping list with great gifts for friends, family, coworkers, and all those in between. While it may seem like a daunting chore, locals are in luck this season with Milano Coffee’s sublime stocking stuffers and espresso pick-me-ups to revive tired holiday shoppers.
Ideal for even the fussiest on the list is the jovial Jingle Bell Blend. With seven ultra premium single varietals, its rich, warm bergamot flavour has juicy strawberry and vanilla notes to make this medium roast a fitting blend for Christmas morning. The Jingle Bell Blend is available in 340 gram bags at $17.50. Pick up the Jingle Bell Blend for stocking stuffers, teachers gifts, and have a couple of extra bags on hand just in case.
The perfect companion to Milano’s Jingle Bell Blend, or any super premium roast on the run, Milano Coffee travel mugs come in red, white, brown and green. Priced at $19.95, these travel mugs are even better with a Milano Coffee gift certificate tucked inside; available in any denomination.
Whether they’re lounging in Gastown, checking out Commercial Drive or exploring the streets of Downtown Vancouver, Milano Coffee is happy to provide shoppers with thoughtful gift ideas followed by a well-deserved break from the hustle, bustle and stress of holiday shopping! Read more
If you’ve ever walked through the atrium from Water Street to Blood Alley in Gastown you’ve probably been a little seduced by Neighbour, the sweet-looking men’s clothing shop next to Boneta. The good folks at the brand new website Make Directory just directed us to a video they made that profiles the beautiful store and the tastes of its charming owner, Saager Dilawri. Give it a twirl.
The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room
Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Salt Tasting Room’s Gastown location is looking for an enthusiastic, and responsible Manager keen to share his/her passion for wine with customers and staff. The successful applicant will be in charge of day to day operations and work alongside Salt’s Director of Operations and Owner to ensure Salt continues to be a wine destination on Vancouver’s restaurant scene. Previous management/supervisory experience is required, as is some level of wine education (minimum ISG 2/WSET 3). This is not a desk job, but rather a working management position. As such, a strong service background is also necessary. Please send resumes with cover letters to tgamel.salt [at] gmail.com. Read more
The GOODS from Nicli Antica Pizzeria
Vancouver, BC | Award-winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria announced today that starting immediately it will now be accepting reservations for lunch. “We’ve always tried to keep things informal on a first-come basis,” says General Manager Anthony Sterne, “but with the holiday season just around the corner, we did not want our guests worried that they might not get a seat when they wanted one. This is especially a challenge during lunch when people have a limited amount of time in which to dine.”
As a result, Nicli will now be accepting reservations for lunch only (dinner remains on a first come basis). It doesn’t matter if you are a party of two or a party of ten, reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-669-6985. Nicli is open for lunch every day starting at 11:30am. Read more
The GOODS from Inform Interiors
Vancouver, BC | Inform Interiors is pleased to announce that we are showcasing pieces from the Presentation House Auction in the showroom until Saturday, November 23rd.
Presentation House has given creatives the unique challenge of re-interpreting Enzo Mari’s iconic Sedia 1 chair produced by Finnish manufacturer Artek. This minimalist self-assembled pine chair, originally produced in 1974, is a model of modernist furniture design, noted for its elegance and modesty. We will be showcasing finished pieces at Inform leading up to the auction on November 23rd.
Participating artists, designers and architects include designer Omer Arbel, designer/visual artist/writer Douglas Coupland, artist Brian Jungen, the distinguished painter Gordon Smith and architect John Wall, among other illustrious names. Their responses to this unique challenge will be auctioned in support of Presentation House Gallery, and for this one night only, attendees will enjoy a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to purchase an artwork handcrafted by the best of Vancouver’s creative innovators. The range of artworks and designs, from cutting edge to classic, promise to be inspiring.
This is an exciting event, bringing together the world of design, architecture, and art in a way we have not seen before; Inform is very excited to be participating in such a unique fundraiser. With support for local talent and initiatives, we hope to help advance Vancouver as a leading city of design and creativity. Find auction details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from JoieFarm
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver food and wine lovers are invited to join Joiefarm’s Michael Dinn in person for a special six course dinner at Gastown’s Cork & Fin restaurant on Sunday, November 10th. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased either by emailing rodney [at] regiogroup.ca or by phoning 604-569-2215. A preview of the menu may be found by clicking here. Learn more about JoieFarm after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Pourhouse
Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse has introduced a new cocktail menu for the chilly Winter months, featuring reintroduced classics and a few original creations. These include the Glasgow Kiss and the Absinthe Sour (both Pourhouse originals), as well as the Blood & Sand (a scotch-based cocktail introduced in 1922, named for Rudolph Valentino’s bullfighter movie Blood & Sand). The restaurant will also be featuring a Neighbourhood Negroni for $11 and a special wine feature each week. Come in from the cold and enjoy some soul warming food and a delicious classic cocktail! Get the recipes and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Meat & Bread
Vancouver, BC | Meat & Bread will be hosting an evening fundraiser to raise money for their injured co-worker. The event will be hosted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 370 Cambie Street, from 6pm to 10pm. There will delicious edibles provided by Two Rivers Meats and beverages sponsored by Joie Farm, Phillips Brewery, Howe Sound Brewery and Peacock & Martin. The event will also see a variety of raffle prizes awarded, and offer guests a chance to buy T-Shirts from Trevor Phillip’s own company: Ebon Aves. Trevor made a sweet short film about his t-shirt company. Check it out below…
Trevor Phillips is an industry veteran and current employee of Meat & Bread. On September 1, 2013, he was an innocent bystander in a very serious car accident on Main Street. Trevor was left with fighting for his life in the hospital with serious injuries including nerve damage in his left eye, and many broken bones. Although everyday is a struggle for Trevor and his family, he continues to demonstrate positivity and compassion as he slowly heals from his injuries.
As well as working as a chef, Trevor Phillips also runs a T-Shirt company, Ebon Aves. His company makes hand printed shirts that in turn support the local wildlife community. Trevor had also designed a T-Shirt for Meat & Bread before his accident, and these T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the fundraiser.
With 100% of the proceeds of the event going directly to aiding Trevor Phillips, we would love to see lots of faces for a beer. Alan Sacks, the executive director at The BC Hospitality Foundation, has agreed to match the amount of the sale of the t-shirts at the fundraiser and match the money raised at the fundraiser. Please join us to help a friend in need. Read more
The GOODS from SFU Woodwards
Vancouver, BC | There’s a diverse range of interesting cultural programming happening at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) over this month, everything from unique presentations on ethical consumerism, live music, and artist talks on comic journalism to Arab cinema, poetry and public storytelling on affordable housing. Get all the details and more after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited Gastown’s new French/Asian Bambudda restaurant and bar to join our GOODS section as a recommended place for a bite and a sip. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.
The GOODS from Cavalier
Vancouver, BC | Morgan Carrier and Shira Laye are the couple behind the LACAR label. Shira studied jewellery in NYC in 2007 and has since been producing work out of Vancouver. Shira’s motto for her jewellery has always been “my jewellery will make you cry”, but what was really making her cry was supplying the demand for her personal collection. So, she did the most logical thing…recruited her boyfriend Morgan – a theatre and film designer and soon-to-be, in-studio labourer. After more than a year of sanding and polishing his fingers to the bone, Morgan began contributing his creative input to the designs. The couple decided to team up. LACAR–a mixing of their surnames–was born. LACAR draws inspiration from modern design with a look to the great jewelry eras of the past. From the dark side of Victorian mourning jewellery to the architectural shapes of art deco, LACAR upholds fine jewellery traditions infused with wearable street style, creating piece so desirable your boyfriend will be jealous. Learn more about the collection and the charity Shira and Morgan have chosen to support after the jump… Read more
305 Alexander Street | Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4
Telephone: 604-428-2544 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 10:30pm (11pm on weekend)
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays
PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER FLETT
Chef and Co-Owner – J-C Poirier
General Manager – Matthew Morgenstern
ABOUT ASK FOR LUIGI
Ask for Luigi is a casual and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant, specializing in fresh hand made pasta.* The service is family-style: all dishes are meant for sharing and food arrives to the middle of the table, as it is ready. The antipasti usually arrive first, with pasta dishes close behind. We also have amazing house made gluten free options available daily. All menu items are available for dine-in or take-out.
We have four beverage selections available on tap – one beer, one white wine, one red wine and one prosecco. We rotate the specific product as we find things that we are excited to share. We also have filtered still and sparkling water on tap. Proceeds from each bottle purchased go to our favorite local non-profit or charity organization – we choose a different cause every month.
Our dishes are best enjoyed with wine. Our modest white-forward wine list consists of fourteen whites and six reds. We really enjoy white wine and we hope that you will allow us to share our love of it with you! All of our wines are available by the glass and a new bottle will be opened based on a two-glass commitment. As soon as a new bottle is opened, you will hear a bell. That means it’s time to check the board to see what is now open and pouring. As time passes, we look to slowly build our reserve list – for those that want to sample something a little more rare.
A friend of ours from Treviso, Italy, once asked us what it is that Canadians customarily drink before they eat a meal. When we told him that it isn’t necessarily a custom to have a specific “aperitivo” in Canada, he assumed we didn’t understand the question and proceeded to rephrase and ask again… six more times!
So, to observe the “ritual” of Italian eating, we bring you, “The Spritz” – Easily the most popular aperitivo in Italy (well, at least in the Venice/Treviso area it is). We’re pretty sure we had about 15 per day while in Venice! Further to the spritz, we always have three amari and three types of vermouth available on rotation to help get the appetite going before your meal begins or as a digestivo at the end.
Of course the Italian eating ritual is never complete without a nice coffee at the end of the meal to finish off the experience. With our two-group Synesso and a rotation of our favourite beans each week, we strive to give our in-house baristas all the tools they need to execute an espresso drink on par with the local coffee houses. Don’t forget to ask our service staff about the “rimorchio” or “trailer” when you get to the bottom of your espresso… it’s the perfect finish!
If you would like a nice Grappa for sipping to end the evening, we always have three of our favorites on rotation as well. This usually consists of one fairly approachable Grappa, one a little more obscure, and an aged offering to choose from. Ask Matthew for some recommendations.
Finally – What’s in a name? “Ask for Luigi” is the idea that we are always more inclined to have a better experience when we go where we know somebody, or when a friend sends us to see someone they know. We hope to create an atmosphere where each guest feels like they were sent over by a mutual friend.
So go to the little Italian joint at the corner of Alexander and Gore and ask for Luigi. Tell them Paulie sent you. They’ll take good care-a-ya!
*Fresh pasta is only available during dinner service. We serve a wonderful, artisanal, dried pasta during lunch service. Gluten free is always an option.