SEEN IN VANCOUVER #445: Jane Cox Of Cause+Affect Named Globe & Mail Catalyst

A wheelbarrow full of honour and internet high fives are due to our ever-inspiring friend (and Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver founder) Jane Cox of local design and branding firm Cause + Affect. She was just named one the Globe & Mail’s top 10 creative Canadian Catalysts, and that’s freakin’ awesome. The judges looked at nearly 500 nominees from various creative fields during their two month search. Bonus woot: also representing Vancouver on the list is Tyler Gray of Mikuni Wild Harvest (read our story on him here). Learn more about the search here and check out all the final picks there.


SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & 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. From our calendar to yours… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #408: Special “Scout List” Now In The Globe & Mail Every Week

You may have already seen it on Twitter, but we’re still very proud to announce that Scout co-founder Michelle Sproule is now writing a weekly “Scout List” column for the Globe & Mail. You can read the curated list of cool and fulfilling weekend happenings in the paper every Thursday. If you missed it yesterday, you can check it out online.


And You, Madam? Care For Some Freshly Ground Black People?


I’ve seen (and likely contributed) some gnarly typos in my life, but none as messed up as this

An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with “salt and freshly ground black people.”

Penguin Group Australia’s head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader for the Pasta Bible should have picked up the error, but called it nothing more than a “silly mistake.”

The recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for black pepper.

“We’re mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don’t know,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.  “We’ve said to bookstores that if anyone is small-minded enough to complain about this … silly mistake, we will happily replace (the book) for them.”

Who is more “small-minded”, the guy who needs to spend an extra $18,500 reprinting the books because of a “silly mistake”, or the person who complains about it?

Work Hazard #812: On Loving Restaurants That Kill People…

October 15, 2009 


Our national paper positively reviews a restaurant thought to be responsible for dozens sick, one dead in Toronto

The one thing that worries me whenever I write anything destined for print is how devilishly circumstances can change in the time between writer submission and actual publication. By “change” I mean anything that makes my work irrelevant, inaccurate, or just plain wrong…

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Food Media Omnibus #258

November 20, 2008 

Welcome back to the Food Media Omnibus, a collection of local food media stories that have caught my eye on the internets this week. Feast up, my lovelies, and don’t forget to tip your server…


In the Globe and Mail, Alexandra Gill gets her knives out and goes to town on the reincarnation of Crime Lab, the new restaurant at the foot of Denman in Coal Harbour (the original Crime Lab was in the Pender flat-iron building, It closed four years ago).

When the restaurant opened last summer, the kitchen was run by chef Shahab Ghaemi-Zadeh, another Crime Lab alumnus. I visited in mid-September and was impressed by a couple of his Persian-inspired dishes, which stood out temptingly from the usual pub-grub suspects. The grilled lamb lollipops ($14) were juicy and nicely charred, the plate scattered with roasted pistachios and drizzled with a snappy mint-pistachio pesto. For dessert, drunken figs ($9) were stewed in port and cognac, served with a crunchy pistachio gelato and sweet fig glaze.

I remember wishing the menu had taken a more serious stab at this Iranian vein, instead of slashing around the globe and slaughtering so many of the basics. Dungeness crab cakes ($14) were stuffed with filler; free-range chicken breast ($21) was dry and served with a mushroom risotto that must have been built from the same tasteless broth as the Spanish paella ($21).

Quick Q&A with chef David Hawksworth in the Globe.

In Whistler’s Pique, we learn that Citta Bistro, an icon of sorts in the mountain town’s main square (been there 25 years), is “fighting to survive“.

Wishing I was in Tofino:

It’s time to get your slurp on for the 12th annual Clayoquot Sound Oyster Festival. The weekend that celebrates West Coast oysters kicks off Thursday and runs straight through until the sold-out gala event on Saturday night.

Whipping out his periscope: Malcolm Parry gets the low down on Chambar’s upcoming cooking school in the Sun.

Voya at the Loden gets good marks from Sun critic Mia Stainsby.

The Province has more on council’s “no” vote on the Opus Hotel’s plans for a rooftop restaurant. I’m still totally bumfuzzled as to the why on this. It’s embarrassing.

Deana Lancaster reviews North Vancouver’s Gusti di Quattro in the North Shore News.

In the Westender, I review Motomachi Shokudo, a little ramen place from Daiji Matsubura on Denman that I can never get enough of. If you’ve never been before, go.

And finally, The National Post tries to make sense of an imaginary Boulud-Vongerichten-Feenie drama troika, with eyebrow raising results:

So, if Jean-Georges is friends with Boulud, and he’s also friends with the guy whose kitchen Boulud took over from, what does it all mean? Maybe nothing. But one thing’s for certain: Neither camaraderie nor intrigue is in short order in Vancouver’s whimsy-packed resto-scene!

Let’s hear it for whimsy (and Toronto).

Swoosh! Gong! And we’re done…