GOODS | Thai Snacks, Great Beer And Film Pair Up At Maenam For Screening Of CRAFT

October 21, 2014 

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | Maenam and Glassbender Brewing are proud to present a screening of the independent film, CRAFT (trailer below). Film, food and craft beer buffs will gather at Maenam on November 5 for the first pairing event for Glassbender Farmhouse Ale from Postmark Brewing. Maenam—which makes an appearance in the film—is the first restaurant to pour the bottle-conditioned Farmhouse Ale. On this special evening, guests will each receive their own bottle of Farmhouse to enjoy during a screening of the new documentary by filmmaker, Cicerone, and Postmark brewmaster, Craig Noble.

A limited number of tickets are available for this one-night-only event. Each ticket includes Thai peanuts and popcorn, a bottle of Farmhouse Ale and, following the film, eight different snacks by Chef Angus An. Tickets can be purchased online. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Learn How To Make Holiday Treats At Kitsilano’s “Chocolate Arts” Nov. 22 – 23

October 21, 2014 

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Ave in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Avenue in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

The GOODS from Chocolate Arts

Vancouver, BC | We welcome you into our kitchen for a festive afternoon creating holiday treats. There are four classes of just 16 participants each on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd from 9:00am to 12:30pm or 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Each session is a guided, hands-on experience in preparing a special menu of chocolates for you to take home and share at the end of the class. Join us for this delightful launch into the holiday season. Tickets are $168 per person. To register, please sign up in store or by phone via 604-739-0475. Read more

OPENING SOON | Highly Anticipated “Au Comptoir” Eatery Nears Completion In Kits

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by Andrew Morrison | Maxime Bettili and Julien Aubin’s highly anticipated Au Comptoir is getting close – really close – to opening day. They’ve got a few more hoops to jump through as well as a couple of friends and family runs, but if there are no major hiccups their French eatery at 2287 West4th in Kitsilano will open for its first service next Friday (October 24th).

As you may recall from when Scout broke the news of Au Comptoir’s coming back in July, Bettili and Aubin are old friends. They met at hospitality school in France 17 years ago and have worked at restaurants such as Les Faux Bourgeois, Bistro Pastis, and The Acorn in the five years since they moved to Vancouver. This is their first fling with ownership, and the theme – a morning to evening Paris-style cafe – is close to their hearts. Back in the summer, I wrote of the affinity thusly:

What they have planned for the space is not like most French-themed cafe/bistros one readily comes across here across the pond. They’re going to strive for the same kind of cafe-style service that predominates in Paris, which is to say it’ll be open all day, from morning until night, with no reservations. Such establishments are liberating for customers used to New World protocols. One doesn’t feel rushed or guilty for taking up a table for an hour and a half with a good book and a beer. To French servers, refreshment has no check average, and the pace of a guest’s experience is none of their business. Whether you’re in for a bottle of wine with a steak frites or a cafe au lait with a pain au chocolate at 9am or 9pm, service is service. Of course, only time will tell if Aubin and Bettili will be able to pull off this uniquely ambivalent shoulder-shrugginess. The chasms between Canadian and French tipping traditions and our understandings of what constitutes a “living wage” are tres deep.

I did a walk-through of the space yesterday and I gotta say, I’m really excited for this one. That could be because I miss Paris a lot, but for the most part it’s on account of the look, which is pretty damn convincing, and the menu from chef Daniel McGee (ex-Pidgin), which reads like it belongs in my belly. Think omelette aux fines herbes for breakfast, hardy croque monsieur with frites for lunch, and beef bavette with pommes dauphines for supper.

Like I said, they’re on track for this Friday. Fingers crossed, it will be so. Have a look…

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VANCOUVER LEXICON | Guilt Pylon

October 15, 2014 

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Guilt Pylon | Slang/Phenomenon |  Any person with a clipboard who asks, “Do you have a minute for [insert name of cause or charity]?” while you are minding your own business on the sidewalk. They are most commonly found on Commercial Drive and in Kitsilano, the two Vancouver neighbourhoods currently breeding sympathetic youth. An unkind slur.

Usage: “Man, I was on The Drive this afternoon and it was like walking a slalom course through a forest of guilt pylons!”

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WELCOME | West 4th Avenue’s gravitypope Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

October 14, 2014 

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We’ve invited Kitsilano retail icon gravitypope to join our GOODS program as a recommended place to slip into something more comfortable. 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 stylish place to be.

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GOODS | Maenam Chef Angus An Heads To Okanagan For Special Collaborative Dinner

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | The Okanagan’s Miradoro restaurant (Best Winery Restaurant, 2014 Vancouver Magazine Awards) welcomes Maenam’s Chef Angus An (Best Thai, 2014 Vancouver Magazine Awards) on Friday, October 10th for City Lights Meet Country Nights, an exceptional five-course dinner. Chef An’s spice-laced sensibility meets Chef Jeff Van Geest’s refined Italian fare in this unprecedented collaborative menu paired with wines from Tinhorn Creek’s premier Oldfield Series. Guests enjoy this spectacular meal surrounded by vineyards at the award-winning restaurant in the Okanagan valley, as part of Tinhorn Creek’s 20 Events for 20 Years anniversary celebration. Menu and details after the jump… Read more

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

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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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VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | Its Parks Had Concessions Of Consequence

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(via) We’re digging the look and functionality of Liverpool’s outdoor Constellations Bar, which is much more than just a bar. It also sports a food truck, art space, cinema, and community garden. It got us thinking how cool it would be if Vancouver’s residential neighbourhoods each had a get-together hub that operated similarly.

Can you imagine a multi-purpose installation like this on the periphery of Vanier Park, David Lam Park, or Strathcona Park? Wouldn’t it be a thing of civic beauty if the Parks Board took this approach to its concessions and partnered with local craft breweries, farmers markets, community organisations, and food trucks?

On the design, which is remarkable in and of itself…

The structure is supported by a set of ten ‘quadrapods’ – doubled A-Frame supports -made from green oak. These have a duel function, as each one incorporated bench seating or a table. These quadrapods carry the load of the canopy via glue-lam beams, which project form the roof to form a wing-shaped rainspout. The courtyard garden is populated with green oak furniture, conceived as a set of tessellating components, and planted one-tone builders bags. These are easily movable, allowing the space to be reconfigured to accommodate the rolling program of arts events, performance, cinema screenings and a market.

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DETAILS

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gravitypope Vancouver | 2205 West 4th Ave. | Vancouver, BC | V6K 1N9
Telephone: 604-731-7673 | Email: vancouver [at] gravitypope.com

gravitypope Tailored Goods | 2203 West 4th Ave. | Vancouver, BC | V6K 1N9
Telephone: 604-731-7647 | Email: tailoredgoodsvancouver [at] gravitypope.com

Web: www.gravitypope.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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The People Who Make It Happen

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Louise Dirks – Owner, CEO
Ramona Litwinowich – gravitypope Vancouver Manager
Natalie Tersigni – gravitypope Tailored Goods Manager

About The Company

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Owner, CEO and principle buyer, Louise Dirks, opened the first gravitypope in spring 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta. Soon after, the store became recognized for stocking unique product with focus on quality and design. With the success of the Edmonton location, gravitypope opened a second footwear store in Calgary in 2000, and continued to grow moving west with a Vancouver location in 2004. After several years spent focusing on expanding the brand offerings, developing an in-house footwear collection and opening gravitypope Tailored Goods stores in both Edmonton and Vancouver; gravitypope moved east to Toronto in the fall of 2012 to open a micro-department store housing both the clothing and footwear collections.

Over the last 24 years gravitypope has built up an extensive footwear brand listings that ranges from popular sport, comfort and lifestyle brands to hard to find fashion and handmade artisan footwear from, Japan, and North America. Stocking over 175 footwear collections, gravitypope Vancouver offers quality footwear from around the globe: Adieu, Audley, Birkenstock, Camper, Chie Mihara, Chippewa, Church’s Clarks, Common Projects,  Converse, Cydwoq, Dr. Martens, Fiorentini and Baker, Fluevog, Fly London, Frye, Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole,  John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moma, N.D.C., Native, New Balance, Officine Creative, Paul Smith, Rachel Comey, Red Wing, Repetto, See by Chloe, T & F Slack, Tracey Neuls, Trippen, Vans, Vic Matie, Wolverine and more.

In line with the footwear stores, gravitypope Tailored Goods has grown to offer a carefully curated selection men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from around the world, including: Acne, Alexander Wang, Antipast, Band of Outsiders, Beth Richards, Carven, Christian Wijnants, Clu, Comme des Garcons, Creatures of Comfort, Engineered Garments, Filippa K, Forte_Forte, Fortnight, Fred Perry, Isable Marant, Jil Sander Navy, Liberty London, Maison Kitsune, Margaret Howell, Marni, Naked and Famous, Nudie Jeans, Paul Smith, Peter Jensen, Pomandere, Rag & Bone, Reigning Champ, Robert Geller, SNS Herning, Stephan Schneider, Sofie D’Hoore, Veronique Branquinho, Yoshi Kondo and Wings + Horns.

With six stores opened across Canada and a (newly designed) web-store, gravitypope is looking forward to celebrating its quarter century mark by continuing to offer exceptional service, quality product and a selection worth the trip.

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To Right Now

September 22, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; The Gig – the “must-see show”; and The Glance – which details the best gigs on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… Read more

DIG IT | On Vancouver’s Maritime Museum, A Stunning Icon Of Mid-Century Modernism

September 18, 2014 

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by Stevie Wilson | Opened in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the most gorgeous pieces of mid-century modernist design in the city, not to mention one of the most comprehensive displays of this Pacific Northwest’s storied maritime history.

The site was built to coincide with provincial centennial celebrations the year before, commemorating the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858. The main building was designed by C.B.K. Van Norman & Associates, including Australian architect Raymond O. Harrison, who’s personal interest in the development of this site subsequently led him to pursue a long career as a museum administrator and director across Canada.

The stunning A-frame design features bright wood-shingled siding and large floor-to-ceiling triangular fenestration providing those who pass by a glimpse of what’s inside. The shape of the building is no coincidence, for inside sits the main exhibit: the 80-ton St. Roch, a 1928 RCMP arctic patrol ship.

Savour the last bit of summer and check out one of their other all-ages exhibits Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, on until November 2nd. Take note, too, of the beautiful totem pole just adjacent to the museum, carved by famed BC artist Mungo Martin.

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AWESOME THING WE ATE #921 | An Earthy, Indecently Tasty Omelette At ‘The Oakwood’

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We ate the living daylights out of this dreamily-textured asparagus-stuffed omelette last Saturday at The Oakwood in Kitsilano. It came mounted with a healthy dollop of truffled creme fraiche and next to a pile of crispy fried brussels sprouts (halved). Everything lay in a shallow pool of impactful tomato sauce, the acidic zip of which had been tempered by a smoky char. The whole thing was flawless – as good an edible start to the day as can be had in Vancouver. Be sure to pair it with one of their gently spiced Micheladas. If you’re going to hit them up for brunch this weekend, be wise and book ahead because their queues – between 10am and 2:45pm on Saturday and Sunday - are starting to get rather Medina-esque.

Asparagus Omelette | $14 | The Oakwood | 2741 W. 4th Ave. | 604-558-1965

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GOODS | Ryan Murphy Lands Executive Chef Job At West 4th’s Oakwood Canadian Bistro

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is located at 2741 West 4th in Vancouver, BC | 604.558.1965 www.theoakwood.ca

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is located at 2741 West 4th in Vancouver, BC | 604.558.1965 www.theoakwood.ca

The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Vancouver, BC | The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is proud to welcome Ryan Murphy as the new executive chef. The Halifax native has spent years traversing the globe in pursuit of his culinary passions. Murphy gained extensive experience working in international kitchens including Vue de Monde in Melbourne, Australia; Restaurant Fifty Three in Singapore; and Restaurant Frantzen in Stockholm, Sweden; and numerous well-renowned eateries around Vancouver.

With this changing of the guard, previous Oakwood executive chef Mike Robbins will leave behind this vibrant dining destination. “The Oakwood team wishes Mike Robbins all the best as he moves on to new culinary ventures,” says Oakwood’s Mike Shea. “Mike was instrumental in building the brand, outstanding reputation, varied menu and the loyal customer base. We look forward to supporting his next projects. We are thrilled to have Ryan Murphy step in and are excited about what’s to come.”

The up-and-coming culinary talent has had a deep respect for Vancouver’s dining scene and the rigours of kitchen life since he moved here in 2006. “It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the pace here and the endless avenues of working with food and flavours,” he says. “I look forward to leading the kitchen team at the Oakwood and building on the restaurant’s success.” Read more

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Month

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; The Gig – the “must-see show”; and The Glance – which details the best gigs on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… Read more

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