by Andrew Morrison | A new ice cream parlour officially opened today on the West 4th strip in Kits. Rain Or Shine is a nine seat beauty brought to us by Josie Fenton and Blair Casey, two first timers with backgrounds in teaching and finance.
The pair were married just last year and they’re super gung-ho about feeding us high quality ice cream (made in the back using an Emery Thompson machine) without artificial flavours, corn syrup, or any nasties. They’re also wicked friendly, and share playful senses of humour and design; witness their ice cream tacos, weather report signage, milk bottle light fixtures, tractor seat stools, fetching aprons, and the horse shoe nailed to the wall behind their ice cream machine.
They offer fifteen flavours at a time – ten permanent “keepers” and five fluctuating “seasonal flings”. I tried a few yesterday – salted caramel, mint chocolate, stout, blueberry – and they were fantastic. Nearly all of their ingredients are locally sourced. Think honey from Campbells in Aldergrove, lavender from Octagon in Maple Ridge, apples from Taves Farm in Abbotsford, wine from Vancouver Urban Winery, espresso beans from JJ Bean, beer from Brassneck, et cetera.
The stuff that they can’t find locally – things like coconuts and ginger – are organic and fair trade. They use compostable packaging, and get their power from Cowpower, a local non-profit green electricity supplier that provides BC businesses, homes and events with renewable electricity solutions. They haven’t left out the vegans either, so top marks across the board.
I love the name, the location, the passion, and the branding by Glasfurd & Walker (see also Meat & Bread, Ask For Luigi, among many others). These guys are stoked about what they’re doing, and it comes across clearly and deliciously on the spoon. Check out some more photographs below…
1926 West 4th Ave | 12pm to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) | rainorshineicecream.com
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
by Robyn Yager | Menswear fashion label, Wings + Horns, opened their first retail space on November 1st in the industrial nook of West 5th Avenue. It’s a modern, minimalist looker of polished concrete, 100-year-old reclaimed fir, metal detailing and glass.
In addition to showcasing the W+H goods, it serves as a concept space for local line Reigning Champ. Right now, a pair of signed giclee prints shot specifically for the shop by Vancouver photographer Colin Adair hang as part of a dsptch collaboration that launches later this month (the 36” x 24” prints are available for purchase either framed or unframed in an edition of five).
Wings + Horns is a brand that epitomizes West Coast men’s fashion. Its clothes can be found in several shops around Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as in the US, Korea, Japan, London, and Switzerland. Founded in 2004, the line blends Canadian and Japanese fashion elements with clean, crisp results. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by the 1950′s modernist youth movement in London with outerwear, tees, shirts, vests, knit sweaters, and trousers in customized knits, textured wools and tartans all coming together in classic style with a utilitarian edge.
Check it out at 133 West 5th Avenue between Manitoba and Columbia.
The GOODS from Thomas Haas
Vancouver, BC | Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie in Kitsilano is hiring for a full-time Customer Service position/Barista. If you are a coffee and food loving individual with a great smile to brighten someone’s day, then please forward your resume. We value your outgoing, service oriented, self-motivated and friendly personality. Work experience in customer service is essential, barista experience definite asset. You are able to multi-task and have an authentic ambition to excel in what you do. We are offering a fun work atmosphere in a friendly, energetic and passionate team as well as growing opportunity with our company. We pay competitive wage.
You are welcome to apply with your resume in person at our North Vancouver store (129-998 Harbourside Drive) or Kitsilano store (2539 West Broadway), Tuesday – Friday. Or you can apply by email: contact Kathrin Best at kathrin [at] thomashaas.com and please include your resume and a few words about why you would be the right candidate. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
DEAN WAREHAM Love Is Colder Than Death
Dean Wareham is no stranger to Zulu Records. His first band Galaxie 500 came by the old Zulu shack to meet and greet when they opened for the Cocteau Twins. A couple weeks later they broke up. Fast forward a few years and Dean stopped back in and performed classic tunes from his Luna catalog with a pick up band of local players (he sent them the chords in the mail Chuck Berry style). Finally, we had a visit from Dean and his spouse Britta when they performed their now legendary sonic accompaniment to Warhol’s screentests. Dean hung out and read from his tell-all autobiography which was cool, yet awkward as he recounted hooking up with past groupies in Spain etc. Anyway, Wareham is definitely a Zulu Records alumni, and so with him releasing his first proper solo effort we are definitely overjoyed to see our guy back in the game. Channeling a bit of a Lee Hazelwood for the next generation vibe, Love Is Colder Than Death jangles along, propelled by Epiphone Casino twang and sweeping string arrangements, to a chilling classic Wareham-esque conclusion. Welcome home.
ATOMS FOR PEACE – Before Your Very Eyes
Thom Yorke is never resting. He is a content provider machine, constantly streaming something over the channels. Atoms for Peace is of course a side-project, but he pours tons of energy into it, collaborating on music and videos with an a-list of artists. He is constantly in flow, in motion and in a state of becoming. Great new video Thom.
STORNOWAY Farewell Appalachia
Positioned as the Scottish answer to Fleet Foxes, this lush folk-rock outfit has steadily honed their craft penning twee anthems that sound good in any setting. Casting Tom Hanks in this video which follows a poor soul on an epic journey from the village bookshop deep into nature would have been appropriate.
JAGWAR MA Come Save Me
Super catchy tunes have captured copious sets of ears here at the store. Vancouverites for some reason have a soft spot for Australian pop bands. Come Save Me is infectious. They will be at Fortune on Dec 9th.
THE BESNARD LAKES Colour Yr Lights In
Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make bliss rock without the feel good heroics. Instead they fuel their fire with heavy logs of despair, suffocating vapidity and gritty darkness. The dream rock and become a nightmare.
MAZZY STAR California
Do bands go into hibernation? Crawl into a cave in the hills and sleep for a decade? Maybe. Mazzy Star are back and within seconds of hearing Hope’s voice you know that they haven’t missed a beat. California is a slow brooding song… perfect for super late night closing the pizza shop.
MAD PROFESSOR Thursday Nov 7th at FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
Anyone who has been down Chinatown and checked into Fortune for a night of beats knows that they probably have one of the finest sound systems in the city. With that in mind we wanted to alert you to an incredible opportunity to see legendary producer within dub, reggae and electronic circles. Mad Professor is synonymous with the classic London to Jamaica dub plate scene. His work along with his producer pal Lee Scratch Perry has defined the Black Ark, Studio One and Ariwa Records sounds. That said, his influence on the music scene in general goes much, much deeper as artists like the Beasties, Massive Attack and The Clash have all benefited from his studio wizardry. Deep bubbling bass bins should be experienced live to really understand how sound can make an impact, take up space and move the dance floor. Witnessing a true pioneer like the Professor is a rare privilege. Get out and get in! And take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gig landscape for the rest of October and into November after the jump… Read more
by Douglas Haddow | If you happened to be strolling along Kits Beach yesterday you may have been taken aback by the mob of retirees loitering outside the Boathouse, some with placards, all quite cranky.
The group, who’ve been getting an embarrassing amount of press these last few days, are up in arms about the city’s greenway plan, which would see bike lanes going through Hadden and Kits Beach Parks.
Though their median age appears to hover around 62, this budding protest movement is nonetheless quite media-savvy. They’ve set up not just Twitter and Facebook accounts, but have gone so far as to organize a Change.org petition as well, in which they humbly compare themselves to American civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
From what I can surmise from the various news items and blog posts written on this, Vancouver’s latest transit-related controversy, it seems that those who are opposed to the bike lanes are concerned that it will “permanently scar” their beloved neighbourhood pastoral.
Some choice anti-bike lane quotes from the many heated debates currently simmering online include: “A cycle plan designed by a psychopath” … “Socially and environmentally irresponsible.” … “Dangerous for all!” … “Vision runs Vancouver city like North Korea, full dictatorship!” … “Are you prepared to have your own child hurt?” … and from this person, who is apparently a local TV personality: “the Kits Beach bike path is complete insanity”.
Beyond all that shrill and frothy hyperbole is a very basic conflict of interests. Bike lane opponents feel they weren’t properly consulted and have made a concerted effort to portray the plan as destructive and irresponsible, arguing that it erodes green space and will be a grave threat to children, branding it as a dangerous and wasteful “bicycle superhighway”.
They also point out that millionaire real estate baron Harvey Hadden donated the land that would become Hadden Park under strict conditions that it be kept as close to its natural state (circa 1928) as possible.
The Park Board, on the other hand, says the plan is thirty years in the making, that park users were indeed consulted, that the agitators are misinforming the public, and that all considerations will be taken into account before a route is finalized.
To a pedestrian simpleton such as myself (I don’t ride a bike or frequent either of these parks, so I really don’t have a dog in this fight), the idea of connecting downtown to Spanish Banks through a series of bike lanes seems like a sensible plan. Or perhaps more accurately, a plan that is perfectly in line with our democratically-elected City Council’s mandate to make Vancouver the greenest city on the planet by 2020.
Now, perhaps I’m a racist, ageist bigot, but any time I see a protest group comprised primarily of well-heeled, silver-haired white people, I get the feeling that they are only out to chase people off their collective lawns, rather than, you know, actually doing something constructive with their spare time.
The Vancouver Sun’s Pete McMartin offers an interesting analysis of the conflict that supports that line of thought: “When half the city’s single-family residences are worth more than $1 million, and the other half is rising toward that benchmark, it hardens homeowners against change. Their stake is all that much greater. Why embrace change when you can’t be sure what it would do to your significant investment?”
While McMartin touches on an important note, this is a conflict that is more existential than economic in nature. The neighbourhood around Kits Beach is the most livable part of the most livable city in one of the most livable countries on Earth. Its residents live the most livable lives of all, and this is what it looks like when a demographic bloc reaches peak livability – their sense of privilege becomes so overvalued that even a minor incursion in the service of the greater good threatens to tear down their entire walled garden of reality. To me, it all just seems like a case of good intentions gone awry.
But who knows, maybe some of these protestors helped stop the freeway back in ’67 and this is just a bizarre epilogue to their otherwise illustrious careers in civil disobedience. Now wouldn’t that be something?
The GOODS from Thomas Haas
Vancouver, BC | The latest edition of the Thomas Haas lineup of handcrafted chocolate bars can truly be described as the ONE! and only. Sourced from a select parcel of wild-foraged cocoa beans from Grenada, Thomas Haas’ new 79 per cent Grand Cru cocoa ONE! Bar will be available for a short time only as part of a limited release of 1,000. It’s a perfect union of exclusivity and creativity: Haas is the only chocolatier in Canada and one of only a handful worldwide to have access to this unique and robust vintage of 65 per cent cocoa from Valrhona’s prestigious Sourcer’s Selection. To refine the bar even further, Haas has intensified the flavour profile to 79 per cent using a unique blend of 100 per cent pure cocoa — this bar truly is a one-of-a-kind indulgence for the senses. Get the sweet skinny after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Maenam
Vancouver, BC | Maenam restaurant teams up with sake expert Mariko Tajiri for a one-night-only sake tasting menu. On October 30, guests join chef Angus An and Mariko Tajiri from That’s Life Gourmet importers for an intimate dinner celebrating superior sakes. Ranging from clear and crisp to smooth and floral, the Japanese rice wines are paired with seven courses of Maenam’s award-winning and palate-pleasing Thai cuisine. Guests are invited to ask questions, sip and be inspired by the spirit of sake. Tickets are $100 per guest, including tax and tip. Only 35 seats are available, so interested parties are encouraged to reserve early. Get all the details and take a look at the menu after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited cold pressed organic juice bar Krokodile Pear in Kitsilano to join our GOODS section as a recommended place for healthy refreshment. 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’d like to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.
About Krokodile Pear
Krokodile Pear is a 100% organic, cold pressed juice and smoothie bar located at 1867 West 1st Avenue, in Vancouver. Krokodile Pear is the brainchild of the owner and founder Nick Lewis. Through learning more about the food that we eat and our modern food system, Nick was frustrated with being pulled in different directions from food manufacturers and the media with fad diets, and the relentless pursuit of eating nutrients, rather than food. After blocking out the conflicting food science of what we should be eating, Nick started to focus on simply eating a diet rich in organic vegetables and fruits. Nick bought a Vitamix blender and a juicer and started to notice huge changes in his health as juices and smoothies were such a convenient, delicious and accessible way to eat and drink an abundance of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Nick saw a need for a place for people that were frustrated with the current juice bars and cafes in Vancouver, who were looking for something that was quick service to meet their busy lifestyle, was fun and inviting, but didn’t compromise their values, or their health.
While learning more about juicing, Nick learned that cold press juicing was the best way to create the highest quality juice, as there is no heat involved to break down nutrients and enzymes found naturally in vegetables and fruits. Nick also knew that this process can be time consuming, so he designed a system where fresh pressed juices are served on tap which allows Krokodile Pear to serve juices quickly and allows the customer to customize their juices to their preference. Smoothies are also created from cold pressed juices, and are blended with avocado, banana and various other additions such as chia, hemp and flax seeds, and raw, vegan protein powder.
To capture the design of Krokodile Pear Nick turned to Moeski Design for the interior, and Spur + Boot for the graphic design elements. Krokodile Pear is a sophisticated and elegant space, with lots of white glossy elements and warm lighting for a more mature juice bar experience. The juice tap system is the main feature of the space, and elements were added to give the customer the feel of a wine bar, rather than a traditional juice bar; juices are poured from wine taps, and shots and tasting flights are offered at bar seating. Bold graphics are used throughout, complete with an eye-catching spiral design on our interior glass window that boldly proclaims the values and our vision for the brand.
In addition to juices and smoothies, Krokodile Pear features plenty of organic, vegan snacks with specific attention paid to small, local suppliers. Krokodile Pear works with suppliers such as Organic Lives, Tao Organics, and Zimt Chocolate to showcase the best 100% organic, artisinal products Vancouver has to offer.
Vancouver’s architecture is often difficult to distinguish as many of its homes are adaptations or amalgamations of more recognized styles. By cataloguing them, we gain an understanding of our homes and neighbourhoods, which gives us all a sense of pride in our city. With this is mind, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation provides Scout with an exclusive series that we call The Roof Over Your Head.
The Craftsman style is derived from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century. It was a rustic style that builders could take on with or without the services of an architect, and generally used locally sourced materials, in Vancouver’s case that meant a lot of wood. Customized components and even pre-fabricated sections were readily available using catalogues such as Sears, Montgomery Wards and Aladdin. The style promoted simplicity with clean lines and evoked strength and quality in how the exterior components were placed. Several variations of Craftsman houses developed, three of which are particular to Vancouver; Traditional Craftsman, Vancouver Craftsman and Craftsman Bungalow. Each was influenced by builders’ budgets, changes in taste, and adaptations in design to suit both large and small lots.
The Traditional Craftsman house tended to be symmetrical in its proportions. It was at least two floors, sometimes up to three on large lots in neighbourhoods such as Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano and Shaughnessy. Craftsman’s can be identified by their gables (the triangular part of the wall where the roofline meets) and porches. The large traditional Craftsman house has gables on all four sides, with the roof intersecting in the middle. Deep full width porches, a carry-over from Edwardian Builder houses, were common. Sleeping porches were popular, usually centred above the front porch. The rooflines tended to be of lower pitch, particularly in the secondary gables and dormers.
Porch posts are square or slightly flared with lower sections of stone or stucco, wood balustrades, and wide stairs. Gable ends feature exposed soffits and diagonal brackets commonly known as “knee brackets”, with substantial roof overhangs and exposed rafter “tails”. Wood detailing known as “dentils” was often found at top of the front gable. Windows at the front were set in groups of three or four, and in more elaborate examples, the upper sash was stained glass.
The Vancouver Craftsman is a smaller version of the Traditional Craftsman, often only two stories, with less deep porches, and smaller sleeping porches. The Craftsman Bungalow was also a smaller version of the Traditional Craftsman in this case only one and half stories, with an asymmetrical design. The front stairs were narrower, often moved to the side, and with less substantial posts. Several added interior floor space with a half width exterior porch versus the full width normally seen.
Craftsman’s are all around Vancouver but Kitsilano and Kerrisdale are most commonly recognized as hotspots for the style.
Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture. VHF supports Vancouver’s built history by offering educational tours, talks and lectures, courses, and special events. Launched early in 2013, the Vancouver House Styles Architectural Web Tool is a free online reference cataloguing Vancouver’s common architectural styles.
We’ve invited the esteemed Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to lose yourself deliciously. 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’d like to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a much tastier place to be.
The GOODS from Abigail’s Party
Vancouver, BC | From the cream of the crop of the weekend specials that we’ve tabled over the past year comes a brunch menu update of instant classics. Our favourite and most popular dishes have graduated to the new menu that we’re rolling out this weekend, silencing the crescendo of frenzied, chilaquiles-starved brunchies everywhere! Check the menu out here and spend a minute with the whole deliciousness that is brunch at Abigail’s. And not to worry, the queue moves quickly! Read more