GOODS: 49th Parallel Readies For Holidays, Set To Release Special Blend On Nov. 30th

November 16, 2012 

49th Parallel Café has two locations in Vancouver: 2152 West 4th & 2902 Main St. | Learn more at

The GOODS from 49th Parallel

Vancouver, BC | Handily side-stepping the problem of sizes without resorting to socks, a gift from 49th Parallel is guaranteed to fit the bill this holiday season. Shoppers can easily order online or pick up select items at cafes serving 49th Parallel coffee. Stock up on the roaster’s annual Holiday Celebration Blend which easily works as a stocking stuffer, a gift for your dinner party host, a present for your Uncle Joe, or wrapped under the tree for that unexpected Christmas guest. The company’s unique Coffee Subscription program keeps giving all year, while gift sets make holiday giving a breeze. Details after the leap… Read more

Awesome Thing We Ate #849: A Popsicle Made With Chili, Lime And Local Cucumber

Not all popsicles are created equal, as amply evidenced by this lovely bit of business from local company Icy Fresh Pops (consumed at the Main. St. Farmer’s Market late yesterday afternoon). It was made with lime juice and zest, serrano chilies, cucumbers from Yarrow, organic cane sugar and a little salt. $4 for a popsicle is a bit of a stretch, but man did it ever taste good! We tried to take it home so we could melt it in a glass of gin, but alas…twas too hot and how could one resist licking the hell out of something like this?


GOODS: “The Cascade Room” On Main Street Getting Its Wild Boar On This Week

The Cascade Room is located at 2616 Main Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-709-8650 |

The GOODS from The Cascade Room

Vancouver, BC | Calling all meat lovers, Chef Travis Williams has put his butchery skills to use, bringing in a wild boar to create a week of features. Friday and Saturday: wild boar chops with Okanagan cherry sauce. This weekend’s Sunday Roast will be leg of wild boar, and next Tuesday will feature a wild boar pot pie. Other highlights will include wild boar bacon, wild boar tasso pizza features and smoked hocks in our pot pies. Check in on our Twitter feed for updates on his daily creations… Read more

Cool Thing We Want #283: Mortar & Pestle’s “June Dress” At Adhesif Clothing On Main

by Michelle Sproule | Miserable rainclouds! Just the other day I tried to wish the weather away by packing up my winter clothing. I had to dig out a scarf last night! What I really want is stupid-hot weather; little-cotton-dress-on-the-patio-late-at-night weather. I’d start the day by buying this adorable sundress by Vancouver designers Mortar & Pestle that I saw at Adhesif Clothing on Main yesterday. The store is currently stocked with all sorts of cool summer outfits, both vintage and locally made. The June Dress caught my eye under the “New Arrivals” sign. It would go perfectly with these cute vintage shoes that I also had my eye on ($32), not to mention some freakin’ sunshine!

June Dress by Mortar and Pestle | Adhesif Clothing | 2202 Main (@ E 6th) | $98


Aurora Bistro Has Closed

Saddest. News. Ever. It’s been bottled up (and leaking) for the last few days, but now it’s official.

After more than five years of operation in Vancouver’s emergent Main Street neighbourhood, Aurora Bistro has closed its doors. Aurora Bistro opened in June 2003 to rave reviews and has remained a popular regional restaurant winning numerous awards.

Despite the restaurant’s broad following and significant acclaim, it recently became evident that the business could no longer remain profitable and continue to operate.

To close the restaurant was a difficult decision to make, but after committing five years to Aurora as a hard-working chef and active restaurant owner, Jeff Van Geest is ready for a fresh start and welcomes more time to spend with his family.

“I want to thank my incredible staff for their hard work and dedication to Aurora. I also want to sincerely thank our suppliers, customers, our dear industry friends and the food and wine media for their amazing support over the years” says Van Geest.

When an award-winning, eco-conscious, local-friendly, and all around awesome restaurant can’t find enough customers to fill 30 seats a night, I wonder at the future of our restaurant scene. Too pissed at my own city to say much at the moment. Please comment, leave best wishes, and discuss in the forum.

First Look At Campagnolo

Paid a visit to Campagnolo last night. The new Italian casual at 1022 Main (two doors down from the Ivanhoe) is coming from Robert Belcham, Tom Doughty, and Tim Pittman of West 4th’s Fuel Restaurant. Much had been done since I last looked in on the space this past September. They say they’ll be ready open on the down low some time next week. Soft launch, as they say. UPDATE: It’s open! Check it out below.

The front half of the restaurant seats 65, 25 of which are along a wall banquette. The floors are cork, and the tables are Ikea cutting boards well oiled and trimmed. They scored Lumiere’s wine fridge when they went under the redesign knife last spring, and have four washrooms in four colours (for those counting at home).

Pizzeria Farina


Address: 915 Main Street, Vancouver
Telephone: (604) 681-9334
Fax: (604) 681-9337
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Chef: Jean-Christophe (J-C) Poirier

“A correre e cagare ci si immerda i garretti.” – Don’t try to do too many things at once, just do one thing and do it well.

About Pizzeria Farina

Doing one thing really well … that’s what Pizzeria Farina is all about. Jean-Christope (JC) Poirier and the Pourhouse team have created a simple, community-focused, Northern Italian-inspired pizzeria. The menu is simple, consisting only of pizza and beverages, and the atmosphere is stylish, casual and comfortable. There are seven pizzas to choose from; some simple and classic for the pizza purist, others more creative for the non-traditionalist.

“Nella vita – chi non risica – non rosica.” – In life: who risks nothing – gains nothing.

Pizzeria Farina has a classic serve-yourself concept that is meant to inspire a sense of community. “Everyone looks after themselves … from ordering at the counter, to pouring their own water to bussing their own plates.” Customers can enjoy their pizza in-house with a glass of wine or beer (as soon as the liquor license comes through), an Italian soda, or filtered sparkling or still water. Pizza can also be taken out and enjoyed at home. The design is simple and sleek with high-top community tables and window bar seating. Table tops and grocery shelves are all made from reclaimed wood and add colour to the clean white and red environment.

The interior design by Craig Stanghetta is simple and sleek with high-top community tables and window bar seating. Table tops and grocery shelves are all made from reclaimed wood and add colour to the clean white and red environment. The graphic design and branding effort of Glasfurd & Walker is executed with a simplistic and quality approach, represented visually through several meaningful Italian proverbs prominently displayed. Several historic details are also present throughout the space – from the menu board made from a 1950’s butcher paper cutter to the 1980’s Pinarello Pista Bicycle on the wall – a Treviso original. All this is juxtaposed by a modern written-word art installation from local artist Ricky Alvarez, adding some drama to the otherwise simple interior. Pizzeria Farina also sells artisan Italian products: house-made raw tomato sauce, house-made Chili-Infused and Oregano-Infused Olive Oil and anchovies, packed in either salt or oil.

“L’occhio del padrone ingrassa il cavallo.” – “Nobody takes care of one’s business as does its owner.”