by Ken Tsui | Before chefs Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook kick-off another fully booked dinner service at Mount Pleasant’s Peruvian-inspired Chicha eatery, they step aside to make way for general manager Kumiko Umeno, who will be putting together the night’s staff meal with her mom, Sayuri, as back-up. Together, they’re making mizutake and freshly folded gyozas for the team.
Mizutake is a Japanese chicken noodle soup – a comforting classic and exactly what the team needs before a busy night. As the chicken gently simmers in a traditional dashi stock, Kumiko and Sayuri fold gyozas with Shelome, who jumps in to help. Everyone has a good laugh when the chef’s first few dumplings look more like pierogis than gyozas, but with a bit of coaching from Sayuri, Bouvette quickly gets the hang of it.
When the chicken is almost ready, Kumiko drops enoki, tofu, cabbage and daikon into the bubbling broth and gives it all a stir. As the soup comes back up to a simmer, Kumiko adds udon while Sayuri pan fries the fresh gyoza. As the udon and first batch of gyoza finish cooking, Kumiko mounds shaved daikon into each bowl, flavouring it with soy, yuzu and spicy togarashi before ladling the restorative soup over it all.
Kumiko brings it all out to the hungry crew, who patiently wait in the dining room. The gyozas are scooped up quickly but Sayuri has the motherly foresight to pack some away, “the crew is going to need a late night snack after service,” she says while closing the lid of the box with a smile.
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | The few weeks of harvest between late July and early August are what dreams are made of for most Vancouver chefs. There is an incredible variety of fresh local produce available inspiring an endless amount of breathtakingly beautiful and delicious dishes.
On Wednesday, August 6, Campagnolo Restaurant is partnering with Masi wine to present a Midsummer Night: a family-style feast spotlighting peak-of-the-season produce. This annual dinner celebrates the season’s freshest ingredients sourced that day from the Main Street Station Farmers Market as well as a variety of small farms and producers unique to Campagnolo. Guests will be lavished with summer produce newly picked from small artisanal farms and refreshing wines from Masi.
Guests will be seated at communal tables and will share over a dozen dishes including antipasti, pasta, primi, contorni and dolci. Guests can anticipate a plethora of summer vegetables plus fresh fish, poultry and meat dishes paired with Masi’s Mondello Delle Venezie, Rosa dei Masi and Serego Alighieri Possessioni Rosso. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Gathering is the brand new hip hop social taking over East Van every summr Sunday night at the Biltmore Cabaret (no juggalos, we promise). Vancouver has been in dire need of a local hip hop night for years, one that favours MCs over EDM and focuses on fostering local talent. The night showcases both up-and-coming and established MC and musical artists weekly, with a host of surprises (to be revealed). This week’s edition features Jellyfish Recordings artist Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom, AstroLogical) and Rob The Viking (of Swollen Members), with special guests Mosaic, Garrett Grhymes, Alex Cruz, Ham-E Tha Northern Mic, RLGN!, & DJ’s Emotionz, Def 3 & Coner. Doors open at 9pm. Come early for a laid back vibe with old school hip-hop spinning before the acts take to the stage. Visit biltmorecabaret.com and RSVP on Facebook for continued updates as the night evolves. Read more
The GOODS from 33 Acres Brewing Co.
Vancouver, BC | 33 Acres Brewing Company is in need of front of house servers for its Tasting Room at 15 W 8th Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Serving experience is a huge bonus, but not necessary. Friendly upbeat with no ego. Willingness to learn about beer and other local products. Sense of urgency is key. Food Safe and Serving it right are required. Please email us in confidence at beer [at] 33acresbrewing.com or drop your resume off. Details after the jump… Read more
by Sean Orr | This is not an AC/DC reference: By the numbers: B.C. budget back in black. More money for welfare and teachers right? Wrong. More money for payouts. Smyth: B.C. finance minister should be more than just ‘disappointed’ about payments to public execs. The article doesn’t even mention Michael Graydon: B.C. Lottery Corp. wants $55,000 back from ex-CEO.
Debt Free BC. “The real policy problem in this province is not that we are failing to move to a debt free B.C. The policy problem is that we are incurring debt for things we don’t need”.
Related tweet of the day:
— Massive Headwound (@massivhedwound) July 16, 2014
Why can’t EI be U and I? EI is not actually helping low-income Canadians. “The lowest-income group only receives around 16 per cent of the benefits depending on the year. The poor pay into EI while working, but they are less likely to collect benefits if they’re laid off.”
The 10 most endangered jobs of 2014: Mail carrier, newspaper reporter, lumberjack. Yeah? You forget cross border pot smuggler…
You too could live in an office lunch room of a call centre in Mumbai: $800 Trendy Main St. Furnished Bachelor. Remember, the street is trendy, not the apartment. Or you could live at 955 East Hastings, now rebranded as The Ballantyne, ironically evoking one of the most important labour battles in Vancouver’s history.
Are conservative think tanks aiming their big guns at Vancouver City Hall? Wait, they haven’t already?
Why settle for Vision Vancouver or the NPA?. You’re talking about TEAM right?
Chinese Advertisements creating controversy in West Vancouver. What do you expect from West Van, home of the British Properties, where it is still technically illegal to sell your home to a Chinese person?
(Top image: coyote seen off the Olympic Village seawall last night)
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Peter Van de Reep will be joined by Rob Scope, bar manager of Main Street’s Cascade Room on Sunday, July 13 “Upstairs” at Campagnolo. This dynamic duo will collaborate on a variety of innovative cocktail features. Knowing Rob, there will be bourbon involved.
Rob Scope was born in Bedford, England but spent much of his childhood in sunny Bermuda. When he moved back to England in 2001, Rob found work behind the bar at his local pub and honed his skills in other bars, hotels and restaurants. He found his passion in food-based establishments and developed his skill for pairing food and drink.
He later made his home in Vancouver, British Columbia where he held bartending positions at The Reef, C Restaurant, NU Restaurant, Cassis Bistro, Campagnolo, Refuel, and Calabash. He is currently holding court as bar manager of the renowned Cascade Room. Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents RAM ON, a tribute to Paul McCartney’s “Ram” with Sprïng and members of Synthcake, plus special guests. Sprïng is a neo-psychedelic band based out of Vancouver. In March of 2014, they released their debut LP entitled Celebrations and are currently playing shows both locally and abroad in support of the release. On the July 7th – to celebrate Sprïng member Joseph Hirabayashi’s birthday – they will be paying tribute to former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s Ram, an eclectic, eccentric, and manically infused super Beatles record released in 1971 (a cult favourite among McCartney fans). Joining Sprïng will be Lana Pitre and Kristy-Lee Audette of Vancouver locals Synthcake. The band has dubbed the project “Sprïngcake” and is excited to be joined by Spencer Owen and Classic Rick. Learn more after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | As noted in the Scout List, it wasn’t just Cuchillo celebrating a milestone this week. The Acorn, arguably Canada’s best vegetarian restaurant, raised glasses (and munched catered Los Cuervos tacos) to mark their 2nd birthday on Monday night. It’s been a incredibly successful run for the Main Street eatery to date. Not only have they attracted people from the neighbourhood in droves, they’ve also impressed discerning gourmands – meat eaters included – from all across the city and country. But most importantly, The Acorn has elevated the meatless milieu to new heights in Vancouver, showing chefs and restaurateurs both young and well established that it’s entirely possible to thoroughly seduce the dining public without the traditional aids of duck fat and pork belly. For proof of this, pay them a visit. Forget all the recognition and the Gold Medal Plates victory and just concentrate on the food and drink in front of you. Even if you’re a carnivore of the most savage sort there’s no denying the skill, talent, or taste.
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Acorn Restaurant is looking for a bartender to join our team. The successful applicant will be exceptionally organized, charming and professional with strong knowledge in wine and spirits. A natural desire to engage with guests while making both classic and signature cocktails is a must, as is experience in fast-paced, upscale and fine dining restaurants. Strong respect for vegetables also essential. You will be joining a fun team at a progressive award-winning vegetarian restaurant. We pride ourselves on having a collaborative, team-driven environment, and we provide excellent opportunities for growth and development. E-mail cover letter and resume in confidence to shira [at] theacornrestaurant.ca or apply in person after 5pm (note that only successful applicants will be contacted). Read more
The GOODS from Pizzeria Farina
Vancouver, BC | Pizzeria Farina is looking for a chef de cuisine. The chef de cuisine will be responsible for the day to day operation of the kitchen and will manage a small team together with inventory, food costs, and hiring. The applicant should have experience as a pizzaolo, a minimum of four years restaurant experience and must be passionate about food. Send resumes to jc [at] pizzeriafarina.com and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | If you can’t stop listening to the latest Timber Timber or War on Drugs record this spring, chances are that the members of the Kingsgate Chorus can’t either. The 30+ piece East Van chorus, and their rock ‘n’ roll offshoot group – The Mount Pleasant Institute of Sound – harmonize to your favourite tunes by Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, the Pixies, Neil Young and more. Join the choirs in celebration of the summer season with Hot Choir in the City at the Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday, June 26th. These events have a way of selling out so be sure to snag your advance tickets online now. Read more
Full disclosure: we’re cheating on this one. We no longer want this awesome camera insert for a Fjallraven “Kanken” backpack because we went out and bought it as soon as we saw it on Still Life’s Instagram feed today. The shot above is ours – taken after the purchase – with some our gear. It demonstrates how the insert easily fits a bulky Canon 5D MkII with a long lens attached plus four other lenses (4omm and 50mm below the fold), a battery charger, extra batteries, filters, memory cards, and spare caps (the kit comes with a small zipped pouch for these smaller bits and bobs). The kit is entirely modular with dividers that easily velcro in and out of a padded frame; very simple to put together, modify, and remove. Still Life on Main St. has plenty of ‘em, not to mention a whole bunch of Kanken bags to plug them into (bags sold separately for $80).
Camera Insert $40 | Still Life | 2315 Main St. | 604-876-5659 | www.stilllifeboutique.com
The GOODS from Burdock & Co.
Vancouver, BC | On Monday, June 23rd, Mount Pleasant’s Burdock & Co. will play host to a very special supper with Kuheji Kuno of the prestigious Kamoshibito Kuheiji Brewery in Nagoya, Japan (established in 1647). The evening’s four courses, prepared by owner/chef Andrea Carlson and her team, will each be tailored to pair with Junmai Daiginjo “Eau du Desir”, Junmai Daiginjo “Human”, Junami Daiginjo “Kanochi”, and Junmai Daiginjo “Betsuatsurae”. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about fine sake, to meet the maker, and to enjoy Carlson’s culinary talent. Tickets are $130 per person (tax/grat included). Call 604-879-0077 to reserve. Read more
by Shaun Layton | “The Brickhouse? Wait, where’s that?” That’s the reply you’d likely get if you mentioned one of my favourite dive bars in the city. Still, on occasion, you might just get an enthusiastic “I fucking love that place!” in response. And for good reason.
The Brickhouse, located on Main St. between East Georgia and Union, has been pouring beer and whiskey to DTES, Chinatown, and Strathcona locals for around 25 years. It’s definitely one of my “go to” spots for an after work solo pint, a game of pool with the lads, or a stop on the list if I’m touring out-of-town industry friends around town.
When you walk in on busy nights you’re greeted by a hostess at the front door. On slow nights, you can enter through the back in the alley by the Jimi Hendrix shrine. Old brick arches carry you through the cavernous space through to the main room, where you’ll be delighted by the character bar. Expect big fish tanks, lava lamps, shitty old red couches, pool tables, dart boards — it’s pure magic. One should never be bored sitting in this spot; the walls are covered with so much nostalgia. I’m not sure what the space used to be, but let’s hope it’ll never be anything else. It has such an interesting layout.
The atmosphere is incredible during either busy or slow, and the service is as adequate and genuine as it needs to be (as sure a sign of a great bar as there is). I recently visited a new self-styled “neighbourhood dive” and experienced quite the opposite. The place was empty (early on a Sunday) and the cool kid staffers couldn’t have cared less about the four guests in the bar. Service was non-existent. But perhaps that’s what they were going for, that whole “you should be honoured to be in such a cool bar” vibe. Alas, this isn’t Bushwick, or whatever part of Brooklyn they were trying so hard to emulate. That shit doesn’t fly in Vancouver.
That being said, a good dive bar should never be concerned with doing anything especially well, except keeping glasses full, music flowing, and me (the customer) coming back. The Brickhouse does exactly that, all while being laid-back and completely unpretentious. The two bartenders I’ve encountered are a younger lady who’s been there for over 8 years, and the owner, “Leo”, whose reputation precedes him in industry circles. Both are great bartenders, but only one is a legend.
The younger lady is very friendly, remembers what you drink, and keeps ‘em coming. Leo, one the other hand, is just something else altogether; a three-way cross between Seattle’s favourite bartender, Murray Stenson (pouring for over 30 years), a very regimented and stern blackjack dealer, and the soup nazi. Leo epitomizes efficiency; he doesn’t even look like he’s moving that fast (he isn’t), but every move he makes is calculated and with purpose. He just gets things done. On a Friday night, watching this guy take orders from the weekend warriors is something else!
I prefer the place early week, and so should you. On a quiet Sunday you’ll find locals reading books, out-of-towers (who must have cool friends who told them about it), and industry staff enjoying their “weekend”, such as they are. A B & T crowd kinda spoils the joint on Fridays and Saturdays, but that’s true of most places worth going to city-wide.
Oh, I nearly forgot! The food. A great selection of bags of chips is on offer here; my favourite being a bag of Cheezies to go with my Pacifico. It’s the perfect combo as I wind down after work, listening to the oldies rock ‘n roll soundtrack. If you haven’t been before, bring only your worthy friends, and don’t tell too many people. Places like The Brickhouse need to stick around!
Shaun Layton has helped to maintain a top notch bar scene in Vancouver for ten years, and since day one at Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where he is the Bar Manager. He also runs his own consulting company, designing bar programs and training staff locally and as far away as St.John’s, NFLD. Layton has competed and travelled throughout the USA and Europe, touring distilleries, breweries and bars. He was recognized in 2012 as the Bartender of The Year by Vancouver Magazine.