SEEN IN VANCOUVER #438: “Helen Dreams Of Dumplings” Film From Keefer’s “Bao Bei”

Our friend Mike Babiarz of Warren Lane Pictures recently finished Helen Dreams Of Dumplings, a short film made for Chinatown’s Bao Bei about their awesome dumpling maker, Li Ben (aka Helen):

Meet Helen; dumpling making extraordinaire at Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie. We love Helen for her sweet smiles, dedication, and her special way of folding perfect little dumplings one after another. Not to mention her killer staff meals that remind us of mom.

Now, in addition to being hungry, we are a little bit in love.

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DEFINITIVE RECORDS: The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

January 16, 2013 

Definitive Records is a new Scout column that asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from local filmmaker

Beastie Boys – Ill Communication | LISTEN | “The first Beastie Boys album I listened to over and over again…”

Rage Against The Machine – Self-Titled  | LISTEN | “This album blew me away…FUCK YOU I WONT DO WHAT YOU TELL ME…over and over again…and the cover, a photo of a monk burning himself to death…jeez louise…as an impressionable kid in a small town this album got me all riled up, to say the least. It still stands up as such a solid album to this day, and probably my favourite of all time.”

Rancid – And Out Came The Wolves | LISTEN | “This album is great for shotgunning beer to. It’s hillbilly punk-rock drinking music. Every song is memorable. Matt Freeman’s bass playing is unreal – technical and funky, and Lars’ raspy vocals are gritty and awesome. Also the album art really stuck with me when I got into graphic design.. I love that stark, raw look.”

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Seen In Vancouver #385: 100 Photographs From The “Restaurant Rumble” Slugfest

by Andrew Morrison | The first ever Restaurant Rumble has now come and gone, but what a rumble it was! The boxing event pitting service industry battlers against one another to raise funds for a new East Van gym was 10 times more entertaining than I thought it would be. Granted, it was the only fight I’d ever watched live, but still, I’d never yelled harder at a sporting event, and I came away very much the happy convert (albeit with a lost voice).

Hats off to all the organizers, to SFU-Woodwards, our fellow sponsors, to Coach Dave, and really to every one involved, especially all the guys and girls who left it all out on the mat for the kids of East Vancouver. The contenders only had three months of training, and yet the intensity and skill that they brought to every single fight was riveting. Thanks also to the production team at Warren Lane Pictures, namely Mike Babiarz and Soren Johnstone, for all their hard work creating the exceptionally engrossing Road To The Restaurant Rumble video series. It was halfway through the first fight that I tapped a very busy Babiarz on the shoulder and asked if we could use some of his photographs from the night. “I’m just shooting video, dude…” he said quickly, before remembering how awesome he was – “but sure, I’ll take some photos for you.” What a guy. Thanks Mike! I’ve left his photos and video stills un-captioned below. Once you’ve clicked through, watch the “live feed” video at the footer, which, at the time of writing, remains playable. It’s on a loop, so if you catch it at the right time, you can watch the bouts in their entirety. Read more

DINER: Check Out Episode Five Of The “Road To The Restaurant Rumble” Series

It’s fight night, and we’re once again proud to premiere the latest episode of Mike Babiarz and Soren Johnstone’s awesome documentary series “Road To The Restaurant Rumble”. The charity boxing event organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association pitting Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders has been a long time coming, and we’re stoked that the day has finally arrived. See you ringside, with beers on. View episode 1 here, episode 2 here, episode 3 here, episode 4 here, and get all the details about the event here.

DINER: Check Out Episode Three Of The “Road To The Restaurant Rumble” Series

We’re proud to premiere episode 3 of Mike Babiarz and Soren Johnstone’s documentary series “Road To The Restaurant Rumble”. The charity boxing event organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association will pit Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders on July 25th. View episode 1 here and episode 2 here, and get all the details about the event here.

DINER: Check Out Episode Two Of The “Road To The Restaurant Rumble” Series

We’re proud to premiere episode 2 of Mike Babiarz and Soren Johnstone’s documentary series “Road To The Restaurant Rumble”. The charity boxing event organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association will pit Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders on July 25th. View episode 1 here and get all the details about the event here.

DINER: Check Out Episode One Of The New “Road To The Restaurant Rumble” Series

Episode 1 of Mike Babiarz and Soren Johnstone’s documentary series “Road To The Restaurant Rumble” has just made it online. Some background:

Restaurant Rumble 2012 is a charity boxing event organized by Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association.

With 12 weeks of training beginning on April 16th, any individual that works in the local service industry (or any profession that ever wore an apron, for that matter) can live the dream, and trade in their apron for a pair of boxing gloves in order to fight for the greater good.

They will train in a real gym, with real fighters and for just one night they will experience the lights, the energy and the adrenaline while they duel to the death* in a battle of fisticuffs in front of hundreds of their peers!

Bartenders, barbers, butchers and baristas will battle! Meat Packers, Managers, Maids and the Maître ‘D will maim* one another!

This is a once in a lifetime chance to compete in a grueling spectacle of carnage* with a punctuation of barely palatable pageantry!

It will be a tertiary-sector tilt; a foie-gras-fueled fight night! Watch in content as the bitter, brawling fists of the bartender mercilessly mangle the restaurant manager’s mug.

By the end of their training, participants will be so tough both mentally and physical that in the words of Muhammad Ali, they will be “murdering rocks” and “injuring stones”! They will be able to “hospitalize a brick” — they’ll be “so mean they’ll make medicine sick”!

*No one will be murdered, maimed or harmed in any way. There will be no actual carnage. It is more likely that someone will experience exhaustion before any possibility of physical injury can occur. It should actually be more of a comedy fest than a slugfest.

Three cheers for Mike and Soren! A fantastic job. Learn more about the event here.

“Clayoquot Oyster Festival” Photo Contest Finalist #5: Mike Babiarz

November 3, 2011 

If you like these two shots, demonstrate as much by clicking the Facebook “like” button below. The Scout Flickr Pool contributor with the most “likes” at noon on Friday, November 11th will be declared the winner of our Clayoquot Oyster Festival giveaway contest.

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