GOODS | “Thomas Haas” Preps For A Busy Winter With Big Range Of Christmas Treats

October 16, 2014 

Two locations: Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano |

Two locations: Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano |

The GOODS from Thomas Haas

Vancouver, BC | With the holiday season just around the corner, Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie is set to mark the occasion by unveiling new holiday-themed signature confections, festive gift boxes and sweet stocking stuffers.

This year, Thomas Haas has added several new items to his seasonal lineup including Tannenbaum, a delectable handcrafted chocolate tree filled with caramelized chocolate-coated nuts and decorated with truffles; Holiday Marshmallows, available in Tahitian Vanilla, Cinnamon, Peppermint and Red Berry varieties; and Holiday Bark, a tree-shaped 79% dark chocolate bark decorated with seasonal dried fruits and caramelized nuts.

Thomas Haas is also once again offering his ever-popular Christmas Stollen — a deliciously moist German Christmas cake made from wholesome almonds, rum-soaked golden raisins and freshly zested oranges — and is taking preorders for his Bûche de Noël (Yule Log), available for pickup on December 23 and 24 only. The full range of seasonal Christmas specialties at Thomas Haas can be found after the jump… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #517 | In The Forest Hunting Mushrooms With The “Acorn” Crew


by Michelle Sproule | Mushroom Season is upon us. The warm wet days of Autumn bring with them the perfect conditions for fungal growth and the little buggers are popping up everywhere right now. I tagged along with the crew from Main Street’s Acorn restaurant (chef Rob Clarke, sous chef Brian Luptak, kitchen staffers Heather Dosman, Matt Gostelow, Peter Warszycki, Dylan Williams, and owner Shira Blustein, plus Jared Blustein and Christina Paradun from the FOH) as they followed professional mushroom forager Alexander McNaughton on a recent hunt/hike through the North Shore mountains.

Being familiar with the area and knowing likely hiding places, Alexander marched us through some serious terrain to uncover yellow chanterelles, puff balls, angel wings, and cauliflower shrooms. It was an arduous and rewarding adventure, but it should be remembered that going off-trail and eating mushrooms without proper identification are both very dangerous activities. Don’t fuck around. Be a pro or go with a pro.

Back at the restaurant, the kitchen crew crafted a rich and beautifully balanced foraged mushroom tart with sorel emulsion, goat’s cheese, watercress, cured egg yolk, and reindeer lichen — amazing. If you’re stoked on mushrooms but not interested in the bushwhacking, Acorn has a bunch of tasty shroom dishes on their menu this week. Starting Saturday there will be Hen of the Woods mushroom pasta with sunchoke purée, pickled shallots, and pepper hazelnuts as well as a vegan portobello and walnut pate with preserved lemon gel, pickled walnuts and caraway taro crisps. Take a look…


GOODS | New Fall-Themed Treats On Offer At “Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie”

Two locations: Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano |

Two locations: Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver & 2539 West Broadway in Kitsilano |

The GOODS from Thomas Haas

Vancouver, BC | As long days fade and the weather begins to cool, stay warm with a burst of fall-themed flavours like pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger available now through November 15 at Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie. From pastry creations such as Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon Chantilly cream and caramelized apples, to hot drinks like Pumpkin Hot Chocolate with house-made roasted pumpkin milk and a spiced marshmallow, to delectable Pumpkin Macarons, Truffles and Lollipops, Thomas Haas expertly captures the essence of autumn with an array of sweet, savoury and spiced offerings guaranteed to tempt the palate and warm the heart. Details and the full range of fall offerings from Thomas Haas after the jump… Read more

GOODS | North Shore’s “District Brasserie” To Launch New Sunday Suppers On Oct. 5th


The Goods From The District Brasserie

North Vancouver, BC | They say the early bird catches the worm – we’d rather a delicious three-course dinner at the The District Restaurant. Starting October 5th, The District will be launching its Sunday Suppers, offering three tasty courses for just $22 + tax before 6pm. Chef Paul Mon-Kau has created a series of menus that change weekly, featuring his much-lauded Dutch-Belgian fare. Check out the menus (subject the change) after the jump… Read more

HOODS | The City’s Best Burger, Yaletown’s Best Patio, DTES’ Best Beers, & Much More


You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, and we mean to take advantage of it. We want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.

the current polls

What’s your favourite escape on the North Shore? Is it Dundarave Beach, Lighthouse Park, Grouse Mountain, Whytecliff Park, Capilano River Regional Park, or the Maplewood Conservation Area?

 VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our North Shore page.


Which restaurant serves up the best burger in all of Vancouver? Is it Hawksworth, Mamie Taylor’s, Cannibal Cafe, Pourhouse, Oakwood, or Campagnolo Upstairs?

VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our Commercial Drive or Gastown pages.


Which Yaletown eatery offers the best patio experience? Is it Blue Water Cafe, Minami, Cioppino’s, Brix, GoodWolfe, or the Homer St. Cafe?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our Yaletown page.


What’s your favourite place for a beer on the DTES? Is it The Astoria, The Patricia, Alibi Room, No. 5 Orange, Bitter Tasting Room, or Dunlevy Snackbar?

VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our DTES page.


Your favourite dish in Hastings-Sunrise? Is it the Fundido Tater Tots at Tacofino, the Reuben sandwich at Red Wagon, the Spaghetti Carbonara at Campagnolo Roma, the Mujadarrah at Tamam, the Laksa at Laksa King, or the Patty Melt at The Slocan?

VOTE for your pick (and see results) on our Hastings-Sunrise page.


GOODS | Happy Hour With Spanish Tapas And Cocktails At North Shore’s “El Matador”

El Matador is located at 131 W Esplanade #2 in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770-1717 |

El Matador is located at 131 W Esplanade #2 in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770-1717 |

The Goods From El Matador

North Vancouver, BC | Every Sunday through Thursday, El Matador offers $2 off all tapas and $1 off all drinks before 5pm and after 10pm. At El Matador, the serving of tapas is meant to encourage conversation. Diners are less focused on a large meal set before them, and more on small bites and conversation. Offerings include such items as grilled goat’s cheese with salsa fresca; shallot and crimini stuffed mushrooms; and baked chorizo. The Spanish take their gin seriously and the five gin-based house cocktails at El Matador are serious about it, too. The house sangria – a mix of wine, triple sec, juice and fresh fruit – is also not to be missed. Details after the jump… Read more

NEVER HEARD OF IT | Scarfing Koobideh & Crispy Tahdig At Persian-Flavoured Zeitoon


by Ken Tsui | Persian eatery Zeitoon is well known on the North Shore for its delicious koobideh kebab. It’s a mixture of minced beef and spices hand-squeezed onto skewers (note the ridges) and broiled until perfectly juicy and tender. Sandwiched between fragrant flatbread with a light dusting of sumac and fresh basil, it makes for an especially flavourful series of bites. Besides this signature classic, you should also look out for the fesenjoon, a laboriously prepared stew of tart pomegranate and chicken, and the addictive tahdig. The latter is a rice dish that’s flavoured with saffron and toasted to a crisp (it literally means “bottom-of-the-pot”). It’s so good that I could easily see it snapping the Persian social etiquette of t’aarof (the repetitious cycle of hospitality involving a host’s offer and a guest’s rejection based on politeness). Once its on the table, all bets are off! Bonus: there’s a location 1795 Pendrell Street in the West End.

1615 Lonsdale Avenue | North Vancouver BC |


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “House Wine” On Hunt For Help During Harmony Arts Festival

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard |

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard |

The GOODS from House Wine

Vancouver, BC | House Wine is looking for friendly staff to help them at the Harmony Arts Festival Aug 1st – 10th. The Park Royal Beachside Patio will be hosted by House Wine and feature a licensed dining area with 60 seats and plenty of room for people to stand, chat and enjoy a drink. And the Waterfront Lounge located in Millenium Park is one of the premiere locations for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Harmony Arts Festival. Wine knowledge and serving experience required. Email them at info [at] for more details… Read more

HOODS | Eating Up The North Shore’s Tasty Summertime Night Market At The Shipyards


by Robyn Yager | Sometimes the North Shore gets the short end of the stick. Sure, it’s recognized for Quarry Rock, the dense forests of the Capilano River, Park Royal, Grouse Mountain, and plenty of excellence besides, but the idea of having to cross the water can be a little off-putting for some on this side of the bridge.

And it’s their loss, frankly, as there’s some pretty awesome stuff happening over there, stuff that’s well worth the 15-minute Seabus ride over, like the Friday Night Market at the Shipyards. Rivalling Vancouver’s Food Truck Fest, the Shipyards’ night market offer up a world of foods, a farmer’s market, lots of music, locally produced art, a beer garden, and an entire pier where you can sit and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of a North Shore summer.

Our recommendations include the Didi’s Greek food truck for a free-run chicken souvlaki wrap; an avocado lime pop from Johnny’s Pops; a bag of mini donuts (if you’re still aching for something doughy and sweet); a beer from Green Leaf Brewing Company at the beer garden; and a stroll down the pier as the sun goes down. If you’re still looking for something to do after the night market, catch a flick at the Esplanade movie theatre three blocks away from the Shipyards.

Check it out on Friday nights, from 5-10pm at Shipyards Plaza – Wallace Mews.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | The District & The Little District On The Hunt For Kitchen Staff

Little District is located at 1336 Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770 2776 |

Little District is located at 1336 Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770 2776 |

The Goods From The Little DistrictThe District Brasserie

North Vancouver, BC | The District Brasserie and The Little District Roadhouse, two North Vancouver hot spots, are looking for experienced and enthusiastic cooks to fill full-time and part-time positions. Successful candidates will be experienced and equipped to handle working high volumes in a fast-paced environment. Must have a passion for food and love working in a social atmosphere. Those interested should email their resume to paul [at] Learn more about the District Group after the jump… Read more

FIELD TRIP #604 | To Lighthouse Park And Horseshoe Bay (And Back Again) By Bicycle


by Rebecca Slaven | Horseshoe Bay is my all-time favourite bike ride. It’s a journey even more beautiful than the destination with gorgeous scenery nearly the whole way there and back. Prepare for a nap after arriving home. It’s a long and hilly ride!


Begin your route by biking to the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs that eventually lead you into Park Royal. Signage drops off around the mall but even the most directionally-challenged should easily find their way. Essentially, take a right at the first stop sign you arrive at in the Park Royal parking lot and then a left on the first road, which is Marine Drive. Then keep heading west until you hit the ocean.

Stops & Eats | Make sure to stop at Lighthouse Park. I’m always too beat to take advantage of the hikes but the rocks above the lighthouse are a lovely spot to take a break.

In Horseshoe Bay, Olive & Anchor has fresh pub-style food, offering both healthy eats and plates of carbs. You can either sit in the restaurant or order from the takeout menu and eat at one of the nearby picnic tables (I’ve heard that the baked oysters are amazing). You’ll also pass by the Savary Island Pie Company on the way there and back if you find yourself with a hankering for pastry. Have fun!



Bio-PicRebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

GOODS | BBQ & Bourbon To Reign Supreme At North Shore’s “Little District” This June

Little District is located at 1336 Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770 2776 |

Little District is located at 1336 Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770 2776 |

The Goods From The Little District

North Vancouver, BC | The Little District Roadhouse has a message for Metro Vancouver imbibers: keep calm and drink bourbon. Guests at the popular North Vancouver diner will be able to give the notoriously bold spirit a chance at redemption with Beasts of Bourbon, a celebration of 13 top-shelf bourbons from across the United States. Starting on Sunday, June 1, 2014, the event will feature a daily bourbon at $2 off, leading up to the weekend of June 14 & 15, 2014 when all 13 brands will be available at the feature price.

“Our mission is to change people’s fear of this sorely misunderstood spirit,” said Paul Mon-Kau, owner of The Little. “We’re out to prove that bourbon can be enjoyed by all without burnt tongues, watering eyes or next-day regret.”

Coinciding with National Bourbon Day on Saturday, June 14, and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15, Beasts of Bourbon will wind up over the weekend with a two-day barbeque bash helmed by Mon-Kau and Dustyn Harvey, chef de cuisine for The District Restaurant Group.

“We’ll be house-smoking and serving up more than 40 pounds of classic North Carolina pulled pork, paired with premium bourbon and great company,” added Mon-Kau. “Both Dustyn and I have competed in barbeque competitions including the Bulls Eye BBQ Nationals, and we’re stoked to bring a little of that flavour and fun to the surrounding community.”

Uniting the best that the United States has to offer, featured bourbons will range from familiar names like Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam to lesser-known brands including Booker’s True Barrel Small Batch and Blanton’s Single Barrel. Meet the Beasts after the jump… Read more

WELCOME | The District Restaurant Group Has Joined The Growing Scout Community


We’ve invited The District Restaurant Group – specifically The District, El Matador, and The Little District – to join the Restaurant section of our GOODS program as a tasty triple threat on the North Shore. 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 pages for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making North Vancouver a more social and delicious place to be.


El Matador




131 W Esplanade #2, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A1
Telephone: 604-770-1717 | Email:
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The People


Paul Mon-Kau: Chef/Owner
Jeff Murl: Owner
Stephanie Mon-Kau: Beverage and HR Manager
Jeremiah Bjorndal: General Manager
Dustyn Harvey: Sous Chef

About El Matador


El Matador Spanish Tapas is the love child of old-world Spain and modern social dining – a spot that will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden culinary gem in the back alleys of Seville. Inspired by the autonomous region of Spain known as Andalusia, the birthplace of bullfighting, flamenco, the world’s oldest cave paintings and some truly good eating, El Matador is as good as the real thing.

With a simple, made-to-share menu, El Matador’s charm is all in the experience. Wood bars span the length of the restaurant, where guests swap stories with old friends and discover new ones – including Spanish beers, a top-notch gin list and lip-smacking sangria. Paired with rustic Spanish tapas, including Grilled Goat Cheese with Salsa Fresca and Chorizo and Quail Eggs, plus plenty of gluten-free options, there’s every reason for you to enjoy. Let us count the ways.

In Spain, tapas are meant to be shared over drinks and great conversation. As they say at El Matador, if you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re doing it wrong.



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