GOODS | Gastown’s PiDGiN Now Pouring Poetic Flights Of Japanese Whisky & Sake

October 20, 2014 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s PiDGiN is pleased to introduce their 5,7,5 Japanese sake and whisky flights, each accompanied by a haiku-inspired description of three premium quality liquors. Start your journey with sake, and taste the rhythmic flavours and aromas of smooth and superior varietals. Continue your poetic flight through the unique moods of limited-edition Japanese whisky, and lose yourself in the prose and verse of rare, sought-after blends. Get all the details and (enjoy some haiku) after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s PiDGiN Introduces New “Before & After Dark” Happy Hour Specials

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Proving two is better than one, Gastown’s Pidgin announces Before and After Dark happy hour specials. Guests are invited to sip and savour during two nightly opportunities: from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, then resuming for evening tipples from 10:30pm until late.

On the list before and after dark are classic cocktails crafted in expert style by Pidgin’s top bartending team; watch for Old Fashioneds, Negronis, Daiquiris, Margaritas, Manhattans, and Moscow Mules, all priced at a refreshing $6.50 each. Glasses of red and white wine are $6, and Tiger tall can beers are $5. Pidgin’s daily food specials will be offered alongside beverages, for a perfect pairing that’s twice as nice. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s PiDGiN On The Lookout For An Innovative Line Cook

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | PiDGiN is on the lookout for a line cook to join their talented and tight knit back-of-house team. Candidates must be innovative, hard-working and able to endure long hours, and have a passion for plating high-quality French-Asian cuisine. Requirements include a culinary school background or previous experience working the line in a fast-paced restaurant. We only put the best behind our stoves! Want to join the Pidgin team? Submit your application in confidence to resumes [at] pidginyvr.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Boulevardier Cocktails At PiDGiN Benefit The (RED) Global Fund To Fight Aids

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | From June 1st to 10th PiDGiN joins leading restaurants, bars and food trucks from around the globe in raising money and awareness for the fight against AIDS in the EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES campaign. For ten days, partial proceeds from the sales of PiDGiN’s classic Boulevardier cocktail will go directly toward (RED)’s Global Fund for HIV/AIDS.

(RED) was created in 2006 to engage millions of people in the fight to end AIDS in Africa, which is home to 2/3 of the world’s estimated 35 million people with HIV/AIDS. (RED) works with the world’s most iconic brands and organizations to develop fundraising campaigns through products and services that trigger corporate giving to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS. Funds are then invested in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, with a focus on countries with a high incidence of mother-to-child HIV transmission. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s PiDGiN On The Lookout For A Server, Expeditor, GM

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin, named one of Canada’s best new restaurants by enRoute Magazine, is on the lookout for an experienced general manager, server, and expeditor. Candidates must have an evident passion for hospitality and a drive to make an impact on Vancouver’s thriving restaurant scene. Looking for only the best to join the talented team, Pidgin is accepting applications from those with excellent wine, cocktail and food knowledge and a willingness to go above and beyond their role. Get all of the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Spring Has Sprung At Gastown’s “Pidgin” With Eight New Seasonal Cocktails

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin introduces a fresh new spring lineup of eight seasonal cocktails. Head bartender Justin Darnes welcomes the warmer months with eight new mixes and muddles of clean, bright spirits, fragrant floral scents and delicate herbs.

The new drinks take their cue from the long-awaited season of blooming fruit blossoms and long lingering evenings. The La Vie En Rose makes its blushing debut, stepping out with calvados, kirsch, white wine raspberry coulis, lemon and rose water. Tipplers fancying classic tastes, showy hats and Wimbledon matches enjoy a twist on British tradition: a House-Made Pimm’s Cup, showcasing our own version of the proper English staple, with lemon, orange, mint, cucumber and strawberry. Itching for smoky beach bonfires and tropical climes? Take a Stab in the Dark: mezcal, lemon, pineapple caramel egg white, smoke brine mist, and clove tincture. The Spring drink menu is only available for a brief time, so guests are invited to sip all eight before they’re gone.

Fans of the tried-and-true will be pleased to hear their favourite house cocktails continue to appear alongside their freshly hatched contemporaries. Read more

GOODS | Pidgin Partners With Toronto’s Bar Isabel For “Visa Infinite” Supper On May 7th

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | On May 7, 2014 at 6:30pm, Visa Infinite cardholders are invited to Gastown’s Pidgin to experience an unforgettable menu inspired by global flavours from Japan, Korea, Spain, France and Canada with Vancouver’s chef Makoto Ono (Pidgin) and Toronto chef Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel) sharpening their knives for an evening of culinary collaboration. Both chefs were included on enRoute magazine’s list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2013. For one night only, the duo presents a multi-course menu carefully matched with unique beer, wine, cocktail, and sake parings.

Celebrated for his attention to detail and flavour, chef Makoto Ono takes a delicate and playful approach, crafting highly composed dishes. Chef Grant van Gameren, known for his approachable, Spanish-inspired fare, creates unfussy plates bursting with imagination. Guests can expect a cutting-edge and inventive menu as these two nationally famous top chefs push one another to produce one-of-a-kind cuisine. Details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s PiDGiN Is On The Lookout For Front Of House Staff

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin is currently seeking an enthusiastic part-time floor manager and server to join their team. Candidates must have experience working in a fast-paced restaurant setting and have a strong passion for hospitality, food and drink. Please submit your applications to resumes [at] pidginyvr.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #919 | Pidgin’s Shroomy Spring Delight Of Colour/Texture

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This good looking Makoto Ono starter dish currently on the menu at Pidgin on the DTES is a wee delicacy of delicacies: exquisite mushrooms, fresh snap peas, ooze-suspended ramen eggs – all set off in the mouth by a soy yuzu brown butter that just doesn’t quit. | $12

350 Carrall St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-620-9400 | www.pidginvancouver.com

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The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is a catch all descriptor for the neighbourhoods east of Cambie, west of Clark, north of Prior, and south of the waterfront. Technically, it includes Gastown, Strathcona, Chinatown, and Railtown/Japantown, but we’ve separated each of these for their individual characters and are treating the DTES here much as the zeitgeist does: as the slowly shrinking collection of blocks east of Carrall, west of Jackson, north of Pender, and south of Cordova. If you have a different interpretation of the landscape and its borders, good for you!

Sadly, it’s safe to say that most Canadian’s view the DTES as less as a community and more of a sensational eyesore; an urban blight box crammed with a loose association of kid-gloved petty criminals, dealers, addicts, and people with mental health issues operating in and around bed bug-infested Single Room Occupancy hotels, daily dodging a very real minefield of violence and disease in often third world living conditions.

That might appear to be superficially true, but the reality is a lot more complicated and nuanced. The DTES is not, for example, “Canada’s poorest postal code”, as it is so often claimed. Neither is it Vancouver’s most transient neighbourhood (that distinction goes to the West End). And if you ask a resident if they feel like they belong to a genuine community, the answer will be a resounding “yes”.

A fierce sense of belonging would naturally coalesce and strengthen in any neighbourhood that was so institutionally demonized, referred to constantly from within and without as “a huge problem”. By policing it in a petty and punitive fashion, insulting it passive aggressively (or fully in the face), trying to price its residents out, or even pretending that it doesn’t exist, the people who see it as an abomination (or rather as a financial opportunity) have only made the community more suspicious of (and resistant to) change.

To wit, “The Downtown Eastside needs to be destroyed,” an editorial in The Province newspaper has declared. “The more residents who are pushed out, the better. It is unconscionable that such a hellhole should exist in a province as wealthy as B.C., in a country as advanced as Canada.” Now, if someone wrote that kind of trash about you and where you lived, you’d likely get your back up, too. Because not everyone who lives on the DTES fits the hysterical stereotype, and those that do are not so bereft of humanity as to not notice when someone tries to rob them of what little humanity they have left.

Indeed, if there’s anything to celebrate on the DTES, it’s that in spite of the high instance of mental illness; homelessness; the AIDS and Hepatitis C epidemics; heroin, crack cocaine, and crystal meth; a long and horrifying history of sexual abuse (before Robert Pickton, violence against First Nations women was treated as a fact of life on the DTES); and the way in which the rest of the city – not to mention the provincial and federal governments – views it through the prism of a largely unsympathetic corporate media; the DTES remains a strong, vibrant, and essential facet of Vancouver that – to its eternal credit – isn’t afraid to stand up for itself.

While other neighbourhoods protest against comparatively first-world affronts like bike lines, casinosart installations, high rises, and funeral homes, residents of the DTES’ dwindling core demonstrate for vital services and in opposition to real or perceived threats against their ability to remain residents. They don’t always protest wisely (targeting small businesses is a nonsensical exercise in quixotic futility), but that they organize and advance a message that needs to be heard by all citizens despite often crippling circumstances is as commendable as it is all too often tragically ignored.

Looking around the DTES today it’s sometimes hard to imagine that it was the beating heart of Vancouver less than a century ago. The banks, the newspapers, the courts, even City Hall once called it home. But while it’s important to remember that the neighbourhood wasn’t always as it is now, romancing the DTES’ past or speculating on its future belittles a present crisis that doesn’t have much in the way of room for halcyon reminiscences or high hopes. The area needs help, and it needs help now; help that new condos and businesses can’t directly give. It requires assistance from the provincial and federal governments in the form of new, affordable housing, a long overdue increase to the welfare shelter allowance of $375 per month (there has only been only one increase since 1992), the non-politicization of harm reduction programs, and – in a hurry – a serious approach to mental health care that includes new facilities, preferably located in whichever affluent neighbourhood complains about them the most.

Change on the DTES is a good thing, and we’re all for it, just so long as it’s for the people who already call it home.

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Left to right: Pat’s Lager at Pat’s Pub in the Patricia Hotel; Victorian era purple/blue glass basement prisms; Ovaltine Cafe neon tri-colour; the grass of Oppenheimer Park; Carnegie Community Centre; duo of road colours at Main & Hastings; No. 5 Orange; dormant Salvation Army building exterior at Gore & Main; VPD blue; needle tip orange.

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INSITE, THE CONTROVERSIAL BUT LIFE-SAVING SAFE INJECTION SITE
THE SAD, FORLORN EMPTY SHELLS OF THE ONLY AND THE LOGGER’S SOCIAL CLUB
THE RAMP CAM AT THE SMILING BUDDHA SKATEPARK
A COMPETITIVE MARKET FOR STREET CIGARETTES
THE GOOD WORKS OF THE PORTLAND HOTEL SOCIETY
THE INCOMPARABLE INTERIOR OF THE OVALTINE CAFE
BARGAIN HUNTERS COMBING THE PIGEON PARK STREET MARKET
THE CRUEL AND UNUSUAL ASSHOLERY OF SOME OF THE STREET-LEVEL DRUG DEALERS
A NETWORK OF ALLEYWAYS THAT ARE BEST AVOIDED
SWEET DUDS AT COMMUNITY & THE FROCK SHOPPE
OLD, RESPECTFUL GUYS WHO YELL “KIDS ON THE BLOCK” WHENEVER PEOPLE WALK PAST WITH CHILDREN

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KOREAN PANCAKES AT THE DUNLEVY SNACKBAR
CHICKPEA BURGERS AND KALE CAESARS AT RAINIER PROVISIONS
BEEF DIP SANDWICHES AND HOUSE LAGER AT PAT’S PUB
AN OUTSTANDING BEER SELECTION AT THE ALIBI ROOM
BEAN TO BAR AND CUP CHOCOLATE & COFFEE AT EAST VAN ROASTERS
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES AT THE OVALTINE CAFE
AVO ON TOAST WITH EARL GREY TEA AT NELSON THE SEAGULL
JERK FRIES & RUM FLIGHTS AT CALABASH
PRETZEL SAMBOS & BEER FLIGHTS AT BITTER TASTING ROOM
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE AWFUL AWFUL AT SAVE ON MEATS
CRISPY CHICKEN W/ FRIED RICE AND THE VEGGIE PHO AT HANOI PHO
CHICKEN WINGS & VITELLO TONNATO AT PIDGIN

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- In 1917, the Food Floor in Woodwards at Hastings & Abbott was the largest of its kind in the world.

- Vancouver’s City Hall was formerly located next to Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings.

- The bell at St. James’ Church (then on Powell and Main) was, for many, the warning siren of the Great Fire in 1886; the melted remnants can be found at the Vancouver Museum.

- The First Nations name for Crab Park (Portside) is Lucklucky, meaning “Grove of Beautiful Trees”. The name “Crab” originates from the Create a Real Available Beach (CRAB) initiative by DTES residents in the early 1980s.

- In 1989 Vancouver launched North America’s first needle exchange program in an effort to promote harm reduction for residents of the Downtown Eastside. In 2003 North America’s only legal supervised injection site, Insite, was founded.

- The multi-height, 45 ft. wide half-pipe at the Smiling Buddha was built using the bones of several historic Vancouver skate ramps, including the original Richmond Skate Ranch and the Expo ’86 vert ramp.

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GOODS | Gastown’s Pidgin Celebrating Sochi Games With “Putin’s Pride” Cocktail

February 11, 2014 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin restaurant celebrates the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi by offering guests their very own taste of “Putin’s Pride”. Fashioned by barman Robyn Gray, Putin’s Pride is a limited edition cocktail made with Mount Gay Rum, Cointreau, pineapple syrup, and coconut water. It is then garnished with rainbow ice cubes and rimmed with political controversy. Read more

GOODS | Barman Justin Darnes Joins The Front Of House Team At Gastown’s Pidgin

January 29, 2014 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Darnes to their front of house team. Former barman of Savoy American Bar at London’s Savoy hotel and head bartender at House Guest Supper Club and George Ultra Lounge, Darnes brings over fourteen years experience and an abundance of creativity to the bar.

Hailing from England, Darnes joins Pidgin with a resume boasting experience behind the wood of some of the world’s most reputable bars. His background includes stints as bar manager at London Design Week and the Cannes Film Festival, as well as being a top graduate of the Absolut Pro Academy and Bacardi ‘Pourfection’ Pro Bartending program. A longtime consultant and the creator of the world’s first 100% biodynamic cocktail, Darnes brings a wealth of innovation and experience to Pidgin’s bar program. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s Pidgin Is On The Lookout For Front Of House Staff

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin is currently seeking enthusiastic full-time and part-time servers and bartenders to join their team. Candidates must have experience working in a fast-paced restaurant setting and have a strong passion for hospitality, food and drink. Please submit your applications to resumes [at] pidginyvr.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS | A Casual New Years Eve With Or Without Reservations At Gastown’s PiDGiN

December 23, 2013 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | Looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve? Forget the stresses of planning a party, spending a fortune on event tickets or worrying about a dress code; Pidgin separates itself from the rest, offering guests a way to ring in the New Year in a casual yet refined way. While everyone’s busy doing something, Gastown’s Pidgin plans a night with no strings attached.

Revellers are invited to join Pidgin on December 31st for a no-holds-barred evening with a no-pressure, no-ticket-necessary, no-reservation-needed (although they are recommended) and no-set-tasting-menu New Year’s Eve to remember. Raise a glass of bubbly with friends and family while enjoying executive chef Makoto Ono’s innovative everyday menu, featuring dishes that are delicate and playful, combining flavours from both east and west.

Again, no tickets are necessary. Walk-ins start at $0 per guest, which includes an opportunity to order from Pidgin‘s inventive menu at everyday prices. To find out more, please call Pidgin at 604-620-9400 or book online at www.pidginyvr.com. Read more

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