by Andrew Morrison | The new Chambar opened this morning, right next door from the original. Scout broke the news of the award-winning Belgian-Moroccan restaurant’s expansion plans after the location was secured a year ago. We’ve been tracking its construction ever since.
Today was opening day, and the first time the previously evenings-only restaurant had ever served breakfast and lunch. Many of the dishes on offer this morning had transitioned into the new Chambar line-up from a menu made famous at the original location of Cafe Medina (eg. the short rib fricassee, Belgian waffles, etc.) before it moved to its new location on Richards Street last week. The old Medina, you’ll recall, used to be next door to the old Chambar.
Confused? It’s actually not as complicated as it seems.
The short story is that the owners of Chambar (Karri & Nico Schuermans) launched Cafe Medina with a business partner (Robbie Kane) seven years ago. When Chambar announced its plans last year to expand next door with a brunch/lunch service featuring chef Nico’s original dishes designed for Cafe Medina, a future with the two eateries existing side by side and competing against one another with the same dishes was plainly undesirable. The solution was a cordial split between the partners and several city blocks of distance between their respective new restaurants.
The new Chambar, as you can see from the shots above and below, has clearly maintained the soothing, casual aesthetic of the original, and yet is has grown considerably in size, both in seating and production capacities (the new kitchen is massive). It has also gained a patio, which will no doubt be considered one of the better ones in the city before summer’s end.
The quality of the food and drink, in my mind at least, is something of a given. I have no doubts about the kitchen or bar staff. The big question for most people will be this: “Does it feel like the original?” And it’s a fair question to ask, because in addition to the great drinks and delicious food, Chambar tabled a tangible soul — which is a rare thing in the restaurant business. The spirit of the eatery was one of the original location’s best qualities, not to mention a probable cause of the storied Chambar Effect. To date, I’ve only broken bread once at the new address, but I think the answer to that question is a big yes. Chambar remains Chambar, all day and well into the night.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria on The Drive is embracing Happy Hour with new specials available Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, we’ll be hosting a late night Happy Hour from midnight to 1:30am. Local craft beer including Parallel 49 Lager, 33 Acres of “Ocean”, and Four Winds Saison will be served in little glasses, Mexican cantina-style (cañas – 5 ounce beers) for only $3. El Jimador Silver and Reposado shots will be available for $4, while LA Cetto Chenin blanc from Mexico and Bodega Munoz Garnacha from Spain will be available for $5 a glass. Lastly, for cocktails, we have Gin for Jaime, a Mexican style gin and tonic with fresh ginger and cucumber, and our freshly made, hand-squeezed classic margaritas served on the rocks for $8. There’s something for everyone with taste and time… Read more
by Ken Tsui | In the dog days of summer, chef/co-owner Brian Skinner and the kitchen team at Main Street vegetarian mainstay The Acorn are sweating it out as they prepare for another busy night. But before it all goes down, the staff are banding together and keeping to the spirit of making great vegetarian food by tapping into Indian traditions, the O.G. of vegetarian cuisines.
This afternoon’s meal is an elaborate one. It’s a long list scrawled on paper and simply labelled “Indian Staff Meal”. It’s an involved feast with plenty of components that tasks each staffer with making some of the classics, among them raita, papadums, khadi, palak paneer, grilled apricot chutney, mango lassis, pickled eggplant salad and pakoras of zucchini and cauliflower.
Brian leads the charge, guiding the crew based on lessons learned during his time in London. Today, the palak paneer (pureed spinach with crisped Indian cheese) is his responsibility. As the team puts the finishing touches on their respective contributions, the mixture of heat and movement looks and feels like controlled chaos, making it hard to keep track of all the fragrant and colourful plates coming out of the kitchen.
Meanwhile, co-owner Shira Blustein is holding court in the dining area. As the food comes out, the team gathers around her table to feast. Before long, Brian himself gets to lean into the spread. “I have a feeling I’m going to overeat…”
by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
SLOW DOWN | We hate to break the bad news, but these are the last days of summer. Grab a malted milkshake or a sundae at Glenburn Soda, hike your way out to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, pick some blackberries for a homemade blackberry syrup and have a patio cocktail party, swim in a lake, sit on a beach, hang in the park, and basically just drink it all in, folks. Summer doesn’t last forever.
SPACE JAM | Catch some live music at The Bottleneck on Thursday night. Sit back and to listen to local musicians Geoff Berner, Colleen Rennison, Marta McKeever and Bob Sumner and know that you are also racking up karma points. Proceeds from the evening will go to support Sonic Art Space (a new workshop space for kids that will offer alternative music classes taught by local musicians and artists (think Synth For Kids, Lyrics and Songwriting and Sketching with Sound). Sonic Art Space aims to open doors this fall but between now and then they need to amass a serious collection of instruments and this fundraiser is going to help them do that. Sit back, drink a cold beer, listen to some music and enrich the lives of children – one tambourine at a time. That’s a solid Thursday night right there folks.
Thursday, Aug 21 | 7-11pm | The Bottleneck (870 Granville) | $10 | DETAILS
FILM | Showcasing queer alternatives to mainstream film, the Queer Film Festival takes place in numerous venues around town this week. Anti-homosexuality laws in Russia inspired this year’s “Queer Russia” focus. For a full list of films (and events) have a look here. Closing night is Sunday and final screenings are followed by a party at The Junction Pub (1138 Davie St).
Now through August 24 | Various venues | $12 | DETAILS
FARM | Take a trip out to the UBC Farm on Saturday morning. Not only can you pick up farm grown fruits and veggies at the farmers market (as well as baked goods, preserves, flowers and other treats), but Certified Master Beekeeper Jenny Ma from Vancouver Honeybees will be on site demonstrating how to extract honey from honeycomb. The super excellent news about that is the resultant honey will be jarred right then and there and available for purchase.
Sat, Aug 23 | 9am-1pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr) | Free | DETAILS
GARLIC FESTIVAL | This weekend is the 6th annual Garlic Fest out at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm in Richmond. Head out to learn about the health benefits and culinary uses of garlic, check out cooking demonstrations, and sample all manner of garlic related goodies (from garlic pizza and garlic bread to pickled garlic scapes and garlic ice cream (not even kidding). Bonus: free admission, free parking, and a bicycle valet.
Sun, Aug. 24 | 10am-3pm | Sharing Farm, Terra Nova Park | Admission by donation | DETAILS
HARVEST | Trust the peeps at your local farmer’s market to arrange for a celebration of peak tomato season. Now’s the time to be harvesting, canning and eating tomatoes, so get yourself to Trout Lake (Saturday) or Kits (Sunday) Farmers Markets to learn about, appreciate, sample and worship the glorious tomato. In addition to fresh from the vine specimens available for you to take home, there will also be displays, tastings, chef tours, seed saving and preserving tips, and – get this – a limited run of tomato basil gelato crafted by Bella Gelateria.
August 23 | 9am-2pm | Trout Lake | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
August 24 | 10am-2pm | Kitsilano | Kits Community Centre, 10 & Larch St | DETAILS
ANIME | If you’re walking around downtown this weekend and you notice an uptick in the number of adults kitted out in full-on anime costumes, that’s probably because Anime Revolution is on. The three day event will include exhibits, dancing, gaming, live musical performances, discussion panels, lots of wigs, and a staggering amount of cosplay.
Fri, Aug 21- Sun, Aug 24 | Various times | Vancouver Convention Centre | $35-$200 | DETAILS
DISCOVER | Whether you’re new to the city or just interested in brushing up on local history, a walking tour with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia is awesome. View the personality of the city through the prism of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. Learn about heritage preservation, contemporary and historic architectural styles, the impact urban planning policy has on the evolution of the city, and more. There are six tours in all, each covering a distinct area of the city. Walks include: Chinatown (From yesterday to Today); Gastown (The Historic Beginning of Vancouver); Strathcona (Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood); Yaletown (Industrial Expansion and Evolution); West End (Residential Transformation), and Downtown (The Business Core of Vancouver). AIBC Walking Tours begin at the AIBC office at 440 Cambie Street (@Pender) at 10am and 1pm most days of the week (except Monday and Friday afternoons).
Various days | 10am, 1pm | 440 Cambie Street | $10 | DETAILS
ICE CREAM | Beta5 is having another one of those ice cream socials that your friends have been talking about. On Friday night (from 7 until sunset) and again on Saturday afternoon between 1 & 5 pm, the award-winning East Vancouver chocolate and pastry shop will be serving up ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats, and other frozen treats. A trip to Beta5 always yields good things. Indeed, the prospect of a proper sundae built by this team is a mind-blowingly attractive one, and if the window for such an indulgence is only 24hrs wide, it shouldn’t be missed! We went last weekend and can confirm that the line-up is worth the wait!
Fri, 7-sunset | Sat, 1-5pm | 413 Industrial Avenue | Beta5.com
RUN | The Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon happens this weekend. Participation in the run is at capacity, but if you aren’t running you can still cheer from the sidelines (three main cheering stations have been set up to support the 10,015 people registered to run), attend yoga classes, and hit the after-party (Sunset Festival) in Brockton Oval. $25 gets you fresh air yoga, food, and a cold beer.
Sat, Aug 23 | all day (marathon 7am, after party 6-11pm) | DETAILS
CHOW | Food Cart Fest goes down this Sunday. Take advantage of the fact that close to two dozen food trucks will be parked around communal tables ready to feed you. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Vij’s, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a community market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city. Food Cart Fest is located between Olympic Village and Cambie St. Bridge.
Sun, Aug 24 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st Avenue $2 entry charge | DETAILS
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.
The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s award-winning L’Abattoir restaurant is looking to hire a part-time host\hostess for 2 to 4 shifts a week. Duties include taking reservations, email communications and the effective management of guest needs. The successful candidate can expect a positive and professional working environment, a competitive wage and tips. Apply in confidence via email with resume attached to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Learn more about after the jump… Read more
by Sean Orr | Seizing the means of reduction: Urbanization: Who’d have guessed? Kerrisdale as a bastion of Marxism. It’s a good article, but seizing land is hardly a Marxist thing to do. Just ask our First Nations. Or simply watch this show for children.
Capital Regional District decides not to expropriate Grace Islet. Especially fitting that this story should published in the Times-Colonist…
Speaking of expropriation: Don’t Let Rich People Own Apartments They Don’t Live In. Good idea. Maybe we could create an apartment-sharing social enterprise and call it Zipartment.
Making a window out of concrete: Gag order to be imposed on new RCMP transparency office. We’re going to give you this whistle, OK? And if anything seems strange, you go into this sound-proof isolation booth and blow it so nobody can hear you, OK?
Emails show federal officials worried about second Idle No More movement. Wait…does this mean that the Idle No More movement actually went idle at some point? Worried is a good word for it. Terrified is another.
Dudette Relaxing Recreation Area: Dude Chilling Park sign vandalized again. I can’t think of a better place to discuss the merits of feminism than the comments section of Vancity Buzz.
Did you see it? Huge meteor spotted across Southern BC. Are you sure it wasn’t a UFO or a peeping drone?
Steve Moore, Todd Bertuzzi Settlement Reached Decade After On-Ice Attack. Even so, Bertuzzi-ing remains a huge problem on Vancouver’s streets.
The GOODS from The Juice Truck
Vancouver, BC | Patio cocktails, beach parties…you name it — during summer it’s easy to enjoy ourselves a little too much. It’s a good time for a full body reboot. Give your body the time to sigh and get back to square one with the Juice Cleanse by the Juice Truck. Until Sunday August 24th, they are offering a Summer Pick Up promo of 10% off all Juice Cleanses. Order any Juice Cleanse or Pick & Mix and get 10% off with pick up at their new storefront at 28 W 5th Avenue. Simply enter in the promo code ‘pickup’ during checkout. More info at www.thejuicecleanse.ca. Read more
by Grady Mitchell | Vancouver trio Girlfriends And Boyfriends have released a new, long-awaited single called A Flower. It’s a dark and plaintive track that embodies modern New Wave, complete with splashy drums, reverbed guitar, and grim, sonorous vocals.
Although they’ve developed that signature New Wave style, the band began very differently. When guitarist Pete Panovic founded it, everything was straight Brit Pop. “All the songs ended up sounding like Oasis,” he says. Bassist Grant Minor joined in 2007 in response to a Craigslist ad, and most recently Adam Fink joined after the original drummer left the band. With the lineup now solidified, they’ve dived headlong into New Wave and post punk.
They’re not the first band to revitalize a past genre, although they’re among the best to do so. Bands like The Smiths and The Cure played on the radio when they were kids, and now, decades later, they’re emulating the New Wave heroes that shaped their early tastes in music. It’s not the first time New Wave in particular has boomeranged back around, the band says, citing the slew of covers done by nu metal bands in the late 90s.
So why won’t New Wave just quit? Simple, the band says: it’s just great music. They also consider the New Wave era the golden age of producing. It hit the perfect balance point when technology allowed for a cleaner sound without completely erasing the human element, before songs were programmed to a beat and polished to death. “There was still a realness to production in that kind of music,” Grant says. To recreate that realness they linked with Vancouver producer Felix Fung, who specializes in just that.
Felix, the band’s “fourth member,” was critical to the darkness and longing of A Flower. “It’s a personal song,” Grant says, “it’s about a failed relationship. Nine out of the ten songs on our record are about failed relationships.” So what’s the tenth about? The band starts to laugh. “Social media!”
The new record is finished, though we most likely won’t hear it until early 2015. In the meantime, however, they say we can expect another single soon. To support Girlfriends And Boyfriends and explore their sound, visit their Bandcamp.
The Vancouver Lexicon – our A-Z dictionary of local slang, myths, legends, and such – might appear to be complete, but we mean to keep adding to it every week. Today we aim to highlight six more localisms that everyone in British Columbia should know about. They are Cheater Floor, MacBlo, Social Kitchen Restobar, White Towels, Craft Beard, And Eau D’Alberni.
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | On Sunday, August 31st, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family-style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer. The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats. Tickets are $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email email@example.com to reserve. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
by Treve Ring | Here’s how wine geeks think: “Lessee what would happen if I took all my grape pressings leftover from the entire Riesling vintage and squeezed them together really hard to capture all the juice and good bits and then fermented it entirely with wild yeast…”
Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Lab 2013 | Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC | $19
Kiwi-Canadian wine geek and Tantalus winemaker David Paterson isn’t afraid to push – or in this case press – the envelope of experimentation. With Riesling Lab, the atypical results have proven so consistently interesting that the winery decided to slap labels on the bottles and sell them. The first Lab experiment (2011 vintage, #1) was tiny – just a handful of cases were produced. 2012’s Lab #2 was more of a purpose-driven exercise, with production bumped up to 70 cases or so. And last year, proven in method, Paterson produced 155 cases of Lab #3, sold solely out of their East Kelowna tasting room (also to a very few restaurants in Vancouver).
The playfully nerdy label is a clear departure from the norm (an indication that this ain’t your typical Tantalus wine), but the #03 Lab Results: Riesling is nevertheless a firm handshake. Pink and orange flowers, ripe peach and pear, apricot pit and a broad, solid, textured palate, amped up further through fermentation in old chardonnay-use barrels. Not shy on sugar, acidity or alcohol, the trio striking a chord that sounds like more, please. Especially at the price ($19!). Intrigued, I put the following 5 questions to Paterson…
Straight up – why did you make this wine? I originally created this wine in 2011, which was a cold growing season. I felt that the Riesling (Our biggest sku) would need some weight in a cold year and I did not want to use manufactured products to do so. I pressed all the Riesling really hard after making my original cut and took the resulting phenolic brown juice and fermented it wild in barrels. I did this to naturally oxidize out the phenolics. When it came time to put the 2011 wines together this new piece of the puzzle just didn’t fit but was really interesting and textural on its own…. so we bottled it. Since then we have made it every year and has been a really successful little wine in our tasting room with the general public and also with wine geeks because it has that different
Where are the grapes from? All the wines made under the Tantalus label come from our own 75 acre estate in SE Kelowna.
Your ideal pairing with this wines would be…? This wine is very versatile to pair with but I would say that something with sweetness and a little heat from the huge world of Asian food would go down pretty well. A classic Alsatian bacon and caramelized onion tart would be mighty fine, too.
What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? When I’m not making wine, I’m golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter, so I’m drinking German and Burgundian wines.
Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Blue Mountain stripe label Pinot Noir or any of their vintage bubbly wines. They are always consistently excellent from vintage to vintage and their pricing has remained low compared to the demand for their product. They are the benchmark that the rest of the Okanagan should look too when deciding pricing and quality parameters.
The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Vancouver, BC | We are looking for experienced individuals to join our team as Junior Sous Chef and Chef de Partie at Blue Water Cafe. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with exceptional seasonal products. The ideal candidate is team-oriented, motivated and energetic. He or she is a team player who works well under pressure in a dymamic and fast paced environment. Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, CIS or valid work permit is a must.
Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of B.C. Consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience. Read more
by Sean Orr | Free Canada, Trade Harper: Canada’s wine industry may face restrictions if leaked EU trade deal is accurate. Are you sure you want to wake the beast within wine drinkers? Best comment: “Who cares a fiddlers foot about the wind industry” (sic).
One way to really Save On Meats: Food supplier claims Save On Meats owner Mark Brand stiffed it on bills.
This hurts my noodle: ‘Pastafarian’ fights to wear colander in B.C. driver’s licence photo. For what it’s worth, I didn’t even have to strain myself to think of a pun for this one.
Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams. That’s Right—A Fish Cannon. Yeah, I’ll believe that when Pinks fly.
Creator of SkyTrain massacre video game defends work. Well, at least he’s not the one conflating realities: “It takes place in an actual Vancouver Skytrain…” Nope. No it doesn’t. For the record, it takes place on a computer. “Is this game going to make any money?” Yeah, because that’s what really matters. “Scott joins us today from the Main Street Skytrain Station. Scott, do you see anyone – anyone at all – there today, on any sort of rampage?” “No Mike, but time can only tell…”
Concrete crashes onto sidewalk in Downtown Eastside. Is (this Concord Pacific-owned) building now a metaphor on real estate speculation and corporate squatting?
TransLink considers changing name of Evergreen Line. Hmm, they must have seen Scout’s Nevergreen Line entry.
Old white dude writes anti-pot editorial: Legalizing dope would cost everybody. “When dope is legalized in Canada, will that mean our co-workers can get stoned on the job every day, dumping more work on the rest of us?” Hey look, just because you’re legally allowed to get drunk and pen ridiculous opinion pieces doesn’t mean the rest of us are as irresponsible as you are. Also, taxes.
Has it been a year already? The Worst of Vancouver, 2014 Edition: “Winners”.
The GOODS from Pourhouse
Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is looking for a full-time Assistant Manager. Previous Management experience is an asset, and a passion for food, cocktails and great customer service is mandatory. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Position offers salary and benefits. Please send resumes to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. Learn more after the jump… Read more