Mother’s Day is right around the corner (this Sunday, May 11th) and we’ve received lots of awesome pampering ideas and details for special brunches and suppers from Scout Community members. Rather than put them up individually so that they flood the front page, we’ve organised them into a guide featuring deals, meals, and ideas from the good folks at Campagnolo, Pony Salon, Oyama, Miradoro, Pourhouse, and more. Take the day to celebrate your Mom! Read more
by Sean Orr | Last low-income tenants at Olympic Village are being “forced out”. Maybe we can melt down all our Sochi medals and turn them in for scrap so we can pay their bills. Or you know, maybe we can come up with a fucking national housing plan like a real country.
Or, how about a basic income?
Related: Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games. We built this city on boosterism.
Government Should Never Come Between Beer and a Hockey Fan. Wait, what? The rest of Canada was allowed to drink during the game? Never has there been a more grievous example of Western Alienation™.
Satire of the day: Harper Worried ‘Pussy Riots’ Could Break Out Across Canada. Perhaps we will have to import Temporary Foreign Cossacks.
Rex Murphy’s pro-oil sands speech prompts CBC to review journalistic rules. The CBC has journalistic rules? OK, but how does that explain Kevin O’Leary?
Meanwhile Derrick O’Keefe laments:
Don’t mean to harp (yes I do) but one week later and there still hasn’t been a single editorial or op-ed in a major media outlet against the $10 billion+ Canada-Saudi military hardware deal. (Hey, it’s only the largest manufacturing export agreement in Canadian history).
How provincial: ‘Populist’ plan to protect rural seat numbers is risky on several fronts. Balkanize BC!
Just don’t call it East Village: Hastings-Sunrise basks in the area’s rebirth. “Bohème’s location and neighbourhood mimic the early days of Yaletown: the next hip, affordable place to live within minutes of the downtown core.” Barf.
The Gill-o-tine falls for Burger285: No-name food truck burger sizzles against the competition. Following the success of my Hamburger 2.85 Yelp creation, I now give you Jack’s Place.
Maybe I should apply for this: Fresh Slice looking for Social Media Person.
Bonus: Black Strathcona.
Vancouver, BC | With Valentine’s Day on the immediate horizon we thought it might be prudent to canvas the Scout Community to see what kinds of romantic awesomeness they might have in store for our readers. The response was pretty inspiring, with ideas ranging from catered stay at home suppers and degustation menus to hand-crafted chocolates and luxurious meals at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the city. Dig in and start making plans after the jump…(photo credit: Chef Margaret Chishom) Read more
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 yours…
GOT CRAFT | With handmade and DIY culture so strong these days, there are fewer and fewer reasons why discerning Vancouverites would ever have to head to a big-box store for holiday shopping. The good folks at Got Craft? recognize this and work hard to bring together some of the finest artisans, designers and makers in the city to one location in order to deliver the best in local and handmade quality. So swing by the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to check out what people living, designing and producing in your community have to offer and skip the trip to the mall. Bonus: Not only will there be over 75 vendors selling everything from cupcakes and t-shirts to jewellery and stationary, but – if you act fast – you can also sign up for a Beginner Hand Lettering Workshop ($48) and leave with great holiday gifts AND a new skill. Support local, folks. Visit Got Craft!
Sat & Sun, Dec 14 & 15 | 10am-8pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun | 1880 Triumph St | DETAILS
PHOTOGRAPHY | North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery is holding a holiday photography book sale this weekend. As Western Canada’s largest non-profit photographic gallery you can expect that there will be a healthy selection of items to sift through. While the sale will offer both contemporary and vintage images as well as PHG publications and books on photography, the exhibition will include “rare tintypes, albumen photographs, carte de visite, photogravures and silver gelatin prints”. There are some really fascinating books in the collection! Take an online tour here.
Dec 14-Dec 22 | 12–5pm | Presentation House Gallery (333 Chesterfield Ave) | DETAILS
CHEER | If you’re looking for a way to get in to the holiday spirit, consider hitting Christ Church Cathedral for an evening of music performed by the Coastal Sound Youth Choir. Sure, you’ll hear a selection of traditional carols that would make Bing Crosby proud, but this choir will also throw in some old school rock and indie tracks. Plus, Christ Church Cathedral is a stunning venue. Instant cheer.
Sun, Dec 15 | 7:30 | Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard) | $20 / Kids $10 | DETAILS
DESIGN | When was the last time you sat down with a pile of Lego? If it was a while ago, consider how this weekend brings a chance to rectify your poor judgement in the use of your recreational time. The Museum of Vancouver is currently showing Play House: The Architecture of Daniel Evan White and they’ve asked some grown-ups who they know to be good with Lego (the Vancouver Brick Games, the Vancouver LEGO Club and local Lego enthusiast, Johnathon Vaughn Strebly) to hang around the museum this Saturday and help you play with Lego in a way that compliments the architectural theme of the show. Take a wander through the Daniel Evan White exhibit for inspiration and then build your own Modernist masterpiece. Get creative. A number of workshops are available.
Sat, Dec 14 | 11am – 5pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) | DETAILS
BREAD | When winter settles in there are few things as comforting as coming in from the cold to a home filled with the smell of fresh baking. Head out to UBC Farm this Friday to take part in Knead to Know, a bread-making workshop lead by artisan baker Florin Moldovan. This beginner workshop will arm you with what you need to know to make excellent loaves at home using readily available ingredients. Moldovan will cover everything from grains and techniques to folklore and the science behind making the perfect loaf of bread.
Fri, Dec 13 | 5:30-8:30pm | UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Rd.) | $35 | DETAILS
POSADA NAVIDENA | The Museum of Anthropology is currently showing The Marvellous Real, Art from Mexico, 1926-2011. The show boasts over fifty pieces of abstract and surreal art – painting, sculpture and mixed media as well as photography, video, and more. In keeping with the Mexican theme, the museum is holding a Posada Navidena procession this weekend. From The MOA: “Posadas are a cultural tradition rooted in the blending of Christianity with Mesoamerican cultures. The word posada means shelter or lodging, and refers to the place Jesus Christ was born. With roots in Spain and Catholicism, the posada has been practiced in Mexico since the 16th century. To this day, people in Mexico and Central America mark the nine days for Christmas by holding a posada each night. The Posada Navidena at MOA will feature a procession with musicians singing the letania and culminate in the breaking of a traditional pinata in MOA’s Great Hall.” This event is free with Museum admission.
Sat, Dec 14 | 11-2 | Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr, UBC) | $16.75 | DETAILS
FINALLY | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes to the big screen on Friday. If there is one movie that you should make it to the theatre for this month, it’s got to be this one. Orcs and goblins just don’t translate with as much disgusting awesomeness at home as they do in the theatre, and nothing says holiday season like a Peter Jackson flick.
Fri, Dec 13 | TRAILER
MESSIAH | Handel’s Messiah takes the stage at the Orpheum Saturday night. The Vancouver Bach Choir will perform accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Music Director Leslie Dala). There isn’t too much more that you need to know about that. It’s going to be awesome, in the truest sense of the word.
Sat, Dec 14 | 8pm | The Orpheum (601 Smithe St) | $25 – $59 | DETAILS
EXPLORE | There are two great reasons to make your way to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown this weekend: lantern-making and tea. Winter Solstice is approaching (December 21) and the Gardens will once again be the end point for a community solstice parade. Be prepared for the mid-winter procession by using this Saturday afternoon to construct your own lantern to carry next week. And then Sunday is Tea Day at the Gardens. Wander the paths and take in the calm (it’s beautiful in any weather) and then head inside to warm up with afternoon tea. Experts will explain the different types of tea and provide some interesting information about the historical and cultural traditions surrounding tea drinking. You can even paint a pair of porcelain teacups for your own home ($5). There’s an ancient Chinese Proverb that says: “Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.” Word.
LANTERNS | Sat, Dec 14 | 2-4pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (578 Carrall St) | $15 | DETAILS
TEA | Sun, Dec 15 | 1-4pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (578 Carrall St) | $12 | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | The Holiday Farmers Market is on, so spread the love with some local food. Not only will there be lots of good grub (right now you can expect to see fresh kale, beets, fennel, artisan breads, dried fruits, preserves, cheeses), but with this special holiday edition of the Farmers Market boasting over 75 vendors, there will also be things like beeswax candles and infused honeys, candy and baked goods, crafts and more.
Sat, Dec 14 | 10am–4pm | Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Dr) | DETAILS
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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 shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.
Blarney Stone | Place | A rite of passage for many young suburban Vancouverites is to party at the Blarney Stone, an Irish-themed “pub” in Gastown. Although remodelled in 2010, the bar still manages to attract an unbearable melange of barely legal douchebags-to-be who wreak (and reek) havoc on the neighbourhood every St. Paddy’s Day.
Usage: “Ugh. My dog just ate someone’s green puke in Bloody Alley. Thanks, Blarney Stone.”
by Andrew Morrison | I recently tried out Vancouver’s newest pizzeria, Don’t Argue, on the recommendation of Zulu Report columnist Nic Bragg. The 30 seater (estimate) is located at the very beginning of the Riley Park stretch of Main Street, just a couple of doors down from El Camino’s.
It’s on the stark side of charming in more ways than one. To begin with, they make some very good, uncomplicated pies, tossing the dough discs front and center (as you can see above). They don’t go the authentic Neapolitan VPN route, but it’s pretty close. Diners can expect a firmer-than-VPN crust (no immediate floppery) and a gently acidic tomato sting. If I had to pin them locally, they’re more akin to Pizzeria Farina than anywhere else. They use fiore di latte cheese on their Margherita and the basil is “live” on the line. Pizzas come in small (12″), large (18″), and Calzone, but if you’re just feeling a little peckish or flying solo they always have a few slices at the ready. A very limited but adequate selection of beer and wine makes it easy to choose a tumbler of Red Racer or a Sicilian Nero D’Avola for the win. Dessert is a panna cotta, simple but satisfactory.
There’s nothing to really dislike about the place, save for the first timer’s momentary lack of clarity as to whether or not it’s counter or table service (it’s the former). The prices are fair-ish (their Margherita costs a buck more than at Nicli Antica), and if you’re flummoxed because they don’t have a website or a social media program, tough luck. You’ll have to Tweet your dismay to the echo of their indifference.
The overall design leans a little towards the barren, but not in the modern sense. 1930′s is more like it, a la Norman Rockwell. The jukebox of CDs at the rear of the long room is discordant, but only in its ugliness (the tunes, however, are great). I really dig the seamless train station-style bench seating. Seriously, whoever did the joinery on that one deserves a case of beer.
There’s definitely better pizza in Vancouver, but not this far south on Main. Its closest rival would be Barbarella on East Broadway. If I had to choose between them, I’d choose not to.
3240 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604) 876-5408 | Tue-Fri 3pm – 11pm | Sat-Sun 1pm – 11pm
One of the things that I remember from working in restaurants was the crush of private staff parties that come every year in advance of Christmas. That crush has already started, of course, but we thought we’d make finding and booking quality venues for private parties a lot easier for our readers by providing a list of places that we know from experience to be excellent. We canvassed the Scout Community to see what was available out there – specifically how many seats for buyouts and private rooms – and we think the responses to date will serve you in good stead. If you missed the invitation to contribute to the list and would like to add your establishment, by all means please contact Mitsumi Kawai at mitsumi [at] scoutmagazine.ca lickety split and she’ll hook you up. Get feasting after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | The Acorn celebrates the launch of their new Autumn Food and Cocktail Menus this Saturday, October 5th. $5 drink specials, Free snacks and DJ sets by Jeffry Lee + Allen Forrister from 10pm to 2am. Be sure to come early if you want to catch dinner – There’s a Truffle, Cheddar + Cauliflower “Mac & Cheese” to keep you warm through the season. New cocktail pictured above – Into The Hive – Bourbon, Spiced Fig Puree, Honeycomb, Fresh Lemon Juice, Chamomile Bitters. See you Saturday… Read more
The GOODS from Caffè Artigiano
Vancouver, BC | Caffè Artigiano’s Morgan Allen won the 2013 Western Regional Barista Championship held at Artigiano Roasting Co. on September 28 & 29. Morgan is a barista at Caffè Artigiano’s Hornby Street location, who will go on to compete at the Canadian National Barista Competition taking place October 20-21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The event welcomed baristas from all over British Columbia to compete against each other in a fun, engaging coffee competition as they vied for the title of “BC’s Best Barista”. The competition featured baristas preparing a series of espresso based beverages in a very tight window of time for a discerning panel of official coffee judges. Judges rated the competitors on taste, design, speed, showmanship and creativity. For more information visit http://baristacanada.com. Read more
The GOODS from Wildebeest
Vancouver, BC | This Monday night, Wildebeest will present a dinner to remember. Join us in our private dining room for a welcome cocktail followed by five delicious courses, each paired with a different delicious bourbon from the portfolio of Beam Global. Think Maker’s 46, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s and other beauties served straight up or as a cocktail best suited to each course. Tickets are $75, and very limited via email: eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
Vancouver’s annual fireworks celebrations are the city in microcosm. There are corporate sponsors, occasional stabbings, police wasting perfectly good liquor, no parking, bridge and tunnel hordes, a Cactus Club, marijuana clouds, and carefully manufactured excitements that are remote and untouchable on a barge way out in the ocean. Wouldn’t it be nice to let loose and do like Mexico do? Every year at the National Pyrotechnical Festival in Tultepec (photos via Thomas Prior), over 100,000 people gather to watch and participate in the spectacle. Sure there might be an injury or two, but these must be offset by the noise, fun, tequila, and the unique satisfaction that comes when you aren’t treated like a plodding infant by the State.
The GOODS from Forage
Vancouver, BC | On September 14th, join Chef Chris Whittaker for a fundraising dinner at Fraser Common Farm (doing business as Glorious Organics) in Aldergrove. Tour this cooperative farming community, help harvest your dinner, and then enjoy the creations of Chef Chris Whittaker as he whips up a meal from just picked produce and Gelderman Farms pork. Farm staff (in overalls and bow ties) serve your food and drink, all the while accompanied by musical entertainment. In keeping with farm practices of sustainability, please bring your own plate and cutlery. Funds raised by this dinner will help to build an educational centre at the farm, to be used for both children school tours and community awareness. Please visit frasercommonfarm.com or gloriousorganics.com for more information. Read more
The GOODS from Pidgin
Vancouver, BC | Pidgin is set to feature a five-course tasting menu on September 24 at 6:30PM. It will guest-hosted by Tomonobu Mitobe, owner/operator of Japan’s Mitobe brewery. Mitobe will guide diners on a journey through the flavours and aromas of the Yamagata Masamune Sake collection while executive chef Makoto Ono will pair the drinks with a five-course menu complete with amuse bouche and dessert.
A small-scale artisan with generations of wisdom and experience in the sake industry, Mitobe Sake Brewery uses traditional methods to produce the Yamagata Masamune collection. Local mineral water from the Tachiya River and neighbouring rice and noble rice varietals result in crisp and refined flavour profiles. The brewery pays homage to Masamune, Japan’s legendary swordsmith, by crafting clean-cutting, smooth and superior quality sake.
The Yamagata Masamune Sake event is $100 per person, including tax and gratuity, with limited seating available. The evening includes a five-course tasting menu, with an amuse bouche and dessert, all paired with sake. Guests are encouraged to reserve early by calling the restaurant at 604-620-9400. Check out the full Sake Lineup after the jump… Read more