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
Dani Pretto, General Manager
Anita Auer, Operations Manager
Jose Rosales-Lopez, Café Manager
Angela Ogniben, Café Assistant Manager
Tony Kalla, Owner
Lee Rennison, Owner
Andrew Rennison, Owner
About The Burrard
A hip, retro West Coast hotel concept unlike anything else in the city, the Burrard is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s best locations. Enjoy Granville Street, Davie Street, Yaletown, Granville Island, the seawall – all within minutes from your door. Freshly renovated and completely rebranded, the hotel features a beautifully landscaped courtyard oasis for lounging and spotless, professionally designed rooms with luxurious bedding, premium furnishings, sparkling new bathrooms and a pleasant dose of tongue-in-cheek. Be sure to check out Betty, The Burrard’s new café. She’s got personality. Lots of personality. She’s a cool café… a restaurant… a late-night hangout… a happening bar… a place to chill with a hot beverage, or look hot while drinking a cold one on the hidden courtyard patio. And best of all she’s right next door. So pop on over, say “hi,” then make yourself comfortable and plan on staying awhile.
Remember that story about the “distraught man” outside the Vancouver Art Gallery last week who was taken down by the Vancouver policeman armed with a beanbag gun? It was hailed far and wide as a textbook example of non-lethal use of force in tense standoffs when officers feel threatened, and contrasted just as far and wide against what happened in Toronto in late July when a cop shot a young man on a streetcar NINE times (he’s been charged with 2nd degree murder). Now a video has just made its way on to YouTube that shows what happened in front of the Art Gallery from a birds-eye perspective. An eagle-eyed local Redditor (Slashmonkey) paused the video at the moment of impact and noticed that the guy took the beanbag in the balls. Was that sort of marksmanship with a beanbag even possible? Curious, we took a schadenfreude look ourselves and, sure enough, he gets it square in the nuts. The screenshot above says it all, but play the video just the same. Though it looks painful, the guy is lucky to be alive. I mean, better a beanbag in the balls than a bullet in the head, you know? That cop, who is now presumably nicknamed “Sniper” by his colleagues, just became a legend, just like Constable Flashbang from the Canucks riot.
by Andrew Morrison | This is a second instalment of a new feature in which we will examine 1,000 awesome things about Vancouver, 10 at a time (check out the first here if you’re just starting). It’s an ambitious project, sure, but it has a point. The idea came up in conversation as a means to remind those people who have left Vancouver of what they’ve left behind. You probably know a few friends who’ve skipped town. I certainly do. I’ve lost many to places near and far afield, even a brother (to Germany) and a sister-in-law (to LA). The reasons why they left are numerous, nuanced, and as varied as the contents of a general store. Some left for love, while others fell victim to the notion that we live in a culturally retarded town where the powers that be take heed of (and act on) whatever the soul-killing NIMBYs are bitching about on any given Wednesday. And for many others still, it’s that irresistible opportunities presented themselves elsewhere. For most, however, it’s that Vancouver was too hard a place to afford a balanced, rewarding lifestyle where they could earn a proper keep. And who can blame them? We get it. Vancouver is not always awesome. But when it is, one has to admit that it’s in a league entirely of its own. This series therefore aims to show those dodgers (and those who are considering getting out of dodge) that it isn’t all bad, and that their love of Vancouver is something worth coming home for. And if you don’t dig the second 10 that follow, there are – at the very least – 980 more to come. So without further et cetera…
by Andrew Morrison | This is a new feature in which we will examine 1,000 awesome things about Vancouver, 10 at a time. Ambitious, sure, but it has a point. It was originally designed to remind those people who have left Vancouver of what they’ve left behind. You probably know a few friends who’ve skipped town. I certainly do. I’ve lost many to places near and far afield, even a brother (to Germany) and a sister-in-law (to LA). The reasons why they left are numerous, nuanced, and as varied as the contents of a general store. Some left for love, while others fell victim to the notion that we live in a culturally retarded town where the powers that be take heed of (and act on) whatever the soul-killing NIMBYs are bitching about on any given Wednesday. And for many others still, it’s that irresistible opportunities presented themselves elsewhere. For most, however, it’s that Vancouver was too hard a place to afford a balanced, rewarding lifestyle where they could earn a proper keep. And who can blame them? We get it. Vancouver is not always awesome. But when it is, one has to admit that it’s in a league entirely of its own. This new series therefore aims to show those dodgers (and those who are considering getting out of dodge) that it isn’t all bad, and that their love of Vancouver is something worth coming home for. And if you don’t dig the first 10 that follow, there are – at the very least – 990 more to come. So without further et cetera…
This British animation – We Are The Cyclists – shows cyclists as a sort of alien-species – “the most energy efficient beings on the planet” – spreading their special self-righteousness to everyone they come across. It’s been around for several years now but it’s just so right for Vancouver right now, where the simple pleasure of cycling has somehow – unnecessarily - become a ridiculously hyper-politicized and divisive activity.