The GOODS from Chocolate Arts
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is your one-stop shop for sweet surprises this Easter. Offering a tempting selection of edible artistry, from bite-sized confections to show stopping centerpieces, award-winning chocolatier Greg Hook lends the harried Easter Bunny a hand.
Chocolate purists will delight in Chocolate Arts’ high-quality cacao selection of solid, dark or milk chocolate eggs in a variety of sizes. Mini eggs are available in elegant 3-or-9-piece packages and optionally embossed with silly faces for the young at heart. For co-workers, friends and neighbours in need of a vacation, offer a tropical twist with limited-edition dark chocolate-coated Coconut Lime Eggs, filled with white chocolate, organic lime reduction and organic coconut milk ganache. For an element of surprise, let your Easter hunters crack open 40g and 240g chocolate eggs filled with either a single foiled solid chocolate or five mini chocolate figurines, and decorated with cocoa butter in your choice of several colourful designs.
For those who prefer hares over hens, Chocolate Arts provides the demure and decadent Fleur de Cao Bunny, made of silky single origin 72% dark chocolate. Also available from the rabbit warren is the charismatic Chocara Charlie, a handsome handcrafted chocolate bunny available in dark or milk chocolate, filled with five bestselling mini Chocara bars carefully crafted of house-made caramel, peanut butter and organic rice crisps. The adventurous chocoholic will enjoy the decidedly unconventional Pop Rocks Bunny made of rich milk chocolate and effervescent popping candy.
To complete the Easter menagerie, Chocolate Arts offers their aww-inducing chocolate Cheeps—dark chocolate eggs filled with a bright and playful house-made passionfruit marshmallow and decorated as plump chickadees—and the portly, wide-eyed chocolate Piggy, concealing a small fortune of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs in its generous potbelly. For the truly deserving, pick up a Chocolate Arts statement Signature Egg. Available in two sizes, in either dark or milk chocolate, they boast intricately decorated lids and are filled with a curated selection of assorted and seasonal chocolates and truffles. Read more
The GOODS from Thomas Haas
Vancouver, BC | Spring has sprung — and so has the annual Easter collection of signature chocolate confections from Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie. For 2014, Thomas Haas’ selection of melt-in-your-mouth Easter Truffle Eggs is available in three exotic flavours: milk chocolate infused with fennel pollen and cinnamon, dark chocolate with the essence of lavender, and white chocolate accented with tangerine-lime for $1.80 each. Also headlining the holiday collection is a Handcrafted Easter Chocolate Box, featuring an assortment of nine delectable Easter truffles in an edible package as pleasing to the eye as the palate for $39 each. Details on more Easter selections after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Chocolate Arts
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is pleased to announce the debut of their high tea inspired hot chocolate service, Haute Chocolate.
The Haute Chocolate experience features a choice of three unique hot cocoas, a rotating selection of chocolates and pastries, and the option of either a house made marshmallow or whipped cream garnish. Cocoas on offer include the versatile feature hot chocolate, made to order from one of twelve possible single-origin cocoas to be sampled and selected according to personal preference; a spicy hot cocoa, expertly flavoured with a subtle, balanced blend of chipotle, cardamom and cayenne; and a classic bittersweet or semisweet cocoa, crafted from cubes of creamy ganache. The service, priced at $15.95, is available from 3–5 pm Monday to Friday, with extended seating times running from 1 –5 pm on weekends. As seating is limited, reservations are recommended but not required.
Carafes of hot chocolate are served with an evolving lineup of 4-6 house-made chocolates, pastries, petits fours and pâte de fruits. Guests also receive mini-slices of banana bread and butter or seasonal jam.
Chocolate Arts continuously strives to make their products and services accessible to everyone. Hot chocolate can happily be substituted for tea or coffee, and soy and almond milk options are offered for hot cocoas. Guests are invited to choose their chocolate from amongst the boutique’s extensive selection of artisan chocolates, which include a number of vegan options. Read more
We’ve invited West 3rd Avenue’s excellent Chocolate Arts to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended room place to get a fix. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.
The GOODS from Heirloom Vegetarian
Vancouver, BC | South Granville’s Heirloom vegetarian restaurant is in hot pursuit of talented servers and an experienced bartender. Applicants must have a passion for the service industry. All interested parties can email their resumes to info [at] heirloomrestaurant.ca or deliver them in person between 11am and 4pm daily. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
Vancouver’s “West Side” is a catch-all term that describes the large area west of Ontario St south of False Creek and the Cambie, Granville, and Burrard St. bridges. It includes many neighbourhoods and micro-hoods, among them Marpole, Oakridge, Southlands, UBC, West Point Grey, Shaughnessy, Arbutus Ridge, Dunbar, Fairview, South Granville, Cambie Village, Kerrisdale, and Kitsilano. It is largely affluent and almost entirely residential, save for the vast Endowment Lands/Pacific Spirit Regional Park, UBC Campus, and high streets/villages such as Cornwall, West 4th, Broadway, West 41st, Granville, Oak, Cambie, Alma, and lower Yew. It is home to some of Vancouver’s most beloved beaches (Kits, Jericho, Spanish, Wreck), institutions (Jericho Sailing Club, Zulu Records), and restaurants (La Quercia, Bishop’s).
Much like East Van, the West Side’s entirety doesn’t have a personality of its own. It’s only in its pockets and strips that its real characters emerge. Some are a little sleepy, archly conservative, and decidedly NIMBYesque, while others more relaxed and inclusive. One – Kitsilano – can claim a counter-culture past, and still – somewhat amusingly – holds on to its hippiedom despite almost impossibly high commercial and residential rents and the dwarfing ratio of BMWs to bikes, strollers to dreadlocks, boutiques to head shops, and Kenny G. to Jimi Hendrix. On the whole, the West Side often feels like it’s very (voluntarily) separate from Vancouver, but no matter – with the right breeze and length of shadow, it’s sometime the best place on earth.
On the West Side at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the tri-colour of the Red-winged Blackbirds that hang around the ponds of Jericho Beach Park; the snot green signage at The Fringe Cafe; a shard of broken orange beach frisbee; the decrepit Hollywood Theatre facade; the “sponge-treatment Mediterranean” orange walls inside the Parthenon Supermarket; the shock of red on the top of Pileated Woodpecker’s head; a whole lot of Wreck Beach noob flesh; some rain-soaked concrete of the Museum of Anthropology; the first tee marshal’s shack at the University Golf Club; Kerrisdale Arena frontage tri-colour; the rust-coloured giant letters of the old “RIDGE” sign; the fine gravel baseball diamond at Trimble Park; the massive whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
THE ONLY WORKING FARM (UBC) WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS
QUALITY CLOTHES AT HILLS OF KERRISDALE
WHOLE WEEKENDS LOST IN THE SANDS OF KITS BEACH
SALVATION ARMY & SPCA THIRFT STORES
TEENAGERS SKIM BOARDING AT SPANISH BANKS
CHINESE TOURISTS MARVELLING AT OLD PENISES BEING BURNED AT WRECK BEACH
THE UNDER-UTILIZED ASSET THAT IS THE ARBUTUS CORRIDOR
P.D.’S HOT SHOP, SCARING LOWER MAINLAND MOMS OF SKATEBOARDERS SINCE THE 80s
FERAL RABBITS FORNICATING IN THE BRAMBLES AT JERICHO BEACH
NIMBYS AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT DOESN”T INCREASE THE VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTY
MORE ULTIMATE FRISBEE PLAYERS THAN PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY
RELICS FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN WEST POINT GREY
BURGERS & BEERS ON THE SUNNY PATIO AT JERICHO SAILING CLUB
FRIES AND MISO GRAVY AT THE NAAM
VITELLO TONNATO & AGNOLOTTI DI GUIDO AT LA QUERCIA
ENCHILADAS & CHOCOLATE CAKE AT TOPANGA CAFE
KALE & CAULIFLOWER SALAD AT THE OAKWOOD
EMPTY STOMACH OMAKASE AT DAN
“ENGLISH TEACHER” SANDWICH AT THE PROFESSOR & THE PIGEON
CROWDED DIM SUM AT GOLDEN OCEAN
AFTERNOON TEA SERVICE (PROPER) AT FAUBOURG
RAINY DAY COFFEE AT MOMENTO
LEMON CHICKEN AT CONNIE’S COOKHOUSE
- Kerrisdale is named after the former Scottish home of the McKinnon family, Kerry’s Dale, in 1897.
- During World War II there were several defenses built at UBC to ward off a feared Japanese invasion, including trios of strategically placed artillery guns.
- The Kerrisdale Arena was home to Vancouver’s first rock ‘n’ roll concert. Bill Haley and the Comets played there in 1957.
- Glenbrea Mansion in Shaughnessy was home to the Vancouver chapter of the Ku Klux Klan for just under a year from 1927-1928.
- Margaret Atwood got her start as a lecturer at UBC in the English Department.
The GOODS from La Quercia
Vancouver, BC | La Quercia is hosting a Veneto-inspired evening featuring the wines of the Bonomo family of the Monte del Fra’. The Bonomos will be in attendance to guide you through their prodigious offerings. Chef Adam Pegg, in collaboration with the winery, is creating a four course menu inspired by the idyllic setting of the morainic hills surrounding Lake Garda. Diners can expect to be whisked away to the tiny town of Custoza, the heart and soul of the region’s culinary and wine growing culture, with dishes inspired by its traditional fare. The dinner is on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and available through the restaurant. Call 604-676-1007 for reservations. Read more
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Proprietor & Maitre Chocolatier – Greg Hook
ABOUT CHOCOLATE ARTS
Since 1992, Chocolate Arts has quite literally been breaking the mold. One of the first chocolatiers in Vancouver to make their confections entirely by hand, owner and head chocolatier Greg Hook and his team have continued to set themselves apart as pioneers in the production of playful, innovative chocolate creations while remaining true to artisanal quality and traditions.
A born and bred prairie boy from Saskatchewan, Greg began his career as a cook, but quickly transitioned to pastry chef and finally to chocolatier in his desire to master every aspect of the culinary arts. As a lifelong student and insatiable experimenter, his calling ultimately lay in the complexities and creative possibilities offered by working with chocolate. With its ever-expanding and continuously evolving lineup of products (complete with vegan and vegetarian options), Chocolate Arts stands as a testament to Greg’s passion and his team’s dedication to creating high-quality confections that cater to every palate.
Located in the heart of Kitsilano, just steps away from Granville Island, Chocolate Arts is at once a shop and café, catering to the sweet-seeker, the gift-hunter and the hungry alike. Housemade sandwiches, pastries, coffees and chilled chocolate milk are made on-site daily, while a customizable hot chocolate bar allows guests to create their perfect cocoa. Summer brings Chocolate Arts’ decadent, one-of-a-kind ice cream bars, made entirely in-house, using only the freshest, local ingredients.
The first Vancouver chocolate shop to align itself with the local, sustainable movement, Chocolate Arts sources locally grown, organic and seasonal products wherever possible, including peaches, pears, pumpkins, berries, and hazelnuts. Avid experimentation and innovation ensures that the truest and boldest flavours stand out in their lineup of chocolates, truffles, bars, spreads and sculptures, effectively capturing the spirit and taste of British Columbia and the Pacific West Coast.
by Rebecca Slaven | When I was a student at UBC, I used to nap in the Aquatic Centre between classes and headed home as soon as the day was done. Back then, it was difficult to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounded me. I was too exhausted by papers, exams, and late teenaged angst to take it all in. Not so anymore. Those who’ve never been or wish to make up for lost time should give it a go. UBC’s campus is ideal for exploring by bike on quiet weekends.
This route is a loop. Whichever starting point you take, head west so that you can enjoy the ocean views. From Fairview/Kits, make your way to the Seaside Bicycle Route, or if it’s a crowded summer day, take West 3rd. Transition onto NW Marine Drive and keep following the road around campus until University Boulevard. On the way is a very large hill, which is best taken slowly but surely.
There’s a sign at one point on NW Marine Drive saying that all cyclists must bike on the sidewalk with pedestrians, which is separated from the road by a cement barrier. Most cyclists ignore this and continue on the road but biking on the sidewalk allows you to stop at the view points.
Turn left onto University Boulevard to make your stops and head back to NW Marine Drive once you’re finished. Keep going until just before SW Marine Drive turns into 70th Avenue. Take a left on Cornish Avenue and follow the signage along the Cypress Bikeway until 7th Avenue. Then head left onto Fir and stop at 6th Avenue.
Stops & Eats | The Delly’s delicious avocado sandwiches cost less than $5 and are prepared by ladies with the fastest hands you’ve ever seen. The relatively new Great Dane Coffee serves arguably the best espresso on campus and has a great patio for warm days.
In summer, tour the Nitobe and Botanical Gardens and if you’re up for the stairs, stop for a dip in Wreck Beach. On cool days, check out the awe-inducing blue whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. While it’s free to view the whale skeleton, it’s well worth the $12 admission to wander through the impressive collection of flora and fauna within the rest of the museum.
At the end of the route, if you’re not too full of caffeine and food already, Beaucoup Bakery in Fairview makes for a lovely last stop. Happy riding!
Rebecca 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.
The GOODS from The STABLE HOUSE
Vancouver, BC | The Stable House Bistro in South Granville is opening this Friday evening at 5pm (service until 11pm). A reference to the turn of the century stable houses that used to dominate the neighbourhood, this intimate 40 person room is tucked away just off the main shopping strip at 1520 West 13th Avenue. The bistro offers charcuterie, cheeses, breads, salads and European-style savoury tarts – all of which can be paired with options from a great wine list and a selection of beers, cocktails, and aperitifs. The bistro will also be open for lunch in the near future, so please like our Facebook page to stay up to date.
Arbutus Corridor | Place | A no-longer-used 11km CPR railway line running from False Creek to the Fraser River, the Arbutus Corridor has been the object of many debates since its abandonment in January 2000. Marred by a jurisdiction dispute between the City of Vancouver and CPR, the city won the legal right to dictate land use and zoning in a 2006 Supreme Court decision. Although the city officially plans to retain the rail-line as a multi-use transportation and greenway corridor including rail, bicycle, and pedestrian use, nothing has been implemented to date.
Usage | ”Unsurprisingly, the NIMBY’s in Kerrisdale were against using the Arbutus Corridor as a Skytrain line to YVR”.
APEC Riot | Historical Event | A debacle that went down during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit out at UBC in November, 1997. Not a riot, per se, but rather a moment when many local cops revealed themselves to be total dicks with dogs and pepper spray. It also provided former Prime Minister Jean Chretien with the famous dullard quote in response to a Nardwuar question: “For me, pepper, I put it on my plate”.
Usage: “The 90′s were great fun! I fondly recall getting peppered-sprayed at the APEC riot”.
The GOODS from The STABLE HOUSE
Vancouver, BC | The Stable House Bistro is looking for an enthusiastic chef who is knowledgable about different cooking methods and can lead by example. We’re looking for someone who wants to put their stamp on our new menu. The ideal candidate has good connections to local suppliers and gets sincerely excited when talking about food. Does that sound like you? Send your resume to accounts [at] thestablehouse.ca.