Archive | September, 2014

Rescue Me: Phoebe Is Looking For Her Forever Home

30 Sep

PhoebeVanSPCAWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely cat named Phoebe. She is a beautiful plus sized sweetie with a snowy white coat. Phoebe came to the Vancouver SPCA in early September as her caretakers were no longer able to give her the care and attention that she required. Phoebe had been living with them for the last three years. Previous to that she had been living happily with her original caretaker, but when her original caretaker became ill, Phoebe was re-homed with friends.  Having had two homes in her short lifetime, the Vancouver SPCA is hoping that Phoebe will finally find her forever family. Phoebe would do best in a household where she is the only pet, as her diet needs to be carefully monitored. Due to her large size, Phoebe isn’t able to move quickly, therefore she will need to be kept indoors where it is safe. Phoebe has lived with both men and women, but she is extremely fond of women. When she hears a woman’s voice she waddles over to investigate. Phoebe loves lounging around, being social and being groomed. She is a quiet girl and has a barely audible meow. If you think you could give Phoebe her forever home, or know someone that can, please contact the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca.Phoebe is currently in foster care, but her friends at the Vancouver SPCA are happy to set up a meet and greet.  As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help Phoebe find her forever home.

UPDATED October 16, 2014 – Phoebe has found her forever home.

East Van GoGos Fundraiser Sunday October 19th Trout Lake Community Centre

26 Sep

EastVanGoGoLogoThe East Van GoGos invite you to their 6th Annual Jazz Brunch Sunday October 19th. What is a GoGo you might ask? Gogo is a Zulu word meaning “grandmother”. The Greater Van Gogos which includes chapters in various parts of the Lower Mainland are grandmothers and ‘grandothers’ working in groups to support African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by AIDS. This network of grandmother groups in south western BC are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

In March 2006, Stephen Lewis, a Canadian humanitarian and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, issued a call to Canadian grandmothers to bond with their African counterparts. In his travels, Lewis noticed the phenomenal grandmothers who had buried their adult children and stepped in to raise the orphans left behind. They needed money for school fees and uniforms, food and other necessities. In the Vancouver area, three women answered the call. They invited a few others and launched Greater Van Gogos in the summer of 2006 with four groups. Although grandmothers in Africa’s many countries are addressed in different ways – ja ja in Uganda, sho sho in Kenya or nyana in Zambia – the word gogo felt right. Many years later, there are 20 groups registered with approximately 600 members from Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Together they have raised more than $1 million for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The funds are distributed to community level projects supporting grandmothers and the children in their care in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.

The brunch on October 19th is a fundraiser for the East Van GoGos which will feature a musical performance by Brian Tate who will entertain you with some jazz, gospel and African music.  Homemade brunch will be provided along with coffee, tea and juice. Suggested donation is $25. Limited seats for this event. To order your ticket contact Sharon, 604-254-4071 or eastvangogos@gmail.com. The brunch takes place from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in the Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, the music gets under way at 12:45 pm. Come out and support these great GoGos!

Oktoberfest At Bomber Brewing September 28th

25 Sep

OktoberfestBomber Bomber Brewing, 1488 Adanac Street, invites you to Oktoberfest in their backyard. They will be firing up the BBQ from which you can expect a Bavarian treat hot off the grill. There will also be live music by The Creaking Planks and, of course beer, specifically their Oktoberfest Lager. Tickets for this event are $35 and available online via Eventbrite. Your ticket includes food, 2 glasses of beer and your very own Bomber Beer Stein. There will also be prizes for those that dress up and show their true Oktoberfest spirit. This is a 19+ event. The event gets under way at 2:00 pm and goes till 6:00 pm.

NEW Winter Market At Hastings Park October 5th To November 30th

24 Sep

HastingsParkFarmersMarketVancouver Farmers Market is pleased to announce they will be opening a second Winter Market in East Vancouver. This 9 week trial market will be located at Hastings Park between the Forum and the Agrodome. You will be able to stroll down tree-lined pathways under twinkling lights and wander through the Italian Garden. A playground is close at hand for those coming with little ones. The market will feature many of your favourite vendors from the summer markets and will include a selection of local winter produce, fish, meat & dairy, artisan prepared foods, baking & treats, coffee, local crafts and of course some hot food trucks.   The market starts Sunday, October 5th and will run every Sunday to November 30th between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm rain or shine.

Baker’s Market Returns To Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre On October 4th

22 Sep

PurpleMacaronsBakersMarketThe Baker’s Market is back this Fall! The first of 6 dates get under way Saturday, October 4th. If you haven’t attended this market, it is a community based event that brings out baking enthusiasts, pastry students, mommy bakers as well as budding entrepreneurs. Each week you will find different bakers on hand offering a wide array of baked goods. Some of the delicious things you will find include exquisite French macarons by J’adore les Macarons, delicious lemons squares from The Lemon Square and other delectable baked goodies. You will find different vendors each week, so the offerings will be a bit different each time, but the types of goodies you can expect to find include organic muffins, brownies, handmade chocolates, vegan, gluten free, Belgian waffles, lemon squares, cupcakes, scones, preserves, breads, tarts, granola and much more. If you have something specific you’d like, we do recommend you arrive early. Some items do sell out rather quick.

The Baker’s Market will be held at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street (60th & Fraser). Admission to the market is free, there is ample parking and lots of samples! So come out and support your local talented creative bakers.   If you this miss the kick off on October 4th, not to worry, there will be 5 more markets on October 11th, 18th, November 22nd, 29th and December 6th. The market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Saturday.

Photo Credit: J’adore les Macarons

Our Fair Neighbour Market At The Wise Hall September 20th

19 Sep

OurFairNeighbourThere’s a new market in town this Saturday, September 20th called ‘Our Fair Neighbour’. It will be taking place at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.   This market is being billed as a market ‘for the people by the people’ with a view to showcasing some of the amazing local talent. Expect to find handmade soap, artisan chocolates, candles, jewellery, prints, clothing, hot sauce or stop by and have your palms read. The have a long list of vendors lined up for this Saturday including:

 

frank ‘n’ beans handmade dog treats

Karma Suds and Soap Making School

Afuwa Paints

Biscuits Pets

Long Locks Hot Sauce

Jenn Brisson

Oona Clothing Company

Niki Holmes Ceramics

Suna Studios Inc.

Sarah Hedar Tarot readings

DIVE Records

BorgiBorga jewellery and prints

Artisan Chocolates by Trish

t&b design soy-based candles

Dançarina

EarGoggles

Melissa Hume – Potter and Painter

Amelia Sissons

wendydeakins.com

Deep Cove Resin

Come out and support local!

Delicious Line Up Of Cooking Classes This Fall At Gourmet Warehouse

17 Sep

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes this fall including an extra virgin olive oil tasting class.  If you like olive oil and haven’t participated in something like this, it’s definitely worth the time and the price is right at $10.  It’s hard to imagine the range of flavours until you try a number of them side by side whether grassy, spicy, peppery or one with a neutral flavour which bodes well for baking.  It’s quite something much like wine or beer tasting. Give it a try or check out some of their  amazing classes and learn to make some comfort foods, appies for entertaining or baking like a pro.  For a full line up of all the classes they are offering this fall, visit Cooking Classes at Gourmet Warehouse’s website.  These are just a sample of some of the delicious classes they have lined up this fall:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting – Tuesday, October 14th  6:00 pm ($10)

John David Neuman hosts this taste testing and will introduce you to all you need to know about extra virgin olive oil.     You will learn about the different varieties, tips for selecting oil and best of all tasting them side by side.  Class gets under way at 6:00 pm and goes till 7:30 pm. Cost is $10.00.  Registration includes a $10 gift card that is redeemable at The Gourmet Warehouse, along with 10% store wide discount on the evening of the event.

Fall Flavours – Sunday, October 19th 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Celine Turenne shows you how to make dishes that will warm your soul and fill your tummy! Truly comfort foods with some “make ahead” tips so that you can have meals ready in no time. Dishes include:

  • Pithivier (Puff Pastry) with Acorn Squash Filling
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Warm Goat Cheese Salad
  • Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

French Bistro – Saturday, November 8th 11:00 am ($59)

You are invited to join Chef Celine Turenne for another class which introduces you to delicious fall food with classical French dishes bistro style.  Mouth watering dishes include:

  • French Onion Soup Au Gratin
  • Beef Bourguinon with Green Beans Amandine
  • Pissaladiere (Tomato Pie)
  • French Lemon Tart

Taste of Thailand – Saturday, November 15th 11:00 am ($59.99)

Thai cuisine some say is one of the most diverse and complex in Asia as it combines hot, sour, salty, sweet and sometimes bitter flavors.  Chef Cindy Low will help you demystify Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, chili, palm sugar and lime.  In this demonstration class, you will learn how to make her famous Pad Thai, one of the most popular Thai dishes, as well as other Thai favorites including:

  • Green Papaya Salad with Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Chili Lime Dressing
  • Beef Satays – marinated and grilled beef skewers, served with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Pad Thai – Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Prawns, Tofu, Egg, and Bean Sprouts
  • Chicken and Fresh Pineapple in a Red Curry Sauce with Coconut Milk
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Mango Coconut Dessert

 Asian Tapas – Thursday, November 20th  6:00 pm  ($59)

Small plates and big Asian flavours is the theme of this class.  They will teach  you how to wow your family and friends with delicious and innovative Asian Tapas designed by Chef Cindy Low. Recipes will come from Vietnam, China, India and Korea and include these mouth watering dishes:

  • Vietnamese Salad Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Crab Rangoon – crispy  crab dumplings (plus a vegetarian version) served with dipping sauce
  • Chapchae – Korean yam noodles stir-fried with beef and vegetables
  • Vegetarian Samosa Puffs – the easiest ever! Baked, not fried.
  • Asian Duck Confit Sliders
  • Mango Pudding

Note cooking classes are demonstration only unless noted otherwise on Gourmet Warehouse’s website.   All participants will receive a 10% discount on the day of the class.   Bon Appetit!

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