Archive | December, 2014

Happy New Year East Vancouver! A Retrospective In Photos – 2014

31 Dec

happy-new-yearWe thought we would do a little retrospective in photos to highlight some of the many great events hosted in East Van in 2014.  It’s been a busy year, there were so many amazing events this year. As to what was popular on our site, we can say it was a great artistic event, beer and spirits, live music & art. Specifically, the iconic Parade of Lost Souls, our write up on the Powell Street Self-Guided Tour, the 2nd Annual Beer Festival at Wise Hall, the Trout Lake Summer Concert Series and, of course, our personal favourite the Eastside Culture Crawl.  We hope you enjoy some of the photos from this past year.  Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year!


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More Great Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse In The New Year

30 Dec

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes coming up in the New Year including Sushi Making, a Taste of Morocco, Chinese Takeout, Global Vegetarian, Tasty Thai and a few more.  Having recently attended the French Bistro cooking class which came with wine and lunch, I must say this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Of course, there is always shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering in the New Year, visit Cooking Classes.  We’ve set a sample of some of the delicious classes they have lined up in the New Year:

Sushi Workshop – Saturday, January 31st 11:00 am ($69)

This is a hands-on class hosted by Chef Cindy Low. She will teach you how to make vinegared sushi rice, wasabi, prepare fillings (including seafood, vegetarian, tofu, eggs, Japanese pickles) as well as how to  make sushi rolls, cones and other styles and shapes. Plus Cindy will pass on a few tips on hosting your own DIY Sushi party. Dishes you will make include:

  • Hoso maki (thin rolls with various fillings, salmon, tuna, cucumber)
  • California rolls (crab, avocado, cucumber, rolled “inside out”
  • Futomaki (large roll with vegetables, omelet, Japanese pickled vegetables)
  • Inari sushi (seasoned tofu pouches)
  • Temaki (cones with various fillings)
  • Onigiri (rice triangles)
  • Miso soup with tofu

Global Vegetarian – Saturday, February 28th 11:00 am ($59) SOLD OUT

Chef Cindy Low returns to introduce you to mouthwatering vegetarian recipes that appeal to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Cindy will inspire you with her meatless dishes from around the world which are bursting with bold flavours. The dishes she will be making include:

  • Kung Pao Smoked Tofu and Cashew Tacos
  • Kale and Napa Cabbage Salad with Spicy Asian Peanut Dressing
  • Moroccan Lentil Soup
  • Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash, Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

 Taste of Morocco – Saturday, March 7th 11:00 am ($59) SOLD OUT

Chef Cindy Low is back to take you on another culinary adventure with a more exotic twist, the cuisine of Morocco in this demonstration cooking class. Cindy will introduce you to the countless spices and the combination of savoury and sweet which produces unforgettable dishes including:

  • Bastilla – Chicken, Almonds, Cinnamon and Saffron wrapped in Filo Pastry
  • Tajine of Beef with Dates and Almonds
  • Tajine of Seven Vegetables
  • Couscous
  • Salad of Organic Greens, Pomegranate with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  • Moroccan Oranges with Cinamon, Sugar and Orange Blossom Water

If you are interested in any of the cooking classes, be sure to register early to avoid disappointment, classes do sell out. Bon Appetit!

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl February 1st

28 Dec

CommercialDriveBrunchCrawlDine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 16th with even more delicious events including brunch. This year, Vancouver Foodster (Richard Wolak) and the Commercial Drive Business Improvement Association present the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl.  The event will take place on Sunday, February 1st and begins at 10:00 am at Famoso Pizzeria, 1380 Commercial Drive. Here you will pick up your “passport” which is your guide to 7+ restaurants on Commercial Drive. From there, you begin your food crawl which includes fresh juices, smoothies, coffees, chai, eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, pulled pork, bacon, hash browns, meats, desserts and more.  Some of the participating restaurants include Famoso Pizzeria, Federico’s Supper Club, Bakery Sate and Stateside Craft.  Outside of your passport, we do recommend you bring your appetite. Cost for the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl is $40 and includes all food and beverage samples at participating locations. You can also purchase Club Amuse-bouche tickets for $60 which give you priority check-in at 9:45 am and a VIP gift bag.  Note, tax and gratuities are not included. To purchase your tickets for this Brunch Crawl, visit Tickets Tonight. The event runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten East Vancouver

25 Dec

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Merry Christmas

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Buon Natale
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Natal
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Vrolijk kerstfeest
Wesołych Świąt
Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Giving Locally: RC Pet Products And Their 12 Days Of Giving

23 Dec


As many of you who follow us regularly know, we here at are animal lovers as well as proud supporters of the BC SPCA. We support our local Vancouver shelter in many ways and were this year added to their list of community supporters. We appreciate all the work the staff and volunteers do each and every day for all those that cannot speak for themselves.

Today, we would like to introduce to a local business situated in SE Vancouver called RC Pet Products who also support their community by giving locally.  For those unfamiliar with this company, you may have seen their rather styling pet rain coats (fleece lined) around and about town. The 4 legged member of our family has been wearing one for years.  RC Pet Products also carries leashes, collars, seatbelt harnesses for both cats and dogs as well as many pet accessories. You will find their products at many local retailers including Tisol Pet Products on Main Street and Grandview Highway, Three Dog Bakery on Main Street and Pet Parlour on Fraser Street to name just a few.

RC Pet Products has made us very happy this year.  The fine folks at have been doing a collection with friends and neighbours these last few weeks to provide some much needed items to the BC SPCA Vancouver Shelter this holiday season. We approached RC Pet Products to see whether they would be kind enough to provide some coats, leashes and collars for the Vancouver SPCA and Charlie’s Food Bank. For those unfamiliar with Charlie’s Food Bank, it is a weekly pet food bank operated by the BC SPCA that assists over 5,000 low income pet guardians on the Downtown Eastside each year.   RC Pet Products answered the call to giving locally.  Not only have they provided us with an array of dog coats, collars and leashes for the BC SPCA Vancouver Shelter and Charlie’s Food Bank, as part of their 12 Days Of Giving, they have donated items to other rescue organizations doing great work in our communities. They include:

Paws For Hope
Best Friends For Life
Cross Our Paws Rescue
Big Heart Rescue
Carried Through
Action for Animals In Distress Society
Richmond Animal Protection Society
Greyhound Pets Inc.
Dogwood Rescue
Dhana Metta Rescue Society
Cera Dogs Society

We wish to thank RC Pet Products for giving locally and for supporting the work of so many great organizations that help keep animals safe, happy and healthy. We wish all our four legged, two legged and our feathered friends a very Merry Christmas.  Below is a pic of some of the many items that are being delivered to the Vancouver SPCA this holiday season.  Pssst and there is a basket of edible goodies for the volunteers and staff at the Vancouver Shelter. SPCAdonations2014

Deck The Halls At The Wise Hall Saturday December 20th

19 Dec

EastsideFleaHoliday2014The Eastside Flea returns to the Wise Hall with Deck The Halls this Saturday, December 20th.  If you are looking for vintage finds, this is the place to be.  There will be over 40 local vendors on hand including Would Boards with locally made wooden skateboards and Forest And The Femme with nature inspired arrangements for your holiday table and of course many more. You will also find carolers making the rounds to keep you in the holiday season. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a $1.00 off admission. The Notch Coffee and Local Omnivore food trucks will be located outside keeping everyone caffeinated and fed. The Wise Hall is located at 1887 Adanac Street and the event runs from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All ages welcome.

Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair Croatian Cultural Centre December 20th & 21st

17 Dec

Great Canadian Craft FairLooking for last minute Christmas gifts or ideas? The Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair brought to you by the Great Canadian Craft Fair is happening at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, this weekend.   There will be over 150 artisans on hand from all over British Columbia.  The first 25 people in the door each day receive a FREE Swag Bag.  They will also be accepting donations for the Vancouver Food Bank.   Admission is $5 at the door and children under 12 are free.  The event runs 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  TIP: If you visit Eventbrite, you can get Early Bird Free admission for Saturday, December 20th. If you are looking for a coffee stop before or after the fair, you have some great options close by including Commercial Street Café, Bakery Sate and Lear Faye Espresso Kitchen.

The Weekend Café Class Social Yoga At Pallet Roasters

16 Dec

TheWeekendCafeClassWell if you are an early bird, then you might enjoy the new Social Yoga that begins on January 10th at Pallet Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive, in the Hastings Sunrise area.  Classes run from 7:30 – 9:30 am on Saturday, January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and include breakfast and freshly roasted coffee.  The class does have a maximum of 6 people so if this appeals to you, best be quick, space is limited. Cost is $120. Or if you prefer, you can check out The Café Class running on Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Railtown Catering & Café starting January 8th for 4 sessions for $100. If you’d like more information or to register, visit the Social Yoga. Of course, these classes would make a great gift for the yoga and coffee lover in your life.

The East Van H.A.M. At Studio East Saturday December 20th

15 Dec

EastVanHAMThe East Van HAM (Holiday Artisan Market) is back again for a second year this Saturday, December 20th. This is a last minute gift show taking place at Studio East. This market brings together over 30 local artisans and craftspeople. You can expect to find unique thoughtful gifts that are locally made and sustainable in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. While you shop, DJs will be spinning tunes. As well food and beverages will be served during the afternoon. The event takes place at Studio East, 1480 Frances Street, (off McLean Drive) from Noon – 6:00 p.m.  Stop by and support local.

Got Craft? At Maritime Labour Centre December 13th & 14th

12 Dec

GotCraftDec2014Got Craft? is an independent craft fair which will be holding its Holiday Edition market this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, with some 75+ local vendors.

Got Craft? is one of many great opportunities to see first hand how much creative talent there is in this City. The event aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and do-it-yourself culture. You can expect to find a variety of handmade items including jewellery, stationery, housewares, plush toys, baked goods, artisan chocolates and much more. Some new vendors lined up this year include Rogue Florist, Shoreside Studios, Small Wonder, Livia Sweets and Jon Shaw Paintings. For a full rundown of all the vendors at this year’s fair, check out Vendors 2014.

This weekend you are also invited to come flex your creative muscle in one of the their FREE hands on workshops hosted by Spool of Thread sewing lounge, Small Wonder and Delish General Store.  Projects include do-it-yourself ornaments and holiday tags. And if all that shopping makes you hungry, they’ve got you covered there as well.  A few local food carts including Taser Grilled Cheese, Ze Bite and The Kaboom Box will be on hand.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th. Tickets are $3.00 cash at the door. Children under 10 are free. The first 50 attendees on each of the days, will receive a free swag bag. Now that’s certainly an incentive to get out early if you aren’t generally inclined to.


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