Archive | December, 2015

Happy New Year – A Retrospective In Photos of 2015

31 Dec

happy-new-yearOn this New Year’s Eve, we wish to say thank you.  We love highlighting all the great people, businesses and events that make East Van such a great place to live and work.  We appreciate all those that share our stories and help our community grow.  We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year and leave you with a few photos from 2015.

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Vancouver Foodster Brings The Brunch Crawl To Main Street January 31st

30 Dec

MainStreetBrunchCrawl2015Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is hosting a Main Street Brunch Crawl on January 31st as part of the upcoming Dine Out happening in the New Year. So if you love brunch, this might be the ticket for you. The event is a culinary roving tour that takes place at different food and/or beverage establishments.  You register for the event at the designated spot in this case, The Honey Shoppe, 4125 Main Street. Thereafter, you wander whether by bike, foot, car or transit to the various venues and nibble away to your hearts content. Each location will have specific menu items on offer for the Brunch Crawl.

We understand there will be six stops on this Brunch Crawl which will include juices, smoothies, coffee, eggs benedict, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, brunch pizza, hash browns, desserts and more. Although names are still being added to the list, some confirmed stops include Rosemary Rocksalt with delish Montreal style bagels, Radicle Juice which is a new juicer offering pressed juices and smoothies and a little spot off the radar, Dock Lunch which specializes in comfort food from all over the world. As mentioned, more restaurants are being added, check Vancouver Foodster for the latest updates, but we expect it will be delicious. Tickets for the Main Street Brunch Crawl are now available online. Advance ticket prices are $45 before December 31st after that, ticket price is $60 per person. The event runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm with registration starting at 9:30 am at The Honey Shoppe.

Charlie Demers Brings Leftovers To The York Theatre January 26-30

28 Dec

PuSh2016_Leftovers_credit-Simon HayterAn interesting new show is coming to The York Theatre in the New Year called Leftovers. The show is part of the upcoming PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Leftovers is created by Charlie Demers with Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre and is a political comedy like none you’ve ever seen. Charlie Demers, if you don’t know him, is one talented guy. He has worn many hats including one of the stars of CBC Radio’s the Debators, playwright of the East Van Panto – Jack & The Beanstalk and more recently a creative writing instructor at UBC best-selling author. Charlie Demers was born in 1980, between the elections of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, and emerged from that era as a proud socialist.  This January, Charlie brings you a complex comedy which we expect will move quickly and touch on many subjects including ideology, dreams and politics. It will be serious and hilarious and this is one show we will be lining up to see.  Leftovers runs from January 26 to 30 at The York Theatre. Tickets start at $10 and are available online from The Cultch.   A post-show talkback happens on January 27th which we expect will be an exceptional evening. Also, a matinee show has been added for Saturday, January 30th at 2:00 pm.  This show has a short run, so if you wish to be entertained, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. If you wish to learn a bit more about Charlie Demers, we invite you to check out this write up in BC BookLook.

Photo Credit: Simon Hayter

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

24 Dec

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Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten

Buon Natale
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Natal

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Vrolijk kerstfeest
Wesołych Świąt
Καλά Χριστούγεννα

East Van Business – RC Pet Products Giving Locally

23 Dec

12Days-Logo-SquareFor those of you that follow us regularly, you may know we are proud supporters of the BC SPCA. We support our local Vancouver shelter in many ways and are proud to be listed as one of their 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 re- introduce to you a local business situated in SE Vancouver called RC Pet Products.  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 Sophie’s Pet Palace, Aqua Paws, Discover Dogs, Mark’s Pet Shop, Tisol Pet Products on Main Street and Grandview Highway and Pet Parlour on Fraser Street.

We wanted to highlight RC Pet Products as they are one of many East Van businesses that have made a point of giving locally. RC Pet Products is again providing needed items such as coats, leashes and collars to local animal rescue organizations including the ones near and dear to us being 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.   As part of RC Pet Products 12 Days Of Giving, they have donated items to the following animal rescue organizations this year:

Best Friends For Life
Action for Animals In Distress Society
Richmond Animal Protection Society
Greyhound Pets Inc.
Cross Our Paws
Dogwood Rescue
Dhana Metta
Cera Dogs Society
BC SPCA Richmond
BC SPCA Vancouver
Charlie’s Food Bank

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.

Action Fiction Project Till December 31st – Self-Guided Stories By Foot Or Bike

22 Dec

ActionFiction2Are you up for a little adventure and exploring? If so, we might have something fun for you. We invite you to check out Active Fiction Project. This is a mashup of public space intervention, literature, create your own adventure and walking tour in East Vancouver.  Action Fiction Project has created short fictional stories set in East  Vancouver that features you as the main character.  These are self-guided stories that are ‘hidden’ in public spaces for you to discover by walking or biking through the same neighborhood in which the story unfolds.  It is on now until December 31st and a great way to get out with the family and do a little exploring. The starting point is the planter boxes on East 28th near Main Street. For more information, visit Active Fiction Project.

Gourmet Warehouse Cooking Classes In The New Year

21 Dec

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes in the New Year. Attending one of these classes, is a fun 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 visit Cooking Classes. We have set out a sampling of some of the delicious classes they have lined up:

Flavours of Morocco – Saturday, January 23rd 11:00 am ($65) SOLD OUT

Chef Cindy Low invites you on a culinary adventure to Morocco. This is home to one of the world’s most intriguing cuisines. You will learn about the countless spices used in their dishes and the combination of sweet and savory that produces some unforgettable dishes. You will learn to make some classic dishes like briouats (filo pies), tajines (stews) and couscous. The menu for this class includes:

  • Briouats – Moroccan spiced beef wrapped in filo pastry
  • Kale salad with carrots, dates, pomegranate-orange vinegrette
  • Chicken Tajine (stew) with preserved lemons and olives
  • Butternut Squash tajine with chickpeas
  • Saffron Cous Cous
  • Chocolate-Mint tea sorbet

David Robertson of “The Dirty Apron” – January 28th 6:00 pm ($75)

Chef David Robertson, Chef and Owner of the Dirty Apron Cooking School, is their celebrity guest chef this season. Chef Robertson is known for making meals effortless. His class focuses on flavour and having attended a cooking class at Dirty Apron, we expect it will be rather fun as well.  The menu he has lined up for this upcoming class includes:

  • Grilled Corn, Double Smoked Bacon & Clam Chowder
  • Carmelized Fennel, Seared Haloumie Cheese with a Pomegranate Reduction
  • Miso Sake Roasted Sablefish
  • Green Thai Curry
  • Frangelico & Red Wine Poached Pear Tart

Game Day – Feeding A Crowd – Saturday,  January 30th ($65)

Are you planning to host a SuperBowl Party this New Year?  Chef Cindy Low will show you how to feed a crowd for game day or for any other occasion where you might be feeding a hungry crowd. Chef Cindy will focus on  delicious and (mostly) make-ahead favourites so you won’t miss all the fun during your party.  The dishes she has lined up for this class include:

  • Pulled chicken sandwiches with homemade barbeque sauce
  • Grilled marinated flank steak (Argentinian style) with chimichurri sauce
  • Turkey chili mole – chili with minced turkey, six varieties of beans and a hint of chocolate
  • Cajun roasted potatoes
  • Tangy coleslaw
  • Chocolate chip ice cream

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

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