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Bits & Bites During The Eastside Culture Crawl

15 Nov

foodimageIf you are checking out this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl taking place this weekend, you are going to need sustenance for this event. So whether it’s a stop for brunch before heading out on the weekend, or a coffee during or a drink and a bite after. One thing we can say, there’s a bit of walking involved in The Crawl, so you build up a thirst and an appetite. We have a some set out some suggestions by area where to stop to refuel.

 

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive, and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee on East Hastings near Nanaimo. Of course, for lunch Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime, but Mr. Red Café or The Brighton are good bets. If you have a hankering for something sweet, Black Rook Bakehouse, East Village Bakery and Sweet & Savoury Pie Company are all great options.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive is a great start. Think Scandavian waffles, sweet or savoury and great coffee.   Looking for coffee and a nibble? We’d hit Pallet Roasters at East Hastings St. at Semlin Drive.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits. Note, Parallel 49 also now has great eats in their Street Kitchen. From all the reviews we’ve heard, good food in a fun space.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has amazing pies, sweet and savoury add to that delish coffee. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar, Turks and JJ Bean at 6th Avenue with legendary muffins big enough to share (or not). Looking to do brunch, Havana Restaurant, Cabrito Tapas and Biercraft all provide delish options.  For the perfect sandwich on the go, our fav spot is La Grotta del Fromaggio, most sandwiches are big enough to share. If it’s burgers you are after, Cannibal Café is your spot. For something sweet, Fratelli Bakery is a must stop.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Love licorice?  Be sure to stop in at the Licorice Parlour to stock up. If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive and on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after.  If you are looking for dinner post Crawl that’s close by Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street or travel a little further West for Cuchillo’s.  If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option in the heart of many great studios.

Clark Drive

Lots of things happening on this stretch of road. Yolks Breakfast at Clark and East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you for the day. If it’s a bite and coffee, Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop at Williams Street is a delish spot. If it’s beer you are after, Strange Fellows Brewing is located on Clark Drive near Charles Street or Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which gives you lots of options for beer. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables.

Whichever way you slice it, The Crawl is something to experience. See it, do it!

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Cooking With Beer With Chef Adrian Beaty Is Back At The Italian Cultural Centre – CANCELLED

2 Oct

CookingWithBeerICC.pngIf you love beer and cooking, you may wish to check out this fun cooking class at the Italian Cultural Centre being offered again on November 3rd.  Chef Adrian Beaty is hosting Cooking With Beer which is a farm to table dining experience featuring organic beers from Dogwood Brewing.  This is a demonstration cooking class in which Chef Adrian will teach you how beer can bring out the flavours in a variety of foods.  He’ll be covering appetizers, main course, salad and dessert with a focus on eating and cooking locally.  Tickets for non-members are $69 without a beer or $76 with two beers and available from the Italian Cultural Centre.  If you wish to bring a bottle of wine, you are welcome to do so. We’ve set out the menu below which we have to say sounds pretty tasty:

MENU

BC BUZZ HONEY AND BEER BREAD

MT LEHMAN CHEESE CO. CHEDDAR AND BLONDE ALE SOUP

OCEAN WISE MUSSELS STEAMED WITH HOUSE CURED JOWL BACON, RED RUSSIAN GARLIC, ROSEMARY, AND PALE ALE

ALDERGROVE NUT FED PASTURE RAISED PORK LOIN SERVED ON A BED OF BEER BRAISED GREENS AND TOPPED WITH A BACON, STOUT, AND ONION JAM

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH VANCOUVER ISLAND SEA SALT AND BEER CARAMEL

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

 

What’s On East Van: August 18, 2017

18 Aug

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Family Night Series – Grandview Park – August 18, 2017

The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Society is hosting a free community event in Grandview Park Friday, August 11th. The evening which runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm includes crafts for kids, poetry, photography and live music.

Italian Market – Italian Cultural Centre – August 18, 2017

One of our favourite markets, The Italian Market happens in the parking lot of the Italian Cultural Centre. Lots of great local vendors with, of course, a hint of Italian flavour. Some delish food trucks will be hand and an outdoor eating area. Market runs from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Community Paint Day – Britannia Community Centre – August 19, 2017

Are you artistic? Love to paint? You are invited to join others in creating ground murals at Britannia Community Centre from Noon to 4:00 pm this Saturday.

PNE/Playland – August 19, 2017

It’s opening day for the Pacific National Exhibition this Saturday, August 19th.  Things kick off at 10:00 a.m. To see what’s on for this year’s fair, visit PNE/Playland.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway -August 20, 2017

Artful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre this Sunday.  You can expect to find local artisans, workshops, demonstrations and live music.  Event happens Noon to 5:00 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival – August 18 & 19, 2017

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings four films to the York Theatre on August 18th and 19th.  To learn more about which films and times, visit Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Pop Up Pulp Jewels From France – Uncommon Café – August 24, 2017

French Designer Camille, owner, designer and jewelry maker of Pulp Jewels is hosting a one-day Pop-up Sale on August 24th at the Uncommon Café from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To learn more about the event visit Pulp Jewels Event.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

New play Two Rooms is featured at Havana Theatre from August 15th to 19th. The play focuses on a hostage taking in Beirut and the actions of the spouse on the other side of the world and how that culminates into a startling conclusion. Looking to laugh? Don’t forget Havana Theatre features improv comedy Friday and Sunday nights. Another option for entertainment tonight, is the Rio Theatre which is hosting Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The fun kicks off at 8:00 pm.

Outdoor Pizza & Beer ‘Good Grains’ Happens August 24, 2017

9 Aug

GoodGrainsThe Italian Cultural Centre invites you to an evening of beer and pizza in their outdoor space adjacent to Beaconsfield Park. Outside of having some great beer and authentic Italian pizza, you will learn about BC grains, the bakers and brewers and at the same time meeting some of the bakers, brewers and growers.  The event is about is as local as you can get. Pizza will be made from Fraser Valley grown wheat, beer is from Luppolo Brewing Company and Vancouver’s only organic brewery, Dogwood Brewing. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $5 per child.  For tickets call 604.430.3337 or visit their website at Italian Cultural Centre.

What’s On East Van: July 14, 2017

14 Jul

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Playland Nights – July 14, 2017

Playland hosts an adult only evening from 7:00 pm to midnight Friday. You will find beer, wine, special cocktails including Candy Floss Martinis and Snow Cone Vodka and the usual midway games and 25 rides. Advance admission is $26, tickets at the gate are $29.

Tango Lesson – July 14, 2017

Love to dance? Want to learn to dance the tango?  The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting dance lessons Friday nights in July. Classes are from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and cost is $20. To register visit, Italian Cultural Centre.

Eastside Flea – July 14 – 16, 2017

The Eastside Flea happens this weekend at 1024 Main Street. Friday night is their Shop N’Bop which features food trucks, pinball, a select group of artisans, craft beer and cocktails from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The full market happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and features over 50 local vendors.

Free Outdoor Concert – Trout Lake – July 19, 2017

Trout Lake Community Centre is again playing host to a line up of free concerts every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This week the Soda Crackers take the stage. In the event of rain, the event goes indoors.

Outdoor Long Table Dinner – July 20, 2017

The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting an outdoor long table dinner on Thursday, July 20th a Taste of East Van. The evening is a collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and showcases local growers and producers. Tickets are $45 for dinner. Wines will be available for purchase. For more info or tickets, visit Italian Cultural Centre.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend. If you are looking for some family entertainment, the Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting free dance and Zumba in Grandview Park from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday. This is a free event, everyone is welcome to attend. Friday night, Trout Lake will be featuring an outdoor movie at 9:00 pm showing Shrek. If you are looking for some thinking theatre, The Cultch is featuring Deviance until July 15th.  The show highlights the fine line between abnormal and unacceptable behaviour. Have a great weekend!

Image: June Hunter

Vancouver Greek SummerFest July 6 – 16, 2017

5 Jul

 

GreekFestival2017The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 31st  consecutive year. The festival kicks off Thursday, July 6th and runs until Sunday, July 16th.  This is a fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the dancing, there will be lots of it, belly dancing, folk dancing, Serbian dancing and of course those attending will be encouraged to dance.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and Golden Thread Orchestra, Jim Byrnes as well as Steve “Elvis” Elliot tribute artist.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4641 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted and in the summer heat, they’ll be happier at home. During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

2nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl Brewery Tour & Fundraiser July 8, 2017

28 Jun

EastsideCultureCrawl2The Eastside Culture Crawl Society invites you to an afternoon of beer tasting. The 2nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl Brewery Tour is a fundraiser for the Eastside Culture Crawl Society which showcases the amazing artistic talent in East Vancouver.  On July 8th, the price of a ticket gets you a tour and tasting at 4 craft breweries including Luppolo Brewing Company, Storm Brewing and Strathcona Beer Company. The afternoon finishes off with a wrap up party at Strange Fellows Brewing. The event goes ahead rain or shine, you can cycle or walk the tour, but you must be 19 years or older to participate. Starting point is 1000 Parker Street parking lot.  Tickets are $52 each and available through Eventbrite.

Image Credit: Eastside Culture Crawl Society

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