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What Is Christmas Without Cookies?

20 Nov

Cookie ClassesOne of our favourite parts of Christmas is the cookies, whether, eating, making or baking.  To us, Christmas would not be complete without cookies. Not only do they taste great, look beautiful, but they also make a great gift.  For those that don’t have much experience with baking,  we invite you to check out some upcoming cookie baking classes being offered by The Uncommon Cafe.  They are offering a Decorate & Bake class on two dates. First up is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm where you can spend the afternoon baking or  December 13th at 6:00 pm. Cost is $45 for adults and $5 for kids.  Now on the other hand, if you want to get a group of friends together to bake and do a cookie swap, but don’t have the space, The Uncommon Café has the space, supplies and happy to accommodate. Contact them directly for more information.

Now if you wish to teach your kids some baking skills, we’ve recently learnt about a great little spot on Fraser Street, The Bittersweet Kitchen.  They have 2 Kids Holiday Baking Classes coming up this December where kids learn to bake from scratch. One class is being offered on December 16th and this one is all about the cookies, making and decorating. The second class being offered on December 17th teaches kids how to make homemade granola and cinnamon buns.  The classes are from 10:00 am to 11: 30 am and cost $40 per child.

Now if you don’t bake, or like to might not have the time to do all that you want, in East Van we are fortunate to have an array of great bakeries that will be sure to help you stock up a few favourites including Fratelli Bakery, Blackrook Bakehouse, Breka Bakery and Italia Bakery. We are fans of Brekka Bakery for the German slant on their baking.  If it’s gluten free you are after, East Village Bakery and the Gluten Free Epicurean and if you are seeking vegan baking, check out Fairy Cakes on Fraser Street.  These are just a few local favourites that can help make Christmas delish and festive.

 

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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!

Winter Farmer Markets Are Back At Nat Bailey Stadium & Hastings Park

31 Oct

ProduceEricUrquhartVancouver Farmers Market hosts two winter farmer markets this year. Both kick off this weekend. Nat Bailey Stadium kicks off this Saturday, November 4th and Hastings Park happens Sunday, November 5th. These markets happen rain or shine and continue into April.  So if they can be out there in all the elements, so can we to support our local growers and makers.

Nat Bailey Stadium – November 4 to April 21 / 10 – 2

The biggest Winter Farmers Market is at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street on Saturday November 4th and runs each Saturday until April 22nd, 2018 save for December 30th.  The market runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hastings Park – November 5 to April 29 / 10 – 2

If you prefer heading to the farmers market on a Sunday, then be sure to check out the now popular market at Hastings Park.  This farmers market will run every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until April 30, 2018 save for December 24th and December 31st.  The market is located on the Centregrounds.

Photo Credit: Eric Urquhart

Cooking Classes Around East Van This Fall

11 Oct

Now that cooler temperatures are here, it’s time to get cozy with some great food.  We love spending time at cooking classes learning new dishes this time of year. We have been scouting around and have found a great selection of classes and have set out our favourites below. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned cook or vegan cook, we hope you’ll find something that piques your interest and taste buds.

Wine & Cheese – Appies for Parties – The Uncommon Café – November 22, 2017 

Love cheese and planning a party, then this class is for you. The Uncommon Café is hosting a cooking class on November 22nd that’s all about the appies emphasis on the cheese. They will teach you how to whip up easy appies with little fuss and muss.  You will learn to make:

  • Mini Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Quiche
  • Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pears Crispy Triangle
  • Ricotta & Prosciutto Puff Pastry Rolls
  • Flaky Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Goat Cheese Bourekas
  • Mini Oven Raclette

After class, you will get to either take the goodies home, or eat them after your cooking class. If you wish to do this, they’ll have a green salad on hand to go with your freshly made goodies.  Registration is available through Eventbrite.

Chocolate Lovers Class – Trout Lake Comm. Centre – November 19, 2017 

Love chocolate? This might be the workshop for you. Chef Valentine of Tartine Maple will be conducting this class Sunday, November 19th at Trout Lake Community Centre.   You will learn to make:

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Lava Cake
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate Sauce

This is a demonstration class, but all the recipes will be provided and the Lava Cake you get to enjoy before you leave. The rest of the treats, you take home. The cost is $60 and registration is through the City of Vancouver

Holiday Canning – December 4, 2017 – Italian Cultural Centre

You are invited to learn to how to preserve for the holiday season with BenedettaHolidayCanning Diamanti who will be conducting this workshop at the Italian Cultural Centre on December 4th. Benedetta is a graduate of the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and she will teach you how to make red wine jelly, cocoa jam and a cinnamon scented pear. This is an intimate hands-on class covering the basics, best practices and safety techniques. You will get to take home a jar along with ideas of some delish gifts to make this Christmas.

Holiday Side Dishes – Gourmet Warehouse – November 26, 2017

If you have your main dishes down cold, but want to add some new side dishes to your holiday menu, Caren McSherry, owner of the Gourmet Warehouse is leading this demonstration cooking class on Sunday, November 26th. Cost is $79 and you will learn some delish dishes from Caren’s new cookbook “Starters, Salads & Sexy Sides”:

•Roasted butternut squash with crispy halloumi cubes
•Whole roasted cauliflower
•Jacket roasted sweet potato with crispy chorizo and creamy herbed feta
•Whipped rutabaga with crispy shallots
•Wild and mixed mushroom saute

To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse. Bon appetit!

 

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

 

Walk For Reconciliation To Strathcona Park September 24, 2017

20 Sep

WeAreAllOneThe first-ever Reconciliation Expo will be held Sunday, September 24th.  The event begins at 10:00 am with a 2 km walk that starts at 650 Cambie Street and travels to Strathcona Park.  After the walk, there are a host of activities lined up for the day at the Expo that continues till 3:00 pm. The event will include community booths with information about reconciliation, cultural activities as well as presentations by community groups.  Along side the events, there will be an area dedicated to local artisans. This is a great opportunity to experience local Indigenous art and culture.  There will also be an area for children to play educational games and a space for Indigenous craft making. If you get hungry while there, a variety of Vancouver based food-trucks serving ethnically-diverse foods will be on hand.

The day also features musicians, dance groups and a host of activities and exhibits some of which we’ve set out below. To see a full rundown of events, we invite you to visit reconciliationcanada.ca: 

Exhibit: Site Unseen (Gitga’at and West Vancouver Youth – Mural of Merging Voices) 

A unique and innovative project supports links between different groups of coastal youth. To deepen the understanding of their unique cultures and lands, students from the District of West Vancouver and the Gitga’at Nation in Hartley Bay worked together to create a large art installation that explores reconciliation among youth.

Exhibit: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 

An exhibit from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation that explores working together for a strong future and better understanding of reconciliation.

Exhibit: Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket (Full-Size Replica)

Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a large-scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.

Weavers Corner

Facilitated by the Earthand Gleaners Society and a diverse group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous weavers, this will be a tactile, interactive space to learn more about the craft of weaving from multiple cultural perspectives. The space will be hands-on, inviting participants to engage with plants native to this territory and learn more about the social history of weaving.

Kairos Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

On-site Mural Painting

The Vancouver Mural Festival will host an interactive mural site where with spray paint where participants can add their message of hope or reconciliation. There will also be several commissioned artists creating pieces during the Expo that aim to capture the energy and experience of the Walk for Reconciliation.

Commitment Gallery

Using the pre-existing infrastructure of the tennis court in Strathcona Park, Reconciliation Canada will facilitate the creation of a temporary Commitment Gallery. This will serve as an opportunity for participants to make a personal pledge towards reconciliation following their participation in the Walk. Commitment Cards will be exhibited on the fence to visually display and celebrate actions.

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.

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