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Tinder Tales & Story Story Lie Team Up For Comedy Gold February 5th

8 Jan

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Tinder Tales team up with Story Story Lie for an epic evening of storytelling on Wednesday, February 5th at the Rio Theatre. If you haven’t heard, Tinder Tales is a Toronto based comedic story telling show that has been selling out across Canada including Vancouver.  Story Story Lie brought to by the talented MC Jo Dworschak brings you a group of story tellers who will regaling you with stories of unreal dating experiences. The catch of course is all the stories are TRUE, save for ONE. One’s a liar. Can you spot the liar?   The fun kicks off at 7:00 pm on February 5th. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit Eventbrite.

We Wish You A Happy & Healthy New Year!

31 Dec

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Can you believe 2020 is around the corner? It was only 20 years ago, the world was turning 2000 and for those that have been around for a bit, it was the much anticipated Y2K.  A big computer glitch was expected to affect computers and the storage of data and cause major issues. It didn’t really materialize, but something has happened since that time.  Y2K got us thinking about technology and how much it’s evolved. Then we happened on a great tweet compiled by Jon Erlichman of CTV National News that listed all the things that were NOT around 20 years ago. It’s quite a list and just goes to show us how much the world can change in 20 years’ time.  Why do we say this?  Well with the issues of climate change affecting all of us as we move forward into a New Year, it proves all kinds of achievements happen that move us forward.  Which gives us hope going into 2020.  Wishing everyone all the best in 2020! Cheers.

Technology not around at the start of this decade:

Instagram
Snapchat
iPad
Lyft
Slack
Alexa
Stripe
Apple Watch
Chromebook
Messenger
Surface
Tinder
Pinterest
Peloton
TikTok
Twitch
WeWork
Nest
Ring
Pixel
Apple Maps
AirPods
UberEats
CandyCrush
PokémonGo
DJI Phantom
Tesla Model S

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Returns January 17 to February 2, 2020

30 Dec

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns January 17th to February 2, 2020. This festival brings together over 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and suppliers for 17 days of dining and culinary events.   This festival evolves each year and provides a little something for all tastes.    The big reveal of which restaurants are participating happens Thursday, January 9th.  Once the list is revealed, you are invited to check out the price fix menus online and make your reservation for brunch, lunch or dinner.  Price fix menus are $15, $25, $35 and $45. Beverages, tax and tip not included.

Each year a number of special culinary events take place during Dine Out and we have to say there are some pretty great ones happening this year.  We’ve highlighted a few that caught our eye, but check them out for yourself. Note, if you like what you see, we recommend booking your space, these events do sell out. Here’s, a sampling of what’s available. For the full rundown of special culinary events during Dine Out Festival Vancouver, visit Special Events.

BBQ, Fried Chicken & Brewery Tours With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 17, 2020; January 18, 2020; January 24, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 31, 2020; February 1, 2020
  • 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • $105.99*

Vancouver Brewery Tours invites to come and enjoy Vancouver’s best barbecue, fried chicken and craft beer. They’ve handpicked three of their favourite businesses in Vancouver for this tour. Your journey begins with some delicious free-range chicken at Juke Fried Chicken – voted #1 for Best Chicken in the Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards 2019. Next on down the line is award winning pit stop at Memphis Blues for some messy, low and slow cooked barbecue. Finally, you will visit Vancouver’s newest craft brewery Container Brewing. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Coffee, Brunch, Donuts & Beer Tour With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 18, 2020; January 19, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 26, 2020; February 1, 2020; February 2, 2020
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • $105.99*

You’ll want to roll out of bed early for this tour.  Vancouver Brewery Tours is hosting an epic morning of coffee, brunch, donuts and beer. You will kick off your morning at Agro Roasters coffee shop which will include a behind the scenes coffee tasting and info about bean sourcing and roasting processes.   After that, you will make your way to  the Truck Stop (at Red Truck Beer Company) for a tasty brunch. Next you will land at   Brassneck Brewery for a tour and flight of beer and mere steps away you will end your tour on a sweet note at Cartems Donuts. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Dim Sum ChinaTown Tour – January 18 – February 2, 2020

  • 50 East Pender Street
    January 18, 2020 – February 2, 2020
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • $94.50

Did you know Dim Sum means “Point of the Heart”. We did not, but they say it lives up to its name in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It was originally a Cantonese family tradition (sometimes called Yum Cha (drink tea)) with small, shared dishes, often served in bamboo steamers, Dim Sum has become a staple for lovers of food worldwide.  You are invited to come learn more about Chinatown’s history and visit a couple of Dim Sum restaurants for tastings as well as a tea ceremony.  This tour is provided by Canadian Craft. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

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

25 Dec

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Frohe Weihnachten

Buon Natale

 Joyeux Noël

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Natal

Maligayang PaskoSretan Božić

Vrolijk kerstfeest

 Wesołych Świąt

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

What’s On East Van: December 20th Edition

20 Dec

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

Sweet Pop up – les amis du fromage (East Van Location) – December 20

Scrape Baking is having a Christmas Pop Up at les amis du fromage’s East Van location, 843 East Hastings Street today (Friday) between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Baker, Anastasia Bosc, specializes in gourmet cookies and bars.  Lots of delish items in one place for that holiday gathering including, of course, an amazing selection of cheese.

Kind’a Last Minute Zero Waste Holiday – Kind Café – December 20

Have someone eco-friendly on your shopping list? Or wanted to be more eco-friendly in your gift giving this Christmas? If so, check out the last minute holiday market at the Kind Café, 3080 Main Street this Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Some vendors on hand include Fluster, Coastie Craft Burgers, Mala The Brand, Vagabond Collectibles, Living Lotus Foods and Nana and Co.

Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall – December 21 and 22

Sounds and Furies presents the Women’s Winter Faire at Heritage Hall this Saturday and Sunday. The Women’s Winter Faire has been running for 25 years and features over 50 booths of creative, funky, beautiful, ecologically-sound and diverse items perfect for gift giving.  Event runs 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days and admission is by donation $3 to $5 suggested with proceeds going to a local charity.

VoiceStory Live ‘Family’ – The Cultch – December 22

VoiceStory exists to provide a safe, positive space where any adult, regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation, can share a moment of their lives and inspire others.   This event is not about promoting a business, pitching you a product or trying to sign you up for a program. It is about putting away our cell phone and listening to and being with others. People tell stories about life, fear, great adventures and more.  This Sunday’s topic is Family.   Special General Admission price this Sunday so you can bring your family with you $15 per person.

Twisted Christmas Party (The Wrong Show) – Waldorf Hotel – December 22

A group of local female comedians take the stage this Sunday at the Waldorf Hotel to bring you a Twisted Christmas Party.  The features the likes of Mrs. Santa Claus, It’s A Wonderful Leaf (vs. Life) and The East Van Grinch.  Expect a crazy apron contents, post show dancing. Local entrepreneur and weed diva, Watermelon takes part as does burlesque queen Burgundy Brixx.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For advance tickets, visit, Eventbrite.

Movie ‘It’s A Wonderful Life – Rio Theatre – December 22

Looking to take in a classic Christmas movie on the big screen?  The Rio Theatre is showing It’s A Wonderful Life this Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Aurora Winter Festival – Hastings Park/PNE – Until January 5, 2020

The Aurora Winter Festival continues at Hastings Park/PNE with an array of indoor and outdoor activities, Christmas Market, games, rides.  This is an all ages event. For tickets, visit Ticketleader.

East Van Panto: Pinocchio – The York – On Now Until January 5, 2020

Our favourite holiday tradition is now on at the York Theatre until January 5th.  Take in this fun and entertaining show that is fun for all ages. Just remember if you are in the front row, you might become part of the production. This year’s panto is Pinocchio and touches on some unique aspects in East Van, such as the mysterious Beckwoman and the coffee wars on The Drive for starters. Tickets for the East Van Panto Pinocchio start at $26 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $145. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to support our local growers and makers? Stop by one of the Winter Farmer Markets happening on either Saturday or Sunday.  Saturday we have  Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, it’s Hastings Park Winters Farmers Market also from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

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Gifting An Experience This Holiday Season

19 Dec

GiftsUnderTreeWe are big fans of gifting experiences which is not only fun but creates lasting memories for the recipient.  There are many options locally here whether it’s brewery tours, gourmet tours, dining and dancing, cooking classes and more.  We have set out below a few of our favourites.  We have included links which take you directly to each site to make gift giving that much easier.

Vancouver Brewery Tour – East Van Brewery Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours does great brewery tours in and around East Vancouver and is a perfect gift for the beer lover.  Vancouver Brewery Tours has  regularly scheduled brewery tours which run approximately 3 hours.

Off The Eaten Track – Culinary Tours

Off The Eaten Track offers a number of culinary tours including Railtown Urban Eats Tour and Olympic Village Tour. Tours all begin at the Waterfront Station and times vary but are approximately 2 ½ hours for each.

Little Italy Food Tour – Taste Vancouver Food Tours

Commercial Drive is host to many delish food spots and Taste Vancouver Food Tours offers regularly culinary tours on The Drive Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. It starts at Fratelli’s Bakery and hits 8 spots. Cost is $79 per person and they are currently offering 15% off gift certificates.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing. Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes. The regularly host tastings, but heads up, these classes do sell out quick. Alternatively, what about a gift certificate to use in store. Trying a variety of cheeses is certainly a delish experience and can get costly, so a gift card to this spot would be welcome in our Christmas stocking.

The Cultch, The York, Firehall Arts Centre – Live Theatre

There is some amazing live theatre that happens in East Van.  Some productions are on now into the New Year at The Cultch, The York and the Firehall Arts Centre. Gift Certificate for an evening out makes a great gift.

Terminal City Glass – Glassblowing Workshop

Have a friend on the artistic side, or someone that wants to get in touch with their creative side? What about a gift certificate to a glassblowing workshop at Terminal City Glass? Terminal City Glass offers a host of classes including a Make A Heart Glassblowing Workshop February 1st that looks pretty cool.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Do you know someone that loves cooking, or wants to learn how to make easy meals.   Gourmet Warehouse offers a wide variety of demonstration cooking classes for all skill levels and you get to eat what was made after class then shop in store with a discount.  In the New Year, they are offering Healthy Choices on January 16th or learn how to make a Mexican Fiesta at Home on January 23rd although we have our eye on hands on class Crazy For Chocolate Class on February 5th. To purchase tickets, call the store at T: 604.253.3022 or visit Gourmet Warehouse online.

Park Board Gift Card – City of Vancouver

Are you buying a gift for a family? What about a Park Board Gift Card.  Right now a $50 purchase gets you an additional $10 which the recipient can use at any local community centre to swim, skate, do yoga, play golf, take a cooking class, enroll kids in swimming lessons and much more.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many more. Know someone interested in yoga? Why not a gift certificate to a local yoga studio. For something on the artistic side, Collage Collage offers a wide range of craft making workshops for all big kids and wee ones as does 4 Cats on Main Street. The ideas are limitless and the memories are forever.

Great Edibile Gifts This Holiday Season

18 Dec

JoyGiftsWe love food!  Some of our favourite gifts for the holidays involve delish things to eat or drink. We have found a lot more friends and family favouring edible items as gifts whether food, spirits or accessories that compliment cooking, baking or creating delish refreshments at homeIn East Van, there are so many amazing options to choose from.  On a recent trip to The Drive, we found a great selection of panetonne in Bosa Foods, Fratelli’s Bakery and Donald’s Market.  There are quite a few flavour variations now, but last year we were gifted one and the last bit became french toast. If you haven’t tried this, we do recommend giving it a try.   We’ve set out some suggestions for easy to find edible gifting this holiday season below. Whether it’s a hostess gift, thank you or maybe create your own basket from things you know the person would like, there are many great options close at hand in East Van.

Gift Baskets

There are many shops locally that will create custom gift baskets for you with a food related theme. The include LaGrotta delFrommagio, Bosa Foods, Gourmet Warehouse and Second Nature Home to name just a few.

Cooking Classes

Looking to gift an experience?  Gourmet Warehouse always has a great line up of demonstration cooking classes. They usually run for 3 hours often on the weekends, sometimes in the evening during the week.  The Italian Cultural Centre also features hands on cooking classes.  Most classes you get to eat what you make afterwards.

Craft Beer

No way we could just skip over craft beer as a gift for the beer lover. So many great breweries to choose from each with their own unique offering, but pretty much all offer growlers. If you prefer to give the gift of a brewery tour, our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tours have that covered.

Spirits 

Looking to gift some locally made spirits, we are pretty fond of Odd Society Spirits 1725 Powell Street with a great selection of locally made spirits including East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Cassis, Bittersweet Vermouth and Oaken Wallflower Gin. During the holidays, we love to serve their cassis with prosecco. It’s an easy cocktail when entertaining. There’s also Resurrection Spirits at 1672 Franklin Street. Down side is they are only open Thursday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am whereas Odd Society  Spirits has easier hours for popping in and picking a bottle or two. Odd Society is open Thursday to Sunday 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm save for Sunday evening which they wrap it up at 7:00 pm.  

Pies

I mean who doesn’t love a delicious pie? Andrea and Stephanie French of The Pie Shoppe at 1875 Powell Street make seriously delicious pie.  If you need to bring dessert for Christmas dinner or get together and want to wow family or friends, this is where you pick up your pie.

 

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