The Bench Bakehouse Is Now Open In The Il Mercato

5 Feb

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We recently had the pleasure of checking out The Bench Bakehouse located in the Il Mercato, 1641 Commercial Drive, at 1st and Commercial Drive.  This is a sweet spot that just opened 2 weeks ago. It’s located near the entrance of Super Value facing 1st Avenue. The Bench Bakehouse isn’t visible from Commercial Drive, but we encourage you to walk through the Il Mercato or the few feet from the Drive along 1st Ave. to check it out. They have lots of baked deliciousness including a great variety of freshly baked breads which are naturally leavened sourdough. They also offer a great array of the sweet stuff including brownies, brioche, croissants, a coconut mango cake we were tempted to walk out with, and shortbread cookies big enough for sharing. Did we mention all this sweet stuff is made with 100% real butter. The duo behind this new space know what they are doing having trained in Paris, France at the prestigious Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil.  The Bench Bakehouse is open 6 days a week and they have a couple seating areas if you want to park it and kick back for a bit.

June Hunter Valentine’s Studio Sale February 9th and 10th

4 Feb

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East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting her Valentine’s Studio Sale this weekend. If you have a special someone to buy for who is a nature lover, then this is the spot for you. June has again been working on some new colourful designs. This weekend you can expect to find a host of beautiful items including heart shaped jewellery, cusjunehuntervalentine_cookies_1024x1024hion covers, totes, small prints, iPad covers, greeting cards, note pads, large scale wall art, tiles and much more.  As you will notice, nature and/or wildlife is a theme through all of her work.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, heart shaped cookies will be available for nibbling and Geordie her rescue dog will be ready to greet you.  June Hunter’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale takes place Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Valentine’s Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street in East Van as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery store downtown.

What’s On East Van – February 1st Edition

1 Feb

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Reclaimed Wood Sale – 2288 Clark Drive – Feb. 1st & Feb. 2nd 

First Growth Reclaimed has ‘TONS of reclaimed wood for sale” at discounted prices as well as a few tables that will be available.  Visit them at 2288 Clark Drive Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Watch for the Unbuilders sign.

Old Time Dance Party – Wise Hall – February 1st

If you love to dance, whether the 2 step, square dance or the country waltz, this is the spot to be Friday night.  The Old Time Dance Party with music by the Wooly Bears. Doors open 8:00 pm, dancing begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are from $17.50.

Italian Culinary & Brewery Tour – Vancouver Brewery Tours – Feb. 1 & 2

This is your last weekend to catch Vancouver Brewery Tours delish dining experience featuring Italian food and great local beer.  Get picked up at Waterfront Station and you will be driven to each location in your tour which is 3.5 hours. Check out behind the scenes to see what happens at the local breweries, taste beer and have some great food, maybe make some new friends. Cost is $99. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Live Music With Jillian Lake – Havana Theatre – February 1st

You are invited down to Havana Theatre on the Drive for an intimate evening of live music by local neo-folk artist, Jillian Lake.  She will be featuring songs off her recently released E.P. ‘Honey’ as well as new unreleased singles off her upcoming full length record and a selection of covers. Tickets are $11 and available in advance through Showpass.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – February 2nd

Ritchie’s Bakery will be on hand at les amis du fromage’s East Van location (843 East Hastings Street) this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with freshly baked bread and other sweet treats.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre  

The Firehall Arts Centre brings the music of a Canadian icon to the stage again this weekend with the Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell. A stellar line up of musicians will be performing her songs. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

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 3-7 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

It’s Not The Milk Man, It’s Better! Fresh Bread Delivery By Lakehouse Foods

30 Jan

lakehousefoodsbread2Oh but do I love the smell, taste and texture of fresh quality bread.  Spread butter on a piece of freshly baked bread, aaah it’s like a piece of heaven. It is one of life’s simplest pleasures.  Did you know you can get a weekly delivery of freshly baked bread?  It’s the Neighbourhood Bread Drop being offered by Lakehouse Food at 4 East Van locations. You order and pay for you your bread online and each location has a bread board and canvas totes with your name on it. Every Thursday, Lakehouse Foods delivers their freshly baked bread by bicycle we might add to each of the 4 locations and you just have to go and pick it up.  The current locations are:

Hastings Sunrise
Plenty + Spare Naturals
2168 East Hastings (11am-6pm)

Kensington / Cedar Cottage
Second Nature Home
3565 Commercial St. (12-7pm)

Mount Pleasant
Coco et Olive
3707 Main St. (12pm-5:30pm)

Strathcona
Luppolo Brewing
1123 Venables St. (3-11pm)

For first time customers, they offer 25% off your first month. Use the Promo Code REALBREADISBACK25.   To sign up or learn more, visit Lakehouse Foods. If you are in a location that isn’t serviced, visit their website, they are open to hearing what other locations you’d like to see their Neighbourhood Bread Drop.

Photo Credit: Lakehouse Foods

Story Story Lie Fool For Love At The Rio Theatre February 13th

29 Jan

sslfoolforloveStory Story Lie is back at The Rio Theatre February 13th with A Fool For Love.  Story Story Lie is an interactive show where some of Vancouver’s best entertainers share intimate, funny and often embarrassing stories about themselves. One of them is lying and telling you a tall tale. But which one?  The audience gets to take part in the interrogation to reveal who the liar is. And the first audience member to guess the liar, wins the grand prize as well as bragging rights. The upcoming show on February 13th is a Valentine’s Day Special featuring love stories from the funny to the darn right foolish.  Of course, one of the contestants is telling a lie. Spot the liar right and you could win some lavish lingerie from Your Open Closet. The line up of storytellers include:

★ Julie Kim (Canadian Comedy Award Nominee)

★ John Cullen (Just for Laughs)

★ Lola Leaf (French Model)

★ Johnny Trinh (Regina Poetry Slam Champion)

★ Lindi Nolte (Spoken Word Artist)

This is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For tickets to Fool For Love, visit the Rio Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 pm and fun gets under way at 7:00 pm. Warning for those that have never been, the show WILL certainly contain strong language, somewhat mature and immature subject matter.

East Van Entrepreneurs Launch Vintage & Branded Clothing Line – Mister, We Are The Weirdos

28 Jan

mwatw-blacktIn case you haven’t noticed, vintage is in vogue. Not only is it sustainable, many of the items you will find are of better quality than some of the flimsy and disposable pieces produced these days. There are some very cool items available to purchase if you know where to look.  So we wish to point you in the direction of one spot that’s come to our attention. We introduce you to two enterprising young ladies who recently launched a new vintage and branded line of clothing Mister, We Are The Weirdos.

Mister, We Are The Weirdos is the brainchild of Niki Maretta and Kat McPhee, Niki originally hails from Toronto and is a published writer, professional server of alcoholic beverages and more recently a trained yoga teacher.  Kat McPhee is a portrait artist with an eclectic sense of style and she owns it. When Kat is not working in her studio, you will find her doing circles around the ice in her Ringette squad.  Kat and Niki’s love of fashion and pre-owned clothing, of the eclectic variety and cocktails, sparked the idea of Mister, We Are The Weirdos.

The name is a play on an iconic line from the film The Craft. In the film, four outcast teenage girls pursue withcraft and through the experiences create a unique bond, much like Niki and Kat have working together at a downtown pub. They bonded not on their similarities, but on their differences and oddities. They feel they are weird magnificent misfits, a title they were proud to wear.

Niki and Kat are devoted fans of the 90’s grunge scene and offer a selection of secondhand clothing with unique pieces that represent the quirkiness they find inspiring. What we love most about this brand is what it represents. Mister, We Are The Weirdos, makes the statement that being different and being yourself is what makes each person beautiful. It is their mission to create a brand that encourages creativity and individuality, while building a community that celebrates diversity.  We are totally on board with that.  To see what curated pieces are available, visit Mister, We Are The Weirdos. You can also check them out on Etsy, or follow along on Instagram or Facebook.

What’s On East Van: January 25th Edition

25 Jan

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Dine Out Vancouver 2019 – Various Locations

Dine Out Vancouver 2019 continues this weekend at various locations.  Check out Prix Fixe Menus ranging from $15 – $45 at over 300 restaurants.  Lots of options and a great way to try out and support local businesses. To see which restaurants are participating this year, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Reclaimed Wood Market – The Wood Hub – January 26th & 27th

Have a reno project you are working on at home and need in some reclaimed wood? Salvage Vancouver is hosting a Reclaimed Wood Market this Saturday and Sunday from  9:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Wood Hub, 1278 East Hastings Street.

Italian Culinary & Brewery Tour – Vancouver Brewery Tours – January 25th & 26th

Vancouver Brewery Tours is offering a delish dining experience featuring Italian food and great local beer.  Get picked up at Waterfront Station and you will be driven to each location in your tour which is 3.5 hours. Check out behind the scenes to see what happens at the local breweries, taste beer and have some great food, maybe make some new friends. Cost is $99. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre  

The Firehall Arts Centre brings the music of a Canadian icon to the stage again this weekend with the Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell. A stellar line up of musicians will be performing her songs. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party – The Cultch – To February 3rd

You are invited to a party and you the audience members are in fact part of the harvest festival, Onam. This is a spontaneous theatrical celebration that is part performance, part improv that takes place in the back of a convenience store that Mrs. Krishnan owns.  An energetic wannabe DJ and boarder hosts a party in the back room and you get to see first hand how it unfolds. There’s lights, music, dance and daal. This is a fun production which will be sure to have you laughing.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

Movie ‘The Shining’ – Rio Theatre – January 27th

Jack is back in the classic movie The Shining showing this Sunday evening at the Rio Theatre. This is Jack Nicholson in what we think one of his best roles. Movie kicks off at 8:00 pm. Pick up advance tickets at the Rio Theatre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

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 3-7 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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