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

PuppyBullDogSantaHatMerry Christmas

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.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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.

 

Great Places To Shop Local This Holiday Season

16 Dec

BuyLocalWe are big supporters of small business. They are the heart of our respective communities. They are opportunities to connect, support other local makers, keep money in our community, a more eco-friendly way to shop which includes less travel time and often less packaging. It’s all around win win in our eyes.  We’ve set out a list of some of our favourite stores for shopping local. One of the many reasons we likes these stores is because they all support other local artisans, makers and small business.  So visit them in person or online and see what items they have that will make that perfect gift for someone special this holiday season.

Bird On A Wire Creations

Bird on A Wire Creations has been a long time supporter of local artists and have gathered quite a collection of beautiful items from a variety of artisans around BC.  If you haven’t checked out this space, we encourage you to stop by. They are located at 2535 Main Street near Broadway.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

Doctor Vigari Gallery is a great space at 1816 Commercial Drive supporting visual artists.  You can find array of items perfect for gift giving including pieces of art from one of our favourite artists June Hunter.

Second Nature Home

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They currently have extended hours running up to Christmas. December 17-23rd they are open until 9:00 pm and Monday, December 24th they are open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Plenty + Spare

Plenty + Spare is located at 2168 East Hasting Street. It’s easy to miss by the smells of their neighbour East Village Bakery which can draw you in by your nose literally, but do stop into Plenty + Spare. They create an array of beautiful handmade bath and beauty products along with a few other items brought in for the holiday season.

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Tiny Finery

Tiny Finery is a sweet little shop located in Hastings Sunrise at 2629 East Hastings Street that features jewellery as well as local pottery, leather work, prints and some greeting cards.  They also do custom jewellery work if you have something specific in mind.

Jackson’s General Store

Jackson’s General Store is new this year and located at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) near Knight Street. Don’t be fooled on the new, this is an old store reworked and owner, Mike Jackson, has 30 years of business under his belt and eclectic mix of cool and unique items in store. Here you will find a large array of items for gift giving and lots of edibles as well as vintage and retro items. To get a sense of what they have, visit them on   Instagram.

Why we should Shop Local.

For every $100 you spend with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into the BC economy (vs $18 for multi nationals). Small business re-circulates 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as do chains. 

What’s On East Van: December 13th Edition

13 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.

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – December 11-15

The biggest handmade market is now at the PNE Forum until Sunday, December 15th.  Expect to find over 250 makers with a wide variety of items including food, clothing, accessories, home décor, gourmet goodies, art, items for babies and kids and a whole lot more.  We are sure you can get a lot of your Christmas shopping done under this one roof.  Admission is $7 at the door, or purchase online through Showpass and save $3.

Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 14 & 15

If you are wanting a less crowded shopping experience than Make It!, we encourage you to check out Crafty Affaire at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. This one is a fav market, it’s a good sized and well curated market with a variety of  vendors. Market happens 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is by donation.

Holiday At The Elbow Room Café – The Cultch – Until December 29

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is now on at The Cultch until December 29th. This is a new Cultch holiday tradition inspired by Vancouver’s most iconic café. Expect a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to the long standing café known for slinging sarcasm and insults right along with its food. The show features a cast of characters snowed in at the iconic café. Expect a night of song, dance and laughter.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

A Very Swingin’ Christmas – Hungarian Hall – December 15

If you love the sound of big band music and Frank Sinatra, you will want to check out A Very Swingin’ Christmas happening at the Hungarian Hall at Kingsway and Fraser this Sunday night. Tickets are $35 until December 13th after which they are $45.  To purchase your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite. If you wish to purchase your ticket at the door, note it’s cash only.

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.

Fado: The Saddest Music in The World – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 14

It’s the last weekend to catch this play featuring Fado music with origins going back to the early 1800s in Lisbon, Portugal. The show happens at the Firehall Arts Centre.  If you haven’t experienced it, we invite you to check it out. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

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.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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