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Jak’s View: Follow Up To Fets Whiskey Kitchen Raid – Why Did It Happen?

6 Feb

FetsWhiskeyWe are adding another voice to ILiveInEastVan today. We would like to introduce you to Jak King.  If you don’t know him by name, he is a long time resident of East Vancouver. Jak is civic minded, has opinions on a number of issues some light topics, others not and a penchant for history particularly as it relates to Grandview Woodlands.  Jak has his own blog, which we invite you to check out called Jak’s View.  With his permission, we will be reprinting some of his posts here from time to time.  Today we’d like to share Jak’s View on the recent raid of Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive. This event boggles our mind. So many small businesses are struggling with increasing costs such as taxes, rent, attracting and keeping staff with rising costs in Vancouver, this antiquated raid was a slap in the face to small business. Instead of helping small business, this heavy handed approach to enforce antiquated laws seemed beyond fair or reasonable.   We invite you to check out Jak’s View on this recent event:

As I reported earlier, and has been widely reported since, Fets Whiskey Kitchen on Commercial Drive was raided last week and $40,000 worth of bottles were seized by agents of the BC government.

At the time there was some mystery as to why this had happened, but the reason has now been made clear — they were purchased from private liquor stores (which had purchased them legally from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch) rather than from the BCLDB directly. All required taxes had been paid but these bars are only allowed to buy their liquor from the BCLDB — even though the BCLDB won’t sell them these particular whiskeys.

It is worth repeating that all required taxes had been paid.  In other words, this is all about the bureaucratic nonsense that is BC’s liquor laws.

Apparently bars and clubs have been buying from private liquor outlets for years and liquor inspectors have allowed it to go on. Now, suddenly, the Ministry under David Eby has decided to stamp down on the practice. They could, of course, have changed the law so that BCLDB could sell these whiskeys to the bars but no, they wanted to play the heavy instead.

In a long article by Martyn Brown, he suggests that the “prohibition style” raids may have been occasioned by the money laundering crisis in BC casinos:

“It is in an interesting coincidence, I’m sure, that this crackdown has occurred only days after Attorney General Eby launched his own scathing indictment of the inept gaming policy enforcement and money laundering problems that transpired under the former government’s watch. No doubt, the last thing the general manager or others in the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch want to do is to leave the branch vulnerable to being accused of falling short in its enforcement responsibilities.”

However, as the same article notes, the raids have done nothing to enhance BC’s image as a tourist friendly Province. Perhaps more importantly for locals, Eric Fergie of Fet’s notes that his small business could suffer badly.

“Fergie said he’s now worried how his small business will absorb the cost. ‘If we are fined heavily for the infractions and we lose our product, then, you know, we’ve got 20-something people that work for us and it’s going to be difficult’.”

Eric and Allura Fergie have been mainstays of Commercial Drive business since opening their original Fettucini’s Cafe in 1987.

Reprinted With Permission (Jan. 21, 2018)

Photo Credits: Jak King & Fets Whiskey Kitchen

 

 

 

 

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Whiskey Pairing Dinner At Fets Whiskey Kitchen February 21st

15 Feb

whiskeydenisedochertyIf you love whisky, you may wish to check out the Whiskey Pairing Dinner being held at Fets Whiskey Kitchen Tuesday, February 21st.  Marcio Ramos, a brand ambassador for Beam Global, will take you on tasting tour of three of Scotland’s whiskey regions.  Fets Whiskey Kitchen will be pairing 5 delish delishes with 5 whiskies from 4 distilleries.  Cost for the event is $85 and there are only 25 spots. To get your ticket, check out the online registration at Fets Whiskey Kitchen.

Photo Credit: Denise Docherty

Let’s Do Brunch On The Drive

20 Jan

ILiveInEastVanMarch302013 356We are often asked where is a good place to go for brunch, coffee, dinner, live music or drinks in East Van. We started our brunch series with setting out some of our favourite spots in the Hastings Sunrise area. Next up we’d like to feature some very delish spots along Commercial Drive, some we’ve tried and some we’ve heard great things about through our grape vine.

Bandidas Taqueria, 2781 Commercial Drive
Brunch 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

We confess we have not tried this spot. We have noticed that it is a rare occasion that this spot is not busy, no matter the time of  day or night. Bandidas Taqueria serves brunch daily from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm as well as breakfast all day. Most of their items are gluten free and we like that they get their gluten free bread from local fav spot, East Village Bakery. Eggs, beans and guacamole are featured heavily on their brunch menu, but we have our eye on the Cornbread Muffin Tops with honey butter. Bandidas Taqueria will make any breakfast vegan. This spot is certainly on our list to try not only because of the food, but their focus on minimal impact to the environment and their of support local smaller distributors. Bandidas Taqueria is located just North of 12th Avenue on Commercial Drive. Just a 5 minute walk from the Broadway Skytrain Station if you are travelling from elsewhere in the City.

Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive
Breakfast 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Weekdays + 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekends

You can’t miss this spot for the colourful mural outside. Cafe Deux Soleils is a long standing business on The Drive having been there for over 20 years. Here you will find eggs, but you won’t find meat if that’s what you are looking for. You will though find  Veggie Ham or Veggie Sausage and lots of other great items as well as a kids menu. It’s a popular spot day and night as this spot includes a stage where you will find many local performers whether comedy, music, poetry and much more.

Cabrito Tapas, 2270 Commercial Drive
Brunch Friday to Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Havana Restaurant, 1212 Commercial Drive
Breakfast 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Daily

Havana is a great spot for many reasons, people watching from their patio is certainly one of them.  It’s always a busy hopping spot that offers modern Latin fare and Caribbean cocktails. It is another long standing business that has been on The Drive for 20 years now. Havana serves breakfast 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm with some great offerings including a Pulled Pork Breakfast Taco.  Another thing we love about Havana Restaurant, is they are a great supporter of local arts. They have a small gallery in the back next which is situated next to a small theatre which features some great local theatre groups. It’s a great intimate space if you haven’t checked it out already.  We recommend it.

Biercraft Tap & Tapas, 1191 Commercial Drive
Brunch Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

On the Drive since 2005, Biercraft Tap & Tapas is another long standing business on the Drive.  Everyone has their own unique spin on brunch on the Drive, as does Biercraft with    Bangers and Mash, and Stovreji Hash browns topped with Belgian beef stew, blue cheese crumble and two poached eggs for those with a hearty appetite, but we like the Eggs on Cornbread and for those coming with kids, they have a kids breakfast menu for $6.00.

La Mezcaleria, 1622 Commercial Drive
Brunch Wednesday to Sunday Until 3:00 pm

This is a fun lively spot at any time serving delish Mexican fare including breakfast as well as a great selection of mescal and tequila should you wish to go there.  They have some creative dishes, but what we have a hankering for is the Pan Frances which is Brioche French Toast topped with bananas, dark rum, salted caramel sauce, candied pecans, strawberries and gooseberries. If that doesn’t sound like a bite of heaven, we don’t know what does.

Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Drive
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Now if you like sci-fi and consider yourself a bit of a nerd, or want to experience something a little bit different, than the Storm Crow Tavern is your spot. As you can see, their window for brunch is a little smaller, likely as they’ve been up playing games until the wee hours of the morning. This is an eclectic spot with a menu to fit. If you wish to hang around post brunch to play board games and have a beer, they have choices out of the whazoo.

Tangent Café, 2095 Commercial Drive
Breakfast 8:00 – 3:00 Saturday – Tuesday & 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Wednesday to Friday

Although this spot is home to great live jazz music on Thursday and Sunday evenings, they also have a good breakfast menu. If you are a meat lover, you will find several options here, but if looking for vegan options, they have that too including a Malaysian Vegan Scramble.

Prado Café, 1938 Commercial Drive

As of Monday, June 19th the purveyors of kick ass coffee, have launched a full brunch menu at their Commercial Drive location.  We’ve seen some pics on social media and have to say the dishes look great. If you head one block up the street North, you can also check out their sister restaurant Spade at the corner of 3rd Avenue. They have a small breakfast menu but are open at 8:00 am daily.

While you are in this part of East Van, there is so much else to see, do and taste while on The Drive.  Whether it’s coffee, gelato, pasta, art, bookstores, cheese, licorice or chocolate.   If it’s cheese you are after, La Grotta Del Fromaggio is our go to spot.  We recommend one of their sandwiches to go, or if you’ve built up an appetite wandering, they are delish. If you love licorice, a stop at the Licorice Parlour is a must. If you aren’t a licorice fan, they also have handmade chocolates.  If you are looking for beer after a wander, Biercraft offers quite the range of Belgian beers. If it’s whiskey, then a stop at Fets Whiskey Kitchen would be in order and side note they do serve brunch as well.

For coffee, well we can’t just pick one, there are so many places offering great coffee, you can’t go wrong whether it’s Continental Cafe, Joe’s Café, Moja’s, The Drive Coffee Bar (you will find Cartem donuts here though) or any other café. If it’s a muffin and coffee you are after, JJ Bean at 6th Avenue. Their muffins are legendary.  Gelato, there are a few offerings which you can’t miss if you are walking The Drive, but if are looking for pastries, our personal favourite is Fratelli Bakery which an amazing selection of sweet treats.  If you find you’ve done a fair bit of walking on the Drive and want a light bite such as pizza, take your pick, Famoso Pizzeria, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s or a quick wander over to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive. Of course, if you wish to pick up some pasta to cook later at home, we recommend The First Ravioli Store on Commercial at 3rd Avenue. We could keep going as this area has so much to offer from Venables to 12th Avenue and a bit beyond on either side of that.  If we missed your favourite brunch spot that you think should be included, drop up us a line ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com and tell us why it should be included.

Fundraiser #Unbreakable at Fets Whisky Kitchen Tuesday November 26th

25 Nov

FetsWhiskeySignFets Whisky Kitchen, 1230 Commercial Drive, has partnered with June Iida of RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside and local artist, Laurell, to present #UNBREAKABLE.  #Unbreakable is a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.  The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides a safe place for women and children in the Downtown Eastside. They provide support, basic necessities and hot nutritious meals to over 300 women and children every day.

You are invited to this great event which will feature cocktails and appetizers starting at 6:00 p.m and a silent auction as well as live entertainment by local artist, Laurell. Tickets for the event are available online only for $45. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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