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46th Annual Powell Street Festival July 30 & 31

14 Jul

You are invited to come celebrate Japanese Canadian art and culture at the 46th Annual Powell Street Festival happening July 30th and 31st.  Festivities will take place in Oppenheimer Park and Paueru Gai (the Powell Street area) from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. There will be 3 stages set up showcasing contemporary and traditional artists, community food vendors and crafters offering Japanese delights and designs. You can expect to catch live performances by violinist-extremist Kytami & Phonik Ops, stirring Butoh by Kokoro Dance set to the sublimely edgy music of jo passed, an exhilarating combination of Onibana Taiko with vocals from opera singer Teiya Kasahara, Hiromoto Ida’s ICHIGO-ICHIEH NEW THEATRE solo show Homecoming 2020 and much more.  To learn more about all the events taking place during the 46th Annual Powell Street, visit them online at Powell Street Festival.

Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair At Odd Society Spirits December 5 & 6, 2019

3 Dec

BadAbbyDec.2019Odd Society Spirits plays host to another unique event this December. You are invited to stop by and check out the Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair happening at Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street. If you don’t know this great local distillery with some of the best cocktails in town, it’s just one more reason to stop in.  Their regular cocktail list will be available as well as our hot spiced apple cider including a non-alcoholic version. Some of what you can expect to find include honey that was a collaboration between Odd Society Spirits and Hives for Humanity. It is a barrel infused honey that was first held in Rye, then Maple Syrup, then Vodka! The result we hear is a deep, rich and soothing, spirit infused honey.  Also, on hand will be a variety of local artists including Emma Neal, Meg Keetley and Jacquelyn Wood. Ellie Golding will be on hand with minimalist jewellery and photographer Mia Glanz with a series of seaside images from the island of Mallorca.   Everyone is welcome to stop by during their hours of 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. There is no admission charge for the event.

Tiki Nights At Odd Society Spirits July 4th & August 1st

24 Jun

TikiNightsSummer is officially here and should you feel like you need a bit of a tropical vibe in your life, you may wish to mark a couple dates on your calendar.  Local distiller, Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, is hosting Tiki Nights this summer on Thursday, July 4th and Thursday, August 1st.  You are invited to join them for a BBQ, music and refreshing Tiki drinks made by Barman Chad Rivard.  We hear some special Tiki recipes will be available using their spirits. No ticket purchase required, just put on your best tropical dress or Hawaiian shirt and come down between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to take a little break from the everyday that’s not very far away.

Aleph Eatery Where East Meets West

14 Mar

AlephEateryWe recently stopped in to check out a new spot Aleph Eatery located at 1889 Powell Street. Aleph Eatery features Middle Eastern cuisine in a bright modern space that is at the same cozy.  All the food on the menu is designed for sharing and items come in the order listed on the menu.  We were a group of 4 so tried a variety of items starting with a sampler called Silk Road which included eggplant, labneh, hummus, zaatar and honey. It was served with an amazing flatbread filled with herbs, onion and oil called chimichurri saj. Our group will likely return for just this dish alone, the labneh which is a yogurt cheese was a big hit.  Next up was a flavourful Fattoush Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons and a pomegranate vinaigrette.  After that we tried the Halloumi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fig jam and served with some of the best tomato soup any of us have ever had.  This course was followed by Turmeric Cauliflower served with tahini and sliced almonds. This dish will have you wanting to eat your vegetables if you don’t already. Next up was the Ultra Crispy Potatoes served with tahini dressing, Aleppo and roasted red peppers. Last but not least, another big hit, the Coconut Chocolate Tart which was light, rich not overly sweet, but packed with flavor.   Aleph Eatery offers a few unique cocktails and a wine menu comprising mostly of wines from Lebanon and Israel.  The menu is vegetarian, but even if you aren’t vegetarian, you will walk away satisfied.  We recommend stopping by and checking out this sweet spot.  Aleph Eatery serves lunch, brunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.   Aleph Eatery does not take reservations unless you are a group of 8 or more. If you encounter a longer than expected wait, local distiller Odd Society Spirits is just the street for a pre-dinner cocktail as is the Trans Am Restaurant just a couple of doors down. To meet the creators behind this concept, check out this cool feature on Novus TV.

New In Town: The Narcissus In Port Town

14 Feb

IMG_1834We recently stopped in to check out The Narcissus located at 1701 Powell Street (at Commercial Drive). This was the space formerly occupied by Kessel & March and you will still see the sign affixed to the building.  This is a beautiful bright spot that features great coffee by local Agro Roasters, delish baked goods and some art dotted throughout along with a bookcase along one wall. Service was excellent, the atmosphere cozy and bright with a second floor above if you want a bit of privacy.  You can find The Narcissus on Instagram. Stop by on  February 14th to check out a Valentine’s Pop Up from Noon to 5:00 pm.  The Narcissus is open Sunday to Wednesday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Did we mention they also serve wine and beer?   If you haven’t been down to this area of Powell Street lately, we highly recommend you take a wander.  This stretch of road boasts many great spots including the Bistro Wagon Rogue, The Pie Shoppe, Trans Am Restaurant, Aleph Eatery, Odd Society Spirits, Doan’s Craft Brewing and JJ Bean Coffee to name a few.



Foto Friday – For The Love Of Pie

2 Sep

PieTheShoppeLast Sunday we checked out the new digs of The Pie Shoppe’s new Powell Street location at the foot of Victoria. They had a soft opening this past Saturday, August 27th. This is bright white beautiful space with reclaimed wood tables and dotted with plants and an amazing selection of records. It is situated in great company, with neighbours like Bistro Wagon Rogue right next door and Doan’s Craft Brewing across the street, not to mention Scandillious just around the corner. So one could easily do their own food and beer walking tour with a number of other breweries within easy walking distance such as Parallel 49 Brewing. Last Sunday though we came for the pie and the Pie Making Workshop which was a lot of fun. The Pie Shoppe is run by two sisters, Stephanie and Andrea French, who truly are the masters of pie, specifically the pie dough making it look well, easy as pie. Anyone that’s made pie dough knows there are some variations and it takes some practice to get that crust just right.  We left our workshop with a perfect pie which was filled with peaches, nectarines, a few cherries a bit of vanilla bean syrup, cinnamon and cardamom.  It was truly an amazing pie which earned us rave reviews from family and friends.  Whether you wish to learn how to make your own pie, sweet or savoury, or just stop by and taste a slice, do check out The Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.  The French sisters have a couple more workshops coming up this month and if you can’t make those, more are planned as they settle into their new space.  


East Van: Powell Street Self-Guided Tour – Odd Society Spirits, Parallel 49 Brewing Company & More

15 Jan


I recently had the pleasure of some wanderings with friends exploring Powell Street at the foot of Commercial Drive.  This is a unique area with lots to tantalize the taste buds. I will make the bold prediction that this will be a destination location on a foodie/culinary tour before long. This is an area I highly encourage you to visit.  Why you might ask?   Well lets see, there is the Michelin trained chef at Kessel & March, the distillers of East Van Vodka at Odd Society Spirits with a beautiful Tasting Room and a Crème de Cassis that’s absolutely delicious. Then there are the brewmasters at Powell Street Brewery, Coal Harbour Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing and Storm Brewing.  If that wasn’t enough, there is now the Bistro Wagon Rouge, sister restaurant to the Red Wagon Café, which serves up delicious casual French fare.

You can check out any of these spots at your leisure, but we’ve set out some recommendations so you can do your own self-guided tour:

  1. Breakfast/Brunch at Kessel & March located at 109 -1701 Powell Street, the Vancouver East Village calls it “ simple and sophisticated eats in an intimate and classy environment”.   Mia Stainsby of the Vancouver Sun says it “has the soul of a fine French bistro”. Great spot to start out for breakfast or lunch. Kessel & March is open Saturday and Sunday for brunch starting at 10:00 am.Parallel49RubyTears
  2. Need to walk off brunch?  Take a short walk from Kessel & March (3 ½ blocks) to Parallel 49 Brewing Company located at 1946 Triumph Street (at Victoria Street).  You can try a flight of 4 beers for $3.50, a sleeve for $3.00 or a tasting glass for $1.00.   Parallel 49 is open from Noon – 9:00 pm daily.  Don’t forget to check out their special infusions for the day.  Also, if you are try this spot closer to dinner time, don’t be surprised to find one of the City’s many great food trucks outside.
  3. Another short walk from Parallel 49 Brewing Company (1 ½ blocks) will take you to Powell Street Craft Brewery located at 1830 Powell Street. They also have a Tasting Room and showcase some local art.  They have a Brown Porter the brewers say will “shock your senses with an explosive bomb of flavor”. It’s said to have a deep roasted malt character with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuts.  Oh, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this little brewery won big at the Canadian Brewing Awards this past year with Beer of the Year for its Old Jalopy Pale Ale.  This nano-brewer beat out 764 entries. Obviously, they are are doing something right. Powell Street Craft Brewery is open Wednesday to Saturday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  4. Coal Harbour Brewing is in the neighbourhood located at 1967 Triumph Street, but as yet no Tasting Room, but I hear Kessel & March carries their beer.
  5. Storm Brewing Company is located at 310 Commercial Drive.  This is a small craft brewery open Tuesday – Saturday with Wednesday being ‘brew day’ if you wish to watch that process. They offer informal tours anytime during business hours which I believe is until 6:00 pm. Best to call the brewery directly for their hours if you wish to make this part of your tour. UPDATE: Starting April 6th, 2014 Storm Brewing will be open Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  6. Take a short walk from Storm Brewing Company (2 ½ blocks) to Odd Society Spirits, located at 1725 Powell Street, to taste some East Van Vodka and Crème de Cassis, gin to be coming soon. They have a beautiful Tasting RooEastVanVodkam and the hosts are happy to share how they became distillers and what they are working on now.  From what I gather, they love to experiment.  Tours run regularly at 4:00 pm. Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.  Tasting Room hours are Thursday to Sunday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. If you want to learn a bit more about the great minds behind this operation, check this recent write up in Eat Magazine.
  7. Now it’s probably time for some food. For that, take a short walk (1 block) over to Bistro Wagon Rogue located at 1869 Powell Street. This is casual French food with lots of daily specials written up on the chalk board as well as their regular menu.   Many of the dishes are perfect for sharing. TheBistroWagonRougey also have a very nice wine selection and great service. To learn more about their delicious dishes, check out the most recent review in the Georgia Straight. Bistro Wagon Rouge is open Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  8. If you aren’t ready to call it a day, you can always make your way over to the Princeton Pub at 1901 Powell Street which often has live music.

Some of the craft breweries and Bistro Wagon Rogue are not open Sundays, so you may wish to pick your days as to which spots you wish to visit, or break them up into a couple of visits. Regardless, how you do the tour, this is a great spot for exploring.

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