Kamei Baru Happy Hour and more


Located under the Scotiabank Theatre, on Smithe, Kamei Baru is a obvious choice for a quick bite pre or post movie but there’s a lot more to the restaurant any time of day.

Part of the Kamei Group which also includes Kamei Royale and Ebisu, Kamei Baru has an eclectic seafood inspired Japanese-fusion menu that has many surprises in store.
The Happy Hour (2:30-6pm / 9:30-closing) menu offers 99cent oysters, Chicken Karaage and wings and much more.  Daily Specials make sure a visit won’t break the bank and leaves room to add a drink from their drinks list.  The regular menu also finds something for all your tastes, from sushi to ramen, to Asian meets Italian fused dishes.

Check out Kamei Baru for a tasty meal or quick snack at 990 Smithe Street. Call 604.559.8588 or KameiBaru990.com

Picks of the Week – October 29, 2014

The spooks are upon us, Halloween events will be everywhere but there’s plenty of non-Halloween happenings too.

The picks of the week include:

Indie: Australia’s Boy and Bear bring their engaging stage rapport and lively indie folk/rock to the Commodore Ballroom tonight.

YouTube: Down Under YouTube jokesters, The Janoskians, bring their pranks and laughs to the Vogue Theatre Wednesday.

Icon: Legend of Electronic and Industrial music Gary Numan brings his Splinter Tour to The Rickshaw Theatre on Wednesday.

Haunted: Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has been made over into Judge Dee’s – Chinatown Haunted House, the ‘not suitable for children’ haunted garden is open until Halloween night.

Bingo: Scare up some fun, have some tacos and benefit the BC SPCA at La Taqueria – Cambie Street, wear your Halloween costume, get a free game of Loteria (like bingo), then buy more games to benefit the charity, there’s a new game every 5-10 minutes.

Keys: American rock duo, The Black Keys and British singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg fill the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE on Thursday evening.

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks attempt to scare up a win against Montreal Canadians at Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

Queens: Evil Queens come to the Liberace Halloween Ball at Heaven’s Door on Thursday with DJ Zach Shore and a special performance by Shokra

Horror: The Cascade Room’s very own Dr Frank-n-furter hosts the 3rd Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show; scary cocktails, costumes, food and fun starting at 8pm on Halloween

Yelloween: Jet Set Crew always throws a good party, check out their Annual Halloween Party presented by Veuve Clicquot at The Sutton Place Hotel on Friday night.

Boo: One of the longest running Halloween events, The Beat 94.5 presents The Bacardi BooHaHa at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday night.

Back: A spine tingling spectacle of mass proportions is what you can expect at Backdoor Halloween on Friday night at the Vancouver Arts & Leisure space on East 3rd.

Paranoia: Heaven’s Door has a full night of entertainment lined up starting at 8pm with the Happy Clowns Halloween Show then stick around for Paranoia with DJ Grind and Valynne Vile starting at 10pm

Post Mortem: Keep Halloween going into the weekend at Heaven’s Door with starting with Drag Roulette Halloween Edition then Monroe: Post Mortem on Saturday night.

Gwen: If you’re done with Halloween, go Bananas at The Cobalt for a Gwen Stefani tribute party hosted by Shanda Leer on Saturday night.

Saints: Celebrate All Saints Day with a performance of Saint Joan, running until November 23rd at The Arts Club Theatre.

Horsemen: Until Nov 2nd, The Cultch presents The Four Horsemen Project, a performance based on the works of 70s avant garde poets, The Four Horsemen.

Tasting Plates – Coffee Crawl November 22

coffee_crawl_webGet ready to get your caffeine fix on Vancouver Foodster’s next Tasting Plates event – Coffee Crawl takes place on November 22, 2014.

Gather your friends for a Saturday afternoon java fix as Coffee Crawl takes you on a journey around the coffee flavours in Crosstown, Yaletown, and Mount Pleasant.  Kicking off at Milano Coffee Roasters on West 8th, each of the participating restaurants will be presenting a Tasting Plate and Cup based on the well loved bean.  Coffee will infuse your whole afternoon.

Join Tasting Plates Coffee Crawl on Saturday November 22nd from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
$25 per person, Early Bird tickets are on sale until November 7th on Eventbrite.
$40 per person Advance tickets are on sale November 8-20, 2014, 
$50 per person Regular tickets are available after November 20, 2014 or at the registration. 

Insider Deal – $79 Summit Lodge Whistler

Looking to get away from the Halloween mayhem?

summit-lodge-logoI’ve been given an amazing offer, for my readers, from the Summit Lodge & Spa Boutique Hotel in Whistler.  Just $79/night for reservations and stays until November 2nd.

Spacious Summit Rooms
Spacious Summit Rooms
Summit Lodge Pool
Summit Lodge Pool

The luxurious boutique property is the perfect place for a getaway; spacious rooms with kitchenettes, soaker tubs, fireplaces, balconies and free internet mean you hardly have to leave the room but when you do, Summit Lodge Whistler is home to the relaxing Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa as well as two restaurants; Elements Urban Tapas Parlour and Sachi Sushi.  The hotel is very pet friendly too, so you can bring your whole family on your Whistler trip.

To take advantage of this amazing deal, email your desired dates and details.

photo credits: Billy Blue Entertainment

The Loden Hotel leaps to the top

Vancouver is home to a wide array of fine luxury hotels and city resorts, from the global brands of Shangri-la, Rosewood and Fairmont to the many fine, independent boutique properties.

Loden_IDSWest14Each year Condé Nast Traveler survey’s its readership to come up with their favourite properties around the globe.  This year, The Loden Hotel Vancouver has made the huge leap to the Top of the table (from #11 in 2013) of all Western Canada hotels and broken the Top 100 in the World list at #81.

Seven of the Top Hotels in Western Canada are located in Vancouver, confirming its place as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.

The Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Hotels in Western Canada” Top 10 are:

  1. Loden Vancouver
  2. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
  3. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa (Victoria, BC)
  4. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
  5. Sooke Harbour House (Sooke, BC)
  6. The Fairmont Waterfront
  7. Hastings House (Saltspring Island, BC)
  8. Rosewood Hotel Georgia
  9. Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
  10. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Loden_Hotel_CN TravelerCheck cntraveler.com for the full Readers’ Choice Awards lists.


The Forbidden City at Vancouver Art Gallery

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, is now open at the Vancouver Art Gallery and on view until January 11, 2015.

The exhibition brings together 5 centuries of Chinese culture; paintings, ceramics, jewelry, metalware, textiles and cultural artifacts, curated from Beijing’s Palace Museum.

Throughout the main floor of the Gallery, guests are taken through key sections of the daily life of The Forbidden City. From the grand entrance, through the throne room, clothing, servants, dining and battle are all represented.  The artifacts are not only culturally significant but artistically stunning and intricate. With historic information added to the displays for relevance, the whole exhibit is as educational as beautiful.

With so many items on display, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors is worth an extended visit or maybe two.

Strongbody Apparel gives your workout a Kickstarter

Pulse Elite Tee Strongbody Vancouver activewear company, Strongbody Apparel has launched a Kickstarter campaign to spread the word on their innovative, stylish performance wear.
Engineered for style and function, to appeal to today’s active lifestyle.  Strongbody Apparel’s technologically advanced activewear incorporate nanotechnology from the ocean with a secret ingredient, Chitosan, derived from crab and shrimp shells and provides an antibacterial, bio-friendly technology. This innovative treatment keeps Strongbody Apparel’s products stay smelling fresh, hygienic and odor free.

SBA - Detail Shot- Performance SHortStrongbody has created an aesthetic to suit your whole day, from working out to hanging out; instead of bright, flashy, and overly branded activewear, Strongbody Apparel features a clean and sleek look that goes with everything or looks great on its own.  Strategic ventilation, and body mapped panels play double duty by adding performance fit and function, while offering flattering silhouettes. Every detail has been carefully adjusted to work with the mechanics of the body, and enable you to perform in your top condition. Moisture wicking technology works in harmony to deliver performance apparel with a great, understated look.

“We believe that activewear should perform, look great, and be good for the world,” says Meghan Conyers, CEO and Co-Founder of Strongbody Apparel. “We realized that men’s activewear is falling short, and is an industry ripe for disruption. We have developed a range that is designed for performance, and looks great in and out of the gym.”

The Co-Founders Meghan Conyers and Quincy Samycia have spent over two years researching and developing their products and now are ready to show the world via their now underway Kickstarter.

SBATake a look at their line and get some great offers on their made-in-Vancouver gear.  In addition to helping kickstart a great local enterprise you can feel good about your purchase in supporting Strongbody’s “Buy One Feed One” initiative supporting the World Food Program.

Find out more about Strongbody Apparel online and get shopping and looking great now.

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