Friday Find: Ingledew’s Shoes First 100 Years

Ingledews_IMG_4037Today’s Friday Find isn’t so much of a find as a discovery.  Last night, Ingledew’s Shoes held a celebration at its new downtown Vancouver location at 900 West Hastings Street.  The discovery from the fact that the part was also Ingledews_IMG_4039for the venerable shoe store’s 100th Anniversary. I knew the store had been around Vancouver for a long time but not for a century.  In a city that’s only 129 years old, it’s impressive for any establishment to hit the century mark.

At the new downtown shop, third generation CEO Bill Ingledew told me the flagship store had been on Granville Street for their entire first century, having opened February 1st, 1915 before this move to Hastings Street. Ingledews_IMG_4043 In three generations, the family business has seen a lot of changes to the footwear landscape,  beginning as a dress shoe only shop, the post-war climate saw casual shoes gain traction and today design advancements allows athletic shoe technology to permeate even the dressiest of shoes.

The new store is a way to refresh and revive the brand, and, even though it’s just a few blocks away, bring it to a new demographic of shoppers.  The bright and open store located at the corner of Hastings and Hornby takes advantage of the recent Ingledews_2015-03-26, 19 04 31revival of the area since the opening of Jameson House, with close proximity to the Vancouver Convention Centre, many hotels and the central Business district.  Men’s, Women’s, casual & dress shoes, plus a selection of handbags are elegantly displayed throughout the shop. The shop didn’t forget about its history either with the walls lined with images and clippings from the life of Ingledew’s.

Ingledews_IMG_4044Known for quality, stylish comfort, if you can’t experience the great service of Ingledew’s Downtown Vancouver there’s 6 other locations (plus 2 ECCO Shoe Stores) around BC and online shopping at

Earth Hour 2015

There is perhaps no easier way to help raise awareness about climate change than to participate in Earth Hour.
World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2015 takes place this Saturday, March 28th from 8:30-9:30pm (local time).  Since it’s humble start in Australia in 2007, the lights out event has grown to 162 countries and countless people taking part.
Besides turning out the lights, you can show what action you’re taking to protect the planet online at  And when you’re doing something special to protect the planet, we’d love to hear from you – simply tweet us @earthhour #EarthHour or post on Facebook.
For inspiration, take a look at this year’s Earth Day promo video.

Picks of the Week – March 25, 2015

The first week of spring finds a lot of fun in the picks of the week;

Cars: the 9th Annual Vancouver International Auto Show, is underway bringing the best and brightest cars & trucks for the coming years to Vancouver Convention Centre until Sunday.

GoGo: Tonight, OK GO bring their pop style & sound to the Commodore Ballroom

F*ck: The Astoria is home to Queer As F*CK Party on Wednesday with DJs Kasey Riot and Lisa Delux

Play: The Arts Club presents the Tony Awards winning, Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until April 19th.

Pucks: Thursday, Vancouver Canucks play host to Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena then on Saturday, welcome Dallas Stars

Dance: Ballet BC‘s latest “Trace” runs for three nights March 26-28 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Soccer: Saturday afternoon, Whitecaps FC welcome their Cascadia Cup Rivals, Portland Timbers to BC Place

Poem: Fames spoken word artist, poet and author Shane Koyczan comes to The Vogue Theatre on Saturday night.

Gig: The Commodore Ballroom welcomes the Ting Tings to the stage on Saturday night.

Concert: Sunday night, Maroon 5 fills Rogers Arena, with support from Canadian group Magic!



Black Rice Izakaya

BlackRice_IMG_5977Newly opened on street level of Hotel Blu, Black Rice Izakaya is a stylish compact bistro serving a nice selection of light bites. Fresh seafood form the basis for the sushi, nigiri and sashimi.  Creative rice and noodle bowls, Japanese Tapas, Kushi-Yaki are nicely presented and, from what we tasted on our visit during their opening week, flavourful.

We each tried a rice bowl; Chicken Karaage Donburi ($7.99) and Beef & Mushroom Ishyaki ($10.95).  The stone bowl for the beef was piping hot and kept the hearty contents steaming throughout.  The Karaage was nice and crispy with a rich sauce overtop the chicken and rice.

The Kushi-Yaki (average $3/skewer) were nice starters for the meal, served in pairs they are easily sharable if a few are ordered to whet the appetite. The tried and true staple, Tuna rolls ($3) were fresh and well rolled.

While the service was a bit slow on the night, we put that down to the opening week trials and the post-Whitecaps match rush. The food and atmosphere were good enough to have up return in the future to sample more from the menu.

Black Rice Izakaya is located at 782 Cambie St (at Robson), in the Hotel Blu complex.
Weekdays – Lunch 11-3 and Dinner 5-11 (midnight Fridays). Weekends –  3 – 11

Dining out for Life 2015

logo_doflNow in its 21st year, Dining out for Life takes place this Thursday, March 26, 2015. Dining out for your breakfast, lunch or dinner can help support people living with HIV/AIDS. Benefiting the charities, Friends for Life and A Loving Spoonful,  restaurants from White Rock to Whistler are donating 25% of their food sales for the day.

Just by dining, the local charities get a share of your purchase and by sharing what your eating you could win $500.  Whenever you dine at any of the DOFL participating restaurants, share a photo of what you’re eating onTwitter, Instagram or Facebook  and tag the restaurant, @VanDOFL and use the hastag #DOFL. (Each social media platform equals one entry)

So take yourself and your friends out for breakfast, lunch and dinner to support people in your community and possibly win yourself $500.

Friday Find: Nanaimo Bar

Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars

I’ve been spending a bit of time in Nanaimo lately as Helijet opened its new route.   Almost every visit has included a networking event or meeting and nearly every one featured a Nanaimo Bar on the menu.
While it’s not a new find, the Friday Find this week may be a find for some. At a previous tourism job the staff did a non-scientific poll and found that awareness of the venerable dessert squares stayed fairly constant throughout the West Coast and Prairie provinces but decreased the further east one travelled.

While there is much debate about the origins of the Nanaimo Bar, the recipe has stayed fairly unchanged since it first appeared in the 1950s. Some variations on the tried & true mix of nut/chocolate/wafer crumb base, custard flavoured filling and melted chocolate topping include mint, mocha or coconut filling but the original is by far the most common and popular.
Many places sell the sweet squares now but if you’d like to try your own hand at it, this recipe by Joyce Hardcastle was deemed the ultimate Nanaimo Bar by the City of Nanaimo:

Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Bottom Layer

½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer

½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

For the recipe and more information on the Nanaimo Bar and Tourism Nanaimo’s new Nanaimo Bar Trail visit

Helijet takes off for Nanaimo

Nanaimo Harbour Heliport

I’m sure we’ve all had a Nanaimo Bar or two with our morning tea and coffee.  Now Helijet has made it easy to go grab one straight from one of the experts in Nanaimo.

Helijet President & CEO Opens Nanaimo

Yesterday, Helijet held the grand opening for its new service between Vancouver and downtown Nanaimo.  Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay welcomed visiting dignitaries and business community to the Harbour City when they arrived on Helijet’s 18 minute flight from downtown Vancouver.

Nanaimo is remarkably close by air, just 18 minutes makes it a close commute for business and leisure visitors.  Helijet’s twin-engine, two pilot Sikorsky S76 helicopters allow for day and night flights and operations through most inclement weather.

Regular fares are $129one way including tax but introductory fares are just $109 making Nanaimo an affordable and quick getaway.

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