Dine Out 2015 Events – Downtown Brunch Crawl

This past Sunday, the third of this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s Brunch Crawls coordinated by Vancouver Foodster

The Downtown Brunch Crawl found a gang of hungry brunchers at Kingston Taphouse & Grille ready to venture through the streets of downtown Vancouver finding the tastes of brunch.

Kingston_2015-01-25, 10 49 18We started with the plate from Kingston Taphouse & Grille of Cornbeef Hash topped with hardboiled egg, housemade bangers with a spicy mustard and gravlax on buttermilk biscuit.

 

 

Photo 2015-01-25, 11 07 42Our next stop took us to Trees Organic on Granville Street, for a pair of perfect Scones – savoury spinach & feta and sweet raspberry, white chocolate and a single source Peruvian coffee.

 

 

Across the street in the Chopra Yoga Centre, Nourish Vancouver offered a tasting of The Juice Box’s Carrot Orange Ginger and Light Green cold pressed juice, The Breakfast Sandwich – frittata with leeks, kale & shiitake mushrooms served with kale hazelnut pesto in a spelt wrap. Finished with a Dark Chocolate Ganache from Living Lotus.

Copper Chimney_2015-01-25, 11 37 32Around the corner at The Copper Chimney in the Hotel Le Soleil, the indian restaurant served up a classic and tasty butter chicken with basmati rice and garlic naan.

 

 

Shuraku_2015-01-25, 12 09 01Next was another Asian stop, Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro presented a Japanese plate of California Rolls, Broccoli & Green Bean  with Sesame Puree, and a fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Rib marinated in Teriyaki Sauce.

 

Frankies_2015-01-25, 12 38 39The next stop on the global brunch crawl took us to Frankie’s Italian Kitchen paired Chicken & Waffles with a Monsieur Andre – rye bread filled with brie, fontina, soprasetta, prosciutto, egg and hollandaise.

 

BellaYaletown_2015-01-25, 13 10 00Italian was the next plate as well, Bella Gelateria plated Italian Toast (french toast style) topped with mascarpone & kiwi compote, Il Tricolore Brunch Pizza – tomato, crispy pancetta and mozzarella, finished with a Chocolate Cookie topped with Tahitian Vanilla Gelato.

Photo 2015-01-25, 13 40 35Finally the recently opened Small Victory Bakery in Yaletown was bustling with other Brunch Crawl patrons who also decided to finish sweetly.  A tasting box filled with Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant, Almond & Blueberry Brioche and one of their chewy good cookies.

There’s still time to get your tickets for the last two remaining Dine Out Vancouver Festival Brunch Crawls coming this weekend; West End this Saturday, January 31st and Commercial Drive on Sunday, February 1st.

 

 

 

Picks of the Week – January 28, 2015

PushFest_2015-01-22, 19 10 36How fast has this month flown by? It’s already the end of January and the picks of the week is filled with entertainment as we wrap up Dine Out Festival Vancouver and Whistler Pride & Ski Week there’s still another week left to experience PuSh Festival.

Laughs: If  you’re up for some laughs find comedienne Margaret Cho at Whistler Pride tonight at Whistler Conference Centre

Fest: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival brings world-class, cutting-edge performance, dance and visual arts to Vancouver until February 8th.

Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors, the hit from London’s West End & Broadway takes to the The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Drag: The Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar gets underway Thursday night at Liberace at Celebrities.

Banquet: In Whistler the Thursday evening Better Together Pride Banquet gets underway featuring  Joan-E and Darcy Michael

Splash: Get wet at the famous Splash Pool Party at the Whistler Meadow Park Sport Centre Thursday night until 2am

Dine: Before it wraps up on Sunday, Dine Out Festival Vancouver still has plenty of food finds to taste, great events this weekend include; Bittered Sling Bistro Pop-Up, The Grape Debate, West End and Commercial Drive Brunch Crawls

Puck: The Vancouver Canucks play twice this weekend, Friday vs Buffalo Sabres and Sunday vs Minnesota at Rogers Arena

Acoustic: The Rickshaw Theatre welcomes local artists, Colleen Rennison and Ben Rogers to the stage on Friday night for an acoustic set

Flashback: While we don’t want to be reminded of the week, Flashback Friday bring back the video memories of the 00’s, 90’s, and beyond from 9pm – 10pm at Heaven’s Door

Trade: Stick around from 10pm onward to for a special edition #Furtrade with boys, bears and beats by DJ Steve Sherwood for #HDFriday with $5 cover.

Circuit: Friday at Whistler Pride it’s WhiteOUT circuit party at Garfinkel’s in the Village

Upstairs: Head up the stairs for Monroe: Saturday at Heaven’s Door

Snowball: Whistler Pride comes to a wrap at the Snowball Closing Party with FREEMASONS from the UK providing the sounds supported by DJs Landon James & Del Stamp

 

The return of Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979 – Vogue Theatre – January 21, 2015

Death From Above 1979 are back, after a 5 year hiatus and 10 years between albums, with their second full length album, The Physical World. The Toronto duo kicked off their cross country tour last week with back to back to back shows at Victoria’s Sugar Nightclub, Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre and Commodore Ballroom.

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The band hasn’t played the West for nearly half a decade so the audience was chopping at the bit to get a chance to see the iconic band.  The devotees certainly we’re disappointed,  at the show I saw, at The Vogue, they crowded the front of the stage with much moshing and crowd surfing happening in between cheers, singing and fist pumps.

 

DFA1979_SebastienGraingerAs is always the case with The Vogue, the standing and seated areas leant for varied experiences for the diverse audience fans as well as varied sound quality as the overhanging balcony can affect the sound.  But the amount of sound generated by just two performers was impressive and any time Sebastien Granger spoke the audience hung on every word.

SAG Awards 2015

SAGAWARDSThe 21st Annual SAG Awards were presented Sunday night in Hollywood.  The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an award presented to actors and performers by their peers, and uniquely, in addition to top performances in television and film the SAG Awards present “The Actor” to top cast ensembles and stunt ensembles.

At Sunday night’s awards, televised on TBS and TNT, Birdman and Modern Family each started the night with a leading 4 nominations each, Birdman ended the night with one trophy but Modern Family was shut out of the television categories.

Carrie Fisher presented the legendary Debbie Reynolds with the Guild’s 51st Lifetime Achievement Award.

The rest of the awards were presented to:

Film awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBirdman – Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howland in Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans in Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role – Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – J. K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion PictureUnbroken

Television awards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Orange Is the New Black – Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Catherine Curtin, Lea Delaria, Beth Fowler, Yvette Freeman, Germar Terrell Gardner, Kimiko Glenn, Annie Golden, Diane Guerrero, Michael J. Harney, Vicky Jeudy, Julie Lake, Lauren Lapkus, Selenis Leyva, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Joel Marsh Garland, Matt McGorry, Adrienne C. Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Emma Myles, Jessica Pimentel, Dascha Polanco, Alysia Reiner, Judith Roberts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Barbara Rosenblat, Nick Sandow, Abigail Savage, Taylor Schilling, Constance Shulman, Dale Soules, Yael Stone, Lorraine Toussaint, Lin Tucci and Samira Wiley
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lily James, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold and Penelope Wilton
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series - Game of Thrones

For the full list of winners and more information on The SAG Awards 2015 visit sagawards.org

For a glimpse of the red carpet and behind the scenes check out the SAG Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook 

PuSh Festival – Sequence 8

While it’s too late to catch Sequence 8 during its run at PuSh Festival 2015, if you have a chance to see it this show definitely ranks a ‘must see’.  All of the performances, plus the added Saturday matinee, have sold out and drawn ample waitlists as people clamoured to see the show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Presented with Vancouver’s Théâtre la Seizième and Tom Lightburn, and produced by Les 7 droits de la main/7 Fingersa Montreal based collaborative of circus performers, founded on a goal to bring “circus to a human scale”.  The 8 performers in Sequence 8 brought decades of tumbling, acrobatics, trapeze, dance and other circus pursuits to the stage.

This show is a collection of all those pursuits assembled together by dance and humourous scripted pieces between the stunning solos highlighting each of the performers specialities.  Each one is spectacular, breathtaking and mesmerizing in their talent, making the complexity seem simple. Spontaneous applause, gasps and laughter followed throughout the 90 minute performance.  It’s hard to describe so take a look at the trailer for an glimpse at the show.

Sequence 8 has wrapped its run at the PuSh Festival and is now headed on tour across the USA, if you get a chance to see it you won’t be disappointed.

Find other amazing shows at the PuSh Festival, running until February 8, 2015.

Friday Find: ShoeMe.Ca

SHOEMECA_2015-01-20 22.33.27I was privileged to win a gift certificate for shoeme.ca, while I had heard much about the online shoe retailer in the media I didn’t know anyone who’d used the service.

My shopping experience on shoeme.ca was relatively simple, the usual catalogue listings of brands, styles, colours but a nice feature is the fit description. In addition the standard measurements the shoeme.ca site listings also start whether the brand “Fits Large” or “Fits True To Size”.  Always a good thing to know especially when you’re shoe size is ‘between’ sizes.  In addition to the wide selection of footwear the site also offers accessories; bags, belts, hats, underwear, workout pants & shorts, wallets and watches.

Shoeme.ca also has an outlet tab that operates on a separate shopping cart but offers some great savings, up to 50% off.

I’ve heard comments that the shoes are over priced to begin with so that Sale prices look like a bargain but I didn’t find the site to be overpriced.  Free shipping on all purchases is an added bonus, items ship as ready so if you purchase multiple items, as I did, you may receive multiple courier shipments.

Overall, I was very happy with my purchases and the service at shoeme.ca and would recommend it again.

Selection: 4/5
Simplicity of Shopping: 5/5
Shipping Speed: 4/5

Dine Out 2015 – Taboo Kitchen

TTaboo_2015-01-16 19.09.05he kick off to Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015 brought throngs of diners out to fill the city’s restaurants on Friday night.

Venturing out without a reservation we were lucky to get the last two seats at Taboo Kitchen.  The recently opened Yaletown restaurant is a modern, stylish room is featuring a $28 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu to highlight some of their Korean-fusion dishes.

The menu options showed a cross section of their fresh, simple cuisine and Korean dishes with a Western hint.  We were welcomed with the traditional banchan (sidedishes), they too were a unique plate – Brioche, house-made Kimchi and spicy sweet potato.
My meal selections were a fresh and tangy Pickled Beet Salad, a sizzling, spicy Bibimbap & crispy Almond Dduk (Asian rice cake). Billy chose the Korean-Italian hybrid Mandu Ravioli Soup,  a Tagine served Korean Sous Vide Galbi and a sweet Ginger Creme Brule.  Everything was beautifully presented and flavourful with a combination of Western & Asian tastes that perfectly represents Vancouver.

While Taboo Kitchen may not be the authentic Korean experience one gets on the west end of Robson Street, the restaurant is well located in Yaletown.   If lunch or dinner isn’t in the plan the bar menu featured a selection of Korean flavours like the tasty Soju-tinis we had along with dinner.

2015-01-16 19.09.14Find Taboo Kitchen at 1233 Hamilton Street (south of Davie).
Phone: 604.559.1116
Online Reservations: tabookitchen.com/reservations

 

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