Pilot your way to Whistle Pride & Hilton Whistler Resort

Hit the Sea-to-Sky

If world class winter sports isn’t enough, Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is back for its 25th year, January 22 – 29, 2017.  Days of skiing and snowboarding, nights of dancing and parties means you’ll need somewhere comfortable to catch some much needed rest before you’re next event.

We recently had some R&R at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, which perfectly checked off all the needs for a Whistler getaway. Making the drive from Vancouver in the 2016 Honda Pilot got the trip off to an even more comfortable start.  A great vehicle for winter highway driving, the Pilot hugged the twists and turns of the Sea-to-Sky, just what we needed for the first snowfall of the season…and the many more that have followed.  As usual we packed more than needed but with the Pilot’s ample storage space, it didn’t matter.

With all our baggage unloaded and checked into the Hilton Whistler, the spacious King Studio felt more like a suite with its full kitchen, fireplace,  sofa and french doors overlooking the Village.  The Resort’s amenities include outdoor heated pool and indoor hot tub and sauna to warm up after your dip. The Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, the only authentic Javanese spa in North America, provides more extensive services.  For a drink or bite, Cinnamon Bear Bar and Cinnamon Bear Bar are in the lobby.

Honda Pilot your way to Hilton Whistler

The Hilton Whistler is conveniently located, drive off the highway to check-in, then when you’re ready to hit the village, the second entrance brings you right out to the Village Stroll, minutes from the Whistler Conference Centre the hub of Whistler Pride activities.

Visit hiltonwhistler.com to book and find more information on the Resort and to plan your Whistler Pride & Ski Festival activities at gaywhistler.com

Oil Pressure Vibrator at PuSh Festival 2017

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is known for bringing cutting edge international performances to the city.  Oil Pressure Vibrator, is the type of show that only PuSh can bring to audiences. The Festival encourages patrons to take a look outside of the mainstream and allows artists to explore their creativity.

photo: Geumhyung Jeong

Geumhyung Jeong’s Oil Pressure Vibrator from South Korea is hard to describe, the one woman show explores sexuality in a format unlike any other.  Like a community centre travel lecture, Ms Jeong presents her journey in simple images and videos and a little demonstration.  While her tale of sexual self exploration is an emotional journey of discovery, Jeong’s deadpan delivery allows the audience to form and deal with their own feelings on the subject.

Nervous giggles, to outright laughs, turn to intrigue and wonder as the performance reveals the layers of the story.  You have to see it for yourself.

Tonight is the final night during PuSh Festival to catch Oil Pressure Vibrator at SFU’s Goldcorps Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings (Woodwards Building)
Tickets are available online at pushfestival.ca

Picks of the Week – January 18, 2017

Mid-January and the city is bustling with arts, entertainment and food for our picks of the week;

Push: The 2017 PuSh Festival is underway, filling the city’s venues with cutting edge performing arts from around the globe

Stage: The Nether, delves into the darkness of the internet at Firehall Arts Centre from January 18 – 28th.

Comedy: Mix your laughs with MMA when Bryan Callan and Brendan Schaub bring their The Fighter And The Kid podcast to life at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Theatre: William Faulkner’s southern gothic novel comes to the stage with the Arts Club “As I Lay Dying” at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, January 19th to February 12th

Drag: The search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 gets underway this week, with the first round hosted by Jane Smokr on Thursday night at Celebrities

Dine: The tastiest festival of the year; Dine Out Vancouver Festival gets underway Friday, offering hundreds of events and restaurants participating in the set-price menu options, until February 5th

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks host the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena on Friday night.

Ballet: The classical dance and comedic stylings of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo come to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for two nights, Jan 20 – 21

Rock:  Comedy Rockers Steel Panther play a pair of shows at the Commodore on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

PuSh Festival Opening Night 2017

Last night, the 2017 PuSh Festival opened at the Vancouver Playhouse with Macbeth, a co-presentation with Vancouver Opera and Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre.  As adapted by the Third World Bunfight, this edition of Macbeth brings Verdi’s opera to a daring new interpretation set in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photo: Nicky Newman

Bringing The Scottish Play into modern times, introduces military backstabbing (literally), machine guns,  child soldiers, rape, foreign government interventions, and mineral mines to the scene.

The Bard’s story of tyranny, ambition, mistrust, and remorse carry over to this version along with wit, profanity and the amazing voices of the 10 member troupe.  Lady Macbeth as played by Nobulumko Mngxekeza brings great charisma and presence to the iconic role and Owen Metsilengs’s Macbeth carried the angst and emotional turmoil of the Scot’s journey.

Fabrizio Cassol’s adaptation of Verdi’s opera, continues the story in Italian with English subtitles. The subtitles seem to have taken some poetic (and profane) license in the translation to get the impact of the story across. The subtitles occasionally distract from the action onstage but just as often the scene and music need no translation, the audience getting carried away on the emotion.

Third World Bunfight’s Macbeth plays the Push International Performing Arts Festival, tonight January 17 plus January 19, 20 and 21 at Vancouver Playhouse at 7:30pm.

Hot Chocolate Festival 2017

Hot Chocolate is the perfect antidote to fight this unseasonal cold winter we’ve been experiencing so what’s better than a whole month of Hot Chocolate! Presented by Cityfood Magazine, the 7th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival hits town this Friday, January 19th, running until February 14th.

The Festival finds 29 participants around the city creating an offering of 61 different flavours of chocolate drinks.  The Hot Chocolate Festival gives guests the chance to explore Vancouver’s favourite cafes, chocolatiers, patisseries, gelaterias, and restaurants in search for one of their Chocolates flavours.  Since launching in 2011, the Festival has expanded to cover much of the city; from Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen on the UBC Campus, to Glenburn Soda Fountain in Burnaby, to Thomas Haas Chocolates in North Vancouver.  Created with Milk, Dark and White Chocolates, flavours range from single origin cups, vibrant and spicy blends, liquor and floral infusions, vegan or coconut milk options.

Visit hotchocolatefest.com to see what the participants have to offer and to download the Hot Chocolate Festival map and guide.

The Hot Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters’ Downtown Eastside Women’s Job Training Program.

Whitecaps FC Announce 2017 Schedule

While Vancouver is in the deep freeze of winter, it’s hard to believe that our Whitecaps FC will return to the pitch at BC Place in just a few short weeks.

The previously announced Concacaf Champions League (CCL) match on March 2, 2017 versus New York Red Bulls is our first chance to get a look at this season’s Whitecaps line up.

The MLS schedule was revealed for the whole 2017 season this week.  Just days after taking on the NY Red Bulls in CCL action the team returns to BC Place to host Philadelphia Union on March 5th.

After the home opening, other highlights of the season include a March 19th visit by Toronto FC, April 1 brings LA Galaxy to Vancouver and FC Dallas visits June 17 followed by NYC FC on July 5th.  Voyageur Cup action comes just from the one visit by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact do not visit Vancouver this year.
Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders visit on April 14 and August 23 with Portland Timbers on July 23 with hopes that Vancouver will retains its Cascadia crown.

The full 2017 home schedule at BC Place is;

March 2  – CCL – New York Red Bulls
March 5  – MLS – Philadelphia Union
March 18 – MLS – Toronto FC
April 1 – MLS – LA Galaxy
April 14 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
May 20 – MLS – Sporting Kansas City
May 27 – MLS – DC United
June 3 – MLS – Atlanta United FC
June 17 – MLS – FC Dallas
July 5 – MLS – New York City FC
July 23 – MLS – Portland Timbers
August 19  – MLS – Houston Dynamo
August 23 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
September 9 – MLS – Real Salt Lake
September 13 – MLS – Minnesota United FC
September 16 – MLS –  Columbus Crew
September 23 – MLS – Colorado Rapids
October 15 – MLS – San Jose Earthquakes

Hopefully we’ll see some additional CCL matched plus a playoff run to wrap up the season with some hardware.

For the complete Whitecaps FC MLS schedule visit whitecapsfc.com

 

Noodlemania 2017 – recap

Last night, Vancouver foodies got their Noodles on in a big way with the 2017 edition of Vancouver Foodster’s Noodlemania.

Kicking off with a healthy visit to Commodity Juicery on Fraser Street, patrons checked in to receive their Noodlemania maps, and a cup of Jasmine Mylk Tea with Chia Pearls, their unique take on bubble tea. Along side the tea was their noodle dish, a refreshing bowl of spiralized Zucchini ‘noodles’ topped with a zesty dressing.

Then we set off into the cold night on a journey to discover noodles in their varying forms of noodles from around the world and around the city.

At Organic Acres Market on Main, Skylar and Chloe from Kids Can Cook Gourmet were serving their Organic Marinara Sauce with Fettuccine and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

 

 

 

At Main & Broadway, Chutney Villa is an institution and they served up a very spicy and flavourful Sri Lankan style seafood noodle dish with Shrimp, Squid, Egg and Vegetables.

At a small strip mall on Renfrew at Broadway, the 8 month old Basil Garden Pho was a modern, stylish eatery serving a heaping noodle soup bowl from a choice of three different options; rare Beef, Brisket and Beef Balls Rice Noodle Soup, Satay Peanut & Beef Rice Noodle Soup, or Vegetarian Noodle Soup with assorted Vegetables and Tofu.

Next was a trip to the East Village where we visited Thailicious, for a duo of Thai favourites. Tofu Pad Thai – Rice Noodles in a tangy Sweet & Sour Sauce with Eggs, Tofu, Veggies and Peanuts and Chicken Pad See-ew – Rice Noodles and Chicken in a sweet Soy Sauce.

Lastly, we ventured downtown to Yaletown L’antipasto for another dynamic noodle duo, our first pasta pairing of Noodlemania.  Classic Spaghetti Vongole started us off with al dente Spaghetti tossed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Chilies, Pinot Grigio and Manila Clams. The Second dish was Garganelli, short pasta in a rich, classic Tomato Sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.

All the satisfying noodle dishes were just what a freezing cold night needed. Judging from the happy faces on the Noodlemania patrons, the dishes definitely hit the spot.

Join in on Vancouver Foodster’s next food adventures; Dine Out Vancouver Festival Brunch Crawls.

 

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