Where to watch FIFA World Cup in Vancouver.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is just around the corner, are you ready to throw on a jersey and wave the flag of your favourite team?

If you can’t be at the big match, the next best way to watch beautiful game is down the pub or club with your fellow supporters over beers and grub. In a multicultural city like Vancouver it’s easy to find a like-minded group of supporters gathering to cheer on the same country.

Restaurants, pubs and social clubs are the usual go to spots to watch but with many time zones between Vancouver and Russia’s stadiums (mostly in the European side of the country), the matches air early morning local time.  The time difference means many establishments will need to open early to make the most of the matches.

A few of the prime spots to view World Cup Russia 2018 are;

Red Card Sports Bar: 560 Smithe – Official Heineken House (even though the Netherlands is not in these World Cup finals)

London Pub: 700 Main Street – Official England House

Croatian Cultural Centre: opening Croatia matched coincide with Croatian Days Festival

The Pint: 455 Abbott Street – open for Brazil, Mexico & Germany matches.

Malone’s: 608 West Pender Street – open early for most matches

Dunn’s Famous: 827 Seymour – most matches

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse: English Bay & Coquitlam – Brazil matches.

Portuguese Club of Vancouver: 1144 Commercial Drive – Portuguese matches

Vancouver Alpen Club: 4875 Victoria Drive – German matches

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a VIP viewing package for two at the Vancouver Alpen Club June 17th for Germany’s opening match against Mexico at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. For contest details click here

Contest: Watch Germany Defend World Cup Title at Vancouver Alpen Club

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 begins June 14th, kicking off a month of the beautiful game, with defending champion Germany gunning for their fifth title. 

Over 31 days, millions of fans will witness 32 teams, 64 matches over 12 venues in 11 cities. Both Iceland and Panama are making their debut while 20 teams are returning to the world cup finals including defending champions, Germany.

To help celebrate the excitement of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Vancouver Alpen Club is opening early for all the Germany matches in Russia.  Local German fans will gather to watch the live broadcasts on the big screen in the ballroom.  DJ Dean will help keep the crowd entertained in match breaks and sponsor, Erdinger, will be giving away a team jersey each match.

 

General admission tickets are just $5; and a limited number of VIP seats will be available each match for $30 including premium front row seating, food specials and a beer, as well as an Erdinger special edition soccer glass.  

CONTEST:
Vancouver Alpen Club, the best spot to watch German matches, is offering a lucky reader, a pair of VIP viewing tickets to Germany’s opening match versus Mexico on June 17th, at 8am (doors open at 7:30am).

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your World Cup viewing experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag a World Cup Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #WorldCup VIP experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/a3v330kjF1r #contest #GERvMEX

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, June 11, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access.

 

Egypt comes to Royal BC Museum

Journey back to a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids rose above the desert and the people believed gods walked among us, with Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Running until December 31, the impressive exhibition, now open with more than 300 original artifacts, some up to 4,500 years old, covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the fertile Nile valley to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras millennia later. 

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs includes a mix of interactive displays, video and dioramas, to support the ancient artifacts which include the coffin of Nakht, an 790 kilogram sandstone bust of Hatshepsut, thousands of year old stoneware and pots, ornate gold and stone jewellery and much more.

Step into the exhibit’s temple doors, and learn about everyday life on the fertile belt of the River Nile, to the worship of the ancient Gods. Look at the life of the Pharaohs – Gods among men, and test your heart to see of you’ll make the voyage to the afterlife.

The only Canadian stop for this one of a kind collection, guests will be the among the first in North America to see the collection of artifacts curated from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, Germany, and the University Museum of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs runs at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria until December 31, 2018.  In addition to the exhibit, visit the IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum to watch Egypt: Mysteries of Egypt, a perfect companion to the exhibition.

Vancouver Foodster 5th Taco Challenge – Recap

The votes are in and the 5th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge crown has been decided.  Over the past weeks, public and a panel of media judges, including myself, have been tasting and voting for our favourite tacos.

As with other Vancouver Foodster challenges, chefs were invited to be as creative as they like in order to highlight an already existing menu item or they could create a completely unique dish for their Taco Challenge entry.

For the 5th Taco Challenge, six chefs wrapped up their take on tacos, resulting in a great diversity of flavours to sample.  The tacos were served at eight different eateries from all across the region, from Chilliwack to Richmond and downtown Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Taco Challenge entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Taco.  The media judges were also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Maizal Restaurant topped both polls with their Ebi Chamois, a creative combination of Mexican and Japanese flavours.

Maizal : Ebi Chamoi

Maizal: Ebi Chamoi
Japanese Mexican fusion, Tempura prawns with a mango salsa and umeboshi glaze, all on top of a hibiscus tortilla.

 

 

 

 

 

The other entries in the 5th Taco Challenge were (random order):

Las Tortas

Las Tortas: El Campechano 
Grilled Sirloin Beef & Chorizo, mixed with bits of crunchy chicharron & nopalitos (cactus leaves), on a bed of refried black beans in a Chipotle Tortilla, topped with sweet habanero mango crema, queso fresco, & pico de gallo.

 

La Cantina Tacos

La Catina: Gobernador
Shrimp, melted Oaxaca cheese, peppers and onion, topped with a chile de arbol Sinaloa style salsa.

 

 

 

 

 

Hopcott Meats

Hopcott Meat: YeeHaw Taco
Ancho chili marinated, shredded, chicken topped with cowboy caviar, cilantro crema and pickled onions on a whole wheat tortilla.

 

 

 

 

 

Hugos Churros

Hugos Churros: Meatless Taco
Papas con chorizo vegano, serrano cashew crema, avocado, grilled corn, lemon-pickled onions, cilantro.

 

 

 

 

Patron Tacos and Cantina

Patron Tacos & Cantina: Caribbean Vibes
Green plantain tortilla, topped with tilapia chicharrón seasoned with spices, cilantro aioli, topped with mango/habanero/cucumber chutney, garnished with green & red bell peppers.

 

 

 

Visit vancouverfoodster.com to find out the top three winners from each category.

Reset Retreat Reboots Your Soul, June 9 – 15, 2018

Liberation Yoga is a collective of yoga teachers, artists, bodyworkers, culinary artisans and mental health professionals with a goal to create a sacred space and healing experience for those at a crossroads in life.  Anyone in crisis, not only those who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse but also those who know they need a change but are unsure of exactly what it might be.

Liberation Yoga works together to create a unique opportunity, Reset Retreat, where, through beautiful surroundings, nurturing food, art, movement, nature and the power of the group, the collective gives the participants the love and support they need.

Reset Retreat is a five-day yoga based retreat, for people in crisis that is 100% free to participants. Through twice daily yoga practices (asana, meditation, pranayama, etc…), group discussions, healthy nourishment through excellent and healing food, therapy, art, exploration of the outdoors, writing, bodywork (massage, chiropractic, T.R.E.) and community the hope is to connect individuals to themselves and a broader community of likeminded individuals to help them have a new prospective – a reset.

The retreat is 100% financed through donations, in order to provide the services free to participants, as those who most need the healing are often the least likely to be able to afford it.  Limited applications are now being accepted for participation in the courses. Last year’s Reset Retreat was able to provide accommodation and service for 20 participants. This year’s Reset Retreat, scheduled June 9 – 15, 2018 in Kamloops BC. To aid their fundraising, a gofundme page is also taking public donations, at gofundme.com/liberationinthislifetimeorg 

2018 PNE Summer Night Concerts

Once again, each night at 8:30pm the Pacific National Exhibition will come alive with the sounds of music, and this morning is your chance to get tickets to the summer’s best entertainment value, the 2018 PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

Pop, rock, country, disco, soul and R&B all come to the PNE Amphitheatre stage throughout the 15 Summer Night Concerts.  You can take it way back with the likes of Kool & the Gang, Wilson Phillips or Air Supply.  Feel like a kid again with I Love The 90s or Lost 80s ensemble nights. Then rock out with Goo Goo Dolls and Marianas Trench.

The 2018 Summer Night Concerts are included free with admission but be aware that seating is first come-first seated so you’ll want to make sure you arrive early.  Beer Gardens around the PNE also show the concerts on big screens so you can still enjoy the shows even if the Amphitheatre is already at capacity.  If you don’t want to wait, limited reserved seating is available from $25 + admission.  Reserved seats go on sale today, May 25, 2018 at 10am.
In addition you can gather your friends and family to reserve a private party suites  that cater to groups of 12 or 14 including the private suite, gate passes, concert tickets, food & beverage service, plus parking passes.

The 2018 Summer Night Concerts are:

August 18 – Boyz II Men
August 19 – Air Supply
August 21 – Dean Brody
August 22 – Goo Goo Dolls
August 23 – I Love the 90’s ft: Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella, All-4-One, Color Me Bad, and Young MC
August 24 – Wilson Phillips
August 25 – Marianas Trench
August 26 – Lost 80’s Live ft: A Flock Of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, Wang Chung, Farrington & Mann (from When in Rome UK), Animotion, and Nu Shooz
August 28 – 112 ft; Slim
August 29 – Kool & the Gang
August 30 – Jan Arden
August 31 – Burton Cummings and Band
September 1 – Chicago
September 2 – Village People
September 3 – Cyndi Lauper

Get your tickets online at PNE now.

Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge is at hand

Taco Tuesdays take on new meaning this month as the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge gets under way, today May 3rd until May 27th.

Chefs near and far around the region have been challenged to create a taco that best exemplifies their restaurant. Vancouver Foodster has given the chefs free reign on their creations to make whatever their imagination dreams up; complicated or simple, traditional or uniquely non-traditional, vegetarian or meat-filled.

The public is invited to try out any or all of the Taco Challenge dishes then vote for their favourite creation at vancouverfoodster.com/taco-challenge

In addition to the public vote, a panel of media judges, of which I’m proud and excited to be one, will be tasting the Best Taco Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.

Follow me @jminter on Twitter and Instagram to see the Taco Challenge creations landing on my plate and those of the other Media Judges too

James Chung : Founder & Editor of hellovancity.com
Twitter: HelloVancity
Instagram: hellovancity

Teresa Ly :  Foodie
Instagram: teelythefoodie

Get out and get your tacos and be sure to vote for your favourites!
The participating restaurants and dish details on the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge are;

La Cantina Tacos, 722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Las Tortas, 3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Maizal, 2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Patron Tacos & Cantina, 265 Robson Street, Vancouver 

Hugo’s Churros, 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond 

Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen, 19151 Fraser Highway, Surrey 

Hopcott Meats, 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Hugo’s Mexican Food, 7101 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack

Ready, set, Tacos! See you out there