Tasting Plates Chinatown – Recap

Wednesday night, Tasting Plates took patrons on an adventure to find the new tastes of Vancouver’s Chinatown.
While Chinatown is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, it is also home to some of the newest up and coming food locations.  Vancouver Foodster and some of the new locales presented a taste of what makes them an alternative to the traditional neighbourhood Chinese restaurants.

First up, the check in location at Klaus’s Kaffee Haus, the Austrian breakfast & lunch spot, where Tasting Platers collected their tour maps and kick started their evening with tasting cup of Lavazza Coffee.

Just down Pender Street, Umaluma presented a trio of flavours on their Tasting Plate.  The stylish dairy-free gelato parlour impressed with a scoop of rich and creamy Pumpkin Pie Gelato with Coconut Whipped Cream, topped with Roasted Hazelnuts, and a scoop of crisp and clean Raspberry Sorbetto, topped with a freeze dried Raspberry, silver specked Chocolate and Manuka Honey Foam.  In a tasting cup, Umaluma poured a “Shot in the Dark” drinking chocolate with tangy Buckthorn powder.

Around the block on Main Street, the most recent location of Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizzeria was a bustling spot as they cut slices of their NYC style pizza.  Choosing from their pies;
Original – Margherita,
Classic – Pepperoni,
White – Mozzarella, Fior di Latte, Ricotta Grana Padano, Garlic and Oregano
Spice – Capicollo, Spicy Salami
“The Olive and Caper” a new vegan option.

Across Main, Dalina , the grocery, kitchen, coffee house hosted a selection of their vendor partners who dished up some of the locally made offerings sold at Dalina.
Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar is a neighbour of Dalina and the pair collaborate on a rich and sweet hot chocolate.
Jules + Kent Food Group, the local producer booked up a rich dish of pasta with their Caramelized Garlic Pasta Sauce.
Naked Snacks, another local company offered up cups of their healthy and wholesome snack mixes; Wholesome Yogi and Hearty Tamari.
Better With Ice Cream, 100% honest ice cream, traceable from farm to spoon, offered a mini-cone of Caramel flavour.

The simple Tasting Plates Chinatown tour offered a great introduction to the  new tastes complementing the Chinatown neighbourhood. Keep your eyes open for the next flavourful Vancouver Foodster events coming this fall.

Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Halloween Time At Fly Over Canada

Starting today, the Witch Academy is back in session at Fly Over Canada.  Broomelda the Witch invites all members of the family to graduate from her Haunted Halloween School.

Brace yourself for a spooky set up as you attend pre-flight Witch Academy.  Then hop on your broom for a kid-friendly version of the Ultimate Flying Ride Fly Over Canada, keep your eyes out for Broomelda and her spooky friends in the sky.  After your flight, graduate with flying colours and receive
your Witch Academy Diploma.

Halloween at Fly Over Canada runs October 12 – 31.
Weekdays: 4pm – 9pm
Weekends & Oct 31: 10am – 9pm

Regular FlyOver Canada Shows run: 10am – 3pm

Halloween Flights have a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for kids ages 4 years + (children must be 120cm tall to ride)

Reserve your flight online at flyovercanada.com/halloween
Phone 1 888 290 3060 for information
Fly Over Canada is located at the tip of Canada Place.

 

 

Tasting Plates – Chinatown : October 18th on sale now

One of our oldest neighbourhoods is also one of the most vibrant and fast-changing.  Tasting Plates – Chinatown on October 18th takes us on a tasty tour around the downtown district.

As with all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, gather your friends and family, check in at Klaus’s Kaffee Haus to collect your Tasting Plates card and map, then set out to explore what the chefs of Chinatown have to present on their tasting plates and cups. Along the way, meet other foodie friends and the chefs who are bringing new life and flavours to the neighbourhood.

The establishments taking part in Tasting Plates – Chinatown so far include:

Klaus’s Kaffee Haus – 291 E Pender St

Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria – 648 Main Street

Umaluma – 235 E Pender St

Dalina – 687 Main St

Today is the last day for Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person
Advance Tickets $45 per person after October 9, 2017
Regular $60 per person after October 14, 2017

 

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Gains Perspectives

As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.

In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present.  Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver.  From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.

Four Perspective events in the series remain;

Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community –
Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am

Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations –
Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm

Heritage From Up High –
Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am

Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene
Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm

Tickets for all talks are available online at vancouverperspectives.com

All talks take place at the Vancouver Lookout, located at 555 West Hastings Street.  Arrive 15 minutes early to take the elevator up to the Lookout.

MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

VW
VW
credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Pack-up & Getaway in an Acura RDX

Acura RDX – Stylish Exterior
A quick weekend getaways is made easy when you can just throw your gear in the car and hit the road.  We were able to do just that when we had the opportunity to drive the Acura RDX for a recent trip to the Comox Valley. The luxury SUV had plenty of room for us to pack more than we needed and just take off.

 

Roomy Cargo Space
The Acura RDX cargo hold isn’t the only roomy part of the vehicle, passengers and driver feel the space all around, allowing for a comfortable, relaxed road trip. Even those the RDX feels big, it’s compact size makes parking easy, and since we were taking a trip on BC Ferries, it still fit in with the smaller car decks, not trucks.  Heading up the Inland Highway for a late night drive to Comox was nice and easy too, the smooth drive and comfortable seating kept us fresh even through the dark.   The fresh air and light from the sunroof was nice when city driving, but the closed cabin was quiet except for the great audio system with Sirius Satellite radio, when on the open highway.  With the windows up for the return drive on a hot afternoon was kept cool by the individual climate controls for each of us.

On top of all the luxurious cabin comforts, a slew of safety features like active braking, all-wheel drive and enhanced traction control, multi-angle cameras, and Acura Compatibility Engineering structural enhancements, give drivers an added sense of comfort.  Overall, the Acura RDX is a great mid-size luxury SUV, and for around $45,000 a good value in its field.