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.

Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18


Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.
 

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at dancehouse.ca/speaking-of-dance

Vancouver’s Stop Podcasting Yourself celebrates 500 Episodes

Next Monday, October 16th, the Vancouver-based comedy podcast, “Stop Podcasting Yourself” (SPY) celebrates its 500th episode.

The three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast hosted by comedians Graham Clark and Dave Shumka.  “Stop Podcasting Yourself” is a weekly comedy podcast that features a different guest each week and has fans from around the world. The only Canadian podcast featured on L.A.-based network, Maximum Fun, which is run by Jesse Thorn and features shows by other comedy luminaries like John Hodgman (“Judge John Hodgman”), the McElroy Brothers (“My Brother, My Brother and Me”), and Adam Conover (“Adam Ruins Everything”).

Dave Shumka & Graham Clark

“Stop Podcasting Yourself” started in 2008 when Dave, who met Graham at a comedy show, asked if they should do a podcast together. Since then, SPY has regularly appeared on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists and has garnered three Canadian Comedy Awards: two for Best Podcast and one for Best Audio Series. As well the duo’s podcast has gained the admiration of other comedians who not only listen but also turn up as featured on-air guests such as; Paul F. Tompkins, Brent Butt, Nikki Glaser, Debra DiGiovanni, Dana Gould, Jon Dore, Jimmy Pardo, Jen Kirkman, Cynthia Hopkins, Rory Scovel, Matt Braunger, Scott Thompson, Todd Glass, Alicia Tobin, Charlie Demers, Ivan Decker, and many others.

Brent Butt says “SPY is the only podcast I listen to regularly. Graham and Dave are hilarious and genuinely spontaneous. They also manage to come across as truly pleasant young chaps, even when they’re eviscerating some shallow showbiz bonehead.”

Besides the listening to Stop Podcasting Yourself, keep your eyes open for live shows which have sold out all over the country.  Dave Shumka is a frequent collaborator with the creative team at CBC Radio’s “This Is That”, and Graham Clark appears regularly onstage at the Monday night Laugh Gallery at Havana

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

 

Fright Nights at Playland Opens Tonight

Western Canada’s most anticipated Halloween event, Fright Nights returns to Playland starting today October 6th until October 31st.  This year’s Fright Nights features returning favorites as well as never-seen-before attractions including a new haunted house, scaring up even more spooktacular entertainment for visitors.

For those looking for a paranormal experience, Haunted Mansion is geared to terrify even the bravest souls, and guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns in Car-N-Evil haunted house, and face their deepest terrors in Darkness. Favourite haunted houses, The Asylum, Fear, Hollywood Horrors, and Keepers Doll Factory are also back.

Guinness World Record holders for driving over a man on a bed of nails,  Monsters of Schlock, is back to terrify guests with three nightly shows from October 13 to 31. Guests can expect to be horrified with shows that feature meat hooks, and other cringe worthy entertainment. Look out for Playland’s favourite freak, Singe the Clown, who is up to his creepy antics for another year.  With freaky surprises, rides and a park full of gory ghouls, Fright Nights 2017 is spookier than ever and is the perfect event for every Halloween lover.

To maximize your thrills at Fright Nights, guests have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to an expedited line for each Haunted House and The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Atmosfear, and Hellevator. Guests will also be able to save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online.

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed. 

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from germanyinvancouver.com

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)

 

The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at germanyinvancouver.com

 

 

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.