This time it took us out of town…all the way across the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver! Beachside Forno (@beachside_forno) is in the heart of the Ambleside neighbourhood, easily located on Marine Drive so my friend, Brian (@br_webb) and I decided to take Transit. This was our first visit but the restaurant is instantly warm & inviting and although it was dark we could tell that there would be a great view from the back patio, overlooking the water and Stanley Park beyond.
The Beachside crew has tasting bites of their great pizzas for the guests to sample…with ‘Forno’ in your name your pizzas better be good and these lived up to the name. Crispy, simple and very tasty! Skyy Vodka & Granville Island Brewery kindly donated some of their product so the minimal charge for drinks was donated to support Movember for Prostate Cancer awareness. I’d also ordered a ‘Beachside chicken burger’ which was very nicely topped with pesto, portobello mushrooms and provolone, accompanied by a very nice salad of mixed greens. All the food from the menu looked excellent.
Organizer Jennifer Kemshaw (@jkemshaw) did a great job of getting the word out to a variety of Tweeps and Facebookers to come down, get a taste of the Beachside Forno experience and meet each other. Besides meeting Jennifer for the first time, I got to meet @604homesguy @AliciaHollywood @rezg23 @HeadtotheNet @brandanprice and reconnect with @jessebowness@Lev_ivy again. We all look forward to catching up again at the next tweetup. Perhaps another at Beachside Forno?
Check out the Rockin For Research On-line Auction! Supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) the Rockin For Research Gala has earned over $6 million, via its live/silent auctions, since it’s inception in 2000. For the first time, some of this year’s most exclusive items; including guitars signed by Sarah McLachlan, Chad Kroeger and April Wine, have been put on-line to allow everyone the opportunity to take part. Visit the auction site before November 27, pick up a great gift and feel great helping support the JDRF.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been 8 years since Vancouver’s Granville Entertainment District first welcomed this traditional yet modern Irish Pub. High tech audio visual equipment combine with old world flavour as the Celtic tunes are played in the corner stage by the live house band. Always a popular place to watch the game, after work or for stag/stagettes Doolins is a great centrally located hang out. Head down tonight…the party’s still going on!
BC LIONS vs SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS : EMPIRE FIELD – 31October2010
Finally, on the last home game of the season, I made it to Empire Field! While BC Place is under renovations the CFL’s BC Lions have ventured across town to their old East Van stomping grounds and encamped at a temporary 27,000 stadium at Empire Field. I’d heard all season about the great views and audience experience and I must agree they have done an exceptional job for a temporary venue. We had great seats (thanks Pam!) in the second row, right behind the Lions bench but it looked like every row had great sightlines of the field. There was decent, fast service at the concession stands and beer stalls around the outside of the stadium. Since it was a dry, warm afternoon when the game started it made the experience even better. The Half-Time show on this day was a tribute to Veterans in commemoration of the upcoming Veteran’s Week. It was a really well done half time experience. I know from speaking with Lion’s management that there were a lot of other great half time shows over the season. So even though at the begining of the season the Lions weren’t putting on a lot of winning shows they still entertained the audience. This seems to have paid off, if the looks and sounds of the boisterous Halloween day crowd is anything to go by, they were still firmly pro-Lions (much to the dismay of the many wearing ’Riders green in the crowd) Next season Empire Field will be temporary home to another football club as Whitecaps FC begin their premier MLS season at the field they also played on back in the NASL era. Once BC Place is completed, scheduled for June, the Whitecaps and Lions will play under its new retracable roof and Empire Field’s temporary structures will come down and it will revert back to a public field. I look forward to seeing more games at Empire!
As you can see from the images above the view is amazing from the 5th level suite, if (for some reason) you tire of the view or peckish head inside to the lounge area, grab some food and a beverage then sit back in the comfy leather chairs and watch the game feed on the large screen tv! The Suite has all the comforts of home, if home had a live NHL game happening in the rink downstairs!
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With Whitecaps defeated in the semi-finals and the USSF D-2 league final about to take place this weekend, now is a good time to say goodbye to the USL/USSF leagues and Swangard Stadium. Home to Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps FC soccer teams since 1987, this 41 year old multi-use stadium will no longer be home field in the coming Major League Soccer era. Over the years Swangard has witnessed our local teams bring home a lot of hardware; 4 CSL championships, 2 USL championships, Commissioner’s, Cascadia and Voyageur Cup. It’s shining moment has to be during the FIFA U20 Wolrd Cup when the stadium was temperarily expanded to 10,000 seats, some great matches occured including a stunning Spain v Brazil round of 16 tilt. World Cup/Olympic qualifiers & FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup have all been held at Swangard. Being a smaller stadium (capacity 5288) it provides an outstanding intimate setting, something the (Whitecap’s) SouthSiders Supporters have used to their advantage when building enthusiams and causing much grief for visiting Goal Keepers (with cries of “You Fat Bastard”) Hopefully, when Whitecaps FC allocate seats in their new temporary stadium at Empire Field, there is a fare share of standing-room tickets for the Southside members and other’s who want to be close to the action! Alas, all is not over for the venerable Burnaby grounds; SFU, High Schools & Local teams will continue to use the facility and special events like 24Hour Replay will be ongoing as well.