Third night’s a charm!
Thursday night’s tweetup was hosted at The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe (@thecornersuite) by @TheSassyFiles and @SoniaStirling
Welcomed with a glass of champagne by Steve, owner and bartender extraordinaire, we instantly felt at home. Great company and conversation flowed easily all night. Steve was a calm hub of activity behind the bar serving us drinks and knowledge about the beverages, food and life. It’s great to see a restaurateur with such an intimate knowledge and care of everything that’s coming into, out of and happening in his establishment. The Tweet up drink special was very tasty…and the appetizer Croque Mademoiselle that I had was a perfect bite. In fact, everything on the menu looked fresh, local and mouthwatering.
The Corner Suite is a lovely and inviting, open room with an elevated bar area perfectly made for socializing. I’m sure at lunch it’s a great spot to sit and chat with a bartender or people watch, over the tables, looking out to the street but at night the long bar is intimate and cozy while at the same time makes mingling easy. The patrons at the tables didn’t seem to be bothered by the rather large crowd of tweeps gathering at the bar and we didn’t feel like we were intruding on their quiet dining experience. It was another night meeting some terrific tweeps, I’m sorry I missed meeting some of them or if I missed a name or two: @donovanpee @maryinvancity @vancityamy @DennisPang @Bbodies4life @missvitamindee @brandanprice @BurrowsGirl @c_witty @_JustaBee @Miss_MayC @jessebowness @hotdealsdonovan @vancouverjock @jeremylim @Conner_G @CanadianKelli @kwalshphoto @VanCindy @Asana987
Hope to see everyone again soon at the next tweetup!
Another night, another tweet up!
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?
Tonight Hot Deals Live and r.tl Regional Tasting Lounge hosted a very successful tweet-up.
What was expected to be about 15 people turned into nearly twice that many. For many of us it was our first experience at r.tl and they did an excellent job of introducing us to a sampling of their menu.
Warm marinated Olives, Roasted Beet Salad with goat cheese & arugula, Quinoa Salad, Prosciutto wrapped Dates were followed by grilled chicken skewers with jerk sauce and an earthy, rich Mushroom & Truffle Risotto finally mini Venison Burgers. Everything was hearty, healthy and tasty. A nice cocktail menu and wine list paired completed the solid menues.
Some great company with new and previously met tweeps made for a very nice evening. @HotDealsDonovan put together a great bunch; @gracecheung604 @IAMRUBY @the_bradford @hairbykatierose @NatashaCarpio @cwistal @Conner_G @fit_tobe_tied @VancityAmy @Lev_ivy @LindseyBlunt @AdrianEden @Raincitybikes @Nelliebobellie plus many others whom I’m sorry didn’t get to find out their twitter handles
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DOOLINS 8th Anniversary Party
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!
Last night I had the privilege of watching the Vancouver Canucks overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche from the comfort of a Penthouse Executive Suite at Rogers Arena. The game also featured a pre-game induction of the Canucks first Captain Orland Kurtenbach into the new Ring Of Honour.
The great folks at Metropolis at Metrotown hosted a Social Media night to introduce us to Metropolis Hot Seats. It turned out to be a great tweet-up as many of us followed each other on twitter but hadn’t yet met in real life.
@Vancitybuzz @Erin_Ireland @Mozy19 @Kristen24Hours @Maryinvancity @VIAwesome were there, as well as writers for @MyVancouver and @Miss604
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!
You can win the chance to experience these Hot Seats to a Canucks game or concert for yourself, just look for an entry box at a Metropolis at Metrotown Customer Service Desk. Metropolis is putting lucky winners in the Hot Seats for every event at Rogers Arena throughout the year!
Follow @metropolitmet on Twitter, ‘Like’ Metropolis At Metrotown on Facebook and visit their website for up to date information on the next contest.