Friday Find: ABEEGO – beeswax food wrap

Today’s Friday Find, Abeego the original beeswax food wrap, is as useful as it is unique. Victoria creator, Toni Desrosiers has created a way to preserve your food that’s as natural as can be without leaving it in the peel.

Abeego is a reusable, all-natural, breathable food wrap that’d designed to pick where the peel leaves off. Washable and versatile, the beeswax infused beeswax sheets are durable and reduce your waste by eliminating other disposable single-use wraps and storage bags. By keeping your food fresher longer, you’ll waste less. Beeswax is naturally anti-bacterial and the Abeego formula helps prevent salmonella from forming so your food is safer too.

The Abeego sheets come in 4 sizes; giant, large, medium, small in order to fit all sorts of food.  The sheets are strong enough to be fitted over a container or wrapped tight around a half an onion and delicate enough to fold into a parcel to protect your fine herds.

While the scent of beeswax is familiar and comforting, I was worried that it would transfer to the food but I’ve wrapped and rewrapped and there’s no beeswax residual carried over to the food itself.  At room temperature the sheet is malleable, making it easy to work with to wrap your food. In the fridge, the Abeego becomes stiffer and holds it shape.

After use, wash the the Abeego sheet in cold water with biodegradable, alcohol-free soap. Don’t worry if there’s some stuck-on food or marks, the cold sheet will be stiff and washable like a plate so scrub away.

To watch videos of the food wraps in use and learn more about the product visit and watch for Toni and Abeego on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Find Abeego, the original beeswax food wrap is available online or in fine food stores like Cook Culture in Vancouver or Victoria.

Yah Yah Ya Ramen Robson

Just one week old, Yah Yah Ya Ramen Robson Street is already bringing people in droves.

Having been open in Richmond for a couple of years already, the Japanese Ramen chain has already built a reputation.  Bringing it to the former location of Junsei River on Robson, adds to the plethora of ramen shops downtown.  There are relatively few ramen locations in the east end of downtown so Yah Yah Ya stands out.  The new bright decor with large communal tables, a bank of double and 4 seat tables make the space a much more welcoming option from the previous tenant.  We’ve been a couple of times already and it’s been quite busy so far, as word spreads Yah Yah Ya is ready for expected line ups with a nice size foyer to bring the line indoors.

The Yah Yah Ya menu specializes in Ie-Kei Pork Soup Base and then the familiar; Shoyu, Black Tonkotsu, Miso, Shio and more. A couple of non-soup options, Abura and Mazesoba round out of the year-round ramen. Summer will bring a couple of Cold Ramen bowls.  A variety of toppings and side dishes fill out the menu. Create a rice bowl set with Onigiri, Chashu, Mentaiko or Salmon toppings for a filling meal.

We’ve enjoyed every thing we’ve had so far, and look forward to trying more. Yah Yah Ya Ramen is located at 570 Robson, near Seymour Street (under H Mart)

Benkei Noodle Shop

We recently had the opportunity to stop in and try Benkei Noodle Shop on Broadway (near Cambie).  With the plethora of ramen shops downtown, mostly in the Robson area, it’s not often we have the need or opportunity to venture to the Uptown ‘hood.  Benkei is a good find for a quick lunch or dinner when we’re in the area again. Having read some negative reviews of the service, we found everyone to be pleasant, attentive and the food came quite promptly.

Benkei2015-05-08, 21 55 14I ordered the Miso Ramen to try their version of their staple, it was a nice flavour broth with a good amount of bamboo shoots and bean sprouts and a couple of nice slices of chashu. Additional toppings are available for 50cents each to customize your bowl.  The noodles are cooked to a good al dente texture, just enough chew.

Billy opteBenkei_2015-05-08, 22 01 01d for the summer special cold noodles, a beautifully presented tray of chilled noodles, broth, veggies, chashu and boiled egg to mix together in proportions as desired.

A side of three gyoza were a perfect add-on to make a good meal. While only a small shop, the menu was larger than expected.

Open from 11am until 10:45pm 7 days per week, Benkei Noodle Shop is a good choice for lunch, dinner and late night bites.


Friday Find: Ingledew’s Shoes First 100 Years

Ingledews_IMG_4037Today’s Friday Find isn’t so much of a find as a discovery.  Last night, Ingledew’s Shoes held a celebration at its new downtown Vancouver location at 900 West Hastings Street.  The discovery from the fact that the part was also Ingledews_IMG_4039for the venerable shoe store’s 100th Anniversary. I knew the store had been around Vancouver for a long time but not for a century.  In a city that’s only 129 years old, it’s impressive for any establishment to hit the century mark.

At the new downtown shop, third generation CEO Bill Ingledew told me the flagship store had been on Granville Street for their entire first century, having opened February 1st, 1915 before this move to Hastings Street. Ingledews_IMG_4043 In three generations, the family business has seen a lot of changes to the footwear landscape,  beginning as a dress shoe only shop, the post-war climate saw casual shoes gain traction and today design advancements allows athletic shoe technology to permeate even the dressiest of shoes.

The new store is a way to refresh and revive the brand, and, even though it’s just a few blocks away, bring it to a new demographic of shoppers.  The bright and open store located at the corner of Hastings and Hornby takes advantage of the recent Ingledews_2015-03-26, 19 04 31revival of the area since the opening of Jameson House, with close proximity to the Vancouver Convention Centre, many hotels and the central Business district.  Men’s, Women’s, casual & dress shoes, plus a selection of handbags are elegantly displayed throughout the shop. The shop didn’t forget about its history either with the walls lined with images and clippings from the life of Ingledew’s.

Ingledews_IMG_4044Known for quality, stylish comfort, if you can’t experience the great service of Ingledew’s Downtown Vancouver there’s 6 other locations (plus 2 ECCO Shoe Stores) around BC and online shopping at

Christmas Shopping for the Urban Trekker

Heading out into the great outdoors isn’t always just the realm of hikers and campers.  A lot of people head out to face the elements every day on their way to or from work, school or errands.  Taking public transit or walking to your destination can leave you exposed to all sorts of weather.

Photo 2014-12-09, 17 18 50Find a great gift that will keep the elements at bay and maintain your Urban Trekker’s street style at the new Fjällräven Pop-up Shop at 434 Columbia St in Vancouver’s Chinatown.  The rustic styled pop-up shop is a first for the Swedish outdoor heritage brand and is dedicated to two of their most iconic pieces; Kånken backpacks and the Greenland jacket.

Photo 2014-12-09, 17 15 10With a design relatively unchanged since its introduction nearly 40 years ago, the Kånken backpack offers cool style, practical usability, and great protection of your laptop and items from the elements in many different sizes and loads of colourways.

Photo 2014-12-09, 17 15 38The Greenland jacket is also one of Fjällräven’s go-to styles that has lasted through the generations. Also available in a variety in colours, trims and linings the Greenland makes great sense for the west coast weather.  Warm but not bulky, water resistant (or water repellent if waxed) and stylish enough to wear for a multitude of occasions.

The Fjällräven Pop-Up Shop takes over @thisopenspace at 434 Columbia until December 31st, making it a convenient spot on your Christmas Shopping trips.

Explore the World Of Native Shoes

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Last week, Vancouver’s Native Shoes gave a sneak preview of Spring Summer 2014 at Walrus on Cambie Street. The local company’s success has always been based on its ability to keep it simple and as their motto says “Keep it Lite”.   For Spring Summer 2014, Native has kept their traditional lines but debuted bright new patterns and colours to the palette.

credit: Lindsey Elliot
credit: Lindsey Elliot





As the brand strives to conquer the globe, CEO, Scott Hawthorne, Creative Director, Mark Gainor and Marketing Director Shawna Olsten (pictured) showed off what to expect to see for the coming season.

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In the Men’s lines, they’ve brought two-tone colours to their “Howard” boat shoe. The best selling “Jefferson” and “Miller” receive contrasting taping. For the women’s “Verona”, bright spring colours and floral prints make their debut.  Chevron patterns, pops of colour on the heels and bright contrasting taping also signal the coming of spring. Even the Kids line gets refreshed, with colours and patters as well as the debut of the “Verona” for Kids.




Along with the fresh and bright product the marketing has been refreshed with a new video series to go along with the line. The World Of Native follows our intrepid explorers as they hunt the globe, discovering for the brightly coloured footwear.

World of Native – Spring/Summer 2014 Preview from Native Shoes on Vimeo.

Shine, Shop & Dine in the West End

With the annual kick off of the St Paul’s Hospital Lights Of Hope the West End literally shines during the Holiday season.  Shine, Shop & Dine, is a promotion of The West End & Robson Street Business Improvement Associations to take residents and visitors on a free trolley tour of the district.  Each Saturday from November 23 to December 21, between 4:30pm to 9:30pm, hop aboard a Vancouver Trolley at any one of 12 pick up spots to take in the Lights, shops and dining options around the vibrant West End.

Running at 10 minute intervals, trolleys take passengers on hop on/hop off tour following the route along Davie, Denman, Robson and Burrard Streets. Decorative lighting displays will be set up around the route to add to the festive holiday experience. The West End BIA is also participating in Black Friday Vancouver, on November 29 – December 1 while you’re on your tour watch for great “Black Friday” sales all around the city. While the tour is free, donations for the St Paul’s Hospital Foundation will gladly be accepted.

To see the tour route and pick up spots visit and follow @WestEndBIA on Twitter or like for more info.  Also check back on Black Friday Vancouver for a full list of Black Friday Deals.