Cloverdale Rodeo Fun with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner

May 17th, 2015

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Cowgirls watching the Rodeo performance from the grandstands

Thank you for a lovey day at the Cloverdale Rodeo Linda!

Great job by of President Shannon Claypool,  and his team.


9 Great Independent Grocery Stores in Vancouver

May 14th, 2015

Its time for a grocery store crawl!

The Mighty Oak

This charming coffee shop can whips up a mean latte (with a side of shortbread!). Their small selection of grocery products, both dry and fresh, completes the experience.

Luke’s General Store

From coffee and local donuts to pasta sauces and home wares, Luke’s General Store is the spot for excellent grocery items in Gastown. Check out their record selection upstairs too!

Le Marché St George

With a historic and kitsch vibe, this cafe/shop serves coffee and baked goods and carries local dairy products and other unique household items. It’s the perfect place to stop for a last minute gift.

Donald’s Market

Donald’s is unanimously raved about for their fresh produce and variety of products. It’s usually fairly busy, but with good reason. They also have frequent deals in store.

Pazzo Chow

Known for their tasty to-go choices, Pazzo Chow also stocks Italian kitchen staples and local goods. Carefully selecting products that are hard to find elsewhere, this shop is a must-visit.

Organic Acres Market

Organic Acres knows how to knock it out of the park when it comes to organic products at great prices. Their selection is smaller, but what they lack in variety they make up for in quality.

Union Market

Although Union Market is a great quaint shop for your odd and ends grocery items, you cannot forget about their Portuguese baked goods. Their egg tarts are a must!

Sprout Organic Market

Sprouts truly has all you need from an independent grocer, from meats and dairy to artisanal delights—all organic of course! Check out their online recipes for inspiration too.

Harvest Community Foods

Not only is Harvest a great food stop for local groceries (artisan foods, seasonal produce, soaps, and ice cream), they also have a delicious selection of hot ramen bowls and other treats.

Best Restaurant Award 2015 goes too….

April 23rd, 2015


Ask for Luigi

Restaurant Awards 2015

Our 17 judges visited hundreds of rooms in order to rank the winners in 50 categories. It was a massive undertaking (the 26th to date), all to provide you with another year of assured great dining

Spot Prawn Festival at Granville Island May 17, 2015

April 18th, 2015

Spot prawns of varying ages

Festival Location

Granville Island Fishermen’s Wharf
1505 West 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Sunday May 17, 2015

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Peek inside the French Laundry’s New Kitchen!

April 8th, 2015

In the early 1900s, the building was a saloon. After prohibition, it became a laundromat. Today, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is one of the best restaurants in the world, serving $295 fixed price meals in Napa Valley.

Now, the international architecture firm Snøhetta, along with Envelope A+D and Harrison & Koellner, LLC, are leading the restaurant’s first major renovation in 20 years. The core building will remain untouched, but the restaurant will get a new kitchen and revamped garden area—updates, as Keller puts it in the press release, that will ready the business for its next 20 years.

Inspired By The Louvre
The garden’s new outer fence is like a deconstructed home, complete with open-air windows to peek through. Stroll through the garden, and you can pass by the kitchen. What might not be clear in the rendering here is that it’s actually a glass building, inspired by Keller’s affinity for the Louvre’s glass pyramid. On the outside, it’s finished with a hedge-like screenprinted coat of green. Look closely, and you’ll see countless small strokes. Those aren’t leaves, but the paths of each chef’s own hands while cooking, sketched and affixed to the building itself. And on the inside, chefs have 25% more space than before and Dekton quartz antimicrobial counters to keep things clean.

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