Earlier this month, the Glowbal Group’s newest initiative “Society” (1257 Hamilton Street) opened in Yaletown. With the tagline of “Opposites Attract. The Unexpected Reigns”, Society most definitely has unique, unexpected menu offerings!! Described as a “union of opposites”, the menu offers comfort food – but with a twist.
So for example, classic tomato soup accompanied by mini grilled cheese sandwiches (hmm, following the “tapas” trend?), Mac & Cheese balls (think crabcake style), apple pie with vanilla ice cream and a Nutella milkshake (spiked with Baileys). As for prices, Society’s express lunch menu is a pretty good deal. Less than $10 for sandwich-y types of food. Also, several of their menu items contain cotton candy as an ingredient, including on their drinks menu, the “Candy Collins” which is probably the most creative drink I’ve ever had. It came with a generous fluff of cotton candy on top, and I was advised by the bartender that I could either eat it plain, or melt it into my gin to sweeten as desired.
The The Donnelly Hospitality Management group (Pop Opera, Bar None, Library Square, etc.) has reopened the downtown pub Smiley’s as “Smiley’s Public House” (911 West Pender Street).
The space has been given a sleek makeover that has drawn both thankful regulars and new clientele. Smiley’s Public House delivers the style of a modern, British-style pub while retaining the warmth and character of a traditional pub. The open-concept room boasts 240 seats and a range of table sizes, including 16-seat picnic tables. Guests come in to loosen their ties, tuck into modern pub food, watch a football match and engage in good-natured banter around the pool table. The dance floor brims on busier nights, and a DJ spins to the after-work crowd on Fridays.
The Glowbal Group’s newest initiative, SOCIETY Dining Lounge (1257 Hamilton Street), opens next Thursday, October 29th. With its slogan “Opposites Attracts”, this restaurant promises a contrast between glamour and comfort, with cuisine that embodies the union of opposites. For example, childhood staples are given a modern twist with “refined, inventive ingredients”. Look out for their Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Shake n’ Bake Chicken.
Décor boldly contrasts glamour with comfort. Its 40-seat street-side patio with eggplant-hued leather banquettes and wicker chairs lend a feel of Sunset Strip to the loading-dock sidewalks of Hamilton Street. Inside is where SOCIETY comes together. Overhead, two oversized electric pink, handcrafted Mod-Murano chandeliers set the tone. Below, snug banquettes of deep purple and pearly leather, and tufted black-leather bar stools with striking gold legs set apart the more casual brasserie chairs. Upstairs in the lounge, up-lit bronze acrylic panels line the back wall and combine with an eclectic mix of lounge seating options. Bronze toned wooden screens of geometric interlocking circles surround the double height space, separating the lounge from the dining area below, creating allure and a sense of mystery.
For a video sneak preview of SOCIETY, click here.
Tourism Vancouver, BC Hydro, and over 30 Vancouver restaurants have joined together to put on the “Candlelight Conservation Dinner” on October 28, 2009 by “dimming the lights and dialing up the ambiance” to raise awareness about the conservation of energy. Restaurants will be providing special Candlelight Conservation Dinner offers to members of BC Hydro’s “Team Power Smart“, including 2 for 1 entrées, $5 gift certificates, and complimentary appetizers/desserts. Participating restaurants include Las Margaritas, Nyala African Cuisine, Sanafir, Section (3), So.Cial Le Magasin, Stonegrill, and The Refinery.
CRU Restaurant (1459 West Broadway), is now open for lunch! Their lunch hours, from Monday to Friday are from 11:30am to 2:00pm.
CRU will doubtless quickly become a mid-day hot spot, as it offers the winning combination of outstanding cuisine in a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere and a central location. It’s the ideal place to get together with friends, or to meet with business colleagues.
CRU’s lunch menu offers some of its favourite award-winning small plates, new lunch dishes and variations of some dinner menu items. Drop by for the Beef Tenderlon Carpaccio, Mushroom Truffle Risotto or Crispy Duck Confit with warm bacon dressing, which is on Vancouver Magazine’s “Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver” list.
Have you heard about how SIGG admitted that some of their bottles contain BPA? Yes, those streamlined, metal waterbottles which were all the rage after the plastic Nalgene ones were tossed away due to concerns over those very same BPA chemicals.
All SIGG bottles made prior to August 2008 have the former water-based epoxy liner which contains trace amounts of BPA. It is easy to determine which liner you have, as they are 2 distinctly different colours. Click here to see photos comparing the two.
Anyway, at least one retail outlet is taking advantage of this news to draw you into their shop! U-Life Accessories, a gift boutique just off West 4th Avenue on Vine, is offering a voluntary exchange for SIGG bottles manufactured prior to August 2008 – no proof of puchase needed, just make sure your bottle has the old liner and they will exhange it for a bottle of the same size!
All you have to do is bring your old bottle into our store in order to exchange it for a new SIGG bottle with the next generation “Eco Care” liner. Providing the same quality and protection afforded by the previous liner, this new powder-based, co-polyester coating has been thoroughly tested and is certified to be 100% free of BPA, phthalates, BADGE, BFDGE, and NOGE.