Events & Lifestyle

EAT! Vancouver – Food & Cooking Festival (May 22nd to 24th)

The Seventh Annual EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival (2009) is coming back to BC Place Stadium this weekend on May 22 to 24. I went to this two years ago and thought of it as a “food convention”. There were booths set up all around BC Place, with food samples everywhere and products available for purchase. There was also a 19+ section for wine and liquor tasting. This is a good event to visit if you are a foodie, but keep in mind that it is a cooking festival (with a focus on recipes and ingredients) rather than a dining event.

Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza. EAT Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and intense culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.

Tickets are $15 but purchase them beforehand on the EAT! Vancouver Website to save $3. There is no additional GST or service charges for purchasing online!

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Ganache – Spring 2009 menu additions & open house (Saturday May 23rd)

For those of you who were at Modern Mix Vancouver’s One-Year Anniversary & Reader Appreciation Party, you probably had a taste of delicious chocolates and pâtisseries which were generously sponsored by Ganache Pâtisserie (1262 Homer Street) in Yaletown. Prices are about $5 to $6 per serving, but are rich enough to share between two people and there are a limited number of seats at Ganche for you to eat your dessert there! If you are craving some sweet desserts, now would be a good time to drop by Ganache as they just recently announced their newest creations for their spring 2009 menu:
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  • Fresh and light, Framboise et Pêche ($5.75) encases a creamy peach crème brûlée and fresh raspberries with an airy raspberry parfait mousse and wild flower honey graham cracker base.
  • With inspiration from a past favorite, Rose et Pamplemousse, arises Yuzu Pistache ($5.75) which layers a nutty pistachio dacquoise and pistachio sponge with a light vanilla yuzu parfait and middle layers of aloe-kiwi gelée and rose water panna cotta.
  • With a decorative almond biscuit on top, Abricot et Earl Grey ($5.75) spreads a fragrant Earl Grey mousseline studded with brandy soaked apricots over a salted caramel ganache and almond dacquoise base.
  • For hazelnut lovers, Mille Feuille Praliné ($5.50) takes the classic dessert with its flaky puff pastry layers and inserts a rich coffee praliné mousseline folded with crunchy hazelnut nougatine, and a layer of praline crunch.
  • A modern view of a classic gâteau, Forêt Noir ($5.50) combines Kirsch syrup soaked moist chocolate cake and griottine cherries with alternate layers of vanilla and chocolate chantilly cream.

Also, on Saturday May 23rd, 2009, everyone is invited to Ganche in Yaletown location for their official launch of the Spring 2009 menu. Throughout the day, there will be samples of their new spring desserts, draws for doorprizes and more.

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Starbucks – Shared Planet & Zipcar Party (Tuesday May 19, 2009)

1016 W. Georgia Street Vancouver, BC
May 19, 2009 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Starbucks Shared Planet and Zipcar share a commitment to doing business in ways that are good to the earth and to each other. On Tuesday May 19th, please stop by either of the stores listed above in Toronto or Vancouver to enjoy an evening filled with complimentary Pike Place Roast, information about Starbucks, Shared Planet, delicious Starbucks pastries and an exclusive offer from Zipcar.

Our on-site coffee masters will take you through a detailed coffee tasting showcasing our Shared Planet coffee, Pike Place Roast. And the first 150 people who drop by will receive a complimentary Starbucks tumbler to use the night of the party and for all future visits to Starbucks.


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Vancouver Art Gallery – Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art

…presented in a historically comprehensive way that outlines the rise of the Dutch Republic’s political, economic, and cultural prominence.

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Shine Nightclub – “Experience Trance” (Sunday May 10th)

I met a new friend at the Markus Schulz concert last July, and of course, at things like this, you meet people who love the same type of music you do! Who would have predicted that nearly a year later, DJ Eric Allen would be one of the ones at the forefront of starting a trance night in Vancouver?!

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A week from now, on Sunday May 10th, trance is attempting to make its way back into Vancouver with a bang. For Vancouver’s resident trance fans, limited options for a night of electronic music on the town are the norm and long has the city’s scene now been dominated by hip hop & top 40. On May 10th, at the sleek and stylish Shine Nightclub in Gastown, DJs Eric Allen (and my personal friend!), Marty Palin and Danny Taylor (resident DJ in Taipei’s Ministry of Sound) are bringing back the trance sound. As the second of two trial trance nights, May 10th hopes to bring out enough trance fans to make the night a regular staple in Vancouver’s nightlife scene.
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On May 10th, come down, dance, relax and enjoy a fresh new sound in one of the hottest clubs in the city! With plenty of seating, an expansive main room and a smooth and relaxing second room, Shine is an ideal venue for this event and with your support hopes to hold many “Experience” Trance nights in the future. As the event is on a Sunday night, parking downtown is easy and available. Cover is FREE before 11pm. I’ll be there!

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Click HERE for the Facebook Event.

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Oakridge Centre – 50th Anniversary Celebration (Wednesday May 6)

On Wednesday May 6th, celebrate Oakridge Centre’s 50th Anniversary with festivities at the mall all day long including entertainment and models showcasing fashion throughout the decades. Virgin 95.3 radio will be on-site with giveaways and celebrity hosts from 2pm to 6pm. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive on May 6th and receive an Oakridge gift bag!

During this celebration the centre will come alive as we host local community artists, musicians and performers, raise money for charity, hold contests, cut cakes and pour champagne (sparkling juice) while incorporating fashion components and unveiling our new Style Agent program.

Click here for more details.

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