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The Italian Gas Station Experiment at Salt Tasting Room

February 8th, 2016 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Salt Tasting Room is launching the Italian Gas Station Experiment, but the concept of “drive through” and “greasy spoon” will be the last thing on your mind, and your palette. The food that Italian motorists refuel with is anything but boring, and Gastown’s premier destination for wine and cheese is traveling to Italy to share some delicious delicacies with you in Vancouver.


The Italian Gas Station Experiment at Salt Tasting Room

Salt has partnered with Port Moody-based Urbani Foods to offer complimentary samples of their products, which are inspired by the gas stations in one of Europe’s most beloved food spots. Running for the entire month of February, guests who order wine by the glass, flight or bottle will receive samples of these tasty snacks.


Guests can expect delectable fare such as Venetian tea sandwiches with cheese, salami and olive tapenade, fresh sausages sous vide in a jar, and their famous arancini risotto balls (also called ‘Polpette di Riso’).

For one month only, hungry guests will have the opportunity to savour Italy’s gas station fare without straying too far. Whether seeking a quick snack before dinner or the perfect post-work meeting spot, The ‘Italian Gas Station Experiment’ will surely welcome foodies from all over.

Photo credit: Viranlly Liemena.

The Italian Gas Station Experiment launched at Salt Tasting Room on February 1st, and is being offered on Mondays through Sundays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

For more information or to book a reservation, call 604-633-1912 or visit Salt Tasting Room’s website.

Win a Salt Tasting Room & Urbani Prize Pack

In honour of The Italian Gas Station Experiment, Salt is offering up a $100 gift card for dining and Urbani has a bounty of product valued at $150 for one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win this prize pack:

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RT to enter to win a $250 #TapasExperiment @SaltTastingRoom @UrbaniFoods prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Y5fFM

Follow Salt Tasting Room on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post is sponsored by Salt Tasting Room.

5 Ways to Get Involved with Variety’s 50th Show of Hearts Telethon

February 9th, 2016 @ 4:55pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Variety BC presents the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon this weekend, broadcasting from the telethon theatre at the Hard Rock and live from a brand new concert setup downtown at The Centre. A lot has changed over the last 50 years, since the first telethon in 1966 at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, but the goal remains the same.


Funds raised at the telethon help Variety step in where health care ends and provide direct help to children in BC with special needs. Variety believes children with special needs are champions, and with support, can achieve remarkable victories every day.


You will be able to watch the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC on Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th, 2016. There will also be live streaming the event online, which starts at 6:55pm on Saturday until 1:00am. The show will start again on Sunday at 9:10am until 5:30pm.


I am proud to sponsor the Social Lounge, live at the Hard Rock Theatre and at The Centre in Vancouver. My team on site will share photos and updates from the show and let you know how you can contribute throughout the weekend. Follow the tag #SOH50 and tweets from Scott Graham, John Biehler, John Bollwitt, Marc Smith, Ariane Colenbrander, Leeann Froese, and Christina Pocock.

Here are some updates you can copy/paste:

Tune into the @VarietyBC Show of Hearts Telethon Feb 13-14 on @GlobalBC #SOH50
Text “KIDS” to 45678 to make a one-time donation of $20 to @VarietyBC #SOH50
Get tix by donation for the live @VarietyBC Show of Hearts Telethon concert http://ow.ly/XZOxg #SOH50


Tickets are now available by donation for two live concert shows at The Centre (777 Homer St) in Downtown Vancouver, where live musical performances will take place Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th. Erin Cebula from ET Canada will be hosting and acts include 54-40, Charlie Storwick, Aaron Pritchett, Five Alarm Funk, Vancouver TheatreSports League, Jim Byrnes, Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich, Colleen Rennison and Chilliwack.


You can always donate online to Variety and this weekend you can text “KIDS” to 45678 to make a one-time donation of $20.


Finally, help up spread the word about the 50th Show of Hearts Telethon this year. Follow Variety on Twitter and on Facebook, share and like their posts, post your own updates on Twitter using tag #SOH50 and let everyone know they can tune into Global for all of the inspirational stories and entertainment this weekend.

Miss604 is the proud sponsor of the Social Lounge
at Variety’s 50th Show of Hearts Telethon

Variety’s funding support is directed towards covering the costs of life-saving medication, equipment and emergency travel and accommodation expenses for families whose children are receiving treatment at out-of-community hospitals, life-changing support in the form of mobility equipment, specialized therapies and communication devices that give children the chance to learn, grow and thrive and life-enriching experiences, such as the opportunity to attend special schools, summer camps and other therapeutic programs. Variety supports families and also organizations that provide the tools and training to help children achieve their full potential.

5 Most Romantic Places in Stanley Park

February 9th, 2016 @ 11:10am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We spend early summer afternoons on a blanket, books in hand, looking up at the green woven canopy with the sweet fragrance of roses tickling our noses. Beach sunsets follow, with a thousand orange and pink hues sinking into the sea at the horizon. In the fall, we slip on our gumboots to splash through puddles and trek through the muddy mulch trails lined with glistening green moss.

When winter arrives, we hold hands through the warmth of mittens, brushing past frost-covered branches to reach a lookout point, spotting the snow-capped Lions in the distance. Come spring, cherry blossoms coat our shoes in pink confetti as the park blooms from brown to green for another season.

It is our favourite date destination in the city and here are what I think are the 5 Most Romantic Places in Stanley Park:


Rose Garden

Over 3,000 plants fill the beautifully landscaped Stanley Park Rose Garden. In the spring, it comes alive from above as well when the cherry blossoms pop. Between the roses, blossoms, and the 100 years-old tribute to William Shakespeare (a monument and tree) in the north end of the garden, it’s a lovely picnic area, backdrop for dreamy photos, and spot to read a sonnet or two.

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver Stanley Park

Lovers Walk

Most of Stanley Park’s trails are named for Park Board commissioners and city officials, but Lovers Walk, as far as I know and in my mind, is simply a romantic stroll. It’s also where you can find these two trees that appear to be embracing:

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

Prospect Point

Wedding photos, engagement photo, grad photos, family photos, Prospect Point has been a setting for them all. This lookout is fun to get to (on foot, through the trails) and easy to reach by car. The traffic on Lions Gate Bridge rumbles by as boats pass underneath and the sun lights up the north shore. Pick up an ice cream cone or stop in for a pint and stay a while (note the restaurant is currently closed until summer).

Lion's Gate bridge at dusk

Third Beach

Palm trees, a setting sun, and waves lapping at the sand set the scene for an evening at Third Beach. Watch the day settle into the horizon and hold your sweetheart close as the night’s first stars appear.

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

The Teahouse

Nestled atop Ferguson Point, between the ocean and the forest, The Teahouse has a gorgeous patio in the summer, a tea room, a drawing room, and the glass-topped conservatory where garden lights twinkle like stars as you enjoy an intimate dinner.

The Teahouse in Stanley Park

To learn more, check out the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s “Romantic Stanley Park: Its Amorous, Curious and Shady Sides” walk on Valentine’s Day. Tickets are available now for $10 (non-members) and $5 (SPES members).

Shaw Pink Shirt Promises: Today is Safer Internet Day

February 9th, 2016 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is Safer Internet Day, an initiative focused on reducing cyberbullying and promoting responsible Internet use.


Safer Internet Day

When I was growing up, bullying involved punching, shoving, teasing, spreading bad rumours, keeping certain people out of a group, and getting certain people to “gang-up” on others. Now, with so many more ways to communicate online and through mobile devices, there’s a whole other way to spread negativity through cyberbullying.

25% of kids in Canada between 12-15 have witnessed cyberbullying and 51% of all teens have had negative experience with social networking.

The scary part is, for me, that a lot of it stems from trust. You trust someone by sending them a private message and then it becomes public. According to cyberbullying statistics*, “the most commonly experienced form of cyberbullying is when someone takes a private email, IM, or text message and forwards it to someone else or posts the communication publicly.”

Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide each February to promote responsible digital citizenship among children and youth, as well as safer use of online platforms, technology and mobile phone. Participants are encouraged to raise awareness about the importance of online safety by tweeting and posting using the hashtags #SID2016 and #Up2Us. Throughout February, you can also take part in the Pink Shirt Promises campaign.

Shaw Pink Shirt Promises

For over 20 years, Shaw has partnered with leading Canadian organizations that provide award-winning programs and resources on anti-bullying, online safety, and digital literacy.

Starting today, Shaw is asking Canadians to work toward ending bullying by spreading positive messages in the stand against bullying by making a #PinkyPromise or a #PinkShirtPromise to specific friends on their social media channels leading up to and during Pink Shirt Day on February 24, 2016.


The campaign kicks off today, February 9th in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Safer Internet Day, and continues until Pink Shirt Day on February 24th. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Take a photo of your pinky and/or a photo of you and a friend making a pinky promise.
  2. Post your #PinkyPromise as the caption of your photo along with the hashtag #PinkShirtPromise.
  3. Nominate three friends to do the same on your social media network.

You can also make your #PinkShirtPromise by posting the following on social media:

  • I #PinkyPromise to help stop bullying in its tracks. #PinkShirtPromise I #PinkyPromise to share love, not hate. #PinkShirtPromise
  • I #PinkyPromise to never be a bully. #PinkShirtPromise
  • I #PinkyPromise to wear a pink shirt on February 24th. #PinkShirtPromise I #PinkyPromise to make friends, not enemies. #PinkShirtPromise
  • I #PinkyPromise to be good to myself. #PinkShirtPromise
  • I #PinkyPromise to stick up for others. #PinkShirtPromise

For every promise and pinky promise made, participates in the campaign will be entered for a chance to win an ET Canada Experience, which includes flights for two to Toronto and two nights hotel accommodation, and a $1,500 dollar shopping spree at a participating shopping centre.

“Bullying is one of the most common concerns we hear about at Kids Help Phone, and the effect that is had on young people—both emotionally and physically—is significant, regardless of whether they are being bullied or doing the bullying. We’re proud to stand in partnership with Shaw Communications to make a #PinkShirtPromise, and create safer and friendlier communities for all kids in Canada.” Sharon Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kids Help Phone

About Pink Shirt Promises

Through the Shaw Kids Investment Program (SKIP), #PinkShirtPromise brings together the expertise, knowledge, and resources of community partners from across the country. Key SKIP partners include Youthlink Calgary, Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Kids Help Phone, MediaSmarts, Companies Committed to Kids, and Rock Solid Foundation.

For more information, follow Shaw on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and using the tags #PinkyPromise #PinkShirtPromise.

* Source: Microsoft’s Truthyworthy Computing division

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post is sponsored by Shaw Communications for their Pink Shirt Promises campaign.

Win a Romantic Harrison Hot Springs Getaway

February 8th, 2016 @ 4:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A weekend getaway with spa, dinner, dancing, hot springs swimming is just 90 minutes away at Harrison Hot Springs Resort.


In the heart of the Fraser Valley, on the edge of Harrison Lake, and close to Sasquatch Provincial Park, farm gate shopping, and hearty dining, Harrison Hot Springs Resort offers a variety of packages, whether you want to get out and about to explore the region or snuggle up in warm robes on a cold night.

Win a Romantic Harrison Hot Springs Getaway

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, you have the chance to win a romantic Harrison Hot Springs getaway to enjoy with your sweetheart. The prize package includes:

  • One nights’ East Tower accommodations*
  • One Couple’s Massage at Healing Springs Spa
  • Breakfast for two in the Lakeside Café
  • Three Course Dinner for two in The Copper Room
  • In-room amenity

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a romantic @HarrisonResort getaway from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Y6gpf

Follow Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa on Twitter and Facebook for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

*Based on availability. Offer can not be applied to long weekends. Redeem by December 15, 2016.

Granville Bridge: A Vancouver Love Song by Dominique Fricot

February 8th, 2016 @ 4:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

My love affair with Vancouver began at an early age, and it took a summer to convince the man I love that it was also worthy of his affections — and worthy of a move from the Midwest to the West Coast.

We spent a summer at the beach, frolicking along the sand, following forest trails, and walking around the city at night to see how many stars we could spot between the neon. When local singer/songwriter Dominique Fricot, who I first met 2012, sent me his latest video for Granville Bridge, it brought me back to the summer of 2005 and the music video-worthy moments I experienced with John.

Since we met in 2012, Dominique placed 3rd in the Peak Performance Project, won Shore 104.3’s Best of BC award, performed at Squamish Valley Music Festival, held a 5th spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 charts, and more.

“I’m in a very positive and optimistic space right now when it comes to love and songs about love,” Dominique told me. “When I wrote and released Haunted by Love (2012) I was in the middle of a break up and, what’s more, a break up that I didn’t want to happen.”

The break up song got quite a bit of airplay in Vancouver, and was another song that referenced the city itself, with Cambie and 16th setting the scene in the first verse.

“I still believe in an ebb and flow with love and or life so I think I’m just in a different phase of the cycle. Granville Bridge is about new love, the excitement and highs of feeling like you’ve found your soul mate. Haunted by Love is about losing somebody you believed to be your soul mate.

The video for Granville Bridge, made with WCMA Award winning director Mike Southworth of Collide Entertainment and costume designer Alannah Turner, stars Vancouver performer couple Siona Gareau Brennan and Alex Strong, and of course the city of Vancouver itself.

Photo by Francesca Tallone

“For me when I write a song it’s important for me to anchor emotions and melodies around images like landmarks or settings. Furniture one might say. I’ve lived in Vancouver for almost 15 years now so it’s quite natural for me to reference places that have provided the back drop for my experiences that I most often try to depict in my songs. When it came to the video, it felt naturally imperative to allow Vancouver’s scenery to play a major role in this song’s video.”

You can catch Dominique Fricot tonight at the Yale Songwriter Night (a Music Heals Fundraiser) and on Friday March 11th at the Fox Cabaret opening for Amelia Curran (a Van Folk Fest Event). Watch his other videos for Our Last Song and I Miss the 80s, and follow Dominique on Twitter. Granville Bridge is available on the album Sweet Little Fantasy.