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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

February 8th, 2016 @ 10:52am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a holiday, it’s sunny, there’s snow on the mountains, and the city is quiet. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the first week of February and compile the Vancouver Photos of the Week. Thanks for sharing your photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and the #Photos604 Instagram tag this week!

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Mount Seymour 2015/16

Belcarra Regional Park, British Columbia

Family portrait - City Portrait

Seawall at Sunset

Main Street Sunset

The Water's Edge ~ Vancouver, BC

Mount Seymour 2015/16

Chinatown and the Mountains

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As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here and follow Miss604 on Instagram.

Things to do in Vancouver Family Day Long Weekend

February 4th, 2016 @ 7:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is a LOT going on in Vancouver this weekend, holiday-related or not. Almost every city and municipality has some great events and activities planned, along with options for theatre, markets, films, and more.

Things to do in Vancouver Family Day Long Weekend

Quick links:
5 Free Things to do on Family Day in Metro Vancouver &
Over 50 Things to do on Family Day in Metro Vancouver

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Cardiac Arrest Management Workshop, Free CPR Workshop
King’s Singers Live in Richmond
Newton Community Walk
inFlux – Open Studio, Surrey
VSO Pops: The Soul of the Tango
#Purple4PEDAW 2016
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Taboo Show
Gateway Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever
Vagabond Players: Over the River and Through the Woods
Inside/Out at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
PuSH Performing Arts Festival
Pacific Theatre Presents: Common Grace
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival




Saturday, February 6, 2016
PoMo Arts Centre Family Day Open House
Family Day Outdoor Treasure Hunt, Surrey
Lunar New Year Celebration, Surrey
Inspiration Day, New Westminster
DTES Street Market
Nat Bailey Farmers Market
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Family Day at the Fort
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Taboo Show
Gateway Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever
Vagabond Players: Over the River and Through the Woods
Inside/Out at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
PuSH Performing Arts Festival
Pacific Theatre Presents: Common Grace
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival




Sunday, February 7, 2016
VSO Kids’ Koncerts: The Mozart Experience
Coffee Concerts, Port Coquitlam
Inner Beauty Pageant
The Toasters at The Rickshaw
Hershe Bar – Where The Girls Are
Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind
Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Pizza & Wine on the Drive
Vancouver Recital Society: Sir András Schiff
Family Day at the Fort
Hastings Park Farmers Market
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Taboo Show
Gateway Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever
Vagabond Players: Over the River and Through the Woods
PuSH Performing Arts Festival
Pacific Theatre Presents: Common Grace
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Monday, February 8, 2016
Family Day in BC – View List of Events Here
More Family Day Events:
Family Day at the Cannery
Family Day at the Canadian Museum of Flight
Family Day at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Family Day at Lansdowne Centre
Family Day on the Drive
Family Day at Lonsdale Quay
Family Day at Kerrisdale Community Centre
Family Day at the Fort
Musica Intima Family Day Concert
Peace Play Day at Willowbrook
Monkey See, Monkey Make: Family Day at ArtStarts
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
Shred for a Cause at Mount Seymour
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Gateway Theatre Presents: Closer Than Ever
Vagabond Players: Over the River and Through the Woods
Pacific Theatre Presents: Common Grace
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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