Tulalip Bay Restaurant at Tulalip Resort and Casino

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 — 11:05am PDT
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A few years ago, after a mind-melting culinary experience, John and I began to keep an unwritten list of some of our favourite and most memorable dining adventures. Unfortunately he’s never joined me at Tulalip Bay Restaurant but it quickly snuck its way onto my list.

Tulalip Resort

Tucked away at inside the resort casino off the I-5 in Washington State, I have been fortunate enough to enjoy multi-course meals in the private dining room of Tulalip Bay under an impressive Dale Chijuly chandelier. Along with other media, my most recent meal at Tulalip Bay was back in April and it was paired specifically with Pacific Northwest wines thanks to Sommelier and Wine Buyer Tommy Thompson.

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Volcano seared Ahi Tuna with tempura vegetables, wasabi cilantro fusion
Wine pairing: 2010 Long Shadows Poets Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington

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Dungeness crab and avocado with fresh mango, Asian wasabi horseradish vinaigrette
Wine pairing: 2008 Tranche Cellars Roussanne-Viognier, Columbia Valley, Washington

I have learned that when you’re on the coast in Washington State and you’re offered crab, you take it — and you won’t be disappointed.

Crab crusted Alaskan Halibut with wok vegetables, wasabi mash, Sriracha chili butter sauce
Wine pairing: 2008 Tenor Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington


White chocolate buttermilk shortcake with lime macerated strawberries and sweet cream
Wine pairing: 2005 Chateau St Michel Late Harvest White Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington


Our feast was indulgent and loaded with fresh local ingredients, the catch of the day, and wines from the region. In both of my experiences at Tulalip Bay there has been an emphasis on celebrating Washington, the coast, its wineries, and providing a spin on everyday classics.

Tulalip Bay is located within the impressive Tulalip Resort and Casino — beautifully decorated, loaded with comforts and technology, and filled with artwork and tributes to the heritage and culture of the Tulalip Tribe.

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You don’t need to be a hotel guest (although I would recommend them as an overnight stop any day) or a casino player to enjoy the restaurant. You can stop in on your way to and from the premium outlets which are just next door, while you’re at Tulalip for a show, or on your way to Seattle. They also have a “dinner and a show” package available if you’re heading down for acts like Kenny Rogers, Patton Oswalt, or Smokey Robinson.

Tulalip Bay is the fine dining option at Tulalip Resort and Casino but it’s definitely worth treating yourself (and your date) to its opulent flavours and abundant regional wine selection. Take Exit 202 from the I-5 and look for the resort on the West side of the highway. It’s right between Wal-Mart and the Premium Outlets. Follow @TulalipResort on Twitter for more information.

Disclosure: Review
I was not paid to write this post or any other. My meal was compliments of Tulalip Resort and Casino during a media visit. This did not influence the outcome of my post.

Get Real Vancouver Wedding Photography Workshop

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 — 9:44am PDT
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Nordica Photography, friends of Miss604.com, have just announced that they are hosting a wedding photography workshop in November called “Get Real Vancouver“. With only 20 seats available, this exclusive event has a very high value for those serious about improving their photography and their business through discussions about motivation and creativity. They’ll also cover everything about running a wedding photography business, from editing to websites and SEO.

From Above
John & Me. Photo by Nordica Photography

The two-day immersive workshop will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm on November 6th and 7th, 2012 at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver with guest speakers Fer Juaristi and Nirav Patel, along with hosts Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography.

Why host an event for wedding photographers in a competitive market like Vancouver? Cole and Jakob told me that by making the industry stronger, everyone will benefit. “There are no shortcuts in photography. That’s for sure, and no workshop on earth is going to give you what you need to turnaround your business overnight.”

“We learned early with Nordica that artistic entrepreneurs will move their business forward much faster if they focus on cooperation rather than competition, which is why hosting an event like this makes total sense to us. We’re thinking big though with Get Real, and this is the first of many we have planned in other parts of the world.”


Tickets are currently available for Get Real Vancouver and you can follow @NordicaPhoto on Twitter for more information. Browse the Nordica Photography blog and stories page as well to check out their dreamy portfolio.

Vancouver History: Photographer Walter Edwin Frost

Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT
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Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives and the Vancouver Archives as much as I do, I often come across material from the same handful of photographers. Thanks to their work, we have a glimpse at what Vancouver life was like over many decades, building up from the tents at Granville Townsite. Today I have decided to feature the photography of Walter Edwin Frost:

1930s BCER Street Car. Archives item# CVA 447-1580 & 1955 CNR diesel. Archives item# CVA 447-1197.

1930s – Vancouver Harbour Commissioners Terminal Railway Steam Engine #202.
Archives item # CVA 447-734

Walter E. Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898. After World War I he bought a Kodak roll film camera and began to photograph his city and the ships and trains that carry its life-blood. He was an avid amateur photographer interested in ships, trains, and the city of Vancouver. He stopped taking photographs in the mid 1970s. He died in 1988. [Source: MemoryBC]

1973 – Europe Hotel. Archives item# CVA 447-95
& 1972 – Flack Block, Hastings & Cambie. Archives item# CVA 447-380.

1951 – Granville Bridge at 4th. Archives item# CVA 447-135.

1949 – Hastings & Burrard. Archives item# CVA 447-389 & 1959 – Granville & Cordova. Archives item# CVA 447-325.

Frost directly donated his collection over over 10,000 articles to the Vancouver Archives in 1985. The fonds consists of family photographs and Frost’s photographs of Vancouver city scenes; steam and diesel locomotives and other railway scenes; and ships in Vancouver harbours and docked at various Vancouver piers and wharves.

1953 – Nine o’clock gun in Stanley Park. Archives item# CVA 447-26 &
1927 – Orpheum Theatre being constructed. Archives item# CVA 447-397.

1930 – CPR Railway tracks & Carrall Street. Archives item# CVA 447-285.

Previously profiled photographers: Philip Timms, Bailey Bros., Don Coltman, Fred Herzog, Leonard Frank.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 10:43am PDT
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After a scorching end to last week we start this one off under a few clouds. Summer is still alive and kicking as the Fair at the PNE ramps up (complete with a Star Trek exhibition), free outdoor movie nights continue, and Live at Sqmuamish draws nearer.

Take a quick break from back to school shopping and check out some of the photos that have been submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool this week that include the Crankworks in Whistler, the Colour Me Rad 5K and the Vancouver Zombie Walk:

SeaWheeze sunset yoga event, Kits Beach
Photo credit: Judy B – The Travelling Eye on Flickr

Color Me Rad 5K
Photo credit: gherringer on Flickr

Free PNE Admission & Gate Deals 2012

Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 10:09am PDT
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The Fair at the PNE kicked off this weekend bringing attractions, exhibitions, mini donuts, the marketplace, SuperDogs, concerts, and more to the fairgrounds for the 102nd year. The PNE is a summertime staple for locals, tourists, and families from across BC.

Summer Funnin
Photo credit: Weed Whacker on Flickr

Until 12:00pm today (Monday, August 20, 2012) gate admission is free for all. Here are a few more ways you can save on admission and get the most out of your PNE visit this year:

Free Admission for Children

The PNE has brought back its program offering free admission to the fair for children 13 and under, when accompanied by an adult. A maximum of 5 children can get in free with each paying adult (over 21 years old) on any day of the fair.

Vancity Member Day

Vancity Credit Union members are invited to the Fair at the PNE on Wednesday, August 22nd from 11:00am until closing for an admission price of just $5. Last year over 15,000 members presented their debit cards or enviro Visa cards to gain entry for themselves and a friend for $5 each. Visit the main gates (off Hastings and Renfrew) for this deal.

You can also save on admission and Playland ride passes by picking them up ahead of time at participating Safeway and 7-Eleven stores in the Lower Mainland.

Get more out of your visit to the Fair at the PNE by enjoying the WestJet Family Fun Series, Summer Night Concerts, and the nightly Pop City! fireworks celebration. Follow @PNE_Playland on Twitter and Facebook for more event information and possible deals this season.

12×12 Photo Marathon: Raw Talent Exhibit 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 5:15pm PDT
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The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon takes place tomorrow as 60 photographers traverse the city to each capture 12 exposures of 12 subjects. This competition has skyrocketed in popularity in four short years, selling out early each time.

Participants, of all skill levels, get to combine their keen eye for photography with a sort of scavenger hunt all within a 12 hour timeframe. Themes or words to use as inspiration for subjects are announced every hour on the hour from the event’s home base at COFFEEBAR in Gastown. Once it’s all over and done, a panel of judges will review each snapshot from each participant and award prizes for creativity, aesthetics, theme interpretation, and overall series.

Once the rolls of film are developed, no one besides the organizers and judges gets to see the results until the Raw Talent Exhibit. Every single photo is presented, every photographer gets equal billing, every stroke of genius and disastrous technical malfunction is bared to the world. For one day. The photos then live on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence, available for anyone to share. A photographic documentary of a day in Vancouver as seen by the people who shape the city.

The Raw Talent Exhibit will then take place September 22nd at the Salt Building in the Village at False Creek. You can imagine that an exhibit of this magnitude (organizing 720 developed photos from 60 photographers) could use a bit of support so organizers have decided to crowdfund.

“12×12 brings people together to share a common love of art and photography,” says Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Creator of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. “The Raw Talent Crowdfunding project is yet another way to build on this foundation. As all previous cycles of 12×12, this year’s exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be brought to you BY the public thanks to the online fundraiser!”

If you would like to support the Raw Talent Exhibit, you can click to donate here and help make this unique event possible.

Follow the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon on Twitter and Facebook and follow the tag #12x12YVR on Saturday, August 18, 2012 as the competition takes place.