Vancouver Photos of the Week: January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 9:39am PDT
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While the rest of the country is socked in with mounting piles of snow and plummeting temperatures, here in Vancouver we’re enjoying spectacular sunsets, frosty mornings, salted sidewalks, and inevitable rain showers. The following images have been contributed to the Miss604 Flickr Pool over the last week or so and we have our first #Photos604 picture from Instagram as well.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Happy New Year 2014 - Stanley Park, Vancouver
Photo credit: Winson Tang on Flickr

Vancouver Block Hudson's Bay
Photo credit: midbach & midbach on Flickr

Photo credit: phoenix45photo on Flickr

Ferry parkade No Exit IMG_0827.jpg
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave & Jason Gallant. & ross montgomery on Flickr

Steamed Waiting Room
Photo credit: eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee & Carlos Lavara on Flickr

Granville Windows
Photo credit: Jason Gallant. on Flickr

hovering and streaming
Photo credit: Shannon Leigh Photography on Flickr

2014, 44th Annual White Rock Polar Bear Swim DSC_3878 2014 Penguin Plunge
Photo credit: TylerIngram & greatscott94 & Kyler Storm on Flickr

The Stage Orpheum Ceiling
Photo credit: azcangal & azcangal on Flickr

Behind The Green Door
Photo credit: Carlos Lavara on Flickr

#van4life #vancouver #van4life #vancouver #gastown #vancouverstreetart
Photo credit: & on Flickr

Coast Guard - New Years Day Sunrise  Steveston White Rock Beach Pier at sunset
Photo credit: Erich J. Harvey & Tim Shields BC on Flickr

From out of the Fog
Photo credit: Monochromca on Flickr

Sunsets & Bubbles
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Sunset over False Creek Olympic Village sunset
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs & Kevin Krebs on Flickr

Vancouver's Winter Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Photo credit: Claùde Martin photography on Flickr

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Photo credit: greatscott94 & greatscott94 on Flickr

Photo credit: greatscott94 on Flickr

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.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2014: Nominations Open

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 — 4:05pm PDT
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Nominations are now open for the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in Vancouver. This is the 31st anniversary of the awards which celebrate women in various fields who have inspired, educated, and paved the way for future generations.

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YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2011
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Since 1984, the awards have paid tribute to 374 outstanding women and organizations. You can nominate a deserving woman in any of the following categories: Arts, Culture & Design; Business & the Professions; Community Building; Education, Training & Development; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Sustainability; Health, Wellness & Active Living; Non-Profit & Public Service; Technology and Science Research; and Young Woman of Distinction.

The nomination period ends Friday, March 7, 2013 at 12:00pm. The 31st annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards ceremony will take place on June 3rd at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. There is a reception, gala dinner, silent auction, and awards ceremony.

2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Nomination Information Session

A free nomination information session will be held on Tuesday, 14 January, 2014 at the YWCA (535 Hornby Street 4th Floor, Welch Room).

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Miss604 is a proud social media sponsor of this event for the 5th year.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Book Week: White Spot Cookbook

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 — 10:14am PDT
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It’s Book Week this week on as I start a giveaway for a cool BC book each day. Today’s featured book is the White Spot Cookbook, which is available now at White Spot restaurant location.

White Spot Cookbook

This 160 page cookbook features 50-60 recipes along with the history of the restaurant for its 85th anniversary.

The White Spot Cookbook is a visually-rich collection of memories and recipes conveying the spirit of the legendary restaurant, and its evolution from a single drive-in location in 1928 to a modern family restaurant with more than 65 locations in B.C and Alberta.

Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography, the book features recipes for classic dishes like Chicken Pot Pie and Fish & Chips, as well as contemporary feature entrées like Salmon Prawn & Scallop Risotto – all tailored for the home cook. Experience White Spot’s rich heritage through historical photos and testimonials from long-time staff and celebrities, such as Michael Bublé, Red Robinson, Pat Quinn, and Wayne Cox.

The book covers favourites for each meal of the day however, if you’re looking for the coveted Triple “O” sauce recipe you won’t find it within these pages (I didn’t discover the Caramilk Secret when I visited the Cadbury chocolate factory in Toronto either).

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Book Week Giveaway

Here’s how you can enter to win the White Spot Cookbook:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win copy of the @White_Spot cookbook from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at 12:00pm. Follow White Spot on Twitter and Facebook to learn about their latest menu offerings.

Update The winner is Lori Bazan!

Dine Out Vancouver 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 — 8:58am PDT
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Dine Out Vancouver 2014Dine out Vancouver returns January 17th to February 2nd, 2014.

This is Canada’s largest restaurant festival, produced by Tourism Vancouver and presented by American Express, where you can enjoy offerings from hundreds of restaurants, culinary events, and dozens of hotel options to make your Dine Out Vancouver experience last.

Dine Out Vancouver 2014

Search by restaurant, menu price, cuisine, neighbourhood, and narrow your options based on dietary needs such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Each participating restaurant is hosting a prix-fixe menu for Dine Out Vancouver that is either $18, $28, or $38. Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Dine Out Preview - Coast Dine Out Preview - Italian Kitchen

Culinary Events

ACT 1, EAT 1: Gob Squad’s Kitchen
Dates: January 16

Chef Soup Experiment
50 chefs, 50 ingredients, one massively delicious soup. That’s the plan anyway.
Dates: January 17

A rare, after-hours opportunity to taste the best of Granville Island, Canadian dairy cheese, & the Wines of British Columbia.
Dates: January 17 SOLD OUT

Once in a while something outlandish happens when a group of visionaries get inspired to create something audacious.
Dates: Jan 17 -19, 24 -26, 31, Feb 1, 2

Jazz up your dinner with this New York City saxophonist.
Dates: January 17, 18, 19

Vancouver’s most unique culinary road trip sells out every year. Hop on board this food filled adventure and enjoy a dining experience like no other.
Dates: Jan 17, 18, 24, 31, Feb 1

High tea like you’ve never had it before. Seriously.
Dates: Jan 17, 18, 23, 24, 30, 31, Feb 1

Side Dishes – The Best of Hawksworth
Join other adventurous food lovers for “the Best of Hawksworth”
Dates: January 18, 21, 25, 28, Feb 1

Celebrate all things craft beer & food in this tasty tour of Vancouver’s burgeoning brewery district.
Dates: Jan 18, 23, 24, 31

Brunch Crawl – West End
Vancouver’s West End is the focus of this unique “Vancouver Foodster” inspired Sunday morning adventure in brunch!
Dates: January 19

Six Vancouver chefs discuss what’s on their mind in this ‘Follow Me Foodie’ curated experience.
Dates: January 20

Food For Thought – Urban Thai Bistro
Awaken the senses with an array of music, fashion and Thai tapas.
Dates: January 21

Create your own flatbread craft pizza, and drink local craft beer. Need we say more?
Dates: January 21, 22

FOOD-TOGRAPHY: A Culinary Photography Tour
Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food! Learn to do it like a pro!
Dates: Jan 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31

ACT 1, EAT 1: L.A. Party
William Shatner “speaks” about science and art via Star Trek video clips
Dates: January 22

Get the inside taste on one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods in this delicious journey.
Dates: Jan 23, 29, 30, 31

Film Feast – Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Join the Shangri-La Hotel on a culinary journey to Japan in this inspirational pairing of dinner and a movie.
Dates: January 22, 28 SOLD OUT

Take a midday break to sample from a collection of food trucks at Vancouver’s original Street Food Pod!
Dates: January 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

ACT 1, EAT 1: Measure for Measure
“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall”. And we all love a Shakespeare play and dinner at Siena for all!
Dates: January 22, 29

Dinner at the Birdcage
“Dinner and a Show” goes glam in this re-interpretation of a cult classic drag cabaret.
Dates: January 23

Food For Thought – Soiree Lounge
Awaken the senses with this interesting combination of tapas, music and art.
Dates: January 23

The Snowshoe Fondue
What’s a winter food festival without a snowshoe trek and an ‘all you need is cheese’ fondue to follow?
Dates: January 24

Brunch Crawl – East Side
Vancouver’s East Side neighbourhood is the focus of this unique “Vancouver Foodster” inspired Sunday morning adventure in brunch!
Dates: January 26

All “YEW” Need is Cheese
Cheese…It’s all about the cheese…
Dates: January 27

Let your inner artiste shine through in this unique blending of food, wine, and colour.
Dates: January 27

Organic sprouted grains are the basis for this dough demo, talk, wine tasting and nibbling event.
Dates: January 28

Food For Thought – Thai House Kits
Awaken the senses with art, fashion and Thai tapas.
Dates: January 28

ACT 1, EAT 1: Have I No Mouth
An achingly intimate work that balances on a knife’s edge between comedy and trauma
Dates: January 30

Jazz up your dinner with the music of The Max Roach and Clifford Brown Quintet.
Dates: January 30, 31, February 1, 2

The Grape Debate
All bets are off in this head to head debate on a key issue facing the British Columbia wine industry. All is resolved with the wine tasting that follows!
Dates: January 31

Discover something new as you taste and tour your way around Granville Island.
Dates: February 1

Follow Dine Out Vancouver on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information and contest opportunities.

Book Week: Grant Lawrence

Monday, January 6th, 2014 — 11:24am PDT
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Canadian broadcaster and author Grant Lawrence has returned from his recent book tour that included: “5,812 kilometres. 30 events. 25 musicians. 12 libraries. 10 flights. 8 bars. 5 arts centres. 4 theatres. 3 bookstores. 2 rental cars. 1 lost CBC Sweater.” His new book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie was released by Douglas & McIntyre in the fall and currently sits on their bestseller list.

lonleyendoftherinkIn this deeply personal, yet incredibly witty memoir about Grant’s relationship with hockey, the narrative passes back and forth between tales of Grant’s life and a fascinating history of hockey, complete with lively anecdotes about the many colourful characters of the NHL.

This is a side-splitting account of how hockey has played into various periods of his life, first as a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet, then a rock star, and finally, a CBC broadcaster. Complete with Lawrence’s signature storytelling ability, this witty and personal book is a quintessentially Canadian story about our cultural lives, told through the grill of a goalie mask.

Not only does it contain colourful anecdotes about the history of the NHL, it is also chock full of stories about many Canadian celebrities—including comedians, musicians and actors—whose lives have been affected by the game.

The book delves deeply into hockey history, 1970s to 2000s, through the eyes of an on-again off-again Vancouver Canucks fan and as Andy Holloway writes for the National Post: “Despite its title and cover photo [Lawrence’s book] is actually less about being a goalie for the Vancouver Flying Vees, the team he cofounded along with other musicians, and more about finding where one fits in life.”

Book Week Giveaway

Every day this week I will give away a cool BC book. Here’s how to enter to win today’s featured title The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win copy of @GrantLawrence’s #thelonelyendoftherink from @DMPublishers + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, January 13, 2013 at 12:00pm. Follow Grant Lawrence’s everyday adventures on Twitter.

Update The winner is Anne Derkat!