Dunn’s Famous Poutine Festival

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 1:46pm PDT
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Dunn’s Famous is currently hosting a poutine promotion, showing off its 6 flavours and poutine styles. From now until March 21, 2012, diners can enjoy any 3 poutines for $9.99 or all 6 selections for $17.99. You can also enjoy a full size poutine Quebecois and draft beer for $9.99 after 10:00pm.

Dunn's Poutine

Poutine options: Quebecoise (cheese curds & Dunn’s special gravy), Dunn’s (cheese curds, Dunn’s special gravy & chopped Montreal smoked meat), Peppercorn (cheese curds & peppercorn sauce), Italienne (cheese curds & meat sauce), Dunn’s Italienne (cheese curds & meat sauce with chopped Montréal smoked meat), Vegetarian (cheese curds, vegetarian gravy).

I stopped by for lunch with my mother to try their 3-poutine special, choosing the Dunn’s, Italienne, and Peppercorn. She preferred the simplicity of the Peppercorn while I enjoyed the multitude of flavours mixed together in the Dunn’s.

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Dunn's Poutine

To promote the poutine festival, or “bonanza” as our server called it, I have 4 gift cards up for grabs, each loaded with $50 to spend at Dunn’s. I will award the gift cards to 4 different winners so they can try out Dunn’s smoked meat sandwiches and poutine combos with friends. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming your ideal poutine topping (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards for @DunnsFamousBC from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/9ejH5

I will draw four winners who will each receive a $50 gift card at 10:00am next Thursday, March 1, 2012. Dunn’s is located at 827 Seymour and is open every day from 10:00am until midnight.

The winners are Jonathan, Amman Hirji, @winniekwan83, @b_yasmin – congratulations!

Vancouver History: 1915-1930 Style

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 10:54am PDT
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Art Deco Chic, the latest exhibit from the Museum of Vancouver, opens March 7, 2012 and I am currently doing a ticket giveaway for opening night. In conjunction with this, I thought it would be fun to browse the Vancouver Archives and preview some historic style from Vancouver’s earlier years.

(Left) 1916 – BC Sugar Refinery picnic. Archives item# CVA 99-429. Photographer: Stuart Thomson
(Right) 1917 – Women dressed for the War Dance. Archives item# CVA 99-495. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1926 – Lord & Lady Byng at the CPR station. Archives item# Port P9. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1927 – Opening day of the Vancouver Exhibition. Archives item# CVA 99-1766. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1928 – Opening day of Landsowne Races. Archives item# CVA 99-1749. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1929 – Woman at LaSalle Recreations. Archives item# CVA 99-2059. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1929 – Society girls. Archives item# CVA 99-2408. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1929 – Polo spectators. Archives item# CVA 99-2583. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

1929 – Skiing on Grouse Mountain. Archives item# CVA 99-2002. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

(Left) 1920s – Mrs. Charlotte Williams. Archives item# Port P612.2.
(Right) 1932 – Miss Violet Barlow. Archives item# Port P490.3.

1930 – At the courthouse leaving for Hazelton. Archives item# CVA 99-2138. Photographer: Stuart Thomson

Women & Beer Pairing Mingler at Rogue

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 9:54am PDT
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One of the most popular events at last year’s Vancouver Craft Beer Week was “Women and Beer”. Beers made by women, enjoyed by women, and paired by women. There’s another chance to enjoy an event of this kind (outside of VCBW) in March at Rogue.

What A Rogue Women in Beer Pairing Mingler
Where Rogue Kitchen + Wetbar (at Waterfront Station)
When Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 6:30pm (International Women’s Day)
Tickets $55 per person (men welcome) plus taxes. Available online.

There will be 8 beers presented by 8 BC women in beer from 8 breweries paired with 8 creations from Rogue’s Chef Cory Chapman. The line-up includes:

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Photo credit: bitzi on Flickr

Big River Brewing Company
Claire Connolly – Rose Hibiscus Honey Ale
R&B Brewing Company
Kim Marrington – Lychee Wheat Ale
Gulf Island Brewing Company
Becky Julseth – Heatherdale Ale
Crannog Ales
Rebecca Kneen – Something Hoppy
Howe Sound Brewing
Leslie Fenn – Cascadian Dark Ale
The Cannery Brewing Company
Patt Dyck – Scotch Ale
Nelson Brewing Company
Tessa Gabiniewicz – Oatmeal Stout
Townsite Brewing Company
Karen Skadsheim – PowTow Porter

Around the world, there’s the Barleys Angels network which “is committed to involving women in the enjoyment of craft beer by creating environments where women can learn more about beer in a friendly, educational and supportive atmosphere, thus creating more women beer enthusiasts, and, ultimately, involving more women in beer- and brewery-related careers.”

Thanks to Lundy Dale from Barley’s Angels: Pink Pints for the information about this event and for linking other BC Beer Blog by Women on her site: Becks Beer Blog, Daughters of Beer, and Ruby Suitcase.

Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Florence and the Machine at Deer Lake Park Burnaby

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 3:24pm PDT
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It was announced today that this summer Florence + the Machine will be playing one of our region’s most spectacular outdoor venues, Deer Lake Park.


Catch their powerful anthems, lead by Florence Welch, Friday, July 20, 2012 along with guests, The Walkmen as they embark on the second leg of their North American tour following the release of the album Ceremonials in the last fall.

With recent appearances on Saturday Night Live, GMA, X-Factor, The View, VH 1 Divas and Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve, Florence fans will get to enjoy the star in a triumphant return to the live stage. Florence + the Machine are expected to perform songs from Ceremonials as well as songs from her multi-platinum debut album Lungs. Florence + the Machine will also be appearing on an upcoming MTV Unplugged in March.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10:00am for $49.50 (plus fees) and this is an all ages, general admission show.

I also have a pair of beat the box office tickets up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite Florence + the Machine song (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to Florence + the Machine @flo_tweet from @LiveNationWest & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/9cUmF

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:45am this Friday. Update The winner is Ashley! (Comment February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM).

Where to Watch the Oscars in Vancouver 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 2:34pm PDT
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The 84th Annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, February 26, 2012 as millions will watch as achievements in film this year are celebrated. You can watch Billy Crystal take to the stage from the comfort of your own home, online, or at events around Vancouver.

Photo credit: lincolnblues

Hamilton Street Grill Oscar Party
Where: Hamilton Street Grill at 1009 Hamilton in Yaletown
When: Starting at 4:00pm
What: Viewing of the awards show on the big screens, light canapes, prizes for costumes and Oscar voting ballots, popcorn, games, and more.
Tickets: $20 per person, call (604) 331-1511 to reserve your spot.

VIFF Oscar Par-tay
Where: Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour
When: 4:00pm
What: Oscar viewing party on the big scren. UPDATE: This event will support Out in Schools.
Tickets: Free if you have a Vancity Theatre Membership or purchase one for $2.

Cinema Public House
Where: 901 Granville
When: From 4:00pm until 3:00am
What: Red carpet treatment with champagne fountain upon arrival. A 3 course prix-fixe menu, 4 Oscar-themed cocktails, and prizes including a $100 Holt Renfrew gift card for the best-dressed guests and winners of the Oscar voting.
Tickets: $35 VIP tickets for the prixe-fixe dinner and 2 drinks, or $25 tickets for dinner only. Available online.

VOKRA Oscar Party
Where: The Morrissey (1227 Granville St)
When: 3:30pm (earlybirds get free appetizers). Red carpet 4:00pm, broadcast 5:00pm
What: A benefit for the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.
Tickets: Admission is a suggested donation of $20 for VOKRA. Reservations can be made for groups of six or more by calling (604) 682-0909.

Delta’s Oscar Party
Where: Sharkey’s Restaurant on the Water, Ladner
When: Doors at 4:00pm, pre-show at 5:00pm
What: Red carpet welcome, screening of the telecast, dinner, swag bags, Oscar ballot contest, and more. Net proceeds will support the Arts in Delta.
Tickets: $30 each and available online.

Watch Online
CTV will have the Oscars in Canada with red carpet coverage starting at 3:00pm Pacific time. Lainey Lui will be live-blogging from the press room and you can join an Oscar live chat.

Pattullo Bridge Public Workshops

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 12:54pm PDT
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Tonight in New Westminster, you can join Translink at a workshop to learn about their latest plans to get the bridge replaced by 2018.

The Pattullo Bridge
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

The two-year consultation process getting underway is shaping up to be a tussle between Surrey and New Westminster over how big a bridge is needed.

Surrey’s mayor has demanded a six-lane bridge – which TransLink also leans toward – but many in New Westminster fear it would pour too much traffic into their already congested city, resulting in gridlock. Some suggest the bridge be angled further northeast to it bypass New Westminster altogether and connect better to Coquitlam and Highway 1.

That option has been ruled out, TransLink roads director Sany Zein said, because Burnaby- or New West-bound traffic would have to detour too far, more roadwork would be needed and the river there is wider, doubling the bridge’s price. He said TransLink’s base case calls for a six-lane bridge – four lanes for general purpose traffic and two reserved for trucks. [New West News Leader]

The workshops this week will aim to gather public feedback about the bridge and the proposed configurations that would connect King George, Scott Road and Surrey’s South Fraser Perimeter Road to Royal Avenue, McBride and Columbia in New Westminster.

New Westminster at 6:30pm, presentation at 7:00pm
Where Centennial Community Centre (65 East 6th Ave)
Date Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Where Inn at the Quay
When Thursday, February 23, 2012

Surrey at 6:30pm, presentation at 7:00pm
Where Surrey City Centre Library (10350 University Drive)
When Wednesday, February 22 & Monday, February 27, 2012

The last time I wrote about plans for the new Pattullo Bridge it was September, 2010. Since 2006, I have been writing about the 75-year old bridge, its history, its random fires, and its dangerous corners. You can have your say by attending the workshops or by filling out an online questionnaire until March 9, 2012.