New Vegan Cookbook: Eat Awesome


Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 — 10:21am PDT
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Several times a day you can look at a blog, Twitter stream, Facebook post or Pinterest and find photos of food — but it’s not often that these posts turn into a full 70+ page e-book. For Paul Jarvis however, it was a natural progression. The Tofino-based web designer, musician, and vegan has just launched Eat Awesome A regular person’s guide to eating plant-based whole foods.

Eat Awesome
Cover photo by Marnie Recker

Paul Jarvis, whom I first met when I interviewed his band Mojave back in 2008, posts simple and colourful images of his food – with ingredients like almond milk, quinoa, cashew cream, and hemp seeds – to his Instagram account.

“Dozens of friends, family members, and social media buddies have been asking me how to cook like I cook, eat like I eat,” says Paul who ended up typing up recipes by email to all those who inquired. “It occurred to me that I ought to save myself (and my friends) some serious time, and just write a book.”

Eat Awesome is available for download right now for just $5 and is splashed with taste-bud tingling photos courtesy of Marnie Recker. Chapters include dressings and sauces, meals, desserts and drinks. Once you’ve read the book Paul even offers up some Twitter updates that you can copy and paste to help spread the word.

The e-book asks, “If you are what you eat, why not eat awesome?” and Paul hopes that you’ll do just that. “I don’t know everything. But food is my life, and my life is pretty awesome.” If you would like to check out the book, you can leave a comment on this post to enter to win 1 of 5 copies. You can also post the following on Twitter to enter to win:

I want to #EatAwesome & win a copy of @pjrvsWP’s book from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/a52X1

I will draw 5 winners at random from all entries on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Update The winners are @JoanneBee_, @juwelly, Jenny, Samantha, and Tamara!

April Events in Metro Vancouver 2012


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 — 1:24pm PDT
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April has arrived in Vancouver and along with it comes the city’s 126th birthday, Easter events, Vaisakhi, and more rain showers meaning more beautiful blossoms.

Whytecliff Park
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
UBC Bookstore: National Poetry Month Celebration
Vancouver Auto Show
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Twenty Something Theatre Presents The Bomb-itty of Errors (until April 22)
Vancouver Auto Show
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Cherry Jam Downtown
Vancouver Auto Show
Friday, April 6, 2012
Free Clothing Swap
Terminal City Rollergirls Season Opener
Vancouver Auto Show
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Local Easter Egg Hunts & Events
Vancouver Auto Show
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Days
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Local Easter Egg Hunts & Events
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Days
Vancouver Auto Show
Rosewood Hotel Georgia Easter Celebrations

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Concord Jersey Tuesday


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 — 11:24am PDT
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Concord Pacific, one of Canada’s leading developers, has began building an online community with conversations as Concord Social. Concord Social is: “an online community curating the best creative ideas in design, architecture, and technology from around the world and promoter of fun and engaging Vancouver events and activities.”

Concord helped shape Vancouver as we know it, with glass towers lining Yaletown’s southern border and more potential to come on north east side of False Creek. We’ve partied on their creekside land in pavilions during the Olympics, gathered there before a Run for the Cure, and engaged in discussions about their future developments. Their neighbours, over in Rogers Arena, are about to head into their playoff run and Concord Social would like you to celebrate and support the team in style.

Over the next three weeks, they’ve partnered with me to give away a jersey every Tuesday. Today’s first jersey giveaway is #33. He’s our team’s fearless captain, who’s currently on a +6 terror, All Star, gold medal-winning Olympian, Hart Memorial and Art Ross trophy-winner, and last summer he was named Swedish Athlete of the Year (alongside his brother Daniel).

Here’s how you can enter to win and proudly wear number #33 on your back:

  • Leave a comment here naming how you plan to watch the team’s playoff run (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a team jersey from @Concord_Pacific & @Miss604 #ConcordJerseyTuesday http://ow.ly/a3oOS

I will draw one winner next Tuesday that will be announced in the next Concord Jersey Tuesday contest post. Follow Concord Social on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their local and national developments.

Burr Block 120th Anniversary


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 — 10:45am PDT
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New Westminster will be celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Burr Block building this month. The old provincial capital was destroyed by fire in 1898 (twelve years after Vancouver’s “Great Fire”) and the Burr Block at 411-419 Columbia Street was only one of two buildings that remained. Today, it’s the home of the Met Hotel, Bar & Grill, and liquor store and they’re preparing to throw a birthday bash like no other.


1898 – Looking down Columbia Street from the top of Burr Block
Archives item# Out N582. Photographer: C.E. Bloomfield.

The Burr Block building was built by William Henry Burr (1827-1896), an early teacher and settler to the area. Mr. Burr was hard hit by the recession of the mid-1890s and eventually retired to Ladner, BC. An interesting aside, he was related to the famous actor, Raymond Burr, who played the leading role of lawyer/detective on The Perry Mason Show. [source]


1906 – Columbia at 4th, Burr Block. VPL Accession Number: 6925. Photographer: Philip Timms.

Constructed in 1892 at the height of the Victorian building and investment boom in New Westminster, the Burr Block is valued as an example of the Victorian Romanesque Revival style. It features extensive use of unglazed red brick and terra cotta ornament manufactured locally by the building’s contractor, Thomas Hemborough, and the Archibald Brothers. The Burr Block is an example of the work of architect George William Grant (1852-1925), a prolific architect, who designed many of the buildings in downtown New Westminster before and after the Great Fire.

Following the fire, he moved his office into the Burr Block, where he redesigned and restored the buildings that survived, and designed replacement blocks for those that were destroyed, much reduced in scale and opulence in comparison to pre-fire buildings. [source]

Burr Block Google Maps
Photo source: Google Maps.

Starting with a ceremony Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:00pm with birthday cake and the Mayor, The Met will kick off a week of celebrations and festivities including themed drink, food specials, and discounts. There will be nightly draws for gift cards and tickets to Lafflines, pints of 1892 lager, a three-course dinner for $18.92, and more. The ceremony with local dignitaries and birthday cake will be all-ages/kid-friendly however events in the pub are for those of legal drinking age.

Vancouver History: Stanley Park Zoo


Monday, April 2nd, 2012 — 3:24pm PDT
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Walking around Stanley Park nowadays there are hardly any remnants of the zoo that once housed over 50 species of animals, from monkeys and cobras to penguins and kangaroos. However, the old cement polar bear habitat still haunts the grounds just west of Brockton Oval and south of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Stanley Park Zoo

Stanley Park Zoo Stanley Park Zoo

Stanley Park Zoo

When I was young we would take day trips into the city and visit the animals in the zoo. The penguin tank was up closer to the aquarium. They would march up a platform, lie on their bellies, and slip down a slide into their pool of water. The process was repeated incessantly.

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New Richmond IKEA Opening & Contest


Monday, April 2nd, 2012 — 10:59am PDT
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IKEA in Richmond, which was one of the first IKEAs in Canada, will be moving across the parking lot to a new 334,000 square foot store this April. The new building will have a 600-seat restaurant, over 1,4000 parking spaces, and 100 bicycle racks.

IKEA
Photo credit: Tanenhaus on Flickr

Features of the new store

  • Geothermal installation to heat and cool the building
  • An edible rooftop garden for co-workers
  • Water storage and infiltration systems that will reduce the storm water flows and volume
  • The iconic IKEA navigation tower will also include rain water storage capabilities and solar panels that will be used to generate electricity to light the parking lot
  • A separate solar thermal installation on the roof will be used to generate warm water for the restaurant

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening ceremony on April 25, 2012 starting at 7:00am. The event will feature family entertainment and giveaways. You can find the new store, right near the old one which is closing April 22nd, on Jacombs Road in Richmond.

To celebrate the grand re-opening of IKEA Richmond, I have two $100 gift cards to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite IKEA product (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $100 gift card from @IKEACanada & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/a1KsD

I will draw two winners at random from all entries next Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:00pm. This contest is only open to BC residents. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win.

Update The winners are Curtis and @paperprincess_!