Loutet Park to Host First North Shore Urban Farm


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 — 10:20am PDT
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A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the first urban farm on the North Shore this weekend at Loutet Park. On February 26th from 3:30pm until 4:30pm public are welcome to attend the event that will launch the edible garden project in North Vancouver.

Vegetable garden
Photo credit: Downing Street on Flickr

The farm will produce vegetables on the North Shore, for North Shore residents, allowing them to source their products locally and not from across the bridge. The urban farm will be managed by farmers Gail Spurr and Jo White from the Edible Garden Project as well as members of the community.

“This is not your typical farm,” says Heather Johnstone, Edible Garden Project Coordinator. “We’re lucky to be located next to an elementary school so students will have a chance to be involved. Plus, we are able to provide gardening workshops and set up volunteer opportunities on site – this will be a farm where the community is very much involved.”

The Loutet Farm is a project of the North Shore Neighbourhood House, UBC and the CNV. The Edible Garden Project manages community gardens, the Sharing Backyard Bounty garden sharing program, and the Strong Roots education program.

The groundbreaking for Loutet Farm will take place at the South end of Loutet Park (at 14th St and Rufus Ave, North Vancouver). Follow @The_EGP on Twitter for more community garden updates.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 — 1:10pm PDT
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The following photo essay was experienced and contributed by John Biehler exclusively for Miss604.com

After driving for a number of hours from Courtenay, our tour pulled up to the beautiful Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. I didn’t quite know what to expect before arriving but when we did, we were all awestruck by the natural waterfront setting the resort was built around.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Immediately upon checking into my room, the stunning views overwhelmed me with every well appointed room having floor to ceiling windows. Even the bathroom had glass doors that could be opened allowing you to see the ocean from the enormous bathtub and shower:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

One very unique feature of an oceanfront resort like this is that you can’t help but leave your windows and balcony doors open at night…nothing is more soothing than hearing the waves crash below your window. The only downside to a room like this is that you may not get much sleep as you’ll want to watch the sun come up in the morning everyday, no matter what time that may be.

Sunrise out my window
Sunrise from my balcony

After getting settled, we headed down to the wine cellar, located in the lower portion of the resort where Executive Chef Andrew Springett had created a special menu to allow us to sample everything the restaurant had to offer:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Dinner featured a selection of Vancouver Island and BC wines including Averill Creek Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Alderlea Hearth and Quail’s Gate Chenin Blanc:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

We then began with plate after plate of unique food combinations and wine pairings:

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Birch Syrup Cured Coho Salmon, Poached Spot Prawn, Micro Celery

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Fraser Valley Rabbit, Celeriac & Green Apple Remoulade, Red Leaf Greens

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Warm squab breast, parmesan truffle ravioli, onion & leek fondue

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Apple Glazed Black Cod, Crisp Gnocchi, Scallions with Japanese Mushrooms,
Lemon Dressed Apple and Frisee Salad

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
Sauterne poached pear, almond glass, sweet Genoise

It’s worth noting that the Black Rock had the fastest wireless internet connection speed I’ve ever experienced, let alone in a hotel. It certainly made it easier to quickly upload all the photos you see in this post while I was staying there, giving me more time to enjoy the amazing views from my room.

Sadly it's time to check out of the Black Rock

Suffice to say, I didn’t want to leave.

Related posts from the rest of the tour of Vancouver Island include caving in the Horne Lake Caves, surfing in Ucluelet and a zodiac tour of the Broken Group Islands.

John is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at johnbiehler.com where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.

Disclosure: Activities, services and dining experiences during the trip were compliments of Tourism Vancouver Island or the operators and businesses mentioned.

A Miss604.com guest post by John Biehler

Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.

http://www.johnbiehler.com

Current Swell at Winterruption, Win Tickets


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 — 10:35am PDT
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Granville Island’s Winterruption festival takes place this weekend, featuring concerts, plays, sculptural exhibitions, performances and plenty of activities for the kids. One of the concerts is with Current Swell, Saturday February 26th at 9:00pm.


Current Swell – Young And Able

Current Swell, a band based in Victoria BC, is in the foreground of the “new roots” music front pushing out of Canada’s west coast. The band has been around for a few years getting their early recognition around the world as a mainstay in the “surf rock” community.

Hayley Sales will also be performing and this will be an all-ages show with tickets on sale now for $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

Check out Current Swell on Twitter or Facebook for more information and music from the band. If you would like to attend this show, I have a pair of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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  • I entered to win tickets to see @CurrentSwell at #Winterruption from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/41heq

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm Thursday, February 24, 2011.

    Update The winner is Mark!

    The Big Book Drive


    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 — 9:30am PDT
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    The Big Book Drive will take place this Saturday at Lansdowne Mall in Richmond. Spearheaded by an SFU Project Management team, they will be collecting book donations that will go to the Salvation Army’s Family Support Services and other literacy-related programs.

    The Big Book Drive

    Organizer Joseph Choi told me by email: “All books collected will go towards the Salvation Army’s Family Support Services and their other literacy-related programs so that we can provide books to help low-income families and children.”

    Items they would like to collect include textbooks, comic books, magazines (no adult material), novels, journals, and catalogues. The goal is 2,000 books of all genres that will go towards literacy programs in BC for all ages.

    The Big Book Drive will be at Lansdowne (No 3 Road at Alderbridge Way, outside of Toys R Us) from 9:30am until 4:00pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011. They will host another book drive event March 19th and 20th.

    Vancouver Women in Film Festival 2011


    Monday, February 21st, 2011 — 11:26am PDT
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    The 6th annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival returns this March with over 45 feature and short-length films, the return of the Digital Media Forum, Awards, Pitching Sessions, Panels, Networking Events, and a special screening of the Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) short film showcase to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th).

    Aside from the variety of films the festival provides some excellent networking opportunities at their opening and closing galas as well as the Meet & Greet Event which will take place February 10th at Moxie’s on Davie from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The Meet & Greet is a free event and no RSVP is required.

    The Digital Media Forum is a unique event all on its own as well. It’s one full day of panels and discussions focusing on women working in the digital media realm. Sessions include topic like moving forward in social media (what’s next?), making a go of a career in digital media, how to apply these tool to the film and television industry, and more.

    Tickets for filmes and events start at $25 (Women in Film members), $35 (non-members) and $80 for whole festival passes. Follow the WIFF blog, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube for additional information.

    To celebrate the film festival Rosoee Indian Kitchen has offered up an amazing bounty of prizes for my readers. Rasoee is a new eat-in or take-out Indian restaurant on Robson Street (at Hamilton) and they are also the caterers/sponsors of the Women in Film Festival’s opening reception. I have the following prizes to give away:

    Spotlight Gala
    Two tickets to the Opening Night screening of Black Field, gala reception tickets
    Saturday March 5, 2011Schedule
    Two tickets to a screening of The Neighbour
    Two tickets to a screening of Leave Them Laughing
    Sunday March 6, 2011Schedule
    Two tickets to a Our Journeys – Narrative Shorts Part 2 with Talkback
    Two tickets to a screening of A Window Looking In & Sisters in Arms
    Two tickets to a screening of Amazon Falls

    All winners will also receive a gift certificate for lunch or dinner at Rasoee. Here’s how you can enter to win tickets and a complimentary meal at Rasoee:

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    I will draw all 6 winners (at random, from all combined entries) on Friday, February 25th at 12:00pm.

    Update The winners are: @JillianWalker (A Window Looking In & Sisters in Arms), Larry (Opening Night), @JustinneRamirez (Leave Them Laughing), Heather Lindsay (Amazon Falls), Nicole L (Neighbour), Judith (Narratives on Sunday).

    Update I have a pass to the Digital Media Forum to give away as well. This takes place Friday, March 4th from 9:30am until 5:30pm. If you would like to enter to win, please add a comment to this post or post the following on Twitter (all other entries will also be counted).

    I entered to win @VWIFF2011 Digital Media Forum tickets from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/40AJj

    I will draw one winner tomorrow, Tuesday March 1st at 12:00pm.

    Update The Digital Media Forum winner is Sarah.

    Old House Restaurant in Courtenay


    Monday, February 21st, 2011 — 10:36am PDT
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    The following photo essay was experienced and contributed by John Biehler exclusively for Miss604.com

    After a day of travelling around the Comox Valley, we headed to the Old House Restaurant, which is the namesake of the hotel & spa we were staying at. Built in 1938 by the Kirk Family, who lived in the house until about 1973 when it was renovated to become a restaurant fixture in the Comox Valley.

    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant

    We began the evening with a visit to the Artisan Bread Bar which had a number of types of fresh baked bread and a huge assortment of butters and sauces:

    Old House Restaurant

    Along with the bread, we started things off with jumbo prawns in chipotle lime wrapped in bacon with a pea green salad:

    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant

    For the main course, I opted for the 8 oz New York steak, wild mushroom demi-glace, with garlic mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables:

    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant

    One of my dinner companions chose the Pan Seared Ling Cod – locally caught with spiced mustard glaze, seasonal vegetables, & citrus scented wild rice blend:

    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant

    For dessert, we shared the Cappuccino Cheesecake and the Old House Brownie with Hazelnut Gelato. They were a delicious and decadent end to the meal.

    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant
    Dinner at the Old House Restaurant

    Related posts from the rest of the tour of Vancouver Island include caving in the Horne Lake Caves, surfing in Ucluelet and a zodiac tour of the Broken Group Islands.

    John is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at johnbiehler.com where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.

    Disclosure: Activities, services and dining experiences during the trip were compliments of Tourism Vancouver Island or the operators and businesses mentioned.

    A Miss604.com guest post by John Biehler

    Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.

    http://www.johnbiehler.com