Strathcona Beer Company as the name suggests is located in the Strathcona neighbourhood. At the corner of 895 E Hastings and Campbell Ave is a 12,000 sqft brewery complete with ample seating (long communal tables and diner booths), a pizza station and even a growler […]
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We spent an afternoon with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association folks touring their upcoming Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver which will take place May 31st & June 7th 2014. Did you know that Strathcona is an area that many people have yet to explore, with little knowing what great brand reside in our own Vancouver backyard. (Yup, guilty as charged). On May 31 and June 7, featured tours will give Vancouverites an exclusive look into the amazing local talent and artistry of the Strathcona district in East Vancouver, focusing on the manufacturing industry, food industry, creative works and unique hidden gems.
Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver
- May 31st | Manufacturing & Hidden Gems: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
- June 7th | Food & Creative: This ticket allows you two tours of your choice as well as a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at The Settlement Building afterwards.
So where exactly is “Strathcona“? Strathcona resides within the historic boundaries of Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street. Strathcona is generally recognized as Vancouver’s oldest residential neighborhood. Strathcona is quickly emerging as the new business hub in Vancouver. It is growing with some of the best Vancouver restaurants such as: Cuchillo, Ask For Luigi, The Union Bar, The Parker, Kessel and March, and even Phnom Penh. Strathcona is home to over 500 businesses populate the area, making it a stable and celebrated local community where independent businesses are coming to thrive. Alongside some of Canada’s most well-known brands such as Herschel Supply Company and Aritzia. Hey, I picked up my Mackage leather moto jacket for my engagement photos there too!
So what happened on the Made In Strathcona Media Tour? We first became at AGRO Cafe to talk shop about coffee. AGRO stands for Agricultural. Growers, Resource. Organization. Founder and CEO Blake Hanacek opened the doors to A.G.R.O. Cafe & Roasting House in October 2006. Blake cups every bag of coffee spends alot of time on the roaster. A Dark Roast bean contains more caffeine than a Light Roast bean due to its stronger flavor? False. Light Roast actually has more caffeine!
Next stop was The Butler Did It Catering Co 620 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3H8 (604) 739-3663. For as long as I remembered, my company is a client Butler Catering. Butler Did It Catering offers Outside/In-house Catering, Weddings Catering, Corporate Catering, Catered Breakfast, Lunch Catering, Full Service Dinner Buffet, Sit Down Catering, Cocktail Catering, Christmas Catering and BBQ Catering. It was interesting to see their operations and nibble on some samples before heading off to the next stop. Every day, orders are prepped for the following day, marked and packaged.
These goat cheese coated grapes were really delicious and refreshing. Who knew grapes and goat cheese would go well together!
Then it was off to see some local wood work manufacturing at Yew Woodshop 1295 Frances St Vancouver BC V6A 1Z4 778-999-9667 / House of Doors 1295 Frances St, Vancouver, BC V6A (604) 737-1748. Yew Woodshop and House of Doors shared space and provides local business in Vancouver with custom wood design solution. Did you know? 90% of their wood are reclaimed? How seriously beautiful is making something discarded and upcycled to something beautiful like that table below? I really wanted to take that table home for my new home!
Then we were whisked off on a bus to Christine Lingerie 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7 (604) 253-0350. Christine has been in the garment industry for over 40 years in Vancouver. She has seen the robust era of garment manufacturing in the 80s and still continues to makes silk lingerie, silk gowns, bridal, luxury sleepwear, pajamas. Her line is carried at Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, etc. If you shop store front at 821 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1H7, you may be able to score some pieces at a discount.
Nomss fans use Christine Lingerie promo code: MEDIA303 to receive 15% off.
Our last stop for the night ended at the Vancouver Urban Winery 55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3 (604) 566-9463. The winery features a tasting bar and wine tours where Vancouerites can explore wine-on-tap via freshTAP. The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including Roaring Twenties Wine Co. Has a The Belgard Kitchen with high ceilings, button tuft booths and brunch on the weekends.
Made In Strathcona promo code: BLOGGER50 for 50% off.
Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.ca
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Not that I need another reason to love Strathcona. But the transformation is nice. It’s nice to see a few more independent eateries with unique culinary flare rather than cookie cutters on conveyer belts. Now I have another reason to go to Chinatown besides Phnom Penh The Parker, East of Main and Campagnolo. The Union Bar located on 219 Union Street, Vancouver is recently opened restaurant bar with a modern take on Southeast Asian dishes: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysian, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Tiffany green industrial oversized lamps, wooden long tables and benches and open bar makes this place inviting and delicious. By the way, in the summer months, The Union Bar has a killer patio space opened. I absolutely adore long tables and the communal vibe it represents. Service is attentive, friendly with tons are great recommendations!
It is Happy Hour on a Thursday and what better way to celebrate girl’s night than with some $10 (all doubles) cocktails.
Think whisky sour! Slightly less bitter and sweeter (but not so much). It’s a man’s drink for a girl…
This baby have you fooled. At first glance it tricks your mind into thinking it is sweet, dessert like. It is not. It is refreshing with some sourness and some punch of vodka.
Girly green cocktail with refreshing cucumber juice and the zestiness of kaffir lime.
Before the food even arrived, I am already planning my next visit to try their Banga (cocktail made with a jar and stick) – #4 pineapple, cilantro, cardamom, cachaca, chili water
Plump little suckers packing in flavourful broth that I don’t mind slurping and soaking my bread in.
Chicken Wings 12: every order comes with about 10 wings that is coated with Thai Hot Nahm Jim Glaze. Slightly crispy but moist and tender inside. And although they are slightly tiny, it rallies those at Phnom Penh. These are slightly sweet, tangy and spicy, while the ones at PP are more peppery and deep fried.
Crispy Pork Belly Bún Vermicelli Bowl 11: this noodle bowl is loaded with pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, bean sprouts, scallions and is served with nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping fish sauce). Please pour sparingly, because although it is in a little tea cup is quite sour. We made the mistake of doing so. Crispy pork belly reminds me of Chinese roasted pork, only drier. It would be nice if the fat glistened a bit more.
I really wanted to try The Union Bar desserts, particularly the Coconut Pannacotta 7: pineapple salsa & shaved ice, but alas there was no room left. Would someone please treat me?
Early Evening Features: 5-6:30pm
Mondays: Banh Mi & a Pint $10
Tuesdays: Jeepney Cocktails $6
Sundays: Bangas $6 all night
The Union Bar
Hours: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
219 Union Street Vancouver, BC V6A 0B4
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Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is a local craft beer brewery in Richmond behind Ironwood in Steveston. This craft brewery is a place for big geeks, pop culture, comics and anime. You will recognize it by the names of the draft, the retro video games console, […]
Taps and Tacos is a new Mexican restaurant in Port Moody. It is located on 91 Moody Street and Saint Johns Street – diagonally across from Pizzeria Spacca Napoli and just up the street from Brewery Row (Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewing, The […]
Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield are pleased to announce the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver.
Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and Reliance White are each sourced from single vineyards in the Okanagan. The series’ name pays homage to Railtown’s industrial legacy: Reliance Metal Works was the original tenant of the 1920s-era warehouse—now known as The Settlement Building—where Vancouver Urban Winery is located.
Reliance Red and Reliance White are being released alongside new 2016 vintages of VUW’s proprietary core trinity: Pinot Gris, Rosé and Merlot, all made at Okanagan Crush Pad’s Summerland facility.
VUW Reliance Red ($28.90) | Production: 225 cases
Sustainably-farmed grapes grown in the clay sub-soils of Serendipity Winery’s 10-acre vineyard on the north end of the Naramata Bench allow this Merlot to strike a balance between structure and freshness with a complex nose of ripe plum, black cherry, sweet spice, and sage.
VUW Reliance White 2016 ($24.90) | Production: 350 cases
Grown on Stoneboat Estate Vineyard’s heritage vines located on the lower Black Sage Bench of Oliver, this Northern Italian-style, alpine blend of Pinot Blanc (80%) and Müller-Thurgau (20%) grapes boasts a rich but refreshing palate with notes of fresh pear, apricot, lemon curd, and tarragon.
VUW Merlot ($19) | Production: 445 cases
A celebration of BC’s most popular variety and no-fuss every day drinking. This wine is all about fruit. It saw minimal time in oak to preserve freshness and crushability. A consummate cool climate red.
VUW Pinot Gris ($17) | Production: 355 cases
Pinot Gris is a natural fit for super natural British Columbia. The VUW Pinot Gris is no exception. All steel. No oak. Just pure, refreshing, BC fruit.
VUW Rosé ($17) | Production: 395 cases
Pink wine is life. A BC Rosé made in the elegant Provencal style. Perfectly crisp and dry but with unabashed Okanagan fruit character.
Vancouver Urban Winery
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3
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Pink Pearl Chinese Seafood Restaurant 珠城大酒樓 is one of the oldest Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located at 1132 E Hastings Street at Clark Drive. This restaurant opened for business 40 years ago in 1980. It is older than me! Celebrating 4 decades of culinary […]
Harvest Community Foods (or as I like to refer to Harvest Union) is a local grocer servicing the Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood at 243 Union St. The grocery and food shop began is a community project (This Space), in which a public vote determined the use of the site. Harvest also offers an innovative chef-crafted CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of bi-weekly seasonal farm produce (available year round, multiple weeks or an entire season).
Chef and Partner Gabriella Meyer and Owner Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co. creates a neighbourly environment that is casual, warm and captures the essence of farm to table dining in a cafe setting.
Harvest carries local foods and products and offers a delicious, healthy noodle menu filled with a variety of fresh vegetables and meats. The broth is rich and not greasy. You leave filling full but not stuffed. I love the variety of hearty ingredients and the pork shoulder is SO tender!
#29: Ramen with squash, miso broth, nori, scallion, radish, and sesame. It is a vegetarian noodle bowl. But for me, I added some pork shoulder and am ajitama egg to my ramen. Let’s be real here!
#17: Udon with sake kazu chicken, watercress and shitake mushrooms.
Next time, I really need to try their dry noodle #31 with rice noodle and hazelnut, smoked chilli and greens.
Harvest Community Foods
Cuisine: Ramen, Grocery
Mon 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
243 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z7
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