Monthly Archives: May 2012

Win tickets to Eat! Vancouver from WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!


Photo credit - Eat! Vancouver/MCM MarketingEat! Vancouver is just around the corner and WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com want to send you and a guest to check out this awesome food and beverage extravaganza!! Enter by posting the following on Twitter.

“I entered to win 2 @Eat_Vancouver passes from @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb! http://wp.me/pVVWR-z5  RT to enter!”

You will get an additional entry in the contest for subscribing to WhatsForLunchBC.com and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!! (One entry for each subscription) You will also get an additional entry for following @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb on Twitter!!

Eat! Vancouver runs from June 1-3 at BC Place. The contest will run until Sunday May 27th so start tweeting, following and subscribing!! I look forward to seeing you there!

Scott.

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Canada Day + Awesome music + Surrey = the best day ever.

Surrey Is The Bomb dot com!

Surrey’s Canada Day festivities have grown to be the largest in western Canada drawing over 100,000 visitors to last years event. This year it’s looking like another blockbuster with everything from a freestyle motocross demo team, lots of fun activities for the kids, two stages featuring live music all day and a fireworks show to close out the evening. The Main Stage, presented by Chevron, will feature local favourite Hannah Georgas and 6 time Juno award winner Sam Roberts. The Second Stage, presented by 100.5 The Peak will feature the top 20 bands from it’s Peak Performance Project.

 

Last year’s event was crazy awesome, who will I see there this year?? Surrey Canada Day 2012 happens on Sunday July 1st (obviously…) at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre at the corner of 176th street and 64th Avenue and runs from 10am until 11pm (approximately) . Check out some videos from the artists featured at this years…

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These shirts are as cool as the other side of the pillow.

Surrey Is The Bomb dot com!

Hey Surrey lovers, check out our new line of T-shirts and stickers! If you love Surrey, and If you love us, say it loud with a kick ass shirt! Click on the image below to check out colours, sizes, styles and pricing!

Scott.

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What’s happening with Beerthirst at Vancouver Craft Beer Week


Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off this Friday, May 18th at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Gastown. I will be there with the Beerthirst crew so come find us! Wait, you want to hang out with us all week? Well ok, here’s a rundown of where we’ll be!

Saturday May 19th we will be at O’Hares Pub in Steveston (5031 Steveston Hwy) for the Russell Brewing/North Coast Brewing tap takeover from 6pm-closing. This is a non ticketed event, all you have to do is show up! There will be a Russell dry hopped double IPA cask and a keg of the VCBW collaboration beer!! As an added bonus Leo will also be giving out free hugs to anyone who sings his favourite Duran Duran song to him.

Sunday May 20th we’ll be at Hogshack Cookhouse in Steveston (3900 Bayview st) for the debut of Odin Brewing in Canada. I’m particularly excited about this event because Odin takes great care in making sure their beers pair well with food, and as you all know I love the Hogshack! This one runs from 6-10pm, tickets are $35. Call 604-272-7264 for tickets and tell them Scotty sent you.

Monday May 21st we will be at Biercraft on Cambie (3305 Cambie st) for a Belgian Showcase with over 50 Belgian and Belgian style beers along with Belgian inspired hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and are all inclusive, just call 604-874-6900.

Tuesday and Wednesday there are some great events all around town but the Beerthirst crew and I will be chugging Pepto Bismol and piggybacking Tylenol and Advil to get ready for Thursday. Check out vancouvercraftbeerweek.com to see what’s up on our days off.

Thursday we’ll be at The Pumphouse Pub in Richmond (6031 Blundell rd) from 5pm-late for the Elysian Tap Takeover and Homebrew contest. 20 different beers from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing with their brewmaster Dick Cantwell on hand. He will be judging the homebrew contest where I look forward to trying Tony “The Warlock” Iaci’s much hyped homebrew. Tony is the manager at the Pumphouse so I’ll be watching closely for back room deal making.

Friday May 25th from 5-10pm and Saturday the 26th from 2-7pm (which is my birthday, in case you wanted to buy me something) we will be at the VCBW Beer Festival at The Salt Building in the Olympic Village (85 west 1st ave). If you have tickets already you are a lucky duck as both days are sold out!!

If you ever wanted to stalk me this is the time! See you next week craft beer lovers!!

Scott.

Street Meet Truck!


Have you ever had a bad meal at one of the many food trucks dotted around the streets of Vancouver? Looking back on the past couple of years I can honestly say that I’ve only had one sub par meal, and it wasn’t really “bad” it just could’ve been better. One of the newest trucks to hit the streets is the Street Meet Truck, this is one of the coolest looking trucks in town. It has a sweet chrome flying pig hood ornament, crazy graphics and sweet underside lighting but you’ll have to find them somewhere at night to check that out. Their truck is also a slightly different model than the ones used by other food truckers, it has a more “big rig” look to it, quite impressive.

Seeing as I decided to visit on the first really nice day of the year the line up was predictably long but the crew in the truck were upbeat and very friendly, pushing out food like a well oiled machine. The menu is described as Mediterranean food and it definitely is, with a decidedly Italian influence. Chef Alessandro Vianello and Chef Mike Carter say their goal is to bring addictive fine foods at an affordable price to the streets of Vancouver, let’s see how they did.

First up I had the Crispy Fried Risotto Balls with slow braised pork, green onions and truffle aioli. These are some tasty balls people. The crunch on the outside is just right and the rich warm goodness inside is very rich and full of flavour. Served on a bed of greens the left over aioli also makes a nice little salad to accompany the risotto balls. Very nice.

Next I had the Grilled Spicy Italian Sausage with stewed red peppers and Taleggio cheese served on a toasted baguette. The sausage is made from high quality local pork and it tastes great, just a little heat and not too salty. The casing has a nice snap to it as well. The baguette poses a challenge to those looking to stay clean, it takes some biting power to get through the toasted crust and you may end up with stewed red peppers on your shirt. The bun is great though, very fresh and airy inside. The Cheese is very soft and gooey and adds a nice creamy balance to the acid of the peppers and the heat of the sausage. There are also some scratch made potato chips with this dish that are really good.

So there it is, another great meal from one of Vancouver’s ever growing family of food trucks. To find out where the Street Meet Truck is at Follow them on Twitter @StreetMeetTruck, Check out their website at StreetMeetTruck.ca or use the uber awesome Street Food App on your iPhone (an Android version would be nice…nudge nudge)

Scott.

Make the weekend awesome with stuffed French toast


Who doesn’t love a big breakfast on the weekend? I know that a lot of people don’t bother because it takes so long and is devoured so quickly. But guys, it doesn’t take that long and it’s worth it. If you do it frequently you’ll get into a rhythm and soon it takes no time at all to whip up a big breakfast. Another way to get in the groove of making breakfast items is to make them for dinner. Somehow it’s okay to spend 30 mins making dinner, but to spend that time Sat/Sun morning seems like a stretch to some people. It’s so worth it!

Each recipe listed below serves 4 and only takes 25 minutes

Option 1 – Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast 

  • 8 slices of day old bread- I kind of love Texas Toast for this
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • creamy peanut butter
  • liquid honey
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • tablespoon or so of vanilla
  • optional tablespoon or so of rum (dark, amber, or white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • butter for frying
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Spread peanutbutter onto all 8 slices of bread, on 4 slices add banana slices, on the other 4 drizzle some honey. Stick together to make sandwiches and set aside.
  2. In a flat bottom dish, whisk the eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, rum if you are using it, and spices until combined.
  3. Heat frying pan, skillet, or grill on medium heat, 350-375F or until the butter begins to sizzle.
  4. Dip each sandwich in the mixture on each side, and place into the hot pan.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and flip, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. The sandwiches should be golden brown.
  6. Remove from pan and very carefully cut in half diagonally. The peanut butter will be very hot and will ooze out of the sandwich if you press too hard.
  7. Arrange a sandwich on a plate and sprinkle generously with icing sugar.

Option #2 – Apricot (or any fruit preserve) and Cheese Stuffed French Toast

  • 8 slices of day old French bread, or more if using a Baguette
  • Apricot preserve, or your favourite jam or fruit preserve
  • softened cream cheese for spreading, or sliced Swiss cheese if you’re extra fancy
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • tablespoon or so of vanilla
  • optional tablespoon or so of rum (dark, amber, or white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • butter for frying
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Spread apricot preserve onto 4 slices of bread, on the remaining 4 slices spread with cream cheese. Stick together to make sandwiches and set aside. If using Swiss Cheese, put preserve on both pieces of bread and put a layer of sliced cheese in the middle.
  2. In a flat bottom dish, whisk the eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, rum if you are using it, and spices until combined.
  3. Heat frying pan, skillet, or grill on medium heat, 350-375F or until the butter begins to sizzle.
  4. Dip each sandwich in the mixture on each side, and place into the hot pan.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and flip, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. The sandwiches should be golden brown.
  6. Remove from pan and very carefully cut in half diagonally.
  7. Arrange a sandwich on a plate and sprinkle generously with icing sugar.

Option #3 – Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast

  • 8 slices of day old bread, again Texas Toast is great
  • fresh sliced strawberries
  • Nutella
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • tablespoon or so of vanilla
  • optional tablespoon or so of rum (dark, amber, or white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • butter for frying
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on all slices of bread. Place sliced strawberries on 4 slices of bread, use other 4 slices to stick together to make sandwiches and set aside.
  2. In a flat bottom dish, whisk the eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, rum if you are using it, and spices until combined.
  3. Heat frying pan, skillet, or grill on medium heat, 350-375F or until the butter begins to sizzle.
  4. Dip each sandwich in the mixture on each side, and place into the hot pan.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and flip, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. The sandwiches should be golden brown.
  6. Remove from pan and very carefully cut in half diagonally.
  7. Arrange a sandwich on a plate and sprinkle generously with icing sugar.

You can serve any of these on their own because they are pretty hearty, but it’s extra awesome with the savoury flavours of sausages and/or bacon. You might want syrup, but I encourage you to try it without it first. And you know what? This would be an excellent and easy thing to surprise your mother with this Sunday. Enjoy! – Rochele 

Saying goodbye to an old friend.


Those of you who follow me on Twitter may know that my dogs health has been a roller coaster ride over the past year. There were many times I thought the end had come for him but he seemed to miraculously recover and come out looking better and healthier than ever. This time is different, he is truly at the end of the road. I’ll spare you the details but I wanted to tell you all about my amazing dog Cooper and all that he has meant to me over the past 11+ years.

Cooper was a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab cross who was picked up by the Surrey SPCA in the spring of 2001 after roaming the streets of Whalley and Guildford. They moved him the the Vancouver branch of the SPCA as it seemed no one in Surrey wanted such a big dog. When I met Cooper he was the only dog in the shelter that wasn’t a Rottweiler or a Pitbull, he was the only dog who didn’t lunge at me when I approached his kennel. They figured he was roughly 1 year old as he was fully grown (around 100lbs) and his teeth were very clean.

Cooper came home with us later that day and somehow we found out he knew some hand signals, he had obviously been someone’s dog and had escaped which we would find out very shortly he was incredibly good at. Our vet figured he was a guard dog for a grow op and he was very leery of men, all men except for me for the first few weeks. Repeated attempts at crate training simply proved he could escape from a crate, keeping him in the garage while we went to work proved that he could open a garage door, he was like Houdini. On more than one occasion I came home to find a note on my door from Surrey By-law Enforcement officers saying they had chased Cooper all over Fleetwood only to follow him home, watch him open the  garage door and disappear back into the house where they couldn’t get to him.

After that he earned the spot of ruler of the house. No more garage, no more crate, he could sleep on the couch all day without a care in the world. Cooper also had the ability to leap a 6 foot tall fence without needing a running start. We found this out while in Lake Chelan, Washington where we were visiting some friends. We had left Cooper in the big fenced back yard as I thought he’d be happier there. Turns out he was happier jumping the fence and running all over the hills outside Chelan. He always came back though, always. The last time he ran away was almost 2 years ago to the day. It was the day we brought Hayley, our daughter, home from the hospital. Our friend Doug found him playing with some kids in his favourite park.

We went for our last 3 walks yesterday afternoon, last night and this morning. We visited all of his favourite places in our neighbourhood, the park behind Frost Road Elementary School, the field behind Surrey Christian School, Doug’s driveway, he had a dump on the lawn of the house down the street, I’m sure that guy will miss him a lot (sometimes I forgot to bring a bag). I made him steak and roasted potatoes for dinner and let him lay with me on the couch. He had scrambled eggs, sausage and toast for breakfast this morning.

Cooper was with me through a lot of big moments in my life, a divorce, 9/11, many career changes, the birth of my daughter, he has always been a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to complain to, a crazy dance party companion and a best friend. He passed away peacefully in my arms today at 12:07 at Newton Animal Hospital. I stayed with him for half an hour after he was gone and told him I loved him, petted him and cried.  I’ll be taking him up to Green Lake, near 70 Mile House, it was his favourite place and he deserves to spend eternity there. I miss you already buddy. If you have pets you understand, if you don`t have pets I can`t describe it, it`s a helpless feeling. Sorry to bum you guys out, I just needed to tell you about him.

Scott.