July 21, 2014

Midsummer Night x Market Wednesdays x Campagnola Restaurant

Midsummer Night dinner preview at Campagnolo Italian restaurant on Main Street in Strathcona on July 16, 2014.

Campagnolo Restaurant | Chinatown, Vancouver

A special family style supper club edition of Campagnolo’s Market Wednesdays dinner happens August 7th. Featuring a special menu inspired and made from fresh ingredients and produce from the Vancouver Farmers Markets at Main Street Station just down the block, the sold out feast is paired with wines from Masi. (Camp Upstairs bar manager Peter Van de Reep making cocktails, above.)

July 17, 2014

From Beer to Lunch x Steel & Oak Brewing x New Westminster

Beerfest for lunch at Steel & Oak Brewing Co.'s tasting room in New Westminster on July 10 and 11, 2014.

Steel & Oak Brewing | New Westminster, BC

I finally made it to the much buzzed about brand new craft brewery out in New West.

July 14, 2014

From the Weekend: Vancouver Canadians Baseball

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) game: Vancouver Canadians 6, Everett AquaSox 2 at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on July 11, 2014.

Vancouver Canadians Baseball | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium

Northwest League of Professional Baseball (NWL) match up of single-A rivals on this Friday night scorcher and rout for the home team. Highlight of the night: Off to the sushi races with Ms. BC Roll, Mr. Kappa Maki, and Chef Wasabi.

July 10, 2014

Cinemist: A New 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a remarkable achievement in combining traditional narrative filmmaking with digital performance and motion-capture technology and animalistic storytelling. The Planet of the Apes series is a curious one as Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly effective franchise revival leaving the door open to an eventual re-imagining of the greater ape world. Here, with a mostly new cast and storyline, as director Matt Reeves takes over for Rupert Wyatt, Dawn reaches the apex of this human/animal story using immaculate special effects to bridge the cinematic gap along with survivalist themes.

July 9, 2014

Cinemist: Bong Joon-ho Rides the 'Snowpiercer'

"The train is the world."
Bong Joon-ho Chris Evans Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer Movie

Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's first English language film, Snowpiercer, is an ambitious, adequately grim, allegorical film about a dystopian future using a contained, singular environment to explore big ideas and themes surrounding our individual humanity with an international cast. Based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, the film uses its high concept premise to delve into deep thematic issues and resolve humanity's primal survivalist instincts with cold rational thought.

July 8, 2014

From the Weekend: 3 Days in Portland

Portland Trip: 3 days in Portland wandering the the City of Roses in Oregon from June 26 to 28, 2014.

Ace Hotel | Portland, Oregon

Escaping the crazy, flash rainstorm outside by lounging inside Ace Hotel's lobby.

July 7, 2014

Indian Summer Festival 2014 x Opening Gala x Chinese Garden

2014 Indian Summer Festival's ISF2014 opening gala at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown on July 3, 2014.

2014 Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden @ Chinatown, Vancouver

An Indian Summer Festival taking place in a Chinese garden serving food and cuisine from Bangladesh, Thailand, China, and Japan. Only in Vancouver.