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Preview: Hawkers Market

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Hawkers Market is just around the corner on May 11th, and this one is sure to be even better than the last. We sat down with Chris Jerome, the creator of Vancouver’s ‘chapter’ of the underground night market, and he gave us a sneak peek for what to expect this go around.

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Still located in Strathcona’s East Van Studios, and this time things will be expanded — featuring a great outdoor area in the back for people to enjoy. With $4 craft beer from Storm Brewing, and chill beats from Chapel Sound it’s the perfect way to wrap up your weekend.

There are a ton of great vendors to check out, with a lot more savoury options this time, too. Bambudda will be on hand serving up a full pig roast, as well as their steam buns — so you can totally skip dinner. These guys are opening their doors in the Gastown neighbourhood soon, so this is a perfect opportunity to see what the buzz has been about.

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We Against The Grain is a local company who create gluten-free goodies, and will be there with their signature Yay-nola — made from seeds, nuts, unsweetened applesauce and a touch of unpasteurized honey.

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Yummus will be back, this time doing a scaled-down version of their ShwāyShwāy Cafe, which is popping-up at The Chinatown Experiment on 434 Columbia St. this week on May 3, 4, and 5. The pop-up is organized by Yash who is also behind Yummus, the new family of locally made hummus with popular flavours such as Smoked and Moroccan Spice. There will also be three long-table family style dinners each night too — click here for tickets!

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Hana Etsuko of Let’s Cooking is doing some authentic Japanese cuisine, including fun snacks like OnigiriPella Sauces will have a great selection of Indian food, from their house made curry sauces, rice, curry and lamb, while Sunday Dinner Catering will be back with their popular Cannolis for dessert.

If you’re looking for some comfort food, give Holy Crepe a try. This mobile creperie company will have two large crepe machines and will have both  savoury and sweet options on the menu.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth you absolutely must satisfy, Dolce Delights will be ready for you. Owner Stephanie Sia creates delicious cupcakes in great flavors such as earl grey, red velvet and Oreo cookie. Or maybe you’re feeling a little naughty? Then try a boozy ice cream sundae from the Adult Sundae Bar (the creation of up-and-coming Brown Paper Packages). Choose one of their delicious handmade artisanal ice creams like vanilla, chocolate or vegan coconut — and pile it high with delicious ‘adult’ toppings like rum soaked fruit, cassis soaked raspberries, and double chocolate fudge sauce. No fake colored sprinkles here!

Or if you’re looking for something a little lighter, perhaps an alcohol infused Popsicle from Nice Pops is more your speed?

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In The Oven Baking will be back with the amazing vegan, gluten-free caramels. If you’re looking for a dairy-free caramel that will blow your head-off, you need to give them a try. After that, you can wash it all down with a beautiful cup of Chai Tea from Palki Chai, the brainchild of Palki Restaurant — who have two locations in the lower mainland. 

The ladies at Sweet Lilly Bakery are the creative minds behind Choose Your Own Adventure S’mores, a unique s’more experience featuring handmade crackers and cookies in lemon, honey graham, chocolate, or coconut. Choose your marshmallows from creative flavours like earl grey, vanilla bean, pineapple, strawberry — and no s’more would be complete without local bean to bar chocolate from local Vancouver chocolatier Take a Fancy Chocolates. Yum! Choose from combos like Pina colada (coconut cracker/pineapple marshmallow), or mix’n’match and build your own!

Basically, there is something for everyone at Hawkers Market. If you’re into discovering great new food and meeting new people — it can’t be missed.

Tickets are just $10 available here, and at the door.

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The Roof at Black+Blue Launch Party

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Last week we had the pleasure of attending Glowbal Group's celebration for their new stunning rooftop patio at Black+Blue, aptly called The Roof at Black+Blue. With a sleek and positively urban vibe, The Roof has stunning views of the city for you to enjoy while you lounge near the fire, and soak up the gorgeous ambiance.

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“We’re excited to add something unique to Vancouver’s patio scene,” owner Emad Yacoub said about the new addition. “The Roof is something we’ve envisioned at Black+Blue from the outset and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to dine on the upper deck or enjoy cocktails in the lounge area with neighbouring city views.”

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Jeremy with travel writer Lenora Hayman; Richard Wolak with Kelly Marion

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Guests mingled and enjoyed a selection of generous cuts of prime meats, skewered fish, seafood and poultry cooked over wood coals in the patio’s Josper Grill.  

Other notable menu offerings include a selection of freshly baked forno flatbreads in the Woodstone Pizza Oven, appetizers and shared plates. 

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The Roof at Black+Blue offers “seasonal sippers” and classic shaker cocktails on their menu, the likes of Mai Tais, Sangria, Pimm’s Cup, Mojitos, as well as a large selection of wines by the glass or bottle.

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Jeremy with Vancouver food reporter Erin Ireland

After a couple hours, the party moved inside to the mezzanine level, to allow a new stream of guests to check out The Roof. 

This was a pretty big party (we heard one person say 2200 people were expected), and everyone was wearing different colour wristbands which were designated to different time slots in different areas.

The staff at Black+Blue were super organized during the event, and did a great job at not making anyone feel rushed. After all, this wasn’t a party you wanted to leave to soon! 

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Jeremy with Cassandra of Good Life Vancouver, and Kelly from Marionate Overnight.

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The Roof at Black+Blue is now open for business seven days a week, and we think you need to go check it out.

Boasting ample seating for 120 guests, this would make the perfect spot for an after work cocktail, or a romantic night for two. It also features an adjustable roof top, allowing for that all-too-common unexpected Vancouver rain shower. Their heating system was also pretty amazing, so you’ll be sure to stay nice and toasty warm on those cooler summer nights.

A warm congratulations to owners Shannon Bosa-Yacoub and Emad Yacoub, as well as Executive Chef Jason Labahn on the beautiful new Roof at Black+Blue. 

Vancouver has a fair share of patios, but this is one that surely cannot be missed.

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Grain Tasting Bar Launch Party @ The Hyatt Regency Hotel

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The Hyatt is quickly becoming one of our favorite new (old) places in town.

We were here not too long ago to check out the Art of Taste package at Mosaic, located on the second level. The food was spectacular, and we were blown away by the level of service and attention to detail involved in our experience there.

Naturally we were excited to check out Grain Tasting Bar, which is housed on the first level of the building, but with equally spectacular views of the city through its long stretching picturesque windows. 

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Under the creative direction of Chef Thomas Heinrich (pictured above left, with Director of Food and Beverage Michael Halloran) the menu at Grain is all about showcasing some of the best that British Columbia has to offer.

With quality suppliers like Oyama Sausage and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, you can expect a mouth-watering selection of nibbles to choose from — from the Smoked Wood Fire Pizza, to the Spring Creek Ranch Beef Tartar. You can even indulge in some locally sourced caviar from the Sunshine Coast. Yup, Grain’s got it all covered.

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While you’re here you must try their “build-your-own” Cheese and Charcuterie Board. Served up with house-made mustard, jam, chutney, pickled veggies and breads, it’s probably one of the most affordable in city at just $22 for the large size.

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Grain specializes in artisan cocktails, regional wines and craft beer. Their playful distillations menu focuses on Canadian spirits, introducing cocktails like Honey & Basil, made with Victoria gin, or the frothy Vanilla Sky, made with Canadian Club Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, egg whites and vanilla extract. 

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About Grain Tasting Bar

Grain Tasting Bar is a unique cocktail lounge and urban retreat for downtown Vancouverites. Featuring architecture and reclaimed wood accents, the cool new tasting lounge offers and inventive menu of seasonally inspired cuisine in a modern setting. Quality ingredients, meticulous preparation and a genuine love for flavor allow the food to speak for itself. Grain specializes in artisan cocktails, regional wines, craft beer, and fresh, local cuisine. Under Chef Thomas Heinrich’s direction, Grain is a pure culinary experience that infuses the flavours of British Columbia by sourcing its ingredients from local and sustainable suppliers.

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