My Name is K.A.Y.-HUSH Magazine Interview with KAY

11 Aug

Kay is DEF a Vancouver FAV!! She is originally from Nova Scotia and is now living in LA but has close roots to VanCity! Check this amazing video interview of her from HUSH MAGAZINE

Show Kay some love by buying her song ‘My Name is KAY’ on iTunes

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The Juice Truck Mixes up Healthy Blends in Gastown

11 Aug

I have been hitting the Juice Truck almost weekly (or a couple times a week) since they opened on July 15th, 2011. The Juice Truck operates right at the corner of Water St. and Abbott St. in Gastown daily. They occasionally take their truck to Kits, but that is rare (make sure to check their twitter feed for any changes).

The Juice Truck offers a good sized selection of Juices and smoothies! I usually get the Hybrid which is carrot juice, ginger, fresh almond milk (they make it themselves with the special essence of cinnamon and cardamon!) and a banana. I usually get them to add a handful of spinach and have playfully named this creation the HYBRIZZLE! Don’t be afraid to order it by name! They will soon be offering shots of wheatgrass and they also sell cups of their almond milk on its own! You can even take a cup home to add to your cereal, coffee etc etc. Most all juices and smoothies are about $7 (they accept cash, credit card and debit for your purchasing convenience).

This juiciest truck in town, was the brain child of Zach Berman and Ryan Slater. These young entrepreneurs were inspired on their travels throughout Nepal, India and many other amazing countries where they would constantly see street vendors selling delicious juices on the side of the street (check out some of the photos of the fruits and juices from their journeys on their FACEBOOK PAGE). They decided to take their passion for healthy eating to the streets of Vancouver. The two are often assisted by their close friend aviya, who is the ultimate in awesomeness, and juice making! (I am certain her skills go far beyond juice!). This team is firstly, TALENTED! Their juices and smoothies are truly to die for! Secondly SUPER FRIENDLY. You will feel so welcome the moment you arrive. THIRDLY they are ADORABLE! Seriously, you will want to scoop them all up as your own personal juice makers!

On this particular day, and having just had a giant brunch, I decided to keep in light, and tried their special Lemonade which had fresh lemon, ginger, mint, rhubarb and strawberries $5.50. I waited anxiously for my drink and it came really quick! It was SUCH a gorgeous colour, I could not wait to taste it!

It was JUST as delicious as it looked! Amazing strawberries floating inside and yummy pieces of mint!

I also ordered a Raw Chai Brownie for later. These are only $2.50 and worth EVERY penny! They are made of Dates, Cacao, Hazlenut, Vanilla, Coconut Oil, Ground Flax Seed, Chai tea and a hint of Maple Syrup. I was happy to indulge in this tasty treat later that evening!

Make sure to check them out at Water St. and Abbott and keep it locked on their Website (coming soon)
They are also up for a FUEL Award! read more:

Gastown Shopping Tours with Jessie Carlson Wardrobe

27 Jul

Let veteran stylists Jessie Carlson and Michelle Addison of Jessie Carlson Wardrobe take you on a three-day private shopping experience. Gain expert advice, solve your wardrobe dilemmas and learn expert style advice while rediscovering shopping in Gastown.

When:
Dates: Sunday, July 24, Sunday August 7, and Sunday August 14
9:00am-12:00pm
Boutiques: The Block, One of A Few, Obakki
Fee: $145 per person
Registrants must email jessie@jessiecarlson.com.
www.jessiecarlson.com

** The shops will have drinks and treats for guests.

About the Principals:

JESSIE CARLSON has dressed Vancouver’s most stylish women for the past 8
years. With experience as a buyer and retail stylist, she began the company as a
part-time business, which quickly grew into a full-time venture. She is obsessed
with Chloe and Mulberry bags, j brand jeans, and the perfect t-shirt.

As a teenager, MICHELLE ADDISON gave her mother styling tips and found her
passion after friends and family began asking her for fashion advice. Her career
blossomed when she worked as a stylist and accessories buyer for boutiques
including The Block and One of a Few. With over 10 years of experience that
includes film industry work, Addison has become one of the city’s top fashion
experts. Her favorite designers include Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, and
Marc Jacobs.

Post by Nomfundo Dlamini AKA @MizReAdY FOLLOW!

Free Ice cream on Wednesday June 29th to Celebrate the Movie “Horrible Bosses”

28 Jun

Employees seeking a brief relief from their bosses—horrible or otherwise—can enjoy a fun alternative to the water cooler on Wednesday, June 29. To help celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of the comedy “Horrible Bosses”, an ice cream cart will be parked from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the corner of Burrard and Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver offering free frozen treats for anyone who needs a time-out from their killer workday. The first 25 people to arrive for their stress-soothing treat will also receive passes to an advance screening of the film and other special film-themed prizes.

Head down if you have the chance!!!

Bombay Brow Bar- NEW KITS LOCATION!

28 Jun

I had the opportunity to head over to Kitsilano after a long day in the office to try out the new location of Bombay Brown Bar. I had been to their Yaletown location before and loved it, so I knew I was in for a treat! One of the BBB creators and owners, Ravy was on hand to tell us all about the store.

The store is gorgeous! Located at 2206 West 4th Ave it is close to everything. I brought my friend Laura along with me so I could see the whole process! At Bombay Brow Bar they use threading which is a process where they use thread to take away the unwanted hair. It’s less and less painful the more often you go. It almost feels like they are shaving your brows, but they always come out perfectly!

I also go my brows done of course and they are looking fabulous two weeks later! A few plucks of unwanted hair and I am doing great!

Learn more about Bombay Brow Bar and book your next appointment by visiting their site www.bombaybrowbar.com

*ALSO note that Bombay Brow Bar has graciously donated a $25 Gift Card to my July 6th Tweetup at Calabash Bistro!Just one of the many great prizes! I hope to see you there! RSVP

Secret Locals Illuminated By “Green Lantern” Symbol

11 Jun

In celebration of the June 17th theatrical release and big-screen debut of “Green Lantern,” Warner Bros. Pictures will electrify 11 North American cities including Vancouver on Monday, June 13, encouraging people to Join the (Green Lantern) Corps.

To Join the Corps, fans will be invited to decipher local clues leading them to a secret location where the “Green Lantern” symbol will be projected from dusk until midnight. Those attending the events, sponsored by Kodak, will have the chance to win fantastic prizes, including an opportunity to be among the first to see the film at local preview screenings, limited edition T-shirts, light-up “Green Lantern” rings, “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” Blu-ray combo packs and more. And some people who are photographed with the projected symbol behind them will have their photos posted on the movie Facebook page

Watch closely as the clues will be revealed by the following media people/companies/stores etc.:

The Beat 94.5 FM (thebeat.com), CityTV, Fairchild Radio, Thick Magazine, Miss 604, Chapters Indigo on Robson Street, New Balance and Subway. Local comic book stores include: Book and Comic Emporium, Golden Age, Four Aces Comics, Imperial Hobbies, Gray Haven Hobbies, Tazmanian Comic Connection, Lucky’s Cards Music Comics, Rx Comics, The Comicshop, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Central City Comix Co, Hourglass Comics, Big Pete’s Sportscards,

Each will disclose one clue each day (for the week of Monday, June 6 until Friday, June 13) to help fans identify the “Green Lantern” symbol’s secret location. The first 17 fans to uncover the secret location and get their photo taken with the symbol at the location will receive passes to the advance screening, two days before the film’s nationwide theatrical release, plus other fantastic prizes.

“Green Lantern” opens in theaters nationwide in 3D and 2D on Friday, June 17, 2011
www.greenlantern.com

Check out the Trailer

Pink Elephant Thai Brings the Heat

9 Jun

I was lucky enough to attend a really fun evening at Pink Elephant Thai on Alberni St. in Downtown Vancouver. Pink Elephant Thai is the latest location for restauranteur, Desmond Chen who also owns Charm Modern Thai in Yaletown, Thai House in Yaletown, Urban Thai in Yaletown and Thai House on Robson St. to name a few.

Pink Elephant Thai is very very PINK! Men, don’t let it fool you! Although the decor is very feminine the food is most certainly not. Filled with non stop punch, heat and flavour everything I tasted was incredible.

We started the evening off with some appetizers. They graciously made me some crispy tofu! It was really fabulous! The silken tofu in the center was surrounded by a light crispy batter that exploded with a salty flavour that went perfectly with the spicy chili sauce that it was served with. I would get this again for sure.

The non vegetarians had some gorgeous Spicy Butterfly Butter Jumbo Tiger Prawns. These looked amazing and apparently tasted that way too.

Next up was the floating market and lettuce wraps. I didn’t get to taste the lettuce wraps as they were made with free range ostrich and oyster, but the others were really enjoying them. I had my own personal veggie floating market that was delicious! Who knew you could tempura a single leaf of spinach!

Veg Floating Market

Non veg Floating Market

Double ‘O’ Lettuce wraps

We then moved on to some amazing mains! I was lucky to have a couple of dishes made for me completely vegetarian. The Panang Curry and Pad Thai. The Pad Thai wasn’t as delicious as I had hoped, but the Panang Curry was OUTSTANDING! The spice, the coconut MMM! GET THIS!

Keang Panang Pla

Pad Thai

Some other items I didnt get to try:

Khao Mun Gai
Singapore style chicken with ginger rice

Coconut Curry

My favorite item of the night was the pinky martini! This was amazing!!! Pinky vodka is infused with Rose and then they mix it with cranberry juice and leche juice. Its really a great flavour. I am not a martini girl but I loved this!

It was great seeing some old friends and making some new ones!

Melody Fury, me and Dennis Pang

Mijune & Sherman

Owner Desmond Chen and Dennis Pang

They have these HUGE Singha Beer towers. I think they hold about 7-9 beers? Great for a big party or watching the game!

The Gorgeous chef, and this lovely man whose name escapes me. He has the most precious dog!

we ran in to Adrian Eden and Lindsay Blunt! It was his birthday! PINK CHAMPAGNE!

Thank you to Desmond and the amazing staff for a great night, and to Tanis for putting things together!

Check out Pink Elephant Thai (I have been there twice since!)
Address
1152 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A5
www.pinkelephantthai.com

June Happenings in Vancouver

3 Jun

Summer is here Vancouver! There are going to be A LOT of fun things going on this month and I cannot wait to check some of these things out!

JUNE 3rd
Cliffwalk opens at Capilano Suspension Bridge

The much anticipated Cliffwalk is going to be opening up the first weekend in June. It’s going to be sunny so why not head over to the North Shore and be the first to try this out. Looks scary! But fun!
MORE INFO HERE

JUNE 3rd & 4th
Free Outdoor Movies

It starts again! There are some outdoor movies returning to the city, and it starts in Richmond on the 3rd and 4th of June.

June 3, 2011:
Peter Pan (2003) @ Richmond, BC
Garry Point Park

June 4, 2011:
The Goonies @ Richmond, BC
Garry Point Park
Follow Follow @OutdoorMoviesBC on twitter for more info

JUNE 4th-SEPTEMBER 5th
Birds up Close at the Vancouver Aquarium

Starting this weekend as well, be the first to enjoy this amazing aerial show of some of the most powerful birds. This outdoor show features charismatic and peculiar birds including the bald eagle, Harris’s hawk, peregrine falcon, turkey vulture and gyrfalcon – each with their own impressive abilities.
LEARN MORE HERE

JUNE 5th
Italian Day on Commercial Drive

This aint no Jersey Shore! Enjoy some amazing Italian food, friends and culture at this year’s Italian Day on the Drive!
Sunday 12-8pm
CHECK THE SITE for details

JUNE 8th
Douglas Coupland at the Waldorf

Artist Douglas Coupland hosts an interactive presentation on YouTube at The Waldorf Hotel. If you missed the May event this is your chance!
MORE INFORMATION HERE

JUNE 11th
AndrewPalooza

This charity concert features Behind Sapphire and Bodhi Jones and will be MC`d by the Peak`s Carmen Cruz! All proceeds of this event are going towards ANDREW who needs treatment very badly for his MS. Taking place at the Red Room Ultra Bar on Richards St.
FIND OUT MORE AND GET TICKETS

JUNE 11-12th
Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver

Recognized as North America’s biggest and best, the 23rd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe.
LEARN MORE HERE

JUNE 13th
Hip Hop Karaoke at Fortune Sound Club

Hip Hop Karaoke (HHK) offers the chance for people to pay homage and respect to their favourite Hip-Hop artists and properly represent their tracks in a ‘karaoke’ style format. While initially an underground event, HHK has proliferated around the world, spawning nights in countless major urban centres and growing a huge rep as the only true spot to throw down a real karaoke track. HHK embraces the raw ‘show n prove’ nature of emceeing, allowing people to kick their favourite jams over proper instrumentals (no thin-ass re-worked typical karaoke beats) on stage with a real sound system and DJ.
MORE INFORMATION HERE

JUNE 15th
#VCAmyBday Come Tweetup with me at Calabash Bistro

I am having a tweetup to celebrate my birthday and to support an amazing charity called Vancouver Street Soccer.
Happening from 6-9pm at Calabash Bistro, there will be door prizes and food and drink specials! FUN!
RSVP & MORE INFO HERE

JUNE 19th (AKA My Birthday!!)
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive, the West End & Main St.
Back again car free day is taking over several neighborhoods in Vancouver. Lots of food, vendors and fun in the sun.
Check carfreeday.org for more details

JUNE 29th
The Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen with Bartender Simon Ogden
Bartender Simon Ogden graces the Refinery at their weekly Cocktail Kitchen series. Simon is from Veneto in Victoria BC where I had the pleasure of visiting recently and was truly amazed with their gorgeous cocktails and elegant decor.
Cocktail kitchen pairs 3 cocktails with three small plates for just $30. It is a truly amazing experience that must be tried.
MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE

This is just a taste of what is going on this month! Don’t forget about WICKED and BARD ON THE BEACH
Have a fun June everyone!

The Peak Performance Project 2011 TOP 20 ANNOUNCED!

31 May

I am really impressed with the talent that was selected for the Peak Performance Project 2011 Top 20! They are amazing! I like seeing some smaller bands versus some of the bigger names that made it last year. There is a lot of great talent from Victoria and a lot of great friends and people I spent my growing up with who have made it and I could not be more proud!! This is a list of people that deserve this so much. Take a listen to some of these amazing artists.

My favorites have videos beside them! GO TEAM!

HERE THEY ARE:

Acres of Lions acresoflions.com

awesome video with some of Vancouver’s hottest breakdancers! GO TYSON!!

Ashleigh Eymann myspace.com/ashleigheymann
Ashleigh would get a video but I could not find one that really shows her off… I will just hope for one in the near future! Good luck to you Ashleigh! I used to watch Ashleigh and another friend Georgia Murray perform at Lucky Bar in Victoria Wednesday nights in my wild youth days. Those were the best nights and these girls always WORKED it sooo hard. They had this one song that I always loved! happy to see her on the list!

Avairis avairis.ca

Behind Sapphire behindsapphire.com

Some people just know how to connect with their fans, Behind Sapphire knows how to do it. They are also amazing and I hope they win.
They are playing an amazing charity show June 11th ANDREWPALOOZA Please get tickets to this amazing event

Current Swell currentswell.com

WORK IT OUT CS DUDES!! Love this song! My friend Dave plays with these guys and is in this SUPER island video.. anyone from Victoria knows what I’m saying…AHH memories of drunken campfire days and sing songy nights!

David Vertesi davidvertesi.com

Fields of Green fieldsofgreen.ca

Hilary Grist hilarygrist.com

Jasper Sloan Yip myspace.com/jaspersloanyip

Its rare when people are captivating. Jasper is. The moment you watch him live you know he has mad skills and memorable melodies! Good luck Jasper SY! He also works at JJ Bean I think which I mean… seriously has the most delicious coffee and scrumptious peach oatmeal muffins… A+ in my books!

Lindsay Bryan lindsaybryanep.tumblr.com

Maurice wearemaurice.com

I went to high school with a couple of these guys! YEAH so happy for you guys! Get a huge crush on these boys ladies.. they are adorable…

Redgy Blackout redgyblackout.com

Rococode rococode.com

The Belle Game thebellegame.com

The Boom Booms theboombooms.ca

The Matinee thematineemusic.com

The Never Surprise theneversurprise.com

The Oh Wells theohwells.com

Treelines treelinesmusic.com

41st and Home 41standhome.com

Good luck to everyone and I cannot wait to see the final performances and see who makes it through!!

Another Vancity Amy Tweetup June 15th & Fundraiser!

30 May

I am about to celebrate my 27th birthday, and wanted to share it with the amazing friends I have made over the last year! What better way than with a tweetup!

Come down to CALABASH BISTRO on WEDNESDAY JUNE 15th from 5-9pm for a birthday Extravaganza and Fundraiser!

We will be raising funds at the door for an amazing organization called Vancouver Street Soccer.


A bit about them:

The Vancouver Street Soccer League uses soccer to inspire and empower. Our league is made up of teams that provide friendship for the homeless, physical fitness for the ill and addicted, direction for at-risk youth, and cultural focus for other unique communities such as inner-city First Nations people. There’s a reason why soccer is known as the ‘beautiful game’ – the beauty is that it can enrich people’s lives. We’re here to get the ball rolling…

The Vancouver Street Soccer League is associated with Street Soccer Canada and the Homeless World Cup.

This year they are trying to send two teams to Paris for the homeless world cup, each team costs $20k-$25k to get there.
Help them send the 1st ever women’s soccer team to represent Canada in the homeless world cup in Paris. 2011!

The night is going to be FUN FUN FUN! Filled with great friends (some old, some new and some you haven’t met yet!) free appetizers (gratiously donated by Calabash Bistro), photo contest prizes, and an amazing CALABASH RUM PUNCH drink special just $6!

There will be music pumping, food and drinks, prizes and more birthday fun! Come help raise some money for this amazing charity and celebrate a great year with me!

I cannot wait to see you all there!!!

Suggested donation is $5 Bring as much or as little as you can afford as every bit helps!

There will be a photo contest for some great prizes happening so make sure to tag everything from the night with the hashtag #VCAmybday

RSVP HERE: http://vancityamybirthdaytweetup.eventbrite.com/

Some great sponsors have donated prizes for Wednesday!

Thank you to:
Bella Gelateria www.bellagelateria.com
Marquis Wine Cellar www.marquis-wines.com
Bonchaz www.facebook.com/bonchaz
Gastown Tattoo www.gastowntattoo.com
Car2Go www.car2go.com
Bombay Brow Bar www.bombaybrowbar.com
Evolve Designs www.evolveinteriordesign.com
Calabash Bistro www.calabashbistro.com

Remember: If there is a game 7, we will play it!!! So come anyhow!