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Adult Pirate Paks are back on August 17 & Giving Back! ENTER TO WIN!

15 Aug

Last year, White Spot launched the special edition “Adult Pak” to give guests of all ages a chance to indulge in a childhood favourite to raise money for a good cause, and they’ve decided to do it again this year.

For each kids and adult Pirate Pak sold on August 17, White Spot will make a $2 donation to longtime B.C. charity Zajac Ranch for Children, an organization dedicated to giving children with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities an unforgettable summer camp experience. With more than $105,000 raised over the past three years, White Spot has sent a total of 50 kids to camp since 2008.

All adult pirate packs include creamy coleslaw and ‘endless’ fries plus a soft drink, White Spot’s famous chocolate coin and a scoop of their new premium rich ice cream.

In celebration of the Adult Pirate Pak day on August 17th, White Spot has graciously donated 3 gift $10 Gift Certificates! I am going to do things a little differently, you have TWO WAYS TO WIN!

1) I am going to give 2 to the person who posts a comment on this post telling me why they love the adult Pirate Pak at White Spot below (worth 1 entry towards 2 $10 White Spot GCs)

2) Retweet the following on twitter: “I entered to win an Adult Pirate Pak from @White_Spot & @VancityAmy to celebrate Pirate Pak Day Aug. 17th http://ow.ly/633aW RT to enter” (worth 1 entry towards one $10 White Spot GC)

Learn more about Pirate Pak Day on August 17th and be sure to stop in to help show your support for the Zajac Ranch Children’s Charity

NOTE: I will be doing the draw on August 15th at 6pm, all winners must be able to be reached by August 16th at 8am or a new winner will be selected.

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

Miko Sushi on Robson St.

12 May

If you are a veggie sushi fan the way that I am, you will love Miko Sushi on Robson Street.

I was living only a block away from Miko for over a year and I never even noticed it! Nestled near waffles, bubble tea and Don Guacamoles it can be easy to miss.
I am so glad that I finally discovered this little gem!

When you walk through the door you are greeted by everyone in Japanese! Its like a hum of multiple Japanese voices all coming together. I was excited to sit down and opted for a booth rather than at the bar (they give you the option). The walls are covered with autographs, mostly from sports dudes who have visited over the years
The waitresses have the most amazing traditional outfits, and I was kind of obsessed with the big bow on the back.

As I mentioned, and in every other post, I am vegetarian. I always stick with avocado roll which is my most favorite. Having a large soft portion of avocado tucked in to a thin layer of deliciously fresh rice is such a treat! Most of the time either there is too little avocado or just TONS of rice. Miko sushi finds the perfect balance. I also ordered a yam roll (not on the menu but just ask) and was pleasantly surprised receiving a freshly fried piece of yam with a delicious asparagus. YUM!
Watching the chefs prepare the rolls was awesome. There was another Japanese man eating at the bar who was talking to the chefs. I really felt like I was in Japan for a moment.

Miko Sushi is amazing! For just $10 I was stuffed! I also have to mention that the wassabi is SO fresh I have never tasted anything like it! Make sure to make a stop Miko sushi when you’re craving some great sushi while you’re shopping! Also, they have two TVs and are always playing the Canucks games!

Miko Sushi Japanese Restaurant
1335 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6
(604) 681-0339

Bake For The Quake: Bake Sale April 20th!

3 Apr

Are you looking for a way to eat some delicious baked goods, while helping the people of Japan? OF COURSE YOU ARE! Well this event is for you!

Bake for the Quake is a collective bake sale to raise funds for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. All of the proceeds will go directly to Doctors without Borders! The evening will be hosted by Melody Fury (GourmetFury.com) and Joy (Gourmeted.com)

When: Wednesday, April 20th from 6pm-8:30pm
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC (Roundhouse Community Centre)

What to expect:
-An amazing array of baked goods by the Lower Mainland’s most talented cooks and bakers
-Prizes for raffle and silent auctions
-Music and Refreshments
-Fun for the whole family

For more information on this great event please visit: www.bakeforthequake.com
Also follow them on twitter for more details: @BakefortheQuake
Also, if you want to contribute your baking, please contact them through the above website!

Dining Out For Life Vancouver 2011

20 Mar

It’s that time of year again! Dining out for Life is back in Vancouver on March 24th.

Dining Out For Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, benefiting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Over 230 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley will contribute 25% of their sales that day to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Dining Out For Life–Vancouver has raised over $3 million for HIV/AIDS support services over 16 years. Invite your friends & dine at a participating restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Presenting sponsor Sumac Ridge Estate Winery will donate $1 from every bottle of wine sold anywhere in B.C. during the month of March.

Some of my favourite restaurants are participating like Wild Rice, The Helm, Italian Kitchen, The Refinery, Sanafir and many many more!

Click here to view Participating Restaurants.

On March 24th make sure you go out for dinner at one of the participating restaurants to help!!!!

Tingle iPhone app video!

14 Mar

Last month I was lucky enough to take part in the filming of a video for the new Tingle iPhone app.

Tingle is an app for dating. Here is how they describe it on the site:

“Tingle wants to change how you date online by letting you meet and flirt even when you’re offline. With Tingle, you can use your iPhone to discover people near you, send emails and text messages, and even enjoy live voice conversations without ever revealing your name, phone number, or email address. It’s all delivered to you in a safe, confidential environment that is designed to eliminate the nonsense and hassle of online dating.”

The video was a lot of fun to film. Lots of gorgeous girls in the video and the amazing and handsome, Trevor Guthrie from band SOUL DECISION!

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

You can purchase the Tingle App HERE

Delicious food, trendy atmosphere at Terracotta

14 Feb

Walking in to Terracotta Modern Chinese Restaurant in Gastown, I knew right away I was about to have a very trendy experience. Sometimes when places are too trendy the food tends to suffer, so I was a little nervous but excited for them to prove me wrong. It’s always a bit scary for me trying some place new. You never know what to order and if you will be utterly unimpressed or left dying for more. It’s one of the main reasons I have a terrible tendency to have the same dinner night after night (Sushi!). This was a pleasant surprise.

We sat down at a small table on the upper level of the restaurant, the hostess who brought us to our table was really sweet, our server was really sweet also but seemed like she may have been either a bit clueless about the menu or many she was really new? She was really sweet but wasn’t really able to lead us in the right direction with regards to the menu. Luckily we made our way through

My friend Laura started with an amazing drink called the Chun-Li (Blueberry Stoli, Hpnotiq, Blue Liquer with fresh Dragon Fruit $9.50) it looked amazing. It was a bit sweet for her taste but she wanted to try something new.

I just had a glass of shiraz which was really nice at $10.

I am vegetarian and so did not have the opportunity to try any of the seafood or meat items. Others ordered them at surrounding tables and they looked nice. My friend had the prawn rolls (Prawn stuffed Bean Curd Rolls (Made in house) $7.50-which as reported from her were very good), and the Siu Mai (House Made Pork, Prawn and Mushroom Dumplings $7.50- these she was not a huge fan of, she said they tasted like they weren’t fully cooked and also they came with fish roe on top which she was not a fan of so she could not finish them sadly). She was also Stuffed so that was also a factor. She suggested that it was just her personal taste buds and not the dish per say. She would have liked it to be a bit less “seafood tasting” and more of the cooked pork.

I had two veg dishes! They were both amazing and I ordered some rice on the side.
First up was the Szechuan Green Beans (Wok Tossed Green Beans, Mild Heat and Complex Flavour $9.00) They were SO GOOD! I loved these, I always go for the green beans when I have Chinese (well not that, that is all that often!) They were sweet, spicy and FULL of flavour. This I would recommend AND get again and again. If you are at a table with a few people you should definitely order more than one order as everyone will want some.

I also ordered the Red Chili Tofu (Egg Tofu served in Red Chili Sauce $8.00). This was also really great. The tofu was so soft, yet had a slight “crust” on the outside holding in all the juiciness from the chili sauce. The sauce was spicy and also had a nice saltiness to it. I was breaking up the pieces of tofu and eating them but that was becoming to time consuming, so I decided to just bite in to the pieces, and it actually made the taste EXPLODE in my mouth. I really enjoyed it and it even complimented the green beans really nice. I would have liked both of the dishes to be served with a spoon as it was a little difficult to get the sauce.

The amazing owner of Terracotta, Eric, was kind enough to bring us two Aloe Vodka shots. These were AMAZING we really loved them. I recommend having these both before AND after your dinner. They were sweet and the light taste of Aloe was just a perfect finish to the meal.

It was a great meal all and all! I am looking forward to returning and trying some other items and hopefully coming with a larger group so I can order even more and try other things. I really want to try their Chivas and Green Tea. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, so I didn’t go for it, but maybe next time I will be a bit more adventurous. It was a fairly relaxing environment, they have room for bigger groups and its an ideal place for a date. Super sexy atmosphere and the food isn’t too greasy so you don’t have to worry about being a bloatasaurus afterwards!

Terracotta Modern Chinese Restaurant
52 Alexander St.
Vancouver, BC
604.569.3088
Terracotta is open Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – Midnight
www.terracottavancouver.com

What to do/get for Valentine’s Day

8 Feb

Wondering what to do or what you should get that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Well February 14th is quickly coming up and I am sure you want to make this year special.

PICNIC IN THE PARK
Provence Marinaside Restaurant in Yaletown will prepare a picnic for 2 for just $38 (picnic basket and all!). Take your special someone down by the water and enjoy! (check the weather report first, dress warm or if it isn’t the right weather try it inside). Baguette, antipasto, dessert YUM! You cannot go wrong!

COOKING CLASS
Girls and guys both love food, so take your hunny to a cooking class! The Dirty Apron hosts some great classes that are most certainly worth it! They have an IT TAKES TWO class from 5:30-9:30pm on the 14th and all weekend too!

SNOWSHOEING AND FONDUE
Want to get in your fitness while romanticizing your lova? Try snowshoeing in the evening finished with some amazing melt in your mouth fondue on Mt. Seymour. $55 per person.

INTERNATIONAL WINE PARING WITH ARTISAN CHOCOLATES
Enjoy making your own truffles, decorating chocolate covered strawberries and wine will also be served while you make your creations! Light hors d’oevures will be served, all ladies will be presented with a complimentary heart shaped pralines gift box. $85 per person at SCHOKOLADE CHOCOLATE on East Hastings.

COUPLES MASSAGE AND STEAM AT VIDA SPA
Your treatment begins with a side-by-side warm sugar body exfoliation, followed by a private shower and steam for two. End your treatment with side-by-side relaxation massages.90 min / $320 or 120 min / $420. This is something that the ladies will love. Make your bookings with VIDA SPA

VOLUNTEER AT THE SPCA TOGETHER
There is nothing better than helping others, and nothing sweeter than spending time with animals. For the animal lovers, try doing some good for the animals, volunteer to spend some time with the cats, bunnies and small animals or take a dog for a walk. VISIT THE SPCA to sign up

The Great Digital Film Festival this week at the Scotiabank Theatre

4 Feb

The Great Digital Film Festival 2011 starts today, February 4th and runs until Thursday February 10th! Watch some of your favorite movies from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s at the Scotiabank Theatre!!! LOVE this! I am hoping to get a seat if I am lucky! But I am guessing tickets are already sold out! Vancouver loves movies.

Here is what is playing:
Friday Feb.4:
Back to the Future at 3:45pm, Alien at 6:30pm, Aliens at 9:10pm, Predator at 11:59pm

Saturday Feb.5:
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring 12:00pm, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 3:30pm, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 7:00pm, Big Trouble in Little China 11:59pm

Sunday Feb.6:
The Goonies 1:00pm, Ghost 4:00pm, Dirty Dancing 7:00pm, The Usual Suspects 9:30pm

Monday Feb.7:
Alien 1:00pm, Aliens 4:00pm, This is Spinal Tap 7:00pm, The Blues Brothers 9:10pm

Tuesday Feb.8:
Raging Bull 1:00pm, The Goonies 4:00pm, Back to the Future 7:00pm, 12 Monkeys 9:40pm

Wednesday Feb.9:
This is Spinal Tap 1:00pm, The Blues Brothers 3:30pm, Lethal Weapon 7:00pm, The Hunt For Red October 9:30pm

Thursday Feb.10:
Ghost 1:00pm, The Usual Suspects 4:00pm, Raging Bull 6:50pm, Fight Club 9:45pm

For more info visit: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/DigitalFilmFest/Home.aspx

Location:
900 Burrard Street
Vancouver
BC, V6Z 3G5
(604) 630-1407

Admission
General (14-64) $12.99
Child (3-13) $10.50
Senior (65+) $10.50

Behind Sapphire Plays St. James Hall January 21st WIN TICKETS!

17 Jan

Behind Sapphire is a phenomenal local band that just ooze talent. Their songs are beautiful and instantly take you to another place.
The band, consisting of members Matthew Mazankowski, Grant Cassell, Steven Ward, Matthew Tomkinson and Dylan Murley have had an amazing year! They were among the top 20 in the Peak Performance Project and released a beautiful video for the song Oh My, What A Fine Day, starring Nanaimo actress Jodelle Ferland of Twilight to name just two of their major accomplishments.

The band plays St. James Hall w/ David Vertesi & Treelines on January 21st and we want you to win tickets!
Simply RT (retweet) the following message on twitter to win:

“WIN 2 tickets to see @behindsapphire & 2 Cds Friday Jan. 21 @ St James Hall from @themusebox & @VancityAmy RT to enter”

The contest runs until Thursday January 20th when a winner will be selected!

RT often!

Photo taken from the Behind Sapphire MYSPACE page