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9 reasons to go to the Int’l Summer Night Market

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1510501_10153234245179462_2764349340813366958_nThe air is filled with the aromatic mix of soy, sesame, spices, frying oil, grilling meat and the high-pitched shouts of hawkers. Clouds of smoke waft above the dozens of small stalls that make up the International Summer Night Market (ISNM) in Richmond’s Vulcan Way, all brightly lit, sitting under coloured signs, beckoning individuals to try freshly made dumplings, piping hot bowls of noodles, barbecued squid tentacles, to sweet delicacies like deep fried oreos or nutella covered waffles on a stick.

1962880_10153345995864462_7553938704217714694_nGoing to the night market is the perfect place to experience a bustling atmosphere with the smells and tastes on offer from various competing stalls. From cheap clothes, watches, pirated CDs, fake labels, footwear, cute phone tech gear and everyday items, any night market is definitely a place to bargain.

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So with summer almost coming to an end, you’ve probably gone to one night market out of a couple few in the lower mainland. But why take the time to go to the International Summer Night Market in Vulcan Way, Richmond? Check out our top 9 reasons below to head there before time runs out:

1. Free Admission
Why pay an extra $10 for your family to enter a night market on top of what you would already be spending inside? Well here, admission to ISNM is free for everyone!

2. Free Wi-Fi
Upload all your foodie images and the great fun you’re having on Instagram without worrying about your data plan. Now you can stay connected all night long and get your friends to wish they were out hanging with you instead of wasting their summer nights away. #CityFreeWiFi

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3. Free Street Parking
Taking your vehicle? There’s convenient free parking on Vulcan Way. That’s a second way you’re keeping your costs low for the night.

4. Free Shuttle Buses
Want to save gas but lack energy? Many people assume that commuting to Richmond is stressful and time consuming. Don’t worry, simply get off at Bridgeport Canada Line Station and get picked up by their free shuttle bus that comes every 15 minutes. Still think think the idea of transit is intimidating? They’ve even created a video to help you get there!

5. You can bring your grandparent or your child.
Because teens and young adults are always looking for chaos, you can always find them and their crew at any night market. But, although the energy here is instant and intense, it’s still the one night market that we consider to be most family friendly. It’s busy, but not overcrowded, giving you only two minutes to wait for your favourite rotato. Have your grandparent or child with you that might be getting tired? Don’t worry because there are many seating areas (also under covered) where they can relax and enjoy entertainment.

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6. Free giveaways
Because who doesn’t love any freebie – one that you actually have the likes of winning, and one you’d actually want?! Check out Facebook and Twitter to win a new game every day!

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7. Their entertainment is actually entertaining. 
From pizza eating contests, to bellydancing and smooth jazz covers of your favourite R&B jams, you’ll find yourself actually stopping in front of their main stage to see the latest event.

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Also, save the date on August 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for round 1 of the Summer Knock-Out Urban Dance Competition that will feature BC’s top 16 dance groups competing for the grand-prize package valued at $5000!

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8. They’re taking fun to a whole new altitude – literally.
Move over Playland – this night market offers some legit attractions!

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9. It gives back to the community.
And if those reasons don’t convince you enough, this one will. The ISNM not only provides you with a multi-cultural experience, but it most significantly, gives back to the community. This year, their goal is to raise $100,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital alone. Oh, and did we mention that they were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Award for outstanding contribution to communities and charities? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having a good time for a great cause.

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About International Summer Night Market

The ISNM is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event and is recognized as a world-class landmark attraction in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. With over 30,000 visitors each week, the ISNM is one of BC’s largest community events each year. ISNM is open until September 27, 2015.

12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
(Behind the Home Depot)
Operating Hours:

Regular Hours
Friday | Saturday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00PM – 10:00 PM

Long Weekend Hours
Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Holiday Monday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Please visit www.summernightmarket.com for more information or visit their social media channels at:
Facebook.com/iSNMofficial
Twitter.com/iSNMofficial
Instagram.com/summernightmarket

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Krystele was born and raised on the beautiful island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Although from a tiny community, she was already traveling to North America at the age of 12 to compete and champion international public speaking competitions. Her global perspective has helped her branch out to discover new opportunities when she moved to BC seven years ago. At just 21, she has received a B.A. in Communications from SFU and has already worked for numerous organizations including Metro Vancouver, Canadian Cancer Society, Special Olympics BC, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association to name a few. She is an entrepreneur, and handles social media for reputable brands. Krystele's passion is to help others find their voice and be heard, as well as inspire others to make the world a better place.

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The Best Late Night Takeout Spots in Surrey

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By Manisha Singh

It’s almost midnight and I know exactly what you’re thinking. You want it, and you want it now. The only problem is, you’re sick of McDonalds, Burger King, and A&W.

You crave a delicious meal, exquisitely crafted by a real chef. But look at the time, what options could there possibly be? Especially in Surrey – a city where almost every sought after food option closes by 10pm.

However, to your surprise, there are a few hidden gems scattered across the city that are serving up fresh, sweet, and savory meals until wee hours of the night.

Luckily, I’ve done the hard work of finding them for you and selecting the best ones that I know will satisfy your taste buds!

1. Elvis Pizza

Since its inception over 4 decades ago, Elvis Pizza has been filling up tummy’s across the city! Located near Guildford mall, they serve gourmet pizzas featuring premium toppings and mouth watering homemade sauces.

Aside from pizza, Elvis also serves wings, pasta, and subs. Using only 100% real cheese, this pizza joint prides itself on both immaculate quality and freshness.

Elvis Pizza is open everyday until 3am, with the exception of Friday and Saturday where they stay open until 4am. You definitely have not tried pizza until you’ve had Elvis!

2. Desi Dosa Madras

Located on Scott Road, Desi Dosa Madras is a staple for authentic South Indian cuisine.

They serve a variety of Indian dishes, with their well respected chef, Chef Shijo, originally from Kerala. He shares his mastery of indian flavours by serving up fresh and uniquely crafted dishes to patrons across the city.

An absolute must try from their menu is the spinach and feta dosa! The cauliflower manchurian is also a crowd favourite.

Luckily, Desi Dosa Madras is open everyday until 4am, to satisfy all of your South Indian culinary desires!

3. Sahota’s Live Grill

Have you ever ordered a dish at a restaurant, but it wasn’t cooked to perfection? If so, that definitely won’t be the case at Sahota’s Live Grill!

Open until 3am everyday, they are not just any Indian restaurant, but one that embodies a unique concept that brings the cooking experience straight to your table. Their live grill gives you the power to cook your food exactly how you like it.

Along with a wide range of Indian fusion dishes, Sahota’s Live Grill also whips up decadent desserts and shakes. Whenever I visit, I absolutely have to taste their Kitty Katty shake! It is beyond delicious.

4. Donair Dude

Donair Dude opened its first location during the Winter Olympics in February 2010, and has been unstoppable ever since! They blend North American food culture with authentic Mediterranean dishes, to bring authentic Turkish donairs straight to your hungry mouths!

Donair Dude has plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options as well, including tabouli salad, dolmades, and falafel. Not to mention, they also serve fries and poutine.

Located in Cedar Hills, Donair Dude is open until 4am on Friday, 3am on Saturday, and midnight every other day of the week!

5. Non Stop Pizza

Non Stop Pizza truly has it all! They serve amazing comfort food in the form of Indian style pizzas and pastas, along with staple Indian dishes like butter chicken and samosas!

They are committed to serving the Surrey community, and have been for decades. Open everyday until 2:30am, Non Stop Pizza simply doesn’t stop bringing perfectly crafted dishes straight to your door!

And just like that, there you have it, Surrey’s best late night takeout spots!

Whether you are craving a juicy Turkish donair with a side of crispy fries, or a flavour rich pizza doused in homemade sauce, now you know Surrey has the perfect restaurant for you… And thankfully, they are open late!

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Say Hello to The First Ever La Pizza Week!

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You asked, We delivered! Introducing Le Burger Week
& La Poutine Week’s Latest festival- La Pizza Week!

The ever-so-popular “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” extend their reigns as Canada’s largest restaurant festivals with a new addition to the family – La Pizza Week presented by Saputo and delivered by SkipTheDishes!

From May 1st until May 7th, treat yourself to some fresh & cheesy goodness from hundreds of restaurants across Canada! La Pizza Week has partnered with SkipTheDishes and Saputo TM to increase its accessibility to restaurants and pizza-lovers across the country.

Get ready to partake in this interactive national community event that supports your favourite local restaurants and their mouthwatering pizza creations. This isn’t your average pizza party – this a national pizza party!

From May 1st until 7th, hundreds of restaurants across Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan will fire up the oven and get the dough rolling for a saucy celebration of La Pizza Week.

Each restaurant will be encouraged to create a unique pizza creation at a special price. Pizza-lovers across the nation will engage with the festival by visiting or ordering from participating restaurants and devour as many irresistible pizzas that their stomachs desire.

They will also be able to vote for their favourite pizza on www.lapizzaweek.com. This will allow restaurants to meet new customers and increase their awareness through their participation.

La Pizza Week’s overall mission is to support local restaurants by increasing their sales and awareness by participating. The festival is designed to encourage people to visit restaurants and to order for take-out or delivery!

As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains, “Coming after our biggest festival ever with La Poutine Week, we’re excited about the timing. The feedback we got from restaurants and fans was overwhelmingly positive and we wanted to contribute to our mission even more; help local restaurant communities.”

This inaugural festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of their partners. This includes La Pizza Week’s official cheese partner, Saputo TM, providing restaurants all over Canada with a variety of delicious cheeses, from classic Mozzarella, to fresh goat cheese, to their new, vegan-certified Dairy-Free Mozzarella Flavoured Shreds coming this spring, and more! Because what’s a pizza without Saputo TM cheese?

Additionally, La Pizza Week will be teaming up with SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest and most trusted food delivery network, where any participating restaurant on SkipTheDishes will have their pizza available for pick-up or delivery through the Skip app or website.

Also joining La Pizza Week’s roster of partners is Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), who has been collaborating with “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” for over 2 years.

The organization aims to fight and destigmatize eating disorders. Through La Pizza Week, part of the proceeds of every pizza sold at a participating restaurant will go to the organization; guaranteeing free, immediate, and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

For the first time ever, you can attend the biggest pizza festival in Canada. Come get a “pizz-a” the action – this is a pizza party you do not want to miss out on!

To join the La Pizza Week community, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com/registration/restaurant

To learn more about La Pizza Week, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com

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Joseph Richard Group Announces The Launch of A Virtual Food Court – Canteen

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The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) made headlines with the announcement that the company would launch 100 ghost restaurants in a single day. Ranging in the style of cuisine, these restaurants included everything from Obey Poke to Sweet Tooth Desserts.

After a successful few years, JRG has decided to revitalize the brands for customer convenience with the launch of a single virtual location for all their cravings – Canteen.

Hungry customers can now order from all of their favourite virtual restaurants as a single order through the new virtual food court style restaurant, Canteen. Much like a mall food court, Canteen offers the ability to select multiple styles of cuisines and flavours, without having to visit various locations.

All items are purchased in a single order and delivered by one driver. The virtual food court will feature eight of the current JRG brands, including Master Chicken, STAK’D Sandwich Co., Obey Poke, and Sweet Tooth Desserts.

The new Canteen will also feature a new selection of JRG exclusive offerings, including the WTF Burger + Fries, a indulgent, cheesy pilot project from JRG Public Houses. The Canteen menu will vary based on the geographic location of each virtual kitchen and their unique capacity and resources to execute the dishes.

“As popular as our virtual restaurants have been, we realized that sometimes people, or an immediate family wants to order more than one type of cuisine. Rather than have our customers pay multiple delivery fees for food coming from various locations, we are bringing it all together with a food court inspired concept.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO and Co-Founder of JRG.

Canteen will be available across the Lower Mainland, serving customers in Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Port Moody. Orders can be placed through Canteen on SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, or UberEats.

About The Joseph Richard Group

Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is a Canadian based collection of unique hospitality ventures owned by André “Joseph” Bourque and Ryan “Richard” Moreno.

The JRG team operates 25 establishments, constantly fine-tuning and elevating the dining experience for their guests. With top-quality offerings, an exceptional culinary team, and a genuinely kind-hearted service team, you can always expect the best!

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Miller Lite Created A Line of Candles That Smell Like Iconic Bar Aromas

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All profits for the limited edition “Bar Smells” candles will go to supporting the hospitality industry

While the world is finally starting to open back up, many are still missing the sights, sounds and smells of their favorite draught beer and watering hole. That’s why Miller Lite is releasing a limited line of candles called “Bar Smells” that capture the familiar aromas of the bars we miss. All profits for the line will go to supporting the service industry.

The limited-edition candles use the power of scent to guide the sniffer on a journey back to their favorite local bar. Every sip, cap twist, spill and sing-a-long banger will come rushing back with just one sniff.

“We know Canadians are feeling nostalgic for their favorite bars right now so we wanted to create an experience that instantly transported them back” said Joy Ghosh, Senior Brand Director, Molson Coors.

“We owe so many amazing memories to our local bars and this initiative is our way of saying thank you, and we can’t wait to be back.”

The candles come in three magnificently curated scents

  • Dive Bar : Must, Tobacco, Pine, Yeast
  • Game Day Bar : Salted Peanut, Jalapeno, Cracked Leather
  • Beer Garden : Green Moss, Warm Pretzel, Cracked Wood, Sunburn

Now you can bring a little bit of the bar home with you, all while supporting the industry you love and miss. The candles can be pre-ordered now at shop.MillerLite.com and orders will be shipped at the end of April.

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Are you ready to Park Sesh again? Stanley Park Brewing Releases Park Sesh Craft Lager

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Stanley Park Brewing Releases Park Sesh Craft Lager in time for 2021 season

As BC slowly opens up again, we’re all looking forward to getting back outside and enjoying longer days in the park. Whether it’s picnics, bike rides, strolling the seawall or playing fetch in your neighbourhood park, it’s time to get back outside.

In anticipation of these long-awaited park sessions, Stanley Park Brewing has been fine-tuning their latest release, aptly named Park Sesh Lager. Clean, crisp and sessionable, this easy-drinking craft lager is perfect for lazy days with your favourite 2- or 4-legged friends.

The brew itself is made with a unique blend of Sterling and Saphir hops and Superior Pilsner and Munish malts, giving it a biscuity flavour and very low bitterness at 5% ABV and 12 IBU.

Park Sesh is a great everyday beer that pairs perfectly with your SPF 30, your favourite backyard lawn chair, and your bubble – so we suggest cracking one open with friends (while maintaining social distance of course).

This easy drinking brew also goes great with food, so bring on the picnic bites – some sushi, a little charcuterie, or perhaps spicy sausage on your hibachi grill.

As Brewmaster Thom Riley shared, “I love making lagers and over the past few years we’ve experimented outside the box with our DayTrip West Coast Lager and our Electro Lager, so now we wanted to take the opportunity to come back and make straight up traditional lager. This highly drinkable beer is designed for kicking back and relaxing on those chill sunny days.”

He went on to share that Park Sesh Lager also came from a need at their recently opened Vancouver Brewpub. “We knew we wanted a solid lager on tap at the Brewpub and Park Sesh was born of that need. We’re really excited about this one and can’t wait to cheers with you”

Are you ready to #ParkSesh? Look out for Park Sesh Lager in 6pk cans at your local retail liquor store, order it online at https://orders.stanleyparkbrewstore.com/products/park-sesh-lager-355ml-6-pack, or find it on tap at select bars and restaurants across British Columbia and Alberta.

To keep up with the latest from Stanley Park Brewing visit, www.stanleyparkbrewing.com and join our newsletter at http://stanleyparkbrewing.com/signup to be the first to know about all our new brews.

Find us on social media and follow us on Instagram @stanleyparkbrew, Facebook www.facebook.com/stanleyparkbrew, and Twitter @stanleyparkbrew.

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