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Merchant Shout-Out: BBQ Nation

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Most children play with their food but that experience goes largely dormant for many. Kanwar at BBQ Nation, however, developed it into a business. As a child, he was always playing with his food and was interested in trying and creating different dishes. Interested in the aesthetics as well as the taste; Kanwar tried to vary the presentation of dishes even though they might use the exact same recipe. Years of watching cooking shows and reading cook books further piqued his interest and he developed a passion for creating unique dishes.

This passion turned into a business opportunity as he wanted to open up a restaurant that would serve all different kinds of dishes. He believed that such a diverse menu would only succeed in a multicultural area. Newton fit the criteria perfectly as he knew of the growth potential that this district has to offer. Opened less than a year ago, the restaurant already has a growing clientele through word-of-mouth marketing. BBQ Nation thrives on this and employees often hear from customers that they were referred to the restaurant. Kanwar wanted to target everyone with the menu selections and the popularity of the restaurant proves that he has done just that.

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Though developing a variety of dishes is important to him, Kanwar also wants to offer plenty of healthy options. Further, believing in quality, Kanwar ensures use of fresh ingredients; everything is made in house when possible, including the dressings and sauces. All of their ingredients are sourced either through local vendors or local suppliers. Kanwar truly believes in developing the local economy and attempts to help other businesses in the area as much as possible by buying locally.

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BBQ Nation is built on the idea of being a new type of restaurant where any kind of meal can be found. They are unique in this regard as there is no other restaurant in the area that serves such a variety of meat, including bison, kangaroo and wild boar. The restaurant primarily grills all their dishes, only frying the few exceptions such as onion rings. There is also plenty of room for customer input in the dishes as the chefs at the restaurant regularly alter the dishes to suit different tastes. Customers are also taken into consideration with ingredients as after receiving many requests, the restaurant now serves gluten-free french fries. Kanwar states that his restaurant is particularly popular with body builders who like to tailor their meals with more meat.

BBQ Nation has become so successful that they have had to double their employees as more and more people come into the restaurant. With this increasing popularity, Kanwar hopes to expand into more locations and as always, he will be continuously expanding the menu.

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The Newton Business Improvement Association (Newton BIA) is made up of business and property owners within the Newton Town Centre passionate about revitalizing the area and improving business opportunity. The BIA collaborates with its members and community to create viable programs to foster change within the area and create a vibrant neighborhood for the people of Newton and Surrey.

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5 places to order Cheesecake from for National Cheesecake Day!

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Your favourite holiday is just around the corner and no, we’re not talking about August long weekend. National Cheesecake day is happening on July 30th, and we have five delicious suggestions and where you can find yourself a slice. Although you probably don’t need a reason to order a slice of cheesecake, there is something about a national holiday that makes it feel more valid. Try one of these delicious Vancouver offerings (or try all 5, we won’t tell) and celebrate this sweet holiday.

The Cheesecake Factory Bakery

Known for its premium, indulgent cheesecakes in America, the Cheesecake Factory Bakery is now available by the slice in Vancouver. The sought after brand has partnered with the local hospitality group, Joseph Richard Group, to offer the decadent cakes across Vancouver and the lower mainland. The cakes are available at all JRG Public Houses and Stanley Park Brewpub for dine-in or take-out from JRG’s Online Shop as well as for delivery by Sweet Tooth Desserts on Doordash, SkipTheDishes and Uber Eats. The cakes are delivered right to your doorstep, how can you say no?

Small Victory:

Just a glimpse of the Small Victory menu will have your mouth watering. Known for their delicious coffees and pastries – Small Victory serves up three select flavours of cheesecake. Try the Passion Fruit, Raspberry, or Salted Caramel – there is literally no wrong choice. There’s no need to commit to just one flavour either, because Small Victory offers pieces by the slice so that you may treat yourself but not overindulge. The cakes are available for pick-up and dine-in at the store location.

True Confections:

Eye pleasing creations from true Confections somehow manage to taste better than they look. These handcrafted cheesecakes are sure to impress any cheesecake lover, with a wide selection of additional flavours and side options. Available by the whole cake or by the slice, True Confections gives you a taste of the sweet life and makes the ideal celebration. Whether you prefer a classic New York cheesecake or the Black Top Marble – you’re sure to be satisfied by True Confections. The cakes are available for pick-up and dine-in at their store location.

Uncle Tetsu

This legendary Japanese cheesecake is the perfect way to (literally) shake things up for National Cheesecake day! Each Cheesecake is made with carefully selected ingredients in precise quantities, including decadent cream cheese, premium butter, and the finest farm-fresh eggs! The Cheesecakes are baked with a crisp golden finish and a soft, wobbly texture. Uncle Tetsu cakes are a great alternative for those who do not want to commit to a dense cheesecake but would prefer a lighter treat.

Tree’s Coffee

Tree’s Coffee offers a delicious organic cheesecake made using all-natural ingredients. Prepared fresh each day, the organic cheesecakes taste best with a cup of their house brewed coffee. The cakes are available in store and for take-away and come in both 6” and 10” sizes. Tree’s makes the bold claim to have the best cheesecake in Vancouver. We guess you’ll just have to taste them all to find out!

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THE LIVING ROOM AT HOTEL BELMONT EVOLVES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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THE LIVING ROOM AT HOTEL BELMONT EVOLVES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 With bars and nightclubs no longer a viable business model, chef Kai Leitner is bringing experiential dining to the Granville Entertainment District

Vancouver, BC: Originally conceived as a late night party destination, The Living Room at Hotel Belmont is combating the COVID-19 crisis by pivoting to a food focused restaurant and bar where the great menu, funky design, and stellar service will add a missing element to the Granville Entertainment District.

Chef Kai Leitner, previously of Bishops and the runner up for best chef in Vancouver in the 2020 Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards, has created approachable, house made small plates with fresh and locally sourced ingredients designed for sharing; while Beverage Manager Zach Preston has curated a cocktail menu featuring the colours and flavours of summer, alongside all of the standard classics.

“The hospitality industry as a whole is facing a number of challenges right now, and the bar and nightclub model which made us so successful last year just doesn’t make sense in the current environment.” says Jasmine Mooney, Director of Marketing for Hotel Belmont.

The new and improved menu features 24 dishes from land, garden, and ocean—from Smoked Beef Tartare & a Meat Burgoo and Black Truffle Flatbread, to Cauliflower Fritters, and a Beet Carpaccio with Burrata, to King Crab, and Mussels Rockefeller. Chef Leitner hopes to bring a missing element to the city’s largest entertainment district – food fit for a fine dining environment, but in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

“Our greatest responsibility right now is creating a safe environment for our staff and our guests, ensuring that all regulations and recommendations put in place are being followed, while still having the fun and energetic atmosphere that we’re known for.” Says Mooney. “We recognized that in order to do this, we needed to pivot and really focus on being a great place for dinner and cocktails, rather than just a great place to party.”

About Hotel Belmont: Hotel Belmont opened their trendy 82 room boutique hotel, and their food and beverage offerings The Living Room and The Basement to great fanfare in May 2019 and were recognized as Vancouver’s “Best New Destination” at the 2019 Golden Owl Awards, which recognizes the best of Vancouver’s hospitality industry.

For further information or any media requests, please contact Jasmine Mooney, Director of Marketing for Hotel Belmont, at jasmine@hotelbelmont.ca

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Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub Celebrates 1 Year of Brewing in the Park

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It was a long journey, with almost 20 months of construction, but the revitalization of what is now Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub was absolutely worth it. Officially opened July 29 of last year, the Restaurant & Brewpub offers a large indoor 140-seat dining space, 2 beautiful patios, an in-house being facility, growlers fills and more. To celebrate their 1 year anniversary of brewing in the park, Stanley Park Brewing is hosting a stellar lineup of events.

“It’s been an eventful year to say the least, but we’re excited to be living our dream with this unique, Park inspired beer experience in Stanley Park!”, shared Doug Devlin, General Manager, Stanley Park Brewing Co. “And we’re thrilled that even under the protocols of our new normal, we have a chance to commemorate this milestone with the people who helped us get here. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!”

While maintaining the appropriate social distancing protocols (find the COVID-19 safety measure here), they have lined up a full week of celebrations with everything from a beer pairing dinner to outdoor sunset yoga, beer gardens to outdoor concerts. For the full line up visit, https://www.stanleyparkbrewing.com/events/ or check out the listings below.

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT SCHEDULE

Beer Pairing Dinner
Monday, July 27 |. 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Hosted by our very own Head Chef Lee Haworth, Chef Nathan Taylor and Brewmaster Thom Riley, enjoy a 4-course meal with the appropriate beer accompaniment, including our anniversary brew the Park Drive Pilsner.

Brewed to commemorate 1 year of PARK BEER at our new location, our Bohemian-style Pilsner is brewed with classic Czech Saaz hops, and Skagit Valley’s Bohemian Pilsner malt. It then spent a month on French Oak to get ready for the occasion. Cheers to many more years of PARK BEER!

Tickets: $70.40/person +tax
For full menu and to book your spot click HERE.

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Backyard BBQ & Brews
Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, July 31 | 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, Aug 1 & Sunday, Aug 2 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm

To celebrate our first anniversary we’re hosting an exclusive backyard bbq & beer garden on the West side of the Restaurant & Brewpub, where you can order your beers and bites right to your table. Check out our BBQ & Brews menu here.

Open to all those who are 19+, there will be no ticket required for entry but reservations are required as we will be maintaining a strict 50 person capacity, including guests and staff. There are no time limitations in the event space, however, we kindly encourage guests to be mindful of the length of their stay due to special events capacity limitations for COVID-19.

For more information about the weekdays click HERE.
For more information about the weekend click HERE.

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Birthday Brews & Tunes
Wednesday, July 29 | 7pm – 10pm

Officially our 1st-anniversary of brewing beer in Stanley Park, tonight we celebrate this milestone with a live performance in our exclusive beer garden. For this special occasion, we’re bringing back our Brews & Tunes star Brock Phillips, along with his pals Stephen Duncan and Hugh Barbour. Together they’ve crafted a lineup of originals and all-time favourites for you to jam along to, all while taking in the park space around you. Every ticket includes a sleeve of our anniversary brew – Park Drive Pilsner and a chance to win prizes!

Tickets: $25.00/person +tax
To book your spot click HERE.

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Sunsetter Yoga (including Branded Yoga Mat & Carry Bag)
Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 | 7pm – 10pm

Join Mat Collective for a 1-hour Hatha Flow on the lawn nestled between the trees & our Brewpub in the park. Our practice is designed for all levels, so whether you are new to yoga, or new to a certain style of yoga, you are in the right place! All yogis receive a branded yoga mat and a can of Sunsetter to enjoy after the class. All mats will be placed at least 6 ft apart.

Tickets: $35.00/person +tax
To book your spot click HERE.

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Drag Brunch
Sunday, August 2 | 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM showtimes (90-minute seating)

Beer, Brunch and Drag! We’re celebrating Pride Day with Drag Queens Gloria Hole & Mina Mercury! These fabulous ladies are hosting a one-of-a-kind drag brunch in support of the Vancouver Pride Society. Your ticket includes brunch, beer cocktail, and a chance to win prizes!

Tickets: $35.00/person (including tax & gratuity)
To book your spot click HERE.

To keep up with the latest from Stanley Park Brewing visit, www.stanleyparkbrewing.com or follow us on Instagram @stanleyparkbrew, Facebook www.facebook.com/stanleyparkbrew, and Twitter @stanleyparkbrew.

ABOUT STANLEY PARK BREWING

As beer-crafters, we’re explorers at heart. We are inspired by the wonder of Stanley Park, and honouring our curiosity and seeking out new adventures is what we’ve always been about. From windstorms to daytrips to incredible sunsets best viewed from the beach, every beer we craft is a tasty tribute to Stanley Park and the experiences had within. And just like the park, we craft each one to be an exciting break from the everyday, an experience to be explored and savoured.

In 2019, we opened our new Restaurant and Brewpub nestled in the heart of the Park. Situated just steps away from some of the best recreational trails and viewpoints in the city, the revitalized heritage building boasts two large outdoor patios, cozy and bright indoor dining rooms, a casual west coast-inspired menu and a rotating selection innovative beers brewed on-site, under the leadership of brewmaster Thom Riley.

Let your taste buds wander as you experience one of the most unique brewpub settings in Canada. Stanley Park Brewing products are also available for sale in retail stores and in many of your favourite pubs and restaurants across British Columbia and Alberta. For more information, please visit www.stanleyparkbrewing.com.

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Molson Coors Beverage Company Long Weekend Drink Picks

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Ahead of a sunny BC Day long weekend, grab one of Molson Coors’ latest and greatest bevvys! Whether you are looking for a new vodka soda, hard iced tea, cider or beer, Molson Coors has got you covered. Beverages are available in BC Liquor Stores and select independents. A few of these new beverages incorporate refreshing citrusy notes for summer and are the perfect pair with your sunnies, munchies and BBQ.

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AQUARELLE

Introducing Aquarelle – the light vodka soda and vodka water beverage made with natural ingredients and a brand new look! Every can of Aquarelle includes a light, revitalizing sip with a hint of refreshing flavour.

With no added sugar and just the right amount of bubbly or water, it’s the perfect 100 calorie, 0 carb go-to beverage to enjoy all summer long. Available all over B.C. in 5 unique flavours including passion fruit, lemon lime, berry pomegranate, mango and blackberry.

Price: $8.97 per 6-pack

BELLA AMARI

Brand new to British Columbia, Bella Amari – This Italian-style spritz is available in two flavors: Blood orange and Limone and as of this summer, the NEW Bella Amari Pomegranate cherry, the perfect Italian-style sangria. With its natural pomegranate aroma, the new Pomegranate cherry will quench your thirst this summer

Price: $10.99 per 4-pack

ARIZONA

AriZona, the #1 iced tea brand in North America, is excited to introduce the NEW AriZona Hard Green Tea – a drink ready for any summertime occasion! It has the same great flavours as the OG classic but with a 5% vodka twist – perfect for sipping out in the sun. Only available in Canada!

Price: $3.49 per single can

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COORS SLICE

Savour the citrus with the new Coors Slice Lime and Coors Slice Orange. It’s the classic Coors taste with just a hint of lime or orange. This year, to celebrate Coors Slice Orange and launch Coors Slice Lime, Coors Slice has created a collaborative collection Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser of some of your favourite summer pieces, from insulated fanny packs to shorteralls. Check out the summer lookbook here!

Coors Slice is sold in single 473 ml cans, stand-alone packs of each flavor as well as a variety 355 ml 12-pack, which includes four cans of each Coors Slice Orange, Coors Slice Lime and Coors Light.

Price: $25.95 per 12-pack

MILLER HIGH LIFE

The Champagne of Beers, Miller High Life is recognized for its outstanding taste and quality credentials. A favorite among bartenders, brewers, and beer lovers in general, Miller High Life was launched as Miller Brewing Company’s flagship beer in 1903. Its crisp, easy-drinking flavor is the epitome of the American lager category.

True to its original recipe, it’s brewed with a proprietary blend of malted barley, Galena hops from the Pacific Northwest, and Miller yeast. 4.6% ABV, 7 IBU’s, 141 Calories per 355 ml can.

Price: $20.79 per 15-pack

MILLER LITE

A true American Pilsner and the original light beer. Miller Lite is made with a precise combination of pale and crystal barley malts, Galena hops and specially grown barley to give it its signature hop-forward flavour and solid malt character.

It’s smooth with a light to medium body and a crisp, clean finish.

Price: $25.99 per 15-pack

If there’s one lesson we learned this year it’s the value of quality time, so we created a calendar to make sure you never miss an opportunity to celebrate with loved ones and a cold one. Introducing the Miller Lite Moments calendar featuring easy-to-follow recipes from top Canadian barbequers, key sporting events, and other notable occasions. Click here to download your copy of the free digital calendar!

Price: $25.99 per 15-pack

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STRONGBOW

Kick off your long weekend with a Strongbow! A perfectly balanced English apple cider that is light in body crisp, and refreshingly dry. Available everywhere in Canada in 4 flavours (Original Dry, Rose Apple, Gold Apple, Dark Fruit and Elderflower).

Price: $9.49 per 4-pack

NON-ALCOHOLIC

VYNE

A new specially crafted sparkling water infused with premium hops and a blend of botanicals, designed to weave vitality into your everyday life. Who knew you could use hops for a drink other than beer?

It turns out that hops are not only associated with all kinds of health benefits, but when added to sparkling water, create a form of drinkable wellness that actually tastes good. When it comes to taste, hops are a little bit magical! They impart a range of complex flavours and aromas, from peachy to piney, spicey to earthy.

Vyne comes in 3 unique flavours (Citrus, Herbal, Floral), is calorie-free, and zero sugar.

Price: $7.99 per 4-pack

HEINEKEN 0.0

Heineken 0.0 is a great tasting, alcohol-free alternative for those who aren’t necessarily abstaining from alcohol, but rather looking to moderate their alcohol intake from occasion to occasion.

Whether it’s enjoying some well-deserved R&R after the kids have been off school all week, adopting a new fitness regime or summer-long weekends when you’re craving the taste of beer but have to drive home from the cottage, #NowYouCan enjoy the fruity notes of Heineken lager and achieve your goals responsibly. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to have an alcohol-free alternative on hand that accommodates everyone this long weekend!

Price: $10.99 per 6-pack

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5 Favourite Ghost Restaurants in Vancouver

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Ghost Restaurants have been on the rise since 2019, when restaurant collective, Joseph Richard Group, launched 100 restaurants in a single day known as their Meal Ticket Brands. This milestone was made possible through the strategy of Ghost Kitchens, which involves using the kitchens of preexisting restaurants to create food for virtual brands.

Using third party delivery apps such as SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and Uber Eats – these virtual restaurants/ghost kitchens can operate as full kitchens, servicing customers in new areas with a fully diverse menu. Due to rising rent prices, increased demand for takeout services, and the complications resulting from the ongoing pandemic – Ghost Kitchens are becoming a big conversation for many restaurateurs. As the number of available Ghost Kitchen offerings increase, we created a list of our four current favourite ghost menus!

STAK’D Sandwich Co.

Looking for the perfect sandwich that will satisfy all your cravings? We have got just the place for you – STAK’D Sandwich CO. Add some flavour to your next meal with one of their delicious, hand-crafted sandwiches. Available exclusively on SkipTheDishes and DoorDash, these sandwiches are piled high with seasoned meats, artisanal greens, and fresh cheeses.

Pick one of their classic meat and cheese combos or create one of your own! With plenty of options, including a meatless Beyond Burger, there is something for everyone at STAK’D Sandwich Co. STAK’D Sandwich Co. is available for order online – get your hands on a STAK’D Sandwich today.

Obey Poke

Obey Poke is a modern take on the traditional Hawaiian dish, served with fresh cuts of Ahi Tuna and salmon. Tasty sushi rice, topped with your choice of protein, veggies, and fruit. Pick a house-made bowl or craft your own with their countless modifications. Obey Poke has all the qualities and flavours that will satisfy a hunger for Poke, including savory sauces like Togarashi Mayo.

Not a fan of rice bowls? No problem – they offer a tasty sushi burrito option as well! Obey Poke is available exclusively through SkipTheDishes and DoorDash – delivered right to your doorstep.

Bird N Hand

Game nights may be on pause, but that does not mean wings are off the menu! Order up a plate of your favourite wings from Bird N’ Hand, available on Skip The Dishes and DoorDash. Wings are meant to be shared, but with flavours like these – no one will blame you if you want to eat them all yourself. Bird N Hand offers a wide selection of both dry and saucy wings, made fresh to order. Make the most of your wing night with an order of wings – hot or mild? There are no wrong choices!

Urban Tadka

Operating solely as a satellite kitchen, Urban Tadka is a new restaurant that serves customers exclusively through take-out. Urban Tadka specializes in Awadhi cuisine, also known as royal cuisine, which is native to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. Awadhi cuisine is influenced by the Mughals cooking technique, cooking meat kebabs over open charcoal, and curries over a slow flame with aromatic spices. The delicious cuisine is available for order on UberEats, DoorDash, and Foodora

Sweet Tooth

Satisfy your sweet tooth with instant dessert delivery. Sweet Tooth Desserts has something for everyone, including the highly sought after Cheesecake Factory Bakery cheesecakes! Sweet Tooth Desserts recently announced that it will be carrying Kernels Popcorn, to satisfy those of us who prefer a more savory treat. Available on Skip the Dishes and DoorDash and delivered right to your door. The only challenge is choosing which flavour (or two) of cheesecake to order.

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