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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flashdance - the Musical Presale Offer Friday, Sept19

Broadway Across Canada is bringing FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL to Vancouver in November! The pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth

FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).
   
Show dates: November 11-16, 2014   
Location:  Queen Elizabeth Theatre  

Broadway Across Canada is offering a one day pre-sale on Friday, September 19th, 2014. Purchase your tickets in advance using the pre-sale code PITTSBURGH here:  http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/1350906?brand=bac

PLEASE NOTE THE TICKETMASTER LINK WILL NOT BE ACTIVE UNTIL 10AM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19!   

This presale offer is available for one day only so take advantage of it while you can to get the best seats!
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Exploring Vanglo House

The Vancouver Modern Home Tour is just two days away and one of the houses you can explore this year is the Vanglo House at 135 East 17th Avenue. It was designed by architect Oliver Lang (of Lang Wilson Practical in Architecture) and built by the Vanglo Sustainable Construction Ltd. The house contains 3 bedrooms and also has a one bedroom self-contained garden suite in the back. It is also Green house - one of three Vancouver homes ENERGY STAR Certified.

I got the chance to view this house when Vanglo held a pop-up shop last month as part of the Chinatown Experiment. It has a funky looking exterior that I'm not that crazy about but the inside is very beautiful. I really love the soft wood they used. You really need to go there in person to appreciate the house, my photos do not do it any justice.

You can have a chance to go view this house and many other unique and awesome looking houses at the Vancouver Modern Home Tour. If you didn't know, I'm giving away two pairs of tickets to the tour. You can enter for a chance to win here. Thursday is the last day to enter, so hop to it!
















4th Annual Smoking Sausage BBQ Competition Cook-Off

Last Sunday, the 4th annual smoking sausage BBQ competition was held during Main Street Autumn Shift Festival. For a minimum $5 donation for the Vancouver Food Bank, attendees go to try six different types of specially crafted sausages made by local Main Street restaurants and vote for their favourite one.

This year's contestants were:
Mr Brownstone Gastropub,
eight 1/2 restaurant lounge,
Thyme to Indulge
The Mad Brit Sausage Company,
The Cascade Room and
Northwest Culinary Academy

Mr. Brownstone Gastropub put some kind of salsa on their sausage.

NorthWest Culinary Academy served D-Original German Bratwurst with House Made Kimchi and House Made Cucumber Mayo. I thought the sausage was great but the kimchi was too spicy for me! Hot! Hot! Hot!


My favourite was the Cascade Room. They had a bacon and sauerkraut infused sausage with heirloom tomato ketchup, bacon butter and crispy onions. YUMMY!


 eight1/2's creation was a bison sausage with pickled cabbage.

The Mad Brit Sausage Co. served a Lamb Spinach & Feta Sausage and Thyme to Indulge made a German Bratwurst with a Smokey Bacon Aioli topped with Pickled Balsamic Peppers and Onions.

The Cascade Room ended up winning the cook-off! Double bacon, and crispy onions - what's not to like?

Grilled Cheese Invitational 2014

On Saturday, Fresh St. Market in West Vancouver hosted the second Grilled Cheese Invitational Grill Off. Five chefs competed for the public's vote for best grilled cheese sandwich. For only $5, we got to sample five types of grilled cheese sandwiches accompanied with a drink. All the proceeds went to help the JGL Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Good food for a good cause - always a win-win!


Fresh St. Market staff were being dunked in the dunk tank to raise money.




Terra Breads' grilled cheese featured their sourdough bread, havarti cheese, gruvere cheese, asiago cheese, sea salt & butter served with a dollop of Terra Breads ketchup. I liked this one.
 
 Team GFS was more of a chicken sandwich than a grilled cheese one. I couldn't really taste the cheese.

Team Food Freaks added a meat ball on top of their grilled cheese.


Team Cheese It, the Cops are Here did a simple grilled cheese, with an added twist - BBQ smoked salmon! Villagio White Italian Bread, BBQ tips smoked salmon, asiago cheese, mozzarella cheese and butter. I really liked theirs; I voted for them.


Team Fresh Chefs had some cheddar cheese, fontina cheese, and meats on a rosemary and olive oil bread. 

 We also got to choose any Jones drink - I choose root beer! Delicious!



In the end, Fresh Chefs won and took home the golden spatula - the second year in a row!

The Grilled Cheese Invitational is a fun family event, the grilled cheese was delicious, and there were samples of cheese and other goodies throughout the store. If you haven't gone to this event, it's worth a trip! I hope to see this back again next year.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour with Tegan & Sara

Last week Wednesday, I attended the Katy Perry concert with my sis! I didn't have a chance to post since I've been pretty busy but better late than never! I like Katy Perry's music but what sealed the deal for me was that Tegan & Sara opening for her! I could go see them all at once! Yay! Sorry for the low quality photos in advance. I just took them with my phone; didn't want a big camera to get in the way of the dancing! Woot woot!



Farras started the concert off. He had really funky hair.  His music wasn't bad as well.

I was really excited when Tegan and Sara took the stage afterwards. They sang all the songs I liked including I'm Not Your Hero, I was a Fool for Love, Closer, and all their other popular songs from their HeartThrob album. They even sang Everything is Awesome from the LEGO movie! They are so awesome. I love their bantering on stage. 

Katy Perry came on stage, starting strong with Roar. Her concert was one big conglomerate of fun, random themes, full of set and costume changes, sparkles and lights - just the way I like it! Haha. At one point Katy Perry and her dancers were dressed as cats. Kitty Purry her name was and she sang a different updated version of Hot N Cold, which was pretty cool! She ended with a bang, performing Fireworks with real fireworks and light going off in the background. She also had the audience put on paper glasses that gave us "Prismvision" hahah! I really enjoyed the concert Dancing to Katy Perry's songs are always so much fun!