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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (April 18 - 20, 2014)


Friday, April 18, 2014 - Good Friday

Sakura Windows Unveiling Ceremony
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm     
Oppenheimer Park (488 Powell Street) 
Please join us as we unveil the memorial windows to commemorate the history of Japanese Canadians and cherry blossom trees planted in 1977.

Easter Eggstravavganza
Friday, Saturday 1:30pm - 4pm
Sunday 12am - 4pm

International Village Mall, 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver 
Easter Children Craft Table, live music, meeting and photo with the easter bunny, face painting, balloon twisting, mini carnival games

Vancouver Fan Expo - $20
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place Vancouver BC

Come out and meet your favourite celebrity or creator and shop for the hottest or most rare in comic books, graphic novels, manga, toys, t-shirts and more! Meet celebrities, go shopping, attend panels and workshops, and  find the newest and hottest in Anime, Manga, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming and Horror.

A Taste of Spring - $25
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
VanDusen Botanical Garden 5251 Oak Street Vancouver
Come and savour an incredible selection of unique wines from around the world during an unforgettable night at the Van Dusen Gardens.  Leave with exclusive deals from Marquis Wine Cellars who will help you bring these wines home.   Proceeds from this event support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Record Store Day 2014 @ Neptoon Records
8am - 9pm
Neptoon Records, 3561 Main Street, Vancouver
Saturday April 19th, 2014 is Record Store Day! 12 Bands, 320 RSD Releases, Big Sale, Big Party! Featuring: Three Wolf Moon, Johnny de Courcy & The Death Rangers, War Baby, The Highway Kind, Dead Soft, The Flintettes, Mosfett, Khingfisher, Failing, Worshippers, Tim The Mute, and Mesa Luna!

Pt. Grey Chrysanthemum Association Rooted Cuttings Sale  
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
VanDusen Botanical Garden Cedar Room, Admin Bldg. 
$3 per plant cutting Information: Elaine Graham 604-277-6429 

B.C. Fuchsia and Begonia Society Annual Plant, Bake and Craft Sale
9am-3pm   
VanDusen Botanical Garden Floral Hall, 37th Ave and Oak St, Vancouver Plants in Real Time: Check out the Reality of the BC Fuchsia and Begonia Society, Free Admission. Face Painting for Kids of all age. Unique Vendors and items: laughing hand artist : Keith McKellar.  Prize Draws. Home Baking. Refreshments. Great Variety of Plants. Some Hardy Fuchsias. Come Early for Best Selection

Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday until April 26
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
Fresh, local, organic foods & crafts. 60+ vendors, hot food, music! Rain or Shine!

EGG-stravaganza at Vancouver Farmers Market
10:00am - 2:00pm
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
We're featuring the wide diversity of birds and eggs available at the Winter Farmers Market on Easter Weekend. Gotta make sure we city people know eggs come from birds, not rabbits...  Look out for: - Natural Easter Egg Dye-ing - Quirky Egg Display - LIVE birds on-site - Egg recipes & info

Great Canadian Craft Easter Craft Showcase - $4 online, $5 at door
April 19 - 21 10am -5pm
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Join us this Easter Long Weekend and see over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over The Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers of this amazing showcase as you support local small business!  Partial proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank.  First 25 entrants each day receive a FREE swag bag loaded with goodies!  Face painting and Balloon Animals for the Kids.  Children 12 & Under are Free.

Vancouver Fan Expo - $35
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place Vancouver BC

Come out and meet your favourite celebrity or creator and shop for the hottest or most rare in comic books, graphic novels, manga, toys, t-shirts and more! Meet celebrities, go shopping, attend panels and workshops, and  find the newest and hottest in Anime, Manga, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming and Horror. 

Meet the Maker at West Elm Market
12pm - 5pm
West Elm Market Vancouver 2915 Granville Street
Come out and support our talented local artisans like Elaine and her company Lover's Tempo and Chloe from Knot Tangled!

Easter Eggstravavganza
Friday, Saturday 1:30pm - 4pm
Sunday 12am - 4pm

International Village Mall, 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver 
Easter Children Craft Table, live music, meeting and photo with the easter bunny, face painting, balloon twisting, mini carnival games

Endless Summer: 365 Days of Berries and Fruit in the Garden and Containers - $14
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Phoenix Perennials, 3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, BC
Instructor: Cathy Hiebert |  Do you long for the sweet taste of summer at times of the year when summer is just a faraway dream? Take heart, fellow foodies, you can enjoy the bounty of summer berries and fruit year-round with some simple skills and a little planning. Your instructor Cathy will teach you about the different kinds of fruit and berries you can grow in your garden and in containers on your patio. Then she will teach you different ways to preserve your bounty such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, cherries, and much more. She will discuss preserving through canning, drying and freezing and tell you which processes are best for each particular fruit. She will show you the equipment you will need and demonstrate the different preservation techniques. She will then give you some recipe ideas for using your preserved fruits and berries long after summer has passed

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter Sunday

Great Canadian Craft Easter Craft Showcase - $4 online, $5 at door
April 19 - 21 10am -5pm
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Join us this Easter Long Weekend and see over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over The Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers of this amazing showcase as you support local small business!  Partial proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank.  First 25 entrants each day receive a FREE swag bag loaded with goodies!  Face painting and Balloon Animals for the Kids.  Children 12 & Under are Free.

Vancouver Fan Expo - $30
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place Vancouver BC

Come out and meet your favourite celebrity or creator and shop for the hottest or most rare in comic books, graphic novels, manga, toys, t-shirts and more! Meet celebrities, go shopping, attend panels and workshops, and  find the newest and hottest in Anime, Manga, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming and Horror.. 

Baker's Market
11am - 3pm
Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver BC
Get your fill of sweet & savoury baked goodies from local bakers and artisans. Inspired by traditional farmers markets in Vancouver, this market is even better since it is indoors with lots of free parking too. You'll find talented budding, professional or home bakers selling fresh artisanal breads, soft German pretzels, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, cupcakes, yummy cookies, hand made chocolates, brownies, Belgian Liege waffles,vegan cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, muffins, gluten-free baked goods and much more!

Easter Eggstravavganza
Friday, Saturday 1:30pm - 4pm
Sunday 12am - 4pm

International Village Mall, 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver 
Easter Children Craft Table, live music, meeting and photo with the easter bunny, face painting, balloon twisting, mini carnival games

Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade in the West End  
1:30pm to 3:00pm
 Gilford and Haro, grassy knoll one block west of the West End Community Centre, under the ‘Kanzan’ trees    
 Presented by Wendy Cutler, VCBF Cherry Scout Co-ordinator. Wendy has been scouting and documenting the tree locations in these neighbourhoods since the festival began  This walk begins with the singing of Easter Parade, accompanied by ukuleles and you! You may wear your Easter Bonnet for the occasion, and you may play your ukulele. The singing begins at 1:25 sharp

4/20: Smoke Out Vancouver 
4:20pm
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
April 20th, is the world-recognized international day of celebration for the planet's estimated 250,000,000 members of the cannabis culture.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (Apr 11 -13, 2014)



Go out and enjoy the cherry blossoms while they last!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Geekenders Guide to the Galaxy - $15
Doors at 7:00 Show at 7:30 Dancing to the tunes of Geekenders’ DJ Navi until 1:00am  
Cover: $15.00. Strictly 19+
The WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St, Vancouver
In the beginning nightclubs were created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Some people believed they were created by some sort of god, but the Geekenders people of Sol 3 firmly believed that the entire idea of nightclubs was, in fact, completely ridiculous and decided to create their own kind of party.  Thus, the Nightclub at the End of the Universe was born.  Join your host, Max Quordlepleen, as you watch a first-class variety show with dancers from all over the galaxy and dance the night away as the universe explodes around you, for your pleasure.


Sakura Illumination
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunset Beach Park at Beach and Thurlow near the outdoor hockey rinks
Stuart Ward uses LED and patterned video lights to illuminate a canopy of cherry blossoms with his sensory projection artwork. The single night quality reflects the tempo of the blossoms, and their varying bloom times. The unique experience will create an intangible memory of a time and place never to be duplicated.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vancouver Hop
All Day
Multiple locations

Art. Talks. Tours. April 12. All day. Join us for a day of art, tours and talks at the Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop Vancouver, presented in partnership with RBC with support by the CASV.

Tree Talks and Walks UBC
10:00am to 11:30am      
Meet outside Fraser Parkade by the Asian Centre, just east of the Nitobe Memorial Garden at 6440 Memorial Rd.      
Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research  The walk includes cherry viewing along Lower Mall and the surrounding area to see UBC’s ‘Somei-yoshino’ and other flowering cherries. 


Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday until April 26
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
Fresh, local, organic foods & crafts. 60+ vendors, hot food, music! Rain or Shine!

Canucks Autism Network Family Festival
10am - 2:30pm
Jack Poole Plaza (Vancouver Convention Centre, Downtown Vancouver) 
This FREE family festival will include the lighting of the cauldron, a fundraising walk, live entertainment, food, exhibitors, a family fun zone, and surprise visits by special guests!

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair - $7
Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm
Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver
Over 250 tables and booths of antiques and collectibles under one roof!
Celebrate Spring 2014
11am - 4pm
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby
Enjoy our beautiful Japanese Canadian garden and cherry trees! Celebrate the cherry blossom season with a fun, family-friendly spring festival featuring exciting arts performances by Japanese and Filipino artists. Pre-order a “Sakura Bento” to enjoy in our beautiful gardens: $12.60 Members, $13.65 General ($15.75 on event day).

Sustainability Fair at Whole Foods Market
12pm - 4pm
Whole Foods Market Cambie, 510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Stop by the store on Saturday, April 12th between 12pm-4pm to see some of our great products and community partners!
 
Vancouver Dahlia Society Tuber Sale
Saturday: 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m. 
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, Admin Bldg. 
Free Admission

Tree Talks and Walks Stanley Park   
2:00pm to 3:30pm    
Meet at the Rose Arbour at the Lower Rose Garden, Pipeline Rd, Stanley Park     
Presented by Park Board arborist, Bill Stephen.  This spot will be a focal point to discover many of the beautiful and unusual ornamental trees and plants in Stanley Park’s Shakespeare Garden. It will also discuss some of the history of the park and how the Park Board balances demands of the public with the need for open green space. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kidstuff Swapmeet
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue Burnaby, BC 
Pick up a bargain at Kidstuff Swampmeet! Over 70 tables of the best deals in town! Free Admission.

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair - $7
Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm
Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver
Over 250 tables and booths of antiques and collectibles under one roof!
Spring Perogy Lunch and Bazaar
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
805 East Pender, Vancouver
Delicious Ukrainian Food & Awesome Deals on Gently Used Items!

Cherry Blossom Picnics
11:30 to 12:30pm
Flight Path Park, Richmond
This spring Cherry Blossom Picnics will be popping up all over Vancouver! Festival sponsor, YVR Airport Authority is first to announce hosting a Cherry Blossom Picnic and Tree Talks & Walks in celebration of  150 cherry trees blossoming in Larry Berg Flight Path Park ~ the largest concentration of cherries in Metro Vancouver! Picnic in the park – bring your own picnic and sit on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) new Petal Mats!  A good time to walk around & take some photos.

Tree Talks and Walks at Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond
1:30 to 2pm in Mandarin, 2pm to 2:30pm in English    
Meet at the globe structure     
Presented by Joseph Lin, director of the Green Club of BC  This walk celebrates the 9th birthday of the 125 Birthday Blossoms. Join the Cherry Blossom Picnic hosted by YVR Airport Authority before or after the walk!

Tree Talks and Walks Queen Elizabeth Park
1:30pm to 3:00pm      
Queen Elizabeth Park, meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees      
Presented by Alex Downie, Supervisor of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Parks, and former Supervisor of Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory.  A guided tree walk highlighting the many exotic and native trees at Queen Elizabeth Park’s arboretum, founded in 1949, contains tree species from around the world. This walk will focus on the ornamental qualities and garden-worthiness of the wide palette of trees we can grow in Vancouver. 

Vancouver Dahlia Society Tuber Sale
Saturday: 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m. 
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, Admin Bldg. 
Free Admission



PappaRoti Grand Opening

The cafe, PappaRoti held its grand opening last Saturday, treating visitors to complimentary bun.

The "father of all buns" is a coffee-caramel coated bun has its origins in Malaysia.

They have several small round tables surrounding a long table in the centre of the dining area, which was taken when we visited.

The cafe doesn't just serve buns; they provide a wide variety of teas and JJ Bean coffees.

Cute drawings of the topping combos you can get above the ovens.

I liked this wall of words. I'm guessing this is where the buns can be found? There's another small seating area next to here, at the back of the cafe.

One bun costs $3.65 and each topping is $1.25.

 I opted to try the bun with some Nutella.

The bun is placed on a wooden paddle dusted with cocoa powder and any toppings are put on the side. Very nice!

There's not much inside the bun.

I thought the bun tasted very similar to a Chinese pineapple bun though the caramel-coffee coating is more crunchy. It's not as sweet either. The insides tasted a little buttery. Pretty yummy as a snack. The nutella just made it all sweet and that's all I could taste, so I would do without it next time.

PappaRoti is located in downtown Vancouver, on the corner Robson at Nicola.


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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Canadian Tire Home-Auto & Outdoor Show

Last Saturday, Canadian Tire hosted an event at the Vancouver Convention Centre showcasing all their latest and new products in the home, auto and outdoor departments. There were even big name guest speakers such as the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Mike Holmes and Jillian and Todd from "Love it or List."

There were a lot of product demos, displays and a few giveaways. It was a lot to go through! Some memorable things:

the Christmas store area,

meeting Emmet from the LEGO movie, the Ninja Turtles, and Barbie princess,

winning the "Reboot with Joe" book at the Cuisineart booth,

drooling over all the KitchenAid mixers,

and nice outdoor furniture displays.

I've posted the rest of the photos on the MashedThoughts Facebook page.









The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Review



Pirates and Tom Hiddleton! Those were the two immediate thoughts that popped into my head when I first heard about this film. This was the first movie of the Tinklebell direct-to-DVD series that I have ever watched and it is the 6th one that Disney has made in the Fairy franchise. Haha this movie made me want to watch more of the Fairy series.

"The Pirate Fairy", like all the movies previous, is set in Neverland, before the events of "Peter Pan." Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a dust keeper fairy is obsessed with figuring out how fairy dust works. When her experiments on the powerful Blue Pixie Dust land her in hot water with her supervisor, she flees Pixie Hollow. She ends up joining forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who make her the captain of their ship. Zarina and the pirates come up a plan to steal the Blue Fairy Dust and subsequently switches the talents of Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends in the process. Tink and her friends must work together to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust, which the fairies of Pixie Hollow is dependent upon to be able to fly.  


The movie was pretty entertaining. It delves more into the origins of the characters in "Peter Pan," centred around Captain Hook. Tom Hiddleton is delightful as always. He brings a little bit of Loki in his portrayal of James. The new fairy is pretty cool in her pirate get-up but she never consciously makes a choice to do the right thing; it is the circumstances force her to. It was great to see the origins of Captain Hook and the Crocodile. IT IS SO ADORABLE. The film is 78 min with several special features included:       
  • Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Never Land – Explore Never Land’s history and its endless ability to inspire     
  • Croc-u-mentary – “Crocky” and his real-life relatives are the subject of this funny documentary     Deleted Scenes     
  • Sing-Along Songs     
  • The Making of “The Frigate That Flies” – Go Behind the Scenes with Tom Hiddleton for a close-up look at the recording of this song 
There are two songs in the movie: "Who I Am," sung by Natasha Bedingfield as the introduction song to Zarina, and "The Frigate That Flies, " sung by the pirates. If Tom Hiddleton singing is what you'd like to hear, "The Frigate That Flies" is the song to listen to. I personally like "Who I Am" song more. It's backed by nice strummy music and is about being yourself and showing the world who you are.

“The Pirate Fairy” is currently available in store and the soundtrack available for download on iTunes.




Thursday, April 03, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (Apr 4 - 6, 2014)

The cherry blossoms and magnolias are in bloom! Make sure to go outside and admire them! Though I think the forecast for this weekend is for rain. =(

Friday, April 4, 2014

Disney’s “Frozen” at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School - $5
6:30pm
Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, 419 E 24th Ave, Vancouver, BC
This Friday (April 4, 2014), join Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for a family-friendly night featuring Disney’s “Frozen”. Popcorn & drink included in admission.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

TableTop Day
all day
multiple locations
Vancouver Public Library Central branch, Toy Jungle, the Granville Island Toy Company (Main Street), STRATEGIES Games and Hobbies, North Vancouver District Public Library, Magic Stronghold Games, K-Max Games and Videos, Geeks and Gamers, Drexoll Games, Curious GameCentral, Board Game Warriors. International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. We hope you find the resources you need — to connect new fans to experienced group organizers, retailers with their community, and publishers with the international community — all in one place.

Canadian Tire Home-Auto & Outdoor Show
9am - 4pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Celebrity guests, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Jillian & Todd from "Love it or List", Mike Holmes, Chef Hidekazu Tojo, Canadian Olympic athletes, NHL Alumni. Also in attendance will be Canada's first Iron Chef America winner, Rob Feenie, hunting personalities Eva Shockey & Cody Robbins as well as BMX riders Mike Varga & Drew Bezanson. Bring your kids to meet Emmet from the LEGO® movie and Barbie® between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   

PappaRoti Vancouver Grand Opening Event
10am - 12pm, 5pm - 6pm
1505 Robson Street, Vancouver
Join us this Saturday April 5, 2014 to celebrate the arrival of PappaRoti in Canada! Between 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 6pm we'd like to invite you to try our famous and iconic caramel coffee buns. Be sure to hashtag #FreeCoffeeTreat and share your PappaRoti experience to get a chance to win a gift card to spend at our cafĂ©! We are located at 1505 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver (Corner of Robson & Nicola).   

Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday until April 26
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
Fresh, local, organic foods & crafts. 60+ vendors, hot food, music! Rain or Shine!

Sakura Days Japan Fair -  $10.50 online, $12.00 at gate
10:00am - 5:00pm Sat., April 5 & Sun., April 6 , 2014  
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak), Vancouver, BC
Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food and sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts and learn about Japanese culture and business.  Enjoy taiko drumming, martial arts, koto (Japanese harp), dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), haiku or calligraphy and try getting dressed in an authentic yukata. 

Russian Bazaar - $2
11am - 5pm 
Russian Community Centre, 2114 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Arts & crafts, raffles, home baking, specialty food items, delicious Russion food, entertainment. Free raffle ticket with $2 admission.


Chocolate & Coffee Pairing Session
1pm - 3pm
Aberdeen Mall, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Join Purdys Chocolatier & Blenz Coffee and discover how pairing chocolate and coffee can reveal hidden flavours and enhance your tasting experience! Paring sessions will take place in the lower level centre court of Aberdeen. 

Tree Talks and Walks West End and Stanley Park
1:00pm to 4:00pm      
Meet at Burrard Skytrain Station, on Burrard on the corner nearest the Hyatt Regency Hotel      Presented by Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator. Wendy has been scouting and documenting the tree locations in these neighbourhoods since the festival began, and she has led several sakura tours of the area  This should be a walk to view many splendid ‘Akebono’ plantings and other early-blooming cherries. Probably some plums too. This is the longest walk, since we end at the Heronry in Stanley Park, but we’re always near transportation if you want to leave early.

2014 World Wide PILLOW FIGHT CLUB 9.0
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Vancouver Art Gallery along Robson Street
RAIN or SHINE. Participate in a pillow fight flash mob.

Postcard Show
7pm - 11pm
Remington Gallery, 108 East Hastings
Postcard Show Volume. 4 : Transformation happening on Saturday April 5th, 2014 at The Remington Gallery and Studio from 7-11pm. Come support accessible and affordable art!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sakura Days Japan Fair -  $10.50 online, $12.00 at gate
10:00am - 5:00pm Sat., April 5 & Sun., April 6 , 2014  
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak), Vancouver, BC
Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food and sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts and learn about Japanese culture and business.  Enjoy taiko drumming, martial arts, koto (Japanese harp), dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), haiku or calligraphy and try getting dressed in an authentic yukata.

Tree Talks and Walks – Oppenheimer Park     
10:00am to 11:30am      
Meet on the park side of the field house on Jackson, between Powell and Cordova
Presented by arborist David Tracey. David is executive director of Tree City, a non-profit organization “helping people and trees grow together”. David also leads workshops on organic fruit tree selection and care.  This park is the site of “Legacy Sakura”, trees planted in 1977 to commemorate the centennial of the first generation of Japanese who came to settle in Canada. The walk will include the history of the trees and many other points of interest within a six block circumference of the park

Nifty for Fifty - $1
11am - 8pm
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
30 local designers and artists will gather under one roof for the 7th annual Nifty for Fifty shopping sale happening April 6th 2014 from 11am-8pm at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)! Find everything from accessories to clothing and trinkets, all for $50 or less. Just in time to revamp that Spring wardrobe! CASH ONLY 

Tree Talks and Walks – VanDusen Botanical Garden     
1:30pm to 3:00pm      
Include a tour of the garden as part of your Sakura Days experience. Meet at the Guides’ table just inside the Garden.  
Note that paid garden admission is required for this walk. Presented by VCBF and VanDusen volunteer Anne Eng  Anne Eng has been a keen, energetic Cherry Scout almost from the beginning, and is familiar with the cherry trees in VanDusen from her guiding experience there.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Muppets: Most Wanted Movie and Soundtrack Review



They're doing a sequel! They're back by popular demand! The Muppets are back again in a silly, fun filled adventure. Starting right when the previous Muppet movie ended, the Muppet cast launch into song about how they are doing a sequel and what the plot should be. The entire Muppets gang ends up going on a world tour. Along the way, Kermit gets kidnapped and switched with Constantine, the World's Number One Criminal, and Kermit-look-alike. While Kermit has it figure out how to escape jail, the gang unwittingly wind up as part of Constantine's crime scheme.

The Muppets: Most Wanted wasn't as good as the previous film (they poked fun at this in their opening song), but was still very entertaining and worth going to see in theatre. It was laugh-out-loud funny, with tonnes of cameos from famous people, and the songs are just as good.  


The soundtrack is worth getting. It contains 20 songs with 5 demo and outtake tracks performed by Bret McKenzie. All the songs are awesome and so catchy.


Disney posted a version of I'll Get You What You Want song that is sung by Constantine in the movie.  Bret McKenzie sings this version. It's so funny and catchy and like most of the songs, I've got it stuck in my head! It's my favourite song in the soundtrack, followed closely by Something So Right. I've been singing these two songs so much that I've forgotten some of the lyrics to Frozen! (Promptly fixed that though!).  

Track listing:
  • They've Ordered a Sequel performed by Walter, Statler & Waldorf
  • We're Doing a Sequel performed by The Muppets
  • My Name First . . . Your Name performed by Constantine & Ricky Gervais
  • I'm Number One performed by Constantine & Ricky Gervais
  • The Casa Grande performed by Kermit, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta
  • The Big House performed by Tina Fey
  • Stick With Me performed by Constantine & Miss Piggy
  • I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) performed by Constantine
  • The Muppet Show Theme performed by Los Muppets
  • Answer Some Questions performed by Ty Burrell
  • Interrogation Song performed by Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle & The Muppets
  • Oh Foo Foo, It's Always Been a Fight performed by Piggy & Foo Foo
  • Something So Right performed by Miss Piggy, Kermit, Celine Dion & The Muppets
  • We’re Goin' Underground performed by Kermit
  • Working In The Coal Mine performed by Jemaine Clement
  • The Gulag Finale performed by Kermit
  • Together Again performed by The Muppets
  • Moves Like Jagger performed by Scooter & The Penguins
  • Muppet Most Wanted Score Suite performed by Christophe Beck
Bonus:
  • We're Doing A Sequel (demo) performed by Bret McKenzie
  • The Big House (demo) performed by Bret McKenzie
  • What You Want (outtake) performed by Bret McKenzie
  • I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) (demo) performed by Bret McKenzie
  • Something So Right (demo) performed by Bret McKenzie


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hawkers Market 1-Year Anniversary Party

Hawkers Market, the monthly underground food market featuring local food makers, celebrated its 1 year anniversary last Saturday night. Founded by Chris Jerome in Vancouver, the goal of the event is to create a opportunity for food vendors to connect with Vancouver consumers. With the success of the Vancouver market, the event has since expanded into locations in Calgary and Edmonton. Every event is full of delicious food, drinks and party music. 

Their anniversary party was a huge success! It was a full house; tickets to the event were sold out!

InstameetVancouver also had set up a table that night for Instagrammers to take beautiful photos of their food with props.

Making their debut at the market was Electric Jelly Doughnuts, which consisted of a 7 person team including Joel Oschendorf of Oxtale, David Mendes of Blue Mule, Vancouver food bloggers The Food Gays and Chris Jerome from Hawkers.

Jeremy (1/2 of the FoodGays) manning the "do it yourself" doughnut bar.

$5 for 3 donuts or $5 for 2 donuts filled with foie gras (fancy!) and you can choose whatever crazy combination of toppings you like to put on them.

YUMMY!

Some more vendors:

Otimo, Brazillian Style Cheese Puffs, made from Manioc Root.

Oollo Tea

Sweets from Living Lotus.


Simply Pasta.

Pretty sweets from Sweet Petite Confectioner.

Lotus Root Sandwiches from Wonton Girl.

Rickshaw Foods.

Food cart alley - Reel Mac N Cheese Truck,  Flip Top Food Truck, SuperThai Food Truck,

Candy Meister.

The Holistic Kitchen Soup Club

Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream...sold out.

Drinks from 33 Acres Brewing Co. and Cocktails by Hawkers Market.



The next Hawkers Market is on May 10th and tickets are on sale now at hwkrsmrkt.eventbrite.ca and are $10 in advance. Stay up to date by visiting the Hawkers Market website here. Electric Jelly Doughnuts will be back!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Become a Pokemon Master with Google Maps

Well, April Fool's came early this year as Google has release a Youtube video announcing a new job role at their company: Pokemon Master. Contestants have to find Pokemon hidden around the world using their smartphone and the Google Maps App.


If you have a couple of hours to spare, you can start searching for the the 150 Pokemon. According to the Youtube video, those that collect them all will be invited to Google headquarters to battle it out for the job. Hahah.


An obvious place to start would be Google headquarters. Then try searching for famous landmarks. Usually where there's one Pokemon, there may be others nearby so pan around to see if any are around. Sometimes you need to zoom in for them to appear.



Here's one Pokemon that is located in British Columbia! Search for Whistler Mountain!



You have until 2pm PT, April 2nd to collect them all! Good luck and have fun!