By leanne on August 31, 2005 - 1:54pm
In today's busy world of working couples and singles living the life to the fullest, getting a good quality meal can often become one more task in a day than the pleasurable treat that it should be. We all know I LOVE eating and usually I like to eat healthily so I am absolutely delighted to list the following places to get great lunches or dinners to go that is fast, easy, affordable and delicious. Now, no matter how busy I get I and my guests can dine well at lunch or dinner!
Cassis Bistro - 420 W. Pender Street - coq a ll'orange, bouillabaise, veal de beouf and other yummy things all packaged and ready to go in single size portions. cassisvancouver.com
Thai Away - 43 East 5th Ave. In minutes, all your favourite Thai dishes in single portion booklets one side with rice and the other side with your Thai food. Stock up your freezer at home or work and in 5 minutes in the microwave its ready!
Rangoli - 1488 W.11th my favourite for Indian take away - buy it fresh or frozen and boil in the bag or microwave for an instant dinner to impress your significant other or a dinner party! Yummy Sambal beans, naam bread, indian rice, Punjab chicken, curry with lamb, pork or tofu, yam dumplings.....
By leanne on August 16, 2005 - 11:05am
Work up an appetite friends as there are a few new places to try in Vancouver, all over the city!
Watermark - Kits beach, can anyone say location, location, location? This will be a cash cow restaurant as this venue has undoubtedly the most gorgeous view in Vancouver (perhaps Sequoia Grill in Stanley Park plays a close second). Food is still very rough around the edges but you can't go wrong with drinks!
George on Hamilton St & Davie - Yaletown, right beside Cioppino's. Great scene, very busy and another cocktail vs. food place - perhaps they just need time to work out their menu. Owned by the same guys who own Brick's on Homer.
Stella's tapas - 1191 Commercial Street (604) 254.2437 is a great new Belgian place, kind of like Chambar but with a patio and a touch more casual. Some asian fusion dishes too!
Thai Away on 43 East 5th Ave. - great take out for Thai or dine in on their small deck. Best for lunch.
Terra Breads on 100 block of East 5th Ave. - tea or lunch, grab something to go. They are another welcomed neighbour near our office!
By leanne on August 15, 2005 - 9:34pm
Last night was a taste of summer bliss out at Deer Lake park in Burnaby where Jack Johnson swept a crowd of 5,000 fans off their feet. The show started at 4pm with a a whole slew of bonus opening acts like Matt Costa. The scene was summer utopia. Everyone sitting on blankets on the grassy hill, swimsuits,sunglasses and sunscreen on with beers in hand overlooking the lake. There were vendors selling everything from crepes, to beer to ice cream cones - I had no ID so believe it or not no beer for me! Jack took the stage around 7:30 and played an unheard of 3 hour set. The evening was so magical Jack just kept on playing, "On and On" was a definite highlight for me. Really the whole thing was unbelieveble as Jack is a true talent: songwriter, musician, filmaker with the longest list of great songs he is the opposite of a one hit wonder. The venue is a true 10 out of 10. If you have a chance hit the last two concerts there of the summer Michael Bublé on the 20th (our on Vancouverite who hit it big because he was at the right party at the right time with his actress girlfriend in L.A.) He is a modern day Frank Sinatra type and it should be a really good night. There is one more show Sunsplash In the Park-Spearhead,Isral Vibration & Blackalicious on Sept. 3rd as well.
By leanne on August 9, 2005 - 8:48pm
I like this quote that showed up in Kimberly Fulcher newsletter this week...
“How high have you set the bar – for yourself, and for those around you? Too low, and you will never know what you’re truly capable of. Too high, and you’ll only be disappointed. So go ahead, don’t be afraid to set demanding (yet doable) standards, and hold fast. Why should you settle for less?
By leanne on July 30, 2005 - 6:25am
The sun is shining, work is at bay and I am sure there is a long list of "to do's" whether that be jetting off on a weekend vacation, working in your garden, catching up on errands, making it to "events".... whatever you do this weekend, make sure to take time out for yourself. That might mean reading a book, meditating, sipping tea on the deck or taking care of your body. Whatever it is, give yourself not your work, or your family or your friends, but give you some time this weekend. A good article that came out yesterday on the topic is at http://www.workz.com/content/view_content.html?section_id=523&content_id... and Compass Life is a good Life Coaching online training that businesswomen across the US and Canada are using....www.compasslife.com
By leanne on July 29, 2005 - 10:05am
Yes it's true, there's no Molson Indy this year (Concord residents must be happy!) and as a result the height of summer parties that go along with it are gone as well. The Wednesday night at Crocodile is just about the best 2hour afternoon cocktail party of the year, Kyle Washington's driver party is no more, the all night party in West Van on the beach will only be sleeping this summer....however....the Opus pit party along with Brian Jessel is going to host their block party this Saturday. My sister and I are unfortunately not organizing it this year but they are still hoping to repeat our great success of last summer on their own. ! I will be away this weekend so I'll miss it. If you're not going away - go and tell me if it's good! Invites are being given out by Molson's, Opus Hotel and BNW Brian Jessel. Cheers to summer!
By leanne on July 23, 2005 - 10:32am
Jack Eversel has reason to celebrate. One of his four successful properties, Cin Cin on Robson celebrated its 15th money making year. A favourite for the Film and Television Industry execs and tourists alike, Cin Cin hosted a full house on the house this past Wednesday. "They know how to handle our guests to the city so we always send out of towners here" said one of the city's top conference planners, Katriana Tu. "We come here a lot, they treat us well, I don't do events but I am happy to come out and toast Jack" commented Shaun of Brightlight Pictures. "They know exactly what they are doing and everyone in the city is here!" enthused CTV's Colleen Christie. Overall it was a great event and Jack deserves heeps of credit as he has turned defunct restaurant parties into incredible successes with old fashioned hard work. For more on Jack's restaurants, check out http://www.toptable.ca/index.asp.
By leanne on July 22, 2005 - 12:06pm
I am very excited - my apple powerbook arrives today. I may have to remortgage my house to buy all the accessories I want to go with it but I am looking forward to actually having a computer that works, doesn't crash, freeze and shut down on an hourly basis. Hooray!
By leanne on July 22, 2005 - 12:03pm
Breakfast meetings I am always a fan of - people are fresh, they are unhurried and the talking is much more relaxed over sipping cofffee and waking up their minds than catching them at lunch, midday in the midst of craziness. Good places for breakfast meetings:
Sutton Place Hotel: the true hotel experience, it's quiet, it's calm, you can sit in the window and their menu is delicious! You feel like you are dining in a 5 star hotel. (I don't recommend dinner there though, drinks yes and lunch - chicken noodles soup with mini ham and cheese sandwiches and high tea are great too!) My favourites for breakfast at the Wildflower, Sutton Place are eggs and fantastiac pastries or croissants.
Opus Hotel: You feel the city waking up here, the toursists are there, they have delicious soy matcha lattes! I would generally avoid the Bistro as the service is very slow but the berries and granola are great. The food is generally good there but they have no business, they need a publicist! The ideal is the little cafe in the Opus hotel where you can sit out front and watch yaletown wakeup. You can also use their wireless internet in the bistro, lounge or cafe for a fee.
Weekend Brunches: Tangerine- all organic, healthy and great people watching. Free range eggs, organic turkey sausages, delightful! Saturdays and Sundays only.
Zen: quick and good. No gourmet here but it's still good.
By leanne on July 21, 2005 - 2:30pm
3500 square feet of spectacular executive office space at Pier 32 on Granville Island.
This prestigious office building sits on the water’s edge and has it’s own marina. Perfect for the executive that wishes to entertain on his or her own private yacht.
This space has been recently renovated to the absolute highest standard in western Canada. The two executive offices are literally hanging over the water. Even the executive assistants have a stunning water view.
Three other executive offices are also on at the water’s edge. The executives and their staff will have the convenience of the latest high tech hardware, including an air conditioned computer room, fiber optics, and Cad 5 to every work station.
Staff could take a yoga class at lunch, or maybe after kayaking down False Creek, freshen up in our private “his