Bike to Work Week

It’s Bike to Work week in Metro Vancouver and I have to know, are you riding your bike this week? Surrey is fairly bike friendly with most major roads having bike lanes. The Greenways project also provides some non road options for cyclists but for the most part Surrey’s size and layout prevent it from being a fully bikeable place. So what are your options?

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Most busses have a bike rack but they only hold 2 or 3 bikes. If the bike rack is full you have to wait for another bus which can take awhile in Surrey. If you’re lucky enough to catch a bus with room for you and your bike you still have another hurdle awaiting you at the skytrain station. There are bike lockers at some Surrey stations but that leaves you without your bike when you reach your destination. Translink has been very helpful and communicative about how one would get from Surrey to downtown on a bus but the transit portion alone would take a little over an hour and a half not to mention the cycling time. Most people I know don’t have 3-4 hours a day to dedicate to commuting.

Photo - Trimet

If you’ve ever been to Portland and utilized their transit system you probably know what I’m going to bring up, Light Rail. Light Rail is the answer to Surrey’s transit troubles. The cost is significantly lower than Skytrain, operating costs are less expensive than buses and Surrey’s Main roads are wide enough (mostly) to have street level light rail run down existing centre boulevards. Portland’s system combines light rail, street cars and buses in a seamless, inexpensive and user friendly way that Surrey is in desperate need of.

Photo - Trimet

Portland’s Trimet Light Rail system also has dedicated bike storage space in every car on every train, a far cry from Translink’s non existent Skytrain+bike options. I you have an opinion I’d love to here it. I for one would love to ride my bike to work, it just isn’t a sensible option for me.

Scott.

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Pacific Commuter – Commute in style, save $ and go green!

Commuting sucks. I know this very well as I am one of the thousands of people who commute from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver every day for work. The transit system out here is very sparse and inefficient often taking over 2 hours to get home, totally uncool. If there was a way you could ditch your car and travel in style and comfort would you do it? Ladies and gentleman, meet Pacific Commuter.

Pacific Commuter is a new membership based commuter bus offering luxury transportation from Langley and Surrey to Downtown Vancouver and back. You get to your destination in reclining leather seats with tables, free WiFi, lots of leg room and a kitchen and bathroom. All of this is on a state of the art bus that allows you to feel good about your commute because it’s much greener than driving. With free WiFi you can add 2 hours of productive work time to your day instead of sitting in your car accomplishing nothing and stressing out about traffic.

Check out PacificCommuter.com for all the details including Car2Go memberships, Globe and Mail subscriptions and much more! You can also bring your bike with you as it will fit in the compartments usually filled with luggage! Going green in style, that’s cool. Pacific Commuter hits the streets on July 3rd!

Scott.

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Surrey BC has sister cities in Japan and China!!

Have you ever heard someone talk about their city having a sister city and wondered “what is Surrey’s sister city?” Well it just so happens that Surrey is so cool we have to have TWO sister cities!

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Surrey became the sister city of Koto, Japan on April 20th, 1989. Koto is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. It is located east of the Tokyo metropolitan centre and as of 2008 had a population of just over 440,000 people. Koto’s population and location are similar to Surrey’s position within the GVRD and it is a growing city forming it’s own identity separate of Tokyo.

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Surrey’s second sister city is Zhuhai, China. Located in the province of Guangdong, Zhuhai sits along the Pearl River delta and neighbours the city of Macau. The Pearl River delta is know as the Chinese Riviera and is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Zhuhai has a population of just over 400,000 in its metropolitan area and another 440,000+ in its suburbs making it very similar to the GVRD.

Now go out and wow your friends with this knowledge we have bestowed unto you!!

Scott.

Win tickets to Eat! Vancouver from WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!

Free tickets!!!!!

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Photo credit - Eat! Vancouver/MCM MarketingEat! Vancouver is just around the corner and WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com want to send you and a guest to check out this awesome food and beverage extravaganza!! Enter by posting the following on Twitter.

“I entered to win 2 @Eat_Vancouver passes from @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb! http://wp.me/pVVWR-z5  RT to enter!”

You will get an additional entry in the contest for subscribing to WhatsForLunchBC.com and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!! (One entry for each subscription) You will also get an additional entry for following @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb on Twitter!!

Eat! Vancouver runs from June 1-3 at BC Place. The contest will run until Sunday May 27th so start tweeting, following and subscribing!! I look forward to seeing you there!

Scott.

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Win tickets to Eat! Vancouver from WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!

Photo credit - Eat! Vancouver/MCM MarketingEat! Vancouver is just around the corner and WFLBC and SurreyIsTheBomb.com want to send you and a guest to check out this awesome food and beverage extravaganza!! Enter by posting the following on Twitter.

“I entered to win 2 @Eat_Vancouver passes from @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb! http://wp.me/pVVWR-z5  RT to enter!”

You will get an additional entry in the contest for subscribing to WhatsForLunchBC.com and SurreyIsTheBomb.com!! (One entry for each subscription) You will also get an additional entry for following @WhatsForLunchBC and @SurreyIsTheBomb on Twitter!!

Eat! Vancouver runs from June 1-3 at BC Place. The contest will run until Sunday May 27th so start tweeting, following and subscribing!! I look forward to seeing you there!

Scott.

The City of Surrey’s Community Beautification Grant program

Did you know that Surrey offers grants to people or groups who want to make our city beautiful? The Community Enhancement Partnership Program (CEPP) offers people or groups a grant to support small projects, activities and celebrations with the goal of improving their community.

Check out all the details on the official 2012 Community Beautification Grant page on the City of Surrey’s Website. Anyone who applies for and receives a grant can contact me for some coverage! Just leave a comment on this post.

Scott.

Surrey Canada Day 2012 with Sam Roberts and more!!

Canada Day + Awesome music + Surrey = the best day ever.

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Surrey’s Canada Day festivities have grown to be the largest in western Canada drawing over 100,000 visitors to last years event. This year it’s looking like another blockbuster with everything from a freestyle motocross demo team, lots of fun activities for the kids, two stages featuring live music all day and a fireworks show to close out the evening. The Main Stage, presented by Chevron, will feature local favourite Hannah Georgas and 6 time Juno award winner Sam Roberts. The Second Stage, presented by 100.5 The Peak will feature the top 20 bands from it’s Peak Performance Project.

 

Last year’s event was crazy awesome, who will I see there this year?? Surrey Canada Day 2012 happens on Sunday July 1st (obviously…) at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre at the corner of 176th street and 64th Avenue and runs from 10am until 11pm (approximately) . Check out some videos from the artists featured at this years…

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What’s happening with Beerthirst at Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off this Friday, May 18th at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Gastown. I will be there with the Beerthirst crew so come find us! Wait, you want to hang out with us all week? Well ok, here’s a rundown of where we’ll be!

Saturday May 19th we will be at O’Hares Pub in Steveston (5031 Steveston Hwy) for the Russell Brewing/North Coast Brewing tap takeover from 6pm-closing. This is a non ticketed event, all you have to do is show up! There will be a Russell dry hopped double IPA cask and a keg of the VCBW collaboration beer!! As an added bonus Leo will also be giving out free hugs to anyone who sings his favourite Duran Duran song to him.

Sunday May 20th we’ll be at Hogshack Cookhouse in Steveston (3900 Bayview st) for the debut of Odin Brewing in Canada. I’m particularly excited about this event because Odin takes great care in making sure their beers pair well with food, and as you all know I love the Hogshack! This one runs from 6-10pm, tickets are $35. Call 604-272-7264 for tickets and tell them Scotty sent you.

Monday May 21st we will be at Biercraft on Cambie (3305 Cambie st) for a Belgian Showcase with over 50 Belgian and Belgian style beers along with Belgian inspired hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and are all inclusive, just call 604-874-6900.

Tuesday and Wednesday there are some great events all around town but the Beerthirst crew and I will be chugging Pepto Bismol and piggybacking Tylenol and Advil to get ready for Thursday. Check out vancouvercraftbeerweek.com to see what’s up on our days off.

Thursday we’ll be at The Pumphouse Pub in Richmond (6031 Blundell rd) from 5pm-late for the Elysian Tap Takeover and Homebrew contest. 20 different beers from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing with their brewmaster Dick Cantwell on hand. He will be judging the homebrew contest where I look forward to trying Tony “The Warlock” Iaci’s much hyped homebrew. Tony is the manager at the Pumphouse so I’ll be watching closely for back room deal making.

Friday May 25th from 5-10pm and Saturday the 26th from 2-7pm (which is my birthday, in case you wanted to buy me something) we will be at the VCBW Beer Festival at The Salt Building in the Olympic Village (85 west 1st ave). If you have tickets already you are a lucky duck as both days are sold out!!

If you ever wanted to stalk me this is the time! See you next week craft beer lovers!!

Scott.

Street Meet Truck!

Have you ever had a bad meal at one of the many food trucks dotted around the streets of Vancouver? Looking back on the past couple of years I can honestly say that I’ve only had one sub par meal, and it wasn’t really “bad” it just could’ve been better. One of the newest trucks to hit the streets is the Street Meet Truck, this is one of the coolest looking trucks in town. It has a sweet chrome flying pig hood ornament, crazy graphics and sweet underside lighting but you’ll have to find them somewhere at night to check that out. Their truck is also a slightly different model than the ones used by other food truckers, it has a more “big rig” look to it, quite impressive.

Seeing as I decided to visit on the first really nice day of the year the line up was predictably long but the crew in the truck were upbeat and very friendly, pushing out food like a well oiled machine. The menu is described as Mediterranean food and it definitely is, with a decidedly Italian influence. Chef Alessandro Vianello and Chef Mike Carter say their goal is to bring addictive fine foods at an affordable price to the streets of Vancouver, let’s see how they did.

First up I had the Crispy Fried Risotto Balls with slow braised pork, green onions and truffle aioli. These are some tasty balls people. The crunch on the outside is just right and the rich warm goodness inside is very rich and full of flavour. Served on a bed of greens the left over aioli also makes a nice little salad to accompany the risotto balls. Very nice.

Next I had the Grilled Spicy Italian Sausage with stewed red peppers and Taleggio cheese served on a toasted baguette. The sausage is made from high quality local pork and it tastes great, just a little heat and not too salty. The casing has a nice snap to it as well. The baguette poses a challenge to those looking to stay clean, it takes some biting power to get through the toasted crust and you may end up with stewed red peppers on your shirt. The bun is great though, very fresh and airy inside. The Cheese is very soft and gooey and adds a nice creamy balance to the acid of the peppers and the heat of the sausage. There are also some scratch made potato chips with this dish that are really good.

So there it is, another great meal from one of Vancouver’s ever growing family of food trucks. To find out where the Street Meet Truck is at Follow them on Twitter @StreetMeetTruck, Check out their website at StreetMeetTruck.ca or use the uber awesome Street Food App on your iPhone (an Android version would be nice…nudge nudge)

Scott.