BCHL Hockey – Langley Rivermen vs. Trail Smoke Eaters

Pre Game
Pre Game

 

My NHL boycott is slowly coming to an end, I find myself peeking at the highlights and searching YouTube for plays that people mention on Twitter and Facebook instead of actually watching the games. So to ease myself back into the roll of full time hockey fan the family and I headed out to the Langley Events Centre to catch a BCHL game between the Langley Rivermen and the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The 5500 seat arena
The 5500 seat arena
Food and beer (I'm sure they have other stuff too)
Food and beer (I’m sure they have other stuff too)

 

The Langley Events Centre is a very impressive facility. It has a 5500 seat arena, a 2200 seat gymnasium, a walking track, a community centre with a gym, a banquet hall, meeting rooms and outdoor sports fields and playgrounds. The concession has beer (it’s Budweiser though but hey, it’s better than no beer at all) and some interesting looking food options including Poutine and a Pulled Pork covered hot dog. My tickets were comped by the Home Depot which is a community sponsor of the Rivermen but full price for a ticket is only $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and free for kids 6 and under. Season tickets are $240 and give you first crack at any other events/shows that roll through the LEC, not bad at all.

Game time!
Game time!

The game was great, big hits, lots of action but we only made it to the halfway point of the 2nd as our little one had had enough fun. She was pretty into it for an almost 3 year old though and she loved walking around the rink checking everything out!

"Ya ladies, I'm the goalie. No big deal"
“Ya ladies, I’m the goalie. No big deal”

The final score was 4-3 in favour of the Smoke Eaters leaving the Rivermen a game under .500 with 15 games remaining in the regular season. After the game (This game and last game) you and your family could skate with the team, an awesome way to connect with the community!

TWU Spartans
TWU Spartans

You can also watch the Langley Thunder (lacrosse) and TWU Spartans (Basketball, hockey, volleyball) play at the LEC.

Twitter @LangleyEvents, @LangleyRivermen, @BCHLSmokeEaters

Scott.

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Samsung goes after the only business Blackberry has left.

Remember Samsung’s “Next big thing” ads? You know, the ones showing hoards of Apple fans waiting in line for the latest and greatest iDevice while the guy with the Galaxy S3 was just there to hold a spot in line for his parents? Well Samsung is at it again but this time they’re going after Research In Motion an it’s beleaguered Blackberry devices in the Enterprise end of the market. The one saving grace that has kept Blackberry devices barely relevant is that they’re generally safer than other devices as far as encryption goes. This means you can share sensitive information on them with less fear of it falling into the wrong hands.

no-blackberry

Well Blackberry, say hello to Samsung’s new “SAFE Protocols”. As reported on MobileSyrup.com (my favourite Canadian mobile industry site) “SAFE is Samsung’s play for the Enterprise, bringing high-level encryption, Microsoft ActiveSync support, enhanced VPN capabilities and multiple vendor profiles so your Galaxy device is compatible with most MDM deployments”. What that means is you can now handle all of you sensitive business on a device that you can actually admit to your friends is yours. No more “This is just my work phone” lies, you get to use a real phone!!! The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 will be SAFE compatible.

Check out the awesome “Unicorn Apocalypse” ad Samsung made to announce their new SAFE Protocols.

Heston and Rochele, I wrote this for you 🙂

Scott.

WFLBC Product Review, Kohler Flipside

Not being called “What’s For Lunch BC” any more has given me a new found freedom to write about whatever I want. Why not go as far away from food as I can and review a shower head! The last shower head I installed was a Brasscraft wallet friendly unit that had 3 settings. It cost less than $20 but was mostly plastic and it broke while trying to tighten it to stop a leak from the threaded coupling (which was made of plastic).

The Flipside's 4 spray patterns
The Flipside’s 4 spray patterns

This time I decided that I wouldn’t worry about cost and pick a shower head that would last. The Kohler Flipside boasts all metal construction, a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate (there’s also a 2 gpm model) and is available in wall mount or handheld versions. Its polished chrome finish is durable and easy to clean and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The Flipside is a pretty cool piece of engineering with unique rotating head changing between its four spray patterns easily. It kind of looks like an old fashioned radio microphone. Check out the video to see it in action.

Of the four spray patterns Kotton and Kurrent are very similar and as a tall person they feel the same, the other two patterns are quite different. Koverage is a traditional shower pattern and Komotion is a nice circular spray but be warned, if you try it with the shower curtain/door open you’ll have a wet floor.

Verdict – If it lasts a long time it’ll be worth the money. It is a cool piece of engineering that works very well.

The Kohler Flipside retails for around $60 – $80 (wall mount) and $110 – $150 (handheld) and is available wherever Kohler products are sold.

Scott.

My second love, buildings, bridges and public spaces

I love many things in this world, my family is obviously first on the list. My second love may come as a surprise to some, unless you read the title. Buildings, bridges, public spaces, I love architectural design, industrial design and well planned neighbourhoods. A beautiful building or bridge is like art soaring into the sky or spanning a body of water, well planned public spaces energise the streets, bring foot traffic to local businesses and inspire families to move into urban areas.

Whenever I have the chance I take pictures of my favourite places using my Smartphone (Sony X12)  and Instagram. I’ve gathered up some of my favourites and wanted to share them with you.

1500 West Georgia, Vancouver.
1500 West Georgia, Vancouver.
Central City Tower, Surrey
Central City Tower, Surrey
Alexandria Bridge, Fraser Canyon near Hell's Gate
Alexandria Bridge, Fraser Canyon near Hell’s Gate
Athletes Village main square, Vancouver
Athletes Village main square, Vancouver
BC Place looking towards Mount Baker, Vancouver
BC Place looking towards Mount Baker, Vancouver
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver
English Bay and the West End, Vancouver
English Bay and the West End, Vancouver
Georgia Street, Vancouver
Georgia Street, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge and False Creek
Granville Street Bridge and False Creek
White Rock Pier, White Rock
White Rock Pier, White Rock

 

Granville Island, rust can be beautiful, Vancouver
Granville Island, rust can be beautiful, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge, Vancouver
Granville Street Bridge, Vancouver
Harbour Centre and Hastings Street, Vancouver
Harbour Centre and Hastings Street, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay looking across Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay looking across Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver
Main Street, Whistler Village
Main Street, Whistler Village
Manhattan Apartments at Robson and Thurlow, Vancouver
Manhattan Apartments at Robson and Thurlow, Vancouver
Queensborough with the Alex Fraser Bridge in the distance, New Westminster
Queensborough with the Alex Fraser Bridge in the distance, New Westminster
Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
Saint Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
The DTES as seen from the Sun Tower, Vancouver
The DTES as seen from the Sun Tower, Vancouver

 

The Electra, Vancouver
The Electra, Vancouver

 

The Qube, Vancouver
The Qube, Vancouver

 

Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey
Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey

 

Vancouver Public Library main branch, Vancouver
Vancouver Public Library main branch, Vancouver

 

White Rock Beach pier, White Rock
White Rock Beach pier, White Rock

 

 

Grab your smartphone or camera and take some pictures of your favourite places, it’ll make you appreciate the place we call home and you might find something great that you didn’t know was so close to you.

Scott.

Central City Brew Pub

Central City Brewing Co. is living proof that Surrey is indeed the bomb. Located in (wait for it) the Central City complex that houses a shopping mall, an SFU campus and one of the best looking buildings in Greater Vancouver, they make world class craft beer that has won numerous awards over the past few years. Did I mention the building they’re located in? I seriously love the Central City Tower, it’s a true architectural gem that is very under appreciated by most of the GVRD. I stopped in for a few beers, dinner and some NFL playoff football watching recently with my cousin Kurt (@truKrenruT).

Central City Tower
Central City Tower

Central City has tons of free parking and is right next to the Surrey Central Skytrain Station, I highly recommend my readers from north of the Fraser hop on the train and give Central City a try. I would list all of the beer/brewing/brewpub awards they’ve racked up since 2008 but it’s easier to just give you guys the link. I started out with their amazingly good Imperial IPA which has won some sort of beer award every year since 2008 and it’s quite deserving of the praise it gets. I followed that up with their Winter Ale, a seasonal beer that is unlike other overly sweet winter ales. This beer has a nice malty body with a subtle hop finish and a very mild sweetness. It’s quite nice.  I had an ESB as well before returning to the fantastic imperial IPA. I’ve never met a Red Racer beer I didn’t like (aside from a lemongrass infused pin cask of their pale ale…). 2013 will be the year that BC breweries start to overtake their Pacific Northwest and Californian competition, you heard it here first. Canadian craft beer has never been better and it gets better with every new brewery that opens up!

Red Racer Imperial IPA
Red Racer Imperial IPA

The food at Central City is also outstanding and has really moved upmarket since the hiring of Executive Chef Carl Sawatsky a few years ago. Having spent time as the Executive Chef at Bacchus Bistro at Domaine De Chamberton Winery Chef Sawatsky has changed a very pedestrian pub menu into something that encompasses locally sourced, high quality ingredients and non traditional dishes along side modern twists on traditional pub grub. After publishing this post I’ve learned that Chef Sawatsky may not be with Central City any more (he’s still listed as Executive Chef on their Facebook page) but his menu remains and is still executed quite well.

Shortrib Beef Dip
Shortrib Beef Dip

Kurt and I both ordered the same thing, the Braised Shortrib Beef Dip and I’m happy to say this is one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in recent memory. Red Racer beer braised short rib, pickled grilled zucchini,  stout cheddar from Farmhouse Cheeses in Agassiz, crispy onions, horseradish Dijon mayo, served on a house made ciabatta bun with Au Jus for dipping. I think I got a little lucky because my short rib was roughly an inch think, Kurt’s was less thick but it was still enough. The pickled zucchini is awesome, the stout cheddar is rich and delicious and the bun is fresh and tasty. The fries are good, nothing mind blowing but good non the less.

Great Beer, great food, great building, great pub. Go check it out if you’ve never been and if you haven’t been in awhile it’s worth a revisit.

Scott.

The WFLBC annual Variety BC fundraiser is here!

It’s almost Hayley’s 3rd birthday, I can’t believe she’s almost 3! As we do every year we are going to raise some money for Variety the Children’s Charity as a way of thanking them for their continued support throughout Hayley’s life. Recently Hayley was fitted with special inserts for her shoes to help her walk, the results were immediate. I’ve never seen her run so fast! For those of you that may not know Hayley was born 13.5 weeks premature, weighed only 1 pound 11.5 ounces and was 11 inches long. She is my hero and has beaten the odds from day one growing to be a healthy happy little girl who amazes me on a daily basis with her intellect and sense of humour.

Hayley's shoe inserts
Hayley’s shoe inserts

When she was born I made a slideshow for my family to watch as they were unable to visit her in the NICU. You can watch that slideshow below but I’m told it makes people cry happy tears, you’ve been warned. In total Hayley spent 93 days in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Royal Columbian Hospital and then Surrey Memorial Hospital.

So how are we going to raise money this year? Surrey Beer Club of course! On February 21st join us at Big Ridge Brewing Co. in Surrey (5580 152nd street) for another super fun night of craft beer, good times and great people. The casks will be tapped at 5pm, if you’ve been to one of our events already you know the beer will be fantastic!

I’ve also set up a donation page where you can donate any amount you’d like to Variety BC. This event is free for anyone to attend but if you’d like to donate you can do so by buying a “ticket” at SurreyBeerClub.Eventbrite.com . There’s a fee that goes directly to Eventbrite.com for using their service but other than that 100% of the proceeds go to Variety BC, we aren’t doing this for profit, we’re doing it for Hayley 🙂

This was Hayley when she was born.

Tiny miracle
Tiny miracle

This is Hayley today, she’s such an amazing kid.

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Join us and help support a great cause!

Scott.

The NHL Lockout is over? We’re going to need some restitution.

Extra Greedy
Extra Greedy

This morning I awoke to a world that once again has NHL hockey. Like all Canadians, well maybe not ALL but a good majority, I love hockey and am quite happy to see it back in my life. That being said I am unsure where hockey fits into my life now. I’ve always been an NFL fan but this year I’ve been able to focus on it without the distraction of hockey and it’s been a great year to be a football fan. Russell Wilson and RG3 looking like future superstars, Adrian Peterson coming back from a huge injury looking better than ever . I’ve also become a bit of an NBA fan, my new team being the LA Clippers due to the super talented Blake Griffin and his ridiculous monster dunks. I’ve always been a huge Motorsports fan as well and I find myself looking forward to the upcoming NASCAR season (I’m not sure that love will last though) and the F1 season isn’t that far away either. Then there’s Soccer. The Whitecaps made the playoffs in the MLS, the European season has been exciting in all leagues, I have to say, I’m not sure I have time for the NHL in my schedule any more.

Slightly less greedy
Slightly less greedy

I’m sure I’ll watch a few games here and there on TV. I know I’ll watch some at local bars, I know how much this lockout has affected small businesses that depend on the NHL season to stay profitable. But here’s what I WILL NOT do. I will not buy a single ticket to an NHL game. I will not buy any NHL merchandise and I will not rush home everyday to catch all the highlights on the local sports channel that has a fat broadcasting deal with you.

My question to you, the players and the owners, is what are you going to do to make this up to the fans that make your game possible? The fans who are the reason the NHL and NHLPA exist, the reason owners buy multi-million dollar teams. the reason players collect million dollar salaries, the reason corporate sponsors pony up huge dollars to advertise in your rinks, it’s all because of the fans. Painting “Thank you fans” on the ice like you did after the last lockout isn’t going to be enough. You’ve taken us for granted for too long and it’s time that we the fans spoke with our wallets, spent our hard earned money elsewhere and supported sports that actually give a damn about us.

I hope I’m not alone on this one, judging from my Twitter feed this morning I see there are a lot of folks out there much more willing to forgive than I am. The Oilers and Canucks still have my love, it’s in my blood, but it’s no longer in my budget. I’ve played hockey since I was 4 years old but you’ve ruined the game for me. Also, I stole your logos from the internet without paying.

Scott.

152 Street Liquor store, a new Craft Beer hot spot in Surrey!

Craft Beer is really making a surge in terms of availability around the lower mainland. There are lots of restaurants and bars adding  craft beer to their menus every day. Private and government liquor stores are also getting in on the act and the latest addition in my home town of Surrey is 152 Street Liquor Store.

Yay beer!
Yay beer!

Located at 9082 152nd Street in the Price Smart parking lot (just off of 152 st and Fraser Hwy), they’ve just launched a pretty extensive craft beer program, which I found out after Lyndsey went there and brought me home a 6 pack of Philips Hop Circle IPA, which I didn’t know they carried. I’m quite happy to have a liquor store with a good selection of craft beer close to home, I love Central City and Big Ridge but their Liquor Stores are about a 15 – 20 minute drive for me, this is more like 5 minutes!

Why the change? They’re under new management and they’re obviously very intelligent,  ridiculously good  looking people just like all other craft beer fans.

Check out their website 152stliquorstore.com, They aren’t on Twitter or Facebook though, something I’m going to have to talk to them about 🙂

Scott.