Italian chef’s tasting menu at Mosaic

This restaurant might be the best kept secret in Vancouver. Mosaic Bar & Grille, tucked away on the second floor of the Hyatt Hotel on Burrard, does some of the best high end dining in the city. Every month or so Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich does a Chef’s tasting menu. He kindly invited me down to check out the latest which has an Italian theme complete with wine pairings. The view from Mosaic is pretty spectacular as well considering it’s deep inside Vancouver’s business district. The menu is a 5 course affair, here’s a quick run down of the dishes and wine pairings.

Nice view
Nice view

Course 1 –¬†Panzanella Insalata. Bread affair ciabatta, heirloom tomatoes, bone marrow saltimbocca paired with Beniamino Maschio Grapa Di Moscato

Bone marrow paired with Grappa? It totally works.
Bone marrow paired with Grapa? It totally works.

Course 2 – Vialone Nano Truffle Risotto. Truffle dwarf peaches, 64 degree egg, Parmesan foam. Paired with Danzante 2011 pinot grigio.

Fantastic risotto and another great wine pairing.
Fantastic risotto and another great wine pairing.

Course 3 – Hand rolled pasta. Cerignola olive broth, bottarga. Paired with Quail’s Gate 2010 pinot noir.

Hand rolled pasta of the highest quality. The chilli's added a nice subtle heat and complemented the wine.
Hand rolled pasta of the highest quality. The chilli’s added a nice subtle heat and complemented the wine.

Course 4 – Branzino, polenta, squid ink. Paired with Ca’ Bianca ‘Cherise’ 2008 Barbers d’Asti Superiore.

Branzino is Seabass, fyi. Another fantastic wine pairing.
Branzino is Seabass, fyi. Another fantastic wine pairing.

Course 5 – Tiramisu. House made lady fingers, mascarpone, disaronno soaked cherries. Paired with Gehringer Bros. 2011 Cabernet Franc ice wine.

Tiramisu and Ice wine. Great combo.
Tiramisu and Ice wine. Great combo.

Mosaic is getting a lot of hype and it’s well deserved. The food is outstanding, the wine list is world class, their cocktails are some of the best in the city and they have craft beer!. That sounds like a winner to me.

Howe Sound Brewing's Devil's Elbow IPA
Howe Sound Brewing’s Devil’s Elbow IPA

Chef Heinrich is doing some great things at Mosaic, go check it out! The Italian tasting menu runs until September 12th.

Twitter Р@cheftheinrch Make sure you follow Chef Heinrich for updates on all of his latest creations.

My tasting menu was comped by Chef Heinrich, somewhat unexpectedly ūüôā

Scott.

 

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Vancouver’s own Bodhi Jones new album “Bones” available NOW!

Bodhi Jones is back. The last time we had a new album from this talented local singer/songwriter was back in 2010 with “Where Does The Time Go”, which I still listen to often. Bodhi is taking part in this years Peak Performance Project on 102.7 The Peak, it’s his 3rd time in the competition and everyone who knows Bodhi is hoping for big things this year!

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I first met Bodhi in 2011 when I was organizing Andrewpalooza to raise money for a friend dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. I asked Bodhi if he wanted to play at the Red Room for the event and he immediately said yes, he helped secure other talent and even helped persuade the lovely Carmen Cruz to host. Bodhi is a great guy, truly my brother from another mother. Here’s the video for the first single off Bones – Drink Like the World’s Gonna End.

Head over to peakperformanceproject.com¬†and check out Bodhi’s page. Make sure The Peak knows WE LOVE BODHI!

Bones is available on iTunes and you can catch Bodhi live at St. James Hall on September 6th for the official Bones release party, get your tickets HERE.

Twitter – @bodhijones

Facebook – BodhiJones

Youtube – Bodhi Jones

Instagram – bodhijones

Interwebzzzz – bodhijones.com

Good luck man!!

Scott.

7 nights in Whistler

I thought 7 nights in Whistler would be too much. Is there enough going on in the spring to occupy someone for over a week? It’s right in between ski season and bike season, the Gondola is shut down for maintainance and I was bringing a 3 year old. Well, it wasn’t too long, in fact I didn’t want to come home. Whistler isn’t just a tourist destination, it’s a community and I feel like I become a part of that community a little more every time I visit.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things I saw and did over the last 7 nights (In Pictures).

The view from my deck at Legends in Creekside
The view from my deck at Legends in Creekside
A Triumph TR6 from the British car show in the Village
Triumph TR6 from the British car show in the Village
The 2010 Olympic cauldron.
The 2010 Olympic cauldron.
Part of the 1.5km trail in Nairn Falls Provincial Park, 20 minutes north of Whistler
Part of the 1.5km trail in Nairn Falls Provincial Park, 20 minutes north of Whistler
One of the interactive art installations called "Sightlines" in Whistler Village
One of the interactive art installations called “Sightlines” in Whistler Village
Looking down towards Creekside
Looking down towards Creekside
The Crystal, a Whistler Village landmark
The Crystal, a Whistler Village landmark
The Creekside gondola
The Creekside gondola
Blackcomb mountain
Blackcomb mountain
Totem pole in Whistler Village
Totem pole in Whistler Village
My daughter throwing a passive aggressive body check at the playground
My daughter throwing a passive aggressive body check at the playground
The reason it's called "Creekside"
The reason it’s called “Creekside”
2010 Olympic rings
2010 Olympic rings
Another piece at "Sightlines"
Another piece at “Sightlines”
Paralympic logo in the village
Paralympic logo in the village
Very large art installation at the entrance to World Cup Plaza in Creekside
Very large art installation at the entrance to World Cup Plaza in Creekside
The upper falls at Nairn Falls Provincial Park
The upper falls at Nairn Falls Provincial Park
The lower or "main" falls at Nairn Falls Provincial Park
The lower or “main” falls at Nairn Falls Provincial Park

One day I’ll figure out a way to live in Whistler full time.

Twitter – @WFLBC

Instagram – Instagram.com/wflbc

Facebook – WFLBC

Scott.

Hot Pink in review

Hot Pink
Hot Pink

Last night was Hot Pink, an pin-up girl themed art show featuring the works of Bret Taylor and Alex Stewart. What an amazing night! Somewhere in post industrial South False Creek a group of some of the best people I know came together to support these two talented men. I picked up a nice piece by Bret, my first original art purchase in years.

Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor
Alex Stewart
Alex Stewart

After the show we all hung around and had a pretty fantastic party. There was an amazing cake brought by Candice Roach (bakedinvancouver.com) who makes the coolest cakes in town. There was some drinking, plenty of merry making and a lot of yelling, in a good way.

Candice is awesome
Candice is awesome

Annie Friesen was there with her super cool buttons and magnets. She made a bunch of Hot Pink themed ones as well as some other great designs. Check out her work at dottiesbuttons.ca!

Dotties Buttons
Dotties Buttons

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and huge thanks to Tess McCann for all of her hard work keeping the show running smoothly!

This now hangs on my wall
This now hangs on my wall

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.

Bret Taylor – Metal Flake Remix art show

You guys all know Bret Taylor, the super talented artist who designed our logo(s) right? Of course you do! He’s @BretInVancouver on Twitter and his company is Howyadoin Graphics as I’m sure you also know. Bret is having an art show and you should go! The show is Saturday June 16th at 6pm at 210-2075 Yukon street in Vancouver. Ya I know it’s not in Surrey but Bret has been an amazing¬†supporter¬†of SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I think that qualifies him for¬†honorary¬†Surrey citizenship.

Bret’s art is awesome,¬†check¬†out some of the pics I stole from his site…(haha!)

Bret’s style is very unique and quite awesome. The event will feature Bret doing a series of paintings on site and he will have a selection of previous works for sale. There will be some snacks and you can bring your own booze!!! Make sure to bring a business card as there will be a draw for one of Bret’s paintings.

I’ll be there and I’d love to see you there too! Grab all the event details here!!

Scott.

*All Images Copyright Howyadoin Graphics 2012*

Art in Fleetwood, Meagan Ann MacDougall Park

Meagan Ann MacDougall Park located at¬†15385 – 90 Avenue in Surrey’s Fleetwood¬†neighborhood¬†features an art installation by Argentinian born sculptor Alberto Replanski (1938-2008). Know as “Multiples Of Three” the steel sculpture acts as a visual barrier to the Fleetwood Booster Pump Station located within the park.