Community Kitchen Cookie Baking

I think we can only categorize this one as “too successful!”

We made a dozen batches of sugar cookies, and everyone got to take some home!

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Community Kitchen

A few months back, courtesy of a grant we got from Neighbourhood Small Grants, we started a monthly community kitchen.

The idea was to get together once a month and create a healthy meal that we could all then take home to our families.

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We have had two meetings so far. At the first, we had four families, and we made chili, cornbread and cookies for dessert. At the second, we made about 300 perogies, and 6 families participated.

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Our next meeting will focus on Christmas Cookies. We’ll be making lots and lots and LOTS of Christmas cookies, and you can take them home both raw and baked. It will take place on December 2 between 2 and 4 pm. If you want to attend, please sign up here, so we know how much ingredients to buy.

Everyone welcome, no cost.

We’re Starting a Community Kitchen!

Great news, Co-op members!

A few months back, we applied for a Neighborhood Grant from Gordon Neighborhood House, and our application to create a community kitchen was accepted!

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The idea of community kitchen is that it saves both money and time. Members will meet once a month for an afternoon, and cook delicious, healthy meals in bulk, which they will then be able to take home with them to share with their families.

The grant will go towards outfitting our Amenity Room kitchen with pots, pans and other things that we need to create our meals.

We will be organizing the first community kitchen in late August, to coincide with back-to-school.

If you are interested in being a part of the community kitchen, please sign up here:

H2 Now Open in the Westin Bayshore

One of the great things about living here is that there is no shortage of great places to eat within a short walk. There’s Lift, Carderos, The Tap Shack, and a bit further down, Cactus and Tap & Barrel. And let’s not forget my personal fave, 6 Degrees.

But there’s a new place to eat in the hood, and it’s a good one. Well, it’s kind of old, but not really… let me explain.

The Westin Bayshore has been around a while. They had 2 restaurants, the Seawall Bar and Grill, and then another inside, that was more for hotel guests. The Seawall closed down (it wasn’t amazing), and the Westin is subletting that space out to an architecture firm. Indoors, they’ve done a total makeover on their in-house restaurant, re-branded, and renamed it H2 Rotisserie & Bar.

The space is great, because you can eat both inside and outside, by the pool, which is pretty awesome.

They have a brand-new cocktail menu and lots of local beers on tap.

The food features lots of local ingredients, with a focus on grilled and rotisserie meats. Their rotisserie chicken dinner is already pretty famous, and the desserts…. so good.

Be sure to check them out soon!

Celebrate the season at the Coal Harbour Liquor Store Spring Patio Tasting, June 1

Coal Harbour Liquor Store is pleased host its third annual Spring Patio Tasting on the waterfront patio at Dockside Restaurant. The event will take place from 5-8PM on June 1st and will include over 20 suppliers pouring an irresistible selection of international and BC wines, alongside carefully-selected BC craft beers, ciders, and spirits.
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The Spring Patio Tasting is a unique opportunity to sample a wide range of delicious wines, beers, and more while enjoying Vancouver’s outdoor beauty on the shores of False Creek. The event will also offer the opportunity to interact with makers and experts on hand to pour their creations.

Event tickets are $49.95 and include:

  • All drink samples
  • Tapas from Dockside’s kitchen
  • $10 voucher toward any purchase at Coal Harbour Liquor Store
  • Free shuttle to Dockside from the CHLS
  • 10% off dinner at Dockside on event night.

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Offering one of the city’s best selections of BC wines and spirits, along with a Georgia Straight Golden Plate Award winning range of local craft beers, Coal Harbour Liquor Store is a go-to destination for great local products, expert help, and delivery to home or office.

For more information and ticket purchase, visit www.coalharbourliquorstore.com. Tickets may also be purchased in store.

Christmas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific

Want to have a free breakfast for a good cause?

Head over to the Pan Pacific on Tuesday, December 13 between 6 and 9 am with a new, unwrapped toy and you’ll get a free buffet breakfast!

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Where: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel Lobby
When: Tuesday, December 13 between 6am-9am
What Do I Bring?: A new unwrapped toy for donation
What Will I Get?: A free buffet breakfast and lots of warm and fuzzy feelings!

Ideas for Turkey Leftovers

Got too much turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing?

Sure, you could do the regular things; turkey sandwiches, or a big pot of soup. But there are loads of other creative possibilities to use up your leftovers.

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Photo Credit: SuperfitNutrition Flickr via Compfight cc

Check out some of these great ideas from Food Network.

Or what about a Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza? Did you know that stuffing waffles? Or that you can turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into dumplings? For the vegetarians, you can turn your leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes into Stuffing Muffins. Say that fast 10 times. But the greatest mashup of leftovers of all time, belongs to these Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles with Turkey Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.