• Spring Sippers

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    By Julia Diakow Rudyard Kipling once waxed poetic about the beloved national spirit of Peru, Pisco, deeming it “the shavings of cherubs’ wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset, and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters.” For those of us out there, speaking in a far less romantic prose, […]

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  • Beer & a Shot

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    With Lily Duong Born and raised in Toronto but self-imposed Vancouverite, Lily Duong is no stranger to the city and the culinary adventures it has to offer. Armed with more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry and as a Certified Spirit Specialist (CSS), Lily has honed her skills at popular Vancouver establishments […]

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  • Meet the Bar

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    By Julia Diakow Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio Wander down the waterfront in Vancouver en route to Granville Island, and just try to not stop in for a cocktail at the exceptionally beautiful and polished Ancora. This ultra chic restaurant offers exceptional cocktails and dishes, putting a twist on West Coast, to Latin to Japanese. […]

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  • Buggin’ out: The Siete Misterios Salt Lineup

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    By Julia Diakow Insects may be one of the hottest new trends in cooking and cocktails, although in Mexico, they are hardly considered a culinary revolution. Pass through any Mercado in Oaxaca and you will be greeted by heaping baskets of glowing red dried grasshoppers. Even in the cosmopolitan neighborhoods in Mexico City, these tasty, […]

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  • Beer & a Shot

    Olivia Povarchook

    With Olivia Povarchook Olivia Povarchook got her start in the hospitality industry working in pastry kitchens in Vancouver, most notably Blue Water Cafe and C Restaurant. She eventually transitioned to working the front of house, and quickly found her home behind the bar, where she was able to put her culinary training and palate to use. […]

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  • Beer & a Shot

    Max Borrowman

    With Max Borrowman Max Borrowman, a relative newcomer to the Vancouver scene, has taken it by storm in the recent years. Starting his career in 2006, behind the bar at Earls in Kelowna, to working high volume patio bars and fine dining alike in Kelowna and Victoria set Max up for success from an early stage. […]

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  • A Spirited History of Old Tom

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    By Julia Diakow The Jensen Old Tom recipe is a piece of history in its own right; taken from a distiller’s handbook dating back to London in the 1840’s. It is sweetened only with large quantities of fragrant botanicals such as Licorice, the end resulting in a gin full of complex, vegetal and earthy flavors, […]

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  • Beer & a Shot

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    With Katie Ingram Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Katie moved to Vancouver after completing her degree in Theatre. She has been working in the service industry since the ripe young age of 17. Her love of spirits and cocktail bartending quickly grew into a passion when she began working at UVA Wine + Cocktail Bar. Katie […]

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  • Blue Bird

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    By Julia Diakow A Blue Bird day is synonymous with a crystal clear day following a night of heavy snow. Most locals will opt to spend the next day shredding on the local mountains, in great conditions no less. With a welcoming winter wonderland, we’re quickly approaching the height of ski season. What better way to finish a […]

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  • Eastern Promises

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    By Julia Diakow This holiday season, enjoy a cocktail straight from Eastern Europe. The classic combination of Becherovka (a Czech Bitter) & Tonic is the ideal après ski after a chilly day on the slopes. We’ve turned this delicious sipper into a seasonal Gin & Tonic! Bursting with floral juniper, Jensen’s Bermondsey fits right alongside with the gingerbread bite of Becherovka, […]

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