Featured Vancouverite: Lynn Santiago

Lynn Santiago

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 26 years (since 1988)

Occupation:
Self-employed as the Director of Rubicon Food Services, which operates Boca in South Granville. This is a modest lunch spot serving Latin-inspired food to those on the go who are looking for healthy, bold flavours.

Our food is made on-site from scratch using locally sourced, sustainable and ethically raised meat. We also provide catering services and workspace food delivery options. With 15 years of food and beverage experience, as well as six years of retail management experience, Rubicon Food Services also offers consulting assistance for business owners.

What are some of the best places in the city to source Latin American ingredients and products?
I primarily use local business Horizonte Imports for our dry ingredients. There is a great selection of Latin products at Killarney Market and 88 Supermarket in East Vancouver. Fresh is Best is a great venue for those on the west side of Vancouver.

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Featured Vancouverite: Lynn Santiago

Zombie Paintball Hunting Returns to Vancouver Area

Photo sourced from Zombie  Combat Zone

Photo sourced from Zombie Combat Zone

The zombies are multiplying.  And humanity’s only hope is you and a paintball gun.

Zombie Combat Zone – the only place in Canada where you can hunt and shoot zombies with paintball guns – is back for its third season.  The unique facility in White Rock bills itself as an immersive, zombie-fighting experience.  Dressed up in tactical gear and armed with paintball guns, you and your squad must fend off wave after wave of the undead under the cover of thick forest. 

And, just to up the ante, all of this zombie mayhem happens after dark.

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Zombie Paintball Hunting Returns to Vancouver Area

Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

They’re tucked beside small walk-up apartments. Some are located on corners. Others are on busy through streets. Corner stores and neighbourhood shops are everywhere in Vancouver.

Last year I blogged about some of Vancouver’s best, tucked away shops and markets. The sweet little corner stores that reflect an ethos of days gone by – markets that sell fresh food, fashions and gifts. Where shop owners live in the neighbourhood they operate in, know customers’ names and goods are not mass-produced.

From found industrial antiques in East Vancouver to latte and bike mechanic cafe in the Cityhall hood, Vancouver has a range of sweet stops for folks looking to caffeinate, collect antiques, go sailing or stock up on whimsical kitchenware.  Continue reading:
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Giant Feast Planned on a Working Farm outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk's Facebook Album

Photo sourced from FarmFolkCityFolk’s Facebook Album

You’ve heard of “farm to table” dining.  This is more like “table to farm.”

Feast of Fields – the event where a working farm becomes your smorgasbord for the day – returns to Metro Vancouver on Sept. 7.  Dozens of top chefs, winemakers, brewers, growers and makers will be setting up shop at Delta’s Wellbrook Farm, a 55-acre organic blueberry spread.

Guests, armed with a wine glass and a linen napkin, wander from tent to tent, sampling local produce and cheeses, beer and wine, and prepared dishes from literally dozens of Vancouver-area restaurants.  The idea is to get an education in where real food comes from, while also stuffing your face with some of the best food the region has to offer.  At $95, tickets aren’t cheap, but the event is all-you-can-eat and proceeds go to supporting the local food movement. (Kids 5-19 are only $15; under 5 is free.)

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Giant Feast Planned on a Working Farm outside Vancouver

France in Vancouver

Photo from the Pied-à-Terre website

Photo from the Pied-à-Terre website

From Vincent Cassel to tea and pastries at Ladurée, the reasons to embrace life as a Francophile are plentiful. While feeding this love may typically involve a flight to Charles de Gaulle, satiation of this desire does not have to involve a stamp in your passport as Vancouver boasts an impressive array of all things French.

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France in Vancouver

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