Mosquito: Gastown’s new dessert & bubbly lounge

Mosquito Dessert + Champagne Lounge

“Life is short. Eat dessert first,” declared Ernestine Ulmer, an American author from the late 1800s. Smart lady.

We’ve always been extremely partial to sugary treats, and when we learned that a dessert and bubbly bar had recently opened in Gastown, our interest was piqued immediately. And so were our tastebuds! Continue reading:
Mosquito: Gastown’s new dessert & bubbly lounge

Soft Peaks Organic Soft Serve Causes Gastown Sensation

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Although it’s making a comeback in Asia, New York and LA, soft serve ice cream in Canada has always had a bad rep of being an over-sugared blend of cream and chemicals. However, two new ice cream kids on the block plan to change all that with Soft Peaks, Vancouver’s first 100% organic Avalon milk-based soft serve.

Co-Owners Dan and Ken Kim weren’t expecting line-ups when they soft opened last week, but they hadn’t counted on the city’s foodies, so when word got out on social media, queues began forming outside the small store on Alexander Street. “We thought that if we sold as much as 200 portions all day it would be incredible,” laughs Dan. “But within two hours of opening we’d sold out of everything. We had to go and buy a second ice-cream machine to keep up with demand.”

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Soft Peaks Organic Soft Serve Causes Gastown Sensation

Giant Shiny Cylinder to Replace Gastown Street Clock (temporarily)

Photo sourced from the Make It Rain Kickstarter page

Photo sourced from the Make It Rain Kickstarter page

Feeling a little steam clock withdrawal? There may be a solution.

A pair of Vancouver architects has proposed a temporary fill-in for the famous Gastown steam clock, which has been out for repairs since October.  They want to install a shiny, 27-foot-high cylinder at the site of the existing steam vent.

Dubbed “Make It Rain – A Reflective Cloud Chamber,” the cylinder – to be made of soft, reflective material – will pulse and sway as it fills with steam, creating a living, breathing work of art that reflects, literally, the surrounding buildings, trees and people.

It sure beats the plywood box that’s currently covering the steam vent, and the mock-ups look gorgeous.  Just one problem: It’s going to take $19,500 to make the project happen.

So the architects have turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter.  The project has attracted a groundswell of support, but they still need help to reach their goal.

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Giant Shiny Cylinder to Replace Gastown Street Clock (temporarily)

Vancouver Loses its Beloved Steam Clock (for 2 months)

Photo credit: Junichi Ishito | Flickr

Photo credit: Junichi Ishito | Flickr

Gastown has lost an icon. The legendary Gastown Steam Clock, the steam-powered, 16-foot-tall clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Streets, is gone.

The clock was removed on Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, by city work crews, who carted it off on a flat-bed truck.  It will spend the next two months in a city works yard getting some long overdue repairs before being returned to its original location.

The clock debuted on Sept. 26, 1977.  If it happens to look a lot older than that, there’s good reason. The Victorian-style timepiece – with its  brass and copper finishings – was part of a larger effort to give Gastown a more vintage look and lure in tourists (other touches included the faux cobblestones laid down on Water Street).  The clock was installed to cover an existing steam grate and (at least, according to Wikipedia) “prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather.”

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Vancouver Loses its Beloved Steam Clock (for 2 months)

Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

If you like barbecue, chili, live music and outdoor fun in an urban setting, you’ll want to trek over to Gastown Aug. 30 & 31 for the third annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. Over 12 area restaurants and bars will participate in an outdoor cookout during the weekend event, which includes celebrity judges, live music and even a beer stand.

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Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!