What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.

 

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Trevor Risk

Who are you

We actually don't have enough space here to tell you everything Trevor Risk does, but here's a short list of some of his many jobs: frontman of dream-pop band Sunshine; freelance writer; club-night promoter and DJ (Come Friday, Ice Cream Social); and project manager, brand ambassador, and all-around arbiter of cool at Light Organ Records. In other words, Risk basically runs this town. 

The berries I just noticed overhanging a parkade ramp in a Fairview back alley are blue but certainly aren’t blueberries—they have the same dusty blue ski,n but that’s the only similarity.

I could be wrong but I think they might be so-called Oregon grapes, known less for their taste and more for their potentially powerful medicinal properties.

Not blueberries and not really grapes either

These berries in the alley of the 1500 block between 15th and 16th Avenue are growing too high up to be blueberries, which grow on bushes close to the ground, and they’re smaller and a lot more tart.

Vancouver's Pride Week is almost upon us and here's a delicious and nutritious way to get into gear for it.

This year's annual Pride Picnic in the Park, which takes place at Brockton Oval on Saturday (July 26) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., boasts two of Canada's top culinary competitors on board: Shelley Robinson and Rockin' Ronnie (who will be cooking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Shelley Robinson is certainly a chef to be reckoned with. She was not only a Top Chef Canada contestant, but won the Food Network's Chopped CanadaTV show competition.

It may be physically attached to Nicli Antica Pizzeria, but Nicli Next Door stands alone.

Bill McCaig, who owns the popular Gastown pizza place, originally conceived of a space where people waiting for a table could have a drink and a bite to eat. (Waits at Nicli Antica, which doesn't take reservations, can reach 40 minutes on a busy weekend night.)  But when I visited for a recent media preview, it's clear that Next Door could be a destination in itself.

In Europe, Midsummer is typically celebrated around the end of June, during the Summer Solstice. Often, games are played, music and dancing are enjoyed, and feasts celebrating the seasonal bounty are consumed.

On August 6, Campagnolo Restaurant (1020 Main Street) will host its own Midsummer Night dinner. The annual event will feature ingredients sourced that day from the neighbouring Main Street farmers market and wines from Masi Winery.

Last fall, Chambar Restaurant (562 Beatty Street) announced that it would move to a new location in summer 2014. On July 18, owners Nico and Karri Schuermans hosted a media preview of the soon-to-open space, located at 568 Beatty Street.

The restaurant was still under construction but is slated for an August opening.

Vancouver’s longest-running farmers market—the Trout Lake farmers market—marks its 20th anniversary Saturday (July 19). There will be cake, live music, speeches, and a history booth at the market between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate.

Over the years, the Vancouver Farmers Markets has grown to include weekly markets in Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Yaletown, Kerrisdale, and the West End.

There’s no arguing that cellphones can be distracting—in cars, on streets, and even at movies and concerts. How many times have you nearly been knocked over by a pedestrian too engaged with their cellphone screen to look up? And what about that person in front of you at a concert who spends more time trying to Instagram and share photos of the band than simply enjoying the experience?

Restaurants and the people who work in them suffer the same fate. Some would argue that because of the rise of amateur food photography, the use of cellphones in restaurants is even worse.

What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.

Still papered off to the world, the new Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar at the Sutton Sutton Place Hotel doesn't look like much right now from the outside. But at a media preview this week, I saw inside how the space is being transformed from the previous Fleuri restaurant. (The public opening date is fuzzy, but it should be mid-to-late July.)

With an all-star opening team and a menu with creative tableside flair, Boulevard aims to impress. Here's a preview.

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