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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Erin Ireland

The Girl/Guy Next Door  |  03.25.2014  |  

Around these parts, we’re super lucky to work among some supremely talented guys and gals, and we want to share the love and introduce you to them. This month, we’re bringing you a stone-cold fox who has managed to take a baked good previously considered as sexy as your Uncle Phil after eating a can of beans, and transformed it into a glamorous, “To Die For” cult treat available in our very own Betty coffee shop. Erin Ireland and your banana bread, come on down!

Erin Ireland

Photo: Karolina Turek

 

Name:
Erin Ireland

What are you known for?
If I was asked this question five years ago, I wouldn’t have believed the response I am now sharing: banana bread. I even respond to “banana bread lady.”

How did you find yourself doing this?
It all started in my home kitchen when, as a starving broadcaster, baked goods were the least expensive, most thoughtful gift I could offer to friends and colleagues. The feedback my loaf received made me realize that I had an opportunity on my hands, so things got real and I found a commercial space. Three years later I have 60 vendors and three products.

If you’re making breakfast, what should we expect?
On a regular day, a souped-up bowl of oatmeal with an overload of fixings like nuts, berries, almond butter, honey and so much more. For weekend brunch I’d try get fancy by serving mounds of chunky, fruit-filled pancakes with coconut yogurt, more nuts and pure maple syrup.

Morning-after strategy?
A glass of real coconut water mixed with a teaspoon of chlorella, followed by a messy breakfast sammy with ketchup and mustard. These two condiments together is key.

Thing that you love about Vancouver?
Having the ocean at our doorstep. There’s nothing like grabbing a coffee and heading to the beach for a read or a think.

Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
The many coffee shops that don’t open by at least 6:30 am (unlike Betty, which opens at 6:00 am! Kudos!) If you specialize in caffeinated beverages, I believe it’s your responsibility to open early enough to help the rest of us wake-up.

Someone’s visiting the city for the first time and has just 24 hours. What are your top things to do in Vancouver?
A life-changing croissant from Beaucoup Bakery for breakfast #1, followed by an Aquabus ride across to Granville Island for breakfast/brunch #2 at Edible Canada, where you’d of course have to stop at their culinary retail shop to stock up on Vancouver-made goods. Do a flavour-packed Indian lunch at Vij’s Rangoli and then siesta in preparation for a fun night out on the town, where you must hit up as many restaurants on my “best casual restaurants in Vancouver” list as possible. Progressive dinners are the best! And so is the food in Vancouver.

Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Wheelie suitcase 100%! This is a hot debate between my fiancé and me. I say you can roll a wheelie suitcase everywhere you go, even in the forest. Okay, maybe not sand, but here’s where you pick it up. Easy! Why break your back when you can roll?

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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Eleanor Chow Waterfall

The Girl/Guy Next Door  |  01.07.2014  |  

Next up in our series of profiles of friends and neighbours is the lovely Eleanor Chow Waterfall from Cadeaux Bakery in Gastown. Eleanor, along with co-owner Slavita Johnson and their team, produce some of the prettiest and most delicious baked goods in the city that are regularly to blame for the cake crumbs down our shirt. If you can’t make it to Cadeaux while you’re in Vancouver, you’ll be glad to know that you can sample some of their fine wares in our own Betty café bar!

Eleanor Chow

Name:
Eleanor Chow Waterfall

Where do you work and what do you do there?
I am the co-owner and pastry chef at Cadeaux  Bakery.

How did you find yourself doing this?
I grew up in a restaurant and after a few years of university decided that it wasn’t for me and decided to go to cooking school.

If you’re doing the baking, what should we never request?
Don’t ask for anything that is gluten, dairy, and sugar free.  Nothing like that exists at my bakery and you’d be surprised how many people ask.

Morning-after strategy?
Morning after what?!

Thing that you love about Vancouver?
The thing that I love most about Vancouver are the amazing people and community.

Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
Inconsiderate drivers.

Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
Eating.  We have some of the best restaurants in Canada if not the world. Most of my favourites are within walking distance of our house: Wildebeest in Gastown, Ask for Luigi a few blocks east, and Bao Bei in Chinatown. Oh and The Farmer’s Apprentice, just over the Granville Bridge.

Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Backpack.

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THE GUY NEXT DOOR: Jay Jones

The Girl/Guy Next Door  |  12.10.2013  |  

We’re kicking off a new series on The Burrard’s blog, introducing you to some of our friends and neighbours. They’re all skookum people to know, smart as all get-out, and opinionated in a totally good way. They know Vancouver inside and out, and each of them have some excellent advice for enjoying Vancouver.

First in our series is Jay Jones from Donnelly Group, a guy who may in fact need no introduction to those who have spent some time warming Vancouver’s barstools. Among the group’s 18 Vancouver hotspots, our favourites include downtown’s brand-new Blackbird, Killjoy – down the road from us in Yaletown, and The Queen’s Republic on Granville Street for no-holds-barred dancing around our purse. Visit any of them and you’ll encounter the fine work executed Mr. Jones and his team.

Jay Jones
You can call me:
Bartender, Barkeep or Barman. Anything but Mixologist.

Where do you work and what do you do there?
I’m Executive Bartender & Brand Ambassador for The Donnelly Group, leading development of our bartenders’ abilities and knowledge, beverage programs, venue management and media development for our broad range of hospitality venues.

How did you find yourself doing this?
I’ve been lucky to spend so many years in hospitality, beverage and related media – my friends at Donnelly Group created a unique position for me to help develop the growth of the company. I get to do work I love and influence so many bartenders and guests’ experiences.

If you’re behind the bar, what should we never order?
My guests should never feel limited in what to order. I’m there to provide hospitality – that can come in to the form of providing guidance and crafting a personalized experience, or simply crafting the best version of the guest’s request that I can possibly make. It’s all about the guests’ interests, not my own.

Morning-after strategy?
Have another drink. A hangover is equal parts: self-pity and alcohol deprivation. Have a small drink as soon as you get up the ‘morning-after’ and your system will have a better chance of levelling out. The key is avoiding peaks or valleys in alcohol consumption or avoidance.

Thing that you love about Vancouver?
Everything. If you travel often, there’s no better place to call home. Vancouver has had big-city aspirations, but it will always have a small-town familiarity that makes it special (beyond natural beauty). Oh, and the bar scene is awesome.

Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
The frigging Canucks. But I still love ‘em…

Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
On the right bar stools, with the right bartenders: Uva (Lauren), Yew (Justin), PiDGiN (Robyn), The Keefer (Danielle), West (David), Fairmont Pacific Rim (Grant), MARKET (Roland), The Blackbird (Brad), Blue Water Café (Evelyn), The Shebeen (Randy), Gringo (Shoel), L’Abattoir (Shaun). That’s 12 bars – 2 hours per bar. Easy.

Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Neither. Suit bag and bar kit.

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