Sunday, June 15, 2008

Izzy and Buds at Greek Day 2008

This year we've been invited to participate in an interactive arts exhibit at the annual Greek Day event on West Broadway. Our table will be located in the Artisan Display Booth on the south side of Broadway at Balaclava Street.

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Jesee will be demonstrating the basic techniques of wire wrapping and giving customers an opportunity to sit down and help design their own earrings.

If belly dancing is your thing...we have the perfect adornments for your ankles. Let the inner Shakira in you shimmy away!

*These are also available from Etsy.

There is much to see and do and everyone of all ages are encouraged to come out and celebrate the rich culture of Greece.

Dance and eat your way around five city blocks of food and entertainment and perhaps you may even find a
Greek God or two!

Greek Day on Broadway
Sunday, June 22, 2008
12:00 pm to 9:30 pm (demonstrations until 4:00 pm only)
West Broadway between MacDonald & Blenheim Streets

*To all our fellow cyclists - for your convenience BEST is offering complimentary bicycle lock up.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Bowen Market 2008 - Call for Artists

An outdoor summer market featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, woodwork, gourmet food items and unique gifts. Located beside the Bowen Island boardwalk, overlooking the Cypress Mountains and Howe Sound.

The Bowen Summer Market has maintained a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that is attended by both locals and tourists. It's a place to gather, renew friendships and find unique treasures to take home.

This market is specifically designed for handmade and home grown products. It is an affordable way for you to reach your customers face-to-face, to introduce new products, offer demonstrations, provide information and have fun!

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) from June 28th to August 31st. Applications are open to local artists and craft vendors with handcrafted products.

Categories include, but are not limited to ceramics, glass, metal, wood, fibre, jewelry, candles/soaps, home decor, paper products, food and garden products.

For more information, send an email to Bowen Market and be sure to enclose your contact details, product description and photos and/or link to your website.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Hats Off!

This morning I was flipping through drooling over a Mallorcan cookbook that we had brought back from Spain when I came across the recipe for sardines frites.

Luckily, today was the annual Hats Off Day celebration in Burnaby Heights and once again, the Fortuna Bakery was cooking up grilled sardines - a Portuguese specialty.

Everywhere you turned, there was food and music for everyone. This charming eighty-six years young man entertained us on the accordion with his golden fingers all afternoon.

We didn't actually get to polka, but could not help but chime in when he played "Qué Será, Será".

Let us not forget that today was the kick-off of Euro 2008 and Portugal beat Turkey 2 to 1!

*A big screen TV at the back of the bakery kept us all informed!

Like the troopers that we are, Karli and I happily supported the team spirit with makeshift sangrias made with Sumol :)

Coincidentally, June is Portuguese Heritage Month.

A lot of food, a lot of drink and a lot of laughs...happy belly, happy day!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

You look so pretty!

One of my colleagues overheard my frustration while trying to make an appointment for a pedicure and thought I might appreciate this...

"I tell no lie", this pretty much sums up the experience of a no frills nail salon. Worth the effort if your patience can tolerate it and you take it with a grain of salt :)

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Joy Luck Club

Yesterday, we did a home party for a customer that we met at the VGH Craft Market last month. Magnanimous Maggie invited her fellow Singaporean friends, family and neighbours to her spacious home on the hill for an afternoon of tea and shopping...lots of shopping.

Both her very lovely mother and mother-in-law were busy making fresh, tasty sweets in the kitchen all afternoon, while the laughter amongst her mah jong mates echoed throughout her home. As they all helped one another pick out jewelry, I stood back and watched the dynamics of their very own Joy Luck Club. I am both envious and sad that this is lacking in my life.

It's not so much about friends (we are blessed with great ones), as it is about the coming together of generations and missing my grandparents. It was always about food and breaking bread together. Memories of my grandmothers making parcels of sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves are etched upon me. I ache for the pungent smells of Chinese mushrooms and dried shrimp, pan-fried turnip cakes and most of all - salted fish.

Growing up in a predominantly lo fan neighbourhood, it was embarrassing inviting friends over to my house and having layers of newspaper spread across the balcony with dead fish drying in the sun that stunk like nobody's business! Jesee is the most adventurous gourmand I know, but "stinky" fish is not on his top-ten list. I'm not sure what his problem is, since he grew up with bacalao?

I close my eyes and can vividly remember the clatter of mah jong tiles lulling me to sleep right after a late night snack of congee and Chinese donuts...

Living in an inter-racial marriage allows us (and our children) to have the best of both worlds, but sometimes due to our cultural differences, we are missing that unspoken understanding.

I am certain that I was French in another lifetime. Je parle français comme une vache espagnole, but somehow I am fluent in my dreams!

When I first met Jesee, I had just returned from a stint in France and interestingly enough, he was practicing the I Ching - although we may not fill those cultural voids for one another completely, we are each others Yin and Yang.

Photo: The abandoned and dilapidated home of my paternal grandparents in Guangdong, China.