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This Week: Checking Out A Local Lebanese Buffet and Canada’s Best Restaurants Are Located In the Lower Mainland And The Winners Are….
by Staff Writer

Have you heard the news? Canada’s finest restaurants are located in  the lower mainland but keep in mind that if you want to dine in one of these restaurants, reservations are a must. Stay posted for the top restaurants which will be revealed later on in this article.

But if you want to eat and have no time for reservations, check out the Lebanese buffet located on the corner of 6990 Victoria drive. It’s hard to miss the lunch and dinner buffet signs. We dined at Tibishti Grill and Restaurant on a sunny day recently and were greeted by the affable owner, Khairi, who was happy to explain the different types of salads and meats available there.

Certainly, the salads were superbly fresh! There were at least 10 different Lebanese salads to choose from and all were refreshingly tasty. The meat entrees were equally appetizing, and ranged from two types of lamb served with gravy, to chicken and beef. Tea came free with the $15 buffet lunch price.

All was good but I admit to being confused over the pricing since outside, the buffet price for lunch said $11.95 but we were charged $14.95 each. Although the owner explained that the lower price was for the week day,  it wasn’t mentioned on the sign. Still, despite the confusion over the pricing, the food was filling, satisfying and hearty.

A meal of this quality also called for desserts. But alas, on this day, the owner said they didn’t have any today. Can’t wait to eat there again, and hopefully, dessert would be available to end a fine meal.

The morale of this article is that if you can’t get at reservation at any of the restaurants below, don’t forget about the lesser known restaurants. They are equally as good and also less pricey. Yes, I guess my biggest beef  is why all the top restaurants rated excellent are usually top-dollar and a bit out of range for families, students and those who want to stick to a budget.

Vancouver entrepreneurs are you listening! There is a market for great restaurants for people who are price-conscious, vegan, vegetarian, eco-friendly, and budget-friendly.





Top Restaurants In The Lower Mainland

Recently, a panel of esteemed judges voted for the top restaurants across Canada. For 2017, a selection of restaurants were chosen in the West including:

Hawksworth Restaurant
Kissa Tanto
Vij’s Restaurant
Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill
Savio Volpe
Wolf in the Fog
Masayoshi Sushi Bar
Ancora Waterfront Dining
Blue Water Cafe
Ask for Luigi
La Quercia
Le Crocodile
Bearfoot Bistro


March 27th

General Interest

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Thrills: Photos Capture Spirit of Brilliant Festival Featuring Artists like Bruce Cockburn, The New Pornographers, And A Global List Of Musicians
by Staff Writer

Summer’s here and that means it’s that time of year for one of Vancouver’s favorite music festival, the 39th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, to carry on it’s tradition of entertaining people of all ages. For 3 days, July 15 to 17, thousands of people flocked to hear and see from a eclectic list of performers who astrummed, sang and danced at various stages set up at Jericho Beach Park.

Selected photos taken during the 3 days show only a selection of the dozens of performers who entertained the largely enthusiastic festival crowd.

On Friday night, people got a sampling of hoedown music, courtesy of Mandolin Orange, Sarah Jane Scoulten, and The Bills.
On Stage 2, British performers, Lucy Ward, The Young’uns and the Moulettes faced the friendly crowd with lively music. At another stage, famous slam poet, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, amazed people with his enthusiasm and his powerful words.

Canadian Elage Diouf took to Stage 3 with his upbeat, rousing Senegelese-inspired music. He thrust out his hands in enthusiasm, much to the delight of the audience. (see photo below).

The schedule for Friday also saw Vancouver’s own, The New Pornographers, (below) take to the stage full of the raw power of their carefully crafted songs.

On Saturday, there were more new performers who enthralled the audience. Some artists came as far away as China. Dressed in partly traditional gear and performing traditional instruments,(see photo below) Aginai’s music was a careful blend of electric guitar meshed with hypnotic and eastern Mongolian folk music. Even if people didn’t understand the singer’s nonEnglish lyrics, it was all easy listening.

Over on Stage 6, a big, sweaty crowd danced to a group of performers, including Venezuela’s ensemble group, fronted by Betsayda Machado. (pictured). The feel-good Afro-Latin American music got people smiling, happy and dancing with enthusiasm.

The weather was mostly favorable throughout the weekend, except for Sunday, when a few showers showed up for a brief, few hours.

By the time the incomparable, Bruce Cockburn, took to the stage at 8 pm, the rain disappeared and many people who brought rain gear, doffed it off as quickly as they put it on.

Around the festival grounds, one could see a few young people dressed up in fun, festive gear. On ocassion, one could see unique sights: like a man walking with a book on his head, or an older man wearing loose-fitting clothing twirling around to the sound of the music. (see photos).

In the kids’ area, young children were busy with plenty of activities, such as going on stilts (see photo below), playing instruments, or swinging the hula hoops.





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Folkies, Young And Old, Take In The Sights And Sounds of the 38th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival
by Staff Writer

Summer is not the same without the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, held at Jericho Beach Park from July 17-19. The weather was perfect for music fans who took in performances held on different stages held throughout the park.

It seems that wherever musicians performed, the audience clapped enthusiastically. Many also took to the grass dancing enthusiastically during some of the more high energy performances.

At the food court, food was mostly the same as in previous years except there was one missing vendor. — the man who shouted out “Chunky fries!” was not there this year. People could choose vendors offering fish and chips, to El Salvadorian tostadas, to corn-on-the-cobb, to flat pizza or French crepes. Although lines were long to purchase food at many vendors, especially during the early evening, people didn’t seem to mind the wait or the options of taking dinner eating on the sun-burned grass or at the few picnic tables available.

Recycling A Big Thing At The Festival 

I love the festival because it adopts lots of  green-friendly practices.  There wasn’t a speck of litter anywhere on the grounds. In fact, paper plates were nonexistent and people paid a $2 plate fee to get their meals served on a dish and once returned, received back their money. It would be great if these attempts to prevent wastage was adopted at other venues, including the food courts in major shopping centres. People were also encouraged to bring their own water bottles to take advantage of water fountains freely available inside the grounds.  After I passed my pop container to a young volunteer manning the recycling bins, she inspected the lid closely to determine the proper placing of  the item.

The Music!

With more than 60 acts from more than 15 countries, music lovers had plenty to choose from. All one had to do was check the times of the performers and go to the respective stages. Still, some folks took time out from all the music performances to read a book, nap in their tents, line up at the food court, or nap in the early evening.  As the evening grew darker, some couples snuggled together or played with their children. By and large, the crowd was mellow and easy going, and there    were no signs of rowdiness and /or people seen being removed by volunteer security guards.

Outside the gates, near the west end of the festival grounds, people milled around an area set up for vendors selling mostly  handmade items, like jewelry, pottery or ethnic clothing. Along the beaches, about a hundred people lay on the sand listening to the music and peering in at the festival from the outside.


Photo Gallery: Check out the photos from this year’s Vancouver International Folk Festival.

Below: The Uk’s Richard Thompson performed on the main stage Friday night in front of an appreciative audience.




Below: The Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s high energy music got people shaking to their tunes.

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Below: people line up to buy Chinese food at the food area.



Below: Below Son Little, from Pennsylvania, performs soul music for the audience.




La Galleria Social Club from Argentina delivers a unique Venezuelan sound.





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People “freeze” upon command by the lead singer of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra


Volunteers dress in colourful costumers to sell raffle tickets.


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Beat The Heat With This Great New Invention: Going To The Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Other Events Just Got More Cooler
by Staff Writer

Endless Infuser Water Bottle

When the mercury is rising, just what does a person do! Drinking water is a great way to cool down, but what if you want something a bit more healthier? The product is a water bottle where you can infuse the contents with your favorite fruits including oranges or strawberries. This invention is brilliant. This unique and healthy product is sold on Amazon and is BPA free, portable and reusable.  So if you’re biking, stuck inside the hot office, or need to cool off at one of Vancouver’s many events and festivals, this neat device comes in real handy and healthy. Who needs soda pop or fast food drinks when you can make your own delicious beverage.  Get yours at:  http://www.amazon.ca/Endless-Infuser-Water-Bottle-Naturally/dp/B00LRPA0OI.

When my shipment arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the elegant design of the water bottle. It’s got a curved handle which makes it easy to handle and store in your backpack or cup holder in your car. There are a few nifty recipes included in the box. Over several days, I infused the water bottle with two types of fruit: strawberries and oranges. It was  a great success. I loved the fruitiness of the water and I drank the sweet liquid throughout the day. It definitely made me feel refreshed and satisfied. Most importantly, I feel good that I didn’t need to reach for any sugary soda pop. So if you are looking for the ultimate gift for yourself or someone else, go ahead and buy the Endless Infuser Water Bottle.





Upcoming this month:  If you’re stuck on ideas to do this this summer, make a stop at some music festivals. There’s lots of free and paid venues and if you’re a student or senior, don’t forget to tell the vendor to save on some money. You can always volunteer to get in for free and also volunteering gets you free meals as well as inside the venue.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival: July 17-19 2015.

This festival is special because of  it’s relaxed environment and offers great entertainment for the young and old. Many people have been going there for years: Find out for yourself why the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is one of the best loved in the province. If you are a first time visitor to the festival, you’ll discover international artists, local talent and you’ll be dancing or tapping your toes at many of the outdoor venues. It’s not just folk music, folks and that’s the truth. http://thefestival.bc.ca 

There’s a whole lot of entertainers from around the world including: the legendary Angolan singer-songwriter, Paulo Flores, Venezuela’s own La Gallera Social Club, Quebec’s own Cecile Dou-Kingue, South Africa’s Bongeziwe Mabandla, Vancouver based Indie band, Said the Whale, among others.

This year, the festival offers music and workshops throughout the entire weekend. When the sun goes down, the fun continues with evening concerts, food, and beer being served. There are even kids events so everyone gets in on the fun. If you want to do some shopping, there’s also an artisan market.

Vegfest Vancouver: July 19, 2015. Head on down to this day-long outdoor festival from 12pm -7pm. You’ll be able to discover all things Vegan, and see animal protection organizations and discover new businesses offering healthy vegan options. http://www.vegfestvancouver.com. Now in its fifth year, you’ll be able to listen to speakers, see musicians, and eat delicious vegan food.


Surrey Fusion Festival:  July 18-19 2015.  http://www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival/  This festival has got a long list of performers and events. Spread over 2 days, you won’t tire of things to do. There are cooking stages, a sports zone, photo booth, and of course the music! You can explore music from all over the world. Some performers are: The Hanyang Arts, Byzantine Blue, Hua Xia Multicultural Society, Jose Feliciano, La Familia Band, and so much more.

Check this blog for more information on upcoming festivals.

Photo from a previous concert at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.




July 14th

General Interest

Forever Young Spa Serves Clients From Near And Far –Making The Business A Favorite Place For Spa Tourism
by Staff Writer

This article is about Forever Young Spa located at 15368 84 Avenue, Surrey, BC. V3S 2N1  Website: http://www.surreyhairremoval.ca
E-MAIL: info@fyhgl.com

It’s a fact that as men and women age, our skin begins to sag and winkles are often the by-product. For myself personally, I sometimes opt to buy skin cream but often the very expensive product just doesn’t do what it promises. It’s disappointing and if you are needing to look good fast, what should you do? For many people, they head to a place in Surrey, B.C. called Forever Young Spa. Clients looking to have a firmer skin, or are looking to remove an annoying skin tag or mole (which is the specialty of the business ) will get prompt attention to their problem areas. Using the latest and medically certified equipment, clients are offered a personalized skin and body care program that seeks to improve one’s appearance and well-being. The company also specializes in laser hair removal or all skin types including tan to dark skin. There’s also a plethora of other services provided including vein and acne removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, body fat reduction, facials and detox.

This Spa is so popular that many of their clients come as far away as Kelowna, the Vancouver Island, and Kelowna. And people are noticing. It’s been nominated “The Best Spa Award” in the Lower Mainland twice.

One thing that’s obvious is the business provides a range of services all under one roof for women and men. Not only can you get a relaxing facial to help smooth lines and wrinkles, you can also get a detox for your feet. If you have lower back pain or muscle cramps, head to the acupuncture area where a registered professional will treat you. In fact hundreds of studies have shown that acupuncture successfully treats conditions that include nausea, insomnia, migraine headache, depression, and infertility.

If you are looking for a more relaxing way to get health benefits, you may want to consider getting a Swedish massage given by a trained, licensed massage therapist.

Tired of your tattoo that you got when you were younger and with your former boyfriend? You can also get your tattoo removed at Forever Young Spa. If you have teeth stains due to food or cigarette use, you can get your teeth whitened.

If you are looking for a more complete list of all their myriad of services, go to http://www.surreyhairremoval.ca. The site also has a few startling before and after pictures of their clients undergoing  various treatments.

As more and more aging baby boomers have to work past retirement and compete with younger workers for jobs,  looking good and feeling good at any age is now possible, thanks to businesses like Forever Young Spa.




April 17th

General Interest
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