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“Coffee” Film Premiere

As you may have read on Modern Mix Monday, I went to the “Coffee” red-carpet film premiere at Jupiter Cafe on Davie Street. Directed by Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a Queen’s University alumni, Coffee consists of an ensemble cast of 20 local actors with ten vignette snapshots of well-scripted conversations between two people having Coffee.

Cozy atmosphere at Jupiter Cafe before "Coffee" film screening begins

Coffee was an incredibly “Vancouver” film with scenes shot at several local hotspots, including scenes from Bean Around The World and JJ Bean. With constant references to Vancouver culture, perhaps you can spot yourself personified in one of the ten vignettes. I counted at least three mentions of yoga and brief references to Spanish Banks, Burrard Street and Shoppers’ Drug Mart and an overall “gay-friendly” feel (can you spot the rainbow flag in the background with Ed & Geraldine in Part 2/10? Or the over excitement of Patricia in Part 6/10 about her gay best friend?)

My favorite scene got the crowd laughing out loud with Monica & The Meta Sister (Part 9/10) with a Black woman, “Hey Sista!”, “in-your-face” attitude (snap snap!) as a Black parking meter lady (“The Meta Sister”) walks down the street (coffee in hand, of course) with her timid White friend who was chatted up on MSN and lectures her on being Black Forest Cake, not Sponge Cake – sweet, plain but boring!!

Other notable scenes included a compulsive Shoppers’ Drug Mart shoplifter who learns a lesson in inner peace and humility, a candid conversation between friends on sex (great filming and facial expressions for this one), an obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, an awkward young boy meeting over coffee with a high-class hooker, and the formation of revenge plans towards a cheating lover.

Photographer Mischa Bartkow in backstage photoshoot action with actresses Sandra Panic as Gina and Kelsey Benning as Toni in "Coffee" (Part 3/10)

It was a diverse audience in support of Coffee, I wouldn’t be able to make a sweeping generalization of the crowd. Nonetheless, it was cozy and candlelit atmosphere with couches surrounding small square tables and a big screen up front for the movie. A red carpet led backstage, for the actors to pose on a single plush red loveseat for a photoshoot with Mischa Bartkow (“not to be confused with Mischa Barton”, remarked Daniel-Ryan in his speech).

Coffee was completed in August 2008 and is launching directly as a YouTube channel for the rest of the world to enjoy a little piece of Coffee culture.

Watch “Coffee” Online at http://www.youtube.com/coffeemovie.

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Modern Mix Monday – Re-Entry Espresso

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-paragraph review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

Re-entry Espresso (4363 Main Street) is a modern cafe located on 27th and Main with an affordable selection of drinks and pastries and wireless internet access. With booth style seating, large mugs of coffee in the $2 to $3 range and a pot of tea for $2.25, and artwork showcased on the walls, this cafe exudes a laid-back atmosphere for long conversations, catching up with friends or doing some work on your laptop. The only downside are its early closing hours: 6pm every evening.

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Starbucks drink launch – Vivanno Nourishing Blends

When you’re living in downtown, it’s hard not to notice the promotional efforts by the countless Starbucks in the core of Vancouver. Yesterday, Starbucks introduced a new drink line for the health-concious across the US and Canada! The Vivanno Nourishing Blends (aka. fruit smoothy) is currently available in two flavors: “orange mango banana” and “banana chocolate”. If you walk by the corner of Robson and Thurlow, chalky pastel colors mark the sidewalk tempting shoppers to head inside Starbucks for their new drink.

Around 5pm, they were giving out mini samples of the banana chocolate flavor. How does it taste? Exactly as you would expect a banana chocolate smoothie to taste like! It’s not too rich or thick though so you won’t be stuffed after drinking a full sized blend.

Click here for the official press release from Starbucks.

All You Need is Cheese

Cheese.  The perfect example of a diet staple which can be used as a convenient ingredient for sandwiches and crackers, or for gourment dishes in fondue and pastas.  Who would have known that the humble Canadian cheese has enough of a fan-base gather to be the star of its very own website All You Need is Cheese?!  Get great, easy-to-follow recipes with cheese as the “star of the show”.
 
Hear interviews with artisans, experts and cheese lovers from across Canada;
Discover local artisanal cheeses and local culture;
Try new pairings and recipes;
Meet foodies from coast to coast;
Link to informative cheese websites;
Learn about unique promotions, events and more;
Download a new episode every month.

The All You Need Is Cheese Podcast is updated monthly and they already have quite a few archived episodes. Listen to interviews of cheese lovers, artisanal cheese makers, restaurant owners and visits epicurean events. Each show has it’s own archive page recipes, tourist info, blog links, etc. If you love good cheese, you have to check out the All You Need is Cheese Podcast !

**CONTEST: Listen to the Pursuit of Pleasure Podcast for your chance to win an iPod touch (until July 19th)!  Creative ad for the contest there on the right eh?

On a side note, if you’re ever craving cheese fondue, you must visit Soma Cafe (151 East 8th Avenue) by Main Street in Vancouver.  Grapes, apples, bread and crackers drizzled with a soft caramel sauce with a melted cheese dip.  It’s usually only on their dinner menu, but when we went last month they took our special request and served it to us as a lunchtime dish!  The portion is fairly big so be prepared to share!

STARBUCKS – registration and rewards

starbucks logoIt seems like as of late, Starbucks has been really pushing for the online registration of their gift cards. Now here’s another incentive: if you register your Starbucks gift card by July 14th you will get a free beverage coupon. So what are the benefits of registering your Starbucks card? You can get unlimited free coffee refills, complementary shots of syrup, customized milk choices (ie. skim, soy, etc.) at no extra charge, and a free tall beverage with the purchase of 1lb of coffee beans.

Well now I’m sort of peeved because I had at least two to three unregistered Starbucks gift cards (leftover from Christmas, etc.) which I just finished using up!! I could have really done with a free drink – working 9 to 5 in downtown makes me a corporate slave to beverage companies like Starbucks and Blenz.

**Hint: Want to make the most of your reward card? Order a (tall) vanilla (soy) earl grey (easy water) tea misto. That way, you’re only paying the price of a tea misto, but you get the soymilk and vanilla shot for free! Thanks to Wesley, an ex-barista at Starbucks, for that tip.