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The site’s new look

Hey folks. I had gotten REALLY sick of the old look of this site, so I’ve jazzed it up a bit. There will be issues over the next few days as I iron out some usability/site glitches, so please be patient. 🙂


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Wine – Win a Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator

Sub-Zero Wine, the makers of the fine Sub-Zero Wine Refrigerator, are holding an online contest. The Sub-Zero 424FS Free-Standing Wine Storage unit features five shelves and a 46-bottle capacity. Go and enter for your chance to win a wine fridge of your own. 🙂


Wine – Reidel Wine Flight Set

wine-flight-set.jpgOK, I know I’m a wine geek, but this is kinda’ cool. It’s a set of 8 stemless Reidel wine glasses, 2 espresso finish serving trays and an erasable pen with ceramic plaques to identify the wines or to mark scores and notes. The price for the set is ~$130 if you’re looking for something unique to do when you have friends over.

* Thanks to Uncrate for the scoop.


Food & Wine – Salt Tasting Room

Salt Tasting RoomUnbelievably I hadn’t yet been to Salt Tasting Room here in Vancouver. One thing the government in BC hasn’t yet grasped is that people need a wine bar in which they can grab a glass (or 3) of wine and some simple, yet well-matched side dishes.

Salt accomplishes this. One thing to keep in mind is that Salt doesn’t have a fully-functioning kitchen, but do offer cured meats, salads, cheeses and “condiments”. You can’t grab a cooked meal here, but you can happily grab great wine food. Rachel and I enjoyed fantastic corned beef from Mike Vittow and a couple of cheeses, accompanied by grainy Guinness mustard, a balsamic reduction, quince jam and a side of tasty, crusty bread. It was all incredibly wine-friendly and bloody tasty – the corned beef was about the best I’ve ever had.

Vancouver is full of “hip”, well-designed restaurants that take themselves too seriously. The food is pretty and unsatisfying… the servers just plain annoying and pretentious. Salt was just fun. The servers were cool, casual, passionate about the food and well-informed when it came to the wine list.

One thing I am is a sucker for good, minimalist design… and Salt hits the mark. The room occupies a gorgeous and simple brick-walled space in the back of the new Inform Interiors building down in my hood (Gastown). You have to take a walk down the threateningly-named “Blood Alley” to get there, but it’s definitely worth the the trip. It’s a great-looking room.
Go. You’ll be happy you did… and you’ll definitely feel a bit hipper and happier for making your way there. Just don’t go there expecting a home-cooked meal.

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The Internets – Bald Guy Greeting Cards

02262007.jpgOK, so this is not related to wine in any way, but I just wanted to link out to this… I don’t buy many greeting cards, but these are what I’ll be buying if/when the mood strikes me: Bald Guy Greeting Cards. Click the cards to read what’s inside. Funny. They’re available at Moulé on West 4th here in Vancouver and over in West Vancouver.

Thanks Uncrate.

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Gadgets – Wow, the iPhone!

01092007b.jpgMan, ages ago, one of my first posts was about my trouble finding a phone that had the features I wanted. Today, Apple hit the nail on the head: the iPhone was released at MacWorld!

This phone is gadget heaven (specs courtesy of the folks over at Gizmodo):

  • Screen size: 3.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
  • Input method: Multi-touch (that’s touchscreen, people!)
  • Operating system: OS X (you read that right. the Mac OSX on a PHONE!)
  • A fully-functioning iPod
  • Auto-rotate screen for video and web browsing
  • Storage: 4GB or 8GB
  • GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
  • Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixels
  • Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing, Up to 16 hours Audio playback
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

This is unbelievable… OK, I’m a gadget geek, but you have to admit it’s cool. Of course I have no idea when it’ll be available here in Canada… It comes out in June in the US exclusively on Cingular and will cost $499 (4GB) or $599 (8GB) on a two-year plan.


Gadgets – new iPod shuffle

11102006.jpgI gave in and bought one of these today… Carrying my 60GB video iPod while running was getting tedious. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Wow. How small can these things get? Have you seen them?? They hold 1GB of music (~240 songs), are roughly 4 x 2.5cm and weigh half an ounce! Jesus. The real selling point for me was that it also has a built-in clip that’ll hold onto my shorts when I run, or my jersey when I’m out cycling. Put it on, run and forget you’re attached. So nice.

Click on the picture to go check it out in the Apple Canada store.

$89 CDN

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Site news – playing with colours

If you come to the site and things look odd, refresh your browser… If they still look odd, it’s because I’m playing with changing the look of the site. A year with the same look was starting to annoy me.

** A note to our American friends: that isn’t a misspelling. That’s how we spell “colour” up here.  🙂

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Media – The new Sony Bravia ad

10222006a.jpgA little while back, I linked out to the Sony Bravia ad with all the bouncy balls (that sounds vaguely obscene… or painful) and now I’ll link to their new ad.

They just seem to have something great going on when it comes to original, beautiful advertising. Well done.

** Check out the making of the new commercial.

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Food & Wine – Salt Tasting Room

Salt Tasting RoomI’m a bit excited. We have a cool new place opening up in the neighbourhood – Salt Tasting Room. Salt is being opened by Sean Heather of the Irish Heather and Limerick Junction and is slated to open this Wednesday, July 12th down in the ghoulishly named Blood Alley. Whee!

According to their opening soon blog, the restaurant’s concept is, “… to take the growing popularity of cured meats and artisan cheese and to marry it to a great selection of wines. When presented in a specific way, the customer can experiment by picking their own combinations, of wine, meat, cheese & condiments and then taste them in a comfortable space.” They’ve hired a sommelier to put together the list and tweak the wines as they go along.

Sounds good to me. See you there. 🙂

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