Food and Beverage

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

In 2007, Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy. In the food-zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop. He was a gaijin (foreigner), trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen. At first, customers came because they were curious, but word spread quickly about Ivan’s handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings. Soon enough, Ivan became a celebrity—a fixture of Japanese TV programs and the face of his own best-selling brand of instant ramen. Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo, and has now returned to New York City to open his first US branch.

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie Huang: Mongolia (Part 3)

VICE presents Part Three of the Season Two premiere episode of the critically acclaimed hit series Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie Huang. In the third part of the episode titled Mongolia, chef and New York Times bestselling author Eddie Huang eats musky sheep eyeballs, appears on Mongol TV, and chats with locals about the country’s attempt to grow while simultaneously retaining its cultural identity.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie Huang: Mongolia (Part 2)

In part two of Fresh Off the Boat – Mongolia, Eddie checks out some questionable meat—pause—at a market in Ulan Bator, attends a massive outdoor metal festival, and learns how to make khorkhog at one of the country’s first truly modern restaurants.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Derek Nance has Eaten Nothing But Meat for 5 Years

Meet Derek Nance. Five years ago, Derek had some mystery illness that killed his appetite and made him puke up everything he ate. The doctors suspected it was an allergy thing, so Derek changed his diet. First he cut the wheat and dairy, but he still continued losing weight. Getting desperate, he was soon online, chatting to people pushing all manner of lifesaving diets. Derek tried a Mediterranean diet (fish and vegetables) before ditching the fish and eventually becoming a vegan, but nothing worked. Finally, a guy who’d had similar symptoms recommended a carnivorous version of the Paleolithic diet. With nothing to lose, Derek gave raw meat a try. That was five years ago and he now goes so far as to brush his teeth with animal fat. For reasons I don’t properly understand I wanted to watch Derek eat a meal and he obliged. I found him with his girlfriend, Joanne, in Lexington, Kentucky, and we talked about vital organs, rotten meat, and health, which is the main point of this according to Derek. He’s never been healthier.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Katherine Webb Carl’s Jr. Commercial – Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger

Remember Katherine Webb? Of course you do. She went from virtual unknown (AJ McCarron’s girlfriend) to an Internet celebrity in the matter of minutes, after ESPN commentator Brent Musburger, hyped up her beauty. And for good reason.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie Huang: Mongolia (Part 1)

From food to East Bay motorcycle clubs and Miami-based pornstars, you may have thought Eddie Huang‘s globetrotting Fresh Off The Boat covered just about everything imaginable in its first season. Nonetheless, the BaoHaus proprietor/author/food personality is back with the second season of his VICE-backed series. Kicking off in Mongolia, the new season’s first episode sees Haung taking part in the Naadam festival – a celebration of the “three manly sports” of archery, horse racing and Mongolian wrestling – before discussing the country’s recent shift toward democracy over a cup of home-brewed camel vodka with some local herders.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

#HashtagLunchbag Vancouver September 29th

Founded in Los Angeles, #HashtagLunchbag is a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness to and eliminate hunger needs in local communities.  The initiative was started on Christmas Day in 2012 by six friends after recognizing a common desire to create their own volunteer experience through random acts of kindness. Over the course of 9 months, it has spawned to over 15 cities including New York City, Toronto, Boulder, Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Houston and DC to name a few. The campaign focuses on preparing well balanced, bagged lunches for those in need. It is the initial program of LA based non profit organization, The Living Through Giving Foundation that is dedicated to inspiring people of all backgrounds to give back through fun and socially engaging activities. To date, the #HashtagLunchbag movement has fed over 10,000 people worldwide.

Here in Vancouver, the campaign began in May 2013 and is held monthly at the Vancouver Urban Winery on 55 Dunlevy Street.  With the unique ability to attract young adults due to its heavy usage of social media, #HashtagLunchbag brings between 80-150 volunteers each month to help assemble the lunches for Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. The lunches consist of a ham, cheese, lettuce sandwich, cookie, piece of fruit and bottle of water and are distributed by the volunteers to the community. Children, accompanied by a guardian, are also welcome to come and participate. There is plenty to do for everyone and we need all the help we can get! To date, the Vancouver #HashtagLunchbag campaign has fed over 3300 people.
To join us Sunday, September 29th, please register at:
For more information:  Twitter/instagram/FB: hashtaglunchbag
Or contact:

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Johnnie Walker Platinum Scotch Whiskey

Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is a rich and contemporary blended Scotch Whisky inspired by the Walker family’s tradition of crafting ‘private blends’ for directors of its company and for special occasions. The Master Blender has crafted a contemporary 18 year old Scotch Whisky for today’s sophisticated consumer and is rich and refined – a symbol of style that rewards those who take the time to savour it. The trademark Johnnie Walker smokiness is entrenched in this whisky that strongly embodies the sweet and elegant Speyside style. Crafted from single malt and grain whiskies, Platinum is a complex blend with deep layers of balanced flavours of both whisky and wood in which it has rested for a minimum of 18 years.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Hidden Flask Tie

Need a drink? No worries – get your fix on the go when you’re in-between meetings with the FlaskTie. The biggest thing to happen to the necktie since the Pillow Tie, this is a tie you will definitely love to wear!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs

‘The Daily Meal’ ranks the top hot dog eateries in the country based on the quality of ingredients and the overall dining experience. The website names 35 restaurants, stands or other joints that are a head of the class.