Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Disney XD Canada Launches Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Premieres on Disney XD with an Action-Packed Week of New Episodes Starting July 4 at 10 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. PT

The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (Glee), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (Arrow), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.





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Monday, June 27, 2016

Recipe: Shortbread Birds Nest Cookies

Shortbread Birds Nest Cookies
Makes about 3-4 dozen


INGREDIENTS:

1Lb 10oz Flour
10oz shortening
10oz margarine
11oz sugar
1/4oz baking soda
Jam

PREPARATION:

- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients
- combine the shortening, margarine and the flour mixture until smooth and well mixed
- take a small amount of the dough and roll it into a ball
- use your thumb and make an imprint in the center of the dough and place about a 1/2 tsp of jam inside
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until light brown.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Italian and French Car Show 2016

Past weekend was Father's Day and each year, the City of North Vancouver organizes an Italian Car Show held at Waterfront Park. The weather was overcast, but luckily no rain. In previous years of the annual car show, we've seen many Lamborghini cars and Ferrari cars at the show. In addition this year, we saw other Italian cars such as the Maserati, Alfa Romeo, other classic cars, as well as motorcycles.







I love the red color on this Alfa Romeo C4 Coupe.








This year, we saw other Italian cars such as the Maserati, Alfa Romeo, other classic cars, as well as motorcycles. What caught my attention was the silver Renault Spyder.



See the full gallery on my Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskyMwzaE


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recipe: Broccoli Frittata

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or quiche. I think of it like an "egg pizza". Frittatas are great for breakfast (or lunch or dinner). It's an easy recipe to make. Add broccoli to it or other leftovers if you desire. In this recipe, we will make broccoli frittata.


Broccoli Frittata
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

1 broccoli head (about 2 cups)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup white onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
6 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cottage cheese
pinch nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION:

1. Rinse broccoli and trim ends. Cut stems and florets into 3/4" pieces.

2. In a 10" non-stick skillet, heat oil, add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until onions soften. Add broccoli and red pepper. Stir-fry until tender crisp.

3. Mix together eggs, milk, cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Then pour into broccoli mixture.

4. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 5-10 minutes or until set but still slightly most on the top. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese. Place under broiler for 3 minutes to lightly brown on top.

5. Loosen edges of frittata and cut into pie-shaped wedges.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CBC Musical Nooners are Back for 7th Season with a Themed Twist

The lineup is announced for CBC Vancouver’s free, summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, which returns to the outdoor stage at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday, July 8th at 12:00 pm, with a performance from Vancouver-based pop-rock band, The Tourist Company. And also new this year – there will be 4 themed concert days. To see the full line up, visit cbc.ca/bc.


"It's such a pleasure for us to share great talent with audiences in the glorious summertime weather” remarks Jon Siddall, lead producer for the series. "The lineup this year features some of the top bands that every Vancouverite should have in their playlist."

The addition of themed days into this year’s concert series adds some extra excitement, especially for winners for the VIP experience. There will be special seating and prizes for social media contest winners who follow CBC Vancouver on their social channels, on each of the themed days. Also, there will be a few surprises in store for audiences on these days.

“CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners continues to draw large crowds, music fans who unite to celebrate summer,” says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, CBC British Columbia and Alberta. “By adding in some special themed performances this year, we hope to say thank you to the community who has supported these concerts for so many seasons."

Theme days are as follows:

July 8 – Opening Day – Leave your sandwich behind and pick up your lunch at the food trucks on site this day only! The Tourist Company performs with special guest Jordan Klassen.

July 12 – Kids’ CBC Day – Children’s performer Will Stroet of Will’s Jams is on stage. Guests can mingle with popular Kids’ CBC mascots SuperWHY! and Huckle Cat, make creations at the craft centre, do a scavenger hunt and get faces painted.

July 28 – Country Day – Enjoy a feel-good dance party with country artist Raquel Cole.

August 3 - Just in time for Rio 2016, celebrate Brazilian style with Aché Brasil and enjoy sports themed activities.

Now in its 7th year, the CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners free concert series runs Monday - Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 8 – August 19.




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Launch of Luxury Resort Grand Velas Los Cabos Mexico


Mexico’s Velas Resorts Further Define “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare”
With Opening of Grand Velas Los Cabos, November 2016


The “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts announces the opening of Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula in November 2016. The $150 million resort is the fifth property of the family owned and operated company with over 20 years of tradition in hospitality. The beachfront property will have enhanced signature facilities and services of Grand Velas resorts including duplex wellness suites with juice bars, wine based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico’s fine wines, and dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. A gallery of contemporary art will continue the company’s commitment to bringing the art, fashion and culture of Mexico to guests. Grand Velas Los Cabos will offer the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities including a selection of gourmet specialty restaurants, oversize designer suites with plunge pools, a Leading Spa of the World, staff ratio of 3 to 1, exceptional meeting facilities and a commitment to the environment.

Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Grand Velas Los Cabos will feature 306 ocean view suites, all over 1,180 sq. ft. with private terraces and personal plunge pools. In addition, five gourmet restaurants with an extensive beverage and wine program; a 16,370 sq. ft. convention center with the capability for 20 breakout rooms; 19,375 sq. ft. spa with 20 treatment rooms and a leading hydrotherapy facility; three pools, including one adults-only; and pool and beach concierges are available. Rounding out the list of amenities and services are a Life Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; recreational activities program; separate teens’ and kids’ club facilities and activities program; 24-hour personalized butler concierge service; and 24-hour insuite service. The curved, half-moon design of the hotel will catch eyes along the corridor with an iconic grand entrance that’s open air, three stories high and over 300 ft. above sea level. All of this beachfront, just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport which directly services over 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Gourmet Culinary Program

Grand Velas Los Cabos’ variety of gourmet restaurants, quality of the ingredients, creativity, presentation, and foodie experiences allow guests to explore and savor a worldly fusion of flavors without leaving the comfort of the resort. Food, creativity and presentation comparable to that of top restaurants in world capitals will be served in the resort’s signature restaurant, such as Cocina de Autor which will be helmed by a renowned chef. Other on-property fine dining options include Frida, offering Mexican fine dining; Piaf, which serves gourmet French specialties; and Lucca, with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine. For guests seeking a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant Azul offers panoramic beach vistas and a relaxing, open-air, yet air-conditioned, environment in which to indulge in international cuisine. Bistro focuses on fresh seafood. 24-hour In-Suite Dining is also offered.

Offering innovative libations and sensory ambiances for every mood, the resort features three diverse bars: Sky Bar, Bistro Bar and Koi Sports Bar and Dancing Lounge. Highlights of the casually elegant space at Koi include a dramatic marble bar, state of the art sound and video equipment and comfortable seating groups. A DJ will spin the latest hits for guests’ listening and dancing pleasure with a dedicated dance floor.

All restaurants and bars are designed to take full advantage of the stunning views and have indoor and open air seating.

Renowned for the best Mexican wines, Baja California furthers its appeal for wine aficionados at Grand Velas Los Cabos. In addition to a Grand Velas-labeled wine, the resort will feature wine pairings at dinner, ultra-premium wines from Ensenada, and wine tastings.

Unique dining events, coffee bar, foodie experiences, premium liquor brands, cigar room, and custom cocktails in innovative ways are also planned for the resort.

Designer Suites

Stylish suites vary in size from 1,180 to 3,412 sq. ft., while all feature ocean views, private terrace with sitting area and plunge pool, separate living area with sofa, king or two queen beds, expansive bathroom with Jacuzzi and built-in shower. Daily turndown, personal concierge service, daily stocked premium mini-bar with refreshments and snacks, Nespresso Coffee Maker, high definition flat screen with digital cable TV, L’Occitane bath amenities, goose down pillows and comforters, and a pillow menu are also available insuite. A highlight of the suite is the full bottle of artisanal Mezcal, made exclusively for the resort. In the multi-bedroom Governor and Presidential Suites, a bottle of the finest wine from Ensenda also greets guests.

All six two-level Wellness Suites are double height with lofted ceilings and feature a plethora of fitness and wellness amenities, such as Life Fitness recline bike, spa concierge, Vitamin C sprinkler, crudité minibar, aromatherapy kit, in-suite massage and more. All Wellness Suites face the spa with the second level being exclusive for the fitness amenities, inclusive of a juice bar with a wide selection of juices and healthy beverages.

Interior design is contemporary Mexican with touches inspired by traditional Mexican architecture, a signature of Grand Velas Resorts. Ricardo Elias, principal of Elias and Elias Architects in Guadalajara, who designed the highly acclaimed Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, returned once again to Grand Velas as the architectural designer for the Los Cabos location. The resort’s interior design was created by architects Roberto Elias and Ernesto Vela and interior designer Melin Castro.

Signature Spa

The two-level, 19,375 sq. ft. Spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos will have 20 treatment rooms, some with a water view. Guests will enjoy authentic and innovative treatments using the latest technology and products of the Earth, traditional in the Mexican culture. Included in any treatment of 50 minutes or more, hydrotherapy facilities feature dry saunas, cold plunge pools, vitality pools, whirlpools, herbal steam rooms with color-therapy, clay and ice rooms and experience showers. A beauty salon, spa boutique, Life Fitness center, and rooftop garden for events are also available for guests.

Meetings and Events

The Convention Center at Grand Velas Los Cabos will offer 16,370 sq. ft. of flexible event space, with the capacity to hold up to 1,700 attendees. With two large ballrooms, the greater being over 10,700 sq. ft., the space can be conveniently divided into 20 breakout rooms. The resort features a dedicated area for events, the only at a hotel in the destination, for everyone from family groups and weddings to private dinners.

“Our convention center will undoubtedly be one of the largest and most functional of the area that will be able to accommodate a wide variety of top national and international meetings and conventions,” said Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts.

In addition to customizable meeting space, the resort offers top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, technical support, secretarial and translation services, and a fully-equipped business center. With its convenient location to the airport, special pre- and- post -group rates, and easy access to an abundance of local activities, Grand Velas is a perfect destination for a meeting and a vacation all in one. The resort’s expert meetings and events team is dedicated to deliver accessible, well-equipped and exceptional meetings and events tailored to every guest need.

Leisure Activities

A leisurely day at the resort is effortless with a sun-soaked afternoon walking miles of uninterrupted beach or lounging at one of the three heated pools. The pools’ design is inspired by the flora and marine life of the area. An adults-only pool will epitomize Zen and serenity for those looking for total rest and relaxation. All are infinity pools providing maximum views of the Sea of Cortes and its famed whale watching. Grand Velas also offers a collection of workout programs such as yoga and Pilates.

For families travelling with children, Grand Velas’ Kids’ Club offers a safe, fun and creative environment to explore interactive activities such as soccer, treasure hunting and cooking classes. The resort’s Teens’ Club is a contemporary space where teens from 13-18 years old can enjoy their own mini vacation. The Teens’ Club will feature an extensive game room complete with an X-Box Kinect, pool table, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, karaoke set with vintage dance floor and more.

Eco-Friendly Hospitality Practices

Grand Velas Los Cabos has been meticulously designed to exist harmoniously within its fragile environment.

To create the site for the resort, several hundred trees and cacti that only grow a centimeter a year were dug up and will be transplanted so all are used, protecting the native flora and fauna of the region. Eliminating the need to rely upon local and regional natural resources, Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Reverse-Osmosis Desalting Plants operate self-sufficiently. For every liter of potable water, the resort will be able to re-use 2.54 cups for general purposes, while 1.69 cups are returned to the subsoil, aiding in the conservation of the environment. Saving 30% of all water used in the entire laundry process, the laundry facilities include a water treatment plant that efficiently filters soapy waters to then be used in the rinsing process. The residual water treatment facility receives and processes all the water from the entire resort, which is then used for the watering of all exterior gardens and surrounding mangroves and jungle.

For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Los Cabos, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.velasresorts.com.




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