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5 steak spots we all need to have dinner

Gotham Steakhouse Vancouver

STEAK! Where are the best steakhouses in Canada and the United States? Don’t worry, you don’t have to think. You might be surprised.

1.SW at Wynn – Las Vegas
Steve Wynn’s hot spot in Vegas gives you glitz, glamour and all of the fixin’s. Amazing atmosphere as well as the best beef on the planet. Remarkable service, not to mention, you’re in Vegas baby!

2. Moishes – Montreal

The last time I checked it was 2014. Well Moishes has been holding it down and sending out some of the best steaks since 1938. I’d say they earned their due. Magical city of Montreal topped off by a magical steakhouse. Moishes also has ridiculous selections of raw selections fresh from the deep Atlantic. Try the oysters.

3. Peter Luger’s – New York

This place is just…wow! Only three on the list because I don’t get to go as often as I would like. Luger’s is a Brooklyn staple since 1887. It has changed from a restaurant, billiards hall and bowling alley to strictly the need to go to place in New York. From the appetizers to the cuts of meat this place is hands down the king of New York when it comes to steak.

4. Gotham Steakhouse – Vancouver

This place is special. In the heart of everything going on in Vancouver. It not only is beautiful but offers you so many options it is hard to say no to any of them! Steaks, lobster, and veal. Throw some potatoes on this and you are good. There is a long list of wines and cocktails available as well. If you are in Vancouver you have to go to Gotham Steakhouse.

5. Gordon Ramsay Steak – Las Vegas

It may look cliche because we all know the name Gordon Ramsay. Don’t brush it off. Everyone I have met that has dined at this spot has said it might be the best meal they have ever had. I took their word for it and man oh man. This place has this sparkle you expect from a fancy Vegas place, they also deliver on the meal. Gordon put together this menu amazingly and the food will not let you down.


Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy Corn CocktailTrick-or-Treating began in the medieval times in Europe. Trick-or-Treating, as we know it today in Canada and the United States, with kids going door-to-door dressed in costumes, really took shape in the 1940’s. It was the pacific northwest region that started the tradition of handing out confections to kids, which the tradition rapidly spread across the rest of the countries.

Candy corn is one of the most popular Canadian and American Halloween candy treats. The candy was first introduced back in 1880’s by Philadelphia based Wunderle Candy Company. The candy corn is three times the size of a real kernel of corn and features the distinctive colours of orange, white and yellow. Each year, 25 million pounds, or over 9,000 metric tons, of candy corn are sold annually.

While the kids are out trick-or-treating to fill their pillow sacks and buckets full of sweet treats, the older adults can be found at elaborate Halloween parties dressed up in sexy, seductive, and creative costumes, sipping on all kinds of themed drinks, including the Candy Corn Cocktail.

  • 2 oz Stoli Honey Vodka
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ½ oz Orange Sherbet, softened
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Milk

Combine vodka and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker has frosted. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. In a fresh shaker half filled with ice, add softened sherbet and shake hard for 20 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a bar spoon into the Collins glass, layering over top of the vodka-pineapple juice. Then, in another fresh shaker half filled with ice, combine simple syrup and milk in a cocktail shaker and shake hard for 30 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a clean bar spoon, layering over top of the orange sherbet.


Fucking gag me; it’s national kink month

The Guard, new from The Stockroom, is a fun new sex toy to try during National Kink Month

In gay culture, October is one of the most sexual months of the year. Montreal celebrates with the incredible annual Black and Blue Party, it’s National Kink Month, and the month wraps up with Halloween, which is also commonly referred to as, Gay Christmas.

Whichever event you are celebrating this October, chances are it is sexually charged and, fun, and on the wild side. National Kink Month is the best time to explore your sexuality and try something new, like The Guard from The Stockroom and Oxballs.

The new The Guard, from The Stockroom, featuring a silicone face plate and leather straps

If you’re a piss-drinking, cum-slurping bottom, you’ll love The Guard! The all-purpose gag has a soft silicone face plate and mouth opening, and a detachable leather strap. If you’re new to trying gag devices, this is a great piece to start with because the mouth piece easily fits in your mouth and allows you to breath comfortably, while still being able to enjoy piggy fun.

The soft and flexible faceplate fits comfortably around the wearers face, and straps behind the head with a stainless steel clasp. The Los Angeles designed and crafted toy has a hollow, cylindrical gag, keeping the submissive’s mouth open to receive everything from spit to a hot load of cum.

Piss-drinking, cum-surping sub missives will beg for The Guard from The Stockroom

When bodily fluids are involved, it’s important to ensure sex toys are sanitized and cleaned. The durable silicon face plate can be placed on the top rack of a dishwasher or soaked in a pot of boiling water for five minutes, without loosing its form or texture. The leather straps can be cleaned with quality leather cleaner. Cleaning after each use will make The Guard last for years.

Get your kink on during National Kink Month with The Guard, the hottest and newest sex toy now available online from The Stockroom. Also check out a sweet gag from The Stockroom and the Daily Special for more great kink-fetish fun.



Hard Rock Casino Vancouver celebrates anniversary with Bif Naked and Everlast concert

Bif Naked to perform at the Hard Rock Casino one year celebration partyVancouver’s very own celebrity pop and punk rock star, Bif Naked, along with America hip hop singer, Everlast, will both be performing at the first anniversary celebration of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Juno-award nominee, Bif Naked, released her first self-titled album in 1996, which followed two years later by the platinum selling I Bificus, and Purge in 2001. Bif Naked is best known for her songs, Spaceman, Metallica’s remake of Nothing Else Matters, and I Love Myself Today. In 2009, while undergoing breast cancer treatment, Bif Naked wrote and recorded The Promise. Today, in addition to being one of Vancouver’s most recognized punk rock singers, she has become a motivational speaker, inspiring others with her story of her battle with breast cancer.

Everlast to perform at the Hard Rock Casino one year celebration party

In 1991, Everlast co-founded House of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal. The group immediately stood out from other white rappers with their debut multi-platinum album, Jump Around. Everlast would go on to pursue a solo career, releasing the album Whitney Ford Sings the Blues in 1998. The album featured two hits, What It’s Like and Ends. In 1999, Everlast won a Grammy Award for Put Your Lights On, a collaboration with Carlos Santana.

Tickers for the one-year anniversary celebration of the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver are on sale now. Tickets start at $39.50 plus service charges.

 


8 race day running tips for rookies

Race day tips for rookie runners

Photo credit: Running Room

Rule #1: Relax!

The best advice for first-time racers is to relax and enjoy yourself. Racing is meant to be a stimulating, memorable experience. You will enjoy the experience more if you keep things in perspective and use common sense. Even if something goes wrong in your first race—like getting stomach cramps or having your shoelaces come untied—it’s not the end of the world. You’ll live to run and race again.

Here are 8 race day running tips for rookies from John Stanton, founder of the Running Room:

1. Your Goal: Your goal is simply to finish. Your first race is for the experience, not for the competition. Be sure to finish smiling and wanting to race again.

2. Eating and Drinking: On race day, don’t eat or drink anything out of the ordinary. For last meal, taken at least three hours before the race start, you might want to eat less than normal, since nervousness could upset your digestive system. In warm weather, drink 500 mL of water one hour before the start, and continue drinking every 10 minutes during the race.

3. Strategy: Planning your race strategy in advance will build your confidence. Break the course into small sections, making sure you know the locations of hills and other key landmarks. It’s particularly useful to be familiar with the last half-kilometre of the course, where you will be budgeting your energy for the finish. On race day, it’s a good idea to warm up by running the last half-kilometre of the course and setting a few landmarks in your mind.

4. Getting Ready: When you arrive at the race, don’t be intimidated by what you see other runners doing. Do some walking, some stretching and some easy running to loosen up.

5. Lining Up and Starting: Make your way to the back of the pack where you won’t get caught in the starting sprint. Many races have Running Room pacing groups: join the group that will be running at a pace you feel comfortable with. Begin slowly. Don’t worry about all the runners who take off ahead of you.. Maintain that pace, the one that allows you to talk comfortably, at least until you reach the halfway mark.

6. Walking: Use the proven strategy of running 10 minutes and walking 1 minute. Nowhere on the entry form does it say that you can’t walk. So if you feel the need, take a walk break, particularly on the hills.

7. Finishing: Keep your pace constant and steady. Don’t sprint hard at the finish line. Concentrate on finishing with good, strong, relaxed form.

8. Recovery: After you finish, be sure to walk around for a cool-down. Drink plenty of fluids, especially if it’s a hot day. Change into dry clothes as soon as possible, and when you get home, stretch your muscles thoroughly after taking a cool shower. Don’t do any running the next day. Running on tired leg muscles only tempts injury.


Face Washing 101: the ultimate man guide for healthy skin

Face Washing 101Start the autumn season off by washing away the dirt and grim of summer, and leave your face fresh and healthy! Here are your face washing 101  ultimate man guide to help you through day-to-day skin maintenance from first splash to towel dry.

Every person has different skin. We are not created equally. Genetics can either help or be your enemy, just like how environment and lifestyle can play a main issue when dealing with serious skin imperfections. Today’s skin care products have make it easy, so everyone can have healthy, beautiful skin.

It’s time to turn on the top and get to work! If you are going to take time to wash your face, make sure you maximize the benefits of your daily skincare routine to see the best results.

The first step is to use a gentle face cleanser, specific for your skin type. Gently wash your skin for at least 60 seconds, with cool or luke warm water. This will wash away any pillow debris including oil, hair products and sweat.

Gently pat your skin dry with a clean, fresh cloth. Using a fresh face cloth each time will prevent spreading of harmful bacteria into your pores. If you hate doing laundry, or are concerned about the environment, try the Dermalogica sponge cloth; it is reusable and antibacterial, making it gentle for sensitive skin and it doesn’t need to be washed every day.

Prep your shave with a good scrubthat works with your skin type. The Priori AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub is ideal for men because it makes your face feel soft and smooth instantly. Exfoliating will slough off dead skin, clean out the buildup of focile and help to prevent ingrown hairs. Remember, over exfoliating or using an abrasive scrub can cause more damage than good, so throw out your apricot scrub!

Before heading out for the day, hydrate your skin with a moisturizer and apply SPF every morning, even in the fall and winter. SPF is an important product because it helps to prevent pigmentation, sensitivity, environment damage, premature aging and wrinkles.

At the end of the day, before you go to bed, use a deep penetrating cleanser, like Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser or Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, that will wash away the everyday buildup from the skin, but one that is gentle enough to prevent the skin from drying out.

Guys are welcome to stop by Bare Essentials Skin Bare at 790 Richards Street to get a complimentary skin analysis and to play at the skin bar to try out all the products on your own skin.


5 signs you are sleeping with the right guy

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Before the onset of winter, it’s important to do a self-check, to really know, are you falling in love with the right guy this Autumn. But how to you know? You need to know the 5 signs your sleeping with the right guy. These are important, so pay attention!

  1. He will be on your level. It doesn’t matter if your partner is older, younger, funnier, more fit, or more laid back… you just need him to be on the same mental and life scale as you.
  2. See the world, together. Your partner needs to share this same feeling together. Anyone who doesn’t want to leave the city limits isn’t fun to be with. Plan and go on trips to Paris, London, Vancouver, New York and Sao Paulo. This is life. You only do it one time. Make it count.
  3. When you wake up, do you smile and roll towards your partner? If you do, you have definitely found someone you are really digging. Hang on to him. It’s a good sign your into him and that he’s special to you.
  4. You need a guy who listens. Even if everything you are saying is nonsense, he should still listen. Even if he already knows what he is enduring is pointless, he still does it because it gives you a chance to vent. That shows you he really cares.
  5. Dig deep internally. If he really makes you feel incredible and like you’re the only person in the room, this is your guy! Forget the stats or advice column. You have found happiness and that’s all that really matters.

 


Pumpkin Martini

Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with a pumpkin martiniHappy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Canada is super lucky to have Thanksgiving in early October. It’s the perfect time of year. Farmers are harvesting the last of the crops. Cooler weather means down-home comfort foods like soups, stews and fresh-baked goods are back on the dinner table. It’s also one of the last weekends before cold, wet weather starts to settle in. There are still tons of great things to do during the autumn.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment, to pause and think about what you are thankful for. In Canada, we have so much to be thankful for, from a solid economy that got us through the economic downturn in the 2008, to our Constitution, which gives every Canadian our rights and freedoms. We are lucky to live in a nation where we celebrate diversity, welcome others, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Once you have figured out what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving long weekend, it’s time to whip up a batch of pumpkin martini’s, made from the pumpkins that you’ve surely harvested from your local pumpkin patch. And like ever good Canadian, you already have a bottle or two of authentic Canadian maple syrup in your cupboard, which makes all the difference in this cocktail.

Now, raise a Pumpkin Martini, with your closest kin, and celebrate being Canadian!

  • 2 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka
  • ¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ oz Half and Half
  • 1 tsp Canned Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Fill a martini shaker half full of ice. Add all ingredients. Shake hard for 20-30 seconds, until the outside of the shaker is well frosted. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with pumpkin spice sugar.


Don’t waste your pink dollar on useless technology

IRISNotes digital pen

It’s amazing how many gadgets come into the market. While at the time of concept, they were probably the latest in technology, and had the chance making life easier. Unfortunately, by the time they got to market, they were already obsolete. Technology is changing so fast, that some products just can’t keep up. Just because gay men have all kinds of disposable income, doesn’t mean that we should be jumping on the gadget bandwagon.

Take the IRISNotes digital pen. It is a smart pen, which has been carefully designed allowing a user to use the special pen, to print on standard paper, then upload the data to a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone, and instantly convert the handwritten notes into editable digital text.

The problem is, most people now already carry with them a laptop or tablet device to meetings, where they can take notes digitally. The IRISNotes requires the use of a special stylus plus a base unit receiver, which then needs to be plugged into an Apple 30 pin USB cable. It also requires special software, which comes on CD or is available for download through the App Store.

It takes so many steps to go from a handwritten note form to creating digital text, it’s just not effective. If this product was geared towards a busy executive, chances are, they are going to have an EA who can type 100+ wpm. And if you were thinking of giving this gift to your grandparents so they could write you a letter and email it, they’ll be more confused on how to convert the letter to digital format and learn how to use email, that they should just stick to paying for a stamp and putting the letter in Canada Post. Some things just weren’t meant to be.

ScanStick

There are also products like ScanStick that have come into the market. While at first glance, it seems like a cool product, in reality, it does pretty much everything that you can do with your iPhone already.

The ScanStick records voice notes, scans pages, photos, receipts and documents, and can organize, archive, and email files once uploaded to the custom software on your mac, mobile phone or PC.

Again, iPhone already has voice memo recording feature already built in. Accounting software companies are coming out with cloud based software that allows you to photograph the receipt and automatically enter it into their software, keeping your business expenses neat and accurate. And what would you ever do with a portable scanner? If you really want the article that you read in a magazine, chances are you’ll send yourself an email note and Google it later.

Overall, these products were intended to be helpful, especially during the period while smartphone adoption was still emerging; however, with new Android and iPhone devices coming out every year, these types of gadgets are just a waste of money and are essentially useless technology. Instead of buying this kind of crap, invest in a $25 iTunes gift card and download some free apps that can do all this and more! You’ll save yourself time, have everything neatly packaged on one device that fits into your pocket, and you won’t have to worry about cluttering up your office, junk drawer or spare room with more crap.

Save your money boys, or better yet, go buy yourself another vodka cran this Saturday night at the gay bar.


A romantic Thanksgiving date where it’s ok to be a pig!

A romantic Thanksgiving date where it’s ok to be a pig!

Autumn is the time of year when most people are starting to pair up, fall in love, and settle in for the long winter ahead. If there’s a special someone you are looking to win-over this Canadian Thanksgiving long-weekend, perhaps a romantic Thanksgiving date is required. It’s even better when it’s the kind of date where it’s ok to be a pig!

Pumpkins

If you’re looking for romantic autumn date options, where being a pig is completely acceptable, you could choose go to a bathhouse, however, most guys are looking for more unique autumn activities to fall in love, like going on a autumn weekend outing.

There could be nothing more romantic than a date on a crisp, fall day, under the golden autumn sun, out to the country to experience an afternoon full of adventure. Getting out of the city and going on a farm adventure could be one of the best, most original, and romantic dates you’ll have this autumn.

Pumpkin Patch

Why? Just imagine walking hand-in-hand with the man you are so passionately and bashfully in love with, as you walk down the path towards the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkins you’ll later be carving for Halloween. There couldn’t be anything more cuter than taking selfies with your boy to and posting them to Instagram to show how much fun you are having, making the rest of your friends and followers jealous of your day.

Apple Orchard

 

From the pumpkin patch, head to the orchard to pick frost-nipped apples, bursting with the sweetest juices! Ok, probably not as sweet as the juices you crave from your man, but still pretty tasty for fresh off the tree.

Corn Maze

 

Most farms that are open to the public in the fall also have super fun corn mazes. While these might be fun for kids and families looking for adventure, they can be the perfect hiding spot to sneak a kiss, out of the way of the public. Just don’t get caught!

Goat

 

Let the heavy petting get starting on this romantic date! Get up-close with the animals. More selfies with the barnyard animals with inappropriate comments of what kind of pig your date is, or what a chicken you were for not asking out your date earlier. All the farm-fun puns are allowed! Go hog-wild. No-bunny is going to stop you! You can be as cocky as you want. Just don’t make an ass of yourself.

The Apple Barn Country Store

 

Before leaving, stop by the farm store to pick up everything from apple and pumpkin pies, dill pickles, fresh-pressed apple juice, caramel apples, and a cornucopia of other farm-fresh ingredients you’ll need to make a romantic Thanksgiving dinner, autumn-inspired cocktails, and homemade apple crisp for two!

Taves Farm in Abbotsford, BC

 

If you’re in the greater Vancouver area, you have to check out Taves Farms in Abbotsford. It’s easily the most romantic place for an autumn date. Plus, if you’re into more hard-core action, they have both pumpkin and corn-cob launcher games that will really get you off!


Does the way you dance say whether you’re a top or bottom?


Does the way you dance say whether you are a top or bottom

Dancing doesn’t have a darn thing to do with what you like to get down with in the bedroom; however, chances are you have been to a club and there was dancing and drinking involved. Being honest with ourselves, we know everything depends on how late the night is, and that is when deciding time starts. Are you going home with someone or not? Are you going to keep partying with your friends? Or are you just going to say forget the nightclub and cuddle with your pillow or puppy.

The quickly moving, dirty dancing hot shot can be seen at any bar. Most would assume with that much hip involvement he is a guaranteed bottom, an acrobat, or perhaps even both.

Wrong.

That guy could very easily turn into the most dominant top you might ever meet.

Remember the overly masculine guy that isn’t really dancing, or is dancing so bad because he doesn’t want to seem too flamboyant? He might just be giving himself away. Though he might look like the quarterback of the football team that you want to sleep with, and then beat your ass and make you do the dishes… yes, he is the bottom! That fantasy isn’t going to happen. Sorry. Try again.

Next time, before you judge and go running home with the wrong guy, have a conversation with the person to see if they are compatible with you as a top or bottom. Sounds crazy, right? However, in the long, or short run, you might have a better idea of what you are or not about to get into. You can save yourself a lot of time by not going home with the first person you bump into on the dance floor, and end with a night of disappointment.

Dancing has nothing to do with a persons sexual position preference. It has to do with their mood and who they are. If you don’t like surprises, then stay home and watch Titanic.


Tragically Hip Fully and Completely North American tour

Photo by Amy Ray Photography

Tragically Hip Fully and Completely Tour

It’s been 22 years since Canadian rock band, Tragically Hip, released their third full-length album, Fully Completely. To celebrate the success of the album, which reached #1 in Canada and was certified Diamond by Music Canada, the Tragically Hip have announced a reissue of the album on November 17 as a 2-CD deluxe, digital deluxe, vinyl edition and super deluxe edition. In addition the band announced they would also be celebrating the event with a North American tour.

The Fully and Completely North American tour will kick off on January 13, 2015 in Chicago, IL, and wrap-up on April 18 in Buffalo, NY. The tour will stop in 10 US cities and 14 Canadian cities over the four-month period.

The Tragically Hip first formed in 1983, when the original band members from Kingston, Ontario got together. They produced their first EP in 1987, and would go on to record and produce 13 albums over three decades, selling more than 8 million albums worldwide. They have won 14 Juno Awards, have been inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and have received the Governor General Performing Arts Award.

Tickets for the Tragically Hip Fully and Completely Tour will go on sale through Live Nation on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am (local time).


Understanding your running vitals

Runners must know their vitals all the timeTechnology helps in tracking your daily vitals will help you identify trends that contribute to possible overtraining and help you establish a baseline for factors that positively influence your training. Garmin and heart rate monitors provide resting heart rate and watch for elevations that may indicate fatigue or overtraining.

Resting Heart Rate (RHR)

Heart rate is expressed as beats per minute (bpm). The RHR is a person’s heart rate at rest—the lowest number of heartbeats per minute at complete rest. The best time to find out your resting heart rate is in the morning, after a good night’s sleep, before you get out of bed. On average, the heart beats about 60 to 80 times a minute when we’re at rest, but for top athletes it can be below 30 bpm. RHR usually rises with age, and it generally decreases as your fitness level increases. RHR is used to determine your training Target Heart Rate (THR). Athletes sometimes measure their RHR as one way to find out if they’re overtrained. An exceptionally high RHR may be a sign of over-exertion or illness.

Average Heart Rate (AHR)

The Average Heart Rate figure (in bpm) is a calculation of your average heart rate during your last workout. You can use this measurement to determine the effectiveness of your exercise program and see your progress.

Target Heart Rate (THR)

The Target Heart Rate is a heart rate range that a person aims for when exercising. Target heart rate zones are expressed as percentages of a person’s maximum heart rate (MHR). Target heart rate lets you measure your initial fitness level and monitor your progress in a fitness program. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate (MHR), subtract your age from 220. For first-time exercisers, have your physician perform a stress test to determine your MHR along with your target zones specific to your goal. This is especially important if you are just starting an exercise program or have not exercised for a prolonged period of time. In our book, Running Room’s Book on Running, we have an extensive chapter on heart rate training and establishing target heart rate levels.

Why is establishing daily THR so important?

The most effective way to reach your fitness goal is to exercise in your target heart rate zone. There is a target zone that is right for each day’s workout. For example, if you want to improve aerobic fitness, you need to be working at 70–80% of your MHR, for 40 to 60 minutes per day, 3 to 4 times per week. Some suggested three key target zones to help you achieve specific goals:

  • 60–70% Lose Weight or Recover
  • 70–80% Improve Aerobic Fitness
  • 80+ % Increase Athletic Performance


Fraser Valley Food Show 2014

Fraser Valley Food Show 2014

Fraser Valley Food Show 2014It was a busy weekend at the Tradex in Abbotsford at thousands of people packed the venue for the annual Fraser Valley Food Show.

Held October 3-5, the three day event showcased the wonderful variety of food and beverage products made and produced in British Columbia. From honey to beef jerky, to tea and cheese, it was a foodie’s dream-come-true event to taste and savour amazing local ingredients.

The show prides itself for featuring gluten-free products, especially important for people who are either allergic to wheat or are on strict diets. Alternative options were well represented in both food and in beverages.

The annual Great Canadian Sausage Making competition returned. Butches from across British Columbia were invited to submit entries in a number of categories to see who had the best sausage. They were joined some some of BC’s top butches, who came to show off their knife-handling skills in a series of presentations and demonstrations.

Throughout the day there were also a series of talks on everything from wine pairing to cheese tasting. The highlight was a presentation from Executive Chef, Chef Ned Bell, from the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Fraser Valley Food Show 2014


Vancouver kicks off Oktoberfest with inaugural Harvest Haus event

Harvest Haus bier stein from Vancouver Oktoberfest celebration

Harvest Haus Vancouver 2014It was an epic start to the autumn season in authentic German style as hundreds of people drank and dined from October 2-5 at the inaugural Harvest Haus in downtown Vancouver.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza was transformed into a mini German-style village, complete with food vendors behind cute wooden facades, and a giant event tent, housing row upon row of wood tables.

Each night hundreds of people showed up to enjoy bier and authentic German fare, including pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel. They were entertained with um pah pah music, characters in traditional German garb, including lederhosen, and ceramic steins.

The event and festive atmosphere were the perfect way to kick off Oktoberfest in Vancouver.

Harvest Haus Vancouver 2014


10 gay dating tips to help you fall in love this autumn

10 gay dating tips to fall in love this autumn

Wow, you made it through summer, enjoying the single life; the parties, pride events, circuit parties, long nights of drinking, and random hook-ups along the way. Now that autumn is here, it’s time to settle down and find your winter romance. Here are 10 gay dating tips for gay men to fall in love this autumn:

  1. Be serious. Don’t be the person who is dating multiple people all at the same time. Focus. You might be surprised at what transpires. You’ll never get anywhere or be productive if you constantly spread yourself thin.
  2. Be happy. You should be enjoying yourself and having a good time. Sure, you might not be in love at first sight, but you are only hurting yourself if you insist on being an annoying, bitter, unfriendly person. Have fun; you’ll enjoy it!
  3. Movies are boring. You need to make each date night unique and interesting. Try to make a great impression by trying something creative like miniature golf or talking a walk through the park to enjoy the fall colours.
  4. Save the mind games. You should know whether you are interested or not. Keep it honest and don’t play with people’s emotions.
  5. Put your damn phone away. Keep in mind this date isn’t only part of your time, but the other person’s valuable time too. Show respect. No one needs to see your mid-meal status update or an instagram of the dessert you’re about to savour. Keep it classy.
  6. Shut up about your past relationships. They are your ex for a reason. If your ex was so great to you, you’d probably still be together, but you’re not, so enough with the comparisons with your past boyfriends. Plus it is disrespectful to talk about an ex with someone who you might just fall in love with.
  7. Keep it real. It’s perfectly acceptable to do some light, social media stalking before your date. Take everything with a grain of salt, or a shot of vodka. You want to have a decent idea of who you are going out with, but you don’t want to get all creepy and serial killer status with it. That’s just weird.
  8. Don’t flake! The all time pet-peeve for most people in the dating scene are people who back out at the last minute. Dude, they could have been doing something or someone much more interesting or better that night, instead of wasting their time on you. Flakes are a no-go from the get-go. Don’t waste your time.
  9. Talk to people. You don’t need to post secret inside song lyrics or famous quote, which are supposed to get your message across. Use your words and speak up. It’s not hard. Communication is the key to any great relationship.
  10. Always be yourself. Why waste time faking it? Just be yourself. When the right person comes along, they’ll like you for being you. Always be honest and true to yourself.


LGBT History Month Cocktail (Cosmopolitan) [Contest]

LGBT History Month Cocktail (Cosmopolitan)First celebrated in 1994, when high school teacher, Rodney Wilson, brought together a group of individuals and organizations to pay tribute to the history of gay rights and civil rights movements. The group, which included the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), selected October to align with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988, to commemorate the first march in Washington, D.C., in 1979, where gay, lesbian and bisexuals marched for equal rights. Today, the day is celebrated with rallies, information sessions, local events, and parades across the United States.

LGBT History Month encourages honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bixsexual, or transgendered. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June 2000, Gay & Lesbian Pride Month, and President Barack Obama declared June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Widely celebrated across the United States, LGBT History Month is an important event to remember the struggles the gay community has faced, and serves as a reminder of the work that must continue to ensure equality, rights, and freedoms for all in the United States, and across the globe.

Canada does not officially celebrate LGBT History Month, however, it is observed. In the United Kingdom, LGBT History Month is recognized in February, which coincides with the abolition of Section 28 in 2005.

In honour of LGBT History Month, raise a glass of one of the most gay-friendly cocktails, the Cosmopolitan, and pay tribute to those who have stood up for equality, rights and freedoms, and take a personal pledge to do your part to ensure equality for all.

  • 2 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ¾ oz Cranberry Juice
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add all ingredients. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh orange peel twist.

Enter for a chance to win a Stolichnaya Vodka prize package including a Stoli Pride tshirt and barware

Contest

In honour of LGBT History Month, Stolichnaya Vodka, who is a big supporter of the LGBT community around the world, is giving HomoCulture.ca readers the opportunity to win a cool Stoli prize-package, including a Stoli Pride t-shirt and barware package.

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post, pledging what you will do to support LGBT equality.

For an additional entry, once you have left a comment on this blog post, tweet the following:

Learn about #LGBT History Month from @br_webb & @StoliCAN, and you could win a #Stoli prize pkg: http://bit.ly/1rT0W8w #HomoCultureHistory

Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Friday, October 10, 2014. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Monday, October 13, 2014. Read the complete contest rules.


Legendary stand-up comedian, Margaret Cho, coming to Vancouver

Comedian, actress and outspoken social rights activist Margaret Cho.

She’s loud-mouthed, funny as hell, and has been entertaining audiences since she first stepped on stage when she snuck into a comedy club above her parents’ bookstore in San Francisco. Now, the legendary stand-up comedian, Margaret Cho, is coming to Vancouver, Saturday, November 1, to perform live at the River Rock Casino Resort.

Shortly after her debut on stage, Margaret Cho, who was in her early 20’s, won a comedy contest to open for another legendary comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. Soon after that, Cho was on stages at colleges, where she becomes the most booked act in the market, naming her Campus Comedian of the Year.

Cho became an overnight national sensation and celebrity after both Bob Hope and Arsenio Hall introduced her on their respective shows. What followed was Cho starring in her own sitcom in 1994, All American Girl, which aired on ABC.

Following her sitcom experience, in 1999, Cho chronicaled her experience in an off-Broadway show, I’m the One That I Want, which made it into a concert film and book. Two years later, in 2001, Margaret Cho went on a 37-city national tour, which included a sell-out performance at Carnegie Hall.

Since, Margaret Cho has continued to tour and win countless awards for her fun, daring, and often controversial comedy.

Tickets for Margaret Cho at the River Rock Casino Resort are on sale now and start at $49.50 (plus service charges).


Go behind the lens with Mr Pam; the making of gay porn

Gay porn director Mr Pam

What better way for a gay porn model to start their long day of filming with NakedSword.com, than to arrive and be greeted with giant hugs and the boisterous giggle from none other than the legendary and award-winning gay porn film director, Mr Pam. It’s her fun, light-heated, and friendly tone that talented director brings, which has made her loved and trusted by all the models she has worked so intimately with over the years that she has been in the industry.

“Fun! Fun, fun, fun,” is how Mr Pam describes what it’s like on an average day to film a gay porn scene. “We do all the paperwork and go through wardrobe options.”

Paperwork typically includes documentation of ID’s, filling out legal information about each model, them signing off the typical model rights to the studio. This is typical and something that guys who are interested in getting into gay porn should know about. Once that is out of the way, then the flaunting starts.

“We will do an underwear show, tank tops, and jeans,” explains Mr Pam, walking through the typical process of getting the models ready for their scene. “We put make-up on their face and body, and do their hair.”

Gay porn director Mr Pam

Most gay porn stars get ready to film gay porn before they show up on set, but it’s up to the director to ensure that every final detail is looked after.

“The bottom arrives first, and then the top, so the bottom can clean out his ass while the top gets ready; it’s very efficient,” says Mr Pam. “We then do a solo photo shoot.”

Before the lighting, camera, and audio crew get into position, Mr Pam has a special moment she likes to take with the boys.

“We do a porn prayer that this will be the scene of their life,” said Mr Pam, who loves to add her personal touch and ensure everyone is comfortable. “Then we film the hottest sex they’ve ever had!”

Gay porn director Mr Pam

There will be numerous positioned filmed, and there will be lots of start-and-stop moments throughout, ensuring the models are comfortable, well presented, and all the right camera angles are captured. The climax of the day is the cum shot!

“Then we eat after the cum shot,” says Mr Pam. “We do dialogue and wrap-ups, they get their checks and it’s the end of the day.”

There’s always a big buzz when a new scene is shot. Models and the studio will be tweeting photos and talking about the day on set. While it’s the end of the day for the model, there’s still plenty of work to be done before the scene is ready to be released.

“It usually takes about two months,” said Mr Pam, estimating the time it takes from filming the scene to having it released. “At NakedSword Originals we are working to get more in the can. We just started the studio two years ago. Every one we do is cherished and we get it up as soon as possible.”

In the lead up to the scene being released, teaser photos will be posted on Twitter and Facebook, to get people excited.

 


CONTACT Winter Music Festival Returns to Vancouver

2014 CONTACT Winter Music Festival

CONTACT is Western Canada’s largest indoor music festivals, and it’s returning this December 26 and 27 to BC Place in downtown Vancouver with some of the biggest names in electronic music!

Headliners for CONTACT 2014 include Armin van Buuren (December 26), and Zedd (December 27), two internationally acclaimed performers who are sought around the world. Other performers include W&W, Showtek, Nervo, Gramatik, Griz, Morgan Page, Kaytranada, TJR, DVBBS, What So Not, Thomas Jack, Lunice & more.

Event organizers continue to push the boundaries and expectations to grow the electronic music scene in Western Canada and the Pacific North West. The full roster of coveted DJs and performers will span across two stages, including a tented, outdoor stage, which will allow the festival to expand and include a more diverse program of music.

“It’s clear that electronic music is in huge demand in Vancouver, and the overwhelming success and support of CONTACT has allowed us to continue to take steps to make it bigger, and better each year – to where it’s now being recognized within the electronic industry as a top event that DJs are vying to be a part of. We’re so thankful to be able to bring this level of talent to our city, and we can’t wait to close out 2014 in style with our most legendary dance party yet,” said Alvaro Prol of Blueprint, the co-producers of the event.

“It’s been amazing to watch the organic growth of electronic dance music in BC. We’re thrilled to be in it year round with our partners at Blueprint, who are widely recognized as leaders in the genre,” said Erik Hoffman, SVP of Talent at Live Nation Canada. “CONTACT is our annual flagship event and as it enters its third year, we feel fans will be absolutely blown away by the line-up, the experience, and the spectacle we’re going to stage. ”

The event is open to all ages and will have a VIP area for attendees 19 and older with valid ID. Doors will open at 5:00pm each day, and performances will run until midnight.

Two-day festival tickets start at $125, and go on sale on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00am for AMEX cardholders. Public festival passes go on sale Friday, October 3 at 11:00am. VIP festival passes will also be available at $250 for a two-day pass. Single day tickets and line-up will be announced closer to the show dates.

Tickets available at www.LiveNation.com.

 


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