PRESS RELEASE | Top 10 things to see at IDS Vancouver 2018 by Jenn Chan

The Interior Design Show will return to Vancouver for its 14th year. The week-long design show will kick off on Tuesday, September 18 with a series of offsite events running until Sunday, September 23. IDS is the Pacific platform for all things design and is the premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avantgarde concepts from North America and beyond

Here are top 10 things not to be missed this year:

IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018
IDS Vancouver 2018


IDS Vancouver will take place at Vancouver Convention Centre West from September 20-23, 2018

For tickets and information:



PRESS RELEASE | Mon Amour & Valentine's Menu at TWG Tea by Jenn Chan

Mon Amour Tea


This Valentine’s Day, TWG Tea invites you to embrace the season of flowers and romance with TWG Tea’s collection inspired by the blush hues of the delicate rose. Capturing the essence of love in a sensual Darjeeling tea blended with delicate rose blossoms, Amour de Thé is an enchanting potion elegantly packaged in blush pink and gold caviar tin tea and gift box, making it the ideal gift to dazzle the hearts.

On February 14th, beckon your beloved with a cup of Mon Amour Tea, a magical potion composed of a rich black and sweet notes of quince, the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love.
Perfuming the air with rare and precious essences, the Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle perfectly accompanies evenings of sweet romance. The dusky Grasse roses of envelop you in an intoxicating perfume combined with a secret bouquet of black tea, heady notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla and fresh grapefruit.


TWG Tea Mon Amour Tea
Macarons in 24 count TWG Tea
Bain de Roses Tea

The Valentine's Day Menu will be available on the following dates & times:

February 1-13:

Monday to Friday, 10am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm

February 14:


Valentine's Set Menu TWG Tea
TWG Tea Valentine's Menu


Reservations may be booked by phone at (604) 692-0071 or by email at


PRESS RELEASE | Vancouver Wine Fest Ticket Dates - NOW ON! by Jenn Chan

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018


VANCOUVER, BC (December 20, 2017) — The 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 24 to March 4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2018 festival features 173 wineries participating in 51 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from Iberian Peninsula neighbours Spain and Portugal, with 38 wineries from Spain and 20 from Portugal in attendance. Two very distinct nations with their own rich histories and cultures, the festival provides a fascinating opportunity to see how their winemaking and viniculture have developed in divergent and convergent paths over the centuries.

  • Tickets for all public events go on sale Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tickets for Trade Days Conference go on sale Wednesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are currently on sale for the four International Festival Tastings, Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge, as well as the Gold Pass and Trade Days Pass.

From educational wine seminars, tastings and parties to lunches, winery dinners and the spectacular Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, VanWineFest offers something to please every palate. Browse public events online, click through the interactive Festival at a Glance PDF, or download the promotional brochure for full festival details. For those in the wine trade, see Trade Days events here.

Starting in January, festivalgoers can get a free International Festival Tasting ticket (a $79 to $99 value) by booking a downtown hotel stay via Quantities are limited. The free ticket offer is available until February 15, or while supplies last. Saturday evening sold out well in advance in 2017, so book early. The StayVancouverHotels initiative is courtesy of Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and is an important cornerstone of the festival’s Don’t Wine and Drive program.

Phone604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
In person202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Stay in Touch
For more information, go to
Facebook: /VanWineFest
Instagram: @VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF. 

Canada’s premier wine show marks its 40th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 24 to March 4, 2018. The festival features Wines from Spain and Portugal and showcases 173 wineries from 15 countries (including 38 wineries from Spain and 20 from Portugal) pouring 1,450+ wines at 51 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 24 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference goes Wednesday, February 28 to Friday, March 2. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for five years running.

The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $9 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries’ consulates and embassies.


PRESS RELEASE | High-Protein Breakfast at Starbucks by Jenn Chan


For many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the cornerstone for those new year’s resolutions. BeginningTuesday, January 9, high-protein breakfast-on-the-go arrives at Starbucks Canada with the debut of Sous Vide Egg Bites.

Perfectly cooked, cage-free eggs are prepared using the French "sous vide" technique resulting in a creamy, velvety texture that's bursting with flavour. Starbucks Canada Sous Vide Egg Bites are prepared with simple, premium ingredients, are wheat-free and available in two varieties. And like everything on our menu, Sous Vide Egg Bites are available all day long!

Your local Starbucks will be offering the following two flavours:


Bacon and Gruyere – (Wheat-free) – A foodie delight, even when you're on-the-go. We added aged Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese, and topped them with Applewood smoked bacon for a delicious, high protein, convenient breakfast. Two Bacon and Gruyere bites have 310 calories and 19 grams of protein.


Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper – (Wheat-free & Vegetarian) – We added creamy Monterey Jack cheese, plus spinach and fire-roasted red peppers for a high-protein vegetarian breakfast that's both delicious and convenient. Two Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper bites have 170 calories and 13 grams of protein.

PRESS RELEASE | Holidays have arrived at Starbucks! by Jenn Chan



This year, Starbucks has unveiled its first colour-in holiday cup, available at Starbucks in Canada and the U.S. beginning November 1st, 2017. The holiday cup art is a hand illustration depicting scenes of the season, including a pair of hands holding red cups of coffee as a centering point, a symbol of connection, love and giving joy. Recognizing that traditions aren’t universal, they’re personal, Starbucks has intentionally left room in the design where others can colour, doodle and sketch in what the season means to them. Starbucks most inclusive cup to date is waiting for your unique holiday designs.  


What would the holidays at Starbucks be without a selection of seasonal beverages to keep you cozy? Below you’ll find information on Starbucks holiday food and beverage including returning favourites such as Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brûlé Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte and new lattes including Chestnut Praline Tea Latte and the American Nuevo.




NEW Holiday Beverages


NEW Starbucks Blonde Americano Nuevo

Hazelnut syrup adds a balanced sweetness to a classic Americano Misto.

 NEW Chestnut Praline Chai Tea Latte

A delicious holiday twist on Chai – Chestnut Praline syrup with our Lightly Sweet Chai and steamed milk, topped with spiced praline crumbs brings together these two favourites in one.



Returning Holiday Favourites



Eggnog Latte

Steamed eggnog and nonfat milk combined with our signature espresso topped with ground nutmeg.

Gingerbread Latte

Sweet and spicy Gingerbread syrup with our signature espresso and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.

Peppermint Mocha

A holiday classic made with our signature espresso, steamed milk, Mocha sauce and Peppermint syrup. Topped with whipped cream and Dark Chocolate curls.

Chestnut Praline Latte

Caramelized chestnuts and holiday spices with our signature espresso steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of spiced praline crumbs.

Caramel Brûlé Latte

Signature espresso, steamed milk and rich Caramel Brûlé sauce topped with whipped cream and Caramel Brûlé topping.

Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini

Sliced turkey breast topped with cranberry-herb stuffing, savoury herbs and turkey gravy, served on warm and toasty focaccia bread.

Gingerbread Loaf

The sweet and spicy flavour of ginger, topped with orange zest-infused vanilla icing.

Cranberry Bliss Bar

A blondie cake base topped with sweet cream icing, tart dried cranberries and white orange drizzle.

Nanaimo Bar

A Canadian exclusive - soft vanilla custard filling layered on top of a chocolate and coconut graham base topped with a layer of rich chocolate.



PRESS RELEASE | 12 Days of Christmas by TWG Tea by Jenn Chan

Vancouver, B.C.On December 25th, awaken to chilly winter mornings with TWG Tea's ultimate festive offering, the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Box, composed of an enchanting collection of 12 ornament-sized mini 25 gram tea tins filled with our favourite fine harvest teas and most beloved blends.


Enclosed in a gold and ruby-red chest and elegant sleeve, the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Box is an advent calendar in your teacup. On thefirst day of Christmas, unravel the chest and awaken the frosty morning with a spirited cup of Joy of Christmas Tea, a tantalizing mélange of black tea blended with warm spices, rare fruits and malty chocolate. On the days following, discover other classic favourites such as Milky Oolong Tea, White Night Jasmine Tea and Darjeeling Princess Tea, the perfect accompaniment to a new Epiphany.


 Photo Credit: TWG

Photo Credit: TWG


For the season that keeps on giving, TWG Tea also celebrates the blessed time with a limited edition Joy of Christmas Tea as part of TWG Tea's seasonal Haute Couture Tea Collection®. As the fiery yule log crackles in the fire and family and friends gather to celebrate, indulge in a warm and sparkling cup of black tea blended with spiced fruits and velvety chocolate just in time for the joyous festivities.


The 12 Days of Christmas Gift box retails at $198 and the Joy of Christmas in Haute Couture Tea Collection retails at $48. Available at the TWG Tea Salon and Boutique in Vancouver from 10 November 2017.

 Photo Credit: TWG

Photo Credit: TWG