Hot Sheet – July 2015
Hot Sips – Chill Winston
A mainstay on Vancouver’s thriving social scene, Chill Winston is always worth a revisit; be it indoors or out. With the summer season in high gear, we ventured to this Gastown favourite to sample a superb selection of cocktails, ably guided and hosted by Bar Manager, Matt Hassen and Bartender Jason Earle. “We like to create cocktails which are approachable and delicious but also quick to make,” Matt tells us. Jason starts with a smoky creation called Covenant, a perfect late-night drink with Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch, Kahlua, Lillet Blanc, honey, coffee and cacao bitters (cigar smokers, this is for you, Jason says). Next, Vodka lovers will want to try Chryses, a mixture of Van Gogh Espresso Vodka, Kahlua, and Golden Graham Almond Milk.
From there we move to a delicious afternoon cocktail called Amun-Ra; a mixture of Beefeater Gin, Compari, lemon, rum raisin tincture, watermelon, and cucumber. We also sample a selection of unique tea cocktails including the Aniruddha (Indian for ‘unrestrained’) a mixture of BC Forest Tea, El Rey Zapoteca Mezcal, lemon, and egg white. “This is the kind of cocktail for people who don’t like smoky drinks,” says Matt, “and it’s a drink meant to be sipped”. We wrap up the sampling with another tea cocktail, Kinnara; a great summer drink containing Deep Cove Vodka; tea Leaves, lime bitters, cucumber, lemongrass, and cilantro.
Chill Winston, 3 Alexander Street www.chillwinston.com
Hot Flick – Red Army
Selected for the 2014 Cannes, Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, Red Army tells the tale of the Cold War playing out on the ice. This gripping documentary focuses on the Soviet Union’s Red Army hockey team from the perspective of its captain Viacheslav Fetisov. At great risk both personally and to his career, ‘Slava’ stood up and faced an aggressive and powerful Soviet system, paving the way for fundamental change for future generations of Russians. Chronicling Fetisov’s transformation from national hero to political enemy, RED ARMY examines the social and cultural parallels between the Red Army hockey team and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
Hot Retro – The Saint
Before he became a select member of the James Bond club, Roger Moore was Simon Templar aka ‘The Saint’, fashioned as a modern day Robin Hood but with a twist: the premise of the series that aired between 1962 and 1969 was that while robbing from the criminally rich, Templar pocketed the loot. Now, Shout Factory presents the beautifully restored 33 Disc Box Set of ‘The Saint’. www.shoutfactory.com
Hot Gear – Flip-Flop Shops
The right footwear is an integral part of summer; and for the right footwear Hot Sheet ventured to the perfect spot: The Flip-Flop Shop on 4th and Burrard and put our feet in the hands – so to speak- of shop owner Fiona Rintoul. Having never bothered buying top of the line flip flops before, we loved Fiona’s first choice: The Olukai Maka leather sandal. “What’s great about this choice is the heightened level of arch support,” she tells us. “It’s both casual and perfect for a dressy occasion.” This takes flip flop to a whole other level.
Fiona’s next choice: the Sanuk Rounder Hobo closed-toe shoe. “This is the best of both worlds, providing a cool alternative to the traditional flip flop,” she says. Meant to be worn barefoot, this style has the relaxed fit of a sandal with the look of a shoe.
Flip Flop Shops Vancouver, 1820 West 4th Avenue www.flipflopshops.com
Hot Sound – Shawn Hook
His album ‘Analog Love’ now certified Gold in Canada, local boy Shawn Hook is finally rocketing his way up the charts, and rightfully so. Having been on the Hot Sheet’s radar for some years now, this comes as no surprise. And to make the Shawn Hook story even more alluring, his recent signing to the US-based label, Universal/Republic shows his star is on the rise. www.shawnhook.com
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