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A trip around the world with Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola
Exterior of the World of Coca-Cola building.

I’ve been a fan of Coca-Cola for the longest time, and during my day trip into Atlanta, Georgia, we stopped at the World of Coca-Cola, an interactive exhibit that is all about the carbonated soft drink. Atlanta is where Dr. John Pemberton first crafted his concoction back in 1886, and it’s here that the company has its headquarters.

We arrived just before opening at 10:00 am EDT; while there was a large tour group waiting outside, we were able to purchase tickets quickly when it opened and made our way into the lobby. Inside the lobby, a group of ladies welcomed us and presented a complimentary mini can of Coke (classic, diet, or life) to enjoy before entering the loft.

Our Host at the World of Coca-Cola.
Our Host at the World of Coca-Cola.

The loft is a darkly-lit hall with ramps surrounded by all sorts of Coca-Cola memorabilia from around the world, many pieces originating from the turn of the 20th century. Here, our host was as effervescent as the drink itself, doling out trivia before escorting us into the theatre where we’d watch a brief film of various groups of people doing fun and exciting things to upbeat the song “On Top of the World” by the Imagine Dragons.

Upon completion of the film, we were free to explore the rest of the museum. In the main hall we could have our pictures taken with the drinks’s polar bear mascot, try and guess the formula of Coke in the vault or watch a much scaled down version of a bottling plant. The Milestones of Refreshment has on display even more artifacts from the history of Coke, including items from the Olympic games (of which the company is a sponsor). A number of the torches used were shown, sadly lacking the one from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

On the second floor, there is a 4D theatre and rooms with artwork from around the world, and a pop culture gallery. For those old enough to remember, Coca-Cola changed their formula in the 1980s to much backlash from the public. It was interesting to see newspaper articles and videos from news broadcasts featuring the negative response from Coke fans — usually, most companies try and hide their mistakes.

Of course, a trip to the World of Coca-Cola isn’t complete without visiting their tasting room. Here, five kiosks representing the five continents on which Coke is served (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America) was were we could sample the many drinks from around the world. Some of the ones I tried were Inca Kola (Peru), Delaware Punch (Honduras), Thums Up (India), Vegita Beta (Japan), Sunfill (Djibouti), Bjäre (Sweden), Beverly (Italy) and probably a few more I’m forgetting. Rather than fill my cup (reusing the plastic cup was encouraged) to the brim each time, I only took a small amount from each of the kiosks so that I wouldn’t be loaded up on sugar for the rest of the day. And yes, the refills are unlimited. But if you must try one, definitely pour yourself a cup of Beverly.

And like any good attraction, the exit was through the gift store. Coke lovers, rejoice, this is your paradise. Commemorative glasses, bottles, plushes, apparel, sundries and accessories, all branded with the Coca-Cola logo.

Overall, it was a fun experience and learn a little more about Coke, and sample some of their products that we may never get to try (unless you travel or visit a specialty store that imports it).

The World of Coca-Cola is located at 121 Baker Street NW, across the street from the Centennial Olympic in downtown Atlanta. Hours vary by day and season, so check the web site for details. General admission to enter is $17.00 USD, though if you buy ahead online, you can save four dollars.

Naruto Ramune

Naruto Ramune!
Naruto Ramune!

The wide-world of anime-related merchandise just wouldn’t be complete without Ramune. Over the years, the alien-looking glass bottles have been decorated with labels from Pokémon and One Piece. Last spring, Viz Media added Naruto-themed bottles to that list.

Though Viz Media posted a list of retailers that sold the drink in North America to their Facebook, the Canadian locations were limited to one vendor, JFC International (Canada) Inc., the company handling the distribution in both Vancouver and Toronto.

I lucked out as the Konbiniya Japanese Centre on Robson Street had started stocking them. I grabbed an armful as each bottle bore a different design. There’s Naruto battling Sasuke, Naruto with rasengan, a partial Team Seven with Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi, and group shot of Naruto and his fellow ninjas. Aside from the colourful labels there’s nothing different about the pop inside which still has the classic bubble gum flavour.

Ramune bottles with Naruto labels
Same flavour, different bottle.

For those unfamiliar with Ramune, it’s a Japanese carbonated soft drink sold little glass bottles that are sealed by a glass marble. A plastic plunger is attached to allow the marble to be pushed in so the contents can be consumed. To allow the liquid to flow, the bottle’s neck is pinched so that the marble can rest, sort of resembling the face of an alien when viewed from a specific angle. There are a variety of flavours, but bubble gum is the most common.

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2015

Make way for the pasta train!
Make way for the pasta train!

With the sun poking its head out on the weekend, much of the city was indoors exploring the culinary world at the 13th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place. The floor of the stadium was transformed from May 1st through 3rd into a maze of booths and demonstrations of delicious and decadent creations: artisan chocolates, premium chefs knives, aromatic cheeses, craft beers, and oh so much more. Continue reading EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2015

Fraser Valley Food Show returns for 2014

Fraser Valley Food Show
Inside the Tradex at the Fraser Valley Food Show

The seventh annual Fraser Valley Food Show is just around the corner. Head on down to the Tradex in Abbotsford from October 3rd to 5th, 2014, to enjoy everything about food and drink — from where it’s grown, prepared and finally, to your table.

There’s plenty to see and taste at the Fraser Valley Food Show. Returning for the third year is the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition where professional sausage makers showcase their best work for awards. Watch some of the best chefs in the province demonstrate on the Celebrity Cooking Stage. Sample different cheeses at the Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars. Explore some of the dishes from local restaurants in Bite of the Valley. And, for the adults, pair your visit with a drink from wide selection in the Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion.

Of course, there’s all sorts of vendors displaying their creations, services and products. Everything from food processors to health and wellness items, and even treats for your furry companions.

Tickets for this year’s Fraser Valley Food Show can be purchased in advance online for $7 (or $5 for children) or in person at Tradex. Remember to bring your appetite!

Food Cart Fest 2014

Eating from a truck these days is becoming the norm in Vancouver. But, with so many trucks spread throughout the city, it’s hard to visit them all. Enter Food Cart Fest, a gathering of the city’s best trucks in one location to satisfy whatever you may be craving — sweet, spicy, cheesy or savoury.

This year’s line-up includes:

  • Aussie Pie Guy
  • Blue Smoke BBQ
  • Chili Tank
  • Didi’s Greek
  • Dougie Dog
  • Feastro
  • Finest at Sea
  • Guanaco
  • Holy Perogy
  • JJ’s Trucketeria
  • The Juice Truck
  • The Kaboom Box
  • Le Tigre
  • Mogu
  • Mom’s Grilled Cheese
  • PazzaRella
  • Roaming Dragon
  • Soho Road
  • Street Meet
  • Tacofino
  • Taser Grilled Cheese
  • The Reef Runner
  • Vij’s Railway Express
  • Yolk’s Breakfast
  • Ze Bite

In addition to all the tasty treats, there will be live entertainment, family-friendly activities and educational workshops on urban gardening.

Upwards of 20 mobile kitchens will occupy the space between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village (215 W 1st Ave, to be exact) on the south side of False Creek. Getting there is easy with the Olympic Village Canada Line station just a brisk stroll away, by bus or Aquabus.

Food Cart Fest recurs every Sunday between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm this summer starting June 22nd, 2014. Admission is $2.00, but it’s free if you bank with Vancity or are a member of Car2Go or bring a non-perishable food item for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (or if you’re under the age of 13). Visit the Food Cart Fest web site for additional details.


Sources: Food Cart Fest, Vancity Buzz

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014

Do you enjoy beer? Then come on down and celebrate the fifth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week. During the nine-day festival, some 60+ breweries are showcasing their creations at tasting events throughout the city.

This year’s official beer, PrevAle, is a limited-edition California Common-style ale concocted by Central City Brewers’ Gary Lohin and Phillips Brewing Company’s Matt Phillips at the Central City Brewers. Proceeds from the sale of this beer will benefit a charity selected by Prevail of the band Swollen Members. Prevail has also been named the host of this year’s Vancouver Craft Beer Week.

Check out the Vancouver Craft Beer Week web site for locations of events and participating breweries.Vancouver Craft Beer Week runs from Friday, May 30th, 2014 through Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

A delicious line up for EAT! Vancouver 2014

Some of BC's finest up-and-coming chefs at EAT! Vancouver Cooking + Food Festival 2013.
Some of BC’s finest up-and-coming chefs at EAT! Vancouver Cooking + Food Festival 2013.

Bring your appetite and friends down to BC Place Stadium for the 12th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival. For three days at the end of May and into June, everything to do with food, cooking, drinks and more will be waiting to be sampled or purchased.

Big names appearing on the Food Network Celebrity Stage include Rob Feenie, Chuck Huges, Lynn Crawford, Vikram Vij and Ned Bell. Watch them wow the crowd with their skill and culinary experiences.

Don’t forget to check out the Flavours World Stage to catch up on not only British Columbia’s cuisine, but from those around the world, including this year’s highlighted countries: Argentina and Thailand.

A selection of Vancouver’s local restaurants is always a good place to try something new or revisit an old favourite eatery.

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival starts on Friday, May 30th and runs through Sunday, June 1st, 2014. Tickets purchased in advance online are $14 for adults ($17 at the door), $14 for seniors ($15 at the door) and $9 for teens between 13 and 16 years of age. Children under 12 are free.

Fraser Valley Food Show back for 6th year

Japanese Salads
A variety of Japanese salads at the Fraser Valley Food Show.

To those who live along the Fraser River have cultivated some of the best agricultural land in the province. Plump berries, sparkling wines and tender meats are just some of what will be showcased at the 6th annual Fraser Valley Food Show.

The Great Canadian Sausage-Making Competition will make its second appearance this year. Taking time-tested techniques, the contests must win over the judges with their creations in a number of categories including: kielbasa, Italian, farmer and chorizo. Visitors can sample these sausages which includes a glass of Erdinger Gluten-Free beer (must be over 19 years of age for the beer).

Local eateries will be present in Bite of the Valley, with tapas-style dishes available for purchase using the shows own tasting tickets. Don’t forget to check out the Master Chef Competition where some of British Columbia’s best chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef-style contest for the chance to be called “Master.”

The Fraser Valley Food Show will be held over a three-day weekend; Friday, October 4th from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm and on Sunday, October 6th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the event itself. Visit the Fraser Valley Food Show web site for further details and schedules.

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2013

There’s no better way to spend a good portion of the day than enjoying what the culinary world has to offer. The annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival brings the best of the city’s restaurants and mixes them in with a generous portion of merchants, distributors, bakers, farmers from throughout the province and our neighbours abroad. It’s really neat that aside from tasting fare you may never had a chance before, but to learn about where it comes from and the people behind the growing and processing of what is put forth on our plates. Continue reading EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2013

The Fraser Valley Food Show

The fertile Fraser Valley is home to farms that grow everything from juicy blueberries to succulent sweet corn, but that’s not all. The Fraser Valley Food Show takes all that is edible from the valley and brings it under one roof for a weekend of wining, dining, and cooking.

This year, experience the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition where teams ranging from amateurs to corporate and professionals vie to make the best sausage. Churning out different types of wurst is a laborious task but with savoury results. Judges will get to sample the end product to determine the recipient of a $500 award. Other events include the Master Chef Competition where 16 chefs from around the province will cook off against the 2011 champion, Romeo Oloresisimo. Plus, there’s also the Food Network Celebrity Stage where big names in the industry like Reiko MacKenzie, Bal Arneson, William Tse, Chris Remington, Romeo Oloresisimo, and Patrick Dore will perform demonstrations and seminars using their skills.

Of course, you’ll want to save some room for Bite of the Valley. Here, local eateries will be serving up portions of their menus for your taste buds. And what better way to wash down those delicious dishes with a sampling of local and international wines, beers and spirits. Be sure to bring your appetite!

The Fraser Valley Food Show spans a three day weekend – Friday, September 14th through 16th, 2012 at the Tradex in Abbotsford. Tickets can be purchased online at a discount – $2 off the door price.