Lately I've been making myself a promise - whenever I go out for dinner, to order something I don't normally or haven't had before. It's been quite an adventure, and the result is that I have a few restaurant suggestions for your future culinary escapades.
The Famous Warehouse
989 Granville Street
This is my #1 stop in downtown Vancouver for affordable and delicious food and drink. With their entrees costing a mere $5, your stomach and your student budget will thank you. I can't help but adore the music in The Famous Warehouse; it's eclectic and danceable, and sets a trendy atmosphere to pair with it's eccentric decor. This restaurant/bar is also a wonderful stop for meeting friends downtown before hitting up Joe's Apartment or any of the numerous clubs on Granville - but beware, sometimes lines can get quite long at this location.
I would recommend this location for a classy, upscale seafood adventure for a date or a birthday dinner. Most diners here are semi-formal, and the unwritten dress code is understandable - in a restaurant overlooking the ocean, with a candlelit atmosphere and luxurious seating, those visiting the Sandbar refuse to be upstaged by their setting. For food choices at the Sandbar, I would suggest the Crab & Shrimp Louie.
1535 Johnston Street Creekhouse #102 Granville Island
La Notte - Ristorante Italiano
3307 Dunbar Street
I love this little place for it's homey decor and for the live piano music provided on occasion. My favourite dish is the Linguine Alla Crema, it's a delightful concoction of scallops, baby shrimp, cream sauce and pasta. It's also the closest of my suggestions to UBC, and less travel time is always welcome.
Lastly, two suggestions for dessert (or an everyday sweet craving) are True Confections or cinnamon buns from Grounds For Coffee on Alma Street, both easily reached from the route of the 99.
Also, an honourable mentions that is worth visiting Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is also a must-see/taste! Thanks for hearing (reading?) me out, and bon appétit!
Festival food is amazing - most people eat it occasionally and in celebration, so it's already got the advantage of being a positive part of an event. That being said, I thought I'd ask about the best of the best; what other people's favourite festival foods and what they predicted would be next. I polled through Facebook (definitely a convenience sample, I hope you won't mind), and these were some of the quality replies I received:
Favourite existing festival food?
· The deep fried pickles with hot sauce because I love pickles, and adding the greasiness of the deep fryer and a touch of spicy hot sauce makes it so unbelievably delicious. –LD
· Mini donuts. –ED
· Crispy french fries forever and always. –MG
· Deep fried cheesecake, hands down. Perfect texture contrast, with chocolate syrup for sweetness. -JS
· Funnel cakes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. It's the perfect combination of things. You've got your hot, salty and fluffy dough with sweet strawberry sauce and a dollop of creamy goodness. It's like the 5.0 version of a waffle. –RL
· I'm a big fan of the classics, things like soft ice cream, caramel apples and hot dogs. Its like the original, vintage county fair food that brings back memories. -MT
· My favorite food is definitely the mini doughnuts – I’m a sucker for the classics. Getting handed that bag (or bucket) of hot, gooey, sugary deliciousness is what dreams are made of. -MP
· Smarties caramel apple because it's amazing and it's basically healthy for you. -KH
· My favourite fair food would have to be either the mini drinkable watermelons (with the little tropical umbrellas) or the bacon wrapped foot long hotdogs. -JB
Dream festival food?
· My dream festival food would probably mini doughnuts, which they already have, no one can go wrong with mini doughnuts. –LD
· Deep fried poutine. –ED
· Pita and hummus because it's so yummy and also somewhat healthy sometimes? –MG
· Old fashioned onion rings. For some reason I could only find strange versions at the festivals I was at this year. –JS
· Not typical fried food, probably dim sum to go. But I suppose that's my favourite food anytime and anyplace... -RL
· For me, because of what I like, the ideal or dream festival food kind of already exists. -MT
· My dream food would be a something to do with a pierogi and poutine combo – love me some cheese and potatoes. -MP
· The issue is that there's so many delicious things I can't choose just one, but it's all so expensive you have to. I want more combo options, because it'd be sweet if I could get a mixed platter so I could enjoy the deep fried cheesecake, Oreos and churros all together.
· My dream festival food would be cheese filled smokies wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with bacon bits and onion bits with sour cream, kinda like a baked potato. -JB
Predicting the next crazy festival food?
· Next year I think that the Calgary Stampede will have nachos, but instead of chicken or beef being added they will have alligator meat or some kind of meat you wouldn't find at many restaurants. –LD
· Still deep fried poutine. –ED
· I feel like those spiralized fried potatoes are the next big thing, but then again maybe they already are. Potatoes are great. –MG
· Probably deep fried blueberry pie. I've got a strong feeling about this one. -JS
· I'm guessing deep fried lobster. Deep fried anything they haven't already made! –RL
· I think the next crazy festival food will probably be something new and really weird that's deep fried. Stampede is all about the whole "the bigger the better" thing, so anything that is oversized or that you would dare someone else to eat will be really popular. -MT
· Probably something excessive, like a deep-fried-cheesecake-ice-cream-sandwich-with-a-burger-patty-in-between monstrosity. –MP
· I think they're going to start bringing in weird meats, like snake on a stick or kangaroo tail, things that you'd only eat for the bragging rights. –KH
· I think the next crazy food at the Stampede should be a one up from the scorpion pizza, so maybe like tarantula or cobra pizza? If that's even legal. -JB
Do you want to vote for which food trend you think will be next?
I've come to ad to the cacophony of internet sensations with more apps - trust me, these are excellent sources of entertainment for social networking and nights out. Besides, focussing on these apps can help tally drinks per night in the most entertaining way, helping to prevent getting out of control. I'm bringing these to the ISSA blog with the hope that they'll enhance your first-month-back alcoholic adventures in the best way - the way you'll remember.
For a location to try out numerous beers within walking distance of campus (or a very short bus ride) try BierCraft in Wesbrook Village. They offer sampler sized glasses of different beers, which is a very quick way to rack up points in Untappd.
favourite and/or frequented wines, giving you a little help when customizing your beverage choices. Lastly, if friends join you on Drync, based on your recommendationm you can receive a $5 credit toward any wine purchase made through the app. Whether this wine be bought for a girls night with wine/cheese/magazines, a movie night in, or for before a rowdy time at Coppertank or Bims, this app can lend you a hand.
http://coppertankgrill.com/ (above) http://donnellygroup.ca/bimini/contact/ (below)
Mixology: Drink and Cocktail Recipes
I hope your first month back at UBC is phenomenal, and that you enjoy these apps!
And with that, all I have left to say is
The release date of this production by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is October 7th 2015 on FX, with specials running in time for Halloween. To add to the thrill of the show, American Horror Story may be basing episodes on events that occurred in the Cecil Hotel, built in the 1920s in Los Angeles (now dubbed Stay on Main, an ineffective attempt to shift the focus from the hotel's gory past). In 2013, a UBC student died mysteriously in the Cecil Hotel - her name was Elisa Lam, and the circumstances of her death are definitely enough to inspire American Horror Story. Some other comments and footage point towards the Cecil Hotel being in the forefront of the season - according to popsugar.com, Ryan Murphy commented to the Television Critics Association that the hotel in the show, Hotel Cortez, is also set in downtown Los Angeles, while designntrend.com states 'the idea for "Hotel" was inspired by a surveillance video from a Los Angeles-based hotel that surfaced in 2013' and that 'the footage showed a girl in an elevator who was never seen again.'
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal. However, what really makes something creepy for me is when it's relatable or seems probable. The fact that this happened to a UBC student (like myself) in Los Angeles (where I vacationed this summer) makes this series of events, and possibly the American Horror Story Season 5, that much more creepy. Now that I've freaked myself out, I want you to decide what you think, based on the information I can give you about the show and the case.
First, to start with Elisa Lam, a link to UBC. While she was staying at the Cecil Hotel (now Stay on Main), she was filmed acting bizarrely in an elevator.
She proceeds to exit and enter the elevator with choppy movements, presses all of the buttons in the elevator, gestures mysteriously with her hands, and may have a conversation with someone (or something) down the hotel hallway... and later is found dead in the water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel. Elisa Lam was found several days after her death, and therefore the guests of the Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main) drank contaminated water for days. Oddly enough, the autopsy later revealed that Elisa had no drugs or alcohol in her system. Some are sure there must have been a paranormal or cursed event to make her act this way, while others are adamant that her bipolar disorder and history of depression caused the episode. However, the unexplained remains that the roof was both alarmed and locked by an 'employees only' key, and firefighters had to saw open the water tank she was found in in order to get her out - how did Elisa Lam close the cover on herself, let alone get in?
Beyond the Elisa Lam case, the Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main) has numerous gory occurrences for American Horror Story to incorporate into 'Hotel.' According to roadtrippers.com, the Cecil Hotel housed 'The Night Stalker', serial killer Richard Ramirez, who murdered 13 women in 1984-1985. A copycat, Jack Unterweger, also killed while staying at the Cecil Hotel - he murdered a total of 3 female prostitutes. Furthermore, news.com.au and Splash News Australia note other grim events at the Cecil Hotel. These include the suicide of Pauline Otton out of her window in the hotel is one, and this resulted in the death of George Giannini, the man she landed on. In addition, nicknamed the 'Pigeon Woman', Goldie Osgood was found stabbed, strangled and raped in her room of the Cecil Hotel. Now, some of this could be a consequence of the location of the Cecil Hotel (this building is located near Skid Row, an area of Los Angeles associated with poverty and high crime rates) but something cursed or paranormal could also be the case.
^ if you aren't convinced
According to IMDb, the cast for American Horror Story 'Hotel' will have an impressive list of actors. This includes Lady Gaga, rumoured to have contacted Ryan Murphy and asked to be a part of the show, Matt Boman, American Horror Story veterans Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, as well as many others; the talent (but allegedly no singing) will be present this season.
Will Hypodermic Sally be based on transients from Skid Row housed at the Cecil Hotel? Will the serial killers/killers to be investigated by character John Lowe resemble Richard Ramirez or Jack Unterweger? I guess we'll see on October 7th!
What would you do if you won the lottery? My ideal may be different from yours, but many answers involve a moment's splurge as well as some wild and wonderful travel adventure. I asked a friend what he would do, and near the top of his list was to enjoy Tesla - they are a splurge, and travelling with Tesla is an electric-fuelled, autopilot optioned, technologically rich breeze.
A Brief Background on the CEO
A Long Story Short: One Of Tesla's Models (Tesla Model S P85D) Includes:
Locations in Vancouver
An astonishing number of insects, protozoans and other organisms have created or become the closest thing Earth has to Hollywood's version of zombies.
During this post, I also used information from two other sources to write my introduction (trust me, they have a lot more to say on the topic), and if you'd like to view them, click the following two buttons.
We have yet to release our next mentor spotlight - but see if you can guess who they are from these clues! This time, we've talked to an Integrated Sciences student about medicine, his research, and joining ISCI under a short deadline. With tips, comments and quips, we bring you Jason - a translation for his name, "he who heals," couldn't be more accurate for this UBC student's aspirations.
There was no specific drug, or illness, that you wanted to research, going into [a potential degree in] pharmacology?
Knowing that Dr. ******* is as good as she is with people, asking questions, and answering them, would you believe that her PhD was in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, education or business?
J: I know her educational background. So she got a BSc in chemistry, a Master’s in wood chemistry I believe, and a PhD in education.
Did you know about Dr. ******* educational background before you picked her for a mentor?
J: I don’t exactly remember when I realized she had a PhD in education… I think I might have [known]. The story of how I picked her as my mentor, I think it was [began] the end of last semester, like when we were done exams and everything. I went back to review my exam, I was chatting, talking about the semester and the course, and [I told her] that I might be interested in Integrated Sciences. She said “oh, I’m a mentor for Integrated Sciences, did you know that?” and I said “no, I didn’t,” and we got to talking. So at that time I was thinking of switching to Integrated, and I remembered the deadline was February 1st , and it was January, I think it was a week before the deadline and I thought “how am I going to do this” – and she said did you know there was a mentor/mentored session later that evening? I didn’t know that either, but when she asked what I wanted to do, I gave her sort of what I want to do in university, and she said it sounded pretty interesting, that she already knew me, and offered to be my mentor.
S: Oh okay, well that was lucky.
J: Yeah! I was completely out of luck, and then I... asked around a bit, did a bit more research, and I said yeah, I’ll take you up on your offer.
What [specific information] do you know about your pharmacology integration then?
J: From what I hear from friends, that they just go through a couple hundred drugs, and learn what they do - the mechanism of action... they memorize drugs. Apparently in their labs, they get to work with certain drugs on certain animals... I’m not actually going to do the labs because I’m integrating. Otherwise, it’s generally about the study of drugs and drug development.
I’ve heard of a lot of Integrated Sciences students with a physiology integration. Do you think it would be possible to completely match an alumni or an upper years with the same integration, or do you think it would be okay to match one of the branches?
J: I think one would be okay. Just someone who you can see an example of a proposal from, and just someone you can ask questions about certain courses.
Looking back, what’s the biggest difference, moving from 1st year to 2nd? And from 2nd to 3rd, if you want to mention both?
J: I think the biggest difference is from first to second is about narrowing things down, I think when you come into university a lot of times you’re exploring really random things – I think your courses reflect that. Like this year, I didn’t take any math or physics courses, and I love both of those subjects. I did more chemistry/biology/biochemistry... Like 1st year you do really broad topics, and in upper years you really specialize more. I think that’s the same with your life, and your extracurricular life too. In 1st year I joined a lot of random clubs... it’s not that I’m not exploring in 2nd and 3rd year. Rather, I think it’s more of a honed process this time.
What do you think your integration has to do with your long term goals? Do you think it’s the best plan you could have had?
J: I think my long-term goal is to be a doctor, and I think the integration [physiology and pharmacology] is a helpful idea for me. Particularly, I wanted to focus on pharmacology, and getting the history of drugs and their involvement in society.
Jason has also mentioned that, within his integration, he wants to explore the different systems of the human body and how they interact with drugs. He believes that expertise in these two fields of knowledge will definitely come in handy.
Steven Ngo, an extremely accomplished alumnus of UBC Integrated Sciences and practicing lawyer, was humorous and friendly in interview about his achievements and involvement. Conversation had laughs interspersed throughout as we managed a three-way Skype interview; ultimately, Steven had a lot to say about where Integrated Sciences, travel and his determination has taken him.
[Discrepancy in the news article: Steven graduated in science not commerce – he did a minor in commerce]
Our introductory questions for Steven were primarily about his goals going into his BSc - medicine, medicine, medicine.
Then we got into the Integrated Sciences questions because, you know, it is the ISSA blog and all.
A little bit about Dr. Hendrik Blok, (better known as Rik) - Steven gave him (and a course he ran) a great review.
Beyond the ISCI retreat and general good memories, we asked Steven about the specifics of his integration.
We were curious about Steven successful opening of the Alberta chapter of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL), as well as the amount of value he places on mentorship, including and beyond the support of professors received within Integrated Sciences.
After all of our questions directly related to ISCI, we asked about Steven's foundation that he started and continues to run.
Learning about Steven's travels, exchange and experiences outside of Canada during and after is BSc makes exploring the world even more tempting.
And we bring you... our second interview! Introducing Andrew Haack, a graduate student at the University of Utah and alumnus from Integrated Sciences, having integrated biopsychology and physiology. This question and answer series illuminates some of his research, his experiences at UBC, as well as his involvement within ISSA.
<- thanks to LinkedIn for this suave photo / https://www.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-haack/43/58a/9a8
1) Did you know about Integrated Sciences when you first started at UBC? If not, what was your original academic plan?
2) As an Integrated Sciences alumnus, you went through the rigorous application process to design your degree. What did you integrate, and why? Why did you choose Integrated Sciences over another undergraduate major?
3) Of the required ISSA courses, which was your favourite, and why?
8) In addition to your alumnus lecture, where has Integrated Sciences taken you, particularly in relation to any research/exciting experiences/career options?
4) For the application process, did you receive any advice that you found particularly valuable? What advice would you give individuals considering Integrated Sciences?
5) What first inspired us to try to contact you was your Integrated Sciences alumnus lecture, ‘What drives us to drink?’ that you gave on November 6th, 2014. We were wondering what inspired you to explore this topic?
How does this topic relate to current research/projects you’re conducting? IE. We found you were an author on two very interesting papers:
Effects of zona incerta lesions on striatal neurochemistry and behavioural asymmetry in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats - from Journal of Neuroscience Research
7) Would you mind explaining what answers you are looking for in rat lesions that would help patients with Parkinson’s disease?
Task difficulty in the Morris water task influences the survival of new neurons in the dentate gyrus - from Hippocampus
6) What do we know so far about the hippocampus’ role in learning and memory, and how does the level of difficulty of the test run on rats connect to cell survival in that part of their brains?
10) During your undergraduate experience, what clubs/associations were you involved with on campus? (your favourite, or your first?) What motivates you to continue being involved with ISCI as an alumnus?
9) Who was your mentor/were your mentors during your time in the ISCI program? What was one thing your mentor believed/did that really influenced who you are today?
11) What was your relationship like with your peers in your program and do you still keep in contact with anybody, peer or mentor?
RECOMMENDED READS: CATEGORIES "MENTOR SPOTLIGHTS" AND "ALUMNUS INTERVIEWS"
About Me: My major is Integrated Sciences; I'm integrating physiology and psychology, and completing a minor in kinesiology. The movie 'The Imitation Game' blew my mind, and every piece done by the artist Alex Cherry is spectacular. Also, if you look up the definition of a bookworm, you'll find me.
Integrating Physiology and Neuroscience!
I like hanging out at Tower Beach but you can usually find me studying at Ponderosa even though I don't live there.