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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Yes folks, it’s that time of year. It’s the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. And hopes are certainly high for the Vancouver Canucks this year. There’s so much to say about this that I literally cannot find the words to describe how excited I am about the upcoming Vancouver Canucks playoff game. Round 1, Game 1 TONIGHT vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. YES!

So I shall sum it all up in just one phrase…

Go Canucks GO!


Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I’m excited to announce that I have an amazing giveaway! Smirnoff Canada and are giving away a pair of tickets (2 tickets) to the Tokyo Police Club show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, April 23rd. Not only will you get the two tickets to the actual concert, but you will ALSO get to attend the exclusive sound check party before the show hosted by Smirnoff Canada.

Check out the Smirnoff Box Office Canada on Facebook for more information and to buy tickets or other awesome experiences.

Tokyo Police Club Concert Giveaway


What you are playing for: One pair of tickets (2 tickets) for you and a friend to attend the Tokyo Police Club concert at the Commodore Ballroom on April 23, 2011 and access to the exclusive Smirnoff Sound Check Party before the show!
Giveaway Deadline: This Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 PM PST
How to Enter: All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post! Winner will be drawn using random number generator.
Additional Entry via Twitter: “I want to win tickets to see @TokyoPoliceClub thx to @VancityAllie & @SmirnoffCanada. RT to Enter!″

Tokyo Police Club Concert Giveaway

And that’s it! Good luck!

You can follow Smirnoff Canada on Facebook here or on Twitter here.

Disclosure: I was not paid in any way to write this post, but I did receive one pair of tickets to giveaway on this blog post.


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Playoff fever is hitting the city of Vancouver, and even though I haven’t made a post about it yet… rest assured, I have been watching every Canucks game and following the team with dedication this year. After all, I did wear my jersey every single day of the playoffs last year as my “playoff beard”. :) You can check out some of my other posts on the Canucks.

Canucks Playoffs 06/07

I think the Canucks have a pretty good shot at the playoffs this year, despite some problems in the last two games against the Kings. I think they will pull through and get a win tonight, and we’ll see the Sedins step up again and hopefully Edler will come out hitting. It’s been a humbling time for Luongo and I think many fans are falling off the Lou bandwagon as his performance has been less than stellar as of late. Still — I believe in Blue and Lou (get it?  ha ha) and I’m rooting for my ‘Nucks all the way.

Go Canucks GO!

Go Canucks Go!

Anyway, in other news, this past weekend Allan and I cooked up some pretty ridiculous fish and chips. Yes, we cooked it in duck fat. Wait… before you recoil, know this: animal fat gets a bad rap but it’s actually pretty good for you. It doesn’t contain any of the chemicals that some butters, margarines and oils do… and it certainly tastes a lot better. Still, if you don’t want to cook using animal fat, simply modify this recipe and use canola oil instead.

Other compliments to the meal that we made?

Aged-Cheddar Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade aged-cheddar cheese buttermilk biscuits… (see recipe here) …

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And dark chocolate chunk cookies (see recipe here) for dessert.


1 package of duck fat (approx 8 oz or more, you can find this at your local butcher or in Vancouver at Oyama Sausage on Granville Island)
Canola oil for frying (a few cups depending on how much duck fat you use)
2-4 large russet or other starchy potatoes, peeled and chopped into fry strips the size of a finger
1 cup flour
1 cup rice flour plus 1/2 cup rice flour for dredging
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder/cayenne/paprika (choose one or use a mix)
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 can of Guinness beer or other dark beer (use about 75% of the can) .. THIS MUST BE COLD.
2 fillets of cod, halibut, haddock or turbot fish (approx 8 oz each, cut into half on an angle)
Tartar sauce, malt vinegar and lemon squeezes if you want :)

1. Heat the duck fat and enough canola oil (likely 1-2 cups, enough to cover the chips and eventually the fish) in a large bottomed pot or a deep fryer to 325 degrees F. Use a oil/candy thermometer if you have one, otherwise try and eyeball it on medium-high heat.

Fry the fries

2. Place the chips in the oil/fat and dry for approximately 2 or three minutes. They won’t be fully cooked yet, but remove them to a plate lined with plenty of paper towel to drain.

Mix the flours

3. Raise the temperature to 375 degrees F and then start mixing your dry ingredients.

Add a can of Guinness Mix batter

4. In a large bowl, mix together the rice and normal flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, chili powder, and about 75% of the parsley. Now, mix in the egg. Whisk in the beer until the batter is smooth. Now quickly coat the fish in the rice flour (on a separate plate) and then dip them into the batter, making sure you shake off the excess batter. Too much batter will cause your fish to be kinda mushy with overly thick batter.

Fish frying

5. You are now going to fry the fish and the chips in the same pot. If there isn’t enough space for both, do it in batches (fries first and then fish for 4-5 mins each). Otherwise, place the fries and fish in the pot making sure they are submerged completely. Fry for 4-5 mins until crispy brown. You may want to flip over the pieces of fish at around 2 minutes so that both sides are evenly brown. Remove to a plate. Let sit for a couple minutes (the fish will continue to cook inside and this will allow it to retain the juiciness).

RECIPE: Decadent Guinness-Battered Fish and Chips

6. Sprinkle with freshly ground salt and pepper and a little fresh parsley.  Serve and eat… yum! I ate mine with a biscuit instead of fries, but Allan had his with the chips. Both taste great! Sooooo good. It was really crispy.

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