Easy Gourmet In-Store Now

We are excited to announce that we are carrying local blogger, Stephanie Le’s cookbook, Easy Gourmet, on our shelves! Her blog, I Am A Food Blog, is a Saveur Magazine award winner and features a collection of simple recipes that aim to please our eyes visually and our bellies. Check out her delectable recipe for soft-boiled eggs and avocado grilled cheese soldiers featuring egg cup holders from Front & Company. grilled-cheese-and-eggs-2

Easy Gourmet has become one of our new favorite kitchen companions. Come in and pick it up in-store!

Thank You!

We’d like to take the time to thank our wonderful customers and Georgia Straight readers for voting us your favorite vintage and women’s clothing store, as well as your second favorite gift shop! Your continued support of our local, independent business means a lot to us and we wouldn’t be here without all of your continue support. So, hat’s off to all of you who, like us, love all things kitschy, eclectic, and one-of-a-kind.

DIY: Frozen Lemonade Fruit Cubes

Arnold Palmer was a golfer, known to be one of the best (they even called him “The King”), and his memory lives on in his favorite drink, a combination of half lemonade and half iced tea.

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This combination of half lemonade and half iced tea known as the Arnold Palmer (or the Half & Half in some parts of the USA) is one of the most refreshing summer drinks when paired with a tall glass and a bunch of ice. We, at Front & Company, want to give this classic a new twist by incorporating a new element: frozen lemonade fruit cubes!

Frozen lemonade fruit cubes are a fantastic way to keep your drink cool without diluting the taste of your Half & Half and the combinations that you can make are endless. To make these frozen lemonade fruit cubes all you have to do is pour your favorite lemonade recipe into an ice tray, grab your favorite fruit, either leave them whole or dice them up if they’re chunky, and drop them into the ice trays!

Pop the frozen lemonade cubes into a glass half full of iced tea (any kind of brew works), add just a splash of lemonade (and another splash of bourbon or whiskey if you’re feeling like a Tipsy Arnold!), give it a stir and the perfect summer drink has been concocted.

An easy, refreshingly summer drink to keep your thirst quenched. Here are some of our favorite combinations for an Arnold Palmer!

Frozen lemonade grape cubes + mashed concord grapes + chilled jasmine tea + splash of plain lemonade = Grape Expectations!

Frozen lemonade raspberry cubes + mashed raspberries + chilled green tea + splash of plain lemonade and bourbon = Tipsy Razzle Dazzle!

Frozen lemonade pineapple cubes + mashed pineapples + chilled black tea + splash of plain lemonade and dark rum = Tipsy Tropical Delight!

Enjoy these summer sips! Let us know if you’ve tried any of these combinations or if you’ve created your own!

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Front & Company’s New TV Show Roundup

With the coming of September, there are a few inevitable things… the beginning of school, the turning of leaves from lush green to auburn brown, and of course, the return of our favorite TV series and the premiere of new ones! Twenty-four new shows are going to be released onto television screens this fall (including two different shows with Rashida Jones!), so get your PVRs ready and set to record. Here’s a round-up of the shows we’re most excited to watch!

A slew of new shows riff on the success of Modern Family in depicting abnormal family life.

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Fresh Off the Boat (ABC), based off New York restaurateur, Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, tells the comedic tale of a Taiwanese immigrant family trying to assimilate into life in suburban Orlando.

Another ABC show, Black-ish, also tells the tale of a family trying to regain a sense of cultural identity. This sitcom has a large cast staring familiar faces such as Laurence Fishburne who plays the straight-laced old-school grandpa.

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The fall season also brings us more TV shows that are pseudo-portrayals of celebrity’s real lives. TV shows such as Mr. Robinson (NBC) star This is the End’s Craig Robinson as a musician who is forced to become a middle-school music teacher.

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Comedian John Mulaney is getting a TV show based on his life, aptly titled, Mulaney (FOX). A man of many trades, John Mulaney stars, writes, directs, and produces, his show will be a coming-of-age story about Mulaney’s comedic career. Season premiere of Mulaney is set for October 5th.

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The superhero genre is not leaving TV screens this season as shows such as Gotham (FOX) and the Flash (CW) will be joining shows such Arrow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gotham will premiere on September 22nd, and the drama explores the origin story of Lt. James Gordon, Batman’s chief police ally, and his battle with the city’s villains before Batman. The Flash is another show we’re been hearing good hype about and it tells the story of the fastest man alive.

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New crime-dramas will also be premiering in the fall. We’re excited about Aquarius (NBC) which stars David Duchovny as a police sergant in the late 1960s who is tracking down Charles Manson. Rainn Wilson, from the Office, shifts roles from the lovable awkwardness of Dwight Schrute, to playing a self-destructive detective in Backstrom (FOX). CSI gets a facelift as well in the new spin-off, CSI: Cyber (CBS), which will focus on cyber-crimes.

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Finally, the last new show that caught our eye is Utopia (FOX). Utopia is a reality TV show that has 15 contestants trying to create a Utopian society from the ground up, literally. In this social experiment, contestants are put on an undeveloped piece of land and are expected to build civilization from scratch. Based on a hit Norwegian reality TV-show that has been Internet streaming the contestant’s actions since January 2014, this definitely piques our curiosity.

With all these new shows, we’ll see which ones survive the eventual cancellation frenzy!

Which shows are you excited for?

Summer Nights at Front X JJ’s Trucketeria X Rummage Sale

On August 28th, Front & Company is going to be hosting our last Summer Nights event. And because it’s our last, we’re going out with a bang! JJ’s Trucketeria, the legendary local yellow food truck, will be parked outside of Front & Co from 7 – 9pm on August 28th to satisfy those hunger pains that come with a night of shopping till you drop.

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JJ’s Trucketeria is one of our favorite food trucks as they create delicious Asian-inspired comfort food made with healthy, seasonal ingredients. One of our favorite dishes is their garlic fried rice plates featuring the flavors of Southeast Asia including  from the Phillipines, Vietnam, and India. Did we mention it also comes with a fried egg on top? Yum!

RSVP on Facebook, and come hungry! We can’t wait to see you!

Breaking news! Additionally, we are going to have our famous rummage sale beginning on summer nights! The rummage sale is a mythical event where items are priced so low, they disappear in an instant!

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All the more reason to head on down to Summer Nights!

Back to School Supplies

That time of the year is coming up again… back to school! Along with a new back to school wardrobe, you’ll need to stock up on all the practical supplies that comes with the sounds of school bells ringing. Backpacks, pencil cases, notebooks, and more… we’ve got you covered at Front & Company for all your stationary needs!

 

1. Herschel Backpack. This is the number one must-have accessory for returning back to school! We have several styles in-store and online, check them out! $56

2. Treetops Journal. We’ve got a wide variety of journals in-store from this cute tree tops one to a Ryan Gosling themed one! You’ll need something to hold all those notes. $13.50

3. Ruler Keyring. Attach this ruler to your keys and you’ll know the measurement for everything! $10

4. Sushi Sticky Notes. Because plain, square sticky-notes cannot accurately express what you are thinking! Use assorted sushi sticky notes to get your delicious point across. $5

5. Pacman Stapler. Staple your paper together with this heroic yellow circle! $18

6. Shipshape Pencil Case. This pencil case is an act of inception as it is not made of paper, but plastic! That way, your ship won’t sink if you get it wet! $12

7. Fossil Erasers. These erases come in a set and as you keep using them, it gradually reveals the dinosaur fossil inside. For the budding paleontologist.  $10

8. Borrow My Pen? Pens. If you’ve got a problem with friends not returning your pens, these pens will embarass them for doing so! $9

Express yourself with our quirky school supplies! Everything listed is available in-store or online if you’d rather spend the last few weeks of summer lounging around the beach and not hunting down school supplies! Everything can be shipped locally in Vancouver or internationally.

Here’s to the last few weeks of summer, enjoy it everybody!

Leavenworth, Washington: The 4 Hour Getaway

Have you ever wanted to go to Germany before? Experience the beer-drinking feats of Oktoberfest, snack on some Bavarian sausages, and wear some lederhosen? If you’ve ever had an inkling to experience a taste of Bavaria, and a trip to Germany isn’t in your books any time soon, there is a place for you that isn’t too far from Vancouver! This place is Leavenworth, Washington.

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Leavenworth is a town located in the Puget Sound, Washington, and is about 150 km east of Everett. The history of Leavenworth does not begin with a Bavarian heritage, but one that is full of the Native American tradition of the Yakima, Chinook, and Wenatachi tribes. Leavenworth then became an early pioneer settlement that saw a boom and eventual, bust. The town suffered a few decades of economic hardship till in the 1960s, the community’s leaders decided to re-brand Leavenworth and take advantage of their alpine background. They turned their downtown core into a Bavarian-inspired town, and tourism flourished.

GET THERE

From Vancouver, it is about a 4 hour trip depending on traffic and border waiting times. The most direct route from Vancouver is to use Highway 2 towards Stevens Pass. If you’d like to visit Seattle and other central Washington stops along the way, you could also take Highway 97 which will allow you to make Leavenworth a last stop before heading back to Vancouver.

EXPLORE

The town  center on Front St. is where all the Bavarian action is happening. The architecture is all distinctly Bavarian themed and there are several attractions that keep it old world.

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There is a traditional handcrafted maypole in the town square that features dancers performing at certain times of the day.

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If you like beer, there is a beer wagon that you can features lederhosen folk in which you can take your photo with. There are also numerous restaurants, bars, and even a brewery that all feature imported German beer or locally-crated German-inspired beer! Icicle Brewery is a fantastic stop for those who love craft beer while also enjoying small plates and morsels.

The hills are also alive with the sound of music as a Glockenspiel plays music every 15 minutes. Carillon bells are also playing music throughout the day in Leavenworth, head east towards the festhall to listen on. If you’d like to really listen to the sound of music, the Leavenworth Summer Theater puts on a product of the Sound of Music every summer!

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In addition to converting the town of Leavenworth into a Bavarian themed village, the town’s leaders also created numerous festivals in order to foster the Bavarian atmosphere. The next big events that are coming up include the Autumn Leaf Festival and Parade from September 26 – 28 which celebrates the changing colors of leaves, and Oktoberfest which runs on each weekend during October.

ADVENTURE

The Bavarian-themed area of Leavenworth is actually quite small. It takes only about 15 minutes to walk from one end of the downtown core to the other. If you exhaust all things Bavarian to engage in, Leavenworth is located in the beautiful Puget Sound area that has no shortage of nature activities.

Waterfront Park

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Waterfront Park is located a short walk away from downtown Leavenworth which makes it a good place to soak in natural sites if you are pressed for time. The Wenatchee River runs along Waterfront Park and there are several trails that can take you further along to Blackbird Island or to Enchantment Park. A fantastic place for those who like to wander.

Icicle Gorge

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The loop around Icicle Gorge is 4 km, but there is very little change in elevation which makes it an easy and leisurely hike. The hike around Icicle Gorge takes you through different nature formations from wooded areas, river views, and mountain views making it a fantastic hike for those waiting even more seclusion from village life.

EAT

There is no shortage of Bavarian delights to eat when in Leavenworth! From brats, beers, and more beer, if you are craving old world food, this town has it!

Munchen Haus (709 Front St)

http://www.munchenhaus.com

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Munchen Haus is a quaint outdoor-seating restaurant hat is fantastic for a casual feast with delicious Bavarian food. They are known for their brats and sausages, so make sure you order one (with a beer, of course!) when you head on over. They have an assortment of sausages that cater to everyone (even the vegetarian!)We love the currywurst! Truly a taste of Germany.

Andreas Keller (829 Front St)

http://www.andreaskellerrestaurant.com

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First opened in 1989, Andreas Keller makes traditional, hearty meals that feature old-world flavor. From dishes such as spatzle (handmade egg noodles), schnitzel (pork cutlet), and bavarian-style pretzels, this is the place to go for a nice meal in Leavenworth. If the food doesn’t make you feel like you’ve been transported to Germany, there is also an accordion player in the restaurant that will do so!

The Gingerbread Factory (828 Commercial St)

http://gingerbreadfactory.com

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As the name suggests, the Gingerbread Factory makes gingerbread cookies! These gingerbread cookies are baked in house and are supremely tasty. The staff are very friendly and creative when it comes to hand-decorating your cookie! Make sure you stop by and grab a cookie before you leave Leavenworth!

STAY

Leavenworth makes a great place for a day-trip if you leave Vancouver early and want to see multiple sites in the central Washington area.

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If you’d like to stay for a weekend Bavarian getaway, there are numerous hotels and resort sites to stay at. For a romantic getaway, the Mountain Home Lodge looks like a fantstic place to stay as it is located a bit further from the town center and nestled into the alpine scenery surrounding Leavenworth. For accommodations closer to the town square and more Bavarian-themed, the Bavarian Lodge should be exactly what you are looking for!

We often see deals on social shopping sites such as Groupon, Social Shopper, or Dealfind for resorts and hotels in Leavenworth and the surrounding Wenatchee area, so keep your eyes peeled for weekend getaway deals!

Have any of your experienced the Bavarian nature of Leavenworth? Are there other sites we should see in central Washington along the way? Leave us a comment and let us know!

DIY: Vintage Soft T-Shirt

Here at Front & Company, we like making the old new again! As a consignment store, we have a soft spot in our hearts for all things old, and love the feel of a pre-loved item! Speaking of soft spots, a soft vintage t-shirt is an item that we can’t get enough of.

There is nothing that beats the softness of a vintage tee. The way they hang on the body is one of our favorite things! The softness of a vintage tee is achieved by many years of wearing and washing, but we were determined to figure out a way to make our new t-shirts feel like they’ve been loved for a couple decades.

To achieve the softness of a vintage tee in your new t-shirts, we’re going to use a salt water bath to speed a process that normally takes decades of wear!

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The process is actually quite simple. All you need is a quart of water and 1/2 cup of salt. Add the salt to the water in a large bucket and dunk your favorite new t-shirt in there. Leave the t-shirt in there for 3 days.

Once the 3 days are up, throw the t shirt into the washing machine and voila! It comes out vintage soft.

With this hot weather, maybe you’d like to cut off the sleeves as well and turn your newly-old tee into a vintage-inspired muscle shirt!

A tee fit for summer! Let us know if you tried this out and how it works for you!

Doctor Who Contest Winner!

drwhowinner_blog finalThank you Whovians of the Internet for all your well-thought out submissions to our Doctor Who contest! It was such a delight to read the reasons why each Doctor was your favorite.

We’ve chosen a winner, and we’d like to congratulate Rebecca(@BeccaWiens) of Vancouver, BC! Rebecca, you’ve just won our Doctor Who prize pack! Please direct message us on our Facebook page for instructions on how to claim your prize!

Once again, thank you all for participating. We’re going to have more giveaways up on our blog so keep an eye out for more contests and giveaways!

Our Favorite Vancouver Salad Bars

We don’t need to tell you that it’s blisteringly hot outside! When it’s this hot outside, cooking a hot meal is usually the least thing on our minds. We want something tasty, filling, and doesn’t require firing up the stove or oven. Therefore, summertime is the time for salads to shine!

Salads are easy to make – add greens, veggies, protein, dressing, and whatever else you like, then mix it all together! While it’s easy to prepare a salad, there are also those who take salad making seriously and elevate it to artful deliciousness.

These are the places we go in Vancouver for a cool, crisp salad on a hot day!

Culver City Salad Food truck and delivery service – check website for more info.

http://www.culvercitysalads.com

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Culver City Salads are leading the way in Vancouver for creating healthy, fresh, and delicious meals. Owned by a pair of sisters, Culver City Salads features a rotating men of salads based on what the local produce of the day is. We’ve had a salad that featured kale, rice noodles, a bevy of organic veggies and their house-made chipotle dressing! Culver City Salads can deliver to you with a minimum order or catch their food truck around! The Juice Truck brick and mortar store in Mt. Pleasant also carries a featured salad from Culver City everyday.

Chef Claires 3610 Main St.

http://www.chefclaires.com

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Located about two streets down from Front & Co, Chef Claires is one of our go-to places for lunchtime! Chef Claires is a catering business that also does the meanest paninis and salad for lunch time. Everyday is different, but you will be sure to find a sandwich and salad you like at Chef Claires. One of our favorite rotating salads include the curried roasted cauliflower!

Harvest Community Foods 243 Union St.

http://harvestunion.ca

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Equal parts artisan grocery store and Japanese-inspired kitchen, Harvest Community Foods serves up delicious food that you can have inside or outside the store. They carry many of our favorite local brands such as Earnest Ice Cream, Sugo Sauce, and greens from Sole Foods, but it’s the kitchen that shines. The Japanese-inspired menu does a rotating menu of ramen that changes with the ingredients. In the summertime, the menu changes to include refreshing soba salads that are perfect to combat the hot weather!

Whole Foods Multiple Locations

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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Whole Foods is fantastic in a pinch when we are craving a salad we can customize. The salad bar has a huge assortment of greens, toppings, and dressing that you can load up and call your own! The olive bar is enormous and the hot food section is fantastic as well – add a meatball or two if you feel like beefing up your salad!

Where do you go to get a crisp salad on a hot day? Drop us a line and lettuce know!