They're a well-run operation @ this No Frills location. Always very busy as they're in a mini mall with plenty of residential housing in the area ... plenty of deals, next-door to a Shoppers Drug Mart, across from a Subway, etc. We've visited them a few times in the past 2 years ... and the service is always good there as they help you when you're stuck or looking for products that may haven't been stocked yet (or they're fresh out of). We'd asked about the pasta, and the guy went to the back twice to check and mistakenly brought out larger quantity sizes and apologized for same, and as we were checking out ran up to the front till and had found the one we were after and brought it to us. Stuff like that ... helping out the customer ... a good in-store atmosphere, etc. Kudos to their team there.
1916 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3J 3R3
Owner: Dennis Mantel
Very nice, affordable restaurant. We've been to the Burnaby and Vancouver locations a handful of times with friends and family over the past number of years. Very good lunch and dinner specials, and respectable portion sizes too. We visited the East Vancouver location earlier in the week to treat a family member to lunch on their 82nd birthday. All of our food was tasty ... service was good (acknowledging the person celebrating the birthday and asking them how they were doing & feeling as they aren't in the best of health) and so on. Prompt service, a relaxed environment without overbearing noise or music, etc. Their specials are often in the $4.95 - 5.95 range which is def' tough to beat. Over the years we've tried items like their calamari, various soups and chowders, BLT, Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich, the souvlakis, steak, salmon, etc.
They've got a nice community store at this location in the Tri-Cities region of the GVRD. Always pleasant staff there ... nice lighting (not too bright) ... clean floors ... nice store layout and design (it's small, but the space is used effectively). Plenty of deals in the flyers ... and even though they can be busy at times, it never feels rushed or crowded compared to some other stores which are larger. I'd recommend them for people who live in and around the Coquitlam and Port Moody regions, and for others who may be in the region near Ioco, St. John's, Barnet, Murray, and so on. Plenty of other businesses in the region too with Shoppers, Starbucks, Booster Juice, beer & wine, several banks, Marketplace IGA, several restaurants, etc.
They run a very good business @ ABC Main Auto Tireland in Vancouver, Savers. We've been going there for years (formerly Tireland) as my dad knows the owner, and has always received good service. They do good work ... don't mess around with pricing, and offer little perks to customers like free flat repairs (once annually) and other similar services. Dad got his alignment & front tire checked over recently. They repaired a flat on my vehicle earlier in the year, and also installed a rim for the front right tire for $20, no questions asked. Good guys there & others have spoken highly of them too. I'd definitely recommend them to other Savers in and around the GVRD. We've got a few places we deal with (in Burnaby and Vancouver, B.C.) and it's always a better feeling once you've developed a good rapport with businesses. They treat you fairly when they realize you're loyal, etc.
Won free tickets to the Dixie Chicks' concert @ Rogers Arena for Saturday, October 26th, 2013 via CTV. Picked up the passes in September and we attended last night. A 3rd party joined us as they had purchased their own ticket this past week & looked to attend to. Crowd turnout was strong. Many devoted fans in attendance and they played from approximately 9 - 11pm (many of their hit songs - most in chronological order) over the course of the evening. The opening act was Charlie Mars ... a country artist from Mississippi ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Mars ) and he did his set from approx' 8 - 8:40pm prior, followed by an intermission. He had a bit of a tougher time connecting with the crowd given he wasn't too familiar with most people, plus he didn't have a backing band. He was simply on the amped up acoustic guitar doing his thing, and looking to generate crowd response. Surprisingly many people were already seated for the bulk of the opening set & funnily enough the lighting was dark so most people were moving very carefully to their seats so as not to trip or disturb others.
As for those Savers familiar with the Dixie Chicks ... they had their backing band of 4 - 5 musicians ... and did their thing on guitar, banjo, and violin up front. Playing the bulk of their hits and a few others. Only critique really would be that stadium shows just don't have the acoustics that smaller venues have (i.e. - more intimate). Thankfully though it wasn't too loud in the venue (which can otherwise be uncomfortable). We were seated in section 115 which was about midway back on the left and 10 rows up. Thanks again, CTV.
We visited their location in downtown Vancouver last night after 6:30pm (Saturday evening). Dinner party of 3 and we enjoyed our meal, with the other guests having eaten there before. Restaurant was about 60% full at the time ... very polite, courteous staff (engaging with customers & well-run). We had the calamari, moo ping, and spring rolls for appetizers, followed by the green curry (chicken), pad thai, and pad ladna for main courses. We were also able to share portions of our meals with one another to try out the different dishes. All were very flavourful, and as ordered. We would visit again as they are centrally located in the downtown core. If interested, see links for menu information & more, Savers.
809 Seymour St. (Seymour&Robson)
Vancouver BC V6B 3L4
Tel. 604.682.7000 Fax. 604.682.7095
e-mail : email@example.com
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am-02:30 pm
Dinner Daily 05:00 pm-10:00 pm
*Catering Available in Downtown (50 people &up)*
*Free Delivery(Walking Distance)w/$25 min. order*
Very popular series which has been running for 3 seasons so far, with the 4th premiering this coming Sunday (October 13th, 2013) on the AMC network. If you're a fan of the genre (zombie apocalypse, etc) ... do yourself a favour and check the show out. The make-up and effects department do one superb job with all the "walkers", etc. Funnily enough ... the series Breaking Bad (also an AMC network favourite) even used some of their help (make-up / effects) with some key looks they needed for their show. I got into the series about midway through season 1, and funnily enough my dad recommended the show ... basically pointing out it's one of those shows where you sit back in awe at the effects, gore, and ongoing battle for survival. AMC is currently running a marathon of sorts for the show this week leading up to Sunday's premiere (Oct. 13th, as noted above ^).
The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010, on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. It premiered internationally during the first week of November 2010 on Fox International Channels. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season of 16 episodes, which began airing on October 14, 2012. On December 21, 2012, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a fourth season of 16 episodes, to premiere on October 13, 2013.
The series has been well received and has received many award nominations including ones for the Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama). The series has also attained strong Nielsen ratings, surpassing various records for a cable series, including receiving 12.4 million viewers for its season three finale to become the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history.
As many have probably seen and heard in recent years ... definitely one of the best all-time series in television history. Viewership via word-of-mouth grew year after year ... the series was expertly acted ... the plot/story was intriguing ... there were plenty of cliffhangers, villains, moments of extreme tension & emotion, etc. "Growth ... decay ... transformation" ... the story of a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer as he meets his early-50s, and goes overboard (to put it lightly) in his ultimate quest to earn a large amount of money to set aside for his family (with baby on the way) via wife & teenaged son. The series ran from 2008 - 2013 on the AMC network, and recently wrapped up in September of this year, Savers. The series was basically close to perfect ... with the show really taking off from the 3rd season onward ... a complete wild ride. 5 stars.
The series premiered on January 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada on the cable channel AMC and the series finale aired on September 29, 2013. The show has received widespread critical acclaim, and is considered one of the greatest television series of all time. By its end, Breaking Bad was among the most-watched cable shows on American television, with audience numbers that doubled in the fifth season from the previous year's episodes.
The series has won ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including three consecutive wins for Best Actor for Cranston, two wins for Best Supporting Actor for Paul, a Best Supporting Actress win for Anna Gunn, and the Outstanding Drama Series in 2013, after three nominations. The series has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and Cranston three times for Best Actor, besides being nominated four times for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, winning once at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named Breaking Bad the 13th best-written TV series of all time. That same year, Guinness World Records called it the highest-rated TV series of all time, citing its season 5 Metacritic score of 99/100.
A friend recently won ROE (run-of-engagement) passes for Gravity (3D) and we checked it out this week and enjoyed it. Definitely a movie for the big screen, as many of the reviewers/critics have pointed out in recent weeks. The big screen and 3D feel definitely do the film justice. Credit to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney ... as the film is basically all them. Sandra as the star, and George as the co-star. It's especially impressive visually when you consider all the camera work, green screen usage, CGI & more that the director & full team used in making the picture, Savers. Don't want to spoil anything for anyone ... so per usual ... do see Youtube, Google, Wiki & more for further details. The crowd response was positive. People were paying attention ... no one chit-chatting or distracted by phones, etc. Good turnout - theatre was about 80% full.
Won passes to the advance screening of Machete Kills for Thursday, October 10th in Vancouver. We enjoyed the screening, as did the others, and had seen the 1st film on dvd in recent years. Strong viewer turnout as there were a good 100+ people in line by 6:15pm onward @ Scotiabank Theatre. The film has plenty of eye-catching casting ... the likes of Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Alexa Vega, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and more. If you're into action, explosions, scantily-clad visuals, and a throwback feel (Charlie Sheen credited as Carlos Estevez playing the role of "the President") ... you'll enjoy the film. Just see Google, IMDB, Wiki & Youtube (for the trailer) to see if it's the film for you. Better yet, see the trailer (or full film) for the original film from a few years back too.
Won movie passes to the advance screening of Don Jon on Wednesday, September 25th @ Vancouver's Scotiabank Theatre on Burrard St. Thank you Tim, Saveland, Movieland, Remstar Films & Touchwood PR. We enjoyed the event, and there was a good crowd turnout as the venue is located in an accessible part of Vancouver, and holds 9 screens within. The film centres around the lead characters in Scarlett J. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and how their relationship plays out with one being addicted to romantic films, with the other having a penchant for adult films. Good supporting cast in Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, and others and a mixture of feedback from reviewers since it debuted in late-September.
Happened across the premiere of this series the other day and set a recording for it on Friday, September 27th. It is the US adaptation of the British series, Junior Masterchef. Enjoyed the premiere given the talent of the young chefs in training ... 24 contestants ranging in age from 8 - 13. Family members were there to encourage and support them along (from the 2nd level platform) and it was interesting to see Gordon Ramsay and his two fellow judges interact with the kids, as they selected 12 of the 24 to move onto the 2nd round/episode. The lead episode grouped the contestants into 3 groups of 8 competing individually ... and definitely impressive to see the creativity and talent of the kids' cooking on display. Each group having 1 hour to create a meal ... with the first group having their choice of various seafood items ... 2nd group having to make a pasta meal from scratch ... and 3rd group a dessert offering of their choice. Good to see the encouragement offered to the kids & minimal, polite constructive criticism which was received well. See your local listings if interested in checking out the series, Savers. You might be able to stream or download the episode online, or find it on Video on Demand with your local cable/digital provider.
Enjoyed the movie this past week as a friend had ROE (run-of-engagement) passes and we had heard plenty of good reviews in recent memory given all the good online & print buzz for the film. It stars the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, and others. The film centers around the abduction of two young girls (who are family friends) and the tumultuous week that follows, with plenty of family involvement. Strong performances from the lead cast, and keep an eye out for some of the aforementioned names above come awards season time. We scored the film a strong 8+ out of 10 or so ... and would recommend it to others. Definitely a stellar performance from Hugh Jackman given the despair, anger, and emotion involved.
Currently enjoying this new series starring Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) which debuted in late-September 2013 and has aired 2 episodes so far. It has a similar feel to Modern Family with the fast-paced humour, lack of canned laughter & generally quick-witted dialogue & situations. They also do a good job with endearing humour incorporating Michael's long-battle with Parkinson's Disease. The 2nd episode featured his real-life wife Tracy Pollan playing the role of a neighbour in the family's NY apartment building. Glancing at Wiki, interesting to note her and Fox have been married for 25 years dating back to July 1988, Savers. If interested, keep an eye out for the series in your local listings as it airs on CityTV and NBC.
For additional intel regarding Mike's condition ... "Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1999. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease became more severe. He has since become an activist for research toward finding a cure. This led him to create The Michael J. Fox Foundation. On March 5, 2010, Sweden's Karolinska Institutet awarded him a doctorate of medicine degree, Honoris causa, for his work in advocating and fundraising for a cure for Parkinson's disease."
This is a well-done, long-running documentary-style(d) series, Savers. Apparently it is still being produced, but it had the majority of its run from 1998 into the earlier part of the 2000s. They do a very good job covering a broad array of topics and subjects, with plenty of serious subject matter. Whether they are documenting unique career choices, or addictions, the material being recorded holds your attention. MTV in the States has been around for 20+ years, whereas for us in Canada we've had MTV Canada running from early-2006, so over time I've caught some of their older and newer episodes. As for subject matter they have covered over time ... working for one's parents ... drug addiction ... mental illness ... being a newlywed ... having a parent in prison ... internet addiction ... being a freshman in college ... autism, and much more. See the 1st link I have provided below for a list of their episodes over the many years.http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/true-life/episodes/194517
This is an interesting and enjoyable documentary-style(d) series which has been airing on MTV Canada in recent months
. It focuses on couples in their late-teens or early-20s who are either planning on getting married (and the build-up to same) or those who are talking about their experiences being married couples within the past year or two. The show does a good job in showing the ups and downs of married life at a young age, and the many changes and adaptations that take place along the way from single life to being a part of a couple. All the subjects featured have been relatively likeable across the board. Take a look @ your local MTV listings for show times, if interested. You can catch new episodes on Mondays, or streaming @ their official website.http://www.mtv.ca/shows/young-and-marriedhttp://www.musictelevision.fi/shows/1533-young-married
"Young and Married is a brand new series based on young couples who have fallen in love and chosen to spend their life together.The series follows couples on the eve of their wedding as they grapple with nerves, family, doubts, joy, and others as they embark upon the exciting and tumultuous first year of marriage. From Ben and Kristen, who eloped without telling any of their family, to Oscar and Jordan who live in Texas - where same sex marriage is illegal - the series promises to reveal what it'sreally like to commit to each other at such a young age. Can these couples prove their commitment will stay strong in the face of family pressures, nerves and doubts?"
Under The Dome is a current tv series that a handful of us Savers have been following in recent weeks. It will be running from June 24th - September 16th, 2013
and it is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Good special effects & suspense have been utilized thus far, and it's been a fun late-evening watch (or later in the week for those of us using PVRs and VCRs, etc). It'll be a fun series as it wraps up near summer's end, and airs on Mondays (and you can also find it On Demand as well).
Wikipedia - "Under the Dome
is an American science fiction horror
television series that premiered on CBS
on June 24, 2013 (Monday), at 10 pm Eastern.
The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan
and based upon the novel of the same name
by Stephen King
Both Vaughan and King serve as executive producers along with Neal Baer
, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jack Bender
, Steven Spielberg
, and Stacey Snider
. Baer acts as day-to-day showrunner
director Niels Arden Oplev
directed the pilot.Under the Dome
tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill, who suddenly find themselves cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, impenetrable barrier that surrounds the town. As the town begins to tear itself apart through panic, a small group of people attempt to maintain peace and order while also trying to uncover the truth behind the barrier and how to escape from it."
Wow - visually stunning, vibrant and breathtaking in many regards. Life of Pi was well worth the wait ... having checked it out yesterday on dvd. The movie delivered on many levels, and our group enjoyed it. I'm apt to go back and read the book. The story certainly lived up to the big screen hype of 2012 / 2013, and when you hear people talk about wanting to add something to "the home collection", or being very keen on "owning the dvd or blu-ray" ... this is one of them, Savers. The narrative is appreciated as well as the experiences are revealed. If you want to sit back in awe for just over 2 hours ... check out Life of Pi, says this Savelander.
Wikipedia - "Life of Pi
is a 2012 American 3D live-action
/computer-animated adventure drama film
based on Yann Martel
's 2001 novel of the same name
. Directed by Ang Lee
, the film is based on an adapted screenplay
by David Magee
, and stars Suraj Sharma
, Irrfan Khan
, Rafe Spall
, Gérard Depardieu
, and Adil Hussain
The storyline revolves around a 16-year-old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The film had its worldwide premiere as the opening film of the 50th New York Film Festival at both the Walter Reade Theater and Alice Tully Hall in New York City on September 28, 2012.
Upon release, Life of Pi became a critical and commercial success, earning over $600 million worldwide. At the 85th Academy Awards it had eleven nominations, including Best Picture, and won four (the most for the evening) including Best Director for Ang Lee. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards which included the Best Picture – Drama and the Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score."http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life-of-pi/reviews/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_of_Pi_%28film%29http://screenrant.com/life-of-pi-movie-ending-spoilers/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life-of-pi/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454876/
I watched this documentary recently, and found it quite interesting. It focuses on the rise and fall of Napster from the late-90s into the 2000s
, and how much the music industry has changed over the years with the digital revolution, and more. For those who are familiar with the likes of Napster, Kazaa, Bearshare, torrents, blogs, and more over the past 10 - 15 years (especially) ... you might be keen on this one. It runs 1 hour, 46 minutes and features plenty of quick interview clips, snippets & some court footage to boot, etc.
Wikipedia - "Downloaded
is a documentary film directed by Alex Winter
about the downloading generation and the impact of filesharing
on the Internet
. A teaser of the film premiered at SXSW
on March 14, 2012.
The feature film
made its world premiere at SXSW on March 10, 2013, and is being shown at other film festivals around the world. VH1
has partnered with AOL
to widely distribute the film.
Financed in part by VH1, the film is scheduled to broadcast as a VH1 Rock Docs
feature sometime in 2013."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7YnjPGIeKYhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downloaded_%28film%29https://www.facebook.com/DownloadedDochttp://movies.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/movies/downloaded-a-documentary-about-napster.html?_r=0
Won passes to the advance screening for Red 2 and checked it out last week. It opens in wide release from July 19th, 2013 onward. We enjoyed the screening, having a general idea what to expect (good list of names in the cast), but not having seen the original Red film from recent years. It's a good mixture of comedy & action, and there are minimal dull moments. Definitely a popcorn movie, and we'll get around to seeing the prior film on dvd at some point. See the links below for further information to see if it's to your liking, Savers.
Wikipedia - "RED 2
is an upcoming 2013 American action comedy film
to the 2010 film RED
, which was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name
created by Warren Ellis
and Cully Hamner
, and published by the DC Comics
. The film stars Bruce Willis
, John Malkovich
, Mary-Louise Parker
, Catherine Zeta-Jones
, Lee Byung-hun
, Anthony Hopkins
, and Helen Mirren
, with Dean Parisot
directing a screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber. RED 2
is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2013."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RED_2_%28film%29