PuB NiGHT Review: The Bottleneck

‘How many Oscars won the film The Shape of Water?’ No clue? Neither did we. With this and more difficult questions, we had to deal yesterday night during our pub night at The Bottleneck. So today, we are a bit smarter than yesterday.

The Bottleneck is a small bar in the middle of the entertainment street Granville. It is quite hidden, so you have to watch out to find the entrance. Suddenly, the pub was quickly filled with motivated players for the ‘Get Smarty Trivia’, which is hosted every Wednesday at the Bottleneck. Even though we tried to figure out the answers in teamwork, it was really hard! Many of them were American focused, but at least we could proudly name the neighbour countries of Luxembourg. All in all, the trivia was a fun mix of film, music, history and cultural questions.


After all the questions were asked, we handed our creative answers to our neighbours and we got to know the solutions. And we won a prize! For being the second last, but a prize is a prize, so we were happy about it. Until we tried our free winner drinks … We all had never seen a drink like this before. A Canadian speciality called ‘Bloody Caesar’ includes vodka, clamato juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco. And because this combination is not weird enough, you get pickled asparagus, celery, chirozo, prawn and beet on top! We had quite a hard time to finish those drinks. Respect, Canadians!

Oh and by the way, The Shape of Water won 4 Oscars 😉

See you on Sunday for a relaxed stroll on Granville Island!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

INTERNeX Canada: New fun facts: Caesar cocktail!

Canadian cuisine varies depending on the regions of the country. I’m sure most of you know about the delicious butter tarts, kraft dinner or the famous poutine. Of course don´t forget the super-known maple syrup and the smoked salmon !!

But today, I´m going to introduce you a Canadian cocktail  that I´m sure most of you don´t know and is known as a hangover cure.I´m talking about the cocktail “Caesar”.

This original drink was originated by 1969 by Walter Chell in Calgary. He declared he got his inspiration from Italy and  created a drink similar to a Bloody Mary but with a uniquely spicy flavour.

It´s has a very special flavour, so you definitely should try while your stay in Canada.

The ingredients are the following ones:

  • 6 oz. Clamato Juice
  • 1–1½ oz. Vodka
  • 2 Dashes hot sauce
  • 4 Dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Lime wedge
  • 1 Crisp celery stalk

The ingredients are poured into a glass rimmed with celery salt or a mixture of salt and pepper and garnished with a celery stalk and lime, and even if it was not included in the original recipe, a lot of places add tabasco sauce!!

Our PR-Team tried it last Friday, and in the picture you can see how funny it was the  glass the pub used to serve it: a boot glass! Personally, I prefer another kind of drinks because I don´t like too much hot sauces, but it´s worth it to try it once!

So, what do you think about the Caesar cocktail? Do you like it?

I wish you all a fantastic Sunday and I hope to see you all soon!



INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival – May 28 to 30

Tomorrow is EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival – the ultimate food expo! If you love cooking and food in general, come and see an assortment of international cuisine!

Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. EAT Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.

Come for lunch and stay for dinner at EAT! Vancouver’s Bite of Vancouver restaurant pavilion. The chefs of favourite Lower Mainland restaurants will serve up appetizer portions of their signature recipes. For a nominal charge ($1.00 – $2.50) per item you will be able to savour the flavours of numerous eateries.

Beer, wine and spirits will be well represented in the Tasting Pavilion where you can sip and taste hundreds of different beverages. Hosted by Daenna Van Mulligen, Vancouver’s Wine Diva, the Grapes and Hops Stage will feature presentations and tastings of numerous local and regional beers and wines conducted by a variety of industry experts. In addition, Mott’s Clamato Juice will be conducting their Mott’s Caesar School where you can participate in learning h9w to make the perfect caesar.

While at EAT! Vancouver, you will also enjoy shopping in the marketplace of over 250 exhibit booths. Producers, manufacturers, retailers and food artisans will showcase a wide assortment of unique products for eating, drinking, cooking, entertaining, and outfitting a kitchen. Exhibits will include everything from gourmet foods to kitchen accessories.

While visiting EAT! Vancouver, you will…

Discover new food + beverage products +cooking ingredients
Taste hundreds of  food and beverage from hundreds of exhibitors
Shop & buy hard to find food +cooking related products.
Learn new methods of cooking from the experts
Watch Food Network celebrity chefs showcase their talents on stage
Learn cuisines of foreign lands in the World Culinary Tourism Expo
Enjoy tasting the offerings of restaurants and wineries +breweries
Find new foods + treats for your pets in the Pets EAT! Too Pavilion
Make your own healthy choices in the Wellness Pavilion
Discover appreciation for cheese at Dairy Farmer’s Cheese Seminars
Talk with food producers, growers, vintners and brewers
Improve wine + beer appreciation in Grapes & Hops Seminar area.

EAT! Vancouver is Canada’s largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival taking place at the new Vancouver convention Centre, West Wing, Vancouver, BC on May 28, 29 & 30, 2010. The food show features hundreds of food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, and chef competitions.

To see their Festival Guide, click here.

Friday, May 28th, 2010 – 2 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, May 29th, 2010 – 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, May 30th, 2010 – 11 AM – 5 PM

Admission Prices:

Adults – $15.00
Children (7 – 14) – $6

I can’t wait for this event and will most likely be attending, so if you would like to go, you’re more than welcome to join me!



Enjoy Yerself This Weekend At This Irish Pub!

If you’re feeling green this weekend, head on over to the Blarney Stone. This Irish pub is celebrating it’s 38th anniversary on Sunday, May 23. Many bars will be packed this long weekend, hosting parties on Sunday night but charging expensive cover rates. The Blarney stone is offering free entry after 8 p.m. if you join the guest list.  The real deal will be their drinks, $3.80 mimosa’s, caesars, beer and highballs – all day and all night!

Not a big drinker? No problem! Head over there for a great brunch menu! The Blarney Stone will also have Irish dancers and live music! Be there Sunday to eat, drink and partying like the Irish!

The Blarney Stone
216 Carrall Street, Gastown
Vancouver, British Columbia