East of Main Cafe

Open for lunch, dinner and late night tapas

11:00am – late, Monday to Saturday

223 E.Georgia St (between Main & Gore), Vancouver

Gastronomy with Philanthropy – All profits are donated to Project Limelight

I immensely enjoyed working with Project Limelight for their ‘Wonderland’ show in early June, and am honoured to be working with East of Main. I am quite the gourmand, and am madly in love with the food and drink menu’s. I could marry the fattoush salad, lemon coca and the Hummingbird cocktail.

FATTOUSH - photo by Tyler Simpson

Click on my darling fattoush photo to see Richard Wolak’s great review for Vanfoodster.com Then click on my beloved Hummingbird to see Scout Magazine’s feature (and a very handsome photo of bartender Andrew Flynn!).

HUMMINGBIRD - photo by Tyler Simpson

Lastly but not leastly, click on the alluring lemon coca (which also has fontina and basil!) to see VanCity’s support.

LEMON COCA - photo by Tyler Simpson

Everyone I have spoken to that has been there have also had romantic feelings about their favourite dishes. With no exaggeration, it is a sensational place!

East of Main is a new community-oriented café located on the border of Chinatown and the DTES. A stone’s throw from Rogers Arena and BC Place, it is the perfect spot for pre and post event libations and is a welcome addition to the new and exciting pocket of eateries and bars in the area. They feature Mediterranean-inspired tapas, sandwiches and entrees. The bar offers local craft beers and a unique menu of signature and classic cocktails.

Sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver founded East of Main. They grew up in East Vancouver and are passionate about ‘giving back’ to their community. Maureen has been a prolific casting director for over 20 years and has worked with some of the industry’s finest including Robert Redford, Al Pacino Terry Gilliam and Seth Rogen. Earlier this year, she and Donalda started Project Limelight – a free performing arts program for children in the DTES and surrounding areas. It received a lot huge boost earlier this year, when Sir.Richard Branson and Glee star Cory Monteith presented Project Limelight with a $25k donation. The event made international media as the Limelight participants performed for them at East of Main.

All profits from East of Main will go toward Project Limelight, and the upstairs area will be utilized as a studio for the participants. The space shall act as an arts and community hub for residents of the area where friends, family and artists can congregate. The building has been renovated into a stylish space with a two-story high ceiling, exposed concrete beams and walls adorned with works by local artists, including compelling images from the DTES.




Bomb Girls Fever


Breaking News!!! It has just been confirmed that Bomb Girls will be premiering in the USA on the Reelz network on September 11, 2012!


Today is the day – Bomb Girls has gone back to camera for Season Two! This is absolutely one of my favourite shows of all time, and I am so happy that it’s coming back. The writing, the characters, the actors, the era – it’s all so sublime and so well done. It’s refreshing to see a show with a female-dominated cast – and they are all strong characters.


See the excellent in-depth inside story of Bomb Girls including interviews with the creators, writers and cast. It’s a great insight into the development and making of the show. Click photo below.


Bomb Girls is set in Toronto in World War 2 and is set in a munitions factory where women get the chance to work on the assembly lines making… bombs! It is a fascinating insight into the culture of wartime Canada and how groundbreaking it was for women to have the opportunity to work and be independent in those patriarchal times. It also explores the subject of homosexuality via Betty McRae (Ali Liebert) and how repressive it must have been then.

I have always loved Meg Tilly from The Big Chill and Agnes of God, and her portrayal of Lorna Corbett in Bomb Girls is a joy to watch. It will be interesting to see how Lorna progresses this season, as she is pregnant with Marco Moretti (Antonio Cupo’s) baby while she is dealing with a failing marriage. And what will become of Kate (Charlotte Hegele) who returned to her religious and abusive father…. and her relationship with Betty McRae (Ali Liebert)??? We’ll find out in January, 2013. That’s only 6 months away.

Click on the photo above (featuring Jodi Balfour, Ali Liebert, Lisa Norton, Charlotte Hegele and Antonio Cupo) to go to Global TV’s fabulous Bomb Girls site with behind the scenes features.

Click on the photo below to go to Ali Liebert’s site. She is such a gorgeous Rosie the Riverter! I’ll be posting updates sporadically.