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July 20, 2023 edition - Poke + bubble tea = winning combo

What’s your favourite way to cool down this summer?


Hey foodies!

When the sun is high and the summer is in full swing, I become less interested in hot drinks; instead, I crave cold refreshment.

Here are a few of my summer favourites: a nutritious smoothie in the morning, an iced coffee in the afternoon, and sometimes a refreshing bubble tea as a treat in the evening.

Do you have any favourite drinks you like to enjoy when it’s hot out? Whether it’s alcoholic or non-alcoholic, reply back to let us know or email [email protected].

Stay awesome,

– The ETC Team

5 spots to try right now

🍕 Pizzeria Spacca Napoli: Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy

🍵 Gong Cha: A most extensive bubble tea menu

🍛 Spice Art Indian Cuisine: A colourful array of spices, textures, and traditions

🧀 Giancarlo Italian Deli: The perfect spot for charcuterie

🍝 That Place: We’re thinking Italian

Know a great place we should add here? Reply back and let us know!


Bubble tea and poke make for the perfect summertime snack

There aren’t too many options when it comes to filling and delicious cold meals.

Sure, you’ve got salads, but there’s only so much lettuce that one can eat before feeling like they’ve turned into a bunny rabbit. Sandwiches are always an option, but anyone who has stood in front of a Subway sandwich artist knows that the optimal choice is toasted, which kind of defeats the whole purpose.

When the day’s a scorcher and you’re looking to both cool down and fill up, we think poke is the perfect choice.

Which is why we recently found ourselves over at Ninja Bubble Tea, which offers up both gorgeous poke bowls as well as some refreshingly fresh bubble tea drinks—making for the ideal summertime meal.


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Volunteers needed: Port Moody’s Ribfest is seeking volunteers to help out at the three-day festival taking place this weekend.

👋 Bye bye, Nellos: Bar + Restaurant Nello’s has announced that this weekend will be its last in operation.

🍗 24hr fried chicken: A new Hi Five Chicken opened up across the Burquitlam SkyTrain Station, and it’s open 24 hours.


🎉 Serving It Up: Samz Neighbourhood Pub is hosting a drag show starring Carrie Dawn, with guests Call Me Mother, Justin Abit, Scarlett Rosé, and Hailey Adler.

🎨 Oakdale Craft Fair: Head over to Coquitlam’s Oakdale neighbourhood for a summer music craft fair that will include a farmers market, artisan vendors, and much more.

🤤 Ribs, ribs, ribs: Ribfest is taking over Rocky Point Park from Friday to Sunday.

🍎 Coquitlam Farmers Market: Happens every Sunday at Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot from 9am-1pm

🍏 Port Moody Farmers Market: Happens every Wednesday at Port Moody Recreation Centre Parking Lot from 3-7pm


🍔 Late night burger: Romer’s Burger Bar offers a late night special on its burgers, with a standard burger going for $9.

🍕 Family pizza night: Austin Heights Pizza has a super family deal that includes two medium pizzas, a pasta, a garlic toast, and chicken wings for $44.

Job postings

🌵 Cactus Club: Cactus Club Cafe in Coquitlam is hiring experienced servers at $16.75 an hour plus tips, working at least three shifts a week.

📋 Floor lead: Brown’s Social House is hiring a restaurant floor lead at a salary of $55,000 to $65,000.

Hiring in the Tri-Cities? Reply back and let us know and we'll feature your opening next week!

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