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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Unique Whisky Cocktails Recipes from The Distillery Bar in Vancouver

    Mercury is in retrograde: my laptop died on Easter weekend, work’s been a bit crazy, and my left rotator cuff is telling me it needs a little more love. Aside from that, it’s been a pretty good week. But I’m definitely ready to put my my feet up and have a glass of something lovely. I’m mostly a red wine and dark beer girl, but every now and then I like a fancy cocktail. A Gin and Tonic is usually my favourite, but I’ve come to love whisky cocktails in the last couple years. (This is what happens when you visit Scotland many, many times, and visit a fair amount…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Vancouver Ardbeg Long Table Dinner and The Ardbeg Old Fashioned

    Ardbeg Long Table Dinner at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House I love a dinner party. But the ones I’ve hosted or attended have been maybe eight people, maximum. So I was intrigued when I attended The Irish Heather and Shebeen Whisk(e)y House‘s ‘long table dinner’ for Ardbeg Distillery a couple weeks ago. It was me, the Brit, and about 30-ish other people. Long table = a MUST! We were all there to eat a tasty porchetta dinner and have Ardbeg National Brand Ambassador, Ruaraidh (pronounced Rory) MacIntyre, walk us through our Islay whisky flight and introduce us to Ardbeg’s new release: An Oa. Fun Fact: Ruaraidh’s father is Ardbeg’s longest-serving member of…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Tasting Irish at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House

    Ireland is a place that has long been on my ‘to visit’ list. But every time I cross the Atlantic, it just doesn’t work out with the timing of everything else. Something that I hope to remedy soon. Until that happy day comes, I recently decided I should do some research and expand my whisky palate by learning about whiskey with an ‘e’. And where else would I go do that other than the award-winning Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district? Tucked away behind its sister pub, The Irish Heather, Shebeen is a cozy pub room that is perfect for drinks or dinner with friends. I’ve planned a…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Getting Thrifty with ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’

    Travelling in Scotland is one of my favourite things to do. It’s one of my happy places. But the exchange rate isn’t really ever in my favour, so I’m always on the hunt for ways to #GetThrifty – without sacrificing fun – when I’m away. During the research phase of my recent trip with the girls, I was very excited when the marketing coordinator from one of the distilleries emailed me back with an amazing tip for our Highlands road trip path. It’s called the ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’ and it was almost like getting a golden ticket because it equals… free whisky! And who doesn’t want that? We…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Whisky stereotypes and touring the softer side with Tomatin Distillery 

    Okay, ladies. This question’s mostly for you. Regardless of whether you enjoy a dram or not, when you think about whisky, what comes to mind? Don Draper from Mad Men? Stuffy old men with cigars? It tastes like rocket fuel? The second and latter of those were my thoughts on whisky for the longest time. And then I travelled to Scotland the first time. Turns out I had been trying the wrong kinds of Scotch. And then one day, I found one that didn’t taste (for me) like rocket fuel; and another. But that’s a story for another day. My point is that while the vast selection of whisky available can…

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    City Girl Whisky Diary: Scotch Whisky Experience

    Whisky. The Scots call this lovely amber liquid  “The Water of Life”. With this, you know that they take their Scotch very seriously. (For example, it’s whisky, not whiskey with an ‘e’. This is a thing.) And there are endless kinds. So if you’re new to whisky, it can all be a bit daunting when you’re trying to figure out where to start. My whisky palate has been cultivating for a few years now (I’m an Islay whisky girl), but if you’re like me, a million questions might run through the circuit board of your brain: How do they make it? What kind should I try? Which distillery do I…

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    8 Things I’ll Miss About Vancouver

    We move to Victoria next week, and I have spent the last couple of months thinking about how excited I am about living in a new city, but also about all the things I love and will miss about Vancouver. (And because of this, there’s a really great giveaway listed at the bottom of this post!)

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    Partnerships & Collaborations

    West Coast City Girl is a blog about enjoying what the world has to offer, all while keeping well and staying on budget. I enjoy working with lovely people and brands, and would love to work with you to create original content to share with my authentic and dedicated following. Are we a good fit? Let’s find out! To explore a collaboration or partnership, or to request a media kit, please email me at yasmine@westcoastcitygirl.com. I look forward to hearing from you! Recent partnerships and collaborations 2019 Various BC wineries via Town Hall Brands VisitBrighton VisitCardiff Hotel Indigo Cardiff West Coast Trek Apparel (formerly Tilley Vancouver) Orb Clothing BC Ale…